THE PARISH PRIEST WRITES:
Today’s Mass: Fourth Sunday of Easter (Year B)
First Reading: “Filled with the Holy Spirit” Peter addresses the Sanhedrin (the Council of rabbis): it was in the name of Jesus Christ that the crippled man was healed. Indeed, this “is the only name by which we can be saved”.
Psalm: the antiphon in today’s Psalm (117) is quoted by Peter in his sermon in the First Reading.
Second Reading: to acknowledge God means to love one another as God loves those who are his sons and daughters, and at the end of time because we are his children we shall God in his true nature and reality.
Gospel: Palestinian shepherds did not have an easy life; they had to be tough, earthy people who could ward off poachers and wolves. The shepherd/sheep image is found throughout scripture, but Jesus takes it to a new level: He has laid down His life for us, His sheep. Truly is He called the Good Shepherd.
Today is a World Day of Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life.
We welcome Fr Mark Odion, MSP at Otford and Mgr Matthew Dickens at Borough Green today.
The music today is provided by the Traditional Choir.
The second collection today is for Ecclesiastical Education. This collection helps to meet the cost of training students for the Priesthood and the Permanent Diaconate, as well as supporting Ongoing Formation of the Clergy.
Solemnity of St George, Martyr & Patron of England
The Feast day of the Patron Saint of England, and of our Cathedral Church, is on Monday. Mass as usual at 8:00am.
Mandy McCarthy RIP
Funeral Mass at 10:00am at St Bernadette’s on Friday, followed by Interment in the West Kingsdown Burial Ground. Please note that this replaces the normal 9:15am Mass.
On Saturday morning at 11:00am. These are the First Confessions which had to be postponed because of the snow.
Next weekend’s Second Collection is for the Maintenance of St George’s Cathedral. This collection helps towards the upkeep of the Cathedral, the mother church of the Archdiocese.
SVP kitchen equipment collection
Also next weekend, SVP will collect kitchen equipment needed for the Bridge Trust support accommodation for the homeless. Please any of the following and put them in the SVP baskets: white crockery (mugs, plates, cereal bowls), drinking glasses, mixing bowls, utensils, chopping boards, small casserole dishes, baking trays, cake tins.
‘Gaudete et Exsultate’
Pope Francis’ latest Apostolic Exhortation – Gaudete et Exsultate – was promulgated this month, and is about a contemporary approach to holiness. Visit the diocesan website (www.rcsouthwark.co.uk) to find a link to the document and a link to a short explanatory video.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
Many of you will be aware of the new data protection law that is coming in soon, the General Data Protection Regulation. This will place additional responsibilities on all organisations around the safe keeping of personal data. The Church is no exception. Over the coming weeks, supported by the Diocese, we will be looking at what we need to change and/or implement locally in order to be prepared for the new regime. Please keep an eye out for further communications, especially if you are somebody who holds personal information, email addresses etc in your capacity as a volunteer in the parish. Bill Farren
Mass in Celebration of Sacrament of Marriage
If you are celebrating your 1st, 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th or 60th+ wedding anniversary this year, and would like to attend this Mass at St George’s Cathedral on 16th June 2018, please register with Ingrid in the office by 30th April at the very latest.
Parish Summer Party - Save the Date
Will be held at St Thomas’s on Sunday 17th June, from 12:30pm.
Parish Retreats at Aylesford
Women’s Retreat: 7th- 9th September 2018
“The name of God is mercy”
Facilitated by Sr Louise Swanston who is a Sister of St Mary of Namur. She lives in community in Liverpool. Trained in Ignatian spirituality, she has offered spiritual accompaniment as well as retreats for 25 years.
Men’s Retreat: 5th - 7th October 2018
“The Heart of the Gospel”
Facilitated by Dom Brendan Thomas who is a monk of Belmont Abbey, Hereford where he has been Novice Master for the last 18 years. He is also Director of the Monastic Formators’ Programme in Rome and he gives retreats at Belmont, in Britain and abroad.
Details for both retreats
The cost for full board, lodging and a retreat facilitator is £175 and there are a maximum of 20 places available for each retreat.
If you would like to attend please pick up a registration form from the back of your Church or download a form from the website:www.sevrcparish.org.uk
Lift shares to Aylesford will be organised. Any queries please contact Catherine Rodger by email at email@example.com or by ph:01732 458852.The registration form and non-refundable deposit of £20 made payable to ‘St Thomas’ RC Church, Sevenoaks’ must be returned to the Parish Office in an envelope marked PARISH RETREATS by Sunday 3rd June.
Please don't forget to return your completed Gift Aid form......
The Parish Finance Committee would like to thank everyone who returned Gift Aid/Standing Order forms after our appeal last month. If you haven’t had a chance to do so yet, please do drop your form in (or post it) to the Parish Office. Alternatively, for anyone at Holy Trinity, St Joseph’s or St Bernadette’s, please hand your form in an envelope to the priest who will hand it in for you.
Catholic History Walks
- St George's Day in the City Monday 23rd April, 6pm - A special walk around our nation's capital, discovering the fascinating ancient story of the city of London. Meet at the Church of the Most Precious Blood, Borough. SE1 1TA. Nearest Tube: Borough or London Bridge.
- The King's Good Servant Tuesday 1st May, 6pm
- The heroic story of St Thomas More, who bravely defended the faith under King Henry VIII, as we walk around his Chelsea Estate. Meet at the Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer and St Thomas More, Cheyene Row. SW3 5HS. Nearest Tube: South Kensington.
Centre for Catholic Formation - Golden Jubilee Celebrations
The Centre for Catholic Formation was officially opened on 19th June 1968. To mark the fiftieth anniversary, the CCF will host a series of lectures relating to its work, all at the Centre, 21 Tooting Bec Rd, SW17 8BS, 7.30pm start.
A Jubilee Mass will be held on Sat 23rd June at St Anselm’s Tooting Bec.
- The Priority of Adult Formation on Tuesday 5th June by Bishop Paul Mason
- The Catechetical Journey on Friday 8th June by Dr Caroline Farey
- GK Chesterton by Canon John Udris
- Disability Theology: Where we are by Dr Pia Matthews
Please see the noticeboards in the church porches
- Vocations Weekend for young women 25-27 May, Liverpool, run by FCJ Sisters
- The New Evangelization Summit in Canada, Live Webcast to Centre for Catholic Formation, April 28th.
- March for Life UK, London 5th May 2018.
- Catholic Spirituality Network Day on R S Thomas: Poet of Nature & Faith, Sat 12th May
- Divine Mercy Conference for the whole family, Sat 16th June, Ealing Broadway
- All Summer Term events at the Centre for Catholic Formation
New St George's Cathedral Choir CD
Under their Director, Norman Harper, the St George's Cathedral Choir have recorded their first CD: O Sacrum Convivium. The CD features various Mass settings and motets, including a number that were written specifically for the Choir. The music on this video features a sample of two tracks: unaccompanied plainsong: Venite benedicti Patris mei ('Come blessed of my Father' - A Gospel Introit from the Easter Season) and The Lord's Prayer setting by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, which was recorded at the request of Archbishop Peter Smith.
The CD is on Priory Records can be purchased online from the Cathedral's website for £12 plus P&P, then click on Add to Cart