HEART OF KENT HOSPICE

...has been selected as the chosen charity of the Raft Race which forms part of the Maidstone Boat gathering on the River Medway in Maidstone on Saturday 28th July.  The event is open to all with a maximum crew number of 6 per raft. All rafts must be homemade and propelled by paddles only.  The entry cost for each raft is £50.00 with all proceeds going to Heart of Kent Hospice.  There are a limited number of rafts allowed on the river therefore book your place a.s.a.p. FFI please contact Karen Newton in fundraising on 01622 790195 email fundraising@hokh.co.uk or visit our website www.hokh.org.  Prizes will be awarded for first past the post and best dressed!

 

HELPERS OF GOD’S PRECIOUS INFANTS

You are invited to join us at the next prayer vigil on Friday 20th July 2018 following the 10.30am mass at St Francis Catholic Church, Week Street, Maidstone.  Rosary and prayer outside the Marie Stopes abortion clinic, Brewer St.   There will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 11.00 to 12noon.  If you are unable to join the vigil please be an intercessor in the church.

 

CHURCH AND HALL DEVELOPMENT

We thank you for your continual support and prayers in this matter. The current figures for the Roof Fund are as follows:
Raised to date: £125,035.05
Total cost of roof: £136,000.00
Debt to be paid: £10,964.95

 

PARISH LOTTERY SERIES 38

This starts in July with the collection of subscriptions. Collectors will be in the porch in between the two Sunday morning Masses and before the evening Masses of Saturday and Sunday on the weekends of 7th/8th; 14th/15th and 21st/22nd July. Please note that due to Data Protection regulations the collection will be done differently.  B/O payers need only pick up their new cards. Cash and cheque payers should collect and envelope from the collectors showing their name, lottery numbers and amount owing. Please place payment – correct money please – in the envelope, complete the label and hand it in and in return receive your receipted cards. Thank you and good luck.

 

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.

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HOW CLEAN IS YOUR CHURCH?

We all enjoy coming to church and seeing it clean and tidy – and I am sure we all give strong appreciation to all who give their time every week to clean the church.  Could you give some time – any time – from about 4.30pm on Friday afternoon to join our cleaning team.  The more we can get to help the less time it needs to take.  Please come and see the team at work and I know you will all be made to feel very welcome and your help will be gratefully received.

 

ST SIMON STOCK SECONDARY SCHOOL...

is looking for a Clerk to the governors: this is a paid part time position requiring good organisational and minuting skills. Foundation governors are voluntary roles for people who want to help in the education of the next generation within the catholic ethos.  Further information from the Chair of Governors mike.powis@btinternet.com

 

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. 

 

FLAME YOUTH GROUP

Flame is a lively, fun, faith-based youth group for 11-14 year olds which meets in the presbytery every Saturday evening from 6pm until 8:15pm. The group get together to pray, socialise and deepen their faith through discussion and activity, both within the group sessions and the parish. Some members are working towards the Faith in Action Awards. For further details, please speak to one of the clergy or phone or email the parish office.

 

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.

 


PARISH GROUPS


PHOENIX YOUTH CLUB will continue to meet with the Baptist Church Youth Club in Knightrider Street, Maidstone every Friday in term time, 8pm - 9.30pm.

Friendship Group

ALL PARISHIONERS ARE WELCOME

First Monday (11am) of every month:
Tenpin Bowling at Lockmeadow

Second Monday (11.00am) every month:
Coffee morning in Society Rooms

Every Monday (1.30pm - 3.30pm):
Scrabble in Leah’s Bistro, High Street (NEW VENUE)

Every Wednesday (10am - 12noon),
Line Dancing in URC Dunning Hall (Fremlin Walk)

Having coffee on your own? Why not join us on Wednesdays (10 am – 12 noon)
URC Hall, Week St for coffee and a chat. It’s good to talk!

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 servers or email:

 




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


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