newsletter 3rd October 2021

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 3rd October 2021

Sunday Masses: Saturday 6.30pm first Mass of Sunday

– Sunday 9.30 and 11am and 5pm.

Monday to Friday: – Mass at 8am.

Saturday 10am and 6.30pm

Confessions: Saturday12 to1

Today is the Twenty Seventh Sunday of the Church’s year.

Today is the First Sunday of the month and there will be a solemn Latin Mass at 11am.

We will collect your donations from the CAFOD fast day after Mass today.

Monday is the feast of St. Francis of Assisi and Thursday is the fest of the Holy Rosary. October is the month of the Rosary, and you might think of fingering your beads during this month.

First Communion classes again on Saturday in the big hall at 10am. The first two classes come together fairly quickly but after this, they will normally be once a month.

With the autumn days, we will need some heat in the Church. Please help by not hooking for exterior doors open unless this is really necessary.

Quite a lot of work in the garden cleaning up the fallen leaves. My new powerful leaf blower is a great help and saves hours of raking. Some of my herb pots have suffered from the birds and the animals and they are now secured with some netting. They seem to like the baby lettuce and the chives. At this time of year, I am busy planting some daffodil bulbs for next spring.

There will be some work this week to clean the tower in the Church. Once again, the pigeons have forced their way in. Following this, it will be possible to repair the clock. Once again, the bells will ring the hour and chime the Angelus.

My third jab last week so I am now in excellent condition: how are you getting on? I hope that you are keeping well.

A simple recipe this week. Stew some flat leaf parsley for a moment in some boiling water and add a lump of butter and some cream. Season as necessary and liquidise. It sounds simple but I assure you that it makes an excellent soup.

I know we have had this before, but I love Robert Lowell’s poem about Walsingham:

There once the penitents took off their shoes

And then walked barefoot the remaining mile;

And the small trees, a stream and hedgerows file

Slowly along the munching English lane.

A prayer for today: Deepen my commitment to the life of Christ I share within the Church and help me to live for the good of all who belong to the human family. Amen.

And here is Mr. Pooter:

I bought a pair of stags’ heads made of plaster of Paris and coloured brown. They will look just the thing in out little hall and give it style; the heads are excellent imitations. Poolers and Smith are sorry that they have nothing to offer Lupin.

Best wishes to you all,

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon.

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