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Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time 2nd SEPTEMBER 2018
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Dear Friends, 

This week we bid a fond farewell to Fr Roy. He has been acting as a P/T Chaplain to Kings College Hospital for the last year. Now in conjunction with the chaplaincy (following the retirement of Fr Michael Leech) Roy has been asked to take the small parish of Ss Philip & James which is near to the hospital in Herne Hill. It is hard to believe that In October he would have been with us for Three years in Greenwich already. 

Fr Roy is a member of the St Thomas Missionary Society (MST). Thomas the Apostle is especially revered in India where early traditions indicate that the Apostle ended his life. The principle shrine at Mylapore in East India is where he was put to death with a spear. 

Strictly speaking Fr Roy is not a Roman but a Syro-Malabar Catholic Priest. He is of course a Catholic Priest in every sense, but for centuries the Syro-Malabar Church existed with its own rites and customs. It developed independently from the Church in Europe. Their forms of the liturgy are rooted in Syrian Orthodox rather than the Latin rites found in the west and go back perhaps even to St Thomas himself. It was only in the 16th Century that the Syro Malabar Church was fully integrated with the Catholic Church but they continue to use their own forms of the Mass which Roy is pleased to do when he gathers with other Syrian Rite Christians. Fr Roy comes from Kerala in the South West which is the most Christian part of India. Recently he has been very affected watching the dreadful flooding that has been seen in that region. Although his own family are safe, many of Roy’s friends and their families have not been so fortunate.

He explained to me the problem: 

The infrastructure of Kerala depends on a system of dams that contain the heavy waters of the monsoon season and provide fresh drinking water throughout the land. This year the system has struggled to hold back the excessive rains. Some of these dams are now very old and potentially unsafe. 

The Mullaperiyar Dam stands 3000 feet above sea level! This colossal dam is 176 feet high and 1/3rd of a mile long, but it was constructed as long ago as 1886. The volume of water it contains far exceeds anything we can imagine in the UK. The reservoir needs to be drained and the dam strengthened or reconstructed. Such a project would take several years. Meanwhile, the wellbeing of the people and the local industries downstream depend on the availability of water. If the dam was to collapse the devastation would be beyond imagination. Not only this but other dams further down the system would then give way and even worse devastation would ensue. 

As we bid farewell to Fr Roy let’s make a special collection for the Kerala Crisis this week. This is something very dear to his heart. Roy sends much of his own spare money back to India to support the work of the MST Fathers in that land. 

God Bless
Fr Kevin 

Peter RiP 

People will be sad to hear of the passing of Peter. Peter was a quiet and faithful man, usually seen at 9.00am Mass. Always cheerful, never married and well-read, he was an ex Royal Marine of many years’ service. In later years he had devotedly cared for his disabled sister Sheila. Peter was well known both at OLSS & St Joseph’s. His health visibly deteriorated in the last year and he was becoming confused. Following a fall outside his flat, when he hit his head, he had needed hospital treatment. A temporary spell in respite care made it clear that he could not safely return home. A place was found at Marlborough Court where he was happy and settling well, but within the first week he fell again this time breaking his hip. He died at QEH last Sunday afternoon. 

Funeral Arrangements TBC 

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. 

Please remember among the sick: 

May (Eltham Respite Care)
Anthony (Guys Hs)
Phil (QEH Intcare) 


Mrs Curran, Martin R, Tom M, Michael O, Nicholas I, Terence M, Lawrence F, John S, Joan Q, Thomas B, Raymond C, Kate D, Jane K, Richard D, Kathleen M 

May they Rest in Peace 


Friday, 12th October @7.15pm St Ursula’s school dining hall. An evening of fun, trivia and prizes for ages 10 to 110! Ideally for teams of 6 to 8, (or as an individual, a couple or part team and we’ll join you with others to make up a full team). Only £5 per person. All proceeds to the parish funds. Limited number of tickets available!! Tickets must be purchased in advance, on sale after weekend Masses in September. Alternatively, reserve your tickets email: or see contact details in the newsletter in the church.

Margaret RiP 

Margaret’s funeral is this week: AT OLSS on Tuesday 4th 12.00noon (Cremation at Hither Green) 

After Fr Roys Departure. 

From September we will share a new relationship with Our Lady of Grace. Charlton parish is run by the “Holy Ghost” (Spiritan) Fathers. From Mid-September 3 priests will be resident there. They will support us either at 10.00am at St Joseph or 11.00am at OLSS. We will also be supported by Fr Malcolm King from Morden College and also Fr Peter Kucera who is making post graduate studies in Biblical theology. Meanwhile this weekend please welcome Fr Tamaz Wargascki from Woolwich at 11.00am at OLSS and Fr Anthony Maggs from Eltham next week at St Josephs. 

Thankyou for your Offering 26th August 

St Joseph £241 Candles £433 (OLSS TBC) 

Back to School Week

Second Collection at all Masses for the Kerala Crisis Fund 

Saturday 1st 1.30 Wedding Rite Amy & Domenic Nuptial Mass 

3.30 Lucy & Brendan 

Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Gus P (RiP) 

Sunday 2nd Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Parish & People 

22nd Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Fr Roy’s Last Sunday (Bptm Thien J) 

in Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Carlo B (RiP) Welcome Fr Tamaz Wargascki

Monday 3rd No Mass on Monday (Pp St Gregory the Great) 

Tuesday 4th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Sr Petra OP. (Prof Ann) 

Requiem Mass 12.00noon OLSS Margaret RiP 

Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: (Cremation at Hither Green) 

Wednesday 5th Mass OLSS 9.30 Ursuline School New Term & 12.30 Ursuline School Mass 

Thursday 6th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Sr Regula Schafer O.P. (RiP) 

Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: 

Friday 7th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Juan M (RiP) 

Wedding Rite Joe & Joanne OLSS 1.00pm 

Saturday 8th Wedding Rite Steven & Roberta 1.00pm 

Wedding Rite John & Gemma 3.00pm 

Nativity BVM Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Margaret M 

Sunday 9th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Peter R (RiP) 

23rd Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Margaret L (RiP) 

in Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Parish & People 

Next Weekend will see “Adoremus” This is the First National Eucharistic Congress since 1908 – 110 years ago! Clergy and people from Parishes all across England and Wales will gather with all the Bishops of the Dioceses at Liverpool Cathedral for three days to promote Eucharistic Awareness within the church. Boris & Ivana will be there to represent OLSS and Florence & Rosalyn will represent St Josephs. 

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