THE PARISH PRIEST WRITES:
Today’s Mass: TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY in ORDINARY TIME (Year C)
First Reading: the prophet Elisha heals Naaman, an Aramean, of leprosy, and will accept no reward. But Naaman in response begins to worship and praise the one true God.
Psalm: God’s justice and salvation extend to all the nations. The healing of Naaman, a foreigner, in the First Reading exemplifies this.
In the Second Reading St Paul refers to his imprisonment, saying that “they cannot chain up God’s news”. Do we ‘chain up God’s news’ by keeping it to ourselves, or do we proclaim the Good News by what we say and do?
Gospel: only one of the cured lepers - a Samaritan, ie a foreigner - returned to thank God for his cure. Thanksgiving is a fundamental part both of Christ’s and the Church’s teaching, so much so that one of the frequently used titles of the Mass is the Eucharist (the ‘thanksgiving’). We have to cultivate what the Americans call an ‘attitude of gratitude’ (try saying it with an American accent!). Do you return each week to the Sunday Eucharist to give thanks to God for all the wonderful blessings he showers upon you?
Canonization of St John Henry Newman
Today at St Peter’s in the Vatican John Henry Cardinal Newman is added to the list of recognised saints; a great day for the Church in England and the first English saint for some 300 years. You should be able to watch the ceremony at either http://w2.vatican.va/content/vatican/en.html or on EWTN.
Day of Prayer
Today is a Day of Prayer for Prisoners and their Dependents, and this week is Prisons Week. For more information visit the PACT
website: www. prisonadvice.org.uk/prisonerssunday.
A reminder that today is the fourth and final national Mass count.
We welcome Fr Mark Odion, MSP to offer the Borough Green and West Kingsdown Masses today.
The Traditional Choir leads the music today.
Monday: Why? Course
On Monday at 8:00pm in the Upper Room in the Parish Centre. This is for anyone who may be thinking of becoming a Catholic. If you know of anyone who may be interested, don’t just tell them about this course but offer to accompany them (at least the first time). It doesn’t matter if they didn’t attend last week’s first session.
Tuesday: 9:30am Mass
Year 2 from the School will attend the 9:30am Mass; parents etc most welcome.
Tuesday: Parish Catechists’ Meeting
All parish catechists are expected to attend the annual meeting, on Tuesday 7:45 for 8:00pm, in the Parish Centre.
Wednesday: Safety check
On Wednesday Precision Safety Services are coming for the annual inspection of the fire extinguishers, electrical appliances (PAT tests) at all four churches and St Thomas’s lightning conductor.
is World Mission Sunday, and the second collection will be for Missio, the Church’s official organ for the support of foreign missions. The money goes directly from this country to the bishops in mission territories: local church helping local church.
Secondary School Forms
To ask Fr David to countersign School Application Forms, please email him to make an appointment. You will need to bring the child concerned, the school Priest’s Reference Form, and the child’s Baptism certificate. You should previously have registered as a parishioner.
St Gregory’s Catholic School in Tunbridge Wells has Open Mornings on Wednesday 16th and Friday 18th October, 9:00am - 11:00am. No need to book; parking available on school site.
Situation vacant: Parish bookkeeper
Lorna Lewis, who has been keeping the parish accounts most meticulously for over 20 years, is retiring at the end of the month, and we express our grateful thanks to her. There is therefore a vacancy for a Parish Bookkeeper, for four hours a week, from the beginning of next month. Please email Fr David for more information and a Job Description.
We are still looking for volunteers:
two people who are available once a month on a Monday to count the collections;
Safeguarding Representatives for St Thomas’s and St Bernadette’s.
If you can help in this way please see Fr David or contact Magda in the office.
Mgr Matthew Dickens, VG
Mgr Matthew celebrates the Silver Jubilee of his Ordination this month. He will be coming to celebrate it on Sunday 27th October, at the 9:30am Mass at Holy Trinity and the 11:15am Mass at St Thomas’s.
To contribute to the diocesan gift to him, you can send a cheque (payable to RC Archdiocese of Southwark) to Fr Philip Glandfield, Archbishop’s House, 150 St George’s Road, London SE1 6HX, indicating that it is for the gift for Mgr Matthew.
Solemn Vespers for the Canonization of John Henry Cardinal Newman
On Saturday 19th October in Westminster Cathedral at 3:30pm. Free admission; seating from 2:45pm. Preacher: the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Mass for the Canonization of Blessed John Henry Newman & display of relic
There will be a diocesan Mass for the Canonization of John Henry Newman at St George's Cathedral on Sunday 27th October at 11:30am. The Mass will be celebrated by the Archbishop. In addition, a relic of John Henry Newman will be available for people to see and venerate from Sunday 6th October until Sunday 27th.
Return of the Carmelites
Mass at Aylesford Priory on Thursday 31st October at 12:00 noon, marking the 70th anniversary of the return of the Carmelites to Aylesford. All welcome.
Thanksgiving Mass for Archbishop Emeritus Peter Smith
On Saturday 16th November at 12:30pm in the Cathedral, followed by a reception. To contribute to the gift collection, to show our appreciation for all he has given to the Archdiocese, please send a cheque (payable to RC Archdiocese of Southwark) to Fr Philip Glandfield, Archbishop’s House, 150 St George’s Road, London SE1 6HX, indicating that it is for the gift for Archbishop Peter.
Advance Notice: All Saints Day
This Holyday of Obligation falls on Friday 1st November. Note that although you are obliged to attend Holy Mass that day (unless hindered by illness, lack of transport, etc), the usual Friday penance of abstaining from meat will not apply. Come to Mass and you can have a huge steak afterwards!
- St Thomas’s: 8:00am (Latin), 9:30am, 12:00noon, 8:00pm
- Otford: 10:00am
- Borough Green: 6:00pm
- West Kingsdown: 11:00am.
Over 20 people attended the day last Saturday, from St Thomas’s, Holy Trinity, and St Joseph’s, and a thoroughly inspiring and informative day was had by all. Those who attended are now planning the next steps: watch this space!
Clothing for refugees
A big thank you to all those who donated clothes to the Refugee collection last weekend. Plus a special thank you to the Confirmation candidates who helped sort them. They were taken to Calais on Tuesday by Phil Kerton from the charity Seeking Sanctuary. He emails a monthly newsletter on the situation for Refugees in Northern France and if you would like this to be forwarded to you please email email@example.com. The latest newsletter is on the SVP noticeboard. Thanks again.
Beware of spam emails purporting to come from your Parish Priest or the Archbishop; one currently doing the rounds has ‘orlandi613’ in its address. If you receive one, delete it forthwith.
Dinner - This will be held on Saturday 16th November 7.30pm for 7.45pm. Tickets £20 each for a 4-course meal with 2 glasses of wine and coffee and mints are available from Julie 883819 or Mary 885814.
St Joseph's UCM - Meetings for the foreseeable future will be held on the first Monday of the month at 2pm, starting from Monday 4th November. All ladies would be most welcome to join us.