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SUNDAY 15th January 2023

SECOND SUNDAY, YEAR A 

Readings: Ecclesiasticus 24:1-2,8-12 Psalm 141 Ephesians 1:3-6 Gospel: John 1:1-5, 9-14

 

Sat       14th Jan         17.30  Confessions

                        18.00              For the Parish

 

Sun      15th Jan         SECOND SUNDAY, Peace Day   

                                  08.30              Intentions Bernie King (M.Fitzpatrick)

 10.30              Private Intention (Sullivan)

 

Mon     16th Jan         09.15              Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                                  10.00              Percy & Pat Burke (O’Rourke)  

 

Tues    17th Jan         09.15  St Anthony, Abbot  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

10.00              Martin Norris RIP (Cannon)

 

Wed     18th Jan         09.15              Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                                  10.00              Harrington Family RIP (Sheehan)

 

Fri        20th Jan         09.15  ss Fabian + Sebastian   Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                                  10.00              Deceased Clergy RIP (Asaam)

 

Sat       21st Jan         17.30              Confessions

                                  18.00              For the Parish

 

Sun      22nd Jan        THIRD SUNDAY, Sunday of the Word of God               

            08.30              Wellbeing of Ray & Teresa (Sparkes/Li)

                                         10.30              Edward Przydrozny RIP (Haygart)

                                    

LIVE STREAMING OF MASSES ON THE WEBSITE

All masses are streamed live and can be viewed via the link:

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Recordings are available. The Sunday sermon is also on the website in printed form.

 

FINANCES   

Many thanks for your offertory collection last week       £1004.74 Incl. S.O.s 

 

Direct Bank Payments to RCAS Bexley, Sort code 51 70 14, Account 01831763

Please put your name and if you use envelopes, your envelope number, as the code.

Card Payment Machine – located in the porch, is easy to use. Select a donation amount by pressing one of the amounts.  The card reader screen will read “Please Tap”, and you tap your card or phone on the card reader.  

Gift Aid Please join the GIFT AID scheme – Forms are at the back of the Church. For every £1.00 donated the Parish will receive 25p from the Tax Office. Standing Orders are best for us. Thank you

 

OUR PARISH HALL

Our hall is available for hire. Please email bexley@rcaos.org.uk at ANY time for enquiries and our hall secretary will get back to you. 

 

Please join us in the Hall for refreshments after the 10.30 mass

 

Newsletter: Please copy notices to Fr Doug by previous Wednesday

 

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On Thursday afternoon I was able to get out for a walk, something I’ve not been able to do for a while. It was pouring rain and I couldn’t go far but so what? We seem to be oppressed by so many things we can’t do- can’t catch a train, can’t call an ambulance, can’t rely on the post and so on. It just felt good to be able to celebrate something I could do. We are so blessed with opportunity! It is good to thank God for all such gifts every now and then.   

                                                                                                God Bless,               

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WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 

Churches Together in Old Bexley warmly invite you to celebrate our first joint service since 2019 when we are praying for the great gift of Christian Unity.  We can help promote Christian unity locally by strengthening relationships within the churches and communities of Old Bexley. The Annual Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity is 18-25 January and Bexley United Reformed Church, Hurst Road (opposite the War Memorial), is hosting a service at 3pm on Sunday 22 January.  Followed by refreshments and a chance to catch up and meet new friends.  

  Kathy Fogarty. Parish Unity Contact: 07963 454480.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY

Members of the St. John Fisher Conference would like to make parishioners aware that anyone who is feeling lonely and would like a visit or a phone call can contact the Parish Office. One of us will then contact you.  We’d also like to recruit new members. If you can help with visiting and fund raising to support the more vulnerable in our area, please contact the Parish Office.

 

SCRIPTURE STUDY

‘The Bible in a year programme’ has just begun. It is led by Fr Michael Schmitz. This is freely available on YouTube or Spotify as a Podcast. It follows the format of Jeff Cavin’s Bible Timeline which many of us followed a year or two ago and is in 20-minute daily episodes. 

 

CAFOD – the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development 

… are looking for people to give some time and join them in their mission.   This could be achieved by visiting local schools or raising a voice and campaigning for justice or perhaps speaking for CAFOD throughout the diocese.  We believe everybody has unique gifts and talents and we can support you to use these gifts to serve the parish community and our brothers and sisters across the world.   Training and support are provided.   See cafod.org.uk/Volunteer for more information or get in touch with Celeste and Sarah: southwark@cafod.org.uk and let’s transform the world in 2023 together!

 

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK:  Escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 15th March 2023.  £699.00 per person sharing.  Price includes flight, all transfers, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full board.  All entertainment and excursions included.  Day trips to Westport, Ballintubber Abbey, Croagh Patrick, Fr. Peyton Centre & National Museum.  Special St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations.  Single supplement £150.00.  Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email knockpilgrimages@gmail.com.  

 

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Newsletter

SUNDAY 8th January 2023

BAPTISM of the LORD, YEAR A 

Readings: Isaiah 42:1-4,6-7 Psalm 28 Acts 10:34-38 Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17

 

Sat    7th Jan        17.30       Confessions

                            18.00       DRF Harrington+Sheehan families(Sheehan)

 

Sun   8th Jan           BAPTISM of the LORD       

                             08.30      For the Parish

 10.30       David Brailsford RIP (Brailsford)

 

Mon   9th Jan        09.15       Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                            10.00        Keith Uren RIP (Cannon)  

 

Tues 10th Jan       09.15       Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

10.00        Dr Juliette (Harris)

 

Wed  11th Jan       09.15       Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                             10.00       Frank O’Rourke RIP (O’Rourke)   

 

Fri    13th Jan        09.15  St Hilary, Bishop   Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                             10.00       Those in Need of our Prayers (B.Gillespie)

 

Sat    14th Jan       17.30        Confessions

                              18.00       For the Parish

 

Sun   15th Jan         SECOND SUNDAY, Peace Day               

                              08.30       Intentions of Bernie King (M.Fitzpatrick)

                              10.30       Private Intention (Sullivan)

                                    

LIVE STREAMING OF MASSES ON THE WEBSITE

All masses are streamed live and can be viewed on this website, via the link. 

live streamlogo copy

Recordings are available. The Sunday sermon is also on the website in printed form.

 

FINANCES   

Many thanks for your offertory collection last week       £1047.07 Incl. S.O.s 

 

Direct Bank Payments to RCAS Bexley, Sort code 51 70 14, Account 01831763

Please put your name and if you use envelopes, your envelope number, as the code.

Card Payment Machine – located in the porch, is easy to use. Select a donation amount by pressing one of the amounts.  The card reader screen will read “Please Tap”, and you tap your card or phone on the card reader.  

Gift Aid Please join the GIFT AID scheme – Forms are at the back of the Church. For every £1.00 donated the Parish will receive 25p from the Tax Office. Standing Orders are best for us. Thank you

 

OUR PARISH HALL

Our hall is available for hire. Please email bexley@rcaos.org.uk at ANY time for enquiries and our hall secretary will get back to you. 

 

Please join us in the Hall for refreshments after the 10.30 mass

 

Newsletter: Please copy notices to Fr Doug by previous Wednesday

 

Happy 2023

Dear Parishioners,

The great feast of the Baptism of Jesus marks the end of the Church’s season of Christmas. So decorations can come down now, Christmas trees can be removed, and so on. But I have always kept one card or one bit of decoration in view for the year ahead. I am interested to see if anyone notices it, and if so, it gives me a chance to say that while we celebrate Christmas within its own season, we can give thanks to God for the birth of Jesus all year round! 

And once again, on a personal note, let me thank you for the Christmas offertory collection which by custom is your gift to me, for other gifts besides and especially for the greetings cards with which I decorate my home. They all mean a great deal to me. 

Let me offer you the beautiful prayer that the year can begin with:

I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:

‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown’ and he replied:

‘Go into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God.

That shall be to you better than light and safer than any known way

 

                                                                                                God Bless,                  Fr Doug

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2023

Application forms are now available for the First Holy Communion Programme 2023.  Children eligible for First Communion must be in Year 3 or above.  Application forms can be collected from the church foyer. The programme will commence late January/early February 2023.  Completed forms are to be returned by 9th January 2023.                                                 Angela Underwood

 

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 

Churches Together in Old Bexley warmly invite you to celebrate our first joint service since 2019 to pray for the great gift of Christian Unity.  This can be achieved by joining in the ANNUAL OCTAVE OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY taking place from 18-25 January.  Bexley United Reformed Church, Hurst Road (opposite the War Memorial), is hosting a service at 3pm on Sunday, 22nd January.  This will be followed by refreshments and a chance to catch-up and meet new friends.

  Kathy Fogarty. Parish Unity Contact: 07963 454480.

 

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY

Members of the St. John Fisher Conference would like to make parishioners aware that anyone who is feeling lonely and would like a visit or a phone call can contact the Parish Office. One of us will then contact you.  We’d also like to recruit new members. If you can help with visiting and fund raising to support the more vulnerable in our area, please contact the Parish Office.

 

SCRIPTURE STUDY

‘The Bible in a year programme’ has just begun. It is led by Fr Michael Schmitz. This is freely available on YouTube or Spotify as a Podcast. It follows the format of Jeff Cavin’s Bible Timeline which many of us followed a year or two ago and is in 20-minute daily episodes. 

 

CAFOD – the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development 

… are looking for people to give some time and join them in their mission.  This could be achieved by visiting local schools or raising a voice and campaigning for justice or perhaps speaking for CAFOD throughout the diocese.  We believe everybody has unique gifts and talents and we can support you to use these gifts to serve the parish community and our brothers and sisters across the world.  Training and support are provided.  See cafod.org.uk/Volunteer for more information or get in touch with Celeste and Sarah: southwark@cafod.org.uk and let’s transform the world in 2023 together!

 

 

Newsletter

SUNDAY 1st January 2023

MARY, HOLY MOTHER OF GOD, YEAR A 

Readings: Numbers 6:22-27, Psalm 66 Galatians 4:4-7 Gospel: Luke 2:16-21

 

Sat     31st Dec   17.30          Confessions

18.00          Sabrina (TG) (Bosser)

 

Sun    1st Jan      MARY, HOLY MOTHER OF GOD 

New Year’s Day  08.30          Private Intention (Jones)

10.30          John Rayer RIP (Blackheath & Chislehurst Catenians)

 

Mon  2nd Jan      09.15 ss Basil+Gregory    Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                           10.00         Nicola (Harris)  

 

Tues  3rd Jan       09.15 Holy Name of Jesus Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

10.00         Josie & David Collison (Harris)

 

Wed  4th Jan       09.15 Diocesan Martyrs    Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                           10.00         Tony Sullivan RIP (Sullivan)  

 

Fri      6th Jan      09.15 Epiphany, HDO  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                           10.00          Maria Nucera RIP (Highland)

                           19.30         Ann Kigami (TG) 

 

Sat     7th Jan     17.30         Confessions

                           18.00          DRF Harrington+Sheehan Families (Sheehan)

 

Sun    8th Jan      BAPTISM OF THE LORD              

                            08.30         For the Parish

                           10.30         David Brailsford RIP (Brailsford)

                           

LIVE STREAMING OF MASSES ON THE WEBSITE

All masses are streamed live and can be viewed via the link. 

live streamlogo copy

 

Recordings are available. The Sunday sermon is also on the website in printed form.

 

FINANCES         

Many thanks for your Christmas offertory collection last week

 

Direct Bank Payments tRCAS Bexley, Sort code 51 70 14, Account 01831763

Please put your name and if you use envelopes, your envelope number, as the code.

Card Payment Machine  located in the porch, is easy to use. Select a donation amount by pressing one of the amounts.  The card reader screen will read “Please Tap”, select the amount you wish to donate, and tap your card or phone on the card reader.  

Gift Aid Please join the GIFT AID scheme – Forms are at the back of the Church. For every £1.00 donated the Parish will receive 25p from the Tax Office. Standing Orders are advisable. Thank you

 

OUR PARISH HALL

Our hall is available for hire. Please email bexley@rcaos.org.uk at ANY time for enquiries and our hall secretary will get back to you. 

 

Please join us in the Hall for refreshments after the 10.30 mass

 

Newsletter: Please copy notices to Fr Doug by previous Wednesday

 

Happy New Year

 

Dear Parishioners,

As we begin this New Year let me look forward and wish you and your families every blessing and also look back to the year that has passed and thank everyone who has given so much to the parish, and also on the 40th anniversary of my ordination, to me, personally: 

To the parish council, and to all the groups and activity that they lead or coordinate – including our AIC, our M.C. and altar servers, the catechists for baptism, first holy communion, confirmation, and children’s liturgies, our hard working finance team, our premises committee; our offertory collection counters and bankers, our welcome teams at masses, our coffee morning organisers, our events committee, the SVP team, the liturgy committee, our newsletter team, the representatives for diocesan and national charities, our hall staff, our meeting point helpers, the church care team, the flower arrangers, the crib and Easter garden builder, the Christmas tree team, the organists, the choir and their leader, our Eucharistic ministers, shop staff and sacristans, the parish secretary, our readers, the parish registers keeper, the safeguarding team and the person who runs our website and offers other technical support, and indeed everyone who has taken part in our parish activity and helped to carry our mission forward. On behalf of the whole parish I say a big thank you to you all.

And finally, once again, on a personal note, let me thank you for the Christmas offertory collection which by custom is your gift to me.

 

                                                              God Bless,             Fr Doug

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2023

Application forms are now available for the First Holy Communion Programme 2023.  Children eligible for First Communion must be in Year 3 or above.  Application forms can be collected from the church foyer. The programme will commence late January/early February 2023.  Completed forms are to be returned by 9th January, 2023.                                             Angela Underwood

 

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY

Members of the St. John Fisher Conference would like to make parishioners aware that anyone who is feeling lonely and would like a visit or a phone call can contact the Parish Office. One of us will then contact you.  We’d also like to recruit new members. If you can help with visiting and fund raising to support the more vulnerable in our area, please contact the Parish Office.

 

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 2023 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.  Currently, each group cleans once every 10 weeks for about one hour.  If you think you might be able to help, please ring Carole Hughes on 07762731303.

 

 

FUNERAL OF VERNON ROGERS (Mary Rogers’ husband).  

Vernon Rogers died on 7 December after a long illness.  For those wishing to attend, the funeral will take place at Eltham Crematorium at 11.45 am on Monday, 9th January.   Please pray for the repose of his soul.