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The Parish Priest writes:

Dear parishioner,

 

21 Jul 2024 Mass: SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (B)

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In today’s first reading the prophet Jeremiah from the sixth century BC criticises Israel’s leaders – the king, some priests, and some court prophets – for neglecting the poor.  He prophesies the coming of a new, good shepherd from David’s lineage and offers hope to the Israelites enslaved in Babylon, promising that God will lead them back to their homeland in Israel. In today’s psalm, attributed to David, expresses profound faith and trust in God, depicted as the “Good Shepherd” who provides guidance, care, and protection.

 

In the second reading Paul describes Jesus as the shepherd for both Jews and Gentiles, explaining that Jesus reconciled humanity with God through His sacrifice on the cross. He also highlights Jesus’ role in uniting Jews and Gentiles into one Christian community. 

 

Today’s gospel reading shows Jesus as the Good Shepherd, fulfilling Jeremiah’s prophecy. Jesus tends to His weary apostles after their successful mission and shows compassion for the people, likening them to “sheep without

a shepherd,” as they gather to meet Him on the shores of Galilee. We are all called to be shepherds who care for people's needs, both spiritual and material, and provide peaceful care and guidance. As we look forward to holidays and the rest we need, let us remember that even during times of rest, Jesus was aware of the needs of others. Wherever we go, let us not miss the chance to help someone in need. 

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DIVINE MERCY AYLESFORD 2024 

The Divine Mercy Apostolate, London is holding a Celebration of St Faustina at Aylesford Priory, Aylesford, Kent on Bank Holiday Monday 26 August 2024 from 10 am to 4:30 pm. The reflection day will include teachings on the Message of Divine Mercy, Holy Mass, Hour of Mercy with Stations of the Cross, Adoration and Benediction and Veneration of the Image of Merciful Jesus. All welcome. Call Millie on 07957594646 for more information. Coaches from Ealing Broadway and Victoria. 

 

THE PILGRIMS GROUP TOUR TO MINSTER ABBEY & ST AUGUSTINE’S SHRINE AND CHURCH, RAMSGATE
A coach outing on Wednesday, 11th September 2024 

The visit starts at Minster Abbey. Founded less than a 100 years after the arrival of St Augustine in 597AD to Christianise England, the Abbey is still home to 12 Catholic Benedictine nuns and in our short time there, we can enjoy the tranquillity of their gardens and prayer-filled space.  Refreshments and a simple lunch is available.  We then continue to the Shrine and church of St Augustine. Designed by A.W.N Pugin as his personal church, it is an example of exquisite Gothic Revival by one of main architects of the Houses of Parliament.  Price: £37pp excluding refreshments & lunch. More details are in a flyer. Please email Felicia, or call on 07719 606 970 if your interest has been piqued. 

 

VACANCY: After School Club Assistant 

St Thomas' Catholic Primary School. We are looking for a person to join our After School Club team from September 2024. The hours are 15:00 to 18:00 term time only. Salary KR4 (highly competitive!) If you are interested please contact the school office - office@st-thomas-sevenoaks.kcsp.org.uk 

 

VACANCY: The Parish Archives 

The Parish Archives remain in a fairly haphazard state because ever since St. Thomas’ Church was built in the 1880s all items of record have simply been deposited in one or other of a couple of large packets and with little attempt ever made to keep them in some sort of date order. They have not been touched since they were examined and used for the publication of the Centenary History in 1996. 

The area of the Presbytery where they are currently held is now going to be needed for further improvements so the opportunity is being taken for the records to be examined, sorted, and placed in an accessible area where they can be easily available to any current or future parishioners with an interest in the subject. 

Ideally, for this to be done, we require an Archivist or, at least, someone with experience of dealing with and sorting historical records. There is no reason why this operation should not be undertaken by two or more parishioners working together. 

Please seriously consider whether you could take on this interesting service to the Parish and, if so, contact Ben Andradi  as soon as possible. Thank you. 

 

2024/2025 FIRST HOLY COMMUNION & FIRST RECONCILIATION PROGRAMME REGISTRATION  

Registration for the next First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation Programme is now open. 

If your child is entering Year 3 in September 2024 (or is older) you can register them on the link below. We will be introducing a new programme in which Fr Peter will meet with parents while catechists teach the children. It will also require parents to complete sessions with their children at home. Our initial parents' meeting is on Friday 4th October at 7pm and the sessions will begin in November. A full list of programme dates are listed at the end of the registration form. All sessions will take place at St Thomas of Canterbury Church in Sevenoaks. FHC Registration

 

 

REPOSITORY AT ST THOMAS’ 

We are seeking a volunteer to manage the Church repository at St Thomas’. Responsibilities include coordinating with the Parish Office on purchases, monitoring stock levels, and organising a weekend sales team rota. For more information or to sign up, please contact Fr Peter or Magda in the Parish Office. Magda is available from Monday to Friday (except Tuesdays), between 8:30am and 12:15pm. 

 

ALTAR SERVERS PARTY 

We are delighted to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported the Altar Servers' party last Saturday (July 20). Your contributions made the event a wonderful success. A special note of gratitude goes to Catherine Ingram for her outstanding organisation and tireless efforts. We also thank the parents for their invaluable support and dedication. To our amazing Altar Servers, thank you for your participation and enthusiasm. Your presence made the celebration truly special. 


For those who were unable to join us, don't be disheartened! We are excited to announce that there will be another party in September. We look forward to celebrating with you then!

SUMMER IN THE PARISH 

Welcome to our Guest Priests: 

Fr Wojciech Kuzar and Mgr Boniface Tamani 

 

PARISH OFFICE SUMMER BREAK: 

22.07-30.07 and 02.08-06.08 

 

FR PIOTR’s SUMMER BREAK: 

16.07-26.07 & 03.09-13.09 

FR VIPIN’S SUMMER BREAK will be away in August. 

St Thomas of Canterbury, pray for us.
St Joseph, pray for us.
St Bernadette, pray for us.
St Edith of Kemsing, pray for us.

Fr Peter Kucharski, Parish Priest of Sevenoaks

12 Granville Road     email

Sevenoaks               01732 454177

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