St Mary’s Blackheath
Newsletter 11th July 2021
Sunday Masses: Saturday 6.30pm first Mass of Sunday
– Sunday 9.30 and 11am and 5pm.
Monday to Friday: – Mass at 8am.
Mass at 10am
Confessions: Saturday12 to 1
Today is the Fifteenth Sunday of the Church’s year.
Friday of this week is the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
The final First Communion class takes place on Saturday morning in the big hall at 10.30. The date for the First Communions is Sunday 12th September at the 11am Mass. I am busy preparing the booklet and will circulate a draft in the next week or so.
Thank you for your kind support for the Missions last Sunday, replacing the normal Mission appeal. I was able to send £187 to the Missions.
After Mass the morning Masses today, there will be a sale of jam and marmalade.
Also I have put out some envelopes for the Apostleship of the Sea. Normally we would have a second collection on this day but it is not possible at present.
The rules on wearing masks come to an end next week. I leave it to your own discretion on whether you wish to continue to wear a mask. Sanitisers will still be available and I will continue to clean the Church benches regularly. I will not go back to collection baskets for the time being and will try to keep the time of the Mass reasonably short.
Some more work in the garden in recent days. The new leaf blower is a great help and saves many hours of raking up leaves. The cherry trees have done well this year and it looks as if there will be a bumper crop of apples. I hope that the crows will not attack them.
A simple recipe this week; cook some linguine with some cherry tomatoes, some sliced courgettes and a handful of peeled prawns. Drain well and combine with a good tomato pesto or some tomato sauce. Season well with some black pepper.
There is a possibility of a visit to the old tram tunnel under Kingsway. I will see if I can buy a ticket. It will bring back memories of trips many decades ago on the 35 tram to Highgate.
Here is the Kraken:
There hath he lain for ages and will lie
Battening upon huge seaworms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by men and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.
God, help us to lie slowly;
To move simply;
To look softly;
To allow emptiness;
To let the heart create for us. Amen.
And a prayer from Catherine of Siena:
O eternal Trinity, fire and deep well of charity, you, who are madly in love with your creatures; eternal truth, eternal fire, eternal wisdom, give for our redemption.
Best wishes to you all,
Monsignor Nicholas Rothon.