Newsletter 26th December 2021

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 26th December 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 to 1

Greetings on this Boxing Day. I hope that you have all had an enjoyable celebration of Christmas.

Today, on the Sunday within the Octave of Christmas, we keep the feast of the Holy Family. This replaces the feast of St. Stephen which is normally kept on this day.

There is a pastoral letter from the Archbishop at Mass today.

Monday is the feast of St. John the apostle, Tuesday the feast of the Holy Innocents and Wednesday is the feast of St. Thomas of Canterbury.

Next Saturday, New year’s Day, there will be Masses at 10am and 6.30pm.  This day is now kept as the feast of Mary, the Holy Mother of God.

I hope that you are able to enjoy these days with your families. Quite a few things to do this week including completing the registers and the accounts for the year. With luck, if my computer in-put has been careful, the sums will come out to the penny.

On Wednesday afternoon I am due to work on the steam railway once again. This is always fun, doing all the things that one wanted to do as a boy. I have a special key to lock and unlock the coaches. Big trouble if I had owned one of these when I was younger.

A few things to entertain you this week: can you work out what we were doing on Christmas day: allez directament a la prison, ne passez pas le depart, ne prenez pas votre salaire de vingt mil francs.

We liked the Canterbury Tale in the latest issue of the magazine so here is some more:

A Clerk ther was of Oxenford also,

That unto logyk hadde long ygo.

As leene was his hors as is a rake,

And he was nat right fat, I undertake,

But looked holwe, and thereto sobrely.

We invited John Betjeman to tea:

Milk then and just as it comes dear?

I’m afraid the preserve’s full of stones;

Beg pardon, I’m soiling the doileys

With afternoon tea-cakes and scones.

I love this: Laurie Lee writing about his first daughter: I hope she’ll sing when she wants to, and be flattered when she needs it. May our house not be so tidy that it  inhibits her gusto. She shall love God, and have a place for saints and angels, or even dress shrines for the more unfashionable spirits.  She shall not be condemned to grey flannel nor kept for ever in jeans … I could go on – look it up!

A prayer for the new year:

Lord of creation, in whose power are all times and seasons, bless this year and crown it with your goodness. Keep us all in peace, grants us every blessing and lead us to our eternal home.

I enjoy Carol Ann Duffy: here she is on Mrs. Faust; Oh, well, Faust’s will left everything – the yacht, the several homes, the Lear jet, the helipad,, the loot, et cet, et cet, the lot –

To me.          C’est la vie.   (Awesome!)

No room for a recipe this week.

Best wishes to you all

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon    

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