newsletter 5th Septemer 2021

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 5th September 2021

Sunday Masses: Saturday 6.30pm first Mass of Sunday

– Sunday 9.30 and 11am and 5pm.

Monday to Friday: – Mass at 8am.

 Saturday morning

Mass at 10am

Confessions: Saturday12 to1

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

Wednesday is the Feast of the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Next Sunday is the First Communion Day for the class of 2021. Best wishes to the children and sincere thanks to all the parents who have helped it what has been a far from easy year. The celebration will be at the 11am Mass. The central benches will be reserved for the families and children. If you normally come to the 11 Mass, you might possibly think of coming to another Mass on this day.  Children should arrive at the big hall by 10.30. A reminder also that we have a practice on Saturday morning at 10.30 in the Church.

A reminder also that we are already thinking of the next set of classes and there will be a meeting for the parents on 15th September.

The works for the renewal of the electrics in the big hall are continuing. It is estimated that they will take about three weeks to complete.

Somehow the promised hot summer did not appear so I may start to drain the pool this week. Some help next Sunday afternoon to put away the heavy parts and to reseed the grass would be welcome – say at about 3pm. Some old clothes as it can be a muddy job.

The birds attacked my new crop of young lettuce, so I have planted some more seeds with elaborate precautions.  A very good crop of herbs this year with some excellent basil and parsley, and in recent weeks, some shoots of fennel.  

And a prayer: We beseech thee, O Lord, to enlighten our minds and to strengthen our wills, that we may know what we ought to do, and be enabled to do it, through the grace of thy most Holy Spirit, and for the merits of the Son, Jesus Christ Our Lord.

A very Spanish dish today: peel some small onions and place them in a shallow dish with some cloves of garlic. Add some olive oil, vinegar, paprika and a bay leaf. Sprinkle with salt and cover with salt. Bake gently in medium oven until the onions are soft. This recipe comes from Murcia.

When fishes flew and forests walked

And figs grew upon thorn

Some moment when the moon was blood

Then surely I was born.

(This is Chesterton on the Donkey)

Over the Bank holiday weekend, there major works to the railway tracks beyond Blackheath station. If you lived nearby, you would have heard the noise from the locomotives and the machinery during the night.  The crossing where the Woolwich line splits from the Bexleyheath line was being renewed.

A prayer from St. Bede: Grant us your light, O Lord, so that the darkness of our hearts may wholly pass away, and we may come at last to the light of Christ. For Christ is that morning star, who when the night of the world has passed, brings to his saints the promised light of life, and opens to them everlasting day.

Best wishes to you all.

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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