23rd October - 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)
Sunday Mass Readings
In 2014 Archbishop Peter Smith identified the need to continue to support sick and retired priests as a major priority for our Diocese. At that time the estimated shortfall needed for this would be in the region of £4.5 million pounds by 2018. The Clergy Support Fund was launched to give every Catholic in the Diocese the opportunity to hear about the needs of sick and retired priests and how each of us can lend our support to the fundraising campaign.
Updated - 29th September
We have now completed the first stage of the Campaign and there has been an excellent response. 170 parishioners completed a data card and they will shortly be receiving an invitation to one of the four presentations which will be held in the parish in November.
If you were out of the parish on the weekends of 17th/18th and 24th/25th of September you will still have an opportunity to attend one of the presentations. Information will be in the newsletter and on the website nearer the time.
"...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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