Corpus Christi June 23rd 2019
Dark Red Book page 83
Out of the Mouths of Babes…
“If Jesus is God, why is He also the Son of God?” A question from a seminarian, a nun, or a theologian? No. This was from a 7yr old, one of the 19 children who received their First Holy Communion at OLSS last Sunday, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.
This little child’s enquiring mind isreminiscent of the young St Thomas Aquinas turning the question over and over in his head:“What is God?” Also at a tender age, St Teresa of Avila went off on a quest for martyrdom, saying: “I want to see God”. And St Therese of the Child Jesus was also already praying deeply as a child, sitting in a corner of herroom, “thinking, thinking about God”.Children are indeed capable of profound reflection and, with guidance and prayer, of grasping glimmers of theological truths. This year, we had a great team of parents and catechist-leaders guiding the children on their journey of faith. Thank you to the verysupportive Parents, the ‘First Catechists’, who,week in and week out, brought their children to the preparation classes and helped them with their homework. Thank you also to Ernie & Zara for their dedication, leading activities, pepping up the children, and (as kids will be kids), keeping them in line.
Here are the reflections from some of the children:
I was two years old when my brother Alex received his first Holy Communion in this church. I was very young, but attended all his preparation classes. Now it is my turn and I had Tina, Ernie and Zara, who were so caring and thoughtful leading me close to Jesus. I felt a little voice inside, calling me by my name and I felt warmth and love. We learned about the meaning of the Eucharist and how Jesus divided the bread among his disciples, giving thanks. I feel Jesus so close to me today, just like to his disciples then, and I know that He will be with me all my life! Maria Elena Volponi
I am so excited that my soul is getting fed. I learned a lot when preparing to receive Jesus.And now I know that I belong in Jesus’s heart.
‘Jesus, I put myself in your hands, keep me tight until tomorrow.’ This was the prayer thatI used to say when I was little. Now that I will soon be receiving you, Jesus, I will hold tight to you, because you help me to be good. Jesus, I beg you to help all those who need your help.
So to end, how does one even attempt to answer the introductory question above? A good start might be to contemplate with the children, Rublev’s painted meditation on themystery of the Trinity. Then maybe go on to unpack John 1:1-3. Who knows, by the power of the Word, they just might begin to plumb the profundity of the Almighty One-though- Three.
The Rev’d Chris Moody
Will be retiring as Vicar of St Alphege CofE Church in Greenwich after many years of faithful ministry. He has been a good friend to
me and is much loved and respected throughout Greenwich and not least by local Catholic People. We remember Chris and his family at a poignant moment. There will be a festal evensong this Sunday at St Alphege at 6.30 to which we are all invited.
14th July Parish Auction & Summer Social
Tickets for the Parish Auction and Summer Social are now selling fast!
Tickets will only be on sale in advance of the event and are available after all weekendMasses at both OLSS and St J’s, priced at £10 for adults and £5 for children which includes a buffet lunch. Raffle tickets are also available to purchase and winners will be announced in the Parish newsletter. A huge thank you to all who have donated items for the Auction – we now have more than enough great items to help raise some much-needed funds for our Parish! A list of auction items will be provided at the gate to those attending on 14th July and these will be available to view at the event.
Tabitha K, Michael D, Sr Columba OSU, Alfreda C, Eileen P, Paul A, George T, Nick C, Thomas F, Michael B, Michael D, Rosemary B
May they Rest in Peace
Mums & Little Ones etc
This Thursday 27th NB New Time from 10.15am – at the Convent, 66 Crooms Hill.
Thankyou for your Offering 16th June
OLSS £641 Day for Life £64 St Josephs £366 Day for Life £72Sp Donation £350 (Toilet Plan)
If you are seeking the Baptism of a Child at either church please attend the next preparation evening on Wednesday July 10th at 7.00pm in the parish room at OLSS.
Altar Servers Summer Break Tuesday 6th – Friday 9th August At Woldingham, Surrey see posters. If any of servers would like to participate speak to Fr Kevin
Our New Archbishop
We remember Bishop John Wilson as he prepares to undertake office as our new Archbishop of Southwark from July 25th and we pray also for Abp Peter Smith that he may enjoy many happy years of peaceful retirement.
20 Children make their First Holy Communion at St Joseph’s with a Mass at 12.00noon
19 Children who made their First Holy Communion last week will be presented at OLSS at the 11.00am Mass today. Throughout the day a combined group of more than 34 young adult people are meeting at St Andrew’s Convent in Belmont Hill preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation next week.
The Celebration of Confirmation
Is Next Sunday June 30th 12.30 at OLSS
Big Church Clean
OLSS Wednesday 26th June from 7.30
St. Ursula’s Summer Fair Raffle
The Friends of St Ursula School (FOSTUR) SUMMER FAIR RAFFLE draw will take place on Saturday 13th July 2019. We have amazing prizes, so dig deep and purchase a ticket or few!!! Tickets cost £5 and are available on line at the link below where you may see the very generous prizes.https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/StUr sulasRaffle Winners & total sales will be posted here once confirmed. Please ensure to share your name & email when completing a donation so that we are able to contact the winners. NB Gift Aid is not eligible on Raffles* Thank you in advance for your support!!!!
A Magnificent Evening
With the 9.00am singers in support of the church restoration was shared at OLSS last Friday with an impromptu party in the garden especially celebrating the full recovery of Monica. She had undergone throat surgery for cancer some two years ago but is certainly singing now at full capacity! A great occasion also to put to use our grand piano. Deo gratias
MASS CALENDAR FOR 22nd – 30th JUNE 2019
Saturday 22nd Nuptial Mass Wedding of Patrick & Tatania
Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Bernadette O (WB)
Sunday 23rd Corpus Christi Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Richard C (RiP)
Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Irene R (RiP)
Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Paddy & Frances C (RiP)
Mass St J’s 12.00 Children’s First Holy Communion
Monday 24th No Mass on Monday
Tuesday 25th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Cn Peter Garlick (Thg Diamond)
Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: Sr Leela FSM
Wednesday 26th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Fr Tomasz
Thursday 27th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Monica McGee
Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: Ann Cooper
Friday 28th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Shirley A (Ints)
Saturday 29th Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Deirdre G (RiP)
Sunday 30th Sts. Peter & Paul Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Parish & people
Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Thanksgiving
Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Claude M
12.30 Mass of Confirmation with Bishop Patrick Lynch & 34 young people OLSS
Next weekend is the Feast of Ss. Peter & Paul. I was surprised to discover how few Catholic people seemed to be aware of the death of St Paul in Rome alongside Peter at the time of the persecution of Nero in ad66. As a Roman Citizen, Paul would at least have been entitled to a “dignified” execution unlike his companion. A long-standing tradition proclaims that he was beheaded outside the city wall where a great basilica has stood for centuries. Recent scientific investigations have established 1stC bone fragments with threads of purple & gold cloth beneath the altar and under a slab of marble inscribed Paulo Apostolo Mart. In 2009 Pp Benedict XVI announced that he was confident that these are the authentic remains of St Paul.
There will be a special Mass in the Evening of Thursday July 4th at 7.00pm in support of Maggie following the sad death of her nephew Nigel to which all are welcome.
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