THE PARISH PRIEST WRITES:
Today’s Mass: Second Sunday of Ordinary Time
First Reading:Isaiah is himself a prefiguring of Jesus Christ, as the servant of God who will restore the people of God (the “tribes of Jacob”) and be the light of the nations.
Psalm: the earliest Christians understood this psalm as a prophecy about the coming of the Messiah, which foreshadows the self-offering of Jesus Christ.
Second Reading: this is the beginning of a sequence of Second Readings taken from St Paul’s first letter to the Church in Corinth. The greeting, used many times by St Paul, is the basis for the second form of the greeting said by the Priest at the beginning of Mass, Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Gospel: John the Baptist testifies to Jesus as the Lamb of God and as the Messiah, who has been anointed by the Spirit. The Invitation to Communion at Mass (“Behold the Lamb of God …”) directly quotes these words of the Baptist. These are familiar words and images, but one could spend a long time pondering their meaning.
Today is a day of prayer for Peace on Earth.
Peace Sunday Today is a day of prayer for Peace on Earth. Pax Christi is the Catholic Movement for Peace, in England & Wales. Rooted in Catholic Christianity they work with all who share our values to abolish war and create communities of peace and justice. You can make a donation to Pax Christi by using the envelopes available with the newsletters. Hand the envelope in, our counters will count the money, and we will send one cheque to Pax Christi. If you Gift Aid your offerings, write your number on the envelope.
Christian Unity Service, Today 3:30pmThe annual Unity Service for Sevenoaks this year is at St Thomas’s. The theme is ‘Crossing Barriers: Reconciliation – the love of Christ compels us’. It will last about an hour, and be followed by tea. Please make a special effort to come and welcome our guests and to pray for Christian Unity.
Church Unity Octave From Wednesday (18th) to Wednesday 25th is the Octave of prayer for Christian Unity, when we observe eight days’ prayer for unity. Tomorrow (Monday) there will be Unity Prayers in St Thomas’s from 8:00 – 9:00pm.
RCIA - Monday 8pm Thank you to those who attended last Monday's introductory Meeting. The course is designed for adults who wish to be Baptised in the Catholic Church or (if already Baptised) Received into full communion with the Catholic Church. If you are interested in becoming a Catholic please come along to the meeting. If you know somebody who is interested in becoming a Catholic please pass on a personal invitation to them to attend. Please contact Fr. David
or Andrew La Trobe
07775 738485 if you have any questions.
St Thomas’ School Year 3 will attend the 9:15am Mass on Tuesday.
First Confession/Holy Communion course. Parents are reminded of the children’s session on Thursday, 4:00 – 5:00pm in church.
Diocesan Catechetical Certificate. A number of parishioners wanting to sign up for this were unable to attend the initial session. The day is being run again on Saturday 4th February. If you would like to join them please see https://www.ccftootingbec.org.uk/centre-for-catholic-formation/catechesis for further details, and let Ingrid know in the Parish Office.
Holy Trinity, Otford
Next Sunday (22nd) there will be a short meeting after the 9:30am Mass for the Holy Trinity congregation with Fr David, to discuss the possibility of tea/coffee after Mass and catechesis for the children. All those who attend Sunday Mass there are asked to attend.
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