3rd Sunday of Lent 15th March 2020
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In the Gospel this week, Jesus meets a woman at a famous Samaritan Well where they share a drink of water from the same bucket. In today’s climate that would have to be strictly forbidden! Everybody is anxious to do the right thing in the face of this unhappy Virus. In different parts of Europe, Churches are now obliged to close. In the UK that is not yet the policy. Our schools and public institutions continue to function. How long that may be possible or advisable is unclear. Those who are frail and susceptible to infection are discouraged from attending public worship.
I have just received a message from Fr Malcolm to say that he is “confined to barracks” at Morden College. All the residents there are now on “Lock Down”. Mick is feeling unwell and will not be with us this Sunday. We hope that Fr Paul may come at short notice from the Charlton Parish otherwise it will be necessary to have a Eucharistic Service at St Joseph’s this Sunday.
If anybody in Greenwich is housebound, without assistance, in need of medical prescriptions or basic grocery supplies please contact the presbytery. Parish members who are active and able will come to your help. Meanwhile our two churches will continue.
The following advice (summarised) is received from the Archbishop to be made as policy in every parish:
1. SUSPEND COMMUNION UNDER BOTH KINDS.
I.e. from the Chalice.
2. The SACRED HOST TO BE GIVEN IN THE HAND ONLY
Those distributing communion should take care not touch hands.
3. Suspend the physical SIGN OF PEACE
4. REMOVE HOLY WATER STOUPS
5. Public veneration of relics and the Cross on Good Friday should NOT BE BY KISSING OR PHYSICALLY TOUCHING THEM
6. Those MOST VULNERABLE should AVOID LARGE PARISH GATHERINGS
7. We must CEASE USE OF HYMN BOOKS & MISSALS which could transmit the virus.
8. Everyone attending Mass should SANITISE HANDS AS THEY COME INTO CHURCH
9. UNIVERSAL GOOD HYGIENE
Essential to disrupt spread of the virus.
i. Catch it – sneeze into a tissue. ii. Bin it – bin the tissue. iii. Kill it – wash your hands with soap and water. iv. Do not touch your face unless you’ve washed your hands
10. Anyone with COLD & FLU SYMPTOMS SHOULD AVOID PUBLIC WORSHIP
11. We must ensure REGULAR CLEANING OF SURFACES (e.g. clean door handles before and after every Mass)
12. We are NOT TO PASS THE COLLECTION PLATE
13. Ensure MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST SANITISE HANDS
Before & after communion remembering to use good hand washing and gel technique.
14. When visiting parishioners at home, wash hands before giving the sacraments. No pastoral visits to people who are self-isolating until isolation ends. Offer phone support.
15. Visits to people in care homes or hospitals should follow advice from the staff on infection control.
(At the present moment Lewisham & QEH will only admit NoK)
16. SUSPEND CATERING (TEAS, COFFEES etc)
Adrian’s funeral will be at OLSS on Wednesday 1st April at 11.00am
Burial at Eltham
Funeral for ABp Peter Smith
Sunday 29th March:
6pm: Reception into St George’s Cathedral
followed by Cathedral Mass: 8pm: Vigil Service, after which the Cathedral will close.
Monday 30th March:
12.30 pm: Funeral Mass:
Abp John Wilson will preside throughout.
Burial in the Cathedral Crypt
Close the Churches!
Many people are suggesting that the Churches should remain closed, but times of national anxiety are when we should expect to find our churches open! Anyone who is elderly or vulnerable to infection is right to avoid large Sunday Masses for the time being. So come instead in the week when numbers are small and there is plenty of space. Alternatively come to OLSS throughout the day when the church is open (Not Monday) and make a quiet “Spiritual Communion” in the presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.
Some dates for your calendar:
Saturday 11th July – Parish Summer Fayre
Friday 9th October – Parish annual Quiz Night
Thankyou for your Offertory 1st March
OLSS £585 Cafod F/D £264
St Joseph’s £TBC
Mums, Nannies & Little Ones etc
Welcome again at the Ursuline Convent this Thursday from 10.15am at 66 Crooms Hill.
Welcome again at the Dominican Convent
38 Hyde Vale this Thursday 19th from 2pm.
Sr Beatrice OSU reading Group
Continues to meet at St Joseph’s from 2.30pm on Wednesdays
Two Interesting Diocesan Job Vacancies
Southwark Archdiocese currently has two job opportunities available. If you would like more information, please look on the Diocese’s website www.rcsouthwark.co.uk
1. Marriage Tribunal Administrator – F/T based in Tooting Bec, London SW17
2. Safeguarding Office Administrator – based on the Cathedral site London SE1
MASS CALENDAR 15th – 22nd March 2020
Saturday 14th Holy Baptism 12.30 OLSS
Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: John M (WB)
15th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Parish & People
Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Moihdeen B (RiP)
Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Jacinta O (GW)
Monday 16th NB NO MASS ON MONDAY
Tuesday 17th Eucharistic Service: 9.30 OLSS (Fr Kevin Caring for dad)
St Patrick’s Day Mass St J’s 7.00pm Int: In Thanksgiving
Wednesday 18th OLSS Mass 9.30 Int: Timmons Family
Sr Beatrice OSU reading Group at St Joseph’s from 2.00pm
Thursday 19th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Faith B (WB)
St Joseph’s Day Mass Today at 11.00am will be in the School as Children are prevented from attending public Masses in Church for the time being due to Corona Virus.
Friday 20th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Ann M (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 21st Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Parish & People
22nd Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Ann B (WB)
Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Ann O
Fr Augustine Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Jacinta O (WB)
Fr Victor we continue to hope that Victor will be able to come to us for a month around Easter time but travelling arrangements are now very uncertain in every part of the world. Drop him a line to say hello he would love to hear from you. [email protected]
Among the Sick Please remember: Ann who has been unwell, now at home. Mary presently in QEH. Ann in Lewisham Hsp following a fall last Sunday. Alice who has been unwell, at home.
Maggie’s Famous Hampers. Raffled towards restoration funds. Tickets are now available in Church.
The only Corona we want to see comes in bottles and is best served chilled with Pasta.
Post expires at 6:46pm on Sunday April 19th, 2020