Dear parishioner

    Message No 32: 18th October 2020

    Today’s Mass Readings: TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY

    Isaiah 45: 1, 4-6; Psalm 95; 1 Thessalonians 1: 1-5, 19-20; Matthew 22: 15-21

    First Reading: Cyrus was the king of Persia, and by conquering Babylon in 539 BC he - unwittingly - became the anointed one of God, who enabled the people of God to return to Israel. God can work even through non-believers.

    Psalm: this song of praise stresses God’s universal sovereignty over all the nations.

    Second Reading: in the rather long middle sentence, St Paul gives thanks for the Thessalonians faith in action, work for love, and perseverance in hope. Later on, in his First Letter to the Corinthians (13:3), St Paul will stress the three virtues: faith, hope, and love.

    Gospel: Jesus evades the trap set for him. When He says ’give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, to God what is God’s’, He is not making the two realms equal. Give to the state what is due in taxes, yes, but the most important thing is to be totally committed to following God and his commandments.

    Perhaps there is also a reference to humans as God’s coins, since we bear his image. We belong to God, as the coins belong to Caesar, and ultimately we must be given back to God.

    Second Collection
    As today is World Mission Day, the second collection this weekend is for Missio. Missio is the Church’s official organ for the support of foreign missions. Your money goes to support churches, hospitals, schools and vocations in countries where the Church is new, young, or poor. The theme of this year’s World Mission Day is ’Here I am, send me!’.

    Becoming a Catholic:
    2020/21 RCIA Course
    This online programme - for adults who wish to be Baptized in the Catholic Church or (if already Baptized) Received into Full Communion with the Catholic Church - remains open for registration up until this Sunday evening’s online meeting at 7:00pm. It runs on further Sunday evenings until Easter 2021 for Details.

    If you are interested in attending this course or if you know somebody who is interested in becoming Catholic, please contact Andrew La Trobe; 07775 738485, who will explain how the parish RCIA team will provide additional support for those attending the course.

    St Thomas’ School
    Year 3 will attend the 9:30am Mass on Tuesday.

    Continues on Tuesday at 8:00pm, by Zoom. Topic: the community of the Church. To confirm your interest or if you have any queries email Deacon Neil. Each session involves a short film followed by discussion. There is no pressure and no commitment. If you are busy you can participate in some of the sessions; you don’t have to attend all.

    British Summer Time ends
    Remember to put your clocks back next Saturday night. (Spring forward, Fall (Autumn) back).

    Malawi Fundraising
    The second Parish Zoom Quiz in aid of Malawi will be held next Sunday at 7:30pm. The format works extremely well, so do join for a fun event and also have the opportunity to hear directly from Mgr Boniface Tamani. He will join us online from Malawi (hopefully joined briefly by his Archbishop!) and provide a short update on a number of specific activities in his Archdiocese of Blantyre, which we as a parish and individual parishioners are supporting financially.

    If you wish to join the Quiz, please email Andrew La Trobe and he will send you the Zoom link. Helpful tip: having a teenage member of your Quiz team is likely to be an advantage!

    Tours of St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School
    The School is offering limited outside tours of the school with a senior staff member, for prospective parents unfamiliar with the site. This is offered only to those families who do not currently have a child at the school. Group sizes are limited to six and adults will be required to wear a face covering. To book please email Office with details of your preferred date and the number of adults. The dates (at 9:30am) are

    • Monday 19th October
    • Friday 23rd October
    • Friday 6th November.

    St Gregory’s Catholic School - Virtual Open Event
    The school is unable to welcome you in person at the moment. However, they have provided a variety of resources for you to look at, watch and read in your own time: visit St Gregorys Please contact the school Office. should you have any questions.

    APF/red box holders
    In view of COVID it would be appreciated if red box holders would count the contents of their box and write a cheque, payable to ’Archdiocese of Southwark APF Acct’, and deliver or post it to the Presbytery, marking the envelope ’APF’. Any problems please ring Peter Ringham on 01732 885814.

    Bereavement Support
    Due to Covid, sadly we have not been able to have our usual meetings in 2020. However, we are very happy to be available to any parishioners who are struggling with bereavement, and can meet with you at the Parish Centre at a mutually convenient time. Please do get in touch with any one of us if you are seeking a warm welcome and a quiet time to talk: our contact details are below. If you prefer to contact the priests or the Parish Office they will then pass your details on to us.
    Ronnie Campbell: email
    Kate Travers: email
    Sarah Harrison: email

    SVP clothes collection
    This has now been postponed to the weekend of 7th/8th November. The refugees in Northern France are in a desperate situation and in need of our help. The Charity Care4Calais will transport the goods to Calais from their warehouse in Sittingbourne. Men’s clothes only please, new or good as new in sizes Small and Medium, coats, jogging bottoms and jeans, new pants and socks, sleeping bags, blankets, backpacks and rain ponchos. Donations can be brought to all four churches.

    Advance Notice: All Souls Day
    Requiem Mass for the Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed at St Thomas’s at 8:00am, 9:30am, and 8:00pm in St Thomas’s.

    Please notify Magda in the Parish Office of any names to be added to the November Books of Remembrance in each of the four churches.

    Rosary British Isles Whirlwind Mission
    October is traditionally the month dedicated to the Holy Rosary and the organisers of Rosary on the Coast wish to extend an invitation to Catholics to join them in an intensive Rosary Whirlwind Mission for the spiritual well-being of the British Isles and for its preservation from degeneration, sickness and war. Rosary Whirlwind is intended to invoke the intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary, inviting a whirlwind of Heavenly Grace to blow where it will across our nations. For further information visit Here.

    Ordinary parish income for September was as follows. Thank you for your generosity and support of the parish at this difficult time.
    Standing Orders 8,649.92
    Collections at Mass 2,092.51
    Contactless device 146.50
    Just Giving (online) 255.08
    TOTAL £11,144.01

    The total for the CAFOD Second Collection was £775.34, including that donated via the contactless device.

    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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