Dear parishioner

      Today’s Mass: DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY (B)

      On the Second Sunday of Easter, the Church observes Divine Mercy Sunday, a celebration established by Saint John Paul II in 2000, inspired by the visions of Saint Faustina Kowalska. This day underscores the limitless mercy of God and encourages the faithful to fully trust in Jesus' infinite compassion. It is a call to live out mercy in our interactions with others and to approach the sacraments of Confession and Eucharist with a heart open to receiving God's grace, thus fulfilling the requirements for a plenary indulgence linked to this special observance. The revelations given to Saint Faustina, as detailed in her Diary, reveal Jesus Christ's deep desire for a day devoted to extending His divine mercy, emphasizing its critical importance not only for sinners but for all who seek God’s forgiveness and love.

      This day’s profound significance is further highlighted by the post-resurrection encounters between Jesus and His disciples, where He offers them peace and commissions them with the task of forgiveness, embodying the very essence of divine mercy. These moments demonstrate Jesus’ intent to reach out to His followers in their doubts and fears, granting them His peace and the mandate to share His merciful love with the world. It's a vivid reminder for Christians to act as vessels of divine mercy, reflecting Jesus’ compassion and forgiveness in their own lives.

      As Easter people, Christians are called to embody the hope, renewal, and joy of the resurrection, living out the values of mercy, love, and compassion that Divine Mercy Sunday celebrates. It is an opportunity for the faithful to remember the importance of mercy in a world that often seems devoid of it, and to share God's merciful love with everyone, especially those most in need. This celebration acts as a powerful reminder to come together in prayer, particularly during the Divine Mercy Hour, to seek forgiveness for our sins and those of the whole world, truly embodying the mercy and love that the Risen Christ generously extends to each of us.


      Divine Mercy Hour at St Thomas’ will begin at 2:30pm, with the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Confessions, meditations, and refreshments after.

      The Second Collection this week is for the Poor Parishes (moved from 17th March. This is a crucial support for the parishes experiencing financial difficulties. Please use your Gift aid envelopes if you can.

      · Victoria Vickers on 22nd April, 12.00noon in Sevenoaks
      · Peter Ringham on 24th April, 11.30am in Borough Green
      · Joyce Manners on 26th April, 11.30am in Borough Green
      · Patricia Neville on 30th April, 11.00am in Sevenoaks
      · Veronica Dowling, details to follow

      Confirmation, which most of us have received, strengthens us in the Holy Spirit, but have we truly discerned the gifts that He makes available to us in the sacrament.  For some He gives the gift of prophecy, for others the gift of healing, teaching, discernment, patience, wisdom and many more.  These gifts empower us to be more effective in responding and fulfilling our unique purpose which is His plan for our lives.  But we have free will and it is only in  exceptional cases that His will is overtly revealed – like with St Paul, Job, Jonah and some of the Saints.  For the rest of us we need to come to Him in prayerful humility seeking to discern the gifts he has given us and how we should be using them.  Life in the Spirit helps us to reflect, to better understand these charisms of the Holy Spirit – transforming our lives.  This year we have the privilege of a Hub at St Thomas, Sevenoaks 8pm to 9.30pm, on Tuesdays from 23rd April to 28th  May 2024 - retreat day Saturday 18th May. Talks delivered at the Cathedral will be live streamed. Please listen to that still small voice inside you and register to attend under St Thomas of Canterbury, Sevenoaks using the link:

      Dear Friends, there are still a few places available for the upcoming parish pilgrimage to Medjugorje on Sunday 12 May. Fr Vipin would be delighted if you were able to join him on this his 10th Anniversary year of Ordination. Medjugorje is an inspirational place where you will feel the presence of Our Lady leading you closer to Our Lord.

      The price is £760 which includes flights, transfers, a local guide, and half board accommodation close to St James church. It is expected that you will share with a fellow pilgrim, otherwise a supplement of £150 will be applied. If anyone is put off by the price, we may be able to help as we have received a generous donation to allow one person or two people with 50% off their cost.  Please contact Barry Authers by text or phone on 07773 658469.

      LISTENING TO YOU Anyone is welcome to join on Monday 15th April on the Presbytery.

      CONFIRMATION 2024.
      Attention all those currently in Year 7 or above: Registration for this year’s Confirmation Programme is now open.  Please register online at A welcome meeting for parents, candidates and catechists will be held on Wednesday 22nd May 2024 from 7:30pm-9:00pm in St Thomas’ church. Closing date for registration: Tuesday 30th April 2024.

      THE PARISH SUMMER PARTY will be on Sunday 7th July 2024 at 12:30pm in the Presbytery Garden. Join us for an incredible social gathering that brings together young and old, families, and retirees from Sevenoaks, Otford, Borough Green, and West Kingsdown. Entry is free! Enjoy a BBQ with plenty of food and drinks provided. The event will feature many attractions, including a performance by St. Thomas’ Primary School Choir, a variety of stalls from popular Bottle and Toy stalls to other Parish group offerings, and a raffle to raise funds for the Parish. We promise great fun and a wonderfully enjoyable atmosphere. If you have any ideas to make this event even better, please contact Fr Piotr or Ben Andradi

      SAVE the DATE: 21st June 2024.
      We are delighted to be able to host the world renowned choir, The Sixteen conducted by Harry Christophers, CBE, at St Thomas’, for a specially-curated gala evening concert, with poetry readings by Actors Antonia Christophers and Noel Byrne. 
      Tickets to go on sale soon:  watch the Parish website and the newsletter!

      The proceeds of the ticket sales will go to our St Thomas Parish Community projects, specifically the Most Holy Trinity, Otford.

      CHILDREN’S LITURGY WORKSHOP DAY organized by the Agency for Evangelisation and Catechesis of the Archdiocese of Southwark. The event is scheduled for Saturday, 27 April 2024 in St Thomas’ Parish Centre.  Participants will have the opportunity to share the joy of this ministry, be formed, and gain valuable insights. Booking required. More details on the Poster & the QR code.

      St Thomas of Canterbury, pray for us.
      St Joseph, pray for us.
      St Bernadette, pray for us.
      St Edith of Kemsing, pray for us.

      Fr. Peter.

      Fr Peter Kucharski, Parish Priest of Sevenoaks
      12 Granville RoadOffice
      Sevenoaks01732 454177
      TN13 1ER


  • image