Lectio Divina

On Wednesday evenings there has been Lectio Divina; an opportunity provided at the church to spend some time in the presence of Jesus Christ with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and also to reflect on the readings for the forthcoming Sunday. This has traditionally been led by the Priests and Deacons of the Church. Wednesdays are not suitable for Fr. Liam or Fr. Samuel and other evenings of the week collide with meetings and groups. I also appreciate that this has been beneficial to the people who attend although the numbers may reach around twelve at the most so there needed to be a rethink about how to make this work best. Therefore, Lectio Divina shall be on the first Wednesday of every month, starting with 4th October.


A meeting for the laity to discuss and explore the Pope’s views on love in the family will be held on Saturday, 30th September in West Malling, 10am-1pm (tea & coffee provided). Suitable for all adult parishioners, the event will include suggestions how to put the Pope’s message into practice. Booking essential.
FFI contact carolemflkent@gmail.com / 07983 524 727




The next Lightfever evening will take place on Friday 6th October following 8pm Mass. All parishioners are urged to support this evangelisation initiative, especially by praying before the Blessed Sacrament. The more people in the church, the easier it is to encourage others to take up the invitation to join in.


Father Peter’s Induction Mass

Fr. Peter will have his induction as Parish Priest of St Teresa’s Parish, Ashford, on the 29th September at 7pm. The address is: 4 Maidstone Rd, Ashford TN24 8TX.


Fr. Liam’s Induction Mass will take place on Thursday 26th October at 7pm. This is a formal ceremony in which Bishop Paul Mason will officially present Fr Liam to the Parish as our new Parish Priest by leading him to the Presidential Chair and presenting him with the Key to the Parish. Refreshments will follow in the URC Hall.


Visit to Canterbury Cathedral - Archdiocese of Southwark Ecumenical Commission

Everyone is invited to join us on our visit to the Anglican Cathedral of Canterbury, the Mother Church of the Anglican Communion and the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury on Wednesday 11th October 2017.

St Augustine of Canterbury established the Diocese of Canterbury in 597. It is the oldest see of the Church of England.

Saint Thomas Becket (murdered in 1170) was one of the best known of its pre-Reformation bishops.

All of the present Anglican Diocese of Canterbury lies within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark.

We shall meet at the Cathedral Welcome Centre at 2.00 pm.  This can be found through the Christ Church Gate entrance to the Cathedral. Badges will be supplied for all attending for identification purposes.

There will be a guided tour, followed by an opportunity for us to pray together for Christian unity in a chapel in the Cathedral. There will then be time for refreshments and souvenir purchase, after which we will join the Cathedral community for evensong at 17:30. We hope to be able to meet the Dean, if he is available.

A collection for the work of Cathedral will be made and the suggested donation is a minimum of £6 per person.

If you would like to come, please contact Deacon Jolyon Vickers (j.vickers1@btinternet.com) by the 30th of September.

Canterbury Cathedral is within reasonable walking distance from both Canterbury East and West Stations.



First Thursday of each month 7.00 - 8.30pm (excluding August and January).
Next Date: THURSDAY, 5th October 2017. To attend, please apply through the parish email or submit a baptismal application form.

Vatican Decree on Holy days

With effect from the First Sunday of Advent 2017, two holydays of obligation are being reinstated. This decision was made by the Bishops of England and Wales, and has been confirmed by the Holy See.

The days are:

The Epiphany of the Lord — 6 January (transferred to the adjacent Sunday when it falls on Saturday or Monday)

The Ascension of the Lord — Thursday after Sixth Sunday of Easter



pycPhoenix Youth Club

We have been selected as one of the charities in the Community Matters Scheme for September at Waitrose, Allington. If you shop there, please support us, we are raising funds so that we can take the young people on an activity holiday. Thank you - Lydia Burchell



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.


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.


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.



FLEDGLINGS CHILDREN GROUP will meet on Saturday 21st October. 10am-3pm in St Francis School.

FLAME YOUTH GROUP The group will not be meeting on the 30th September.

PHOENIX YOUTH CLUB for 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 on Wednesday, 4th October after the 10.30am Mass. FFI please contact Keith Hunter on 01622 746792.

Friendship Group


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


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:



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.



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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