18th Sunday in Ordinary Time August 4th 2019
Dark Red Book page 117
Today’s Collect: “For those who glory in you as their Creator and guide…”
When I was a child, my parents did their best to encourage me to read. Spending more time now at their home, I survey the books along the shelves. Mum has been an avid reader of assorted fiction while Dad, was seriously self-educated. There are well thumbed copies of the “Teach Yourself” series including Mathematics, Philosophy, German & French. From my childhood there are rows of well used “Famous Five Books”. Alongside them, to my shame, I see immaculate gilt-edged classics such as “Jane Eyre”, “David Copperfield” and various of the Bronte Sisters. They have been there since before I was born and have never left the shelf! But there is one book that fascinated me from the time that I could first read. It came down frequently and still fires my imagination today. The book is called “The Flying Flea” but more intriguingly, for an inventive child, the subtitle… “HOW TO BUILD IT”!
Henri Mignet was a Frenchman. In the 1920’s he developed a successful design to build your own home-made, real-life flying aeroplane! It was made out of plywood sheets, pram wheels and a lawn mower engine. It could take off from your local park and needed little more than what an ordinary boy might find in his Dad’s garage. That book captivated me throughout adolescent life. I realise now that our copy is very early. Dad would only have been a boy himself, aged about 10! The book was quickly revised to include a further subtitle and an important extra chapter that our copy is significantly missing… “HOW TO FLY IT”! Sadly, when the book was first published, Mignet had not quite perfected the design. The little plane
was prone to going into an uncontrollable dive. Across Europe, there were a number of fatalities, including at an air display at Penshurst Airfield in Kent in 1936. By the mid 1930’s, even in the revised form, featuring improved designs, the book was BANNED! Today, you can see recent videos online of contemporary interpretations of the little plane safely in flight. It still inspires me: What if, with a good slope down Greenwich park I could take off and fly across the Thames? And what if we had a youth club and we built twelve…?
I remember when our girls were small, a man came to the vicarage and told Frances that I had won a helicopter! “He’s not having that” she said “He’s bad enough with a car!”. Sadly, it was just a marketing device for life insurance. I don’t know what kids are reading these days and I am not fussed, either way about the whole LGBTQ agenda. Sex and sexuality is not what defines us in the sight of God and is not something we should expend so much angst and anguish fretting about. If God is the creator and we are made in his image, then human beings must, by definition, be creative too. In what ways are we teaching our kids, to be creative, constructive and inventive? Dad passed on to me the idea that you might not be able to buy something, but you might be able to build it, be it a bicycle or an aircraft! And before you jump on me for suggesting “Why just Boys?” it is because boys in particular are in danger of losing something. Besides, it’s a long-forgotten fact that our two greatest engineers were taught by a woman, and today, nobody even knows the name of Sarah Guppy! Check it out!
God Bless Fr Kevin
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Our thoughts are with Evelyna, Francisco, Zarah and all the family. Angel & Betty had travelled from Mexico to visit the family and spend time with their Grandchild Zarah. Sadly Evelyna’s father Angel was taken ill last Sunday and died unexpectedly at QEH. His funeral has been arranged at short notice at OLSS this Thursday at 11.15. We keep the whole family in our prayers at such a time of sadness especially Evelyna’s Mother Betty.
(NB the 11.00am Service at St Joseph’s will be a Eucharistic service on this day, it would be good for parish members and friends to support the family especially at OLSS at this time.)
Vincent’s Funeral is at St Josephs this Friday at 11.30. He lived for many years in Caletock Way. Requiem Mass at 11.30. Committal at Eltham Crematorium 1.30.
Thank You for your Offering 28th July
OLSS £899 – St Josephs £479 Toilets £53
Catherine M, Elizabeth F, James B, Stanley O, Margaret L, Martin F, Helen A, Gus H, Patrick B, Michael M, Dorothy M, Patrick K, Nellie C, Christopher D, Andrew A
May they Rest in Peace
If you are seeking the Baptism of a Child at either church the next preparation meeting will be on Wednesday September 11th at 7.00pm in the parish room at OLSS. Please attend at this time
Toilet Plan at St Joseph’s
The plan to create a toilet suite at St Joseph’s is progressing well following a visit from the Borough Planning department last week. We hope to receive permission shortly to commence this work. We are grateful to have received contributions of nearly £1000.
Work at OLSS
The enormous complexity of beginning to address the needs of this building is beyond our own parish skills and resources. The Diocese is supplying specialist personnel to come to our assistance. Further inspections are taking place in the convent grounds relating to the “Sacred Heart Chapel”. They will visit this Wednesday. We hope to have a meeting in September when a report may be available outlining how we might begin to make a plan the future with the help of Diocesan personnel.
St. Dominic Thursday 8th
Born Castile [Spain] Santo Domingo de Guzmán (1170-1221).
Founder of the Order of Friars Preachers (Dominicans).
A mendicant religious order with a universal mission of preaching, a centralized organization and government, and a great emphasis on scholarship.
MASS CALENDAR FOR 4th – 11th AUGUST 2019
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: Our New ArchBishop John
Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Sr Marianne Speigle O.P. (60thAn)
Monday 5th No Mass on Monday
Tuesday 6th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Dan & Kathleen B (RiP)
Transfiguration Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: In Thanksgiving (Sp Int)
Wednesday 7th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Pat K (RiP)
Thursday 8th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Our Dominican Sisters
St Dominic Nb Eucharistic Service only today at 11.00am St Joseph
Requiem Mass OLSS 11.15 Angel RiP Cremation at Eltham
Friday 9th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int:
Requiem Mass 11.30 Vincent M 11.30 St Joseph
Saturday 10th 1.00pm Nuptial Mass Wedding of Mhairi K & Peter C OLSS
Holy Baptism 3.00pm OLSS Hugo, Olivia, Silvana, Sapphire, Stefano & Ana
Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Philomena I (RiP)
Sunday 11th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int:
19th Sunday in Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Margaret L (RiP 1st Ann)
Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Parish & People (Baptism of Daniel)
The Transfiguration Surviving fragments among the Dead Sea Scrolls at Qumran outline a tradition contemporary with Christ, that Moses was a luminous counterpart to Adam. Later Jewish folk law holds that in paradise, Adam & Eve had been clothed with the Glory of God. They only realised their nakedness when this was lost. Scripture says that Moses face became luminous when he encountered God on Mt Sanai. Thereafter he had to cover his face because the people were so afraid. Elijah was carried up to heaven without dying in a fiery chariot. Now these two radiant beings return to encourage Christ on the road to Jerusalem. The narrative is proclaiming The Lord’s divinity because the disciples realise that the source of that shared radiant glory is Christ himself! “We beheld his glory, full of Grace and Truth”
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