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Third Sunday of Lent 24th MARCH 2019
Mauve Book Page 160

The Painted Hall – Brexit in Art! 

It was good to receive a complementary invitation to view the newly restored Painted Hall prior to the official reopening this weekend. The restoration is breath taking and spectacular. The images radiate extraordinary colours and three-dimensional depth such as how they must have first appeared in 1707. In many respects, to restore images so beautifully to how they once appeared, is a more difficult task than their original creation. At least Sir James Thornhill, who completed his work in 1726, had a blank canvas and could change his mind or reverse his mistakes as evidently, he did. The brilliant hand-held audio/video guides are simple to use and extremely informative. The use of digital images on the device enables visitors to observe particular details very easily and to understand the complexity of what they portray.

The Hall is described as the “English Sistine Chapel” but this is not a “Sacred Space! In the wake of the “Glorious Revolution” of 1688, the Painted Hall is an indulgent display of pagan idolatry shown towards the reinvented British Monarchy. For an English Catholic, observing the hall in detail can only leave feelings of profound ambivalence. That such magnificent facilities were constructed for disabled English seamen, injured and maimed in the service of their country leaves a proud sense of Christian magnanimity. However, you will search in vain for any image that might convey a sense of gratitude to Almighty God. Everywhere and in every detail, you will find mythological illustrations such as Signs of the Zodiac representing the changing seasons & fortunes of life. Greek & Roman gods promote a sense of powerful hierarchy. All kinds of mystical fruits, symbols and Masonic devises emphasise the virtues of an ordered civil society and the dangers of political upheaval.

This is a world where Britannia really does “rule the waves”. To understand what you are looking at you must understand what was happening at the time: Following the restoration of the Stuart monarchy, Charles ll reigned with his Catholic Queen Henrietta Maria. They died childless. In 1685 the throne passed to Charles’ brother James ll. The fact that James remained Catholic caused so much resentment within the British establishment that he was forced from the throne in 1688. The “crown” then passed to James’ daughter Mary. She was married to the Dutch King, William of Orange. As a Protestant he was invited to name himself King and not just “Queens Consort” in the UK. The “Act of Settlement” in 1701 prescribed thereafter that no Catholic should ever come to the throne again. After Cromwell, this heralded the next stage of the terrible troubles in Ireland. Long story short; William & Mary also died childless and the throne passed to her sister Ann. (as in Olivia Colman The Favourite” etc). That poor woman conceived 18 children and not a single one survived!

This is the moment when the British monarchy became farcical. When Queen Ann died in 1714 the “Hanoverian” George 1st was imported from Germany. He couldn’t speak a word of English and was 50th in the line of succession! The illustrations in the Painted Hall are really a cartoon telling the people to get with the script! Meanwhile stately galleons, with canons pointing toward mainland Europe offer a two fingered salute to our nearest neighbours. Much like today! Still go and see. On the 1st Wednesday of each month admission is by donation instead of £12.

Fr Kevin

Catherine T, Edward O, Sean K, Vince K, Christine C, Mary F, Mary Y, Patrick G 

May they Rest in Peace 

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. 

Thank You for Your Offering 17th March 

OLSS: £621 Coffee £55 Cafod £929
St Joseph: £343 Cafod TBC 

(These figures do not include monies received by Direct Debit – A brief statement outlining the finacila situation at OLSS should be enclosed with this letter) 

Maggie’s Easter Hampers (OLSS) 

Maggie has prepared hampers to be raffled for Church Restoration Funds this Easter 

Parish Recipe Book! 

Have you sent a recipe? Email: [email protected] 

Baptism Preparation Wednesday 10th April 

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

“Blessed is She” A study group 

The first of three, 1-hour sessions, began last week and continues this Wednesday March 27th at 10.30am at the OLSS parish rooms. Children welcome. Refreshments available. For more info see contact details in the newsletter in the church.

Penitential Service 3.00pm at OLG Charlton 

If it is a long time since you made your confession come to the Deanery Penitential Service at 3.00pm this Sunday. Parish members & clergy from across the deanery will be present. Our young people who are preparing for Confirmation will also attend. 

Cafod Fast Day £929 (OLSS) 

Thankyou for your generosity for the Family Fast day last week, it is never too late to return envelopes. Cafod is currently promoting an emergency appeal in the face of a cataclysmic natural disaster: Millions of people are struggling to survive in Mozambique, Zimbabwe & Malawi after a cyclone destroyed entire towns & villages. Your donation will help us reach people in desperate need with food, clean water and shelter. Please act now. Together we must do all that we can to save lives. Ways to donate:
• Through your parish collection (The Cafod Box is always safely emptied or use the secure red letterboxes at both churches)
• Online search Cafod Cyclone appeal
• By credit/debit card on: 0808 58 588 85 

FHC Children at St Josephs 

Are making their First Confessions today at St Joseph’s with thanks to Fr Tomasz who is coming to help. 

Young People at OLSS 

Preparing for Confirmation are spending a special day together with a Pizza lunch and considering the Life of Thomas More. 

WE have FIVE adult members who are preparing for the Full Rites of Admission as Catholics at Easter this year Please Remember: Olivia, Debbie, Paul. Hannah & Joseph 

MASS CALENDAR FOR 23rd – 31st MARCH 2019 

Saturday 23rd Holy Baptism 12.30 OLSS 

Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Mary H (RiP) & family 

Sunday 24th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Parish & People 

Third Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Edward (RiP) FHC 1st Confessions St J’s 

Of Lent Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Vincent & Nigel K (RiP) 

Confirmands Special Activity Lunch & Confessions OLG 

Penitential Service OLG Charlton 3.00pm 

Monday 25th No Mass on Monday (Annunciation) 

Tuesday 26th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Javier P (RiP) 

Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: In Thanksgiving 

Wednesday 27th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Sr Gemma Bashford OSU 

Thursday 28th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Fr Philip O’Reiley (RiP) 

Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: Dcd Parents FSM Sisters 

Friday 29th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Patricia O

Stations of the Cross after 9.30am Mass OLSS on Friday 

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

Saturday 30th Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Family of Mary O 

Sunday 31st Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: (Fr Kevin St Aubyn W/B) 

Mothering Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: 

(Fourth Of Lent) Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Anja F 

Parking OLSS Forecourt Polite reminder to say that there is limited space available for church use. Please when parking at OLSS consider access for other vehicles especially on weekdays when there are various movements to and from the house and the convent throughout the day. At St Joseph’s we are fortunate to use the school car park on Sundays but please take exceptional care with pedestrians at the end of Mass especially as elderly people are leaving church and cars are emerging from Conley Street. 

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