Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Sunday 11th February 2018
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“What is this quintessence of dust?”
How difficult must it be for young people to study the works of Shakespeare today without any knowledge of Scripture? Hamlet Act2Scene2:
“What a piece of worke is a man!
How Noble in Reason?
How infinite in faculty,
in forme, and mouing how expresse
and admirable in Action, how like an Angel
in apprehension, how like a God?”
The play HAMLET is bathed in Biblical allusions as we can see here:
“What is man that thou art mindful of him,
and the son of man
that thou dost care for him?
Yet thou hast made him
little less than a God, Psalm 8:4-6
and dost crown him with glory and honor”.
Hamlet more than any of his plays is a tragic meditation on mortality. Beginning with the soul of the dead king in purgatory (an unusual theme in post-reformation England) it ends at the graveside of Ophelia. The gravedigger carelessly unearths the skull of a court jester whom Hamlet remembers with affection years back in childhood: “Alas poor Yorick… etc
Where be your gibes now? Your gambols? your songs? Your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar?”
Thereon the narrative tumbles inexorably towards the death of the prince. All this comes to mind because once upon a time British people were steeped not only in culture & the language of scripture but they had a powerful spiritual mechanism for dealing with the difficulties and dilemmas of mortal life. This was rooted in the unbroken rites and liturgy of the Church, the largest part of which stood on the foundations of ancient Israel which were already 1500 years older such as the familiar themes in the book of Genesis. It is true that we live in a modern world, but this is what every generation believes. Soon our own generation will belong to the past. “Tomorrows World” has already blended with “All our Yesterdays”. (Do you remember those TV shows?) Somebody said to me recently that old ways of thinking have to be abandoned to allow for new patterns of thought. That is true, but there again 2+2 have equalled 4 for a very long time and that teaching is likely to remain unmodified. If Shakespeare can still help young people to understand the elements of what it means to be truly human, so can Genesis. The first Man Adam lit Red Earth received his name because he was formed out of nothing more than the substance of planet earth. However, he did not come alive until God breathed his spirit into him. That is still as true today as mathematics. It is when we abandon that thought that human life dissolves into something as meaningless and worthless as dust and ash: “Man goes to his eternal home”
“Remember your Creator before
the silver cord is snapped,
or the golden bowl is broken,
or the pitcher is broken
at the fountain,
or the wheel broken at the cistern.
The dust returns to the earth
as it was, and the spirit returns
to the God who gave it”.
God Bless Fr Kevin
Ash Wednesday this week
Nigel K, Borys K, Tim O, Arabella C, Martha C, Nora G, Natalie J, William O, Ellen S, Nellie C, Catherine J, John N, Cecilia C, Sidney D, Aaron B, Patricia G, MaryAnn M
May they Rest in Peace
Ash Wednesday is this week February 14th
Easter comes early this year, with Good Friday on March 30th and Easter Sunday on April 1st. This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday. Fr Roy is in Medjugorje. There will be Mass with Ashes at 10.00am at St Joseph’s Solemn Sung Mass at OLSS at 8.00pm.
NB There will be no 9.30 Mass at OLSS this Wednesday but those who are unable to be present at St Joseph’s or in the evening will be made welcome to a Eucharistic Service with Ashes at the Ursuline Convent 66 Croms Hill.
Stations of the Cross will begin during Lent after Mass from this Friday at 10.00am OLSS
Also at 7.00pm on Fridays at St Joseph
If you are looking for the Baptism of a child NB. at either church, please attend at the next preparation evening at OLSS on Wednesday 21st at 7.00pm. No need to book. Bring your child if necessary
A Day of Prayer
In conjunction with the appeal to promote Eucharistic Adoration we will have a Day of Prayer on the First Friday of March (March 2nd). The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed at OLSS throughout the day after the 9.30 am Mass. It is very important that the sacrament is never left unattended. Will you come and watch and pray for 30 minutes or perhaps an hour on that day? We will arrange for a rota that you can sign at the beginning of Lent.
OLSS Big Church Clean
After 9.30 Mass on Thursday 15th February (Day after Ash Wednesday) Can you come and help at this time?
Parish Rooms at OLSS
Work has started to refit and refurbish the parish (basement) rooms at OLSS including floors, toilets, ceilings, lighting and kitchen (Hence the big skip). This is likely to take us into the beginning of March. Apologies for the disruption. The Children’s Liturgy group will meet in the Ursuline Convent Chapel for the foreseeable future with thanks to the Sisters. We will ensure that at least one toilet remains useable during public services.
Thankyou for your Offertory Sunday 4th
St J’s 21st £408 Petra& Friends £333
Epson Print Cartridges
Can anybody use a set of Epson Printer Cartridges E-T1801-4T1811-4 unopened and surplus to requirements? Shame to throw them away.
Virginia and Alex are relaunching their great café as the AMBER TEA HOUSE. Come and make new friends next Saturday 17th from 2.00pm at 45 Deptford High Street.
Double Room to Let – A lady called Sara is offering a double room to let in a furnished house with 3 bedrooms & 2 Bathrooms. See contact details in the newsletter in the church.
For Your Prayers
Peter has been in Hospital recently and so has Larry. They are home now. Sheila is now resident at Morden College. Mick has been unwell but will hopefully be with us on Sunday. Little Stanley has been quite seriously unwell in hospital but is now thankfully recovering well.
Abp Pastoral Letter: click here
CALENDAR 10th – 19th FEBRUARY 2017
St Scholastica 10th Mass OLSS 6.00 Int: Sr Concilia Renner O.P. (RiP)
Sunday 11th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Peter R (WB)
Sixth Sunday in Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Madeleine E (RiP)
Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Rachel R (RiP 6th Ann)
Monday 12th No Mass on Monday
Tuesday 13th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Finn & Chad B (WB)
Mass St J’s 7pm Int: “Rada” (RiP)
ASH WEDNESDAY 14th Masses at 10.00am St Joseph and Sung Mass 8.pm OLSS
Nb No 9.30 at OLSS but welcome at the Ursuline Convent for Eucharistic Service with Ashes
Thursday 15th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Sr Jane OSU (WB)
Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: Jim V (RiP)
Friday 16th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Mark D (WB)
Saturday 17th Mass OLSS 6.00 Int: Cathie & John T (RiP)
Sunday 18th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Maura N (RiP)
6th Sunday in Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Mary V Family (WB)
Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Parish & People
Petra’s beautiful evening with Emily (Soprano) Eleanor (Violin) & Carina (Cello) was a triumph in honour of the Feast of the Presentation at St Joseph’s. Many thanks to all who supported and contributed to make this such a happy event especially with Food & Wine etc. The evening raised £333 which we have given to the young performers who travelled across London and gave up so much of their time in rehearsals. Petra is planning “Stabat Mater” (The Mother Stands) NB: not as a Concert but as an extended form of a Solemn Mass on Tuesday in Holy Week. This will also be at St Joseph as the performers are occupied elsewhere on other nights.
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