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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time 24th FEBRUARY 2019
Mauve Book Page 141

 Do these words mean anything to you? 

“Ev’rybody’s talking about
Bagism, Shagism, Dragism,
Madism, Ragism, Tagism
This-ism, that-ism, is-m, is-m, is-m” 

Here’s a clue: “All we are saying…” 

Any the wiser? Let me leave you thinking… 

On my visit to India it was impossible not to be impressed by Hinduism. It is the oldest form of Religion on earth, representing many spiritual pathways amidst gigantic ancient remains. I have always been mystified by this colourful faith. Hindu people believe in many Gods. They employ countless representations of divinity; Ganesha, Vishnu, Krishna etc, still I wonder if all those extraordinary “Avatars” are really just local symbols of a single divine entity? Indeed, Avatar is a word that is now adopted in computer speak to indicate a virtual reality. Hinduism has the capacity to assimilate all the other religions in a bizarre constellation of divine companions even including Jesus (therein lies heresy).

By contrast (excluding the myriad offshoot cults & sects from all the faiths, especially Christianity) Sikhism is arguably the youngest religion. Like Hinduism, originating in the Punjab, Sikhism is uniquely Indian, though today of course it is found in all parts of the world. Sikhism is based on the spiritual teachings of Guru Nanak (1469–1539) and the nine gurus that succeeded him. Sikhism rejects claims that any one religion has a monopoly on Absolute Truth. Like Christians, Jews & Muslims, Sikhs are monotheistic. I.e. they believe there is only One God. In this respect, while remaining culturally attached to the Hindus, Sikhs are very different. Perhaps the loveliest thing about the Sikhs is something that should put the rest of us to shame! In all their temples (Gurdwaras) on a daily basis, they provide hot cooked vegetarian food in great supply, not just for their own people, but to whoever may be passing by or in any need. This is true in the UK as well.

During our holiday we took our scooters on a long ride to Old Goa about 25 miles from the resort. In the back streets of the city I enjoyed the most delicious, very hot, home cooked, Prawn Curry that I have ever tasted! Sometime later we were travelling back when, to put it politely I found myself “indisposed”. Miles from anywhere on an open road, I travelled on as best I could in some considerable distress. I have never been so pleased to find a Sikh Gurdwara and to be immediately welcomed. Not for more food but for the use of their “facility”. We stayed and celebrated with the people for some time but I just enjoyed a refreshing lemon drink! There is not space to extend our reflections to Buddhism. Most people will associate this faith with China but it actually came to birth in India some 600 years BC. Even now it is not clear if Buddhism is better called a philosophy because, whether it accommodates a place for God depends on who you speak to. Still, “Good Karma” is no bad practice for all of us! Now here is something to think about: Buddhism is practiced by Buddhists! Judaism belongs to “Our elder brothers in faith”. Hinduism, Sikhism, Catholicism, Pacifism, are all legitimate expressions of faith and philosophy. How can it be that “Islamism” & Islamists” are corrupt forms of the practice of Islam? Perhaps the same is true of “Pacifists”? 

Oh, and that takes us back to the beginning: John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Give Peace a Chance” 1969 

God Bless
Fr Kevin

Larry (RiP) 

People will be very sad to hear of the passing of Larry. Some days previously he had been found semi-conscious at home. He and his devoted wife Grace have been cheerful stalwarts of OLSS through several decades. Grace died in summer 2017. Larry died at Lewisham Hospital last Saturday evening “Fortified by the rites of the Church” (special thanks to Fr Tomasz who went immediately with Maggie after the 6.00pm Mass last week). Together as ever in the Lord! Funeral TBC 

Next Sunday 2nd collection for Poor Parishes 

Baptism Preparation – Wednesday 13th 

If you are seeking the Baptism of a child at either church please attend the preparation evening at OLSS in the Parish rooms at 7.00pm on Wednesday 13th. 

Thank You for Your Offering 17th February 

St J’s: TBC OLSS: £527 Racial Justice £78
(These figures do not include monies received by DD) 

Mums & Tots (& Dads) & Pregnant People etc 

Welcome again at the Ursuline Convent 66 Crooms Hill from 3.00pm this Thursday. 

PARISH RECIPE BOOK! 

We still need lots of recipes to create our Parish Recipe Book! We want all types of international cuisine – main meals, desserts, cakes, quick and easy meals, kid’s meals, healthy/low fat meals, vegetarian recipes and recipes which reflect the diverse cultures of our parishioners. Not a cook? Then just ask a family member, friend or anyone who has ever cooked you something nice for their recipe! Please email your recipe to: [email protected] or place it in the yellow box at the back of both OLSS and St J’s. 

Ash Wednesday falls on March 6th 

Walking together with Jesus 

The Sisters of St Andrew are hosting a retreat programme in the evenings on Thursday commencing 7th March from 7.30 at the Convent at 99 Belmont Hill SE13 5DY. It will be conducted by Sheelagh Daly. Sheelagh has recently been received as a Catholic. For many years she has had a teaching ministry as an Anglican Lay Reader at the Ascension Church Blackheath. Buses 54, 89 &108. See contact details in the newsletter in the church.

FLAME: Igniting the hearts of young people 

Nearly 8,000 young Catholics will be attending the FLAME 2019 Youth event in Wembley SSE Arena on 2nd March, with the theme being SIGNIFICANCE. Through drama, song and worship the Gospel scene of the road to Emmaus will be brought to life to show the significance therein for our lives. 7606 seats booked so far! There are still places left but booking closes this Friday email: [email protected] cymfed.org.uk 

Friday 1st St David of Wales 

Is also designated “Women’s World Day of Prayer” www.wwdp.org.uk they are seeking an artist! 

Sunday March 10th A “Mini Marathon” will close roads in the central part of Greenwich.

MASS CALENDAR FOR 23rd FEBRUARY – 3 MARCH 2019

Archbishop Peter has especially asked for Prayers for Pope Francis this weekend and the special Synod of Cardinals in Rome. 

Saturday 23rd Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Jose F 

Sunday 24th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Parish & People 

Baptism of Jacob little brother to Megan 

Seventh Sunday in Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Peter O (RiP) 

Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Sheila H (RiP)

Monday 25th No Mass on Monday 

Tuesday 26th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Luis (Friends & Family Ana) 

Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: Megala (W/B) 

Wednesday 27th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Fr Brendan O’ Mailey (RiP) 

Thursday 28th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Larry M (RiP) 

Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: 

St David of Wales 1st Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Sr Bridget Ward (RiP) 

Saturday 2nd Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: John O (RiP) 

Sunday 3rd Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Obasi & Chi’s (Safety & WB) 

Eighth Sunday in Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Fmy & Rels Mick (From 17th)

Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Samuel M

Change of Email addresses: For the future please use the following addresses. The older forms will be deleted in due time and will divert to these inboxes:
For personal matters: [email protected]
For matters referring to  St Josephs: [email protected]
For matters relating to OLSS: [email protected] 

Anniversaries: Sr Bridget W, Alan L, Fr Eric Nimmo, P Brittan, Henry C, Charles T, James M, Joseph P, Tom & Ellie P, Edward B, Michael F, Elizabeth M, Gerard B, Michael C, Cornelius & Elizabeth O
May they Rest in Peace 

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