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Christ the King November 24th 2019
Dark Red Book page 167

 Happy Memories are God’s Healing Streams: 

Since my Father’s recent spell in hospital, I am spending more time at my parental home. Happily, he is much stronger. I take Dad on long walks in a wheelchair; Fresh air and scenery for him and good exercise for me! On the outskirts of N. London, Royal Enfield remains very beautiful especially in the parts where it turns towards the fields & farms of Hertfordshire. We revisit the places where he took us as kids. There are interconnected parks and open spaces that once formed grand private estates. Clay Hill & the Hilly Fields lead towards Whitewebbs. Joseph Bazalgette, the renowned “Saviour of London”, lived here in a prestigious house. He constructed all the Victorian sewers after the “Great Stink” and the cholera epidemic of 1858. When I was a child his dilapidated mansion was deemed to be irreparable. I remember exploring the ruined walls and foundations with Dad when it was being demolished. Today it would be listed. The winding stream where we spent so many hours, flows on towards Whitewebbs. Here the notorious highway robber Dick Turpin avoided arrest by hiding under a bridge by the Rose & Crown. Whitewebbs was the London base for the doomed conspirators in the 1605 Guy Fawkes plot. Two streams converge now forming a stronger confluence towards Forty Hall. Sir Walter Rally is believed to have set his cloak over a puddle at the Maidens Bridge for Elizabeth 1st to walk serenely across. Finally, the stream becomes a tributary to the River Lee. 

There is a splendid Oak that stands all alone in a field that has special memories for me… It must be three or four hundred years old. It’s probably 20 years since I last visited. At that time, it was sad and lop sided with many dead branches. I thought it would not survive. Happily, it must have received arboreal care and is returning to a healthy symmetry. Some of the great boughs are so heavy they nearly touch the ground. I remember it from the day my brother Neil was born. Mum had been in bed for a long time which was unusual. Nanna had come to stay and Dad was at work. Nanna took me on a long walk. That was even more unusual because, with her thrombosis “white” leg from the time my mother was born, she found difficulty walking. Nevertheless, we walked all the way to Hilly Fields and through the grounds. We sat under the great tree and watched the sky and the birds. I think we had a picnic. Eventually we walked on, all along the stream and out to the Rose & Crown. I had an ice cream. No doubt she had a glass of Guinness. Then we started the long walk home. I remember, at the bridge a delivery man pulled up. Nanna had a quiet word and next minute we were riding along in the butcher’s van. Going indoors, Nanna sat me down and explained. I had a baby brother! I was quite happy with that because if Nanna was happy then I was happy too. Besides, I had had an ice cream and a ride in the butcher’s van. The only thing that troubled me was when they told me his middle name… 

At the time I never said anything. After all I was only 3&¾. Somehow, I thought, that name wasn’t quite right for a boy. It lacked street credand might become burdensome when he was older! 

59 years later I was right… 

It was Jeremy! 

Feast of Christ the King 

This festival puts a crown on all that has happened for better or worse on the world stage and in our personal lives during the last year. It commits everything to the Sovereign Rule of Christ. Next Week is Advent Sunday. The beginning of the Church’s year. 2020 is dedicated as “The Year of the Word” when Catholic people are encouraged to rediscover the Bible. Come and join us at a special celebration at OLG Charlton at 7.00pm on Thursday 5th to launch this special year. 


Barbara N, Dorothy S, Christine D, Eddie H, James J, Kim C, Ninfa C, Margaret W, Patrick C, Mary H, Jeremiah B, Rose K, Joseph J, Kazimierz M. 

May They Rest in Peace 

FHC Preparation St Josephs 

Registration forms are now available for the group that will start in the New Year. Children should be aged 7 years and over (Year 3 at school) and part of a family who are attending and worshipping regularly at Mass. Please ask Sr Mary for a form 

Among the Sick 

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

Paul, Michael, Eileen 

Thank You for your Offering Nov 17th 

OLSS £511 Candles £15 Acc Am$ £690
Sincere thanks to Pat and all who contributed to a “Parish Recipe Book” £370 was raised.
St Joseph’s £306 Toilets £60
Sincere thanks to the increasing numbers of people who donate to the churches via DD 

Mums & Little Ones Thursday 10.15am 

Mums & Babies & Tots etc welcome again at the Ursuline Convent 66 Crooms Hill for the last time before Christmas this Thursday. The group will resume again in the New Year. 

Crooms Hill – Traffic Reduction Plans 

Greenwich LA would like your views on two options designed to reduce traffic especially in Crooms Hill & Hyde Vale drawing on previous engagements with local residents. Information, and a short survey, is available at: 

until Sunday 8th: The options will impact on OLSS Church & the school. In the porch there is also a letter from Hyde Vale Steering Committee and also some Crooms Hill considerations to help with decision. 

[email protected] 

“Restored Lives”
Helping & supporting people recover from relationship breakdown. 

Vanessa is a faithful member at OLSS. 

She would like to run a support group course in January 2020, on a weekday evening in The Parish Room at OLSS. The aim is to help anyone struggling with a relationship breakdown including separation & divorce. It will offer non-judgemental support & practical tips to help come to terms with what has happened and make positive choices for the future. I would like to start a small group of perhaps five participants, plus volunteer helpers (minimum 2). It will be for people of any faith or none at all. This will be an opportunity to connect with other people going through similar experiences. The course would run weekly over a period of six evenings, from 7-9.30pm. Each session will include short talks, covering topics such as conflict resolution, communication, followed by discussions. Light refreshments, such as hot soup & sandwiches, tea/coffee will be provided. 

A charge to cover materials & refreshments of approx £25.00 is suggested. I have been through divorce and separation; I would like the volunteers to have been through the same. My passion is to help others recover completely from the impact that relationship breakdown brings. Email: [email protected] 

Funeral of Rosemary RiP 

Requiem Mass Friday 29th 11.30 OLSS Cremation at Honor Oak 

Next Sunday Coffee & Cakes after 11.00am Mass at OLSS 


2nd Collections Catholic Youth Services 

Saturday 23rd Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Tony C (RiP) 

Sunday 24th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Margaret M & Patrick K (WB) 

Christ the King Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: In Thanksgiving (Marie A) 

Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Parish & People 

Monday 25th No Mass on Monday 

Tuesday 26th Eucharistic Service at OLSS at 9.30 today 

Welcome Fr Matthew Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: 

Wednesday 27th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Dcd Fmy & loved ones RiP Agnes F

Thursday 28th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Flora M 

Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: Ellen J & WB of her Brother 

Friday 29th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Sp Ints (DM) 

Requiem Mass 11.30 OLSS Funeral of Rosemary P RiP 

Saturday 30th Nuptial Mass 2.30 Wedding of Wayne C & Elizabeth M 

Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Dcd Fmy & loved ones RiP Joan K 

Sunday 1st Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Brendan S (RiP) 

Advent Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Peter O (RiP/BD) 

Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Parish & People 

6.30 Combined Ecumenical Service for Advent Sunday at St Alphege CofE 

A Reluctant Farewell to Val, Sam & Baby James 

Six years ago, Valerie brought music and a fresh dimension to the 9am mass at OLSS. During this time, she has gathered others, while remaining the driving force for the 9.00am “Girls”. Now her little family is moving to Berkhamsted. We’d like to say thankyou for Val’s hard work both on a Sunday and behind the scenes at other times especially the festivals. God Bless for the future. We need another pianist for 9am. Please consider if you can help! 

Post expires at 7:34pm on Saturday December 28th, 2019