St Mary’s Blackheath
Newsletter 31st October 2021
Sunday Masses: Saturday 6.30pm first Mass of Sunday
– Sunday 9.30 and 11am and 5pm.
Monday to Friday: – Mass at 8am.
Saturday 10am and 6.30pm
Confessions: Saturday12 to 1
Today we celebrate the feast of All Saints. A day early this year as it has been transferred from 1st November.
Tuesday is All Souls’ day. I know that many of you like to come to Mass on this day so there will be an additional Mass at 6.30 in the evening.
During this month we remember to pray for those who have died. There is a basket beneath the altar for you to leave a list of those who will be remembered at Mass during this month.
First Holy Communion classes again this week: a meeting for parents to prepare the class on Monday evening and the class in the hall on Saturday morning at 10am.
This week on Thursday 4th there will be a meeting in the Hall at 7pm as part of our preparation for the Synod. You will have received one of the leaflets suggesting some of the themes that we might consider. The meeting will be an opportunity to discuss these themes as well as adding your own thoughts on topics that should be considered by the Synod. If you cannot come to the meeting, you are welcome to submit your ideas either by email or in writing.
We are beginning to think about the Christmas plays once again: it was not possible to arrange them last year. Once again, we will be getting out the costumes. The list of parts will be going up in a few weeks’ time – for the Sunday before Christmas, Christmas Day and the feast of the Epiphany. I am sure we are looking forward to this.
Also some thoughts about the crib – the large wooden structure has come to the end of its days and we are thinking of an alternative.
Lots of works to the buildings in recent days. The Church Tower has been cleaned and I hope that the clock and the bell will be working again soon. Also, I have placed an order for a new notice board as the present board is very worn.
A simple recipe from Normandy. Boil equal quantities of water and cider with a bouquet garni and pepper and salt. Boil for ten minutes and add some small raw shrimps/ Bring back to the boil and cook for 5 minutes. Drain and serve hot with bread and butter.
A prayer from St. Jerome on the reading of Scripture: O Lord, you have given us your word for a light to shine on our path; inspire us to meditate on that word and to follow its teachings, that we may find in it the light that shines more and more until the perfect day; through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.
The boy and his sister are enjoying half term. They threatened to come to see me – and to demand great quantities of food – as well as telling me awful jokes. Luckily, for the time being, it seems that they have other things to do, so I am safe for a little while. I am able to seek revenge when I visit them and ask Alexa to play songs by Noel Coward – which always ends in shouts and derision – Mad dogs and Englishmen …..
Best wishes to you all
Monsignor Nicholas Rothon