damian eseneWe are delighted to welcome Father Damian Esene, our new assistant priest here at St. Francis'. I know our welcome will be warm and encouraging.








Please may we kindly remind all parents that children are to be supervised at all times while in the church. Children must be accompanied when visiting the toilets.  We thank everybody for leaving the toilet in the same way they found it.



A Sunday lunch has been arranged for the parish for 22nd September at Mumu’s.  It will be £20 per head.  If you wish to come for what will be a splendid afternoon feast of friendship then please give your payment in an envelope marked clearly with your name in to the parish office.



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



Recently, Fr. Liam and Fr. Pawel had the joy of attending an Ordination for three new priests for our Diocese of Southwark.   The future of our priesthood depends upon the existence and upkeep of our Seminary, St John’s near Guildford Surrey.  It is where the past three Parish Priests of St. Francis studied and has been responsible for the formation of priests for 125 years. They are now looking for some help with the cost of re-decoration and refurbishment of its Chapel, dedicated to the Sacred Heart. There are no funds available for this much needed work which will cost in the region of £350,000.  If you can help in any way, please send a cheque made payable to ‘St John’s Seminary’ addressed to: Mgr Gerry Ewing, St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, Guildford, Surrey, GU5 0QX.  Any contributions are gratefully received, Thankyou.  Photographs of the condition of the Chapel can be seen in the church porch.



You are invited to join our group called The 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 3rd 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 21st September 2019



You may wonder where all your generous donations end up being used.  Apart from supporting the Day Centre in Knightrider Street to look after the homeless, our parish supports families who, having struggled to pay their bills, have little left for food.  Help is also now being given to ease the transition of those who are being housed after years on the streets.  Education, in terms of prioritising bills, health care and reducing dependency on drink/drugs is greatly assisted by donations of bread, milk, toilet rolls, washing capsules and tinned meat, apart from other goods.  Petty theft has also shown a marked reduction as people become part of the community rather than on the edge.  Please continue with your very valuable donations. Furniture, household goods and toiletries are also very welcome.  Any questions may be directed through the clergy or the musicians at Mass.  Thank you.



You may be aware of work that has been taking place in the Children’s Chapel.  A little while ago there was an appeal for funds to restore the Children’s Chapel because had been badly affected by leaks.  The response from you was a very generous and amount of around £6,500 was raised.  This gave us a good opportunity about the ways the chapel could be used.  The whole back wall used to be a store cupboard which has now been removed providing more space.  We are intending to put a small altar on the higher step so it will look more like a chapel and maybe could be used for more prayerful gatherings (prayer groups, Mass for smaller congregations etc).  Parents will of course still be welcome to bring their children into the room on Sundays but no toys or books are provided anymore.  We hope that the new Quiet Chapel will be ready for use within the next two or three weeks.



We are planning a Craft sale towards the end of the year, on a date to be decided, to raise money for the Church Hall Development Fund.  If you have a skill such as knitting, sewing, crocheting, making Christmas decorations and pom-poms, would you consider making something we can sell?  If you require materials we have a small supply.  Please leave your name and contact details in the Parish Office.   Nearer the time we will be appealing to you to bake cakes and make preserves. Thank you for your support



Gift Aid envelopes for the new coming year are ready so please take your envelopes home with you.  We wish to thank everybody who is part of this scheme to help with our parish income every year.  If you are a tax payer, but not yet part of our gift aid scheme, then please ask about being included for this coming year.


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.



2019 may be the year that you plan to get married.  Many Congratulations if that is so. Please remember that there is a lot of preparation that needs to take place so you are required to inform the church at least six months before the actual wedding date.  If you plan to celebrate your wedding at another church then that is fine but all preparation for our parishioners must take place here at St. Francis. Please approach one of the clergy here and they will happily guide you.



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.



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.



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:



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

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