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Seventeenth Sunday In Ordinary Time Sunday 30th July 2017
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Fr John Lavery RiP 

Dear Friends,

This newsletter brings the sad news of the death of Fr John Lavery.

A message from Elisabeth received in the early morning of last Thursday reads as follows:

“Just a little note to let you know that Fr John passed away peacefully at 11.50pm on Wednesday 26th July at Daisy Hill Hospital. We were with him until 10pm. He had been good during the day but early evening his breathing deteriorated, and the oxygen was not helping. Before we left he had been given morphine and as we were leaving he had calmed down and the nursing staff said he slipped peacefully away. 

It is an enormous shock. His nephew phoned me just after midnight. John’s wonderful GP had arrived at the hospital as she was concerned about the breathing and he died about 10 mins before she arrived. I know John is at peace. He was prepared and he is with God whom he has loved and served all his life. John has touched the lives of so many people and I feel hugely blessed and privileged for the time I have spent with him”. 

Subsequently Elisabeth wrote to notify funeral arrangements. Things happen very quickly in Ireland. The Requiem Mass was at 10.30am Saturday 29th (yesterday) at St Peter’s, Warrenpoint. You may still watch the actual ceremony recorded live on line at that time: / Church cameras / Northern Ireland / County Down St. Peter’s, Warrenpoint

“It is such a shock. John deteriorated very quickly but my prayer for him was that he wouldn’t suffer and now he has the eternal happiness he so richly deserves. He will be missed so much”. 


Fr John came to Greenwich in 1990. For more than 20 years he served at OLSS as parish priest with a special responsibility for marriages within the Archdiocese being part of the diocesan marriage tribunal. At the time when he first arrived, OLSS was quite a small congregation. By his patient pastoral ministry he built up the congregation/s to something like we see today. Cheerful loving kindness was the hallmark of his ministry. Many people both within and beyond the church in Greenwich will remember him with very great affection. It was both a privilege and a very daunting proposition to be invited to stand in the legacy of his ministry at OLSS. As a faithful Irishman Fr John served his whole ministry in Southwark & South London. Those with longer memories will also remember John as a younger man as the parish priest at Kidbrook where he served in the late 1970’s. A memorial service at OLSS will surely be held in the autumn as many clergy and friends, including the Archbishop, will be away during the month of August. Meanwhile we remember Elisabeth who has devotedly cared for John in his later life enabling him to enjoy some happy retirement years at his family home in Warrenpoint in N. Ireland and where he continued to enjoy a stream of visitors and friends from Greenwich. As one kindly person has written today: “He was the very soul of love, charity and fun”.

May he rest in peace. 

“Well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy lord…” Mt25v21 

Please Remember 

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


Mark B, Catherine M, Mrs R Kiernham, Catherine F, Constance C, Sr Mary Sparks OP,  Michael & James C, Mary O, Sr Bernadette Rennison OSU, Dan B, Frank B

May they Rest in Peace 

Thank You for your Offering July 16th 

OLSS £535 Cafod £10

St J’s £360 PtPn £44

August Weekend 5th&6th 

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

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. The Ascent 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 3rd August Mums (& Dads) Babies & Toddlers etc 

Meet again at the Ursuline Convent 66 Crooms Hill from 2.30 onwards. Don’t be stuck at home with a screaming baby come and have a scream with the sisters!

Farewell Richard and Joanne 

(& Andrew & Rachel) Richard was received and Confirmed as a Catholic in 2016. They are moving this weekend to a new home and a new phase of their life in Bath.

Diocesan Day for Catechists Saturday 23rd September 

For all those who help with the education of children, young people and adults here is a day of training organised by the Centre for Catholic Formation with an invitation from the Archbishop. The day runs from 11.00 until 4.00pm concluding with a Mass celebrated by Bp Patrick. The fees are covered from parish funds. The booking form is available in September. You will need a packed lunch. Please speak to Tina at OLSS or Sr Mary at St Joseph’s put this date in your diary today.

CALENDAR 29th JULY – 6th AUGUST 2017 

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 John H (RiP) Inc Baptism Daisy & Clinton 

in Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Fr John Lavery & Michael T (RiP)

Monday 31st No Mass on Monday

Tuesday 1st Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Parish & People (Lieu of Sunday)

Mass St J’s 7pm Int: In Thanksgiving

Wednesday 2nd Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Larry M (WB/Ints)

Thursday 3rd Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Elisabeth S (WB/Ints)

Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: Justo Cordeiro Duarte (RiP)

St John Vianney Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Brigitte N (RiP)

Saturday 5th Mass OLSS 6.00 Int: Grace M (RiP)

Sunday 6th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Frances D (BD)

Transfiguration Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Kathryn O

of the Lord Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Parish & People

Strange things happen on mountains. The Feast of the Transfiguration falls next Sunday. The mysterious event is described in the three “Synoptic” Gospels (Mt, Mk & Lk). It is a captured moment when three selected disciples enter into a deeper experience with The Lord. It brings to mind various stories in the OT where selected people encounter God on a mountain. In Jewish tradition Moses and Elijah are two great prophets who were taken directly into heaven. Now Jesus stands clearly equal with them. He is preparing for his passion. A voice speaks from Heaven “This is my Son listen to him”. Was it a dream, was it a vision or was it an actual flesh and blood meeting? Something similar happens in John’s Gospel, The Lord says: “Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. The people, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him”. Jn 12v27 The point is that the great voice of God which was only heard by prophets long ago could now be heard by ordinary men, through Jesus Christ Our Lord!

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