Today’s Mass: The FIFTH SUNDAY of LENT (Year B)

    First Reading: the prophet Jeremiah speaks of a new covenant which God will make with his people. Christ is of course the new covenant or new testament.

    Psalm: a psalm with a profound insight into sin and forgiveness.

    Second Reading: Christ’s humble suffering and obedience to the Father’s will are what bring about the believer’s salvation.

    Gospel: in this dramatic Gospel we hear Jesus’ parable of the seed that dies, his words on loving and hating life and on following Him, as well as a clap of thunder and the Father’s voice. Above all, Jesus tells us that His hour has now come, and that laying down His life is actually the hour of His glorification.

    11:15am Mass only At this Mass the Third Scrutiny – for those on the RCIA Course - takes place. The prayers are from the ritual Mass for the Scrutinies rather than the Fifth Sunday of Lent, and the readings are from Year A. The Gospel is the story of the raising of Lazarus. This is the last and greatest of Jesus’ ‘signs’ in the Fourth Gospel. Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life”. Jesus continues to give us this eternal life, if we have faith like Martha.

    Fr. David


    Visiting Priests
    We welcome Fr Mark Odion, MSP to celebrate the Mass at Borough Green and the 6:00pm Mass at St Thomas’s today.

    Sacrament of Penance
    The priests are poised to hear your Confession before or after each Mass today. Confess early for Easter! At Holy Trinity, St Joseph’s and St Bernadette’s please do not approach the priest after 10 minutes before Mass, as he has to vest for it.

    Meet the Parish Finance Committee
    Members of the Committee will be available after each Mass to answer any questions you may have. In addition you will see large posters. They can inform you about the Parish’s financial position; the financial situation of the Borough Green building; signing up for Gift Aid; how to increase your Standing Order; where our income comes from and where our expenditure goes. They will also be pleased to hear any good suggestions for fund raising.

    Holy Week & Easter 2018 leaflets
    Please take a leaflet so you don’t miss any of the Holy Week or Easter Triduum liturgies.

    Volunteering for Holy Week and Easter Services at St Thomas’s - new system
    If you are able to read, be a Minister of Holy Communion or Welcomer at Maundy Thursday, Good Friday or the Easter Vigil, please email today or let Ingrid know in the Parish office on Monday. The Rota for Easter Sunday will be available from next week.

    This Week

    Bereavement Support Group
    Anyone who has been bereaved is welcome to come to this group on Monday in the Parish Centre from 10:30am – 12:00 noon. For more details, please phone either Ronnie Campbell 01732 452988, Isabelle Parsons 01732 462504 or Sarah Harrison 01959 522357

    Monday – St Joseph’s Day
    To mark the Solemnity of S Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Patron of the Universal Church and Patron of the church in Borough Green, there will be Mass at 7:30pm on Monday, followed by refreshments. The Borough Green congregation invite all who worship at the other churches to join them for their celebration, especially if you haven’t yet seen the new church. Note the change of time.

    Monday Adoration
    Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Monday evenings at St Thomas’s is now from 7:00pm – 8:00pm. Can YOU spare just an hour to join several others in silent prayer before Our Lord present in the Blessed Sacrament, on a Monday evening?

    St Thomas’ School
    Year 3 will attend the 9:30am Mass on Tuesday; parents and family are especially welcome.

    Parish Lent Course: “Let it be done unto me according to your Word”
    Refreshments at 7:30pm, and then we shall view part 4 of the CaFE DVD on Our Lady, followed by a discussion, concluding at 9:00pm. See the Lent 2018 leaflet for further details. Why not make a special effort for Lent and come along, even if you haven’t been before?

    Day of Prayer for Victims and Survivors of Abuse
    Pope Francis has asked each nation to hold this Day of Prayer, and in England & Wales it is on Friday. Victims and survivors of sexual abuse have often expressed a desire for prayer as an important element in their healing process.

    Stations of the Cross
    Every Thursday in Lent at Holy Trinity at 7:30pm, every Friday in Lent at St Bernadette’s at 7:30pm, and every Friday in Lent at St Thomas’s at 8:00pm.

    St Thomas’ School End of Term Mass
    On Friday at 9:30am. As usual all parents/family members are invited to attend.

    Arthur (‘Archie’) Payne RIP
    Archie’s Funeral Mass is at 1:00pm on Friday at St Joseph’s, followed by Cremation at the Vinters Park Crematorium, Maidstone.

    Next Weekend

    British Summer Time
    The clocks go forward an hour on Saturday night. Adjust your alarm clock or you will miss the Palm Sunday liturgy!

    Palm Sunday
    The 9:15am and 11:15am Masses at St Thomas’s will commence in the Presbytery garden (if dry) for the Palm Sunday Procession into church. The reconfigured Music Group will sing for the first time at the 11:15am Mass.

    The Mass at Otford will begin at 9:15am, to allow parishioners also to attend the village ceremony on the green at 11:00am.

    The blessing of palms takes place at the very beginning of next Sunday’s Liturgy, so make sure you arrive in good time or you will miss it!

    SVP Lenten Almsgiving Collection
    The collection this Lent is for the Bridge Trust, the local homeless charity, and for the Catholic Housing Aid Society. Please bring in your donations to Mass next weekend, Palm Sunday, there will be jars and buckets available to receive them. Many thanks for your generous support.


    Easter Greenery and Flowers
    St Thomas
    If you have any flowers (particularly daffodils) or greenery in your garden which you could donate to help decorate St Thomas’s Church for Easter, please leave outside the door to the day Chapel (paved area to the rear of the Parish Centre) during the day on Good Friday, 30th March. Thank you.

    Holy Trinity, Otford
    There will be a collection towards Easter flowers after the Palm Sunday Mass. If you can supply greenery please leave it at the rear of the Church by Good Friday. Thank you.

    Ecumenical Stations of the Cross
    Join us on Holy Tuesday, 27th March in St Thomas’s Church as we reflect on the Stations of the Cross with fellow Christians from other Sevenoaks churches.

    Parish Retreats at Aylesford
    Women’s Retreat: 7th- 9th September 2018
    “The name of God is mercy” Facilitated by Sr Louise Swanston who is a Sister of St Mary of Namur. She lives in community in Liverpool. Trained in Ignatian spirituality, she has offered spiritual accompaniment as well as retreats for 25 years.  

    Men’s Retreat: 5th - 7th October 2018
    “The Heart of the Gospel”
    Facilitated by Dom Brendan Thomas who is a monk of Belmont Abbey, Hereford where he has been Novice Master for the last 18 years. He is also Director of the Monastic Formators’ Programme in Rome and he gives retreats at Belmont, in Britain and abroad.

    Details for both retreats The cost for full board, lodging and a retreat facilitator is £175 and there are a maximum of 20 places available for each retreat. If you would like to attend please pick up a registration form from the back of your Church or download a form from the Lift shares to Aylesford will be organised. Any queries please contact Catherine Rodger by email at or by ph:01732 458852.The registration form and non-refundable deposit of £20 made payable to ‘St Thomas’ RC Church, Sevenoaks’ must be returned to the Parish Office in an envelope marked PARISH RETREATS by Sunday 3rd June.

    Parish Summer Party - Save the Date
    Will be held at St Thomas’s on Sunday 17th June, from 12:30pm.

    Other Notices

    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

    Mass in Celebration of Sacrament of Marriage
    If you are celebrating your 1st, 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th or 60th+ wedding anniversary this year, and would like to attend this Mass at St George’s Cathedral on 16th June 2018, please register with Ingrid in the office by 30th April at the very latest.

    Formation Adviser for Kent
    Last call for anyone interested in this role. Please contact Sarah Wood - for more information by 5pm on Monday 19th March 2018.


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