sixth Sunday in ordinary time (C)

17th February


6th sunday


Today's Mass Readings on Universalis (NEW!)







As a father has compassion for his children, so the LORD has compassion for those who fear him. (Psalm 103:13)

Pope Francis referred to the annual initiative he began in 2014 - "24 Hours for the Lord" as:  One such moment of grace will be, again this year, the “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative, which invites the entire Church community to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation in the context of Eucharistic adoration.

In 2019, inspired by the words of Psalm 103:13, “As a father has compassion for his children, so the LORD has compassion for those who fear him”, this will take place from Friday 29th March to Saturday 30th March.

Our church of St Francis will remain open for twenty-four consecutive hours, offering an opportunity for both Eucharistic adoration and sacramental confession. Don't miss this annual event enabling us to spend 24Hrs or part of with Our Lord. Put the date in your diary now and sign your name on the list which will be available from the beginning of March.




flame 2019


In conjunction with St. Simon Stock School, the Parish will be taking a group of young people to Flame 2019 at Wembley Arena on Saturday 2nd March.  They will be joining with over 10,000 other young people from all over England and Wales.  It will be a day of praise, music and celebration of our faith, led by Cardinal Vincent Nichols.  If you are aged over 15 and would like to join us please contact Deacon Ian via the Presbytery (note or email).  We only have a very small number of places so it will be on a first come basis.





At the Easter Vigil this year we were delighted to receive six people into the Church through the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist.  In preparation for this special evening, they had been attending the R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) who are a group who meet every Tuesday evening and is for non-Catholic adults who are wanting to learn more about the Catholic Faith. 

Have you been thinking about becoming a Catholic? Do you wish just to find out more because you attend with your family every week? We invite you to join us on Tuesday evenings 7.30pm in the priest house for the R.C.I.A group where we share and learn more about the Faith and explore our relationship with Jesus Christ.  There is no commitment once you have started and no pressure to become a Catholic. If this is something you would like to consider then please speak to one of the clergy after Mass.




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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