newsletter 23rd May 2021

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 23rd May 2021

Sunday Masses: Saturday 6.30pm first Mass of Sunday – Sunday 9.30 and 11am and 5pm. Monday to Friday: – Mass at 8am.  Confessions: Saturday12 to 1

Today is the Feast of Pentecost, on which we commemorate the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles as they are gathered in the upper room in Jerusalem.

The first reading, from the book of the Acts, gives a list of the places of origin of some of the people who were in Jerusalem for the feast and who listened to the preaching of the Apostles.

Come O Holy Spirit and, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and kindle in them the fire of Thy love. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be recreated, and Thou will renew the face of the earth.

This is a week for First Communion classes. They will take place in the hall from 10.30 on Saturday. Remember to bring your copy of the Mass book with you.

Bishop Pat has now moved to Welling. He came to live here in 2008 and has been a good friend for many years. We wish him well in his retirement.  The Archbishop has asked that the house should be reserved until a new Area Bishop is appointed.

It is good to see that it has become possible to arrange a number of baptisms during the coming weeks. I look forward to seeing you for the celebrations.

With these chill May days, I am beginning to look forward to a little global warming so that I can work in the garden. My herbs have been very slow this year with the continual rain and the lack of sun.

After a long gap, the magazine will come back again next week. Many items have been left pending for several months and I can promise you that it will be full of entertaining articles.

A simple recipe this week: you will need a can of green lentils and a can of chickpeas. Drain them and cook them gently in a mixture of water and milk. Correct the seasoning with pepper and maybe a little salt. When cooked through, liquidize and serve with swirl of sour cream and so parsley.  If you wish, this could be served cold.

It seems that the new Hitachi trains on the Great Western and the LNER are not all that they are cracked up to be.

Something from George Herbert this week: one of his poems on prayer.

Heaven in ordinarie, man well drest,

The Milkie-way, the bird of Paradise,

Church-bels beyond the stares heart, the souls bloud,

The land of spices; something understood.

From time to time a crazy competition with my brother on working out the words of a song; can you identify this one?

 Je range les vetements d’hiver avec desir de partir chez-moi.

All quiet on the wedding front. Photographer booked, phlowers booked, ring bought – invitations out a month now and only about 1/4 answers. Frightful modern manners. One thinks that the world owes them a party.

Keep well and best wishes to you all.

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon.  

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