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.

 

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.  The next Fledglings gathering shall be next Saturday 24th November.  If you would like to find out more please speak to one of the clergy.

 

ADVENT WREATHS

adventThese very popular candle wreaths are made by the Fledglings children and will be available this year on Sunday 25th November and Sat/Sunday 1st and 2nd December. Last year they sold out very quickly so please pre-order if possible. The wreaths have 5 candles to be lit each Sunday of Advent and then Christmas Day and come with a prayer sheet and cost £5. Please give your order and payment to one of the clergy or musicians as soon as possible.

 

 

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As the announcement of Fr. Paul’s move to Mayfield, Sussex, was at short notice, we were unable to give him the fond farewell that we would have hoped but we still intend to give him a gift from the parish and bring it to him. We will keep you posted on what we decide. We keep Fr. Paul in our prayers.

 

 

WE HAVE BEGUN

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

As you may be aware the Parish has a small team of trained volunteers who, along with Deacon Ian, are part of the official Chaplaincy Team at Maidstone Hospital. They regularly visit patients in the hospital and ensure that the sacraments, especially Holy Communion, are made available to those who require them, along with prayer and perhaps someone to chat with.

Many patients find themselves in hospital without time to prepare, and find that they have limited access to aids to prayer. For some a stay in hospital gives them the chance to re-connect with the church and may need a little guidance to do this.

In conjunction with hospital authorities and the Lead Chaplain, we have put together some patient prayer packs consisting of a prayer book; a rosary in a container (complete with instructions); prayer card/bookmark; and details of St Francis Parish. We aim to give these packs to any patient, relative or member of staff that would benefit from receiving one.

These patient prayer packs can be donated to the hospital chaplaincy team by purchasing them through the Church repository/shop. Each pack costs £5, and we are only allowed to use the agreed contents. If you would like to purchase a pack to be donated, please call into the repository where you will find all the details.

We thank you for your generosity and help with this important ministry. If you would like to know any further details please have a chat with Deacon Ian.

 

ST FRANCIS QUIZ NIGHT...7.30pm | 10th November | URC Hall

The evening was a great success, some teams entering for the first time. The proceeds, including the raffle, totalled £608. The winners were - Us, Them & the Others – well done! Our thanks especially to the Watson Family who organised this thoroughly enjoyable evening for us.

 

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.

ANY MUSICAL TALENT?

We are grateful to our choir who lead us in our music every Sunday 6.00pm Mass.  However we welcome more people to join them especially instrumentalists.  If you have a musical talent that you can share just once a month on a Sunday evenings (we especially welcome a pianist or guitarist but all gratefully received) then please speak to the choir after Mass. 

CHILDREN’S CHAPEL

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.

 

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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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.
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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.

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