newsletter 28th February 2021

St Mary’s, Blackheath


28th February 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 second Sunday of Lent. Last week the story of the temptations in the wilderness and this week the story of the event which is known as the Transfiguration. Last week a sign of the human nature of Christ, but this week the Lord shows to the apostles a sign of his divinity in a way that they would be able to understand.

Last Friday was the Lent fast day for Cafod. I have put out some boxes today for you to return your envelopes or to add some donations. Thank you for your help with this.

Monday is the feast of St. David, the patron of Wales. Otherwise, the Masses during the week are the Lenten Masses.

We have been asked to consider making the big hall available for vaccinations. I hope that this will work out and it is good to be able to offer help.

There have been several enquiries about baptisms and marriages in recent days. I am pleased to be able to reserve dates, but for the present it is not possible to make a firm commitment until we know that the lock down rules have been lifted. I know that this is difficult when you are trying to make arrangements, but I will do my best once the conditions change.

This is a favourite Spanish recipe: I think we used to call them Torrijas.  Fry some slices of French bread in some hot oil and then pour some clear honey over them whilst they are still hot. Delicious, but you will need a napkin to clean your fingers.

A Lenten prayer: Lord feed our souls that we may continually live in you and you in us. Purify us in our obedience. Protect us in temptation. Renew our spirits with your endless life/ So may we follow you to your Cross in greater holiness and love.

Now some Belloc: (from Miranda)

Do you remember an inn?

And the cheers and the jeers of the young muleteers

Who hadn’t got a penny

And who weren’t  paying any

And the hammer at the doors and the Din.

A reminder that the next Confirmation class will be on Thursday 4th March at 6.30pm on line. We will send you the usual log in details in good time. 

The boy and his sister have been at school in recent weeks as their mother works in the hospital. They find it curious when many of their friends are at home, trying to learn on line.

Some further thoughts about a slide – I have been looking again at the possibilities. We want something which will give a good ride but not too high or dangerous for tiny people. I think I have found something suitable but will leave it for a few weeks until we can have some warmer days to assemble it in the garden.

I hope that you are all keeping well. By now many of us are lining up for our second jab, after which we will be fit to face all comers.

Some practical advice: blowing on the wine in the mug will convince your Zoom meeting that the tea is hot.

Best wishes to you all.

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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