Newsletter 17th July 2022

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 17th July 2022

Sunday Masses: Saturday 6.30pm first Mass of Sunday

– Sunday 9.30 and 11am and 5pm.

Monday to Friday: Lenten service at 8am.

Saturday 10am and 6.30pm

Confessions: Saturday12 to 1

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

Friday of this week is the feast of St. Mary Magdalene.

I hope that you are enjoying the summer days and that it will be possible for you to have a holiday.

Thanks to the organists and the choir: they are now taking a break for the summer.

Forms are now available for both the First Holy Communion and the Confirmation classes. Please return them to me as soon as possible so that I can order the books. The classes will start in late September.

I have asked the Parish Council to meet at 8pm on Wednesday evening. We have not met for some time and there are a number of important items that we need to review. 

An end of year Mass at St. Matthew Academy on Monday afternoon and several meetings during the week.

I have been trying to water the garden regularly but at this time of year, the grass becomes brown and dusty.  My herbs have done well though the pot of basil has not been successful.  Perhaps Lorenzo could help. (Can you work out where this comes from?)

An answer to the question last week. These are the names of the Deltic diesel locomotives that were allocated to the depot in London – named after racehorses.  The others, allocated to depots in Newcastle and Scotland were names after famous regiments.

Some Hopkins today:

As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;

As tumbled over rim in roundy wells

Stones ring; …..

Some unusual sandwiches you might use for your picnic. Chop some watercress and add some finely chopped walnuts.  Blend with some mayonnaise and spread on some thin slices of bread.  Remove the crusts and cut into rounds. An alternative to the inevitable cucumber sandwiches.

 A visit to my brother last week and it was good to find that the boy was staying with him. Long conversations as we prod the engines of ancient cars and give them an extra polish for the next event at Goodwood.  His sister was staying at home so that she could spend some time with her friends.

I like this prayer:

God, help us to live slowly;

To move simply;

To look softly

To allow emptiness;

To let the heart create for us. Amen.

Here the names of the Knights of the Round Table: Lancelot, Tristram, Lamorack, Tor, Galahad, Gawain. Palomides, Kay, Mark and Mordred.  This is the accepted list, but there are some more.

I hope you are keeping well.

Best wishes

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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