Newsletter 12th December 2021

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 12th December 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 is the Third Sunday of Advent. It is also known as Gaudete Sunday from the First word of the Latin introit – Rejoice in the Lord.

We are more than half- way through Advent and the rose- coloured vestments appear today.

Our Advent carol service takes place at 5pm today. This means that the time of the evening Mass is changed to 6.30pm.

Monday is the feast of St. Lucy and Tuesday is the feast of St. John of the Cross.

The second part of Advent begins on Friday with the “O” antiphons used at Vespers.  I will put up a list in the porch. You are probably familiar with these from the hymn – O come, O come, Emmanuel.

There is a funeral Mass at 11am on Tuesday for Mirella Bartrip.

Also there is a wedding in the Church next Saturday at 1pm.

Works to the clock in the Church tower are due to take place on Monday. From next week, we will be able to start Mass at the exact moment when the clock strikes.  Also, if you are out and about, remember to say the Angelus.  I will prepare some leaflets with the Angelus prayers.

As already explained, this year we have decided not to arrange the mystery plays over the Christmas season.  There will not be a procession through the village on Christmas Eve but there will be a service of prayers and carols outside All Saints at 4.30pm.

The magazine will appear next week. There will be the customary Christmas quiz.  Lots of work to prepare something original.  I am sure that you will find that it is almost impossible!

Simple things are always tasty: here is by method for scrambled eggs. Melt some butter in a non-stick pan. Beat the eggs with some milk and a little pepper. Cook in the pan, stirring all the time and turn off the heat before it finally sets to ensure that it does not brown. Serve on some toast.  You would be allowed this, even on a fast day.

An afternoon and evening working on the railway this week. I look forward to this. The train will be decorated with lights, and we serve food to all the passengers. 

A prayer from Psalm 67.

Lord be merciful unto us and bless us: and show us the light of your countenance, that thy way may be known upon the earth and thy saving grace among all the nations.

This is always fun:

My name is Ozymandias king of kings:

Look on my works ye mighty and despair!

Nothing beside remains. Round the decay

Of that colossal wreck boundless and bare,

The lone and level sands stretch far away.

A thought from Mother Teresa for our synod consultations: she was asked what might be changed in the Church and replied: “you and me”.

Best wishes to you all

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon.

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