Newsletter 26th June 2022

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 26th June 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 Thirteenth Sunday of the Church’s year.

After the various feasts on recent Sundays, the green vestments have appeared once again, and we will be using them until Advent.

The Scripture readings at Mass are taken from cycle C.

Wednesday is the feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul. Masses in the Church will be at 8 and 10am and 6.30pm.

A fairly busy week with a meeting of School Governors on Tuesday and a meeting in London on Thursday.

Gradually the school year is coming to an end: I hope that all has gone well with the exams. From years ago, memories of playing cricket and sitting about in the sun most of the day.

The students have come home from the College in Spain. I have been helping the new Rector to plan the administration for the coming year. Also, there is a lot of work in re-wording policies and other documents. I have been dropping hints about another visit in October and hope to have an answer soon.

A familiar recipe from the Basque country – Piparrada. The simplest way is to use a can of Ratatouille if you do not have time to make some yourself. Heat gently in a broad pan and add two or three well beaten eggs, adding them to the mixture and stirring well until they are set. Serve either as a separate dish or form it into an omelette. In Bayonne it is served as a mixture on a plate.

Something from the Rubaiyat:

Myself when young did eagerly frequent

Doctor and Saint, and heard great argument

About it and about: but evermore

Came out by the same door where in I went.

A prayer to the Holy Spirit:

O God, who taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grants that, by the gift of the same Spirit, we may be always truly wise and ever rejoice in his consolation. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

A reminder that July 5th is the seventieth anniversary of the last day of the old trams in London. There are still memories of the change pit at Lee Green where the cars would change from a plough, collecting power from a slot in the road, to a pole taking current from overhead wires.

Some Pepys today:

In the afternoon I down to Woolwich and after me my wife and Mercer, whom I led to Mr. Sheldon’s to see his house, and I find it a very pretty place for them to be at. So I back again, walking both forward and backward, and left mg wife to come by water.  Thus this book of two years ends. Myself and my family in  good health.  Consideration of moving my wife to Woolwich; she lately busy earning to paint, with great pleasure and success.

I hope that you are all keeping well and with best wishes

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon


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