THE PARISH PRIEST WRITES:
Today’s Mass: EASTER SUNDAY of the RESURRECTION of the LORD
The Mass of Easter Night
After the seven Old Testament Readings (which may be reduced in number), the First Reading is from St Paul’s letter to the Romans, in which he summarises not only the significance of Christ’s resurrection for Christ Himself but also its significance for those of us Baptized in Him.
After a Psalm of thanksgiving, the Gospel is Luke’s account of the empty tomb, first discovered by the two Marys.
Mass of the Day
First Reading: St Peter tells Cornelius and his household how he and the other apostles are witnesses to Christ’s resurrection.
Psalm: a psalm of rejoicing and gladness.
The Second Reading is either from St Paul’s letter to the Colossians (let your thoughts be on heavenly not earthly things) or his First letter to the Corinthians (celebrate the feast by getting rid of the old yeast of evil and wickedness).
The Sequence follows, sung if possible (you may find it in hymn books under its Latin title Victimae Paschali Laudes).
Gospel: John’s account of the empty tomb.
The collection at all Easter Masses is your Easter Offering to Fr David and Fr Paul. Along with the Christmas Offering this is your means of paying our priests for all that they do for you and for the parish; please be generous. You can Gift Aid your offering; the parish receives the tax refund, not the priests.
We welcome Monsignor Matthew Dickens for the Easter Vigil and for the Mass of the Day at Otford, and Fr Mark Odion, MSP for the 9:15am and 6:00pm Masses at St Thomas’s.
“The fifty days from the Sunday of the Resurrection to Pentecost Sunday are celebrated in joy as one feast day, indeed as one ‘great Sunday’. The first eight days of Easter Time constitute the Octave of Easter and are celebrated as Solemnities of the Lord” (Missal 133). This means that the Gloria is recited at daily Mass this week, and that Easter Friday is not a day of abstinence.
As this is a Bank Holiday the Parish Office is closed, and Holy Mass at St Thomas’s is at 12:00 noon.
First Holy Communion Programme
Parents and children are reminded that this programme resumes at 4:00pm on Thursday.
Easter Friday: West Kingsdown Mass
The new weekly Mass at St Bernadette’s commences this Friday. Mass will be offered every Friday at St Bernadette’s at 10:00am.
Easter Saturday: Confirmation Catechists
Confirmation Catechists’ Training Day on Saturday, 2:00pm – 5:00pm in the Parish Room, following which they will be commissioned at the 6:00pm Vigil Mass.
The second collection next weekend is for the Maintenance of St George’s Cathedral. This collection helps meet the cost of the upkeep of the Cathedral. The Solemnity of St George – normally on April 23rd – is transferred this year to 30th April, because of the Easter Octave.
We are showing the highly acclaimed documentary by Wim Wenders about Pope Francis - “A Man of his Word” - on Thursday 2nd May in the Parish Room, at 7:00pm. Potluck Supper – please bring some food to share. Wine and tea/coffee provided.
2018 Parish Accounts
A Summary of the 2018 Parish Accounts – which have been independently examined in accord with Charity Commission requirements – are on display on the noticeboard in all four churches. A copy is also on p10 of this Newsletter. You will note that we have turned a £30,293 deficit in 2017 into a £43,797 surplus.
Attention all those currently in Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, or above: please register for this year’s Confirmation programme. You can obtain the Registration Form online at sevrcparish.org.uk; register online if possible or if not return the printed form to the Presbytery. Closing date: 30th April 2019.
Sevenoaks Foodbank collection
Thank you so much for the kindness of so many who responded so generously to the Foodbank appeal.
Summer Garden Party
Save the date! The annual Garden Party for all the parish will be on Sunday 7th July, from 12:30pm in the Presbytery Garden. Put the date in your diary now, and pray for good weather.
Canon John Bailey RIP
Thanks to all who made donations in Canon John’s memory. £453.20 was donated towards the proposed Meeting Room at St Bernadette’s and £604.65 for the Handicapped Children’s’ Pilgrimage Trust (HCPT).
Advance Notice for your diary
The St Edith Devotions this year will be on Sunday 8th September. Devotions at St Edith’s Well at 3:30pm, Vespers in St Mary’s at 4:00pm, followed by tea (or something stronger) in The Bell.
Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage
Some places are still available on the annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, led by Bishop Paul Hendricks. Dates: 23rd – 30th August 2019. A range of hotels is available, with options for travel by air from Stansted or Manchester, or by train from London. Advantages of travelling with a diocesan pilgrimage include better participation in Lourdes events and devotions, facilities for pilgrims who need assistance, options for local excursions – and the support of a community devoted to Our Lady and to all that Lourdes means to us. For details please see www.tangney-tours.com/CA and its special section for Southwark.
Sick and Housebound
If you know of a Catholic parishioner who is not being visited at home or receiving Holy Communion, please notify Fr Paul. Would Ministers of Holy Communion and others please ask the housebound if they would like a priest to visit to hear their Confession before Easter, and contact the Office.
St Bernadette’s mid-week Mass
Following consultation, Fr David will institute a regular weekly Mass at St Bernadette’s every Friday at 10:00am. This will commence at Easter, so the first one will be on Friday 26th April.
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 Magda in the Parish Office .