First Reading: Abraham and Sarah are visited by three mysterious strangers, clearly God himself (in the Persons of the Trinity?). This may be a very ancient story, but it still speaks to us powerfully today as it is proclaimed as the First Reading at Mass.

    Psalm: the response sums up this psalm well: only “the just will live in the presence of the Lord”. As for those who are unjust, …….

    Second Reading: Paul suffers because he is a member of the body of Christ, but he must struggle on because God has commissioned him to proclaim the mystery of Christ.

    Gospel: like the lawyer in the preceding passage, whose lack of understanding provoked the parable of the Good Samaritan, Martha too fails to understand. The important thing, exemplified by Mary, is that the follower of Jesus must above all listen to Him. Only in this way will the Christian disciple be able to follow Christ on His way.

    Fr. David


    Visiting Priests
    We welcome Fr Nicholas Leviseur from Pembury for the Saturday 6:00pm Mass, Monsignor Matthew Dickens, VG for the Otford and St Thomas’s 11:15am Masses, and Fr Mark Odion, MSP for the Borough Green and West Kingsdown Masses.

    This Week

    Feasts this week
    On Monday we recall St Mary Magdalene, whose day was recently raised by Pope Francis to the rank of Feast; Mary was the first witness to the Resurrection. On Tuesday we recall St Bridget (the Swedish one, not the Irish one) who is one of the Patrons of Europe. Thursday is the Feast of St James the Apostle. The Gloria is recited on these days.

    Monday: Leavers’ Mass
    The annual Leavers’ Mass for Year 6 of St Thomas’ School is on Monday at 6:00pm. All family members are very welcome.

    Michael Taggart RIP
    Dr Taggart’s Funeral Mass is on Tuesday at 11:00am in St Thomas’s, followed by Cremation at the Kent & Sussex Crematorium at 1:00pm. The Funeral will be conducted by Dom Kevin Taggart of Worth Abbey, brother of Michael.

    Wednesday: End of Term Mass
    St Thomas’ School End of Term Mass is on Wednesday at 9:30am. As usual all family members of children at the School are invited to attend.

    Thursday: Archbishop’s Installation
    The new Archbishop’s Installation Mass will take place in St George’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Southwark on Thursday at 12:00 noon.  You are strongly advised to arrive early if you want a seat, as available seating will be limited.  No car parking will be available at the Cathedral; nearest station is Waterloo East.  The Installation will be live-broadcast from 11:50am on the day; place the following link in your browser:

    Because Fr David is a member of the Archdiocesan College of Consultors and expected to attend, Mass in St Thomas’s will be at 8:00am on Thursday, not at 12:00 noon.

    St Joseph’s Altar & Ambo
    Work on installing the permanent Altar and Ambo begins on Monday. This - along with the Archbishop’s Installation - means that there will be no Mass at St Joseph’s this Thursday.

    We acknowledge with gratitude a donation of £10,000 towards the Altar and Ambo; the family concerned wishes to remain anonymous.


    Parish Retreats at The Friars, Aylesford
    This year’s Women’s Retreat is 6th to 8th September. The theme is Discerning God in our everyday life, facilitated by Rev’d Susanne Carlsson, the Spirituality Advisor for Rochester Anglican Diocese. The Men’s Retreat is 11th to 13th October, led by Fr Kevin Alban, O.Carm (theme to follow).

    The cost for full board and the facilitator is £200 or £188.50 if you over 60. The increase in cost reflects the increase in the cost of the accommodation. There are a maximum of 20 places available for each Retreat. Lift shares to Aylesford will be organised. To attend pick up a Registration Form from each church or download it from the website. Please return the form with a non-refundable deposit of £20 (cheques payable to ‘St Thomas’s Church’) as soon as possible. Any queries contact Catherine Rodger ( or 01732 458852).

    Advance Notice: Memorial Mass for Canon John Bailey
    The Mass at St Bernadette’s on Sunday 8th September at 11:00am will be a Memorial for Canon John. Following the Mass, there will refreshments and the opportunity for people to speak to his memory.

    Parish Registration
    If you haven’t yet done so, please register with the parish, either online at or by filling in a blue Registration Form. This will be particularly important when it comes to countersigning school application forms later in the year.

    Given Our Blessed Lord’s remarks in today’s Gospel Reading, it seems an apt moment to remind parishioners of the many opportunities for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament we have in this parish:

      St Thomas’s:
    • Monday 8:30am - 12:00 noon, 6:45pm - 7:45pm
    • Tuesday 10:00am - 11:00am
    • Thursday 11:00am - 1:00pm
    • Saturday 8:30am - 10:30am
      Holy Trinity:
    • Friday 11:00am - 12:00 noon
      St Bernadette’s:
    • Wednesday 7:30pm - 8:30pm.
    Annual Remembrance of the Hiroshima & Nagasaki bombings
    This annual remembrance – organised by the Kent Area Justice & Peace Group – will take place in the Choir Chapel at The Friars, Aylesford on Tuesday 6th August, starting at 8:20pm. All are welcome, not just Catholics; please use any means at your disposal to ask others to attend.

    How do I advertise my Business in the Newsletter?
    Advertising space is now available. Please email for further details & costs. The deadline for next weekend is Wednesday noon. Adverts are subject to available space and the approval of Fr David.


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