Second Sunday of Lent Sunday 25th February 2018
Teal Book Page 155
Graham – ‘Preacher’
Billy Graham, the world-famous evangelist, died last Wednesday 21st February, aged 99: When he was asked what he would like on his tombstone, he replied. ’Just the one word – Preacher’. This was typical of the man, whose simplicity and utter humility were legendary.
Born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1918, Billy Graham became the world’s most famous and effective evangelist. Ordained as a Southern Baptist minister, Graham was undoubtedly the most influential preacher of the twentieth century, preaching in 185 countries and to some 215 million people worldwide, even behind the ‘Iron Curtain’ in Communist China and the USSR and in 2001, he was given an Honorary Knighthood by Her Majesty the Queen. Graham was spiritual adviser to numerous American presidents, from Harry Truman to Barack Obama and he was particularly close to Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and J.F. Kennedy – Lyndon B. Johnson he regarded as a particular friend. It is estimated that Billy Graham preached to more people than anyone else in the entire history of Christianity!
So what was his secret? Jesus, nothing more, nothing less. Like the apostle Paul, Billy Graham refused to preach anything other than Jesus Christ – indeed, Graham has sometimes even been referred to as ‘the second St. Paul’ because his message was entirely Christ-centered and came straight from, and appealed directly to, the heart – he said ‘I am here to preach Jesus, and that no-one, neither man nor woman, can live a happy or fulfilled life without Him’.
I went to hear Graham preach to a stadium packed with young people at Earl’s Court in 1974. Although not a great fan of highly-charged evangelical preaching, I confess that I was astounded! Graham held the huge audience transfixed, he seemed to have an almost hypnotic/mesmerising power over them, and his message was simply this: Christ, Christ………. you cannot continue to live without Christ in your life! And then came his (by now) famous challenge, again, a simple and direct one…. ‘Get UP out of your seat and WALK! If you want Jesus Christ in your life, get up out of you seat NOW and walk down here to the front! Walk forward for Jesus, walk forward with Jesus, let Jesus come into your life now, today, this very minute…… I challenge you to get up and WALK, walk forward for Jesus!
From that moment, I believe that the Holy Spirit took over – you could hear the seats banging, one after the other, as people began, one by one, to rise to their feet and begin to walk forward, down to the front of the stadium, many were even crying tears of joy and relief as they walked – Graham’s invitation, nay his command, to get up and walk was impossible for people not to obey – almost the whole stadium, literally hundreds of people, moved forward as one, walked down to the front to welcome Jesus into their lives. I will never forget that day.
Stabat Mater an extended Sung Mass at St Joseph Tuesday 27th in Holy Week with Petra & friends
Fr Eric Nimmo RiP
Many Greenwich people will be very sad to hear of the passing of Fr Eric Nimmo. He was for many years the Parish Priest at Kidbrook and much loved far and wide as a cheerful and devoted priest and local celebrity. He died on Tuesday 20th being cared for in a nursing home at Tunbridge. Funeral arrangements TBC
People will be equally sad to hear of the death of Alan quite suddenly at home on Sunday 18th. Devotedly cared for by Tom his long-standing companion and partner of many years, Alan was actually feeling better and had begun with assistance to take short walks from the flat. They were hoping to return to OLSS on a Saturday evening. Tom & Alan are well known at the churches in Blackheath & Lewisham as well as OLSS. Funeral arrangements NB: St Saviours Lewisham 10.00am 7th March (12.15 cremation Hither Green). Alan will be received at St Saviours at 7.15 Tuesday 6th. We keep Tom in our prayers and affection
Thankyou for your Offertory Sunday 11th
OLSS 4th February £784
11th Feb £682 Poor Par £134 Cafod £23
St J’s £379 Candles £308 Poor Parishes £48
If you are looking for the Baptism of a child NB. at either church, the next preparation evening will be Wednesday 14th March at OLSS at 7.00pm. No need to book. Bring your child if necessary
A Day of Prayer This Friday
This Friday 2nd March will see a Day of Prayer at OLSS. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed. We will say the mid-day prayer of the Church ending at 5.00pm with Evening Prayer and Benediction. Are you working on that day? If not come and spend some time in the presence of The Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Have you signed the list on the notice board?
Stations of the Cross
Every Friday during Lent after Mass at 10.00am OLSS and 7.00pm at St Joseph
Next Sunday 4th March OLG Charlton Greenwich Deanery Penitential Service
Confessions with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Benediction 4.00pm Sunday 4th
Parish Rooms at OLSS
Refurbishment in the parish rooms at OLSS will hopefully be complete by Easter. One toilet remains useable during times of public services.
The Children’s FHC Group Resumes
At OLSS Saturday 3rd March & St Joseph’s This Sunday 25th.
Next Sunday there is a Half Marathon which will see the central part of Greenwich closed to traffic. St Josephs should be unaffected but you may need to consider other routes to OLSS
For Your Prayers
Peter is now cared for at home. Sheila is resident at Morden College. Anne is in QEH following a fall, she continues with a determined spirit towards recovery. Jose is also currently at QEH together with Dawn’s Mother (Sheila from St Joseph’s School) & Father. Sr Jane OSU now recuperating at Westgate
If you need The Catholic Chaplain at QEH call Fr Paul Antwi-Boasiako CSSp 07462 461533 – firstname.lastname@example.org
CAFOD Family Fast Day: Last Friday 23rd
Did you remember the Cafod Fast Day last Friday. For every £1 you donate to CAFOD, the UK Government will also donate £1. Envelopes are still available in Church. In the light of recent news reports you may wish to know CAFOD has a statement about safeguarding vulnerable communities on: cafod.org.uk
MASS CALENDAR FOR 24th FEBRUARY – 4th MARCH 2018
Saturday 24th Mass OLSS 6.00 Int: Mary K (RiP)
Sunday 25th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Frances D (WB/GH)
Second Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Eric & John M (THG)
of Lent Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Curran Family (RiP)
Monday 26th No Mass on Monday
Tuesday 27th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Larry M (GH/WB)
Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: Radha (RiP)
Wednesday 28th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Kathleen M (Ints Sisters)
St David 1st Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Julia & Teresa F
Of Wales Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: Ronald A (WB)
Friday 2nd Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Austin M (RiP Ann)
A Day of Prayer 9.00 – 5.00pm OLSS with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Saturday 3rd Mass OLSS 6.00 Int: Alan L (RiP)
Sunday 4th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Parish & People
Third Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Kieran M (RiP)
of Lent Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Margaret M (RiP)
St David of Wales (Thursday) Is a 6th Century Saint of Noble Birth. A rigorous monastic missionary, he is credited with founding 12 monasteries through Celtic Britain including Glastonbury. He made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. St David died on 1st March 589A.D., at Minevia, allegedly over 100 years old. His remains were buried in a shrine in the 6th century cathedral which was ransacked in the 11th century by Viking invaders. There is little verifiable evidence of his story from contemporary sources other than the widespread devotion to his name. A romantic biography was written in 1090 but as recently as 1996 human remains have been uncovered at the cathedral consonant with the time of his death.
Football Practice Esteban (Candelaria’s & Tomas’ Dad) organizes football training every Tuesday from 8-9pm. He invites families to get involved “you don’t need to be Messi, just someone willing to run a bit and have fun. Ladies or teenagers from 16 onwards are welcome”. We play close to David Lloyds gym. If you want to know more see contact details in the newsletter in the church.
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