Newsletter 11th April 2021

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 11th April 2021

Sunday Masses: Saturday 6.30pm first Mass of Sunday – Sunday 9.30 and 11am and 5pm. Monday to Friday: – Mass at 8am.  -Confessions: Saturday 12 to 1pm.

Today we celebrate the Sunday in the Octave of Easter, sometimes known as Low Sunday.

Thank you for sharing in our Easter services. It was good to see so many of you. A special word of thanks to the organists and the choir who provide some wonderful music. Many people are delighted to be able to hear some live music once again.

Also, personally, thank you for your kind Easter offerings.

The Masses for the coming week are for the Easter season.

First Holy Communion classes start again on Saturday and I will be sending a message round to all the members. It is good that we are able to attend to this.

The new slide has proved to be popular. Thanks also to Amelia for providing an additional swing and climbing frame. I hope to be able to fill the pool again in the coming days. This reminds me that I must order some more chemicals.

For people at school, I hope that you have been able to enjoy your break, and all goes well for the summer term. For some of you I know that it will not be easy with your exam results assessed at the school.

I made a little vegetable stew this week: cook some potatoes, some small carrots and some fine beans together until they are reasonably soft. Drain well and mash them together. Season well with plenty of pepper and some good quality olive oil.  You can serve this with some meat or simply eat it on its own.

Some Eliot today

Midwinter spring is its own season.

Sempiternal though sodden towards sundown,

Suspended in time, between pole and tropic.

When the short day is brightest, with frost and fire,

The brief sun flames the ice, on pond and ditches.

Time for some slight entertainment this week. Can you identify the author? 

“She was shapely and complete; and like a kaleidoscope, like a complex rose, her polychrome being fell into an authoritative patter which proclaimed her free.”

Only one author writes like this.

The new railway station at Kidbrooke has been opened and is worth a visit. It has been funded by the developer of the estate.  It is an interesting example of possible future plans for stations.

A very small fellow, about three feet tall called recently. I asked him what he wanted, and he said that he was the metre man.

You will need a prayer after this:

Lord, give us the spirit of understanding, truth and peace. Help us to strive with all our hearts to know what is pleasing to you, to know your will and work to fulfil it.

I hope that you are all keeping well and prayers for those who are sick.

Best wishes to you all,

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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