THE PARISH PRIEST WRITES:
Today’s Mass: FIFTH SUNDAY of EASTER
First Reading: St Paul makes it clear that Christian life must be as part of a community. As S Cyprian said, ‘no one can have God for his father unless he has the Church for his mother’.
Psalm: in this psalm we reflect on what God has done for us.
Second Reading: the ‘new heaven and the new earth’ refers to God’s renewal of his creation: from now on all nations will share in the promises made to the old covenant people (the Jews) and all sorrow, suffering, and death are banished for ever in the new Jerusalem.
Gospel: the Gospels for the next Sundays come from Jesus’ farewell discourse at the Last Supper. Here He gives the new commandment, to love one another, that is to love our fellow disciples.
Today we welcome Fr Michael Ezenwammadu, CSSP for the 8:00am Mass and Fr Michael Sileshi for the 9:15am and 11:15am Masses in St Thomas’s.
Otford May Procession
The annual May Procession and Crowning of Our Lady at Holy Trinity is this afternoon (Sunday) at 3:30pm. This is a very suitable event for families and children. Do come along to enjoy this annual event.
Monday: Bereavement Support
10:30am – 12:00 noon in the Parish Room. All those who have been bereaved are very welcome to attend this support group.
Tuesday: St Thomas’ School
Year 5 will attend the 9:30am Mass and as usual, parents and family members are especially invited to attend also.
Maintenance Committee – help needed
We have had one volunteer so far; another one or two would be very helpful. If you can help oversee repair, maintenance and health & safety works and approve payments, please contact Fr David.
Advance Notice: Ascension Day
This Holy Day of Obligation falls on Thursday 30th May. Holy Mass:
- St Thomas’s: 8:00am (Latin), 9:30am, 12:00 noon, 8:00pm.
- Holy Trinity: 10:00am
- St Bernadette’s: 11:00am
- St Joseph’s: 6:00pm.
Advance Notice: Otford Consecration Anniversary
This Solemnity falls on Friday 31st May. Holy Trinity was consecrated this day in 1981 by Archbishop Michael Bowen. There will be the usual Mass at 8:00pm, followed by food and drink. The parishioners at Holy Trinity invite those who attend the other three churches to come and join them in their festivities.
First Holy Communion Masses - Singers needed
This year's First Holy Communion Masses at St Thomas's are on the 1st, 8th and 15th June at 11:00am. The contribution of the singers in the Parish contributes meaningfully to this joyful liturgy. No practice, just meet in the church at 10:30am so we can have a quick run through of anything you don't know. If you are able to join the 'choir' on the day please contact Ingrid La Trobe at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
First Holy Communion Cards
First Holy Communion gifts/cards now available for sale in the Repository
Mass in Celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage
On Saturday 13th July at St George’s Cathedral. If you are celebrating your 1st/10th/25th/40th/50th/60th + wedding anniversary this year, please apply as soon as possible. Get in touch with us at email@example.com so you can receive an invitation from the Archbishop. Please let us have the location of your parish in the title of your email.
Diocesan Marriage & Family Life Team
Small lockable filling cabinet needed
The committee at Holy Trinity Church is seeking a small lockable filing cabinet or cupboard in which to store all committee meeting minutes and correspondence.
If you have one to donate or sell for a modest fee, please contact Frances Bacon on 01959 523585. Thank you.
Day Out by Coach with The Pilgrims: Thursday 20th June
We look forward to seeing you on our visit to the Shrine of St Jude at Faversham where we will be welcomed by Fr. Brendan, who will say Mass. There will be time for coffee, a walk in their Rosary Garden, and a visit to the Shrine. We continue by coach to Reculver for lunch at the King Ethelbert Inn. If you prefer, you can bring your own picnic. The coastline at Reculver is dominated by the dramatic 12th century towers of a former monastic church which was built on the site of a Roman military fort. There is a beautiful coastal walk for those who like to stride out. We shall stop for tea on the return journey. Cost £21 excluding lunch. Travel details, timings and ‘Sign Up’ in porch. Please try to commit by 4th June. Contact: Pat: 01732 453902 or Jackie:01732 450197 or 07535742773.
Saturday 23rd June, meet 1:30pm for a 2:00pm start at St Sepulchre’s Churchyard (opposite the Old Bailey); nearest tube station: St Paul’s. The walk (two and a half hours) will go from there to Tyburn Convent for Confession, Benediction, and tea and cakes with the Tyburn nuns.
Summer Garden Party
Save the date! The annual Garden Party for all the parish will be on Sunday 7th July, from 12:30pm in the Presbytery Garden. Put the date in your diary now, and pray for good weather. This will be an inclusive event involving young and old, families with young children, teenagers, retirees, elderly and parishioners,
Please try and help to make this a great parish event. The raffles will help to raise money for the parish.
Raffle tickets are for sale from 26th May. One ticket £2; book £20. We have great prizes all donated by local businesses.
Please enable us to make this a fantastic social occasion. We need some volunteers and donations for the items below.
If you have other ideas or queries to make this a fantastic parish event please contact Fr David or Ben
- Bottle stall: basically anything that fits into a bottle: wine, spirits, homemade jam, sauces, perfumes, makeup, bath crystals etc. Bottles can be deposited in the box inside the Presbytery. Please contact Andrew: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Food and soft drinks: various types of cold and hot food, salads, cakes, biscuits, soft drinks, tea, coffee and assistance in serving, please contact Sandie: email@example.com
- Alcohol: wine, Pimm's, spirits, beer, prosecco. We also need help in running the bar, please contact Catenians - Aidan : firstname.lastname@example.org
- Entertainment: We would like to provide some live music and other forms of entertainment, please contact Caroline: email@example.com
Poetry reading, please contact Madeleine firstname.lastname@example.org
- Children’s Games: Games for under 10s. We have various games like hook-a-duck and cactus hoopla available. Please contact Edmund: edmundgrobel@ googlemail.com and Jackie: email@example.com
- Teenage games room: We would like to set up a teens games room. We need to borrow some board and card games. Can someone lend us theirs for a few hours?