THE PARISH PRIEST WRITES:
Today’s Mass: TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY of ORDINARY TIME (Year B)
First Reading: a description of the ungodly and how they attack believers. This resonates very strongly
nowadays with frequent attacks in the mass media and elsewhere on Christians, Moslems and others who have religious beliefs.
Psalm: a prayer for help from God when assailed by attacks from the ungodly.
Second Reading: disunity and disharmony stems from failure to pray properly. How does our parish measure up in this respect?
Gospel: after the Transfiguration we hear the second prediction of Christ’s passion at Capernaum (the first was in last week’s Gospel, at Caesarea Philippi) and Christ’s teaching on discipleship. ‘He sat down’ indicates formal teaching by a rabbi. He takes a child: this is an acted parable. Remember that children had a low status in
Jesus’ time; the point is that the disciple should be humble, like the lowliest person.
First Annual Mass Count
The annual Mass Count takes place over the next four Sundays. Will those who do so please count everyone at every Mass, including babies, and including the Saturday evening Vigil Mass, and record it on the appropriate form.
The second collection today is the annual SVP collection. Our SVP group in the parish is very active, and helps many people in need in our area.
The Traditional Choir leads the music today.
Those on this year’s Confirmation programme are at The Friars, Aylesford today, for their pre-Confirmation Retreat.
Year 5 from St Thomas’ School attend the 9:30am Mass. Parents and other family members are invited to attend as well.
Tuesday: Annual Parish Catechists’ Meeting
The annual meeting for all parish catechists – for those involved in RCIA, Confirmation, First Holy Communion, and Children’s Liturgy of the Word, at all four churches – is on Tuesday at 8:00pm in the Parish Centre.
Brian Cowan RIP
The Funeral of Thomas Cowan (usually known as Brian) is at St Thomas’s on Friday at 10:15am, followed by Interment at Kemsing Churchyard at 12:00 midday.
APF - Mill Hill Appeal
Next weekend, Fr Brian Oswald MHM will be appealing at the Masses at St Thomas’s. This is not an appeal for a second collection but an appeal for people to support APF-Mill Hill by taking the familiar red boxes.
School Form Signing
Please email Fr David to make an appointment for him to countersign school Supplementary Forms.
We congratulate Ben Andradi, who has been appointed by the Pope a Knight of St Gregory the Great. This honour is betowed upon those who have given significant personal service to the Catholic Church. In addition to his many other acts of service Ben is a Lay Trustee of the Archdiocese and a member of our parish Finance Committee. Once he is ‘knighted’ he will be entitled to put KSG after his name and wear a green uniform.
A 3-week course on consecutive Monday evenings beginning on Monday 1st October at 8:00pm in the Upper Room in the Parish Centre. Each session lasts just one hour (inclusive of a 25 minute video), and is for those wishing to explore the Catholic faith, or just learn more about Catholicism. Bring your friends, all welcome.
This short course will be followed on Monday evenings by the RCIA Course, for non-Catholics interested in becoming Catholics. If you know anyone who may be thinking of becoming a Catholic please pass on a personal invitation to come to this course.
Contact Andrew La Trobe for more information email Andrew.
Sevenoaks Catenian Circle Wine Challenge
Pinot Noir or plonk? The Catenians are hosting a fun evening with a blind tasting of red and white wines on Wednesday 3rd October, 8:00 – 10:00pm in the Parish Room at St Thomas’s. Only £5 a head – pay at the door – all welcome.
The New Beacon School Choir
The New Beacon School choir will shortly be going to sing in the Vatican. As a sort of practice, the choir will sing at a special Mass in St Thomas’s at 6:00pm on Thursday 4th October. Everyone is invited to come and hear the choir sing the Mass. After the Mass they will give a short performance of some of their music.
CAFOD Family Fast Day
The Harvest Fast Day is on Friday 5th October. More information in next week’s Newsletter.
2019 First Holy Communion Programme
The initial parents’ Registration Evening is on Tuesday 9th October, 8:00 – 9:00pm, in St Thomas’s Church.
RCIA Reunion Supper
An informal gathering over supper is being planned, for those who have participated in the parish RCIA programme in recent years, to take place in the St Thomas’ parish centre on Tuesday 16th October 7:30 – 9:30pm. This will be a time for us to get together again and to enjoy fellowship and catching up, discuss how things have been going for you since your reception into full communion, and how the parish could continue to support your faith journey. Please let us know if you plan on attending, for the sake of catering numbers and/or any dietary requirements, by email or phone contact at email Andrew and 07775 738485.
Young Disciples – informal catechesis for children in school years 4-9
On Sundays from 10:20am (after the 9:15am Mass) until 11pm in the Upper Room at St. Thomas’s Church for children in school years 4 to 9. Running for the last 5 years, children spend fun time with peers, make new friends and ask important questions about God, our faith and life in general, all in an informal way. Before each session children enjoy refreshments, often prepared by themselves.
Would you consider volunteering in helping to run the group? Even help with preparing the refreshments will be of great help. To find out more please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or just come to one of our meetings.
Holy Trinity, Otford - Flower Fund
Please donate your loose change to the flower fund. Funds are getting low and any contribution, however small is much appreciated.
There is a box near St Joseph’s statue. Thank you
Ad Limina visit
The Bishops of England & Wales are currently in Rome for their visit Ad Limina Apostolorum (‘to the threshold of the Apostles’). Bishops are required to go to Rome every so often, to report to the Pope on the state of the church in their dioceses, and to meet the heads of the various Vatican dicasteries. Please pray for our Bishops as well as for the Pope and his advisors.
Rosary Crusade of Reparation
On Saturday 13th October, the 101st anniversary of the miracle of the sun at Fatima, the Rosary Crusade will once again take place in London, processing from Westminster Cathedral at 1:45pm to Brompton Oratory.
Advance Notice: St Bernadette’s 30th Consecration Anniversary
This falls on Sunday 21st October, and will be celebrated liturgically then. On the preceding Sunday (14th) there will be a Celebration Lunch at the carvery at Pedham Place Golf Centre. The cost is £16.50 for adults and £9.95 for children. There is a poster in St Bernadette’s giving further details, and tickets will be on sale after Mass there.
Parishioners at the other churches should contact Monica Biggs (email Monica) for information about the menu choices and to book.
Can you help with a monthly lift to Mass?
An elderly parishioner living in Shoreham would be most grateful for help getting to and from the 11:15am Mass at St Thomas’s. Contact the Parish Office if you can help. Thank you.
Bereavement Support Group
Kindly note that there will be no meeting in August or September. The next meeting will be on Monday 15th October.
Sevenoaks Counselling Annual Open Meeting
This Wednesday 26th September, 7:30pm for 8:00pm at St Mary’s Kippington Centre. The speaker is Rev Jane Edwards ‘Do I need counselling if I have Faith?’