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Do you ever watch that TV programme “Hoarders”? Some people accumulate so much rubbish that they lose the facility for disposing of anything. As time goes by the rubbish takes over their lives. It hems them in and robs them of all their quality of life. Loving relationships, family connections, and simple domestic comforts begin to break down. Very often the condition is triggered by some personal trauma or loss, so that the rubbish creates a false sense of ongoing security. Any well-intentioned plan by some kindly soul to begin to help and dispose of the rubbish is received as a personal assault. Those who know me well will be aware that I too have a tendency to accumulate junk. Everything has a purpose and is surely going to be of use sometime and very often is. Offcuts of wood, electrical components, broken tools, parts for cars, brass fittings, assorted screws etc etc.

Everything is likely to be of use and usually, when some random item needs to be mended I can find some article somewhere in the collection that can be adapted to bring some other thing back to life. So, I reassure myself with the thought that most of my junk can be stored in cupboards and there’s that false kind of consolation that says; “well I’m not as bad as some folk”! In fact, I’m not as bad as my old mate Bob! He scrapes by making a living in an old farm house in the Snowdon National Park. The farm is too small to be viable in the modern agricultural climate. The original fields have been made over to the adjacent farmsteads.

There are just two fields remaining that run as a campsite in summer and where holiday makers and boating enthusiasts can store caravans and boats through the winter ( Bob is a brilliant mechanic. If it has wheels he can make it work. Trouble is he has accumulated so many fine old motors all waiting for attention that things have got out of hand. There must now be 15 cars that have accumulated over the better part of ten years including 2Jaguars, 3RangeRovers, 3Mercedes and various other classic motors all corroding gradually into the hillside. It was time to bite the bullet. “What did you do on your holiday father?” I helped to shift 3 tons of scrap iron and weighed it in at £100 per ton. It is a strange thing to see cherished “prestige” motors that once required finance and bank loans and watch them being dumped into an enormous crusher. 

What about you? More than the material junk is the psychological junk that we all accumulate and carry around throughout our lives that ruins our relationships today in just the same way. Identify it all and put it into the crusher before it crushes you! Pray about it, find a friend, then dump it at the altar when you come to mass and leave it there! The Lord is a professional scrap expert! Has it ever occurred to you that salvage and salvation is the same enterprise? 

So; “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust corrode and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust corrode and where thieves do not break in and steal… For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”. Mt 6v19 

God Bless
Fr Kevin 

Thank you for your offertory Sunday 20th 

St Joseph’s £366 

OLSS May 6th £693 13th £758 20th £600 


Denise P, Bill H, Stanley W, Patrick E, Marie B, Eileen T, Billy S, James W, James C, Patrick L, Mary B, Sarah G, Dorothy S, John M, Sr Lucy Muller OSU, Jack M, Mary A, John L, Harry S 

May they Rest in Peace 

Baptism Preparation Wednesday, 13th June 

Fr Kevin has been 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. 

The Great OLSS Party
Saturday July 7th 7.00 pm till late,
Live Music, Bar & Barbecue 

Tickets and draw tickets will be soon available – limited numbers. Special thanks to Alex & Virginia our Sponsors at Amber Tree Café High St, Deptford and the Pelton Arms Public House who always provide us with a gift of beer! 

A Parish Quiz Night is also planned for Friday 12th October at 7.15pm. More info to follow nearer the time, put this date in your diary. 

Mums and Little Ones Thursday 31st 

Meet again from 2.30pm at the Ursuline Convent 66 Crooms Hill don’t be shy come and make new friends with your child 

Mick is away this week from St Joseph’s. His baby Granddaughter Caris (1st child to son Joe & Charlene) is being baptised at Shrewsbury Cathedral. Mick is excited because his 2nd daughter Esther is also expecting a baby girl. We wish them all a happy day. 

Parish Rooms refurbishing at OLSS 

At last the parish rooms are complete and the Children’s Liturgy and other events can resume in the basement. The beautiful floor was completed by Riffen Burrows and all other work including the kitchen and toilets was completed by “Heritage Contractors SE”. We need an official opening event and a coffee morning. Peep inside to see the standard of completion and if you need work see contact details in the newsletter in the church. 

Mary RiP 

The funeral of Mary O is arranged for this Thursday 31st May Requiem Mass at 11.30 at OLSS. Burial at Plumstead 

Special Welcome Fr Martin 

For 1 week only Fr Martin is with us again. He is about to take a parish on the Eastern sea coast of India having completed Canon Law studies in Rome. His singing has improved about as much as his cooking but he always brings cheerful friendship and reads the newsletter every week in India so he knows what’s happening in Greenwich! Besides it was his birthday last Tuesday he is 64! Sadly we also bid farewell to Fr Victor after his seven weeks of supply he has become a very great friend and support and Greenwich has become his second home! He returns to a teaching position in a seminary in India – God Bless and safe travels. 

Children’s First Holy Communion Masses 

The First Holy Communion service at St Joseph’s Church will be at 12.00noon on Sunday 10th June and at OLSS on Sunday 1st July at 12.30.


Saturday 26th Nuptial Mass Sarah & David, 12 Noon 

Holy Baptism Alexandra & Sophia, 3 pm 

Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: William H (RiP Ann) 

Sunday 27th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Parish & People 

The Most Holy Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Kay M, Dax M & baby Joseph H 

Trinity Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Sr.Kamfwa O.P. (Prof. Ann.) 

Monday 28th No Mass on Monday 

Tuesday 29th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Angela B (RiP) 

Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: Parish & People Lieu of Sun 

Wednesday 30th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Wendy B & Fmy 

Thursday 31st Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Sr Elizabeth OSU 

Visitation BVM Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: 

11.30 Requiem Mass OLSS Mary O RiP 

Friday 1st Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Jean M & Bill (WB) 

Saturday 2nd Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Ann C (RIP) 

Sunday 3rd Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Parish & People 

Corpus Christi Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Eduardo L (RiP)

Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Pilar R (WB) 

Feast of the Visitation (Thursday) St Luke in his Gospel (ch1v39ff) tells us that Mary the Mother of Jesus and Elizabeth the Mother of John the Baptist were related in some way through family. Elizabeth was also a miraculous mother who had conceived her child when she believed that she was passed child bearing age. Mary is a young Virgin in the preliminary stages of her pregnancy at the time that Elizabeth was drawing close to delivery. The younger woman must have gone to help the older expectant mother to prepare for her child. No doubt she went also seeking reassurance from a wiser woman approaching her full term. It is this encounter that gives us the famous “Magnificat” song of Mary. Elizabeth’s greeting is also the foundation of the Hail Mary Prayer which is so beloved of Catholic people. 

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