newsletter 21st November 20212

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 21st November 2021

Sunday Masses: Saturday 6.30pm first Mass of Sunday

– Sunday 9.30 and 11am and 5pm.

Monday to Friday: – Mass at 8am.

Saturday 10am and 6.30pm

Confessions: Saturday12 to 1

Today is the Feast of Christ the King, the last Sunday in the Church’s year.

Monday is the feast of St. Cecilia, the patron of musicians. Years ago, in Spain this was first day on which we could light the stoves: we looked forward to this feast as it could be cold in November.

The new cycle of readings begins next week with a new set of Mass books. If you have taken one of the books home in error, I would be grateful if you could return it.

I have sent our parish response to the Synod process to Diocesan office. The period of consultation remains open until mid-January. If you would like to add any further ideas, you can submit them in person, or I can forward them on your behalf. A printed report on the process will be published in the parish magazine next week.

A reminder that Christmas and Advent cards are available in the repository.

All the external lights are working again. The new lights in the garden are a great improvement. The final task for the year is the repair to the clock in the tower. This is due to take place in mid-December.

Thanks to the parents who help with the liturgy for the small children in the Angelus Room during the 9.30 Mass. We need a few more helpers and so I would be grateful if you could speak who are organising the class at present.

Some work in the garden in recent days trying to cope with the leaves: they were late this year due to the mild autumn, but they have finally turned. When the leaves fall on the sweet chestnut trees at the bottom of the garden, it is a sign that winter has arrived.

A sandwich recipe from Arabella Boxer this week: she suggests some chopped hard boiled eggs mixed with some mango chutney and some watercress, with some buttered brown bread. I always enjoy her recipes. This sounds delicious.

Here is Kipling on Romney Marsh:

Five and twenty ponies

Trotting through the dark-

Brandy for the Parson

Baccy for the Clerk;

Laces for a lady, letters for a spy

And watch the wall my darling, while the Gentlemen go by!

A prayer for today:

Most Holy Trinity, ever ancient, ever new, ever powerful in heavenly splendour: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be my saving and my guarding through every age.

I am looking forward to seeing the boy and his sister at Christmas: it seems probably that the cousins will also be about so that it will be a noisy day. I am preparing a list of tunes for Alexa, but I sure that I will be shouted down. “The bold hippopotamus, whose love song we know, is now married and father of ten ……”

Not much transport news at present: if you look carefully, some the Stagecoach Enviro 400s from Catford garage are being repainted for a further period of service.

Best wishes to you all,

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon.

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