newsletter 2nd May 2021

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 2nd May  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 Fifth Sunday of the Easter season.

This is the first Sunday of May, the month of Our Blessed Lady, and we will crown her statue at the end of the 9.30 Mass.

Thank you for your generous donations to the Priests’ Training Fund last week which came to £438.

Monday is the Feast of the Apostles Philip and James and Tuesday is the feast of the English Martyrs.

First Holy Communion classes on Saturday, starting at 10.30 in the big hall. This is the day for First Confessions. I have sent a message to the families with details of the arrangements for the day.

Monday is the Bank Holiday, but the steam railway is not operating a full service as yet, so I am not required for duty. We hope to be back to normal by the end of the month so I may be working on the late spring Bank Holiday.

Gradually the weather is warming up and some brave people have been using the pool.  I have ordered some more chemicals, and also some filters for the pump.

In the next couple of weeks, we will be arranging the practical details for the Confirmation Day in June and I will be sending out the details.

Thanks to Teresa and Ali for providing music at the 9.30 Mass. Recently the Sisters gave me one of the new music books from Taizé.  This includes several new antiphons that we have not used before and I hope that we can start to use them. The piano is to be tuned this week to ensure that everything is in order.

Again, for those with obscure interests, I was across at Wimbledon the other day and one of the new 720 units for the South Western was in the yard. These will replace the 707 units which are coming to the South Eastern.

And a question – which is the only London underground station which includes the letter Z?

A prayer for today: Living God, whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life: grant us to walk in his way, to rejoice in his ruth and to share his risen life. Amen.

A simple salad: dice some cooked French beans, some skinned tomatoes and some cooked potatoes. Mix with some mayonnaise and season well. Poach some eggs and when cool coat them with some stiff mayonnaise and place them on top of the salad.

Some Eliot this week:

I made this, I have forgotten

And remember.

The rigging weak and the canvas rotten

Between one June and another September.

Made this unknowing, half conscious, unknown, my own.

You may remember that in The Pirates, the Major-General asks if ‘orphan’ refers to a person who has lost his parents or if it is an alternative to ‘frequently’.

I hope that you are keeping well and prayers for those who are sick.

Best wishes to you all,

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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