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Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time 22nd October 2017
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Norwood Lake is quite near to my house. It is a large lake teeming with fish and wildlife. I walk there most days in contemplation but one thing I have never understood is fishing – I see the same men sitting there every day, lines in the water, waiting and waiting – for the slightest tug on the line, hoping the fish will bite. They aren’t allowed ‘keep nets’ so they have to throw the fish back: I think to myself, ‘What’s the point? Why spend every afternoon just sitting there, waiting? Then suddenly, yesterday I got it! It’s all about hope, the fishermen are sitting there, every day – and they are hoping! In fact, they are full of hope – renewed again with each new day’s fishing!

Without hope, we are all finished, we hope for so many things: In the morning we wake up hoping it will be fine; we go shopping, hoping to find the things we need. We hope that the children have a good day at school (the first thing we ask when they get home): later on, we hope they will pass their exams; we arrange a holiday, hoping it will be sunny: we turn on the TV, hoping to see our favourite programme. When hospitalised and needing an operation, we hope it will be successful (we dread hearing ‘It’s hopeless, there’s no hope of recovery’). In prison, the only thing keeping prisoners alive is the hope that they will gain early release for good behaviour – without hope, imprisonment is a death sentence.

A few years back, I brought a pupil (Kriya aged 10) to St. Joseph’s; Kriya was a Hindu lad, keen to learn about Christianity. He joined the children at Thursday Mass while I led them in song. Afterwards I took him round the church, showing him the Stations of the Cross and the statues. Afterwards he said ‘Mick, I think your religion is very sad’ (indicating Jesus on the Cross) ‘Hinduism is very joyful’.

I tried to explain to Kriya about ‘hope’, that the crucifix was by no means the end of the story but its beginning, a symbol, a sign not just of suffering but of hope, that the empty cross and the empty tomb were the ‘sure hope’ that Christians believed in, of God’s forgiveness and love for each one of us. But I confess that, even after 45 years teaching, I found this difficult to explain to this young follower of such a very different religion.

Now, back to fishing! – Thinking about it I realise now just how many of Jesus’ miracles were to do with fishing! The five loaves and two fishes, the huge catch of fish at the lake of Galilee, and then, after the Lord had risen, where did the disciples see him? Doing what? – He was by the lake, cooking fish over a fire and inviting the disciples to join him for breakfast! It surely cannot have been by accident that the Lord chose fishermen to follow Him and be His very first disciples – after all, fishermen have hope!

So – the next time I walk round Norwood Lake, I shall have deepened my understanding, not only of why people go fishing, but of the vital importance of hope – the ‘sure and certain hope’ that we Christians all share in the Resurrection of our Lord – for his resurrection is ours too!

God Bless

Please Remember 

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

Fr John Lavery RiP Memorial Mass THIS 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 this Thursday 26th October at St George’s Cathedral. 

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

Thank You – To All Parishioners 

Who donated raffle prizes for the quiz night which was held on the 13th October. Be blessed and know that you helped to raise for the raffle held at the quiz night alone £294.00.

Yours in Christ Sr. Lynn O.P.

Divine Mercy Music 

Martina Keany is a Catholic Singer/ Songwriter. She is visiting our two churches this 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.

Thank You for Your Offering Oct. 15th 

OLSS £667 P/sun £103 Cafod + £17

St J’s £375 P/Sun£30 Cafod +£20

Special Minister and Readers.

Bishop Patrick invites all Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion & Readers to a day of reflection on Saturday 11th November. Details and Information have been forwarded by email. If you would like to attend this day please speak to Fr Kevin or Sr Mary or drop a message this week to:

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.” 

CALENDAR 21st – 29th OCTOBER 2017

World Mission Sunday 2nd Collections at all Masses

Saturday 21st Mass OLSS 18.00 Int: Elisabeth S (WB)

Including Baptism of Baby Beatrice Foster & Henry Heffernan 

Sunday 22nd Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Anja P (WB) Coffee & Cakes after 11.00am OLSS 

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

in Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Victor M (RiP Ann)

Monday 23rd No Mass on Monday

BIG CHURCH CLEAN OLSS This Monday from 10.30 

Tuesday 24th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Parish & People (Lieu of Sunday)

Mass St J’s 7pm Int: FSM Sisters

Wednesday 25th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Sr Marianne Speigle O.P. (WB)

8.00pm Sung Requiem Fr John Lavery RiP Our Ladye Star of the Sea 1991 – 2011
The Most Reverend Peter Smith Archbishop of Southwark 

Thursday 26th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Mary C (WB) Helen (RiP)

Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: Annie H (RiP)

Friday 27th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Alaschka S (RiP)

Saturday 28th Mass OLSS 18.00 Int: William A (RiP)

Sunday 29th Mass OLSS 9.00 Weronika & Stefan K (RiP)

30th Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Mary O (Thg)

in Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Paddy C (RiP)

Commemoration of All Souls Thursday, 2nd November 

ACTUS TRAGICUS (JS Bach) The “Commemoration of All Souls” is an important moment. Petra is bringing her musical friends to sing a Solemn Requiem at OLSS at 8.00pm. This is sure to be a beautiful Mass offered in solidarity with all those who are struggling with grief or have lost loved ones especially in the past year.

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