THE PARISH PRIEST WRITES:
Today’s Mass: Thirty-Third Sunday (Year A)
First Reading: at first sight, this passage describes the perfect wife (such as a future bridegroom will be looking for), and it does. But it also describes the ideals of wisdom. So feminists need not fear that it belittles women; on the contrary, the virtues women display are the ones all wise people should have.
Psalm: this ‘wisdom psalm’ continues the theme, that the truly blessed are those who “fear the Lord”.
Second Reading: fittingly as we approach the end of the Church’s year, St Paul focuses on the Day of Judgement to come. But as we are ‘children of the light and of the day’ we need not fear it if we stay awake and sober in our spiritual lives.
Gospel: in the Parable of the Talents, the problem with the third servant is that he had no concern for, no love for the master. We, to whom many gifts have been entrusted, must demonstrate our love for Christ by using those gifts in service of God and of neighbour.
We welcome Fr Mark Odion, to celebrate the 9:15am Mass, and Monsignor Matthew Dickens, to celebrate the 11:15am Mass.
SVP sausage roll sale
To mark the Pope's "World Day of the Poor" today, the parish SVP group is holding a sausage roll sale in St Thomas’s porch after all Masses (except the 6:00pm Sunday Mass), to raise money for the SVP's baby feeding centres, vocational training centres, homes for street children and medical aid clinics in Sudan and S. Sudan. There is also the usual collection of non-perishable food and toiletries for the LoavesNfishes food bank. Many thanks for your continuing support and generosity.
Bereavement Support Group
On Monday, 10:30am – 12:00 noon in the Parish Centre. See page 10 for more information.
This course is for all those who wish to become Catholics, by Baptism if not already Baptized or by Reception into Full Communion for those who are Baptized. It meets on Mondays at 8:00pm in the Upper Room in the Parish Centre.
If you are interested in becoming a Catholic, please come to this meeting. If you know someone who might
be interested in becoming a Catholic, please give them a personal invitation and bring them to this meeting.
Our parish SVP also meets on Monday, at 7:30pm in the Parish Room. If you are interested in joining the SVP group please do come along to this meeting.
St Thomas’ School
Year 6 will attend the 9:30am Mass on Tuesday. All parents and family members are especially welcome to come.
Maureen Way RIP
Funeral Mass at 12:00 noon on Tuesday in St Thomas’s, followed by Interment at the Greatness Cemetery. Maureen ran the Repository for many years and was well known in the parish, so it would be appreciated if parishioners who knew her are able to attend her Funeral.
Mass for deceased Brothers will be offered at 8:00pm on Tuesday in St Thomas’s, followed by refreshments.
Meets on Wednesday, 8:00pm - 9:00pm in the Upper Room in the Parish Centre. Please bring a copy of Mark’s Gosepl.
On Thursday at Holy Trinity, 7:30pm.
The Confirmandi are reminded of the rehearsal on Thursday evening.
The Confirmation Mass is on Saturday at 12:00 noon in St Thomas’s. We welcome this year to confer the Sacrament His Grace the Archbishop.
Christ the King
Next Sunday is the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. It is also Youth Day, and the second collection will be for Catholic Youth Work, especially the work of the Southwark Catholic Youth Service (SCYS).
St Joseph’s, Borough Green
There will be a short congregational meeting after the 9:30am Mass next Sunday, with Fr David. Do stay for it if you don’t have to rush off.
Fr Gregory’s collection
Next Sunday there will be a reception at 5:00pm in the Parish Centre, at which we shall give Fr Gregory the collection taken for him and thank him for his 6 years or so as Assistant Priest in the Parish.
St Thomas’ School News
Germaine Campbell has stepped down as Chair of Governors, and we thank her for her sterling work for the school in recent years. She has been replaced by Christopher Preston as Chair, with Michelle McQueen as Vice Chair. Sarah Lowndes has become the Safeguarding Governor. This is a good opportunity to thank the school’s Governors for all their hard work and support for the school.
Primary School Admission - September 2018
Parents of children who were born between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014 should be aware that the procedure for Primary Admissions has commenced. An Information Booklet and Reception Common Application Forms (RCAF) are available from the Local Authority www.kent.gov.uk/ola. Closing date for applications is 15th January 2018. Families wishing to apply to St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School will also need to complete and return a Supplementary Form. An information pack is available to collect from the school office or please visit www.saintthomas.co.uk (follow the link to the Parents section).
Procedura naboru do szk?l podstawowych dla dzieci urodzonych miedzy 1 wrzesnia 2013 i 31 sierpnia 2014 juz sie rozpoczela. Informacje na ten temat znajduja sie na stronie internetowej szkoly St Thomas’a: http://www.saintthomas.co.uk (link do “Parents”).
Parish Post-Christmas Party - Sunday 21 Jan 2018 Held in St Thomas’ School Hall, 12:30pm – 4:00pm.
We are planning a large inclusive parish social event, involving young and old and parishioners from Sevenoaks, Otford, Borough Green, and West Kingsdown. There will NOT be an entry charge. Held at lunch time with a variety of food and entertainment- live music, DJ, raffle, prizes etc.
We NOW need volunteers to help in specific areas:
Food and soft drinks: to donate/make and bring food (various types: hot food, soup, salads, cakes, biscuits etc), make and serve soft drinks/tea/coffee. Please contact Sandie: email@example.com;
Alcohol: To donate and make mulled wine/glühwein and help in running the bar. Please contact Bill: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Entertainment: we want to provide some live music and other forms of entertainment. Please contact Caroline: email@example.com.
Raffle prizes: If you have a prize to donate please contact Ann O’Sullivan or drop prizes at the Presbytery - firstname.lastname@example.org
Please try and help to make this a great parish event, and put the date in your 2018 diary NOW! If you have other ideas to make this a fantastic parish event please contact Ben (email@example.com or 07720 271681). Ben Andradi
The Pilgrims’ Advent Tea - Thurs 14th Dec, 2pm
Do join us at St Thomas’s for music, poetry, carols and favourite songs, a festive tea plus our usual raffle. ALL are welcome whether you are a ‘regular’ pilgrim or not. Please sign up; the list is in the porch at St Thomas’s or phone. Lifts will be available, just make sure to let us know in good time.
Enquiries: Jackie 01732 450197 or Pat 01732 453902.
Christmas Dinner & Carol Singing - Tues 12 December
Please join us for a traditional Christmas Dinner and Christmas Carols at Knole Park Golf Club @ £20/head.
Hop & Curry Tasting - Friday 15 December
Please join us at 7:30pm at Oaks Spice on Tubs Hill. £20/head include a large beer & curry.
To book either event please contact Tony Capozzi: firstname.lastname@example.org. ALL WELCOME.
Advent prayer cards, daily Advent reflection booklets, and Advent Calendars are now on sale in the porch, as are Christmas prayer cards, nativity scenes, Christmas cards and diaries and calendars for 2018.
Bereavement Support Group
This is a new informal group set up by Ronnie Campbell and Isabelle Parsons (both of whom have some training in bereavement support.) With Fr David’s support and encouragement, we are hoping to offer a monthly meeting for all those who have been bereaved, whether recently or a long time ago. You will find a warm welcome. We plan to offer a time to reflect and remember; to meet others; to exchange stories and to enjoy company and share refreshments.
We will meet on the third Monday of each month from 10.30 am – 12 noon, in the Parish Centre. Please do come along to join us on Monday 20 November for the first get together. For more details, please ring either Ronnie Campbell 01732 452988 or Isabelle Parsons 01732 462504 or 07873 953423.