Newsletter 26th May 2024

Newsletter 26th May 2024

Sunday Masses: Saturday 6.30pm first Mass of Sunday

– Sunday 9.30 and 11am and 5pm.The

Monday to Friday: Mass at 8am.

     Saturday Mass at 10am

and 6.30pm

Confessions: Saturday 12 to 1

Today is the feast of the Most Holy Trinity. It is the formal completion of the Paschal season.

Thanks to all who helped to make the First Holy Communion celebration so special last Sunday. Best wishes and congratulations to all the children.

This is the Eighth Week in ordinary time.

Monday is the feast of St. Augustine of Canterbury. He was sent to England by Pope Gregory in 597 to help establish the Christian faith in this land.

Friday, the last day of May is the feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – the day in which she travelled to visit her cousin Elizabeth before the birth of John the Baptist.

You might also like to say a prayer for Father Hartley on Tuesday. It is the anniversary of his death in 2020.

Monday is the Bank Holiday. I may have some special duties on the steam railway, and I will let you know if we need to change the time of the morning Mass.

I expect you might need to prepare a quiche for a summer lunch. You can use frozen pastry if there is not time to make some. The filling can made from some spinach, if possible, some sorrel, crème fraiche, two egg yolks, a little grated nutmeg, and some grated cheese. I hope it turns out well.

A short prayer:

Write upon our hearts, O Lord God, the lessons of thy holy Word, and grant that we all may be doers of the same, and not forgetful hearers only. Amen.

It is suggested that the new Routemaster buses, the “Boris” buses, will all be withdrawn from service by 2030 and replaced by all- electric vehicles. 1000 were built. Their lives are much shorter than the original Routemasters, which lasted for 50 years.

Near the celebrated Lido where the breeze is fresh and free

Stands the ancient port of Venice called the City of the Sea.

All its streets are made of water, all its homes are brick and stone,

Yet is has a picturesqueness which is justly all its own.

(Betjeman at his worst!)

An advance warning that a new version of the Scriptures will be introduced at Mass from the First Sunday of Advent.  There will be a need for a new set of Mass books, and I am leaving to Father Kyne to decide how this will be arranged.

The garden is doing very well this year, though some areas are a bit overgrown. I have started on a new set of herbs, and some are beginning to come up. The fig tree is doing very well. Not long and you can start to look for some raspberries on Sunday. Also, the cherry trees are producing a lot of fruit.

Best wishes to you all,

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon.

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