newsletter 16th May 2021

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 16th May 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 is the Sunday within the Octave of the Ascension. Next Sunday is the feast of Pentecost. The book of the Acts of the Apostles speaks of Our Lady and the apostles gather in the upper room in Jerusalem in prayer at this time awaiting the coming of the Holy Spirit.

The Paschal Candle was lit at Mass for the last time on Ascension Day and it has now been moved to the side of the font.

First Communion classes again next Saturday at 10.30 in the big hall. This time we will be looking at the use of the Scriptures when we come to Mass. Children should have receive their own Mass book at the last class but there are still some available if you did not remember to take one last time.

I have sent a copy of the order of service for the Confirmation Mass to the candidates. I hope to receive responses so that they can undertake different tasks on the day.

From this week, the restrictions are being lifted and I hope to be able to resume visits to those who are housebound so as to bring them Holy Communion. It seems a long time since I was last able to visit them.

At this time of year, we are required to give notice of proposed Mass times for the coming year so that the details can be published in the Diocesan Directory. The afternoon Mass on Sunday at 5pm seems to be popular and I am thinking of keeping this as a permanent time rather than going back to the old time of 7.30pm. During the week, the daily Mass at 8am seems to be popular and many people are coming. However, some miss a later time with the Novena. I therefore propose that there is a second Mass on Wednesday at 10am followed by the Novena and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Also, I will reinstate the 10am Mass on Saturday mornings. There may be days when this will not be possible due to other tasks, but I will give you notice of this. The new arrangements will come into force in mid-June when the restrictions come to an end.

Here I something to use up some pieces of ham. Cut into small pieces and fry gently for about 5 minutes. Cook some mushrooms in a large pan with some oil and butter. Chop some garlic and some parsley and add to the mushrooms then add the ham and a few olives. It goes well with some pieces of fried bread.

A prayer for Ascensiontide:

Grant, Almighty God, that we who believe that your only begotten Son, our Redeemer, ascended this day into heaven may also have our hearts fixed on heavenly things; through Christ our Lord Amen.

Here is Campbell celebrating victory in the battle of the Baltic.

Now joy, old England raise!

For the tidings of thy might,

By the festal cities’ blaze,

Whilst the wine cup shines in light.

No time for train travels this week but an interesting story: a driver of an Azuma train on the LNER forgot to set the cruise control at the line limit of 125mph and the train had reached 148mph before he realised what was happening.

I hope that you are all keeping well and that at long last we can move to warm summer days.

Best wishes

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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