FEED THE HUNGRY – CHRISTMAS APPEAL

The Christmas collection for Feed the Hungry will be on the weekend of 8/9 December. A limited number of collection bags will be available in the porch and at St Luke’s for those who need them on Sunday 25th November. We are collecting Christmas food, small toys, and gifts to make Christmas special for those who are not as fortunate as ourselves. Please, NO mince pies as we get these from the manufacturers. Hampers will be put together for local families and for the homeless. There is still a need for the usual items especially disposable razors, toilet rolls, bio washing capsules and crisps.

 

CRAFT SALE

The Craft Team would like to thank everyone who supported this event which, despite the weather, was very successful.  The tables were piled high with many items made and donated by parishioners and almost all of it was sold.  The raffle was won by ticket no. 388 white for the cake, and no. 490 yellow for the Christmas doll.  The total takings amounted to £618 which was donated to the Church and Hall Development Fund.

 

FR, PAUL GIBBONS

During the previous week, Fr. Liam and Fr. Pawel went to visit Fr. Paul at his new residence in Heathfield, Sussex. He was deeply touched by the Stole we gave to him as a gift from the parish and very much looks forward to reading the messages of goodwill that had been written to him by many people here. We were both glad to see that Fr. Paul was looking very settled and rested.   Let us remember him in our prayers.

 

FLEDGLINGS GROUP

If you have a child who is at primary school then they are very welcome to come and join our parish Fledglings Group which takes place every month on a Saturday 10am – 3pm at St. Francis School.  They will meet up with other children of our parish to learn about their faith, make new friends and have lots of fun. 

 

 

EXPOSITION & ADORATION

We are having Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Friday 7am – 10pm. Adorers adorationwho have offered to spend an hour in the church are asked to tick the register against their initials when they arrive. Many people wanted to participate in our Adoration but were unable to promise to commit to the same hour every week or could not commit to a Friday but offered another day. We are truly grateful for your willingness so please do come in and be with the Lord and use the opportunity well every Friday, whatever time you can give.

 

PATIENT PRAYER PACKS - MAIDSTONE HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCY

Deacon Ian and the hospital chaplaincy team are very pleased and grateful for the generous response that people have showed in donating a prayer pack for the sick in hospital.  It is a huge spiritual aid to them all.

 

PHOENIX YOUTH CLUB

Aged 15-18? Phoenix Youth Club runs activities, sports and game nights every Friday evening. We meet at Maidstone Baptist Church at 8pm weekly.  This is an opportunity to meet other young Christians and participate in fun activities and trips.

FLAME YOUTH GROUP

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.


WANT TO MEET UP?

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 Week Street. 

All are very welcome to come, meet new people and have some fun.

 

 

 

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HOW CLEAN IS YOUR CHURCH?

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. 

 

 

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.

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.

 

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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