newsletter 25th July 2021

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 25th July 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 Seventeenth Sunday of the year.

25th July is the feast of St. James, the patron of Spain. His relics are kept at Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. When the feast falls on a Sunday, it is kept as a Holy Year and the pilgrim door in the Cathedral is opened.

Monday is the feast of Saints Joachim and Anna, the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. They appear in a stained-glass window in our Church above the St. Joseph Altar.

Saturday is the feast of Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits.

As I have mentioned to you, we are continuing with Covid precautions as far as possible. The use of masks is recommended and try to observe social distancing. We are not using Mass books for the time being or the collection baskets. Thanks for those who have made standing orders: otherwise, you can use the card reader or the offertory box.

For many, the holiday season has now started.  It is good that we are able to use the garden during these days. If you can manage it, a little help with some gardening tasks would be appreciated – nothing elaborate – cutting back some of the bushes and clearing some leaves.

At this time of year, a recipe for gazpacho, a cold soup is welcome. I use a red and a green pepper, a cucumber, some skinned tomatoes, some spring onions and some breadcrumbs. Liquidize with some olive oil and some wine vinegar. Serve with some chopped pieces of pepper, tomato and hard-boiled eggs.  A chilled glass of dry sherry goes well with this.

Some Kipling today:

Then said the souls of gentlemen-adventurers-

Fettered wrist to bar all for red iniquity;

‘Ho, we revel in our chains

O’er the sorrow that was Spain’s;

Heave or sink it, leave or drink it, we were masters of the sea!’

A prayer from St. Bede:

Open our hearts, O lord, and enlighten us by the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may seek what is pleasing to your will; and so order our lives according to your commandments, that we may deserve to enter into your unending joy; through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Merton on solitude: The truest solitude is not something outside you, not an absence of others or of sound around you; it is an abyss opening up in the centre of your own soul. And this abyss of interior solitude is created by a hunger that will never be satisfied with any created thing.

No sign yet of the type 707 trains appearing in regular service on the South Eastern railway. I think the transfer of the units from the South Western has been delayed due to later arrival of the new trains that the South Western has ordered.  

I hope that you and your families are all keeping well and that you are able to enjoy these summer days.

With best wishes

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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