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Sixteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time Sunday 23rd July 2017
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How did you first come to receive your faith? 

For me, at eight years old, it came from singing the Psalms and trying to make sense of the words. Many people once knew the Psalms by heart, in the form found in the Book of Common Prayer of the CofE. The familiar phrases originated not in the King James Bible of 1611 but from an older form first devised by Miles Coverdale. He was an English Catholic priest before the reformation. His translation of the Psalms was already well established by the mid 1500’s. They had a metrical quality that could be set more easily to music. However, by the 20thC many of the phrases had become completely unintelligible, especially to this perplexed chorister. While the vicars’ sermon went rambling on and on in the darkness, I would try to understand what on earth we had just been singing about.

Verses such as Ps60v8 “Over Edom will I cast my shoe” (=God treats our oppressors with contempt by throwing his sandals at them!) “He hath no pleasure in the strength of an horse” (but there again perhaps a Ferrari?) “neither delighteth he in any man’s legs” (I should think not) 147v10. There again: “The wicked man imagineth mischief upon his bed” 33v4 What on earth could that be about? I assumed perhaps it was a monkey. Actually it’s not what you are thinking, it’s really about some fiendish fellow who, while resting at night time plans treachery in the darkness.

Now the reality is that unless we are equipped when we are young to grapple with some of the unintelligible aspects of our religion, the faith is very unlikely to take root in adult life. It will soon be discarded as mere sentimental nonsense. Young adults have to be equipped in a critical way to wrestle with the mystery of God. Isn’t that how Israel got his name? “He who wrestles with God!” Gen32v32. I remember singing the Magnificat for the umpteenth time when a light bulb moment occurred. Nobody had ever explained it to me or if they had I hadn’t been listening. Suddenly I realised; these are Mary’s words. Nobody has a baby like this. (Isn’t that what every mother thinks?) “God has chosen me and all generations will call me blessed”! 

I was captivated, caught in Peter’s net. The mystery of the God who came to live among us fell into place. I was aged perhaps about 12.

With this in mind we give thanks for 26 young adults who completed the journey towards Confirmation at OLSS on July 6th. Something has surely been working within them to the same effect. Many commented that they were disappointed that the meetings had come to an end. No worries. Catholicism is a captivating encounter, but it has to be a two way street. God allows himself to be captured by ordinary people like you and me, but only if we are willing to become captured ourselves. The intellectual, physical and spiritual processes are then transformed. All that is needed is to rest in the arms of a loving God whom we call: Our Father, 

Through Jesus Christ Our Lord 

Hopefully these kids have been captured in Peter’s net too.

God Bless Fr Kevin

Please Remember 

Joe now home again.
Adrian very ill in hospital in Mexico
Alice now at home.
Margaret recovering at Lew Hsp.
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 

Thank You for your Offering July 16th 

OLSS £636 Cafod £10 St J’s £371

Grace’s Funeral is arranged for Tuesday 25th at 1.00pm at OLSS 

(cremation at Hither Green) Grace and Larry have been stalwarts and much loved at OLSS for more than 50years.

We keep Larry & the family in the heart of our affection and prayers.

August Weekend 5th&6th 

The St Francis Xavier Foreign Mission Society will present an appeal at both OLSS & St Joseph Churches

Big commitment, big reward 

Caz is one of the girls who sing at 9.00am. Married to Sam at OLSS in 2014 she is now the loving mother of Ezra. Part of her formation in the Catholic Faith was with a youth movement that she describes here and where she remains actively connected: If you are in school years 10 to 12 and have recently completed your confirmation programme this might interest you.

TheAscent is a three year discipleship process which seeks to raise up a generation of young people who are passionate about prayer and willing to influence their localities with the Gospel. The process is formed of three weekends per year (three years in total), monthly mentoring and weekly small group meetings online on Monday evenings during term time. If you want to know more about prayer, the Bible, how to discover your calling in life, embrace healthy relationships or how to talk to your friends about Jesus, this might be for you.

Find out more at or email Caz at

Where: Brentwood, Essex When: Starting October 2017 How Much: £19.50 monthly (£235 per year) – Bursaries available. Caz is also investigating an activity that could run at OLSS in the Autumn at the Feast of Christ the King:

More to follow.

Thursday 27th 

The 60+ group will meet again at The Dominican Convent 38 Hyde Vale. Don’t be home alone. You will find a friendly welcome on Thursday especially if you have never been before.

Richard Bancroft 1604-1610 

The recent discovery of the remains of five post-reformation Archbishops of Canterbury in a vault under the redundant church of St Mary of Lambeth is an interesting story. One coffin had a Mitre “Crown” standing atop. That tells us that it was placed there in Victorian times as mitres were abandoned in early Anglican usage and only reintroduced by the Oxford movement in the 19thC. The churchyard had been cleared at the time that the embankments were created for the river Thames but the vault evidently survived and was then completely forgotten. One coffin is particularly noteworthy, that of Archbishop Richard Bancroft 1604-1610. He was responsible for the production of the King James Bible that has remained so foundational for English language, culture and literature. St Mary of Lambeth was built as a Catholic Church in the 11thC. It is the oldest building in Lambeth and worth a vist now as the London Garden Museum.

CALENDAR 22nd – 30th JULY 2017 

Saturday 22nd Mass OLSS 6.00 Int: Ashley C (W/B)

Sunday 23rd Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Parish & People

16th Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Tkg’ BD Anthony T

in Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Maggie D (Ints &WB)

Monday 24th No Mass on Monday

Tuesday 25th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int:

1.00pm Requiem Funeral Grace M RiP 

St. James Mass St J’s 7pm Int: Irene & Len R 67th W/A

Wednesday 26th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: John F (BD)

Thursday 27th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int:

Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: FSM (Dep Srs)

Friday 28th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Elizabeth F (RiP)

Nuptial Mass OLSS 2.00pm Kate M & Alexander G 

Saturday 29th Holy Baptism 12.30 OLSS Livia – Kymani – Thomas 

Mass OLSS 6.00 Int: Ashley C (WB/ints)

Sunday 30th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Grace M (RiP)

17th Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Felix H (RiP) Inc Baptism Daisy & Clinton 

in Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Parish & People

St James Tuesday. Among the original 12, there are two Apostles known by the name of St James. “James the Great” the brother of John (the fishermen) and “James the Less” (Son of Alphaeus and a kinsman of the Lord) this week is James the Great. He was singled out with Peter & John at special moments in the Gospel stories. James was the first to be martyred Ac12v2 in the year AD44 by Herod Agrippa. (The Herodian family spawned that infamous dynasty of kings in Israel controlled and appointed by the Romans and universally despised by the people). James was buried in Jerusalem. In the 9th century a tradition appears suggesting that his relics came to Spain, hence the shrine of Santiago de Compostela which became the greatest pilgrimage centre in Western Europe. The shrine strengthened the Christian witness among the oppressive Muslim dynasty that had newly arrived from North Africa. In every country there are churches of St James and well-trodden pilgrim routes. The scallop-shell is the emblem of St James and one of the symbols you will find embellished in the carved figures at OLSS

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