Second Sunday in ordinary time (C)

20th January




Today's Mass Readings on Universalis (NEW!)





PEACE SUNDAY 2019peace

Every year Pax Christi, the International Catholic Movement for Peace, promotes the Holy Father’s World Peace Day Message on the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. This is in the Liturgical Calendar cycle of prayer.

The organisation sends resource materials to every parish in the country to help them mark and celebrate the day - falling this year on Sunday 20 January.

The theme this year is taken from Pope Francis's message 'Good politics serves peace'

"One thing is certain: good politics is at the service of peace. It respects and promotes fundamental human rights, which are at the same time mutual obligations, enabling a bond of trust and gratitude to be forged between present and future generations... today more than ever, our societies need 'artisans of peace' who can be messengers and authentic witnesses of God the Father, who wills the good and the happiness of the human family." Click to read more...




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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