St Mary’s Blackheath
Newsletter 7th August 2022
Sunday Masses: Saturday 6.30pm first Mass of Sunday
– Sunday 9.30 and 11am and 5pm.
Monday to Friday: Lenten service at 8am.
Saturday 10am and 6.30pm
Confessions: Saturday12 to 1
Today is the Nineteenth Sunday of the Church’s year.
The choir is taking a rest for the summer, but there will be a said Latin Mass at 11am today.
Monday is the feast of St.Dominic, Wednesday the feast of St. Lawrence (can you find his window in the Church) and Thursday the feast of St. Clare, the sister of St. Francis.
Next Sunday we will keep the feast of the Assumption, transferred from the 15th August to the Sunday this year.
Please remember to return the First Holy Communion and the Confirmation class forms as soon as possible.
Many dry days and I have done my best to water the garden: it is not easy, but I have done my best. Plenty of apples on one of the trees and you are welcome to take some if you wish.
Something from Alexander Pope:
The mind, in metaphysics at a loss,
May wander in a wilderness of moss;
The head that turns at super-lunar things
Poised with a tail, may steer on Wilkin’s wings.
(Wilkins was a fellow of the Royal Society – who suggested that it might be possible to fly to the moon)
The days of the train strike were interesting with the services that were operating terminating at London Bridge. The absence of staff in the signal box meant that it was not possible to use the flyover at Lewisham and all the trains used the Cannon Street lines, calling at St. John’s and New Cross.
A familiar recipe from Spain: arroz con leche. Cook some pudding rice with some milk and maybe a little cream. Allow to cool and place in separate small pots. Sprinkle with cinnamon and add a slice of lemon before serving.
A prayer from Teilhard de Chardin: Lord, enfold me in the depths of your heart; and there hold me, refine, purge and set me on fire; raise me aloft until my own self knows utter annihilation.
Many baptisms at present: five last weekend. Please remember to return the form if you have a baptism arranged so that I can enter the details in the register.
Have you ever read Sir Thomas Browne, with his measured prose? Here he is describing why he is a Christian – that having in my riper years and confirmed judgement seen and examined all, I find myself obliged by the principles of grace and the law of mine own reason to embrace no other name but this.
I hope that the boy and his sister will be able to make a visit soon. Their mother is busy with her work but generally has Wednesdays free.
I should have thought that a pack of British boys – you’re all British aren’t you? – would have been able to put up a better show than that – I mean –
Where does this come from?
Best wishes to you all
Monsignor Nicholas Rothon.