Sunday 23rd February

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)


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Today's Mass Readings on Universalis





lent 2020



ASH WEDENSDAYash wednesday

Once again, God has blessed us with another opportunity to renew our lives, turn from our sinfulness and grow stronger in our love for him with the Season of Lent. 

We begin our journey of Lent this week 26th February with Ash Wednesday.  The 6.30am Mass will definitely end by 7.00am so that anybody catching the 7.11am train from Maidstone East to London will be able to get there in good time.  Remember that when you have received your ashes, you are not to rub them off but to be a public witness to everybody who you meet. 

Mass times are: 6.30am, 10.30am, 6.30pm (Polish Mass) & 8.00pm



Please join us on a journey through the Lenten Season, each Saturday afternoon at 4.00pm.  Sessions are stand-alone and will begin with a talk and prayer session for 30-40 minutes in the church and will be followed by refreshments in St Clare’s.  Sessions will finish in plenty of time for evening Mass.


lemt 2020

29th February  
Journey to Relationship
Carole and Pete Batty
7th  March
Journey of Jesus to Jerusalem 
Fr Pawel Sobol
14th March
Journey through the Holy Land
Fr Liam Gallagher
21st March
Journey to Conversion
Leonie Urban
28th March
Journey to Sprituality
Angela Black
4th  April
Journey to Rome 
Patrick Horgan



During the Season of Lent , Stations of the Cross will be prayed:

Every Monday after 10.30am Mass (English)
Every Friday 7.15pm (English and Polish)
Every Sunday 8.50am at Preston Hall (Two or three every week so whole journey is complete by end of Lent).






As we have now begun our Season of Advent, the new year of the Church, we have been encouraged by Pope Francis and The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales to observe 2020 as the Year of the Word.  This means thinking of ways in which we can become more familiar with passages of the Bible and using Scripture in our prayer life more.

(Click the logo for more info)


god who speaks logoWHERE TO BEGIN?

As much as the launch of this year can bring an exciting boost in our knowledge and relationship with Christ by reading and praying with Scripture more frequently, it can seem daunting holding a big book and wonder where to begin. My advice is to read and pray with Matthew’s Gospel as that is the Gospel we will be hearing throughout the year. Find times during the week that are quiet (not easy I know, but try) and read small parts of the Bible at a time, or even take the Mass sheet home with you.

Download Saint Matthew’s Gospel Day-by-day here



There is a beautiful form of praying with Scripture called ‘Lectio Divina’ meaning ‘Sacred or Divine Reading’. This is a structured form of prayer that people can do on their own – it involves; reading a Bible passage, meditation, prayer and then contemplation. There are some great guides on the technique of Lectio Divina that can be found on You Tube. If you wish to have a quick fire and accessible instruction then look up ‘Fr. Josh How to pray the Bible’. If you wish something a little more thorough then look for the video sessions by Fr. Mark Toups.  There are plenty more that you may find more helpful however these two are amongst the best. You will see how much God has to say to you when using Scripture in this way. Please do also visit the Website of the Archdiocese of Southwark or click on the link of ‘The God Who Speaks’ to find out about various talks and courses.


Official Prayer for the Year of the Word

Living God, you walk alongside of us and speak to us through the Scriptures.
Your Son Jesus Christ listens to our hopes and fears and show us how to live for one another. Send us the Holy Spirit to open our minds and hearts so that we may be your witnesses throughout the world. Amen

Our Lady of the Annunciation, pray for us.
St. Matthew, pray for us
St. Jerome, pray for us





adorationAdoration with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place every Friday here at Saint Francis, Maidstone between 7:00am and 4:00pm and 6:00pm to 10:00pm, with the exception of Good Friday. The Blessed Sacrament is reposed during the morning mass at 10:30am and again during the evening mass at 8:00pm.

Everyone is welcome to come into the church during the time of exposition and to stay as little or as long as they are able.


For more details please go to our new Adoration webpage.






These words on the doors of the Church porch express perfectly the purpose of our parish. We are a community centred round the Lord Jesus.

Saint Francis' Parish in the heart of Maidstone was founded in 1859 and since then has been the heart of the Catholic community in the Maidstone area. From it was founded the parishes of Saint Thomas More, West Malling; Holy Family, Park Wood; and Saint Peter's Bearsted. In addition to the mother church there are Mass Centres at St Luke's, Preston Hall and at the Ordinariate Chapel of Our Lady, Wateringbury.

Today the faith which inspired its foundation almost 150 years ago continues to find its expression in a lively community bringing together people of many races all united by their love of God. It is this love which calls us all to work together to build up our community and to care for all in need.

I would like to welcome all who visit our website and hope you share something of our vision for the future of the church and parish.
Father Liam - Parish Priest


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