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THE PARISH PRIEST WRITES:
Today’s Mass: The BAPTISM of the LORD (Year C)
First Reading: the prophet delivers a message of consolation and hope: the Lord is “like a shepherd feeding his flock”.
Psalm: this is the first psalm at the Easter Vigil, the night of Baptisms. It speaks of God the creator and the Holy Spirit the renewer.
Second Reading: this text is the source of the line “as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our
Saviour, Jesus Christ” in the prayer at Mass after the Lord’s Prayer.
Gospel: in his brief reference to Jesus’ own Baptism, Luke emphasises the coming of the Holy Spirit upon Him and the approval of the Father. He also stresses that Jesus was at prayer.
SPUC White Flower Appeal
SPUC works to protect unborn babies, and their mothers, from abortion. Since 1967 nearly nine million unborn babies have lost their lives in this country, and in 2019 there is the great danger of decriminalising abortion and imposing it on Northern Ireland. Last year saw the tragic implementation of abortion in the Republic of Ireland. SPUC needs your financial support to continue to alert the public to the dangers, to educate the next generation in our schools and universities, and to assist those affected by abortion. The second collection today is for SPUC.
We welcome Fr Michael Ezenwammadu, CSSp, to celebrate the 8:00am and Otford Masses today.
11:15am Mass music
The Traditional Choir leads our music today.
First Holy Communion Course Opening Mass
Today at 3:00pm, the children on this year’s programme and their parents start the course with the Opening Celebration Mass.
The season of Christmas ends today. Tomorrow (Monday) we begin Ordinary Time, which continues until the season of Lent starts on Ash Wednesday. The readings at Mass this week will be from the First Week in Ordinary Time, ferial cycle 1. In the Divine Office it is psalter week 1.
Monday: RCIA Course resumes
The programme for those becoming Catholics at Easter resumes on Monday, 8:00pm in the Upper Room in the Parish Centre.
Thursday: 9:30am Mass at St Joseph’s
The new, regular weekday Mass continues at St Joseph’s, Borough Green at 9:30am on Thursdays.
Thursday: First Holy Communion Course
The first Children’s Session is on Thursday from 4:00pm to 5:00pm in St Thomas’s.
Octave for Christian Unity
The annual Week of Prayer commences on Friday, until 25th January. Let us continue to pray for the unity of Christians.
On the 20th January, Churches Together in Sevenoaks and District have their United Service at 4:00pm in the Vine Evangelical Church, Hitchen Hatch Lane. The theme is ‘Only Justice’, prepared by the churches in Indonesia. Speaker: Duncan Warmington from ‘Embrace the Middle East’.
The Otford United Service at Otford next Sunday is at 6:30pm at St Bartholomew’s Church of England Church.
The Crib Offerings at the cribs in all the churches will be sent to the Beit Jala Catholic School near Bethlehem. The ‘all-through’ school, from Infants to the VIth Form and run by the Latin Patriarchate (ie the local diocese), has 60% Christian and 40% Moslem pupils, and is in desperate need of new desks and chairs. Part of the purpose of the school is to help Christians remain in Bethlehem, the place of Our Lord’s birth.
Bereavement Support Group
This group next meets on Monday 21st January in the Parish Room, 10:30am – 12:00 noon. All those who have been bereaved, whether recently or a while ago, are invited to join,
Christian Unity Gathering
We are hosting Weekday Prayers for Unity on Monday 21st January, 2:30pm – 4:00pm in the Parish Room, including refreshments. All welcome.
New Twitter account
The parish now has its own Twitter account: @7oaksCatholic. We hope to include updates on parish activities, re-tweets of relevant tweets from Catholic organisations, as well as providing our parish newsletter each week. If you are a Twitter user do please follow us, and encourage other to do so! Thanks very much.
Volunteer counters wanted
We have had one volunteer for this, but require at least one more. If YOU can count and are free once a month on a Monday morning, please contact Fr David or Ingrid.
Altar Servers needed
We need more Altar Servers generally, and will be commencing another training course shortly. In particular, we need more Servers for the 11:15am Mass on Sunday at St Thomas’s. This is the principal Mass, and the one at which things should be done in their fullness, but we are hampered by lack of Servers. Altar Servers are not restricted to youngsters; any adults who can serve, or who would be prepared to learn how to serve, and who could help at the 11:15am Mass, please speak to Fr David.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
The Archdiocese has issued a Code of Conduct for all Extraordinary Ministers. This will be emailed to our Ministers; those who do not have an email address please collect a paper copy from the Sacristy of the church in which you act as a Minister.
Advance Notice: Parish Pilgrimage 2019
The Parish Pilgrimage this year will join the Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes. You can travel by air or by train, and the dates are 23rd August to 30th August 2019. Further details from Canon Edward Perera (020 8303 4422 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Preaching the Faith through Photography and Beauty
Thursday 31st January, 7:00pm for a 7:30pm start at the CCF, Tooting Bec: a talk by Fr Lawrence Lew, OP. Free admission; book at email@example.com.
Galilee Groups: Vocational Discernment
These are open groups for men discerning their vocation, meeting for Holy Mass, faith formation and an opportunity to search for the will of God in their lives. The Kent Area group meets in the Presbytery of St Thomas’, Canterbury (59 Burgate, CT1 2HJ) at 6:30pm on the second Friday of the month (ending with supper). More info: southwarkpriest@gmail. com.
Quiz Night at St Joseph’s, Borough Green
There will be a Quiz Night at St Joseph's on Friday 15th February starting at 7:30pm. Tickets cost £10 and include a ploughman's meal. Bring your own drinks, glasses and nibbles. There is a maximum of 6 persons per table. Either make up your own team or join with others on the night. All profits go to Church Funds. Tickets from Julie 01732 883819, June 01732 672602 or Marie 01732 762525.
Help needed with cleaning
One of our cleaning teams is down to 1 member. If you could help cleaning St Thomas’ Church once a month on a Wednesday morning please contact Pat Harman on 01732 453902, firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
The Centre for Catholic Formation of the Archdiocese has the following vacancies:
Adviser for Catechesis & Adult Formation in Kent: this is a full-time post, involving some evenings and weekends;
Resource Assistants: 2 part-time (15 hours per week in term time) posts at Tooting Bec;
Ongoing Formation and Centre Secretary: 4 to 5 days per week, located at Tooting Bec.
For full information and details about how to apply, visit the diocesan website at http://www.rcsouthwark.co.uk. The closing date for applications for the last position is 18th January; the closing date for the other posts is 1st February.