THE PARISH PRIEST WRITES:
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 18th August 2019
Gospel: we are so familiar with the ‘peace on earth’ message of Christianity that it seems strange that Jesus says that He is not bringing peace but division. But, paradoxically, the peace that Jesus brings will also bring division. Living as a disciple of Jesus will mean that we will part company with some, perhaps even family and friends.
First Reading: the prophet also brought division in his day, as his message of surrender to the besieging Babylonians was unpopular, and he ended up in prison and the pit of mud. But God gave him grace to carry on.
Psalm: the psalmist appears also to have experienced being in the bottom of the pit like Jeremiah, but also experienced God’s saving action.
Second Reading: just as Jesus endured the cross to take His place at God’s right hand, so likewise we too should persevere in the face of obstacles and hindrances. The spiritual life is not always easy!
Magda will be away on holiday for the next two weeks, so the Parish Office will be closed this week and next. This means it will be a bit pot luck whether or not you get an answer if you telephone or call in during this period. The Office will reopen on Monday 2nd September.
will also be away for a few days this week, helping his sister celebrate her 60th birthday. Frs Paul and Boni will ‘man the fort’ in his absence.
John Wheller RIP
Funeral Mass in St Thomas’s on Tuesday at 10:00am, followed by Interment in the Caterham Cemetery.
celebrates his anniversary of Ordination on Friday. He invites you to join him at the 8:00am Mass.
Summer Shoeshine - “Twinkle Toes for Back to Work/School”!
Pat Harman, James McSharry and a team of helpers will be shoe cleaning at the four Masses at St Thomas’s on Sunday 1st September. This is a fundraiser: the proceeds from the shoeshine will go towards the Malawi cyclone Appeal.
Please bring your shoes (excluding suede) in a named bag - we will collect them from you as you enter the church and return them to you at the end of the Mass. If they are not completed, they can be collected at the next service of the day or we will return them to your home. Please note for the 8:00am Mass we will collect them as you are leaving the church and they will be ready for collection by the end of the next Mass. The cost will £2.50 per pair but do feel free to give whatever you wish over this amount to this wonderful cause. For any questions please do not hesitate to contact James – 07917 032024.
Pilgrims’ Early Autumn Visit to Great Comp Garden
On Tuesday 17th September, by mini coach. First pick up at St Thomas’s at 9:30am, followed by Holy Trinity, Otford, where cars may be left. Then on to St Joseph’s, Borough Green for Mass at 10:15am, followed by coffee and a tour of the new church. Then on to Great Comp Garden, which should be beautiful in early Autumn. Light Lunches are available; back by about 4:00pm.
Cost: £9 for travel, refreshments, garden entry and tip. Please sign up in the Entrance to St Thomas’s or phone Pat on 10732 453902.
Annual Open Meeting on Wednesday 25th September, at The Drive Methodist Church, The Drive, Sevenoaks TN13 3AE; 7:30pm refreshments, 8:00pm start. Speaker: Mick Brooks (Chief Executive of CWR).
Finance Committee meeting
The Parish Finance Committee will meet on Friday 30th August at 8pm in the Presbytery