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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 1st JULY 2018
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Were Not Our Hearts Burning? It’s just a piece of bread, a wafer. How can it be Jesus..? 

If you’re a Catholic or maybe a seeker struggling with this nagging doubt, take heart: you’re in good company. Even Jesus’s closest friends at some point didn’t recognise Him. 

Easter morning. Mary Magdalene was looking for Jesus at the tomb. He appeared to her, but she thought He was the gardener. Later that day, two of Jesus’s disciples were walking on the road to Emmaus. Jesus joined them and started talking to them, but they didn’t know it was Him. Our ability to recognise is tied to our memory. This is why Alzheimer’s is such a terrible disease. When the memory fades, connections with things, places, people gradually cease. But for these forlorn friends of Jesus, it was not a case of memory loss. Mary was actually looking for Jesus, and the two disciples were talking about Him. It was just that Jesus was different – unrecognisable. His body was still the same, yet different, like a tree that is essentially the same as, but hardly bears any resemblance to, the seed that died to give it life. Jesus’s risen body had assumed a different dimension. It could even go through locked doors. It now transcends biology, chemistry, physics. Unshackled from the laws of nature, it can assume any form, any appearance He wills. Before His ascension, Jesus promised: “Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the world.” To remain with us, He chose perhaps the most everyday, most humble, most accessible means possible: to be as bread, daily bread. This He foretold after feeding the multitude: “I am the Bread of Life. The bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” When some of his hearers started walking away on hearing this, He didn’t run after them. He meant exactly what He said. And He kept His promise at the Last Supper: “Take and eat. This is my body. Do this in memory of me.” St John Vianney said: “If we really understood the Mass, we would die of joy!” 

In one of his Corpus Christi hymns, Adoro Te Devote, St Thomas Aquinas writes of the Holy Eucharist: “Only God was hidden when you came to die; human nature also here escapes the eye.” But how can we recognise Him Who escapes our eye? 

Let us learn from Mary Magdalene and the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. They didn’t give up: Mary kept looking; the disciples kept listening. Like them, let us stay with Jesus, adoring Him in the Blessed Sacrament – for a few minutes, and then more. Perhaps like Mary, we will also hear Jesus speak our name, in the depths of our hearts. Or like the two disciples, He will open our eyes in the Breaking of the Bread, the Mass, and our hearts too will leap – with the joy of recognition! 

We pray that the 23 children in our parish who will be making their First Holy Communion today, after adoring Him in the Blessed Sacrament, will have the first stirrings of that joy. 

The Catholic Church of England & Wales will hold the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool on 7-9th September.

Come, let us adore Him! 

Tina

CHURCH CLEANING OLSS 

Please come and help this Tuesday 7.00pm 

Anniversaries 

Tabitha K, Michael D, Alfreda C, Eileen P, Paul A, George T, Thomas D, Michael B, Sr Columba, Michael D 

May they Rest in Peace 

Last week to get The Garden Party Tickets 

We are limited to 120 people at the event £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 

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 see contact details in the newsletter in the church. 

Thank you for your offertory Sunday 24th 

St J’s TBC OLSS 10th £556 17th £733 2nd £118 24th £600 2nd £136 

A Course for Adult Instruction In the Catholic Faith 

For anybody seeking to become a Catholic we shall run a combined OLSS/St Joseph group in the parish rooms at OLSS beginning on Wednesday 17th October. The group will meet for 7 weeks before Christmas and for a longer period in the New Year running towards Easter in conjunction with seasonal vacations. Please indicate to Fr Kevin if you would like to be part of such a group in the Autumn. Sr Alice OSU will an anchor person facilitating these meetings which will run from 7.30 for an hour or so each week. 

Ten Ten Job Vacancy 

Ten Ten is a Catholic charity that uses drama to speak to the hearts and minds of young people in schools throughout the UK. They are looking for a schools’ facilitator to lead sessions on “Relationship and Sex Education” using films created by Ten Ten. This is a fixed-term, part-time role with an attractive salary and benefits. For more information, visit: www.tententheatre.co.uk/recruitment. Deadline is this Monday 2nd July. 

ST URSULAS SCHOOL 

Present a production of “ANNIE” at 6.30 in the main hall THIS MONDAY & TUESDAY. Parish members and friends are welcome for £3.50 or family ticket £12 (2adults & 2kids) Entrance via main gate. 

St Elisabeth Convent, is a Russian Orthodox community in Minsk, they run a charity shelter where over 200 residents are assisted with living. The Convent provides help to both men & women in different hostels: accommodation, meals, medicines & arranges medical examinations and helps to restore their IDs. They will be selling products in support of their work this weekend at OLSS. 

MASS CALENDAR FOR 1st – 8th JULY 2018 

This Weekend sees the Children’s First Holy Communion Mass at OLSS at 12.30. 

The 11.00am Mass will inevitably be shortened to allow movement of congregations. 

Saturday 30th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Parish & People 

Sunday 1st Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Thg Isaac J (Safe Delivery) 

13th Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Ann C (RiP) 

in Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Jose D (RiP) 

Mass 12.30 Children’s First Holy Communion OLSS St Thomas Apostle 

Monday 2nd No Mass on Monday 

Tuesday 3rd Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Rupert A (RiP) 

St Thomas Ap Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: Fr Roy Joseph (Ints) 

Wednesday 4th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Maggie B (RiP) 

Thursday 5th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Paul M (RiP) Loving Parents 

Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: Seamus M (RiP Australia) 

Friday 6th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Parish & People (Lieu of Sunday) 

Saturday 7th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Marysia S (RiP) 

Sunday 8th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Iris K (RiP 29th) 

14th Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: 

in Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Sean K (RiP) 

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) 

Baptism Preparation due to the above event we will hold the Baptism Preparation meeting THIS WEDNESDAY 4th July 7pm. If you are looking for the baptism of a child at either church please attend at this time. 

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