THE PARISH PRIEST WRITES:
Today’s Mass: SECOND SUNDAY of LENT (Year C)
First Reading: God enters into a covenant with Abram, the man of faith, a very early direct encounter of a man with God.
Psalm: a psalm of confident faith and trust in God.
Second Reading: some people make earthly things like food their God. But if we remain faithful to Christ He will transfigure our bodies into copies of His glorious body.
Gospel: the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain. This is, first, as Luke says, a prayer event; it shows
visibly what happens when Jesus prays to his Father: His being becomes one with the Father as He becomes ‘light from light’. (The same thing happened to Moses when he talked to God on Mt Sinai in Exodus 34.)
Secondly, while the white garment and the voice of the Father look back to Christ’s Baptism, the reference to Moses and Elijah speaking of what Christ was to accomplish in Jerusalem points forward to the cross (which will, paradoxically, be the moment of His exaltation or glorification).
The second collection today is the CAFOD Lent Appeal. Visit https://cafod.org.uk/Fundraise/Fast-Day for more information.
We welcome Fr Mark Odion, MSP to celebrate the Otford and 11:15am Masses, and Fr Michael Ezenwammadu, CSSp to celebrate the 8:00am Mass at St Thomas’s.
St Thomas’s Repository
A varied selection of Mothering Sunday cards is now available for sale in the Repository. Devotional Lenten reading is also still available.
Monday: Bereavement Support Group
10:30am – 12:00 noon in the Parish Centre. Anyone who has been Bereaved is welcome to come along and participate in this group. Contact details if you would like more information are on p11.
Tuesday: Solemnity of St Joseph
Year 5 will attend the 9:30am Mass in St Thomas’s.
There will be Holy Mass at St Joseph’s, in celebration of their Feast of Title, at 7:30pm, followed by refreshments. The parishioners at Borough Green invite parishioners from the other churches to join them. If you attend this Mass you are dispensed from your Lenten discipline for the day.
Thursday: Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross at Holy Trinity, Otford, at 7:30pm on Thursdays in Lent.
Thursday: First Lent talk
The first in our Lenten series of talks on Pillars of Lent is on Thursday in the Parish Centre: refreshments from 7:30pm, talk at 8:00pm followed by a discussion. This week Sebastian Morello from the diocesan Formation Centre will speak on Prayer.
Friday: Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross at St Bernadette’s, West Kingsdown, at 7:30pm, and at St Thomas’s at 8:00pm, on Fridays in Lent.
The First Scrutiny for those on this year’s RCIA programme will take place during the 11:15am Mass. This means that the Readings at this Mass are taken from Year A, not Year C. Readers please note.
This year's Lenten collection will be to support a project in a village in India: the aim is to raise £800 to provide bicycles for poor families. Please save your spare change during Lent and bring in your donations to Mass on Palm Sunday.
Parish Finance Committee
Will meet on Monday March 25th at 8:00pm in the Presbytery.
St Bernadette’s UCM
The UCM will be holding a cake sale after Mass on 7th April. All cake contributions from the congregation would be appreciated.
On the evening of May 2nd the UCM have arranged a speaker, Helen Kendall-Tobias, who will talk on 50 ways to tie a scarf. We would like to see members of the congregation there as well as the Members of the UCM. We shall charge £2 per head. The talk will begin at 7:30pm.
Spiritan Mission Appeal
The bookkeeper of the Holy Ghost Fathers has sent his “sincere thanks and gratitude for your Parish’s kind generosity in response to our Mission Appeal that took place recently at your parish. The £2,171.70 we have received will greatly increase our ability to bring Christ to the poorest and most neglected”.
Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, has written to acknowledge receipt of €903.23 (£800.00) sent from our Crib Offerings. “Your collaboration allows us to provide our young people with educational opportunities in preparation for the future. We thank you and your parish family for remembering us and our mission in the Holy Land. May the Lord bless you all.”
to all who helped in any way with Canon Bailey’s Funeral liturgies. There is no doubt that we gave him a good ‘send-off’!
Children’s Stations of the Cross
All are very welcome to attend the Children’s Stations of the Cross at 10:00am on Good Friday, followed by an opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
This will be the last year that Isabelle Parsons will lead the service and so we are looking for someone to take it on for the future. If this is something that you would be willing to do, please get in touch with Isabelle before Holy Week so that she can show you what is involved on the day. It is a very simple service, and everything you need has been prepared. Contact Isabelle by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Passage is raising funds
The Passage is raising funds through the Big Give from 12 noon Tues 19th March – 12 noon Tues 26th March to support its work with homeless people moving from Street to Home. Double your Donation, Double your impact. This is a matched giving scheme for online donations. If someone (can be company, individual or trust) gave £10 online matched giving of £10 would bring the Gift up to £20 (and for individuals to £22.50 with Gift Aid with higher rate tax relief it may cost the donor less than £10). For more information contact Andrew Hollingsworth email@example.com, 020 75921856. Donate at www.thebiggive.org.uk/thepassage2019. The maximum is £25,000 from any one donation. It is not a limit per person.
Temenos Chamber Choir
Will be performing Miserere Allegri (Macmillan) and Stabat Mater (Palestrina Scarlatii) on Saturday 30th March, 7:30pm at St Mary’s Church, Riverhead. Tickets from 01732 452715 or Sevenoaks Bookshop if you call in. www.temenos-chamberchoir.org.uk.
Southwark Christian Unity Commission - Receptive Ecumenism
On Saturday 6th April, 11:00am - 3:00pm, Crossway Christian Centre, 18 Hampton Street, London SE1 6SL. Please bring your own lunch. Led by Bishop Paul Hendricks. Further details from Gwen Chiosso, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each time he offers Mass the priest can offer it for a specified intention, such as for someone who has died, for good health for a sick person, or in thanksgiving for graces received. These are the Intentions listed in the weekly Mass Sheet and usually announced at the beginning of Mass. This ancient practice benefits both the faithful and the person for whom prayer is asked (the Mass is the greatest prayer of intercession).
To book a Mass Intention use one of the envelopes available by the newsletters (or any envelope); write the Intention on it, any particular date or place you wish it to be offered, and your name and contact details if you want the details to be confirmed. Put your donation inside (£10 is a typical amount) and hand it to one of the priests or pop it through the Presbytery letterbox. Alternatively you can call in to see Ingrid in the Parish Office.