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Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time 5th November 2017
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Jeremy Taylor (1613–1667) was Chaplain to King Charles 1st. He is known as one of the “Caroline Divines”. In that capacity, in the 7 years from 1635 when the “The Queens House” served as the Royal Palace, he must have been a frequent visitor and probably a resident in Greenwich.

The Caroline Divines restored an order and dignity to the worship of the CofE especially in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. They left an extraordinary deposit of English Spirituality that remains influential today. In so doing they probably unintentionally contributed to the death of the king.

Elsewhere, the memory of the Gunpowder Plot (1605) was still raw in the minds of the British establishment. Suspected of Catholic sympathies (they had already initiated discussions with the Eastern Rite Churches) these were the most influential English churchmen of their day. With the coming of the Civil War and the challenge of the new Puritans, Taylor was imprisoned while the Archbishop of Canterbury, William Laud was beheaded in 1645 foreshadowing the death of the king in 1649. Spending his later years at a safe distance in N Wales and Ireland, Taylor survived the period of Oliver Cromwell’s Protectorate and lived to see the Restoration of King Charles 2nd when he was appointed as (Anglican) Bishop in Down & Connor.

Because of his beautiful poetic writings, Jeremy Taylor is commemorated as another Shakespeare. In the light of all his experiences he wrote his most famous book: “Holy Dying”. This passage serves well for the month of the Holy Souls. It’s melancholy rhythm and cadence is reminiscent of the biblical Book Ecclesiastes:

“Death meets us everywhere, and is procured by every instrument, and in all chances and enters in at many doors; by violence and secret influence; by the aspect of a star and the stink of a mist; by the emissions of a cloud and the meeting of a vapour; by the fall of a chariot and the stumbling at a stone; by a full meal or an empty stomach; by watching at the wine or by watching at prayers; by the sun or the moon; by a heat or a cold; by sleepless nights or sleeping days; by water frozen into the hardness and sharpness of a dagger, or water thawed into the floods of a river; by a hair or a raisin; by violent motion or sitting still; by severity or dissolution; by God’s mercy or God’s anger; by everything in providence and everything in manners; by everything in nature and everything in chance.“Eripitur persona, manetres”*; we take pains to heap up things useful to our life, and get our death in the purchase; and the person is snatched away, and the goods remain. And all this is the law and constitution of nature; it is a punishment to our sins, the unalterable event of Providence, and the decree of Heaven. The chains that confine us to this condition are strong as destiny, and immutable as the eternal laws of God. I have conversed with some men who rejoiced in the death or calamity of others, and accounted it as a judgment upon them for being on the other side, and against them in the contention; but within the revolution of a few months the same man met with a more uneasy and unhandsome death; which when I saw, I wept, and was afraid; for I knew that it must be so with all men; for we also shall die, and end our quarrels and contentions by passing to a final sentence.

God Bless Fr Kevin 

(*The mask is torn off, while the reality remains – Lucretius)

Comer 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 

Thank You for Your Offering Oct. 29th 

OLSS £TBC St J’s £333


James B, James H, Pat A, Sr Anthony Rushe, Margaret A, Frances T, Thomas T, Ann H, Violet B, Michael D, Cyril E, Michael R, Ellen G, Catherine C, Audry T, Pauline C, Mary P, Patricia T

May they Rest in Peace 

Special Minister and Readers.

Bishop Patrick has invited all Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion & Readers to a day of reflection next Saturday 11th November. Full details have been circulated by email.

Baptism Preparation. 

If you are seeking the Baptism of a child at either church the next preparation evening is this week on Wednesday at 7.00pm. Come to the parish room at OLSS, bring your child if necessary. No need to book. Times and dates are considered at the end of the evening.

60+ Group 

Welcome again at the 60+ group meeting at the Dominican Convent at HYDE Vale. Don’t be lonely at home come and join the group this week the theme is “Remembrance”

Coffee & Cakes etc This week at St Joseph’s after the 10.00am Mass 

Fatima Rosary Group 

This group continues to meet after the 7.00pm Mass on Tuesdays at St Joseph’s. You will find the church open at this time after Mass.

Jozef Bernard “Joe” RiP 

Joe died last Saturday evening at his home in Vanbrugh Fields lovingly cared for over recent weeks by the constant vigilance of his devoted family. His has been an exceptional life aged 93 hammered out of the traumas of the 2nd World War as a Polish man in the UK. A truly Gentle Man. His extraordinary cheerfulness never left him. He has been another exemplary member of the congregation at OLSS for more than 50 years whom we have been very sad to lose this year.

Funeral Friday 24th November at 9.30. Burial at Shooters Hill.

Joe will be received into OLSS church at 4.30 on Thursday 23rd

Next Sunday is Remembrance Sunday 

We commemorate all those who have fallen in the conflicts of war and especially those who gave their lives for the defence of this realm.

Catholic Legacy Week 5-11th November 

Do please consider gifts to the Church and Catholic charities next time you update your Will. Pick up a leaflet; contact Your Catholic Legacy on 020 7095 5370; or email Adrian Radford the Finance Secretary

November the Month of the Holy Souls 

Cards for collective names may be placed on the altar. If you need a particular Mass please use the envelopes provided in the usual way


Have you been watching the three part TV serial on Guy Fawkes? Quite an accurate spectacle but it still doesn’t answer the mystery of how so much Gunpowder was accumulated apparently without the knowledge of the authorities when it was a licenced and controlled substance? Tell me it wasn’t a stitch up of a dozen naive fanatics to smear the English Catholics by Cecil aka Lord Burleigh who lived at the Theobalds Estate while the plotters met nearby at Whitewebbs in Enfield?

CALENDAR 4th – 12th NOVEMBER 2017 

Mass OLSS 18.00 Int: Maura M (RiP 1st Ann)

Sunday 5th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Astrid P (2nd BD)

31st Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Nirmala (Sp B’Day)

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

Monday 6th No Mass on Monday

Tuesday 7th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Parish & People Lieu of Sunday

Ddn St George Cath Mass St J’s 7pm Int: Radha (RiP)

Wednesday 8th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Fr John Lavery (RiP)

Thursday 9th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Holy Souls

Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: Holy Souls Joe C (RiP)

Friday St Leo 10th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Holy Souls Paddy & Frances C (RiP)

Saturday 11th Mass OLSS 18.00 Int: Holy Souls 

Next Week: Remembrance Sunday 

Sunday 12th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Parish & People 2 Minutes silence

32nd Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Baptism of Miriam

Remembrance Sunday Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Mauria L (Months Mind) 2nd Cln’s Abp’s Diocesan Admin

Pope Saint Leo I the Great (c. 400 – 461 Friday) 

Leo is among the most important names of the Bishops of Rome. His Papacy was at a time when there was insoluble division in the church. Christians in Egypt venerated the person of Christ insisting that The Lord had only one nature which was “at the same time Human and Divine” whereas Christians in Antioch venerated two natures co-existing in the person of Jesus. The Egyptians accused the Antiochenes of worshipping a Christ who was effectively a split personality or a human person who was only vaguely enveloped by a divine presence. The Antiochenes accused the Egyptians of worshipping a Christ whose humanity was obliterated by his divinity like a drop of water in the ocean.

Leo endeavoured to find language that would create a solution. He said that we should worship “Two Natures in Christ united without confusion in the being of a single person”. (That is cutting a very long story short).

Leo’s teaching underpins the 4th Ecumenical Council at Chalcedon in the year 451. Sadly divisions still remain between certain Eastern churches but only as a result of their uncompromising devotion to Christ. Leo’s “tome” went some distance to resolve the problem for the mainstream but even today the subject is revisited in the hope of bringing unity among Catholics/Orthodox & Oriental Christians who continue to stand on separate Apostolic foundations, especially in the regions of Iraq & Syria.

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