newsletter 14th February 2021

St Mary’s, Blackheath


14th February 2021

Mass times: Saturday 6.30pm (first Mass of Sunday) 9.30 and 11am and 5 pm.

Please note there is no longer a 7.30pm Mass on Sunday.

The weekday Mass is at 8am each day Monday to Friday. There is no longer a 10am Mass on Saturday morning.

For the time being it is not possible to hear Confessions.

Today is the sixth Sunday of the Church’s year. It is also the Sunday before Lent, at one time known as Quinquagesima Sunday.

Lent begins on Wednesday this week, Ash Wednesday. It is the period of prayer and penance in which we prepare for the celebration of Easter. Ashes are blessed and distributed at Mass. This year, instead of touching and marking your forehead, please bow your head forward so that the ash can be sprinkled on the crown of your head.

Many people like to come to Mass on this day: there will be a Mass at 8am and an additional Mass at 6.30pm.

A reminder that Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence.

From Wednesday onwards the Masses will be for the Lenten season and we will use the purple vestments.

The CAFOD Lenten fast day is on 26th February. It is not possible to have the usual collection, but I will put out some envelopes so that you can use them and return them on the following Sunday.

There is a Confirmation class online at 6.30 on Thursday evening. It seems to be working well so remember to log on at the right time.  It will be lesson 5 from the book.

You will be needing this on Tuesday. Here is my basic recipe for a pancake mixture. 200 gr of plain flour, a pinch of salt, 3 eggs and a tablespoon of flour with about ¾ of a pint of milk. Sift the flour and add the beaten eggs with the milk. Leave to stand of about an hour, stir again and if necessary, add some more milk. Cook in some hot oil. If you are clever, you can toss the pancake to turn it over.

Some up-to-date railway news. Four of the 707 units have arrived at the South Eastern from the South Western Railway. Initially they were taken to Grove Park Depot, but they have moved to Ashford and are being tested on the line between Sevenoaks and Ashford. The rest of the fleet is due to arrive in September.

A prayer for Lent:

Direct our hearts to you, Lord, so that we may follow you more closely this Lent and all the days of our life; in all our needs we turn to you for the help of our grace and ask you to give us strength to work for the things we as for in faith, through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

I like this, Robert Southey on the battle of Blenheim.

And everybody praised the Duke

Who this great fight did win

But what good came of it at Last?

Quoth little Peterkin: –

Why, that I cannot tell, said he

But ‘twas a famous victory. 

One of the great nephews, on being encouraged by his mother to share an on line class denies all knowledge of the teacher or even of the subject. Is this familiar?

I hope that you are keeping well. Not to long now before the arrival of some warm days.

Best wishes to you all,

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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