THE PARISH PRIEST WRITES:
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) 20th August 2017
First Reading: Isaiah proclaims God’s message, that foreigners may come to worship in the Temple (“my house of prayer”) and their sacrifices will be acceptable.
Psalm: we praise God for his blessings, which bring joy to all the peoples of the earth.
Second Reading: in words which chime well with today’s Gospel St Paul explains his mission to the pagans (ie non-Jews or Gentiles).
Gospel: Jesus meets a Canaanite woman who has faith in Him - unlike the unbelieving scribes and Pharisees - and although she is a despised foreigner He recognises her faith and humility and heals her. Jesus’ mission begins to extend to the Gentiles as well as Israel.
West Kingsdown Masses
Canon John is away on a pilgrimage to Lourdes from Friday. Please note that Masses will continue at S Bernadette’s at the normal times on the normal days while he is away.
S Joseph’s Borough Green
We are pleased to report that work is well ahead of schedule, and the new church is almost finished. The first Mass there will be either 3rd or 10th September: watch this space!
The Solemn Opening Mass will be on Monday 2nd October at 7:30pm; the principal Celebrant will be Rt Rev’d John Hine, Emeritus Auxiliary Bishop and a keen supporter of the building of the new church.
Advance Notice: S Edith Devotions Sunday 17th September
The annual Devotions for S Edith of Kemsing (our local saint and the right hand saint in the mural at St Thomas’s) will be on Sunday 17th September. Devotions at S Edith’s Well (next to The Bell pub) at 3:00pm, Vespers in Kemsing Church at 3:30pm, and afternoon tea in The Bell at 4:15pm. These devotions are suitable for children; book the date now so you don’t miss it!
Advance Notice for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Bishop Paul Mason will be coming to celebrate Mass and commission Ministers (those who have been acting as Ministers but who were never commissioned by the Bishop) on Thursday 28th September at 8:00pm at St Thomas’s. All Extraordinary Ministers at all four churches are asked to attend. Further to the recent meeting, please check if you have a certificate of commissioning. If there is uncertainty the Bishop will Commission you at that Mass, to ensure that all Extraordinary Ministers are properly authorised to perform this ministry.
Loaves & Fishes Foodbank
We are looking for someone to help organise the monthly food collection for the Foodbank. If you can help please contact Kathie Gonzalez (firstname.lastname@example.org or 0173 761253) or Andrew Wilkinson (email@example.com or 07487 652846).
The next collection will be on the weekend of 9th/10th September, for donations of non-perishable foods and toiletries (but no tea, pasta, soups or baked beans, to curb oversupply). Please check ‘use by’ dates.
Order of Mass
If you need the words of the Order of Mass to assist you in following the Mass, they can be found in A Simple Prayer Book. Copies are available from the Repository, priced £1.95. If the Repository is unmanned, please put the money in the Repository wall box next to the Sacristy door.