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Newsletter Sunday October 25th, 2020

30th Sunday (A)

Readings: Exodus; 22:20-26, Psalm 17, Thessalonians 1:5-10, Matthew 22:34-4

SERVICES FOR WEEK 24th October – 1 November 2020

Sat 24 Oct    18.00 Frederick Staveley RIP (Botterill)

Sun 25 Oct    30th Sunday 30A 08.30 Vincent & Mary Jeyaseelan (Frake)
                        10.30 Ben van Leeuwen (Bowman)
                        Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time

                        Paul Wemyss (Wemyss)

Mon 26 Oct    09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Sister John Bowman (Bowman)

Tues 27 Oct    Sonny Sheehan RIP (Sheehan)

Weds 28 Oct    09.30 Ss Simon+Jude Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Les Truman RIP (Truman)

Thurs 29 Oct    Dennis Newton (Frake)

Fri 30 Oct    09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Christa Frake RIP (Frake)

Sat 31 Oct    11.00 Confessions
                        18.00 Ivor John Burton-Bowen RIP (Wood)

Sun 1 Nov    ALL SAINTS 08.30 Fr Ernest Akorsou (Jones)
                        10.30 Dunning Family living & deceased (Wheatley)
                        Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time

                        Deceased Members & Benefactors (SVP)
N.B. At all Masses this weekend we remember our loved ones who have died.

FINANCES – from the Diocesan and Parish finance teams. Last week’s collection £1018 (including Standing Orders) Many thanks. . Direct Bank Payments to RCAS St John Fisher Church, Sort code 51 70 14, Account 01831763 Please put your name and if you use envelopes, your envelope number, as the code

Extra Collections: This week Harvest – For the Manna Centre
Next week Missio
Nov 7/8 Priest Training Fund
Nov 14/15 Apostleship of the Sea
Nov 21/22 Catholic Education Service, Catholic Youth Service
Nov 28/29 Holy Places Dec 5/6 Bexley Deanery World Development Projects
Dec 12/13 Peter Pence

LINKS AND CONTACTS. Our Diocese of Southwark: http://www.rcsouthwark.co.uk Lots of information and further links. Bexley Council Helpline: 020 3045 5398. The helpline is open from 8am to 6pm.


   
As I mentioned last week, during the month of November, we will remember and honour those who have died in war and peace. Next weekend at our masses we will pray by name and light a candle for each of those who have died during the past year and we will recall all our loved ones who have died, as we light a large candle for them too. There will be blessings of graves at local cemeteries according to the list below.

On Wednesday the 4th, our mass will be offered for the deceased clergy of our parish and deanery. Sunday the 8th is Remembrance Sunday, when we will pray for all those who died in the two World Wars and other conflicts.

God Bless

MASS IN ST. JOHN FISHER – OPEN FOR ALL! Those who attend must wear a facial covering (Exemptions apply) and either use the QR code or give contact details so that we can participate in the government’s track-and-trace scheme.

SUNDAY MASS ON THE WEBSITE http://www.stjohnfisherbexley.org then click on ‘Sunday Mass’

THE BLESSING OF GRAVES
Sidcup Cemetery at 2.30,pm on Sunday 1st November
St. Paulinus Cemetery (Crayford) at 12 noon on Sunday 8th November
Hillview Cemetery at 1.30pm on Sunday 8th November
Bexleyheath Cemetery at 2.30pm on Sunday 8th November
Kemnal Park Cemetery at 2pm on Sunday 15th November
Brook St. Erith TBA

STEWARDING We are very grateful to the stewards who have volunteered to staff the church during these times. Please ring John Rayer (01322 523499) if you are available for any of the Sunday masses.

THE MANNA CENTRE If you wish to make a donation directly then please visit the website: http://www.mannasociety.org.uk

BIBLE TIMELINE COURSE This course is available for free, for 7 Wednesdays at 7 p.m. from November 4th. “The Bible can be quite intimidating, due to its size and complexity. In the course you will see how the many characters and events in Scripture are related to each other in one unified narrative, from Adam & Eve to Jesus Christ. You will grasp the Big Picture of the Bible from start to finish.” To register, simply go to http://www.comeandsee.org/registration.html

PARISH MASS BOOKS You may wish to follow the mass using the internet. See: https://www.universalis.com/mass.htm. or download: Catholic Calendar by Universalis Publishing, from your app store.

CATHOLIC NEWSPAPERS The weekly Catholic newspapers can be obtained directly (postage free) by subscription: Universe: 0161 820 5722 http://www.thecatholic universe.com/subscribe Herald: 0207 448 3607 www catholicherald.co.uk/subscribe

READERS: Please note that I have taken over the Readers’ Rota from Kathy Fogarty, to whom we owe a great vote of thanks for her sterling work over the last few years. A new rota from October 31st is now available in the sacristy for collection. Please also note that readers have resumed leading the bidding prayers at Sunday Mass. Should anyone else like to become a reader please contact Carol Anderson on 07913 698912 or carolanderson@hotmail.com Many thanks, Carol

Please print off this newsletter (using the screenshots below) and post it through the door of any parishioner you know without electronic access and make sure everyone feels okay and feels connected.

Newsletter Sunday October 18th, 2020

29th Sunday (A)

Readings: Isaiah; 45:1. 4-6, Psalm 95, Thessalonians 1:1-5, Matthew 22:15-21

SERVICES FOR WEEK 17th – 25th October 2020

Sat 17 Oct    18.00 Oonagh Galvin (Haylett)

Sun 18 Oct    28th Sunday 29A
                        08.30 Elvira Vaz RIP (Vaz)
                        10.30 Fr Francis Hartley RIP (Asaam)
                        Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time.

                        Minihane Family RIP (Sheehan)

Mon 19 Oct    09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Eileen Stanton (Morris)

Tues 20 Oct    Eileen Wheatley (Frake)

Weds 21 Oct    09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Martin Dowling RIP (Gillis)

Thurs 22 Oct    St John Paul II Pope Eileen Geoghegan RIP (Sheehan)

Fri 23 Oct    09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 David Beattie RIP (Beattie)

Sat 24 Oct    11.00 Confessions
                        18.00 Frederick Staveley RIP (Botterill)

Sun 25 Oct    30th Sunday 30A
                        08.30 Vincent & Mary Jeyaseelan (Frake)
                        10.30 Ben van Leeuwen (Bowman)
                        Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time
                        Paul Wemyss (Wemyss)

FINANCES – from the Diocesan and Parish finance teams.
Many thanks to all who are making weekly offerings to keep the parish functioning.
Last week’s collection £989 (including Standing Orders) .
Direct Bank Payments to RCAS St John Fisher Church, Sort code 51 70 14, Account 01831763
Please put your name and if you use envelopes, your envelope number, as the code
Extra Collection This week Home Mission, World Communication, Day for Life
Next week Harvest
Oct 31/Nov1 Missio
Nov 7/8 Priest Training Fund
Nov 14/15 Apostleship of the Sea
Nov 21/22 Catholic Education Service, Catholic Youth Service
Nov 28/29 Holy Places
Dec 5/6 Bexley Deanery World Development Projects
Dec 12/13 Peter Pence

LINKS AND CONTACTS.
Our Diocese of Southwark: http://www.rcsouthwark.co.uk Lots of information and further links.
Bexley Council Helpline: 020 3045 5398. The helpline is open from 8am to 6pm.


There have been so many changes and rumours of change in the rules under which we conduct our ‘social selves’ that it is very easy to feel paralysed and do nothing. Instead we must be disciplined in what we do and while necessarily limiting our aims, we must plan for as normal a future as possible. For instance, it will soon be November, a month during which we traditionally remember loved ones who have died.
We hope to be able to contact everyone in the parish who has suffered a bereavement this year and invite them to attend our special masses during which we will pray for each of those who have died by name and light a candle for them. At those masses we will also be praying for our own loved ones who have died (however long ago) and lighting one large candle for all of them. You will be aware that for these last few years the processing of candles inside churches – except for altar servers carrying acolytes – has been banned. The candles will therefore, like last year, be static on the sanctuary and lit one by one.
Our plans for the phased reopening of our hall are of course now “on hold”.
God Bless

MASS IN ST. JOHN FISHER – OPEN FOR ALL!
Those who attend must wear a facial covering. (Exemptions apply) and to either use the QR code or give contact details so that we can participate in the government’s track-and-trace scheme.

SUNDAY MASS ON THE WEBSITE http://www.stjohnfisherbexley.org then click on ‘Sunday Mass’, ‘Fr Doug’ or on the link in this newsletter.

STEWARDING
We are very grateful to the stewards who have volunteered to staff the church during these times.
Please ring John Rayer (01322 523499) if you are available for any of the Sunday masses.

JOINING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
A wonderful event postponed since the Easter Vigil is the reception into the Church of Petrea Henry. This takes place at the vigil mass this weekend. Please keep her in your prayers.

BIBLE TIMELINE COURSE
This world famous Bible study course is to be made available for free, for 7 Wednesdays at 7 p.m. from November 4th.
“The Bible can be quite intimidating, due to its size and complexity. Many Catholics long to read the Bible, but they don’t know how. The Bible Timeline Study System divides the whole Bible into 12 Periods, easy to understand and memorise. In the course you look through each of the 12 Periods. You will clearly see how the many characters and events in Scripture are related to each other in one unified narrative, from Adam & Eve to Jesus Christ. You will grasp the Big Picture of the Bible from start to finish, the Old and New Testament”
I have registered already! I am sending out the flier to all email recipients of the newsletter. To register though, simply go to http://www.comeandsee.org/registration.html Fr Doug

PARISH MASS BOOKS
See our plans for the future (above). Meanwhile, you may wish to follow the mass using the internet. See: https://www.universalis.com/mass.htm. or download:
Catholic Calendar by Universalis Publishing, from your app store.

CATHOLIC NEWSPAPERS
The weekly Catholic newspapers can be obtained directly (postage free) by subscription:
Universe: 0161 820 5722 http://www.thecatholic universe.com/subscribe
Herald: 0207 448 3607 www catholicherald.co.uk/subscribe

Please print off this newsletter, using the screenshots below, and post it through the door of any parishioner you know without electronic access and make sure everyone feels okay and feels connected.
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Newsletter Sunday October 11th, 2020

28th Sunday (A)

Readings: Isaiah; 25:6-10, Psalm 22, Philippians 4:12-14, Matthew 22:1-14

SERVICES FOR WEEK 10th – 18th October 2020

Sat 10 Oct    18.00 Anne,Liam,Fiona&Marie Higgins RIP (Sheehan)

Sun 11 Oct    28th Sunday
                        08.30 Paddy & Ben Medhurst RIP (Frake)
                        10.30 Fabian & Florencia Deffinado RIP (Bernarte)
                        Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time. https://youtu.be/HITkR0UFIm8
                        Denis Buckley RIP (Latimer)

Mon 12 Oct    09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Guilio Venturi (Mantle)

Tues 13 Oct    St Edward Derek Fraser RIP (Eida/Connolly)

Weds 14 Oct    09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Josie Horne RIP (Kennedy)

Thurs 15 Oct    St Teresa of Avila Tim Moriarty RIP (Lyons)

Fri 16 Oct    09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Timmy Lenihan RIP (Beattie)

Sat 17 Oct    11.00 Confessions
                        18.00 Oonagh Galvin (Haylett)

Sun 18 Oct    29th Sunday (A)
                        08.30 Elvira Vaz RIP (Vaz)
                        10.30 Fr Francis Hartley RIP (Asaam)
                        Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time
                        Minihane Family RIP (Sheehan)

Prayer of St. Alphonsus – My Jesus, I believe that You are present in this Most Holy Sacrament of the altar. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul so that. I may unite myself wholly to You now and forever. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

FINANCES – from the Diocesan and Parish finance teams.
Many thanks to all who are making weekly offerings to keep the parish functioning.
Last week’s collection £1093 (including Standing Orders) .
Direct Bank Payments to RCAS St John Fisher Church, Sort code 51 70 14, Account 01831763
Please put your name and if you use envelopes, your envelope number, as the code
Extra Collection This week CAFOD
Next week Home Mission/World Communication/Day for Life

LINKS AND CONTACTS.
Our Diocese of Southwark: http://www.rcsouthwark.co.uk Lots of information and further links.
Bexley Council Helpline: 020 3045 5398. The helpline is open from 8am to 6pm.


Following our Parish Council Meeting, there are several steps we are planning to take or which by now are already taking place:
The church will be ‘vented’ between masses and for good measure, the door handles have received a special treatment to prevent the virus adhering to them.
There can now be limited use of the toilets.
From the start of Advent
The choir will sing at the 10.30 mass but there can be no congregational singing
Parish Mass Books will be available to take home and bring to mass for a nominal deposit of £5, which is returnable. Each new book in the series can be obtained by returning the previous one.
The hall will be open after Friday mass and Sunday 10.30 mass. Initially BYO tea/coffee
Collections for other church organisations will follow on from this week’s CAFOD collection –
Next week will be divided between Home Mission, World Communications and Day for Life.
Baptisms have resumed and Reconciliation is on Saturday at 11.00 or by appointment.
                        God Bless

MASS IN ST. JOHN FISHER
• Those who attend must wear a facial covering. (Exemptions apply)
• You will be asked to give your name and a contact detail so that we can participate in the track-and-trace scheme that the government is running OR use the QR Code

SUNDAY MASS ON THE WEBSITE http://www.stjohnfisherbexley.org then click on ‘Sunday Mass’

STEWARDING
We are very grateful to the stewards who have volunteered to staff the church during these times. One will be in the porch to give instructions and others will be in the church to supervise and to usher. They will also help cleanse the church after Sunday masses.
Please ring John Rayer (01322 523499) if you are available for any of the Sunday masses.

JOINING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
A wonderful event postponed since the Easter Vigil will be the reception into the Church of Petrea Henry. This will take place next Saturday at the vigil mass. Please keep her in your prayers.

BAPTISM
Congratulations to Ryan Loi who is to be baptised after mass on Sunday, and to his family

HALL
Any users will have to complete their own risk assessments and satisfy diocesan insurer’s conditions independently. The measure will include cleansing before and after use.

PARISH MASS BOOKS
See our plans for the future (above). Meanwhile, you may wish to follow the mass using the internet. See: https://www.universalis.com/mass.htm. or download:
Catholic Calendar by Universalis Publishing, from your app store.

CATHOLIC NEWSPAPERS
The weekly Catholic newspapers can be obtained directly (postage free) by subscription:
Universe: 0161 820 5722 http://www.thecatholic universe.com/subscribe
Herald: 0207 448 3607 www catholicherald.co.uk/subscribe

CAFOD Collection Donations can be made:
Using the CAFOD envelopes, adding them to the parish collection baskets
Online at cafod.org.uk/give,
Text CAFOD to 70085 to donate £10. Texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message.

Please print off this newsletter, using the screen shots below, and post it through the door of any parishioner you know without electronic access and make sure everyone feels okay and feels connected.