Newsletter 17th OCtober 2021

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 17th October 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 to1

Today is the Twenty Ninth Sunday of the Church’s year.

Today there is a pastoral letter from the Archbishop regarding the forthcoming Synod in Rome. Everyone is invited to share in the preparatory work. To let you know what is happening – I have appointed two assistants to help with the preparatory work. You will have various options to make your submissions – there will be a parish meeting, a form available on-line or you can send in your ideas in writing. I assure you that all your thoughts will be forwarded to the Diocesan office which is preparing the submission from Southwark – no holds barred! – please include all your ideas and thoughts.

The Justice and Peace Group will meet in the big hall on Saturday evening at 5pm.

Monday is the feast of the evangelist, St. Luke.

You will probably note that some maintenance works are taking place at present. Many things to be done to keep at all the properties in order and I hope that they can be completed without difficulty.

The boy’s sister is now a keen football player. She looks very tough in her red shirt. Her brother now plays rugger at school and leaves football to his younger sister.

In recent weeks I have been making some tortillas so here is my recipe. Remember cover the whole of your pan with slices of partly boiled potatoes and add some chopped spring onions. Cook well in plenty of oil until slightly browned. Beat up the egg mixture – plenty of eggs and add to the pan, shaking the pan all the time until the mixture begins to set. Place a plate over the top and turn over so that the set mixture is on the plate. Return to the pan and cook the other side until everything is well browned.

A familiar poem at this time of year:

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay where are they?

Think not of them, thou has thy music too,

While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day.

A prayer from St. Thomas More:

O my sweet Saviour Christ, which in thine undeserved love towards mankind so kindly wouldst suffer the painful death of the cross, suffer me not to be cold nor lukewarm in love towards thee.

Some of the 707 trains in their new blue livery are stabled in Cannon Street Station. They are promoted as “the new Thames Beam” trains but those of us in the know will recognise them as second-hand hand-me-downs from the South-Western.

The First Holy Communion classes are going well. Thanks to the parents for all their support. The children will be wearing their crosses proudly on Sundays. Also, they are learning to sing the Our Father and possibly another anthem.

I hope that you are all keeping well. Remember to have the flu jab. Lots of children seem to have sneezes.

Best wishes to you all

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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