Fifteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time Sunday 16th July 2017
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Do Not Be Afraid: In the Holy Spirit, Bravely!
“I can’t explain it, but I know that He is God” said one. “Just a holy man,” ventured another. “Or maybe a legend?” a third suggested. It was the first day of the Confirmation Programme of Our Ladye Star of the Sea and St Joseph’s and the youngsters were sharing their thoughts on the question “Who is Jesus?”. Thus did their journey begin – to discover Christ, to enter into a relationship with Him, to become mature Christians.
Puzzle games, a bit of exercise, videos, Bible reading, inputs and presentations, discussion groups, adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, each activity aimed to help them keep focused, engaged, enriched. After all, the sessions were on Sunday mornings, hardly the best time to grapple with some of those age-old questions: Why is the universe so fine-tuned, the earth just right for life? How do we make sense of suffering? Can we read the Bible like we do Harry Potter? When does human life begin? Who is the Holy Spirit? How do I pray? Does the Bread really become the Body of Christ? Is Jesus a liar, a lunatic, or Lord? Heavy stuff for what should have been lazy Sunday mornings.
Yet, the youngsters came, faithfully. Thanks be to the parents for their unwavering support. Also constant in their dedication was the Team of eight spirited volunteers: Boris & Ivana, Dennise+ (bless her soul), Maureen, Monika, Olga, Paul & Tina. In the end, it was really Jesus drawing all to Himself, as everyone gathered before the Tabernacle in the chapel of the gracious Ursuline Sisters. The sessions were capped by the 11am Mass next door. To allow it all to sink in, there were long breaks, timed with the school calendar.
In March, the group had a Mini-Pilgrimage – after pizza and some clips from ‘A Man for All Seasons’, Fr Kevin led them around North London in the footsteps of St Thomas More, sharing his passion for history and the Church. The boat ride back to Greenwich and Maureen’s cookies were also a big hit. As the programme drew to a close in early July, the group went on a Retreat with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal at the Sisters of St Andrew on Belmont Hill. It was a day of prayer and fun, with Mass, confessions and adoration mingled with sharing, singing, football and impromptu guitar acts from some of the Confirmandi, with back-up singers to boot.
Finally, the Big Day came. On the 6th of July, Bishop Patrick Lynch confirmed 26 youngsters in the Catholic Faith and sealed them with the Gift of the Holy Spirit! He spoke of conversion, of beginnings, of living anew in Christ. At the reception, some of the Confirmandi said they were sad that it was all over. But, hey, listen again to the Bishop: it’s not over. Your new life in Jesus, in the Holy Spirit, has just begun! So, keep the faith and carry on! –
Here’s some food for the journey:
Joe now home again.
Adrian very ill in hospital in Mexico
Alice now at home.
Margaret now at home.
Eileen who has been ill in Glasgow
Helen a young wife who is gravely ill
Larry very poorly and grieving at home
Anna ongoing anxiety since accident.
Sr Columba OSU, Michael D, Anne W, John F, Charles G, Bridget L, Michael C, Mgr John Farrrell (1977), Mary R, Irene D, Mary & Patrick O, Sarah W, Charles C
May they Rest in Peace
The Great Parish Party!
Raffle Prize Winners
Roberto Farren Photography framed photo: Yellow ticket No 215 – Beth W
Meal for two at Al Pancino: Pink ticket No 184 – Maria P – unclaimed
Four tickets for Greenwich Theatre: Pink ticket No 559 – Sr Petra – unclaimed
Dinner for two at The Hill: Yellow ticket No 85 – Phil M
Voucher for Karen Woolven Florist: Yellow ticket No 199 – Bill F
Breakfast for two at Rivington: Pink ticket No 381 – Abigail
Two tickets for Greenwich Picturehouse: Pink ticket No 342 – Sr Maureen – unclaimed
Afternoon tea for two at Greenwich Hilton: Yellow ticket No 38 – Rory W – unclaimed
Meal for two at Bill’s Restaurant: Yellow ticket No 141 – Sarah L – unclaimed
Hamper by Maggie: Pink ticket No 136 – Jessica W
Meal for two at Greenwich Tavern: Pink ticket No 614 – Tom M – unclaimed
With sincere thanks to all local contributing companies and for all those who supported the event to make it a great evening. The proceeds have yet to be finalised but should be £2000 +
Grace RiP Friday June 30th
Many people will be very sad to hear of the passing of Grace at 11.25 on Friday at KCH following a stroke at home on Tuesday. Funeral arrangements are TBC
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 has 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
My Dear and Rev.Fr.Kevin,
Peace and Joy. This is to express my sincere thanks for the short term ministry. I enjoyed my ministry and the stay. It was really wonderful, the time went so fast. Thanks for the ‘Thanks-Goodbye Card’. All my family members and friends were very happy to see that. After spending a week at home, I am back to the Seminary to continue my Academic career. Your recent reflection in the News Letter about humanists (13th Sunday) is really good. You can elaborate it, write it in a journal, so that the message reaches many people. My Wishes to you and to our Parishioners.
Thankyou for your Offering July 9th
OLSS £691 ApSea £247 Cafod £8.50
St J’s £502 ApSea £59%
Ursuline Convent Cook Required
The Ursuline Sisters urgently require a cook for the convent 5 days per week Monday – Friday 10.-200pm. For further details please call the convent: 0208 858 0079
Mums (& Dads) Babies & Toddlers etc
Welcome again at the Ursuline Convent 66 Crooms Hill this Thursday 20th from 2.30.
Don’t be stuck at home with a small child, come and make new friends.
My sincere apologies for having had to postpone the preparation evening at short notice last week. If you are seeking the Baptism of a child at either church, please attend the meeting
THIS WEDNESDAY 19th 7.00pm. in the parish room at OLSS. No need to book. Bring your baby if necessary.
Baptisms at St Joseph Saturday 22nd 12.00 noon Ella, Joel & Kyle
CALENDAR 15th – 22nd JULY 2017
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: Helene M (1st Ann)
in Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Paddy C (WB/Ints)
Monday 17th No Mass on Monday
Tuesday 18th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int:
Mass St J’s 7pm Int: Sr Mary Benoit (RiP)
Wednesday 19th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: E.V.Dayer (RiP)
Funeral Mass Francis Joseph Walshe St Joseph 12.30
Thursday 20th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Bernard A (RiP)
Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: Mary G (RiP)
Friday 21st Mass OLSS 9.30 Int:
Saturday 22nd Mass OLSS 6.00 Int: Ashley C (W/B) Baptisms at St Joseph 12.00noon
Sunday 23rd Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Parish & People
16th Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: In Thanksgiving (Megala)
in Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Maggie D (Ints & WB)
Mary Magdalene (Saturday) Of all the characters who form the travelling companions of Jesus none have been the subject of so much speculation as Mary Magdalene. Not to be confused with Mary the Mother of Jesus she is just one of a number of women in the Gospels all named Mary. Traditionally she is remembered as a woman of doubtful reputation. Feminist writers have attacked that belief suggesting that this was a patriarchal way of denigrating the status of a woman who was actually the First Witness to the Resurrection Jn20v11-18 and who had stood at the foot of the cross. The reality is that in Mark’s Gospel she is described as having been cleansed of “Seven Demons”. She is associated with the unnamed woman who was caught in adultery. John 8v1-11. John names the woman who anointed the feet of Jesus as Mary who is also the sister of Martha. Luke tells the same story emphasising that the Pharisees are scandalised because “she was a sinner” to which the Lord specifically responds: “Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much.” Matthew elaborates “wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her” It is impossible not to think that this must be Mary Magdalene. St John Fisher was particularly devoted to Mary Magdalene and wrote a long treatise on this matter before his death.
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