First Reading: traditonally we understand these words to apply to Jesus and His passion. But we can also take them as applying to individual Christian disciples who suffer and to suffering Christian communities (such as those suffering severe persecution in many parts of the Middle East today; visit for the latest news).

    Psalm: a simple prayer of thanks to God after escape from death by sickness, accident, or malice.

    Second Reading: faith must be accompanied by good works, especially for the poor who lack clothes and food .

    Gospel: this episode at Caesarea Philippi is the half-way point in Mark’s Gospel; up to now we have been hearing about Jesus’ ministry in Galilee; from now on He will turn towards Jerusalem. It addresses two questions. First, who is Jesus? He is the Christ, the Anointed One destined to suffer, die, and rise again. Secondly, who are we? We are Christians, disciples of Jesus Christ, who must also die to self and take up our cross to follow Him.

    Fr. David


    St Edith’s Devotions - 3:00pm
    The annual Devotions to our local saint are this afternoon: a pilgrim walk setting out from St Thomas’s at 10:30am, with Devotions at St Edith’s Well in Kemsing at 3:00pm, followed by Vespers in St Mary’s Church. The celebrations conclude at The Bell pub.

    Her memorial is on Tuesday, with Mass as usual at 9:30am in St Thomas’s.

    Second collection
    For Home Mission Sunday the second collection today is a diocesan collection to support the Bishops’ national work of evangelization.

    Foodbank collection
    The Foodbank are collecting the following items for the Sevenoaks foodbank this weekend: tinned peas/carrots/beans/sweet corn, tinned minced beef/stew/chicken/ham/hot dogs, tinned fruit/rice pudding, UHT milk, coffee, long life fruit juice. Please place items in the baskets provided in the entrance.

    This Week

    Monday – Music Group rehearsal
    At 8:00pm in St Thomas’s.

    Thursday - Confirmation Programme
    7:30pm in St Thomas’s church.

    Next Sunday

    Annual Mass Count
    Next Sunday is the first Sunday of the annual Mass count: will those who normally do it please count everyone (including babies) at each Mass.  We have to furnish the figures to the diocesan Chancery, who in turn have to send them to Rome.

    SVP Annual Collection
    After all Masses next weekend 22/23rd September. Our parish SVP group relies on voluntary contributions to help the needy of all kinds in the local area and further afield. We help the homeless, the low paid, the unemployed, the sick and the housebound. We also support 3 villages in India, baby feeding centres in Sudan and refugees in Northern France. Many thanks for your continued generosity.

    Confirmation Away Day
    Our candidates will be on their Away Day at The Carmelite Shrine at Aylesford. If you would like to be a prayer sponsor of one of the candidates please contact Ingrid in the Parish Office.


    Why? Course
    A 3-week course on consecutive Monday evenings beginning on Monday 1st October at 8:00pm in the Upper Room in the Parish Centre. 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. 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 to this course. Contact Andrew La Trobe for more information email Andrew.

    First Confession & Holy Communion 2019
    Children turning 8 in the forthcoming academic year, 2018/19, are eligible for First Confession and First Holy Communion. The initial meeting for parents will be on Tuesday 9th October, 8:00pm - 9:00pm, in church. Application forms available on the night; contact Ingrid La Trobe in the Parish Office for further information.

    Diocesan Day for Catechists 22nd September
    The annual Day for Catechists, organised by the diocesan Centre for Catholic Formation, is on Saturday 22nd September, at St George’s Cathedral. The Day begins at 11:00am, and ends with Mass at 4:00pm, at which catechists will be sent out to catechise on the Archbishop’s behalf. All parish catechists are urged to attend the Day; if you wish to attend please contact Ingrid in the Parish Office and she will register you. Young Disciples – informal catechesis for children in school years 4-9 Welcome to the new academic year! The Young Disciples sessions restart after the summer break this Sunday 16th September 2018 at 10:20am (after the 9:15am Mass) in the Upper Room at St. Thomas’s Church.

    If you have children in school years 4 to 9 we would love to hear from you. The group has been running for the last 5 years and is a good platform for children to spend fun time with piers, make new friends and ask important questions about God, our faith and life in general, all in an informal way.

    The group meets at St Thomas's church every Sunday in term time only, following the 9:15am Mass. We aim to finish by 11am. Before each session children enjoy refreshments, often prepared by themselves.

    Would you consider volunteering in helping to run the group? Even help with preparing the refreshments will be of great help. To find out more please e-mail or just come to one of our meetings.

    Annual Parish Catechist’s meeting
    On Tuesday 25th September. For all Parish Catechists: RCIA, Confirmation, Communion & Reconciliation, Young Disciples and Children’s Liturgy. If you have any item for discussion please email Ingrid for inclusion in the Agenda by Tuesday 18th.

    Pinot noir or plonk! Wine Challenge
    The Catenians are hosting a fun evening with a blind tasting of white and red wines on Wednesday 3rd October 8-10pm at the Parish Room at St Thomas’s Church. Only £5/head - All Welcome.

    APF Promoters &  individual Red Box holders
    It is time for the annual counting of boxes so please could you let me have your returns asap. Cheques should be made payable to:  Archdiocese of Southwark A.P.F Account and sent to me. Any queries call me on  01732 885814. Thank you. Peter Ringham

    Advance Notice: St Bernadette’s 30th Consecration Anniversary
    This falls on Sunday 21st October, and will be celebrated liturgically then. On the preceding Sunday (14th) there will be a Celebration Lunch at the carvery at Pedham Place Golf Centre. The cost is £16.50 for adults and £9.95 for children. There is a poster in St Bernadette’s giving further details, and tickets will be on sale after Mass there.

    Parishioners at the other churches should contact Monica Biggs (email Monica) for information about the menu choices and to book.

    Can you help with a monthly lift to Mass?
    An elderly parishioner living in Shoreham would be most grateful for help getting to and from the 11:15am Mass at St Thomas’s. Contact the Parish Office if you can help. Thank you.

    Bereavement Support Group
    Kindly note that there will be no meeting in August or September. The next meeting will be on Monday 15th October.

    Catholic newspapers
    The price of The Catholic Universe and The Catholic Times is increasing from £1.30 to £1.50. Please ensure you put the correct amount in the wall box for the newspapers you take.

    GDPR - a reminder
    Just a quick reminder about the importance of data protection. The Diocese expects all parishioners to be mindful of the importance of safeguarding personal data, especially its storage and transmission; in particular the principle that all personal data should only be used for its intended purpose.


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