newsletter 7th March 2021

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 7th March 2021

Sunday Masses:

Saturday 6.30 pm (first Mass of Sunday)

Sunday 9.30 and 11am and 5pm

Weekdays: Monday to Friday 8am.

At present it is not possible to arrange

Confessions.

Today is the Third Sunday of Lent. Mid-Lent and the gospel tells of the Lord driving the money changers out of the Temple.

The pandemic rules have now changed. I have been in touch with all the families so that we can re-start the First Communion classes in April with a date for the First Communions on 12th September. Thanks to all the parents who have responded so far. It looks as if our plans will work out well.

Thank you for your donations to Cafod last week. This year we collected £147. You can still make a payment on line if you go to the CAFOD web page.

Very busy in recent days re-organising a number of marriages and baptisms which had been postponed.

If all goes well, I hope to be able to celebrate some simplified Easter services.  We can bless the Palms in the Church. There will be a simple Mass on Maundy Thursday evening without the washing of the feet  – I hope that we can organise a service on Good Friday – no longer an Easter vigil but Masses on Easter Sunday as normal.  I will keep you informed as the plans develop.

We are reserving 6th June for Confirmations. The classes have been on- line but we hope to move to full classes later this month.

Now this is really good: sweat an onion, a parsnip, some potatoes and some cloves of garlic in some butter gently for about 10 minutes. Add a teaspoon of curry powder and a tablespoon of flour and stir round for a couple of minutes.  Then add a litre of stock –

I used a cube – and cook gently until everything is soft. Liquidise and season as necessary. Serve with a little cream and some chives. It is so good that it hardly counts as a Lenten dish.

It now looks as if the steam railway will not be operating over Easter so I will have to wait until May before there are any more tasks.

A prayer to help us to pray:

Look graciously open us, O Holy Spirit, and give us for our hallowing, thoughts which pass into prayer, prayers which pass into love, and love for thee which passes into life everlasting.

A lot about Keats at present, two hundred years after his death. Here he is at his most sensual:

O for a draught of vintage that hath been

Cool’d a long age in the deep delved earth

Tasting of Flora and the country green,   dance, and provencal song and sunburnt

 mirth!

(This does not refer to margarine)

The meeting of the Trustees of the College in Spain will be taking place on line once again in May. No more travel for the time being, though I hope restrictions will be over by the autumn.

Thinking ahead, the 5pm Mass on Sunday, replacing the 7.30pm seems to be popular: also the daily Mass at 8am seems to work well for many people. Do you think we should stay with these changes after the lockdown is over? I would be pleased to have your thoughts on this.

I am pleased with the way in which my daffodil bulbs have come up.  If there is a warm afternoon, I will start work on cleaning out my herb plots and planting some new seeds of the spring. The big challenge is to stop the bests attacking the basil.

I am looking forward to my second jab.

Keep well and with best wishes.

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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