THE PARISH PRIEST WRITES:
Today’s Mass: SIXTEENTH SUNDAY in ORDINARY TIME (Year B)
First Reading: Jeremiah’s prophecy of good shepherds and a wise king came true, Christians would say, in the coming of Jesus Christ.
Psalm: perhaps the most well-known of the psalms is a song of confidence in the Good Shepherd, who is, of course, Jesus Christ.
Second Reading: the Jewish law created a barrier which separated Jews and Gentiles. But now Jesus Christ has reconciled the two, and both Jews and Gentiles can now worship God together.
Gospel: this is a transition, between the Mission of the Twelve and the beheading of John the Baptist, and the Feeding of the Five Thousand which follows. We might note especially Our Lord’s compassion: compassion for the twelve apostles, who need rest, and compassion for the large crowd, who need teaching.
9:15am Mass - Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Now on the Summer Timetable. There will be no Cherubs during the summer holiday, please remain in Church instead. Seraphs and Big Angels will combine and Little Angels (for pre-schoolers) will continue as normal. Please note that Little Angels is not suitable for children who normally attend Cherubs.
Wednesday - Pilgrims & Friends impromptu informal tea
Join us this Wednesday, 25th July, at St Thomas's at 2:30pm for an informal summer tea. No list this time, just phone us if you think you can come, or just come. Bring a friend, the more the merrier. If you need a lift let us know & we'll do our best. Pat 01723 453902 or Jackie 01732 450197.
Thursday - SVP meeting
In the Parish Centre, 7:30pm.
The second collection next weekend will be for Fr Boniface on the occasion of his Silver Jubilee of Ordination.
Fr Paul’s 10th Anniversary Celebration
We are delighted that Fr Paul will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of his ordination on Thursday 23rd August at the midday Mass. Mass will be followed by a gathering in the Parish Garden with a light lunch to mark this joyful occasion. All are invited to attend.
It would be most helpful if you could let us know if you would like to join in so we can gauge numbers (or indeed if you can bring a cake or some sandwiches!). email Gina.
There is now a box permanently in the porch to receive your donations of non-perishable food for the Food Bank whenever you can. There will continue to be bi-monthly collections, but this is to help in between times when the Food Bank runs low on food, particularly over the Summer. Many thanks for your ongoing support.
Annual Hiroshima & Nagasaki Commemoration
Will be held on Monday 6th August, for an hour from 8:20pm in the Choir Chapel at Aylesford Priory. All are welcome to join us, not only Catholics, but people of any faith, or none. Refreshments after the service. For information call John Caruana 01634 864179. Organised by the Kent Diocesan Area Justice & Peace Group.
Goa Pilgrimage at Aylesford Priory
On Sunday 1st September, from 11am to 6pm. Rosary at 11am followed by Benediction. Mass at 12:30pm (Confessions available). Food and Refreshments on sale (proceeds to fund the formation of a priest in Goa) and music and entertainment. Contact Maria/Hilary 01474 853368 for further information.
St Vincent de Paul: Project Vacancy
The SVP is seeking to recruit an 1833 Research and Project Development Officer to review, re-model, project plan and potentially produce resources for our programme for 18-30 year olds in preparation for a service re-launch in Sept 2019. £27k pa pro rata; 3 days a week; one year contract. Home-based with national travel. Closing date: 10:00 on Wednesday 25th July 2018. Interviews: Thursday 26th July 2018. Start date: Wednesday 29th August 2018. For more details & application pack, please visit the vacancies section of the SVP website: https://www.svp.org.uk/.
Pilgrims and Friends Outing, 3rd September
A visit to Goring by Sea to the fascinating reproduction ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, at the English Martyrs Church. The day also includes our own prayers in their Good Shepherd Chapel. On the way coffee and cake in a tea garden. Lunch at the beach café (or bring your own) and tea and scones on the way back at the Bolney vineyard. All expenses included except lunch: £28. Please note the date. Sign up lists in mid July; enquiries Pat 01732 453902 or Jackie 01732 450197. Flyers now available in all porches, please take a flyer home today.
St Thomas’ Ministers Rota
The Rota for July, August and September has been emailed to all concerned. If you have not received an email please contact Ingrid in the Parish Office. Thanks
Ride and Stride Sponsored walk/bike ride - Saturday 8th September
Charles Sexton will be organising the Ride and Stride sponsored walk/bike ride again for Holy Trinity Otford. The event is on Saturday 8th September. Charles will be riding again and will be looking for sponsors after Sunday Masses. If anyone in Holy Trinity would also like to walk or ride please let him know. We will also need volunteers to greet participants on the day and a signing up form will be available shortly. Contact Charles (01322 865167, email Charles) if you would like to participate. Thanks.
Ride and Stride organiser needed for St Thomas
We do not have a parishioner at St Thomas’s to help organise and perhaps participate in this event. If you think you would be interested please contact Ingrid in the Parish Office, and perhaps have a chat with Charles about what is involved.
Parish Pilgrimage to Fatima
This year’s parish pilgrimage, from Tuesday 11th – Saturday 15th September, is definitely going ahead. If you wish to book you should do soon while places are still available. Please ask Ingrid in the Parish Office for a booking form. The basic price – for flights and full board accommodation – is £580.00. Single supplement is £92.00.
Six months’ notice is required. If you live in Sevenoaks parish you should contact Fr David (email is best) 6 months before the proposed date.
Baptism of Infants
Parents wanting a child Baptized should obtain a green information/application form (available by the newsletters in all the porches), read it carefully, fill it in, and return it either to a priest or to the Presbytery. Fr David will then contact you to confirm the date and time. Nearer the day you will be asked to come to the Presbytery for a preparation session. Please read the rules about godparents closely.
Grief in Loss - Hope in Christ Retreat/Workshop
For all who have been bereaved. Weekend of 12/14 October 2018 at Aylesford Priory. Let by Elizabeth Partridge and Fr Franci Kamsley. For more information contact Elizabeth Partridge on 01303 670880/email Elizabeth. Leaflets in all porches.
New St George's Cathedral Choir CD
Under their Director, Norman Harper, the St George's Cathedral Choir have recorded their first CD: O Sacrum Convivium. The CD features various Mass settings and motets, including a number that were written specifically for the Choir. The music on this video features a sample of two tracks: unaccompanied plainsong: Venite benedicti Patris mei ('Come blessed of my Father' - A Gospel Introit from the Easter Season) and The Lord's Prayer setting by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, which was recorded at the request of Archbishop Peter Smith.
The CD is on Priory Records can be purchased online from the Cathedral's website for £12 plus P&P, then click on Add to Cart