As Bishop Paul Mason is moving to a new position he is unable to celebrate the Confirmation Mass here at St. Francis on Sunday 14th October. Instead we welcome Archbishop Peter Smith that day for what is possibly his last in our Diocese of Southwark as Archbishop. Please note that the Mass time has now been moved to 4.00pm, therefore there will be no Sunday 6.00pm Mass that day.



Thank you to all who helped and supported our weekend of Adoration on Friday evening and Saturday last weekend. It will be our hope that from this weekend we will be able to hold Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament all day for one day a week so please give this initiative your support.  After what hopefully will have been a very fruitful weekend of prayer and adoration, we will be welcoming speakers to the parish in the near future to talk about organising all day adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in our parish.  We will all be invited to see if we can give one hour every week.  Please give this some thought so we can make this happen.



During the recent time of much repair work being done to the church roof, the parish had been very generous in their offering to re-do the Children’s Chapel.  It would be best that we decorate the whole chapel properly including the back store room.  It is filled with a lot of equipment and books, much of which we are not sure are of any use anymore.  Therefore if you are aware of anything kept at the back store room that is in regular use then please let Fr. Liam know so we can make arrangements  for them to be stored temporarily elsewhere.   We may decide that everything else can be thrown out completely. Thank you.



Parish Quiz Night will take place at URC Hall Saturday 10th November. 



Every Monday after 10.30am Mass there is coffee in The Society Room opposite the church; or at 10.30am there is Bowling at Lockmeadow; or 1.30pm – 3.30pm there is Scrabble at Leah’s Bistro in the High Street. Every Wednesday 10am -12pm there is Line Dancing in the URC Hall down the High Street.  All are very welcome to come, meet new people and have some fun.



at Mu Mu’s on 23rd September at 1pm.  The price is £20 a head. Please make cheques payable to St Francis Parish.  Names and cheques must be handed in to the parish office by the 17th September please.  A raffle will also be held.  Please inform us of any dietary requirements.



We thank you for your continual support and prayers in this matter. The current figures for the Roof Fund are as follows:
Raised to date: £125,035.05
Total cost of roof: £136,000.00
Debt to be paid: £10,964.95



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.




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. 



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.


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.



PHOENIX YOUTH CLUB will continue to meet with the Baptist Church Youth Club in Knightrider Street, Maidstone every Friday in term time, 8pm - 9.30pm.

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!


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.


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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