THE PARISH PRIEST WRITES:
Today’s Mass: FIFTEENTH SUNDAY in ORDINARY TIME (Year B)
First Reading: despite not being a member of the order of prophets and being merely a shepherd and
sycamore tree cultivator, Amos is nonetheless called by God to prophesy. To prophesy, in the Old Testament, means to tell forth a message from God, not necessarily to foretell the future. God can, and does, choose whomsoever he wills to carry out particular vocations.
Psalm: in his mercy God has forgiven us before; now we ask him to forgive us again.
Second Reading: today we hear the first in a series of readings from the letter to the Ephesians, in a beautiful and typically Jewish passage about the Blessing of God. St Paul points out that right at the beginning of time God chose us, to be followers of Christ, to be messengers of the Good News.
Gospel: the Twelve are sent out in pairs: they are to travel light, preach repentance, cast out devils, and anoint sick people. As a starting point for reflection, what prevents us nowadays from ‘travelling light’? What baggage encumbers the church in its mission? Are we more concerned for maintenance than mission?
Fr Kenneth is still waiting for the necessary travel documents, we hope to see him next week. We welcome Fr Michael Ezenwammadu, CSSp to celebrate at the 8:00am and 9:15am Masses at St Thomas’s.
Will be singing at the 11:15am Mass today.
Will be back on Wednesday. Fr Paul and Mgr Boniface are holding the fort.
Wednesday - Year 6 Leavers Mass
At 6pm, followed by drinks in the Presbytery Garden.
Friday - End of Year School Mass
At 9:30am. All connected with the school are invited to attend.
Message from the Archbishop
My dear brothers and sisters, it has been announced that Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Paul Mason to be the next Bishop of the Forces. Although this is good news for the Bishopric of the Forces and, hopefully, for Bishop Paul, it is with sadness that this will mean that he will soon leave the Diocese for pastures new. Please pray for Bishop Paul, and all the people he will serve especially the clergy attached to the Forces.
This news has come a bit out of the blue, and so please be patient during the coming months as I make new arrangements for the important work Bishop Paul is doing in the diocese.
With an assurance of my prayers,
St Thomas’ Rota
The Rota for July, August and September has been emailed to all concerned. If you have not received an email please contact Ingrid in the Parish Office. Thanks
St Joseph’s: Children's Liturgy of the Word
- Summer break
Children's Liturgy will break for the holidays summer after Sunday 15 July and re-commence on Sunday 9 September.
- Appeal for help with Children's Liturgy of the Word: 9:30am Mass at St Joseph's
Calling all parents of pre-First Holy Communion children! Please would you consider volunteering to lead a session from September 2018? It's very straightforward and requires no special training, and all you would have to do before you can lead a session is to complete safeguarding forms and the Parish Catechist form. If you are able to help, please contact either email Jenny or email Fiona
- St Thomas’s: Children’s Liturgy of the Word: 9:15am Mass
Calling all parents of pre-school age and any parents who are new to our parish! Please could you consider helping out with Children’s Liturgy of the Word from September 2018? We need new blood as our older children move on to different Masses, and especially if your children attend either Cherubs or Little Angels, then you can help. Being an assistant or leading Cherubs is very straightforward and requires no special training, just filling in Catechist and safeguarding forms. If you think you can join our large and enthusiastic team, please email Anne to let me know.
Raffle first prize
This prize – racing a Morgan sports car round Brand’s Hatch - was won by Colleen Lockyer who is, however, unable to make use of it. If you would like to buy the prize from her please contact Ingrid in the Parish Office. Please note that you must be under 70 years old, have a clean driving licence, and be free to do it Monday to Friday; you also have to make a (refundable) deposit of £1,000.
Pilgrims and Friends Outing, 3rd September
A visit to Goring by Sea to the fascinating reproduction ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, at the English Martyrs Church. The day also includes our own prayers in their Good Shepherd Chapel. On the way coffee and cake in a tea garden. Lunch at the beach café (or bring your own) and tea and scones on the way back at the Bolney vineyard. All expenses included except lunch: £28. Please note the date. Sign up lists in mid July; enquiries Pat 01732 453902 or Jackie 01732 450197
Ride and Stride Sponsored walk/bike ride - Saturday 8th September
Charles Sexton will be organising the Ride and Stride sponsored walk/bike ride again for Holy Trinity Otford. The event is on Saturday 8th September. Charles will be riding again and will be looking for sponsors after Sunday Masses. If anyone in Holy Trinity would also like to walk or ride please let him know. We will also need volunteers to greet participants on the day and a signing up form will be available shortly. Contact Charles: (01322 865167, email Charles) if you would like to participate. Thanks.
Ride and Stride organiser needed for St Thomas
We do not have a parishioner at St Thomas’s to help organise and perhaps participate in this event. If you think you would be interested please contact Ingrid in the Parish Office, and perhaps have a chat with Charles about what is involved.
Parish Pilgrimage to Fatima
This year’s parish pilgrimage, from Tuesday 11th – Saturday 15th September, is definitely going ahead. If you wish to book you should do soon while places are still available. Please ask Ingrid in the Parish Office for a booking form. The basic price – for flights and full board accommodation – is £580.00. Single supplement is £92.00.
Parish Retreats at Aylesford
Women’s Retreat: 7th- 9th September 2018
“The name of God is mercy”
Men’s Retreat: 5th - 7th October 2018
“The Heart of the Gospel”
There are a limited number of places available for these retreats. If you would like to attend please pick up a registration form from the back of your Church or download a form from the website: www.sevrcparish.org.uk.
Any queries please contact Catherine Rodger: email Catherine or 01732 458852. The registration form and non-refundable deposit of £20 made payable to ‘St Thomas’ RC Church, Sevenoaks’ must be returned to the Parish Office in an envelope marked PARISH RETREATS.
Grief in Loss - Hope in Christ Retreat/Workshop
For all who have been bereaved. Weekend of 12/14 October 2018 at Aylesford Priory. Let by Elizabeth Partridge and Fr Franci Kamsley. For more information contact Elizabeth Partridge on 01303 firstname.lastname@example.org. Leaflets in all porches.
Request for accommodation from North West Fellowship
St Mary's, Riverhead will be welcoming a large group of singers from Estonia on 20th October to 21st October 2018. A Concert is to be held at St Mary's Church Riverhead on 21 October at (TBC).
They would welcome accommodation on the evening of 20 October 2018. Anyone who can offer their spare room to them, please contact Karen Forster- Pearce 01732-451396. email@example.com who will be coordinating the accommodation.
New St George's Cathedral Choir CD
Under their Director, Norman Harper, the St George's Cathedral Choir have recorded their first CD: O Sacrum Convivium. The CD features various Mass settings and motets, including a number that were written specifically for the Choir. The music on this video features a sample of two tracks: unaccompanied plainsong: Venite benedicti Patris mei ('Come blessed of my Father' - A Gospel Introit from the Easter Season) and The Lord's Prayer setting by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, which was recorded at the request of Archbishop Peter Smith.
The CD is on Priory Records can be purchased online from the Cathedral's website for £12 plus P&P, then click on Add to Cart