newsletter 3rd July 2011

Offertory £887.50
Cafod £1

Today we are pleased to welcome Father Denis Carter who will be making the annual Mission appeal on behalf of the Columban Fathers.

I expect that you have worked out by now that we have reach Sunday readings taken from cycle A.

For the remaining Sundays in July, I hope to be able to speak to you about the revised order of the Mass.

The Cinema club meets again this evening at 5pm in the Angelus Room. The film this time is Africa United. Pizza and popcorn will be served during the film with a chance to discuss it at the end. We hope to finish by about 7.15. Also a chance to choose the next film – I know that my choices are totally ignored but how about The Guns of Navarone next time?

Thanks to all who have offered to help with the garden. It was wonderful to have such a response and I hope all will go well.

Off on my travels again on Wednesday for a meeting of the Insurance Company in Guernsey so I am asking the Eucharistic Ministers to help at 10am with prayers and the Novena.

No squirrels for sometime – I wonder why – but the foxes have appeared regularly. I have blocked up their entrances, but they are very strong and new holes appear in no time. Looking round the garden, you will have noted that the fruit trees are doing well. As usual the birds have enjoyed the raspberries but the apples are coming on well. Not really enough black currants to make some jelly. I have trimmed some of the roses and the second flowering is starting to appear. I am not sure about my sunflowers: nothing to see as yet.

Gradually we are winding down for the holiday season and I hope that you will have an enjoyable break. Many of the young people are very tired after their exams and are now enjoying he last couple of weeks of term. It seems that the questions were not too unexpected this year, so that with the help of some diligent revision, there is a hope of some very good grades.

The choirs will be taking a pause in a couple of week’s time. Thanks for all their efforts, particularly to Tim and also to Ali and Teresa. In recent weeks several young people have asked if they can serve at Mass and I am pleased to welcome them. The choirs would welcome new members and also it would be helpful if we had some more readers, particularly at 8am and 9.30am.

Some Eliot this week:
His soul stretched tight across the skies
That fade behind a city block,
Or trampled by insistent feet
At four and five and six o’clock;
And short square fingers stuffing pipes,
And evening newspapers, and eyes
Assured of certain certainties,
The conscience of a blackened street
Impatient to assume the world.

A prayer for children:
Lord Jesus, bless the children of this parish, guide and protect them through their growing years and throughout their lives. Be to them a true shepherd and guide. May they always listen to your voice, because they know you as Lord and Saviour.

And now the recipe:
Trim some leeks and was thoroughly in cold water. Place them in a pan with some olive oil and season with pepper and salt. Cover the man and cook slowly for about 20 minutes, turning them once. Lift them out and add some skinned and chopped tomatoes to the oil with a clove of chopped garlic and cook for a few minutes. Stir in some parsley and pour over the leeks.

I understand that the bendy buses are due to be replaced on the following routes in the near future: 12, 25 436 and 453. The operating companies are reluctant to purchase new vehicles due to changes in transport policy and are seeking to lease them. In turn the leasing companies are reluctant to grant short leases at favourable terms: from the bendy buses, they have learnt that they can be left with fairly new vehicles that they cannot re-lease elsewhere.

Some Fund Managers were asked what they thought about Greece but the majority said they preferred Saturday Night Fever.

Best wishes to you all,

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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