THE PARISH PRIEST WRITES:
Today’s Mass: SECOND SUNDAY of ORDINARY TIME (Year A)
First Reading: Isaiah is himself a prefiguring of Jesus Christ, as the servant of God who will restore the people of God (the “tribes of Jacob”) and be the light of the nations.
Psalm: the earliest Christians understood this psalm as a prophecy about the coming of the Messiah, which foreshadows the self-offering of Jesus Christ.
Second Reading: this is the beginning of a sequence of Second Readings taken from St Paul’s first letter to the Church in Corinth. The greeting, used many times by St Paul, is the basis for the second form of the greeting said by the Priest at the beginning of Mass, Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Gospel: John the Baptist testifies to Jesus as the Lamb of God and as the Messiah, who has been anointed by the Spirit. The Invitation to Communion at Mass (“Behold the Lamb of God …”) directly quotes these words of the Baptist. These are familiar words and images, but one could spend a long time pondering their meaning.
Today is a Day of Prayer for World Peace, and the Sunday in the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Today we welcome Fr John Tabor to offer the Mass at Borough Green and Fr Michael Ezenwammadu, CSSp to offer the 6:00pm Mass.
Peace Sunday 2020
In his World Peace Day message for 2020, given on 1st January, Pope Francis spoke of the need for dialogue and renewed relationships of reconciliation, communal solidarity and hope in the future. He reminded the world that 'peace and international stability are incompatible with attempts to build upon the fear of mutual destruction or the threat of total annihilation'. He also encouraged us all to embrace hope in the face of obstacles and trials and to see peace as a journey of hope.
Pax Christi, the international Catholic Movement for Peace, is committed to non-violence and to the Pope’s challenge to 'set aside every act of violence in thought, word and deed'.
Please pray for our Bishops as they seek to make good relations with Palestinian and Israeli authorities and aim to bring hope to Christians in Gaza, East Jerusalem and Ramallah in the coming week. Please also pray for peace across our world, that we may individually be willing to personally deepen the sometimes challenging commitment to bring the peace of Christ into our own lives and into the lives of others.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020
The theme this year, prepared by Christians from Malta, is ‘They showed us Unusual Kindness’ (cf Acts 28:2). During this week all Christians are called to show unusual kindness to one another and to pray for Christian Unity by heeding our Lord’s prayer “that they may all be one”.
~ Sevenoaks & District Christian Unity Service
At St John’s Church of England Church, St John’s Hill at 4:00pm. Preacher: Rev’d John Caster, Vicar of St Barnabas’ Church in Tunbridge Wells. There will also be a choir which any are free to join; this will have a brief rehearsal at 3:30pm beforehand. Followed by refreshments.
~ Otford Christian Unity Service
Today at the Methodist church in Otford High Street, at 6:30pm.
Monday: Bereavement Support
In the Parish Centre 10:30am – 12:00 noon. This is an informal gathering for those who have been bereaved recently or longer ago. Do come along for a coffee and a supportive chat. We are very friendly and welcoming. For more information do contact Ronnie Campbell (01732 452988) or Kate Travers (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Tuesday 9:30am Mass
Year 5 from St Thomas’ School will attend this Mass, and stay for 5 minutes of the subsequent Adoration.
Sunday of the Word of God
The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is the Feast of the Word of God, newly instituted by Pope Francis.
St Bernadette’s UCM
Members have their Renewal of Vows at the 11:00am Mass next Sunday.
St Joseph’s Consecration
The Consecration of the new church will take place on Saturday 1st February at 11:30am, by the Archbishop. It will be followed by a Reception in Borough Green Primary School. You can park in the car park opposite in Western Road or in the Village Hall car park in the High Street. A church is only Consecrated once, so few people ever see this impressive ceremony.
Parish Finance Committee
will meet on Monday January 27th at 8:00pm in the Presbytery.
Books, books, books
There is a table of books available for browsing in the porch at St Thomas’s – religious and non-religious. You are welcome to help yourself. It will be topped up this weekend so look again if you enjoy a free read. A small donation , however, always welcome. Thank you.
The library team
Is there a parishioner who could help the SVP please by visiting an elderly gentleman living in Shoreham? Please contact Kathie on email@example.com or via the parish office.
Parish Holy Land Pilgrimage
The Parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land will be from 5th - 12th November. The basic cost is £1,430; single supplement £340. See page 10 for full information. Contact Magda in the Office for a Booking Form.
The Holy Trinity Committee wish to thank Sarah Harrison, who retired from the post of treasurer at the end of 2019, after 23 years in the role. Sarah kept the accounts diligently and accurately and the people of Otford church owe her a big Thank You.