Dear parishioner

    Message No 80: 19th September 2021


    Wisdom 2: 12, 17-20; Psalm 53; James 3: 16 - 4:3; Mark 9: 30-37

    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 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.

    Home Mission Sunday
    The Bishops invite us to pray today for the mission of the Church in England & Wales. The Second Collection is for the Catholic Agency for the Support of Evangelization.

    Supply priest
    Welcome to Fr Bryan Wells offering the Mass at Most Holy Trinity.

    First national Mass count
    Stewards please count everyone at Mass and email the figures to Fr David.

    First Holy Communion
    Nicholas Shorter receives his first Holy Communion today at St Joseph’s.

    St Edith Devotions
    Today (Sunday):

    • 3:30pm Devotions at St Edith’s Well in Kemsing
    • 4:00pm Vespers in St Mary’s Church (we have been asked to wear face coverings in the church, except for cantors and those who are exempt)
    • 5:00pm refreshments available at The Bell.
    Those walking to Kemsing will leave St Thomas’s at 10:30am and leave Most Holy Trinity at 1:30pm.

    Monday: Bereavement Group
    A cup of tea and a sympathetic shoulder are available in the Parish Room on Monday, 10:30am to 12:00 noon. Anyone who has been bereaved is welcome to come.

    Monday: St Thomas’ School Mass
    Mass for the beginning of term at 9:30am on Monday, in St Thomas’s.

    Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in St Thomas’s
    On Mondays after 8:00am Mass, until 9:30am and on Tuesdays, 6:00pm - 7:00pm.

    RCIA Course
    Starts on Monday at 8:00pm in the Parish Centre. This is a programme designed for adults who wish to be Baptized in the Catholic Church or (if already Baptized) Received into Full Communion with the Catholic Church. Contact Andrew La Trobe; 07775 738485 to enquire or to register for the course. If you know someone who may be interested, invite them and come with them to the first session.

    Most Holy Trinity local committee
    Meets on Wednesday after the 10:00am Mass. Please speak to Barry Authers (chair) or any member to have items placed on the Agenda.

    Toddlers Group
    This group - for toddlers and their mums/dads - meets on Thursday, 9:15am - 11:15am. Contact Mary Strinati (07890 229794) if you are interested.

    Parish Finance Committee
    meets on Thursday evening.

    Who are You?
    Final meeting this week on Thursday; contact Andrew La Trobe or David La Trobe for info. Parents and teenagers aged 16 - 18 are welcome to attend, even if you haven’t attended previously.

    Holy Matrimony
    The Wedding of Shaun Reaney and Claire Zahra is in St Thomas’s on Saturday, at 1:30pm.

    Next Sunday: SVP Collection
    The Second Collection will be for the Parish SVP. This parish group relies totally on voluntary donations to carry out our work with the needy, the old, the sick and the housebound of the parish, of our local area and further afield (eg we support 3 villages in India and several Indian students and the SVP baby feeding centres in Sudan).

    Next Sunday: Confirmands ’Awayday’
    The Confirmation candidates and their parents are reminded of their ’Awayday’ next Sunday at The Friars, Aylesford, ending with Mass there at 4:00pm.

    St Gregory’s Catholic School, Tunbridge Wells Open Mornings & Evening
    For entry in September 2022. Open mornings (tours between 8:55am - 12:00 noon) Wednesday 22nd, Thursday 23rd September, Tuesday 5th, Wednesday 6th, Wednesday 20th & Thursday 21st October. Open evening (tours between 4:30 and 7:30pm) Thursday 23rd September. Tours must be booked in advance, via the website: St Gregory's.

    To obtain Fr David’s signature on the Supplementary Form please email him to make an appointment. Please note that one criterion used is whether or not the family has registered in this parish.

    Another extract from a church Newsletter
    "Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones".

    Please pray

    • for the mission of the Church in England & Wales;
    • for God’s help in ending the pandemic;
    • for Rachel Pilkington, Maureen Elvery and all who have recently died.

    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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