25th September

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)

 

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Mass Readings

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ST FRANCIS’ FEAST DAY

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All Masses next weekend will be celebrated in honour of St Francis, our parish patron - as his feast falls the following week. There will be a special missalette with the readings, prayers and hymns for the feast (we will not be using the readings of 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time).

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Second Letter From Bishop Paul Mason - Nettlestead

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ARCHDIOCESE OF SOUTHWARK
The Right Reverend Paul Mason B.A, S.T.B., M.A, Ph.L
The Bishop’s House, The Hermitage, More Park, West Malling, Kent ME19 6HN
Telephone: 01732 845486; e-mail: bishoppaulmason@gmail.com


Dear parishioners at Nettlestead,

I have become aware that the suspension of Masses at Nettlestead is causing an understandable anxiety amongst some of you. While I appreciate this, the Diocese, in looking at the greater good of its people, has had to make this difficult decision and the closing date agreed.

If Canon Luke would like me to celebrate a closing Mass in October then I will do so.

I do kindly ask you not to take matters into your own hands with regard to finding priests. This can cause a number of difficulties looking at Mass provision across the deanery and indeed the Diocese.

Once again, I am sorry that this decision has had to be made, but it does stand.

Please continue to give Canon Luke your full support who also finds himself with increased responsibility given the loss of an assistant priest.

Thank you for your kind cooperation.

+Paul

The Right Reverend Paul Mason
Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark

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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.


Click here to go to our Clergy Support Fund page to find out more.

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Parish of St Francis AMENDED Mass Schedule

WITH EFFECT FROM 1st OCTOBER 2016

(Click here to download new Mass schedule)

Following consultation to ensure Mass times were convenient for a maximum number of those wishing to attend daily Mass, we have come to a decision to move the start time to 10.30am.

 

SUNDAY    

St. Francis Church

6.00pm (Saturday)         VIGIL MASS (Confessions 5.30 - 5.50pm)         

9.00am                        MASS with Children’s Liturgy

10.45am                       SOLEMN MASS

6.00pm                         MASS (Confessions 5.30 - 5.50pm)

1st Sunday of the month only

12.30pm                        MASS in the Extraordinary Form

4.00pm                          MASS in POLISH

 

St Luke's Chapel, Preston Hall

8.30am & 11.30am           MASS

 

ORDINARIATE: Chapel of Our Lady, Wateringbury

11.00am                        MASS

 

Daily Masses

St. Francis Church

MONDAY             
10.30am   MASS   (Confessions 10.00am)

TUESDAY             
10.30am   MASS   (Confessions 10.00am)

WEDNESDAY         
10.30am   MASS   (Confessions 10.00am)

Masses at St Francis School will now take place on Wednesdays as announced in the newsletter

THURSDAY            
10.30am   MASS   (Confessions 10.00am)
4.30pm Mass in HMP Maidstone
11.00am Ordinariate Mass, Wateringbury

FRIDAY         
10.30am   MASS   (Confessions 10.00am) followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until...
12.00pm Benediction
8.00pm   MASS   (Confessions 7.30 - 7.45pm
1st Fridays only: followed by Sacred Heart Devotions & Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 10.00 or 11.00pm

SATURDAY            
10.00am   MASS   (Confessions 10.30 - 11.00am)
6.00pm     VIGIL MASS (Confessions 5.30 - 5.50pm)   

HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION

St FRANCIS 6.00pm (Vigil), 10.30am & 8.00pm

 

 

rota

 

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Welcome!

"...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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