newsletter 14th November 2021

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 14th November 2021

Sunday Masses: Saturday 6.30pm first Mass of Sunday

– Sunday 9.30 and 11am and 5pm.

Monday to Friday: – Mass at 8am.

Saturday 10am and 6.30pm

Confessions: Saturday12 to 1

Today is the Thirty- Third Sunday of the Church’s year.

The 11am Mass today will be a Requiem Mass for those who have died in the World Wars. We will keep the two minutes silence at the beginning of the Mass.

Next Sunday, the last Sunday of the Church’s year is the feast of Christ the King.

There is a funeral Mass at 12 on Wednesday for Mrs. Gertrude Corette.

Thanks to all who have contributed to the consultation on the Synod. The original plan was that our submission should be submitted by 18th November, and we worked hard to achieve this deadline. Subsequently the deadline was extended to mid-January. Our draft submission is on display in the Angelus Room and can be found on the Parish website. Please let me know if you have any proposals – to add something or to change anything and we can attend to this. I intend to submit our response by the end of this month, but it will still be possible for you to send further personal comments, either to me or direct to the Diocesan office. Special thanks to Colm and to Una for their help.

Look out for the new grills at the top of the Church tower to deter the pigeons. The clock and the bell should be back in operation within the next few weeks. The new lights in the garden are a great improvement and by the time that you read this, I hope that the lampposts will be fixed.

Already some thoughts about Christmas as I know that you like to plan things ahead. There will be the vigil Mass on Christmas Eve at 6.30, the mid-night Mass and Masses at 9.30 and 11 on Christmas day.

I made some tomato soup the other day – a handful of baby tomatoes in the liquidizer with some basil leaves, crème fraiche, and a little extra liquid. Add a little seasoning. Very different from the usual can but full of flavour.

As yet, I have not used the new extension to the Northern line. Battersea Power Station is the only Tube stop with the word “station” on its signs.

The boy has been sending me messages about his latest books – I am not sure if I understand them all. Swallows and Amazons has long been rejected with disdain. He liked the story of the boy who was given a sparkler and asked if he had to put it up his nose.

A prayer for today:

Gracious Lord, in whom we live and move and have our being, be with us through this day so that under your protecting hand, we may live it in joy and safety. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

And some A.A.Milne:

They’re changing the guard at Buckingham Palace

Christopher Robin went down with Alice

Do you think that the King knows all about me?

Sure to, dear, but it’s time for tea,

Says Alice

Best wishes to you all,

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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