1st May - Sixth Sunday of Easter (C)
Pope Francis appoints new Auxiliary Bishop to Southwark Diocese
Pope Francis has appointed Father Paul Mason as the new Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark. Fr Mason, a priest of the Archdiocese of Southwark, has been the Episcopal Vicar for Kent which comprises the Deaneries of Canterbury, Chatham, Dover, Gravesend, Maidstone, Thanet and Tunbridge Wells.
The Episcopal Ordination of Bishop-elect Paul Mason will take place in St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, on 31 May 2016 at Midday, the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He will join Bishop Patrick Lynch and Bishop Paul Hendricks as Auxiliary Bishops of the Diocese of Southwark, succeeding Bishop John Hine.
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
All young people in Year 9 or above are invited to join this year's Confirmation programme which will begin at the 6pm Mass on Sunday 12 June 2016. Application forms (which include the programme timetable) are available from the Church Porch and should be returned to the Parish Office by 31 May 2016. If there are any adults in the parish who wish to be confirmed, please speak to one of the clergy.
Fr Bart’s Farewell Mass
Fr Bart has started his ministry at Walderslade but he will come back to St Francis to celebrate Mass with us on Friday, 20th May at 7pm followed by reception at the URC Hall.
If you would like to make a donations towards a presentation to Fr Bart, please put it in an envelope marked “Fr Bart’s presentation”. Either drop it into the parish office or along with the Sunday collection.
"...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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