newsletter 14th March 2021

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 14th March 2021

Sunday Masses:

Saturday 6.30 pm (first Mass of Sunday)

Sunday 9.30 and 11am and 5pm

Weekdays: Monday to Friday 8am.

At present it is not possible to arrange

Confessions.

Today is the Fourth Sunday of Lent. We use the Rose colour vestments today as we are half- way through Lent. Maybe a slight relaxation of our penances today, but a reminder to renew them in the remaining days to Easter.

I hope that you are all keeping well and managing to survive as the lockdown gradually comes to an end. Prayers for those who have died and those who are sick.

Some news about the Easter services. This year we can celebrate them but in a simplified form. On Palm Sunday the palms will be blessed in the Church before the 9.30 Mass. There will be a Mass on the evening of Maundy Thursday at 8pm but without the washing of the feet or the procession to the altar of repose. On Good Friday, a simplified service at 3pm in the afternoon without the veneration of the cross. There will be a shortened version of the Easter Vigil without the blessing of the new fire and the procession into the Church. On Easter Sunday Masses will be at the normal times. It is good for us to be able to share in these celebrations. Maybe next year we can return to the full rituals.

It is just possible that there may be some eggs in the garden on Easter Sunday but this year there might be a revised method of distribution.

I have sent round a message about the First Communion classes, starting in mid-April. A further reminder will be sent nearer the date. To confirm that the classes are on a Saturday morning – there is an error in some of the dates on the schedule.

This week Wednesday is the feast of St. Patrick and Friday is the feast of St. Joseph.

The slide is on order and I hope to have it in place in the garden by Easter.

Some George Herbert for Lent:

Who goeth in the way which Christ hath gone

Is much more sure to meet with him, then one

That travelleth by-wayes;

Perhaps my God, though he be farre before,

May turn and take me by the hand, and more

May strengthen my decayes.

Railway news: the reason why the 707 units are coming to the South Eastern is that the South Western can pay lower lease charges for their new 701 units.  No news yet as to when the 707s will enter service.

Spring is fully here now with lots of buds on the trees in the garden. Remember to look at the various trees that we planted for the First Communion celebrations.

Here is a recipe from the College in Spain. Soak some lentils overnight and wash and drain them well. Stew them slowly with some slices of onion and some pieces of chorizo to make a thick soup.  Season well with pepper.

A prayer for today: Lord, hear the prayers of those who call on you, forgive the sins of those who confess to you, and in your merciful love give us your pardon and your peace.

Best wishes to you all.

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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