Sunday 19th February
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
Sunday Mass Readings
ST FRANCIS’ PARISH LENTEN RETREAT
ASH WEDNESDAY (1st March) - Mass at 10.30am & 7.30pm
RETREAT CONFERENCES - Wednesdays at 7.30pm followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Night Prayer and Benediction
8th March - Art and the Sacred by Fr Victor McClean
15th March - Jesus' way to Jerusalem by Fr Paul Gibbons
22nd March - Stations of the Cross taken from Mel Gibson’s film The Passion of the Christ (this contains disturbing scenes)
29th March - Our Lady at the Cross by Fr Francis Kemsley O.Carm
5th April - Icons of the Passion and Easter by Fr Victor McClean
STATIONS OF THE CROSS in Polish & English, Fridays in Lent, 7.15pm
with an opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation
SILENT ADORATION - Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament before Mass from Monday to Thursday at 10am, Saturdays at 9.30am, and Fridays after Mass 11am to 12noon.
PENITENTIAL SERVICE with the Sacrament of Reconciliation Monday 10th April at 7.30pm
24 HOURS FOR THE LORD - Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament starts on Friday 24th March at 10am ends with 10am Mass on Saturday, 25th March
The 40 days of Lent reflect the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness; Jesus fasted during this time and so Catholics identify with his suffering by abstaining from particular foods during Lent and by extra prayer and charitable works.
As a parish, opportunities are being provided to mark Lent in this way; extra prayer opportunities, prayer cards to support our Syrian brothers and sisters and collection boxes for Syrian refugees. The civil war in Syria is having a devastating effect on the lives of millions of people. More than 11 million people have been forced from their homes, including at least three million who have left the country to escape the fighting. CAFOD have been working to assist those who have fled to neighbouring countries to seek food, relief supplies and a safe place to stay, particularly in Lebanon and Jordan. Please take a minute to look at the display in the porch provided by younger members of our parish explaining the project in more detail.
These 40 days are an opportunity to remember Jesus’ death; a time to reflect on what we have received through Jesus’ death for us: healing, freedom, salvation, forgiveness, life... 40acts is a generosity challenge inviting us all to approach Lent a little differently. During the 40 days of Lent (Sundays aren’t counted), you are invited to take part in 40 simple acts of generosity, and to be more generous in our words, our actions, our whole lives!
Find out more...
"...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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