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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time 19th AUGUST 2018
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Lord, you have been our refuge
from one generation to another… (Psalm90) 

Alexandra Palace in North London used to have its own railway line. It was a branch of the LNER running through Muswell Hill, Cranley Gardens, Highgate & Crouch End and finally meeting the main line at Finsbury Park. The line was never viable. There were plans to electrify it and combine it with the Northern Line tubes but the war soon put paid to that. Nevertheless, it continued in use as late as 1957. My Great Grandfather was the last Platform Attendant & Signalman at Highgate. He blew the whistle and waved the flag for the final steam trains disappearing into Highgate tunnel. 

The days of our life are three score years
and ten, or if we have strength, four score;
the pride of our labours is but toil and sorrow,
for it passes quickly away and we are gone… 

The line was dismantled in the early 60’s. As a very small child I can remember walking along the disused lines with my Grandmother taking sandwiches to her brothers who were lifting the rails. My Great Grandfather died as I was born but I can remember my Great Grandmother “Big Mummy”. They lived in a little cottage where the Archway Road divides from North Hill which takes you up to Highgate village. Their cottage was pulled down to make way for the busy one-way traffic system. I often drive over the foundations travelling on the way to and from North London. 

As a father has compassion
upon his children, so is the LORD
tender to those who fear him.
For he knows of what we are made
he remembers that we are dust. 

The corner shop in Bakers Lane was run by Rod Stewart’s family. My mother knew Rod Stewart very well as a young child. My Grandmothers’ brothers used to take him to football matches. His family were very poor. Teach us so to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom. 

After the line closed “Big Daddy” was a night watchman. He would spend all night, guarding a hole in the road inside a little shelter while red paraffin lamps and a brazier glowed outside. My mothers’ youngest cousins (grandsons to “Big Daddy”) loved nothing more than to find where he was sheltered for the night. Then, on the way home from the local pub they would extinguish his brazier in a very unorthodox manner. 

Man, flourishes like a flower of the field;
When the wind goes over it, it is gone,
and its place will know it no more. 

Nanna & Grandad lived in a council house just a few hundred yards away. They would have lived in the same house for their entire married lives except that the first one was bombed. Grandad drove buses all through the London blitz until he underwent a breakdown for fear of running someone down in the dark. Nearby in North Hill at No.147 lived Auntie Edie. She was Nanna’s next eldest Sister. She did not enjoy good mental health and was frequently admitted to Friern Barnet Asylum. Nanna’s youngest sister married into the licencing trade. For several years in the 50’s they ran “The Rose and Crown” at the foot of Crooms Hill – thus we arrive at Greenwich… 

But the steadfast love of the LORD
is from everlasting to everlasting
on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, 

It is a wonderful thing to know where you come from and who you belong to, but more than this is to know that:
“Underneath are the everlasting arms” 

And we all belong to him… 

God Bless
Fr Kevin 

Please remember among the sick: 

May (Eltham Respite Care)
Jenny (Now Home)
Anthony (Guys Hs)
Peter (Marlborough Court)
Myra (Farnb’ Hs)
Olivia (Road Accident) 


Mark B, Catherine M, Mrs Kiernham, Catherine F, Constance C, Sr Mary Sparks OP, Michael & James C, Fr John Lavery, Mary O, Sr Bernadette Rennison OSU, Dan B, Frank B 

May they Rest in Peace 

Baptism Preparation 

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. 

Dear Father Kevin, 

As you might have learnt from the media, Kerala is experiencing a disastrous situation caused by torrential rain and flooding. Hundreds have lost their lives. Thousands are yet to be rescued. Millions have become homeless. This is the time when the people of Kerala need our support, especially prayer. Kindly insert this prayer intention in this week’s Parish NL. 

PS: My dear ones are safe, not much affected. But some of our priests have lost their kith and kin. Some of my friends and their families are in the relief camps! May the Almighty help the people of Kerala! Thank you so much.

Fr. Roy 

Check the BBC website: kerala-flooding 

Good morning Fr Kevin, 

I hope you are well. It’s Katie here (from the Blackpool clan). Last Sunday, while we were up in the Lake District for my brother’s wedding, Olivia and I along with my niece, were involved in a car accident. We had a head on collision with an elderly lady called Olive. Nobody suffered any serious injury other than Olivia who, due to a seatbelt injury, ruptured her duodenum (small bowel). She had an emergency operation in the early hours of Monday morning and is now recovering well in Blackburn Royal Hospital (where we were transferred to from Barrow due to the specialist unit they have there). Please can you remember her in your prayers?


My dear Fr.Kevin, 

Greetings of Peace and Joy from Sr. Mary in India! How are you and all your family members? I am happy to make known to you that I got my Visa and I will be traveling to London. Once again I thank you for your prayers and all your timely help, Here I am sending you prayerful wishes of my family members from India! Yours lovingly, 

Sr. Mary Selvaraj 

Forthcoming Funerals 

Margaret RiP 

Margaret died at the Lewisham Hospital on 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 this Tuesday 21st at 12.00noon. (Burial at Eltham) 

Adoremus Eucharistic Pilgrimage 

The National Congress takes place soon in Liverpool over the weekend of Sept 7-9th. Boris & Ivana will represent OLSS and Florence & Rosalyn from St Joseph’s. We are awaiting tickets.


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 

Monday 20th No Mass on Monday 

Tuesday 21st Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Pat W (RiP) 

12.00noon Michelle – Sheila RiP Requiem St Joseph’s 

St Pius X Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: Family of Fr Roy India Floods 

Our Lady Mt&Qn 22nd Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Olivia O (WB/GW) 

Thursday 23rd Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Mr Costello (WB) 

Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: Nisha K & Mani 

St Bartholomew 24th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Antony B (WB) 

Saturday 25th Nuptial Mass 12.30 Jeff O & Joy N 

Holy Baptism OLSS 3.00pm Sonny, Amelie, Lorenzo, Jacob, Arielle & Isabelle 

Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: 

Sunday 26th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Alice H (RiP 1st An) 

20th Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Felix H 

in Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Parish & People 

Monday 27th Wedding Rite Liam L and Ji-Hyun L 1.00pm 

Thinking about the Catholic Faith. A group will run on Wednesday Evenings in the parish rooms at OLSS from October 17th. Sr Alice OSU will run this with Fr Kevin for an hour each week from 7.30. We will follow a structured course called “A New Journey in faith” which is a Franciscan Publication. If you are on the edge of the Catholic faith or would like to explore what it means to be a Catholic come and join us at this time. There are application forms available at both churches to return to Fr Kevin. 

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