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The Parish Priest writes:

Dear parishioner,

 

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

 

 

In this week's Gospel reading from Mark, we find ourselves reflecting on the theme of storms in our lives. Just as Jesus and His disciples faced a literal storm on the lake, we too encounter various storms—challenges, uncertainties, and fears—in our own lives. These moments can leave us feeling weary and overwhelmed. But amidst these storms, Jesus invites us to journey with Him to the "other side." Our first reading from Job reminds us of God’s immense power and control over the elements. God speaks to Job from the storm, illustrating His mastery over creation and His ability to bring order to chaos. This is a powerful reminder that God is with us in our storms, commanding the winds and the waves in our lives. When Jesus says to His disciples, "Let us cross over to the other side", He also invitats us to embrace change, to step into new beginnings, and to trust in His guidance. Whether it relates to our relationships, our jobs, our spirituality, or any other aspect of our lives, we are all being invited to move forward, to trust, and to journey with Jesus even when the waters are stormy. Even St Paul encourages us, to becoming a new creation in Christ. This transformation is not always easy. It requires us to let go of our fears and trust in God’s plan. Paul’s message in our Second reading encourages us to embrace the changes and challenges, knowing that with Christ, we can overcome them.

 

In our parish community, we are also called to respond to the storms and opportunities around us. As we approach the General Election, the Bishops of England and Wales remind us of our duty to engage actively in the political process. Guided by Gospel values, we are called to build a society where families can flourish, the poor and marginalised are supported, and our common home is cared for. This election is an opportunity to make our voices heard and to advocate for the common good.

 

This past week was the World Refugee Day, reflecting on the plight of migrants and refugees. Brilliantly organised Refugee and Migrants Workshops gave us an opportunity to discern our call to welcome and support those in need. As a parish, let us continue to explore how we can better assist and integrate migrants and refugees into our community, embodying the love and compassion of Christ.

 

We are also excited to announce the launch of our new parish website. This new platform, found at sevrcparish.org, aims to enhance our communication and provide more accessible information to all parishioners. We extend our gratitude to Adrian and Barry for their hard work in bringing this project to fruition.

 

As we navigate the storms in our lives, let us remember Jesus’ words: "Why are you afraid? Have faith." With Him, we can weather any storm and reach the other side stronger and more faithful. Together, we can make a significant impact, reflecting God's love and grace in our community and beyond.

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NEXT SUNDAY is the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. The 2nd Collection will be for Peter’s Pence.

NO ADORATION in St Thomas’s on Tuesday, 25th June.

SVP would like to thank the parish for their incredible response to out appeal to help an ex-refugee pay the deposit on accommodation to help him take up employment in the area.  The amount donated comes to £2060, which well exceeds the amount of the deposit: as a result of your generosity, we will be able to help the young man to get a solid start in his new life.

NEW WEBSITE

We recently updated our website to a new and improved version, thanks to the hard work of Adrian and Barry. It looks nicer, it's simpler, and more informative. Unfortunately, there will be a minor change in the address. Starting Monday, June 24th, please visit us at sevrcparish.org. Thank you for your understanding and support.

 

PILGRIMAGE WALK

Well done to the 10 pilgrims and our first pilgrim dog Bryher who walked from Halling to Aylesford, visiting 4 churches along the way and filling our passports with stamps. The next walks will be on 13 July, 10 August, 21 September and 12 October. Do join us even if you haven’t done the earlier sections, and more pilgrim dogs on leads also welcome.

NEW ALTAR SERVERS’ MEETING
Why Become an Altar Server? Serving at the altar is a wonderful way for our young members to deepen their faith, engage more fully in the Mass, and contribute to our parish community. It offers a unique opportunity to grow in spiritual knowledge, develop leadership skills, and foster a closer relationship with the Lord.
We are delighted to extend an invitation to all children who have recently received their First Holy Communion to join our esteemed group of altar servers. We are arranging a meeting for new altar servers on Friday 28th June at 7.30 pm in the church.

SUMMER QUIET DAY

You are invited to a Quiet Day of Reflection on Saturday 6th July 2024 at The Barn, Poult Farm, Ashes Lane, Hadlow, TN11 9QU (entrance opposite North Frith Farm) from 10.00 to 16.00.

Through the use of poetry, prayer, music, scripture and nature, the day will be an opportunity for quiet contemplation of some of the people mentioned in the Gospels and how their stories resonate for us today. The day will be led by Gilly Fenner who has worked as a spiritual director for over 20 years.  Please bring a bible, a packed lunch and a change of shoes as part of the day can be spent outside. Suggested contribution for the day is £5. If you would like to attend please email Gilly.

 

PARISH SUMMER PARTY - DONATIONS NEEDED!!!
Join us for a free BBQ and social gathering for all ages and help us to make this event unforgettable. We still need more raffle prizes (contact Ben), bottles for the Bottle Stall (contact Andrew), toys for the Toys Stall (contact Christina), gifts for the Gift Stall (contact Jill), and plants for the Plant Stall (contact Andrew). Thank you for your generosity! All donations can be brought to Presbytery.
 

VACANCY - FOUNDATION GOVERNOR

St Thomas' Catholic Primary School in Sevenoaks is a member of academy trust Kent Catholic Schools Partnership and has a Foundation Governor vacancy on our Local Governance Committee (LGC). Foundation Governors are appointed by the Diocese and need to be practising Catholics. Foundation Governors play an important part in maintaining and developing the Catholic character of our school.

 

Foundation Committee Members have an important strategic role to play in the management of our schools. This is to assist the Headteacher to provide the best possible education for all pupils and to ensure that the Trust delivers outstanding spiritual, moral and learning outcomes for children and young people by collaborating as a Catholic community of schools, working together and with others, and based on excellent leadership and teaching, with Gospel values at its heart.

 

The role of a Foundation Committee Member is one of challenge and support with your responsibilities fulfilled via monitoring and reporting. It is a strategic role not operational. You do not need to be a parent or work in the education sector.

 

If you have skills that you think could help our LGC and have the time to commit, then please contact me to discuss. Every Governor appointment is for a period of four years but most of our Governors remain for more than one term of office. You will be given a school e-mail address to use for all school related communication. Every Governor has to have a clear Enhanced DBS check .

 

Training is provided and is continually necessary as things change in education frequently.

 

If you are interested and would like to discuss the matter further, then email the Chair of the LGC, Catherine Ingram.

 

Closing date:  Friday, 28 June 2024.

 

Catherine Ingram

Chair of Governors

St Thomas' Catholic Primary School Sevenoaks

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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