THE PARISH PRIEST WRITES:
Todayís Mass: Twenty Fifth Sunday (Year A)
First Reading:† God will forgive the person who abandons wicked ways and thoughts; Godís ways and thoughts are not the same as ours.
Psalm: a song of praise to God, who is kind, forgiving and compassionate to ďall who call himĒ.
The Second Reading is the first in a series from St Paulís letter to the Philippians, in which he is seeking to strengthen the faith of the Christians in Philippi (a city in Macedonia, in Greece).
The Gospel contains the parable of the Labourers in the Vineyard.† It reminds us that Godís justice and
generosity is not like our human concepts of justice and generosity.† It is also a reminder of the day of
judgement: do we presume that we are among those who will be saved?
Today is a Day of Prayer for the Harvest, for the Fruits of Human Work, and for the Reverent Use of Creation.
Day of Prayer
Please pray today for the harvest, the fruits of human work, and for the reverent use of creation.
Annual Mission Appeal
We shall be joined by two priests from the Missionary Society of St Columban for the annual Mission Appeal, and of course the second collection will be for the missionaries.
Confirmation Away Day
Please pray for the candidates on this yearís Confirmation programme who are on their Away Day at The Carmelite Shrine at Aylesford.
Begins on Monday at 8:00pm in the upper room in the Parish Centre. This week, Catholic answers to the big question - Why God? Each session lasts just one hour (inclusive of a 25 minute video), and is for those wishing to explore the Catholic faith, or just learn more about Catholicism. A 3-week course on consecutive Monday evenings. Bring your friends, all welcome.
This short course will be followed on Monday evenings by the RCIA Course, for non-Catholics interested in becoming Catholics. If you know anyone who may be thinking of becoming a Catholic please pass on a personal invitation to come on Monday.
Contact Andrew La Trobe for more information email@example.com.
SVP - Monday, 7.30pm in Marjorie Hennessy Room.
Lectio Divina Tuesday, 8:00pm in Marjorie Hennessey Room.
Mass for Commissioning of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Our Area Bishop, Rt Revíd Paul Mason, will be coming to St Thomasís on Thursday, to celebrate Mass at 8:00pm.† At this Mass he will commission those who have been acting as Extraordinary Ministers but who were never Commissioned.† All Extraordinary Ministers are asked to attend; all parishioners are welcome to attend this Pontifical Mass.† Refreshments afterwards.†
There is no Ordinariate Mass this Thursday.
The Feast of the Archangels, SS Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael marks the anniversary of the restoration of the English Hierarchy and the establishment of the See of Southwark by Pope Pius IX in 1850.
Next Sunday - SVP
The second collection next weekend (30 Sept/1 Oct) will be the annual SVP collection.† The SVP are a parish group whose members visit the sick, the elderly and the housebound, and help the needy financially with bills, food, furniture, transport to Mass etc. They are also twinned with 3 villages in India where they support very needy families. They support baby feeding centres in Sudan, and school students and those doing vocational training in India. They are completely dependent on voluntary contributions and so depend on your generosity each year to keep helping the needy.
With that in mind next weekend 30th Sept/1st Oct there will be a collection of clothes to help the refugees in Northern France via the charity Seeking Sanctuary. www.seekingsanctuary.weebly.com
Please bring in the following items either new or in very good condition:†
Sleeping bags, blankets, men's boxer shorts (small or medium, tight fit only), socks and gloves, warm waterproof coats and waterproof trousers, men's jogging bottoms size 26-34 waist, trainers and shoes sizes 7 to 10 and a half (especially the larger sizes).
We will also need help to sort and bag up the donated items after the 6pm Mass next weekend on Sunday 1st Oct. Do come to the Parish Centre†if you can.
Many thanks for your continued support.
Holy Trinity Otford
The usual tea/coffee morning will take place at Holy Trinity on Sunday 1st October after the 9:30am Mass.
Solemn Opening Mass at St Josephís, Borough Green
Rt Revíd John Hine, Emeritus Auxiliary Bishop, will preside at the Solemn Opening Mass in St Josephís at 7:30pm on Monday 2nd October.
APF Collectors and Individual Red Box Holders
It is time for the annual returns to the APF Head Office. Please would you ensure that you send returns or requests for boxes to be collected before the end of September. This is particularly important this year as the old £5 notes and £1 pound coins cease to be legal tender early in October. Cheques should be made payable to Archdiocese of Southwark APF Account and sent to Peter Ringham (01732 885814). Thank you for your continued support.
Joint Quiz Night on Sat 7th October. ALL WELCOME
St Thomasís PTA and Sevenoaks Catenians are hosting a joint quiz night at St Thomasís School at 7:30pm on Sat 7th October. All proceeds in aid of St Thomasís PTA. £10/head including supper. Bring your own snacks/drinks. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or St. Thomas' PTA on email@example.com.