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Newsletter 4th June 2017
Today is the feast of Pentecost when we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit on the apostles.
After the readings today and before the gospel there is a Sequence Ã¢â‚¬â€œ please stand and join in reciting this.
From Monday we take up ordinary time again Ã¢â‚¬â€œ green vestments and the ninth week in ordinary time with Mass readings on weekdays taken from the first cycle.
Next Sunday is Trinity Sunday, the last day of the Easter season.
Monday is the feast of St. Boniface, born in Devon in the 7th century but a great traveller who converted many pagans in what is now Germany and Holland and was martyred in the mid-8th century.
The Justice and Peace group will hold a Coffee Morning in the Angelus Room after the morning Masses on 11th June Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the proceeds will be for LewCAS Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Lewisham Churches of Asylum Seekers, a local ecumenical church based charity which provides a weekly food distribution service to asylum seekers.
Remember to look for the cherry tree in the garden planted by the First Communion children. It seems to have taken well. The original tree, planted by the group three years ago is doing very well with lots of fruit. Plenty of berries on the bushes and at least apples on some of the trees.
Now the summer days are coming, the garden is very popular. I will put out the small pool for the younger ones in the coming days. A reminder that we have a badminton set. Please let me know if you would like to use it. The rule is that it must be put away afterwards. There is also a croquet set.Ã‚
I find it curious to see that route 13 has moved to Victoria and no longer travels down The Strand. In days gone by it went as far as London Bridge and was operated by the STD class buses Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Leyland Titan TD4s disguised to look like STLs. Now there are some new Volvo buses with MCV bodies built in Egypt.Ã‚
The boy is quite fortunate Ã¢â‚¬â€œ his mother is doing her elective in Grenada and during the half term he will be going out with his Father and Sister to visit her. His mother set off on her journey and found it strange to be on her own without having to look after babas.
Something from George Herbert this week:
Prayer, the ChurchÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s banquet, AngelsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢age,
GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s breath in man returning to his birth,
The soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage,
The Christian plummet, sounding heaven and earth.
I am pleased to tell you that the Rector has agreed that we can come to the College once again in October: from 23rd to 27th. Please let me know if you would be interested. It looks as if travel will have to be from Heathrow as flights from London City have come to an end.
A week with a General Election so a prayer for the new Government:
We pray for those who will rule our nation, that they may act wisely and for the true good of all, that they may promote peace among all peoples and establish justice in our common life. Amen.
A small recipe for a salad: A fine cos lettuce chopped, sprinkled with the juice of two oranges, a pinch of salt and a good deal of pepper.
I am working hard on the order of Service for the Confirmations. Thanks for all who have come back with comments on the draft. Please let me know if there are any more changes to be added.
Best wishes to you all,
Monsignor Nicholas Rothon.