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There is a half Marathon this Sunday

NB: Road closures will not affect St Joseph’s Trafalgar road will be open from Maze Hill.

The Central part of Greenwich only will be affected. There will be no vehicle access from the bottom of Crooms Hill upper part from Blackheath should be fine.

First Sunday of Lent 10th MARCH 2019
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 A little more Garlick… 

A Hymn for the Season 

“O for a closer walk with God
A calm and heavenly frame
A light to shine upon the road
That leads me to the lamb.” 

William Cowper 1779 

The meaning of Lent & Holy Week. 

It is unfortunate that Lent is seen as just a time for giving things up or doing something extra at church for a season. When it’s all over we can go back to life as it was, and give ourselves a pat on the back, confident that we kept our Lenten rule! This is a trivial idea of Lent. If we can’t wait for that bar of chocolate, or a glass or two of booze or overeating! I invite you to think again how we might keep this Lenten Fast… 

First let’s be positive… Ask yourself; Is there a relationship in my life that has broken down? Have I tried to open the way for reconciliation? Am I ready to make the first move, or respond to the other person who wants to put things right between us? Is there someone who is alone, or in need of friendship or help. What about turning off the TV and calling them? Oh, and by the way, always ask the Lord to guide you before you go. I was taught when visiting to knock three times in the name of the HOLY TRINITY. If it’s a bell say; “In the name of the Father, & of the Son & of the Holy Spirit.” (Old School KR) 

Above all, if it doesn’t work out, keep them and yourself in your prayers. Sometimes such matters can take time. Perhaps there is someone with whom you have lost touch. Make a phone call where possible, or send a letter or an email. There are endless ways we can use. 

Now if we deny ourselves that bottle of wine, what about the money we saved? 

Give it away! There are an amazing number of good causes that need support (Cafod). If we use Lent in this way, then perhaps our life style needs adjustment for the future… 

There is another hymn that speaks to me in Lent; 

“Cast your eyes on Jesus
look full in his wonderful face and the
things of earth will grow strangely dim
in the light of his glorious grace.” 

John Hughes 

Fr John Jay Hughes wrote this as an Anglican priest before he was conditionally ordained RC. We need to spend time gazing at Jesus. I am similarly reminded of the opening lines of that famous poem called Leisure, by William Henry Davies:

“What is this life if, full of care
we have no time to stand and stare.” 

Holy Week & Easter concludes with much “staring”. On Good Friday we gaze at the cross as we venerate “Love so amazing so divine,” and on Easter Day we gaze at the empty tomb because “He is not here He is risen!” Meanwhile, are our prayers full of words? If so what about silence? 5 minutes, looking at a candle, crucifix, a holy picture or better still; The Blessed Sacrament! Hold on at the same time to some of the words of Jesus from the Gospel. 

All this is Lent. One last thought: When we see the homeless in the streets, do we see someone like ourselves, made in the image of God, whose life has fallen apart because of circumstances beyond their control. We can at least say a friendly word, buy them a sandwich, a cup of coffee, or offer our time and money to support the charities for the homeless. 

Received with much love from: 

The Rev Canon Peter Garlick AKC 

Cafod Lenten Fast Day
The Family Fast Day falls this Friday. 

Please take an envelope and return next Sunday. Our parishes have always had a strong support for Cafod cf “When the river runs dry One woman’s fight for survival in Bangladesh” 


Is it a long time since you have made your confession? I am available in Church OLSS from 10.00am on Saturday and will be available at St Joseph from 6.30 on Tuesdays 

Alternatively, there will be a penitential Service at 3.00pm at OLG Charlton On Sunday 24th March at 3.00pm. Members of our young adult group will attend this ceremony 

Stations of the Cross during Lent 

The Stations of the Cross are conducted after Mass at 10.00am on Fridays at OLSS and at 7.00pm on Friday Evenings at St Joseph. 

Walking together with Jesus – Lenten Retreat – 

During 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 conducted by Sheelagh Daly. 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. Please see contact in the newsletter in the church.

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 


Kevin J, Louise M, Elizabeth S, Samuel C, Ji G, Edward M, Leonard S, Augustine P, James K, Bridget H, Patrick R, Philip E, Patrick O, Ann P, Sr Brendan OSU, Teresa H 

May they Rest in Peace 

Thank You for Your Offering 3rd March 

St Joseph: £374 Poor/Parishes £56
OLSS: £840 & P/Ps £248
(These figures do not include monies now received by Direct Debit) 


Have you sent a recipe? 

Email: [email protected] PS. Don’t worry if you don’t use email – forms are also available for you to write you recipe on and place 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. 

Children’s Good Friday Liturgy 

The Children’s Good Friday Liturgy has always been a lovely tradition for many years at OLSS. It brings young children & families from far and wide. Last year it could not happen because of the refurbishment of the parish rooms. Let’s make a proper plan to reinstate this year at OLSS. Please would available leaders speak to me after Mass. 

MASS CALENDAR FOR 9th – 17th MARCH 2019 

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: Megala (WB) 

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

Monday 11th No Mass on Monday 

Tuesday 12th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Larry M (RiP) 

Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: Cn John Bailey (RiP Funeral today) 

Wednesday 13th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: John O (RiP) 

Thursday 14th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Pat K (RiP) 

Mums (& Dads) & Tots & “Pregnant People” etc welcome again at The Ursuline Convent 66 Crooms Hill from 2.30 this Thursday 

Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: In Thanksgiving (Anon) 

Friday 15th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Parish & People (Lieu of Sunday) Cafod Family fast day today! 

Stations of the Cross after 10.00am Mass OLSS on Friday 

Stations of the Cross at 7.00pm at St Joseph on Friday 

Saturday 16th Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Alan A (RiP – FmyWB) 

Sunday 17th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Julia O (RiP) 

Second Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: John (RiP) & Teresa (Wed Ann) 

Of Lent Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Danute B 

“Blessed is She” A study group All mothers are welcome to join in for a Blessed Is She study on The Trinity with the aim of growing in fellowship and in our understanding of our faith. The first of three, hour-long sessions, will take place on Wednesday March 20th, at 10.30am at the OLSS parish rooms. Children welcome. Refreshments available. For more info and to sign up please see contact details in the newsletter in the church.

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 


Post expires at 7:10am on Sunday April 14th, 2019