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

Pope Francis 

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The Archdiocese of Southwark is a dynamic Roman Catholic community centred around Christ, seeking to help people grow in faith, live in hope and collectively change our world through love. Within this website, you will find information about the many ministries, activities and opportunities that are available in our Church throughout South London and Kent.

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

Service Times

Sunday Mass

6.00pm (Saturday)

Monday to Thursday
10.30am – Mass

10.30am & 8.00pm – Mass

10.00am – Mass

Sacrament of Confession
Every Saturday
10.45 to 11.30am

Exposition & Adoration
Every Friday
9.30 to 10.15am

During the pandemic our church is open for private prayer at the following times:

Monday – Friday 10.00am – 2.00pm
Saturday 9.30am – 12.00pm

Livestreamed Mass

If you can’t get to Mass then we encourage you to watch live Mass
from the neighbouring parish of St. Peter’s, Bearsted, which is available at 10.30am on Sundays and 10.00am on most weekdays

Today’s Mass Readings

Click to view the readings used at Mass today


Singing at Mass

Congregational singing is now permitted but it is recommended that we do so with a face covering on until a later date when we are advised otherwise. We will not be handing out the hymn books yet as these are considered to be touchpoints that many people share so would need constant sanitising. However, we will make the hymn words available here every Sunday for you to print off or download onto your phones/tablets (muted please!) which you can bring along to Mass with you and join in with the singing.


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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.”

Fr Liam Gallagher

Parish Priest

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.



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