newsletter 24th January 2021

St Mary’s, Blackheath


24th January 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 Third Sunday of the Church’s year. We begin our readings from Mark’s gospel today.

I hope that you are keeping well. By now, some of us have had our jab.  As yet, no sign as to when the restrictions will be lifted. Many are saying that the first time was acceptable, the second time not so easy but this third time is difficult.

Thanks to Anna and Kamara for organising the Confirmation class last Thursday.  A request to see if any of the parents would be prepared to help run the First Communion classes on- line.

Several school forms to be signed at present. The best solution might be to send them by email – I can then sign and seal them and send them back by a scan. (At long last I acquired a scanner, and it has helped a lot).

On Monday we keep the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul and on Tuesday the feast of his two disciples Timothy and Titus.

There are several versions of this pasta dish going about at present. I use some tagliatelle, boil it with some mixed vegetables, drain and mix with some pepper and oil and add some pieces of fish, and some tomato paste. Mix together, and re-heat before serving.

To date about 20 of the new trains for the South-Western have been delivered but they have not entered service yet due to problems in training the crews and arranging testing.  This means that the transfer of the 707 units to the South-Eastern has been delayed.

I missed the Eve of St. Agnes last week so here are some familiar lines:

Full of this whim was thoughtful Madeline;

The music, yearning like a God in pain,

She scarcely heard:

A prayer from St. Augustine:

Come, Lord, work upon us, set us on fire and clasp us close, be fragrant to us, draw us to your loveliness, let us love, let us run to you.

A suggestion the other day to plant some basil seeds in compost and then to cover them with some gravel. I must try this as it seems to work week indoors. Basil seeds are the hardest to find – usually rows of unwanted carrots seeds in the rack.

The boy and his sister are still working from home but as with so many others, would love to be out to meet their cousins and their friends.

And to finish a crossword clue; what is this – answer next week.  Not an oriental pasta.

Best wishes

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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