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      1 Kings 19: 16, 19-21; Psalm 15; Galatians 5: 1, 13-18; Luke 9: 51-62

    First Reading:
    Elijah the prophet calls Elisha to follow and succeed him. This story is chosen as today’s First Reading because of the parallel between Elisha’s desire to say farewell to his parents first and the desire of the last mentioned disciple in the Gospel to do the same.

    we are confident that God ’will show us the path of life’.

    Second Reading:
    freedom is not freedom to do as one likes (self-indulgence); rather it is freedom to do deeds of love prompted by the Spirit.

    Jesus and His followers turn towards Jerusalem. For Luke this is not so much geographical as theological: the holy city of Jerusalem will be the climax and focal point of Jesus’ saving death and resurrection. And the call to follow Christ overrides everything else.

    First Holy Communion
    Welcome to Alexa Wyss, Alessia Ditri, Aiyla Longworth, Miriam Hunt and Poppy Milton, receiving their first Holy Communion at the 11:15am Mass today.

    11:15am Mass
    The Music Group leads our music today.


    Fr David returns from his holiday tomorrow.

    Wednesday 29th June: Solemnity of SS Peter & Paul
    This is a Holyday of Obligation, that is a day when you should attend Holy Mass if you can.  Please note a change in the Mass times for St Thomas’s (caused by School swimming lessons in the morning).
      Holy Mass:
      St Thomas’s:  8:00am (Latin), 12:00 noon, 2:00pm (School Mass), 8:00pm.
      Most Holy Trinity, Otford: 10:00am.
      St Bernadette’s, West Kingsdown: 11:00am.
      St Joseph’s Borough Green:  6:00pm.

    The second collection on Wednesday (there is no first collection) is for Peter’s Pence. This collection is sent to the Holy See, to provide the means for the Holy Father to exercise his service of the Universal Church and to support poor dioceses etc.


    First Holy Communion 2023
    If your child is currently in Year 2 or above, NOW is the time to register them for the next Holy Communion programme. Please register online at The initial parents’ meeting will be on Wednesday 6th July at 8:00pm.  Note that this earlier than in previous years.  This is to enable the first Holy Communions to take place before Corpus Christi next year.

    Parish Summer Garden Party - 3rd July from 12:00noon
    This is an inclusive event for young and old, families, teenagers, retired and parishioners from all four churches.  No charge for entry, food or drink.  There will be a variety of food, including BBQ, children’s games, entertainment and live music, bottle and toy stalls, Parish raffle with prizes, and a bar.  Most parish groups will be taking part. All funds raised are for the Parish.

    The Bottle Stall is always popular.  Please look through your cupboards and bring bottles to the Presbytery (champagne but not shampoo, Sangria not sanitiser, Pimm’s not Pepsi!).  Likewise donate unwanted toys, teddies etc - in safe condition - and bring them to the Presbytery.  If you have ideas for the Garden Party please contact Ben Andradi at

    Volunteers needed
    Now that things are getting back to normal after the pandemic, we need a number of volunteers.  If YOU can help, don’t hesitate to offer yourself.

    Collection counters: can you count and are free on a weekday morning?  Please contact Fr David or Andy Hicks ( if you could do this, perhaps once a month or so.  Now that many people donate by Standing Order or via the card machine, this is not as big a job as it used to be, but it still needs doing.

    9:15am Mass at St Thomas’s: we need a few more catechists to help with the Children’s Liturgy of the Word.  If you possibly can, contact Mark O’Prey (  Training will be given, but note that a DBS check will be required.  Also, can you help provide some music at this Mass, even if once a month?  Contact Fr David.  The Fitzgerald family have restarted tea/coffee and biscuits after this Mass.  Speak to them if you can help with this from time to time.

    St Thomas' Catholic Primary School
    We currently have vacancies for our Reception Class starting in 2022.  St Thomas' is a small Catholic primary school situated close to the Parish Church.  We are a welcoming and inclusive community where all children are supported by the whole staff in a loving Christian community.  Our children achieve to a high standard.  The children are happy and make most of each and every day.  Our curriculum provides our children with a strong knowledge and skills base.  If you would like to make an application or visit the school please email

    Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage
    The Southwark Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place between 19th and 26th August.  We are sad that, like most Lourdes pilgrimages this year, we have not been able to include pilgrims who need medical support.  At the same time, we are delighted to be returning to Lourdes after two years of absence.  Details are available at or from Southwark contacts: Canon Ed Perera ( and Bishop Paul Hendricks (
    Bishop Paul Hendricks

    Please pray

    · for Pope Francis;
    · for all who are sick;
    · for many volunteers for collection counting and at the 9:15am Mass;
    · for good weather for the Parish Garden Party.

    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.

    Fr David Gibbons, KHS, Parish Priest of Sevenoaks
    12 Granville
    Sevenoaks01732 454177
    TN13 1ER


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