THE PARISH PRIEST WRITES:
Today’s Mass: THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY in ORDINARY TIME (Year C)
First Reading: the book of Malachi is the last of the prophetic books. The prophet likens the coming of God to the sun. The heat will burn up and destroy the evil doers. By contrast, the light will shine out giving life to the just.
Psalm: we should not fear the rule of God in our lives, because he rules with justice and fairness.
Second Reading: St Paul calls upon the Thessalonians - and us - to imitate him in working quietly for the building up of the kingdom of God.
Gospel: Jesus gives us comfort because, amidst wars, uprisings and protests, natural disasters, predictions of the death of the planet, and suchlike, He tells the disciples - and us - “do not be frightened”. Although material things may pass away and social systems may change, there is a firm foundation underfoot: the compassionate care of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We welcome Fr Michael Ezenwammandu CSSp to offer the 8:00am at St Thomas’s and 9:30am in Otford. Fr Bonny Byaruhanga from Uganda to celebrate the Masses at Borough Green and West Kingsdown.
Please place in the baskets provided tins of meat, pasta and vegetables (except baked beans). No cereal boxes please. Thank you for your generosity.
Fr David is away leading a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He returns on Tuesday.
Year 4 from St Thomas’ School will attend the 9:30am Mass. Parents and family members are always welcome to attend these Masses.
Wednesday: Catenian Requiem
The annual Requiem Mass for departed Catenians is at St Thomas’s on Wednesday at 8:00pm. As well as members of the Sevenoaks Catenian circle, parishioners are welcome to attend.
Saturday: Confirmation Mass
On Saturday at 12:30pm in the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George, Southwark 82 of our young people will be Confirmed by Rt Rev’d Patrick Lynch, ss.cc. The Cathedral is in Lambeth Road; the postcode for satnavs is SE1 6HR; the nearest station is Waterloo East and the nearest tube stations are Lambeth North and Elephant & Castle. Parking can be found in surrounding streets. All parishioners are invited to attend this great ceremony. Please pray for the confirmandi, and their sponsors and families.
Solemnity of Christ the King
Next Sunday is also Youth Sunday, and the second collection will be for Catholic Youth Work, especially the Southwark Catholic Youth Service.
Holy Souls Masses
Money placed in the Holy Souls boxes goes towards Mass Intentions for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. By diocesan rule, every £10 represents one Holy Souls Mass. In November, the Holy Souls Masses are explicitly for those in the Books of Remembrance. These Masses are often offered by the concelebrating Priest at Mass, and so are not always announced or listed in this Newsletter.
November Books of Remembrance
These will be on St Joseph’s Altar at St Thomas’s and on display in the other churches during November. Please contact Magda in the Parish Office for any additions or corrections to the names.
St Thomas’ School Admissions
Parents of children who were born between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016 can now apply for primary school places for their children. Applications should be made through the Local Authority and can be made online at www.kent.gov.uk/ola. Please note that the closing date for applications is 15th January 2020. Parents wishing to apply to St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School will also need to complete and return a Supplementary Information Form to the school, which can be downloaded from the school website at http://www.saintthomas.co.uk/parents/admissions/.
Parents wanting Fr David to complete the Priest’s Reference should email him - after he returns from the Holy Land - to make an appointment. The school is holding open afternoons, starting at 2:00pm on 19th November, 4th December and 9th January, which prospective parents are welcome to attend.
Waitrose Community Matters - St Thomas' School PTA
Our school PTA is one of the three community charities being supported by Waitrose Sevenoaks 'Community Matters' scheme, during the month of November. If you shop at Waitrose in the town centre, please do consider dropping your green token in the box after checkout. By doing so, you will support the school in receiving a share of £1000 to be spent towards educational equipment to enhance the learning and skills development of our pupils. Thank you!
Fire and CO2 alarms have been fitted in the Parish Centre. In addition, this week fire doors will be fitted to the kitchens in the Parish Centre and at Holy Trinity. Will all who use these facilities please make sure they know how to make an emergency escape.
Pilgrims & Friends Advent Festive Lunch and Afternoon Entertainment on 12th December
Following the midday Mass, welcome drinks will be served in the Parish Room followed by lunch. Then our friend and fellow parishioner, Janet Clare, Member of Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star, will give a talk entitled, ‘MY LIFE is MAGIC’. This includes Magic Entertainment: carols and tea about 3.30/4.00pm, lunch: £4.00: pay on the day. Donation: to ‘Mary’s Meals’, Janet’s chosen Charity. You find the ‘Sign Up List’ in the porch or phone Pat: 01732 453902 or Jackie 01732 450197. Pat & Jackie
SVP can give financial help to families or individuals at Christmas. If you or someone you know would benefit please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Kathie Gonzalez on 01732 761253. Frances Smith
Save the date: Parish Christmas Party
The annual Parish Christmas Party this year will be on Sunday 15th December, 1:15pm - 4:00pm, in St Luke’s Hall, Eardley Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1XT. Let’s make this a fantastic social occasion! This will be an inclusive event involving young and old, families with young children, teenagers, retirees, elderly and parishioners from Sevenoaks, Otford, Borough Green, West Kingsdown. There will NOT be an entry charge: FREE ENTRY!
It will be at Lunch time; we will have a variety of (FREE) food and mulled wine, alcohol, soft drinks, children’s games, entertainment, live music, carols from Children’s choir, various stalls.
We need some volunteers and donations for the items below. PLEASE HELP.
Please try and help to make this a great parish event. If you have other ideas or queries to make this a fantastic parish event please contact Fr David or Ben (email@example.com). Ben Andradi
- BOTTLE STALL: basically anything that fits into a bottle and can be drunk: wine, spirits, juices). Bottles can be deposited in the box inside the Presbytery. Please contact Andrew: firstname.lastname@example.org;
- FOOD AND SOFT DRINKS: donate/make and bring food (various types, hot food, salads, cakes, mince pies, biscuits etc), make and serve soft drinks/tea/coffee/and assist in serving: Please contact Sandie: email@example.com;
- ALCOHOL: donate and help in running the bar: please contact Ben at firstname.lastname@example.org;
- ENTERTAINMENT: we want to provide some live music and other forms of entertainment: please contact Caroline: caroline.stockmann@
- CHILDREN’S GAMES: we need someone to supervise games for under 10s.
St Thomas’s Christmas Eve Crib Service
We are looking for someone who would be able to take over the running of the Christmas Eve Crib Service at St Thomas’s this year. It will be at 5:30pm on Christmas Eve. Kathleen Bouverie has done a wonderful job for many years but is unable to do it this year. There is always an enthusiastic team of parent helpers on the day and there are scripts available that can be used from previous years. Kathleen has also secured a pianist for the musical accompaniment. It really is a special occasion which the children love being a part of. If you think you might be interested in doing this either by yourself or with someone else please email Catherine at catherineetan@
hotmail.com. Catherine Tan
Forthcoming Social Events
Sevenoaks Catenians are hosting a Clergy Dinner & Christmas Carols on Tuesday 3rd December at Knole Park Golf Club at 7.30pm for dinner at 8pm – All are very welcome.
Sevenoaks Catenians are hosting their 15th annual hop ‘n’ curry tasting on Friday 20th December starting at Oaks Spice at 7pm – All Welcome
For further information, please contact: email@example.com