Newsletter 12th June 2022

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 12th June 2022

Sunday Masses: Saturday 6.30pm first Mass of Sunday

– Sunday 9.30 and 11am and 5pm.

Monday to Friday: Mass 8am.

Saturday 10am and 6.30pm

Confessions: Saturday12 to 1

Today is the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity. This completes the Paschal season.

I hope that you were able to enjoy the Jubilee celebrations.  Certainly there were some spectacular events.

Next Sunday we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi. At one time this was on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday but now the feast is kept on the following Sunday.

Monday is the feast of St. Anthony of Padua but otherwise it will be the 11th week of ordinary time with green vestments.

Inscription forms for First Communion classes are available today. Please complete them and return them as soon as possible. I will need to order the books and the other things that we need in the coming weeks.

Some repair works are due to take place this coming week, including painting in the big hall, maintenance to the doors in the Church and the replacement of the damaged posts outside the house.

A visit from the boy and his sister – and their parents – recently.  The latest plan is to suspend large Lego aeroplanes from the ceiling of his bedroom, much to the distress of his mother. There is something oddly familiar about this.

A great deal of work at present preparing policy documents for the College in Spain. The problem is that several people have their own ideas and it is difficult to put them all together in a way that will be accepted by all.

Time for some salads. A favourite at this time is some fine green beans with some baby tomatoes and mixed with some chives and parsley from my herb gardens, dressed with oil and wine vinegar. It goes very well with a cold tortilla.

The Mercedes buses on route 108 are now some of the oldest buses in London, dating from 2009.  They started life as Red Arrows to replace bendy-buses but came to the 108 when electric buses appeared. Many have now covered over 600,000 miles – if you look at the speedometer when you board – they have certainly earned their keep.

A prayer for Trinity Sunday:

Almighty and eternal God, who hast revealed thyself  as Father Son and holy Spirit, hold us firm in this faith, that we  may know thee in all they ways and evermore rejoice in thy eternal glory.

Some Eliot brings back memories:

Between one June and another September

Made this unknowing

Half conscious,

Unknown, my own.

I am gradually trying to clean up the garden after the tree works.  It is quite difficult as there is a lot of surplus wood about.  This year, with plenty of rain, everything seems to have grown madly. The herb pots seem to be doing well and I hope to manage to grow a pot of basil before it is attacked by the birds.

Best wishes to you all,

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon.

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