ANOINTING OF THE SICKsick

During February we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes (which happens to be this Sunday 11th February). Lourdes is a place of pilgrimage in the Southwest of France which is renowned for sick people to journey there – hence this Sunday is also celebrated as World Day of the Sick.

To acknowledge this being the month of Our Lady of Lourdes we wish to celebrate a Mass on Saturday 24th February 10am followed by the Anointing of the Sick. This is a Sacrament that is administered to anyone who has experienced a decline in health or ability and wish to receive the Lord’s healing strength at this time.

 

POLISH BIBLICAL GROUP

We will meet in the church on Wednesday, 21st February at 7pm.

 

life ascendingLIFE ASCENDING

The next meeting of the Life Ascending group will be on Wednesday, 7th March after the 10.30am Mass. We will be taking a light-hearted view of Lent.

 

DEW ASSOCIATION – 2nd COLLECTIONdew

This weekend the second collection arranged by the Dew Association will be for the Phillippines Orphan Children..

 

 

ST FRANCIS QUIZ NIGHT

The next Quiz will be held on Saturday 14th April at 7.30pm at the United Reformed Church Hall in Week Street. Entry is £6 per person. More information coming soon.

 

GODINTON HOUSE AND GARDENS, ASHFORD

Help funding towards our Parish Hall Development and have a splendid afternoon! Saturday 10th May we are planning a trip to Godinton House and Gardens, Ashford. Cost will be £22 per person which includes exclusive house tour, afternoon cream tea and walk around gardens. People will also be asked to drive their own car and possibly car share. Put this in your diaries – more information shall come soon.


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.

 

ST. LUKE'S CHAPEL UPDATE

 

st luke chapel

 

We are pleased to announce that from this Sunday (18th February) we will once again be able to celebrate Sunday Mass in the Chapel at St Luke's, Preston Hall.

Whilst not all work is completely finished we are in a position to go back in and not have to vacate again, whilst finishing touches are completed. Fr Liam and Deacon Ian have spent some time at Preston Hall and slightly re-configured the chairs etc. to try and get best use of the space, whilst allowing access for a couple of Wheelchairs, and space to move around and not block the fire-exits.

Further information will be made available at the 9 am Mass at Preston Hall on Sunday, with regard to moving forward.

 

CHURCH AND HALL DEVELOPMENT

We thank you for your continual support and prayers in this matter. The current figures for the Roof Fund are as follows:


Raised to date: £121,901.47
Total cost of roof: £136,000.00
Debt to be paid: £14,098.53

 

RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adultsrcia

RCIA has now started, and meetings are held each Tuesday, from 7.30pm until 9.00pm in the Presbytery.
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 or Sheila Connolly on 01622 729211.

 


PARISH GROUPS

FLEDGLINGS CHILDREN GROUP will meet again on Saturday, 18th February 2018


PHOENIX YOUTH CLUB will continue to meet with the Baptist Church Youth Club in Knightrider Street, Maidstone, from Friday, 12th January 2018, 8pm - 9.30pm.

Friendship Group

ALL PARISHIONERS ARE WELCOME

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.

 

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:

 




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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