Newsletter 30th May 2021

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 30th 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

Welcome back to the Parish Magazine after many months of absence. I hope that you find it enjoyable. Many thanks to the editorial team.

Today is Trinity Sunday.  It is the completion of the Easter Season in which we venerate the mystery of the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

For this coming week, the readings at Mass are taken from the Ninth week in the Church’s year and from cycle “1”.

Next Sunday is the feast of Corpus Christi.

Monday is the feast of the Visitation of the

The Blessed Virgin Mary.

In the past, in the Anglican Church, Sundays were numbered as “after Trinity” whilst the Catholic Church we spoke of “Sundays after Pentecost”. In our own utilitarian and prosaic age, Sundays are simply given a number.

Next Sunday 19 young people of the parish will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at the 11am Mass. Due to the Pandemic the Bishops have not been making Visitations and have given a special delegation to Parish Priests to administer this Sacrament. Personally, I feel privileged and proud to administer the Sacrament to these young people, many of whom I have known for many years. Special thanks to Anna and Kamara for arranging the classes, many of which took place on- line.

The distancing rules remain in place until mid-June. We would like to welcome the families of the candidates as far as possible. If you normally attend the 11 am Mass, for this one week we ask if you might consider an alternative Mass so that there will be room for the families at the Confirmation Mass.

The rituals are complicated: I need to cleanse my fingers between each anointing so the ceremony may take a little longer than usual.

Also a reminder that there is a First Communion class on Saturday 12th June. We are now working through the different parts of the Mass.

Monday is the Spring Bank Holiday; I am not sure if I will be working on the steam railway on this day, but I will let you know in advance.  The trains are operating again, but with a reduced service so that there is not the same need for train crews.

A prayer for today: O my God, relying on your almighty power and infinite mercy and promises, I hope to obtain pardon for my sins, the help of your grace and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer. Amen.

Some Keats today:

Heard melodies are sweet,

But those unheard are sweeter;

Therefore, ye soft pipes, play on.

Did you work out the French from Last week: A line from Simon and Garfunkel’s “ The Boxer”. I’m packing up my winter clothes and wishing I was gone: going home.

Best wishes to you all: Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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