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Newsletter Sunday June 21st, 2020

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Do Not Be Afraid To Speak Out

Readings: Jeremiah 20:10-13, Psalm 68, Romans 5:12-15, Matthew 10: 26-33

SERVICES FOR WEEK 21st June – 28th June 2020

Sun 21 June 12th SUNDAY in ORDINARY TIME
  Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time. https://youtu.be/G9GiMZmGQLQ
              William Dawson-Asaam RIP (Asaam)
          8.30 a.m. Meade Family (Sullivan)

Mon 22 June   8.30 a.m. ST.s John Fisher & Thomas More Fr Francis Hartley RIP
                          (Bowman)
          10.00 – 11.00 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Private Prayer

Tues 23 June   8.30 a.m. Philip Anderson & Family (Anderson)

Wed 24 June   8.30 a.m. Birth of John the Baptist Jim Gallagher RIP (Eida/Connolly)
          10.00 – 11.00 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Private Prayer

Thur 25 June   8.30 a.m Maureen Watkins (Wheatley))

Fri 26 June   8.30 a.m. Joan & Ron Aspeek (Frake)
          10.00 – 11.00 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Private Prayer

Sun 28 June ST.s PETER and PAUL
  Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time
        Fr.s Francis and Ed Hartley RIP (Frogley)
        8.30 a.m. Private Intention (Morris)

Please pray for the souls of :
Terry Orford Funeral on 6th July at 3.30
Sharon Ryan-Young Funeral on 29th June at 11.45

Please pray for those who are suffering from Corona virus and for those who care for them

Prayer of St. Alphonsus – (to be used when making spiritual communion)
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 delivering weekly offerings .
Direct Bank Payments to RCAS St John Fisher Church, Sort code 51 70 14, Account 01831763
Please ensure you put your name on the transaction code so that we can thank you later.

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.

Dear Parishioners,
We were finally able to open our church this week, though not for public services.
St. John Fisher was and now is open for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament between 10.00 and 11.00 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Strict instructions have been imposed and we were able to follow them with no real difficulties so please feel welcome and safe to join us during this coming week.

• Anyone who is unwell or who is isolating should not attend.
• Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will commence before the doors open and conclude after they are locked. There will be no Benediction.
• Doors will remain open to ensure good ventilation and to avoid touching handles etc.
• Anyone under 16 must be with an adult.
• A limited number of people will be able to enter the church and “take a pew” with social distancing applied except for members of the same household or who are in a ‘Bubble’.
• If there are no vacant spaces you might be asked to wait while Fr Doug encourages someone to leave!
• Hands will need to be cleansed on entry. We have a hand dispenser available for those who do not have their own.
• Votive candles can be lit by taking a light from ones already lit.
• Masks will not be a requirement.
• Given that the virus only lasts on surfaces for a limited time, different seating areas in the church will be used each day.
• There will be no toilet facilities available.
• Two stewards are on duty each time the church is open to ensure this safe practice.

We are very grateful to the teams of stewards who have volunteered to staff the church during these opening times. One will be in the porch to give instructions and one will be in the church to supervise and to usher. They will act on a rota. Without these volunteers stepping forward the church would not have been able to open, and indeed many churches are not open.

OUR SUNDAY PARISH MASS will be available on the website in the (now) normal way.

PRAYER INTENTIONS
We cannot use our parish prayer intentions book because the virus can be passed from one to another via its surface so I will place at the foot of the sanctuary a basket and anyone who wishes can bring in or send in prayer intentions which those in church will pray for in a general way and which I will offer up in our Sunday Mass. None will be read, let alone read out loud.

• If you haven’t found the parish mass, then on the website: http://www.stjohnfisherbexley.org go to the Sunday Mass button and click on there.
• Also on the website is the ‘photo’ of many of us enjoying coffee after Sunday Mass. It is virtually (!) real. If you want to join us, send your selfie to Peter at contact@stjohnfisherbexley.org
• If you are a Parish Reader you can exercise your ministry by emailing Peter Murphy on contact@stjohnfisherbexley.org
• The parish office is open on a limited basis.
• If you want a mass offered then just write the details on an envelope enclosing the mass offering.
• You can receive this newsletter by email and also my mid-week “Ramblings” by emailing me at douglasbull@rcaos.org.uk

God Bless        Fr Doug

Please print off the screenshots of this newsletter 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 June 14th, 2020

The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ (Year A)

One bread, one body, one Lord of all

Readings: Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-6 , Psalm 147, 1 Corinthians 10:16-17, John 6: 51-58

SERVICES FOR WEEK 14th June – 21st June 2020

Sun 14 June THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST
Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time

Rufina Roque RIP (Bernarte)
8.30 a.m. Maureen & David Watkins (Frake)
Mon 15 June 8.30 a.m. Alfred & Blanche Anderson RIP (Anderson)
10.00 – 11.00 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Private Prayer
Tues 16 June 8.30 a.m. Fr Francis Hartley RIP (SVP)
Wed 17 June 8.30 a.m. Alvira & Donald Almeida (Frake)
10.00 – 11.00 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Private Prayer
Thur 18 June 8.30 a.m Margaret Connolly (Eida/Connolly)
Fri 19 June 8.30 a.m. Sacred Heart of Jesus Anne Young (Wheatley)
10.00 – 11.00 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Private Prayer
Sun 21 June 12th SUNDAY in ORDINARY TIME
Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time
William Dawson-Asaam RIP (Asaam)
8.30 a.m. Meade Family (Sullivan)

Please pray for the souls of :
Fr Francis Hartley Funeral on 18th June at 10.00
Fr Edmund Hartley
Terry Orford
Sharon Ryan-Young Funeral on 29th June at 11.45
Please pray for those who are suffering from Corona virus and for those who care for them

Prayer of St. Alphonsus – (to be used when making spiritual communion)
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 delivering weekly offerings .
Direct Bank Payments to RCAS St John Fisher Church, Sort code 51 70 14, Account 01831763
Please ensure you put your name on the transaction code so that we can thank you later.

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.

Dear Parishioners,
At last, we have been given permission to open our church, but not for public services.
St. John Fisher will be open for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament between 10.00 and 11.00 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, starting this Monday. Strict instructions have been imposed:

• Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will commence before the doors open and conclude after they are locked. There will be no Benediction.
• Doors will remain open to ensure good ventilation and to avoid touching of handles etc.
• Anyone who is unwell or who is isolating should not attend.
• Anyone under 16 must be with an adult!
• A limited number of people will be able to enter the church and “take a pew” with social distancing applied except for members of the same household or in a Johnstone Bubble.
• If there are no vacant spaces you will be asked to wait while Fr Doug encourages someone to leave!
• Hands will need to be cleansed on entry. We have a hand dispenser available for those who do not have their own.
• Votive candles can be lit by taking a light from ones already lit. No matches or lighters will be made available from the church.
• While face coverings can be reassuring, masks will not be a requirement.
• Given that the virus only lasts on surfaces for a limited time, different seating areas in the church will be used each day.
• There will be no toilet facilities available.
• Two stewards are to be on duty each time the church is open to ensure this safe practice.

We should be very grateful to the teams of stewards who have volunteered to staff the church during these opening times. One will be in the porch to give instructions and one will be in the church to supervise. They will act on a rota. Without these volunteers stepping forward the church would not have been able to open, and indeed many churches are not able to open.
There will also be teams of cleaners who will take turns to cleanse specific areas of the church like grab rails, handles, and so on a regular basis.

OUR SUNDAY PARISH MASS will be available on the website in the (now) normal way.

PRAYER INTENTIONS
We cannot use our parish prayer intentions book because the virus can be passed from one to another via its surface so I will place at the foot of the sanctuary a basket and anyone who wishes can bring in or send in prayer intentions which those in church will pray for in a general way and which I will offer up in our Sunday Mass. None will be read, let alone read out loud.

• If you haven’t found the parish mass, then on the website: http://www.stjohnfisherbexley.org go to the Sunday Mass button and click on there.
• Also on the website is the ‘photo’ of many of us enjoying coffee after Sunday Mass. It is virtually (!) real. If you want to join us, send your selfie to Peter at contact@stjohnfisherbexley.org
• If you are a Parish Reader you can exercise your ministry by emailing Peter Murphy on contact@stjohnfisherbexley.org
• The parish office is open on a limited basis.
• If you want a mass offered then just write the details on an envelope enclosing the mass offering.
• You can receive this newsletter by email and also my mid-week “Ramblings” by emailing me at douglasbull@rcaos.org.uk

God Bless Fr Doug

Please print off this newsletter 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 June 7th, 2020

The Most Holy Trinity (Year A)

In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

Readings: Exodus 34:4-6,8-9 , Daniel 3:52-56, 1 Corinthians 13:11-13, John 3: 16-18

SERVICES FOR WEEK 7th June – 14th June 2020

Sun 7 June THE MOST HOLY TRINITY
Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time of day
Kwame Osei-Kissi RIP (Asaam).

8.30 a.m. Private Intention (Sullivan)
Mon 8 June    8.30 a.m. Fr Francis Hartley RIP (Connolly)
Tues 9 June    8.30 a.m. St. Columba Kathleen Bowman RIP (Bowman)
Wed 10 June    8.30 a.m. Les Truman RIP (Truman)
Thur 11 June    8.30 p.m. St. Barnabas Maureen Fitzpatrick (Wheatley)
Fri 12 June   8.30 p.m. Eileen & Michael Murphy RIP (Sheehan)
Sun 14 June CORPUS CHRISTI
Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time of day
Rufina Roque RIP (Bernarte)
8.30 a.m. Maureen & David Watkins (Frake)
Holy Hour between 5.30 and 6.30 each evening.

Please pray for the souls of :
Fr Francis Hartley
Fr Edmund Hartley
Kathleen Bowman Funeral Fri 10 June 11.00

Please pray for those who are suffering from Corona virus and for those who care for them

Prayer of St. Alphonsus – (to be used when making spiritual communion)
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 delivering weekly offerings .
Direct Bank Payments to RCAS St John Fisher Church, Sort code 51 70 14, Account 01831763
Please ensure you put your name on the transaction code so that we can thank you later.

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.

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

Dear Parishioners,
We continue to pray for Fr Francis Hartley, Parish Priest of St John Fisher 2001 – 2013 who died last week. No details of his funeral have been made known to us yet.

We received notification on Friday evening of the steps that we will need to take in order to get our church open. Not all churches will be able to meet the requirements. Only those who can will be allowed to open. The aim is to open for private prayer ONLY. No services are to occur.

We have not been told when this can happen, merely to be ready for it.
In St. John Fisher the proposal is to open for prayer before the blessed sacrament between 10.00 and 11.00 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

• Doors will remain open to ensure good ventilation and to avoid touching of handles etc.
• A limited number of people would be able to enter the church and “take a pew” with social distancing applied except for members of the same household.
• Hands will need to be cleansed on entry and exit.
• Everyone will leave the church by the exit through the hall so as not to pass others.
• While face coverings can be reassuring, masks will not be a requirement.
• Given that the virus only lasts on surfaces for a limited time, different seating areas in the church will be used each day. Nevertheless the church will have to be cleansed regularly.
• There will be no toilet facilities available.
• Two stewards are to be on duty each time the church is open to ensure safe practice.

SO, we need to assemble teams of stewards who (after training) will staff the church during these opening times. One will be in the porch to give instructions and one will be in the church to supervise. They will act on a rota. Without volunteers stepping forward the church cannot open. Anyone willing to take a turn at this should contact me by email or by dropping a note through my door. Please supply contact details and which of the days you could (from time to time) cover.

ALSO, we need teams of cleaners who will take turns to cleanse specific areas of the church like grab rails, handles, and so on a regular basis. Again, anyone willing to take a turn at doing this should contact me by email or by dropping a note through my door. Please supply contact details and which of the three days you could (from time to time) cover.

If there are not sufficient volunteers the church cannot re-open. Please step forward!

• If you haven’t found the parish mass, then on the website: http://www.stjohnfisherbexley.org go to the Sunday Mass button and click on there.
• Also on the website is the ‘photo’ of many of us enjoying coffee after Sunday Mass. It is virtually (!) real. If you want to join us, send your selfie to Peter at contact@stjohnfisherbexley.org
• If you are a Parish Reader you can exercise your ministry by emailing Peter Murphy on contact@stjohnfisherbexley.org
• The parish office is open on a limited basis.
• If you want a mass offered then just write the details on an envelope enclosing the mass offering.
• You can receive this newsletter by email and also my mid-week “Ramblings” by emailing me at douglasbull@rcaos.org.uk

God Bless        Fr Doug

KATHLEEN BOWMAN RIP. Several parishioners may remember Kathleen, a sister of the late John Bowman and aunt/godmother of Tim. Kathleen died peacefully, in her care home in Bletchley, at 3 PM on Sat 30th May. She was 96. Kathleen’s funeral is scheduled for 11 AM Friday 12th June at Eltham Cemetery at Falconwood. If any parishioner would particularly like to attend, please can they contact Tim on 01322-554823.