14th September - The Exaltation of The Holy Cross
This Sunday's Mass Readings
A note of introduction from Canon Luke
I would like to start my time here as your parish priest by firstly asking for your prayers. Obviously the first few months will be a steep learning curve for me as I start to find my way around and get to know names, faces and parish procedures; I therefore ask you to be patient with me!
I would like to say 'thank you' for the warm welcome I have already received and I look forward to meeting you over the next few weekends. I would also like to express our heartfelt gratitude to Fr Bartlomiej for taking on the extra responsibility as acting parish priest; he has really done a great job. Our thanks, of course, also go to Fr Piotr and the rest of the clergy team for all the extra work and responsibilities they have taken on since Canon John's departure for Wimbledon. I look forward to working alongside them and thank them for helping the 'new boy' to settle in.
It is my hope that the community of faith here in St Francis parish will continue to grow in awareness and celebration of the abiding presence of The Lord with us; for without this living encounter all that we do loses its meaning and purpose. I therefore see my primary task as spiritual rather than administrative (although there is plenty of this to be done too); to strengthen the Lord's flock in faith, to gather them in prayer, to nourish them with word and sacrament.
St. Paul sums takes up the task in hand beautifully in his letter to the Ephesians: "This is what I pray, kneeling before the Father, from whom every family, whether spiritual or natural, takes its name: out of his infinite glory, may he give you the power through his Spirit for your hidden self to grow strong, so that Christ may live in your hearts through faith, and planted in love and built on love, you will with all the saints have strength to grasp the breadth and the length, the height and the depth; until knowing the love of Christ, you are filled with the utter fullness of God. Glory be to Him whose power working in us can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine”.
Perhaps we can make this our manifesto! With sincerest wishes and assurance of prayers.
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"...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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