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.

 

SERVICES & DEVOTIONS

Polish Mass: We are delighted to welcome Fr. Pawel Sobol to the parish of St. Francis as our new Assistant Priest. Traditionally the Polish Mass has always been celebrated on the First Sunday of each month. However, Fr. Pawel is unable to be here on the first Sundays as he travels back to Poland each month to carry on with his studies. Therefore, in future the Polish Mass shall be on the third Sunday of each month, so the next Polish Mass to be celebrated at St. Francis will be on Sunday 19th November 4pm.

Lectio Divina: As the first Wednesday of November is 1st November, All Saints Day, there shall be no Lectio Divina for November as there will be Mass that evening.

October Devotions: The traditional October Devotions of Exposition, Rosary and Benediction shall take place this Sunday 4pm-5pm.

 

INDUCTION MASS OF FATHER LIAM

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.

Please note there will be no 10.30am Mass on that day.

 

BAPTISM PREPARATION

First Thursday of each month 7.00 - 8.30pm (excluding August and January).
Next Date: THURSDAY, 9th November 2017. (Please note date change from the 2nd November)

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 21st October. 10am-3pm in St Francis School.

FLAME YOUTH GROUP The junior youth group will meet this Saturday 6pm - 8.15pm in Grove House.

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, 1st November after the 10.30am 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

 

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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