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First Sunday of Advent (Year C) 2nd DECEMBER 2018
Mauve Book Page 82

Pastoral Letter from Archbishop Peter Smith for Advent 2018.

Each year in the season of Advent, the period running up to Christmas, both at St Joseph’s and at the Star of the Sea we appeal for donations to the Manna Centre: 

The Manna Day Centre was originally founded by Nannette Ffrench and opened to the homeless in 1982. The late Bishop Charles Henderson (of blessed memory) had a particular hand in the early stages and collaborated to find a suitable building. The Centre is based near London Bridge station, about a two-minute walk from The Shard. Originally a Catholic Foundation but now run in co-operation with so many people of good will from all traditions, the building is still provided rent-free by the Roman Catholic ArchDiocese of Southwark. Every day the Centre serves breakfast and lunch, and provides many other services. The staff and dedicated volunteers offer respect and loving care to those who come their way. On average, they cater for around 120-150 people per day – mostly men. This is a vital service and a real lifeline for so many people who, for whatever reason, find themselves in difficulty or on the streets. About 46% of these sleep rough, 29% are in socially rented accommodation and the other 25% are in hostels or staying with friends – Nowadays, the Centre is run by Director Bandi Mbubi and 10 paid staff, who work on different days, so that there is cover over the full week. The Centre opens at 8.30am, but the workers need to arrive earlier, to prepare the Centre and breakfast for the clients. Volunteers help in the kitchen. The Manna Society is a charity. Most of the income comes from donations from individuals and churches and from charitable trusts. 

They receive approximately 13% of their income from the London Borough of Southwark, who finance some of the Housing and Welfare advice, including special advice to EU nationals. Approximately 90% of the foodstuffs are donated. So, between now and Christmas, when you do your weekly shop get an extra tin of beans, soup or some other simple comestible item from the list below and leave it in the bins provided at Church. It is actually in the New Year that these items are particularly needed when their stocks begin to run low after Christmas and the winter really sets in. One of their staff brings a van to all the different churches to collect the contributions. 

Here are some of the most needed items: 

FOOD Sugar, Powdered Milk, Tomatoes (Tinned), Vegetables (Tinned) Pasta Sauces, Breakfast cereals, Rice, Meat (Tinned)
DRINKS Coffee Dilutable drinks
CLOTHES (Men’s) Underwear, Jeans, Trainers Socks 

At the present time the centre is very short of dinner plates. If you have any to spare they would very much appreciate them. There are many more ways in which you may help, and other items are welcomed during the year. There is a website at For more info, call 020 7357 9363 or: We are very grateful to everyone who contributes in whatever way.

Take some time to reflect this Advent 

Advent is a very special season of the year – and yet it can sometimes pass us by, because we’re so busy preparing for Christmas. For the past couple of years, our diocesan Spirituality Commission has produced a series of short daily emails, to help us focus on the true meaning of Advent. These have been very well received. 

To sign up: 

Deanery Advent Devotional and Penitential Service

This Sunday afternoon (Dec 2nd) at 3.00pm there is a combined Deanery Advent Devotional and Penitential Service at Our Lady of Grace Charlton. All the Churches and Clergy throughout the Deanery will share together with Eucharistic Adoration and Confessions. 

St Alphege CofE Advent Sunday Service 

The Annual Ecumenical Advent celebration at St Alphege Church also falls this Sunday at 6.00pm. This is an exquisite event and it is always good to see so many local Catholic people. This will be the last such event with the Rev’d Chris Moody who will be retiring next year. We ask for God’s blessing on Chris in gratitude for his faithful ministry and kindness throughout the Greenwich Community 


The buying of Proper Christmas stamps becomes more and more difficult. If you look at the Royal Mail on-line catalogue and scroll down the VERY last items you will find them there – presumably where these Christians will not make a nuisance of themselves by actually wanting to buy them! You may need to badger your local Post Office to order them for you. Please do this! Be firm but polite and do not be put off! So, please ensure that not only are your Christmas cards the sort that convey the real message of Christmas, but that the stamps you put on them do the same. You can take this newsletter and show your post office staff! 

Impromptu Christmas Choir 

We need cheerful singers for the impromptu Christmas Choir especially for Midnight Mass Please see contact details in the newsletter in the church.

Christmas Carol Service OLSS 

Our own Carol Service will be on: Sunday 16th December at 6:30pm
Our 9.00am choir have put in considerable effort to bring a lovely offering of praise at OLSS. Please make time to join us on this date.
(NB Ursuline School Carols 9th December 4.00pm) 

Childrens FHC at St Joseph’s 

The FHC programme at St Joseph’s will begin in the New Year on Sundays after Mass. Please ask Sr Mary for a Registration Form 


Mary Ann B, Joseph H, Nora M, Edith M, Joseph D, Patrick O, Deirdre D, David H, James K 

May they Rest in Peace 

The Christmas Programme 

Christmas Day 2018 falls on a Tuesday. Here is the programme for Christmas: 

Saturday & Sunday 22nd 23rd 

Normal Weekend Services 

Monday 24th Christmas Eve 

Children’s Mass 5.00pm OLSS 

Children’s Vigil Mass at St Joseph 6.00pm 

Midnight Mass OLSS (With Choir) Gather at 11.00pm for start at 11.30

Christmas Day Morning 

9.00am OLSS 

10.00am St Joseph 

11.00am OLSS 

NB NO Tuesday Evening Mass at St Joseph’s on Christmas Day 

Maggie has prepared some wonderful Christmas Hampers which she will Raffle towards Church Fabric Funds 


The 11.00am Mass this Sunday will be offered for Juan. He died in Columbia at the beginning of November at the age of 93.  Many of his family in London were distressed being unable to get to the funeral. We welcome the extended family of Jose and Maria today at OLSS. 

Saturday 1st Holy Baptism, 12.30, St Joseph’s 

First Sunday Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Dan & Kathleen B (RiP) 

Of Advent 2nd Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Frances D (Bday) 

Fr Malcolm King Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Daphne W (In Thg) Coffee & Cakes at St Joseph 

Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Juan (RiP) 

3.00pm Advent Devotion & Penitential Service OLG Charlton 

Advent Carol Service, St. Alphege CofE, 6.30 pm 

Monday 3rd No Mass on Monday 

Tuesday 4th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Anne C (RiP) 

Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: Andre & Isabelle (God’s Protection)

Wednesday 5th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Nore M (RiP) 

Thursday 6th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: John A 

Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: Evie R (WB) 

Friday 7th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Patrick K (RiP) 

Saturday 8th Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Fr John Lavery (RiP) 

Sunday 9th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Peter R (RiP) 

Second Sunday of Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Peace at home and abroad 

Advent Mass OLSS 11.00 Int Denyse C: 

DV Evie Better news at last for Mick’s little granddaughter who is showing definite signs of improvement. We keep her and Mum & Dad, Esther & Sam in our prayers.

Post expires at 6:53am on Sunday January 6th, 2019