newsletter 25th April 2021

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 18th April 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 Fourth Sunday of the Easter season.

It is vocations Sunday with prayers for vocations to the priesthood and the religious life. Normally there is a second collection to help meet the cost of training the future priests of the Diocese. It is not possible to arrange a collection this week, but I have put out a special box for your donations. You may like to use the envelopes on the paper racks.

First Holy Communion classes again this coming Saturday at 10.30 in the big hall. This is the day for First Confessions, and I will be sending out a special note to the parents so that we can arrange this.

Firsts Communions will be on 12th September. Confirmations will be on 6th June.  I hope to be able to start the usual routine of classes for First Communions in 2022 in September. The application forms will be available in July.

This coming week Tuesday is the feast of the English Martyrs. A special day for our College in Spain as six of our former students are canonised martyrs.  If you have visited the College, you will know how we proudly display the portraits of our martyrs in the corridors.

Thinking of the future, if all goes well restrictions will be lifted in mid-June.  I propose to remove the distancing tapes from benches and will re-think the times of Masses.  It will be up to you to decide if you still wish to use a face mask.  We will not offer the chalice for the time being but maybe we can re-introduce readers and bidding prayers. I expect that there will be some guidance from the Archbishop, and I will keep you informed.  

I am pleased to see that you are able to enjoy the garden after Mass on Sunday. The outside coffee urn seems to work reasonably well and I will stick to card cups. Thanks to all who helped to put up the pool last week. The water is very cold at present but there are hopes that we will have a warm summer. I must remember to put out the towels and the spare bathers in the Angelus Room. Another task for Sunday evenings: washing them out. There should be time for this before “Line of Duty”.

A prayer for today:

Help us Lord, to glorify you this day, in all the thoughts of our hearts, in our words, in the work of our hands, as becomes those who serve you, through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

You might try to cook some biscuits this week: rub 8 oz of butter into 12oz of plain flour and add 2 oz of icing sugar. Roll our very thinly and cut into shapes. Bake in a slow oven taking care that then do not burn.

Here is some Shelley:

My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:

Look on my works, ye might and despair!

Nothing beside remains. Round the decay

Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare

The lone and level sands stretch far away.

The weeks seem to be very fully at present with a lot of admin for the College in Spain as well as all the problems for the maintenance of properties. My in-box seems to be full every day. I hope that you are managing to cope with work from home.

Keep well and with best wishes to you all.

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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