28th August

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)

 

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Mass Readings

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SUNDAY 10.30am MASS

PLEASE NOTE that as from 4th SEPTEMBER the 10.30am Sunday Mass at St Francis’ will permanently move to 10.45am.

 

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Announcement from Bishop Paul Mason

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Dear parishioners at St Mary the Virgin, Nettlestead,

We have been blessed over many years, not only to have three priests to support the parish, but also to have the use of this beautiful church in Nettlestead. Being able to provide Mass for smaller communities in rural areas is something the Diocese has tried hard to maintain. Not having our own church in this immediate area I would like to thank the Anglican community in Nettlestead for their generosity and hospitality in allowing us to use theirs. It has given us the opportunity to nurture the Catholic community and faith and for this we are all most grateful.

As you know, Fr Bart was recently appointed to Walderslade Parish and our hope was that his bishop in Poland would provide us with a replacement. Unfortunately this is no longer a possibility and Maidstone will now operate with 2 priests. I will take this opportunty also to thank Archbishop Jozsef of Archdiocese of Przemyśl for his support in providing us with priests.

Given this reduction in manpower, as well as the overall need in the Diocese to look at our Mass provision, the Mass here in Nettlestead has come under review and sadly will have to be withdrawn. The Sunday schedule in Maidstone Parish is such that it is simply no longer possible to provide the same level of service as before. The last Mass in Nettlestead will be on Sunday 25th September 2016

I appreciate that this will be sad and possibly disruptive for a number of you but I do hope you understand the need for these changes. Canon Luke will be able to answer any immediate questions you may have but do feel free to contact me should you wish to discuss this further.

Once again, I am sorry to have to convey this sad news but I trust you will understand and I hope you are able to make alternative arrangements without too much difficulty.

With my prayers and best wishes,

+Paul

The Right Reverend Paul Mason
Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark

 

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Parish of St Francis AMENDED Mass Schedule

WITH EFFECT FROM 1st OCTOBER 2016

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SUNDAY               St FRANCIS    

                           5.30pm (Saturday)          Confessions

6.00pm (Saturday)         VIGIL MASS

9.00am                        MASS with Children’s Liturgy

10.45am                       SOLEMN MASS

5.30pm                         Confessions

6.00pm                         MASS

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                          MASS

11.30am                        MASS

ORDINARIATE: Chapel of Our Lady, Wateringbury

11.00am                        MASS

 

MONDAY              St FRANCIS 

10.00am                       MASS                              10.30-11.00am Confessions

TUESDAY              St FRANCIS 

10.00am                       MASS                              10.30-11.00am Confessions

WEDNESDAY      St FRANCIS 

10.00am                      MASS                               10.30-11.00am Confessions

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

7.30pm               Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Lectio Divina & Benediction

THURSDAY          St FRANCIS 

10.00am                      MASS                              10.30-11.00am Confessions

4.00pm                       Mass in HMP Maidstone

ORDINARIATE: Chapel of Our Lady, Wateringbury

11.00am                       MASS

FRIDAY                  St FRANCIS 

10.00am                       MASS

10.30 – 12noon              Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Benediction

10.30-11.00am               Confessions

7.30pm                         Confessions      

8.00pm                          MASS

1st Fridays only: followed by Sacred Heart Devotions & Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 10.00 or 11.00pm

SATURDAY          St FRANCIS 

10.00am                        MASS

10.30-11.15am                Confessions

5.30pm                         Confessions

6.00pm                         VIGIL MASS

 

HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION      

St FRANCIS 6.00pm (Vigil), 10.00am & 8.00pm

 

 

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SERVICES IN AUGUST

There will be no Exposition, Lectio & Benediction on Wednesdays during August.

There will be no Evening Prayer or Benediction on Sunday, 28th of August.

Please note that Monday, 29th August will be a Bank Holiday. On that day, there will be one Mass only - this will be at 10am.

 

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE AN ALTAR SERVER?

Maybe you’ve recently made your First Holy Communion or just arrived in the parish or even used to be a server when you were younger. Come and join our team of servers and play a more active role in the liturgy. Any age or gender will be very welcome, as long as you’ve made your First Holy Communion. For more information just ask one of the clergy or servers or send an email to Mark our M.C.:

 

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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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