newsletter 19th September 2021

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 19th September 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 to1

Today is the Twenty Fifth Sunday of the Church’s year.

A word of thanks to everybody who shared in the wonderful First Communion celebration last Sunday. Best wishes to all the children.  Special thanks to the parents for their help and support.

I was pleased to be able to meet with a group of parents last week to plan the next series of First Communion Classes. The first class will be on Saturday 25th September and the children will receive their special crosses the next day.

Tuesday is the feast of the apostle St. Matthew and Friday is the commemoration of Our Lady of Walsingham.

The bell for the clock and the Angelus in the Church tower has not been working for some time. Last week I arranged a visit from the engineer and we hope to be able to repair it in the coming weeks. It will be good to start the Mass promptly as the clock strikes.

Gradually things are returning to normal and there will be readers at Sunday Masses from this week. Thanks for those who have agreed to help with the reading and thanks to Clodagh for preparing the rota.

It seems that many things are returning  – meetings at the Town Hall and Governors’ meetings at the College. I prefer this to endless on-line sessions. 

The works to the electrics in the big hall have been completed and it is a great improvement. There is still a need for some making good and some redecoration from where the old fittings were removed. I think that this will have to wait for another year. The electrics in the Church aew in good order but there are still some items to be completed in the house.

There is plenty of work for the College in Spain at the moment. It is the year end for our accounts at the end of this month so I have to prepare everything for the audit. There are fee accounts to be sent out for the current year and also the preparation of the budget and the budget control schedules. This is not an easy tasks as the past couple of years have been most unusual and it is difficult to work out reasonable estimates for the budget.

During some recent travels, I saw more of the 707 trains in the yard at Grove Park.  They are still painted red and await the new South Eastern blue livery.

I like this prayer: Lord, we know that we very often worry about things that may never happen. Help us to live one day at a time and to live it for you, for your name’s sake. Amen.

Boil some rice and mix it with a gently fried onion and some mixed herbs. Layer the rice with some sliced tomatoes. Mix some breadcrumbs with some parmesan cheese and some butter for the top of the dish and bake in a medium oven.

Some Eliot:

Between one June and another September,

Made this unknowing, half conscious, unknown my own.

Best wishes to you all

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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