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Welcome:



    NEW PARISH LIST

    Over the next few weeks we are asking all parishioners to register on our new Parish List. We would like to update address and contact details and other basic information for all our parishioners so that we can be better prepared for times of immediate pastoral need, strengthen our community and improve our understanding of the needs of our parishioners. This will also enable us to hold your data in a secure and confidential way.

    You can do this either by filling in a secure online form or by completing and returning a paper form, available in all porches from today.

    Why do we ask for this information?

    • It enables priests and others in the Parish, to get to know you better, and thus to be able to better serve your needs;
    • it is helpful for future planning to know the demographics of parishioners;
    • it assists the priests, parish office, catechists and other groups to communicate more effectively with you, with your permission;
    • it aids the Parish Priest when he is asked to complete forms for parishioners such as godparent and school application forms;
    • it gives you and your family the chance to be counted and heard in the parish, and to register your commitment to the faith;
    • it gives you the opportunity to offer your talents; and
    • it will reduce the risk of people missing registration for important things like First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

    Do please complete the online form or return the paper form to the office. Here is the link to the online form

    The information will be kept in a secure database, in compliance with Diocesan guidelines and GDPR.

  • THE PARISH PRIEST WRITES:

    Today’s Mass: THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY of ORDINARY TIME (Year B)

    First Reading: this vision of the end of time and what we would call the Day of Judgement contains the first reference in the Old Testament to belief in the resurrection of the dead.

    Psalm: union with God will prove stronger than death.

    Second Reading: given this text, why do Catholic priests stand at the Altar each day offering the sacrifice of the Mass? Because they are offering the one sacrifice of Christ, which alone can forgive sins.

    Gospel: chapter 13 of Mark is often called the ‘Little Apocalypse’ as it looks to the end of time. In today’s Gospel, using language from the Old Testament (such as today’s First Reading from Daniel), Jesus teaches about the coming of the Son of Man, and the need for watchfulness (the parable of the fig tree). That the end will come is certain; but when the Son of Man will return we do not know.

    Today is also World Day of the Poor. The theme this year is This poor man cried and the Lord heard him. Visit http://www.csan.org.uk/worlddayofthepoor for more.

    Fr. David

    Today

    Visiting Priest
    Welcome to Fr Mark Odion, MSP celebrating the Otford and 11:15am Masses today.

    St Joseph’s Congregational Meeting
    St Joseph’s parishioners are asked to stay for a short while today after Mass for a meeting. The two main items of business are the formation of a local Borough Green Committee and choosing Option A or Option B for the new Altar and Ambo.

    This Week

    Monday: Parish Bereavement Support Group
    All those who have been bereaved are invited to this support group on Monday, 10:30am – 12:00 noon in the Parish Centre. Please enter by the front door, up the ramp. For more details please ring Ronnie Campbell (01732 452988).

    RCIA Course - Monday
    This programme is for those interested in becoming a Catholic; it is not too late to join it. On Monday at 8:00pm in the Parish Centre (enter by the door up the ramp to the right of the old entrance and go upstairs).

    Tuesday: St Thomas’ School
    Year 4 attend the 9:30am Mass on Tuesday.

    Angela Simmonds RIP
    The Funeral Mass for Angela (who led the Music Group and taught at St Thomas’ School for many years) is on Tuesday at 2:00pm, in St Thomas’s.

    Tuesday: annual Catenian Requiem Mass
    The annual Catenian Mass for deceased Brothers is on Tuesday, at 8:00pm in St Thomas’s.

    Next Sunday

    Second collection
    Next Sunday is National Youth Sunday. The diocesan second collection will be for youth work in the diocese and beyond, especially for the Southwark Catholic Youth Service (SCYS).

    Confirmation Mass
    His Grace the Archbishop and Metropolitan will celebrate the Confirmation Mass, at 3:00pm in St Thomas’s. The Music Group, who will be singing at the Mass, rehearse from 1:45pm. As the Archbishop has reached the retirement age and has submitted his resignation to Rome, it is likely that this will be Archbishop Peter Smith’s final visit to the parish.

    Ecumenical Advent Carol Service
    The North-west Fellowship Advent Carols Service is at the URC in St John’s Hill at 6:30pm.

    Notices

    New Parish List
    Please see the notice on p10 about this important initiative which involves all parishioners. Thank you.

    Repository
    The Repository in St Thomas’s has Confirmation cards, gifts, and prayer cards available for sale.
    Advent Spiritual Reading, Calendars, Christmas Cards and gifts are also now available for sale.
    If the Repository is unmanned, please put your money in the wall box marked ‘Repository’.

    St Joseph’s Sale
    A Sale of Christmas items, gifts, food, cakes, etc, after Mass on Sunday 2nd December at St Joseph’s. There will also be tea and coffee. Please start bringing good quality items (no bric-a-brac please).

    CAFOD Harvest Appeal
    On behalf of CAFOD thank you to all who contributed to the Harvest Day Appeal of 6th/7th October: you contributed a grand total of £2,218.57 and submitted 52 Gift Aid forms, on which CAFOD can claim a further 20p per pound contributed. This is a very generous response, and will be well used by CAFOD and its associates throughout the poorest parts of the world to help people to help themselves obtain the necessities of life. John Foley

    SVP sale
    The sausage roll sale, for the Sudan baby feeding centres, raised the wonderful total of £309.63. Thank you so much to everyone who supported it so generously. The money will do a tremendous amount of good in Sudan. Kathie Gonzalez

    Holy Trinity, Otford: Ride & Stride
    Thanks to Charles Sexton and Barry Authers for cycling round 50 churches on the Ride & Stride Saturday and raising £634 from sponsorship for church funds.

    Imaging the Immaculate Conception
    A talk by Pierpaolo Finaldi on Tuesday 27th November, 7:00 for 7:30pm start at the Centre for Catholic Formation, Tooting Bec (by Tooting Bec tube station). Free admission but please book in advance if possible.

    #RedWednesday
    Wednesday 28th November, a campaign by Aid to the Church in Need for faith and freedom. Visit https://acnuk.org/our-campaigns/red-wednesday-2018 for the various activities. On that day ACN will lead a walk of witness in central London, starting at Parliament Green from 5:30pm and moving to Westminster Cathedral.

    Catholic Legacy Week
    Legacy income is vital for the future of our parishes and diocese, and I believe it is important to take positive steps to inform and encourage parishioners to think about leaving gifts in their Wills for the long term benefit of the Catholic community. Relatively few people think about continuing their lifetime support through gifts in their Will. Yet legacies are a very valuable and lasting way to be involved in the Church’s ministry and mission, helping to meet the needs of future generations. † Peter Archbishop

    Fr David can suggest the correct wording for legacies to the parish, or visit www.rcsouthwark.co.uk/bequest.html. You can also consult a professional advisor such as a solicitor.

    ‘Christmas at St George’s’
    St George’s Cathedral Choir have released a new CD of Christmas music, available at £12 each from The Music Department, Cathedral House, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HY (cheques payable to St George’s Cathedral).

    Organ Recital
    At St Martin’s Church, Brasted a Recital by Stephen Davies, an international organ recitalist, to celebrate the 26th anniversary of the installation of the Walker organ. On Saturday 1st December at 7:30pm. £10, students £6, pay at the door or book at gloria.toplis@outlook.com.

    Advent Antiphons
    A concert by the Tenemos Chamber Choir (Patrick Craig conductor) on Saturday 8th December at 7:30pm in St Nicholas Church, Sevenoaks. Tickets £12.50 (£6 students) from 01732 454715 or Sevenoaks Bookshop.

    November Books of Remembrance
    Our Parish Book of Remembrance will be on St Joseph’s Altar at St Thomas’s and on display at all our churches during November. Please see lists in all porches if you would like your relatives or friends entered in next year’s Book of Remembrance. The books have been redone this year, there is also an alphabetical list of all names in the Books in all porches. Please check your entries, make any necessary corrections and add the year of death of your loved ones, if you wish. Thank you.

    Parish Christmas Party
    On Sunday 2nd December, 1:00 – 4:00pm in St Luke’s Hall, Eardley Road. A merry & inclusive Parish Event. Lunch will be provided, with mulled wine, entertainment for young and old and a bottle stall. As always, please do consider offering your help or donations.

    • Bottle Stall - anything in a bottle (alcohol, perfumes, food items) Donations to the presbytery
    • Food & soft drinks - donations or helping on the day, contact Sandie: sndpet@aol.com
    • Alcohol - donations or offers of help, contact Chris: chris.willis6@btopenworld.com
    • Entertainment - can you provide live music or any other form of entertainment? Contact Caroline: caroline.stockmann@gmail.com
    • Children’s games - can you volunteer to supervise games for under 10s? Contact: Ben Andradi

    Any other ideas or queries to Ben Andradi (ben.andradi@gmail.com) or Fr David.

    New email addresses
    Please ensure you are using the new parish email addresses. The old email addresses will be discontinued shortly.
    Fr David: davidgibbons@rcaos.org.uk
    Fr Paul: paulokora@rcaos.org.uk
    Parish Office, Ingrid La Trobe: sevenoaks@rcaos.org.uk

    School Form signing
    Please email Fr David to make an appointment for him to countersign school Supplementary Forms.



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