The Week ahead at HTR – August 21st

Welcome to our Parish Mass at 9:00AM – August 21st – Trinity 10 (21st Sunday of Ordinary Time).  Fr Paul will be the celebrant today and preacher. Sunday School is on Summer break until September 11th.

Mass every Wednesday at 6:00PM and every Friday at Noon.  Free Coffee served every Friday from 10:30AM.

  Hymns for Mass this Sunday from New English Hymnal: 339, 337, 333, 338.   Psalm 103: 1-8. 


Readings at Mass today: 1st Reading:  Is 58: 9-14.  Psalm 103: 1-8.   2nd Reading: Heb 12: 18-29.  The Gospel: St Luke 13: 10-17.

In the Gospel set for today Luke 13:10-17 we see Jesus teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath, and what follows is a powerful story of keeping rules but also doing the right thing, and this is highlighted in the story of the woman crippled for eighteen years. Jesus sets her free from the ailment but causes upset because he heals on the sabbath.

Is there anything that keeps you bound up or oppressed? Infirmity, whether physical or spiritual, can befall us for a variety of reasons and God can use it for some purpose that we do not understand.  When Jesus encountered an elderly woman who was spent of her strength and unable to stand upright, he gave her words of faith and freedom and restored her to health.  She must have suffered much, both physically and spiritually for eighteen years.

Jesus demonstrates the power of God’s kingdom in releasing those held captive in bondage to sickness, and sin. It took only one word from Jesus to release this woman instantly of her infirmity.  Do you believe in the power of Jesus to release you from affliction or oppression?

  It was announced at Mass last Sunday that Fr Angus James Beattie will be the new Rector of the Plurality of St Andrew’s Deal and Holy Trinity, Ramsgate.  He will be Instituted on November 7th.

Fr Angus was ordained to the diaconate in 2019 and to the priesthood in 2020. He has served his title in the Parish of St Mary, South Ruislip in the Diocese of London and under the pastoral care of the Bishop of Fulham.  Prior to life in holy orders, Fr Angus taught in secondary education for many years, as well as leading youth activities. He formerly served in the British Army and is a linguist, with expertise in Russian. He is married to Maxcine.

We are very grateful to Bishop Norman for finding Fr Angus, also to Fr Darren Miller, the Archdeacon of Ashford for his amazing help in moving this appointment forward before Fr Paul’s retirement, thus sparing us a long vacancy. Thanks also to the Bishop of Dover for her support throughout the process of finding our new Rector.

The next Cell of Our Lady of Walsingham Mass and Rosary will be on Saturday September 3rd at 11:30AM at St Andrew’s in Deal.   Fr Roger will preside at Mass. Please ask for a lift – we do car share!  Also a shared Mass at 9:30am on September 8th at Deal for Our Lady’s Nativity.

THE PCC MEET ON WEDNEDSAY – September 7th after Mass at 6:00PM. Agenda items to Mary Somers-James please.

Fr Paul’s last Sunday with us as Rector will be Sunday September 25th.  The Mass that day will be followed by a Buffet Lunch. All are invited to join us in saying our farewell to Fr Paul and Maggie.

Saturday September 10th is Ride and Stride – our church will be open all day. Can you help man the church and offer a welcome to our many visitors?  Perhaps you may even wish to be out and about on the Ride and Stride with sponsorship. As a parish we receive 50% of everything we raise.  Please support Lynette Smith this year, as Paula Tibbert is on holiday.

Our Summer Fayre and Afternoon Teas will take place on Saturday September 3rd from 2:00PM – 4:00PM. Can you help?  We need cakes, jams and Bric a Brac, Toys etc for sale. See Clive Baker for details.