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 senior servers or email:

 

CHRISTMAS FOOD AND GIFT DONATIONS

Last year, St Francis parishioners were extremely generous in donating food and gifts to the parish Christmas appeal. Your generosity made a massive difference to local families in difficulty, to the homeless, the clients of the day centre and to the families that use the St Francis Children’s Centre in Poplar, which is run partly by the Catholic Children’s Society. Poplar, in Tower Hamlets, is one of the poorest places in the country with a high incidence of Victorian childhood diseases such as Rickets and Scarlet Fever. There is no safe place for children to play outside and they are usually confined to one or two rooms in flats with a poor diet and no sunshine, prompting vitamin deficiencies. The staff work very hard with whole families and have now, with ours and others help, created a play centre with a small outdoor area, a drop-in centre for parents, washing machines and a friendly place of education and fun.
Please, if you are able, donate a gift for a child or adult, preferably unwrapped and new. Collections of gifts will be taken until Saturday 14th December, when they will be wrapped and distributed over that week.

Also, we will be making up Christmas hampers for families, and donations may be brought to the musicians at Mass on the weekends of the 7th/8th and 14th/15th December. Anytime before that, they may be dropped at the presbytery during office hours. Please, no mince pies, as we get a bulk donation for free!

Thank you in advance for your generosity. Any questions, please ask one of the clergy or the musicians.

 

AN IMPORTANT REMINDER

Please may we kindly remind all parents that children are to be supervised at all times while in the church. Children must be accompanied when visiting the toilets.

 

WANT TO MEET UP?

All are very welcome to come, meet new people and have some fun.


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. 
Please contact the parish office for more details

 

CALLING ALL CHILDREN AGED 4 TO 11fledglimgs

You are invited to join our group called 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 second 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 14th December 2019.

 

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.

 

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.

 


 




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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