Third Sunday of Lent Sunday 4th March 2018
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Ave Maria! Recently I was fortunate to make a pilgrimage to the Marian Shrine at Medjugorje, with a group of Kerala (Indian) Catholics from SE England. It was a wonderful experience of spiritual retreat, refreshment and nourishment!
Medjugorje, is a small village in Bosnia-Herzegovina, which has been the venue of apparitions of the Blessed Virgin, since 1981. Our Lady continues to give messages to six people: Ivan, Jakov, Marija, Mirjana, Vicka, & Ivanka. In addition to her public messages, she is to give each of the six visionaries a total of ten “secrets” that will occur on earth. Some of the secrets pertain to the world while others concern the visionaries themselves or the local village. Only one secret has so far been revealed. In the third secret Our Lady has promised to leave a supernatural, indestructible, and visible sign on the mountain where she first appeared.
Since the apparitions began in 1981, over 40 million people of all faiths and from all over the world, have visited Medjugorje including countless unbelievers. Those who are physically or mentally afflicted, have been converted and healed. St. James’ Church offers a spiritual setting for the whole experience. The faith expressed by the pilgrims and the local people is compelling and convincing. Many youngsters are seen praying the Holy Rosary. Our guide, Ivan represented the local youth who are devoted to the Blessed Mother.
Apparition Hill is a steep and rock-strewn path that ascends to the location where Our Lady appears. Tens of millions have climbed this mountain, pilgrims from all over the world. They tell of experiences that are deeply personal, intimate and life changing. It was here that I too experienced the presence of Our Blessed Mother the “Queen of Peace” being so close on this barren mountainside. Cross Mountain is central to the pilgrimage. It is a penitential climb that led me to reflect upon my relationship with God and what I need to change in my life to draw closer to Him. Deep healing, cleansing and peace is experienced at the summit of the mountain, at the foot of the cross, as pilgrims arrive after their hard climb.
Behind the exterior altar is the Statue of the Risen Christ. This is a bronze /copper statue depicting Christ with His arms raised in triumph. Pilgrims can be seen lining up to get close, some with handkerchiefs in their hands, wiping a mysterious “liquid” that oozes from the right knee. This phenomenon occurs in all kinds of weather. Many pilgrims treat this as a miraculous substance, and claims of healing have been made. I still ponder over the blissful experience standing at the foot of this extraordinary sculpture. A piece of tissue paper, on which one of the pilgrims gathered a few drops for me, is now a treasured possession. Our Lady is trying to re-educate us to be Christians. She does this by walking with us, and guiding us step by step, message by message. She wants to show us the real face of Christianity. This is a long process because as a society we have strayed far from the truth and even God himself and are slow to learn. Meanwhile she encourages us with five “Weapons”: Daily Prayer (Of the Rosary), Fasting (Wednesdays & Fridays) Daily Reading of the Bible, Monthly Confession & Holy Mass. All the elements that we need to remember during Lent!
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.
Stations of the Cross
Every Friday during Lent after Mass at 10.00am OLSS and 7.00pm at St Joseph
Mums, Dad’s, Grans, Toddlers & Cakes etc
Welcome again this coming Thursday (8th) From 2.30pm at the Ursuline Convent 66 Crooms Hill
Alan died quite suddenly at home on Sunday 18th. Devotedly cared for by Tom his companion and partner of many years, Alan was actually feeling better and had begun with assistance to take short walks. Tom & Alan are well known at the churches in Blackheath, Lewisham & OLSS. Funeral arrangements: 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
Fr Eric Nimmo RiP
Fr Eric was Parish Priest at Kidbrook and much loved far and wide as a cheerful and devoted pastor. He died on Tuesday 20th being cared for in a nursing home at Tunbridge. The Funeral is at John Fisher Church Kidbrook 12.noon on Friday 23rd there will also be a Vigil Mass at 6.30on Thursday 22nd
Thankyou for your Offertory Sunday 25th
OLSS £766 Cafod £417 + £200
St J’s Feb 11th £310 Feb 25th £355
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
This Sunday 4th March 4pm OLG Charlton Greenwich Deanery Penitential Service
Confessions with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Benediction 4.00pm Sunday 4th
For Your Prayers
Peter is now at home. Sheila is resident at Morden College. Anne continues with a determined spirit towards recovery at QEH. 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 – email@example.com
Maggie has prepared celebration Hampers to be raffled in time for Easter at OLSS!
MASS CALENDAR FOR 3rd – 11th MARCH 2018
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)
Coffee & cakes after Mass at St Joseph this week.
of Lent Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Margaret M (RiP)
Monday 5th No Mass on Monday
Tuesday 6th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Steven J (RiP)
Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: Sr Maria Michell (RiP)
Wednesday 7th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Alan L (RiP)
(Perpetua & Felicity) Alan’s Funeral today 10.00am St Saviour Lewisham
8th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Faith B & Fmy (WB)
Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: Sr Maria Goretti FSM (RiP)
Friday 9th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Kathryn B & Fmy (BD)
Saturday 10th Mass OLSS 6.00 Int: Parish & People
Sunday 11th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Mrs Carmelita (RiP 1st Ann)
Mothering Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Kieran M (RiP) & Mrs S. G-P (RiP 5th Ann)
(4th Lent Refreshment) Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Sean D (RiP)
Deanery Penitential Service 4.00pm Today Our Ladye of Grace Charlton – Exposition, Confession & Solemn Benediction
Tuesday in Holy Week With Petra & friends Extended Solemn Mass 7.00pm St Joseph
Ss Perpetua & Felicity (Wednesday d.203) were Christian martyrs of the 3rd century. Vibia Perpetua was a married noblewoman, just 22 years old at the time of her death, and mother of an infant she was nursing. Felicity, a slave imprisoned with her and pregnant at the time, was martyred with her. They were put to death along with others at Carthage in the Roman province of Africa.
The day of Prayer at OLSS last Friday was a great success with people coming throughout the day even in the midst of snow and ice. Is this something that we should consider making a regular part of the life at OLSS perhaps once a month as a “First Friday” observance with the Mass at Midday? I would welcome your thoughts and comments.
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