due to the recent relaxing of lockdown
our church BUILDING IS NOW open for individual private prayer
MONDAY TO SATURDAY 12PM - 2PM ONLY

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Celebration of Public Mass
Stewards Required!

 

Great News! We are hoping to restart celebrating Public Mass on Thursday 16th July 10.30am. From then on Mass will be celebrated every weekday at 10.30am. Saturday morning Mass will be at 10.00am. There will be no Friday evening Mass. Sunday Mass will see a change in some times because the capacity is reduced due to social distancing.


The times for Sunday Masses are:

6.00pm (Saturday); 8.30am; 10.00am; 11.30am; 4.00pm; 6.00pm

It is wonderful that the opportunity to come and celebrate Public Mass is now here at St. Francis but we depend upon your help. The only way that this will be possible is if we receive volunteers to be stewards for the Masses. This will involve greeting people at the door while making sure they sanitise hands and deposit their Track and Trace Card, guiding them to the seats, ushering people for holy communion, making sure everybody leaves safely and then helping clean the Church ready for the next Mass. We ask that we have a different team for each Sunday Mass - but it is okay to help again during the weekday.

 

IT IS SIMPLE BUT ESSENTIAL AND WE ARE NOT ABLE TO CELEBRATE MASS WITHOUT THEIR HELP!

 

We are very grateful for all who helped with stewarding for Private Prayer during the past two weeks - but this shall finish when public Mass starts again. If you are aged between 18 - 70, in good health and not a part of the high risk category and willing to help as a Steward for Mass then please email the parish office with details of which Mass you are able to help at.

 

 

We thank you and may God bless you!


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DEACON DIARIES

UPDATED EVERY MONDAY & THURSDAY

 

#25 - The God Who Loves Us

DEACON DIARIESOne of the roles I have as a parish deacon is to be a visiting hospital chaplain. I get the opportunity, under ‘normal’ circumstances, along with other chaplaincy volunteers, to visit people who find themselves in hospital and be the link with the Church for them during their stay. Most times this will either involve bringing them Holy Communion or praying with them and giving them a blessing. But, also on most occasions, it is the chance for them to have a chat with a different face. This is a real privilege, and I find myself being let into the lives of people I hardly know.

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#24 - Saints

DEACON DIARIESThere comes a point in every Confirmation programme when we talk to the young people about the idea of choosing a Confirmation Name. Some already have an idea about which will be theirs, but others need more time, and a certain amount of persuading to make their decision. Eventually we get there, but that is only part of the story. Their chosen name is a saints name, and it is encouraged that this particular saint mean something to the young person.

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WHEN CAN WE COME TO MASS AGAIN?

Please read the article from Fr Liam in this week's newsletter regarding public worship in the church.

 

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CHURCH NOW OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER


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Thank you to our team of Stewards who volunteered their time and service to enable the church to be open for private prayer.  Don't forget that the church will be open for private prayer only  from Monday - Saturday 12pm-2pm. 

Perhaps we all need to hear Jesus speak the words to us that we hear in the Gospel today ' Come to me...and I will give you rest.' At this particular time of great stress and anxiety come to the Church and let those words sink deep into your hearts. He alone can give us the strength to carry on.

When you arrive at the main entrance you will need to sanitise your hands and then you will be shown to your place for prayer.  A number of the church benches have been shifted or taped off completely so that the 2 metre distance can be observed.  We ask that people do not look for their usual favourite place, as it may not be available. There are 17 prayer spaces in all but they differ in sizes - some are for one or two people and some can fit a family of four.  Each prayer space can only be occupied by one household unit. 

We are grateful that Stewards will be here to help you so please listen to their guidance and advice. There is no praying as groups of any devotions (e.g. rosary) but an opportunity to offer your own personal words to the Lord.  We regret that there are no votive candles available and we ask that you do not try to touch any of the statues. Toilet facilities are also unavailable. Once you have finished, please follow the arrow markings on the floor that will show you to the exit via the Children's Chapel, where once more you will be asked to sanitise your hands. 

Like everywhere else, we ask that anybody who is showing various symptoms, cough, cold, high temperature, loss of taste or smell to please not come in to the Church.  We also welcome children as always, however, please make sure that they stay with a parent at your prayer place at all times and do not wander anywhere in the church by themselves. Children under 16 years are not to enter without a parent.

We know how much this opportunity will mean to you and we are very much looking forward to seeing you again. We are not able to carry our public worship or sacraments yet (including Confession) but we pray those days will arrive here soon.

 

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FEED THE FIVE THOUSAND

Any 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). Read more...

 

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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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