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Today’s Mass: SECOND SUNDAY of the YEAR (Year C)
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.
Psalm: 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.
Gospel: 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.
Day of Prayer for Peace on Earth
Today in the Bishop’s Cycle of Prayer we pray for peace in the world. The theme this year is taken from Pope Francis’ message: ‘Good politics serves peace’. Pax Christi has adopted these words of the Pope as a prayer you can use:
“How I wish that all men and women of good will would look at the Cross if only for a moment! There, we can see God’s reply: violence is not answered with violence, death is not answered with the language of death. In the silence of the Cross the uproar of weapons ceases and the language of reconciliation, forgiveness, dialogue and peace is spoken”.
Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity
This week of prayer continues until Friday. This year’s theme: ‘Only justice’. Visit the Churches together in Britain & Ireland website for more: https://ctbi.org.uk/weekofprayer.
Churches Together in Sevenoaks and District have their United Service today (Sunday) at 4:00pm in the Vine Evangelical Church, Hitchen Hatch Lane. The theme is ‘Only Justice’, prepared by the churches in Indonesia. Speaker: Duncan Warmington from ‘Embrace the Middle East’.
The Otford United Service is today (Sunday) at 6:30pm, St Bartholomew’s Church of England Church, Otford.
We welcome Fr Michael Ezenwammadu, CSSp, to celebrate the 8:00am and Borough Green Masses today.
Monday: Bereavement Support Group
This group meets on Monday January in the Parish Room, 10:30am – 12:00 noon. All those who have been bereaved, whether recently or a while ago, are invited to come along for mutual support.
Monday: Christian Unity Gathering
We are hosting Weekday Prayers for Unity on Monday, 2:30pm – 3:00pm in the Parish Room. The theme this year is ‘Only Justice’. Beverly Hamadeh, who lives locally, will reflect on her work for the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group. Prayers and reflections will be followed by refreshments at 3:00pm. Enquiries to Pat 01732 453903. All welcome.
Tuesday: St Thomas’ School
Year 3 will attend the 9:30am Mass. As usual, all parents and family members are most welcome to attend as well.
Tuesday: Confirmation Catechists’ Meeting
Confirmation catechists are reminded of their planning meeting on Tuesday, 8:00pm in the Parish Room.
Borough Green Thursday Mass
At the request of parishioners at St Joseph’s, the Thursday Mass will change from 9:30am to 10:00am. This change will take effect from the first Thursday of February (7th).
St Thomas’s Repository
A new book, entitled ‘Devotions to St Thomas Becket’ (who is, of course, our Patron Saint) is on sale in the Repository. It incorporates various devotions to St Thomas, including a new Novena for Christmas, a pilgrimage programme to Canterbury, and other prayers; it is illustrated by a monk of Silverstream Abbey.
The usual items are on sale, including new copies of ‘A Simple Prayer Book’, which includes the Order of Mass and other prayers and devotions.
New Twitter account
The parish now has its own Twitter account: @7oaksCatholic. We hope to include updates on parish activities, re-tweets of relevant tweets from Catholic organisations, as well as providing our parish newsletter each week. If you are a Twitter user do please follow us, and encourage other to do so! Thanks very much.
Holy Trinity, Otford Questionnaire
The local Holy Trinity Committee has produced a questionnaire, about recruiting volunteers for various ministries there. These will be distributed on the first two Sundays of February; please complete them and return them to a member of the committee.
Cleaning the Church at St Thomas
Thanks to the response to our recent request for help we are vitually up to strength on the 4 cleaning teams. This is good news. For the pre Christimas clean we had extra helpers: a big thank you to all involved.
This year please help us keep our church clean by taking home your possessions eg glasses, gloves, scarves and brollies. Put back books and papers and if possible please remove toddlers’ snacks before they get trodden into the parquet floors. Very many thanks.
Catholic History Walks
See the poster for information about these Walks in London on Sundays 13th, 20th, and 27th January.
St Luke’s Food for Thought 2019 series
‘Refugees & Immigration Detainees in the UK Today’: speakers B Hamadeh and N Haq. Friday 8th February, doors open 7:30pm, talk 8:00pm, event ends at 9:45pm, at St Luke’s (C of E) Church Hall, Eardley Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1XT. Hot refreshments.
Grief in Loss, Hope in Christ
Weekend Workshop/Retreats for the Bereaved at Aylesford Priory, Kent.
Dates in 2019: March 22-24th and October 11-13th.
Cost: Single £177, Sharing £160, Senior Citizens £171.
Booking: www.thefriars.org.uk, 01622 717272
Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, 01303 670880.
Booking leaflets in all porches.
Follow your heart - Discernment & Vocation
A weekend retreat for young women, reflecting on the vocation to religious life, 15th - 17th February 2019 in Liverpool. To reserve a place contact Sr Lynne fcJ firstname.lastname@example.org. Poster in all porches with further details.
Altar Servers needed
We need more Altar Servers generally, and will be commencing another training course shortly. In particular, we need more Servers for the 11:15am Mass on Sunday at St Thomas’s. This is the principal Mass, and the one at which things should be done in their fullness, but we are hampered by lack of Servers. Altar Servers are not restricted to youngsters; any adults who can serve, or who would be prepared to learn how to serve, and who could help at the 11:15am Mass, please speak to Fr David.
Quiz Night at St Joseph’s, Borough Green
There will be a Quiz Night at St Joseph's on Friday 15th February starting at 7:30pm. Tickets cost £10 and include a ploughman's meal. Bring your own drinks, glasses and nibbles. There is a maximum of 6 persons per table. Either make up your own team or join with others on the night. All profits go to Church Funds. Tickets from Julie 01732 883819, June 01732 672602 or Marie 01732 762525.
The Centre for Catholic Formation of the Archdiocese has the following vacancies:
Adviser for Catechesis & Adult Formation in Kent: this is a full-time post, involving some evenings and weekends;
Resource Assistants: 2 part-time (15 hours per week in term time) posts at Tooting Bec;
For full information and details about how to apply, visit the diocesan website at http://www.rcsouthwark.co.uk.
The closing date for applications is 1st February.