newsletter 17th November 2019


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Mass times: Saturday: 6.30 pm (first Mass of Sunday) Sunday: 9.30 am, 11.00 am, 7.30 pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 10.00 am Tuesday and Thursday: 7.30 am Eucharistic Service: Tuesday 10.00 am Confessions: Saturday 12 to 1.00 pm

Sunday 17th November 2019

Today is the 32nd Sunday of the Church’s year.

We are almost at the end of another year in the Church’s cycle. Next Sunday is the feast of Christ the King.

Thanks to the choir for the splendid Morning and Evening prayer last Saturday. It was unusual for a Parish choir to sing the daily office but a very special event.

Thursday is the commemoration of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Friday is the feast of St. Cecilia, the patron of musicians.

The Parish Council meets on Thursday evening at 8pm in the house. The agenda papers have been left out on the paper racks today.

We are beginning to think about the Christmas mystery plays once again. The list of parts will be going up fairly soon: there will be three plays – on 22nd December, on Christmas Day and on 5th January. You might check to see if you will be about for these days.

The final Latin class will take place on Saturday afternoon at 4pm in the Angelus Room.

On Tuesday I will be organising the AGM for the Secular Clergy New Common Fund. The Fund was established in 1803 to provide grants for sick and retired priests. We hold the meeting at the Clarendon Hotel. It is followed by a lunch which is always most enjoyable.

On Wednesday there is a Finance Meeting at the Sixth Form College.

This week traidcraft Christmas cards will be available for sale in the Angelus Room after Mass.

It is possible to purchase a ticket for £1.50 for unlimited travel on London buses for an hour. I understand that at present the record is 28 journeys during the course of an hour. I must see if I can beat this some time.

And a prayer for your today:

Lord, by thy Divine silence, by thy wondrous patience, by thine adorable humility, keep me quiet and still, and possess me with thy peace.

And now here is Betjeman at his worst.

Snow falls in the buffet of Aldersgate station

Toiling and doomed from Moorgate Street puffs the train,

For us of the steam and the gas-light, the lost generation,

The new white cliffs of the City are built in vain.

Bread and butter pudding is a winter treat. I make mine with some egg custard and add a good handful of raisins. Bake well in the oven so that the top is crusty.

Several of you know Doctor Cath and you might be interested to know that she is back working at A and E at St. George’s.

The garden looks sad as the winter days approach. The sweet chestnut is losing its leaves. This is always the sign that winter is about to begin. I hope that it will not be too harsh this year.

It is hard to think how quickly time has passed. Twenty years ago I was working madly at the Dome in these last few weeks before the grand opening and the celebration of the new Millennium.

Best wishes to you all

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon


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