11th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 17th JUNE 2018
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Greetings & prayerful wishes from Fr Victor:
I am back again in my homeland after having spent seven weeks with you at Greenwich, enjoying the warmth of your love, friendship and hospitality. It was an occasion for me to refresh and renew my relationship with you all. It is always nice to be at Greenwich where I spent two full years helping Fr. Kevin in the parish, simultaneously doing my Masters in theology at Heythrop. I specially thank Fr. Kevin, whose love and friendship I always cherish with gratitude, for having made it possible for me to be with you once again during my summer vacation. I was amazed by the amount of work Fr. Kevin has done in both the churches during the past three years, and I was deeply impressed and pleased to see the growth of the parish community at St. Joseph’s church. I was quite happy and did enjoy my stay there, and I was really overwhelmed by the enormous love and generosity you all have shown to me.
As you know, I left U.K. on 30th of May and reached Trichy to resume my duties at St. Paul’s Seminary, where I have been serving as a lecturer of theology since 2015 (See picture). It is a regional seminary belonging to the Arch-Diocese of Madurai, in Tamilnadu, India. There are about 121 students (Theology students 86, Philosophy students 35) in the seminary this academic year. Although the number appears to be big in comparison with the number of students in the seminaries in Europe, it is proportionately less comparing to the past. There is a decline in the number of vocations experienced in our
regions, partly due to the influence of globalisation and the reduction in the number of children in the families. There are 18 staff members in the seminary this year. I have been asked to teach in this semester Faith and Revelation, Priesthood, Christian Anthropology and Homiletics which constitute the foundations of the priestly life and ministry. Besides being teachers of theology, we are also responsible for the formation of the students. I am also in charge of the week-end ministry for the seminarians. The students of theology (except the deacons) are sent to nearly 25 remote backward villages in the diocese of Tiruchirapalli on week-ends for their pastoral ministry. In and through the week-end ministry, the seminarians are given a chance to interact with the life realities of the people from the lower strata of the society, and to identify themselves with the poor and to work for the upliftment of the poor. Every week I visit one of these villages, and guide and animate the students in their ministry. Contributing to their formation demands more than being a lecturer, and I enjoy doing it. I seek the assistance of all your prayers that the Spirit of God may assist me to carry out my duties conscientiously.
I guess you are slowly getting into the summer and many of you are getting ready for holidays. I wish you all a good time.
May God bless us all.
Fr Martin also sends affectionate greetings and remembers you all!
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).
(NB there will be NO Thursday 11.00am Mass at St Joseph’s this week in lieu of this requiem
Paul (RiP) aged 54
Requiem Mass Thursday 28th June OLSS 1.00
(Crematorium Eltham 2.45pm)
Annie S, William A, HE. Basil Hume, Cornelius D, Rosemary B, James H, Bartholmew H, Jadwiga K, Richard C, Jack W, John E, Jeanne B, Margaret & Thomas M
May they Rest in Peace
The Great Garden Party
Tickets for the garden party are selling quickly and 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 (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.
An HCPT COFFEE MORNING celebrating the re-opening of the parish rooms at OLSS on Sunday 24th June
Thank you for your offertory Sunday 10th
St Joseph’s £677 Cath/Tr £52
OLSS May 27th £640 June 3rd £747 1.
OLSS In the Month of May we received £2,354 from parishioners via Direct Debit. Many thanks – if you wish to set up DD instead of using cash forms are at the back of church. We have also received a generous donation in US Dollars so if you are in need of US $$ speak to Fr Kevin to exchange without commission!
2nd Collections this W/End Day of Prayer to celebrate & protect the dignity of Human Life
Alice RiP (Aug 26th) Alice’s sister Joyce is doing the 5K walk/run Cancer Race For Life at Blackheath Sunday July 1st in her memory if you would like to support, see details in the newsletter in the church
Sr Mary has returned to India for a sabbatical holiday to be with her own family after a long time away and to restore her links with her Franciscan Sisters elsewhere.
Dear Fr. Kevin, Reached India safely, our Two FSM sisters were waiting from 5am at Bangalore Airport and we reached the convent after One hour drive. This evening my priest nephew and my married niece visited me. Tomorrow my brother will come here to take me home in Tamilnadu. All my family people are waiting to see me. Once again, I thank you dear Fr. Kevin! Assuring my prayers as I request yours, Sr. Mary
(Sr Mary has a different mobile number in India and will not be available on her usual phone. She will return to Greenwich in September)
Graham Anthony Devine
In Conjunction with the Greenwich Guitar Festival & Trinity Laban School of Music: Graham Devine will present another extraordinary & exquisite evening of Spanish Baroque and contemporary Guitar music at 7.30 at Our Ladye Star of the Sea Wednesday July 11th With Cheese & Wine (A ticketed event)
(2nd Collections Day for Life) MASS CALENDAR FOR 16th – 24th JUNE 2018
Saturday 16th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: In Thanksgiving
Sunday 17th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Karen M (RiP)
Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Margaret F (RiP)
Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Nick C (RiP)
11th Ordinary Sunday, Day for Life (Colls)
Monday 18th No Mass on Monday
Tuesday 19th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Fr John Lavery (RiP)
Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: Sr Mary FSM (Thg/WB)
Wednesday 20th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Richard C (RiP)
Thursday 21st Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Steve P
Sung Requiem Vera – R.I.P. 12:00pm at St Joseph
(NB NO 11.00am Today)
Friday 22nd Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Ann S
Ss Tho More & Jn Fisher
Saturday 23rd Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Della O (WB)
Sunday 24th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Frances D (WB)
Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Eileen R (WB)
Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Paddy C (RiP) & Frances (RiP)
Birthday of St. John the Baptist
First Holy Communion St Joseph “The Eucharist is at the heart of ‘Christian initiation’, together with Baptism and Confirmation, and it constitutes the source of the Church’s life itself. From this Sacrament of love, in fact, flows every authentic journey of faith, of communion, and of witness.” – Pope Francis
On a beautiful sunny Sunday last week, we gathered to celebrate the first holy communion of twenty-five of our young Church members. Over 200 people from our parish, family and friends came to support the children as they took this step in their spiritual development. The parents want to thank everyone who came to share this joyful occasion with us. We would like to thank Chrissi at Passion Flower in Blackheath for providing the beautiful flower arrangements and Mick and Michelle for providing their gift of music for the Mass. We want to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to Sister Mary and Roseline for their hard work and the spiritual guidance they have provided our children for the last six months. We are truly blessed to have these two women working with our children. – Emory on behalf of FHC parents St Joseph’s
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