newsletter 4th July 2021

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 4th July 2021

Sunday Masses: Saturday 6.30pm first Mass of Sunday

– Sunday 9.30 and 11am and 5pm.

Monday to Friday: – Mass at 8am.

Wednesday and Saturday

Mass at 10am

Confessions: Saturday12 to 1

Today is the Fourteenth Sunday of the Church’s year.

Usually, we have an appeal each year for the work of the Missions. It is not possible to arrange an appeal this year, but I have left out a box and if you wish you can leave a donation.

Some marmalade will be for sale after the morning Masses today.

Forms are available for the next set of First Holy Communion classes, starting in September. Please return them by the end of August so that I can buy the books and prepare everything for the classes.  We hope to be able to return to the normal programme, with special Masses during the year and a celebration on 15th May next year.

The children who are making their First Communion this year sent some letters to the Carmelite Sisters who prepare the altar breads that we use at Mass. They were pleased to receive a letter from the Sisters and some presents – some small Rosary Beads and a promise of prayers for them all.

Plenty of work in the garden at present. I have been using a machine to blow away the many leaves and to try to keep everything in order. The herbs continue to do well, although the basil seems to be very slow. There is plenty of parsley. Also the chives seem to take a long time to grow to maturity.

Light of the world, Lord Jesus Christ, shone on us so that we may walk steadfastly in the path of life; give light to our minds and warmth to our hearts, so that your light may shine out in all we do and say. Amen.

I was looking for a recipe for eggs Benedictine the other day. You will need some toasted muffins. Cut them in half and butter well. Add a slice of tongue and a poached egg. Keep very warm and add some hollandaise sauce.

And some Coleridge:

I fear thee ancient Mariner!

I fear they skinny hand!

And thou art long, and lank and brown,

As is the ribbed sea sand.

For those with special interests, the 707 electric trains which have come from the South Western have been undertaking trials runs on the Hayes line to test the platform clearances.

The boy and his sister are looking forward to the end of term and the holidays. It may not be possible to make any long journeys this year but I expect that they will be spending some time with the grandparents in Sussex. They may even come to visit me.

We have not had any Pepys for a long time: Up pretty early, that is by sven o’clock, it not being light before then. So my office all the morning signing the Treasurer’s ledger, part of it where I have not put my hand, and then a mouthful of pye at to stay my stomach; and so by water to Deptford.

I hope that you are all keeping well,

With best wishes

Monsignor Nicholas rothon

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