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Welcome:



  • THE PARISH PRIEST WRITES:

      Dear parishioner

      Today’s Mass: FEAST OF PENTECOST (B)

      This Sunday, we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, marking the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and the birth of the Church. The giving of the Spirit to the new people of God crowns the mighty acts of the Father in salvation history.

      The Jewish feast of Pentecost called all devout Jews to Jerusalem to celebrate their birth as God’s chosen people in the covenant Law given to Moses at Sinai. In today’s First Reading, the mysteries prefigured in that feast are fulfilled in the pouring out of the Spirit on Mary and the Apostles (see Acts 1:14). The Spirit seals the new law and new covenant brought by Jesus, written not on stone tablets but on the hearts of believers.

      The Spirit is revealed as the life-giving breath of the Father, the Wisdom by which He made all things, as we sing in today’s Psalm. In the beginning, the Spirit came as a “mighty wind” sweeping over the face of the earth (see Genesis 1:2). In the new creation of Pentecost, the Spirit again comes as “a strong, driving wind” to renew the face of the earth.

      As we transition from the Easter season into Ordinary Time, let us remember that this is not a period of lesser importance. It is a time for growth and maturation in our faith. We live out the mysteries we have celebrated during the major liturgical seasons and pray for the Holy Spirit to guide and inspire us in our everyday lives.

      In the coming weeks, we will celebrate Trinity Sunday and Corpus Christi, which remind us of the central mysteries of our faith—the Holy Trinity and the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. With Mary, not only in May, let us continuously pray for the continued influence of the Holy Spirit in our community and the Church.

      Very soon we begin the Parish Confirmation programme, and we are all invited to pray for and support our young people on their journey to Christian maturity in the Holy Spirit. Let us pray also for the Catechists, that full of the Divine Wisdom they can lead our young parishioners to the fullness of Gods love. May this Pentecost renew our commitment to living out the Gospel and building a vibrant, Spirit-filled community.

      FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CELEBRATION
      Please note, that on Saturdays 11th, 18th and 25th May we will celebrate our First Holy Communion Masses at 11:00am in St Thomas’ church. There will be no morning Confessions on those Saturdays!

      THE ORDINARY TIME AFTER EASTER
      The Pentecost Sunday ends the Easter Season in the Church' Liturgy. The next Sunday, the Most Holy Trinity is the last day for fulfilling the precept of Easter Communion.

      FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING
      The Finance Committee will meet on Thursday 30th May at 7:30pm in the Presbytery.

      LISTENING TO YOU
      Do come along if you would like a quiet, confidential space to talk and be listened to. There is no need to let us know you are coming.
      You will be very welcome and we always have coffee and biscuits ready for you. From 10.30 to Midday in our newly refurbished Parish Room.

      CONFIRMATION
      The Welcome Meeting for those enrolled in this year's Confirmation Programme will be held in St Thomas' Church on Wednesday 22nd May from 7:30pm - 9:00pm.
      All parents and candidates are encouraged to attend.

      THE PARISH SUMMER PARTY will be on Sunday 7th July 2024 at 12:30pm in the Presbytery Garden. Join us for a wonderful social gathering that brings together all our communities from Sevenoaks, Otford, Borough Green, and West Kingsdown; young and old, families, and retirees. Entry is free! Enjoy a BBQ with plenty of food and drinks provided. The event will feature many attractions, including a performance by St. Thomas’ Primary School Choir.

      We need volunteers to help to  set up and run a variety of stalls;  Bottle stall, Toy stall, Plant stall, Gifts (nearly new) stall etc.
      We also need donations of more raffle prizes;  we have had offers for Pasta making, Flower arrangements, Malt Whiskey  etc. 
      The  raffle will raise funds for the Parish. We promise great fun and an enjoyable atmosphere. If you have any ideas to make this event even better, please contact Fr Piotr or Ben Andradi.

      TEAM BRING AND BUY. We are hoping to have a bring and buy sale at the Parish garden party as last year’s stall raised welcome funds for the Church.  Obviously we will need a team of volunteers to make this viable and a success.  If you feel you could help please ring Jill Cooper on 07443 638364 or email Jill Cooper to join Team Bring and Buy.   We will also need quality items to sell so please start looking in your cupboards to provide merchandise for us to sell.  Many thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.

      CONCERT: FRIDAY 21st JUNE 2024.
      We are delighted to be able to host the world renowned choir, The Sixteen conducted by Harry Christophers, CBE, at St Thomas’, for a specially-curated gala evening concert, with poetry readings by Actors Antonia Christophers and Noel Byrne. 
      Tickets available from Concert Tickets

      Prices £40; £35; £30; £20. Also tickets can be purchased after some Sunday Masses in all four churches.

      The WHY? COURSE
      Catholic answers to the big questions: Why God? Why Christ? Why the Church? Each session lasts one hour (inclusive of a 25 minute video), designed for those wishing to explore the Catholic faith, or just learn more about Catholicism. The course will run over three consecutive Thursday evenings, with each session starting at 7:30pm in the Parish Centre at St Thomas’ church in Sevenoaks. We begin on 6th June, with two further sessions on 13th and 20th June. Bring your friends – all are welcome (for all or any of the individual sessions). Any questions, please contact Andrew La Trobe; 07775 738485).

      WARNING!!! Email Scams
      Please be aware that we've noticed a series of unusual emails purportedly sent by priests, including Fr Piotr, Fr Vipin, and Fr David. It's important to remember that all priests in our diocese exclusively use official diocesan email addresses, formatted as either parish@rcaos.org.uk or fullname@rcaos.org.uk. Emails from any other providers, such as Gmail, should be considered fraudulent and not responded to. If you receive such an email, please do not engage, as it is likely a scam!

      MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES
      What does the Church teach us? "Love the Stranger” Workshop - 15th June 2024 in the Parish Centre

      Do you want to understand the teaching of the Church with respect to our welcome of Migrants and Refugees? Join us for a workshop on 15th June, 12:30-3:30pm in the Parish Centre.  

      We are lucky enough to welcome Jackie McLoughlin from St Elphege’s Wallington, and Yohannes Asmelash. Jackie established the Refugees Network over 30 years ago, has set up a community sponsorship group for refugees, and is working with Caritas Southwark; Yohannes came to the UK from Eritrea many years ago and has worked in refugee organisations with his lived experience.

      They will lead us in a discussion of the Catholic Bishops Conference of England & Wales publication, “Love the Stranger” (https://www.cbcew.org.uk/love-the-stranger/

      Love the Stranger - Catholic Bishops' Conference 'Love the Stranger' presents a Catholic response to refugees and migrants. It is a 2023 document of the Department for International Affairs. www.cbcew.org.uk), which guides us in the Church’s social teaching.  

      A sandwich lunch and tea and coffee will be provided - please arrive at 12:15 for 12:30 start.

      Please reach out to Gina if you would like to join us (to help with numbers for catering) and for any further details.

      REPOSITORY at St Thomas’
      We are seeking a volunteer to manage the Church repository at St Thomas’. Responsibilities include coordinating with the Parish Office on purchases, monitoring stock levels, and organising a weekend sales team rota. For more information or to sign up, please contact Fr Peter or Magda in the Parish Office. Magda is available from Monday to Friday (except Tuesdays), between 8:30am and 12:15pm.

      ST THOMAS’ CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL PTA
      Our Summer Fair will take place on Saturday 15th June from 12-3pm. All are welcome to attend! Volunteers will be selling tickets for our summer raffle after Mass for the next four weekends. The raffle will be drawn at the fair. Money raised by the PTA is greatly appreciated by our parish school and there are some fantastic prizes to be won.
      We would love to welcome former pupils back to the school to volunteer an hour of their time to help at the fair. Please get in touch by email if you are interested: St Thomas PTA

      St Thomas of Canterbury, pray for us.
      St Joseph, pray for us.
      St Bernadette, pray for us.
      St Edith of Kemsing, pray for us.

      Fr. Peter.

      Fr Peter Kucharski, Parish Priest of Sevenoaks
      12 Granville RoadOffice
      Sevenoaks01732 454177
      TN13 1ER



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