St. Mary’s Blackheath.
Newsletter 13th December 2020
Mass times: Saturday 6.30pm (first Mass of Sunday) – Sunday 9.30 and 11am, 5 and 7.30pm.
Weekdays: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 10am. Tuesday and Thursday 7.30am.
Confessions: Saturday 12 to 1.
Today is the Third Sunday of Advent. We use the rose vestments today rather than the usual purple – as we are more than half- way through the penitential season of Advent.
A reminder of the times for the Christmas Masses: two on Christmas Eve at 6.30 and 8pm: 12 midnight and 9.30 and 11 on Christmas Day. No tickets but please arrive in good time and do your best to observe the distancing regulations.
There will not be the usual Carol service before the Midnight Mass this year.
We will not be able to have carols in the usual form, but it should be possible to have music at some of the Masses.
Due to the distancing regulations, the procession through the village will not take place this year.
We will be putting up the crib next week – something quite simple this year – probably in front of the high altar.
It will not be possible to publish the magazine in December. I had prepared an elaborate quiz, but this will have to wait for the January issue.
The Funeral Mass for Winston Coutinho will be at 11.30 on Wednesday.
It was good to see everybody for the Confirmation and the First Holy Communion classes last week. We missed some classes in the lockdown and I will prepare a revised timetable for the rest of the classes.
To the steam railway to work on Tuesday afternoon. There are some special pre-Christmas trains and they need some operating staff. Pages of regulations to learn and I hope that I can remember them all.
Some on- line tasks this week including a meeting with the Young Mayor and some interviews for a major post at the Sixth Form College.
For me, it looks as if the Christmas Bubble will be at the home of the boy and his sister. Their mother has bravely agreed to invite us, as long as we are well behaved. We hope that she will not be summoned for duty at the hospital. This happened one year with trips to and from the hospital between courses, taking packs of food.
A prayer for Advent:
Heavenly Father, who chose the Blessed Virgin Mary to be the mother of the promised Saviour: fill us your servants with your grace, that in all things we may embrace your holy will and with her rejoice in your salvation, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen
You may like to try this recipe. Peel and slice some potatoes and add some onions and the white of a large leek. Cook them in plenty of butter, season well and add about ½ pint of milk. Transfer to a fire- proof dish and finish cooking in the oven, with some breadcrumbs browned in butter.
Here is Lewis Carrol at his maddest:
I sometimes dig for buttered rolls,
Or set limed twigs for crabs;
I sometimes search the grassy knolls
For wheels of Hansom-cabs.
I have a few copies of the Southwark Directory for 2020 – they cost £3 each. Please let me know if you would like to buy one.
Dark wintry days, but already, if you look carefully, the first shoots of the spring flowers. I will be cleaning out my pots in the coming weeks to prepare for some spring planting.
Best wishes to you all,
Monsignor Nicholas Rothon