newsletter 18th April 2021

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 18th April 2021

Sunday Masses: Saturday 6.30pm first Mass of Sunday – Sunday 9.30 and 11am and 5pm. Monday to Friday: – Mass at 8am.  -Confessions: Saturday 12 to 1pm.

Today is the Third Sunday of the Easter season.

We were very pleased to see the children who were able to come to the First Communion class on Saturday. Thanks to the parents who helped with the class.

Friday is the feast of St. George, the patron of England and also the patron of our Diocese. Normally Canons would be expected to attend solemn vespers in the Cathedral to celebrate the feast, but this will not be possible this year.

Wednesday is the feast of St. Anselm. He was Abbot of the monastery of Bec in Normandy but was brought by William to England to become Archbishop of Canterbury. He is one of my favourite Saints and I have been able to stay at Bec many times. Here is one of his prayers:

Most merciful Lord, turn my lukewarmness into a fervent love of you. Most gentle Lord, my prayer tends towards this – that by remembering and meditating on the good things that you have done I may be enkindled with your love.

Next Sunday is Vocations Sunday. Normally there is a second collection to help meet the cost of training the future priests of the Diocese. It is difficult at present, but I will put out a special box for donations together with some envelopes.

Did anybody last week work out that the quotation came from Iris Murdoch – from An Unofficial Rose. I think that she has gone out of fashion. To the modern mind her stories seem convoluted and stultified. Her characters seem lifeless. Somebody once very rudely described one of her novels as Enid Blyton for grown-ups.

For those with obscure interests, you might have noticed that new electric Enviro 200 buses have appeared on route 484. Also one of the 707 train sets was noted on a test run from Cannon Street.

Here is something unusual. Cook some spinach a drain well. Also cook a small cauliflower whole until it is just tender. Make a ring with the spinach and place the cauliflower in the middle. Make some Bechamel sauce and colour it with some paprika. Pour the sauce round the outside ring and serve hot.

Some verses from the Rubaiyat this week:

Come, fill the cup and in the fire of spring

Your winter-garment of repentance fling;

The bird of time has but a little way

To flutter – and the bird is on the wing.

The boy and his sister are back at school. The youngest of the cousins was two last week so he will be leaving the nest soon. Encouraged by her mother, it seems that the girl is already developing strong opinions on many issues. A warning that I will need to be most careful when I talk to her.

The garden has done well this spring. The cold weather is at last coming to an end and I hope to start on my pots of herbs in the next couple of weeks.

Keep well and with best wishes,

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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