ADVENT RECONCILIATION SERVICEadvent reconciliation service

Advent is always a good opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Please may we encourage you to come to confession as a special way to prepare for the coming of Christmas. Times will be made available soon but we draw your attention especially to the service that will take place Monday 18th December 7pm where, after a short service, a number of priests will be present to hear your confession.

Maidstone Live Nativity

On Saturday, 16th December, there shall be a special performance of The Birth of Christ around various parts of Maidstone town throughout the day. It starts at Remembrance Square 1pm, journeys to Jubilee Square, Brenchley Gardens, Sessions Square then back down to Jubilee Square; all organised arranged and performed by the Christian church communities in Maidstone town. They do still need some help with stewarding and setting up etc., so if you can help with anything, it will be highly appreciated. As well as actors carrying out the various scenes there shall be live animals including lambs and donkey – and at 3pm the scene of the wise men meeting Herod will be performed outside County Hall with an actual camel. Lots of enjoyment for all the family and a effective way of bringing the meaning of Christmas to everyone.

Christmas Raffle

raffleFeeling lucky? Tickets go on sale this weekend for our parish Christmas Raffle at £1 per strip. Amazing prizes include a luxury Christmas hamper, a family meal out, family membership of English Heritage and many other goodies. Please support this fundraising for our Parish Development Fund. Tickets will be on sale after Mass from this weekend and all proceeds will go towards the Church Development Fund. Thank you in advance for your support.

FEED THE HUNGRY THIS CHRISTMAS

 

xmasYou may still fill Feed the Hungry bags with Christmas luxury items and bring them back throughout the week. Any bag will do. Items required for hampers for the needy include: Christmas puddings, chocolates, biscuits, crackers, cakes, toiletries etc. Please, no mince pies as we have lots of these. Your help is much appreciated.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Please note that the classes for First Holy Communion will now be taking a break for December and beginning again January 2018.

Parish Lottery

There will be a small change to the Lottery from the new year as follows:
The new series will start on 5th January 2018 (week 1) and run until 29th June (week 26). However the first prizewinning number will not be drawn until week 5. This will give the organizers time to collect payments before drawing the first winner and will be reflected in enhanced prizes for most weeks. Tickets cost £13 each which equates to 50p a week. Until members become accustomed to this new arrangement, collectors will be in the porch before 6.00pm Mass on 2nd December, after 9.00am Mass and before 10.45am Mass on 3rd and 10th December, and then one weekend in January – to be confirmed.
Series 36 comes to an end on 29th December with the jackpot prize of ONE THOUSAND POUNDS due to be announced that week. If you are not already a member why not join in time for Series 37 - it could be your turn next!

BAPTISM PREPARATION

First Thursday of each month 7.00 - 8.30pm (excluding August and January).
Next Date: THURSDAY, 7th December 2017.

To attend, please apply through the parish email or submit a baptismal application form.

 

CHURCH RENOVATION & PROPOSED PARISH CENTRE

News and figures regarding our church and parish hall development shall be brought to you on a monthly basis. We thank you for you continual support and prayers in this matter.

MONTHLY COLLECTION for the Roof Fund will now be termed CHURCH & HALL DEVELOPMENT FUND to incorporate all these projects.

CHURCH & PARISH HALL DEVELOPMENT FUND

FUND Raised to date: £117,669.99
Total Cost of ROOF: £136,000.00
Debt to be paid: £18,300.01

CHILDREN’S CHAPEL Raised to date: £7,273.11
Approximate Cost: £9,000.00

 

Fire at St Luke's Chapel, Preston Hall

Due to the recent fire the Chapel will be closed for the next few months whilst the refurbishment takes place. I would like to thank the Hospice for their help and for offering us an alternative place to offer Mass on Sunday for those unable to attend St Francis or the Friars.

SUNDAY MASS AT PRESTON HALL FROM SUNDAY 30th APRIL
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

9.00am in the Hospice (Magnolia place, the room off of the Hospice Café)

 

RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adultsrcia

RCIA has now started, and meetings are held each Tuesday, from 7.30pm until 9.00pm in the Presbytery.
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 or Sheila Connolly on 01622 729211.

 


PARISH GROUPS

FLEDGLINGS CHILDREN GROUP will meet on Saturday 9th December for the Porchlight workshop 10am-12pm in St Francis School, followed by carol singing at the care home. We will then meet on Saturday, 16th December.

FLAME YOUTH GROUP The junior youth group will meet in the church porch this Saturday, 5.45-8.15pm.

PHOENIX YOUTH CLUBfor 15+ will continue to meet with the Baptist Church Youth Club in Knightrider Street, Maidstone, this Friday, 8pm - 9.30pm

KU POGLEBIONEJ WIERZE / EVANGELISATION GROUP recommences after the Summer holiday.

life ascendingLIFE ASCENDING Next meeting will be the Christmas Lunch at Aylesford on Wednesday, 6th December. FFI please contact Keith Hunter on 01622 746792.

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!

FFI Mary Adam Tel: 677448

St. Luke's Chapel, Preston Hall - Update October 2017

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As we know it has been some months now, since we had the fire in the chapel.

As time moves on, we are aware that rumours start to spread and this becomes unhelpful and confuses the situation, therefore we want to update you on the current position.

The fire has left the chapel in an unusable state and we now have the temporary solution of using the Magnolia Room for Mass each Sunday.

Following the appropriate investigations, the insurance company have agreed to pay for redecoration, less the usual excess associated with the insurance policy of £150:00.

Whilst assessing the scope of the work required, the matter of the damp that is affecting the outside wall of the chapel has been considered. We were advised that it would be unwise to proceed with the redecoration, without addressing the damp problem at the same time.

The Hospice, as the owners of the property, have informed us that they have received a quote for the works of £12,000:00. At this moment they do not have the financial capability to carry out this work within this financial year, and it has not yet been considered as a project for the next financial year.

Fr. Liam and Deacon Ian are waiting to meet with the Chief Executive of the hospice to discuss the options that may be open to us.

At present a number of options have been considered by both the Parish Team, and the Parish Finance Committee, but all come with pros & cons.

In short the options are:

*Redecorate without addressing the damp problem, but face the fact that probably within the next 6 months plus, further redecoration/work will be required.

*Try to raise a separate pot of money for this project, whilst being acutely aware of the financial constraints already placed on the parish due to the major works at St Francis Church.

*Divert money away from the existing projects within the parish and get all the redecoration and damp works done in the near future.

We are committed at this time to continue to provide the Sunday Mass provision at Preston Hall, however this may have to change in the future, subject to other actions that may occur at Deanery level which are out of the control of the Parish Clergy.

We would ask that you trust Fr. Liam, and Deacon Ian, to work on your behalf to secure the best option for being able to continue to provide Sunday Mass at Preston Hall for the foreseeable future.

If you have any questions or suggestions please contact us via the presbytery and we will do our best to answer your queries.

Thank you for your patience in this.

Fr. Liam. Deacon Ian.

 

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.

 

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1) Volunteers are required to clean, prepare and paint the railings around the church car park. Saturday is preferred but weekdays will be considered. If you have a spare hour or two, let us know please.

2) Many thanks to the volunteers who came forward to help with flowers over the last few months.

3) Our church still needs cleaners to volunteer! Fridays at 4:30pm is not the only time cleaning happens! Please get in touch with us if you can help. Many thanks to all those who have given their time over the past year.

Can you help please? FFI contact:


 

 

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:

 




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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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