Newsletter 2nd January 2022

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 2nd January 2022 December 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 to 1

Welcome to the first newsletter of the New Year. I hope that the coming year will be a happy and blessed one for you all.

Today is kept as the second Sunday in the Christmas season.

Thank you all for sharing in the Christmas Masses. It was not easy and some of the musicians were not well, but we were able to have some music at the Masses.

Thank you also for your generous gifts for the giving tree. We hope to be able to take them to their destinations in the coming days. And on a personal note, a word of special thanks for your many kind gifts, cards and Christmas offerings which were much appreciated.

Thursday is the feast of the Epiphany which commemorates the visit of the three wise men to the Christ child. It is a Holy Day and Masses in the Church are at 8 and 10am and 6.30pm

Thinking of the coming year, our First Communion classes are progressing well with the celebration on 15th May.   Inscriptions for the next set of classes will begin in July and the classes will start in late September for First Communions in 2023.  Also we will be starting Confirmation classes again in the autumn for a Confirmation in 2023.

Masses during this week are for the Christmas season.

It is good to hear the clock chiming again. There was a problem with the Angelus bell: something to do with a magnet attracting the clapper. The engineer wanted to fix it with some tape, but I asked for a proper job. The part has been taken away and will be coming back later in the year.

New all electric buses have now appeared on routes 160 and 180, operated by Stagecoach. They are the ADL City EV 400 model. A green bar on the number plate shows that they are electrics.

The boy and his sister, together with  the cousins improvised a performance of The Nutcracker on Christmas Day with the help of Alexa. The noise was deafening and the 2 year old cousin was soaked in water for some unknown reason.

A recipe from the niece to use up bits of turkey: brown them gently in some butter: make a white sauce and add some mixed herbs, a little pepper and a drop of Pernod.

Cover the meat with the sauce and bake in the oven until it is bubbling.  Something not to be missed!

A prayer for the Epiphany: O God who by the leading of a star showed your Son to the Gentiles: grant that we who know you now by faith may come to know you in full in life everlasting. Amen.

And some Betjeman:

And when all the horrible roads are finally done for,

And there’s no petrol left in the world to burn

Here to the halt from Salisbury and from Bristol

Steam trains will return.

Best wishes to you all

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon


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