Newsletter 9th June 2024

Sunday Masses: Saturday 6.30pm first Mass of Sunday

– Sunday 9.30 and 11am and 5pm.The

Monday to Friday: Mass at 8am.

     Saturday Mass at 10am

and 6.30pm

Confessions: Saturday 12 to 1

Today is the Tenth Sunday of ordinary time. At last, the season of special feasts is over, and we return to the pattern of weeks of the year. A reminder that the Scripture readings are taken from the second cycle.

Tuesday is the feast of the Apostle, St. Barnabas.

I expect you have seen the inscription forms for the next series of First Holy Communion and Confirmation classes. These are simply to collect the names of potential candidates. Details of the classes will follow in due course.

There is a funeral Mass for Peter Higgs at 11am on Monday.

The Priests of the local Deanery meet on Tuesday. For me, this is the last time that I will be attending a Deanery meeting.

A special recipe this week: steam some pieces of white fish: make a white sauce with margarine, flour, and milk: add the fish together with a couple of sliced hard-boiled eggs and some pieces of cooked spinach. Top with some creamed potato and brown in a hot oven. This is real comfort food.

In recent days, some meetings with Investment Managers. This year the old adage seems truer than ever –

Sell in May and go away.

The boy and his sister are looking forward to their summer holidays. Days with grandparents where they will be well fed with enjoyable days out. They will both have special roles on September 1st.

Progress with the purchase of the flat seems to be slow. At present it seems as if I will have to wait until early August before completion takes place. I am busy at present clearing everything and disposing of mounds of rubbish.

As requested, a couple of new footballs for the garden. They were quite expensive so please remember to return them to the Angelus Room at the close of play.

There seem to be two electric buses operating on route 108 from time to time: Se 17 and Se 21. The faithful Citaros continue to provide the regular service.

And some Wordsworth

Thus occupied in mind, I linger’d here

Contented, nor rose up util the sun

Had almost touch’d the horizon, bidding then

A farewell to the City left behind.

A prayer from St. Benedict:

Almighty God, give us wisdom to perceive thee, intellect to understand thee, diligence to seek thee, patience to wait for thee, eyes to behold thee, a heart to meditate upon thee, and a life to proclaim three, through the power of the spirit of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

The herb pots are beginning to flower – I wish I had remembered to add the labels so that I could tell what they are. There is still a need to plant a new box of parsley to make sure that there is a good crop. The basil continues to thrive indoors – away from the birds and the snails.

Best wishes to you all,

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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