THE PARISH PRIEST WRITES:
Today’s Mass: THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY in ORDINARY TIME (Year C)
First Reading: Rather than forsake their beliefs, the brothers willingly submit to torture and death. It is in the two books of Maccabees that we find the clearest statement in the Hebrew scriptures of the resurrection of those who remain faithful to God.
The refrain of the Psalm is understood as a reference to when we awake at the general resurrection at the end of time.
Second Reading: St Paul mentions the persecutions and trials this community has undergone, but encourages the Thessalonians to persevere, as God “is faithful and will give you strength”.
Gospel: the Sadducees did not accept resurrection, and so ask a question designed to ridicule the idea. But Jesus gives a sophisticated theological response, using the Law of Moses which they would have regarded as authoritative. First He says that there is no marriage in the next life, thus undercutting the basis of their question. He then indicates that resurrection will not be for all, but only for those deemed worthy.
Today is Remembrance Sunday, when we remember members of the armed forces who died in the line of duty. A poppy wreath on behalf of the parish will be laid at the Sevenoaks and Otford War Memorials.
We welcome Mgr Matthew Dickens today to celebrate the Masses at Borough Green and West Kingsdown.
Confirmation candidates Election
At various Masses this year’s candidates for Confirmation will, after the Homily, have their Election rite. This is when they commit themselves to go forward for Confirmation. Please pray for them.
The diocesan second collection is for the Archbishop’s Fund for Diocesan Administration. This collection helps to meet the cost of the central administration of the diocese.
The Traditional Choir leads the music today.
Monday: Finance Committee
The Parish Finance Committee meets at 8:00pm in the Presbytery.
Monday: Adoration post-presentation meeting
All parishioners who are interested in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament are invited to come to the Parish Room at 8:00pm, for an hour long meeting with the Kent Area Adoration Apostolate team. The purpose is to plan how we can develop Adoration in all four churches.
Monday: ‘Living Catholicism’
The first meeting of our parish course for Confirmed Catholics seeking to learn more about and share perspectives on living the Catholic Faith, on the subject of Prayer, is on Monday in the Upper Room of the Parish Centre at 8:00pm (tea & coffee from 7:45pm). These will be informal meetings, led by members of the parish Adult Formation team, with the opportunity provided for questions/discussion and reflection on key aspects of the Faith.
Fr David will be away leading a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from this Tuesday until Tuesday 19th.
Year 6 from St Thomas’ School will attend the 9:30am Mass, and stay on for a few minutes of Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.
Barbara Tucker RIP
Funeral Mass at 12:00 noon in St Thomas’s on Tuesday, followed by Interment in the Greatness Cemetery. The family have particularly asked that as many parishioners as possible attend to help lead the singing.
Friday: World Day of Prayer
Committee meeting in the Parish Centre at 10:00am.
On the weekend of 16th-17th November, our Parish will make a special effort to support Sevenoaks Foodbank. Any tin of meat, pasta and vegetable (no baked beans please) would be very welcome. No cereals box this time again, thank you. Please place your donations in the basket and box at the entrance of the church. Thank you for your generosity.
November Books of Remembrance
These will be on St Joseph’s Altar at St Thomas’s and on display in the other churches during November. Please contact Magda in the Parish Office for any additions or corrections to the names.
St Thomas’ School Admissions
Parents of children who were born between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016 can now apply for primary school places for their children. Applications should be made through the Local Authority and can be made online at www.kent.gov.uk/ola. Please note that the closing date for applications is 15th January 2020. Parents wishing to apply to St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School will also need to complete and return a Supplementary Information Form to the school, which can be downloaded from the school website at http://www.saintthomas.co.uk/parents/admissions/. Parents wanting Fr David to complete the Priest’s Reference should email him - after he returns from the Holy Land - to make an appointment. The school is holding open afternoons, starting at 2:00pm on 19th November, 4th December and 9th January, which prospective parents are welcome to attend.
Holy Souls Masses
Money placed in the Holy Souls boxes goes towards Mass Intentions for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. By diocesan rule, every £10 represents one Holy Souls Mass. In November, the Holy Souls Masses are explicitly for those in the Books of Remembrance. These Masses are often offered by the concelebrating Priest at Mass, and so are not always announced or listed in this Newsletter.
Waitrose Community Matters - St Thomas' School PTA
Our school PTA is one of the three community charities being supported by Waitrose Sevenoaks 'Community Matters' scheme, during the month of November. If you shop at Waitrose in the town centre, please do consider dropping your green token in the box after checkout. By doing so, you will support the school in receiving a share of £1000 to be spent towards educational equipment to enhance the learning and skills development of our pupils. Thank you!
The annual parish Confirmation this year is on Saturday 23rd November at 12:30pm in the Metropolitan Cathedral of St George’s. Rt Rev’d Patrick Lynch, ss.cc will confer the Sacrament. Any adults who have been Baptized but who were never Confirmed please email Fr David, to arrange to be Confirmed at this Mass.
Pilgrims’ Advent Festive Lunch
Please save Thursday 12th December, for our Lunch and a rather magical afternoon. Now at the planning stage; more details later.
Jackie & Pat
St Thomas’s Altar Servers
Will Altar Servers or their parents please sign up on the sign-up sheet for which Masses you can serve over the Christmas period.
SVP can give financial help to families or individuals at Christmas. If you or someone you know would benefit please email email@example.com or phone Kathie Gonzalez on 01732 761253.Frances Smith
We have refreshed the details of contacts of organisations on page 11 of the Newsletter. Please inform Magda if there are any omissions or errors.
Dedication of St Joseph’s
It has been suggested that when the Archbishop comes to Consecrate the new church, it should be dedicated to SS Joseph and John Henry Newman. As the previous building was not a consecrated church we can do this (with the Archbishop’s approval). John Foley is the Acting Returning Officer for the Dedication Referendum; please let him know your views.
Churches Together in Sevenoaks & District
The Annual Meeting is on Thursday at 8:00pm (refreshments from 7:30pm) at St John’s United Reformed Church, St John’s Hill, Sevenoaks. Come along and bring others.
Save the date: Parish Christmas Party
The annual Parish Christmas Party this year will be on Sunday 15th December, 1:15pm onwards, in St Luke’s Hall, Eardley Road, Sevenoaks. Lunch, entertainment, free admission.