Newsletter 10th July 2022

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 10th July 2022

Sunday Masses: Saturday 6.30pm first Mass of Sunday

– Sunday 9.30 and 11am and 5pm.

Monday to Friday: Lenten service at 8am.

Saturday 10am and 6.30pm

Confessions: Saturday12 to 1

Today is the Fifteenth Sunday of the Church’s year.

It is Sea Sunday and if possible, we are asked to help with the work of the Apostleship of the Sea. I have left out some envelopes and you can leave these in the Offertory Box.

Monday is the feast of St. Benedict and Friday is the feast of St. Bonaventure.

I am pleased to say that we are beginning to organise some Confirmation classes. I have put out some inscription forms today. The classes will start in the autumn, and I hope that we can organise Confirmations in May of next year.

Thank you for those who have returned the forms for the first Communion classes – so far only six – I am sure that there are some more. I need the forms so that I can order the books and the other things that we need.

A simple summer recipe. Cook a bunch of sage leaves in olive oil and mix them with a little lemon juice. Use this as a sauce for some spaghetti and serve with parmesan cheese.

A quiz question: what links these names?

Meld, Pinza, Crepello, St. Paddy, Ballymoss, Tulyar, Alycidon and Nimbus. It is not as straightforward as it seems.

Time for some work in the garden most days – watering the plants and the herbs and cutting back some of the trees and shrubs – it is a non-ending task. The fruit trees are producing a good crop this year and there will be plenty of apples.

Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling

Your ring? Said the Piggy, I will.

So they took it away, and were married next day

By the Turkey who lives on the hill.

They dined on mince, and slices of quince,

Which they ate with a runcible spoon;

And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,

They danced by the light of the moon.

And a prayer from St. Columbanus:

O Lord God, give me true charity which never fails so that my life may shine as a light which warms my own heart and gives comfort to others.

There have been some changes in the administration of the Diocese. Father Victor Darlington has been appointed to look after the parishes in the South East area and will be coming to live at no 6a in September.

Almost birthday times for the boy and his sister: I have to consult their mother and they seem to have obscure needs – things that I do not understand.

I hope that all has gone well with school exams. For some, the final week at the old school before moving to a new school in the autumn. Best wishes for the summer holiday.

Best wishes to you all,

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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