St Mary’s Blackheath
Newsletter 12th September 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 to1
Today is the Twenty Fourth Sunday of the Church’s year.
Prayers and congratulations to the children who are receiving their First Holy Communion at the 11am Mass today. It has not been an easy year with delays to the classes, but the children have done their best to share in the classes. Thanks to all the parents for their help in organising the classes and for their support on this very special day.
Again, looking ahead, we will be starting a new set of classes for Holy Communion next year. There will be a meeting for the parents in the big hall on Wednesday evening at 8pm to explain everything. This is not for the children but for the parents alone. If at all possible, please try to come – and arrive on time! I will give out the books and explain the timetable for the year ahead. This year we hope to return to the normal pattern with classes once a month followed by a special Mass on the Sunday.
The works to the electrics and the new lighting in the big hall have gone well. The only problem now is that we need a redecoration. This will have to wait until next year.
There is a special collection today to support the work of the Catholic Education Service. I will put out a box if you wish to make a donation for this.
Tuesday is the feast of the Exaltation of Holy Cross and Wednesday is the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.
The 707 electric trains for the South Eastern have lost their red livery and are receiving a blue livery similar to the colour used for the South Eastern main line trains. None have appeared in regular service yet, though tests and trial runs continue.
Thanks to all who helped to put the pool away last week. The patch on the lawn has been re-sown with grass seed and I hope that it will grow well. Until next year!
There are still some apples on the trees in the garden and you are welcome to take some if you wish. There are some damsons, if you know where to find them, and also a few late raspberries.
A prayer from St. Thomas More.
Give me, good Lord, a full faith
A love of you, good Lord,
Incomparable above the love of myself;
And that I love nothing to your displeasure
But everything in order to you.
A recipe from France.
Butter some squares of bread on both sides and place them in a shallow dish. Skin and half some peaches and place on the bread after rolling them in castor sugar. Cook in a moderate over for about half an hour and serve with a sauce made from some red currant jelly and a little water.
The season of school forms has come again: please let me have them in an envelope with your name. I will sign and seal them and return them to you the following week.
Someone stole all my next-door neighbour’s grass last night. He’s out there now, looking forlorn.
Best wishes to you all.
Monsignor Nicholas Rothon