newsletter 8th August 2021



St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 8th August 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 Nineteenth Sunday of the Church’s year.

Next Sunday, instead of the normal Sunday Mass, we will be celebrating the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  

Tuesday is the feast of St. Lawrence. He appears in one of the windows of our Church. Wednesday is the feast of St. Clare, the sister of St. Francis.  Saturday is the feast of St. Maximillian Kolbe. The members of the Confirmation group will remember his story from our classes.

We are looking forward to the First Communions on Sunday 12th September. I am arranging for the booklet to be printed.  Some of the children will be reading the Scripture Lessons at the Mass and I will arrange for copies to be prepared marked with their text.

There seems to be a good crop of apples in the garden this year. If you wish, you are welcome to take some, though a warning that they are sour cooking apples and will need plenty of sugar.

This week a cooking tip rather than a recipe. I was making some gazpacho recently and slight over did things with the wine vinegar. It was possible to bring things back to normal and to help it recover with a good spoon of sugar.

The boy and his sister are coming for a visit this week with their mother. I look forward to seeing them. After lunch, maybe a walk to the park and a journey back to London on a boat. I hope that the weather will be fine.

Some Wordsworth this week:

Thus the pride of strength

And the vain glory of superior skill

Were interfus’d with objects which subdu’d

And temper’d them, and gradually produc’d

A quiet independence of the heart.

For travellers from Victoria, the Gatwick Express seems to have been merged with the general Brighton line services.  This makes sense as many thought that the Gatwick services were an unnecessary extravagance and it was better to make an improvement to the Brighton line.

A prayer for today:

Grant, O merciful Lord, that I may seek your will in everything, let me search for it wisely, acknowledge it unflinchingly, and fulfil it perfectly, the glory of your name.

Denzinger’s Enchiridion Symbolorum is a classic reference book giving the texts of formal documents prepared by the Popes and by Councils of the Church.  It starts with a text prepared by St. Clement I in about 90AD. My copy was acquired in 1960 and a lot has happened since then. I was looking for an up-to-date version, but it seems that it is no longer published in its original form.  My edition is dated 1957 and was edited by Karl Rahner.

I hope that you are all keeping well and that it will be possible for you to enjoy some summer days.

Best wishes to you all.

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon



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