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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 27th JANUARY 2019
Mauve Book Page 129

The Christian population throughout India, is less than 3% but the region of Goa is very different. Here Christians form 25% and are almost universally Catholic. A visit to Chennai (formerly known as Madras by the British and short for “MadRascals”) reveals the Christian population at about 7% but includes other Christian communities such as Lutherans and Evangelicals. Chennai is where Sr Mary’s family live. Her nephew, Fr Bosco Augustine teaches at the Salesian seminary. He made us welcome and Sr Mary’s family received us like royalty. Given that Christianity forms only a small minority, the presence and significance of Catholicism in all places is unavoidable and impressive including schools, colleges, hospitals and great churches. Even in remote places, down long dusty roads, Christian shrines and chapels abound as frequently as Hindu Temples and Sikh Gurdwaras. Without doubt, as long as you are careful and confident, the best way to see the real India and get away from your fabricated tourist “paradise” is on a scooter. The combined weight of two grown men, rapidly approaching mid-life, with a combined weight of more than 32 stone proved too much to keep one little bike safely in a straight line. This is more than can be said for the local community where as many as FIVE people will be seen on the same scooter! Small child standing at the front, dad driving, middle-sized child sandwiched between Mum & Dad, with mum travelling side saddle carrying a baby. Health & safety this is not but the crazy, Beep Beep, traffic rarely gets much above 15 MPH.

A day’s ride took us to Old Goa and the 16thC basilica of “The Child Jesus”. Here is enshrined the incorrupt body of St Frances Xavier who is venerated throughout the world as “The Apostle to the East”. By rights that title should belong to St Thomas, one of the original 12 disciples who made his way to India in the mid-first century only to be martyred at Mylapore. Today the shrine of St Thomas at Chennai is consecrated over the site where his burial has been venerated since antiquity. An hour’s flight further south from Chennai took us to Tiruchirappalli and a visit to Fr Victor. I said Mass with his tutor group at the seminary where he teaches. Another drive took us to his family home in the country to visit his mother, his brother & sister in law where they cultivate the small holding where Fr Victor was raised. Here is the village church and a fellow who had a complete shop on board his motorbike supplying all your hardware needs…

Scooters gave us access to an English Mass on Sundays at St Alex’ Church Calungute some two miles from our resort. I was touched by a story of the priest on the Feast of Epiphany. When he was a young assistant his Parish Priest resolved to take the baby Jesus from the crib in procession to all the Catholic families in that village of some 150 dwellings. As they set off, all the Hindu people, more than 500 families came into the street on their knees insisting that the Baby Jesus should come to their houses too! The procession started at 8.30 in the morning and got back sometime before midnight! We shall not be implementing this custom in Greenwich!

God Bless
Fr Kevin

Look toward the Lord and be radiant;
let your faces not be abashed.

Happy Birthday Mick!

Happy Birthday Maggie!

Happy Birthday Margaret!

Thank You for your Offering

St Joseph: New Year’s Day £218, 6th £399 13th £382 20th £403 Crib £61 W/Fl £120 P/Ch £67 23rd £331 Catholic Youth £66

OLSS XmsDy £2841, 30th £508, 6th £751, Crib £50, 13th £665 W/F £135, 20th £485 P/Ch £73

(These figures do not include monies received by DD)

A Sincere Thankyou to everybodywho has helped with the running of our two churches during my holiday.

I go away for 3 weeks and what happens? I come back to discover that “London Pride” one of our finest ales brewed at Chiswick since 1845 gets sold to the Japanese and rebranded “Tokyo Pride”! What was that song by Peter Gabriel? “Selling England by the pound” (Yen)

Mums & little ones on Thursday – from 3pm Welcome again at the Ursuline Convent – 66 Crooms Hill and any pregnant Mums People also very welcome!

Anniversaries

Elizabeth L, Charles B, Lawrence & Una K, Ann R, Joseph P, Joseph S, Mary L, Fr Edward Fagan, Alexander C, Elizabeth O, Judith G, Patrick M, Eileen M, Margaret C, Rose H, Eileen F, Kathleen K

May they Rest in Peace

St Ursula’s Convent School

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ENGLISH/RE Teacher – Required Sept 2019 Responsible for assisting the Head of Department will have shared responsibility for the overall effectiveness in providing the highest quality of RE education.

A practising catholic would be preferred. cf www.stursulas.com/vacancies or contact Louise Shackel: lshackel [at] stursulas.com 020 8858 4613 ext 127.

MASS CALENDAR FOR 26th JANUARY – 3rd FEBRUARY 2019

Saturday 26th Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Kevin H (RiP) & Ed H (RiP)

Sunday 27th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Joseph B (RiP Ann)

Third Sunday in Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Maria B (RiP)

Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Maggie D (BD TODAY!)

The 11.00am Mass is a Children’s Mass featuring FHC & Confirmation Groups

Monday 28th No Mass on Monday

Tuesday 29th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Parish & People lieu of Sunday

Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: Mahalingam (RiP)

Wednesday 30th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int:

Thursday 31st Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Margaret (BD)

St John Bosco Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: Megala (WB)

Friday 1st Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Bill F (Ann 23rd RiP)

Saturday 12.30 Next Saturday Holy Baptism OLSS

Saturday 2nd Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Jean C (RiP)

Sunday 3rd Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Maureen D (RiP)

Fourth Sunday in Mass St J’s 10.00 Int:

Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Mary K (Ann)

Traffic Proposals affecting Greenwich town Centre, Crooms Hill and access to our Two Churches.

If you have not already done so it is very important that you visit the Greenwich Traffic Website and leave relevant and constructive comments. There are no easy solutions to increasing difficulties. All proposals are likely to impact our two churches in different ways. Go on line and search greenwichtowncentreproposals Church users leave comments if possible. As Catholics we all share a common concern for the best interests and well being of the whole community. At present the online Map does not even acknowledge the existence of OLSS or St Josephs! There are further suggestions affecting St Joseph’s in the vicinity of Columb St & Pelton Road. Please note that there is a final Public Meeting THIS TUESDAY from 16:00-18:30 29th January at: Mews School Room, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London SE10 9NN

(Near the west gate of the Old Royal Naval College, signs will be in place to direct you from there).

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