Newsletter 28th April 2024

Newsletter 28th April 2024

Sunday Masses: Saturday 6.30pm first Mass of Sunday

– Sunday 9.30 and 11am and 5pm.

Monday to Friday: Eucharistic Service at 8am.

     Saturday Mass at 10am

and 6.30pm

Confessions: Saturday 12 to 1.

Today is the Fifth Sunday of the Easter Season.

I have put out some envelope today if you would like to make a donation towards the maintenance of the Cathedral.

Monday of this week is the feast of St. Catherine of Siena, Wednesday St. Joseph the Worker, Friday the Apostles Philip and James and Saturday the feast of the English Martyrs.

This coming week I will be going to the College in Spain, leaving on Monday morning and returning on Friday.  This means that there will not be a morning Mass during the coming week at 8am but the Church will be open for prayers and a Eucharistic Service.

The Justice and Peace Group meets next Sunday after the 11am Mass.

For some time there have been requests for a netball post in the garden.  Thanks to the Myra fund, one has now been provided.  The height of the post can be extended. Far too many people are scoring with their first shot, so I will have to make it higher and more difficult.

In spite of the cold days, the pool is already very popular.  Back to the usual routine of adding the chemicals, clearing out the grass and leaves and running the pump for the filter.

I have been watching the fig tree to see how it is developing this year.  Plenty of fine leaves but as yet, no sign of any fruit. Some of herb pots survived the winter with new crops of parsley and chives but I must set to work to replant them.  There is a splendid pot of basil in the kitchen, but I am reluctant to put it outside as the birds and the snails would destroy it in no time.

A visit from the boy and his sister last weekend.  He is still limping from his skiing injury but is recovering well. As always, they required great quantities of food.  

Try this. Soak some dried kidney beans overnight and cook them very slowly with a carrot, a peeled onion and some herbs until the beans are very tender.  Discard the carrot and onion and add some red wine and some crème fraiche and simmer for a little while. Add some small pieces of butter and sprinkle with parsley before serving.

A Collect: Lord of all power and might, who are the author and giver of all good things; Graft in our hearts the love of they name, nourish us with all goodness, and of they great mercy keep us in the same; through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

I await with interest the arrival of the new trains on the Docklands Light Railway. They are undergoing tests at present and can be seen from time to time, but as yet, they are not in regular service.

Not long now to the First Communion  on 19th May. We are busy with the preparations.

Best wishes to you all,

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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