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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time October 27th 2019
Dark Red Book page 155

From the Nuptial Blessing in the Catholic Rite of Marriage: 

May the grace of love and peace abide in your daughter (Name), and let her always follow the example of those holy women whose praises are sung in the Scriptures. 

I wonder if you have ever looked carefully at the details around the base of the Shrine of Our Lady at OLSS (picture right). Here are three of those most celebrated women whose “Praises are sung in the scriptures”. 

On the right is Queen Esther. The book with her name is among the last to be included in the OT Canon. It is the only text that was not found among the Dead Sea Scrolls. Queen Esther is said to have lived during the later period of the Babylonian Exile circa 483–82bc. The Persian King (either Xerxes 1or2) was going to execute all the Jews who failed to pay homage to his “image”. Esther was a Jewish orphan. Because of her beauty the King took her as one of his wives. Uninvited, she bravely approached his presence in the throne room, and interceded for the life of her people. The king was so moved by her courage that he pardoned Esther and all her people. Instead, he executed the conniving official who had set up the Jewish entrapment saga in the first place. Now that is all lovely except that is not where the story ends and it all gets a bit messy… 

When Esther had established her influence in the Persian court, she had the Ten Sons of Haman impaled and a further 300 who were caught up in the conspiracy against her people! 

Now, to the left is the gentler image of Ruth who is symbolised by an Ear of Barley. You will remember that 

Ruth is mentioned in the genealogy in St Matthews Gospel. Jesus, as we are repeatedly told, is of Royal David’s line. Significantly Ruth is not Jewish but a young Moabite woman. She is the faithful travelling companion with her Mother-in-law Naomi because both women are widowed. Their fortunes change when a wealthy landowner in Bethlehem falls in love with Ruth as she is gleaning in the fields. Boaz takes her for his wife. They become the parents of Obed, who is the father of Jessie who is the father of King David (hence “Jessies’ Stem” in so many Christmas carols). The story is telling us that the line of David was not exclusively Jewish. Its best ingredient may have come from elsewhere! Nevertheless, it is not without sexual guile! 

Which takes us unashamedly to the central figure of Judith. Look carefully you can see a severed head. Now to cut a long story short, this text is a coded form of political mythology. Set in a period similar to Esther, it clearly makes reference to much later events in the Maccabean era circa 190bc. Here the barbarian Holofernes is about to besiege an unsuspecting Jewish community called “Bethulia”. It probably symbolises Jerusalem in the time of Antiochus Epiphanes. As a heroic Jewish woman, JUD-ith seduces the despot. Then, while he is drunk, she cuts off his head! When his wretched cohort realise that their leader is no more, they abandon the campaign and the village is saved… 

Now, when I pray at a wedding that the bride might follow the example of those “holy women whose praises are sung in the Scriptures”, I always feel a bit nervous. And we haven’t even got around to Deborah & Jael… 

God Bless
Fr Kevin 

Father “Jim” Kirby RiP 

Many people will be sad to hear of the passing of Fr Jim who was for many years the celebrated Parish Priest at St Joseph’s Shooters Hill. He died in Galway on 21st Oct Requiem Mass Friday 25th 11.30am 

St. Joseph’s Church, Limerick, with burial in Mount St. Lawrence Cemetery. 

Archbishop Michael Bowen RiP 

Funeral for Abp Michael 

Sunday 3rd Nov St Georges’: 

5pm: Reception to Cathedral
6pm: Cathedral Mass: (Abp Kevin McDonald)
8pm: Vigil Service. 

Monday 4th November: 

7am: Cathedral opens
7.30am: Cathedral Mass
12.30pm: Funeral Mass: (Abp John Wilson) 

Burial in the Cathedral Crypt 


Gladys B, David W, Willie O, Alice C, Margaret H, Frank M, Eleanor & Willie S, Sean K, Winifred K, Margo B, Dennis M, Lottie M, Michael S, Bernard B, Josef C 

May they Rest in Peace 

Mums & Tots this Week 

Welcome this Thursday at the Ursuline Convent on Thursday 31st from 10.30 at 66 Crooms Hill 

Among the Sick 

Please remember Jean & Bill. Jean recently fell at home and is in Lew Hsp
Paul, Michael (Guys Hsp)
Len (Barnet Hsp)

Thank You for your Offering Oct 20th 

OLSS £528 World Mission £92
St Joseph’s £361World Mission £80 

St Ursula’s Convent School 

Requires a (Lay) Chaplain for 3 days per week. A background in Education and/or Youth Ministry desirable. Info at: 

This Week
You are welcome at all of these Masses
A Deanery Mass for Schools 

At OLSS 4.30 Wednesday 30th Welcome Bishop Patrick 

All Saints Day
Friday November 1st
Masses at 9.30 OLSS  (With the Ursuline School)
11.00am St Josephs (With St Joseph’s School)
2.30 OLSS (With the Ursuline School)
8.00pm OLSS Parish Sung Mass 

Commemoration of All Souls 

All Souls Day this year falls next Saturday. The 6.00pm Evening Mass will be offered as a Requiem for your loved ones. 

There are commemoration cards available in both churches. It is impossible to call everybody’s name on All Souls night but write the names of your loved ones and we will keep them at the Altar throughout the month. 

If you would like a special commemoration Mass for departed members of your family during November please complete a Mass envelope in the usual way with all details that you will find near the door. 

A Parish Recipe Book 

A huge thank you to all those who contributed to the Parish Recipe Book earlier in the year. Copies of this will be on sale from this weekend for only £4 per copy or £8 per copy with a Parish Tea Towel. 

Every penny raised will go to the Parish funds. 

A Day of Recollection for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Readers 

Bishop Patrick invites you to the annual reflection day at Bp Thomas Grant School SW16 2HY 

The Day begins at 11.00am and concludes with a Mass at 3.00pm 

Thankyou for all your concern 

For my Dad Len. The good news is that he has responded well to treatment and is now home today. Nevertheless, he is considerably weaker than before. 

CALENDAR FOR 27th – 3rd November – The Month of the Holy Souls 2019 

CLOCKS GO BACK TONIGHT (Greenwich Meantime!) 

Saturday 26th Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Parish & People 

Sunday 27th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Alachka S (RiP) 

30th Sunday in Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Maria A (RiP) 

Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Josef C (RiP) 

Monday 28th No Mass on Monday 

Tuesday 29th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Faith B 

Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: 

Wednesday 30th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Maureen S (RiP) 

The Annual Deanery Mass for Schools OLSS 4.30 

Thursday 31st Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: John F (RiP) 

Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: 

Friday 1st Mass OLSS 9.30 with the Ursuline School 

All Saints Day Mass St Joseph 11.00 with St Joseph School 

Mass OLSS 2.30 with the Ursuline School Int: Fr Jim Kirby (RiP) 

Sung Mass 8.00pm OLSS 

Saturday 2nd Holy Baptism OLSS 12.30 Matilda & Victor 

Commemoration of All Souls Saturday 2nd November 

The 6.00pm Saturday Mass will be offered as a Requiem for your departed loved ones 

Sunday 3rd Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Weronika & Stefan Kedzierski (RiP) 

31st Sunday in Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: 

Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Rory D (RiP) 

Coffee & Cakes after 11.00am Mass Next Sunday 3rd November OLSS 

Guy Fawkes Night (Next Saturday) leaves more questions than answers: There is no doubt that despite the recklessness of the misguided terrorists the plot was facilitated (with wet gunpowder) by the British Security Services for the purpose of discrediting English Catholicism for generations to come. Thus we pray: “Deliver us Lord from every evil and grant us peace in our day” 

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