THE PARISH PRIEST WRITES:
Today’s Mass: TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY in ORDINARY TIME (Year C)
First Reading: speaking through the prophet Amos God denounces the practices of the rich, which are illegal (that is, against God’s law) and a perversion of justice, since they oppress the poor people.
Psalm: a psalm of worship to the God of glory and compassion.
Second Reading: prayer - petitions, intercessions, and thanksgiving - is the first duty of the community of faith.
Gospel: from a parable about money - the Parable of the Shrewd Manager or of the Unjust Steward - Christ moves on to actual teaching about money and stewardship. The key is in the paragraph beginning “And so I tell you”: it’s about faithfulness and honesty. Money is not a possession but a trust, held in stewardship; also, money points to the true riches which await us in heaven.
Today is Day of Prayer for the Harvest.
Today we have the first annual Mass Count. Will those who normally do the counting please record every person (including babies) at each Mass.
Today we welcome one of the Franciscan (Capuchin) priests from the Friary at Erith to offer the Borough Green and West Kingsdown Masses.
This year’s Confirmation candidates have their ‘Awayday’ today, at The Friars, Aylesford. We thank the various priests who are assisting at the Mass and at the Confessions there.
A big Thank you
Father Boniface would like to thank you all for your warm welcome and for your generosity.
Year 5 from the School will attend the 9:30am Mass, and stay on for a few minutes of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
The second collection at all Sunday Masses will be the annual SVP collection, to raise funds which our SVP use during the year to help poor families and individuals in various ways. AS a parish we are most grateful to our SVP members for the (mostly unseen) work that they do in helping us to love our neighbour.
There will also be a short talk at the end of each Sunday Mass from a parishioner about the annual CAFOD Harvest Family Fast Day and collection.
Monsignor Boniface Tamani
Fr Boni returns this evening to his normal job as Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Blantyre. We thank him for his ministrations during his time here as a supply priest, we wish him a safe journey, and we look forward to seeing him again next year if he can get the required visa.
Meanwhile Fr David returns from holiday on Friday.
Food Bank - Thank you
An enormous thank you for all the donations to the Food Bank last week. Everyone has been extremely generous and every donation will support somebody nearby in great need. Thank you very much!
SVP Annual Collection.
Next weekend 28/29th September there will be the annual collection for the parish SVP group after all Masses. The group relies on voluntary contributions to help the needy of all kinds in the local area and further afield. We help the homeless, the low paid, the unemployed, the sick and the housebound. We also support 3 villages in India, baby feeding centres in Sudan and refugees in Northern France. Many thanks for your generosity.
Diocesan Day for Catechists – 28th September
This annual training day for all catechists (including those involved in Children’s Liturgy of the Word) is on Saturday 28th September (please note correct date) at St George’s Cathedral. All parish catechists should have received an email with further details. Please can you confirm your attendance and choice of workshop to Ingrid La Trobe (email@example.com) asap.
New Evangelization Summit Day
On Saturday 5th October, between 10:30am and 4:00pm, we shall be holding a New Evangelization Summit Day at the Parish Centre. This will include downloads of talks given at the Global New Evangelization Summit in Canada and discussions about how we can spread the Good News in our parish. Lunch will be provided. It is hoped that many parishioners will want to attend, and that there will be representation from all four churches. Please email Ingrid to book your place and to assist with catering: firstname.lastname@example.org.