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Remembrance Sunday (32nd Ordinary) November 10th 2019
Dark Red Book page 160

My maternal Grandfather was called Jack” (John) Keates. As WW1 came to its savage end, he was aged about 17. By the grace of God, he was spared that bloody carnage. For as many generations as I know, our family came from North Hill & Archway in the vicinity of Highgate. After the war Jack secured a position as a driver & chauffeur (above) for Lord Sainsbury.

The first Sainsbury shop opened in Drury Lane in 1879. By the time of his death in 1929 John Sainsbury owned 128 shops. I remember Grandad used to tell us that part of his test for the job was to drive a Rolls Royce car around the grounds of the stately home with a glass of water on the bonnet and not spill a drop! Grandad was loving and sensitive.

The trauma of the Great War affected that generation in terrible ways that we cannot begin to understand. He was a reliable worker but with a fragile disposition. He coped with the difficulties of life with an eccentric humour that drove everybody to distraction. (I fear it is genetic). He invented names for everybody: “Speedals”, “Spinach” & “Spash” were regulars. Only God knows why, but I was called “Oskey”. My cousins still know me by that name. My mother was “The Queen of Sheba”. He devised songs at Christmas with spoons and elastic bands wrapped around saucepans that usually included unrepeatable lines and always began “Skeeny whaney weedle…” He was very emotional. At my mothers wedding the Vicar had to stop the ceremony and ask him to sit on a chair because he got so upset.

My Grandmother “Ginny” (Jenny) was a year or so older. Born in 1900 we said she was “as old as the hills”. She was the kindest Victorian lady that you could imagine. She always wore a “Sunday go to meeting hat” (I guess she was originally chapel). Unlike Grandad she was very reserved but deeply loving. She was a pharmacist and very knowledgeable about medicine. As a sickly child I received the benefit.

By the time of the outbreak of WW2, during the “blitz” Grandad was driving buses in the “blackout”, from St Paul’s and various routes across N. London. They were bombed out of their first house and again from a 2nd home nearby. Nanna had thankfully taken my mother and Uncle Peter (real name Roland) into the air raid shelter. On the buses, in the dark, Grandad was petrified of knocking down some traumatised soul running into the street. He underwent a psychological breakdown. It was Nanna’s devoted stability that brought him back to health. Meanwhile, my mother was evacuated to a faraway place called Cuffley in Hertfordshire. She stayed just one night and ran straight back home. We fail to understand the extreme trauma of what families lived through in that time. Long before there was ever the benefit of psychological counselling, Nanna was the solid foundation who sustained the whole family through every trauma.

I have no doubt that they are with the Angels now, together with my Mother & Uncle Peter. May they RiP. But what sustained Nanna was her CHRISTIAN FAITH. She passed it on to me and you must pass it to your children too. It’s the best medicine!

God Bless
Fr Kevin


Michael B, Sr Rosaria Foley, Joan S, Harry D, Phyllis F, Martin D, Francis O, Mary K, Dennis S, Dermot B, John F, Barbara N, Dorothy S

May they Rest in Peace 

Among the Sick 

Please remember Jean & Bill. 

Paul, Michael, Dennis 

Thank You for your Offering Nov 3rd 

OLSS £479 £20 Coffee £107 Candles £27 Cafod £6 DDs Oct £2696 

St Josephs 27th £350 3rd £386 Toilet £106 

Special Donation £300 received with thanks 

Month of the Holy Souls 

If you would like a special Mass for departed loved ones during November please complete an envelope with all details that you will find near the door. 

Baptism Preparation This Wednesday 

If you are seeking the baptism of a child at either church please attend the meeting at 7.00pm in the parish rooms at OLSS 

Salve Regina: 

Salve, Regina, Mater misericordiæ,
vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve.
Ad te clamamus exsules filii Hevæ,
Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes
in hac lacrimarum valle. 

Eia, ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos
misericordes oculos ad nos converte;
Et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,
nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.
O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria. 

This is the Latin form of Hail Holy Queen which most people know from the Rosary. Catholics should know this prayer in both forms by heart. It is usually sung at eventide: 

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
Hail our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry,
Poor banished children of Eve;
To thee do we send up our sighs,
Mourning and weeping
in this valley of tears. 

Turn then, most gracious advocate,
Thine eyes of mercy toward us;
And after this our exile,
Show unto us the blessed
fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. 

Crooms Hill West Greenwich Traffic Reduction Plans 

Greenwich LA would like your views on two options developed to reduce traffic drawing on previous engagements with local residents. Information, and a short survey, is now available via the webpage from 

Saturday 9th November to Sun 8th December. 

We recommend you attend one of the following engagement drop-in sessions to gain a better understanding of the two options before providing your feedback. 

Saturday 9th November 1pm to 4pm or Wednesday 20th November 5pm to 8pm 

At James Wolfe School, Royal Hill SE10 8RZ 

Hard copies of the engagement material and survey available upon request, email: [email protected] or call 020 8921 6000. 


Saturday 9th 12:30 pm Baptism St. Joseph’s Andrei, Isabelle & Louis 

Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Mireille M 

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

32nd Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Fr Jim Kirby (RiP) 

11. O’Clock 2 minutes Silence Commemorates the end of the “Great War” 

Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Cissyle’s Birthday 

Monday 11th No Mass on Monday 

Tuesday 12th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: 

Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: Anne W (RiP) 

Wednesday 13th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Dominicans Decd Br’s & Srs (RiP) 

Thursday 14th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Parish & People Lieu of Sunday 

Mums Babies & Toddlers etc Welcome at the Ursuline Convent 66 Crooms Hill from 10.15 today. 

Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: Stephanie K (RiP) 

Friday 15th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: John F (RiP 20th Ann) 

Saturday 16th Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Parish & People 

Sunday 17th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Harry D (RiP) 

33rd Sunday in Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Srs Aleyama & Nancy FSM (Ints) 

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

Parish Recipe Book A big thank you to everyone who has purchased a copy of the Parish Recipe Book, which has so far raised a generous £340 for the Parish funds. If anyone else would like a copy you can order this via email to: [email protected] or phone/text 07889 222668. 

(£4 per copy or £8 with a Parish Tea Towel). 

Christian Christmas Stamps Message from Eva Funston: The Post Office in West Greenwich is selling Christian Christmas stamps. It is important that the supply for such stamps needs to be reinforced through consumer demand every year to prevent our Christian belief being swept aside. 

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