Newsletter 4th September 2022

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 4th September 2022

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: Saturday 12 to 1

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

Thursday is the feast of the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

A reminder of the meeting in the hall next Sunday after the morning Masses. There will be a presentation on the work of the Foodbanks.

Sister Marie Christine is giving a series of three lectures on Ignatian Spirituality. They will take place on 13th and 27th September and on 11th October in the Angelus Room from 6.30 to 8pm.

Welcome back to school. I hope that all is going well for the new term. I know that some of you are starting at new schools this year. After an easy summer, I find that the diary is filling up with many tasks during September.

The work on the trees in the garden has been finished at last. The branches have been shredded and I have been bus clearing up the loose branches and the leaves. A large fire helped to clear up some of the branches.

I regret that the pool will have to come down soon, with the usual task of replanting the grass. It has been well used this year and we look forward to another season.

A reminder of the meeting for parents for the First Communion classes on 14th September. I will be sending out a message to everybody.

An interesting recipe for linguine. Whilst the pasta is coming, steam some pieces of fennel and when soft, gently fry in some olive oil for a minute or so. Add the zest of a lemon and a handful of peeled prawns.

The day on the railways on the Bank Holiday was enjoyable. A two-train service but only steam locomotive was available; the second train was hauled by a diesel: an English Electric Type 1 to those of a certain age – now known as a class 20.

Grant us, Lord, the spirit to think and do things as be rightful that we may be enabled by you to live according to your will. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Now leap their zealous galleys

Twelve-oared across the brine

To me the straiter prison,

To me the heavier chain –

To me Diego Valdez,

High Admiral of Spain!

(this comes from Kipling)

This is the season for school forms: please bring them in an envelope and I will return them, signed and sealed, the following Sunday.

We are pleased to welcome Father Victor Darlington who has come to live in the house formerly occupied by Bishop Lynch. He will be working as the Episcopal Vicar for the parishes in the South East London area. You will see him sharing in the Mass here from time to time.

Best wishes to you all,

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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