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Twenty-Sixth Sunday In Ordinary Time 1st October 2017
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Dear Friends,

The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary… Its origins date back to 1206 when Mary appeared to St. Dominic for praying and doing harsh penances due to his lack of fortune in combating the Albigensian heresy. He was given the Rosary as a mighty weapon.

The Rosary is a pattern of prayers repeating from familiar scripture, petitions and praises with a repetition like breathing. Its heartbeat is the meditation on the mysteries of God’s revelation. It is a Marian prayer centred on Jesus just as Mary herself pondered the mysteries of Jesus’ life. A string of beads is used to keep count and to keep focus.

Each decade consists of 3 basic prayers:

The Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be. 

When I asked my daughter, Charlene, what the Rosary meant to her she said it’s a channel to let Mother Mary, mother me – when I pray the Rosary I know that Mary is there for me.

My wife said it makes her feel thankful in times of happiness and comforts her in times of distress.

For me, the Rosary is a customary prayer, as I’m sure it was for Lucia de Jesus and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto, the three children that Mary first appeared to on the 13th of May 1917 in Cova da Iria, Parish of Fatima, Portugal. Mary invited the little shepherds to return to Cova da Iria during five consecutive months on the 13th day at that hour. The children did so and on the 13th of June, July, September and October, the Lady appeared and spoke to them again. At the last apparition, on the 13th of October, with about 70,000 people present, Mary said to them that she was the “Lady of the Rosary” and that a chapel was to be built there in her honour. After the apparition, the sun, resembling a silver disc, could be gazed at without difficulty and whirling on itself like a wheel of fire, it seemed about to fall upon the Earth. Since 1917 pilgrims have not ceased to come to Fatima in thousands upon thousands from all parts of the world.

In conjunction with the centenary of the first apparition, we promised ourselves a pilgrimage to Fatima. On arrival, we were confronted with a huge basilica which is greater than I first thought. It’s incredibly holy and awe-inspiring! I felt inspired by the people walking on their knees to fulfil their vows at the Catholic shrine. I can specifically recall a young mother walking on her knees with baby in one arm and Rosary beads in her hand with her father by her side.

When we got to the Cova da Iria, I truly felt the presence of Our Lady. While we were there we acquired a statue of Our Lady which will be blessed this Sunday and remain at St Joseph’s Church.

To commemorate the 100 years since the Fatima apparitions took place, our group will gather at St. Joseph’s Church to pray the Holy Rosary every Saturday at 6pm during the month of October

We are hoping this may become a regular fixture. Please join us in prayer and forever letting Mary lead us closer to Christ.

God Bless,

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Please Remember 

Joe now home again.
Alice QEH following a Fall
Sheila QEH Hosp
Adrian following surgery in Mexico
Helen a young wife who is gravely ill
Larry very poorly and grieving at home 


Kathleen D, Bernard P, George M, Rose R, Terry J, Kitty R, Pauline E, Ethel H, Oliver P, Harriet B, Maureen F, Ernest W, Mary C, Frances C, William Q, Hannah M

May they Rest in Peace 

Thank You for Your Offering Sept. 24th 

OLSS £648 Cafod £15.00

St J’s £388

An Empty Chair 

There is sadly an empty chair now at the back of OLSS. It was occupied by a big man with a big heart and a tremendous cheerful Catholic Faith. Do come and join the family this Wednesday (St Francis Day) at 11.00am for Paddy’s Funeral. He has been a cornerstone of kindness at this church for more than 70 years. He will be received into the Church at 7.00pm on Tuesday.

Parish Quiz Night! 

Tickets are selling out fast! This is the last weekend that tickets will be available after Masses. Tickets can also be reserved by email to

Those who have already bought tickets will shortly be advised of all the details (including timings and access arrangements etc).

Fr John Lavery RiP Memorial Mass Wednesday 25th October at 8.00pm 

Archbishop Peter Smith will celebrate a Requiem Mass for Fr John. There will be a reception afterwards in the School following the Mass. Please speak to Maggie and Bridget who will co-ordinate contributions.


Written for Alice
Her funeral last Tuesday RiP 

Heavenly Father,

Carry Alice, soft and gentle
into sleep’s arms and beyond.

Painless at last, embrace her
in whatever must follow on.

Whisper your lullaby into her ear.

Let tenderness flow from the words
that slowly halt the beat.

Make her last breath as sweet
as the first a newborn takes.

Take her soul, so beautiful
and lay it with the angels.

Let their wings curl around
the ones she leaves behind.

Ease the loneliness they feel
as she steps bravely into the light.

May her journey back to you be peaceful


Cafod Harvest Fast Day – This Friday 

Cafod envelopes will be distributed this week for the Harvest fast Day next Friday. The idea is that even if you do not go without your lunch or dinner you could put the price of a lunch or dinner in the envelope for somebody else and return it next Sunday. There will be a presentation on behalf of Cafod by Mick at St Josephs and at OLSS we will welcome visiting speakers Maureen Forgie and Kezia Lavan

Special Minister and Readers. 

Bp Patrick invites Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion & Readers to a day of reflection on Saturday 11th November. Full details and Information will be forwarded by email.

RE: Glaisher Photo New Zealand 

Maeve’s discovery of the church photo in New Zealand has led to some more very interesting finds!

CALENDAR 16th – 24th SEPTEMBER 2017 

Saturday 30th Mass OLSS 6.00 Int: Della O (WB)

Sunday 1st Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Parish & People

26th Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Parish & People

in Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Fr. John Lavery (RiP) Holy Baptism Gillian 

Monday 2nd No Mass on Monday

Tuesday 3rd Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Dominican Srs (Sp Int)

12.00noon Requiem Mass Jane M RiP (Cremation at Eltham) Welcome Fr John O’Donaghue 

Mass St J’s 7pm Int: FSM Sisters Dep Rels Paddy C received to OLSS 7.00pm

Wednesday 4th St Francis of Assisi NB NO 9.30 Mass today in lieu of

11.00am Sung Requiem Funeral Rite of Patrick C RiP (Burial at Woolwich) 

Thursday 5th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: William A RiP 20 Son of Mike & Wendy

Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: Irene & Len R (WB)

60+ Group Welcome this Thursday at the Dominican Convent Hyde Vale 2.00pm
Mums (& Dads) and Babies and young Children etc. welcome this Thursday at The Ursuline Convent 66 Crooms Hill from 2.30pm

Friday 6th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Alice F (RiP)

1.00pm Requiem Mass Richard Collins RiP (Cremation at Eltham) Welcome Fr Jim Teeling 

Saturday 7th Mass OLSS 6.00 Int: Julia C RiP (4th Ann)

Holy Baptism Saturday 12.30 Oliver, Davi, Ifechhukwu 

Sunday 8th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Parish&People

27th Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Plombon Family (Returning to Poland)

in Ord Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Paddy & Frances C RiP

OLSS First Confession and First Holy Communion Programme 2017-2018 

If you have a child or young person who has not yet completed preparation for First Holy Communion, The programme will start (at OLSS) on Saturday, the 4th of November. Children should be at least 7 years old (or in Year 3) at the start of the programme. At OLSS we break the programme into two manageable periods before and after Christmas preparing separately for First Confession and FHC. Registration forms are now available in the Church. Please return to Maggie or Tina or place in the secure letter box that you will see at the front of the church. (The course at St Joseph will commence in the New Year)

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