Newsletter 14th July 2024

Newsletter 14th July 2024

Sunday Masses: Saturday 6.30pm first Mass of Sunday

– Sunday 9.30 and 11am and 5pm.The

Monday to Friday: Mass at 8am.

     Saturday Mass at 10am

and 6.30pm

Confessions: Saturday 12 to 1

Today is the Fifteenth Sunday of the Church’s year.

Today after the 11am Mass there will be a talk in the Angelus Room on the work of the local food bank.

Also, today I have left out some envelopes for the work of the Apostleship of the Sea if you would like to make a donation to help with their work. My father, as an old mariner, would always support this appeal.

I have worked out that this week commemorates the 56th anniversary of my arrival here – if you can work it out, this means that I must be a Soixante- Huitard.

The puzzle this year is the fig tree. Earlier in the season, it had a splendid set of leaves. These have all fallen off but there are some green buds – it is still alive, and I wonder if some more leaves will appear.

Here is a recipe if you have many people to feed. Gently fry some small courgettes and some small tomatoes in oil. Boil some tagliatelle until it is soft. Drain the vegetables and pasta, mix together, and add some sea food such as shrimps and made a few muscles. Place in a covered dish and bake in the oven till it is hot. This is a dish that can be made in varied quantities, depending on the number of visitors.

A prayer:

Lord of creation, in whose power are all times and seasons, bless us and crown us with your goodness. Keep your Church in peace, grant us every blessing and lead us to our eternal home, where you reign for ever and ever. Amen.

Lots of things happening in recent days: repairs to slates on the roof of the house, servicing the heating boilers and repairs to the Church organ. Also, a further inspection of the buildings by a member of staff from the Diocesan Finance Office and an audit of the parish accounts. The Angelus Room will be redecorated later in the month, and I will advise you of the days when it will be out of use.

A message from the Parish Council. Many parishioners have said that they would like to show their appreciation to Mgr on the occasion of his forthcoming diamond jubilee and departure as parish priest. The most effective gift would be an amount to help Mgr set up his new home. Mgr. himself is very grateful but has a preference that parishioners donate to the Myra Fund should they wish to – the Myra Fund was set up 10 years ago by Mgr (at his golden jubilee)  to specifically help children and families of our parish. The best way of structuring this is if parishioners, who wish to contribute, send their monetary gift to the following Parish Bank Account by bank transfer -.Account St. Mary’s Blackheath 30-90-89 no 01230047 – please mark Myra Fund  We will then allocate an amount as a personal gift to Mgr for his house and the balance will go to the Myra Fund. Please use this account with the reference. This will be open until 18th August. Thank you.

Best wishes to you all,

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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