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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time September 1st 2019
Dark Red Book page 130

Sam & Caz will be well known to people at 9.00am Mass. They were inspired by a parenting course recently and would like to introduce a similar project in Greenwich. Caz is a newspaper sub editor & Sam is a primary school teacher… 

As a parish, we have lots to thank the Lord for. Perhaps most of all for the abundance of babies that grace our church with so much laughter in recent years. With this gaggle of children, comes a community of mums & dads, feeling their way through the trials and triumphs of parenthood. One of the great joys of being part of a church is that couples can build friendships and support each other. It is towards this end that we would like to present an opportunity. 

Shortly after we welcomed our second child, my wife and I enrolled on a parenting course. Despite having already raised one son to toddlerhood with relative success, it was a revelation. This is why we want to bring the Family Development Foundation’s First Steps course to Greenwich, as it would cater to and develop our growing congregation. 

The course is designed to help new parents, prospective ones or those repeating the experience to think, understand and discuss how each moment of early childhood can be a learning opportunity. 

What we found most impressive was how the groups facilitate communication within and between couples. Whatever the theme, we came away having explored issues and heard viewpoints that we might not otherwise have considered. Sometimes this strengthened our conviction around how we were 

already parenting but, often, it led to positive change. While the Family Development Foundation is a Catholic organisation the course does not forefront religion. The sessions, and discussions, provide a space for couples to consider how our faith should shape us as parents and how we can raise our children to have a relationship with God. 

For anyone reticent about sharing emotions and experiences, you can rest easy. The sessions are based around carefully crafted case studies with an accompanying commentary. Each session is grounded in good research including the fields of child psychology, and sociology etc. Lessons are drawn from these studies so there is no imperative to reveal personal information. 

We hope to run the group from October 2019 to March 2020. Each month there will be one main session (2 hours on a Saturday afternoon at OLSS or the Dominican Convent on Hyde Vale) and a second smaller meeting between groups of 3-4 of the couples, which they can organise for whenever suits them. 

First Steps concerns children aged 0-3 but there are courses for older children which could also be hosted if this is successful. Each session is run by a trained facilitator. Hence there is a cost of £90 per couple, but some financial aid is available. Children under one can stay with parents during sessions and a creche will be available for older children. The course can only run if enough couples sign up, so if you are interested please register at: Speak to Sam or Caz at the 9AM Sunday Mass.

Sister Elizabeth Campbell OSU 

Sr Elizabeth is alive and well and sends greetings to everybody in Greenwich. She feels that the time has come where she will be safer and more comfortable with the Sisters in Westgate where the house is better suited to her needs. She is struggling more and more with the steep stairs and difficult access of the house on Crooms Hill. Sr Elizabeth is widely loved in Greenwich throughout several generations and especially at the Ursuline School. Not only has she given so many years of service here even as Headteacher but she also attended the school herself as a younger pupil! She is sure to hope that you will keep in touch with her at Westgate. 

Meanwhile Calling all GoGs! 

The Greenwich Ursuline Alumni (GUA) will be holding their annual reunion at the school on Saturday, 21st September. All past pupils are welcome to attend. To confirm attendance and for security and catering purposes please email: [email protected] 

Further details will then be provided. 

GUA was founded in 1909 and currently we have over 800 members on our database (ages ranging from 20 to 96 years!) This is a great network for rekindling old friendships and has also proven useful for business contacts. If any of your family or friends are GoGs (Greenwich old Girls) please let them know! 

Friday 11th October – Parish Fundraising Quiz Night! 

The annual Parish Quiz Night will be on Friday, 11th Oct at 7.15pm in St Ursula’s school dining hall. Enter as a team of 6 to 8 people or as an individual, a couple or a small group and we will add you to others to make up a team. It doesn’t matter if you’re no good at quizzes – this is been a lot of fun in recent years and a chance to socialise. There will be a cash bar and lots of prizes to be won! 

Tickets are £5 per person and are only on sale in advance. Tickets will be on sale after most weekend Masses at OLSS & St Joseph’s during September and can also be reserved via email to [email protected] 


Mrs J Curran, Martin R, Tom M, Michael O, Nicholas I, Terence M, Lawrence F, John S, Joan Q, Thomas B, Raymond C, Kate D, Jane K, Richard D, Kathleen M 

May they Rest in Peace 

A Temporary Farewell to Sr Alice Montgomery 

Sr Alice OSU will be spending the next year in Poland encouraging younger sisters and giving English lessons. 

Thank You for your Offering Aug 25th 

OLSS £401 (not inc DD’s)
St Josephs £323 Toilets £50 

Baptism Preparation 

If you are seeking the Baptism of a Child either at OLSS OR St Joseph the next meeting will be 7.00pm Wednesday 11th Sept in the Parish Room at OLSS. Please come at this time when we look at the responsibilities of parents and Godparents & consider carefully the diary for both churches. 


Saturday 31st Holy Baptism Ella & Emi 

Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Con T & Robert N (RiP) 

Sunday 1st Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Halloran Fmy (RiP) 

22nd Sunday in Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Mary V (Ints) 

Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Parish & People 

Coffee & Cakes this week after 11.00am Mass in the Parish Rooms OLSS 

Fr Kevin & Frances will be away this week following our 40th Wedding Anniversary and the recent wedding of our daughter Lisa. (My nephews remain at the house.)
There will be Eucharistic Services during the week. 

The Churches will be open at usual times on Tuesday Thursday & Friday OLSS from 9.00 and St Joseph’s Tuesday from 6.15pm and Thursday from 10.30am. 

Wednesday 4th Ursuline New School Year Masses at OLSS 9.30 & 11.00am
All are welcome at these School Masses with Bishop Patrick Lynch
St Cuthbert

Saturday 7th Holy Baptism St Joseph’s 12.30 

Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Hynes Family (RiP) 

Sunday 8th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Parish & People 

23rd Sunday in Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Mr Costello (WB) 

Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Dan & Kathleen B (RiP) Inc Baptism of Gabriel & Lea 

St Cuthbert (634?-687 Wednesday) This Northumbrian saint is primarily remembered among those who reconciled the division between the older surviving forms of Celtic Christianity in the British Islands and the arrival of Augustine’s Mission in 597. After the Synod of Whitby in 664 he became prior of Lindisfarne and gradually won over the community to Roman ecclesiastical customs. He was zealous a preacher but most attracted to living the life of a hermit. In 676 he left the monastery and lived in solitude on the nearby island of Inner Farne. For the last two years he served as bishop of Lindisfarne, but he returned to his island to die, on 20 March 687. His remains were removed from Lindisfarne to escape Viking raiders and remain enshrined today at Durham Cathedral. His feast celebrates the anniversary of the enshrinement. On 17th May 1827 the tomb was opened. His Gold Pectoral Cross was discovered deeply buried amongst the robes on the breast. It was removed and can be seen today the stones are garnets. 


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