newsletter 26th September 2021

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 26th September 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

Today is the Twenty Sixth Sunday of the Church’s year.

Yesterday we began our new series of Classes for the children who will be making their First Holy Communion in May of next year. Today at the 9.30, they will share in the Mass in a special way and will receive their crosses, that they will wear during the year when they come to Mass. Please remember to pray for them all.  Also, a word of thanks to the parents who are helping with the Classes.

Many feasts of Saints this week. Monday is the feast of St. Vincent de Paul. Wednesday is the feast of St. Michael and the Archangels.  Thursday is the feast and St. Jerome and Friday the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux.

Jerome was one of the great scholars of the Church. He translated the Scriptures into Latin – his work is known as the Vulgate Bible.  Together with Gregory, Ambrose and Augustine he is one of the doctors of the Church and he appears on the side altar at the right of the Sanctuary. If you look carefully, you will be able to see his pet lion. There is a story that he removed a thorn from the paw of the lion, and it remained his pet, though it terrified those who came to visit him.

Gradually we are moving into the autumn days and I will provide some heat in the Church in the coming weeks. The works to the big hall have been completed. These included a renewal of the electric system with new lights and  some works to the plumbing to ensure that it works properly.  The new lights are a great improvement. The works was certainly overdue as the system dated back to the renovation of the hall in the 1950s following war damage.

Normally at this time of year we would be looking forward to a visit to the College in Spain.  Many of you have come with me and we have had some very enjoyable days.  It is not possible for the time being, but I hope that things will be easier next year.  I will not be able to travel myself due to the problems on returning to England and also possible quarantine restrictions in Spain.

No recipe this time, but there is room for a prayer:

Lighten our darkness, we beseech you, O Lord, and by your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers, for the love of your only Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

I hope that you and your families are all keeping well, with prayers for those who are sick.

CAFOD Family Fast Day is on Friday 1 October for the CAFOD Climate Crisis Appeal to support communities affected by the impact of climate change. Donations will be collected after Masses on 2 and 3 October. Donations can also be made on-line via the CAFOD website – cafod.org.uk/Fundraise/Family-Fast-Day

With every best wish,

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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