Newsletter 5th December 2021

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 5th 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

Today is the Second Sunday of Advent.

Next Sunday we have our Advent Carol Service at 5pm. For this one Sunday the evening Mass will be moved to 6.30 pm so please make a note of this. Due to distancing rules, we have decided that it is not possible to serve the usual hot wine and mince pies after the Mass.

Also, I have been giving some thought to the mystery plays that we normally celebrate over the Christmas season. Things are still not easy with the Covid restrictions – and with the use of the costumes and children having to gather close together, with regret I have decided that it would be sensible not to celebrate the plays this year.

As things gradually return to normal, we need some more readers for the Sunday Masses. Please put your name on the list in the porch if you can help or contact

Thank you for your donations for the giving tree; we will collect gifts up to Sunday 2nd January.

Our parish submission for the Synod has been well received. It is still possible for you to further comments, if you wish, by sending them to the Diocesan office.

Monday is the feast of our holy patron St. Nicholas whose relic is kept beneath the altar in the Church.

Wednesday is the feast of the Immaculate Conception. It was always said that this was never a holy day of obligation in England as in our land, we would always want to honour Our Lady by coming to Mass in this day. There will be Mass at 8am in the morning and an extra Mass at 6.30pm in the evening. You will remember the first words of the Latin Introit – Gaudens, Gaudebo. (This was the name we used to give to the portly Canon who would intone this in the Cathedral in Valladolid).

A revision of my recipe for tomato soup which works very well. Liquidise some baby tomatoes. Add some tomato juice, some cream,  Lea and Perrins and a sprinkle of basil. Cook gently. You may need to add a little more liquid, but it is very good.

For those with obscure interests, the bus route 63 transferred from Go-Ahead group to Abellio in mid-November. New electric buses were promised but they have not arrived yet, and the route is at operated at present by elderly Enviro 400s.

A prayer for Advent: Lord our God, make us watchful and faithful as we await the coming of your Son Our Lord; that, when he shall appear, he may find us awake and active in his service and joyful in his praise.

This, from Stevenson will drive you mad.

Happy hearts and happy faces,

Happy play in grassy places-

That was how, in ancient ages

Children grew to kings and sages.

Best wishes to you all

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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