newsletter 27th June 2021

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 27th June 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

Welcome to the parish magazine once again.  The next edition will be at the end of September.

Today is the Thirteenth Sunday in the Church’s year.

Tuesday 29th June is the feast of St. Peter and St. Paul. Masses in the Church will be at 8 and 10am and 6.30pm.  As yet, Holy Days of obligation have not been reintroduced but as a matter of tradition, you might wish to come to Mass on this day. Saturday of this coming week is the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle.

A reminder that there is a First Holy Communion class on Saturday morning at 10.30. We are almost there: there is one further class.

Next Sunday there will be the annual Mission Appeal. Normally a visiting religious sister or a priest would come to speak about the missions. It is not possible this year, but I will put out a special box for your donations.

Gradually things are slowing down for the summer holidays. For many, it is not possible to go abroad this year and you will be staying at home. I anticipate that there will be several visitors to the garden in the coming weeks. If you could spare a little time to help

with the garden maintenance it would be appreciated. Maybe cleaning one of the beds or clearing up some of the leaves.

A splendid recipe this week: you may have seen it elsewhere, but I have tried it and it is very good. Cook some spaghetti or another pasta. Add some cooked green peas, a sliced courgette, some basil, some mozzarella cheese and some nuts. (I used chopped almonds). Dress with some lemon juice and some olive oil.  It is a good summer dish and will go down well with your veggie friends.

At this time of the year, there are memories of the last of the old London trams, which ceased to operate on 5th July 1952. It was good to trams returning to Croydon at the turn of the century. The network has proved to be successful. There are promises of further extensions but to date nothing has happened. May be once again at Lee Green the cars will change from conduit power pick-up to the overhead wire.

Something tough from Ted Hughes: Hawk Roosting

I sit in the top of the wood, my eyes closed.

Inaction, no falsifying dream

Between my hooked head and hooked feet:

Or in sleep rehearse perfect kills and eat.

And to help us to pray: Lord, take away all wanderings of thoughts and fi our souls upon thee and thy love, O merciful Lord and Saviour. Amen

The herbs in the garden are doing well. There is plenty of parsley – for the potatoes. The basil is slow, but I am treating it with care to ensure that there are some good strong shoots. Also the chives seem to be slow this year. 

Best wishes to you all: Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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