7th Sunday of Easter June 2nd 2019
Mauve Book page 281
Lighten our darkness we beseech thee O Lord:
When I was a young child my Father came home with a lantern. It hangs at the door of our house. It is a beautiful thing. As I look at it again, I realise how comforting its soft familiar light has been through five decades. My parents have lived at this same house in Enfield for 61 years so it has been there for more than half a century. I remember gazing at it when Dad first brought it home. I was about six years old. It is very heavy, like a little cast iron house, with large stones of coloured glass. At night time it lights up like a church. Although our neighbours had lanterns, none were quite so lovely or survived the passage of time.
Since then, we kept a family tradition: If somebody is away from the house, but still expected home, the lamp remains switched on, illuminating the pathway and signalling that someone is missing. Only when everyone is safely home, the last person in should remember to turn out the light. That lantern has been permanently alight now for more than a week. I have not the heart to switch it off. It will signify that Mum is not coming back.
Last Monday 20th, after a happy week in Spain, my father (aged 93) became unexpectedly confused with a suspected mild stroke. After a visit from paramedics he was taken to Barnet Hospital. My mother (always in charge) went with him in the ambulance… while my brother followed in the car. Once he was admitted and settled on a ward, they returned home. A kindly neighbour, having seen the ambulance earlier, called to check that Mum was OK. She welcomed the concern with as much conversation as ever and then, knowing Dad was safe, took herself to bed. A little later my brother checked that she was sleeping. She had slipped into a deep state of unconsciousness. A second ambulance now arrived and rushed her to a unit at UCH. She had suffered a huge brain haemorrhage from which there was no hope of recovery. Through the night, Neil and I kept vigil at her bedside, but with the coming of daybreak, one of us had to go and tell Dad. Unbeknown to us, Dad has had an oesophageal ulcer and had passed a considerable volume of blood. He quickly responded to treatment, only to surface to the news of mum’s grave condition.
With great sadness I took him on the solemn journey to her bedside. Surrounded throughout the day by all the family, she finally passed at 9.00pm on Wednesday 22nd in the unfailing presence of my brother and a special cousin. Much against his preferred wishes, Dad continued at Barnet hospital. He is returning to full health though he assures us, now mum has gone, that he does not intend to be with us for long. From his bed where I am sleeping, I gaze at the lantern shining through the window. It reminds me of the store of happy memories (and a few sad ones) that it has illumined through the years.
“the light shineth in darkness;
and the darkness
comprehended it not.”
Just like I am having difficulty comprehending the death of our mother. Mum can see a greater light now. I will switch it off when Dad comes home. Meanwhile I realise it is supported by a cross…
And I never noticed that before!
Good night – Mum – God Bless:
♬ “I’ll see you in my dreams” ♫
Irene Robinson RiP
On behalf of myself and my family, I express gratitude for all the prayers, cards & kind messages on the death of our mother Irene last Wednesday 22nd following a brain haemorrhage at home on the evening of Monday 20th. Mum’s funeral is at St John’s CofE Church Clay Hill Enfield EN2 9JF at 11.30 on Wednesday 12th June.
Despite his sadness, after 10 days in hospital Dad, is now home and returning to full health.
They have been married for 68 years!
Mass For New Catholics (next) Saturday 8th June 12.30 pm
This Mass is celebrated every year with Abp Peter in St George’s Cathedral. The Archbishop greatly appreciates being united in the liturgy with the Archdiocese’s new Catholics. The Mass is followed by tea, coffee, & cakes in the Amigo Hall next to the Cathedral. You are all very welcome to this Holy Mass, and we encourage anyone attending to bring their family, friends, godparents, sponsors etc.
Mass in Celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage July 13th St George’s Cathedral
To receive an invitation from the Archbishop, if you are celebrating a 1st/10th/25th/40th/50th/60th wedding anniversary, contact Fr Kevin with your names, the anniversary you are celebrating, home address, email & telephone.
Paul K, James C, Eileen T, Sr Campion O’Hagan, Eileen W, Jack M, John M, John L, Sarah G, Dorothy S, Sr Lucy Muller OSU, Patrick L, William S, Kathleen A, Kathleen M, Harry S
May they Rest in Peace
Time to get the Marquee up
It’s that time of the year when we need to get the big garden tent up. Who can help this Thursday after 5.00pm at OLSS?
Wedding Admin I will be available as usual again after Mass on Tuesday 4th at St Joseph.
A Cafod Pilgrimage in Kent Saturday 22nd June
In the spirit of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si’, and in consideration for environmental issues, join a Cafod walk in the Kent countryside to pray and reflect on the beauty of God’s creation and how we can care for it and share it with others. From: St Francis de Sales Church, Hartley, Kent, DA3 8DW
12.30 pm: Gather at the Church, bringing picnic food to share during the journey.
1.00 pm: Set off on 3¾ mile pilgrimage on paths through fields and woods via St Mary’s Fawkham and All Saints Hartley, with stops for prayer and reflection along the way. (Transport available for the less able.)
4.30 pm: Return to St Francis de Sales for tea and cake – although the walk only takes just over one hour, the stops for reflection, discussion, a picnic and waiting for stragglers add to the time! (Lifts can be arranged)
5:30 pm: Opportunity to attend Holy Mass with parishioners at St Francis de Sales.
A pilgrimage provides space and time out of our everyday lives to look afresh at our surroundings and discuss the things that concern us with companions who share our faith. It builds memories that sustain us in continued endeavours in a more personal way than reading leaflets and listening to talks.
* Nearest station is 1 mile away at Longfield,
30 mins from London Victoria,
15 mins from Bromley South.
(Suggestion: Victoria 11h40 or Bromley S. 11h57; arr. Longfield 12h09. 489 bus departs 12h16 opposite station – 2nd stop, “Green Way”, is at end of Stack Lane, leading to the church.)
Contact CAFOD Southwark on 020 8466 9901 or email: [email protected]
NB. There will be no Baptism Preparation this month in lieu of my mother’s funeral on June 12th. The next preparation evening will be Wednesday July 10th at 7.00pm in the parish room at OLSS for either church.
Pregnant Mums Tots & Babies etc Thursday 6th
NB New Time! Welcome at the Ursuline Convent 66 Crooms Hill from 10.15
MASS CALENDAR FOR 1st – 9th JUNE 2019
Saturday 1st Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Paul K RIP
Sunday 2nd Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Nigel B RIP
Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Stanley D & Boniface P RIP
(Coffee & Cakes after 10.00am Mass St Joseph) Baptism of Dorothy & Arthur
Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Sarah & Stephen W (Wedding Ann)
Monday 3rd No Mass on Monday
Tuesday 4th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Sr Elizabeth OSU (Feast Day)
Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: Irene R (RiP)
Wednesday 5th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Fr Martin Safe Journey & Ints
Thursday 6th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Aoife B (WB/OP)
Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: Len R (WB)
Friday 7th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Ana B & Fmy (Ints)
Saturday 8th Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Carol H & Fmy (WB)
Sunday 9th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Joanna B (RiP)
Pentecost Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Con & Kitty W (RiP)
Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Parish & People (Coffee & Cakes OLSS after 11.00 Sunday 9th)
Welcome back Fr Martin!
PARISH AUCTION & SUMMER SOCIAL SUNDAY 14th JULY, 12Noon – 4pm
All parishioners of St Joseph’s & OLSS and their families and friends are welcome to the ‘Parish Auction & Summer Social’ on the afternoon of Sunday, 14th July in the garden of OLSS. This will be a fun event with a summer buffet, a summer raffle, a cash bar, games and of course…the Parish Auction! Tickets will be on sale after all weekend Masses at both churches commencing 2nd June. Adults £10, Children £5 (under 12). Ticket price includes buffet. (ham, quiche, sausage rolls, salads, French bread, cheeses & pate etc. Strawberries & cream).
We need more items for the Auction! Do you have any (non-bulky) items you would be willing to donate to the Parish Auction? If so, please let us know by no later than 23rd June!
Email: [email protected]
Post expires at 7:00pm on Saturday July 6th, 2019