THE PARISH PRIEST WRITES:
Message No 80: 19th September 2021
TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY (B)
Wisdom 2: 12, 17-20; Psalm 53; James 3: 16 - 4:3; Mark 9: 30-37
First Reading: a description of the ungodly and how they attack believers. This resonates very strongly nowadays with frequent attacks in the mass media and elsewhere on Christians and others who have religious beliefs.
Psalm: a prayer for help from God when assailed by attacks from the ungodly.
Second Reading: disunity and disharmony stems from failure to pray properly. How does our parish measure up in this respect?
Gospel: after the Transfiguration we hear the second prediction of Christs passion at Capernaum (the first was in last weeks Gospel, at Caesarea Philippi) and Christs teaching on discipleship. He sat down indicates formal teaching by a rabbi. He takes a child: this is an acted parable. Remember that children had a low status in Jesus time; the point is that the disciple should be humble, like the lowliest person.
Home Mission Sunday
The Bishops invite us to pray today for the mission of the Church in England & Wales. The Second Collection is for the Catholic Agency for the Support of Evangelization.
Welcome to Fr Bryan Wells offering the Mass at Most Holy Trinity.
First national Mass count
Stewards please count everyone at Mass and email the figures to Fr David.
First Holy Communion
Nicholas Shorter receives his first Holy Communion today at St Josephs.
St Edith Devotions
Those walking to Kemsing will leave St Thomass at 10:30am and leave Most Holy Trinity at 1:30pm.
- 3:30pm Devotions at St Ediths Well in Kemsing
- 4:00pm Vespers in St Marys Church (we have been asked to wear face coverings in the church, except for cantors and those who are exempt)
- 5:00pm refreshments available at The Bell.
Monday: Bereavement Group
A cup of tea and a sympathetic shoulder are available in the Parish Room on Monday, 10:30am to 12:00 noon. Anyone who has been bereaved is welcome to come.
Monday: St Thomas School Mass
Mass for the beginning of term at 9:30am on Monday, in St Thomass.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in St Thomass
On Mondays after 8:00am Mass, until 9:30am and on Tuesdays, 6:00pm - 7:00pm.
Starts on Monday at 8:00pm in the Parish Centre. This is a programme designed for adults who wish to be Baptized in the Catholic Church or (if already Baptized) Received into Full Communion with the Catholic Church. Contact Andrew La Trobe; 07775 738485 to enquire or to register for the course. If you know someone who may be interested, invite them and come with them to the first session.
Most Holy Trinity local committee
Meets on Wednesday after the 10:00am Mass. Please speak to Barry Authers (chair) or any member to have items placed on the Agenda.
This group - for toddlers and their mums/dads - meets on Thursday, 9:15am - 11:15am. Contact Mary Strinati (07890 229794) if you are interested.
Parish Finance Committee
meets on Thursday evening.
Who are You?
Final meeting this week on Thursday; contact Andrew La Trobe or David La Trobe for info. Parents and teenagers aged 16 - 18 are welcome to attend, even if you havent attended previously.
The Wedding of Shaun Reaney and Claire Zahra is in St Thomass on Saturday, at 1:30pm.
Next Sunday: SVP Collection
The Second Collection will be for the Parish SVP. This parish group relies totally on voluntary donations to carry out our work with the needy, the old, the sick and the housebound of the parish, of our local area and further afield (eg we support 3 villages in India and several Indian students and the SVP baby feeding centres in Sudan).
Next Sunday: Confirmands Awayday
The Confirmation candidates and their parents are reminded of their Awayday next Sunday at The Friars, Aylesford, ending with Mass there at 4:00pm.
St Gregorys Catholic School, Tunbridge Wells Open Mornings & Evening
For entry in September 2022. Open mornings (tours between 8:55am - 12:00 noon) Wednesday 22nd, Thursday 23rd September, Tuesday 5th, Wednesday 6th, Wednesday 20th & Thursday 21st October. Open evening (tours between 4:30 and 7:30pm) Thursday 23rd September. Tours must be booked in advance, via the website: St Gregory's.
To obtain Fr Davids signature on the Supplementary Form please email him to make an appointment. Please note that one criterion used is whether or not the family has registered in this parish.
Another extract from a church Newsletter
"Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones".
- for the mission of the Church in England & Wales;
- for Gods help in ending the pandemic;
- for Rachel Pilkington, Maureen Elvery and all who have recently died.
St Roch, pray for us.
St Joseph, pray for us.
St Thomas of Canterbury, pray for us.
St Bernadette, pray for us.
St Edith of Kemsing, pray for us.
Fr David Gibbons, KHS, Parish Priest of Sevenoaks
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