Today’s Mass: Twelfth Sunday of the Year (Year A)

    After Eastertide and several Feasts we are now back in Ordinary Time, and working through the Gospel of Matthew. Today’s Gospel reading has been described as ‘encouragement to fearless confession’ (confession in the sense of proclaiming Christ publicly, not in the sense of admitting sins). When we evangelize we shall not be protected from suffering or persecution, since even Jesus had to suffer, but God our Father will bring his children through suffering to eternal life.

    In the First Reading we see the prophet Jeremiah as a suffering prophet, but although he has been beaten and held captive he is released. His fate parallels that of Jesus, and it parallels that of the people of God as well when we endeavour to preach Christ. The Psalm likewise speaks of the necessary suffering which precedes deliverance from God.

    St Paul in the Second Reading explains how Christ’s work can save others: if all of humanity shared in Adam’s disobedience, how much more may all of humanity share in the obedience of Jesus Christ.

    Fr. David

    Visiting Priests
    Today (Sunday) we welcome Fr Mark Odion, MSP to celebrate the Mass at Borough Green and Mgr Matthew Dickens at Otford.

    This Week

    Lectio Divina group
    On Tuesday (27th) at 8:00pm in the Marjorie Hennessey Room. Contact Kathie Gonzalez (01732 761253) for more information.

    Thursday (29th): Solemnity of SS Peter & Paul, Apostles
    Thursday is a Holy Day of Obligation, that is a day when Catholics should attend Mass if they possibly can.
    Holy Mass as follows:

    • St Thomas’s: 8:00am, 9:30am, 12:00 noon, 8:00pm.
    • Otford: 10:00am.
    • West Kingsdown: 11:00am.
    St Thomas’ School will attend the 9:30am Mass. This year’s Confirmation candidates will attend the 8:00pm Mass. The second collection will be for Peter’s Pence, the money we send to the Apostolic See to exercise its works of mercy and charity and its service of the universal church. (There is no first collection.)

    Holy Matrimony
    The Wedding of Roberto Pacitto and Liza Verillo is in St Thomas’s on Saturday at 1:00pm.

    Next Sunday
    The ‘Going Forth Mass’ for those who will have made their First Holy Communion is next Sunday at 2:00pm. Another opportunity to wear your First Communion outfit!

    Congratulations to all the children in the Parish who have made their First Holy Communion in June
    3rd June
    Patrick Bates · Sarah Box · Iona Clarke · Nina Esparza-Lebourgeois · Lillie Esparza-Lebourgeois · Matteo Garbini · Pamela Gerhard · Daniel Hebditch · Daniel Leys Richardson · Vasco Leys Costa · Isabelle Lucken · Sascha McBride-Wise · Joseph McDonagh · Josh Oliva · Emily Palmer · Rose Rice · Caleb Sammuller · Daniel Vasconez-Valencia · Victoria Vasconez-Valencia · Ania Wood
    10th June Emma Anderson · Aaron Akiri · Sabella Coggins Molina · James Duesbury · Heidi Dunster · Marie Erhardt · Peter Fitzmaurice · Ella Gilmartin · Rory Gilmartin · Samuel Jukes · Darcey Lowndes · Richard McDonald · Rose Minty · Caoimhe Morton · Watipa Nanguzgambo · Victoria Poreda · Harry Wicks · Ike Young
    17th June Hannah Agowan · Isabella Bartholomew · Emily Betts · Szymon Cygan · Maria Dalton · Amelia Diver · Isobel Farren · Nadia Grabowska · Megan Hammal · Douglas Hogan · Orla Hogan · Dominic Perrier · Anna Wagenhofer · Emma Wagenhofer · Przemyslaw Wieckowicz · Fernando De Yermo (in Villasevil, Spain) · Jonathan Beezer (St Bernadettes, West Kingsdown)

    Parish Summer Garden Party July 9th, 2:00pm – 5:00pm in the Parish Garden
    An inclusive event involving parishioners from Sevenoaks, Otford, Borough Green and West Kingsdown is planned. All invited - young and old, families with young children, teenagers, retirees and the elderly. There will NOT be an entry charge. We would like to have a BBQ, live music, DJ, parish raffle, prizes and other forms of entertainment.
    We need your help

    • to make and bring food (various types of sandwiches, cakes, biscuits etc),
    • to provide meats for BBQ (burgers, sausages, chicken etc),
    • to make and serve tea/coffee/alcohol,
    • to provide entertainment (perhaps live music, singing, magician, face painting, balloons etc.), with the loan of equipment - gazebos, garden tables/chairs,
    • to organise raffles which will help to raise money for the parish (or donate fantastic prizes).
    If you would like to help or have any further ideas please contact Ben Andradi 07720 271681 or Fr David. Thank you.