newsletter 4th March 2018

Newsletter 4th March 2018

Today is the Third Sunday of Lent.

There will be a Latin Mass at 11am today as it is the first Sunday of the month.

As a Lenten devotion, there will be stations of the cross at 6.30pm.

The Liturgy Committee meets at 8pm on Monday evening.

To London for meetings on Wednesday and Thursday so quite a busy week.

The application for works to the trees is due to be determined this week – so I hope that the work can be put in hand in the not too distant future.

An advance notice – the special Lenten service will take place on 18th March this year.

I am pleased to tell you that following my recent visit to the College in Spain, the Rector has agreed that we can come again in the autumn – probably in late October. If you would be interested, please let me know and I can give your more details and include you on the list.

The spring days are coming and the flowers are appearing in the garden. I am watching the buds on the cherry trees very carefully and soon it will be time to replant my herb pots. It is hard to think that last year the spring was very warm and we put up the pool at the end of March.

A complex recipe from Spain this week. Cut some potatoes into cubes and fry in some oil. Remove the potatoes but keep the oil. Make a sauce by cooking a chopped onion, some cloves of garlic, some chopped tomatoes, sweet paprika and a dash of cayenne pepper in the oil and possibly a spoon of sugar. When the sauce is thick, remove from the heat, but through a blender and pour over the potatoes.

And a prayer:

Set our hearts on fire with love of you, O Christ our God, that in that flame we may love you with all our hearts, with all our minds, with all our souls, and with all our strength: so that we may glorify you, the give of all gifts.

Do you remember the Piper of Hamelin?

Cocking tails and pricking whiskers,

Families by tens and dozens,

Brothers, sisters, husbands, wives

Followed the Piper for their lives.

The new signalling system at London Bridge station does not as yet seem to be totally reliable.  In recent weeks there have been problems and severe delays. I hope that it will all be resolved before the new timetable is introduced in May.

Thanks to all who are helping to clean the Angelus Room and also to those who are helping with a coffee rota after the Masses on Sunday morning.

I am pleased to help with Baptisms – normally on Sunday afternoons – but please speak to me well in advance so that we can look at available dates and I can give you an application form.

Requests about First Communions – the next set of classes for 2019 will start in late September. Application forms will be available from July. Generally, children should be about 7 years old.

Confirmations take place every two years and the Bishop is due to come again in 2019.  Classes will start in the autumn and application forms will be available in July.

The boy and his sister are enjoying their days at school.  He reads to her from time to time – though he would prefer Harry Potter to Pippa Pig.  We were able to distract her from interfering with the Lego by buying her some paints and some pencils and a big drawing book and she happily settles down to this.

Best wishes to you all,

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon





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