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Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 9th SEPTEMBER 2018
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Sr Marianne Speigle OP. is remembered with very great affection in Greenwich. It is already two years since she returned to her homeland to be closer to family. She is living at the mother house of the Dominican Order in Germany. 

This summer, Moira & John made a week’s cultural tour of the musical and architectural delights of the medieval centres of the Bavarian towns along the Danube. Their journey took them within an hour’s drive of where Sr Marianne is now living; Roding and Caritas Aldheim, the Dominican care home. Sr Marianne assists in ministering to the needs of the elderly residents. Moira & John couldn’t let pass the opportunity to make a visit which they arranged on the last day of their tour:

In the company of Sr Marianne, we were introduced to the Sisters & staff and shown the chapel, gardens and self-contained flats of the care home complex. With Sr Daniella in the driving seat (who, incidentally, made her profession in Greenwich) we were all driven to the motherhouse, Kloster St. Dominikus, at Strahlfeld a couple of miles away. Splendidly situated on a high ridge it encloses a large, attractive courtyard. Following a brief visit to the lovely cloister chapel and a flurry of introductions to Sisters both resident and visiting, we had to leave in order to catch our train back to Regensburg. 

One picture remains with me of the lovely though inevitably short time we spent at Roding-Strahlfeld. A display board in the Kloster St Dominikus showed a series of B&W photographs depicting the Sisters building the Kloster in the early 1950’s. The former derelict farm buildings were literally rebuilt with the labour of their own hands; sleeves rolled up and shifting heavy rock-like stones. I was reminded of the house built on good foundations in St Matthew’s Gospel. It is a parable that endures. 

OLSS First Holy Communion Programme: 

Is your child at least 7 years old and would like to receive First Holy Communion? The OLSS FHC programme will run on Saturdays starting on the 4th of November (10:45-12:00), with breaks following the school calendar. The First Holy Communion Mass will be on Sunday, the 16th of June 2019. Registration forms will be available from next Sunday. The first Parents’ Meeting, where the programme will be firmed up, will be held on Thurs 18th October at 8pm 

(St Joseph’s Programme commences in the New Year) 

Combined OLSS & St Joseph’s Confirmation Programme: 

Is your child at least 12 years old and would like to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation? The Confirmation programme for OLSS and St Joseph’s will run on Sundays, starting on the 18th of November (9:15-10:45, followed by the Mass at 11) with breaks following the school calendar. The Confirmation Mass will be on Sunday, the 30th of June 2019. Registration forms will be available from next Sunday. 

The first Parents’ Meeting, where the programme will be firmed up, will be held on Thurs 08th November at 8pm 

This weekend please welcome Fr Anthony Maggs from Eltham at St Josephs he is an old friend to the congregation there. Next week Fr Kevin will be away from Friday 14th until Friday 21st September inc. Please welcome Fr Tamaz Wargascki from Woolwich at all the masses at OLSS and Fr Paul from Charlton at St Joseph’s. Sr Mary should be home again this week on Wednesday 12th we look forward to her return. 

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 (Now Home)
Anthony (Guys Hs)
Phil (QEH Int Care)
Olivier (recovering well)
Preeya (a young mother) 


John M, Rita O, James W, Ken S, Lena P, Sr Marie Therese McGough OSU, Frederick H, Mary D, John R, Krystyna G, Martin H, John B, Paul C, Glenn G, Jean B
May they Rest in Peace 


The annual reunion of the Greenwich Ursuline Alumni (GUA) will be on Saturday 22nd September. GUA now has a database of around 850 members, with ages ranging from 18 to 97. If any past pupils of St Ursula’s school would like to join GUA and/or attend the annual reunion: 

Thinking about the Catholic Faith. 

An adult 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. 

Sr Kieran O’Riordan OSU RIP 

Many people in Greenwich will be sad to hear of the passing of Sr Kieran at the Ursuline House at Westgate on Thursday afternoon. She is very much remembered by generations of Ursuline Girls as she spent the largest part of her life in Greenwich. She was the epitome of kindness and deeply faithful. Her funeral is arranged for Wednesday 3rd October at 10.45am at Westgate. 


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 tickets by email: or see contact details in the newsletter in the church.

Thank You for your Offering 2nd September 

St Joseph £387 Kerala £201 SpOff£50

Baptism Preparation THIS Wednesday 

If you are seeking the Baptism of a Child either at OLSS OR St Joseph the next meeting will be this 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. 

This Weekend “Adoremus” 

The great Eucharistic Congress is meeting this weekend in Liverpool, the first such event in the UK for over 100 years. All the parishes and dioceses across England and Wales should be represented. Boris & Ivana are representing OLSS and Florence & Roseline St Joseph’s. Tina and Greg are also present and no doubt friends from other local parishes will be seen. We shall await their return… 

The Newsletter: I have a number of newsletter articles awaiting publication and thank all the writers for their contributions. 


2nd Collections this weekend for the Catholic Education Service 

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 

Monday 10th No Mass on Monday 

Tuesday 11th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int:Julia&Teresa F (WB) 

Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: Sr Mary FSM safe return 

Wednesday 12th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Maggie B (RiP) 

Thursday 13th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Pat N (Cancer) 

John Chysostom Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: 

Friday 14th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Holy Cross Day 

Saturday 15th Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Michael B (RiP) 

Sunday 16th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Preeya S (a young mother) 

24th Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Maria B (RiP) 

in Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Parish & People 

St John Chrysostom (lit: The Golden Mouth Thursday) was born in Antioch and became the Patriarch ABp of Constantinople. His powerful preaching, rooted in the Antiochian tradition of pragmatic historical biblical interpretation caused trouble with the Emperor of his day. He died in 407 after persecution and exile: “Do you wish to honour the body of Christ? Do not ignore him when he is naked. Do not pay him homage in the temple clad in silk, only then to neglect him outside where he is cold and ill-clad. He who said: “This is my body” is the same who said: “You saw me hungry and you gave me no food”, and “Whatever you did to the least of my brothers you did also to me”… What good is it if the Eucharistic table is overloaded with golden chalices when your brother is dying of hunger? Start by satisfying his hunger and then with what is left you may adorn the altar as well”. 

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