Newsletter 18th October 2020

St. Mary’s Blackheath.

Newsletter 18th October 2020

Mass times: Saturday 6.30pm (first Mass of Sunday) – Sunday 9.30 and 11am, 5 and 7.30pm.

Weekdays: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 10am. Tuesday and Thursday 7.30am.

Due to distancing regulations, for the present there are no confessions.

Today is the Twenty Ninth Sunday in the Church’s year.

There are no feasts of saints this week and Mass texts are from ordinary time.

A reminder that the clocks go back an hour next weekend.

Thank you for your donations to CAFOD last week which came to a total of £288.64.

Confirmation classes start on Thursday evening. They will take place in the big hall and will start at 6.30pm and will end at 7.30pm. Anna and Kamara will lead the class. Books will be given out at the class. We look forward to seeing you.

We used a recipe the other week which always seems to be popular. Brown some pieces of chicken, add a can of ratatouille and possibly some white wine can stew gently over a moderate heat until the chicken is cooked. It goes well with some green beans.

Normally we would been in Spain for this week during the last days of October. I miss the trip and the opportunity to meet the new intake of students. By next year, I hope that it will be possible to restart my travels. All work has to be done online at present and this is not always easy.

A reminder that Baptisms are possible, but the number attending is limited to 6. Please speak to me when you come to Mass if you would like to arrange a Baptism so that I can give you the necessary forms.

I always like Robert Lowell’s poem about Our Lady of Walsingham

There once penitents took off their shoes

And then walked barefoot the remaining mile:

And the small tress, a stream and hedgerow file

Slowly along the munching English lane,

Like cows to the old shrine, until you lose

Track of your dragging pain.

A prayer from St. Thomas More:

Father in haven, you have given us a mind to know you, a will to serve you, and a heart to love you. Be with us today in all that we do, so that your light may shine out in our lives, through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

The garden is starting to look sad in these autumn days – lots of things need clearing up and I will try to find time to attend to some of them. Play some Vivaldi which seems to bring back memories of the joys of the summer.

It looks as if the transfer of the 707 series trains from the South Western Railways to the South Eastern will be delayed until next summer. Although the book transfer is going through, there will be lease back to the South Western as they await the delivery of their own new 701 units.

A description of the emperor Charles V:

Charles was undeniably plain. He confessed that he was by nature ugly, but that as artists usually painted him uglier than he was, strangers on seeing him were agreeably disappointed.

I like St. Augustine’s definition of friendship:

To talk and laugh with mutual concessions, to read pleasant books; to jest and to be solemn, to dissent from each other without offence, to teach one another somewhat, or somewhat to learn – to expect those absent with impatience and embrace their return with joy.

Best wishes to you all

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon.

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