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Twenty-Eighth Sunday In Ordinary Time 15th October 2017
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Tonight Saturday 14th October 

DEANERY MASS at 6.00pm NB. 


Once a year the whole deanery including Thamesmead, Woolwich, Plumstead, Eltham Mottingham & Charlton is brought together for one splendid celebration. There are No Saturday night Masses elsewhere including OLSS because we are all encouraged to come to Charlton for 6.00pm. Fr Kevin Alban is the Guest Preacher for “The Year of the Family”. 

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

Archbishop Peter Smith will celebrate the Requiem Mass as a Memorial for Fr John. Please notify all friends and neighbours who will want to be present for this special event. There will be simple refreshments at a reception afterwards in the school. Maggie and Bridget are co-ordinating arrangements.

There will also be a memorial Mass 12.30pm, Thursday 26th October, At St George’s Cathedral. 

It would be good to have friends and parish members at the Cathedral at that time.

All Saints and All Souls Wednesday 1st November & Thursday 2nd

All Saints Day is an Obligation Day. There are School Masses to which all are welcome at 9.30 and 11.00 am at OLSS. ALSO a School Mass at St Josephs at 11.00am. We will keep the main Sung Mass NB At St Joseph’s in the evening at 7.00pm.

Commemoration of All Souls

The “Commemoration of All Souls” is an important day that hopefully brings a sense of gentle healing to those who are bereaved and grieving. Petra Hajduchova is bringing some friends to sing a Solemn Requiem at OLSS at 8.00pm. This is sure to be a beautiful Mass and is offered for those who have lost loved ones in the past year. Thursday 2nd November.

OLSS First Confession & First Holy Communion Programme 2017-2018 

Have you returned your child’s registration form for the First Holy Communion programme at OLSS? (Closing Date this Sunday 15th October) There will be a meeting this Thursday 19th. At least one parent should be present. The OLSS programme will start on Saturday, November 4thChildren 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 remain 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) 

Special Minister and Readers.

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

Please Remember 

Joe cared for at home.
Alice QEH following a fall
Dennis recovering at home.
Allan now cared for at home.
Sheila cared for at home
Helen a young wife who is gravely ill 

Thank You for Your Offering Oct. 8th 

OLSS £662 Cafod £366
St J’s £319 Cafod £290


A Bastians, Robert B, Susan O, Gerald L, Ruby W, James D, Victor M, Robert F, Mary E, Nancie B, Dorothy W, Gordon C, Dennis D

May they Rest in Peace 

Parish Quiz Night 

Sincere thanks to everybody who made the parish quiz last Friday such a happy evening. Pat & Peter messaged to say that the event has raised an astonishing £1400 profit! It was great to welcome so many old friends and new and people from both parishes. Harvey B is now banned. He can only attend next time for the purpose of making tea. Felix is also banned unless he stays with the tea trolley as well!

Fr Victor Sends Greetings 

We are hoping to welcome Fr Victor for two months after Easter next year. He would like to be remembered to all in Greenwich. Contact details in the newsletter in the church.

Our Lady of Grace School Charlton 

Require a Part Time Cleaner from November

Adoremus: Eucharistic Congress 

The bishops of England & Wales are planning a “National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress” next year. It will take place in the Echo Arena, Liverpool, and is designed as an ecclesial gathering of laity and clergy. The Arena can accommodate 10,000 pilgrims and is expected to be full. Representatives from every Diocese are invited. Southwark’s involvement will be led by Father John Mulligan. Each Parish is required to send two members to participate. “Eucharistic Congresses” are intended to promote awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Church. The last such event in England was held in 1908. Participants focus on different dimensions of the Eucharist and the daily celebration and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. There will be workshops for catechists, (especially those involved in First Holy Communion), RE teachers, Hospital & Prison Chaplains, Seminary Communities and Extraordinary Ministers. The sessions will include: Scripture, Ecclesiology, Eucharistic Language and Catechesis, Rites and Music for Eucharistic Adoration.

Cardinal Nichols has written:

“We seek to rejuvenate Eucharistic adoration in our parishes as the source of strength for our lives and for our mission, that of making present the love and compassion of Jesus in our society.” 

Divine Mercy Music 

Martina is a Catholic Singer Songwriter. She is visiting our two churches next weekend with CD’s of her “Divine Mercy Music”. She would like to sell these towards Flowers for Our Lady and Church restoration costs.

The Fatima Rosary Group 

Continues to meet during the month of October at 6.00pm on Saturdays at St Joseph’s church.

CALENDAR 14th – 22nd OCTOBER 2017 (No 6.00pm OLSS Saturday 14th) 


Sunday 15th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Tom P & Family

28th Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Dax M & Kay M Thg

in Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Carlo B (RiP 21st Ann)

Monday 16th No Mass on Monday

Tuesday 17th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Parish & People (Lieu of Sun)

St. Ignatius of Antioch Mass St J’s 7pm Int: Parish & People (Lieu of Sun)

Wednesday 18th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Sr Alice Montgomery OSU (RiP)

Thursday 19th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Kathleen H (RiP)

Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: Susan V (RiP 2nd Ann)

Friday 20th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: William A (Funeral Wilt’s)

3.00pm Wedding Rite OLSS Eric & Joanna 

Saturday 21st Mass OLSS 18.00 Int: Victor M (RiP Ann)

Including Baptism of Baby Beatrice & Henry 

Sunday 22nd Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Anja P (WB)

29th Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Chloe W (RiP)

in Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Elisabeth S (WB)

Ignatius of Antioch (Tuesday Circa Ad 35-107) is among the most important of the early Christian writers in the period immediately after the apostles. Not to be confused with that much later Jesuit also called Ignatius (after whom the famous Loyola would have taken his name) Ignatius of Antioch has left us a series of letters written to the churches much in the style of St Paul. These can be conveniently read nowadays on the internet. He throws tremendous light on the development of Christianity at the end of the first century. He is the first writer to speak of the faith that was now beginning to embrace the world as “Catholic”. There has always been a romantic belief that Ignatius was one of the children whom The Lord had taken in his arms to bless in the gospel stories. Whatever the truth, it cannot be doubted that he had a lifelong devotion to the Lord. He traced the authority for his teaching directly to the Apostle John. Ignatius was fearlessly committed to a journey of faith that would finally see him thrown to lions probably in the Coliseum at Rome.

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