LIGHT FEVER

The next Light Fever will be on Friday 1st February following the 8pm Mass which will be celebrating Candlemas.

 

WANT TO MEET UP?

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.

All are very welcome to come, meet new people and have some fun.  
Please contact the parish office for more details.

 

HEART OF KENT HOSPICE

...is holding open mornings for potential volunteers throughout 2019 and you are invited to come along and find out about the contribution you could make by giving the gift of time regularly or on an ad hoc basis.  We have a variety of volunteer roles for example in our shops, with patients in the community or our Inpatient Unit, at our events or on our Living Well Sessions.  If you have considered volunteering come and have a chat with us.  All are welcome but we are particularly interested in meeting volunteers with training in the arts, music, storytelling, exercise techniques such as Tai Chi and Yoga and Complementary therapies.  The next open mornings are 9th February and 9th March from 10.00 am – 1 pm. Thereafter they will be on the second Saturday of each month up to and including November. FFI–Volunteer Services 01622 792200 email: volunteers@hokh.co.uk


FEED THE HUNGRY

We have constantly asked for any contribution people can give throughout the year for the poor and needy of our local community but strong attention had been given to this appeal during the weeks before Christmas. The response has been staggering.  Well done and thank you for the kindness and charity that you have shown by the huge amount you have donated.  We can be certain that a number of people’s Christmas has been made just a little bit better because of how giving you have been.   There is still a need for the usual items especially toilet rolls, bio washing capsules and crisps. Thank you again.

 

HOSPITAL VISITS

A few months ago we had asked people to help donate towards a prayer pack that our hospital volunteers  would take to various wards for anybody who wished to receive them.  Our thanks again for your support in this and appreciation especially to our volunteers who carry out this important service for the sick.  Sometimes a parishioner may have been in hospital for a certain amount of time as a patient but we haven’t been aware.  May we ask that if you are going to be in hospital and you would like a visit, then please let the clergy know.  Never think, ‘Oh they are too busy and they don’t want to worry about me.’ Ministry to the sick was frequent in the Mission of Christ and we, as the Church, carry that on.  Thank you for your help.

 

PARISH LOTTERY

Saturday 12.1.19 to Sunday 27.1.19 there will be collectors in St Francis church porch manning most of the masses.  At St Luke’s there will be an opportunity to pay and collect lottery cards on Sunday 20.1.19.  We would ask everyone who currently pays by cash to consider using Banker’s Orders, or alternatively cheques.  If these options are not possible please bring the correct money to insert into the envelopes provided. We would like to thank everyone who has participated in supporting the Church. 

 

SOUTHWARK DIRECTORIES

The New Southwark Directories for 2019 are now available in the Repository for only £3. These give every piece of information that you wish to know regarding the Diocese of Southwark; names and contact details of all clergy, information and statistics of every parish, all the different organisations and groups that are involved throughout the Diocese and a daily calendar which gives the dates of every feast and season of the year.

 

FLEDGLINGS GROUP

The next session will be on Saturday 16th February.  If you have a child who is at any primary school then they are very welcome to come and join our parish Fledglings Group which takes place every month on a Saturday 10am – 3pm at St. Francis School. They will meet up with other children of our parish to learn about their faith, make new friends and have lots of fun.

 

EXPOSITION & ADORATIONadoration

Our continued thanks to everybody who have committed to one hour every week to come and be with the Lord every Friday between 7am and 10pm.  Please consider what extra time of prayer you wish to give- Adoration provides us with a wonderful opportunity to be with the Lord.  If ever you wish to come to Adoration but feel you need guidance or direction in prayer, then there is a booklet that you are welcome to use as you enter the church with certain prayers and meditations that may be useful.

 

PHOENIX YOUTH CLUB

Aged 15-18? Phoenix Youth Club runs activities, sports and game nights every Friday evening. We meet at Maidstone Baptist Church at 8pm weekly.  This is an opportunity to meet other young Christians and participate in fun activities and trips.

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.


 

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...

 

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.

 

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.

 

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


Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional Valid CSS!