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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 8th JULY 2018
Blue Book Page 173

The Greatest Gift 

Last Sunday, 23 children from OLSS received their First Holy Communion. These children had been on a long and amazing journey: from Creation to Resurrection! They have followed Our Lord through the liturgical seasons, engaging in class discussions, role plays, adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, the Way of the Cross, the re-enactment of the Last Supper, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Children’s Masses. We in the Team – Cande, Ernie, Jessica and Tina – have had the joy and privilege of walking with them on this journey, with the support of their parents and Fr Kevin. 

Through it all, these children have been very good, often giving surprising remarks and insightful answers. Whilst we were talking about Mary as the New Eve because of her wholehearted ‘yes’ to God at the Annunciation, one of them quipped: “Then, Jesus must be the New Adam!” Asked why the Sacraments are so important, one child replied, “because God wants to use the people and things He has created to give us His grace.” But there were also some unusual questions. As we were preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a child asked, “But why do we have to learn how to go to confession when we can change our religion later anyway?” – obviously a question based on factual observation. How does one reply to that? Anyway, below are reflections from some of the children. 

My experience preparing for my First Holy Communion was really fun. I learned lots of new things. We had to confess all of our sins to the Priest. We learned about the different miracles that Jesus did. We also had this I Belong book that has different Bible verses. Also, we were practicing the Order of the Mass. And I got the opportunity to dress my best in white and I was so excited to receive Holy Communion. After First Holy Communion, I had the joy to know that I have received the Body of Christ. I feel really blessed.”

“My First Holy Communion was memorable, especially how it all came together at the end. I like the part I played and also enjoyed my Saturday classes. My teachers were great and seemed to know the Bible very well. I wonder if anyone has read the whole Bible like you read a novel. Hmmmm. The Mass was great. I liked the outfits everyone wore. It was topped off with the family celebrations that I really enjoyed too. Maybe one day I will be able to teach others; actually, I want to be an actor.” 

“My First Holy Communion was a great experience because I can now receive the Body of Christ. I thought that the lessons were an enjoyable kick-start to my Saturdays. I like the lessons because we learnt by watching the Brother Francis and Bible videos and doing activities related to Bible stories. The teachers were great and prepared us well for our First Holy Communion.”

Out of the mouth of babes. Oh, as to that question about leaving the Faith of our childhood, our winded reply could be summed up thus: When you know that your Creator and Redeemer comes to you – Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity – in the Most Holy Eucharist, why would you even bother to look elsewhere? 


(Fr K includes special thanks for the Gift of a Chalice to OLSS at the time of FHC) 

Thank you for your offertory Sunday 1st 

St J’s 24th £393 1st £339 Sp/Off £200 

OLSS June 17th £741 2nd £118 24th £600 

1st July £770 NB D/Ds in June £2069 

This is “Sea Sunday” 

O Mary, Star of the Sea,
light of every ocean, guide seafarers across
all dark and stormy seas
that they may reach the haven of peace and
light prepared in Him who calmed the sea. 

As we set forth upon the oceans of the world
and cross deserts of our time, show us,
O Mary, the fruit of your womb,
for without your Son we are lost. 

Pray that we will never fail on life’s journey,
that in heart and mind, word and deed,
in days of turmoil and in days of
calm, we will always look to Christ
and say, ‘Who is this that even
wind and sea obey him?’ 

Our Lady of Peace, pray for us! 

Bright Star of the Sea, guide us! 

Parish Summer party 

The Great Summer Party falls this weekend in the garden at OLSS. Sadly all the tickets have sold and we must be quite strict with numbers attending so there can be no last minute arrivals! Many thanks to all the people who have helped with preparations especially Virginia & Alex who provide the catering on behalf of “Amber Tree TEA Rooms” the lovely delicatessen café in High Street Deptford. Please support their business when you pass by. Also thanks to the Pelton Arms for providing 2 kegs of Beer. No need to encourage you to call in there and say thanks to “Carly”. Also thanks for the anonymous gift of the Portaloo that currently graces the church forecourt! All things requisite and necessary for a great event. By the time that you read this England will also have won the quarter final and will be well on the way to winning the world cup! (DV) 

Fr Roy Joseph 

Fr Roy will sadly leave us at the beginning of September to accept the role of Parish Priest at Ss Philip & James Church Herne Hill (in succession to Fr Michael Leech who is retiring this summer). The church is very close to Kings College Hospital where Fr Roy will continue as a Chaplain. Fr Roy has been a great companion and friend to all of us through three years already. His faithful friendship and reliability at both churches has brought a great presence. At the present time we await the advice of the Diocese to discover for who may come to help at St Joseph’s. Please welcome Mgr Matthew Dickens to visit St Joseph’s Sunday July 22nd he will celebrate Mass and meet the people of St Joseph’s. 

THIS THURSDAY A Parish 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 Course for Adult Instruction In the Catholic Faith 

For anybody wondering about the Catholic Faith or 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. Enrolment forms will be available at both churches during the summer but meanwhile 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. 

This Wednedsay at OLSS 

In Conjunction with the Greenwich Guitar Festival & Trinity Laban School of Music: Graham Devine will present another extraordinary 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) Graham is anxious that the cup (Semi) final will diminish his audience but we will keep you reliably informed of England’s progress towards victory through the event and the music will add to the celebrations! 

NB No Baptism Preparation this week
(The meeting was last Wednesday July 4th) 

MASS CALENDAR FOR 7th – 15th JULY 2018 

This is Sea Sunday – Our TWO Churches have a long standing relation with sea going people – There are 2nd Collections at each Mass 

Saturday 7th Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Marysia S (RiP) 

“Sea Sunday” 8th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Iris K (RiP) 

14th Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Thai cave rescue workers & children 

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

Monday 9th No Mass on Monday 

Tuesday 10th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Julia & Teresa F (WB) 

Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: 

Wednesday 11th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Preeya S (WB) 

Thursday 12th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Tracey A (BD) 

Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: Margaret L (WB) 

Friday 13th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Anthony B (WB) 

Saturday 14th Holy Baptism 12.30 Poppy, Gabriel, Isla, Faith & Cloe 

Wedding Rite Katy & Adam 3.00pm 

Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Paul K (RiP) 

Sunday 15th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Parish & People 

15th Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Parish & People 

in Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Fr John Lavery (RiP 1st Ann) 

St Joseph’s Proposed Restricted Sunday Parking: 

Despite our detailed response to the “Survey” last year and the petition submitted on behalf of the congregation via Mick, I have also written twice to “Head of Parking Services” and his companions (2nd Letter recorded delivery). We have received nothing in reply either by letter, telephone or email from that office. At the present time there is no sign of meter’s being installed. We shall now follow this with a letter to the local papers. At the very least a Government Office should have the courtesy to return professional correspondence. TBC 

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