Today’s Mass: The Ascension of the Lord (Year A)
    Although the Vigil Mass (on Saturday evening) and the Mass on the day have different antiphons and prayers, they have the same readings.

    First Reading: obviously this account in Acts of Our Lord’s Ascension forty days after the Resurrection is what inspired this great Feast. This marks the end of the unique time of Jesus’ time on earth. But there is also a reference to the end-time, to His second coming.

    Psalm: in the Christian tradition this psalm has always been sung on the Feast of the Ascension, because of the line “the Lord goes up with trumpet blast”.

    Second Reading: having ascended, Jesus now sits at God the Father’s right hand, reigning over the whole universe. Although this is picture language (we have no other) we can readily understand this imagery.

    Gospel: after His resurrection Jesus gives the apostles the command to Baptize the nations, and promises that He will be with them (that is to say, with the Church founded on them) “to the end of time”.

    Fr. David

    This Sunday

    West Kingsdown
    West Kingsdown Churches Together Service in the Village Hall at 10:00am. Mass at St Bernadette’s today is therefore at 11:30am.

    Visiting Priests
    Today (Sunday) we welcome Monsignor Matthew Dickens at Borough Green and at the 11:15am Mass.

    World Communications Day
    The second collection is to support the work of the Catholic Communications Network (CNN), the media office of the Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales. CNN provides up-to-date news releases, features and podcasts, as well as information from the Bishops’ Conference, and trains spokespeople. Please take a prayer card, and visit For His Holiness Pope Francis’ Message visit

    This Week

    Novena to the Holy Spirit The annual nine days of prayer for the reunion of Christendom continues all this week. Please continue to pray for unity.

    Bank Holiday Monday
    Adoration is at 11:00am, Mass is at 12:00 noon at St Thomas’s, and the Parish Office is closed, on Monday. The Parish Office will only be open this week on Thursday and Friday, 9am-12noon.

    Holy Trinity, Otford
    Wednesday is the Feast of the Consecration Anniversary of Holy Trinity (in 1981). Mass at 10:00am.

    ‘Thy Kingdom Come’
    Friday, 8:00 – 9:00pm, an hour of prayer in St Thomas’s Church. During this time we are asked to pray for evangelization.

    The new Mass times commence in June, and so Mass on Saturdays is now at 9:30am. Adoration will begin at 8:30am. The first of the First Holy Communion Masses is at 11:00am on Saturday.

    Confirmation 2017
    Please can you make sure your submit for applications in good time. The closing date for applications is Monday 5th June 2017.

    Parish Summer Garden Party July 9th, 2:00pm – 5:00pm in the Parish Garden
    An inclusive event involving parishioners from Sevenoaks, Otford, Borough Green and West Kingsdown is planned. All invited - young and old, families with young children, teenagers, retirees and the elderly. There will NOT be an entry charge. We would like to have a BBQ, live music, DJ, parish raffle, prizes and other forms of entertainment.
    We need your help

    • to make and bring food (various types of sandwiches, cakes, biscuits etc),
    • to provide meats for BBQ (burgers, sausages, chicken etc),
    • to make and serve tea/coffee/alcohol,
    • to provide entertainment (perhaps live music, singing, magician, face painting, balloons etc.), with the loan of equipment - gazebos, garden tables/chairs,
    • to organise raffles which will help to raise money for the parish (or donate fantastic prizes).
    If you would like to help or have any further ideas please contact Ben Andradi 07720 271681 or Fr David. Thank you.