...would like to thank parishioners for all the funds that you raised towards Projects last year. The Second Collection on 21st January will be for India, Children’s Education Mission (Lucy Guest). May we thank you for your continued help in these difficult times, where all monies collected go directly to helping others in great need. May God Bless you.



Help funding towards our Parish Hall Development and have a splendid afternoon! Saturday 10th May we are planning a trip to Godinton House and Gardens, Ashford. Cost will be £22 per person which includes exclusive house tour, afternoon cream tea and walk around gardens. People will also be asked to drive their own car and possibly car share. Put this in your diaries – more information shall come soon.


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.



The Fledgling Group will be meeting on Saturday 20th January at St Francis School 10am-3pm. This is a gathering of primary school aged children who gather to meet and make new friends, pray, worship, eat and enjoy themselves.



You are invited to join the next prayer vigil on Friday 19th January following the 10.30am mass at St Francis Catholic Church, Week Street, Maidstone.  Rosary and prayer outside the Marie Stopes abortion clinic, Brewer Street.



As many of you are aware, Deacon Tom has decided it is time to retire. He and his wife, Lyn, have also decided that in retirement they shall be moving away from Maidstone to be nearer to their family. They have both given so much to the parish of St Francis and they shall be leaving quite a hole here in our community. We shall miss them and our prayers and good wishes are very much with them. It is not official when the moving date is but they hope it shouldn’t be too long in the near future. Plans for a proper farewell shall be made known to you all soon.



Please note that the classes for First Holy Communion will now be taking a break for December and beginning again January 2018.

Parish Lottery

There was no prize giving this week as under the changes made the first winner will be announced in week 5 in the beginning of February.  Could members please ensure that their subscriptions are paid before Friday 26th January.  New members are welcome and you can still join in time for the draw.  Please take a leaflet from the back of the church with information regarding our Parish Lottery. Our deepest gratitude for those willingly give their time every week to organise and smoothly run our parish lottery.


First Thursday of each month 7.00 - 8.30pm (excluding August and January).
Next Date: THURSDAY, 7th December 2017.

To attend, please apply through the parish email or submit a baptismal application form.



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.


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 until further notice 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 again on Saturday, 21st January 2018

FLAME YOUTH GROUP The junior youth group will meet again in Grove House on Saturday, 6th January 2018, 5.45-8.15pm.

PHOENIX YOUTH CLUB will continue to meet with the Baptist Church Youth Club in Knightrider Street, Maidstone, from Friday, 12th January 2018, 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!

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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