The Feast of Pentecost June 9th 2019
Mauve Book page 294
Blessed be the Holy Spirit “The Paraclete”
There is no form of Christianity, or for that matter any form of religious faith, that is easier to understand than Catholicism:
We believe in a God who has created the world in love and who has come to us individually in the person of Jesus. He sustains us with the substance of his divine life and engages with the whole human race as children who belong to him. For this reason, we call God “Our Father”. In life and in death we belong to him and we find ourselves caught up into a wider family that includes all the angels and saints.
What could be simpler than that?
Yet for many people, so much stuff in Catholic devotion & worship is obscured behind a clutter of strange language that makes our faith seem obscure. They encounter, in the first instance, a barricade of code words that only the “fully initiated” (whoever they are?) may ever hope to understand. That is never the actual intention. Very often the phrases remain as they are because they challenge us to think more carefully about what it is that we actually believe: So, Blessed be the Holy Spirit “The Paraclete”. What on earth is that about? In this form it is the seventh petition of those traditional exclamations of devotion, that for more than 200 years have been used at Solemn Benediction and called “The Divine Praises”. Of course, as with all things Catholic, the answer lies in scripture, in fact no, the answer lies in Christ himself! Pentecost (literally pente 50 days after the feast of Passover) was a traditional Jewish festival but for Christians, since the time of the Apostles, (Acts2) it was The Birthday of the Church. A decisive moment, distinguished by the promises of Jesus coming true! The Holy Spirit was poured, into the lives of those first Christians who discovered that they were irresistibly embraced by the redeeming presence of Christ’s Spirit. “I will not leave you as orphans” he had promised. “I shall ask the Father, and he will give you another Paraclete (Παράκλητον) to be with you for ever”. There’s that word again! The Catholic New Jerusalem Bible leaves the word exactly as it appears. You may go to other translations and find the word rendered in so many different ways: “Advocate” (NIV) “Helper” (RSV) “Counsellor” (CSB). Truth is that the word Paraclete means all these things and no single translation is sufficient. Can you see now why the Catholic Church has left the word exactly as it appears? It provokes us to think more deeply! Now if I am honest, the only translation that works here for me is the old KJV:
“I will pray the Father, and he
shall give you another Comforter,
that he may abide with you for ever”.
So many people think that “The Power of the Holy Spirit” is all about jumping about and speaking in tongues and all kinds of other demonstrations of religious exhibitionism.
For me right now it is simply that still small voice that:
“calms our fears and * bids our sorrows cease,
tis music to the sinner’s ears tis life and health and peace”
And what could be more comforting than that?
“O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing”
I have been very touched to receive so many cards and kind gestures on behalf of myself and my family. Several people have indicated that they would like to be present for her funeral. This will be at:
St John’s CofE Church
Clay Hill Enfield EN2 9JF
11.30 next Wednesday 12th June.
You are very welcome. The little church is really only accessible by car as it is more than a mile from the nearest station, although it is a pleasant walk through the cemetery and open parkland (Hilly Fields) from Gordon Hill Station. Cars are leaving from both St Joseph and OLSS. Please indicate to me or Sr Mary, if you would like a lift.
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.
Margaret F, James H, Tim O, Alice W, Myles F, John M, Joanne B, Elizabeth D, Rosena D, Cherita T, Vera A, Florence S, Nellie T
May they Rest in Peace
Welcome Back Fr Martin
Fr Martin will be with us throughout the month of June. He is an old friend in Greenwich and has travelled from his parish in India. He is especially welcome when we have so many events this month.
Thankyou for your Offering
OLSS May 19th £486 26th £576 2nd £511 2nd col £96 Cafod OLSS 4 Months Total £1129
St Josephs 12th May £313 EccEd £125
May 19th £322 (Toilet Plan) £66
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
Welcome again this Thursday 13th
NB New Time! Welcome at the Ursuline Convent 66 Crooms Hill from 10.15
Maeve will kindly be available after the 7.00pm Mass this Tuesday 11th at St Joseph for wedding administration.
And Now for Some Good News!
The best news this month is that Tomás & Katie’s 2nd child is now safely home with big sister Gillian. Heather Georgina was born 3 months premature, weighing in at just 2lbs. The family had a difficult time while Heather remained at Lewisham Hospital. Now she is showing every sign of flourishing although she will have a little way to catch up with her father! She should actually have been born last Wednesday so we opened a bottle of wine while doing the money!
Childrens FHC Next Sunday OLSS 12.30
A Summer Evening Festival Friday June 21st
Childrens FHC St Joseph 12.00Noon June 23rd
Young People’s Retreat June 23rd
Presentation of FHC Children to OLSS Parish
Young Adult Confirmation (Combined) OLSS
Sunday June 30th 12.30 Welcome Bp Patrick
Big Church Clean OLSS
Wednesday 26th June from 7.30
MASS CALENDAR FOR 8th – 16th JUNE 2019
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)
Monday 10th No Mass on Monday
Tuesday 11th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Patrick K (RiP)
Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: Sr Rosetherese FSM (RiP)
Wednesday 12th Eucharistic Service OLSS at 9.30
Thursday 13th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Cn Peter Garlick AKC (Diamond Jubilee)
Christ the High Priest Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: Deceased Parents FSM
Friday 14th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Pat & Thomas T
Saturday 15th Holy Baptism 12.30 James and Maria
Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: In Thanksgiving
Sunday 16th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Ester C (RiP)
The Most Holy Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Dax M & Kay M
Trinity Mass OLSS 11.00 Int:
Mass OLSS 12.30 Children’s First Holy Communion 12.30
PARISH AUCTION & SUMMER SOCIAL SUNDAY 14th JULY, 12Noon – 4pm
Come & join us on the afternoon of Sunday, 14th July in the garden of OLSS. This will be a fun event for families & friends with a summer buffet, a summer raffle, a cash bar, games and of course…the Parish Auction! Tickets will be on sale after 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). Email: [email protected]
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!
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