Newsletter 2nd July 2017
Today is the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Congratulations to all who received the Sacrament of Confirmation and thanks to all who helped to make it such a special event.
On Thursday I travel to Douai Abbey once again for a meeting of the Historic Churches Committee. This means that I will not be here for a 7.30 Mass on Thursday morning. A long agenda and it looks as the meeting will have to extend into the afternoon.
The Governing Body of Christ the King College meets on Tuesday evening. The principal, Dr Jane Overbury is retiring and there will be a special farewell Mass on Friday at the College.
The Justice and Peace group meet after the 11am Mass next Sunday.
Monday is the feast of the Apostle St. Thomas.
Advance notice that the parish AGM takes place on 12th July. I have put out some nomination papers for new members of the Parish Council. Each year we need three new members to replace those who have retired after a three-year term of office.
Something unusual that I made from the gooseberries in the garden. They were small and fairly sour. Boiled them whole with a little water and gradually add the sugar as they come to the boil. Strain to a liquid, removing the mush, and boil again to reduce, adding more sugar if necessary. Allow to cool and then boil a second time, checking until the liquid begins to set. You should then have a reasonably clear jelly with an unusual sweet/sour taste.
A prayer for today from St. Thomas More:
O my sweet Saviour Christ, who in thine undeserved love towards mankind so kindly wouldst suffer the painful death of the cross, suffer me not to be cold nor lukewarm in love towards thee.
Some railway news; the signals have now been put in place on the lines to the dive under at Rotherhithe.Â Recently trains loaded with ballast were using the new lines so that the tracks could be prepared.
â€œWhat are you doing in that wardrobe?â€
â€œItâ€™s Narnia business.â€
Can anybody tell me who the Caddy is? It is far too complex for me to work it out and I cannot always understand what they are saying.
We havenâ€™t had anything from Hopkins for some time so here are some familiar verses:
All things, counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
I have been tending the new Cherry Tree, planted by the First Communion children, with care. Recently I noted that the new leaves were not opening out and â€“ with the help of Julia -Â found that they had been invaded by a plague of ants. I removed the leaves but then found I was covered in tiny ants and had to jump into the pool to remove them.
Lots of Facebook pictures of the boy and his sister during their half-term trip to Grenada to visit their mother.Â The beach seemed perfect with white sand and a clear blue sea. Who would want to come back to school for the remainder of the term.
Best wishes to you all,
Monsignor Nicholas Rothon