Sunday 29th March 2020

Fifth Sunday of Lent - Year A

 

MAY THE PEACE OF CHRIST REIGN IN OUR HEARTS,
OUR FAMILIES AND OUR HOMES DURING THIS TIME. 
AS YOUR PRIESTS, WE PROMISE
TO KEEP YOU ALL IN OUR PRAYERS EVERYDAY,
PLEASE KEEP US IN YOURS.


MAY ALMIGHTY GOD BLESS AND PROTECT US ALL.

 

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RE-DEDICATION OF ENGLAND AS THE DOWRY
OF OUR BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

 

Archbishop John Wilson in the Cathedral today will pray on behalf of the Diocese the prayer of Re-dedication of England as the Dowry of Mary. He has asked people to join him today if they can in making a personal act of entrustment of yourself and your parish. Details can be found on www.Behold2020.com.

Fr. Liam shall be praying for re-dedication at 6.00pm this Sunday evening and invites everybody to join him as one voice.

This prayer will be live streamed here.

Please find the prayers we will be using on the Behold website.

 

 

 

 

As Mass will no longer be public until further notice, we are going to be able to live stream Mass every Sunday at 10.45am. We are so pleased to be able to give this opportunity for everybody needing to stay at home.  It will not feel the same but you are not alone – The Spirit of Almighty God will unite us, make us one as we worship in his name as his family as you follow the Mass here at St. Francis.

Click the link below or the image above to go to the parish YouTube page to watch. Please note that you do not need a YouTube account to watch. If you do have a YouTube account then please Subscribe and click the Bell to get a reminder each time that Holy Mass is streamed.

 

 

Today's Mass Readings on Universalis

Universalis

You can view or download the Readings at Mass by clicking the link above to Universalis.

 

Alternatively, you can also purchase access to the full Universalis content which includes all of the Mass prayers and Daily Office of the Church and can be used on a PC/Mac, tablets, e-book readers (Kindle, Kobo, etc...) and phone apps. There is a one month trial for individual apps or you buy a one-off registration and get all the apps.

Click here to find out more

 

As an alternative you may want to take advantage of this wonderful gesture from Magnificat.

"During this challenging time, many of the faithful are unable to attend Mass. Magnificat is honoured to provide complimentary access to our online version to help people pray from home."

There is free access to the UK & US online versions as well as their Android & iPhone apps.

https://us.magnificat.net/free

 

Watching YouTube on Sky Q & Virgin Tivo/V6 Boxes

 

To watch YouTube on a Sky Q box follow this link to find out how!

To watch YouTube on a Virgin Tivo/V6 box:

Select channel number 198. Then at the prompt press the RED button. This should open up the YouTube app on your screen. Move the cursor over to the SEARCH icon on the left hand side using the arrow keys. Then key-in "St Francis Parish Maidstone" in the Search box. Select this and you should then see a circular icon of St Francis Church. Just select that icon and the livestream window should appear, ready to be selected.

You do NOT need to sign in with a YouTube account to watch but if you do, you can then Subscribe and receive reminders of any future livestreams.

 


Coronavirus (COVID 19) Updates

(Last updated 28th March)

 

Please keep visiting this website, the Facebook page and Twitter for any future updates and spiritual resources...

 

CLOSED CHURCH BUILDING

Sadly with immediate effect St. Francis' Church is now closed until further notice as requested by the Government.

However, we will be livestreaming Mass every Sunday at 10.45am and also this Wednesday 25th March at 7.30pm to celebrate the Solemnity of The Annunciation of the Lord

 

PRESBYTERY (Priest's House)

Following the pastoral guidance that has been issued to us regarding social distancing and unessential gatherings, the priest house is now for the priests only, so all groups, meetings, classes and counting have been suspended until further notice.   

As access to the presbytery is restricted to essential persons only, parishioners are asked to limit communications to e-mail (preferably) or phone where possible.

 

CONFESSIONS

Until we receive further instructions, we shall not be hearing Confessions by arrangements or request.  If anybody really feels that they need to come to Confession but are not able to get to a priest, especially before participating in our live stream Mass on Sunday and want to make an Act of Spiritual Communion, then we call to mind that the great mercy of God has no limits. In such circumstances where a truly penitent person cannot get to Confession through no fault of their own we can follow the Catechism of the Catholic Church which talks about what a sincere penitential heart can do, 'When it arises from a love by which God is loved above all else, contrition is called perfect. Such sins remits all venial sins; it also obtains forgiveness of mortal sin if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible.'  (CCC 1452). Therefore, in the circumstances that are currently in, this is a valid calling for God's forgiveness of our sins - but it does not replace the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  The penitent must attend confession as soon as they possibly can after this.  Absolution for our sins cannot be given over the phone or skype.

 

CHURCH OFFERING

A number of people have enquired about how to give their offering to the church every week as we cannot have a collection at the moment. If you would like to continue to donate an amount to the church every week it can be done by making an arrangement of a Standing Order from your bank to be paid directly into the Parish Account. If this is something you would like to do then please contact the Parish Office via the Parish email address and the information that you need shall be given to you.

If you do not wish to start a Standing Order, please do not make an unnecessary visit to the Priest House to drop an envelope through the door.  We would advise for now that you place it in your Gift Aid envelope and keep it at home for the time being.  Thank you

 

MASS INTENTIONS

During the period of time that Mass is not celebrated publicly, the priests will be concelebrating (three of them together) only one Mass together every day, including Sunday at 10.45am.  This means that Friday 8pm, Saturday 6pm, Sunday 9.00am, 9.00am (Preston Hall), 10.15am HMP and 6.00pm are not celebrated for the time being.  We are keeping the original timetables written out (see above) because they have a particular Mass Intention that somebody has requested.  If a Mass Intention was originally scheduled for a Mass time that is not currently happening, the intention is offered by one of the priest who concelebrate for another Mass during that week.  Three priests can offer up their own separate Mass Intention during one Mass.  So please guarantee that the Intentions written out above will be offered during the course of the week.


We are very grateful for people who give in a Mass offering and do our best to accommodate with their request.  As we should do our best to follow our recent instruction to stay at home, it might be an idea now that people do not come to priest house at least for the next three weeks just to drop off a Mass Intention.  There are no spaces for a Mass within the next few weeks anyway so we advise you please to stay at home as instructed and wait for things to relax before we start booking Masses again.



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FOOD AND EASTER DONATIONS

If you are able to donate food, groceries and even chocolate treats for Easter which are given to the local families in need and disadvantaged children, then please place on the doorstep of the priest house, ring the doorbell but do not wait for an answer. Somebody will take your generous offering. Please do not make this donation if you know you should be self isolating yourself. Thank you.

 

 

 

Visit the links above for all the official news, information and Spritual resources from the Bishops' of ENGLAND & WALES website and our own Archdiocese of Southwark website

 

As we all know, this is a rapidly changing situation and any further guidance and information will be made available as soon as it becomes known.

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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

 

If you have any suggestions for improvements to or items to be included on this site, or your Parish Group would like to have their own page, then please contact Mark the Webmaster via email below.

 

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