newsletter 13th June 2021

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 13th June 2021

Sunday Masses: Saturday 6.30pm first Mass of Sunday – Sunday 9.30 and 11am and 5pm. Monday to Friday: – Mass at 8am.  Confessions: Saturday12 to 1

Today we return to Sundays in Ordinary Time. This is the 10th Sunday of the Church’s year. A reminder that the Scripture readings are taken from the Second cycle. On weekdays, the readings are taken from the First Cycle.

Congratulations to the young people who received the Sacrament of Confirmation last Sunday.  It was a splendid day, and it was good to see their families and friends.

Once again, a First Holy Communion class this coming Saturday. It was necessary to move the last class back a week so that two come close together. I hope that it will not be too difficult for you.

This year the First Communion will take place on Sunday 12th September. 

Already we are thinking about the First Communions for 2022. The inscription forms will be available by the end of the month. I hope that for the coming year, it will be possible to return to usual format with a special Mass for the Holy Communion children each month.

A request recently for a recipe for asparagus. It appears for a few weeks at this time of year. I have a special pot to steam it: in effect a tall saucepan with a wire bucket inside. Not too much water and watch it carefully so that it is not over-cooked.  Best to serve it with a sliver of butter.

A new system for the Registration of Marriages was introduced in May. It is not possible for me to issue duplicate certificates and it is now necessary to apply to the Town Hall at Woolwich.  I remain an “authorised person” so that it is not necessary for a registrar to attend at a marriage celebrated in our Church.

With the warmer days, it is possible to undertake some work in the garden. Quite a lot of watering each day.  My herbs are doing quite well though there have been some attacks from birds and animals. A splendid pot of young chives was wrecked, and I have had to start again. For the time being the basil is kept in the house.

I like these lines from Lawrence Durrell:

This unimportant morning

Something goes singing where

The capes turn over on their sides

And the warm Adriatic rides

Her blue and sun washing

At the edge of the world and its brilliant cliffs.

A prayer from St. Anselm:

O Lord our God, grant us grace to desire thee with a whole heart, so that desiring thee we may seek and find thee; and so finding thee, may love thee, for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Little time for travel recently: have you noticed the surviving red and blue pillars at Cannon Street, a relic of the long-forgotten Network South-East have finally disappeared and have been replaced with some purple and grey images.

My brother tells me that much of his time is occupied looking after grandchildren. He says that they want to leap about all of the time, which can be exhausting.  If they come to see me, I button them into the trampoline.

Best wishes to you all,

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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