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"...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

 

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Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

21st October

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COME AND ADORE

expositionAs has been mentioned previously, this weekend after every Mass we shall be offering 15 minutes of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. We ask everybody to stay for as long as you wish to just receive a taste of what is starting to happen from next Friday evening 26th October. If you do need to leave straight after Mass and you are unable to stay then please leave straight away and quietly to give everybody else the silence that they need.

 

 

COME HOLY SPIRIT - CONFIRMATION 2018


confirmationLast weekend we celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation being received by 41 young people from across the Maidstone Deanery. The Confirmation Mass was the culmination of our preparation programme that had been running since early June. The candidates had participated in the Sunday Masses, been on a weekend retreat, experienced an evening of various kinds of prayer, engaged in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and explored their own call to discipleship, that culminated in them each personally requesting to be Confirmed.

We offer our congratulations to: Jerald, Olivia, Magdalena, Lucy, Katherine, Callum, Patrycja, Jon, Lance, Shea, Natalie, Ainsley, Thomas, Mateus, Daniel, Samuel, Nathalie, Simon, Francisco, Ana and Mikkolaj, who all completed the programme here at St Francis.

The Mass was a wonderfully joyous and vibrant occasion and our thanks goes out to everybody that was involved. Especial thanks to Archbishop Peter Smith and the Clergy of the Deanery. To our catechists, the altar servers, the choir and all those that decorated and prepared the church, plus all those parishioners that came along to show their support to our young people - “the church of tomorrow”.

Please keep these newly confirmed in your prayers as they set out on their journey as full members and disciples of the church. We pray that the Spirit will continue to work through them, bringing to all of us His love and encouragement in our world of today and tomorrow.

Deacon Ian

 

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WANT TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE CATHOLIC FAITH? rcia

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.

 

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE AN ALTAR SERVER?servwr

 

Maybe you’ve recently made your First Holy Communion or just arrived in the parish or even used to be a server when you were younger. Come and join our team of servers and play a more active role in the liturgy. Any age or gender will be very welcome, as long as you’ve made your First Holy Communion.

For more information just ask one of the clergy or servers or email:


 

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