newsletter 20th June 2021

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 20th June 2021

Sunday Masses: Saturday 6.30pm first Mass of Sunday – Sunday 9.30 and 11am and 5pm. Monday to Friday: – Mass at 8am. Saturday at 10am.

 Confessions: Saturday12 to 1

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

Tuesday is the feast of the English saints, St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More.

Thursday is the feast of the Birth of John the Baptist.

From this week, I am re-introducing the 10am Mass on Saturday morning.

Later, I hope to arrange an additional Mass at 10am on Wednesday mornings followed by the Novena prayers. It is not possible this week. I will let you know when this is possible.

As I have mentioned previously, I am keeping the Sunday evening Mass at 5pm rather than 7.30 and the morning Mass during the week will be at 8am.

Thanks to Rachel and Ali last week for the Flower sale. Lots of good plants for sale and the proceeds came to over £200. At the end there were some plants left over and these have found their way into our garden beds. With plenty of water, they seem to have taken well.

During these warm days, the garden has been popular. Lots of work after the weekend cleaning the pool, filtering the water and adding plenty of chemicals to keep it clean.

I liked this recipe for a summer salad. Cook some rice and add some chopped beetroot and spring onions. Cover and chill overnight. The next day add some French beans, peas, grated carrot, apples and other similar things – you could even add some cold meat. Blend together with some mayonnaise and decorate with some olives.

For those with obscure interests, you might be interested to look at the complex structures that has been placed under platforms 3 and 4 at Charing Cross to give additional support. It is an engineering wonder. It occurs to me that it might have been simpler to rebuild them totally.

The First Communion classes have been most enjoyable. Thanks to the parents who have helped with the teaching. We look forward to the First Communion Day in September.

Chut, chut, personne a des soucis, ——  —– fait ses oraisons. 

Can you work out who this is?

A prayer this week from Thomas More: O my sweet Saviour Christ, which in then undeserved love towards mankind so kindly wouldst suffer the painful death of the cross, suffer me not to be cold nor lukewarm again towards thee.

Something from Geoffrey Hill this week:

Below, the river scrambled like a goat

Dislodging stone. The mountain stamped its foot,

Shaking as from a trance. And I was shut

With wads of sound into a sudden quiet.

A busy week ahead with several on-line meetings. Gradually we are returning to normal with real meetings – and pots of coffee and sandwiches. I am dusting off my brief case once again.

I hope you are all keeping well.

Best wishes

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon  

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