COMINGS & GOINGS

Canon Luke will be away until 19th July for retreat and preparing courses etc for his new role in the Seminary. During the Summer we welcome Fr Boniface Arapa from Uganda who will stay with us until September.
This week we welcome Fr Adam Dynak, a Polish priest working in Belarus, who will be here until mid August. Canon Luke / Fr Peter will be in and out preparing for their moves. Fr Liam & Fr Samuel will take up their posts during the last week of August.


NOT FOR THE EYES OF FR. PETER & CANON LUKE!

A collection is being organised for Canon Luke and Fr Peter. Envelopes are now available for donations; these should either be placed in the collection or handed to June in the Parish Office (not to Canon Luke or Fr. Peter!)

Canon Luke & Fr. Peter’s Farewell

We will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving on Saturday 22nd July at 12.00noon; this will be followed by an informal reception and barbecue in the car park in front of Grove House. More information to follow for those who are able to help with the catering etc.

 

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

Are you, or someone you know, interested in finding out more about the Catholic Church, wishes to become a Catholic or was baptised a Catholic and would like to return to the Catholic faith and / or be confirmed?

For more information contact Sheila Connolly (01622) 729211, one of the parish clergy team or email the parish office:

 

 

BAPTISM PREPARATION

First Thursday of each month 7.00 - 8.30pm (excluding August and January).
Next Date: THURSDAY, 7th September2017. To attend, please apply through the parish email or submit a baptismal application form.

PARISH GROUPS

FLEDGLINGS CHILDREN GROUP meets every third Saturday of the month at St Francis Primary School. Next meeting: after the summer holidays.

FLAME YOUTH GROUP The junior youth group meets this Saturday 6.00-8.00pm in the Presbytery.

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 No meeting in August. We will be meeting on Wednesday 6th Sept. after 10.30 mass.
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

 

CHURCH RENOVATION & PROPOSED PARISH CENTRE

ROOF FUND
Raised to date: £114,383.44
Total Cost: £136,000.00
Debt to be paid £21,616.56

CHILDREN’S CHAPEL
Raised to date: £7152.09
Approximate Cost: £9,000.00
Thanks to all who have contributed to this project; if you wish to make a donation please put it into a clearly marked envelope and drop it into the collection / Parish Office. Work will hopefully begin within the ten days.

PARISH CENTRE
Things are slowly moving forward since planning permission was granted; the detailed spec is complete, which now enables the various legal agreements / heads of terms to be completed. Although building costs will be paid by the developer we will have to pay for fees, additional works and the furnishing of the centre. Costs paid to date: £3,120.00. Further break ins this week !

CAR PARK GATES the mindless act of vandalism two weekends ago will cost £2,100.00 to rectify; thankfully we have made a successful insurance claim and the repairs should take place this week.

OTHER MAINTENANCE ISSUES: more news anon!
Further work on the roof (due to an un-reparable internal down pipe): two additional gullies and down pipes to be added and work on the boiler house concrete roof and flashings will take place soon: Cost: £4,770.00 + VAT
The Boiler House Chimney stack needs urgent work (loose bricks / lead flashing); we have managed to obtain 50% of the cost from an insurance claim as it remains inconclusive whether the cause was storm damage or general wear and tear. Cost: £3,102:00 inc VAT (£5,604.00 less £2,502.00 (Insurance) Scaffolding has been erected and work should commence this week on these two jobs

The wooden panelling on the Sanctuary is rotting and needs removing, defective plaster replacing & redecorating. This work will probably take place in June Cost: £9,845.00 + VAT

The Pentecost Raffle raised £565.00 Thanks to all involved!

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

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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F1) 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.
FFI contact: donate8@stfrancisparish.org.uk

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:

 




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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