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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

Mary,
Queen of the May

Let us pray.
Heavenly Father, we praise you for the gift of your Mother, Mary. May this crown remind us of Mary’s Coronation in Heaven when you crowned her Queen of Heaven and Earth.
Through the prayers of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, whom you have given us for our Mother and Queen, grant that we too may share in the fullness of your grace.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Our church is open for public Mass & Confessions
with a revised timetable and restrictions

When you enter the church please...

Sanitise your hands
Wear a face covering
Keep social distance
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Mass times are:

Sunday

6.00pm (Saturday)
8.30am
10.00am
11.30am
  6.00pm

Monday to Thursday

10.30am

Friday

10.30am & 8.00pm

Saturday

10.00am

Sacrament of Confession:

Every Saturday
10.45 to 11.30am

Exposition & Adoration:

Every Friday
9.30 to 10.15am

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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.

A Poem for Saint Joseph

When the baby borned
Joseph said to Mary,
“What am I going to do about
This little born Jesus Baby Christ?
I never knew it was going to be like this,
With all these Angels and Kings
And Shepherds and stars and things.
It’s got me worried, I can tell you.
On Christmas Day in the morning.”   
Mary said to Joseph,
“Not to worry my darling
Dear old darling Joseph.
Everything’s going to be all right
Because the angel told me not to fear.
So just hold up the lamp
So I can see the dear, funny, sweet, little face
Of my darling little born Jesus Baby Christ.”
   
And Joseph said to Mary,
“Behold the handyman of the Lord.”
 
With acknowledgement to Lucy, aged 5

WE CAN ONLY HAVE MASS
IF ENOUGH PEOPLE
VOLUNTEER TO HELP!

Our deepest gratitude to all who have volunteered as stewards to allow our public Mass to take place.

We still need more parishioners to help especially with sanitising after the Sunday Masses, so please let us know if you can give some time to help steward, guide and sanitise then we would be most thankful.

Readers are also needed for every Mass.

Please fill in the Volunteer form to let the parish office know which Mass you are able to either steward or read at.

Many thanks!

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Livestreamed Mass During Coronavirus Pandemic

Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

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?


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Not a Catholic?


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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.

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