Newsletter 28th August 2022

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 28th August 2022

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: Saturday 12 to 1

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

Saturday is the feast of St. Gregory the Great, who sent Augustine to England.

Monday is the Bank holiday – there will be a Mass at 8am but I will need to leave quickly afterwards as I will be working on the Railway.  I hope we will have a good number of passengers.

Thank you for returning the First Communion and the Confirmation forms. A reminder of the meeting for the parents on 14th September.  I have been busy unpacking the books and preparing the timetable for the classes.

A recipe for tomato soup – (thank you for the two bags). Stew the tomatoes in some vegetable stock with a little seasoning and add some mixed herbs and a few chives. Liquidise and pass through a sieve to remove the pips and the skins.  It can be a little sharp so a pinch of sugar helps. Serve with some cream and a basil leaf.    

And a prayer:

Remember, O Lord, what thou has wrought in us and not what we deserve; and as thou has called us to thy service, make us worthy of our calling, through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

A journey the other day by Greater Anglia railways into Liverpool Street. Their new trains are very smart and modern – in comparison, South Eastern is dowdy.  The City Beam trains inherited from the South Western are already looking worn and dusty.  The approach to Liverpool St. station must be the worst in London.

Something from Thomas Gray:

There are the foot of yonder nodding beech,

That wreathes its old fantastic roots so high,

His listless length at noontide would be stretch,

And pore upon the brook that babbles by.

(This is Elegy in a Country Churchyard).

The staff return to the College in Spain this week to prepare everything for the new term.  There will be plenty to do at this end – preparing the accounts for the past year and sending out the invoices for the new students.  

“Many thanks for your ongoing donations to Greenwich Foodbank. Jamie Ginns, CEO of Greenwich Foodbank, is coming to the parish on Sunday 11 September to tell us more about the work of the foodbank and how we can help. There will be a meeting with Jamie and the opportunity to ask any questions you may have in the Main Parish Hall after the 11.00 Mass (refreshments provided). Please put you name on the notice at the back of the Church if you are planning to come or just turn up on the day – everyone is very welcome. For more details, contact either Hazel Wilkinson ( or Helen White ( “

Best wishes to you all,

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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