THE PARISH PRIEST WRITES:
Today’s Mass: THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY of ORDINARY TIME (Year B)
First Reading: the poor widow in Zarephath demonstrates her piety by giving Elijah food out of the little she had. Elijah demonstrates that he is a prophet from God as his prophecy about her reward comes to pass.
Psalm: Almighty God cares for the poor and needy, such as widows and orphans.
Second Reading: Christ, the true high priest, has once and for all offered the sacrifice (Himself) to take away our sins in the true sanctuary in Heaven. ‘Once and for all’ means that it can never be repeated.
In today’s Gospel we see a contrast between the false piety of the scribes (who are ‘stuffed shirts’) and the rich, and the genuine piety and generosity of the poor widow. Which of the two is your discipleship more like?
Today’s second collection is for the Archbishop’s Fund for Diocesan Administration, which helps to meet the cost of the central administration of the Archdiocese.
SVP Sausage Roll Sale
After all Masses at St Thomas’s, in aid of baby feeding centres in Sudan.
Today we welcome Fr Michael Ezenwammadu, CSSp, to celebrate the 8:00am and 9:15am Massses.
The Traditional Choir leads the music today.
The Confirmandi, along with their catechists, attend this Mass, which is their Mass of Election.
Fr David will be representing the Catholic Church at the annual ceremony at the Sevenoaks War Memorial at The Vine at 11:00am. James O’Brien will lay a wreath on our behalf.
There will also be the traditional Services of Remembrance at all War Memorials at 11:00am, including at Otford and the new one at Borough Green. Because of the Remembrance at West Kingsdown, Mass at St Bernadette’s will start at 11:30am.
RCIA Course - Monday
This programme is for those interested in becoming a Catholic; it is not too late to join it. On Monday at 8:00pm in the Parish Centre (enter by the door up the ramp to the right of the old entrance and go upstairs).
St Thomas’ School - Tuesday
Year 5 attend the 9:30am Mass on Tuesday.
Annual Deanery Requiem Mass - Tuesday
On Tuesday at 12:00noon the Clergy of the Deanery will celebrate the annual Requiem in St Anselm’s, Pembury. All welcome.
Pilgrims & Friends: Art & Craft Afternoon – Tuesday
Please sign up now either by filling in the list in the porch in St Thomas’s or by phone to Pat 01732 453902.
On Tuesday 13th November from 2:00pm to about 4:15pm at St Thomas’s we are embarking on some Art & Craft work, guided by Shiv Duke, a fellow parishioner. Materials will be provided.
Do come and have a go; you can sit and still be creative, drink tea and chat as we experiment. There will be cake and tea at about 4:00pm. A donation of £2.50 on the day will be gratefully received.
First Holy Communion Registration – Saturday
The additional meeting for those who missed the previous meeting is on Saturday at 4:00pm, in St Thomas’s Church.
Day of the Poor
Next Sunday is World Day of the Poor. The theme this year is “This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him” (Ps 34:6).
St Joseph’s Congregational Meeting
Next Sunday there will be a short congregational meeting at St Joseph’s after the Mass. There are two main items on the Agenda (although you will have the opportunity to raise other issues):
choosing Option A or Option B for the new Altar and Ambo
selecting a local Borough Green Committee (like the one existing at Otford).
The local Committee will be responsible for small maintenance items, day to day issues, local evangelization, local fund-raising, and general smooth running of the church. Ideally the Committee would have a mixture of long standing parishioners and new blood, young and old, male and female, etc. It would meet three times a year at most. If you can volunteer, please speak to John Foley, who is ‘Acting Returning Officer’.
One World Committee
After estimating the December wall box income, the Committee had £5,550.00 to disburse. Thanks to the large donor and thanks to all who have put money in the One World wall box. The Committee has decided to make the following donations:
£2,000.00 to RACET (Rural Africa Children’s Education Trust)
£2,000.00 to the Dept for Communication Studies, Catholic Institute of West Africa (Fr K Egere)
£1,550.00 to the Bishop’s Anti-trafficking project (Bishop Pat Lynch, ss.cc). Please see article on p10 of Newsletter.
St Joseph’s Sale
There will be a sale of Christmas items, gifts, food, cakes etc after Mass on Sunday 2nd December. There will also be tea/coffee. Please start bringing in any donations of good quality items for the sale (no bric-a-brac please).
Repository - looking for a Confirmation Gift?
Confirmation cards, gifts, prayer cards are now available for sale in the Repository.
Parish Bereavement Support Group
Our next meeting is on Monday 19th November, starting at 10.30, ending at 12 noon. Newcomers as well as those who have been several times are most welcome; whether bereaved recently or years ago. If you would like more details, please ring either Ronnie Campbell 01732 452988, Sarah Harrison 01959 522357 or Isabelle Parsons 01732 462504 or 07873 953423.
Please enter through the front door to the Parish Centre, by the ramp, rather than through the church.
November Books of Remembrance
Our Parish Book of Remembrance will be on St Joseph’s Altar at St Thomas’s and on display at all our churches during November. Please see lists in all porches if you would like your relatives or friends entered in next year’s Book of Remembrance. The books have been redone this year, there is also an alphabetical list of all names in the Books in all porches. Please check your entries, make any necessary corrections and add the year of death of your loved ones, if you wish. Thank you.
Holy Souls Masses
Money placed in the Holy Souls box by the door leading into the church at St Thomas’s is put towards Holy Souls Masses, that is Mass Intentions for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. These Masses are often offered by the priest concelebrating at daily Mass, and so are not always announced, but they are offered frequently. By diocesan rule, every £10 represents one Holy Souls Mass.
Parish Christmas Party
On Sunday 2nd December, 1:00 – 4:00pm in St Luke’s Hall, Eardley Road. A merry & inclusive Parish Event. Lunch will be provided, with mulled wine, entertainment for young and old and a bottle stall.
As always, please do consider offering your help or donations.
Any other ideas or queries to Ben Andradi (email@example.com) or Fr David.
- Bottle Stall - anything in a bottle (alcohol, perfumes, food items) Donations to the presbytery
- Food & soft drinks - donations or helping on the day, contact Sandie: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Alcohol - donations or offers of help, contact Chris: email@example.com
- Entertainment - can you provide live music or any other form of entertainment? Contact Caroline: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Children’s games - can you volunteer to supervise games for under 10s? Contact: Ben Andradi
New email addresses
Please ensure you are using the new parish email addresses. The old email addresses will be discontinued shortly.
Fr David: email@example.com
Fr Paul: firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Office, Ingrid La Trobe: email@example.com
School Form signing
Please email Fr David to make an appointment for him to countersign school Supplementary Forms.
Tangney Tours, the pilgrimage company based in the parish at 3 Station Court, Borough Green, are looking for a person to work in their office as the Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage helper, on a short term contract from January to July. Please contact John Tangney or Nicki Morgan (01732 886666).
Ecumenical Advent Carol Service
The North-west Fellowship Advent Carol service is on Sunday 25th November at 6:30pm in St John’s Hill URC. Singers are invited to join the choir; rehearsal at 4:00pm on that day. Please let Jenny Avery (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you can do this.