Newsletter 16th June 2013.

Today the 11th Sunday in ordinary time and also the feast of St. Richard of Chichester.

Thursday of this week is the feast of St. Alban, the patron of our College in Spain. If you have visited the College, you will have seen is statue above the high altar. By tradition he was a Roman soldier and was the first martyr in our land.

Saturday is the feast of St. John Fisher and of St. Thomas More, the two great saints of our land put to death by Henry VIII. Fisher – the bishop of Rochester and More the Lord Chancellor.

So a special week for English Saints.

We are back to normal in the Church and I am sure that you are very pleased with the results. Please help to keep the Church clean – no food left on the floor or tissues in the benches – also put markers back in the Mass books.

The Parish Council meets on 25th June and agendas will be available next week.

A meeting for the Priests of the Deanery on Tuesday and also a number of school meeting this week.

From a recent visit to France, you might like this recipe. Cook some slices of potato and also some pieces of carrot partially so that they remain firm. Drain well. Slice an aubergine and layer the potato, carrots and aubergine in a heatproof dish.
Season well and add some milk. Cover with some grated cheese and bake in a hot oven until it is nicely browned. Serve hot with roasted meat of you choice.

It is certainly appropriate to have this prayer today from Richard of Chichester, who died in 1283:
Thanks be to thee, my Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits and blessings which thou hast given to me, for all the pains and insults which thou hast born for me, O most merciful Friend, Brother and Redeemer; may I know thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, and follow thee more nearly.

Some interesting information: it seems the Victorian iron pillars and roof girders, recently dismantled at London Bridge station have been to taken to Wales and are to be used to provide a new station for the Vale of Rheidol narrow gauge
Railway at Aberystwyth. At least they will be using part of it – it would be very large for a railway with only three locomotives.

Thanks to the young people who have given their ideas for items in the garden. The most popular ideas seem to a slide and some monkey bars. We will see what might be possible later in the summer.

It is good to see so many servers – they are all very helpful. Nowadays I leave them to train one another and they seem to be very good at this – much better than I could ever be. Some advice is required on the care of candles – if they are knocked sideways, they tend to gutter and burn very quickly.

I found this poem by John Davidson about Romney Marsh and I hope you will like it:

As I went down to Dymchurch Wall,
I heard the South sing o’er the land;
I saw the yellow sunlight fall
On knolls where Norman churches stand.

The darkly shining salt sea drops
Streamed as the waves clashed on the shore;
The beach, with all its organ stops
Peeling again, prolonged the roar.

If you are in the garden, have a look at the apple trees. Nearly all of them seem to be doing very well this year: after the blossom the first of fruits are beginning to form so that there will be a good crop. The only problem is that the birds peck at them before they are formed. The white currants are almost ready and I will try making some jelly again this year. Later on I hope that the raspberries will do well. Already I have harvested some rhubarb – and there is a pot of ground ginger in the kitchen for when it is cooked.

The great-nephew has reached the stage at which he likes to receive postcards whenever I go anywhere – so he now has a collection with some extra-ordinary messages.

With best wishes to you all,

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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