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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time October 6th 2019
Dark Red Book page 145

Dear Friends, 

The more observant among you will have realised that OLSS is (half) covered in scaffolding around the tower. If you are wondering why please come to the meeting this Thursday 10th at 7.30 pm in the Church. 

We really need everybody there. Whatever your background or passing interest in the Star of the Sea might be. Whether you are a long-standing member who has come to this church for most of your life, an interested neighbour who may not even be Catholic or just an occasional visitor who has a passing interest. OLSS is a primary feature of the landscape of Greenwich. I do not need to repeat the well-known story of this building except to say that it stands as testimony to such important moments of Victorian Catholic History! It is a primary witness to the story of the reconstruction of the Catholic faith in England after the time of King Henry Vlll following the Acts of 1828. It is part of the blueprint of Gothic Revivalism.

It coincides with the traumatic memory of the terrible potato famine of 1845. This brought so many desperate Irish people searching for work to England and London. OLSS continues to stand here today largely thanks to the generosity of Irish people who, while remaining poor, contributed throughout those years. At the same time, with the prosperity of the British Empire, OLSS saw the arrival of international sea farers (mainly Catholic) from all parts of the world via the shipping trade in Greenwich. We share two great founding architects of international renown; William Wardell who emigrated to Australia in 1858 and is commemorated as the principle Victorian architect in that land (especially with his cathedrals in Sydney & Melbourne) and AWN Pugin who, is responsible for the Houses of Parliament. If you consider the enormous cost of the repairs to Big Ben and the “Palace of Westminster” you will realise the enormity of the task with which we are faced. The Star of the Sea is gradually dissolving. During the eight years that I have been in Greenwich I have explored so many avenues and contacts to find a way to get this project off the ground.

The prestigious nature of this building and the complexity of what is required puts this well beyond the resources of an ordinary parish and community alone. Before any repairs can be made internally there are complex repairs to be made externally. The stone has become so soft. In the summer it is baked and dries out and with the onset of winter the stones are permeated again by water, increase in weight and become unstable. In the first place the scaffolding is erected as a safety measure to protect people using the front door. Please God it is not a permanent feature but a working platform for urgent stone repairs soon to be carried out. By next Thursday it will reach the top of the tower. On that night Mr Chris Millington who has responsibility for all properties throughout the Archdiocese, and Mr Gary Stanesby who is an architect working in close proximity with Chris will make a presentation. 

Please come to the meeting on Thursday. Bring your neighbours, bring your friends and bring anybody who has the remotest interest in this lovely place. 

7.30 this Thursday. 

God Bless
Fr Kevin 

Cafod Family Harvest Fast Day 

Last Friday was the annual Cafod “Harvest Fast Day”. You may have received a Cafod Envelope. There will be visiting Cafod Speakers at OLSS this weekend and with thanks also to Mick Shepherd for speaking at St Joseph’s. The special appeal is best if you complete the envelopes provided which should be returned this weekend. (More available) 


James S, Jaqueline W, Peter K, Nellie M, James O, Leonardo H, Lillie M, Joseph M, William D, Alexander O, Anita G, J C Boylan, K O’Carroll, Stavley H 

May they Rest in Peace 

Thank You for your Offering 

OLSS £495 Aug DD’s £2779 Sept £2874
St Joseph £283 Toilets £54 SpDn £100 

Parish Fundraising Quiz Night!
Last chance to get your Quiz Night tickets! 

This weekend is your last chance to get tickets for the Parish Fundraising Quiz Night on Friday, 11th October (It’s fun – don’t miss out!) 

Some tickets are currently still available and are only £5 each. Tickets will NOT be available on the night. All those who have bought tickets will be sent an email shortly advising of the arrangements / timings for the evening. The remaining tickets can be purchased after all Masses at OLSS this weekend or via email (until Monday evening) to: [email protected] 

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. See school website: 

Among the Sick: 

Please remember Jean & Bill. Jean recently fell at home and is in Lew

Hsp. John and Len. 

Monica McGhee – Stand Up To Cancer 

Wonderful feature in the national news this week featuring our own Monica giving it large! 

Glasgow Central Station looks dazzling. 

Google or search YouTube: “Monica McGhee – Stand Up To Cancer” 

Image via Glasgow Live

Sheepfolds for Strayed Sheep – Catholic Missions in 19thC Inner London 

There will be a talk by local historian and author Jean Maynard at St Monica’s Catholic Church, Hoxton N1 6NT (Old Street tube) on Saturday 19th October at 2:30, “Catholic Missions in 19th Century Inner London” at 2:30pm. Cost £5 (payable at the door) includes tea and tour of this historic church. English Catholic History Association – 

A Day of Recollection for Special Eucharistic Ministers & Readers
Saturday 16th November 

Bishop Patrick Lynch invites all Eucharistic Ministers & Readers to the Annual Reflection at Bishop Thomas Grant School SW16 2HY 

The day begins at 11.00am and concludes with Mass at 3.00 (Forms in Church) 

Baptism Preparation 

If you are seeking the Baptism of a Child either at OLSS or St Joseph please come to the preparation evening this Wednesday at 7.00pm in the parish basement room at OLSS. Times and dates are considered after that meeting. 

Meanwhile deep in the bowels of St Joseph’s 

Two new boilers are being installed which will hopefully fire up for the first time this weekend! 

If you have heating and boiler problems call Simon 07379 075492. This expenditure has emptied the current account at St Joseph’s and leaves us in a difficult situation. We are grateful for special donations that have been received. 


Saturday 5th Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Fr Kevin St Aubyn (WB) 

Sunday 6th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Marian S (W/B) 

27th Sunday in Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Ekta D (THG-BVM) 

Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: John W (W/B) 

Welcome Fr Malcolm Coffee & Cakes OLSS after 11.00am Mass Today 

A sincere Welcome to Jane & Colin visiting from Melbourne. Their son Richard sadly died here unexpectedly preparing for the 2012 Olympics. 

Monday 7th No Mass on Monday 

Tuesday 8th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Lavinia J (RiP) 

Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: In Thanksgiving (Anon) 

Wednesday 9th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Richard C (RiP) 

Thursday 10th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Warren L & fm (WB) 

Mums & Tots etc Welcome at the Ursuline Convent 66 Crooms Hill 10.30 

Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: 

Friday 11th A Special Mass for Malaysian Visitors OLSS 8.00am 

Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Jean M (WB/GW) & Bill 

Saturday 12th Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Elizabeth R (WB) 

Sunday 13th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Parish & People 

28th Sunday in Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: “Reshma” (RiP) 

Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Mick M (RiP)

6.00pm “Autumn Prelude” Next Sunday 

Children’s FHC Preparation at OLSS will begin on Saturday Nov 2nd. There will be a parent’s meeting on Monday 14th October. Registration forms are available and should be returned by 13th. Children should be school yr 3 or 7 years old & above. We will use a new course this year 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 is planning another evening of music and reflection (Harpsichord & Viola Da Gamba) with her friend Isabel Next Sunday 13th October. These events are always moments of exquisite beauty. Make a note to join us at 6.00pm on that evening. 

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