THE PARISH PRIEST WRITES:
Today’s Mass: The MOST HOLY TRINITY (Year C)
First Reading: Wisdom is portrayed as existing before creation and as having assisted at creation. Wisdom here has always been understood by the Church as referring to Christ, the second person of the Trinity.
Psalm: the psalmist praises the first Adam who is “little less than a god”, but we pray the psalm to praise the second Adam, Christ, under whose feet all things will be put.
Second Reading: we can look forward to God’s glory thanks to the work of Jesus and of the Holy Spirit.
Gospel: in His Farewell Discourse to the disciples, Jesus closely links the Father, the Son, and the Spirit of truth. The Son was charged to accomplish the Father’s work, but after Jesus’ departure the Spirit will lead the disciples in that mission.
Holy Trinity, Otford: today is the Feast of Title of our church at Otford. Please pray for those who attend Mass there and for its witness to the Catholic faith in that area of our parish.
We welcome Monsignor Matthew Dickens, VG to celebrate the Mass at Otford and Spiritan priests to celebrate the Mass at Borough Green and the 6:00pm Mass at St Thomas’s.
Day for Life Second Collection
The Day for Life second collection is taken today: this provides core funding for the Anscombe Bioethics Centre and other life related activities of the Church. See last Sunday’s Newsletter for more information about this year’s Day for Life.
Anna Graham, Chaplain at Trinity School, will speak at the end of this Mass today. Parents of pre-school or primary age children can speak to her over coffee afterwards in the Parish Room.
Albert Buttinger is to be Baptized during the 11:15am Mass today.
Monday: Bereavement Support
All who have been bereaved are invited to attend this Group, from 10:30am – 12:00 noon on Monday in the Parish Room (enter from Granville Road).
St Thomas’ School
Year 3 attend the 9:3oam Mass on Tuesday. Family members are as usual especially welcome.
Tuesday: St Joseph’s Committee
The Committee meets on Tuesday evening, at 7:30pm in the meeting room at St Joseph’s.
Joan Wilson RIP
The Funeral Mass of Joan Wilson will be at the 12:00 noon Mass on Thursday, followed by the Committal at Tunbridge Wells Cemetery Chapel.
Saturday: Feast of SS John Fisher & Thomas More
On Saturday, following the National Calendar we commemorate two important English martyrs, who are depicted on the mural in the apse at St Thomas’s. S John Fisher was martyred this day in 1535.
This great Solemnity falls next Sunday. There will be the traditional Procession and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at both the 9:15am and 11:15am Masses at St Thomas’s. This year’s First Communicants are invited to come dressed in their First Communion clothes and act as rose petal strewers.
They are also invited to the annual Corpus Christi Procession in Westerham at 3:00pm, starting at St John’s Church, Hosey Hill and processing to the village green. All welcome.
Mayoral Civic Service
This year’s Mayoral Service will be held at St Thomas’s next Sunday at 3:00pm, as the new Mayor – Councillor Nick Busvine, OBE – is a parishioner. All are welcome, and there will be refreshments afterwards in the Parish Room.
Collection counters needed
Following recent ‘retirements’ we need two volunteers to help count the Sunday collections, on a four weekly rota. You need to be able to count money and be available on a Monday morning. Please contact Magda in the office or Fr David if you can help.
Altar Servers’ Training
We are running 4 lessons to train as an Altar Servers, for those in Years 3 to 6 who have made their First Holy Communion, on Fridays from 29th June to 19th July, 4:00pm – 5:00pm. Meet in the Parish Centre. To register your child, either email your child’s name and school year to Ingramfamily15@yahoo.com or complete the Application Form (in St Thomas’s Entrance).
Summer Garden Party
Sunday 7th July, from 12:30pm - 4:00pm in the Presbytery Garden. Please enable us to make this a fantastic parish event. If you would like to donate or help please contact the Parish Office. The raffles will help to raise money for the parish. One ticket £2; book £20. We have great prizes all donated by local businesses.
We need some volunteers and donations for the items below.
If you have other ideas or queries to make this a fantastic parish event please contact Fr David or Ben
- Bottle stall: basically anything that fits into a bottle: wine, spirits, homemade jam, sauces, perfumes, makeup, bath crystals etc. Bottles can be deposited in the box inside the Presbytery. Please contact Andrew: email@example.com
- Food and soft drinks: various types of cold and hot food, salads, cakes, biscuits, soft drinks, tea, coffee and assistance in serving, please contact Sandie: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Alcohol: wine, Pimm's, spirits, beer, prosecco. We also need help in running the bar, please contact Catenians - Aidan : email@example.com
- Entertainment: We would like to provide some live music and other forms of entertainment, please contact Caroline: firstname.lastname@example.org
Poetry reading, please contact Madeleine email@example.com
- Children’s Games: Games for under 10s. We have various games like hook-a-duck and cactus hoopla available. Please contact Edmund: edmundgrobel@ googlemail.com and Jackie: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Teenage games room: We would like to set up a teens games room. We need to borrow some board and card games. Can someone lend us theirs for a few hours?
Weekly News in Latin
Starting 8th June there will now be a weekly news bulletin in Latin, the official language of the Holy See. Hebdomada Papae (‘The Pope’s Week’) will be broadcast every Saturday, repeated every Sunday, on Vatican Radio’s Italian Channel; it will also be available as a podcast at vaticannews.va. Listen out for football news: ‘certamen mundialis sphaeromachiae’ = ‘Football World Cup’!
The Pilgrims' Outing Thursday 20th June
Whether you are joining us on this trip or not, you may like us to leave your petitions at the shrine of St Jude in Faversham when we go there on the 20th. Such petitions are simple requests for the Saint to intercede to our Father in Heaven on our behalf: they bring our needs and prayers into focus. Your petitions can be written on the slips provided and left in the Petition Box placed at he foot of Our Lady's altar at St Thomas's or will be collected from the other churches. There will be information about the lunch choices in the porch. Please do not forget to fill this in if you are coming. A few spaces are still available, so please join us . Our outings are a good way to get to know other members of the Parish and are a good day out.
Day Pilgrimage to Canterbury
On Saturday 13th July, a day pilgrimage to Canterbury, organised by the Ordinariate. 11:30am Mass in St Augustine’s College to be followed by a talk on the life of Cardinal Pole, in Canterbury Cathedral undercroft. Speaker: Professor Eamonn Duffy. Day ends with Evensong in the Cathedral and a visit to Cardinal Pole’s tomb. Limited places available on coach from Pembury - phone Father Ed (01892 825009) to book a place or make your own way.
‘Summertime 2019’ Altar Servers’ break
Tuesday 6th to Friday 9th, at Woldingham in Surrey; cost £145. An excellent few days for boy and girl Servers aged 10 – 15. The holiday includes activities, discussions, prayer, daily Mass, sport, and Chessington World of Adventures. For more details download the form from www.stanselmsdartford.wordpress.com or phone Fr Stephen Boyle (01322 220075).
St John Bosco Children’s Summer Camp
At Aldham, Essex, an activities camp with a Catholic ethos for children aged 8 to 13, £160 per week. Should you require an application form or more information then please look on the website http://svpboscocamp.org.uk. Week 1 27th July – 3rd August for boys, Week 2 3rd August – 10th August for boys, Week 3 10th August – 17th August for girls, Week 4 17th August – 24th August mixed camp.
Safe in School Bulletins are available in St Thomas’s Entrance for parents concerned about the government’s new relationship and sex lessons, as well as postcards for you to sign and return to SPUC regarding the Domestic Abuse Bill, to avoid decriminalisation of abortion by the back door. Unborn babies deserve legal protection, and abused women need love and support, not abortion.