The Feast of Pentecost and beyond

The Parish Mass every Sunday at 9:00AM. Sunday School is on holiday until next week.
This Sunday June 5th is Pentecost Sunday. Today we also give thanks for Our Queen, Elizabeth II celebrating her 70 glorious years.
As we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, the season of Easter reaches its final climax. This Sunday
we celebrate and experience the powerful outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the whole church and
on all those who call themselves disciples and followers of the risen Lord.
Last week when we celebrated the Ascension of Jesus, he promised his followers that he would
send them the Holy Spirit and that they would be filled with power from high. Theirs and our
waiting is over. Today with the whole church we celebrate Pentecost Sunday. This is not something
that happened a long time ago to other people. It is happening today, here and now. Today each of
us is filled with and anointed with the Holy Spirit.
The first followers of Jesus weren’t strong, courageous or even very faithful. They betrayed Jesus.
They denied and deserted him when we he needed them the most. After his death they hid
themselves away in fear. They had lost all heart and hope. Then the strangest thing happens to
them. The house shakes with the sound of a mighty wind and the sight of fire! These frightened
and frail men and women are transformed. Through the Holy Spirit, they are given new hope, new
heart and new purpose. Their fear and silence is replaced by courage and conviction. They leave
their hiding place and make their way into the streets and proclaim the good news of the
resurrection. They become new people with a new message. At this very moment the missionary
church is born.
We are no different than these ordinary men and women. Through our baptism and confirmation,
each of us has been filled and anointed with the exact same Holy Spirit. Just the first followers of
his proclaimed the good news about Jesus; we too are called to do the exact same today. Just as
these men and women were transformed into energetic and outspoken witnesses of Jesus, so too
must each of us.
Hymns: 137, 138, 272, 342 and the National Anthem.
Readings at Mass today: 1st Reading: Acts 2: 1-21. Psalm: Ps 104: 25-35, 37. 2nd Reading: Romans 8: 14-17. The Gospel: St John 14: 8-17.
Every Friday Free Coffee served from 10:30AM. Mass at Noon
The PCC will meet after the 6:00PM Mass on Wednesday June 8th.
Next Sunday is TRINITY SUNDAY – JUNE 12TH and is our Patronal Festival. We are aiming for a very special Mass with visiting preacher – Canon Carl-Fredrik Arvidsson, we will conclude with Bring and Share party to end such a great day of celebration. Please sign up for what you can bring for the Bring and Share meal. Sheet in Porch. Wine will be served!
PLEASE PRAY FOR YOU NEW CHURCHWARDENS Paul Gorham and Peter Hulcoop who will be admitted to the Office of Churchwarden at Canterbury Cathedral on June 14th at 7:30PM.
SUNDAY JUNE 19TH IS CORPUS CHRISTI SUNDAY. On this day we shall offer a special Mass in thanksgiving for the institution of the Holy Eucharist with a concluding Procession and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
Fr Michael Morris will be celebrating his 40th Anniversary as a Priest on July 9th at Holy Trinity Church. There will be a Concelebrated Mass at 11:00AM followed by a Reception at the San Clu afterwards. This is quite a milestone. Please come and help him celebrate.
You are invited to a Church BBQ All five of the Parishes of the Society of St Wilfrid and St Hilda in Canterbury Diocese are getting to together on July 31st for a BBQ at St Michael’s Church in Harbledown, Canterbury at 3:00PM. Cost is only £2 for food and bring your own drinks – wine, beers or soft drinks. Lifts can be arranged, see Fr Paul for details.
RICHBROUGH FAMILY DAY. Will you join us for a wonderful day out at St Albans’ Abbey on August 13th. Coach from Holy Trinity and St Andrew’s to St Albans in Hertfordshire. There will be a glorious Mass in the Abbey, Lunch with Bishop Norman and a great day with some time for shopping or sightseeing in city of St Albans. Sign up sheet out soon.
Our Summer Fair and Afternoon Teas will take place at Church on July 23rd form 2:00PM till 4:00PM. Offers of Bric a Brac, Cakes and Homemade Jams etc will be gratefully received. Please see Churchwardens for details.
Please note that Our Holy Water stoup is now back in use in the entrance vestibule.
HOLY BAPTISM – We welcome into the family of God through Holy Baptism Ethan Joel Oram on Saturday June 11th at 3:00PM. Please pray for Ethan and his parents and Godparents.
CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE Please pray for Samantha Hembling and Jason Green to be married at Holy Trinity Church on Friday July 29th at 2:00PM.