Newsletter 27th December 2020

St. Mary’s Blackheath.

Newsletter 27th December 2020

Mass times: Saturday 6.30pm (first Mass of Sunday) – Sunday 9.30 and 11am, 5 and 7.30pm.

Monday to Saturday this week: daily Mass at 10am.

Greetings to you all on this Sunday after Christmas which we keep as the feast of the Holy Family.

For many of  us, Christmas has been far from easy this year and I hope that somehow, you have managed to survive.

Today there is a pastoral letter from the Archbishop.

During the coming week the morning Mass will be at 10am every day – there will not be a 7.30am Mass on Tuesday and Thursday.

Monday is the Feast of the Holy Innocents, and Tuesday the Feast of St. Thomas of Canterbury.

Friday, New Year’s Day, is now celebrated as the Feast of Mary, the Holy Mother of God.

Best wishes for the Year ahead and I hope that it will be possible gradually to return to normal.

A busy week ahead with end of year tasks, including the completion of the parish accounts. Usually they work out reasonably well but this year has been most unusual. I unload the final bank statement on 31st December and if all has gone well, everything should come out to the penny.

Thinking of Becket, here are some his words from Murder in the Cathedral:

Peace, and be at peace with your thoughts and visions. These things had to come to you and you to accept them, this is your share of the eternal burden, the perpetual glory.

A dish for post Christmas days. Boil some rice and drain well. Fry a sliced onion in some butter and mix with the rice, adding some mixed herbs and seasoning. In a buttered dish, make alternate layers of rice and sliced tomatoes, seasoning the tomatoes with salt and pepper. Top with some breadcrumbs and some grated cheese and dot with some butter. Bake in the oven until browned – this will take about 4o minutes at moderate heat.

A prayer for the New Year:

Lord of creation, in whose power are all times and seasons, bless this year and crown it with your goodness. Keep your Church in peace, grant us every blessing and lead us to our eternal home, where you live and reign for every and ever. Amen.

It was not possible to publish the magazine at Christmas year, but we hope to prepare an issue for the end of January.

I had hoped to be able to work on the steam railways on Monday but this has now been cancelled as I live in an area subject to tier 4. There was one day of duties in mid-December which was most enjoyable.  The train is decorated with lights and we are able to serve food to all the passengers. A long day as the final departure was at 8.30pm.

Also it was disappointing that it was not  possible to see the boy and his sister over Christmas. We decided that due to age and other reasons it was better not to have a family re-union. Also, the children were in isolation due to an outbreak at their school. 

Already looking ahead, and hoping things will improve. – last year, with warm days, it was possible to fill the pool by the end of March. January this week – and then only February – we will have to see how the weather develops but already there are promises of a warm summer. I must remember to darn the elbows of my swim-suite.

A reminder about switching off mobile phones during Mass please.

Rosita come quick: down at the cantina they are giving Green stamps with tequila.

Best wishes to you all

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon 

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