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]
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,
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
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
As ever this comes with my love and best wishes especially as I
start my third year among you,
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Always on a Sunday
The irate customer called the newsagents, loudly demanding to know where
the Sunday edition of her newspaper was. "Madam,” said the newsagent patiently,
“We have not delivered your Sunday newspaper because today is
Saturday. The Sunday paper is not delivered until tomorrow, on Sunday."
There was quite a long pause on the other end of the phone, followed by a
sigh of wakening understanding. "Well, now ... so that's why no one was at
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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
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.
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
Fr Heal with two curates, Fr
Peter Hawkins & Fr Brian
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-
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.”
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
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
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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!
At St John’s Church Hall
26th September 2009
Any donations gratefully received between
St John’s Altar Servers
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 email@example.com
We are hoping to hold a ‘taster’ event with some of the prepared dishes to
launch the book before Christmas. Bon appétit!
News from your Neighbourhood
by PC John Boyden
Working with you in Sevenoaks Town and
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
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
• 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
Scout Group Camp – 3 – 5 July
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.
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
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.
[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
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
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.
St. John’s Branch Meetings in September:
Tuesday 8th 10.15am:
Prayer Group at 12 Holmesdale Road
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
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
Parish Diary - September 2009
8pm Forward in Faith
Nativity of Our
10.15am MU Prayer
6.45pm-8pm Cubs (St
Conference At Ascot
12 noon Deanery
6.45pm-8pm Cubs (St
Monday 21st Tuesday 22nd Wednesday 23rd
6.45pm-8pm Cubs (St
6.45pm-8pm Cubs (St
Parish Diary - September 2009
First Friday of the
9.30am MU meet for Mass
Allotment Holders Annual
Show in the Hall
10am Sung Mass
7pm Scouts (St John’s
3.15pm Farewell Service
for Bishop Michael
10am Sung Mass
5pm Evening Prayer
7pm Scouts (St John’s
10am Sung Mass
3pm Annual St Edith
7pm Scouts (St John’s
10am church cleaning
2.30-4pm Spring House
Jumble Sale in the
Hall (see p11)
10am Sung Mass
Friday 2nd October
7pm Scouts (St John’s
Saturday 3rd October
Sunday 4th October
10am Sung Mass
5pm Rosary &
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-
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
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
(Continued on page 24)
(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
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
i. An act of Adoration.
ii. Of Thanksgiving.
iii. Of Oblation.
iv. Of Confession.
v. Of Petition.
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
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
Those named after Our
09 G Feria (Comm of Fr Charles Fuge Lowder Founder of Walsingham Day
10 G Feria Philokalia Society
11 G Feria Guild of All Souls
12 W The Most Holy Name of Mary Vocations to the
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
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,
30 W St Jerome, Priest & Doctor Bible Study Group
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-
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,
Pope John Paul II declared
Padre Pio a saint on June 16,
This humble friar teaches us
about the importance of accepting
God’s will and the redemptive
value of suffering.
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Answers in next month’s edition!
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
1 Popular Christian author and humorist,
— Plass (6)
2 Transparent ice-like mineral (Revelation
3 Method of compelling surrender by surrounding
target of attack (2 Chronicles 32:1)
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
13 Burial service (Jeremiah 34:5) (7)
14 What Christ threatened to do to the lukewarm
church in Laodicea (Revelation 3:16)
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
Answers to the July/August crossword:
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.
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
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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After I returned to the entrance of the
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greeted two strangers and asked where they
would like to sit. Looking confused, the young
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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
Colour in the picture and
add any other pieces of furniture
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
At the other end of the
Nave are the choir stalls
and the lectern, which is
a reading stand where
lessons or sermons are
The grey strips on the
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
The wine is drunk from a chalice and the wine is mixed with
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
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.
This is one of the most rewarding months of the year for fruit, flowers and
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,
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
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
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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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