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Dear parishioner,

 

Today’s Mass: FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (B)

 

 

 

 

In today's Gospel, we are reminded of the powerful story where Jesus calms the storm on the Sea of Galilee. This miraculous event is not only a testament to Jesus' divine power but also a lesson in faith and trust. The disciples, gripped by fear, cried out for help, and Jesus responded by calming the storm, demonstrating that He is always with us, even in the most turbulent times.  

 

This reflection brings to mind the vital work of Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea). As the official maritime charity of the Catholic Church, Stella Maris supports seafarers and fishers, who often face their own storms and challenges while away at sea. These men and women are essential to our global economy, yet their hard work often goes unnoticed, and their sacrifices unappreciated. Stella Maris provides practical, pastoral, and spiritual support to these seafarers, ensuring they are not forgotten. Their chaplains and volunteers visit ships, offer Mass onboard, and provide a listening ear and a comforting presence to those in need. Just as Jesus was there for His disciples on the stormy sea, Stella Maris stands by our modern-day seafarers, offering solace and support. 

 

In our own parish community, we can reflect on how we can be a source of support and comfort to those around us, especially those who feel isolated or forgotten. Let's take inspiration from Stella Maris and strive to extend our hands in friendship and solidarity to all who need it. 

 

I encourage everyone to learn more about Stella Maris and consider how we might support their mission. Whether through prayer, donations, or volunteering, we can all play a part in this crucial ministry. May we always be reminded that, with faith, we can overcome any storm, and with compassion, we can make a significant difference in the lives of others. 

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PARISH SUMMER GARDEN PARTY 

Thank you for this superb Parish community event.  

Many thanks for all who helped in last weekend’s Parish Party. The sun shone, the Pimm's flowed, the BBQ  sizzled,   the school choir sang, the bottle stall was emptied, the children 'splattered a rat’ and we tasted  smoked Polish sausage and chickpea curry - and drew the raffle. Many thanks for all of you who donated the wonderful prizes, food, alcohol, the flowers, cakes, salads and strawberries etc- and also thanks for all who set up marquees (early in the morning)  trestle tables, sound systems  and packed them away - in the rain. A super Parish community event.  We raised £5,755: between £3,561.87 for the raffle and £2,193.31 for the stalls. We will have about £200-300 of costs. We estimate net profit of about £5,300. Last year we made net profit of £5,000. This is an extremely  good outcome, given the weather on the day and is a testament of your wonderful generosity.  

 

Raffle prize winners are as follows. 

 

First Prize: £300 West End Theatre voucher, £50 John Lewis voucher, 1 Magnum of Chapel Down, 1 Malt whiskey, 1 Spa voucher: winner is Lina Smith (raffle ticket no 1115) Tel:xx2156 (last 4 digits of phone number)  

 

Second Prize:  £50 John Lewis voucher, 1 Magnum of Chapel Down, 1Malt Whiskey, £80 voucher Manor Clinic, Mount Vineyard winery tour, 1 Flower arrangement (donated by Kate Travers): winner is Sexton (3143) Tel:xx7037  (last 4 digits of phone number)  

 

Third Prize:  £50 John Lewis voucher, 1 Magnum  of Chapel Down, 1Malt Whiskey, Tesco assortment gifts, Jewellery donated by Frances Jones Jewellers: winner is Jenny Ronquillo(0590) Tel:xx2519 (last 4 digits of phone number)  

 

Fourth Prize: £50 John Lewis voucher,  1Malt Whiskey, Voucher for lunch at Bullfinch Pub,  Vintage Port, Pasta making course: winner is Rodrigues (3708) Tel:xx3664 (last 4 digits of phone number)  

 

Fifth Prize:  1Malt Whiskey, Headphones donated by Sevenaoks Sounds, Voucher for  Lime Tree workshop, Speech Preparation coaching  2 x 90 mins  sessions with Clearwater Advisors, £40 Voucher from Marco Restaurant Delicatessen : winner is Frank Quinn(3133) Tel:xx6893 (last 4 digits of phone number)  

 

Raffle Prizes need to be claimed by July 31 from the Parish office. Unclaimed prizes will be donated to SVP after that. 

 

THIS WEEKEND’s SECOND COLLECTION is for Stella Maris  supporting the Seafarers worldwide. 

 

SEVENOAKS FOODBANK 

Thank you so much for all those who responded to the Foodbank appeal! Thanks to your generosity, we will a bit better prepared for the summer. On another subject, we are looking for new volunteers: ideally, somebody with good muscles (heavy work involved) who could commit to help every Thursday from 11am to 3 pm. Please contact me if interested by email Isabelle Mercer 

 

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 tranquility 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 07719 606 970 if your interest has been piqued. 

ALTAR SERVERS PARTY 

We are excited to announce a special party in appreciation of our dedicated altar servers on 20th July! Here are the details: 9:30am Mass, followed by various attractions, with movie at 11:30am, games at 12:30pm, and BBQ in the parish garden. We kindly ask parents to assist their children in preparing for the party and to inform Fr Vipin or Catherine of their attendance by 13th July. We look forward to celebrating with you! 

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. 

SUMMER IN THE PARISH 

Welcome to our Guest Priests: 

Fr Wojciech Kuzar and Mgr Boniface Tamani (later in July) 

 

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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