The tunnelling team of Tideway West after the blessing of the statue of St Barbara before they started tunneling the seven miles under the Thames to Acton

 

Easter Garden 2019. “He is not here, he has risen.” Garden prepared by the marigold Club

 

Blessing of St Barbara Patron Saint of Tunnellers before tunneling starts from Carnwath Road to Acton

 

We will be blessing the statue of St Barbara on
Tuesday at the mouth of the 7k tunnel to be driven through to Acton

 

HAPPY EASTER

JESUS Christ rises into a world that is still full of turmoil.

On that first Easter Day the world that Jesus rose into was still full of military occupations, random acts of violence, social and political unease and at a personal level people facing critical issues at home over health, relationships and plans for the future.

So it is with us today.

I write this having just heard that a 29-year-old journalist, Lyra McKee, may she rest in peace, has been shot dead in Derry/Londonderry in Northern Ireland when, it is reported, a gunman rounded a corner of the street and unleased a volley of rifle shots towards where she was standing beside the police. This in the city where at the centre lies the most beautiful Peace Bridge I have ever seen.

Her death comes at the end of a week in which Notre Dame in Paris was engulfed in flames, when MPs in the UK have gone on holiday with the Brexit agony unresolved, in which Prince Charles appealed in his Easter message for an end to knife crime in the UK and in which, across the world diseases such as cholera and measles and TB are increasing and our capacity to fight them decreasing. Libya is threatened with civil war and the unresolved and simply terrible conflicts in Yemen and a myriad other critical areas leave us reeling with distress for the sins of the world. And the very world itself, as the protestors against government inertia over climate change have made clear this week, is itself threatened with mass extinctions and run-away global warming that menace us with a catastrophe which could see the advance of humanity itself curtailed.

What can a couple of Easter eggs do in the face of such darkness?

Can the smiling faces of the young, the spring flowers, the freedom of the Easter holidays, the end of our Lenten fasts, however well we kept them, really stand up against the tidal waves of sin and pain that threaten us on every side?

My answer, as you would expect me to say, is yes they can. Faith is based on hope and hope is based on love and love is based on the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead on Easter Day. Not one of the disciples, gathered in fear in that upper room on the Sunday following Jesus’s death on the cross on Good Friday, had an inkling of the goodness that was about to burst through the door and change their lives utterly. Jesus Christ came through that door into their lives to reset their whole perspective, to change it from ‘it can’t be done’ to ‘With faith and trust in God and in each other it can and will be done.’ I admire all those people, young, middle aged and old, who for the sake of the causes of righteousness are prepared to give up their ordinary lives and change them into lives made extraordinary through hope. As our Holy Week draws to a close and the brightness of Easter floods our souls let us renew ourselves with the promises that we or our parents made on our behalves, to be children of hope, rejecting evil and Satan and all those false attractions. Instead let us put love for each other and for the world Christ came to save first in our lives. That’s what those earliest Christians did, fed by the fire and warmth of the Holy Spirit that is the Risen Christ’s gift to us. So we are invited to kindle again that flame in our hearts which first brought us onto this pilgrimage of hope and to walk with Christ these Easter days, sure of one thing, that he will neither leave us nor forsake us. There is so much to be done. We are on a mission to save the world! With God’s help it will be done.

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Holy Saturday morning and the team of flower arrangers have been busy making the church look lovely for Easter

 

Notre Dame de Paris

The people of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, along with their priest,

offer prayers to Notre Dame de Paris that she would pray

to Her Son for her beloved Cathedral that we have seen so 

damaged by fire on 15th April 2019. 

We join our prayers with hers for the restoration of the

Notre Dame and offer our friendship and support to

its congregation and clergy and to the people of

Paris.

Palm Sunday Procession

procession on Palm Sunday

Our pilgrimage sets off to enter the Holy City! (Actually not, this is a picture outside the Armenian church and convent in Jerusalem in 1894 taken from the book The Earthly Footsteps of the Man of Galillee and the journey of His Apostles, by Bishop John Vincent, the Rev James Lee and photographer R E M Bain.

 

Domenico our organist

 

 

 

Mudbug: The Nativity seen from the point of view of a lobster. Performances on 15th and 16th December after mass. Performed by the parishioners of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. A short play set in 1st century Cornwall and Palestine.  Above: The birth of Jesus. Below: 1. Joseph of Arimethaea and Burt the Tin (Grania’s husband)  barter dried fish from Galilee for tin from Cornwall. 2. the fish gather around the lobster pot to say farewell to Mudbug. 3. the cast take a bow (left to right) : Joseph of Bethlehem/Nazareth; Mary;  The Angel (and the robber); the stall holder in Jerusalem and the Inn Keeper:  Melchior (the Wise Men) , Jonah, (Simon Peter’s father and Joseph of Arimethaea’s brother); Burt the Tin; Mudbug (the Great Cornish Lobster); Caspar (The Wise Men); Joseph of Arimethaea; Balthazar (the Wise Men); Simon Peter; Grania (Burt the Tin’s wife and The Star from the East).4. Holding onto the scripts!  Music by Caroline Bowder, Set (Lobster Pot by Sylvester Baptiste), lighting and sound effects by Terence O’Connor). Play written and directed by Bill Bowder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoying the first of our fortnightly community lunches cooked in our new kitchen in Our Lady’s Hall, Since October we have provided lunch once a month on a Tuesday and Sands End Adventure Playground in Pineapple Park has  providing lunch two weeks later. We will start again in the New year.

 

At our first community lunch in the hall cooked in our new kitchen

 

Fr Bill waiting with an estimated 200,000-250,000 pilgrims in Phoenix park,   Dublin, on a rainy, windy, lovely day as the Pope arrives to celebrate Mass  in August

Caroline, one of our delegation of two from Our Lady’s keeping dry as we waited for the Pope to appear

Irish music at the RDS during a break at the World Meeting of Families

 

Pilgrims at an afternoon Mass in the main arena at the RDS Dublin during the World Meeting of Families

Rain had soaked the worshippers at the Mass in the RDS as we received communion,  then the rainbow appeared, a great promise of hope for the Church.

The icon of Christ appears in glory lit by the late evening sun

Bishop, one of our asylum seeker family members, drew this card for us.

 

 

Francesco opens a bottle of wine for us; he cooked a wonderful BBQ on Pentecost Sunday, many thanks.

Marie at the BBQ on Pentecost Sunday

George talking to Megumi at the BBQ on Pentecost Sunday

Maria at the BBQ on Pentecost Sunday

 

The Blessing of the Statue to St Barbara patron saint of miners and tunellers at Tideway West, Carnwath Road.

The church is made ready for the First Communion Celebration Day 22 April 2018

Baby Alexander in foreground with Baby Theo by the font after they were baptised on Saturday 21 April.

The organist, Domenico, and the choir in April

Sarah, one of our two volunteer co-ordinators who organise our team of volunteers to provide food, clothing, toiletries, a little cash – and thousands of nappies to our asylum-seeker families who visit us on Sunday afternoons once a month.

 

Flowers on the Altar in the Lady Chapel.

Sunset over Pineapple Park

 

The shop in the hall after 11am Mass

 

Above: neighbours and friends met outside the church on 18 June, 2017 a beautiful day for the Great Get-Together lunch as we recognised, as the late Jo Cox MP said, we have much more that unites us than divides us.

 

Above: The Church Tower at evening time.

 Catechists and flower arrangers prepare for Sunday’s First Communion celebration 2017

Happy Easter

 Easter Flowers and (below) front of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, flowers in church and camellias blossoming outside as Spring arrives

 

Easter Font  2017

 

 

 

 

stephendale road exteriorOur Lady of Perpetual Help here in Fulham, near the Thames  is open for each and everyone of us all through this coming year. The church that carries her name is in Stephendale Road in Fulham, SW6. We have had many occasions to thank her for her intercessions to her Son in whose name we live and move and have our being. Here there is a welcome for everyone of goodwill, a place of prayer and beauty.

 

 

 

 

 

Our postal address is Parish House, 2 Tynemouth Street, Fulham, SW6 2QT. You will find Sand’s End east of Wandsworth Bridge Road, south of New King’s Road, north Imperial Wharf. You can contact us on 020 7736 4864. Fr Bill’s email is billbowder@rcdow.org.uk and the parish email address is stephendaleroad@rcdow.o