Fourth Sunday of Easter - Good Shepherd Sunday

22nd April


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‘I am the Good Shepherd.  I know my own and my own know me.’


Prayer for Vocations

God our Father, look in love upon our homes, our families and our communities. Raise up from among us worthy priests - to teach the Gospel to all people, to minister at your altar and to care for your flock.  Fill us with your Holy Spirit and make us faithful and inspiring witnesses to your Gospel.  Through Christ our Lord. Amen.



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Easter Vigil 2018




Deacon Tom and Lyn Coyle would like to thank everyone for the very generous gift from the parish to mark our move from Maidstone to Chester.  We really appreciate your kindness and generosity.  We are gradually settling in and have already made friends in the very welcoming parish.  Tom will continue his ministry as Deacon and Lyn will be involved and has already volunteered for the choir!  Thank you for all your good wishes.  We both loved St Francis’ Parish, and will miss you all very much.  God Bless.




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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