Second Sunday of Advent (Year A)

8th December

 

2nd Sunday of Advent

 

 

Today's Mass Readings on Universalis

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Click the banner above for some resources to help in your Advent preparation, including Advent Calendars for children as well as adults, apps for your devices and of course the Annual Advent Reflections from Southwark' Diocese Sprirituality Commission.

Don't forget to visit the church Repository
for a wide selection of printed resources for Advent including
"Day by Day" and "Walk With Me" booklets.

 

ADVENT FOR CHILDREN

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Please take a Calendar sheet from the back of the church for children to take home.  There are reflections and activities for every day of Advent as well as puzzles and jokes to enjoy.   Also, there is Christmas gift from the Catenians who have provided a leaflet of the story of the first Christmas for children so please do collect these from the porch and take them home.

 

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godwhospeaks‘THE GOD WHO SPEAKS’   

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. There will be more resources available soon... (Click the logo for more info)

One special way we can do this is by coming to;

 

adventADVENT – A TIME FOR THE WORD TO BECOME FLESH

 
Advent sessions with the Bible:

Thursday 12th December 7.30pm    The Messiah in the Old Testament


Thursday 19th December 7.30pm    The Nativity of Jesus in the Gospels

These will take place in the church and will be led by Fr Pawel.  Please come and join us as a way of helping to reflect, pray and prepare for the coming celebration of Christmas.

 

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Rite of Acceptance
Sunday 1st December 2019

On the 1st Sunday of Advent parishioners at the 10.45 am Mass witnessed the Rite of Acceptance into the Catechumenate of our three candidates who have been following the RCIA  Programme since early September. They were accompanied by their Sponsors and Catechists.

 

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Alexander Davies, Filipa de Barros and Kateryna Vynohradska 
(From left to right - click for larger photo)


The Rite of Acceptance, when the candidates assemble publicly for the first time, declare their intention to the Church to be received and Confirmed at Easter. The Church in turn, represented by St. Francis Parish, accepts them as persons who intend to become members.

Please remember them in your prayers as they continue their journey towards Easter.

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The candidates with their sponsors & Fr. Liam (click for larger photo)

 

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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.

 

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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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