25th Sunday in Ordinary Time September 22nd 2019
Dark Red Book page 140
There is an enchanting short story by Charles Dickens that is largely forgotten. It is called “A Child’s Dream of a Star”. Check it out on line. It is a reflection of a man trying to cope with the death of a child in a time when infant mortality was still prevalent. I have used it on occasion through my ministry with bereaved parents. It comes to mind in conjunction with what Mick has written here…
… I am always happiest when I am looking forward, planning for the future, making a list, deciding what to do tomorrow, planning holidays etc. – it seems to me that we are ‘programmed for the future’, programmed in fact for Heaven!:- “Yes you know me, and you know where I am from. I am not here on my own, but he who sent me is true. You do not know Him, but I know Him because I am from him and He sent me” (Jn7v.28ff)
When my youngest daughter was little she asked, “Daddy, where did I come from?” I knew the answer: ‘You came from the starry, starry skies”! – Esther replied, “When I die, will I go back to the starry skies?” – I replied ‘You will indeed’!
In childhood, I felt that I didn’t really belong, that my home was somehow somewhere else, and that I was in this world only for the meanwhile & would one day return home: I believe many people have this same feeling. Irish folk talk of ‘going home’ when one ‘passes on’ – to me, this is an accurate description! Jesus often talked about the home that He had come from and would be returning to: He said, ‘My kingdom is not of this world’: Pontius Pilate, mystified asks ‘Where do you come from?’ – he seems awed by Jesus, (almost) treating Him with respect and is troubled by Jesus’ talk of a ‘Kingdom’, particularly as it is ‘other-worldly’. Pilate feels threatened by a challenge to his authority, but I feel he actually wants to find out about this ‘other’ Kingdom (Pilate’s wife will have none of this and tells Pilate not to ‘have anything to do with that man’ (she says she was ‘spooked’ by a dream she had about Him! Mt27:19)
Jesus says “The work of God is this: to believe in the one He has sent’”- later (v.33) “The bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world” – no wonder Pilate was bewildered! (Jn6v.38ff) “I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going ……you are from below; I am from above. You are of this world, I am not of this world’……He who sent me is reliable, and what I have heard from Him I tell the world’ (Jn 8v.14,23&26)
Jesus tells his disciples (Jn4v.2) “In my Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you’. So, who can possibly doubt that we have a Heavenly home? We have Jesus’ own word for it, His word too that one day we shall ‘go home’, if we truly believe and trust in Him.
I know now that my boyish instincts (and young Esther’s) were right – we shall all (eventually) go back – to the ‘starry, starry skies’!
It’s not far, just close by
Through an open door
Work all done, care laid by
Going to fear no more
Mother’s there expecting me
Father’s waiting, too
Lots of folk gathered there
All the friends I knew
Many people will remember Margaret & Frank who were long standing friends at OLSS. They moved to the West Country a few years back. Frank died peacefully at home with the constant vigilance of Margaret at his bedside on Sept 3rd. His Requiem is this Monday 23rd 11.30am at St Dunstan’s RC Church, Somerton. I have Margaret’s contact details and I am sure that she would like to hear from old friends in Greenwich.
Frances C, Mary H, Patrick O, Ruby U, Percy H, Katherine S, Adalina R, Janina O, Arthur T, Bernard D, Elsie & Tom P
May they Rest in Peace
St Ursula’s Convent School Teacher of Science – required January 2020 or sooner if available
Break time Supervisors required – as soon as possible – P/T – Term time only Mon – Fri
All details: www.stursulas.com/vacancies
Parish Fundraising Quiz Night!
The annual Parish Quiz Night will be on Friday, 11th Oct at 7.15pm in ‘Hilltops‘ hall in St Ursula’s school grounds. 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 is a chance to socialise as well as raise much needed funds for our Parish. 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: G[email protected]
60+ Group meet This Thursday
Welcome at the Dominican Convent from 2.00pm this Thursday with apologies for confusion last week when so many people were attending a funeral in Deptford
Mums & Tots & Babies etc 66 Crooms Hill
Welcome at the Ursuline Convent from 10.30 this Thursday Sr Antonia
OLSS Restoration meeting Oct 10th at 7.30
All hands to the pump for this special meeting
Greenwich Fanzone 2020
Are you aware of the proposals for the “Fanzone” in Greenwich park in June & July next year? There is something called the “UEFA EURO” that requires large public screens to be erected and the area opposite Queens House to be sectioned off for ticket holders only, with adjacent road closures. Apparently, there was a “consultation” in July though we heard nothing. Please see my letter in Church and make your concerns known to the council.
Thank You for your Offering
OLSS £492 BpsCn £94
St Josephs £279 Hm/Mn £33
Southwark Spirituality Commission
Saturday 9th November 2019 10.30-3.30pm
St John Fisher Church,
Thanet Road, Bexley DA5 1AP
‘Your Word is Life’: a day of prayer using scripture to awaken us to the presence of God.
01322 524813 or www.southwarkdsc.org.uk
MASS CALENDAR FOR 21st – 29th SEPTEMBER 2019
Saturday 21st Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Irene R (RiP)
Sunday 22nd Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Parish & People
25th Sunday in Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Delores W & Margaret F (RiP)
Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Paddy C (RiP)
Monday 23rd No Mass on Monday
Tuesday 24th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Raymond H (RiP)
OL of Walsingham Mass St J’s 7.00 Int:
Wednesday 25th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Alfred E (W/B)
Thursday 26th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int:
Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: Peter B (RiP)
Vin’ de Paul 27th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Pat K (RiP)
Nuptial Mass Wedding of Joana & Peter 2.00pm
Saturday 28th Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Michael M (RiP)
Sunday 29th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Parish & People
26th Sunday in Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Esther & Sam & Baby Eva
Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Frances C (RiP)
Children’s First Holy Communion Preparation at OLSS w ill begin on Saturday Nov 2nd. There will be a parent’s preparation meeting on Monday 14th October. Registration forms are now available in Church which should be returned by 13th. Children should be year 3 at school or 7 years old and above. We will use a new course this year that is being used increasingly across the diocese called “I want to make my home in you”. The course is intended for children who belong to families who actively worship each week at OLSS. A group will commence at St Joseph’s from the New Year.
Diocesan day for Catechists: Next Saturday 28th at the Cathedral Hall: Volunteers and Helpers who are occupied with Children’s Liturgy & FHC are invited to a training day at the Amigo hall (St George’s cathedral) Next Saturday from 10.30 till 4.00. (St Josephs are already sending EIGHT people). I would like to encourage others from OLSS.
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