newsletter 29th August 2021

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 29th August 2021

Sunday Masses: Saturday 6.30pm first Mass of Sunday

– Sunday 9.30 and 11am and 5pm.

Monday to Friday: – Mass at 8am.

 Saturday morning

Mass at 10am

Confessions: Saturday12 to1

Today is the 22nd Sunday of the Church’s year.

We take up the readings from Mark’s gospel once again today.

Monday is the Bank Holiday but this time there will be no duties on the steam railway so I will be here for Mass as usual at 10am.

Next Sunday there will be a Latin Mass at 11am.

Friday is the feast of St. Gregory the Great.

I have ordered the books for the First Communion class. So far 22 applications but I have ordered some extras in case there are any late comers. A reminder that the introductory meeting for the parents will take place on 15th September at 8pm in the big hall. I have sent round a test email to check that everything is in order.

A strange plant amongst by herbs which has been identified as a Mimosa. Its leaves fold in if it is touched in any way as a means of self-defence. Britta tells me that in Germany a shy and self-enclosed person is known as a Mimosa.

Works on the electrics in the big hall are continuing. They are badly outdated and need to be renewed.  I hope that the new system will be more efficient and cheaper to use.

The boy and his sister are preparing for the new term at school. They have enjoyed the summer but look forward to being back with their friends.

There have been some splendid A level and GCSE results in the parish this year and congratulations to you all.

Back to familiar things and I made a pot of leek and potato soup recently. I cook the ingredients in a mixture of milk and water. Sieve carefully when the vegetables are cooked and season carefully with salt and pepper. I serve it with some parsley and a spoon of crème fraiche.

The great adventure recently was a visit to the remains of the Kingsway tram tunnel. There will be a full report in the magazine. I think my last visit to the tunnel must have been in 1951.

A prayer from Alquin: Grant me grace, Lord, to be strong and wise in all things. Give me a generous love. Fill me with the Spirit of your wisdom. Let me be always mindful of others. O perfect and eternal light, enlighten me.

And some Chesterton:

When God in all his paladins

By his own splendour swore

To make a fairer face than heaven

Of dust and nothing more.

Many requests for baptisms at present and we are busy up to November. If you would like to arrange a baptism, please speak to me when you come to Mass and we decide on a date and I can give you the necessary form.

I hope that you are all keeping well. Not long now before the flu jab for next winter.

Best wishes to you all,

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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