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Fourteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time Sunday 9th July 2017
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Dear friends,

The last few weeks have been particularly hectic at OLSS & St Josephs. 13 FHC children at OLSS (18th) 25 FHC children at St Joseph’s (2nd) 26 young adults for Confirmation (OLSS&StJ) with Bp Patrick last Thursday (6th). A retreat at the Belmont Hill Centre last Sunday (also on 2nd) Samanda broke her finger and came for Confirmation with her arm in a plaster, Harvey was sick and Caroline also turned up with her arm in a sling. Preparing for Confirmation in Greenwich is a bit like Felix’s Sunday Rugby trials but unusually he showed up with no visible signs of injury! Sadly in between all these events there has been an unrelenting flow of funerals which shows no sign of abating. The weddings continue at a pace and baptisms * (see note back page) almost every week. But this Saturday evening is the great Parish Party at 7.00pm after Mass. I hope that you have got your tickets because they have all gone!

God Bless Fr Kevin 

Here is a message from a grateful Mum: 

We had a lovely day celebrating the First Holy Communion of our children at St Joseph’s on 2nd July at 12 o’clock. Twenty-two children and two adults received the sacrament. As Fr. Kevin said, St Joseph’s has not seen such big number in many years. The church was packed with their families, friends & parishioners, some of whom had travelled from across the UK and abroad. The children were looking beautiful and made their families so proud. The church was

beautifully decorated, the singing and the liturgical celebration of ‘Eucharist’ was joyful and meaningful. All communicants had a role to play. They brought the whole ‘Universe’ at the altar of God by offering the symbolic gifts during their bidding prayers. We are all privileged to have this joyous and memorable day in an atmosphere of serenity and reverence. We thank Fr. Kevin for making this church so vibrant.

Looking back at these past six months of thorough preparation, the communicants have grown in their knowledge and love of God. Sister Mary along with Roseline have worked relentlessly to help them to make it a wonderful event in their life. We are sure that the children will continue to feel the ‘Joy of the Gospel’ and ‘COME BACK’. Many parents had expressed that it was indeed a special occasion for them and their families. We are grateful to our Sister Mary and Roseline. A special word of thanks to Adana and Ursula for their excellent leadership in getting the parents’ help in preparing the church for the celebrations and reception for children and their families. And, of course, the parents for their continuous support. Our sincere thanks to Michael our Cantor who struggled through the Sth London traffic and all the parishioners for their ever welcoming spirit and their readiness for service.

God Bless – Monika
Mother of Stash FHC (St J’s) & Maja Confirmation 

Please see web address for pictures in the newsletter in the church

Please Remember 

Joe now home again.
Adrian very ill in hospital in Mexico
Alice now at home.
Margaret surgery at KCH.
Helen a young wife who is gravely ill
Larry very poorly and grieving at home
Simon now recovering from surgery 


Tabitha K, Michael D, Alfred C, Eileen P, Paul A, George T, Thomas D, Michael B

Sr Columba OSU, Michael D

Anne W, John F

May they Rest in Peace 

Thankyou for your Offering July 2nd 

OLSS £671 2nd £45 Cafod £26

St J’s £620

Great Parish Party! Saturday July 8th 

Thankyou to everybody who helped to run and who supported the combined Parish Party at OLSS. By the time you read this you will know that the sun was shining and a great time was had by all!

I particularly want to thank Virginia & Aleks and their team of helpers who all volunteer their time for free. It would not be possible to hold an event like this without competent food experts and so we all need to get to the Amber Café 45 Deptford High St for some nice salad and cakes and lunches in the next few weeks!

Thanks also to Pat Farren & local businesses who arranged and contributed to the raffle prizes: Ticket numbers TBA next week.

St Joseph’s School Midday Meal Supervisor 

The hours for the position are 7.5 per week 38 weeks a year term time only. School will undertake full DBS check. Closing date: Friday 14th July. To apply please contact:

Grace RiP 

Many people will be sad to hear of the passing of Grace at 11.25 on Friday 30th at KCH following a stroke at home on Tuesday.  Grace and Larry have been stalwarts and much loved at OLSS for more than 50years. Here they renewed their marriage vows after 60 years at least 4 years ago. Grace’s Funeral is arranged for Tuesday 25th at 1.00pm at OLSS (cremation at Hither Green). We keep Larry & the family in the heart of our affection and prayers.

Francis (Frank) RiP 

Frank was a kindly, cheerful man usually found at the back of St Joseph’s church. He had been struggling with illness for a little while and sadly died on June 27th. He will be received into church at 4.00pm on 18th for a requiem at St Josephs Wednesday 19th at 12.30

Martin is now living in Lanzarote! 

Hi Fr Kevin, I hope you are well. I am attending Our Lady of Del Carmen and slowly finding my way through the Mass in Spanish which is a lot easier than I thought it would be. It is so good to get the newsletter from OLSS as it keeps me up to date with the readings and how things are in the parish. Like yourselves next week I expect a barbecue and no rain 😎.

All the best Martin 

A Summer holiday workshop 

EXCLUSIVELY for young 12-30 year Catholics from neighbouring parishes.

The Migration for Development Hub (MDH) is a community organisation aimed at raising the capacities of migrants/Black Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities of all ages, religious and cultural backgrounds.

A detailed programme of events is planned with experts specialising in some of the social difficulties affecting young people today.

The date & venue of the host parish TBC.

Call: 07400529955

I am therefore requesting you to put this message in the Sunday newsletter: 

Warm regards, Albert Suh

CALENDAR 8th – 16th JULY 2017 

Saturday 8th Mass OLSS 6.00 Int: Parish & People

Saturday at 7.00pm Combined Parish Party OLSS garden 

Sunday 9th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: ANTANAS V (1month)

14th Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Mary L (RiP 1st Ann)

in Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Pacita C (RiP)

Inc: Astrid P (Eva’s GrD) & Ashley O – Rite of Baptism

Monday 10th No Mass on Monday

Tuesday 11th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Finn B (21st BD)

St Benedict Mass St J’s 7pm Int: Margaret L (WB/GW)

Wednesday 12th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int:

Thursday 13th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Tina & Greg K

Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: Mary L

Friday 14th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Brent H

Saturday 15th Mass OLSS 6.00 Int: Grace M (RiP)

Sunday 16th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Kathleen G (RiP 5th Ann)

15th Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Parish & People

in Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Paddy C (WB/Ints)

St Benedict (Tuesday) lived circa 480 – 547. He is revered as the founder of Western Monasticism. His rule underpins all the mainstream forms of monastic life seen in the Catholic Church. The Benedictines had a special place in pre-reformation England. Most of the great surviving Cathedral Churches in the UK such as the Westminster Abbey were originally Benedictine foundations.

Baptism Preparation Date of Next meeting changed to Wednesday 19th 

PLEASE NOTE due to conflicting commitments we must defer the Baptism Preparation Evening by one week from this Wednesday 12th to Wednesday 19th at 7.00pm at OLSS. With apologies for inconvenience.

If you are seeking the baptism of a child at either OLSS or St Joseph’s Church please attend at this time.

Post expires at 10:53pm on Sunday August 13th, 2017