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Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 18th NOVEMBER 2018
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‘Just A Load Of Old Rubbish!’ 

“Whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them RUBBISH, that I may gain Christ and be found in him…….. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in death and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead”. Phil 3v7ff NIV 

I often have lively discussions with my old atheist friend Tony (76). He says he has no idea why I (or anyone else) should read the Bible: he maintains that it is just fiction, a load of old rubbish’. Another friend (Catherine) maintains that the New Testament only came into being because Jesus’ disciples were all gay! She thinks they were attracted to his dynamic personality & teachings, fell in love with him and followed him. Unceasing in their loyalty they simply could not accept the fact of his death. Catherine thinks they hid Jesus’ body, invented the story of the resurrection, and spread his teachings far and wide to keep his memory alive, solely out of faithfulness & love for their Lord & Master. 

Now, the word that Tony actually used was not “rubbish” but ‘CRAP’! It makes me smile:- Tony’s word is much closer to the word originally used by St. Paul in Philippians3 than we might realise! (“σκυβαλα” Lit SKUBALA politely tr “filth” NJB or “dung” KJV) On my daily lakeside walk I realised that Tony & Catherine have got the whole thing back to front! The only thing in life that REALLY IS NOT RUBBISH IS GOD! Everything else is transient & ephemeral. We have family, children, friends, home, health (hopefully) jobs and hobbies but, wonderful as these precious things are, what is certain is that they will pass. God himself is the only thing we can utterly depend on; He is our ‘sure hope’ The same yesterday, today and forever’ – as the psalmist writes; 

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble’ (Ps46) 

Throughout my life I have found this to be true. At all times and in absolutely all circumstances. From my own experiences I concur with the psalmist 100%! – A few lines from this lovely hymn sums it up perfectly: 

“Father in my life I see,
you are God who walks with me,
you hold my life in your hand,
close beside you I will stand,
I give all my life to you….” 

The problem for my dear friends Tony & Catherine is that they can’t come to know this until God Himself chooses to reveal it to them, and unless they leave the door just slightly ajar, He will not intrude: Behold I stand at the door (Rev3v20) and knock, if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me’ 

For the present they have the door firmly closed… and do you know what? 

You can’t put the rubbish out until you open the door!


Christmas Carol Service OLSS 

The 9.00am “Girls” invite more singers to form a Christmas Choir. The Carol Service (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 

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) 

Combined OLSS & St Joseph’s Confirmation Programme The young adult programme starts this Sunday 18th (9:15-10:45, followed by Mass at 11.00) and are meeting at the Ursuline Convent 66 Crooms Hill. 

The Confirmation Mass will be Sunday, 30th June 2019. If anyone has been overlooked please contact. 

Thinking about the Catholic Faith? 

Our little group who are exploring the Catholic faith has grown to Nine people of all different ages and backgrounds. We are meeting on Wednesdays at 7.30 with Sr Alice OSU & Fr Kevin. We meet informally for just one hour so you do not have to consign the whole evening. 

Childrens FHC OLSS & St Joseph’s 

The FHC programme for children at OLSS is now under way meeting on Saturdays at 10.45. At St Joseph’s The Programme begins in the New Year on Sundays after Mass. Please ask Sr Mary for a Reg’ Form 

Please remember among the sick: 

Eileen (Eltham Com Hospital)
John (at Home) 

Thank You for your Offering OLSS. 

OLSS November 4th £574 11th £428 Abp £102
St Joseph 11th £448 Abp £60 PtPence £49 

60+ Group this Thursday 22nd 

Welcome again at the Dominican Convent Hyde Vale this Thursday from 2.00pm. 

Nice Tea and cakes nobody needs to be lonely in Greenwich! 

Tower Progress 

Safe to Use Front Entrance at OLSS 

The detailed inspection of the Tower was carried out by a group of abseiling stone masons during five days last week. A considerable volume of loose stone, mainly superficial, but including some significant pieces has been removed. We now await the Architects report. Meanwhile it is considered safe for the front door to return to public use. Here is a close-up image of The BVM as she stands inset in the tower for 170 years. A little weathered but still beautiful standing the test of time. As soon as we receive a formal report, we shall call a meeting. 

Mums & Dads & Little Ones 

This Thursday (22nd) welcome again from 3pm at the Ursuline Convent 66 Crooms Hill. Don’t be stuck at home, come and make new friends. “Expectant People” (is that correct?) are also very welcome! I guess they are mainly ladies. I am expecting a delivery myself but from ebay! Does that count? 

Many people will know Ernestine & Nathan. 

They experienced a traumatic event last week when a faulty fan (NB) set fire to their flat after they had left for school and work. Nobody injured but following the Fire Brigade services the contents of their home have been largely destroyed. Ernie & Nathan are presently in temporary accommodation at Dartford. Ernestine remains a stalwart helper with FHC & Confirmations at OLSS & Nathan will be well known at St Joseph’s School. We thank her for her ongoing commitment and generosity and also wish to extend a helping hand. 

Below is the link to the JustGiving page where you can offer support to Ernie and her family: 


Saturday 17th 12.30 Holy Baptism St Josephs Jason, Jason & Elan 

Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Noreen A (RiP) 

Sunday 18th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Julia C (RiP)

33rd Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Sr Aleyama FSM (Feast Day) 

Welcome Fr Tomasz Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Mick D (RiP) 

Monday 19th No Mass on Monday 

Tuesday 20th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Holy Souls (Matthew T) 

Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: FSM Sisters 

Wednesday 21st Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Parish & People (Lieu of Sunday) 

Thursday 22nd Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Norma M (RiP) 

Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: California Fire Victims 

Friday 23rd Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Ernestine & Nathan (WB) 

Saturday 24th Holy Baptism OLSS Leonard, Mirella, Joshua & Elsie 

Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Alan L (RiP) 

Sunday 25th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: John O (RiP) 

Christ the King Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Margaret L (RiP)

Inc Baptism of “Evie” Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Parish & People 2nd Collections next week “Catholic Youth Maggie said I should “include a note about her suppository!” Maggie & Florence have collaborated to bring you lovely things for Christmas. There are now well stocked REPOSITORIES at both churches. 

Some lovely Saints & Festivals this week include: 

Presentation BVM” Wednesday. St Cecilia Thursday and Friday St Clement1 of Rome, Columbanus of Ireland & Bl Miguel Agustín Pro (1891-1927) of Mexico. 

November continues as the Month of the Holy Souls. Memorial cards for all your loved ones remain at the altars at both churches throughout the month. 

“Rest Eternal Grant unto them O Lord and let light perpetual shine upon the May they Rest in Peace” 

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