THE PARISH PRIEST WRITES:
Today’s Mass: ELEVENTH SUNDAY in ORDINARY TIME (Year B)
First Reading: Ezekiel predicts God’s restoration of Judah, using the imagery of planting a cedar tree. These Old Testament texts provide the background for Jesus’ words in the Gospel.
Psalm: this psalm, which has been described as ‘the song of a happy man’, picks up the image of the cedar tree from the First Reading.
Second Reading: for the next few Sundays we hear St Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians. It seems that the church in Corinth was beset by various problems, including disunity, and Paul had to write to them twice. In today’s extract the contrast between our present, bodily desires and our future fulfilment in Christ is typical of St Paul.
Gospel: Jesus speaks to the crowds about the kingdom of God in parables. Parables are little stories, which reveal some aspect of God and his kingdom, and which invite us to reflect upon them and apply them to our own situation. The parables of the seed growing of itself and of the mustard seed should give us hope and encouragement in our efforts at spreading the Good News.
Day of Prayer for Human Life
Today is the day in the Church’s calendar dedicated to celebrating the sacredness of life. This year’s Day for Life aims to raise awareness of the vile crime of human trafficking. Pope Francis has sent a special message to Catholics in England and Wales asking them to break the chains of captivity of those who have been trafficked and to “bring comfort to those who have survived such inhumanity.”
Visit http://www.dayforlife.org for more info.
The proceeds from the second collection will provide funding for the Anscombe Bioethics Centre and other church supported life related activities and charities.
Today we welcome Fr Michael Ezenwammadu, CSSp to offer the 8:00am and 9:15am Masses at St Thomas’s.
The Traditional Choir leads the music today.
Loaves N’ Fishes Foodbank Collection
Please put food items in the collection baskets.
Parish Garden Party
Our largest social event and fund raising activity of the year is this afternoon, from 12:30pm to 4:00pm in the Presbytery Garden. It is also Father’s day, so bring your father to join in the festivities!
There is free admission, free food, free drinks (soft and alcoholic), free children’s games, and free entertainment. The only things not free will be the bottle stall and the raffle tickets. The raffle prizes include use of a Morgan sports car for the day, a full chicken platter from Nando’s, a family Chinese meal, and various other goodies!
Monday – Bereavement Support Group
Anyone who has been bereaved – recently or a while ago – is invited to come to this support group, in the Parish Centre from 10:30am to 12:00pm. (Enter from front of building please, not through the church.)
If you would like more details, please phone either Ronnie Campbell 01732 452988, Isabelle Parsons 01732 462504 or Sarah Harrison 01959 522357
Tuesday – School Mass
Year 3 attends the 9:30am Mass on Tuesday.
The Feast Day of two of the saints depicted in the mural at St Thomas’s – St John Fisher, Bishop and St Thomas More, Martyrs – is on Friday. St John Fisher was the Bishop of Rochester and the only Cardinal ever to have been martyred. St Thomas More was the first lay Lord Chancellor of England, and was also martyred in 1535. Friday 22nd June is also the anniversary of the foundation of the ancient hierarchy in England by Pope St Gregory the Great in 597.
Solemnity of St John the Baptist
Will those who read at Mass, those who choose hymns, and sacristans please note that next Sunday is the Solemnity of St John the Baptist, and not the 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time.
St Joseph’s, Borough Green
Next Sunday we welcome His Grace the Archbishop to St Joseph’s, to celebrate the 9:30am Mass. The Archbishop will thus offer Mass in the newest church in his diocese before his forthcoming retirement. The parishioners at Borough Green invite parishioners from the other churches to join them for this Mass. Refreshments after Mass so you can meet the Archbishop.
Meanwhile, the grounds around the church have now been planted with grass seed, plants including hydrangeas, and trees, at a cost of £583.25. We now need a volunteer or two to water the beds and to mow the grass when it grows.
Advance Notice – Friday 29th June
The Solemnity of SS Peter & Paul, Apostles is a Holyday of Obligation. That is to say, Catholics are obliged to attend Mass that day if possible. Holy Mass will be at the usual Holyday times:
St Thomas’s: 8:00am (Latin), 9:30am (attended by St Thomas’ School), 12:00 noon, 8:00pm.
Holy Trinity, Otford: 10:00am.
St Bernadette’s, West Kingsdown: 11:00am.
St Joseph’s, Borough Green: 6:00pm.
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.
The collection of clothes for the refugees in Northern France was a good success. Many thanks to all who supported it and donated items of clothes which will be distributed via the charity ‘Seeking Sanctuary’.
The National Director of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN),
Neville Kyrke-Smith, has written to thank our parishioners, especially those involved in the One World Fund, for your generosity in supporting ACN’s work. Our £2,000 donation has been assigned to help those suffering for their faith around the world. Your love shines the light of Christ abroad.
Vacancy: Foundation Director on the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership (KCSP) Board
We are currently seeking nominations/volunteers for the role of Foundation Director on the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership (KCSP) Board. Individuals who currently serve as Foundation Governors within KCSP are invited to apply. This is an opportunity for a forward-thinking individual to offer their skills and experience to contribute to the education of our young people in our successful Multi-Academy Trust. The term of office is 4 years. As a minimum, the Foundation Director would be required to attend 4 Board Meetings per year plus additional committee meetings where applicable.
Please contact Michelle Boniface, Company Secretary, email@example.com (01622 232670) to request additional information or application details.
CTS 150th Anniversary Mass - Tuesday 19th June
We would be thrilled is you could join us in giving thanks to our Lord for his faithfulness and to pray with us for evangelization in the years ahead. There will be a Mass of Thanksgiving at Westminster Cathedral, celebrated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols this Tuesday 19th June, 2:15pm. All welcome.
New kneelers at Holy Trinity, Otford
As part of updating the interior of Holy Trinity Church, the kneelers are being replaced and refurbished with a fabric to match the furniture on the altar. The expense is to be shared by Otford Committee funds and general Parish funds. If you would like to help towards the cost of the refurbishment, please put any donation in the labelled box at the back of Holy Trinity, Otford.
The box will be available until the end of June. If you require further information about the works please contact Rosemary Curtis or any Committee member.
Many thanks, Otford Pastoral Committee.
Young Disciples Sunday session in the forest!
Young Disciples are planning an outing in the Otford area on Sunday, 8th July 2018 from 12:30pm to 4:00pm (meeting at St Thomas’s Church, collection from the Scout Hut in Otford).
The idea is to get some survival skills from a qualified instructor: learning how to light a fire, cook on it and build shelters. There will be also some games and a Sunday session near a bonfire.
We have only 5 places left on first come, first served basis. Suitable for children in school years 4 to 9. The cost is £3 to cover the cost of the food. Please contact
Enia Adeleye at firstname.lastname@example.org
Trinity School – Vacancy for Chaplain
Starting September 2018, 37.5 hours per week, 42 weeks per annum, Monday to Friday. For more information contact Karen Partridge, School Business Manager or Fiona Smith, HR Officer, on 01732 469111 or email@example.com; the information pack can be found at www.trinitysevenoaks.org.uk. Closing date: 21st June 2018.
Fr David and Fr Paul are always happy to visit parishioners at home, to get to know you, to perform a House Blessing, for spiritual advice or a theological discussion, or just for a cup of coffee. Contact them directly or contact Ingrid in the Parish Office.
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