17th Sunday in Ordinary Time July 28th 2019
Dark Red Book page 114
On the hottest day of the year (so far) and perhaps the hottest day ever actually recorded in the UK, the installation of our new Archbishop was a day to remember. Thankfully (at least where I was sitting) the cathedral remained fairly cool. Bishop John Wilson is the 11th Archbishop of Southwark in modern times (i.e. since the Catholic Emancipation). He was born in Sheffield on 4th July 1968. As a Yorkshire man, he studied at the University of Leeds before training for the priesthood in the Diocese of Leeds at the Venerable English College, Rome in 1989. He was ordained to the priesthood in July 1995 by Bp David Konstant.
In 2015 he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster & Titular Bishop of Lindisfarne by Pope Francis. What impressed me about the man is his genuine sense of hope for the church. His strong sense of belonging to a loving family and his long-standing friendships with people of many different backgrounds (his parents, and others who are not Catholic, were present for the event). He has a natural ability to communicate, a genuinely unpretentious style and a sense of humility and service to the people of the Archdiocese of Southwark for whom he now feels responsible. Despite the tremendous heat, and my tendency to fall asleep during long and complex ceremonies I remained attentive throughout!
On the Feast of St James, reflecting on the concept of pilgrimage the Archbishop drew on words of Saint Oscar Romero. As a bishop, he has a strong devotion to Romero that goes back to the time of Romero’s death in El Salvador in 1981:
“Together we will continue to make our pilgrimage of faith, trusting in the overwhelming power that comes, not from us, but from God. In this journey, each of us has a unique and essential place. For my part, I will do my very best to try and love you as A FATHER, to try and walk beside you as A BROTHER, and to try and serve you as A FRIEND. If the Lord Jesus, the Son of Man, came not to be served, but to give Himself in service, how on earth could I claim to love and follow Him without desiring to do the same? I seek to make His words my own: ‘I come among you as one who serves.
I liked the fact that he was unafraid to break away from the formal script of his homily: Drawing attention to the shrine for St Romero, newly installed within the cathedral, he described how, on the day that he discovered he was to be made Archbishop he came discreetly to visit the shrine. Being unaware of who he was, an elderly volunteer lady was quietly washing the floor as he prayed. Her name was “Blessing”. She had given him an example of simple Christian service; At that moment he realised that he must resolve to be a “Blessing” to the whole Archdiocese. I have no doubt that he surely will. We in turn must pray many blessings on our new Archbishop. With that in mind, meeting him briefly at the reception, I invited him to come over and have a beer in Greenwich… and that is one other thing that he assures me he has already resolved to do!
We look forward to welcoming him and likewise pray an affectionate blessing for our retiring Abp Peter.
60+ Group Welcome again at The Dominican Convent in Hyde Vale NB Meeting this WEDNESDAY from 2.00pm
Mums & Tots & Babies etc
Welcome at the Ursuline Convent
66 Crooms Hill Thursday from 10.15.
Wherever you stand in the political spectrum it cannot be denied that last Wednesday was “Boris’s Day” in more ways than one: July 24th, in the Orthodox calendar, commemorates Ss Boris & Gleb. Not to be confused with St Boris the Bulgarian 200 years earlier, St Boris of Rus died in 1015. He and his brother were sons of Vladimir the Great, the first Tsar to accept Christ and bring Christianity to the Russian people. On the death of Vladimir, the throne was usurped by Sviatopolk the Accursed. Although this was the eldest son, his legitimacy was uncertain. Within Vladimir’s lifetime, Sviatopolk had already incited an armed rebellion. Upon his accession he resolved to murder his younger brothers. Boris enjoyed popularity with the people but was determined to avoid violence with his brother. While their sister sent warning of the danger Boris & Gleb surrendered their lives in passive sacrifice to the assassins. Boris was singing psalms before an icon of Christ. Gleb was still a minor. They were guided by Christian faith. In doing so they avoided a bloody civil war.
They are named as “The Passionbearers” – the First Martyrs of Russia.
St Boris Pray for England! (please)
Thankyou for your Offering
St J’s 14th £352 S/S £58 21st £301 Toilets £53
OLSS 21st £671 (exc D/Ds)
MASS CALENDAR FOR 27th JULY – 4th AUGUST 2019
Saturday 27th Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Fr John Lavery (RiP)
Sunday 28th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Parish & People
17th Sunday in Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Justina O (Thg) Inc Baptisms Jason, Paola, & Shianne
Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Rolf (WB) Anna B
Sincere thanks to Fr Mathew Ndibe who has come at short notice to OLSS for 11.00 today. Fr Malcolm King has ended unexpectedly in hospital, but assures us that he will be with us in August
Monday 29th No Mass on Monday
Tuesday 30th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Brian D (Priest RiP)
Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: Mr Costello (WB)
Wednesday 31st Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Fr Malcolm King (W/B)
Thursday 1st Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Ellie K & Dad (WB)
St Ignatius Loyola Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: Rory A (RiP)
Friday 2nd Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Mark & Eppie B (40th wedd)
Saturday 3rd Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Sarah G Ints
Sunday 4th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Parish & People
18th Sunday in Mass St J’s 10.00 Int:
Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Sr Marianne Speigle O.P. (60th Ann)
Sr Marianne Speigle OP Sr Marianne celebrates her Diamond Jubilee of Religious consecration this weekend in Germany. All in Greenwich remember her with very great affection at this time.
Sr Mary & Sr Leela FSM will be away from the parish from Sunday 28th until Thursday 8th.
Vincent RiP Vincent was a kindly man who lived for many years in Caltock Way. His wife Vicky was buried from St Joseph’s some three years ago. He was well known locally especially among friends at the Hardys PH in Trafalgar Road. Funeral at St Joseph August 9th NB at 11.30
Below I have received a message to say that the 9.00am “Girls” are apparently all attending the Star of the Sea in Dover this weekend and seem to think this should cover their Sunday obligation…
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