14th Sunday in Ordinary Time July 7th 2019
Dark Red Book page 105
“Yahweh yireh! The Lord will provide”.
This was the theme of the first article I wrote for the newsletter on Fr Kevin’s kind invitation a few months after Greg and I arrived here in the UK in 2011. Now, as we leave Greenwich for Frankfurt, the message is the same: God will provide. Just as He gave the ram of sacrifice to Abraham in place of Isaac – whom Abraham was unreservedly offering to Him on Mount Moriah – God will always give us what we need.
But what is it that we really need?
What is the Most Precious Gift that God can give us? Abraham’s story gives us a clue. It was not the customary lamb but a ram that God gave to Abraham. This was because the whole drama of Abraham’s offering and God’s counter-gift was actually just a sign, a promise, that would be fulfilled only when God would provide the True Lamb of Sacrifice, His very own Son, Jesus. And by offering Himself on the Cross, by dying for us and rising again, transcending all physical limitations, all laws of science, Jesus is now able to give us His Body at every Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, from the rising of the sun to its setting. This is the deepest meaning of Yahweh yireh:
Wherever we are, as long as we can receive Jesus, the Bread of Life, we are all right.
Seek ye first. . .
In what has turned out to be a life of continuous pilgrim-mage, Greg and I have travelled a bit and lived in a couple or so different places.
Everywhere we went, we always first looked for a Catholic church. Here in Greenwich, we were very happy to find two. Just due to proximity, we made our home with Our Ladye, although St Joseph is also our patron saint as a couple.
As we leave, we bring so many happy memories and have so many people to thank. Just to mention a few: Fr Kevin, for his welcome and support for our apostolate here all these years; Elisabeth, who so kindly ‘took me under her wing’ and introduced me to the deanery catechetical circles; those I worked with in the First Holy Communion and Confirmation programmes and who gave all kinds of support through the years – Boris & Ivana, Ernie, Frances, Jessica, Maureen, Moira, Monica, Roberta, Paul, Simon & Beth, Zara, the Dominican and Ursuline Sisters; Jan, Will, Chris; the Choirs; the Parents; and ever-dependable Maggie!
It is with such happy thoughts and firm trust in God that we leave for Frankfurt. We had actually already lived there for a year, where we also helped in the English-speaking parish. We will surely miss the community here at OLSS and St Joseph’s. I will miss all the lovely children! But for them, for the youngsters, for the parish, and for us as we go, Yahweh yireh!
Of course, to keep in touch, there’s always prayer, the newsletter, maybe Twitter!
14th July Parish Auction & Summer Social
This is the last weekend that tickets will be on sale after Masses at both OLSS & St J’s. There are currently still some tickets left – so get in quickly if you want to come! This is will be a fun afternoon to raise (much needed) funds for our Parish, so please give it your support. The event will commence immediately after 11am Mass next Sunday. Approximate timings are 12Noon Garden opens, 1pm Summer Buffet, 2pm Auction, 3.15pm Raffle Draw, 4pm Bar closes. See you there! Sincere thanks to all those who have contributed items and to everyone who will support us next Sunday.
Please see the list attached: There are some lovely items including designer Jewellery, Digital Radio, Espresso Coffee Machine, Fair Trade Hamper, and some “interesting” items including Maeve’s knitted Pink Gin Fairy assortment and a rather unusual pair of one size fits all slippers! Your Auction Master is: Mr Riffen (Can I have my trailer back?) Burrows!
Tabitha K, Michael D, Alfred C Eileen P, Paul A, George T, Thomas D, Michael B, Sr Columba OSU, Michael D, Anne W, John F, Grace M
May they Rest in Peace
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.
Ann was a local lady, frequently seen at Mass at OLSS. She died unexpectedly while being treated for an illness in hospital. Her funeral is arranged at High Wickham where she was also well known at her sister’s church.
Edmond was a quiet man who lived in sheltered accommodation at Devonshire Drive. His funeral is this Wednesday at OLSS with a Requiem Mass at 10.30
Tina & Greg Farewell
Many people would want to thank Tina for her extraordinary and loving ministry through the last eight years at OLSS unfailingly supported by the kindness of her husband Greg. They will be remembered with very great affection by so many children and young people (Many of whom are now all grown up). Parents and families will want to add their voices and I express my own gesture of gratitude. Greg’s work requires that they must now live in Frankfurt but they will always have a special place here at OLSS! Fr Kevin
Graham Anthony Devine
Graham (Trinity Laban College) will present his extraordinary guitar evening at OLSS this Wednesday at 7.30 as part of the “Greenwich Guitar Festival”.
This is a ticketed event (available on the door £14) and is always very well attended evening with cheese and wine on the forecourt.
Thank You for your Offering 30th June
OLSS £803 Peters Pence £95
St Josephs £302 Peters Pence £29 Candles £308
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 and is dependent on our voluntary donations, please see: www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk
MASS CALENDAR FOR 6th – 14th JULY 2019
Saturday Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Julia C (RiP) Welcome Fr Tomasz
Sunday 7th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Frances D (WB)
14th Sunday in Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Mary O (Thg) Welcome Fr Malcolm – Coffee & Cakes
Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Tina & Greg (Farewell)
Monday 8th No Mass on Monday
Tuesday 9th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int:
Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: Deceased Sisters FSM
Wednesday 10th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int:
10.30 OLSS Requiem Mass Funeral of Edmond RiP
Thursday 11th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Thomas T (WB)
Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: Irene R (RiP)
Friday 12th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Mark D (WB/Ints)
Saturday 13th Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Sir Michael & Lady Catherine P (WB)
Sunday 14th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: James & Ellen H
15th Sunday in Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Kathleen G (Ann RiP)
Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Parish & People
Max has a seriously ambitious project, already in hand, to recover the anchor of HMS Windrush for permanent display in central Brixton as a tribute to that extraordinary generation. Check the petition at: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/262389 for info see www.facebook.com/groups/TheWindrushAnchor/
On Saturday 20th July The Rt Rev Thomas McMahon (Emeritus Bishop of Brentwood) will lead a peaceful & prayerful procession and vigil reaching out in love and compassion to mothers who are in crisis pregnancies and those who have suffered the ill effects of abortion. Please support this courageous witness for life. The vigil begins with a Mass at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, 557-559 High Road, Woodford Green, IG8 0RB. then the Rosary Procession at 9.45am following an Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, to Marie Stopes abortion centre, 88 Russell Road, IG9 5QB, where we pray 15 decades of the Rosary and sing hymns, returning at approx.12.00 to the church, for refreshments at 12.30pm. Full details on poster in church porch.
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