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The group from St John’s at the Walsingham Pilgrimage of Healing &

Renewal (see p32-33)

[Front cover: the late Fr Martin Heal at St John’s—see obituary on p.7]

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By now you will have heard that Fr Mark has accepted the living

of St Mary the Virgin at Burnham on Crouch in Essex. Fr Mark

will be a great loss. His ministry in the last four years was much

appreciated. We will have time to say our farewells to Fr Mark,

Ondrea and Josh on Sunday 25 October at the Sung Mass.

Please do put that day in your diary.

*****

Also in your diary, please mark Saturday 17 October our special

Walsingham Day — See the full programme on the opposite

page. The Eucharist for healing is for those who need both physical

and inner healing, we can also bring to God those dear to us

who need healing but will not be able to be with us. Bishop Lindsay

is well known up and down the country for his ministry and

spirit filled words. It is an occasion of grace not to be missed.

Please do encourage others to attend, it is a very good moment

also for those who might be new to the Church.

****

This month we dedicate our magazine to the memory of Fr Martin

Heal, onetime Parish Priest, who died on the 11 August 2009.

The Sung Mass on Sunday the 27 th September will have special

prayers for the repose of his soul.

****

From time to time people ask me why I am not a Roman Catholic.

The problem I face when asked this question is that generally

those who ask it expect a quick and snappy answer. And yes,

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you have guessed, there is no such answer for this complex question.

I do not spend my days considering why I should or should not be

a Roman Catholic. I am a Catholic. I live my Catholic Faith in the

Anglican tradition inspired from Scripture, Reason and Tradition.

That means that the faith I share with the Church is biblical, reasonable,

organic and cohesive. I focus on Jesus and work as best

as I can through him, with him and in him in the unity of the Holy

Spirit to the glory of God the Father. That is more then enough for

a lifetime! From time to time, I do despair of the good old C of E.

I despair when I see some of its members not only trying to

change willy nilly the Anglican polity but now even the Faith delivered

through the hands of the Twelve! Is Rome the answer? It

might be and it could be, but for now I am called to witness in the

Church of England, to witness to the Catholic Faith, to the Eternal

Truth of Jesus Christ. The Church of England with its sacraments

and teaching has been a mother of saints and it is worth doing all

it takes to fight for its patrimony.

What a long-winded introduction you might be saying, and you are

right. “Anglo-Catholic Gems” is the name of a new series in our

monthly magazine. I am going through various old books that I

have acquired in the last twenty years or so, picking gems that

have formed me. Most of these books contain prayers and writings

by a set of people we call the Anglican Divines. They are an

organic development of the thought of Richard Hooker (1554 –

1600) an early Anglican priest who considerably influenced the development

of the genius of Anglicanism and of Anglican theological

thought. Hooker and the Anglican Divines are those who at the

English Reformation stood for the Catholic Faith lived in the Reformed

tradition. These were those who shaped the spirituality of

the Via Media (the Middle Way), not a compromise but a way forward.

We Anglo-Catholics are the result of their contribution and

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movement. During the last 500 years or so our movement have

contributed so much to the C of E and at this time we need to

stand and bear witness to this rich and deep Anglican Patrimony –

the inheritance of the saints. If some Anglicans want to part from

the Faith once delivered to the saints, they need to be in our

prayers for their repentance: it is sad to see brothers and sisters

moving away from the inheritance of the saints. Our vocation is to

pray for them and uphold and live our Anglican patrimony with the

hope that they would return to their senses. The teaching of the

Caroline Divines is the Catholic Faith as passed down through the

saints, it reforms and it shapes our lives into the image of Christ.

This new series hopes to give a taster of what our patrimony is and

to show that it is worth fighting for it. We fight for it by living it.

Living this patrimony is being imbued with the Spirit of Christ our

only and true joy. Maybe one day some of us will have no other

option but to join the great Church of Rome, for now my home is

the Church of England, the Catholic Faith in the Anglican patrimony.

This inspires me; I hope that it inspires you too.

This series will start by looking at Jeremy Taylor as our spiritual

companion and hopefully will enable us to savour his spiritual

gems.

****

As ever this comes with my love and best wishes especially as I

start my third year among you,

Fr Ivan

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There was quite a long pause on the other end of the phone, followed by a

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Looking back over more than sixty years of the history of St John’s

one can see that every Vicar has left his mark on our life together.

Perhaps none more so than Father Heal.

It was in his time here that we first had High Mass as a parish Mass at

which everyone communicated rather than a principal Mass at which

only the priest received. Evening Masses started, rather than only

morning celebrations, and the meeting after the service for refreshments

in the Hall. Our cell of Our Lady of Walsingham was founded,

together with the annual parish pilgrimage.

In the church building the new high altar replaced the old choir stalls

and the organ console came out of the organ loft into its present

place; our present set of Stations of the Cross also date from his time

and of course the Vicarage was built

next to the church on what was the

school allotment.

His incumbency was a period of great

activity, as it was of great expectations

on the ecumenical front: Roman

Catholics from Boulogne celebrating

at St John’s on the same altar and at

the same time as our own Mass was

celebrated — and with the blessing of

the Bishop of Rochester. Those were

days of great enthusiasm when all

looked well for the Faith and before

the indifference of secularism had

started to affect us.

1913-2009

Vicar of St John’s 1962-1971

Father Heal had an infectious and larger-than-life

personality. His father

had been a Regimental Corporal Major

in the Royal Horse Guards and I

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Fr Heal with two curates, Fr

Peter Hawkins & Fr Brian

Whatmore


sometimes felt he commanded the parish in a similar manner. Yet

there was a great humour, friendliness and care of the individual.

Perhaps this is shown by the large number of vocations we had from

this parish during his incumbency, well into double figures.

As one looks back on the bustling activity of that time it has to be remembered

that we had two curates. In addition, two nuns lived at 14

Quakers Hall Lane, so there were five full time workers.

Fr Heal, Sister Eileen, the Bishop of Rochester

(the Rt Revd David Say) and Sister Isobel

It was fitting that he died in August, at a time when he always took a

holiday in Walsingham so that he was there for the Feast of the Assumption.

There ended a life which had begun before the First World

War. It had seen him as a Franciscan brother with Father Potter of

Peckham and as a Church Army Officer. Then he went on to Lincoln

Theological College before ordination to serve as a missionary in Guyana

for fourteen years before he came to Sevenoaks. He left St

John’s on Candlemass Day to go to St Mary Magdalene, Munster

Square. In retirement he lived at the Charterhouse, where he became

a Roman Catholic after the ordination of women in the Church of England.

I believe there are many who owe a great deal to Fr Heal for the part

he played in their Christian Pilgrimage. I believe it was he who pro-

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pelled me into synodical government and, less willingly on my part,

made me become a Reader. My rosary, which had been blessed by

Pope John XXIII during a parish holiday in Italy, was a gift from Fr

Heal, given to me when he returned from Italy.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory. Quoting the words of St Thomas

More, “Pray for me, as I shall pray for you, that we may merrily

meet in heaven.”

Jim Cheeseman

************************

On Wednesday the 19th. of August, I was pleased to be able to attend

the Funeral Mass of Fr. Guy Martin Heal, who was Vicar here from

1962 to 1971. The church of St. Mary Moorfields, is almost consumed

by adjacent office buildings in Eldon Street, London EC2. At street

level, only a low gothic arch announces its presence. Beyond a shallow

porch, heavy plate glass doors allow the passer-by a distant view

of the high altar embraced by an apse. The nave has no side aisles

and at each side the pews run to the wall. The church was comfortably

full, with a large number of priests.

Fr. Heal's unembellished coffin, of light oak, stood at the entrance to

the sanctuary. At each side on the high altar a tall pair of lighted candles

flickered in the tense silence. Little different from our own, the

words of the Requiem Mass, put one at ease. Before the Liturgy of

the Eucharist, a Homily, written and read by The Revd. Christopher

Colven, a friend of Fr. Heal's, who obviously knew him well, brought

back memories of his love of the Catholic Faith and of Our Lady of

Walsingham.

Of hymns chosen by Fr. Heal, for his funeral, 'There's a wideness in

God's mercy', was sung at The Preparation, and after the Mass ended,

as his coffin was carried out of the church, 'Hail, Queen of Heaven, the

ocean star', was sung with great gusto, just as Fr. Heal would have

wished.

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Sunday 20th September

Annual St Edith Pilgrimage

with Holy Rosary and Hymns

at the well in Kemsing at 3.00pm.

Followed by Benediction and tea in the gardens of Mary and

Anthony Tyler's house, Little Wybournes.

Stop press news ...

Fr Mark announced on Sunday morning

(30th August) that he had accepted

the post of Vicar of the Parish of St

Mary the Virgin in Burnham on

Crouch. Burnham is a delightful town

in Essex well know for its sailing clubs

and its yachting community. Fr Mark's

last Sunday at St John's will be the

25th October and his induction into his

new post will take place at 7.30pm on

Tuesday 1st December.

Congratulations, Fr Mark!

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Jumble sale

At St John’s Church Hall

26th September 2009

2.30pm-4.00pm

All Welcome

Free Entry

Any donations gratefully received between

1.30-2.15 pm

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St John’s Altar Servers

Fundraising Campaign

And the winning caption is ...

Guess what’s up my other sleeve?

Contributed by David Ashenden. A

big ‘thank you’ to all those who

entered our competition.

And now for our next fund-raiser ...

A Taste of St John’s

Do you have any favourite recipes you would like to share?

The Catering Team are compiling a small cookery book in aid of the Altar

Servers Fundraising Campaign, to be sold as a Christmas gift.

We are looking for really special, ’tried and tested’ family favourite recipes.

Vegetarian, special diet and international cuisine recipes are all welcome.

Jams, pickles and beverages as well as cooked or raw food recipes may be

included, just as long as everything is easy to prepare.

If you would like to share your own culinary delights with us, please write

out the full recipe and instructions, together with your name, address and

telephone number (in case of queries) and pass your contribution to Graham

or Claire Davison by the end of September 2009. If you prefer you may

email it to g.davison@talk21.com

We are hoping to hold a ‘taster’ event with some of the prepared dishes to

launch the book before Christmas. Bon appétit!

Claire Davison

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News from your Neighbourhood

Policing Team

by PC John Boyden

Working with you in Sevenoaks Town and

St. John’s

Improvements in public safety and tackling anti-social behaviour took another

step forward when the Sevenoaks District Community Safety Unit began operation

on 3 September 2009.

The new unit, jointly run by Sevenoaks District Council and Kent Police, is based

in Sevenoaks District Council's Argyle Road offices.

It will enable a faster, more co-ordinated response to anti-social behaviour and

other community safety concerns and will allow the partners to carry out more

preventative work.

It also brings a number of other Council teams involved in community safety,

including licensing and environmental health, in closer contact with the police.

Other partners, including Kent County Council, West Kent and Moat housing associations,

Kent Fire & Rescue Service, the Probation Service and others will all

benefit from closer contact, leading to an improved service for residents.

From now on residents can call just one number 01732 227000 to report nonemergency

community safety issues or receive advice on anti-social behaviour,

fly-tipping, graffiti, issues about licensed premises, abandoned vehicles, environmental

nuisance and neighbourhood watch. Alternatively they can e-mail communitysafety@sevenoaks.gov.uk

Chief Inspector for Sevenoaks, David Cooper, said: "Joint working arrangements

between the police, the Council and partners continue to improve with the introduction

of the Community Safety Unit, which represents the latest and most significant

development. By placing police and the Council staff within the same

office and enabling other partners to work from the same location when necessary,

means that our staff have immediate access to support from each other in

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order to deal with local concerns. Sevenoaks is the safest district in the county

and we aim to ensure this continues to be the case."

For crime reduction advice or to discuss any local issues, come along to one of

your neighbourhood policing team’s mobile police surgeries. Dates and locations

for October and November are as follows:

Thursday 1 October: 1pm-2pm – Rockdale Road

Thursday 1 October: 2.15pm-3.15pm – Blighs car park

Thursday 1 October: 3.30pm-4.30pm – St Johns Road junction with St

Johns Hill

Thursday 1 October: 4.45pm-5.45pm – St Botolphs Road (the end nearest

the train station)

Thursday 5 November: 1pm-2pm – Rockdale Road

Thursday 5 November: 2.15pm-3.15pm – Blighs car park

Thursday 5 November: 3.30pm-4.30pm – St Johns Road junction with St

Johns Hill

Thursday 5 November: 4.45pm-5.45pm – St Botolphs Road (the end

nearest the train station)

If you can’t make it to one of our events you can still contact us on the numbers

below:

• PC John Boyden – 07800 675331

• PCSO Scott Morgan – 07969 584199

• PCSO Gareth Nutt – 07969 584280

• PCSO Karl Coomber – 07772 226007

However, please bear in mind that we may sometimes be engaged on other incidents,

or off duty, and might not be able to answer your call immediately. If

you leave a message on our mobiles we will get back to you at the earliest opportunity

but, if the matter requires a quicker response, then you can call

01732 771055 to report a non-urgent crime. If a crime is in progress or it is

an emergency always call 999.

You can also visit the Kent Police website www.kent.police.uk for more information

on neighbourhood policing in your local area, news, crime prevention advice

and more.

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Scout Group Camp – 3 – 5 July

4th Sevenoaks

(St John’s)

A very successful Group Camp was held over the first weekend in July. The

Cubs and Scouts camped on the Friday and Saturday nights with the Beavers

joining on Saturday night. As usual there were lots of activities both on

and off the camp site.

Friday started with setting up

the camp with everyone helping to put the tents up and get the camp site

organised. As usual everyone starts off very enthusiastic but by the end

they have run out of energy.

Saturday started fine with

breakfast and morning flag break.

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There was not much time to spare before

everyone had to catch the train to

Hastings for the day. A fun packed and

tiring day in Hastings had been organised

with a tour of the tunnels, time on

the beach and a packed lunch on the

cliff. The Beavers had even organised

to invest their newest recruits on the

beach. It is always fun to invest Beavers,

Cubs and Scout in different

places. You may remember that some

of our Cubs were invested at the

Christmas Camp dangling over a

stream!

Building a the traditional climbing frame is always fun – although actually

climbing on it is the best!

Sunday morning started with a Scouts Own with Fr Ivan which focused on

the theme for the weekend of sharing together and supporting each other.

Most of the morning was spent packing away the tents and playing in the

grounds before lunch time and a wind down till all the parents came to collect

their kids. A great, if tiring, time was had by all.

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[Colour photos on p. 39]


A happy Autumn Term to all at St John’s School!

We look forward to hearing your news during the coming

months.

Most of us will have

been fortunate enough

to go away during the

last couple of months

or perhaps still have

holidays to take once it

is quieter when the

children go back to

school. Some families will not be able to take a much needed holiday

- perhaps more so this year than others due to the current economic

climate. The Mothers' Union Away From It All scheme helps individuals

and families in need who are unable to have a holiday. The holidays

can be in caravans, guest houses or small hotels or are sometimes

coach trips, family weeks with activities. Mothers' Union help

with part of the cost of the holiday, travel expenses or sometimes the

whole trip.

In 2008 31 dioceses involved in the project spent a total amount of

£118,995.52 on these holidays. 1,272 people (759 of whom were

children) were helped to benefit from going on an AFIA holiday.

Valerie Chaili

St. John’s Branch Meetings in September:

Tuesday 8th 10.15am:

Prayer Group at 12 Holmesdale Road

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Prayer for Priests during the Year of Priests

(June 2009 – June 2010)

Lord Jesus, present in the Most Blessed Sacrament,

and living perpetually among us through your

priests, grant that their words may be only your

words, their gestures be only your gestures, and

that their lives be a true reflection of your life.

Grant that they may be men who speak to God on

behalf of his people, and speak to his people of God.

Grant that they be courageous in service, serving the Church as she

asks to be served.

Grant that they may be men who witness to eternity in our time,

travelling on the paths of history in your steps, and doing good for

all.

Grant that they may be faithful to their commitments, zealous in

their vocation and mission, clear mirrors of their own identity, and

living the joy of the gift they have received.

We pray that your Holy Mother, Mary, present

throughout your life, may be ever present in the

life of your priests.

We pray that they may be inspired by the example

of their Patron, St John Mary Vianney and aided

by his prayers. Amen.

St John Mary Vianney

Patron Saint of Priests

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Parish Diary - September 2009

Tuesday 1st

10am Rosary

Wednesday 2nd

8pm Forward in Faith

meeting

Thursday 3rd

11am Alpine

Communion

service

Monday 7th

Tuesday 8th

Nativity of Our

Lady

10.15am MU Prayer

Group

8pm Patronal

Festival at

Swanley

Wednesday 9th

Parish visiting

5.15pm-6.30pm Beavers

(St John’s

Scout Hut)

6.45pm-8pm Cubs (St

John’s Scout

Hut

Thursday 10th

11.15am Gloucester

House

Communion

Service

Incumbents’

Conference At Ascot

Monday 14th

Tuesday 15th

8pm PCC

Wednesday 16th

Parish visiting

12 noon Deanery

Chapter at

Seal

Thursday 17th

5.15pm-6.30pm Beavers

(St John’s

Scout Hut)

6.45pm-8pm Cubs (St

John’s Scout

Hut

Monday 21st Tuesday 22nd Wednesday 23rd

Parish visiting

5.15pm-6.30pm Beavers

(St John’s

Scout Hut)

6.45pm-8pm Cubs (St

John’s Scout

Hut

Thursday 24th

11.15am Gloucester

House

Communion

Service

Monday 28th

Tuesday 29th

Wednesday 30th

Parish visiting

Thursday 1st

October

8pm Patronal

Festival at

St Michael’s

Beckenham

5.15pm-6.30pm Beavers

(St John’s

Scout Hut)

6.45pm-8pm Cubs (St

John’s Scout

Hut

11am Alpine

Communion

service

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Parish Diary - September 2009

Friday 4th

First Friday of the

month

Saturday 5th

9.30am MU meet for Mass

Allotment Holders Annual

Show in the Hall

Sunday 6th

Trinity Sunday

8am Mass

10am Sung Mass

4-6pm BOBs

Friday 11th

7pm Scouts (St John’s

Scout Hut)

Saturday 12th

3.15pm Farewell Service

for Bishop Michael

Nazir-Ali at

Rochester

Cathedral

Sunday 13th

8am Mass

10am Sung Mass

5pm Evening Prayer

Friday 18th

7pm Scouts (St John’s

Scout Hut)

Saturday 19th

Sunday 20th

8am Mass

10am Sung Mass

3pm Annual St Edith

Pilgrimage (see

p11)

Friday 25th

7pm Scouts (St John’s

Scout Hut)

Saturday 26th

10am church cleaning

2.30-4pm Spring House

Jumble Sale in the

Hall (see p11)

Sunday 27th

8am Mass

10am Sung Mass

Friday 2nd October

7pm Scouts (St John’s

Scout Hut)

Saturday 3rd October

Sunday 4th October

Harvest Festival

8am Mass

10am Sung Mass

4-6pm BOBs

5pm Rosary &

Benediction

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Jeremy Taylor (1613 – 1667)

This is the first part from a series looking at the Anglo-Catholic Patrimony

contained in theological and spiritual writings composed by the

Caroline Divines. Before you start reading this, read the “Vicar

writes” on pages 3 –. Hopefully it will introduce the concept behind

such a series.

These passages were written over 400 years ago, the flavour and texture

of the words and concepts is totally different from that in which

we inhabit. If you allow yourself time, however, to dig beyond the

sound of the words, you will find a timelessness that still has the

power to lift the mind, heart and soul towards that Divine Intimacy.

We start with Jeremy Taylor. Who was he?

Jeremy Taylor was a native of Cambridge who, after the Restoration

of Charles II, became a bishop. His writings are among the glories of

English spirituality and literature, and it is for this that he is chiefly

remembered. Taylor was born on 15 August 1613, the son of a Cambridge

barber. He was educated at the newly-founded Perse School

and then at Gonville and Caius College. In 1633 he was elected a fellow

of the college and was ordained when he was only 20 years old.

His preaching attracted the attention of William Laud, Archbishop of

Canterbury, who encouraged him to continue his studies, and he became

a fellow of All Souls, Oxford. He later became Rector of Uppingham,

in Rutland, where he married and settled down to the work of a

country priest. He was well known as a spiritual guide and director,

and people came to him from far and wide for advice and counsel.

During the Civil War he was a supporter of the king’s cause and was

Chaplain to the Crown. Charles I appointed him Rector of Overstone

in Northamptonshire. He was captured and imprisoned after the siege

of Cardigan Castle. The king is said to have given him his watch and

some jewels before his execution in January 1649.

Bishops in the Church of England were then abolished under the Commonwealth,

and Taylor, who had been a strong supporter of episco-

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pacy, was repeatedly imprisoned. During this time he produced much

of his great writing.

In 1650 his great work, The Rule and Exercises of Holy Living, was

published. It is a manual of Christian practice and devotion which has

influenced Anglicans ever since. The following year the sequel appeared:

The Rule and Exercises of Holy Dying. Both quickly established

themselves as classics of Anglican spirituality as well as being

some of the finest examples of English prose.

In 1658 he accepted a position as a lecturer or preacher at Lisburn in

Ulster, and on the Restoration of Charles II, when episcopacy was also

restored, he became Bishop of Down and Connor, and also vicechancellor

of the University of Dublin.

However, he did not have an easy time in his new post. Many of his

clergy were Presbyterians who refused to accept his authority and

were deprived of office. The difficulty of his position no doubt affected

his health, and, catching a fever from a patient he was visiting, Jeremy

Taylor died at Lisburn on 13 August 1667, two days before his

fifty-fourth birthday.

He is remembered as perhaps the greatest of the ‘Caroline Divines’,

those Anglican theologians and writers of the mid-seventeenth century,

a man of broad outlook and warm heart who wrote with great

passion and belief, and whose conviction and faith still speak to us

today. Coleridge placed him among the four masters of early seventeenth

century literature, with Shakespeare, Bacon and Milton.

We start this series by reproducing a section from his:

The Diary: Or, Rule to spend each Day religiously.

1. Suppose every day to be a day of business: for your whole life is a race, and a

battle; a merchandise, and a journey. Every day propound to your self a Rosary or

a Chaplet of good Works, to present to God at night.

2. Rise as soon as your health and other occasions shall permit; but it is good to be

as regular as you can, and as early. Remember, he that rises first to Prayer, hath a

more early title to a blessing. But he that changes night into day, labour into idleness,

watchfulness to sleep, changes his hopes of blessing into a dream.

3. Never let any one think it an excuse to lie in bed, because he hath nothing to do

when he is up: for whoever hath a Soul, and hopes to save that Soul, hath work

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(Continued from page 23)

enough to do to make his calling and election sure, to serve God, and to pray, to

read, and to meditate, to repent and to amend, to do good to others, and to keep

evil from themselves. And if thou hast little to do, thou ought'st to employ the

more time in laying up for a greater Crown of Glory.

4. At your opening your eyes, enter upon the day with some act of piety.

i. Of thanksgiving for the preservation of you the night past.

ii. Of the glorification of God for the works of the Creation, or any thing for the

honour of God.

5. When you first go off from your bed, solemnly and devoutly bow your head, and

worship the holy Trinity, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

6. When you are making ready, be as silent as you can, and spend that time in holy

thoughts; there being no way left to redeem that time from loss, but by meditation

and short mental prayers. If you choose to speak, speak something of Gods

praises, of his goodness, his mercies, or his greatness: Ever resolving, that the first

fruits of thy reason, and of all thy faculties shall be presented to God, to sanctify

the whole harvest of thy conversation.

7. Be not curious, nor careless in your habit, but always keep these measures.

i. Be not troublesome to thy self, or to others, by unhandsomeness or uncleanness.

ii. Let it be according to your state and quality.

iii. Make Religion to be the difference of your habit, so as to be best attired upon

Holy or Festival days.

8. In your dressing, let there be ejaculations fitted to the several actions of dressing:

as at washing your hands and face, pray God to cleanse your Soul from sin: In

putting on your clothes, pray him to clothe your Soul with the righteousness of

your Saviour; and so in all the rest. For Religion must not only be the garment of

your Soul, to invest it all over; but it must be also as the fringes to every of your

actions, that something of Religion appear in every one of them, besides the innocence

of all of them.

9. As soon as you are dressed with the first preparation of your clothes, that you can

decently do it, kneel and say the Lords Prayer; then rise from your knees, and do

what is necessary for you in order to your further dressing, or affairs of the house,

which is speedily to be done; and then finish your dressing according to the foregoing

Rules.

10. When you are dressed, retire your self to your Closet; and go to your usual devotions,

which it is good that at the first prayers they divided were into seven actions

of piety.

i. An act of Adoration.

ii. Of Thanksgiving.

iii. Of Oblation.

iv. Of Confession.

v. Of Petition.

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vi. Of Intercession.

vii. Of Meditation, or serious, deliberate, useful reading of the Holy Scriptures.

11. I advise that your reading should be governed by these measures.

i . Let it be not of the whole Bible in order, but for your devotion use the New

Testament, and such portions of the Old as contain the Precepts of holy life.

ii. The Historical and less useful part let it be read at such other times which you

have of leisure from your domestic employments.

iii. Those portions of Scripture which you use in your Prayers let them not be

long. A Chapter at once; no more: but then what time you can afford, spend it in

thinking and meditating upon the holy Precepts which you read.

iv. Be sure to meditate so long, till you make some act of piety upon the occasion

of what you meditate; either that you get some new arguments against a sin, or

some new encouragements to virtue; some spiritual strength and advantage, or

else some act of Prayer to God, or glorification of him.

v. I advise that you would read your Chapter in the midst of your Prayers in the

Morning, if they be divided according to the number of the former actions; because

little interruptions will be apt to make your Prayers less tedious, and your

self more attentive upon them: But if you find any other way more agreeing to

your spirit and disposition, use your liberty without scruple.

12. Before you go forth of your Closet, after your Prayers are done, set your self

down a little while, and consider who you are to do that day, what matter of business

is like to employ you or to tempt you; and take particular resolution against

that, whether it be matter of wrangling, or anger, or covetousness, or vain courtship,

or feasting: and when you enter upon it, remember, upon what you resolved

in your Closet. If you are likely to have nothing extraordinary that day a general

recommendation of the affairs of that day to God in your Prayers will be sufficient:

but if there be any thing foreseen that is not usual, be sure to be armed for

it, by a hearty though a short Prayer, and an earnest prudent resolution beforehand,

and then watch when the thing comes.

13. Whosoever hath Children or Servants, let him or her take care, that all the Children

and Servants of the family say their Prayers before they begin their work;

The Lords Prayer, and the Ten Commandments, with the short verse at the end of

every Commandment, which the Church uses; and the Creed is a very good office

for them, if they be not fitted for more regular offices. And to these also it were

good, that some proper Prayer were apportioned, and they taught it. It were well if

they would serve themselves of this form set down at the end of this Diary.

14. Then go about the affairs of your house and proper employment, ever avoiding

idleness, or too much earnestness of affection upon the things of the world: Do

your business prudently, temperately, diligently, humbly, charitably.

To be continued next month …

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Liturgical & Prayer Calendar for September 2009

Day Colour Feast Intention

01 W St Giles, Abbot CBS

02 G Feria Schools

03 W St Gregory the Great, Pope & Doctor Forward in Faith

04 W St Cuthbert, Bishop(1 st Friday of the Week: of the Seminarians

Sacred Heart)

05 W Our Lady on Saturday The Allotment holders

06 G 23 rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Our Parish

07 G Feria Our Servers

08 W THE NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN

MARY

Those named after Our

Lady

09 G Feria (Comm of Fr Charles Fuge Lowder Founder of Walsingham Day

SSC)

10 G Feria Philokalia Society

11 G Feria Guild of All Souls

12 W The Most Holy Name of Mary Vocations to the

Priesthood

13 G 34 th Sunday in Ordinary Time Our Parish

14 R THE EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS SSC

15 W Our Lady of Sorrows PCC

16 R Ss Cornelius, Pope & Cyprian, Bishop; Martyrs John, our Bishop

17 G Feria The Faithful Departed

18 W ST EDITH OF KEMSING Christian witness in

Sevenoaks

19 W St Theodore of Canterbury, Bishop The Church in England

20 G 25 th Sunday in Ordinary Time Our Parish

21 R St Matthew Ap & Ev Economic stability

22 W St Pius of Pietralcina, Priest Spring House

23 W Ss. Zechariah and Elizabeth, Parents of St Our Choir

John the Baptist

24 W OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM Walsingham

25 G Feria Pope Benedict XVI

26 G Ss Cosmas & Damian, Mm The medical profession

27 G 26 th Sunday in Ordinary Time Our Parish

28 G Feria Parish branch of MU

29 W SS MICHAEL, GABRIEL & RAPHAEL,

Our Vicar

ARCHANGELS

30 W St Jerome, Priest & Doctor Bible Study Group

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They were giants in the land… Now

they shine like stars in heaven.

Saint of the Month, 22nd September:

ST. PIO OF PIETRALCINA (PADRE PIO)

Francesco was born on

May 25, 1887 in Pietrelcina,

a farming town in

the Southern Italy. He

claimed that by the time

he was five years old he

had already taken the decision

to dedicate his entire

life to God. He

worked on the land up to

the age of 10, looking after

the small flock of

sheep the family owned.

On January 6, 1903, at the age of 15, he entered the novitiate of

the Capuchin Friars at Morcone, where on January 22 he took the Franciscan

habit and the name of Fra (Brother) Pio in honour of Pope Saint

Pius V, the patron saint of Pietrelcina.

In 1910, Brother Pio was ordained a priest and four days later, he

offered his first Mass at the parish church of Our Lady of the Angels.

On September 4, 1916, he was moved to Our Lady of Grace Capuchin

Friary in San Giovanni Rotondo. He stayed at San Giovanni Rotondo

until his death, except for his military service.

Padre Pio became a Spiritual Director for many; his advice was

"Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry”. He directed Christians to recognize God

in all things and to desire above all things to do the will of God. Padre

Pio believed that the love of God was inseparable from suffering and

that suffering all things for the sake of God was the way for the soul to

reach God. This suffering he carried publicly in his own body when he

was granted the marks of the passion (stigmata) but he suffered emo-

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tionally too, he was accused of infractions

against all three of his monastic vows: poverty,

chastity and obedience and ordered to

stop celebrating Mass. He obeyed in complete

silence. By 1933, the tide began to

turn, with Pope Pius XI ordering the Holy

See to reverse its ban on Padre Pio’s public

celebration of Mass. The Pope said, "I have

not been badly disposed toward Padre Pio,

but I have been badly informed." In 1934,

he was again allowed to hear confessions.

The deterioration of Padre Pio's health started during the 1960s

in spite of which he continued his spiritual works. He built a hospital

to relieve suffering and had the pressures of an enormous correspondence.

On September 21, 1968, the day after the 50th anniversary of

his receiving the Stigmata, Padre Pio experienced great tiredness.

Early in the morning of September 23, 1968, Padre Pio made his last

confession and renewed his Franciscan

vows. As was customary, he

had his Rosary in his hands,

though he did not have the

strength to say the Hail Marys

aloud. Till the end, he repeated

the words "Gesú, Maria" (Jesus,

Mary). At 2:30am he breathed his

last in his cell in San Giovanni Rotondo

with his last breath whispering,

"Maria!"

Pope John Paul II declared

Padre Pio a saint on June 16,

2002.

This humble friar teaches us

about the importance of accepting

God’s will and the redemptive

value of suffering.

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Crossword

© 2009 Parish Pump Ltd, all rights reserved

Answers in next month’s edition!

Across

1 ‘Through [Christ] we have gained — by

faith into this grace’ (Romans 5:2) (6)

4 Deprives of sight (Deuteronomy 16:19) (6)

8 The words of a hymn do this (mostly) (5)

9 Faithful allegiance (1 Chronicles 12:33) (7)

10 Belgium’s chief port (7)

11 Where John was baptizing ‘because there

was plenty of water’ (John 3:23) (5)

12 Imposing height (Psalm 48:2) (9)

17 Jesus’ tempter in the wilderness

(Mark 1:13) (5)

19 Comes between Amos and Jonah (7)

21 ‘Your will be done — — as it is in

heaven’ (Matthew 6:10) (2,5)

22 Gale (Matthew 8:24) (5)

23 Axle, eh? (anag.) (6)

24 ‘Out of the — I cry to you, O Lord’ (Psalm

130:1) (6)

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Down

1 Popular Christian author and humorist,

— Plass (6)

2 Transparent ice-like mineral (Revelation

4:6) (7)

3 Method of compelling surrender by surrounding

target of attack (2 Chronicles 32:1)

(5)

5 Expose (Isaiah 52:10) (3,4)

6 Lonny (anag.) (5)

7 Utterance (1 Timothy 1:15) (6)

9 Husband of Deborah, the prophetess (Judges

4:4) (9)

13 Burial service (Jeremiah 34:5) (7)

14 What Christ threatened to do to the lukewarm

church in Laodicea (Revelation 3:16)

(4,3)

15 ‘Simon Peter climbed aboard and dragged

the net — ’ (John 21:11) (6)

16 His response to Jesus’ decision to return to

Judea was ‘Let us also go, that we may die

with him’ (John 11:16) (6)

18 ‘There will be weeping and gnashing of

— ’ (Matthew 8:12) (5)

20 Walkway between rows of pews in a church

(5)

Answers to the July/August crossword:

Across

1 Mosaic

4 Scales

7 Cana

8 Claudius

9 Sadducee

13 SLM

16 Self-confident

17 Sad

19 Radiuses

24 Shepherd

25 Bind

26 Astern

27 Arthur

Down

1 Mock

2 Sandalled

3 CICCU

4 Share

5 Aide

6 Equal

10 Decor

11 Caned

12 Elihu

13 Sherebiah

14 Moth

15 Uses

18 Ashes

20 ASEAN

21 India

22 Apse

23 Eder


On Monday the 31 st August sixteen people from St John’s travelled to

Walsingham for the Healing and Renewal pilgrimage. This year we welcomed

back Roy and Jenny (Roy Cavey’s parents) and Anne and Mick (Rob Smith’s

parents). We also welcomed Marge (Janice Williams’ Mother-in-Law). We all

gathered at church where prayers were led by Father Ivan and we were

sprinkled with holy water. Our journey then began with a full minibus off to

Walsingham! Obviously we had to stop at our usual place for breakfast

where people enjoyed drinks and hot food, including bacon rolls. After a

nice trouble-free journey we arrived in Walsingham at 10:15am.

People then had free time to

enjoy the atmosphere and sit in

the shrine grounds before mass

at 12 noon. The servers went to

the servers’ meeting in the sacristy

to find out what would be

needed of them for the rest of

the day. For the sung mass four

servers were required, so Roy

and myself decided to sit out

and watch! At this mass Rob

was Thurifer, Frances was Crucifer

and Domenico and Carolyn were acolytes. The Principal celebrant was

Bishop Lindsay Urwin OGS, administrator of the Shrine and the Preacher

was Father Tim Pike, warden of the Company of Mission Priests.

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Before the service in the

afternoon at 2.30pm we

all split up and looked in

the shops and enjoyed

refreshments in the

Norton Room. The next

meeting for the servers

was at 2.15pm where we

were told four servers

were also needed for

this service. Therefore,

Domenico was Crucifer,

Frances was Thurifer

and Roy and myself were acolytes. At 2.30pm Sprinkling, Laying-on of hands

with anointing took place, this was followed by Benediction. This was a

lovely service. We as servers also enjoyed it as we were described as

‘mainly decorative!’

After this service we then had free time until we all met in the fish and

chip shop at 6pm for tea. Everybody spent their time differently and I am

sure everybody got what they wanted out of the day. Some people decided

to go for a walk while others spent their time in the shrine grounds and

Norton Room. Some also went to evening prayer at 5.30pm.

After a very enjoyable day we left Walsingham at 8pm. On the way home

we stopped briefly at the services on the M11 near Stansted before arriving

back in Sevenoaks at 11:05pm.

I am sure everybody who went would join me in thanking Roy for the wellorganised

day and driving us up to Walsingham and back again. I am sure we

will all go back next year to serve and take part in this wonderful day!

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BLESSED

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The church has three main

parts to it: the Blessed Sacrament

Chapel ( where the

Blessed Sacrament is kept),

the Sanctuary and the

Nave.

Colour in the picture and

add any other pieces of furniture

to it.

SACRAMENT

THE NAVE

CHAPEL

The Nave is the largest

part of the church and it

is called the nave because

the roof is shaped like the

bottom of a ship.

In the Nave there is a font

on the west side of the

church, it is the first

thing you see when entering.

The font is used for baptising

people.

At the other end of the

Nave are the choir stalls

and the lectern, which is

a reading stand where

lessons or sermons are

read from.

The grey strips on the

THE SANCTUARY

diagram are the two

In the Sanctuary the main focus is the Altar. The Altar is aisles.

where sacrifices are made, the Holy Communion. The altar The Nave is where the

is almost always made of stone and there are often engravings

of saints or words or symbols on it.

tion sit there.

pews are, the congrega-

On the altar there is a tabernacle—where the Blessed Sacrament

is kept (the bread) and a Ciborium ,which comes

from the Latin word for food, in which the Blessed Sacrament

is placed.

The wine is drunk from a chalice and the wine is mixed with

water.

There are generally between two and six candles on the Altar,

which are lit during the service.

Georgina Durant x


Three matches have been played since

the last edition of About St John’s,

resulting in two drawn games and one

defeat. [For the uninitiated a game

can be for a certain number of overs for each side, when the side with the highest

score wins. This is quite a new development. When I was playing fifty years ago,

most games were time games, that is played to a time. The side batting first could

bat as long as they liked but had to bowl the second batting team out to win. If

they failed, it was a draw.] All our latest three games were time games.

The first game was against Pinewoods, who batted first and declared on a score of

174-7. Mark Davies was top bowler with 2-31. Adam Williams was outstanding in the

field and also had a spell as wicket-keeper. We had a score of 128-8 when rain came

down and brought the game to an end. Mark Davies scored 24 and Mark Cheeseman

23.

Next came the return game with Brasted & Sundridge, who again batted first and

scored 199-? Declared. Once again Mark Davies was the best bowler, taking 2-30.

Three of their batsmen were run out, which shows keen fielding even if runs are

being scored. Our innings was in three parts, firstly there was a good opening stand

with Robert Hodgson scoring 28 and a guest player (Reece) scoring 29. Then our

batsmen tried to emulate the England team and collapsed with no-one getting more

than 4 runs. This found us with nine wickets down when Paul Williams came out to

join Mark Cheeseman at the crease. Try as they might, for the next 10 overs

Brasted & Sundridge found that this pair had no intention of getting out. The game

therefore ended in a draw with the score on 120-9, with Mark Cheeseman 15 not out

and Paul Williams 4 not out.

Finally came our game against St Mary’s, Green-Street-Green, who are one of the

strongest teams we play. They batted first and having dismissed them for 161 we

felt we had done exceptionally well in the field. Will Peters took 3 wickets for 37,

Robert Hodgson 2-17, Mark Cheeseman 2-38 and Will Bonner (newly returned from

army duty in Afghanistan) 2-46. Our innings started well, with Robert Hodgson

scoring 23 and Will Peters 20, but then once again we had an ’England’-style collapse

when we were all out for 71. As a footnote, Michael Payne scored his first run but

has the distinction of never having been out this season.

That is not quite the end of our cricketing activities. Each year a game is played

between Rochester Diocesan Clergy team and the Old Roffensians for the Father

Paul Wakelin Cup. The clergy could not find a full team and so Mark Cheeseman and

Oliver Bunting from St John’s completed the team. Mark was the top scorer with 25

runs, whilst Oliver made a forceful 8.

We play in the Sevenoaks Outdoor 6-a-Side competition on Bank Holiday Monday,

then we have the winter Indoor season which starts in October.

Jim Cheeseman

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This is one of the most rewarding months of the year for fruit, flowers and

veg.

We must now start to think about 2010!

• Apply grease bands to your apple trees.

• When harvesting crops remove all debris; if left it will harbour pests and diseases.

• Harvest and store your root veg, carrots, beetroot, turnips. Parsnips and swedes are

best left in the ground to be frosted. It gives them that extra flavour.

• Plant out your spring cabbage 10” apart in rows 12” apart.

• When your asparagus turns yellow cut down to within 1” of the ground and mulch

with well-rotted manure.

• Plant garlic — it needs a cold period to grow successfully. Trim off the largest from

parsley to encourage new growth.

• Prepare your new strawberry bed now with plenty of well-rotted manure or compost;

plant by the end of the month.

• Buy your bulbs this month before the best are sold out.

• Hyacinths and daffodils can be planted this month.

• Prune your rambler roses.

• Give your lawn an autumn feed.

• Lift gladioli.

• Keep on top of the weeds.

• Autumn planting is traditional (and best) for all hardy plants.

This time of year brings back memories of the hop garden and hop-picking during the war,

with dear old Gran watching and listening for ‘doodle-bugs’. Enjoying Gran’s meat and potato

pie (more potatoes than meat). I am sure some of you will have the same memories.

Ah, happy days!

Enjoy your garden,

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David Edmeads


Fr. Ivan Aquilina SSC Vicar 451710

Mr. Richard Wilson Churchwarden 01892 549332

Mr. David Bonner Churchwarden 465853

Fr. Mark North SSC Curate 743127

Fr. Christopher Dawson

Hon. Assistant Priest

P a r i s h C o n t a c t s

Fr. Barry Compton Hon. Assistant Priest 860380

Mr. Roger Williams Reader 743869

Mr. James Cheeseman

Guild of All Souls

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455718

Mr. Michael O’Donoghue Pastoral Assistant 453503

Mrs. Jackie Hendry Pastoral Assistant 453010

Mr. John Hendry Organist & Choirmaster 453010

Mrs. Joan Payne Hall Bookings 459754

Mr. Roy Cavey Head Server 464038

Dr. Peter Turner C B S 452633

Mrs. Valerie Chaili Mothers’ Union 460695

Mrs. Janice Williams Walsingham Cell 742754

Mrs. Amy Payne Youth Group (BOBs) 458997

P a r i s h O f f i c e

S e r v i c e s

Telephone: 451710

Email:

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Sundays: Mass 8.00am

Sung Mass 10.00am

Weekday masses: Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat. 9.30am

Please see weekly Sunday Pew Sheet for further details.

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