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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 21st January 2018
Blue Book, Page 129

The week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18-25th Jan) reminded me of the splendid Advent Carol Service with our friends at St Alphege’s. The dynamic offering of the four-part choir, more than 30 strong, was an exquisite act of devotion. Truly transcendent, it enabled the spirit of all those present to fly heavenward. I cannot deny that the sound of so many familiar anthems, all bound together with those mystical passages in scripture created a tearful longing for something that might once have been. It was Anglicanism at its very best, blazing the standard for every type of Christian worship. Yet there remained that unresolved enigma: What exactly was actually happening? Most of the melodies were from Catholic sources: Pre-Reformation Monastic Plainsong: Rorate Caeli (The Advent Prose Isaiah 45) represented continuity with the past, though the ancient monasteries lie in runs. There were anthems to Our Lady even including the Hail Mary! (Ave Maria – Vittoria) but no visible token of her presence. There was Eucharistic devotion, “I devoutly adore you O hidden Deity, truly hidden beneath these appearances” (Adore to devote – McDowell). Yet no suggestion of the Eucharistic species. We stared at a bare panelled wall at the far end of the church. As the ceremony closed, the clergy solemnly approached the Altar to add dignity for the final blessing. Except that according to the Anglican formularies, there is no such thing as an Altar, only a “Holy Table”. No “Eucharistic Sacrifice” is allowed to happen there just a commemoration of the Lord’s Supper. A “sacrifice of thanks and praise” was sincerely offered but that flowed from the heart of the people.

All those features that are integral to Catholic worship, that look so similar in the CofE, only made gradual and very controversial reappearances in Anglican Churches thanks to the influence of “The Caroline Divines” in the 1600’s and the Anglo-Catholic revivalists such as JH Newman in the 1800’s who emphasised continuity with ancient customs. To a large extent these restored features contradict the formularies of the CofE such as the “39Articles”. This dilemma was boldly demonstrated before Christmas on the BBC Radio4 Sunday Program: The Rev’d Dr Ian Paul explained that, according to Anglican tradition, marriage is “Not a Sacrament but ‘a gift of God in creation’. It is not comparable with the Roman Catholic understanding of marriage!” (ListenAgain Dec2nd). Hence, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s intended wife, neither needs to be Baptised or Confirmed and the fact that she is previously divorced is not relevant.

How unfortunate that the Princess Margaret & King Edward 8th did not have the benefit of this knowledge. This was one of the very issues that contributed to the departure of JH Newman from the CofE to the Catholic Church… In 1834 he was publicly censured for declining to conduct the marriage of a certain Miss Jubber as she was unbaptised.

The sad reality is that, while our affections deepen in our effort to sustain relations, the paradox of our conflicting understanding on very fundamental issues is deteriorating. I always taught that marriage in the CofE WAS a sacrament (“commonly so called” Article 25). Evidently, I was wrong, so was Bl JH Newman!

Ah well live and learn…

God Bless Fr Kevin

St Ursula’s School – Sr. Ignatius Stone RIP 

Sr. Ignatius Stone OSU died on 4th January 2018. Aged 93 she was Headteacher of St Ursula’s from 1970-1977. Her funeral will be at the Ursuline Chapel, Westgate at 10.30am on Friday 26th and 12.15pm at the Crematorium. Students & staff will represent the school and community that she served faithfully for so many years

My dear friends in Christ of Our Ladye Star of the Sea & St Joseph in Greenwich! 

You may be wondering where I have got to? I am now residing in Essex and am three weeks into working for the Southwark diocese as a liaison officer for retired and sick priests. It was decided that I discontinue as a religious sister and not renew my vows in December of 2017. As much as my heart is broken, the Lord is very close to me and has held me up in these past sad months. You are and will always continue to be in my heart and prayers. I would like to thank Fr Kevin for his support and those of you who has supported me in prayer and good wishes. It is much appreciated and has kept me strong!

With love and prayers always


Former Junior Sister of the Dominican Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus congregation.

Thankyou for your offering 13/14 January 

OLSS £851 Pax/C £230 Cafod 7.50

St Josephs £345

Eileen RIP 

Eileen lived in Coleraine Road (The daughter of Violet Peskett) and died sadly on December 30th age 65 following a difficult period of illness. The funeral Mass is arranged at OLSS for Tuesday 30th January at 2.00pm.

Cremation at Hither Green.

Kathleen RIP 

Kathleen lived at Davern Close on the Caltock Estate. She died at Lewisham Hospital on 13th Jan. The Funeral is AT ST JOSEPH Church at 9.30 on Friday 9th February.

Cremation at Hither Green .

Barbara RIP 

The Funeral of Barbara is arranged at OLSS also on Friday 9th at 11.30 Burial at Grove Park.

(NB Fr Michael Branch will officiate)


Elizabeth L, Charles B, Lawrence & Una K, Ann R, Joseph P, Joseph S, Mary L, Fr Edward Fagan, Alexander C, Elizabeth O, Judith G, Patrick M, Eileen M, Margaret C, Rose H, Eileen F, Kathleen K

May they Rest in Peace 

The Ursuline school is currently advertising THREE Job Vacancies for 2018: 

Deputy Headteacher – from April or Sept Teacher of English – from April


Exam Invigilators required – £9.00per hour 

(Previous experience is not necessary as full training is given. This role offers flexible working arrangements).

For info see:

Eucharistic Conference 

In preparation for the National Eucharistic Congress in September the diocese is inviting parish delegates to a special meeting at the Centre for Catholic Formation (Tooting) on Saturday 3rd February. Each Parish should send two delegates, who would like to go? Meanwhile the Diocese would like to promote Eucharistic Adoration in all parishes across the Diocese. At OLSS there is normally exposition from 9.00am but if a committed group would like to restore a longer devotion perhaps with the Rosary or saying the office of Morning Prayer this would be welcome. At St Joseph’s an extended devotional evening takes place around the Mass from 6.15 – Mass at 7.00- and Fatima Rosary Devotions following.

Next Sunday is Racial Justice Sunday 

All are Welcome

“Every stranger who knocks at our door
is an opportunity for an encounter
with Jesus Christ, who identifies
with the welcomed and rejected
strangers of every age”
Pope Francis 

As Catholics we are called to treat all humans with dignity, regardless of their background or circumstance. There are many stories of alienation throughout the Bible, with clear calls to “Love the stranger”. That the Church is a place where all belong is clearly seen in the recent Feast of the Epiphany, when Christ is revealed not only to the Israelites, but to all of God’s people. The theme this year is “Belonging”, emphasising that we are called not only to ensure our parishes welcome newcomers, strangers, and those from different backgrounds, but also that all people will know they will find a welcome in our parishes. The funds raised will go towards supporting the Church’s work on racial justice issues.

MASS CALENDAR FOR 20th – 28th January 2018 

Saturday 20th 11.00am Rite of Marriage Malachy & Iryna & Baptism of Hannah 

Mass OLSS 6.00 Int: Jean C (RiP)

Sunday 21st Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Joseph B (RiP)

Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Eric A (RiP)

Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Parish & People (Margaret James 51 years RiP 12th)

Monday 22nd No Mass on Monday

Tuesday 23rd Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Bill F (Ann RiP)

St Joseph’s Nb Eucharistic Service this Tuesday at 7.00pm

Wednesday 24th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Fr Ashley Beck Caroline & Martha W/B of Iris

Thursday 25th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Seybourne D (RiP)

11.00am Eucharistic Service with the School (St Josephs) at 11.00am

Mums (Dads & Nans etc) and Little Ones Welcome again at the Ursuline Convent this Thursday (25th) from 2.30 66 Crooms Hill.

Friday 26th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int:

Fr Graziano 27th Mass OLSS 6.00 Int: Monica B (RiP)

Sunday 28th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Fr Kevin St Albin (RiP)

Fr Antony Uche OP Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Parish & People

Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Maurice H (RiP)

Petra & her friends are planning an evening of devotional music at St Josephs for the Feast of the PRESENTATION on Sunday Feb 4th when we will dedicate the image of Our Lady of Fatima and share a celebration at 6.00pm.

Fr Kevin is away this Week for a Post-Christmas break. Mass at OLSS should continue as usual with Fr Roy. There will be Eucharistic Services at St Josephs on Tuesday & Thursday. Maeve will kindly be available at St Joseph this week for marriage administration.

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