newsletter 6th June 2012

 St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 6th June 2021

Sunday Masses: Saturday 6.30pm first Mass of Sunday – Sunday 9.30 and 11am and 5pm. Monday to Friday: – Mass at 8am.  Confessions: Saturday12 to 1

Today is the Feast of Corpus Christi.

At the 11am Mass today, nineteen young people of the parish will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Prayers and congratulations to them all and thanks to Anna and Kamara for organising the classes.

Normally the Bishop comes every two years to administer this Sacrament. This is not possible at present and so as Parish Priest, I have been given permission to administer the Sacrament this time. It is a privilege and a joy to be able to do this.

Next Saturday there will be a First Holy Communion class in the hall at 10.30. We will be learning about the significance of the bread and wine which is consecrated at Mass to become the body and blood of Christ.

Already looking forward to next year: in the next couple of weeks I will be putting out some inscription forms for First Communion classes. These will start in September and the First Communion should be in May 2022. If all goes well, I hope that we can return to the usual format with a special Mass for the Holy Communion children each month.

At long last, some warm summer days. An opportunity to tidy up some of the things in the garden which needed attention. A very large branch broke off the big sweet chestnut tree during the strong winds and it was necessary to cut this up. My herbs are doing well but precautions are required to stop the squirrels digging them up.

Quite a lot of work has being going on in It recent weeks. The Diocesan office arranged an inspection of the electrics in the house and Church and a number of items required attention. Also I had to purchase some new fire extinguishers for the Church and hall.  There was a problem in disposing of the old ones and I made a trip to the Council tip at Plumstead.

The boy and his sister are enjoying the summer days. The girl loved our trampoline in the garden and now has a smaller one at home. I hope that they will be able to come for a visit in the coming days.

The problems with the Azuma trains are more serious than was first thought. Large cracks up to 280cm appeared in two places, on the lifting points and the torsion bars. It is not clear if these are due to structural failures or corrosion. but it seems that repairs will be extensive and costly as it will be necessary to weld new aluminium pieces into the structure.    

A prayer: Light of the world, Lord Jesus Christ, shine on us so that we may walk steadfastly in the path of life: give light to our minds and warmth to our hearts so that your light may shine in all we do and say.

A recipe for a salad; chop some celery, some cooked beetroot and some desert apples. Make a dressing with some cream, a little sugar, seasoning and some vinegar and some mustard.

Some Kipling this week:

But, crowned by Fleet and people,

And bound by King and Pope –

Stands here Diego Valdez

To rob me of my hope!.

Best wishes to your all.

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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