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Reflections on First Holy Communion: This Sunday, 25 Children at St Joseph’s will make their 1st Holy Communion. There will always be discussions about how much we should try to “teach” to children who are just 8 years old. Mick reflects on a life time of teaching: 

I have taught Primary-age children nearly all my life. When I was appointed to my first Catholic headship in 1985 I was surprised to discover how little the children seemed to know about Jesus himself, his life and teachings. As a child I had attended a Methodist secondary school where we were given a thorough grounding, in the life and teachings of Jesus and the gospel values. We learned what Jesus actually taught and what he stood for; Love, compassion, especially his love for the poor and downtrodden and his solidarity with the humblest and lowliest people of all types in the society of his day. We knew the Beatitudes by heart and understood that these were the very core and essence of Jesus’ teachings – I hope that all Catholic children learn these values too and so be encouraged to practise what Jesus actually taught whilst he was with us here on Earth. Children below the age of 10 think in very concrete (not abstract) terms. I used to explain Holy Communion to them very simply, something like this: 

Jesus wanted to leave his friends a real way of remembering him once he had gone; The night before he died, he gave them a special ‘last supper’: he shared bread with them, breaking it into pieces & giving it them to eat. The bread in those days was rather like pitta bread – by breaking and tearing it into pieces, Jesus was trying to help the disciples to understand what would shortly happen to his body on the cross: He said ‘This is my body, which will be broken for you, Do this in memory of me’. Then blessing the cup of wine, Jesus thanked God and gave it to his friends saying ‘Take this all of you and drink from it – this is my blood which will be shed for you’. He was giving them a visible sign to remember him by. Many of Jesus’ friends deserted him, because they didn’t understand what he was telling them when he had said “I am the bread of life”. I used to tell the children that we don’t abandon or desert Jesus; because we have faith in what he has told us and we do it each week at mass, exactly as he said. We are faithful to his command. 

That is why, every time we celebrate the mass (or Eucharist, a Greek word meaning thanksgiving) we recognise that Jesus is especially present in the breaking and sharing of the bread and the blessing and sharing of the cup. Each time we do it, Jesus comes to us in a unique and special way. From an early age, I knew that the Eucharist was something important that Jesus wanted me to be part of, and that is why I still do it. Each and every time I receive the consecrated bread and wine, I simply say, as I receive it, ‘Thank you Lord Jesus for loving me’. 

I sincerely hope that the Eucharist will become as important to our children as it has always been to me. I wish all our first communicants at St Joseph’s and OLSS (July1st) a very happy, joyous and memorable first holy communion day! 


Vera – R.I.P

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


Margaret F, James H, Tim O, Alice W, Myles F, John M, Joanne B, Elizabeth D, Rosena D, Cherita T, Florence S, Nellie T 

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 THIS Wednesday 13th June at 7.00pm. Please bring your child if necessary. 

The Great Garden Party 

Tickets for the garden party are already selling quickly and we are limited to 120 total at the event so do not be disappointed! £12 for adults and £6 for children (under 16) include BBQ & live music. Raffle tickets are £1 for a strip of 5 tickets and include the following fantastic donated prizes: 

The Royal Observatory – Family tkt for Planetarium 

Greenwich Tavern – Meal + bottle of wine for two

Greenwich Picturehouse – Family cinema ticket 

The Fan Museum – Museum entry + tea for two 

Bill’s Restaurant – 2 course meal + drink for two 

Luxury summer hamper by Maggie 

Café Rouge – Afternoon tea for two 

Many thanks, Pat & Peter 

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 to parishioners. We will have garden toys for small children to play with. For more information or to get involved, please email Jenny: 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. 

We will have an HCPT COFFEE MORNING celebrating the re-opening of the parish rooms at OLSS on Sunday 24th June we need extra help making and serving Tea and Cakes as some of our regulars will be away! 

Mums (& dads) and tots etc 

Welcome again at the Ursuline convent from 2.30 this Thursday. Don’t be stuck at home all alone with a little child come and make new friends at 66 Crooms Hill. 

Thank you for your offertory Sunday 3rd 

St Joseph’s May 27th £349 June 3rd £400 

OLSS May 27th £640 June 3rd £747 

2nd Collections at this W/End Catholic Trust for England and Wales (supporting the central resourcing of the Catholic Church in England) 

MASS CALENDAR FOR 9th – 17th JUNE 2018 

Saturday 9th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Cn John Kearney 50th Jubilee 

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

10th Sunday in Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Helen (RiP) Darnell (BD) 

Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Parish & People – Welcome Fr Peter Kucera 

St Joseph First Holy Communion Mass 12.00noon 

Monday 11th No Mass on Monday St Barnabas 

Tuesday 12th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Julia & Teresa (WB) 

Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: Shalini FSM Ints 

S Anthony Pd’ 13th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Anthony (WB) 

Thursday 14th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Parish & People lieu of Sunday 

Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: Sr Anna Maria FSM (RiP) 

Friday 15th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Martina (WB) 

Saturday 16th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: In Thanksgiving 

Sunday 17th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Karen (RiP) 

11th Ord Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Margaret (RiP) 

Day for Life (Colls) Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Nick (RiP) 

St Anthony of Padua (Wednesday 1195-1231) was one of the earliest members of the Franciscan Order and contemporary with Francis himself. Portuguese by birth, he was much affected by the martyrdom of the first Franciscan brothers in Morocco and determined to pursue a missionary vocation in that land but prevented by poor health. He a became a renowned preacher who fashioned his life closely on the examples and model of St Francis. Elected as Provincial Superior to the Order in Northern Italy. Anthony only lived to the age of 35 but he is venerated throughout the church especially in Asia and Latin America. 

Alice RiP It will soon be Alice’s Anniversary, who was much loved at OLSS with husband Max. Her life was significantly extended thanks to progress in cancer research. Alice’s sister Joyce is doing the 5K walk/run Cancer Race For Life at Blackheath on Sunday 1st July in her memory if you would like to support, see contact details in the newsletter in the church.

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