Application forms for the forthcoming First Holy Communion Programme will be available 18th –25th June from the priest after all Masses. Please read the instructions and declaration carefully before completing and signing the form. Completed forms must be returned in person to Grove House on Tuesday 27th June between 5.00 and 7.30pm. Canon Luke, Fr Peter and Cecilia will be present to process the forms and finalise which catechist group you child will be assigned to.

ssscsSt Simon Stock 50th Anniversary

All are invited to the St Simon Stock Catholic School 50th Anniversary celebrations on Saturday, 8th July, which will begin with a Celebration Mass at 12noon. Entry: Adults—£1, Under 18s—50p. All proceeds go to school charities.



A collection is being organised for Canon Luke and Fr Peter. Envelopes are now available for donations; these should either be placed in the collection or handed to June in the Parish Office (not to Canon Luke or Fr. Peter!)



How can you make a valuable contribution to Church funds, plus have a chance every week of winning a cash prize of between £10 and £1,000, for the equivalent of just FIFTY PENCE A WEEK? By becoming a member of St Francis Lottery! The winner of the top prize of ONE THOUSAND POUNDS will be published in the Newsletter on 2nd July, and the new series will start on 7th July 2017. why not join – the next winner could be YOU! Collectors will be in the porch after 9.00am Mass, before 10.45am Mass, and before both 6.00pm Masses, on the weekends 24/25 June, 1/2 July and 8/9 July to receive payments for the new series and to tell you more about becoming a member. It is simple to join, just complete a short application form. Cheque, cash or Bankers Order payments are £13 in advance for the whole 26 week series, or if preferred, £6.50 every 13 weeks if paying by Bankers Order.
We look forward to welcoming you as a new member.



clergy support fund


We have recently heard from the Diocesan Finance Office regarding the donations from St. Francis Parish for the Clergy Support Fund Campaign. To date the amount raised by us is:

One off donations - £10,496.25

Pledges (Covenants) - £39,052.00

These amounts will not, at this point, include all the Gift Aid which still could be collected.

Thanks to everybody who helped out last Autumn, in many different ways, to make this a very successful Campaign in our Parish.



Thanks to a legacy of £500 from Lawrence Bernard Burns and a generous donation we are in a position to buy new hymn books for St Francis and Preston Hall. Our current books are falling apart and do not contain the revised Mass settings. An order has been placed for the new edition of the hymn book. If anyone wishes to contribute towards this project please let us know as we will also need to buy full music / melody editions for our singers and musicians.


scysSummer Youth Day

This event for Year 7 - Year 11 youth takes place at Aylesford Priory on Saturday, 24th June. There will be music, drama, art, workshops, a BBQ and Mass.

The cost is £10 per person.

Bookings: 01227 272900 or



Canon Luke & Fr. Peter’s Farewell

We will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving on Saturday 22nd July at 12.00noon; this will be followed by an informal reception and barbecue in the car park in front of Grove House. More information to follow for those who are able to help with the catering etc.


Fire at St Luke's Chapel, Preston Hall

Due to the recent fire the Chapel will be closed for the next few months 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

Are you, or someone you know, interested in finding out more about the Catholic Church, wishes to become a Catholic or was baptised a Catholic and would like to return to the Catholic faith and / or be confirmed?

For more information contact Sheila Connolly (01622) 729211, one of the parish clergy team or email the parish office:




First Thursday of each month 7.00 - 8.30pm (excluding August and January).
Next Date: THURSDAY, 6th July 2017. To attend, please apply through the parish email or submit a baptismal application form.


FLEDGLINGS CHILDREN GROUP meets every third Saturday of the month at St Francis Primary School. Next meeting: after the summer holidays.

FLAME YOUTH GROUP The junior youth group meets this Saturday 6.00-8.00pm in the Presbytery.

PHOENIX YOUTH CLUB for 15+ will continue to meet with the Baptist Church Youth Club in Knightrider Street, Maidstone, this Friday, 8pm - 9.30pm.

KU POGLEBIONEJ WIERZE / EVANGELISATION GROUP The next evangelisation group meeting is a joint celebration of the English and Polish groups; a Thanksgiving Mass for the past year of formation on Thursday, 29th June, 8.00pm.

life ascendingLIFE ASCENDINGNext meeting: Day Out at St Thomas’ Church, Headcorn, Wednesday 12th July, 9.30am-3.30pm Please bring own lunch. FFI please contact Keith Hunter on 01622 746792.

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



Raised to date: £113,565.29
Total Cost: £136,000.00
Debt to be paid £22,434.71

Raised to date: £7,107.81
Approximate Cost: £9,000.00
Thanks to all who have contributed to this project; if you wish to make a donation please put it into a clearly marked envelope and drop it into the collection / Parish Office. Work will hopefully begin within the ten days.

Things are slowly moving forward since planning permission was granted; the detailed spec is complete, which now enables the various legal agreements / heads of terms to be completed. Although building costs will be paid by the developer we will have to pay for fees, additional works and the furnishing of the centre. Costs paid to date: £3,120.00. Further break ins this week !

CAR PARK GATES the mindless act of vandalism two weekends ago will cost £2,100.00 to rectify; thankfully we have made a successful insurance claim and the repairs should take place this week.

Further work on the roof (due to an un-reparable internal down pipe): two additional gullies and down pipes to be added and work on the boiler house concrete roof and flashings will take place soon: Cost: £4,770.00 + VAT
The Boiler House Chimney stack needs urgent work (loose bricks / lead flashing); we have managed to obtain 50% of the cost from an insurance claim as it remains inconclusive whether the cause was storm damage or general wear and tear. Cost: £3,102:00 inc VAT (£5,604.00 less £2,502.00 (Insurance) Scaffolding has been erected and work should commence this week on these two jobs

The wooden panelling on the Sanctuary is rotting and needs removing, defective plaster replacing & redecorating. This work will probably take place in June Cost: £9,845.00 + VAT

The Pentecost Raffle raised £565.00 Thanks to all involved!

MONTHLY COLLECTION for the Roof Fund will now be termed CHURCH & HALL DEVELOPMENT FUND to incorporate all these projects.




The Dew Association would like to thank all parishioners for their generosity in raising £595.53 in the recent Second Collection for the Children’s Education Programme in Ghana run by Fr Peter Adu. Your continued support in these difficult financial times is much appreciated.


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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Flower arrangers urgently required!!!

Church cleaners urgently required on a Friday from 4.30 pm or at a mutually convenient time. 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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