newsletter 3rd January 2021

St. Mary’s Blackheath.

Newsletter 3rd January 2021

Mass times: Saturday 6.30pm (first Mass of Sunday) – Sunday 9.30 and 11am, 5 and 7.30pm.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10am: Tuesday and Thursday 7.30am.

For the time being, until we come out of Tier 4 Confessions are suspended.

Welcome to the first newsletter for the New Year. I hope and pray that it will be a better year for all of us.

Today is kept as the Second Sunday of the Christmas Season.

Wednesday, 6th January is the Feast of the Epiphany, which commemorates the visit of the three wise men. It is a Holy Day of obligation and Masses in the Church are at 7.3o and 10am and 6.30pm.

This year it is not possible bring out our figures of the three kings.

Next Sunday is the feast of the Baptism of the Lord

An opportunity to thank everybody for their help over the Christmas season, particularly with providing music on Christmas Day. The crib was a new idea but was most successful.

Personally, thank you for our many gifts and cards and for your Christmas Offering. These were greatly appreciated.

As for many of us, a family celebration was not possible on Christmas Day. Looking back, many of us missed this a lot. I understand that the boy spent his day with a mammoth Lego, intended for 18-year olds, which he completed in record time. His sister received an electric scooter and spent the time riding round the house to the great annoyance of her parents.

I had hoped to start Confirmation and Holy Communion classes again, but it looks as if we need to suspend these for the time being. I will keep you informed when I have some new dates.

Probably you have something similar in your recipe book, but I tried this over Christmas. Baste some strips of chicken in some flour and season well with pepper and salt.  Put some butter and some olive oil in a pan and add some chopped garlic. Fry the chicken pieces, turning frequently so that they are well browned.  Serve hot with some green veg. If done well, this is much better than the fast-food shop.

A man brought a mangy stuffed dog to the Antiques Road Show and asked what it might fetch. Fiona Bruce said it might fetch a stick if it was in a better condition.

A prayer for the New Year:

Lord of creation, in whose power are all times and seasons, bless this year and crown it with your goodness. Keep your Church in peace, grant us every blessing and lead us to our eternal home, where you reign for ever and ever. Amen.

It was not possible to work on the steam railway in the days after Christmas as everything was closed down. I had one day out on the days before Christmas, which was most enjoyable. Clouds of steam on wintry days and the warm fug in the carriages bring back memories of another age.  We had to be careful with the distancing regulations, but the trains were full with lots of passengers.

Carol Ann Duffy is always fun: here she is on Mrs. Faust.

Oh, well.  Faust’s will

Left everything – the yacht

The several homes, the Lear jet, the helipad,

The loot, et cet, et cet, the lot – to me.

Best wishes to you all,

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon.

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