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#13 - Prayer

DEACON DIARIESIt amused me to see a report on the television last week, that much to the annoyance of many secularists in the media, one of the most asked questions on google was “How do I pray?” It might seem a bit strange for people to be turning to the internet for inspiration on how to pray, but if you were to look it up yourself, you would find many thousands of ideas and suggestions. The saying, ‘God works in mysterious ways’ springs to mind, but then again we are sitting right in the middle of a time where the Mass can be found online from a wide range of sources. And when times are tough, prayer can be the comfort and inspiration that keeps many people going.



#12 - Identity

DEACON DIARIESWhat do others see as my identity - what do I see as being my identity? If I was to ask others how they see me I would probably get the answers of husband, dad, grandpa, son, brother, uncle, friend, neighbour, deacon, chaplain, retired fire-fighter, student, and so the list could continue and continue. The same is true for each of us. The list might be a little different here and there, but often it will be the same. And the identity that someone gives to us, in many ways colours how they see us and expect us to act.






feed the hungryAny of our children, youngsters and parents feeling fit and strong?  Want some exercise while helping the community? . We would like you to walk one mile each (about 2000 steps or 20 minutes walking on the spot).

To hit your mile, you can hike around your home or your garden, but please be safe. We’ll turn your miles into food by donating a can of food to our food bank for every mile to try and hit 5,000. Please take a screenshot or a picture of your miles on a smartphone or other, or just tell us the total if this is not possible, and email us on: with your name, number of miles (all family can take part) and your email address.

We will publish the running total on the website and our donors will give us the tins. Any questions may be directed to the email address stated. Thanks and good luck!


This week's update (24th May) - Many thanks to those who have submitted their miles this week, which totalled 457. This gives a running total of 1,866 miles towards our target of 5,000 miles. The pictures show the first 1,000 cans/items taken to the food bank last week and the other donations which were distributed to the needy of our parish. Please keep walking/running, safely, and send in your miles to enable us to take another 1,000 cans (or equivalent) next week. Every little helps! Many thanks.

View photos of all the goodies here!



The young members of our Parish Flame Group have put together a beautifully led rosary for the month of May. 




7th Sunday of Easter

24th May 2020




Live-Stream Schedule
for Sunday 24th May


Holy Mass at 10:45am


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Today's Mass Readings on Universalis


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


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An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.






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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