Sunday 30th April
Third Sunday of Easter (A)
Sunday Mass Readings
As most of you are aware Fr Peter's time here is coming to an end; in the summer he will have been with us for five years. The good news is that his Archbishop in Poland has given permission for Fr Peter to remain in our Diocese; however Fr Peter will be moving to another parish at the beginning of September (details of which will be announced at a later date).
I am afraid that the announcement of moves does not end there! Archbishop Peter has appointed Canon Luke as Director of Spiritual Formation at St John's Seminary, Wonersh with effect from September and will be leaving the parish in early July to prepare for this new task.
A new parish priest has been appointed: Fr Liam Gallagher who will take up post at the start of September along with Fr Samuel Davey as assistant priest.
Please pray us (Canon Luke and Fr Peter) as we prepare to take up our new responsibilities and we assure you of our prayers in this time of change and adjustment.
Fire at St Luke's Chapel, Preston Hall
On Monday 24th April a fire was discovered in the chapel at Preston Hall; thanks to the prompt action of the Hospice maintenance man, the fire was contained until the fire services attended. Thankfully no one has been hurt but there is extensive damage to the chapel interior. The Chapel will therefore be closed for the next few months while repairs and refurbishment take place. I would like to thank the Hospice team for their help and understanding and for offering us an alternative place to offer Mass on Sunday for those unable to attend St Francis or the Friars.
SUNDAY MASS AT PRESTON HALL FROM SUNDAY 30th APRIL
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
9.00am in the Hospice (Magnolia place, the room off of the Hospice Café)
"...JESUS CHRIST, THE BEGINNING AND THE END...
ALL TIME BELONGS TO HIM... AND ALL THE AGES..."
These words on the doors of the Church porch express perfectly the purpose of our parish. We are
a community centred round the Lord Jesus.
Saint Francis' Parish in the heart of Maidstone was founded in 1859 and since then has been the heart of the Catholic community in the Maidstone area. From it was founded the parishes of Saint Thomas More, West Malling; Holy Family, Park Wood; and Saint Peter's Bearsted. In addition to the mother church there are Mass Centres at St Luke's, Preston Hall, and at St Mary's Anglican Church at Nettlestead.
Today the faith which inspired its foundation almost 150 years ago continues to find its expression in a lively community bringing together people of many races all united by their love of God. It is this love which calls us all to work together to build up our community and to care for all in need.
I would like to welcome all who visit our website and hope you share something of our vision for the future of the church and parish.
Canon Luke - Parish Priest
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