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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time November 3rd 2019
Dark Red Book page 157

 As the clocks go back, dismal and damp, we descend into the dreary darkness of winter. Summer has closed her doors. Any hope of Spring is a life time away and I never did care much for pumpkins! What is this Hallowe’en nonsense? November is the Month of the “Holy Souls” these are the “Hallowed Ones”. As for Guy Fawkes, that unhappy Catholic memory still runs rampant in the English psyche 415 years later. The Blackheath fireworks are reduced to just 15 minutes this year. Still I suppose 15 minutes would have been all that Guy Fawkes might have needed. With more draconian road closures, since lunchtime, you may find difficulty getting to the 6.00pm All Souls Mass tonight. 

So now: “Lift up your hearts”… At Easter we prayed: (Preface of Week 2) 

“Through him the children of light rise to eternal life and the halls of the heavenly Kingdom are thrown open to the faithful; for his Death is our ransom from death, and in his rising the life of all has risen.” 

The Commemoration of all Souls (Nov2nd) brings to mind our departed loved ones, but not for the purpose of extending our sadness. Hopefully the Mass brings something soothing and healing to our flow of tears. We call out to our loved ones letting their names ring around those lofty halls and walls of the “Many Mansions”. Our undying love is united with that greater redemptive love, writ large in the eternal sacrifice of Christ. 

Then the ever-sobering Remembrance Sunday bravely delivers a diminishing troop each year who recall the trauma of those two great wars. History has a nasty tendency to repeat itself. These things are important “Lest we forget”. We remember also that, elsewhere in the world, such things are by no means in the past. 

Rest eternal grant unto them O Lord,
and let light perpetual shine upon them” 

A recent study has uncovered some interesting statistics about Christianity. While news of the “Death of God” may have been greatly exaggerated, 28% of all people living in the world today have no idea about the Christian message. More astonishingly, 82% of “Non-Christians” do not know of any Christian friend personally. Certainly, you do not need to be wearing your heart on your sleeve while thumping the Bible but do your friends and colleagues know that Faith in Christ has a meaning in your life? There is an old saying: 

“If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to prosecute you?” 

Would you have the confidence to say… 

“I am sure of this: Neither death nor life, no angel or principality or power, nor things present, nor things to come, neither height nor depth nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord Amen”. (Rm8v38) 

Be bold and hidden armies will stand at your side. What could be better to “Lighten our darkness” than the radiant celebration of those eternally “Hallowed Ones”? 

This is All Saints Tide! 

God Bless Fr Kevin 

6.00pm Mass Saturday OLSS
Please use the Red Parish Mass Books
Readings and Propers Page 197 for Commemoration of All Souls 

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 


James B, James H, Pat A, Sr Anthony Rushe, Margaret A, Frances T, Thomas T, Ann H, Violet B, Michael D, Cyril E, Michael R, Ellen G, Catherine C, Audry T, Pauline C, Mary P, Patricia T 

May they Rest in Peace 

Among the Sick 

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

Thank You for your Offering Oct 27th 

OLSS £524
A Sp Donation was rec’d with thanks £1000
St Joseph’s TBC We have received approval for the Toilet scheme at St J’s 

St Ursula’s Convent School 

Requires a (Lay) Chaplain for 3 days per week. The successful candidate will be a practising Catholic with excellent interpersonal, communication and organisational skills. A background in Education and/or Youth Ministry desirable. Info at: 

Crooms Hill West Greenwich Traffic Reduction Plans 

Greenwich LA invite interested people to attend a drop-in session when two schemes for reducing local traffic will be presented. On Saturday 9th Nov (1-4pm) & Wed 20th (5-8pm) November. A survey will be available at [email protected] 

No information has been made public as yet. Please indicate your concern for ongoing access to OLSS church. Crooms Hill suffers increasing restrictions obstructing access to the Church at so many events during the course of the year. 

Holy Souls 

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 Saturday 16th November at Bp Thomas Grant School SW16 2HY 

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


Saturday 2nd Holy Baptism OLSS 12.30 Matilda and Victor 

Commemoration of All Souls, Saturday 2nd November 

Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Offered as a Requiem for your departed loved ones 

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

31st Sunday in Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Kathleen B (RiP) 

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

Coffee & Cakes after 11am Mass OLSS 

Monday 4th No Mass on Monday 

Tuesday 5th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: 

Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: In Thanksgiving 

Wednesday 6th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Holy Souls 

Thursday 7th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Faith B (W/B) 

Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: Margaret L (RiP) 

Friday 8th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Holy Souls 

Saturday 9th 12.30 Holy Baptism St Josephs Andrei, Isabelle & Louis 

Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Mireille M 

Sunday 10th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Luke M (Sp Int) Remembrance Sunday 

Dedication of the Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Fr Jim Kirby (RiP) 

Lateran Basilica Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Cissyle (BD)

Fr Malcolm King – I wanted to say a special word of thanks to Fr Malcolm. He has been a wonderful support for us in Greenwich for over a year since Fr Roy left. He has built up a special relationship with both churches and especially at St Joseph’s. Malcolm will be at OLSS this Sunday at 11.00 and Fr Kevin at St J’s for 10. We are very grateful to Fr Malcolm for this help. 

Various people have asked about the wording for the Lords Prayer in the light of the comments of Pope Frances. “Do Not Let Us Fall Into Temptation”. Mick intends to use this form in the singing at St Joseph’s. 

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