THE PARISH PRIEST WRITES:
Today’s Mass: TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY in ORDINARY TIME (Year C)
First Reading: the people of God have sinned, turned away from God, by worshipping the golden calf. But Moses intercedes with God to forgive them. Moses here is a type, a prefiguring, of Jesus Christ, the true mediator between God and mankind.
Psalm: this is the best known and finest of the penitential psalms.
Second Reading: St Paul tells Timothy how he turned from persecuting the Church (“I used to be a blasphemer”), repented, and was shown mercy and forgiveness by God.
The Gospel contains the Parables of the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, and the Prodigal Son. Jesus is not saying that sinners must be accepted as they stand: sinners must repent. And repentance means returning to where we should be: the lost sheep to the shepherd and the flock, the lost coin to the woman, and the lost son to the father and the family. Such repentance is then a cause of great joy.
The second collection is the Home Mission Sunday collection; this supports the Bishops’ Conference national work in evangelization. To find out more about Home Mission visit www.homemission.org.uk.
Please make a special effort to support the Foodbank, which has almost no stock left. Please put tins of meat, pasta and vegetables (eg carrots, sweetcorn), or any tinned or dry food, but no cereal boxes, in the baskets at the church entrances.
Fr David being away on holiday, we welcome today Brother Ben, OFM Cap to offer the Masses at Borough Green and West Kingsdown.
The Traditional Choir leads the music today.
Presentation by Fr Boniface
Today (Sunday) at 3:30pm, in the Parish Centre. Refreshments will be served. Fr Boni is Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Blantyre in Malawi. Catholics are about 20% of the population and the church there is thriving. The Archdiocese has about 52 seminarians in training but they do not have the funds to train them all; it costs about £10,000 to train each one. We hope you can come and listen to Fr Boni, and there will be a collection for the training of priests.
Monday: Consecration anniversary
On Monday we observe the Solemnity of the Consecration of St Thomas’s Church, which was consecrated this day in 1935. This is one of the few occasions in the year when the consecration crosses will be lit at Mass. Why not make a special effort to attend the 8:00am Mass on Monday in celebration?
Year 6 from St Thomas’ School will attend the 9:30am Mass, and stay on for a few minutes of Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. All parents and family members are especially invited to attend.
Wednesday: Feast of St Edith
The memorial of our own local saint falls on Wednesday. Holy Mass at 8:00am in St Thomas’s and at 10:00am in Holy Trinity, Otford.
Pilgrims’ Visit to Great Comp Garden
Please ring Pat (01732 453902) to enquire if there are any last minute vacancies to go on this outing.
There are no sessions on Thursday or Saturday this week. This is because of the Confirmation Awayday next Sunday at The Friars, Aylesford. Will parents and candidates please ensure they know the arrangements for next Sunday.
Pilgrims’ Visit to Great Comp Garden
This outing is on Tuesday 17th September leaving St Thomas’s at 9:30am and going on for the 9:45am pick up from Holy Trinity, Otford. This visit is fully subscribed but do phone Pat on 01732 453902 to be a reserve.
Diocesan Day for Catechists
This annual training day for all catechists (including those involved in Children’s Liturgy of the Word) is on Saturday 29th September at the Cathedral. Catechists should contact Ingrid La Trobe (latrobefamily
@yahoo.co.uk) to confirm their attendance.
New Evangelization Summit Day
On Saturday 5th October, between 10:30am and 4:00pm, we shall be holding a New Evangelization Summit Day. This will include downloads of talks given at the Global New Evangelization Summit in Canada and discussions about how we can spread the Good News in our parish. Lunch will be provided. It is hoped
that many parishioners will want to attend, and that there will be representation from all four churches. Please email Ingrid to book your place and to assist with catering: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Why? Course
Catholic answers to the big questions:
Why God? Why Christ? Why the Church?
Each session lasts one hour (inclusive of a 25 minute video), designed for those wishing to explore the Catholic faith, or just learn more about Catholicism. The course will run over three consecutive Monday evenings, with each session starting at 8:00pm in the parish centre at St Thomas’ church in Sevenoaks. We begin on 7th October, with two further sessions on 14th and 21st October. Bring your friends – all are welcome (for all or any of the individual sessions).
This short course will be followed by the RCIA course, for non-Catholics interested in becoming Catholic, and a Living Catholicism course aimed at providing a forum for Confirmed Catholics in the parish seeking to learn more about and share perspectives on living the Catholic Faith, with both courses starting in November. Any questions, please contact Andrew La Trobe (email@example.com; 07775 738485).
First Confession & Holy Communion 2020
Children turning 8 in the forthcoming academic year, 2019/20, are eligible for First Confession and First Holy Communion. The initial meeting for parents will be on Tuesday 8th October, 8:00pm - 9:00pm, in church. Application forms available on the night; contact Ingrid La Trobe in the Parish Office for further information.
Sharing the Autumn Harvest
There seems to be a bumper harvest this year, blessed with good crops in the veg patch and excellent fruit and apples. If you have something spare there is now a sharing box in the Porch at St Thomas's. Then anyone who would like to take something is welcome to do so. Those who choose something may like to put a win in the One World wall box. That way everyone is a winner! Thank you.
Beginning Experience Weekend
A healing weekend for men and women who are separated, divorced or widowed will be held from 18th to 20th October 2019 at the Domus Mariae Centre, Chigwell, Essex. For more information please contact Freda (01322 838415) or Maura (01322 551503) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Return of the Carmelites
Mass will be celebrated at Aylesford Priory on Thursday 31st October at 12:00 noon, marking the 70th anniversary of the return of the Carmelites to Aylesford. The Archbishop will preside; all are welcome to attend.
Day of Prayer
The diocesan Spirituality Commission is hosting a Day of Prayer - Your Word is Life - using scripture to awaken us to the presence of God. Whether you are seeking to enhance your own prayer life or enable others, this day is for you, Saturday 9th November, 10:30am - 3:30pm at St John Fisher, Thanet Road, Bexley DA5 1AP. Booking is essential: 01322 524813 or visit www.southwarkdsc.org.uk.
October -Extraordinary Missionary Month
The Church has designated the month of October 2019 as an 'Extraordinary Missionary Month': its theme being 'Baptism and Sent: The Church of Christ on a Mission in the World'. The Pontifical Mission Society has asked Magnificat to prepare a special October 2019 issue. This is now available at £5. The booklet will include daily Mass, Morning and Evening Prayer, a mission-themed meditation, a profile of a missionary saint and a prayer intention for the mission.
Open mornings in St Gregory’s Catholic School
St Gregory’s Catholic School in Tunbridge Wells will be holding open mornings on 25th and 26th September from 9am to 11am (last tour at 10.15am). Open evening will be on 26th September from 4.30pm to 7.30pm with the Principal talking at 4.30pm and 6pm. No need to book. Parking available on the school site. All Welcome!