Newsletter 9th May 2021

St Mary’s Blackheath

Newsletter 9th 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 Sixth Sunday of Easter and the last Sunday of the Easter season.

Thursday is the feast of the Ascension and is a Holy Day of obligation in which you are asked to come to Mass. There will be three Masses in the Church – at 8am, 10am and 6.30pm. After the gospel we extinguish the Paschal candle for the last time. The candle was the sign of the risen Lord remaining with his Church and he has now returned to his Father in heaven. The candle will be kept beside the font and is always lit for baptisms so that the parents came receive a lighted candle as part of the ritual of the Sacrament.

Congratulations to the children who made their first confession last Saturday and thanks to the parents who helped to organise this.

Friday is the feast of St. Matthias, the apostle who was chosen to replace Judas.

In recent days, some works in the Church: the piano has been tuned and also some works on the sound system. You may remember that one of the microphones caused problems a few weeks ago and it has been replaced.  There seems to be an unending series of tasks. There are works to the electrics in the hall and also some works are required to the electrics in the house. This is in addition to the unending series of legal tasks with the various tenancies.

Gradually the various rules are being relaxed. It seems that the distancing regulations will cease fairly soon, and I will remove the tapes from the benches. It looks as if it will be optional on whether or not to continue to use face masks.

On the railway, the 707 units are noted from time to time undertaking test runs, usually to Cannon Street as Charing Cross is too busy during the day.  In many ways they are similar to the Thameslink units.

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A request for some more Hopkins the other day: the problem is that his output was quite limited.

Christ plays in ten thousand places

Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his

To the Father through the features of men’s faces.

This is how they make doughnuts in Spain. Mix together ¼ kilo of self-raising flour, ¼ kilo of castor sugar, 6 egg yolks, ¼ litre of olive oil, grated rind and juice of a lemon, maybe some anis sees and a pinch of salt. Knead together into rings and cook on a baking tray in a moderate oven until golden. It sounds extravagant, but something special for Ascension Day.  

I am encouraging the boy to read Hornblower and Wodehouse. He finished with Harry Potter a long time ago and is moving on to something new.

So, the wee donkey has come to an end though lots of thrills whilst it lasted.

Best wishes to you all.

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon.

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