newsletter 30th April 2017

St. Mary’s,


Newsletter: 30th April 2017

Mass times: Saturday: 6.30pm (first Mass of Sunday)

Sunday: 9.30 and 11am and 7.30pm

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10am

Tuesday, Thursday: 7.30am

Eucharistic Service: Tuesday 10am

There is a Mass at the Convent on Friday evenings at 6.30pm.

Confessions: Saturday 12 to 1pm

Welcome to the parish magazine once again.

Today is the third Sunday of Easter.

There is a second collection today for the maintenance of St. George’s Cathedral – the feast of our patron was celebrated last Monday.

Today the last of the special Masses for the First Holy Communion Group. Thanks to all the parents who have helped – and also to Ali who has helped with the music. We are now looking forward to celebration 14th May.

Monday is the Bank holiday and as usual I will be undertaking some duties on the steam railway in Hampshire.

There is a special lunch in the hall today organised by the Justice and Peace group.

May begins on Monday – the month dedicated to Our Blessed Lady. Next Sunday at the 9.30 Mass I will ask the children to help me to crown the statue.

Monday of this week the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker.

Wednesday is the feast of the apostles Philip and James.

Thursday if the feast of the English Martyrs. It is always a special day as 6 of the canonised martyrs were students at our College in Spain: Garnett and Weston, Barlow and Roberts and Lloyd and Plessington.

Lots of work in the garden in recent weeks: you will have noted the new bench in memory of Toni Rossiter who died last year. There is a new ladder for tree and I have oiled repaired the climbing frame. The other two benches need some attention and I have been working on them. The pool has been quite popular through it is quite cold early in the season. I hope that it will warm up in the coming months.

It looks as if Bishop Lynch will be undertaking a visit to the parish in the autumn. More details to follow when I have some more information.

A prayer for today: Bless us all, Almighty Father, from the rising of the sun to its setting: from your goodness enrich us, by your love inspire us, by your spirit guide us, by your power protect us, in your mercy receive us, now and always. Amen

A way to cook some French beans: place in boiling water and cook for five minutes. Melt some butter in a saucepan and add some cream, a little finely chopped shallot and some pepper. Drain the beans and add the sauce, cooking gently until they are tender.

And to finish, some Belloc

The moon on the one hand, the dawn on the other:

The moon is my sister, the dawn is my brother.

The moon on my left and the dawn on my right.

My brother, good morning, my sister, good night.

Best wishes to you all

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon


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