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Newsletter Sunday December 27th, 2020

Holy Family

Readings: Ecclesiasticus; 3: 2-6, 12-14 Psalm 127, Colossians 3:12-21, Luke 2: 22-40

SERVICES FOR WEEK 26th December 2020 – 3rd January 2021

Sat 26 Dec   18.00 Polycarp Fernandes (Almeida)

Sun 27 Dec   HOLY FAMILY
                        08.30 Peggie Dunne (Haylett)
                        10.30 Alan Boxall RIP (Killcullen)
                        Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time

                        Polycarp Fernandes (Almeida)

Mon 28 Dec   09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Holy Innocents Tony Speed [Birthday] (Morris)

Tues 29 Dec   9.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 St Thomas Becket Jamie Cowdell RIP

Weds 30 Dec   1pm Funeral Mass for Norma Brooker

Thurs 31 Dec   St Silvester Tony Speed RIP + Dorothy & Family (Frake)

Fri 1 Jan   9.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Mary Mother of God Edward Alvarez RIP (Almeida)

Sat 2 Jan   18.00 Breda & Alec Wemyss 60th Wedding Anniversary

Sun 3 Jan   SECOND SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
                        08.30 Vincent Jeyaseelan RIP (Weeks)
                        10.30 Norma Brooker RIP (Bowman)
                        Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time
                        Tony Speed RIP (Choir)

SUNDAY MASS ON THE WEBSITE
We will have this weekend’s mass but Christmas Midnight Mass remains there too.

Pastoral Letter from the Archbishop

FINANCES – from the Diocesan and Parish finance teams. .
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

Your offering at Christmas is your personal gift to the clergy. Thank You!

CATHOLIC NEWSPAPERS
The weekly Catholic newspapers can be obtained directly (postage free) by subscription:
Catholic Universe and Catholic Times Go to http://www.thecatholicuniverse.com or ring 0161 820 5722 and they will arrange for you. Special offer 3 months for £22.00 or 12 months for £80.00
The Herald has a similar offer: Ring 0207 448 3607 or go to http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/subscribe

 

Happy Christmas to you all.
These days of Christmas are more precious than usual, this year. We continue to celebrate the great Festival of Feasts until January 10th, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. There is plenty for us who celebrate the birth of our Saviour to cheer, even though our country is undergoing such an ordeal. We have been truly blessed to celebrate the great day itself in church or at least through the website recording of mass. It was touch and go, but we did it! Congratulations to all who enabled us to do so, and congratulations too to everyone who attended and patiently accepted all the restrictions we have to live with these days. A huge thanks to the stewards who put in so much effort to help us do all this safely. The church looks fabulous as ever. Well done to everyone who has played a part – so far- in our decorations and celebrations.

It has undoubtedly been a tough time though for everyone but particularly for those living alone. Now would be a good time to (carefully and safely) take stock of anyone who might be affected at this time in spirit, mind or body and do what we can to share some cheer.

Finally, Archbishop John reminds us: “the Church regards each day in the Octave of Christmas – the 8 days from 25th December until the 1st January, as if it were ‘Christmas Day’. So, if you haven’t been able to attend mass on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day this year, why not go to mass on any of these 8 days with the same sense of joy and solemnity.”

God Bless  

 

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 can help.

CHURCH CLEANING.
A big thank you to the small group of parishioners who give their free time to help keep our church clean. The rota for 2021 is now available for collection from the cupboard.
We would be grateful if more volunteers came forward to either join an existing group or make up a new one. At the moment, each group cleans once every six weeks. If we had another group of three or four people, that would change to once every eight weeks. If you think you might be able to help, please ring Carole Hughes on 07762 731303.

PARISH MASS BOOKS
For a £10 deposit you can take a copy home and bring it to church each Sunday. There is a series of them covering 3 years, when the next is due, you simply return and swap your copy for the next one in the series, or return it at any time to get your deposit back. Ask a steward if you want one.

RIP
We mourn the loss of Norma Brooker. May she rest in peace (Funeral on 30th Dec).

Vincent Jeyaseelan RIP, Mary writes: My family and I wish to thank all our friends at SJF who have sent cards and condolences and who have kindly arranged for masses to be offered. Thank you and God Bless,    Mary Jeyaseelan

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.


Newsletter Sunday December 20th, 2020

4th Sunday of Advent

Readings: 2 Samuel;7: 1-5, 8-11 16 Psalm 88, Romans 16:25-27, Luke 1:26-38

SERVICES FOR WEEK 19th – 17th December 2020

Sat 19 Dec 18.00 Vincent Jeyaseelan RIP (Fitzpatrick)

Sun 20 Dec   4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT
                        08.30 Patricia Coyne RIP (Ann Hyde)
                        10.30 Brian Keeley RIP (Stanton)
                        Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time

                        Denis Burke RIP, Anniversary (Burke)
  

Mon 21 Dec   09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 John Stanton (Morris)
                        7.30 PARISH RECONCILIATION SERVICE

Tues 22 Dec   Kathy Connolly (Frake)

Weds 23 Dec 9.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Dick Fitzpatrick RIP (Fitzpatrick)

Thurs 24 Dec   6pm Christmas Eve Tony Sullivan RIP (Sullivan)
                        10pm Vincent Jeyaseelan RIP (Almeida)
MIDNIGHT MASS AVAILABLE TO VIEW AT ANY TIME

Click on the link above for MIDNIGHT MASS

                   
Fri 25 Dec   9.00 Christmas Day Margaret Kyne (Haylett)
                        10.30 The Speed Family (Anderson)
                        Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time
                        Anne Fitzpatrick (Fitzpatrick)

Sat 26 Dec   18.00 Polycarp Fernandes (Almeida)

Sun 27 Dec   Holy Family – but still Christmas!!
                        08.30 Peggie Dunne (Haylett)
                        10.30 Alan Boxall RIP (Kilcullen)
                        Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time
                        Paul Wemyss (Wemyss)

  
CHRISTMAS CAROLS. As we are not able to hold a Carol Service this year we have put together a selection from our choir. Just click on the link below and sing along! To brighten everything up we’ve also included photos of the Christmas flowers and decorations in the church during the past four years.

FINANCES – from the Diocesan and Parish finance teams. .
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

Your offering at Christmas is your personal gift to the clergy. Thank You in advance!

CATHOLIC NEWSPAPERS
The weekly Catholic newspapers can be obtained directly (postage free) by subscription:
Catholic Universe and Catholic Times Go to http://www.thecatholicuniverse.com or ring 0161 820 5722 and they will arrange for you. Special offer 3 months for £22.00 or 12 months for £80.00
The Herald has a similar offer: Ring 0207 448 3607 or go to http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/subscribe

 

I think we have all recognized that tasks that we are used to undertaking have been more difficult of late! Organising a Parish Reconciliation Service has been one such task. But I am pleased to report that a Service has now been arranged for Monday evening at 7.30. Fr Paul Fennessy will be coming from Holy Apostles Church, Swanley to help hear confessions. We will run the same service in Swanley on Wednesday at 7.30 in case Monday is busy for you. Celebrating this sacrament has always been an important part of our personal preparations for Christmas. In the service we will reflect together on God’s mercy, consider our own personal need for forgiveness and then make individual and confidential confessions to the priests on the sanctuary in order to gain penance and absolution.

Masses: Christmas Eve: 6p.m. & 10p.m. and Christmas Day: 9a.m. & 10.30a.m.

Again, thanks to everyone who has reserved places for masses at Christmas. At the 6.00 Christmas Eve mass, stewards will enable individuals or family “bubbles” to be seated 1 metre apart using all our benches. There can therefore be NO KNEELING. The other 3 masses look as if they can be organised in the usual way with 2 metre spacing, which does allow for kneeling.

We want to safely accommodate as many people as possible and so we need to know how many people wish to attend each mass. There are booking forms in church for each of the masses on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Telephone and emailed bookings will be accepted too. It may be that on the day it is not possible to give safe admission to someone who has not booked in advance. This will depend on numbers.

Archbishop John reminds us: “the Church regards each day in the Octave of Christmas – the 8 days from 25th December until the 1st January, as if it were ‘Christmas Day’. So, if you can’t attend mass on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day this year, why not go to mass on any of these 8 days with the same sense of joy and solemnity.”

We are not allowed to enjoy communal singing, but we will listen to recorded versions of carols. Masks will continue to be worn.

God Bless

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 can help.

PARISH MASS BOOKS
It is good to follow the mass (especially the readings) in a missal if you have one.
We are offering the opportunity to borrow your own copy of the parish mass book. None can be available for casual or occasional use, but it is possible to keep and care for your own. Bring it to mass and take it home each Sunday. For a £10 deposit you can take your copy home and because there is a series of them covering 3 years, when the next is due, you return and swap your copy for the next one in the series, or return it at any time to get your deposit back.

RIP
We mourn the loss of Norma Brooker. May she rest in peace. (Funeral on 30th Dec)

Tony Speed RIP. Dorothy writes: My family and I wish to thank all our friends in SJF who have sent cards and condolences and who have kindly arranged for masses to be offered. Thank you and God Bless,                                                       Dorothy Speed

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 December 13th, 2020

 3rd Sunday of Advent

Readings: Isaiah;61:1-2, 10-11, Psalm Luke 1:46-54, 1 Thess 5:16-24, John 1:6-8. 19-28

SERVICES FOR WEEK 12th – 19th December 2020
Sat 12 Dec 18.00 Tony Speed RIP Hughes)

Sun 13 Dec   3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT
                        08.30 Vincent Jeyaseelan RIP (Frake)
                        10.30 Arsenia Mencias RIP (Bernarte)
                        Baptism Isabella Satchi
                        Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time

                        John & Anne Rayer (Wedding Anniversary)

Mon 14 Dec   09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 John of the Cross Deceased Members of Mulligan/Fitzpatrick families

Tues 15 Dec   11.45 Funeral Mass Patricia Coyne RIP

Weds 16 Dec   9.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Patrick McQuaid RIP (Seamus,Siobain+Patricia)

Thurs 17 Dec   Tony Speed RIP (Fitzpatrick)
                        9.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Fri 18 Dec 10.00 Janet Maupome RIP (Hollis)

Sat 19 Dec   11.00 Confessions
                        18.00 Vincent Jeyaseelan RIP (Fitzpatrick)

Sun 20 Dec   4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT
                        08.30 Patricia Coyne RIP (Hyde)
                        10.30 Brian Keeley RIP (Stanton)
                        Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time
                        Denis Burke RIP (Burke)

FINANCES .
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

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.

CATHOLIC NEWSPAPERS
The weekly Catholic newspapers can be obtained directly (postage free) by subscription:
Catholic Universe and Catholic Times Go to http://www.thecatholicuniverse.com or ring 0161 820 5722 and they will arrange for you. Special offer 3 months for £22.00 or 12 months for £80.00
The Herald has a similar offer: Ring 0207 448 3607 or go to http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/subscribe

  
First of all, I have been asked to mention that there are plenty of scams around at the moment including one where a text or recorded phone message invites you to book a non-existent Covid vaccination. Several people have received such a call purporting to be from a local hospital. Please be careful and do not return any such call to a number you cannot verify.

Thanks to everyone who reserved places for the Christmas masses. There are just a few places left for the 6.00 mass and it will be organised with 1 metre spacing and NO KNEELING. At this stage the other masses look as if they can be organised in the usual way with 2 metre spacing that does allow kneeling.

CHRISTMAS IN ST. JOHN FISHER
Masses: Christmas Eve: 6 p.m. & 10 p.m. and Christmas Day: 9 a.m. & 10.30 a.m.

We want to safely accommodate as many people as possible and so we need to know how many people wish to attend each mass. There are booking forms in church for each of the masses on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Telephone and emailed bookings will be accepted too.

We will, wherever necessary, reconfigure the seating to the government permitted 1 metre (+) spacing, ensuring that there is at least I metre around any individual or family grouping. We will, like many other churches therefore, not permit kneeling at any such mass, only standing and sitting. This will allow people to be safely placed in benches one behind the other, thus increasing our capacity but within safe limitations. Where numbers allow, we will use our current ‘normal’ arrangements..

In any case, as the Archbishop reminds us: “the Church regards each day in the Octave of Christmas as if it were the solemnity itself. Liturgically, each of the days from 25th December until the 1st January is ‘Christmas Day’. So if it is not possible to attend mass on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day this year, why not go to mass on any of those 8 days of Christmas with the same sense of joy and solemnity.”

We are not allowed to enjoy communal singing but we will listen to recorded versions of carols. Masks will continue to be worn.

God Bless

 

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 can help.

PARISH MASS BOOKS
It is good to follow the mass (especially the readings) in a missal if you have one. We all got used to using the Parish Mass Book so…
We offer everyone the chance to borrow their own copy of the parish mass book. None can be available for casual or occasional use but there is nothing stopping everyone keeping and caring for their own. Bring it to mass and take it home each Sunday. The idea is that for a £10 deposit you can take your copy home and because there is a series of them covering 3 years, when the next is due, you return and swap your copy for the next one in the series, or return it at any time and get your deposit back.

RIP
We mourn the loss of Patricia Coyne and Norma Brooker. May they rest in peace.

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.