Newsletter 7th November 2021

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 7th November 2021

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: Saturday12 to 1

Today is the Thirty Second Sunday of the Church’s year.

Tuesday is the feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, the first Church of the Christian world. During our pilgrimage to Rome some years back, we celebrated Mass there.

The 11 am Mass today is the monthly Latin Mass.

During the month of November, we remember at Mass those who have. There is a basket under the altar so that you can leave your list of names.

The First Communion children will be sharing in the 9.30 Mass today. As part of their lesson, we will be teaching them to sing some of the ordinary parts of the Mass.

Next Sunday, Remembrance Sunday, the 11am Mass will be a Requiem Mass for the repose of the souls of those who died in the world wars. There will be a Remembrance Service at 11am on Thursday 11th November at St. Matthew’s Academy. If you are passing, you might wish to share in this.

Thanks to all who came to the Synod meeting last Thursday and for all who have contributed in various ways. We are typing up the results for our submission to the Diocesan Office and will make a copy available to you.

A couple of points from the consultation – some may not know that we have a parish web site that can be found at “St. Mary’s Blackheath.”  Also, we use Gregorian chant at the Latin Mass on the First Sunday of each month. The choir is happy to welcome new members.

Several items of work were completed in recent weeks. On Monday, new grills will be fitted to the top part of the Church tower to keep the pigeons out. The bells and the clock are due to be repaired in December. The new lights in the garden are a great improvement but somehow, they cut off the lamp posts outside the house. I am seeing if these can be repaired as soon as possible.

The new 707 class trains are beginning to appear. They were built by Siemens in Germany and there are thirty units. They are owned by Angel trains and were leased originally to the Southwestern. They have now come to the South-eastern with a new blue livery.

For the youngest great nephew, the pumpkin costume came out again last week. It has been well used over the years by all of the set.

A prayer for November: O God, redeemer of all the faithful, grant to the souls of your faithful departed the remission of all their sins, that through our supplications they may obtain that pardon which they have always desired. Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

He thought he saw an Albatross

That fluttered round the lamp:

He looked again and found it was

A penny postage stamp

You’d best be getting home’ he said

‘the nights are very damp!’

Best wishes to you all

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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