newsletter 1st August 2021

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 1st August 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 18th Sunday of the Church’s year.

Friday is the feast of the Transfiguration.

The Justice and Peace Group are meeting after the evening Mass on Saturday.

I hope that you are able to enjoy some holiday during this month.  Travel is not easy, but I hope that something will be possible. Also, I hope that you are all keeping well.

For the time being, I suggest that we continue to use masks at Mass.  I will review the details of the way in which we celebrate the Sunday Mass in September.

Gradually the forms are coming back for the next set of First Communion classes. Please return them as soon as possible as I will need to order the books by the end of this month. For the coming year I hope to return to the normal format with special Masses once a month and some music.

Thanks to the choirs and the organists who have provided music at Mass in recent months. This has been appreciated by many people – when live music has not been possible in many places.

A favourite dish at this time of year is a tomato salad. Slice the tomatoes finely. I add some chopped parsley and basil leaves from my herb pots.  Season with salt and pepper and add some wine vinegar and some olive oil. You will need some French bread to mop up the juices.

Some Lewis Carroll:

And thou has slain the Jabberwock?

Come to my arms, my beamish boy!

O frabjous day! Callooh, Callay

He chortled in his joy.

Recently there was no service on the Hayes branch with a bus replacement. A train had broken down at Elmers End, blocking everything. Earlier in the day I had seen a 707 unit setting off on a test run on this line. No time to investigate further, but was this the cause of the delay?

A familiar prayer:

God grant me

The serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

The courage to change the things I can,

And the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.

At the end of this month, we will be undertaking some major works to the hall, to renew the electrics. The system is badly out of date, last renewed in the 1950s. The electrics in the Church are in good order and we have recently completed some works in the house. 

Something from Francis de Sales:

As those who get gravel from the river Tagus sift out and keep the gold while leaving the gravel on the bank, so we should separate the gravel of our imperfections from the blessings of friendship, and not allow them to enter our soul.

The boy and his sister are enjoying the summer days now that school is over.  Long cycle rides are popular, as long as there is a pause for ice cream.

Best wishes to you all.

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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