newsletter 27th April 2014

Newsletter Sunday 27th April 2014
Today, the Sunday after Easter is known as Low Sunday. On this day we read the account of the appearance of the Risen Lord to Thomas.
Thank you all for sharing in the Easter Services so prayerfully. It is always a great joy to share in the celebration of this great feast in our parish.
On a personal note, thank you all for your generous Easter offerings.
There is a second collection today for the maintenance of the Cathedral. The collection has been moved from Advent to avoid the multiplicity of collections in the late autumn.
As you know, I was due to travel to Spain this week for a meeting at the College, but things have been changed as the Bishops have to attend the installation of the new Archbishop at Liverpool on Thursday. Our meeting is now being held in Birmingham on Wednesday. On this day there will not be a 7.30 Mass and there will be a Eucharistic Service at 10am.
The First Communion Group meet again on Saturday for their final class. There will be a meeting for the parents at 8pm on Monday evening to plan the class.
This year, in the Church calendar, the feast of St. George is transferred to Monday 28th April. The chapter Canons meet with the Archbishop on this day and afterwards share in the Mass in the Cathedral.
Other feasts this week – Tuesday St. Catherine of Sienna, Thursday St. Joseph and Saturday St. Philip and St James.

Next Sunday is the first Sunday of May and I will be asking the children to help me to crown the statue of Our Blessed Lady. May be if you remember you can bring along some flowers. I will put out some vases.
A reminder that the Sisters have an open afternoon at the Convent next Saturday, to which you are invited.
An invitation to a fancy dress party to which one is invited to come as an Underground Station. Angel is too obvious and I will let you know my solution next week.
At Kings Cross recently which is marvellously spacious now that it has been rebuilt. A great queue to be photographed near the entrance to platform 9 ¾. I note there are now fast trains to Cambridge every half hour. East Coast trains now carry a discrete grey colour scheme: I wonder who will win the new franchise for this line.
I am sure that you will have seen the poster for the Conference on Evangelisation which is to be held on 30th May at St. Matthew Academy. If you would like to attend, please add your name to the list.
Here is a nice way to make mushrooms on Toast. Cut your toast into small squares. Prepare a sauce with some butter, some flour, some warm milk and salt and better.
Place on the toast. In the meantime grill some small button mushrooms with a small piece of butter and place on top of the sauce.

I like Puck’s song – by Kipling
See you the dimpled track that runs
All hollow through the wheat?
O that was where they hauled the guns
That smote King Philip’s fleet
Out of the Weald, the secret Weald
Men sent in ancient years
The horseshoes red at Flodden Field
The arrows at Poitiers.
And a prayer:
Heavenly Father, grant that by the guidance of the Holy Spirit we may discern your holy Will and by the grace of the same Spirit we may also do it gladly with our whole hearts. Amen

Best wishes to you all
Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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