Newsletter 24th October 2021

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 24th October 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 to1

Today is the Thirtieth Ninth Sunday of the Church’s year.

Last week there was a pastoral letter from the Archbishop explaining the forthcoming Synod and the way in which we can share in it. This week I have prepared a leaflet explaining out plans and giving some of themes that you might like to consider. This is also available on the Parish web site. There will be a Parish meeting on 4th November but there are alternative ways of expressing your thoughts. The list of topics looks daunting, but I suggest that there are three ways of thinking about these themes.

  1. Those that we are doing already
  2. Those that we are not doing but that we should consider.
  3. Those are either not needed or impractical.

Apart from these themes, I am sure that there are many other ideas that we need to consider. You can make your own list and I assure you that they will be included in the submission that we will send from this parish to the Diocesan Office.

Monday is the feast of the English Martyrs, always a special day at our College in Spain. Some of you have been at the College on this day and shared in the wonderful celebration.  I will miss it this year but hope to be able to go back to Spain again next year.

Next Sunday we will celebrate the feast of All Saints, transferred this year from 1st November to 31st October.

There is a funeral Mass in the Church at 12 noon on Friday for Muriel Read.

A reminder that there will be the usual basket under the altar for the names of the deceased members of your family who will be remembered at Mass during the month of November.

A special recipe for the forthcoming feast: fry some strips of chicken breast in butter until they are gently browned. Remove to a warm plate. Add some white wine, crème fraiche and  chopped basil to the cooking fat and cook gently, stirring until it forms a thick sauce.  I am sure that you will enjoy this.

A prayer for today:

Lord of creation, in whose power are all times and seasons, bless us and crown us with your goodness. Keep your Church in peace, grant us eery blessing and lead us to our eternal home, where you reign for every and ever. Amen.

For those with remote interests, buses have returned to Rye Lane in Peckham. For some time, it had been used as a racetrack for mad cyclists and scooter riders so it is hoped that order will be restored.

And some Hopkins this week:

Oh, morning at the brown brink eastward, springs-

Because the Holy Ghost over the bent

World broods with warm breast and with ah! Bright wings.

Best wishes to you all,

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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