newsletter 22nd August 2021

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 22nd 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 Twenty First Sunday of the Church’s year.

We will complete the series of readings from John’s gospel today. Many of the people are unable to accept the initial promise of the Eucharist.

From next Sunday we will return to the readings from Mark’s gospel.

Friday is the feast of St. Monica, the mother of St. Augustine of Hippo and Saturday is the feast of St. Augustine himself.

I have put out the Mass books once again. They were withdrawn from use at the beginning of the Pandemic and I leave it to you to decide if you wish to use them.

The Latin Mass will resume on the first Sunday of September at 11am. The text is the “Missa normativa” taken from the 2012 edition of the Roman Missal.

You will have noted that quite a lot of work has been undertaken to clean up the front of the Church. Thanks to Colm for all his help with this.

Please return any further forms for the First Communion classes as soon as possible. There will be a meeting for the parents in mid-September and I need to order the books.

The Church clock has not been striking for some time. It seems that the clapper on the bell is not working. I have arranged for the engineer to call, and I hope that we can sound the hours as well as the Angelus again soon.

Also, the external notice board is in a poor state of repair and the information is outdated. I am arranging for a new board to be prepared.

A prayer for today: Lord, bring new life when we are worn and tired; new love when we have turned half-hearted; forgiveness where we have wounded; and the joy and freedom of your Holy Spirit.

Here is a familiar favourite. Butter some triangles of bread and layer them in a buttered dish with plenty of raisins. Heat 275ml of milk and 150ml of single cream and beat in three eggs. Pour over the bread and bake in a medium oven until the top is crisp and golden brown.

Think, in this batter’d Caravanserai

Whose doorways alternate night and day,

How Sultan after Sultan with his Pomp

Abode his hour or two and went his way.

(From the Rubaiyat)

It looks as if there will be no railway duties on this coming Bank Holiday. As yet things are not back to normal and full service is not operating. I think the next set of duties will be in the Christmas period when we operate special trains adorned with lights.

Many requests for baptisms at present and we are fully booked to late October. Please ask me for a form if you would like to arrange a baptism.

“I’m only six: you work it out!”

Best wishes to you all

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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