32nd Remembrance Sunday 8th November 2020
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Since I was a small child my mother drummed into me the importance of being a good loser. I have plenty of experience at that because in all things to do with Sport, Athletics and all kinds of related Ball Games, that has been the story of my life… though perhaps not in other disciplines. This Remembrance Sunday, here is something that we should all keep in mind:
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself
when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream —
and not make dreams your master;
If you can think —
and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Trump and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things
you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up
with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all
your winnings, and risk it on
one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again
at your beginnings. And never
breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart
and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so, hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds
and keep your virtue, Or walk with Kings —
nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you,
but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And which is more –
you’ll be a Man, my son!
Some fool suggested that Rudyard Kipling’s famous poem “If” is not for Christians! How anybody can come to that conclusion defeats me. These are all the qualities we see writ large in the life of Christ. Christian or otherwise, right now, Kipling’s qualities for what it means to be a real wo/man, are vital to us all! America is teetering on the brink of social chaos fuelled by a “leader” who is nothing more than a bad loser. 50% of that polarised nation suffers the stigma of corruption and dishonesty, while they claim to be the leaders of the free world. Meanwhile in the UK the implications of the virus direct us again into another lockdown. Our churches have closed doors just when we need them most. At the same time our young inteligencia, tomorrow’s politicians, doctors, lawyers, scientists & priests find themselves effectively corralled & caged in open prisons! “Once more unto the breach, dear friends”. What did Churchill say “Keep on bu88ering on!” Alternatively; Listen to Mr Kipling, after all:
“He does make exceedingly good cakes!”
The largest part of my ministry is probably spent in spontaneous pastoral encounters inside the church at times when it is otherwise empty, and often with people who are in a real moment of desperation and crisis. This has happened several times in the last few weeks though I am happy to tell you that on at least two occasions the same people have returned to give thanks and say that the anxiety is passed. Such troubles are not always related to the Covid infection but they are compounded by it especially where there is isolation from loved ones and recent bereavement. To be obliged, once again to lock the doors and prevent the public celebration of Holy Mass is dreadful. Even more so to close the doors on those random souls who are just looking for a place of sanctuary and reassurance though they may not even be “Catholic”! Nevertheless, we are obliged to observe the standards imposed by government for the safeguarding of public health. St Paul writes: ‘Remind them to be obedient to the officials in authority; to be ready to do good at every opportunity’ (Titus3:1). I will attach with the electronic form of this newsletter the most recent instructions from our Catholic Bishops and the Government Guidelines.
Cardinal Nichols has written:
“At this difficult moment, we ask that, as a Catholic community, we make full use of our churches as places of individual prayer and sources of solace and help”.
OLSS will be open for Private Prayer only
Remembrance Sunday from 10.00-12.00 am
Weekdays Exposition & Adoration
Wednesday – Thursday – Friday from 9.00am -11.00am
OLSS will be open on Saturdays 4.00-5.30
(I am prohibited from celebrating Public Mass at these times)
During this “Lockdown period” I am prevented from conducting Baptisms and will not be available for wedding administration on Tuesday evenings. Hopefully some kind of normality will be restored from December 3rd
Sunday Masses will continue livestreamed at 6.00pm on Saturdays from OLSS & from 10.00am Sunday St Josephs
November – The Month of the Holy Souls
During November we commemorate all our loved ones. If you would like a Mass for somebody during the month of November please return a request envelope in the usual way. There are cards available where you can place the names of all your loved ones that we keep on the altars of the Churches throughout November. You are welcome to return these during the week.
Goodness knows how to plan Christmas. Christmas Day falls on a Friday. I anticipate that we will keep Celebrations at: 9.00pm Christmas Eve St J’s. Midnight (11.30) OLSS. 10.00am Christmas Day St J’s, 11.00am OLSS. Boxing Day 6.00pm OLSS and Sunday 10.00am St J’s and 11.00 OLSS. We will call these ALL CHRISTMAS MASSES. Pick ONE service that you would like to attend and we will make these ticketed events. Christmas without carols will be an impoverished event. What if we gathered 100 people including Kids & Families to make a charity Carol Singing procession at 6.00pm from Crooms Hill via King George Street, and Hyde Vale?
Sr de Angelis O.P. – RiP
Everybody will be very sad to hear of the passing of Sr De Angelis. Although she had been recently re-admitted to QEH she was not giving any special cause for concern and had said that she was feeling better. On the same day last Sunday staff found that she had passed at about 7.00pm.
Her Funeral is planned at OLSS on Wednesday 25th at 11.30.
We are permitted to welcome 30 people at that time to form a congregation. Burial at Plumstead SE2 0PB
We especially keep Sr’s Jane & Petra in our thoughts & prayers and all the Dominican Sisters.
Sr Mary FSM Is now out of quarantine in India and has been inducted as the Superior at Our Lady’s Convent, Krishnagiri Tamil Nadu. She remembers us all with affection and asks for our prayers. We will finalise all monies received when Bank Statements are available later this month with thanks for all your contributions. If you are able to Gift Aid your contribution, we will contact you.
UK Terrorism Threat Raised
On 3rd November the UK national terrorism threat level was increased from SUBSTANTIAL to SEVERE – meaning an attack is ‘Highly Likely’. Anyone with information is urged to contact police by calling 0800 789 321 or by visiting https://www.gov.uk/ACT
Sincere Thanks to all those who now support the two churches with D/Ds. Please ask if you would like to join. Gift Aid Boxes are now available in either church
MASS CALENDAR FOR Nov 8th – 15th Livestream Search Facebook: Our Ladye Star of the Sea
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning;
We will remember them.
Saturday 7th 6.00pm at OLSS Int: M Timmons (Gift of Holy Spirit)
Remembrance Sunday 10.00am St J’s Int: D’csd Members Birmingham Fmy (RiP)
Mass will be offered privately throughout the week for the following intentions:
Maura M, Sean & Eugene F, Aidan R (RiP), Sr De Angelis O.P.
Saturday 14th Livestream 6.00pm at OLSS Int: John F
Sunday 15th Livestream 10.00am at St J’s Int: D’csd Family & Friends Joan K
Post expires at 7:05pm on Saturday December 12th, 2020