THE PARISH PRIEST WRITES:
Today’s Mass: Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday)
First Reading: this tells of the characteristics of the early Church, which was “faithful to the teaching of the apostles”, to “the breaking of bread” (that is, the Eucharist) and to prayer. Notice how attractive this was to others. Is our parish and our worship likewise appealing and enticing?
Responsorial Psalm: we sing our thanksgiving in more verses from Easter Sunday’s psalm.
Second Reading: on most of the Easter Sundays in Year A extracts from 1 Peter are read. Some scholars think that this letter is based on an Easter homily of St Peter. As sharers in the life of the risen Christ the Baptized are to worship God with joy and to proclaim the good news of Christ.
Gospel: John records the first appearance of the risen Jesus to the disciples – through closed doors on Easter Sunday itself – and then His second appearance “eight days later” (which, in the way the ancients counted, means a week later, that is today) to them, who this time include Thomas. Doubting Thomas he may have been, but now Thomas is an example of faith and belief in Christ.
This Sunday we welcome Monsignor Matthew Dickens at Borough Green and then at the 11.15am Mass.
St George, Martyr, Patron of England
Monday is the Solemnity of St George, our national Patron Saint and of course the patron of the Cathedral of our Archdiocese.
St Thomas’ School
Year 3 will attend the 9:15am Mass on Tuesday. Parents and other family members are most welcome to attend.
First Holy Communion Course
ALL parents of children on this year’s programme are reminded of the important meeting for them on Tuesday, 8:00pm in church. Meanwhile the programme resumes on Thursday, 4:00pm as usual.
Next weekend’s Second Collection
is for the maintenance of St George’s Cathedral, the mother church of the diocese.
His Grace the Archbishop will be coming to St Thomas’s on Saturday 25th November for the annual Confirmation Mass. The church teaches us that “the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1285). Confirmation is the third and final stage of Christian initiation, and so “the faithful are obliged to receive this sacrament at the appropriate time, for without Confirmation … Christian initiation remains incomplete” (Catechism 1306).
All those currently in Year 9 or above who have not yet been Confirmed should apply to complete the preparation programme. There will be a Confirmation Sign-up meeting on Wednesday 10th May at 8:00pm in St Thomas’s for parents and candidates. There will then be two further evenings for candidates on Thursday 15th June and Thursday 29th June. The programme will then continue in earnest in September.
If you are unable to attend this meeting please email Fr. David