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First Sunday of Lent, 23rd February
2020 Yellow Book Page 151 

This week Pope Francis issued a vibrant call to Catholics around the world to give up “trolling” on social media for Lent. He said believers should observe a fast, not just of food but of online insults to get nearer to God in the run-up to Easter. “We live in an atmosphere polluted by too much verbal violence, too many offensive and harmful words, which are amplified by the internet,” he said. “Today, people insult each other as if they were saying ‘Good Day’”.

This resonated with me. I feel a lot of us could do with a digital detox and not just for lent! I am a person, like many others, who lets her mind become easily affected by an overload of negative stories. I lose precious time reading streams of comments from people I have never even met. I get caught up in the opinions of others and bite on what I mistakenly hoped might be an intellectual debate. Much as we feel that we are actually connecting, modern technology changes the face of conversation. It takes away our faces and actually disconnects us as human beings. Are we losing the art of conversation? I hope not.

I still much prefer a healthy debate over dinner or drinks with new friends, old friends and family for that matter! I was born in 1984 just a year before the internet arrived. What a time to be alive! We watched the news on one or two channels and didn’t have it readily available at the click of a re-fresh button beneath our thumbs. I cannot quite work out whether this is a good or a bad thing. We definitely gave news more credit for being truthful than we do nowadays and had more blissful ignorance, not having 2020’s Google at our fingertips. I find it hard to digest all the difficult things that are going on in the world. I struggle not being able to solve the problems that are out of my control. The division caused by Brexit being just one of them. I have never felt our cou ntry to be more divided than today and at a time when politics needs a spiritual re-awakening and less need for power.

I reflect on words of the late MP Jo Cox in her maiden speech quoting Pp JPll “We have far more in common than that which divides us”. Just yesterday “as a salute to Humanity at a time of great division.” Eddie Izzard finished 28 Marathons in 28 Countries in 28 Days Funds raised for charity, includes UNICEF’s work with children & child refugees: He set his crazy mind to it and has achieved what we might feel is humanly impossible! He is an inspiration because he has brought something amazingly positive out of events that are otherwise saddening. So, I ask myself what can I do? How can I help to “Make Humanity Great Again?” This year I am pledging myself to do less online scrolling and more work within my community – reconnecting with those around me and giving more of my skills where I can, to charitable projects in my area.

These are things within my reach and things I can control. And if, like me, you need social media for your work, then we can detox by unfollowing those unhealthy news-feeds and all those picture perfect instagrammers and follow some pure souls instead like this guy: @geoffreywalk (instagram). He reminds my sister & me of our Nan & Grandad (if they were ever on social media). He is spreading love using the simple daily musings of grandparents. Take a peek (if you are scrolling!) it’s heart-warming stuff.

Much Love


CAFOD Lent Family Fast Day Friday 

Mick will present the Cafod family fast day at St Joseph’s this weekend. 

Next week we welcome John at OLSS, to update us on the work of CAFOD and thank you for your kind donations & prayers. If you are interested in volunteering with CAFOD – speaking in churches or schools, campaigning to your MP or involving others. 

Please talk to the speaker after Mass or contact the local CAFOD centre on [email protected] or 020 8466 9901 

140 people signed up to the Parish 100 Club – so we’re now the Parish 140 Club! 

Thank you for the generosity of all who supported this. This means that £700 will be donated to Parish funds and all players will be entered into a monthly draw to win £70 EVERY month for 10 consecutive months (March to December). Monthly winners will be notified directly and also announced in the Parish newsletter and / or noticeboard. 

The first draw will take place at the OLSS coffee morning on Sunday, 8th March. 

Michael (RiP) Requiem Wed 11th 

Michael is to be cremated privately according to his wishes. We will receive his ashes to St Joseph’s prior to burial when we will celebrate a Requiem Mass on Wednesday March 11th. For all his family and friends. We hope to be joined also by staff and some of the older children from St Joseph’s school at this time. 

Bible Study Group 

In response to those who volunteered for a bible study group in the recent Time Talent and Treasure campaign we are organising a kick-off meeting on Thursday 12th March at 7.00pm in the Parish Room at OLSS. Everyone is welcome when we will decide what to do, what to study and how to do it. Come along with your ideas or just to learn.

Fr Kevin 

Gertrude RiP 

Funeral – Thursday 12th March OLSS at 12.00 

Burial at Hither Green 

Greenwich Mencap – Can you help? 

Following resignation due to ill health, Greenwich Mencap needs a new trustee. They are the oldest charity in the Borough and work with people who have learning disabilities, both in the workshop at Riverwood and community outreach. We also support families & siblings. Our Director, Terri runs a cohesive and dedicated team. We meet four times a year, generally in the afternoon. There are occasional fundraising events. Jane (Chair) will be delighted to hear from you and arrange for you to visit and meet Terri at Peace Street just off Nightingale Vale SE18

Thankyou for your Offertory 23rd Feb 

OLSs £933 

St J’s 16th £336 23rd £302 Toilets £23 SpDn £270 

St Michael’s Catholic College
Bermondsey SE16 4UN 11-18 Comp VA 

Require a TEACHER OF RE (MPS) Info: [email protected] 

Closing Date March 9th 

Baptism Preparation – If you are seeking the Baptism of a child at either church please come Wed’ March 11th at OLSS at 7.00pm 

Day of Reflection for Readers & Eucharistic Ministers 

I have several members from St Joseph’s but only TWO from OLSS. It is not too late to add your name for the reflection day “The God who Speaks” at Sacred Heart School, Camberwell SE5 0RP from 10.00am on Saturday 14th. 

MASS CALENDAR 1st (St David of Wales) – 8th March 2020 (2nd Collections Poor Parishes ADSthwk) 

Saturday 29th Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Jean C 

St David 1st Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Nancy H (RiP) 

Of Wales Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Mary L (WB) 

Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Timothy L (RiP) 


Tuesday 3rd Eucharistic Service: 9.30 OLSS (Fr Kevin Caring for dad) 

Mass St J’s 7.00pm Int: ArchBishop Peter Smith (WB) 

Wednesday 4th OLSS Mass 9.30 Int: Dominican Sisters (SpInt) 

OLSS The Church will closed after Mass on Wednesday & Thursday this week. 

A professional Music Ensemble will be recording throughout the day until 8.00pm 

Thursday 5th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Rima M 

Mums & Dads & Babies & Tots etc Welcome at the Ursuline Convent (Thursday) 

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

Sr Beatrice OSU reading Group at St Joseph’s from 2.00pm 

Friday 6th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Maria F (RiP) 

Stations of the Cross OLSS 10.00am after Mass OLSS every Friday in Lent 

Stations of the Cross at St Joseph’s 7.00pm every Friday in Lent 

Saturday 7th Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Anne C (RiP) 

8th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Timothy L (RiP) 

Mass St J’s 10.00 Inc Baptism of Taddeus (Florence GC) 

Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Jean M (RiP) 

Fr Victor will make a welcome return just for one month from 3rd April. We look forward to seeing him hopefully in time for Holy Week & Easter.

Lenten Penitential How long is it since you made your confession? It is a rule for Catholics that everybody should make their confession at least during Advent & Lent. I am always available at OLSS at 10.00am on Saturdays and when required at 6.30 at St Joseph on Tuesdays. If it is a long time since you have been to confession come and join the Deanery Penitential Service at Our Lady of Grace Charlton at 4.00pm on Sunday 8th March (Next Week) 

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