Newsletter 9th January 2022

Newsletter 9th January 2022

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

The Christmas season is now over and today we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

We also give thanks today for of our own Baptism. Last year, thirty-two children were baptised in the Church – best wishes to their families.

From Monday, we are back in ordinary time with the green vestments. The Mass prayers will be for the first week in ordinary time and the Scripture readings will be taken from the second cycle on weekdays.

First Communion classes start again this coming week. There is a meeting for parents who will be running the class at 8pm on Monday in the house and the class will be at 10am on Saturday in the big hall. (The boiler has been repaired so that I hope that it will be warmer than last time!)

This is the day for the First Confessions so please make a special effort to attend. The timetable will be slightly different with two sets of Confessions.

The crib figures have been put away for another year. I was able to clear out a cupboard on the passageway to the house so that it is much easier to put them away without the need of climbing to the loft.

Thank you for all the presents for the Giving Tree. We were able to send them off to their destinations last week.

I hope that you and your families are keeping well – several people have needed to isolate in recent weeks, but I hope that you are now fully recovered. Regular tests with my “nose sticks” and I am looking forward to the fourth jab.

A few busy days last week completing the parish accounts. My computer system works very well but it takes time to review all the entries and to make sure that they are in the right place. For the coming year, I have revised the categories to make it easier to find everything. I now await some figures from the Diocesan Finance Office, and I will be able to complete the annual return.

The first spring flowers have started to appear in the garden already. My herb pots are in a bad state after the winter rains, and I will need to start again when the weather is milder. A good crop of parsley last year and even the basil survived the attacks from the birds and the slugs.

Some more Betjeman this week:

Now I’ll come to evening service

Whensoever I have the time

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 9th January 2022

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

The Christmas season is now over and today we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

We also give thanks today for of our own Baptism. Last year, thirty-two children were baptised in the Church – best wishes to their families.

From Monday, we are back in ordinary time with the green vestments. The Mass prayers will be for the first week in ordinary time and the Scripture readings will be taken from the second cycle on weekdays.

First Communion classes start again this coming week. There is a meeting for parents who will be running the class at 8pm on Monday in the house and the class will be at 10am on Saturday in the big hall. (The boiler has been repaired so that I hope that it will be warmer than last time!)

This is the day for the First Confessions so please make a special effort to attend. The timetable will be slightly different with two sets of Confessions.

The crib figures have been put away for another year. I was able to clear out a cupboard on the passageway to the house so that it is much easier to put them away without the need of climbing to the loft.

Thank you for all the presents for the Giving Tree. We were able to send them off to their destinations last week.

I hope that you and your families are keeping well – several people have needed to isolate in recent weeks, but I hope that you are now fully recovered. Regular tests with my “nose sticks” and I am looking forward to the fourth jab.

A few busy days last week completing the parish accounts. My computer system works very well but it takes time to review all the entries and to make sure that they are in the right place. For the coming year, I have revised the categories to make it easier to find everything. I now await some figures from the Diocesan Finance Office, and I will be able to complete the annual return.

The first spring flowers have started to appear in the garden already. My herb pots are in a bad state after the winter rains, and I will need to start again when the weather is milder. A good crop of parsley last year and even the basil survived the attacks from the birds and the slugs.

Some more Betjeman this week:

Now I’ll come to evening service

Whensoever I have the time

So, Lord reserve for me a crown,

And do not let my shares go down.

A prayer from St. Thomas More:

My sweet Saviour, Christ, who in thine undeserved love towards mankind so kindly wouldst suffer the painful death of the cross, suffer me not to be cold nor lukewarm in love towards thee. Amen.

The boy and his sister are now back at school after a very enjoyable holiday – the visits from the cousins are greatly enjoyed, though they can be noisy.

Best wishes to you all

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