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Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time 16th SEPTEMBER 2018
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Camino Reflections from Rob 

I’m sure that everyone will agree that the complexities of modern life can threaten to overwhelm us. Meanwhile, thanks to google, the baggage of our past life is almost impossible to escape. It is easy for others to resurrect or create an edited past to use against us as a weapon. At the time of writing, Pope Francis is experiencing exactly that. While the allegations are serious, it is widely assumed this is a component of the infighting and power struggles at the Vatican. 

I wonder what James the Great would make of the latest so-called ‘crisis’ affecting the papacy and, by extension, the Catholic church? The furore erupted as Pope Francis was leaving Dublin. Meanwhile my family and I were walking the “Camino de Santiago” towards the great Cathedral where the Apostle’s relics are said to have been laid to rest. James the Greater, son of Zebedee and brother to John, is regarded as one of those particularly privileged disciples among the chosen 12. Alongside Peter and John, he witnessed Jesus speaking with Moses and Elijah at the Transfiguration and other events. 

We are taught several lessons from James, not least his willingness to respond to Jesus’ call. Martyred in Jerusalem in 44AD at the hands of Herod Agrippa, James the Greater had apparently spread the gospel in Iberia, and thus became the patron saint of Spain and all Pilgrims. There are different legends describing the story of his final resting place. One is that his remains were brought back to Galicia in north-west Spain, and that his tomb was rediscovered in 814AD by a hermit following lights in the sky. The site became a shrine now known as the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (The Field of Stars). As everyone who has walked the Camino can attest, the act of walking over 100km (at heights up to 800km if you start out on the other side of the Pyrenees) has at least three stages: The first is physical discomfort and the second is the mental struggle. By a mysterious process one is forced to assess everything past and present in one’s life. The third stage is akin to peace or glory – one finally comes to terms with The Way and begins to enjoy its simplicity. On each new day you do the same as the day before. You wake up at dawn, have breakfast, walk through woods, over hills, cross streams and pass though small towns until the late afternoon when you rest your weary body at one of the many pilgrim “Albergues”. 

‘Like the deer that yearns for running streams,
so my soul is yearning for you, my God;
my soul is thirsting for God, the living God.’ 

At the end, some find the journey’s purpose was to become reacquainted with a quiet, personal relationship between the soul and the Lord from whom we gather strength. There is also the realisation that each pilgrim is embarking on the Camino at a different stage of life and comes with various burdens, insecurities or gratitude. But along the Camino and in the end, there is no distinction between anybody. All this is integral to the Catholic Faith: ‘My brothers, do not try to combine faith in Jesus Christ, our glorified Lord, with the making of distinctions between classes of people.’ Given the stripped-down simplicity of The Way that leads to Santiago… Rome and its hidden politics can seem like another planet. 

This weekend Fr Kevin is 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.

Welcome home Sr Mary safely to St Joseph’s last Wednesday 12th. 

Please remember among the sick: 

Anthony (Guys Hs)
Phil (QEH Int Care)
Preeya (a young mother) 


Paddy C, Daniel F & Ivy Elizabeth S, Hugh M, Elizabeth C, Sr Maria Garetti, John L 

May they Rest in Peace 

60+ Group this Thursday 20th 2.00pm. 

Don’t be home all alone you will find a friendly welcome at the Dominican Convent in Hyde Vale from 2.00pm 

Parking at St Joseph’s 

I am grateful to Mrs Mouquet at St Joseph’s school who has given permission for the school carpark to be available for church users on Sunday. Vehicles are left at owners risk etc. 

Sr Kieran O’Riordan OSU RIP 

Funeral Wednesday 3rd October 10.45am at Westgate. 


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. 


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 9th September 

St Joseph 9th Sept £404
OLSS 26th Aug £471 Fr Roy £65
2nd Sept £720 Kerala £523
9th Sept £840 CathEd £215 

Baptism Preparation Wednesday 10th Oct 

If you are seeking the Baptism of a Child either at OLSS OR St Joseph the next meeting will be this Wednesday 10th October in the Parish Rooms at OLSS.

MASS CALENDAR FOR 15th – 23rd SEPTEMBER 2nd Collections Home Mission Sunday 

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

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

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

in Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Parish & People Fr Tamaz Wargascki 

Coffee & Cakes after 11.00am in the Parish Rooms at OLSS today 

This week: Tuesday – Wedneday – Thursday – Friday
The church will be open each day from 9.00am At OLSS for A Eucharistic Service.
There will be Eucharistic Devotion, Fatima Rosary and Communion at St Josephs from 6.15 on Tuesday and 11.00am with the school on Thursday. 

Saturday 22nd Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Irene R (BD)

Sunday 23rd Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Parish & People 

25th Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Elizabeth M (RiP) & Family 

in Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Paddy C & Frances (RIP) 

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 are available this 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 Sunday, 30th June 2019.
Registration forms are now available. The first Parents’ Meeting, where the programme will be firmed up, will be held on: Thurs 08th November at 8pm

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