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Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time 3rd MARCH 2019
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 A bad day in Greenwich! 

I happened to be looking at GOOGLE maps, examining road plans and new traffic schemes. I drifted over the site plan of St Joseph’s and was gratified to notice that there are 10 Reviews that score very high with an overall 4.4 out of 5* for top marks. Comments like: “This is a lovely little church, very welcoming & friendly” 5* Or: “I was on holiday from Canada… The sister came and spoke to me, she recognized that I was new… I stayed after mass to chat with the priests. They are very warm people” 5*. So, I checked through the further comments. How had we slipped down the ratings? There were a couple of 4* “standard church” etc fair enough, and then a 1* from a reviewer ominously named Mike F! who writes: “One of the most rudest bunch I have ever encountered. Incredibly unhelpful over the phone and will do their utmost best to flog you off. Avoid”. Well Mike if that was me, I regret if I do not always have the best telephone manner. My mother was a GPO operator in Mayfair during the war who connected calls to the war office. Mum still puts on her best BBC accent whenever she answers the phone… and despairs when I don’t! So, I thought I better check out this “Mike F”! Fortunately, this is not the same “Mike F-ox-” who runs our Facebook page because he would have soon got a very sharp “comeuppance”, as my mother would say. Whoever this Mike F is, he must have been having a very bad day. He has only written Three reviews and every one ranks just 1*! For another local hostelry, which I quite like and commend he suggests: “Shockingly bad… I’ve had better meals at whetherspoons!” 

From Greenwich, life must have gone downhill for Mike to a sandwich bar in Mayfair: “Lazy and filthy way of serving food”. Oh well Mike, I hope things improve with your life. By the way only 1* for you too. Nobody can be the “Most Rudest”. You are either “Most Rude” or “the Rudest”. Also, “utmost best” is a bit like bestest. Is that splitting hairs or infinitives? And whetherspoons has no h but needs a W! So, then I thought I better check out OLSS: 24 reviews averaging 4.6. Lots of 5* “Beautiful church and a friendly priest” (That would be me then!) Lots of 4* “there was a cat who obviously waited for someone who could open the door… We tried to keep the cat out, but it came in. I think it wasn’t the first time” and a 2* “The church had a musty smell… Badly behaved children… too many lay people involved with communion.” Perhaps that writer would prefer if there were No Children as is often seen elsewhere and laments the fact that there are so many people seeking communion in the first place. Ah well, so much for Google and I haven’t even looked at “Trip Advisor”. How would Jesus rate us? If you turn to Revelation Ch2&3 you will find his reviews for 7 churches in Asia Minor at the end of the first century. They all score about 3.5*. The Lord’s comments to the Church at Ephesus might apply to us: 

I know that you are patient and strong for my name’s sake. And you have not given up. But here is what I say against you. You do not love as you loved at first. So, remember how you once were: Stop! Live the way you did at first. If not, I will come and move your lamp from its place”. 

Now I’ve only just restored that lamp, about two years ago and I don’t want it tampered with!

God Bless
Fr Kevin

Thank You for Your Offering Feb 24th 

St J’s: 17th £384 R/J £39, 24th £301 cndls £310
OLSS: £532 SpOff £1000 

(These figures do not include monies received by DD) 


Cornelius & Elizabeth O, James O, William G, Philip J, Sr Aloysius OSU, Cornelius D, Ethel H, Maria C, Elizabeth S, John D, Elsie & Sidney C, Lillian P, Dermot M, Frida P, Louise M, Patrick O 

May they Rest in Peace 

Larry (RiP) 

Larry’s funeral is Tuesday 2nd April Sung Mass at OLSS at 12.00noon. He died at Lewisham Hospital on Saturday 16th
Cremation at Hither Green 

Canon John Bailey RiP 

Canon Bailey will be remembered with affection as Parish Priest at St Josephs during the 1970’s. He died on Tuesday 12th February.

Vigil Mass at 7:30pm Monday 11th
St Bernadette’s West Kingsdown TN15 6JP 

Funeral Mass at St Thomas’ Church
Tuesday 12th at 12:00 Sevenoaks, TN13 1ER 

Ash Wednesday is this week March 6th 

Walking together with Jesus 

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


We need everybody to send a favourite recipe with your name and a sentence such as: “This was my grandmother’s recipe for bread pudding”, “This traditional recipe brings back memories of my childhood”, “This is the tastiest low-calorie meal I’ve ever come across”. We want to include all types of cuisine – main meals, desserts, cakes, quick and easy meals, kid’s meals, healthy/low fat recipes, vegetarian recipes and recipes which reflect the diverse cultures of our parishioners. 

Email: [email protected] or put your recipe in the box provided. 

Baptism Preparation Wednesday 13th March 

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. 

Midday Meal Supervisor Vacancy 

St Joseph’s School is looking for 2 Midday Meal Supervisors. The hours are 7.5 per week 38 weeks a year term time only. The school will undertake full DBS check. Closing date Thursday 14th March. Please download the application form and job description from the school website 

Rite of Election 2019 

Next Saturday at St Georges Cathedral we will present six people who would like to complete the Rites of Initiation to become Catholics. Please Remember: 

Catechumens: Paul R & Joseph H 

Candidates: Katy T, Hannah W, Olivier B & Debrah M 

A Series of Catholic Historical Walks in London is planned

  • Richmond-upon-Thames Sunday 10th 3.30pm & Mon 18th March 7pm. Meet at St Elizabeth’s Church, TW10 6AQ. 
  • The City of London and its Wall Friday 15th March, 2pm. Meet at St Etheldreda’s, Ely Place. 
  • Westminster Sunday 17th March, 3pm; Wednesday 20th March, 6.30pm; Wednesday 3rd April, 6.30pm. 
  • Catholics, politics, and monarchy: Thomas More, Emancipation and more. Meet outside Westminster Cathedral. The King’s Good Servant Saturday 23rd 2.30pm.
  • The story of St Thomas More. Meet at the Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer, SW3 5HS. 
  • A Royal Walk Sunday 24th 3pm. Towards Buckingham Palace. Meet at Westminster Cathedral. 
  • Southwark and the City Tuesday 26th 6pm; Friday 5th April 6pm. Meet at the Precious Blood Church SE1 5TN. 

Contact: [email protected] or find us on Facebook or see 

How will you prepare for Lent this year? Will you undertake a real penitential discipline? 

MASS CALENDAR FOR 2nd – 10th MARCH 2019 

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: Current Family & Departed Relatives Mick S

Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Samuel M 

Monday 4th No Mass on Monday 

Tuesday 5th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Nigel B (WB) 

Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: Ruth C (RiP) 

March 6th Ash Wednesday The Beginning of Lent 

Mass with imposition of Ashes You are welcome at any of these Masses 

Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: With the Ursuline School 

Mass St Josephs 11.00am With St Joseph’s School 

Mass OLSS 2.00pm With the Ursuline School 

Solemn Sung Mass OLSS 8.00pm Int: Fr Kevin St Aubyn (WB) 

Thursday 7th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Tomas T (WB) 

Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: 

Friday 8th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Tom & James T (WB) 

Saturday 9th Children’s FHC First Confessions in Church today 

Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Augustine P (RiP 1st Ann) 

Sunday 10th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: “Guidance & Wisdom”

First Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: 

Of Lent Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Mother of Jackie I (WB/OP) 

Assad and the staying power of the Christian communities in Syria 

A first hand experience talk by Kamal Alam formerly of Royal United Services Institue) THURSDAY 7th MARCH @ 19.00 in the Khalili Lecture Theatre, Main Building, SOAS 

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