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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

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

When you enter the church you must!

Sanitise your hands
Wear a face covering
Keep social distance
Give your contact details

Mass times are:

Sunday

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

Monday to Friday

10.30am

Saturday

10.00am

Sacrament of Confession:

Every Saturday
10.45 to 11.30am

Exposition & Adoration:

Every Friday
9.30 to 10.15am

Newsletter

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The Season of Lent will begin this coming Wednesday 17th February.  Mass will be at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 8.00pm.

If you are able to assist with stewarding, sanitising or reading at Mass then please contact the parish office.

The distribution of Ashes will be slightly different as the priest cannot apply them to your forehead as usual.  After the final blessing, the priest will bless the ashes and say only once, “Repent, and believe the Gospel” or “Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return”. Just as at the distribution of holy communion, you will be invited to come up by the stewards and the priest shall sprinkle ashes on the crown of your head in silence, after which you will depart the church.

First Holy Communion 2022

If you have a child who will begin Year 4 or above at school from next September 2021 (will be at least 9 years of age by August 31st 2022) and you would like them to begin our First Holy Communion classes starting later this year, then please send an email (maidstone@rcaos.org.uk) addressed to Fr. Liam Gallagher stating your request.  You will then be invited to an interview with Fr. Liam at a later date.

There are no Polish classes this year.  Your email requests must not come any later than 31st July.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Pope Francis announced the “Year of St. Joseph” which began on December 8, 2020, and will conclude on December 8, 2021. According to the Decree authorised by the Pope, a “Year of St. Joseph” is established so that “every member of the faithful, following his example, may strengthen their life of faith daily in the complete fulfilment of God’s will. Read the Holy Father’s Apostolic Letter dedicated to the Foster Father of Jesus Christ, and titled Patris corde (“With a father’s heart”).

For more information & resources visit: Catholic Bishops Conference or Vatican News

Prayer to 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.

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

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.

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!

Volunteer to Steward or Read

The Deacon Diaries

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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.

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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Deacon Diaries

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