Dear parishioner

    Message No 67: 20th June 2021


    Job 38: 1, 8-11; Psalm 106; 2 Corinthians 5: 14-17; Mark 4: 35-41

    First Reading: this is an extract (from chapter 38 of Job, not chapter 3 as it says in the Lectionary) from God’s explanation to Job for his suffering. In describing his role in creating the waters, God uses the words of parental discipline: he is like a father who sets boundaries for his children.

    Psalm: despite our stormy passage through life, God’s love is inexhaustible.

    Second Reading: Eucharistic Prayer IV is very suitable today, as the phrase ’and that we might live no longer for ourselves but for him who died and rose again for us’ is taken from this passage.

    Gospel: the familiar story of Christ stilling the storm can be interpreted in many different ways. If the boat is taken as representing the Church, this story reassures us that in times of persecution and distress Jesus is ruler of nature and history and is always present with us, in the midst of our troubles. Likewise, if we have difficulties in our own personal lives we can turn to the Lord for help. This miracle (not a healing one) gives us some insight into Jesus Christ’s true nature, divine as well as human.

    Supply priests
    Fr Bryan Wells and Fr Paschal Omono will again be assisting by offering some of the Masses on Sunday.

    Second Collection
    Today is the annual Day for Life, dedicated to celebrating the sacredness of life. The proceeds from the Second Collection provide core funding for the Anscombe Bioethics Centre and other life related activities and Catholic charities working in this field supported by the church.

    Visit for information and resources on a spectrum of ’life’ subjects such as abortion, disability, suicide, euthanasia and assisted dying, mental health and well being, the mystery of death and finding happiness in our relationship with God.

    Bereavement Support
    The monthly session is on Monday, from 10:30am to midday in the Parish Room (enter by the front door marked 14). In a way we have all been bereaved in the last year and sadly many have lost loved ones. You are assured of a warm, friendly welcome, a cup of coffee and biscuits, and time to talk quietly through your losses.

    Feasts this week
    Tuesday is the Feast of SS John Fisher and Thomas More, Martyrs, both of whom are depicted in the mural in the Sanctuary of St Thomas’s. Saint John Fisher was martyred on this day on Tower Hill in 1535.

    Thursday is the Solemnity of the Nativity of S John the Baptist.

    Next Sunday Second collection
    This will be the annual ’Peter Pence’ collection. This is the money sent to the Holy See to enable the Pope to exercise works of mercy and charity and to fund the Apostolic curia in its service of the Universal Church.

    Next Sunday at St Joseph’s
    The new green vestment, donated by her family in memory of Margaret Vinson, will be blessed and used for the first time at next Sunday’s Mass.

    Advance Notice: Tuesday 29th June
    Holy Mass on the Solemnity of SS Peter & Paul (a Holyday of Obligation, albeit that the Obligation has not yet been reinstated!):
    St Thomas’s, Sevenoaks: 8:00am (Latin), 9:30am, 8:00pm
    Most Holy Trinity, Otford:10:00am
    St Bernadette’s, West Kingsdown:11:00am
    St Joseph’s, Borough Green:6:00pm.

    The fact that the Obligation is not in force at present doesn’t mean that we can forget about God or our religion. Attend Mass this day if you can, unless you are shielding, have COVID or COVID symptoms, or another good reason, for not doing so.

    Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
    Most Holy Trinity, Otford: Thursday evenings from 7:30pm until 8:30pm, and on Fridays between 11:00am and 12:00pm. For further information please phone Barry Authers (01959 524362).

    St Bernadette’s, West Kingsdown: on Wednesdays at 12:00 noon until 1:00pm. For further details please contact John Gobel (01474 853676).

    At St Thomas’s Adoration will recommence on Monday mornings, after Holy Mass until 9:30am, starting on Monday 21st June. For more information contact Andrew Pembroke or 01732 450197 or simply come along. We need all the prayer we can get at the moment, so don’t hesitate: come and pray before Our Blessed Lord present in the Eucharist.

    First Holy Communion gifts
    In the Parish Office we have a selection of gifts suitable for family members, godparents etc to give to first communicants, including rosaries, children’s prayer books and Bibles, and jewellery items. Simply contact Magda in the Parish Office and arrange to call in.

    Parish Evangelization Team
    I am pleased to report that David Cooper has agreed to chair this team, which will promote evangelization within the parish, in co-ordination with the Adult Formation Team led by Deacon Neil. David now needs some volunteers to help him, so if you are interested please contact Fr David or Magda.

    Safeguarding Officers
    We have two vacancies (which could be filled by one person):

      1. a Parish Safeguarding Officer. The main responsibilities are to oversee the other Safeguarding Officers, to help process some of the DBS applications (many of which have now to be renewed as they only last three years) and to liaise with the diocesan Safeguarding Office.
      2. a St Thomas’s Safeguarding Officer. The main responsibility is to check from time to time that the catechists (including those in the Children’s Liturgy of the Word) are observing the Safeguarding rules and following best practice.
    Please don’t be hesitant: if you can fulfil either or both of these roles please contact Fr David asap.

    The Pilgrims: a group for retired parishioners
    It seems extraordinary that the last time we were able to meet was at our Christmas lunch in 2019. Sadly, Covid restrictions and lockdowns have prevented many of us from attending Mass in person or gathering together over the last year.

    It has been a time of isolation, stress and sadness for many, but we now invite you to a dedicated Mass at St. Thomas’s on Friday 2nd July at 10.00 am. This is an opportunity to remember all those who have been affected by the pandemic in any way. Mass will be followed by an informal coffee morning in the garden or porch. Any parishioner who would like to join us on this occasion is most welcome.

    Contact Jackie Pembroke: 01732 450197, or Jackie Pembroke or just turn up.

    Parents & Toddlers
    This group meets on Tuesday mornings. As numbers are restricted for COVID safety, please contact Sophie Wootton Borruso (07850 100881) or Catherine Bennett (07712 702211) if you would like to join the group.

    Summertime 2021: 3rd - 6th August
    This annual activity is back, for boy and girl Altar Servers aged 10- 15 in the Southwark Archdiocese. The venue is the Oratory School, Reading. Activities include talks, discussions, prayer, daily Mass, as well as sport, Thorpe Park and swimming. A coach is being provided to attend, from St. Anselm’s Dartford. Cost £165 covers: all board and lodging, Thorpe Park, swimming. Summertime will open with Mass celebrated by Archbishop John Wilson. For more details contact Fr Stephen Boyle, Chaplain to the Guild of St. Stephen, tel: 01322 220075,

    Marriage Registration
    The Government has recently made significant changes in the way Marriages are registered civilly. The main difference is that if you were Married in a Catholic Church you must now contact the General Register Office if you want a copy of the Marriage Certificate. Parishes can no longer issue them. For more information go to Marriage Registration.

    Visitor Centre Manager at St Augustine’s Shrine, Ramsgate
    The Shrine of St Augustine is seeking to appoint a practising Catholic with effect from September 2021 for an initial period of 2 years. An interest in heritage alongside administrative experience would be an advantage. Salary: £15,000 pa.

    Applicants should send their CV to

    Seen in a Newsletter (from Hugh Mercer)
    "The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals."

    Please pray

    • for God’s help to end the pandemic;
    • that politicians will support high quality palliative care rather than assisted suicide and that all Catholics will work to build a culture where life is cherished;
    • in this year of St Joseph, patron of the dying, for those who are terminally ill and for a happy death for each of us.

    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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