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    The Bishops have announced the reinstatement of the obligation to attend Holy Mass on Sundays and Holydays with effect from Pentecost (Sunday 5th June). 

    For their statement Returning to Mass at Pentecost please go to  As they say: A beautiful hallmark of the Catholic faith is the profound desire to participate in the Holy Mass and share in the Eucharist.”


      Acts 14: 21-27; Psalm 144; Apocalypse 21: 1-5; John 13: 31-33, 34-35

    First Reading: 
    St Paul makes it clear that Christian life must be as part of a community.  As S Cyprian said, ‘no one can have God for his father unless he has the Church for his mother’.

    in this psalm we reflect on what God has done for us.

    Second Reading: 
    the ‘new heaven and the new earth’ refers to God’s renewal of his creation: from now on all nations will share in the promises made to the old covenant people (the Jews) and all sorrow, suffering, and death are banished for ever in the new Jerusalem.

    the Gospels for the next Sundays come from Jesus’ farewell discourse at the Last Supper.  Here He gives the new commandment, to love one another, that is to love our fellow disciples.

    Supply priests
    Fr Bryan Wells and one of the Capuchin Friars are assisting today.


    Alice Pearson RIP
    Funeral Mass on Monday at 11:30am in St Thomas’s, followed by Committal at the Kent & Sussex Crematorium.

    ‘Listening to You’
    There will be no meeting of the above on Monday, but there will be a meeting as usual on Monday 20th June and we hope to see some of you then. 
    Ronnie, Kate and Ann.

    Tuesday: St Thomas’ School
    Year 4 attend the 9:30am Mass on Tuesday.

    Tuesday: Day of Prayer
    Tuesday is a Day of Prayer for victims and survivors of sexual abuse.  Please pray for all our brother and sisters who have suffered so grievously, not least as a result of our failures as Church.

    Mass for New Catholics (Neophytes’ Mass)
    All those Baptized or Received into the Church at Easter are warmly invited to this special Mass, celebrated by the Archbishop, at the Cathedral on Saturday at 11:00am (note the change of time).


    Otford May Procession
    The annual May Procession of Our Lady at Most Holy Trinity will be next Sunday, starting at 3:30pm.

    Next Sunday: International Day of Prayer for Eastern Christians
    Theme: One faith - one family - one hope.  Christians in the Middle East are at best a diminishing presence or at worst suffering persecution.  This day is a Day of Prayer in solidarity with them.


    Ukrainian refugees arriving in the parish: volunteer help needed
    If you think you can help in the ways requested in last week’s Newsletter, please contact Ben Andradi ( or Maureen Birkett (

    Parish SVP
    In addition to the Loaves and Fishes Food bank donations, the SVP also provide a monthly shop direct to the food bank.  Anyone wishing to contribute funds for this purpose can transfer direct to the SVP account:  St Vincent De Paul Society, sort code 60 - 60 - 04, account number 46076484, reference "food bank".

    Parish Finance Committee
    will meet on Monday 23rd May in the Presbytery.

    Otford Village Fete
    Most Holy Trinity will be hosting a stall at the Village Fete on Saturday 28th May, as we feel that the church needs to be a visible part of this large village event.  Volunteers are needed to ‘man’ the stall from 10:00am - 4:00pm and to provide goodies to attract children.  We will be providing games for children but still need someone to run an adult attraction.  We have ideas for a water and wine game, but need a volunteer to run the attraction: can you give in your name after Mass in the next two weeks?  Also, we hope for lots of support on the day.

    Spiritual Direction
    Kathie Gonzalez has recently completed a Spiritual Direction course; please contact her directly  ( if you would like her assistance in this way.

    Spiritual Life Conference: Monday 30th May, 10:30am - 3:30pm
    In the Parish Centre with Mass at 12:00 noon.  In conjunction with the Agency for Evangelization & Catechesis, our parish welcomes internationally renowned speaker Dr Ralph Martin for a day conference around his book The Fulfilment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints.  Although billed for catechists this day is suitable for anyone interested in growing their faith.  £20 in person including Lunch, £5 for Zoom attendance.  Booking is essential:

    Synodal Process: Diocesan Synthesis
    Following the meetings in the parishes and elsewhere and individual submissions, the Diocesan Synthesis has now been produced: go to

    Altar Servers Summer Break
    Tuesday 2nd - Friday 5th August at the Oratory School, Reading.  A few days for boy and girl Altar Servers aged 11 - 17 of the Archdiocese.  Talks, discussion, prayer, daily Mass, sport, Thorpe Park visit and swimming.  Holy Mass with the Archbishop.  Coaches from Dartford.  Cost: £199.  Ask Fr Peter for a form.

    Please pray

    ¨ for victims and survivors of sexual abuse;
    ¨ for an end to the pandemic;
    ¨ for peace in Ukraine;
    ¨ for all who are sick.


    Fr. David.

    Fr David Gibbons, KHS, Parish Priest of Sevenoaks
    12 Granville
    Sevenoaks01732 454177
    TN13 1ER


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