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During the month of May, as we made our way down the River Shannon, in every town and village that we passed on the three consecutive Sundays, children were making their first Holy Communions. In the streets at Sunday lunchtime, the pubs and restaurants were overwhelmed by excited families, little girls in white dresses and boys looking smart all celebrating a special day. It is still so clearly written into the local culture and family traditions throughout Ireland. My friends, who are not familiar with these customs commented “Why don’t we see this in the UK?” I said come to Greenwich in June and think again. Here Tina has collected reflections from our own Children at OLSS. Next week another 25 will celebrate a happy day at St Joseph.

Tina writes: In last Friday’s Gospel, on the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Our Lord said, “Let the children come to me, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Last Sunday, 13 children from Our Ladye Star of the Sea made their First Holy Communion. Here are some of their thoughts on the day. Oh, to have once more the eyes and the heart of a child. . .

“On Sunday I made my First Holy Communion. I enjoyed the party after Mass in the garden and I saw my friend from school there. I sang the psalm in church which was a bit scary but Mummy and Father Kevin were there to help. Thank you Tina for helping me to prepare.” Carla 

“When I held the Body, the Host, in my hands it felt wonderful. It told me that there is always good in everyone. Sometimes when you doubt yourself and hurt others, just let the Holy Spirit come into you and remember that the Lord is always there for everyone. Also remember that Jesus died on the cross to save us and He knew that it would put Him through great pain but He did it out of love for us. When I drank the Blood of Christ, I felt holy in His presence.” Caitlin

“I felt extremely excited in the days before my First Holy Communion because I was going to receive the Body of Jesus for the first time ever. On the day itself, I sprang out of bed and dived into my Holy Communion suit. I was bursting with happiness and I couldn’t wait to go to church. Once inside Our Ladye Star of the Sea, I could hardly believe that it was going to be my turn to receive Christ. My most nervous moment of the day was our procession up the aisle as it felt as though a thousand people might be watching. My heart was full to the brim with delight all day. I am completely thrilled that every Sunday from now on, I will get to receive the Body of Christ again and again!” Niall

“I think having my Holy Communion was a very good experience because I got to learn more about Jesus and God. My favourite part was when I received Jesus because I really felt that I was a part of our community. The nicest thing was that all my family were there and everybody else’s family was too. I then felt much closer to Jesus and to God.” Ulysses

God Bless you all
Fr Kevin

Please Remember 

Joe now at home
Adrian in hospital in Mexico
Alice very poorly in Guys.
Margaret now at Lew Hsp
Eileen who has been ill in Glasgow
Helen a young wife who is gravely ill
Larry & Grace very poorly at home
Anna ongoing anxiety since accident.
Frank lately in Hospital 


Tabitha K, Michael D,

Alfreda C, Eileen P

Paul A, George T

Thomas D, Michael B

Sr Columba Michael Dolan

May they Rest in Peace 

Thankyou for your Offering June 18th 

OLSS £855 (inc) Cafod £12.50

St J’s £378

Funeral for Eileen 

Funeral at ST JOSEPH’s Wednesday 28th June 12.30 (Burial at Charlton)

Children’s FHC St Joseph Next Sunday at 12.00 (rehearse Saturday at 11.00)

Mums (& Dads) & Tots etc 

Welcome this Thursday 29th from 2.30 at the Ursuline Convent 66 Crooms Hill (The group will not meet again until Thursday July 20th)

60+ Group 

Meet again this Thursday from 2.00pm at the Dominican Convent in Hyde Vale. Don’t be home alone come and make new friends

Thankyou for your Offering June 11th 

OLSS £722 £ Cafod £10

St J’s £287 CaTEW £44

OLSS Church Cleaning 

Please come and help with church cleaning on Wednesday 28th June from 7.00pm.

Great Parish Party Saturday July 8th 

Have you bought your tickets for the combined Parish Party at OLSS Garden in the evening of July 8th at 7.00pm after Mass. A band and barbecue is included with your ticket and a paid licenced bar. This year the sun will be shining it will be a warm and happy event. Places are limited and Tickets are available from today so do not be disappointed and assume you may purchase on the door as we must be strict about numbers. I am grateful to Pat farren and to local businesses who have arranged and contributed raffle prizes:

Roberto Farren Photography – Framed photograph
Al Pancino Restaurant – Meal for two inc prosecco
The Hill Restaurant – Dinner for two inc bottle wine
Greenwich Theatre – Four complimentary tickets
Bill’s Restaurant – Meal + drink for two
Karen Woolven Florist – Bouquet of flowers
Rivington Restaurant – Breakfast for two
Doubletree Hilton Greenwich – Afternoon tea for two
Greenwich Picturehouse – Two complimentary tickets
Greenwich Tavern – Meal for two

And Maggie’s Summer hamper!

Tonight Sunday June 25th 

In conjunction with the Greenwich Guitar Festival and the Trinity Laban School of Music: Graham Anthony Devine presents an extraordinary and exquisite evening of Spanish Baroque and contemporary Guitar music at 7.30 at Our Ladye Star of the Sea. This is a ticketed event at £14 & £10 including Cheese and Wine. Graham is one of the world’s most outstanding guitar virtuosos of this generation. He is a winner of major competitions around the globe having performed to critical acclaim at many of the world’s most important recital venues.

Young Adults Confirmation Thursday July 6th 7.00pm 

25 young people from both congregations are preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation this year at OLSS at 7.00pm. We look forward to welcoming their friends and families and Bishop Patrick for a lovely evening with a reception in the garden.

Lock up Garage to Rent in East Greenwich 


CALENDAR 24th JUNE – 2 JULY 2017 

Saturday 24th Mass OLSS 6.00 Int: Elizabeth M (RIP 30th Anniversary)

Sunday 25th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Parish & People

12th Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Margaret F (RiP)

in Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Elizabeth P (RiP)

Monday 26th No Mass on Monday

Tuesday 27th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int:

Mass St J’s 7pm Int: FSM deceased Sister (RiP)

Wednesday 28th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Richard C (RiP 6th Ann) & Mum & Dad

Please come help with church cleaning at OLSS from 7 p.m. 

Thursday 29th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int:

Sts. Peter & Paul Mass St J’s 11.00 Int:

Sung Mass 8.00pm OLSS (Obligation Day)

Friday 30th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int:

Saturday 1st Holy Baptism 2.00pm Violetta Sbraga 

Mass OLSS 6.00 Int: Parish & People

Next Sunday is Sea Sunday an important theme to OLSS especially we will

Welcome Wojciech Holub who is the Stella Maris Chaplain to seafarers

Sunday 2nd Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Dennise Parke (RiP) Reuben & Zita

13th Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Sr Leela FSM (at home in India)

in Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Joe C (Ints & WB)

Additional Mass 12.00noon Children’s First Holy Communions St Joseph Sunday 2nd 

Lesness Abbey is the historic remains of a once great Catholic foundation dating back to the year 1178 close to Abbey Wood station. This Sunday 25th (today) at 3.00pm there is a combined act of Catholic Witness (organised by the Greenwich & Bexley deaneries) with a procession of the Blessed Sacrament at 3.00pm. This is a wonderful event. You can get there by train or busses B11, 229, 469 (closest) 180 or 244. See poster in church.


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