Saturday 13th November– Saturday 20th November 2021


NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH OF THE HOLY SOULS IN PURGATORY


THE THIRTY – THIRD WEEK OF ORDINARY TIME




Dear parishioners,


‘I tell you solemnly, before this generation has passed away all these things will have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away’ From this Sunday’s gospel, Mark 13: 24 -32.


The one sure thing we can hold on to are these words of Jesus, because he is the Word of God, who dwelt among us, full of grace and truth, whose words were spoken to a cruel world which crucified him. It was his words which were spoken to catholic soldiers who turned to their Lord and received his sacramental grace before going into battle. In the devastation caused by human sin and evil all around them, the words of Jesus were truth, goodness and light. In the devastation that human sin is now inflicting on our planet, the words of Jesus also hold true for us. Let us turn to him by coming to his altar at holy mass, for he is here for us.


On this Remembrance Sunday, let us also ask our Lord to have mercy on us for the terrible deeds done by humanity, to one another in war and to prosperity of future generations on earth through our greed and the desire for immediate riches by the few, regardless of consequences. We also give thanks to God for the sacrifice of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and all support services who have given their lives in the service of their country and we pray that through God’s mercy, they may rest in peace.


There will be a solemn requiem mass at 11.00 a.m. this Sunday to remember all those who have died in our wars and there is a collection basket near the entrance and exit for the British Legion.


NOVEMBER HOLY SOULS DATES:

1. All Souls Day + 10.00 a.m. and + 7.00 p.m.

2. + Parish Solemn Requiem Mass offered for Holy Souls on Remembrance Sunday. Sunday 14th November, 11.00 a.m.

3. + Requiem Mass for Deceased Clergy of Bexley will be at St. Stephen’s, Welling at 12.00 noon on Tuesday 23rd November.

4. November Requiems for Holy Souls: Saturday 13th 10.00 a.m., Saturday 27th 10.00 a.m.

5. Memorial Service with the Litany of the Sacred Heart and Benediction, followed by refreshments provided by P.L.MULLIGAN’S FAMILY FUNERAL DIRECTORS, Feast of Christ the King, Sunday 21st November 3.30 p.m.

6. Blessing of Graves. (Those who visit a cemetery between 1st and 8th November and pray for the faithful departed, may obtain a plenary indulgence, applicable to the holy souls, and at other times a partial indulgence)

Below are the times I have received:


Kemnal Park, Saturday 6th November (time not known)

Sidcup Sunday 7th November at 2.30 p.m.

Hillview Sunday 7th November at 1.30 p.m.

Plumstead Sunday 14th November at 1.30 p.m.

Woolwich Sunday 14th November at 2.30 p.m.


Food Bank

There is currently a particular need for

· Long Life milk

· Long Life juice

· Squash

· Tins of Rice Pudding

· Toilet Paper


The container for donations is in the Church Porch and is taken to Bexleyheath food bank on Monday mornings.


St. Thomas More Catholic Primary School Admissions.


The next open morning for parents considering sending children to our catholic primary school is on Wednesday 10th November and following then on Monday 10th January. For more detail look at the website and video on the school website: www.stm.bexley.sch.uk/admissions/admissions

Christ the King Catholic Sixth Forms OPEN EVENTS

· CTK Aquinas in Brockley offers extensive A level choice for high achieving students who gain top GCSE grades: Saturday 6th November 2021 9.30 – 1.00. For bookings: ctaquinas.ac.uk/events

· CTK St Mary’s in Sidcup offers A level equivalent vocational programmes, including T levels: Saturday 13th November 2021 9.30 – 1.00. For bookings: ctkstmarys.ac.uk/events

· CTK Emmanuel in Blackheath offers a wide range of high quality A level and vocational courses : Saturday 20th November 2021 9.30 – 1.00. For bookings: ctkemmanuel.ac./events


First Holy Communion 2022

Applications are now open. Closing date for applications is THIS Sunday, the 14th November. Classes will take place on a Saturday morning at 10.30 a.m. in the Hall from Saturday 8th January 2022.


First Communion Catechists are still needed. Please contact me if you can serve the children of your parish in this way.


Sunday Children’s Liturgy in the Hall

Hopefully this will resume at 9.00 a.m. this Sunday. Helpers still needed. Please contact me or Fiona Martyres.


MESSAGE FROM TONY REGARDING SUNDAY COFFEE MORNING ON 7th NOVEMBER


Thanks to all for the wonderful support for our recent Sunday coffee morning supporting HCPT. The cake makers, the bacon sandwiches, our singer, the staff on the day and of course yourselves. It was great to see people gathering to chat, something that seems to have disappeared over Covid times. Money is still coming in but so far we have profited £480. That’s two thirds of the cost of taking a pilgrim to Lourdes.

Thanks again

Tony


CONFIRMATION 2022

Application forms can be picked up by candidates, completed at home and then returned after any Sunday mass. Preparation will begin in the spring term and include a couple of day/evening trips and (hopefully) an overnight retreat.


Deaths For all our brothers and sisters who ate the Body of Christ, the bread of Life, that they may be raised up on the Last Day. (Drawn from the intercession of the Funeral Mass)

Please pray for the souls of:

Raymond Frank Hawkins who died on Thursday 30th September, aged 91. His funeral was on Friday 12th November.


MASSES AND INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK: THE THIRTY – THIRD WEEK OF ORDINARY TIME

Psalter week 1 Ferial cycle 1 at mass.


Saturday 13th November THE THIRTY- THIRD SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (B) Remembrance Sunday.

6.00 p.m. Confessions

+ 6.30 p.m. MASS [said] Jacob & Helen Fernandes R.I.P.

Sunday 14th November

8.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary

+ 9.00 a.m. SUNG MASS. Hannah Pereira T.G. on her second birthday.

+ 11.00 a.m. REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY SOLEMN REQUIEM [Latin with English Readings] The Holy Souls who died in war.

8.00 p.m. Social Evening in Hall. Please note that the hall is not available until 8.00 p.m.


Monday 15th November St. Albert the Great, bishop & doctor of the church.

9.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary

+ 10.00 a.m. Albert D’Silva R.I.P.


Tuesday 16th November St. Gertrude, virgin.

9.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary

+ 10.00 a.m. George and Sequeira families W.B.

+ 7.00 p.m. Holy souls


Wednesday 17th November St. Hilda, religious.

The Daily Rosary at home.

NO PUBLIC MASS TODAY (+ Mary Etheridge & family W.B.)


Thursday 18th November The Dedication of the Basilicas of SS Peter & Paul, apostles.

9.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary

+ 10.00 a.m. Mary Bane R.I.P.

No Thursday Lunch Club today.


Friday 19th November feria.

9.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary

+ 10.00 a.m. Rose Castanha T.G.

6.00 p.m. choir practice. New members welcome to come along.


Saturday 20th November (Our Lady’s Saturday).

9.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary & Confessions

+ 10.00 a.m. [Latin] November Requiem. Patrick Flynn R.I.P.

11.30 a.m. Baptism

[+ 6.30 p.m. SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING and thirty-fourth week of ordinary time. Jacob & Helen Fernandes R.I.P.)


NOVEMBER PRAYER FOR HOLY SOULS

In your hands, O Lord, we humbly entrust our brothers and sisters. In this life you embraced them with your tender love; deliver them now from every evil and bid them eternal rest. The old order has passed away: welcome them into paradise, where there will be no sorrow, no weeping or pain, but fullness of peace and joy with your Son and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.

God bless, Fr. Jonathon



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