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Saint Francis
Catholic Parish

“To give witness with joy and simplicity
to what we are and what we believe in.”
Pope Francis

Synod Listening Sessions

We have now completed our parish listening sesions but you can still have your say. Either go online to the Diocesan Online Submissions form here or download a questionnaire below and when completed post them through the presbytery door

Bring it back...

As we arrive into a new year of the Church with the Season of Advent, we are hoping to reintroduce certain ministries and resources that have been missing for the past 18 months. Therefore, we are looking to bring back:

Hymn Books; Newsletters – we would appreciate if you could still download your own at home; Mass Sheets; Collection – we wish to take away the bowls at the back of the Church and start to use the Collection bags again. Please can we ask for people who would be willing to volunteer and coordinate this for each Mass, ideally having four collectors for each Mass; Offertory – we are looking to bring back an offertory procession of bread, wine and water being brought up to the altar from the back of the Church at the usual time of Mass. It would be helpful to have a regular coordinator to organise this at each Mass; Altar Servers – we now gladly welcome back any of our altar servers to come back at whatever Mass they attend. We will wait until the new year before we start looking to recruit and train new servers; Readers – We need more volunteers to read.

Welcome to St Francis Parish, Maidstone!

“St 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.

It gives me great joy to welcome you to our website. Whether you are currently a parishioner, somebody who is looking to be part of our parish community or just want to have a browse, we are glad to be here for you.

As you search through the various pages of our website you will see that we are a very diverse community of different ages and nationalities but united as one family of God. Whether it is gathering for worship or for times of fun, we work together to build the kingdom of God and there is room for everyone.

So enjoy your time looking through our website. I am sure you will discover that we are a parish that is filled with faith, charity and generosity and always welcoming anybody who wishes to be part of our family. Together as one we shall share in the Mission of bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to all.

With every blessing.”

Father Liam Gallagher
Parish Priest

New to the Parish?


If you are new to the Parish please download the form below and when completed either hand it to one of the clergy team or put it through the Presbytery letterbox.

Not a Catholic?


Like to find out more about what it means to be a Catholic? We offer an informal programme which tells you about the Church and may help you to decide if becoming a Catholic is for you.

Church Open for Private Prayer Monday to Friday 10am – 2pm
Saturday 9.30am – 12pm

Church Open for Private Prayer Monday to Friday
10am – 2pm
Saturday
9.30am – 12pm

Service Times

Sundays

6.00pm (Saturday)  

8.30am Mass

10.00am Mass

11.30am Mass

6.00pm Mass 

Weekdays

Monday to Friday
10.30am Mass

Saturday
10.00am
Mass

Exposition & Adoration

Friday
9.30 to 10.15am

Confession

Saturday
10.45 to 11.30am

Confession is now available
in the main confessional.
 At the moment confessions
are only ‘through the grille.’

If you wish to have Confession
at another time then please make an arrangement with a priest.

Sunday Mass Hymn Words

As from Sunday 28th November the hymn books will be available in church for you to use. However, you may feel more comfortable using your own printed sheet or mobile phone for the words, which can be downloaded here.

Newsletter

Keep up to date with all that’s going on. View this week’s newsletter
or receive the newsletter every week via email by signing-up.

Mass Times

6.00pm (Sat. Vigil)
8.30am
10.00am (Live Streamed)
11.30am
6.00pm
Monday to Friday
10.30am
Saturday
10.00am

Mass Readings


Click below for today's Mass readings. This will take you to the Universalis website, where you can access today's readings for Mass and also the Divine Office of the Church.

New to the Parish?


If you are new to the Parish please download the form below and when completed either hand it to one of the clergy team or put it through the Presbytery letterbox.

Not a Catholic?


Like to find out more about what it means to be a Catholic? We offer an informal programme which tells you about the Church and may help you to decide if becoming a Catholic is for you.

Quick Links & Info

Lottery Result

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Deacon Diaries

See all of Deacon Ian's lockdown reflections

Prayer for the Year of St Joseph

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. To you God entrusted His only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became man. Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life. Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage, and defend us from every evil. Amen.