Newsletter 15th October 2017.
Today is the twenty eighty Sunday of the Churchâ€™s year.
Thank you for your generous donations to Cafod last week. I will let you know the total at Mass today.
Although we celebrate the Sunday Mass today, 15th October is the feast of St. Teresa of Avila. During some of our recent visits to Spain, we have visited her convent outside the walls of the old city. There is a striking statue, showing Teresa about to set off on one of her journeys across Castile.
Other feasts this week are St. Ignatius of Antioch on Tuesday and St. Luke on Wednesday.
Not too busy a week with a meeting at Greenwich Town Hall on Thursday. I will be preparing for a visit to the College in Spain as we set off on Monday of next week.
Congratulations to the children who started the First Communion classes. Already we have had two lessons. And thanks to the parents who help to make the classes so enjoyable.
The garden is gradually settling down for. the winter â€“ the leaves are coming of the trees and as the ground gardens, I hope to repair the damage caused â€“ I think â€“ by the crows. The grass has grown back well on the area covered by the pool and my herb pots are sprouting. We are clearing the area occupied by the old shed and this will be used for compost.
Works are progressing well with the Angelus Room: no date for completion as yet but I hope to have it back in use by September. In the meantime, we are using the big hall for classes.
Advance notice for the parish retreat which will be held at the Convent on Saturday 9th December. It will have an Advent theme.
Recently I was reading a review of a new biography of Anthony Powell. I still have a set of Dance to the Music of time â€“ kept with the Alexandrian Quartet and the Strangers and Brothers series. Widmerpool was described as one of those emblematic characters, such as Falstaff or Sherlock Holmes, who belong to contemporary folklore even for those who have never read a word of the original text.
Try this: place a thin slice of ham on some buttered toast and add a layer of thinly cut Gruyere cheese spread with a little mustard. Another slice of buttered toast on top and press under a heavy weight. Fry gently in some butter and serve hot.
A prayer after Mass:
Lord Jesus Christ, may the Mass in which we have shared inspire all that we shall do today: may your Holy Spirit Guide us and may the heavenly food help us grow strong in your grace.
At London Bridge, most of the track work for the Thameslink lines is now in place, but if you look carefully, the conductor rail has still to be put in place together with signalling equipment. The remaining platforms are nearing completion. Possibly they may be in use after the Christmas holiday.Â The new line under the dive under is smooth and allows for some fast running.
Belloc on the vulture.
The Vulture eats between his meals
And thatâ€™s the reason why,
He very, very rarely feels
As well as you and I.
His eye is dull, his head is bald,
His neck is growing thinner.
Oh! What a less for us all
To only eat at dinner.
And the solution to the quiz last week
Allâ€™s Well That Ends Well.
The Merry Wives Of Windsor
Much Ado About Nothing
The Taming Of The Shrew.
Best wishes to you all,
Monsignor Nicholas Rothon Â