newsletter 1st November 2020

St. Mary’s Blackheath.

Newsletter 1st November 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. St. Mary’s Blackheath.

Today instead of  the normal Sunday, we keep the feast of All Saints.

Monday is All Souls Day. I know that many of you like to come to Mass on this day so there will be an additional Mass at 6.30pm as well as the normal 10am Mass.

November is the month of the Holy Souls. There is a basket under the altar for intentions to be remembered during the month of November.

Saturday is the Anniversary of the Dedication of the Cathedral Church.

It was necessary to postpone the Confirmation class last month due to an isolation problem. The first class will now take place on Thursday 5th November in the big hall at 6.30pm. I will be sending out an email reminder to the candidates.

Also First Communion classes have come round again. There will be a class in the big hall at 10.30 on Saturday morning. I will be inviting the parents who will be giving the class to come to a meeting on Monday evening at 8pm.

A request for a recipe for artichokes. To cook artichoke hearts, first mix a little flour with some water to make a paste and then add some lemon juice. Use a stainless steel pan to avoid discolouring. Cook until soft. Fry some pieces of chopped onion and some garlic in a little butter until soft.  Add the drained artichokes and also some skinned, chopped and de-seeded tomatoes and cook gently. Before the end add some chopped green olives. (I hope that this works for you. Alex)

Possibly you may have noticed that the new buses on route 202 do not have external driving mirrors. Cameras provide images for two screens at the upper left hand side of the driving cab.

Some more lines from Betjeman this week:

Dear people who have read so far,

I know how really kind you are,

I hope that you are always seeing

Your Vicar as a human being,

Making allowances when he

Does things with which you don’t agree.

Further thoughts about Christmas – probably we will not put up the large crib structure this year. We will find a way to display the main figures. It seems that the Kings may not be able to come this year due to travel restrictions and the shepherds must wear masks.

A prayer for today: Grant us, O Lord, to pass this day in gladness and peace, without stumbling and without stain; that, reaching the eventide, we may praise thee, the eternal God, who are blessed, and dost govern all things, world without end. Amen.

A lot work in the garden in recent weeks and thanks for all the help. I found that the electric mower cleared up the chestnuts – one run over at a high setting to clear the main skins and then a second run at a lower setting for the fragments.

The Archbishop has announced that due to a lack of numbers, the Diocesan Seminary at Wonersh will be closing in the summer. This will be a sad day for the priests who trained at Wonersh. In future students will attend the Westminster Seminary at Allen Hall.

Best wishes to you all,

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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