SAINTS PETER AND PAUL, APOSTLES

30th June

 

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Today's Mass Readings on Universalis

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EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HERE AT ST. FRANCIS'

 

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.

 

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PROGRAMME 2019/20

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We are very much looking forward to celebrating our First Holy Communion Masses this coming June.  It’s always a highlight of the parish’s year and we thank very much our Catechists who give their time so generously in helping the children prepare for this great moment in their lives. 

We are blessed with so many children and young families in our parish and Fr. Liam would very much like the opportunity to meet as many as possible.  Therefore, there will be a new format for applying for your child’s First Holy Communion.  If you have a child who is currently in Year 2 or above at school (will be 8 years old by 31st August 2020) and you would like them to celebrate their First Communion next year, then you are invited to receive an application form from Fr. Liam on Tuesday 25th June.  The church will be open from 4pm – 7pm that day and Fr. Liam would like to meet both parent and child in the St. Clare room.  As well as having an opportunity to meet you all, this will give us a chance to talk a little about the actual classes and to ask any questions you may have. 

There will be certain fundamental things a child needs to know before the classes actually begin in September, such as; Does the child know the name of the church they attend? Do they know what ‘Mass’ is? Do they know the name of the Parish Priest here? Do they know how to make the sign of the cross? Do they know the Our Father etc...  This will all help the time of preparation be so much easier and happier for the child.  When a child begins their classes without knowing any of these, it makes things very tough for them.  The Catechists, too, have a very hard job filling up the gaps of knowledge that we expect them to already have.  If the gaps in a child’s understanding are too much, then it may be that the child is not ready to begin yet.

May I remind the parents that when their child was baptised they promised to bring them up as the primary teachers of the faith – so please carry out this promise to help the child prepare the best way they can and grow in friendship with Christ.

The application forms will only be given by Fr. Liam personally on this day – they are not available through the parish office, website or St. Francis School. 

Fr. Liam very much looks forward to meeting you all. Thank you.

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Welcome!

"...JESUS CHRIST, THE BEGINNING AND THE END...
ALL TIME BELONGS TO HIM... AND ALL THE AGES..."


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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