For the Summer we have welcomed Fr Boniface Arapa from Uganda who will be staying with us until September and Fr Adam Dynak, a Polish priest working in Belarus, who will be us until mid August. Canon Luke / Fr Peter will be away during the first two weeks of August and at other times will be in and out preparing for their moves. Fr Liam & Fr Samuel will take up their posts during the last week of August.


Raised to date: £114,393.44
Total Cost: £136,000.00
Debt to be paid £21,606.56

Raised to date: £7202.09
Approximate Cost: £9,000.00

Thanks for the contributions 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. Unfortunately our chosen builders & decorators have let us down and are not responding to our communication. We are therefore considering alternative workmen ... Hopefully more news soon.


THINGS ARE HOTTING UP AND MOVING FORWARD. PLEASE KEEP UP THE PRAYERS THAT WORK MAY SOON BEGIN. Planning permission has been granted; the detailed spec is complete, and the final queries are being ironed out, thus enabling the various legal agreements / heads of terms to be completed. Although building costs will be paid by the developer we have to pay for fees, additional works and furnishing of the centre. Costs paid to date: £3,120.00. Meanwhile the break-ins continue despite our every effort to prevent these mindless acts of vandalism!

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

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


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, 7th September2017. To attend, please apply through the parish email or submit a baptismal application form.


FLEDGLINGS CHILDREN GROUP recommences after the summer holidays.

FLAME YOUTH GROUP The junior youth group recommences after the summer holidays.

PHOENIX YOUTH CLUB The 15+ group recommences after the summer holidays.

KU POGLEBIONEJ WIERZE / EVANGELISATION GROUP recommences after the Summer holiday.

life ascendingLIFE ASCENDING No meeting in August. We will be meeting on Wednesday 6th Sept. after 10.30 mass.
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


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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F1) 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.
FFI contact:

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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