Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 12th AUGUST 2018
Blue Book Page 117
What strange political times we live in: On the one hand we have the unfortunate, if not inaccurate comments of Boris Johnson, suggesting that the Conservative Party is explicitly Islamophobic, on the other we have the Pro-Palestinian comments of Jeremy Corbyn suggesting that the Labour Party is implicitly Anti-Semitic (or so the British Media would have us believe).
“Yer pays yer money” and all that…
Let’s put that to one side and take a look at a special Saint whose memorial was last week. I think I may be rightly accused of celebrating the forgotten saints of ancient times (especially from the Eastern World or Tudor England) while overlooking the extraordinary witness of great Saints, equal in stature, who have given their lives within living memory. Let’s look at Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942)
Edith Stein was born into a Jewish family. She had a distinguished career as a philosopher and received a doctorate at the University of Freiburg. Reading the life of St Teresa of Ávila caused her conversion. Baptised on New Years day 1922, she taught at a Dominican school and studied Catholic philosophy. She became a lecturer at the Institute at Münster but was thrown out in 1933 as the Nazi pogrom advanced. Entering a Carmelite monastery, she took the name Teresa Benedicta. To keep her safe, her order moved her to Holland where she wrote an important philosophical work combining the phenomenology of Edmund Husserl with the philosophy of St Aquinas. She also wrote on St John of the Cross. In 1942 the Dutch Bishops published a statement to be read in all the churches condemning the Nazi regime. In retaliation, the furious Nazis ordered the arrest of all Jewish converts to Christianity. Teresa Benedicta was taken to Auschwitz and killed on 9th August 1942. She was Canonised by PpJPll in 1998.
Now, back in the 70’s we had a great lecturer like Edith Stein for whom a Chair of Theology had been created in his own right at KCL. His name was Professor Ulrich Simon. He was a Jewish convert whose entire family had been wiped out by the Nazis. As a young man, just in the nick of time, he had been bundled out of Germany. He was ordained a Priest in the CofE but, other than his commitment to Christ, he remained in every sense Jewish. I have always struggled with philosophy. If I am honest, at the time, I understood very little of what he was trying to teach. Professor Simon would give deep philosophical lectures about the “Theology of Suffering” Pollution, Creation and the Redemption of Man in the face of unthinkable human evil. I remember once he failed to turn up for a lecture while somebody searching found him oblivious in the Library. He had literally lost himself immersed in the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel. I was mystified: Surely, I thought, he is Jewish he must know that text by now. Edith Stein lost her life as a Jewish convert and Ulrich lost everyone he loved for the same reason. He spent the rest of his life trying to make sense of what had happened. He discovered how to lose himself with God in the study of sacred scripture. This is what he taught to me. After all, what did the Lord teach? “Unless you are willing to lose your life you will never find it” Ulrich was a kind of “Living Scripture”. May he be numbered with the saints like Edith Stein.
“A Man of His Word”
There is a documentary about a year in the life of Pope Francis this coming week at the Picturehouse cinema on Greenwich High Rd. It is on once a day only in the afternoon from Sat 11th until Thursday 16th. It is also much cheaper – for Senior citizens – on Tues and Thurs!
Forthcoming Funerals Margaret RiP
Margaret died at the Lewisham Hospital last Thursday (2nd). She has been such a kind and faithful single lady at St Joseph’s, always worrying more about other people than herself. She lived at Plume House. In earlier years she was well known at OLSS with her mother and her sister who tragically died in a pedestrian road accident. Her Funeral is arranged: NB AT OLSS on Tuesday 4th September 12.00noon (Cremation at Hither Green)
Michelle – Sheila RiP
Sheila (who preferred to be known as Michelle) lived in Fingal Street. She was a long standing member of St Joseph’s Church. Her funeral, originally arranged at St Joseph’s on 28th August, has been brought forward to Tuesday 21st August at 12.00noon. (Burial at Eltham)
Mums (& Dads) and Tots etc
Welcome again this Thursday at the Ursuline Convent 66 Crooms Hill from 2.30
Please remember among the sick:
May (Eltham Respite Care)
Jenny (Now Home)
Anthony (Guys Hs)
Peter (Marlborough Court)
Myra (Farnb’ Hs)
Ellen N, Laurence K, Patrick F, Fr John Maxwell, Sarah G, John C, Philomena H, Francis F, John C, Betty G, Roseanna K, Daniel B
May they Rest in Peace
Edward 100km Charity Walk
Edward is planning a charity walk at the end of August. He would like to promote his project at OLSS this weekend.
If you are seeking the Baptism of a Child either at OLSS OR St Joseph the next meeting will be on Wednesday 12th September in the Parish Rooms at OLSS. Please come at this time when we look at the responsibilities of parents and Godparents and consider carefully the diary for both churches. There will be no meeting in August.
The Feast of the Assumption August 15th
Falls this Wednesday. There will be Masses at St Joseph’s at 11.00am and SUNG MASS at OLSS at 8.00pm. This is the great Summer Festival of the Church come and join us at these times. (Nb No Mass 9.30 Wednesday Fr Roy away)
Parking at St Joseph’s
I have received a further letter from Mr Richard Cornell which partly clarifies the restricted parking in the streets adjacent to St Joseph’s. We must now pay £1 per hour for parking in designated spaces to avoid receiving a penalty. You will receive a penalty if you park on single yellow lines, however;
“There has been no change to the restrictions on the zig-zag markings in Commerell Street as they continue to operate MONDAY to FRIDAY between 8am and 5pm to prevent vehicles parking around school gates”
The zig-zag lines run for an extended length both in Commerell Street and Conley Street on the other side of the church. I assume from this that we may park without penalty on those lines on Sundays.
“All that we do is a means to an end, but love is an end in itself, because God is love”.
MASS CALENDAR FOR 11th – 19th AUGUST
Saturday 11th Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Val H & Joan K (Strength & Well Being)
Sunday 12th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Parish & People
19th Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: MarieE (RiP)
in Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Galwey Family
Monday 13th No Mass on Monday
Tuesday 14th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Julia & Teresa F (WB)
Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: John & Florence K (RiP)
The Feast of the Assumption Wednesday 15th
Mass at St Joseph’s 11.00am (Blue Book Page 178) int: Mary M & Dhayazhan P
MASS OLSS 8.00pm Int: Alan L (RiP)
Nb NO 9.30 Mass OLSS (Fr Roy away)
Thursday 16th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Daniel M (WB)
Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: Margaret L (RiP)
Friday 17th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Paul K (RiP)
Saturday 18th Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Wm & Eliz’ M (RiP)
Sunday 19th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: John O (RiP)
20th Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Mary M
in Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Parish & People
The Feast of the Assumption is an image described in the stained glass window of the Sacred Heart Chapel at OLSS. Here we see on a grassy bank St John in captivity on the Island of Patmos. He is caught up in the Spirit. Gazing out to sea he is recording on a scroll the visions that are being shown to him just as he has been instructed. He sees a Woman in Heaven. She is Clothed with the Sun and standing on the moon. On her head she is crowned with twelve stars representing the Apostles and the church. From her womb appears the child who will be offered for the life of the world whom the devil will endeavour to devour. It is the vison of Revelation Ch12, inevitably featured at OLSS as part of the story of The Blessed Virgin Mary.
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