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DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY                     8th APRIL 2018
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Dear Friends

Many people, both at St Joseph’s & OLSS will be saddened to hear of the passing of Ann. Soon to be 99 she died “fortified by the rites of the church” just one year short of her 100th Birthday at 11.50 on Easter Sunday! Ann has been an extraordinary presence at St Josephs for 66 years. Born in Donegal she came to Britain in the late 1940s. She lived for a while in Woolwich but since 1952 her home has been at the same modest residence; No 1 Collins House in Armitage Road where she lived with her husband Henry and raised two daughters Patricia & Teresa. Ann has been a special person at St Joseph throughout these years. She is one of the first people whom I remember meeting and quite impossible to forget. Her energetic cheerful resilience was astonishing and infectious. I think of her as the leader of that stalwart group of formidable but kindly ladies which included (among others) Celia (RiP) Susan (RiP) and her inseparable friend Eileen. Nothing stopped Ann from getting on with life and living it to the full. She continued to work at the local charity shop. I remember one Thursday, after the Mass inviting her to come to the house for a cup of tea. “Oh no Father” she insisted “I have to get to work!”. A passing visitor asked where she happened to be working; I explained “this is Ann, she works down the Woolwich Coal mine”. The visitor passed on her way assuming that anything that is said by a Catholic Priest must be true! One of the first tasks that I tackled at St Joseph’s was to repair and reconstruct the old font.

It stood originally at the SW corner of the church where it must have been installed in 1870. For unexplained reasons the great bowl lay sadly broken down on the floor against the pedestal, a sight of total dereliction. My old pal from Wales, who is an engineer, discreetly re-erected and moved the font to its present position with the use of an engine crane. The following week people came to St Joseph’s and were mystified to wonder how that huge solid piece of marble masonry had seemingly self-levitated. “Well” I said “You know Ann we got some of her friends…” I remember visiting Ann within the first days of my arrival. It was early evening and at 7.00pm, as tea time approached I announced that it was time for me to go so she could watch “Coronation Street”. “I don’t watch that rubbish!” she exclaimed. I felt as if I had been shot. “Well” I enquired; “What do you like to watch?” – “Michael Schumacher” came the instant retort. Ann was an avid follower of Formula 1 motor racing. I regret that I could not reciprocate with such an informed knowledge of that sport and with such assured confidence. People will have so many cheerful memories of Ann not least her two daughters who recall her, only recently at a wedding wearing 5” high heels. Jesus said that he came “So that we should have life in all its fulness” Jn10v10. That has been Ann’s philosophy through all these years, but more than this, beneath everything, there has been a profound, joyful Catholic faith devoted to Christ’s presence in the mass, a loving heart and a lifetime of prayers…  all seasoned with laughter!

God Bless
Ann R.I.P

Fr Kevin

Gift Aid Boxes available at both churches


Bp Charles Henderson, Lily T, Margaret G, John G, Peggy M, Isabella M, Catherine D, David J, Rita L, Martin R, William B, Elizabeth D, Jackie W, John H, Tom R, Winifred B, Nathan S

May they Rest in Peace

New Grand-daughter for Mick

A new baby girl Caris born 3rd April to Mick’s son Joe & wife Charlene at Shrewsbury hospital – Caris is to be baptised at Shrewsbury RC Cathedral on 17th May.

Baptism Preparation

If you are seeking the Baptism of a child either at OLSS OR St Joseph please attend the preparation group THIS Wednesday 11th at 7.00pm. No need to book a place. Please bring your child if necessary.

Fr Victor we look forward to welcoming Fr Victor, who will arrive this Tuesday

During Eastertide REGINA CÆLI is sung or said from Easter to Pentecost and normally replaces the Angelus Prayer at 6.00 -12.00 and 6.00pm each day:


Regina cæli, lætare,                 alleluia:
R. Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia,

Resurrexit, sicut dixit,              alleluia,
R. Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.

Gaude et lætare, Virgo Maria, alleluia,
R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.


Deus, qui per resurrectionem
Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi,
mundum lætificare dignatus es:
præsta, quæsumus, ut per eius
Genitricem Virginem Mariam,
perpetuæ capiamus gaudia vitæ.
Per eundem Christum
Dominum nostrum.



Joy to thee, O Queen of Heaven.    Alleluia!
R. He whom Thou wast meet to bear. Alleluia!

As He promised hath arisen.          Alleluia!
R. Pour for us to God thy prayer.       Alleluia!

Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary,                            Alleluia.
R. For the Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia.


Let us pray:

O God, who through the resurrection of
Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ
didst vouchsafe to give joy to the world:
Grant, we beseech thee,
that through His Mother, the Virgin Mary,
we may obtain the joys of everlasting life.
Through Christ our Lord.



Saturday      7th      Mass OLSS 6.00   Int: Madgen Family                (Ints)

Divine Mercy 8th      Mass OLSS 9.00   Int: William & Mary F   (RiP)

Sunday                    Mass St J’s  10.00 Int: Kathleen G            (RiP 6th Anniversary)

Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Kathleen B               (RiP)

Monday       9th      No Mass on Monday

Tuesday      10th    Mass OLSS 9.30   Int: Sr Anastasia Nolan OSU Diamond

Mass St J’s 7.00    Int: Ann C          (RiP)

Wednesday  11th    NB NO 9.30 Mass today at OLSS In Lieu of:

10.00am Sung Requiem Mass 10.00am Augustine
Cremation at Hither Green (Lewisham) 11.30

Thursday     12th    Mass OLSS 9.30   Int: Sr Vianney Conolly OSU Diamond

Mass St J’s 11.00  Int: Eileen A        (WB)

Friday         13th    Mass OLSS 9.30   Int: Sr Margaret Lyth OSU     Diamond

Saturday      14th    Mass OLSS 9.00   Int: Cortez Family          (Ints & thg)

Sunday        15th    Mass OLSS 9.00   Int: Parish & People

            Mass St J’s  10.00 Int: In Thg                   (Bindhu)

Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Sr Jayne Horswill OSU    Diamond

The 2nd Sunday of Easter was designated as Divine Mercy Sunday by St Pp John Paul referring to the unlimited merciful love of God towards all people. Sister Kowalska a Polish Nun was granted the title “Secretary of Mercy” by the Holy See in the Jubilee Year of 2000. She received a number of visions recorded in her diary and later published as the “Diary: Divine Mercy in My Soul”. The three main themes of the devotion are to ask for and obtain the mercy of God, to trust in Christ’s abundant mercy, and finally to show mercy to others and act as a conduit for God’s mercy towards them. Pope John Paul II, had great affinity towards this devotion and authorized it in the Liturgical Calendar of the church.

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