Dear parishioner

    Message No 85: 24th October 2021


    Jeremiah 31: 7-9; Psalm 125; Hebrews 5: 1-6; Mark 10: 46-52

    First Reading: Eucharistic Prayer III asks God to ’gather to yourself all your children scattered throughout the earth’, and Eucharistic Prayer IV prays for those ’gathered into one body by the Holy Spirit’. This theme of gathering the scattered is taken from today’s First Reading from Jeremiah.

    Psalm: a song of joy, sung by those scattered into exile in Babylon but now gathered back to Jerusalem (Zion).

    Second Reading: only the high priest offered the sacrifice for sins on the Day of Atonement. Christ is in fact made the true high priest by the Father, and so Christ alone can offer the sacrifice which takes away our sins. The Sacrifice of the Mass offered by bishops and priests is not a new sacrifice, but a re-presentation of Christ’s one, true sacrifice.

    Gospel: the healing of blind Bartimaeus is the last healing miracle in Mark. Notice that Bartimaeus is not initially a disciple of Jesus; he comes to faith after his encounter with Jesus. The Lord’s question ’what do you want me to do for you?’ is perhaps the way we should start in seeking to evangelize and win disciples for Christ.

    World Mission Day
    Today is a Day of Prayer for the evangelization of the world. The Second Collection today is for Missio, the Church’s official organ for the support of foreign missions. By donating we can help missionaries share God’s love with those in greatest need today.

    More info at Missio.

    Supply priests
    Welcome to Fr Bryan Wells, celebrating the 9:30am at Most Holy Trinity, Otford, and to Fr Alexander McAllister, SDS, celebrating the 11:00am Mass at St Bernadette’s, West Kingsdown.

    First Holy Communion
    Ella Millington and Szymon Czajkowski receive Holy Communion for the first time at the Saturday evening Mass. Florrie Dunderdale, May McKenna, and Sofia Brightwell receive their first Holy Communion at the 11:15am Mass at St Thomas’s.

    This Week
    St Thomas’ School is on half-term.

    Adoration at St Thomas’s: Monday 8:30am - 9:30am; Tuesday 6:00pm - 7:00pm.
    Adoration at St Bernadette’s: Wednesday 12:00 noon - 1:00pm;
    Adoration at Most Holy Trinity: Thursday 7:30pm - 8:30pm; Friday 11:00am - 12:00 noon.

    Next Sunday
    is the Solemnity of All Saints, transferred from its usual date of 1st November. Note that the clocks go back at 2:00am next Sunday; Sunday Masses will, as it were, be an hour later.

    All Souls’ Day
    All Souls’ Day is on its usual date of 2nd November. Requiem Mass that day will be at 9:30am, 12:00 noon, and 8:00pm in St Thomas’s. All those who have been bereaved are invited to coffee and cake after the 9:30am Mass, organised by the Bereavement Support Group.

    Please notify Magda in the Parish Office of any names to be added to the November Books of Remembrance in each of the four churches.

    Altar Servers’ Training (St Thomas’s)
    A course of 4 lessons to train for Altar Serving, open to those who have made their first Holy Communion, on Fridays from 5th - 26th November, 4:00pm - 5:00pm. Meet in the Parish Centre. To register your child, email their name and school year to Catherine Ingram or return a Registration form to the Office (these are in St Thomas’s Entrance).

    Those who previously trained but have not done it because of the pandemic are welcome to attend this course, as a refresher course.

    Garden Tidy-up at Most Holy Trinity, Otford
    We are holding a gardening morning on Saturday 13th November, from 10:00am, and we need as many parishioners as possible to come and help. Please bring your own garden tools, garden gloves, and kneelers where possible. If we can keep on top of the weeds we shall have beautiful grounds for the Spring.

    Parish Auditor vacancy
    We thank Pierre Lamstaes, who has audited the parish accounts for the last four years. We are now seeking a new auditor, who should have professional accountancy qualification and audit experience, and knowledge of church structures. The auditor is required to carry out an independent review, rather than a full audit, and report to the diocesan Finance Office and the Parish Finance Committee.

    Contact Ben Andradi, Chair of the Parish Finance Committee if you can perform this important parish role.

    Interview with Jackie and Andrew Pembroke
    A second in our series of interviews with ’converts’ to the faith is now viewable on the parish website (click on ’Parish YouTube Videos’). The first interview with David Cooper can also be viewed. Do have a look: people’s personal testimonies are always interesting and informative. If you know of someone who may be interested in becoming a Catholic, show them the videos.

    Synodal Process in the Archdiocese
    Please take - and use - a diocesan Prayer Card with a prayer for the Synodal Process.

    Thanks to all who indicated their desire to attend parish meetings. As a result, the two delegates have fixed two meetings, both in the Parish Centre: Saturday 13th November, 2:30pm - 4:00pm, and Tuesday 16th November, 8:00pm - 9:00pm. Refreshments on arrival. After initial prayer, each participant will be allowed a maximum of 3 minutes to give their answer to one or more of the questions posed in last week’s Newsletter. Our delegates (David Cooper and Bill Farren) will collate the views expressed and report on to the Diocesan delegates.

    ’Preparing for Christmas’
    A Quiet Day of Reflection on Saturday 4th December at The Poult House barn, Ashes Lane, Hadlow TN11 9QU (opposite North Frith Farm), 10:00am - 4:00pm. Through the use of poetry, prayer and nature, the day will be an opportunity to prepare for Christmas by reflecting with Mary and Joseph on waiting, journey and what saying Yes to God means in our lives. The day will be led by Gilly Fenner; bring a camping chair (or similar) and a packed Lunch; tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. Please wear weather appropriate clothes and shoes as part of the day will be outside. Suggested contribution £5; numbers are limited to 20. To attend please email Gilly.

    Another Newsletter typo
    "Because of the Funeral, Mourning Prayer on Wednesday will be at 8:30am".

    Please pray

    • for the evangelization of the world, and for churches in poor or new areas;
    • for the blind, the lame, and women with child;
    • for God’s help in ending the pandemic.

    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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