Sunday 26th January

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)


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Today's Mass Readings on Universalis




Sunday of the Word of God: making the Scriptures part of our everyday livessunday of the word of god

Pope Francis is inviting Catholics across the world to deepen their appreciation, love and faithful witness to God and his Word.

That’s why, as established by a papal decree - the third Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 26 this year, is to be observed as a special day devoted to “the celebration, study and dissemination of the Word of God”.



To mark this first Sunday of the Word of God we are invited to bring in our bibles for a special blessing at every Mass THIS weekend.



A LETTER FROM ARCHBISHOP JOHN WILSONDear Brothers and Sisters, Pope Francis has asked that the third Sunday of ordinary time be specially kept at the “Sunday of the Word of God” so that we might “…appreciate the inexhaustible riches contained in that constant dialogue between the Lord and his people.”

This first celebration of the Sunday of the Word of God comes during our own ‘Year of the Word’ focusing on ‘the God who speaks’. During this year the Lord encourages us to develop or renew a habit of prayerful reading and reflection of the Scriptures, and to being open to Him speaking to us in our daily lives.

I would like to invite you to join me in Aylesford later this year for a Diocesan celebration marking the ‘God who speaks’. On Saturday 27th June an event is being organised so that Parishes can come together for Mass and other activities focused on the Year of the Word. More details will follow, but I would like to encourage you to plan for this special day. On the day before I will be celebrating a similar day with the young people of the schools and college in the diocese.

As we listen for how the Lord is speaking to us, let pray for one another.

The Most Reverend John Wilson, Archbishop of Southwark






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.

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As much as the launch of this year can bring an exciting boost in our knowledge and relationship with Christ by reading and praying with Scripture more frequently, it can seem daunting holding a big book and wonder where to begin. My advice is to read and pray with Matthew’s Gospel as that is the Gospel we will be hearing throughout the year. Find times during the week that are quiet (not easy I know, but try) and read small parts of the Bible at a time, or even take the Mass sheet home with you.



There is a beautiful form of praying with Scripture called ‘Lectio Divina’ meaning ‘Sacred or Divine Reading’. This is a structured form of prayer that people can do on their own – it involves; reading a Bible passage, meditation, prayer and then contemplation. There are some great guides on the technique of Lectio Divina that can be found on You Tube. If you wish to have a quick fire and accessible instruction then look up ‘Fr. Josh How to pray the Bible’. If you wish something a little more thorough then look for the video sessions by Fr. Mark Toups.  There are plenty more that you may find more helpful however these two are amongst the best. You will see how much God has to say to you when using Scripture in this way. Please do also visit the Website of the Archdiocese of Southwark or click on the link of ‘The God Who Speaks’ to find out about various talks and courses.


Official Prayer for the Year of the Word

Living God, you walk alongside of us and speak to us through the Scriptures.
Your Son Jesus Christ listens to our hopes and fears and show us how to live for one another. Send us the Holy Spirit to open our minds and hearts so that we may be your witnesses throughout the world. Amen

Our Lady of the Annunciation, pray for us.
St. Matthew, pray for us
St. Jerome, pray for us





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.






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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