Dear parishioner

      Today’s Mass: THE THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT (B)

      Lent is not only the time of penance, conversion and spiritual growth for Christians. It is also a special time of direct preparations for the Catechumens, who just before Ash Wednesday were publicly elected to receive the Sacraments of initiation at Easter. On the third, fourth, and fifth Sundays of Lent they participate in three successive rites called “the Scrutinies.” The three passages from St John’s Gospel for these Sundays were selected around 500 AD as powerful depictions of the hidden transformation God accomplishes in the Elect through each Scrutiny.

      The “Elect” stand before the celebrant and the assembly, who pray for them silently with a series of intercessions. It culminates in a prayer of cleansing and protection (exorcism) with the laying-on-of-hands. The Scrutinies are God’s way of taking a close, loving look at the Elect, not to find what’s wrong with them but to celebrate all that’s beautiful, good, and true in them. He also reveals to us the ways in which we are hurting, or sick, or sinful. This is not to reject us, but to call us to new life and to healing.

      The First Scrutiny leads the Elect to focus on conversion and on the new life that will begin through the sacraments. In the Gospel, Jesus encounters the Samaritan Woman at Jacob’s well (John 4:5-42). Our Lord is the Light who alone is able to examine and scrutinise the hidden places of our hearts.

      Tradition gives us the name of the Samaritan Woman as Photina, which means Light Bearer (Lucina in Latin). Soon the Elect will receive the Living Water and will become radiant bearers of the Light of Christ. Let us continue to hold them in prayer during these final weeks of their journey.


      LENTEN TALKS on Wednesdays in March at 7:00pm.

        • Wednesday 6th March - Prayer and the Victory of God by Brother John Church and Deacon Bede Mullens OP.

        • Wednesday 13th March - Lenten call to create a Kingdom of Justice and Peace by Fr Dominic Robinson SJ

        • Wednesday 20th March - Why did Jesus have to be rejected, suffer, and be killed? by Fr Lawrence Lew OP,

        • Wednesday 27th March - Being Passionate: Getting the most out of Holy Week and Easter by Sr Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ,

      HOSPITALITY for speakers at our Lenten Talks. We are having some wonderful speakers coming to give Lenten talks in our Parish every Wednesday in March (see the note above). Would you be willing to give them an early supper (or take them to a local restaurant) at 5:30pm on those evenings; some of them, who are travelling long distances may also need accommodation for that night. If you think you can help please contact Ben Andradi

      WORLD DAY OF PRAYER on Friday 1st March 2024, 2:00pm the theme is 'I beg you, bear with one another in love' the service this year was compiled by our Christian sisters in Palestine and will be held at The Vine Baptist Church on the corner of Vine Court Road and Park Lane, followed by refreshments. All are welcome.

      There will also be a service at the Methodist Church in the High Street, Otford at the same time, when members from Most Holy Trinity will be participating. Again, all are welcome.

      SAVE THE DATE: 17th to the 19th May 2024
      If you would like to attend please pick up a registration form from the back of your Church or download this

      Womens Registration Form
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      Any queries please contact Catherine Rodger or by 01732 458852

      The registration form and non refundable deposit of £20 made payable to ’RCAS Sevenoaks’ must be returned to the Parish Office in an envelope marked PARISH RETREATS by the 31st March 2024.

      CARITAS SOUTHWARK 1st ANniversary Mass 
      You are warmly invited to Caritas Southwark 1st Anniversary Celebration on 16 March 2024 at St George’s Cathedral at 12.30pm. Mass will be followed by a gathering in Amigo Hall, as an opportunity to hear from Caritas Social Action Network, the national picture as well as from parishes, schools and partner groups  in our diocese. Archbishop John Wilson will be the principal celebrant at the Mass while Raymond Friel, the CEO of Caritas Social Network England and Wales, will be the principal speaker. All are welcome.

      SVP LENTEN COLLECTION. The parish SVP collection this Lent will be partly for the Food Bank (loavesNfishes) and partly for "Friends of the Holy Land". Please save your donations and bring them in to all Masses on Palm Sunday 24th March.

      Congratulations to Claire Smith, the organist at Otford for many years, who will celebrate her 100th birthday on 6th March

      TRUTH SEEKERS will commence on Saturday 9th March 2024 at 7:10pm in St Thomas’s Presbytery.
      TRUTH SEEKERS is a program for teenagers who have completed their confirmation to reinforce the awareness and knowledge of Christ for the teenagers and to help sustain a lifelong love of God and His Church. The program aims to encourage learning, debate and discussion on fundamental Catholic faith matters, whilst establishing a safe and supportive community, where teenagers feel comfortable exploring their faith. The program is run in blocks on a Saturday evening, and ideally it is encouraged that those attending also attend the 6pm Mass at St Thomas’, Sevenoaks. A typical session runs for about an hour, starting with a light meal (typically pizza) followed by a video & general debate and discussion on the content.
      This is the 2nd year that the parish is running the program and we encourage all those who participated in 2023 as well as any other teenagers who have completed their confirmation to consider joining the program. For any queries and to register your child interest please email Giuseppe

      Dear Friends, there are still a few places available for the upcoming week’s parish pilgrimage to Medjugorje on Sunday 12 May. Fr Vipin would be delighted if you are able to join him on this his 10th Anniversary year of Ordination.

      Medjugorje is an inspirational place when 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.


      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.

      A special meeting for our Altar Servers in preparation for the Holy Week and the Easter Liturgy on Friday 8th March at 6.30pm at St Thomas’, Sevenoaks.


      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


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