Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time 30th SEPTEMBER 2018|
Blue Book Page 209
Revelation: The best is yet to come!
The Book of Revelation or “The Apocalypse” is such a strange text! It is either seized upon by cranky fundamentalists or set aside as an unintelligible catalogue of fantasy. In reality it is a coded commentary, outlining the political dilemma for the early Christians at the end of the 1st century. At the same time, it is interspersed with extraordinary moments of “Divine Vision”. Elizabeth has just made a pilgrimage:
The Greek Orthodox island of Patmos is one of the three most important biblical locations on earth (with Bethlehem & Jerusalem). God chose to reveal His Son to us in each place. My week’s visit organised by David of CaFE, was to be a mixture of learning, inspiration, friendship, relaxation and daily Mass. We would visit the Cave of the Apocalypse (lit: unveiling), the Monastery of St. John and various sites of John’s evangelisation. We were encouraged to read Revelation chapters 1,4,5 and 22 ‘to get us into the zone’.
Tradition holds the Apocalypse to be the work of John the Evangelist written about A.D. 95 when he was a very old man and as the reign of the Emperor Domitian (Ad 981-96) was nearing its end. Domitian had been persecuting Christians and John, who had been living in Ephesus, was exiled to the small, poor island of Patmos with his disciple Prochorus. John was deep in prayer in the Cave when he heard a voice behind him sounding like a trumpet, he turned and looked into the face of the glorified Christ.
“And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, ‘Do not be afraid; I am the Alpha and the Omega’.” (Rev. 1.17)
The visit to the Cave was awe inspiring, to sit quietly, to contemplate the reality in the floor to ceiling icon depicting the Revelation and to really feel the presence of God in such a holy place. We also visited the Monastery and other beautiful and peaceful locations around the island. Our retreat priest celebrated Mass in various places including on a beach and near the summit of Mount Elias and inspired us with his thought provoking homilies.
Revelation speaks the Word of God for all time. We can ask ourselves in our increasingly secular world, to what extent is the situation of modern Christians approaching, slowly but surely, the same situation as that of the early Church? Secondly it is an affirmation of Christian optimism: God’s sovereignty and Christ’s lordship over history. Thirdly it describes the conflict and trial before Christ’s return and finally that God will establish his kingdom as a new paradise in a new creation free from evil. We will no longer say ‘Our Father who art in Heaven’, but ‘Our Father who art with us’. Through the Revelation to St. John we are shown Christ’s everlasting tenderness and love. In Patmos we encounter the Glorified Christ shining in all His splendour: a place of hope for a hope-less world and a powerful reminder that the best really is yet to come.
It has been said that the only luggage we can take to Heaven is CHARITY. Let us praise God in this life so that, when we return to our heavenly home after life’s journey, our luggage will be heavier with the love of God and we may praise Him for all eternity.
Please remember among the sick:
May (Now Home)
Phil (Recovering at home)
Anthony (Guys Hs)
Baby Ellie (KCH)
Kathleen D, Bernard P, George M, Rose R, Terry J, Kitty R, Pauline E, Ethel H, Oliver P, Harriet B, Maureen F, Ernest W, Mary C, Frances C, William Q, Hannah M
May they Rest in Peace
Thank You for your Offering 23rd Sept.
St Joseph £204 Cath Ed £50
OLSS £528 Rosemond’s Jam £65!
PARISH QUIZ NIGHT!
FRIDAY 12th OCTOBER @7.15pm
No need to be good at quizzes…. it’s just a great get together! Only £5 per ticket (includes snacks, licenced bar and lots of prizes!). All proceeds will go to our Parish funds. Tickets are still currently available – but we need more people to join in to make this a success! So, please bring your family, friends and neighbours etc. Teams of 6 to 8 people. Enter as a team (or part team, an individual or a couple and we’ll join you with others to make a full team).
Tickets available after weekend Mass or email: GreenwichParishSocials@hotmail.com or see contact details in the newsletter in the church.
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 Thursday 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 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 are available. The first Parents’ Meeting, where the programme will be consolidated, will be held on Thurs 8th November at 8pm. For more information see contact details in the newsletter in the church.
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”. 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.
Cafod Harvest Family Fast Day appeal.
Please welcome Dominic who will speak on behalf of Cafod at all Masses at OLSS. Mick will speak at St Joseph’s.
Rosary Crusade 13th Oct the 101st Anniversary of Fatima the largest public act of Marian devotion begins from Westminster Cathedral at 1.45 www.rosarycrusadeofreparation.blogspot.com
MASS CALENDAR FOR 29th SEPT – 7th OCTOBER 2018
Saturday 29th Holy Baptism 12.30 OLSS Ela, Hugo & Joseph
Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Kathleen B (RiP)
Sunday 30th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Parish & People
26th Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Eva M (WB) Esther & Sam
Cafod family Harvest Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Rachel R (RiP)
Monday 1st No Mass on Monday Welcome Fr Malcolm King OLSS
Tuesday 2nd Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Mike & Pam C (WB)
Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: Holy Father’s Intentions
Wednesday 3rd Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Sr Kieran OSU (RiP) Funeral today 1045 at Westgate
Thursday 4th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: For Bernard soon to be husband.
Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: Sheila A (RiP)
Friday 5th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Anna M (RiP)
Saturday 6th Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: John C (RiP)
Sunday 7th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Parish & People
27th Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Martina A (RiP) Welcome Fr Peter Kucera
Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Pila R (WB/GW)
Baptism Preparation: If you are seeking the Baptism of a Child either at OLSS OR St Joseph the next meeting will be Wednesday 10th October in the Parish Rooms at OLSS.
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.
A Concert for The Philippines Petra & Andrea are planning an instrumental piano & harpsicord duet charity concert for the Philippines’ Sunday Oct 21st Nb at St Joseph’s church at 6.30
Peter RiP Peter’s Funeral has been arranged by the family at Eltham Crematorium at 12.00 noon on Tuesday October 9th. We will subsequently arrange a Requiem Mass at an appropriate time.
Next Coffee & Cakes OLSS Sunday 14th 11.00am.
Post expires at 11:46am on Sunday November 4th, 2018