Dear parishioner

    Message No 57: 11th April 2021


    Acts of the Apostles 4: 32-35; Psalm 117; 1 John 5: 1-6; John 20: 19-31

    First Reading: the earliest Christians soon got down to the practical implications of being the new People of God. Witness to Christ and His resurrection was supremely important, but also they had a strong sense of responsibility for each other, and so they had a real desire to share and to support one another.

    Psalm: the response, "give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end", which is verse 1 of the psalm, pretty much sums up what our response to the resurrection of Christ should be.

    Second Reading: right belief in Jesus as the Christ, like love, is the mark of the one born of God.

    Gospel: we get so distracted by the doubting of Thomas that we can easily miss the main significance of this episode, namely Christ sending the Twelve (actually only Eleven at the time) out on their apostolic mission, and giving them the gift of the Holy Spirit, in particular to forgive (or retain) sins. The apostles will, of course, receive the fulness of the Spirit at Pentecost.

    Divine Mercy Sunday
    You are invited to join in the Divine Mercy Prayers today, which you can find on the parish website YouTube. (A 46 minute video).

    Parish Office
    With the easing of restrictions on Monday, the Parish Office will revert to normal opening hours. Magda will be in the Office from Mondays to Fridays, 9:30am - 12:30pm, to deal with all routine matters, enquiries, etc, starting this Tuesday.

    St Bernadette
    Friday is St Bernadette’s feast day. We can’t hold social celebrations at the moment, but we can celebrate Mass: 10:00am on Friday at St Bernadette’s, West Kingsdown. The community there invite you to join them for Mass.

    Baptisms and Weddings
    These can now take place, provided anti COVID measures are observed.

    For Baptism of infants please complete the green application form (available in the Entrance of each church) and return it to the Presbytery.

    For Weddings please contact Fr David; the attendance limit rises to 15 from Monday.

    Confirmation 2021
    Attention all those currently in Year 7 or above: registration for this year’s Confirmation Programme is now open. Register on line at where there is an outline of important dates. This is a proposed programme, and the dates may need to be altered due to the coronavirus. Once registered, we can keep you informed of any changes by email. Closing date: 7th May 2021.

    Easter thanks
    Thanks are due to those who cleaned and decorated the churches, flower arrangers, sacristans, musicians, readers, Altar Servers and, especially at this time, the stewards who maintained the anti COVID procedures. Fr David and Fr Paul also thank you for your Easter Offering and all the cards and good wishes.

    Easter Offering
    You can still contribute to the Easter Offering to Fr David and Fr Paul by

    • putting your donation in the box/plate at the entrance, in an envelope clearly marked ’Easter Offering’,
    • putting an envelope through the Presbytery letterbox,
    • or making an online transfer (put Easter Offering as the reference) to RCAS ST THOMAS OF CANTERBURY SEVENOAKS, Sort Code 60-19-02, A/c No 25782002.
    If you contribute to parish funds by Standing Order, note that this will not include the Easter Offering. Please Gift Aid if you can (the parish gets the tax refund). Thank you in advance.

    Congratulations to Alexander Buxton-Carda and Sophie Wootton Borruso, Confirmed at Easter.

    The Bible Timeline Course
    Several parishioners have recommended this online course. Understand the Bible from start to finish, the Old and New Testament, with this free of charge, worldwide-famous course delivered online live by Mauro Iannicelli. Eight Wednesday evening sessions at 7:00pm. Info & Registration: Come & See.

    Please pray

    • in thanksgiving for Christ’s saving acts;
    • for those newly Confirmed;
    • for all who worship at St Bernadette’s;
    • for Veronica Williams (Mothers Prayers) and all who are ill;
    • for HRH Prince Philip and all who have 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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