newsletter 28th March 2021

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 28th March 2021

Sunday Masses:

Saturday 6.30pm first Mass of Sunday

Sunday 9.30 and 11am and 5pm.

Monday to Wednesday:

Mass at 8am. 

Confessions: Saturday 12 to 1pm.

Today is Palm Sunday. Palms will be blessed in the Church at the beginning of the 9.30 Mass and will be available at the later Masses.

This year we read the account of the Passion of the Lord from Mark’s gospel. This year you are asked not to join in the crowd responses.

We are able to celebrate the Holy Week services this year but in a simplified form.

On Thursday evening there will be the Mass of the Last Supper at 8pm. There will be no washing of the feet. The Blessed Sacrament will remain in the tabernacle at the end of Mass and you are welcome to stay in the Church for prayer after Mass.

On Good Friday, there will be the solemn liturgy in the afternoon in a slightly simplified form at 3pm. There will be no veneration of the cross but you will be able to received Holy Communion.

Many people like to share in the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday and this will take place at 8pm.

On Holy Saturday, there is no evening Mass but we will be able to celebrate the Easter Vigil at 9pm. This will be in a simplified form. We will begin in the Church and there will be no blessing of the fire in the garden and the procession into the Church. It is estimate that the vigil will take about an hour.

Masses on Easter Sunday will be at the normal times.

Several people have asked about Confessions. I have made some adaptations to the confessional with a Perspex screen so that it will be reasonably safe to use. I will re-introduce Confessions at the normal time of 12 to 1 on Saturdays. There has been a long gap so I will try to be available at the end of the Holy Week services.

A reminder that Good Friday is a day of Fasting and Abstinence.

The collection on Good Friday is for the maintenance of the Holy Places. Please use either the offertory box or the card reader.

The Chrism Mass takes place at the Cathedral on Wednesday morning but this year admission is limited.

Here is John Donne on Good Friday

There I should see a Sunne, by rising set

And by that setting endlesse day beget;

And that Christ on this Crossed, did rise and fall,

Sinne had eternally benighted all.

Be mindful, Lord, of your people for whose sake Our Lord Jesus Christ did not hesitate to yield himself into the hands of his enemies and  to undergo the sufferings of the Cross. Amen.

I hope that you are all keeping well. Prayers for those who are sick and for those who care for them and a remembrance for all who have died.

The boy and his sister join with me in greeting you.

Best wishes to you all,

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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