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Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time 14th OCTOBER 2018
Blue Book Page 215

 “Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party” This well-known phrase was devised by Charles Weller in 1889 as an exercise for teaching touch typing, as found in the book The Early History of the Typewriter. 

At the Star of the Sea that time is NOW! 

Last Saturday 6th October, during the torrential rain, sometime around 4.20pm a large piece of stone fell from the upper part of the tower. It was the remains of a gargoyle about the size of a football. Fortunately, nobody was hurt and there were no other immediate consequences. You may observe the scar from where it has become detached underneath the balustrade towards the right above the upper window. It cannot be underestimated how serious this is: The stone has been baked during this long hot summer and now the rain has permeated again softening the stone and increasing the weight. With the onset of winter and frosts, the damage may increase. I have notified the Archdiocese. A provisional architect visited to make an initial assessment. For the time being we must use the side entrance as the front door and the enclosed forecourt of the church are unsafe. It is impossible to assess the real dilemma until a close inspection has been made of the related stonework. For this purpose, next Tuesday a group of masons will abseil from the upper part of the tower to examine the stone in detail (weather permitting). The full costs involved for such a repair will be considerable. Once we have a better understanding I will invite a special public meeting not only for concerned parish members and friends but for all interested parties. This needs careful planning and consultation. I will invite the Bishop and welcome any sympathetic public persons. I will give an account of the works undertaken during my time here. Tom Mannion will outline the financial situation (see enc). This year specifically we have spent in excess of £50.000 on the house. The Parish rooms, kitchen & toilets have been beautifully refurbished. Work was required to the house roof on the front elevation as rain had been spilling into the upstairs bedroom since the late winter. With the need for scaffolding, the opportunity was taken to repair the windows and paintwork to the front of the house. The house is now in reasonable condition although the rear elevation will require attention at some time soon. 

Meanwhile at St Josephs, repairs and renovations remain ongoing. A collapsed drain had deteriorated over many years and was a health hazard to residents in the house. This required extensive excavation during summer. Water has also penetrated the church interior for some time on the Pelton Road side where a lead gully and the lower roof section had deteriorated. This is now repaired. High level drain pipes have been removed and refitted which were blocked and unsafe. You will now observe extensive replastering and redecoration towards the gallery. The parish office is now beautifully restored. These costs have been managed from our ordinary parish income but the funds are now exhausted. St Joseph’s runs a very careful budget, literally everything is on a shoe string but little by little we are bringing the place back to good condition. Right now we would benefit from a little extra help… Are you a member of the gift aid scheme? Would you like to renew your direct debit? Please ask for a form. 

God Bless
Fr Kevin 

This is Prisoners’ Sunday 14th October 2018. This is the National Day of Prayer and action for prisoners and their dependants marked by the Catholic Church and across the denominations. It is the time to reflect on how we as individuals, as a Church and as a community are serving those affected by imprisonment. 

Prisoners’ families, prisoners and people with previous convictions find themselves on the margins of society due to the social stigma associated with imprisonment. The gospel reminds us of our duties towards them, ‘I was naked and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me; (Matthew 25:36). Pact’s work embodies the Christian value of mercy and belief in the innate dignity of every human being. 

The theme this year is ‘GO BEYOND’. As we ‘go beyond’ in our dedication, our belief, our common love, we offer fresh hope to those affected by imprisonment. Greg Mulligan from St Joseph’s has recently joined the little group of Chaplaincy Volunteers at HMP Blemarsh. The “PACT” visitors centre also depends on volunteers. It is a vital place that offers support & care for otherwise innocent families, children and visitors who often travel long distances and are traumatised by the thought of a loved one being in prison. If this is a ministry to which you feel a certain calling Fr Edward Okon would love to hear from you. He is the Catholic Chaplain at Belmarsh. 

Email: Edward.Okon@hmps.gsi.gov.uk 

Please remember among the sick: 

Joyce (Ashford Hsp)
Phil (Recovering at home)
Anthony (Guys Hs)
Baby Eva (KCH)
Pilla (QEH)
Eileen (at home) 

Anniversaries 

A Bastians, Robert B, Susan O, Gerald L, Ruby W, James D, Victor M, Robert F, Mary E, Nancie B, Dorothy W, Gordon C, Dennis D 

May they Rest in Peace 

Thank You for your Offering 7th Oct. 

St Joseph TBC
OLSS £698 Cafod £155 

Did you remember to return your forms to Tina if you have a child or young person who would like to join the FHC or Combined Confirmation Group? 

OLSS First Holy Communion Programme 

Is your child at least 7 years old? The OLSS FHC programme will run on Saturdays starting on the 3rd 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 is THIS 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? 

The programme for OLSS & 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.

60+ Group This Thursday 

Have you ever visited the Dominican Convent in Hyde Vale? You will find a welcome with nice old fashioned tea and cakes with the 60+ group meeting at 2.00pm this Thursday 18th. 

Have you left clear instructions for your family in the event of your death? Do they know where you would like your funeral? The Passwords for your computer, where to find your will, and who should be contacted? Peter (RiP) was sadly buried last week but without any Christian Rite! 

MASS CALENDAR FOR 13th – 21st OCTOBER 2018 (“Prisons Week”) 

Saturday 13th Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Josie M (RiP) 

Sunday 14th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Michael N (RiP) 

28th Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Elizabeth M (Month’s Mind) 

Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Parish & People Welcome Fr Peter Kucera 

Monday 15th No Mass on Monday 

Tuesday 16th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Joyce W 

Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: Esther & Sam – Eva R (WB) 

Wednesday 17th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Kathleen H (RiP) 

Thursday 18th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Pat K (RiP) 

Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: Eileen R 

Friday 19th Requiem Mass 10.30 OLSS John B (RiP)
Formerly of Watergate Street Greenwich (Burial at Falcon Wood) 
NB No 9.30

Saturday 20th Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Sr Kieran (RiP) 

Sunday 21st Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Parish & People 

29th Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: John H (RiP from 18 July) 

World Missions Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Jose R (6 Months Mind RiP)

Annual Day of Recollection for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Com & Readers 17th November. 

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 next Sunday Oct 21st NB St Joseph’s church at 6.30 This Sunday, 14th October 2018 Blessed Archbishop Oscar Romero will be canonised in Rome, alongside Pope Paul VI. Archbishop Peter Smith will, on the same day, issue a decree officially designating the “Romero Space” in St George’s Cathedral a Diocesan Shrine. 

Crooms Hill– A plan is now in consideration to close off Crooms Hill to all through traffic! Fr Kevin has raised objections on behalf of the church. See contact details in the newsletter in the church to add your name for info. 

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