DIVINE MERCY PILGRIMAGE

...to the Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St Simon Stock, The Friars Aylesford Priory, ME20 7BX.  Bank Holiday Monday - 26th August 2019 from 10 am to 5 pm led by Rt Rev Bishop Patrick Lynch SS CC Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark Diocese and The Marian Fathers

 

CALLING ALL CHILDREN AGED 4 TO 11

You are invited to join our group called The Fledglings - a group of children, aged 4 to 11, who attend a variety of primary schools and are united by being part of St Francis’ parish community. We meet on the 3rd Saturday of every month, sometimes in between, for games, crafts, activities and to learn about our faith, with a team of leaders and our priests.  We meet at St Francis Primary School, Queen’s Road, Maidstone, ME16 0LB.  Children may be left at 10 am and collected at 3pm, but can generally fit around another Saturday activity. All that is required is a smile and something for a shared lunch.  For further details please ask a member of the Clergy Team or one of the musicians at Mass.  The next meeting is on 20th July.

 

QUIET CHAPEL

You may be aware of work that has been taking place in the Children’s Chapel.  A little while ago there was an appeal for funds to restore the Children’s Chapel because had been badly affected by leaks.  The response from you was a very generous and amount of around £6,500 was raised.  This gave us a good opportunity about the ways the chapel could be used.  The whole back wall used to be a store cupboard which has now been removed providing more space.  We are intending to put a small altar on the higher step so it will look more like a chapel and maybe could be used for more prayerful gatherings (prayer groups, Mass for smaller congregations etc).  Parents will of course still be welcome to bring their children into the room on Sundays but no toys or books are provided anymore.  We hope that the new Quiet Chapel will be ready for use within the next two or three weeks.

 

LOTTERY NEW SERIES

LOTTERY NEW SERIES:  Thank you to everyone who has supported the Parish Lottery this past series.  We will be collecting the payments and issuing Lottery Cards at the beginning of July (dates below).  Please consider paying by Banker’s Order, if this is not possible cheques are very welcome.  If neither of these options is feasible please bring the correct money on the designated day.  Thank you.  The dates are as follows:-

Sat 13th July 6pm St Francis  
Sun 14th July 9am & 10.45am & 6pm St Francis
Sat 20th July 6 pm St Francis  
Sun 21st July 9am & 10.45am St Francis

 

POPE FRANCIS APPOINTS NEW ARCHBISHOP OF SOUTHWARK

 

JOHN WILSON

It was announced today, 10th June 2019, the Feast of Mary, Mother of the Church, that Pope Francis has accepted the resignation from office of Archbishop Peter Smith and duly appointed Bishop John Wilson as his successor and Eleventh Archbishop of Southwark.

Archbishop-Elect Johnís Installation as Archbishop of Southwark will take place on Thursday 25th July 2019 at 12 noon. Archbishop Peter has been appointed Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese until†the installation.

Read more here...

 

 

 

CALLING ALL CRAFT WORKERS

We are planning a Craft sale towards the end of the year, on a date to be decided, to raise money for the Church Hall Development Fund.  If you have a skill such as knitting, sewing, crocheting, making Christmas decorations and pom-poms, would you consider making something we can sell?  If you require materials we have a small supply.  Please leave your name and contact details in the Parish Office.   Nearer the time we will be appealing to you to bake cakes and make preserves. Thank you for your support

 

ST JOHN BOSCO’S CHILDREN SUMMER CAMPS: Aldham Essex.

This is an activities camp with a Catholic ethos that runs as follows:
 Week 1 - Saturday 27th July to 3rd August 2019 for Boys
 Week 2 - Saturday 3rd August to 10th August 2019 for Boys
 Week 3 - Saturday 10th August to 17th August 2019 for Girls
 Week 4 - Saturday 17th August to 24th August 2019 Mixed Camp
 It is for children aged 8 to 13 and costs £160 per week. Should you require an application form or more information then please look on the website  http://svpboscocamp.org.uk

 

FREE MONEY FOR THE PARISH - GIFT AID IT!

Gift Aid envelopes for the new coming year are ready so please take your envelopes home with you.  We wish to thank everybody who is part of this scheme to help with our parish income every year.  If you are a tax payer, but not yet part of our gift aid scheme, then please ask about being included for this coming year.

 

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.

 

DO WE HEAR WEDDING BELLS?

2019 may be the year that you plan to get married.† Many Congratulations if that is so. Please remember that there is a lot of preparation that needs to take place so you are required to inform the church at least six months before the actual wedding date.† If you plan to celebrate your wedding at another church then that is fine but all preparation for our parishioners must take place here at St. Francis. Please approach one of the clergy here and they will happily guide you.

 

WANT TO MEET UP?

First Monday of the month – 11.00am Bowling at Lockmeadow

Second Monday of the Month – after 10.30am Mass there is coffee in The Society Rooms

Every Monday - 1.30pm – 3.30pm there is Scrabble at Leah’s Bistro in the High Street.

Every Wednesday 10am – 12pm - Line Dancing in the URC Hall down Week Street.

All are very welcome to come, meet new people and have some fun.  
Please contact the parish office for more details.

 

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.


 

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.

Read more...

 

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.

 

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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