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Saints Peter & Paul June 30th 2019
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Last week 20 Children made a very happyFirst Holy Communion at St Joseph ChurchPrepared by Sr Mary FSM Roseline & Justyna

Saoirse’s Story

We have been on a new exciting journey leading to this very special First Holy Communion day which has taught me extraordinary things about the meaning of mass and more about the Bible. Since moving home a few years ago we had been going to mass at Our Lady Star of the Sea church but I was to join StJoseph’s church for my First Holy Communion programme and so was feeling shy and nervous but everyone was so kind and welcoming. From the first week of the programme I felt comfortable and had great friends to help me with this journey in life.

The first week Father Kevin talked to us all and then Sister Mary, Mrs Rosaline and Mrs Justyna gave us a book to help us understand everything about the importance of communion. We started with basic prayers and talked about the Old and New Testament of the Bible and why we have these. I really liked reading about the many marvellous miracles that Jesus did. The book teaches us not to be rude, mean, dishonest, disrespectful, but to be kind and loving.

It has been a great pleasure to be in the First Holy Communion programme. Everyone in both churches has always been so kind and caring so today I had a big smile glowing on my face. It told everyone I was proud and had a happy light that shinned through me as I received my FHC. Thank you.


Feedback for the Holy Communion

Receiving the Holy Communion has been a moment my son Harrison has been waiting to prepare himself for ever, since his sister Grace had her first holy communion. The lessons from the catechism has made him closer to God and improved his prayer life. I can see the changes in his general behaviour that he has acquired good interpersonal skills in addition to his spiritual growth which will stay with himforever. I was not surprised when he said “mum I want to serve at the alter after my holy communion”. His statement inspired his big sister to also volunteer to join in the service to God. Am sure all the children had their own personal experiences which will guide them throughout their life. Thanks to Sr. Mary, Rosaline, Justyna and Fr. Kevin for making this remarkable day a blessed one.

By Frances

Farewell Fr Martin

It has been a great joy to have Fr Martin with us throughout the month of June, especially following the death of my Mum. Martin helped us at Greenwich for more than a year when I first arrived in 2011. He has his own parish in India to which he is returning. Here is his native parish The Assumption Church

Pragasapuram Tuticorin India Martin Manuel: [email protected]

😊 14th July Parish Auction & Summer Social

Last chance to get your tickets! A huge thanks to all who have already donated items / lots! Next weekend (6th & 7th July) will be the last chance to buy tickets for the event. Tickets are only on sale in advance and will not be available on the door. Likewise, raffle tickets are available to purchase until next weekend only. Raffle winners will be announced in the Parish newsletter. For those attending on 14thJuly, the approximate timings are: 12Noon Garden opens, 1pm Buffet lunch, 2pm Auction, 3.15pm Raffle draw, 4pm Bar closes. A list of auction items will be provided at the gate to those attending and these items will also be available to view at the event. See you there!

Our New Archbishop

We remember Bishop John Wilson as he prepares to take office as our new Archbishop of Southwark from July 25thand we pray also for our retiring Abp Peter Smith

Site Maintenance & Caretaker St George Cathedral

The Cathedral is looking for someone to join the maintenance & caretaking team. The successful applicant must have previous experience in a similar environment and ideally some knowledge of health and safety. This job requires a DBS disclosure. Hours: 35 worked over a varying shift pattern to include some evenings and weekends. Salary: £21,500pa – £23,000 depending on skills and experience. Interviews will be on 10th July 2019. To apply please send your CV to [email protected] by 4th July 2019.

Thankyou for your Offering 23rd June

OLSS £538 (NB at OLSS 43 members now pay by DD total Dd’s rec’d for JUNE £2984)
St Joseph £500

2nd Collections at all Masses “Peters Pence”

MASS CALENDAR FOR 29th JUNE – 7th JULY 2019 2nd Collections “Peters Pence” 

34 Young People from St Joseph’s & OLSS will be Confirmed at a Mass at 12.30 this Sunday with a reception in the Garden. The 11.00am Mass will be shorter. There is also a “Race for Life” event on Blackheath this Sunday which may include road diversions so please allow time. 

Saturday 29th Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Deirdre G (RiP) 

Sunday 30th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Parish & people 

Ss. Peter & Paul Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Thanksgiving (Florence) 

Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Claude M (RiP) 

12.30 Mass of Confirmation with Bp Patrick Lynch 

Monday 1st No Mass on Monday 

Tuesday 2nd Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Nick C (RiP from 17th) 

Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: 

St Thomas Ap 3rd Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Fr Martin Safe Return 

Thursday 4th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Fr Tomasz’ Family (WB) 

Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: Parish & People 

There will be a special Mass in the Evening this Thursday July 4th at 7.00pm supporting Maggie following the sad death of her nephew Nigel to which all are welcome with a small reception in the garden. 

Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: 

Friday 5th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Matthew T (Ints) 

Saturday 6th 12.30 Holy Baptism OLSS 

Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Julia C (RiP) 

Sunday 7th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Frances D (WB) 

14th Sunday in Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Mary O (Thg Family) 

Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Tina & Greg K (Farewell) 

Sunday 14th is Sea Sunday when the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea. This charity has important historical connections with our two churches in Greenwich. There will be a 2nd collection for Stella Maris, Apostleship of the Sea, the official maritime welfare agency of the Catholic Church. It provides practical and spiritual support to seafarers visiting our ports. As it is dependent on voluntary donations, please give generously. Visit 

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