LIGHT FEVERlightfever

The next Light Fever will be on Friday 7th June 2019, following the 8pm Mass, until 11pm. Everyone is urged to come and pray in the church with the Blessed Sacrament for at least some of the time.  For anyone who doesn’t know what happens, hymns and meditations are being sung/read while people pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament. Passers-by are invited into the church to light a candle and sit and pray or talk to someone/a priest in the porch. It is an incredibly powerful experience and all you have to do is be there! Please do come.

 

FREE MONEY FOR THE PARISH - GIFT AID IT!

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.

 

VOCATION WEEKEND FOR YOUNG WOMEN

Discernment & Vocation. 24-26 May 2019 in Liverpool.  The weekend is organised by the sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ). If you are wondering if God is calling you to religious life and would like to find out more why not come along?  You are welcome to stay for the weekend or just come along on Saturday for the day. There will be opportunity for prayer, reflection and input, chance to ask questions and to meet others who are also wondering where God is calling them.
FFI contact Sr Lynne fcj at lynnefcj@hotmail.com 
or visit our website 
www.fcjsisters.org 

 

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.

 

PARISH TRIP

Booking deadline 17th May for the trip Mount Ephraim Gardens, near Faversham, on Thursday 30th May.  This is to help raise money for the Church Hall Development Fund.  Included is a private tour of the gardens and afternoon cream tea.  You are asked to drive your own car and possibly car share.  £25 per person.  Arrival time 1pm.  Gardens close 5pm.  Marked envelopes including your contact details should be handed to the parish office stating ‘Mount Ephraim Trip’Cheques payable to ‘St Francis Parish’.

 

FLEDGLINGS

We are 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, and 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 3 pm, 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 18th May.

 

DO WE HEAR WEDDING BELLS?

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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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.

 

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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