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Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time 4th NOVEMBER 2018
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Here’s One for All Saints Tide: 

Catholic People in the UK have special affection for the Westminster (“Precious Blood”) Cathedral in Victoria. At the same time nobody can fail to be aware of those two great Churches, that were once the great Catholic Minsters” for London: Westminster Abbey & St Paul’s Cathedral. 

St Pauls, as we see it today, was reconstructed after the Great Fire in 1666. The “Old St Pauls” (above) was actually twice the size of Wren’s masterpiece. Whereas St Paul’s is a “Cathedral” (the seat of the CofE Bishop of London) West MINSTER was an ABBEY Church originally constructed for Benedictine Monks. Following the death of his brother, the saintly Edward the Confessor (1042-1066) unexpectedly succeeded to the throne. Preferring to pursue a spiritual life Edward initially declined to be made king. He had vowed to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The story goes that the Pope released him from his vow on the understanding that he would construct an Abbey dedicated to ST PETER. Westminster Abbey originally stood in an open marsh. It is actually the Church of ST PETER because the foundations are linked with Rome! After the great fire, and separation from the Catholic Church, income for the now Anglican Westminster Abbey was diverted to pay for the rebuilding of the new St Paul’s, hence “Robbing Peter to Pay Paul!” St Pauls in older times was also known as the EASTMINSTER”. Though few people come to pray at his shrine today, Westminster Abbey still holds the remains of St Edward. He was the patron Saint of Britain, until the Templar Knights, returning from the crusades imported popular devotion to the Palestinian Soldier St George in the UK. 

However, I am sure nobody knows the name of the saint who was venerated at St Paul’s for nearly 1000 years? His memory was obliterated with the so called “reformation”. St Erkenwald was consecrated at London as a bishop 675-693 for the East-Saxons by St Theodore (2nd Abp of Canterbury after Augustine). Erkenwald was a saintly pastor who travelled the length and breadth of his diocese caring for the Churches. He was hugely influential laying the foundations of Catholic faith nationally as kings and tribes adopted Christianity in East Anglia. Even as an old man in sickness, he still travelled in a chariot that remained part of his shrine until the Norman Conquest. Devotion to his name and the casket containing his remains survived to the 1500’s. A story is told that when the foundations were being laid for the very first 7thC Anglo-Saxon St Paul’s a Roman sarcophagus was uncovered containing the incorrupt body of a Pagan official dressed in judicial robes. (Such remains are still sometimes uncovered even today in London! When the coffin was opened Erkenwald called the body back to life. The Judge explained that while he had lived an honourable life, he had resisted the Christian faith, and was prevented entry into heaven. The prayers and flowing tears of St Erkenwald sufficed for his Baptism. The body of the judge turned to dust before their eyes but his soul was taken to the heavenly banquet. Whatever the truth of the story, the fable reminded hearers of the urgent need to seek salvation and to make peace with the Saviour before we die. 

St Erkenwald of St Paul’s…
The Patron Saint of London 

Pray for us!

Fr Kevin 

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 Sunday, 30th June 2019. Registration forms are available. The first Parents’ Meeting, where the programme will be consolidated, will be held THIS Thurs 8th November at 8pm. Contact details in the newsletter in the church.

Thinking about the Catholic Faith 

Our little group of adults who are exploring the Catholic faith has now grown to Nine people of all different ages and backgrounds. It is not too late if you would like to join this group. We are meeting on Wednesdays with Sr Alice OSU & Fr Kevin. Welcome this Wednesday in the parish rooms at OLSS at 7.30. We are meeting informally for just one hour so you do not have 

to consign the whole evening. 

Childrens FHC OLSS 

The FHC programme for children at OLSS began yesterday and we look forward to meeting on Saturdays at 10.45. 

If for some reason your child has been overlooked contact Tina as above. 

The programme at St Joseph’s will begin in the new Year on Sundays after Mass 

Christmas Carol Service OLSS 

The 9.00am “Girls” always organise a Christmas Carol Service and invite other people to form a Christmas Choir. The Carol Service (usually with mulled wine and hot mince pies) will be Sunday 16th December at 6:30pm 

Rehearsals will be: 

Wednesday 14th November 7pm
Wednesday 21st November 7pm
Thursday 29th November 7pm
Saturday 8th December 10:30am
Sunday 16th December 4:30pm 

Carol Service Sunday 16th December 6:30pm 

Abigail will be pleased to hear from you: see contact details in the newsletter in the church.

NB Ursuline School Carols 9th December 4.00pm 

Ursuline School Vacancies 

The school is seeking to appoint a Cover Supervisor to provide class cover for short term absence of the class teacher, with good interpersonal and behaviour management skills for our Educational Support team in January 2019. Closing date Friday 9th November 2018 


We are looking to appoint a Receptionist/ Administrator with good interpersonal and administrative skills for our Educational Support team in December 2018. Closing date Friday 16th November 2018. NB website info or contact Louise Shackel 020 8858 4613 ext. 127 

Also Our Lady of Grace School Charlton 

F/T Teaching Assistant required for January. NVQ3 or similar required info and application: 020 8858 2262 

A Day of Reflection for Ministers & Readers Saturday 17th November 

With Bp Patrick for Special Minsters of H/C & Readers. At Bp Thomas School SW162HY. The programme has been distributed electronically but if you would like to be included message Fr K. 

Estelle will take a car and has seats available, see contact details in the newsletter in the church.


If you are seeking the Baptism of a child at either church the next preparation meeting will be Wednesday Nov 14th at OLSS 

Please remember among the sick: 

Eileen (Eltham Com Hospital) 

John (at Home) 

Thank You for your Offering OLSS. 

14th £546 – 21st £618 2ndCol £117 – 28th £686 

St Joseph £TBC 

At the present time we continue to await an inspection and reports concerning the condition of the Tower at OLSS and are subject to arrangements from ADStk. 


Saturday 3rd Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Stephey I (RiP) 

Sunday 4th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Weronika & Stefan K (RiP) 

31st Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Parish & People – Welcome Fr Malcolm – Coffee & Cakes today! 

Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Vanessa N (RiP) 

Monday 5th No Mass on Monday 

Tuesday 6th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Geraldine E (W/B) 

Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: Deceased Members FSM. 

Wednesday 7th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Gerard H (RiP) 

Thursday 8th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Marley B 

Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: The Pope’s Intentions 

Friday 9th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Thomas H (RiP) 

Saturday 10th Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Aelred S 

Sunday 11th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Michael H (RiP) 

32nd Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: 

Remem.Sun. Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Those who have died in defence of the realm 

Coffee & Cakes next week OLSS after 11.00am Mass 

Asia Bibi, is a Christian mother from the Punjab. For the last 8 years she has been held in solitary confinement awaiting execution for drinking water from a bucket shared among Muslim women. She was accused of having blasphemed against Mohammed. Salman Taseer, the then governor of Punjab pleaded for her release and was murdered by his Islamist bodyguard, Mumtaz Qadri who was executed in February 2016. Qadri is now widely venerated as an Islamic martyr. Pakistan’s minister for minority affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian was also assassinated for speaking out. Since Tuesday there have been blockages across the major road network in Pakistan. Thousands of Islamic protesters are calling for her death and the death of the High Court Judges who released her. Where is the voice of the “peaceable majority”? CF 

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