Newsletter 24th July 2022

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 24th July 2022

Sunday Masses: Saturday 6.30pm first Mass of Sunday

– Sunday 9.30 and 11am and 5pm.

Monday to Friday: Lenten service at 8am.

Saturday 10am and 6.30pm

Confessions: Saturday12 to 1

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

Monday is the feast of St. James, the Patron of Spain

Tuesday is the feast of Saints Joachim and Anna, the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. See if you can find them in one of the stained glass windows in the Church.

The choir will be singing at the 11am Mass today but will then be taking a break until September.

A reminder please to return the forms of First Communion and Confirmation classes. So far eleven for FHC but only one for Confirmations – I am sure that there will be some more.

Several baptisms in the coming weeks- please remember to return the forms promptly so that I will have the details for the register.

The garden has been popular in recent days – though there has been a lot of work – watering the plants and keeping the pool clean.  I was able to obtain a good supply of chlorine – though I understand that there is a shortage at present.  A weekly task to wash out the towels and the wet costumes.  If possible please try to bring your own.

Another recipe – I tried making a smoothie recently with some strawberries, some orange juice and a little crème fraiche, mixing them in the liquidizer. It seemed to work quite well.  I understand that it is a favourite with the boy, though he prefers to go to Starbucks.

The recent question with the names of racehorses resulted in several responses – details of jockeys, owners and odds, but few were able to move onto to the next stage and recognise these were names given to railway locomotives. 

A prayer from the Psalms:

In the morning fill us with your love;

We shall exult and rejoice all our days.

Let your glory shine on your children

Let the favour of the Lord be upon us.

And a poem:

On reapers, reaping early

In among the bearded barley

Here a song that echoes cheerly

From the river winding clearly

Down to tower’d Camelot.

I will be meeting the Rector of the College in Spain next week and I will raise with him the question of a visit at the end of October. I hope that there will be a positive response – and I will let you know the result.

Thanks to those who attended the meeting of the Parish Council recently. I am preparing some minutes and I will put these up on the notice board.

I hope that you are all keeping well and that you will be able to enjoy a holiday. Prayers and kind wishes to those who are sick. We are thinking of you.

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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