26th Sunday in Ordinary Time September 29th 2019
Dark Red Book page 142
“My Jesus, give me a heart burning with love for you”… St. Euphrasia.
At the Present time we are pleased to welcome an Indian Carmelite Sister who is staying at the Ursuline Convent in Greenwich. Sr. Pradeepa is researching a post graduate degree on the spirituality of an Indian Saint called Euphrasia who was Canonised as recently as 2104…
Saints are those ideal men and women who made practical the values of the Gospel in their personal lives. Here I am presenting a contemporary saint of an Eastern “Syro-Malabar” Rite. She is St. Euphrasia Eluvathingal. She personalized the prayer heritage of Carmel, lived according to divine inspirations and rose to the heights of sanctity. For all of us who are called to be “the beloved of God, i.e., to be Saints” (Rom1:7) the spirit-filled life of St. Euphrasia is an example.
Euphrasia was born on 17th October 1877, in a village called Kattur, in the Southern Kerala, India. She was christened ‘Rose’ and was called ‘Rosa’ at home. As a little girl, she was led by her pious mother in the way of holiness, specially marked by a deep devotion to the Bl Virgin Mary. She entered the Congregation of the Mother of Carmel (CMC) on 3rd July 1888 and made her religious profession on 24th May 1900. Euphrasia rendered her services as novice mistress for nine years, followed by the responsibility of local prioress for three years of St. Mary’s Convent, Ollur. The rest of her consecrated life she spent in prayer and penance for the whole world, being inside the four walls of the convent. On 29th August 1952, she completed her earthly sojourn to fulfil her intense longing to see her Divine Spouse and was canonised on 23rd November 2014.
Euphrasia had suffered supernatural afflictions and attacks from the powers of darkness. During such periods of struggles, her only solace was sitting before the Blessed Sacrament. She came to recognize these difficulties as chances to show her faithfulness to a loving God and her way towards the union with God. Her priority was God alone. She tuned her life with the rhythm of the Lord and practised walking together with Him. Then she wrote: “I experience great joy and consolation in both mind and heart; in union and oneness with God and His mother”. Later on she noted that even if she was involved in any work or conversation, she experienced the divine presence constantly with her.
Euphrasia’s constant prayer and unceasing docility to the whisperings of the Holy Spirit is a powerful example to us. It was through her ardent prayer that she understood the sentiments of the Crucified Christ. There she found consolation and meaning for her life. Her message to each one of us is “Rejoice gladly in the love of God, be consoled; all is there”. She spent hours in front of the Eucharistic Lord praying for the intentions of all the world. She invites all of us towards the Eucharistic Lord, because in her earthly sojourn, she could not imagine a day without Holy Eucharist. She would like to emphasize the importance of family life, because she received the first lessons of a Loving Lord from her earthly mother.
Sr. Pradeepa CMC
For more information visit: www.sainteuphrasia.com
Kathleen D, Bernard P, George M, Rose R, Terry J, Kitty R, Pauline E, Howard P, Harriet B, Maureen F, Ernest W, Mary C, Frances C, William Q, Hannah M
May they Rest in Peace
Thank You for your Offering
OLSS Sept 22nd £274 Candles £23
St Josephs £324 Toilts £45
Sincere thanks to special donors towards the replacement boilers at St J’s they are being replaced at this moment and should be ready to run next week
OLSS Restoration Meeting
October 10th 7:30pm
Please make a special note to be present at the meeting Next Thursday (Week). If you have a heart for OLSS Church. We need all hands to the pump for this special meeting
There will be a Memorial Service for the late Eileen at OLSS this Thursday at 12.30. She resided in recent years at Mordon College.
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]
Young Parents Group
Join us next weekend on Oct 5th at 2.30pm for a taster session of the Family Development Foundation course for parents of children aged 0 to 3. The course is designed to help parents understand and discuss how each moment of early childhood can be a learning opportunity. Children under one can stay with parents during sessions, which will be held OLSS basement. A creche will be available for older children. Please let us know if you’re planning to attend so that we can make the necessary arrangements.
St Ursula’s Convent School Teacher of Science- Required January 2020 Or sooner if available.
Also Head of Science – required Jan 2020 to lead and further develop this highly successful department.
Break time Supervisors required – as soon as possible – Part time – Term time only + INSET days – Monday to Friday. For further information on these roles, please visit the
school website: www.stursulas.com/vacancies
Greenwich Fanzone 2020
Are you aware of the proposals for the “Fanzone” in Greenwich park in June & July next year? 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.
“Preach the Gospel and if necessary use words”
St Francis Friday 4th
MASS CALENDAR FOR 28th – 6th OCTOBER 2019
Saturday 28th Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Michael M (RiP)
Sunday 29th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Mary H (RiP)
26th Sunday in Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Esther, Sam & Baby Eva+1
Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Frances C (RiP)
Monday 30th No Mass on Monday
Tuesday 1st Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Frank M (RiP)
Mass St J’s 7.00 Int:
Wednesday 2nd Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Parish & People
OLSS Special Appeal for Church Cleaning from 7.00pm
Thursday 3rd Mass OLSS 9.30 Int’s of Warren T & Fmy (WB)
Mass St J’s 11.00 Int:
Eileen RiP Memorial OLSS 12.30
St Francis Ass 4th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: FSM Sisters (Cafod Fast Day)
Next Friday is the Cafod “Harvest Fast Day” There will be special collections next weekend and visiting speakers at all Masses
2.00pm OLSS School Mass for New Pupils parents and families
Saturday 5th Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int:
Sunday 6th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Marian S (W/B)
27th Sunday in Mass St J’s 10.00 Int:
Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: John W (W/B)
Coffee & Cakes OLSS after 11.00am Mass (6th)
Children’s First Holy Communion Preparation at OLSS will begin on Saturday Nov 2nd. There will be a parent’s preparation meeting on Monday 14th October. Registration forms are available in Church which should be returned by 13th. Children should be year 3 at school or 7 years old & 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 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.
An “Autumn Prelude” Petra Hajduchova is planning another evening of music and reflection (Harpsichord & Viola Da Gamba) with her friend Isabel Esain on Sunday 13th October. These events are always moments of exquisite beauty. Make a note to join us at 6.00pm on that evening.
Post expires at 8:06pm on Saturday November 2nd, 2019