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Dear Friends, 

Eamon Duffy is the leading professor of Church History at Cambridge who is often featured on TV & radio. Back in the 70’s he was a junior lecturer at Kings College London. His monumental work “Stripping of the Altars” (1992) had a conclusive effect on my journey from the CofE. Published in 2017 “Reformation Divided” is his latest offering. Duffy is always provocative but this has been his most challenging book. In any study of past times, it must be remembered “The winners write the history”. One writer embellishes the legacy of another and soon the received “wisdom” is inscribed in stone (as with Syria today) unless, that is, one revisits the primary sources. So, for example; generations of English people learned that: The old monasteries were all corrupt. The common people eagerly embraced the New Faith. They had no previous understanding of the Gospel and the clergy were all oppressive. Such accounts were so imprinted in the beliefs of my parents & grandparents that nobody questioned the narrative. Duffy unpicks this mythology. He meticulously researches original sources; surviving letters, registers, Tudor court papers and wills etc.

The story of the “reformation” in England is a catalogue of disaster that engendered separation, division and the loss of charity. It begins with the surrender of the English church to government control (as in China today) leading to Civil War, migration and the fragmentation of British society and culture. Nevertheless, one of the hardest parts to read describes the conflicts and tensions even within the Catholic Church after so much had been lost. New religious orders such as the Jesuits & Salesians encountered as much resentment and resistance within the church as beyond. Who would be in charge of a new mission to England? How many conventions of Catholic life should be renewed or abandoned? Who would control the training of priests (all destined for martyrdom) and to whom would they be answerable without a bishop? 

What should we learn from all this? Catholicism needs heroic thinkers. Religious communities are always full of tension. There are constant rivalries and conflicting ideas. That is why one Godly person must decide where the arguments end. He is called the Pope and we must pray for him… never more so than today! Someone who was previously unknown to me is John Lingard. Born to a recusant family in Winchester in 1771, he studied at Douai in France and was nearly guillotined in the Revolution. Escaping, he returned to England and was discreetly ordained as a Catholic Priest.

Adopting a non-controversial approach, he set himself the task of convincing the British establishment of the noble and ancient pedigree of English Catholicism. He wrote “The History of England”, a magisterial 10volume work with the emphasis always on incontrovertible fact. In Victorian times it was furiously and widely debated. Lingard received no recognition from the intellectual elite but, like Duffy, his work in his day heralded not only the Catholic Emancipation Acts (1829) but the journey of converts such as St. JH Newman. Oh, and one other thing, you will know him already; he wrote the hymn; “Hail Queen of Heaven” and died in 1851, the same year that OLSS was consecrated. Strange how history is full of coincidences!

God Bless
Fr Kevin


Theresa L, Joan C, Jean M, James M, Violet P, Yvonne B, Marie R, Eileen K, Michael C, James C, Fr William Dinan, William M, Frederick F, Edward H, Sebastian M, Lawrence D, Sr Monica OSU

May they Rest in Peace 

Feast of the Ascension This Thursday 10th 

The Feast of the Ascension was restored to its proper place in the calendar this year (40 days after Easter) rather than being observed on the following Sunday. There are Masses at OLSS with the Ursuline School at 9.30 (Fr Victor) and 11.30 (Fr Peter) and also a Mass at 1.00pm when we shall welcome a group of “Friends of Westminster Cathedral” including my old friend Canon Christopher Tuckwell, the Cathedral Administrator. They are spending the day in Greenwich and welcome local people. There will also be a Mass at St Joseph with the Primary School at 11.00am (Fr Victor). Anybody is welcome to join any of these Masses during the day. 

Fr Kevin being away this week there will be no evening Mass available on that day. 

Condolences to Andrew, his Father James died in Liverpool last week aged 94. Funeral Friday 18th. 

Also to the family of Helen RiP a young wife and much loved daughter for whom we have been praying. She died last week. 

Baptism Preparation (no meeting in May) 

Fr Kevin will be away for the early part of May If you are seeking the Baptism of a child either at OLSS OR St Joseph the next preparation group will be on Wednesday 13th June at 7.00pm. No need to book a place. 

Please bring your child if necessary. 

Thankyou for your offertory 22nd & 29th May 

OLSS 22nd (Marathon) £476 EccEd £185
29th £656 St George Cath £119
St J’s 22nd £237 Candles £402! 29th £368 & St Gg £46 

Offertory, Gift Aid & Direct Debits 

It may appear recently as if collections have fallen but this is not the case. The figures published record the actual cash monies received on Sundays. More and more people are kindly making a regular Direct Debit. Apart from the reliable income for church budgeting it also means that there is much less cash held on church premises awaiting banking, and this minimises security risks. We shall begin to publish on a monthly basis the actual monies received for your information. (Total for the month of April was £2679 DD at OLSS) We are grateful for all your contributions but if others would like to make a Direct Debit especially with the advantage of “Gift Aid” you will find forms for this purpose at each church. 

José RiP 

José died at 3.00pm on Sunday 22nd at the Greenwich & Bexley Hospice with the unfailing presence of Pilar and daughter Jane:
“Fortified by the rites of the church” 

His Funeral is arranged at OLSS on Tuesday 22nd May at 11.30 and Burial at Eltham (Falcon Wood) Cemetery. 

José will be received into Church at OLSS on Monday 21st at 4.30 

Coffee & Cakes this week at St Joseph after 10.00am Mass 

Next Sunday 13th at OLSS at 3.00pm 

Siying Chen (Peggy) is a Chinese Soprano who is preparing a programme of Classical Folk Songs for a concert in London. (She has also been singing with our group at 11.00am). She will offer a recital at OLSS next Sunday at 3.00pm in aid of the restoration fund which will help her to prepare her performance elsewhere. 

MASS CALENDAR FOR 5th – 13th MAY 2018 

Saturday 5th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Michael B (WB) 

Sunday 6th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Mr & Mrs Cox (40th Wedding Anniversary) 

Sixth Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Fr Roy Joseph Parents Golden Wedding/Safe Journey 

Welcome Mr Andrew H at St Joseph who will speak about the work of “The Passage” 

of Easter Mass OLSS 11.00 FHC Children’s Mass Int: Frances & Paddy C (RiP) 

Monday 7th No Mass on Monday 

Tuesday 8st Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Roger & Jane T & Family 

Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: Mr Thompson (RiP) 

Wednesday 9th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: James F (RiP) 

Feast of the 10th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Parish & People (Lieu of Sunday) With the Ursuline School 

Ascension OLJC Mass OLSS 11.30 Int: With the Ursuline School 

(Thursday) Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: Nisha (RiP 6th Ann – Chithra) With St Joseph Primary 

Mass OLSS 1.00pm – with friends of Westminster Cathedral

Friday 11th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Pat M & Fmy (RiP)

Saturday 12th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Gerard M (RiP) 

Sunday 13th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Stephany I (RiP) 

Seventh of Easter Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Anne C (RiP) 

Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Parish & people 

3.00pm Next Sunday a music Recital at OLSS in aid of restoration funds 

Simone is an icon writer in the Romanian & Byzantine traditions. She is planning to run An Icon Painting Programme for 3 days later in the summer at OLSS. It would need 8 participants to make a group, Simone will provide the materials (frame, glass, paints, brushes & golden leaf). The two styles of painting need different days. The cost would be circa £40 per person per day. Simone is a Romanian Orthodox friend of Kay. See contact details in the newsletter in the church.

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