newsletter 18th July 2021

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 18th July 2021

Sunday Masses: Saturday 6.30pm first Mass of Sunday

– Sunday 9.30 and 11am and 5pm.

Monday to Friday: – Mass at 8am.

 Saturday morning

Mass at 10am

Confessions: Saturday12 to 1

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

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

Even though the rules will be relaxed from Monday, I suggest that we continue to use masks in the Church as there seem to be many new cases of Covid at present. Also remember to use the sanitiser and to be careful with distancing.

We have now completed the First Communion classes. Thanks to the children for sharing in the classes and for all the parents who have helped. The big day is Sunday 12th September. I am busy preparing the order of service and all the other details for the day.

I am already thinking of next year so please return the application forms for the next set of Holy Communion classes. I need to order the books in the coming weeks.

A lot of work in the garden in recent days. The trampoline has been very well used for several years and we have replaced some of the springs. One or two had worn out and broken so new ones were required. I am gradually clearing some of the beds and hope to arrange some new planting.  The fruit trees are doing very well this year. It looks as if the plum tree will have a good crop in a couple of weeks’ time.

I tried to obtain a ticket for the visit to the Kingsway tram tunnel but they were sold out. I understand that part of it is a “time warp” – just as it was when the last tram operated through the tunnel in 1951.  There used to be a rumour that a redundant tram was hidden in the tunnel but it seems that this is not true.

A simple recipe this week – but it is most satisfying. Cook some sliced courgettes in some oil with some slivers of garlic. Meanwhile cook some linguine, drain well and mix with some olive oil and a little black pepper. Add the courgettes and serve hot. 

A prayer for today:

Work within me, within us, within the Church. Be at the centre of our lives. Mould us in your image. Bring about out transformation. Make us fruitful, Lord, now, here as well as there, Me as well as the others. Amen.

Some Browning this week:

Here you come with your old music, and here’s all the good it brings.

What, they lived once thus at Venice where the merchants were the kings,

Where St. Mark’s is, where the Doges used to wed the sea with rings?

Have you seen the advance notice of Windows 11? I am still trying to catch up with XP.  The problem today is that few people seem to be able to answer a letter – and we are all driven mad listening to music from a call centre  whilst waiting for a reply.

To Sussex last week to visit my brother: I found that the seats on the Thameslink trains for a trip to Haywards Heath were hard and uncomfortable. I will use the Southern trains in future.

Best wishes

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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