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      Wisdom 18: 6-9; Psalm 32; Hebrews 11: 1-2, 8-19; Luke 12: 32-48

    First Reading
    :  this passage looks back to the original passover, when God rescued the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt.  Those who put their trust in God will not be disappointed.

      those who hope and trust in the Lord will be happy.

    Second Reading:
     this looks back to Abraham and his unshakeable faith in God; thus we call him ‘our father in faith’.

      Jesus tells us to be alert and ready for ‘the wedding feast’, by which He means His second coming.  We must be ready for His return at any moment, but we must also allow for a delay.  We do not know when Christ will come again.

    First Holy Communion
    Welcome to William Durcan, receiving first Holy Communion at the 9:15am Mass, and to Sofia De Simone, receiving first Holy Communion at the 11:15am Mass.


    Fr David
    is back in the parish from Wednesday onwards.

    First Holy Communion
    Welcome to Tomasz Kowalczyk, receiving first Holy Communion at the 8:00am Mass on Friday.

    Marian Consecration
    First Vespers of the Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady and Marian Consecration on Saturday at 5:00pm.  Everyone - not only those who have participated in the Marian Consecration Novena - is invited to come to this devotion.

    Next Sunday
    is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, transferred under the rules from its customary date of 15th August.  Musicians and readers please note: it will not be the 19th Sunday of Year C.



    Monsignor Boniface Tamani
    remains with us until Sunday 22nd August.  He is the Vicar-General of the Archdiocese of Blantyre in Malawi.  We are grateful for his assistance at this time.  Meanwhile Fr Kenneth is still waiting for his Nigerian passport!

    The Pilgrims Afternoon Tea
    Catherine Brown and Ben Andradi invite you to a garden tea at their home at 17 Knole Way, Sevenoaks, on Friday 19th August at 2:30/2:45pm.  Please reply to Jackie Pembroke on 01732 450197, and also let her know if you would like a lift or can take someone else.

    Parish Faith Cells
    Parish Cells are small groups of parishioners who will meet together for 6 - 10 weeks.  Each meeting will involve a meal or refreshments, watching a short video, and reflecting on and sharing our faith.  The pilot cell groups have proved highly popular.

    To join speak to a Parish Cell co-ordinator, sign up on the parish website, or email Sevenoaks Faith Cells
    The parish has purchased access to, an outstanding catalogue of resources for the faith cells to use.

    The Pilgrims: visit to Worth Abbey
    On Wednesday 7th September, by coach.  Experience the calm of Mid-day Prayer, listen to a talk on Benedictine spirituality, and walk in the beautiful grounds.  Cost £28 per person; coffee/tea and buffet Lunch provided in the Retreat House.  To register sign up on the list in the Entrance, phone 01732 450197 or email

    Visit to Canon John Bailey’s grave
    A visit to the grave at Northiam, with Mass in the church there, on Saturday 24th September. After lunch an activity or visit is planned. Please register your interest with Monica Biggs as soon as possible, so she can assess the size of coach needed.

    Parish Retreats at Aylesford
    The Men’s Retreat is 7th – 9th October led by Fr Hugh Seenan, M Afr, Superior in Britain of the Missionaries of Africa.  The theme is journeying together reflecting on Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’.

    The Women’s Retreat is on 24th – 26th February 2023. This retreat will be facilitated by Sr Aileen Murphy, RLR. A La Retaite sister currently working on the retreat team at the Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality in Dublin  The theme: Welcoming the wilderness, amazing space, amazing grace.

    The cost for full board, lodging and the Retreat facilitator is £210.  Complete a registration form from the Church Entrance or download from the website.

    Ecumenism post COVID – “That they may all be one”
    The COVID pandemic meant that meetings of Churches Together in Sevenoaks and District were suspended and ecumenism in the town now needs a kick start and some fresh blood. Are you willing to take an interest in ecumenical life in Sevenoaks? Speak to Pat Harman or Isobel White for more information. Volunteers to be on the CTSD committee will be needed in the Autumn.

    Sharing the Church’s Story
    The diocesan Agency for Evangelisation and Catechesis has 50 tickets (£51 each) available for the Sharing the Church’s Story conference on 17th September 2022 at the Friends Meeting House in Euston.  Bishop Robert Barron and other speakers will explore the place of Catholicism in these times.  Buy tickets to join the group from Southwark:

    Please Pray

    ¨ that the most vulnerable will find refuge and shelter in the Church;
    ¨ for small and medium sized businesses;
    ¨ for  for Mary Varley and all who have died recently;
    ¨ for God's Blessing on our Parish Faith Cells initiative.


    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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