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Newsletter Sunday December 29th, 2019

THE HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH

We celebrate that Holy Family of Nazareth which is the model for all
who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.

1st Reading: Ecclesiasticus 3: 2-6, 12-14. 2nd Reading: Colossians 3: 12-21.
Gospel Matthew 2 13-15, 19-23.


Click above to hear Fr. Doug’s sermon.

MASS INTENTIONS FOR WEEK 28th December 2019 – 5th January 2020

Saturday 28th December   9.00am Tony Crowe RIP (Marlene Burt)
                                               6.00pm Bridie, Michael and Brendan Houlihan RIP
                                               (Eileen Sheehan))

Sunday 29th December   8.30am James and Ellen Connolly RIP (P. Coyne)
                                             10.30am Foundation Mass for Jamie Cowdell RIP

Monday 30th December   9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                                               10.00am Kit and Hugh O’Reilly RIP (Eileen Sheehan)

Tuesday 31st December   7.00pm Jeremy Nelson RIP (Sylvia Coutinho)
                                               No Exposition or Prayer Group

Wednesday 1st January   9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
New Year’s Day                10.00am Elizabeth and Mick Minihane RIP (Eileen Sheehan)

Thursday 2nd January   No Mass or Eucharistic Service

Friday 3rd January   9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                                    10.00am Intentions of Eileen and Family (Eileen Sheehan)

Saturday 4th January   9.00am Mary Lyons RIP (Danny and Kay Lyons)
                                         6.00pm Girish Prabhu RIP (Violet Prabhu and Family))

Sunday5th January   8.30am Stella Mendes RIP (Sylvia Coutinho)
Epiphany                10.30am Dorothy Speed & Maureen Fitzpatrick (Carol Anderson)

Reconciliation Times: Saturday 9.30am (after Mass) and Saturday 5.30pm (before Mass)

Anniversaries: Amanda Johnson, Joseph McKinley, Bemvinda Fernandes, Dick Fitzpatrick, Jamie Cowdell, Gerry Clark, Marilyn Mullins, Vernon Bunce, Elizabeth Izegbuwa Iroku and Girish Prabhu.

PRAY FOR THE SICK: Tony Laws, David Latimer, David Brailsford, Colin Anderson, Joe Reape, Giulio Venturi, Anne Newton, Bridie Cripps, Ray Blackman, Peggy Whiteside and for all those with ongoing poor health.

OFFERTORY: Gift Aid £441.61. Loose £251.28. Total £692.89.

ROTAS: Readers: Saturday 6pm Kathy Fogarty. Sunday 8.30am Bridie Haylett; 10.30am Joseph Ebare. Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6pm Edna, Volunteer. Sunday 8.30am Peter H, Ann Hyde. 10.30am Volunteer, Margaret, Patricia, Rob, Kate U (Host). Collector 8.30am Mass: Mrs M Lee. Front of Church: John Stanton. Typing Newsletter: Graziella Highland. Photocopying Newsletter: Calen Delpaul. Washing of Purificators: Patricia. Flower Arranging: Doune and Theresa.

NOTE TO ALL VOLUNTEER GROUPS: The rotas will no longer appear in the Newsletter from January 2020. Please refer to your group’s rotas regarding your slot.

CHURCH CLEANING: A big THANK YOU to the small group of parishioners who give up their free time to help keep our church clean. The rota for 2020 is now available for collection from the cupboard.
We would be grateful if more volunteers came forward either to 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 020 8303 9073

NEW YEAR’S EVE FAMILY DISCO AT ST JOHN FISHER: 8pm until 1am. Bring your own nibbles. Bar open. Tickets only £10 per adult and £1 per child.
Contact Noel McCarthy with your ticket requirements on 07813 890556 or 020 8301 2479.
Email: noel.mccarthy60@outlook.com

COULD YOU TYPE THE NEWSLETTER ONCE A MONTH?   We urgently need one or two additional volunteers. All you need is a knowledge of MS Word and access to a PC or laptop. At present all our typists are female but in the past we have had a number of men on our rota and they have done a very good job. So the post is open to all! If you are willing to help please contact Ruth Powers on ruthmac18@gmail.com or the parish office. Many thanks.

EASY FUNDRAISING: If you are shopping on the internet PLEASE use
easyfundraising.org.uk. You will raise FREE donations for St John Fisher Church Bexley every time you make a purchase. It is very easy to become a supporter and doesn’t cost you anything extra. The parish needs many more supporters. After Christmas thoughts turn to holidays. If you are booking online many travel companies and airlines will make generous donations. There are nearly 4000 sellers in the scheme, from M&S, Amazon and John Lewis to booking.com and Expedia, as well as insurance companies, energy suppliers, telecomms and many more. If you are not familiar with it do take a few minutes to browse easyfundraising.org.uk.

Newsletter Sunday December 22nd, 2019

4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Mary’s Child: The Emmanuel

 God’s choice rested on the House of David which was to bring forth the Emmanuel, the God-with-us. But Mary’s Child was to belong to all the nations. We are one of those nations who, by God’s call, belong to Jesus Christ.

1st Reading: Isaiah 7:10-14 2nd Reading: Romans 1:1-7 Gospel Matthew 1:18-25

MASS INTENTIONS FOR WEEK 21- 29 Dec 2019

Sat 21 Dec   9am Intentions of John & Eileen Stanton (Tony Frake)
                      6pm Dan & Julia Harrington & Patrick & Mary Sheehan RIP (Eileen Sheehan)

Sun 22 Dec   8.30am Intentions of Margaret Kyne & Family (Bridie Haylett)
                        10.30am Tony Sullivan RIP (Marie & Family)
                      3pm Nativity & Carols

Mon 23 Dec   9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10am Intentions of John & Eileen Hollis (Tony Frake)
                         7pm Service of Reconciliation.

Tues 24 Dec    Christmas Eve
                          6.30pm Vigil: Alison Johnson RIP (Mary Lee)
                           11pm Midnight: Ellen & Laurence Dowling RIP (Margaret Gillis)

Wed 25 Dec    Christmas Day
                          8.30am Fr. Ernest Akorsou RIP (Friends)
                           10.30am Kit & Hugh O’Reilly RIP (Eileen Sheehan)

Thurs 26 Dec   No Eucharistic Service

Fri 27 Dec   Feast: St. John, Apostle and Evangalist
                        9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 am Sonny Sheehan RIP (Eileen)

Sat 28 Dec   Feast: The Holy Innocents
                        9am Tony Crowe RIP (Marlene Burt)
                        6pm Bridie, Michael & Brendan Houlihan RIP (Eileen Sheehan)

Sun 29 Dec   The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
                        8.30am James & Ellen Connolly RIP (P.Coyne)
                        10.30am Foundation Mass for Jamie Cowdell RIP

Reconciliation Times: Sat 9.30am (after Mass) and Sat 5.30pm (before Mass)

Prayers for the Sick: David Brailsford, Colin Anderson, Joe Reape, Giulio Venturi, Anne Newton, Bridie Cripps, Ray Blackman, Peggy Whiteside and all those with ongoing poor health.

Anniversaries: Amanda Johnson, Joseph McKinley, Bemvinda Fernandes, Dick Ritzpatrick, James Fowdell, ~Gerry Clark, Marilyn Mullins, Vernon Bunce, Elizabeth Izegbuwa Iroku

OFFERTORY COLLECTION – 14 December 2019
First Collection: Gift Aid – 430.80;  Loose –  £218/.01;  TOTAL   £648.81
Bexley Deanery: £152.63

ROTAS (week commencing Mon 23/12)
Readers: Sat 6.00 pm Andy Watson Sun 8.30 Larissa/Rob Sun 10.30 Katherine Benarte.  Copying of Newsletter: Molly Hobson.   Newsletter Typist: Molly Robins.   Collection for 8.30 am Mass: Mr. V. Jeyaseelan.   Parishioner Attending to Front of Church on Saturdays: Paul Rowland.   Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6 pm Kath, Patricia, Sun 8.30 am Volunteer, Peter W. 10.30 am Carole, Marlene, Peter H, Mary H. Molly.   Washing of Purificators: Barbara.     Sue.

NOTE TO ALL VOLUNTEER GROUPS: The rotas will no longer appear in the newsletter from January 2020. Please refer to you group’s rotas regarding your slot.

SPECIAL MINISTERS: If you are able, please volunteer over Christmas time. Please sign list available in the Sacristy. Many thanks. Kathy and Patricia.

WISHING YOU PEACE FROM PADRE PIO REHABILITATION CENTRE, GHANA: Thank you to all at St. John Fisher for your generous support. The staff and residents want to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and Peace in 2020.
If you would like to read about some of the activities that Fr. Doug was involved in during his recent visit, please do take a look at this uplifting December update at www.ahoto.org/newsletters. For more information about the Padre Pio Centre click on their logo on our “links” page.

ST. JOHN FISHER NEW YEAR’S EVE FAMILY DISCO 31st DECEMBER: £12 per adult, £2 per child, 8pm to 1am. Bring your own nibbles. Licensed bar. Please contact Noel McCarthy with your ticket requirements on 07813 890556 or 020 8301 2479. Email: noel.mccarthy60@outlook.com

EASYFUNDRAISING.ORG.UK If you are shopping on the internet PLEASE use easyfundraising.org.uk. You will raise FREE donations for St John Fisher Church every time you make a purchase. It’s easy and doesn’t cost you anything extra.

VOLUNTEER TYPISTS REQUIRED: We urgently need 1 or 2 typists to assist with producing the newsletter. Commitment is only around 1-2 hours once a month. Proficiency with word and access to a pc are all that is required. If interested please contact Ruth Powers on ruthmac18@gmail.com or the parish office. Many thanks.

BEXLEY DEANERY DEVELOPING WORLD GROUP. Thank you for your generous donation of £152.63 on Sunday 15th December. For further information please contact the Parish Representative, Maria Ward, on 01322 555553/0780262351.

CHURCH CLEANING – A big THANK YOU to the small group of parishioners who give up- their free time to help keep our church clean. The rota for 2020 is now available for collection from the cupboard. More volunteers are needed to either join an existing group or make up a new one. Each group cleans once every six weeks, another group of three or four people, means that would change to once every eight weeks. If you are able to help please ring Carole Hughes on 020 8303 90703.

THE CHURCH CHRISTMAS TREE has been given in memory of Kathleen Murphy and once again her family would like all parishioners to join in decorating it with “memory stars”. Write the names of anyone you’ll be missing this Christmas on the white side of one of the gold stars and hang them on the tree. There is a tin of stars by the tree and hopefully some pens.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2020 Completed Application forms for the First Holy communion Programme 2020 (collected from the Porch) should be completed and returned no later than 22nd December 2019. Year 3 Children or above are eligible for First Communion and should attend mass regularly at St. John Fisher, Bexley. New parishioners who wish their child to join the programme please speak to Father Doug. The programme commences in January 2020 and the First Holy Communion Service will be held in June 2020. Details of the programme, relevant dates, parents meetings to follow.

MEDJUGORJE IRISH CENTRE PILGRIMAGES APRIL – OCT 2020
7 Night Stay and Airport Shuttle service from Dubrovnik or Split for £266 per person sharing. Book any flight – any time and we provide guaranteed airport shuttle service. Call us for further info and book the dates that suit you. Tel: 020 3239 8662 or email reservations@med-irishcentre.com

Newsletter Sunday December 15th, 2019

3RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

The Joy of Expectancy

At his coming Christ fulfilled the lame walk, and the lepers clean. We must not lose heart in face of all the evils of the world, for we too have a glorious expectation. Come, Lord Jesus and save us.

1st Reading: Isaiah 35:1-6, 10 2nd Reading: James 5:7-10 Gospel: Matthew 11:2-11Click above to hear Fr Doug’s sermon.

MASS INTENTIONS FOR WEEK 14 – 22 Dec 2019

Sat 14 Dec    9am Jim Henry RIP (Marlene Burt)
                        (please note new Mass time Sat mornings)
                      6pm Sonny Sheehan RIP (Eileen & Family)
Sun 15 Dec    8.30am Christopher O’Malley RIP (Michael Coyne)
                      10.30am Deceased members of the Hollis Family (Eileen & John)
Mon 16 Dec    9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10am Mercy Easton RIP (Gloria & Tony Laws)
Tues 17 Dec    7pm Patrick McQuaid RIP (Seamus, Patricia & Siobhan)
                        7.30pm Exposition + Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group
Wed 18 Dec    9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10am Jim, Danny, Thomas & John Harrington (Eileen Sheehan)
Thurs 19 Dec    No Eucharistic Service
Fri 20 Dec    9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 am Intentions of Peggie Dunne (Bridie Haylett)
Sat 21 Dec    Feast: St Peter Canisius
                        9am Intentions of John & Eileen Stanton (Tony Frake)
                        (please note new Mass time Sat mornings)
                        6pm Dan & Julia Harrington & Patrick & Mary Sheehan RIP
                        (Eileen Sheehan)
Sun 22 Dec    4th Sunday of Advent
                        8.30am Intentions of Margaret Kyne & Family (Bridie Haylett)
                        10.30am Tony Sullivan RIP (Marie & Family)
                        3pm Nativity & Carols

Reconciliation Times: Sat 9.30am (after Mass) and Sat 5.30pm (before Mass)

Prayers for the Sick: David Brailsford, Colin Anderson, Joe Reape, Giulio Venturi, Anne Newton, Bridie Cripps, Ray Blackman, Peggy Whiteside and all those with ongoing poor health.

Anniversaries: Mary O’Sullivan, Ronald Andrews, May Williams Patrick McQuaid, Charlotte Seekings, David Rogers

OFFERTORY COLLECTION – 7 December 2019
1st Collection Gift Aid £518.01; Loose £258.07; Total: £776.08
This week’s retiring collection is for Bexley Deanery

ROTAS (week commencing Mon 16/12)
Readers: Sat 6.00pm Peter Harris, Sun 8.30 Peter Wilkes, Sun 10.30 Marlene Burt.  Copying of Newsletter John Stanton.   Newsletter Typist: Sheila Botterill.   Collection for 8.30am Mass: Mrs T Li/Ray.   Parishioner Attending To Front of Church on Saturdays: Ken Crump.   Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6 pm Mary H Volunteer, Sun 8.30am Bridie, Mary J; 10.30am Kathy, Eileen W, Patricia, Margaret, Rob.   Washing of Purificators: Alvira.

NOTE TO ALL VOLUNTEER GROUPS: the rotas will no longer appear on the newsletter from January 2020. Please refer to your group’s rotas regarding your slot.

ST JOHN FISHER NEW YEAR’S EVE  FAMILY DISCO 31st DECEMBER: £12 per adult, £2 per child, 8pm to 1am. Bring your own nibbles. Licensed bar. Please contact Noel McCarthy with your ticket requirements on 07813 890556 or 020 8301 2479. Email: noel.mccarthy60@outlook.com

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: Application forms are now available for the First Holy Communion Programme 2020. Children eligible for First Communion must be in Year 3 or above and should attend mass regularly at St John Fisher Bexley. Application forms can be collected from the back of the church (porch) or please see Angela Underwood (Children’s Liturgy co-ordinator). If you are a new parishioner and/or do not attend mass at this parish but wish your child to join the programme please speak to Father Doug. Completed application forms must be returned no later than the 22nd December 2019. The programme will commence in January 2020. The First Holy Communion Service will be held in June 2020. Full details and a list of relevant dates to follow.

SPECIAL MINISTERS: If you are able, please volunteer over Christmas time. Please sign list available in the Sacristy. Many thanks. Kathy and Patricia.

EASYFUNDRAISING.ORG.UK If you are shopping on the internet PLEASE use easyfundraising.org.uk. You will raise FREE donations for St John Fisher every time to make a purchase. It’s easy and doesn’t cost anything. Over 4,000 retailers have signed up to the scheme, including those many of us use regularly. Two parishioners began to use the scheme earlier this year whilst shopping online, have raised funds, and have said how easy it is to use. Many thanks.

VOLUNTEER TYPISTS REQUIRED Due to Molly Robins standing down in the new year we urgently need 1 or 2 typists to assist with producing the newsletter. Commitment is only around 1-2 hours once a month. Proficiency with word and access to a pc are all that is required. If interested please contact Ruth Powers on ruthmac18@gmail.com or the parish office. Many thanks.

CHRISTMAS DAY COMMUNITY LUNCH, Albany Park Baptist Church are offering lunch to anyone who is going to be alone or otherwise disadvantaged on Christmas Day. Transport to and from the Church in Stansted Crescent DA5 3JB can be arranged, a five course traditional Christmas meal with dietary options and a gift for everyone – complete free of charge. Volunteers are also sought. To book call 020 8300 1392/07738 008783 or email minister@albanyparkbc.org.uk by 19 December.  See poster in the porch.