Newsletter 4th April 2021

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 4th April 2021

Sunday Masses:

Saturday 6.30pm first Mass of Sunday

Sunday 9.30 and 11am and 5pm.

Monday to Friday:

Mass at 8am. 

Confessions: Saturday 12 to 1pm.

Greetings and blessings to you all on Easter Sunday as we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord.

Thank you for sharing in our Holy Week Services. They were in a simplified form but in their own way, they were very prayerful. Thanks to those who helped with music, preparing the Church and the serving.

The Paschal Candle now remains in the Sanctuary until Ascension Day as a symbol of the Risen Lord remaining with his Church.

For the coming days, the weekday Mass will remain at 8am but we can re-think this again when the regulations change later in the year.

The garden looks splendid in the Spring and the bulbs that we planted last autumn have come up well. I will be starting on my herb pots in the coming weeks. I need to buy some seeds for parsley and for basil.  A few plants have survived from the previous year, but a lot of the dead wood needs to be cleaned out. The new slide, purchased from the Myra fund and requested by some of the young people has arrived.

The steam railway is not operating in the normal way on the Easter Bank holiday so I will not be attending to my normal tasks.

I hope that we can return to a full service later in the year.

Gradually plans for delayed marriages are being revised. Please contact me in the coming weeks so that we can arrange a meeting. Just to complicate things, a new system of Civil Registration comes into force on May 4th. I have some of the details but there are several matters which still require clarification.

Also, I will be pleased to help with Baptisms in the coming weeks if you would like to suggest a day.

I always like George Herbert’s poem for Easter Sunday.

I got me flowers to straw thy way;

I got me boughs off many a tree:

But thou wast up by break of day,

And brough’st thy sweets along with thee.

And an Easter prayer:

Give us grace to see you with the eyes of our understanding so that we may know you walking by our side on our earthly pilgrimage. Come to us and dwell within us: stay with us and make yourself known to us in the scriptures and in the breaking of bread.

This recipe is a special Easter treat. Cut some bread into rounds, butter on both sides and place in a baking dish. Skin and stone some ripe peaches, roll them in some caster sugar, cut them in half and place on the bread. Bake in a moderate oven for about 30 minutes. Prepare some red-currant jelly with some water and heat gently. Pour over the peaches before serving.  

I will be in touch during the coming week about re-starting the First Holy Communion classes.

Keep well and best wishes to you all.

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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