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As a young priest I was given a rule about writing letters: If you have something difficult to say to a person, go and say it face to face. That way they can defend themselves, respond to your complaint and then the matter is past and gone. BUT if you have something good to say to a person, write it in a letter. Then when that person has some unhappiness or feels depressed, they can keep your letter and read it again and it will comfort them. I have such a box of letters that I have kept since I was about 15 years old. (Just as well because if I had kept all the other sort of letters I would need a library). I have been searching through that box looking for letters from Fr Augustine Hoey (RiP aged 102) that might contribute to his biography. In the process I have rediscovered letters from so many people who have long since gone to the angels. As I read them again, for those brief moments, it is as if they are alive and speaking to me once more. Of course, our Christian faith depends on so many such letters that still speak to us like that today, including the apostles Paul, John, James, Peter and Jude and various others not included in the Biblical canon such as Barnabas. 

I was touched recently by an article examining Christian Poetry from the Ancient Syriac tradition. There is a Syriac poem from the 3rd Century reflecting on the life of Mary. Here it quaintly suggests that when “the Angel Gabriel brought glad tidings to Mary” he delivered the message in the form of a letter from God, but then Mary herself became a living letter because the Word of God was written and inscribed in her very life. It is poetic word play in Syriac. ( There is a very ancient tradition that The Lord himself wrote a letter to King Abgar of Edessa. Edessa was a small independent nation on the bank of the Euphrates that acted as a buffer between the empires of Rome and Persia at the time of Christ. King Abgar had heard about Jesus and encouraged him to come for safety to his Kingdom. The Lord replied that He could not come but that at a later stage he would send a chosen person (Jude/Thaddaeus) in his name. It would be lovely to imagine that this story is true or even that we might discover new writings from the Lord himself, but that would not be necessary. We have his promise already and it is more than just a paper keep sake. The end is in the beginning: “Behold I am with you always even to the end of time” The last promise of Jesus (according to Mathew) has greater meaning when we look at it alongside the first proclamation at the beginning of John “The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth”. The promise remains true. We can still behold his glory; he has left us the Blessed Sacrament as a letter of his love written in blood. This is what the Feast of Corpus Christi is all about. Let St John have the last word and discover this truth for yourself: 

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands – this is what we proclaim to you” 1Jn1v1 

God Bless
Fr Kevin 

Thank you for your offertory Sunday 27th 

St J’s £TBC (Lee bitten by a dog last week!) 



James C, Eileen T, Sr Campion O’Hagan, Eileen W, Jack M, John M, John L, Sarah G, Dorothy S, Sr Lucy Muller OSU, Patrick L, William S, Kathleen A, Kathleen M, Harry S 

May they Rest in Peace 

Baptism Preparation Wednesday, 13th June 

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. Please bring your child if necessary. 

Vera – R.I.P aged 103. 

Funeral will take place at St Joseph’s on Thursday 21st 2018 at 12:00pm (cremation Hither Green 1:45pm). 

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

Tickets for the Parish garden party and for the summer raffle will be on sale from this Sunday and after all weekend Masses in June at both OLSS and St J’s. Thank you to local businesses for donating some great raffle prizes: 

• The Royal Observatory – family ticket for a Planetarium show
• Greenwich Tavern – meal + wine for two
• The Fan Museum – museum entry and afternoon tea for two
• Greenwich Picturehouse – family cinema ticket
• Bill’s Restaurant – 2 course meal + drink for two
• The Café Rouge – afternoon tea for two 

And for those who can’t stay up late
A Parish Afternoon Tea Party 

Thursday 12th July 2:30pm in the Church garden. A bring and share party, combining 60+ group and Mums & Tots and open invitation we will have garden toys for small children to play with. For more information or to get involved, please see contact details in the newsletter in the church.

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. 

Parish Rooms refurbishing at OLSS 

The Children’s Liturgy and FHC have resumed in the basement. The beautiful floor was completed by Riffen Burrows and all other work including the kitchen & toilets was completed by “Heritage Contractors SE”. Peep inside to see the standard of completion.

We will have a COFFEE MORNING supporting HCPT to host an official opening on Sunday 24th June but we need extra help making and serving Tea and Cakes as some of our regulars will be away! 

Children’s First Holy Communion The First Holy Communion Masses 

At St Joseph’s Church will be at 12.00noon on Sunday 10th June
And at OLSS on Sunday 1st July at 12.30 

MASS CALENDAR FOR 2nd – 10th JUNE 2018 

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) 

(Children’s Mass) Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Pilar R (WB)

Monday 4th No Mass on Monday 

Tuesday 5th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Frank R (RiP) 

Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: Sr Flavia FSM (RiP age 58) 

Wednesday 6th Mass OLSS 9.30 Leszek M (RiP) 

Thursday 7th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Joan K – (Paul RiP) 

Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: Rev Fr John CMI (THG) 

Friday 8th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Carole C 

Saturday 9th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Cn John K 50th Jb 

St Joseph Rehearsal for First Holy Communion Children Saturday 11.00 

Sunday 10th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Kathleen T (RiP) Joanna B (RiP 10th Ann) 

10th Sunday in Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Helen N, Masokko E (RiP) Darnell D 5BD) 

Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Parish & People 

St Joseph First Holy Communion Mass 12.00noon 

“Full English Farewell” To Fr Victor & Fr Martin 

Dear Fr. Kevin, I am happy to inform you that I reached home safely last evening. I sincerely thank you for all your kind help and support to me. It was indeed nice to be there at Greenwich for a few weeks with you. It was really relaxing, refreshing as well as enriching. A big thanks to you for everything.

With kind regards Victor 

Fr Martin has commenced work in his new parish in SE India 

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