PARISH LOTTERY

Thank you everyone who has supported the current Lottery Series. This is a valuable source of income for the Parish. Please consider paying by Bankers Order or if this is not possible then a cheque is very welcome; alternatively the correct amount of cash on the designated day please. There will be collectors at Masses from Saturday 11th January until Sunday 26th January. Please see below:

Sat 11th Jan, 6pm
Sun 19th Jan, Preston Hall 9am, St Francis' 6pm
Sun 12th Jan, 9am & 10.45am
Sat 25th Jan, 6pm
Sat 18th Jan, 6pm
Sun 26th Jan, 9am & 10.45am

 

ALTAR SERVERS ENROLLED INTO GUILD OF ST. STEPHEN

Six of our faithful altar servers were enrolled into the Guild of St. Stephen at a special Mass on Saturday 11th January. They made their promises and were presented with their Guild medal.

Also, one of our oldest servers, Joseph Black was awarded his Silver medal after having been enrolled for more than 13 years in the Guild.

Many congratulations to all and our grateful thanks for all that they do to help make our liturgies run so smoothly.


medals

 

medals

 

 

donationsCHRISTMAS APPEAL THANKS

Countless acts of kindness characterise our parish, and this has been the case yet again over Christmas.

 

Click here to read the full report with photos...


 

 

 

Rite of Acceptance
Sunday 1st December 2019

On the 1st Sunday of Advent parishioners at the 10.45 am Mass witnessed the Rite of Acceptance into the Catechumenate of our three candidates who have been following the RCIA  Programme since early September. They were accompanied by their Sponsors and Catechists.

 

rcia

Alexander Davies, Filipa de Barros and Kateryna Vynohradska 
(From left to right - click for larger photo)


The Rite of Acceptance, when the candidates assemble publicly for the first time, declare their intention to the Church to be received and Confirmed at Easter. The Church in turn, represented by St. Francis Parish, accepts them as persons who intend to become members.

Please remember them in your prayers as they continue their journey towards Easter.

rcia

The candidates with their sponsors & Fr. Liam (click for larger photo)

 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE AN ALTAR SERVER?

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 senior servers or email:

 

 

WANT TO MEET UP?

All are very welcome to come, meet new people and have some fun.


First Monday of the month - 11.00am  Bowling at Lockmeadow
Second Monday of the month - after 10.30am Mass there is coffee in The Society Rooms
Every Monday 1.30pm – 3.30pm there is Scrabble at Leah’s Bistro in the High Street.
Every Wednesday 10am -12pm - Line Dancing in the URC Hall down Week Street. 
Please contact the parish office for more details

 

CALLING ALL CHILDREN AGED 4 TO 11fledglimgs

You are invited to join our group called Fledglings - a group of children, aged 4 to 11, who attend a variety of primary schools and are united by being part of St Francis’ parish community. We meet on the second Saturday of every month, sometimes in between, for games, crafts, activities and to learn about our faith, with a team of leaders and our priests.  We meet at St Francis Primary School, Queen’s Road, Maidstone, ME16 0LB.  Children may be left at 10 am and collected at 3pm, but can generally fit around another Saturday activity. All that is required is a smile and something for a shared lunch.  For further details please ask a member of the Clergy Team or one of the musicians at Mass. 

The next meeting is on the 8th February  2020.

 

SICK & HOUSEBOUND
in hospital, residential care, nursing home or at home

If you , or a member of your family are housebound, even temporarily, or are going into hospital please let the parish office or one of the parish clergy know so that we can arrange visits with Holy Communion. We encourage anyone who is preparing to undergo surgery or treatment to ask one of the priests for the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.

 

spiritual direction


Spiritual Direction or Spiritual Accompaniment provides a one to one setting for people seeking a deeper awareness of the presence of God in their lives, and discernment within life choices.

The Aylesford training programme is Ecumenical and teaches both the theory and practice of spiritual direction. It aims to deepen understanding of the process of spiritual growth and the insights of different spiritual traditions. The course offers a supportive environment where you will learn to give and receive accompaniment.

Read more...

 

Mass Intentions and General Data Protection Regulation

On Friday 25th May the legislation of GDPR was enforced.  This means we need to uphold the right of privacy for everyone and cannot publicise any information about any individual.  This affects Mass Intentions – so if you have requested a Mass Intention for another individual, whether it is for health, wellbeing, thanksgiving etc. we cannot display the individual’s name. If it is for the repose of the soul of somebody then we can include their name.  We understand that many of you have already put forward a Mass Intention mentioning people’s names long before the issue with GDPR arose with best intentions but we apologise that we cannot publicise their names anymore.  When you put the request forward you would have been informed of the date and time of Mass and the Mass intention will be the same; however on our newsletter and announcement at Mass we can only say ‘Private Intention’.  A lot of changes have had to take place to be consistent with the new GDPR law and we are working hard to carry out appropriate measures. We thank you for your understanding in this matter. 

 

RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adultsrcia


If you, or anyone you know, would like to learn more about the Catholic Church, please come along. For further information, contact the Parish office.

Safeguarding Issues

Parents and guardians please do not allow your children to light votive candles unsupervised.

Children should not be allowed to go unaccompanied to the porch, toilets or the Children’s Chapel. Many thanks.

 


 




pilgrim

This is the monthly Diocesan newspaper, which is available to download here.

 

The Catenians - Strengthening family life through friendship and Faith

The Catenian Association

The Catenian Association is a brotherhood of over 10,000 practising Catholic men. The Catholic faith and the family are bedrocks of the Association which gives an opportunity to:

Meet Catholic men with similar values.
Become part of a community offering lifelong support and friendship.
Be part of a group that helps each other and their families in all aspects of life.
Provide families with opportunities for friendship and social activity.

A core aim is to advance the interests of young Catholics and assist them in their choice or pursuit of their career.

The Catenian Bursary Fund helps young Catholics between 16 and 25 to take part in a community-based project at home or abroad, which has a clear benefit for others as well as widening the life experience of the participant.

Click here to see more details about the Catenian Association in Maidstone


Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional Valid CSS!