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Christmas Season and New Year December 2017 January 2018

With Thanks for all your cards and gifts and messages of encouragement wishing you a Blessed Christmas and a peace filled New Year in 2018

Fr Kevin,
Frances & Family
Fr Roy & Sisters Mary & Leela 

Remember you all at Christmas time:
At Our Ladye Star of the Sea & St Joseph
Faithful families and friends nearby and others who may be far away with a special welcome to all visitors and guests staying in Greenwich during the festive period

Dear Friends

The Readings are different for each consecutive Mass. If you like to follow the readings, you will need the Blue Books beginning with

The 4th Sunday of Advent (Year B) Page 90 

Saturday 23rd Vigil 6.00pm OLSS Int: Michael & Kevin
Please note there will be NO 11.00am at OLSS on Sunday 24th in lieu of the
Children’s Mass at 5.00pm

The Christmas Programme 

Sunday Morning 24th Advent 4 

9.00am OLSS Int: George D
10.00am St Joseph (Blue Books Page 90)
Int: Thg & Prot Family of Mary O

Christmas Eve: 

Children’s Mass 5.00pm OLSS Int: Fergus M (RiP)

Also a Children’s Vigil Mass at St Joseph 6.00pm Int: Rada RiP

Blue Books page 94 

The “Midnight Mass” OLSS
(With Choir Service sheets provided) 

Gather at 11.00pm for Mass to start in stillness & silence at 11.30. Int: Michael & Wendy A

Christmas Day Morning
(NB There is NO 9.00am on Christmas Day at OLSS) 

10.00am St Joseph’s Int: Charlotte & Christopher N (RiP Br & Sr)
11.00am OLSS Int: Fr John Lavery

Boxing Day Mass (St Stephen)
St Joseph 7.00pm Int Maria B

St George’s Cathedral Choir CD 

The choir of St George’s Cathedral have produced a CD entitled: “O Sacrum Convivium – Music for the Mass” it features the cathedral’s Girls’ Choir, Boys’ Choir, Choral Scholars and Lay Clerks. It costs £12 per CD plus p&p. The CDs can be ordered via the cathedral website or by emailing Payment may be made via PayPal or cheque.


Martin O, Arthur D, James B, George Ds, Bridget D, Michael & Kevin J, William M, Patrick O, Angus M, Tom K, Susanna M, William O, Daniel C, Christopher Y, Molly H, Monica C, John B, Arthur H, James T, Alexandra K, Alan H, Nicholas A, Agatha T

May they Rest in Peace 

Maggie’s Christmas Hampers

Maggie has prepared NINE Hampers at OLSS raffled towards church funds on Christmas morning

Maeve’s Knitted Christmas Nativity 

Raised £58.50 for the Manna Centre on Ebay from a kind lady called Veronica, and is destined today to the St Elizabeth Centre a Special Education and care facility in Herts.

The Advent Window 

The window seen at the Presbytery, 68 Crooms Hill supports St Alphege church Advent Windows and is the 11th in the series with the theme of “Jubilation”. It shows the Ursuline School Badge co-celebrating the 140th Jubilee of our School commemorated in November.

Thank you for the Offertory Sunday 17th 

OLSS £816 Cafod £5.00 2nd Col’n £45
St J’s £312 SpGift £250

Advent Manna Centre Collection 

During Advent & Christmas we appeal for gifts to the “Manna Centre”. This is a charity in SE London (with Catholic Foundations) working with people who are homeless and on the streets. There are collection bins available at both churches.

We continue to appeal for donated items into the New Year which will all be put to good use in January and February – most needed items:

Sugar, Powdered Milk, Tinned tomatoes, Rice, Meat & Fish (Tinned) Coffee, Trainers, Blankets, Jeans, Sleeping bags, Underwear, Toilet & Kitchen Rolls, Socks & Shoes

Sr Marion sends greetings from Germany 

Dear Parishioners and Friends, 

May each of us know the joy and peace of Christ in our parishes and families and communities and receive Great Blessings and Graces in 2018. The year 2017 draws to an end. A memorable one at least for me! But time, days and years move on. Good and not so pleasant ones. But we can always be sure that our faithful friend and companion, day in and day out, is the Lord himself, walking with us. Our care home for old people is a real HOME for those who are not able to be home or would be alone , not able to cope. I find comfort and the assurance that I feel, I am needed and wanted here, though I do miss you much, in prayer and love united, remembering you.

Sr Marianne Speigle 

Welcome to Fr Venus MST 

Fr Venus is a friend of Fr Roy and a fellow companion within the Missionary Society of St Thomas to which they both belong. Fr Venus is presently stationed in Germany but will be staying at St Joseph’s House until December 26th.

First Holy Communion Preparation at St Joseph’s 

The programme NB At St Joseph’s starts on 7th January when parents are required to attend the first meeting. Children should be 8 years at the time of FHC or in year 3 at school. Please ask Sr Mary for a Registration Form.

The Programme at OLSS has been running since the autumn and will resume on Saturdays in the New Year.

Wedding Papers & Administration Jan 2nd 

Enquiries for weddings and all administration relating to marriages at either church AND elsewhere is conducted on Tuesday nights after the 7.00pm Mass at St Joseph’s. I will be available again on Tuesday January 2nd.

Baptism Preparation Jan 10th 

If you are seeking the Baptism of a child either at OLSS OR St Joseph the next preparation evening will be Wednesday 10th January at 7.00pm at the Presbytery 68 Crooms Hill.

Come to the Manger 

The Crib will remain in place at OLSS until the Sunday after the Epiphany. Collections are made for the Catholic Children’s Society.

CALENDAR 27th DECEMBER 2017 – January 7th 2018 

There will be no Newsletter Next weekend – here are the times of Mass into the New Year

Wednesday 27th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Dan & Kathleen B (RiP) St John Apostle & Evangelist 

Thursday 28th NB NO 9.30 Mass at OLSS Fr Kevin is conducting the Funeral of LENA (RiP Dec 8th) at St Joseph’s Church Highgate 11.45
(Lena was a faithful lady from Thamesmead who helped Fr Kevin in the early years of ministry at Belmarsh prison with other members of her family including her beloved daughter Sylvia RiP)

Thursday 28th Mass St Js 11.00 Int: Rani family Int’s Holy Innocents 

Friday 29th Mass 9.30 OLSS Int: Alec B (RiP) St Thomas A’Becket (ABpC)

Saturday 30th 12.30 Holy Baptism OLSS Lowen 

Mass OLSS 6.00 Int: Sean C (RiP)

Holy Family Sunday 31st Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: George Y (Recent RiP)
Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Adrien H (RiP Died 17th aged 33)
Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Int’s of Mrs Bishop

January 1st 2018 NEW YEARS DAY Mary Mother of God 

There will be a New Years Day Celebration Mass at St Joseph’s at 12.00Noon

Bring your left-over sweets, wine, chocolate, lemonade, Christmas Cake & paracetamol etc

Tuesday 2nd Mass OLSS 9.30 Int:

Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: Karen E (Guidance & Prot)

Wednesday 3rd Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Holy Name of Jesus 

Thursday 4th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int:

Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: FSM Sisters Ints

Friday 5th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Teresa H (WB/Ints)

Saturday 6th Mass OLSS 6.00 Int:

Sunday 7th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Thomas & Margaret H (RiP)

Mass St J’s 10.00 Int:

Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Joe C (RiP)

Post expires at 11:15pm on Saturday January 27th, 2018