newsletter 22nd January 2012

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Newsletter 22nd January 2011

Today the Third Sunday of the Church’s year.
We are in the middle of the week of prayer for Church. This evening at 6.30 there is Choral Evensong at St. Margaret’s in Lee Terrace sponsored by Churches Together in Blackheath.

Several feasts this week: Tuesday is the feast of St. Francis de Sales, Wednesday the Conversion of St. Paul, Thursday St. Timothy and St. Titus and Saturday St. Thomas Aquinas.

I am off on my travels again this week: this time to Sanlucar de Barrameda in the South of Spain. You may remember that there is an English chapel in the town, founded in 1515 by English Wine Merchants. It is recognised that the chapel belongs to the Catholic Church in England and I have powers of attorney. The chapel is leased to a local confraternity and every two years I make a visit to meet with the elders of the Confraternity and to celebrate Mass in the chapel. I will be accompanied by Canon Peter Webb, by companion from my class in Valladolid. He knows everybody in the town and we have a most enjoyable time.

During my absence, David will be looking after the house. I am asking the Bishop if he can help with Mass on some of the days, but if he is not available, he Eucharistic Ministers will read the scriptures and distribute Holy Communion at 10am. There should be a Mass at the Convent every day at 8.

I hope to be back as normal for the Masses next Saturday.

Actually we leave on Tuesday, but Monday is busy with a meeting at Canary Wharf in the morning and then back for a Finance meeting at the Sixth Form College in the evening, so I will be able to sleep all the way to Spain. As the years go by, we do tend to experience a few senior moments with mislaid boarding passes or confusion about directions but somehow we manage to survive.

No magazine this month, but we hope to have a further issue for you at the end of February. As always, Ali managed to solve all the questions in the quiz, although there were one or to trick questions for the unwary. The most difficult, it seems, was the quotation from Hoffnung. We will have to play the Oxford Union speech to the Film Club one evening. Maybe it has become a period piece.

A prayer for this week:
O God, and Father of all, whom the whole heavens adore; le the whole earth also worship you, all kingdoms obey you, all tongues confess and bless you and serve you in peace.

Some mobile messages:
CRBT: crying real big tears
SWL: screaming with laughter
TYCLO: turn your caps lock off.

By now I am sure you are looking for the recipe:
I tried this for David the other evening. Peel, core and chop a firm apple into thin slices. Also there were a couple of large strawberries to core and slice. Heat some clear honey and spoon over the fruit and add a good sprinkling of cinnamon. Maybe serve with a drop of crème fraiche.

A crazy poem from Roger McGough:
Or when I’m 91
With silver hair
And sitting in a barber’s chair
May rival gangsters
With hamfisted tommy guns burst in
And give me a short back and insides.

Good progress to the extension of the East London line as part of the Overground network.
The track is now in place at Bermondsey. There will be an extension to the platforms at Clapham Junction to provide a direct interchange with trains to Kensington Olympia. The new trains have been delivered already and are being run-in on the existing services.

Some new tables and some additional chairs are on order for the big hall. They are due to arrive in mid-February. After a visit to IKEA, there are now plates and cutlery in the kitchen so maybe we can arrange a Sunday lunch sometime.

Best wishes to you all,

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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