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THE PARISH PRIEST WRITES:
Today’s Mass: SIXTH SUNDAY of the YEAR (Year C)
Today and the next two Sundays enable us to hear Readings we rarely hear, because of the logistics of the liturgical year. The Readings we shall hear in two Sundays’ time on the 8th Sunday, Year C, were last heard in 2001!
First Reading: Jeremiah speaks of the cursed and the blessed, focusing on trust. The cursed trust in fallible humanity, the blessed trust in God. It isn’t always easy to trust in God, whom we do not see. Do you, in your
life, trust in God?
Today’s Psalm, like today’s First Reading and Gospel, contrasts the just with the wicked, the blessed with the cursed.
Second Reading: Paul continues to set down his arguments for the resurrection from the dead of Jesus Christ.
Gospel: the Sermon on the Plain is Luke’s counterpart to Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount. To four beatitudes, Luke adds four woes. Here Jesus turns the normal view of the world on its head: in the kingdom of
God the blessed are those who are marginalised and oppressed in our world. Today Jesus gives us a choice: do we stand with the hungry and grieving, or are we too busy feasting and laughing to notice their pain?
Canon John Bailey, KHS RIP
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Canon John, who died last Tuesday in Darent Valley Hospital. He was 94 years old and 66 years a priest. He was Parish Priest of Sevenoaks from 1980 to 1996, when he retired to live in West Kingsdown. It will be a couple of weeks before the Funeral arrangements are known, but as soon as the Archbishop informs us we shall pass the details on. Requiescat in pace.
For the time being there will be no weekday Masses at West Kingsdown. The Sunday Mass at 11:00am will of course continue. Adoration and Rosary for the Unborn will also continue as normal. Meanwhile Fr David will be discussing the way forward with Monsignor Matthew Dickens, who has responsibility for the Kent Area in the absence of an Auxiliary Bishop, but although there may be a reduction in weekday Masses, the Sunday Mass at 11:00am will be unchanged.
Anyone who has concerns about Mass Intentions booked with the Canon but not offered, please contact Ingrid in the office. We are most grateful to the parishioners at St Bernadette’s who rallied round when the Canon collapsed on Sunday, and who are looking after the house and his cat.
Annual Mission Appeal
The Spiritans – otherwise known as the Holy Ghost Fathers – are making the annual Mission Appeal in Southwark this year. This is the order to which Fr Michael Ezenwammadu CSSp and his colleagues belong. Today we welcome Fr Fabian Adindu, CSSp, Fr Dennis Bukenya, CSSp, and Fr Patrice Anyanwu, CSSP, to celebrate some of the Masses and to preach at all Masses. The second collection will be for the Spiritans. Please note that on this occasion the second collection scheduled for Racial Justice will not take place.
Racial Justice Sunday
Today the Church in England & Wales thinks of the experiences of our ethnic communities. It is a day on which we are called earnestly to pray for an end to racism and racial inequality. The theme this year is ‘Dignity for all workers’, looking at how all people must not be exploited or face discrimination and hatred in their work. Visit http://catholicnews.org.uk/Home/Featured/Racial-Justice-Sunday-2019/Dignity-for-all-workers.
Monday: Bereavement Support Group
10:30am – 12:00 noon in the Parish Centre. All those who have been bereaved, whether recently or a while ago, are very welcome to attend this support group.
Ingrid is on holiday this week. If you would like to book a Mass intention please put your envelope in the collection or through the Presbytery Letter Box and she will deal with them on her return on Monday 25th February. Thank you.
Friday Adoration at Holy Trinity
Because of half term there is no Adoration at Otford this Friday.
Please bring suitable items for the Foodbank next weekend and place them in the baskets provided.
Derek Gibbons RIP
Fr David would like to thank parishioners for their kind condolences and Mass Intentions on the occasion of his father’s death. The Funeral is tomorrow (Monday), up in Warwick.
Our Lady of Walsingham Dowry Tour
The statue of Our Lady of Walsingham will be at St George’s Cathedral for a triduum of prayer, from 21st – 23rd February. The Opening Holy Mass is on Thursday 21st at 7:00pm, followed by a talk on the Dowry of Mary by Mgr John Armitage (Shrine Administrator) and Sung Litany of Our Lady. The Closing Holy Mass is on Saturday 23rd at 12:30pm. For the full programme visit http://dowrytour.org.uk/southwark.
England, which has been known as the ‘Dowry of Mary’ since the time of St Edward the Confessor, is to be rededicated by the Bishops as the Dowry of Mary in 2020. As part of the spiritual preparation for the rededication, the Statue of Our Lady of Walsingham is visiting every Catholic English Cathedral. The purpose of the rededication is to seek Our Blessed Lady’s help in building a strong spiritual foundation for the New Evangelization.
World Day of Prayer - ‘Come Everything is Ready’
(formally known as Women’s World Day of Prayer)
This year written by the women of Slovenia, on Friday 1st March at 2:00pm at The Drive Methodist Church, Sevenoaks. Everyone is welcome, with refreshments afterwards. Contact Lesley Hardaker 01732 454498 should you require any further details.
The Pilgrims’ Day at Aylesford - Friday 8th March
The first pick up in our mini coach will be at St Thomas’ at 9:30am. On to Holy Trinity Otford for 9:50am where cars may be left in the church car park. Our time is our own to plan at Aylesford; there is Mass at noon and opportunity for confession. We hope all share lunch in the Pilgrim’s Hall - choosing and paying individually so everyone can get what suits them. There is a varied menu from fish and chips, soup and sandwiches. Please see the sign up list in St Thomas’s Porch. All enquiries to Pat Harman 01732 453902. Apart from lunch your expenses will be for a driver’s tip and our donation to Aylesford Priory, though you may wish to visit the ceramic shop or ‘holy’ shop both of which sell a wide range of goods.
St Thomas’ Repository
Devotional literature is available for Lenten reading.
Summer Garden Party
Save the date! The annual Garden Party for all the parish will be on Sunday 7th July, from 12:30pm in the Presbytery Garden. Put the date in your diary now, and pray for good weather.
Lift to Mass required
A lady in Chipstead wishes to be brought to Holy Trinity Otford, for the 9.30 Mass on some Sundays. If you could help please call Andrew Watts (01732 462538) who can explain. We are still looking for a volunteer. Many thanks.
Safeguarding Office Administrator
We are looking for an office administrator to join the diocesan Safeguarding team in SE1. This is a full time job (0900 – 1700 Monday to Friday) and is offered initially on a 12 month fixed term contract. The key areas of work are administration of the DBS Disclosure application process, maintenance of national and local databases, administrative support to the Safeguarding training programmes and assistance in delivery of training as necessary, maintaining and updating of policy documents, forms and procedures and taking notes at safeguarding meetings. The ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and will preferably have experience of working in this area. Excellent IT and communication skills coupled with evidenced understanding of confidentiality are also essential.
Salary: £23,000pa - £25,000pa depending on skills and experience. If you would like to apply for this job please email your CV to email@example.com by 22nd February 2019.