Dear parishioner

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    Message No 97: Sunday 16th January 2022

    SECOND SUNDAY of the YEAR (Year C)

    Isaiah 62: 1-5; Psalm 95; 1 Corinthians 12: 4-11; John 2: 1-11

    First Reading:  the prophet Isaiah compares God’s relationship with his people to that of a husband with his wife.  The Old Testament frequently uses Marriage to explain God’s covenant with his people.

      like Isaiah in the First Reading the psalmist cannot be silent about the wonders God performs for us.  Let us too sing heartily ‘a new song to the Lord’.

    The Second Reading today begins a series of passages from St Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians.  Reading between the lines, it seems that the possession of different spiritual gifts led to pride and rivalry in the church at Corinth.  Paul stresses that all forms of work and service are the work of the one Holy Spirit, the humbler forms of service no less than the more impressive.

    the first miracle (or ‘sign’ as John calls it) contains a depth of meaning.  ‘My hour has not come yet’ shows that Jesus always acted in accordance with the Father’s plan, not his own.  This miracle is a sign of God’s overflowing generosity; it is a prefiguration of the Eucharist; it validates our intercessory prayer to Mary, His mother; the replacement of water with wine in the Jewish ritual stone jars symbolises the replacement of the Old Covenant with the New; and it firmly endorses the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.

    Peace Sunday
    Today is a Day of Prayer for Peace on Earth.  The theme this year is “Education, work and dialogue between generations: tools for building lasting peace”.  See page 8 of the Newsletter for more information.

    The Second collection is for Pax Christi England & Wales, part of Pax Christi International, a non-profit, non-governmental Catholic peace movement working on a global scale on a wide variety of issues in the fields of human rights, human security, disarmament, de-militarisation, just world order, religion and violent conflict.

    At St Thomas’s you can use the card reading machine to donate (select ‘Second Collection’).

    Supply priests
    We again welcome Fr Bryan Wells and Canon Luke Smith, offering some of today’s Masses.

    First Holy Communion
    Congratulations to Dylan Kennedy who receives Holy Communion for the first time today, at the 11:15am Mass.

    Church Unity Octave
    The annual eight days’ prayer for Christian Unity begins on Tuesday, and ends on Tuesday of next week.

    Listening to you – formerly known as Bereavement Support

    This will take place on Monday in the Parish Centre from 10.30 am to midday.  This is an informal group where you can be assured of a warm welcome and some quiet time to talk.  You do not need to let anyone know you are coming, but if you would like any more information then you can contact Mrs Ronnie Campbell, Mrs Kate Travers, Mrs Sarah Harrison, or Mrs Ann Livingston

    Anna Anderson RIP
    Funeral Mass at 11:00am in St Joseph’s, Borough Green, followed by Committal at Vinters Park Crematorium.  Anna was a parishioner at St Joseph’s for many years, and parishioners there are encouraged to attend her Funeral if possible.

    United Services
    The Churches Together in Sevenoaks & District United Service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be next Sunday at The Drive Methodist Church at 4:00pm.

    The Otford United Service will be at St Bartholomew’s Church of England Church at 6:30pm.  This will be livestreamed; go to

    ‘Growing in Faith Together’
    A follow on course for engaged and married couples: explore faith and enrich your friendship and love.  Four weekly online sessions on Tuesday evenings at 8:00pm (starting this Tuesday) or Saturday mornings at 10:30am (starting February 19th).  Register at

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    In the Lord’s Prayer:  Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from email.

    Please pray

    • for an end to the pandemic;
    • for peace on earth;
    • for Christian Unity (especially during the Octave of Prayer).

    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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