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Easter Sunday (C) THE EASTER DAYS    18 April 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: westmalling@rcaos.org.uk  Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

Easter Sunday (C)
THE EASTER DAYS
21st April 2019
 
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE A huge thank you for a magnificent Holy Week and all who worked so hard and contributed to make it so - and your love, commitment and generosity to our Parish and to me as your Priest. May the Risen Lord bless us, our Parish family, and all those we love with new resurrection and life in these Easter Days. And may ‘Notre-Dame’ - our Lady of Paris - be with the people of Paris and all of us in this.
 
DURING THE WEEK We keep the eight solemn days of Easter Joy and life and keep close to the Risen Lord in the Easter Days between now and the Ascension on 30th May when the Risen Lord walks with us with his Easter love and life in a special way as he did with the Apostles. Please take the special Easter Prayer Sheets and Vigil Candles to help you at home in this - also the Easter Water to bless your houses (bottles for this are on sale in the porch or you can bring your own bottle next weekend). We also wish our Baby & Toddler group, pre-school and schools a good term 5 as they begin the new term this week - the school have their St George’s Mass on Friday and the Youth Group have their Easter Party in the House (with thanks to them for their Good Friday Passion Play).
 
NEXT WEEKEND We celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter and the Octave Day of Easter together with Di-vine Mercy Sunday. There is also a second collection during the notices for the maintenance of our cathedral of St. George (at this time of St. George’s feast) to help the parishes there meet the cost of the upkeep of the cathedral.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
HOLY SATURDAY

20

8.30pm Parish Easter Vigil (No 5pm Mass)
EASTER SUNDAY © 21 10am Easter Family Mass with Children (No 5.30pm Mass)
EASTER MONDAY 22   NO MASS OR SERVICE (Bank Holiday)
EASTER TUESDAY 23
9.30am
Communion Service
EASTER WEDNESDAY 24 9.30am Communion Service
EASTER THURSDAY 25 9.30am Communion Service
EASTER FRIDAY 26
9.30am
 
St. George’s Mass in School - for St. George’s House and our English parishioners
EASTER SATURDAY 27
1-4pm
 
5pm
Eucharistic Ministers & Readers afternoon of reflection at St. Andrews, Tenterden
Mass - Sunil de Silva RIP

SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER ©

(Divine Mercy Sunday)

28
10am
5.30pm
Mass - Mansfield family - private intention
Mass - Niamh Louise Nolan RIP (anniv.)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: No confessions this Saturday
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Brian, Lisa and Baby Nora; Fr. Kevin St. Aubyn; Peter and Dee Avery; Colin Povey; April Hayes; Stephen Newman; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Fr. Huebert Miranda; Natalie Andrewartha; also Ray Haynes; Brendin O’Doherty; James Griffin (St. Simon Stock) (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civil-ians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Hilary Crush; Vincent Muller; Mary Smith; Artur Guzy; Maurice Fissenden; Matthew Lewis; Nancy (Anne) Menzies; Andre (Bob) Moleta; Margaret Paul; Constance Muxlow; Danielle Blackburn; Moira Martin; Roy Herrington; John (Jack) McCormack; Paula Sedley-Burke; Ursula Atkins; Irene Lovell; Lily Rudenko; David Rose; Leon Fanning; Shirley Wake; Joseph Massucci; Michael Sullivan; Richard Buehrlen; Ethel McIntyre; Brian Bell.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK

SATURDAY 20

9.30am
10am
 
12noon
Flower Arrangers in Church
Children’s Easter Workshop and rehearsal in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre and Easter Garden in Church
Servers practice for Easter Vigil (Porch social after Vigil)
SUNDAY 21 10am Easter Family Mass (No Children’s Liturgy)

TUESDAY 23

 
Schools back after Easter Break
FRIDAY 26 7-9pm Youth Group Easter Party - House
 
THANK YOU for your generous offerings this week. (Standing Orders average £355 per week).
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The next children’s lesson is on Monday 29th April from 5-6pm.
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS The cards need to be returned by the end of April. Thank you.
 
EVENTS TEAM We are looking to form an events team to organise fun social events in the Parish. If you are interested in joining the team or are able to help please contact the Parish Office.
 
NEW CHILDRENS LITURGY LEADERS REQUIRED New leaders are required to sup-port the existing team. Commitment is on a rotational basis and only during term time. It’s a great opportunity to help our children grow and develop in their faith. We provide an op-portunity to discuss the gospel at a level that is appropriate to them. We help the children to discover that the word of God has meaning in their lives. It also welcomes young chil-dren as part of the parish community. If you think you may have what it takes and are in-terested in supporting the team, either contact the office or talk to one of the Liturgy lead-ers at the Sunday Mass, who will be willing to help you. Thank you.
 
DONATE8 - HELP PLEASE! Flower arrangers are needed to help bring colour and blooms to our church. No experience required – just come along, join the team and we’ll show you how. Who knows - your home arrangements may benefit also! Why not Donate8 today? We also urgently need help with Children's Liturgy support and Adult Altar Servers. Please Donate8 today by filling in a card and posting in the red box in the Church porch.
 
CHRISTIANS AGAINST POVERTY MONEY FREE BUDGET COURSES Allie Pavis of West Malling Baptist Church has asked us to send out information about these courses. All sessions will be run at Abbey View House (1st Floor) 61 Swan Street, West Malling (this is the building adjacent to West Malling Baptist Church). For more information visit the website www.Capmoney.org where delegates can register their interest and book themselves on the courses. There is no charge to attend - just a willingness to engage. Each delegate will receive a delegate book and access to the online budget tool on the CAP Money website. Please see noticeboard for poster and session dates.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be es-corted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Fiona’s Group - week beginning 22nd April.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details

 

Palm Sunday (C) 14th April 2019    12 April 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: westmalling@rcaos.org.uk  Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

Palm Sunday (C)
A HOLY WEEK OF PRAYER, LOVE AND SELF-DENIAL AND NEW LIFE AND FITNESS
14th April 2019
 
Welcome to this Holy Week, which we have been preparing for this Lent, by opening ourselves to the Lord and each other, through prayer and love and self-denial, to the healing, love and life he wants to give us in this week. This is the week when we are called to put our Faith and following of the Lord first in our lives so that we can find all that He wants to give us in it. The more we are prepared to put ourselves into it, the more we shall receive from it - so let’s help each other, as Priest and people to walk this week well.
For Adults and Young People there is the Great Journey of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday evening, the Lit-urgy of the Passion on Good Friday afternoon and the Great Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday Evening.
For the children there is the Maundy Thursday Service at 5pm; the Good Friday Walk of Witness at 11am, the Children’s Easter Workshop and Rehearsal on Holy Saturday morning and the Easter Family Mass on Easter Sunday morning.
And for all Parishioners there is the Youth groups’ Passion Play and Service for the Parish on Good Friday evening - their gift to us for this Holy Week. This year, the play is centred on the temptations of lack of faith, selfishness and compromise that we have been tackling this Lent, to make ourselves fit as the Lord’s followers.
We thank our Servers, Cleaners, Flower Arrangers, Musicians, Eucharistic Ministers and Collectors, Youth groups and Leaders, Welcomers, Sacristans and “Refreshment Providers”, the Office and all who will be helping in this week.
During the week to prepare us for the Great days of our Journey there will be the Adult Lent Penitential and Confessions on Mon-day - a Mass combined with the Way of the Cross on Tuesday evening - and compline (night prayer) at the ancient Pilgrim’s Chapel of St. Benedict at Paddlesworth (on the downs above Snodland, Holborough and Birling) with the Churches Together in Snodland on Wednesday evening. There are also Servers practises, the Big Clean and preparation of the Easter Flowers and garden. (Also I will be attending the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral on Wednesday morning.)
Today there is a special retiring collection for the Easter Flowers and on Good Friday for the Holy Places in Jerusalem to help with their upkeep.
Please take this Newsletter and the special red “Holy Week” Prayer Sheet home for full details and explanations of all that is hap-pening. Also Holy Week posters from the Knights of St. Columba to take home and display in your windows on the table in the porch.
Let’s now help each other to have a good Holy Week of true love and giving and walk with the Lord to new life this Easter.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Lent)

13

5pm Freddie Callaghan (90)
SUNDAY
Palm Sunday ©
14
10am
 
5.30pm
Children’s Liturgy for Palm Sunday and Procession) Brendin O’Doherty RIP (Dee & Peter)
The Parishioners
MONDAY of Holy Week 15
9.30am
11.30am
 
7.30pm
Communion Service
Funeral service for Brendin O’Doherty RIP followed by service at Vinters Park Crematorium
Adult Lent & Holy Week Penitential Service
TUESDAY of Holy Week 16
 
7.30pm
(No 9.30am Mass or service)
Mass combined with the Way of the Cross
WEDNESDAY of Holy Week
17
9.30am
7.30pm
Communion Service
Ecumenical Night Prayer at Paddlesworth Chapel
MAUNDY THURSDAY 18
 
5pm
8pm
10-11pm
(No 9.30am Mass or service)
Children’s Maundy Thursday Service
Parish Mass of the Last Supper
Vigil at Altar of Repose
GOOD FRIDAY 19
11am
2.50pm
8pm
Churches Together in Malling - ‘Walk of Witness’
Parish Good Friday Liturgy
Youth Group Passion Play & Service for Parish
HOLY SATURDAY 20 8.30pm Parish Easter Vigil (No 5pm Mass)
EASTER SUNDAY © 21
10am
Easter Family Mass with Children (No 5.30pm Mass)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Adult Penitential Service on Monday at 7.30pm
No other confessions before Easter
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Brian, Lisa and Baby Nora; Fr. Kevin St. Aubyn; Peter and Dee Avery; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Fr. Huebert Miranda; Natalie Andrewartha; Ray Haines; Brendin O’Doherty; James Griffin (St. Simon Stock); Ray Haynes; also Sr. Dorothy Bell (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Jennifer Weller; Susan Walkling; Peggy Lawrence; Elizabeth Kerr; Bridget Tenters; John Kibble; Jan Ja-blonski; Nora Edward-Roy; Danuta Jordon; Hilary Crush; Vincent Muller; Mary Smith; Artur Guzy; Maurice Fissenden; Matthew Lewis; Nancy (Anne) Menzies.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 14
10am
Children’s Liturgy for Palm Sunday in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre and Procession
TUESDAY 16 6pm Servers practice for Maundy Thursday in Church
WEDNESDAY 17
 
11am
(Fr. Peter at Chrism Mass at the Cathedral)
Big Clean in Church
FRIDAY 19
10am
6.30pm
 
Servers practice for Good Friday in Church
Youth Group Passion Play - Group meets in House & Church to prepare service for 8pm
SATURDAY 20
9.30am
10am
 
12noon
Flower Arrangers in Church
Childrens Easter Workshop and rehearsal in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre and Easter Garden in Church
Servers practice for Easter Vigil (Porch social after Vigil)
SUNDAY 21 10am Easter Family Mass (No Children’s Liturgy)
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £372.39. (Standing Orders average £355 per week). Len-ten Alms raised £245.71. The second collection for Cafod raised £415.95.
 
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Jenny Barrow (no. 39) for the April draw.
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The next children’s lesson is on Monday 29th April from 5-6pm.
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS The cards need to be returned by the end of April. Thank you.
 
EVENTS TEAM We are looking to form an events team to organise fun social events in the Parish. If you are interested in joining the team or are able to help please contact the Parish Office.
 
NEW CHILDRENS LITURGY LEADERS REQUIRED New leaders are required to support the existing team. Commitment is on a rotational basis and only during term time. It’s a great opportunity to help our children grow and develop in their faith. We provide an opportunity to discuss the gospel at a level that is appropriate to them. We help the children to discover that the word of God has meaning in their lives. It also welcomes young children as part of the parish community. If you think you may have what it takes and are interested in supporting the team, either contact the office or talk to one of the Liturgy leaders at the Sunday Mass, who will be willing to help you. Thank you.
 
DONATE8 - HELP PLEASE! Flower arrangers are needed to help bring colour and blooms to our church. No experience required – just come along, join the team and we’ll show you how. Who knows - your home ar-rangements may benefit also! Why not Donate8 today? We also urgently need help with Children's Liturgy support and Adult Altar Servers. Please Donate8 today by filling in a card and posting in the red box in the Church porch.
 
CHRISTIANS AGAINST POVERTY MONEY FREE BUDGET COURSES Allie Pavis of West Malling Baptist Church has asked us to send out information about these courses. All sessions will be run at Abbey View House (1st Floor) 61 Swan Street, West Malling (this is the building adjacent to West Malling Baptist Church). For more information visit the website www.Capmoney.org where delegates can register their interest and book themselves on the courses. There is no charge to attend - just a willingness to engage. Each delegate will receive a delegate book and access to the online budget tool on the CAP Money website. Please see no-ticeboard for poster and session dates.
 
YOU CAN HELP YOUR MARRIAGE - Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Do you argue - or have you just stopped talking to each other? Does talking about it only make it worse? Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i) helps couples through difficult times in their marriages. There is no group therapy or group work. This programme has helped 10s of 1000s of couples experiencing difficulties in their marriage. For confidential information about Retrouvaille, or to register for the next programme com-mencing with a residential weekend on 7th-9th June 2019, call or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443 or email: retrouvailleukinfo@gmail.com, or visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH BIG CLEAN FOR EASTER WEDNESDAY 17th APRIL AT 11AM. Volunteers are needed - any-one can help; you do not have to be in one of the cleaning groups.
 
FLOWER ARRANGERS WOULD ALL FLOWER ARRANGERS MEET IN CHURCH AT 9.30AM ON HOLY SATURDAY 20th APRIL FOR EASTER FLOWERS. Greenery will be required.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details

 

Fifth Sunday of Lent (C)    05 April 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: westmalling@rcaos.org.uk  Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

Fifth Sunday of Lent (C)
A LENT OF GETTING FIT AGAIN
7th April 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND We celebrate the fifth Sunday of Lent and begin the final week of Lenten preparation for Holy Week. We bring into this the theme of ’life’ for this fifth week of Lent - the new ’life’ offered to us by Jesus this Easter if we are ready to walk this Holy Week in love, prayer and self-denial with him. (Please continue to use the pink and lilac prayer sheets and prayer cards and self-denial envelopes at home to help in this.) Also this weekend, Cafod have asked us to have an emergency appeal for the African countries devastated by the recent cyclone last week-end. (Cafod Gift Aid envelopes are available at the back of the Church - use only if you are making a Gift Aid dona-tion and please remember to include the requested details.) We will also be donating half of our Lenten Alms self-denial to this and the other half to our Seminary at Wonersh training our future Priests.
 
DURING THE WEEK There are Stations of the Cross on Tuesday and the Youth Group have the dress rehearsal of their Passion Play on Friday. Otherwise no other meetings and we wish our Baby & Toddler Group, Pre-School and Schools a happy Easter Holiday Break and thank them for all their good work.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We celebrate Palm Sunday and enter Holy Week - there will also be a retiring collection for the Easter flowers. Details of Holy Week Services overleaf. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL NO 5PM MASS ON HOLY SATURDAY (20th April) AND NO 5.30PM MASS ON EASTER SUNDAY (21st April).
 
PLEASE LISTEN for announcements about the House and telephone at our Masses this weekend.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Lent)

6

5pm The Parishioners
SUNDAY
Fifth Sunday of Lent (C)
7
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy for Lent) The Parishioners
Welfare of the Diamond Family
MONDAY (Lent) 8
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Lent) 9
9.30am
7.30pm
For Pat O’Doherty & Family - well-being (Dee & Peter)
Stations of the Cross
WEDNESDAY (Lent)
10
9.30am
Deceased family and friends of the Lobo Family
THURSDAY (Lent) 11
9.30am
Communion Service
FRIDAY (Lent)
12
9.30am
Peter & Dee Avery (Steph, Ian & Family)
SATURDAY (Lent)
13
5pm
Freddie Callaghan (90)
SUNDAY
Palm Sunday (C)
14
10am
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy for Palm Sunday and Procession) Brendin O’Doherty RIP (Dee & Peter)
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Brian, Lisa and Baby Nora; Tony Battock; Maud Bliss; Fr. Kevin St. Aubyn; Mary Sellwood; Lawrence Jordan; John Stevens; Ed; Sheila Koster; Helen Devereese; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Fr. Huebert Miranda; Natalie Andrewartha; Ray Haines; Brendin O’Doherty; James Griffin (St. Simon Stock); Ray Haynes; Sr. Dorothy Bell; also Fr. Charles Jeffries (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: David Rose; Maria Orlando; Hugh Beatty; Margaret Ingold; Nicola Sbrocchi; Joyce Nowell; Magdalene Lobo; Esther Batt; Gus Isava (birthday); Peter Whinfield; Kevin Cunning (Snr.); Francis Micallef (and Lonza); Jennifer Weller; Susan Walkling.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 7
10am
Children’s Liturgy for Lent in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
TUESDAY 9
11am
 
Deanery Clergy Meeting
No Baby & Toddler Group - Easter Holiday Break
FRIDAY 12 7-9pm Youth Group Passion Play Dress Rehearsal in Church and Priest’s House
SUNDAY 14 10am Children’s Liturgy for Palm Sunday in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre and Procession
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £326.28 (Standing Orders average £355 per week). Lenten Alms raised £274.15
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The next children’s lesson is on Monday 29th April from 5-6pm.
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS The cards need to be returned by the end of April. Thank you.
 
EVENTS TEAM We are looking to form an events team to organise fun social events in the Parish. If you are interested in joining the team or are able to help please contact the Parish Office.
 
NEW CHILDRENS LITURGY LEADERS REQUIRED New leaders are required to support the existing team. Commitment is on a rotational basis and only during term time. It’s a great opportunity to help our children grow and develop in their faith. We provide an opportunity to discuss the gospel at a level that is appropriate to them. We help the children to discover that the word of God has meaning in their lives. It also welcomes young children as part of the parish community. If you think you may have what it takes and are interested in supporting the team, either contact the office or talk to one of the Liturgy leaders at the Sunday Mass, who will be willing to help you. Thank you.
 
DONATE8 - HELP PLEASE! Flower arrangers are needed to help bring colour and blooms to our church. No experience required – just come along, join the team and we’ll show you how. Who knows - your home arrangements may benefit also! Why not Donate8 today? We also urgently need help with Chil-dren's Liturgy support and Adult Altar Servers. Please Donate8 today by filling in a card and posting in the red box in the Church porch.
 
CHRISTIANS AGAINST POVERTY MONEY FREE BUDGET COURSES Allie Pavis of West Malling Baptist Church has asked us to sent out information about these courses. All sessions will be run at Ab-bey View House (1st Floor) 61 Swan Street, West Malling (this is the building adjacent to West Malling Baptist Church). For more information visit the website www.Capmoney.org where delegates can regis-ter their interest and book themselves on the courses. There is no charge to attend - just a willingness to engage. Each delegate will receive a delegate book and access to the online budget tool on the CAP Money website. Please see noticeboard for poster and session dates.
 
A TIME OF RECOLLECTION FOR READERS AND EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF THE EUCHA-RIST - St. Andrew’s Church, Tenterden on 27th April from 1-4pm. Please see noticeboard for details.
 
HEART OF KENT HOSPICE Sunflower Appeal 2019 - Saturday 8th June 11am-1pm. Also Art Exhibition and Sale on Saturday 18th May at 179 Norman Road, West Malling (drawings and paintings by Janet McConnell). See noticeboard for details.
 
THE VOCATION PRAYER Please see the noticeboard for the bi-monthly edition of The Vocation Prayer.
 
ARCHDIOCESE OF SOUTHWARK 2019 Spring Assembly will be held on Saturday 18th May at Our La-dy of Reparation (St Mary’s) in Croydon entitled ‘Tackling Poverty in the Diocese’. See noticeboard for details.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Wiesia’s Group - week beginning 8th April.
 
CHURCH BIG CLEAN FOR EASTER WEDNESDAY 17TH APRIL AT 11AM. Volunteers are needed - anyone can help; you do not have to be in one of the cleaning groups.
FLOWER ARRANGERS WOULD ALL FLOWER ARRANGERS MEET IN CHURCH AT 9.30AM ON HOLY SATURDAY 20TH APRIL FOR EASTER FLOWERS. Greenery will be required.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details
 

LENT & HOLY WEEK SERVICES 2019

  1. Stations of the Cross - Tuesday 9th April at 7.30pm
  2. Adult Penitential Services - Monday of Holy Week, 15th April at 7.30pm in church (with Masses combined with the Way of the Cross in Church on Tuesday 16th April at 7.30pm and Ecumenical Night Prayer at Paddlesworth Chapel on Wednesday 17th April at 7.30pm).
  3. Maundy Thursday - 18th April
    5pm - Children’s Maundy Thursday Service
    8pm - Parish Mass of the Last Supper (Vigil from 10-11pm)
  4. Good Friday - 19th April
    11am - Churches Together in Malling - ‘Walk of Witness’ - begins at St Thomas More
    2.50pm - Parish Good Friday Liturgy
    8pm - Youth Group Passion Play & Service for Parish
  5. Holy Saturday - 20th April
    8.30pm - Parish Easter Vigil (no 5pm Mass)
  6. Easter Sunday - 21st April
    10am - Children’s Easter Family Mass (no 5.30pm) Mass
 
 
MISSIO RED BOX
 
Thank you for your continued care of our Church family through your support of the Red Box and direct donations. Your prayers and gifts continue to sustain missionary priests and sis-ters as they share God’s love with some of the most vulnerable, marginalised people through-out the world.
 
People like the families living in Tel Aviv, not far from where Jesus lived. Sr. Dinesha, a Sri Lankan missionary, supports families where parents need to earn money to feed and shelter their children, but cannot afford childcare whilst they are at work. Many children have suf-fered, being left in dangerous childcare facilities where up to 30 children were looked after by one unqualified, inexperienced carer.
 
Local parish priest, Fr. David, saw the need to offer support to these families, and working with Sr. Dinesha, with help from you and the Red Box, they have been able to open four creches with six children per trainer carer, as well as providing them with a good meal. It has genuinely saved lives in Tel Aviv, and the Red Box helps to care for our sisters and brothers all over the world, thanks to you.
 
Sr. Dinesha and her fellow sisters work tirelessly. It is sometimes hard for them - making such a difference to other families whilst missing their own terribly. She says, ‘I feel the re-sponsibility to do God’s work by providing the love, care and security they need. I want to of-fer Our Lady’s compassion to all those who suffer’.
 
Thanks to you, missionaries like Sr. Dinesha can offer Our Lady’s compassion to so many who suffer. Through the Red Box you enable priests to celebrate Mass in far-flung corners of the world; you provide bicycles for parish catechists to get around their vast parishes; and you help train future priests and sisters to be missionaries.
 
In the last year, members of the Red Box family in our parish have raised a fantastic £2,246. Thank you! Our sisters and brothers around the world continue to need our prayers and fi-nancial support. Please continue to support the work of the Red Box. If you don’t already have a Red Box at home, or would like information on other ways to give to the Red Box - please do ask me.
 
Thank you again.
Tony Law - Missio Parish Secretary

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Fourth Sunday of Lent (C)    30 March 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: westmalling@rcaos.org.uk  Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

Fourth Sunday of Lent (C)
A LENT OF GETTING FIT AGAIN
31st March 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND is mid-Lent and Mother’s Day when we take a ‘Breather’ in our Lent with rose vestments and flow-ers in Church and honour and pray for our mums on earth and in Heaven. We then go back into this Lent of making ourselves fit for this Holy Week with the theme of ‘light’ in this fourth week of Lent - the light of Jesus leading us back to God and encouraging us to continue and persevere in our journey to the light of this Holy Week and Easter. (Please continue to use the pink and lilac prayer sheets and prayer cards and self-denial envelopes at home to help in this.)
 
DURING THE WEEK There are Services to prepare the children for Holy Week in school from Monday to Thursday and an end-of-term Holy Week Mass in School on Friday - also Stations of the Cross and the Kings Hill and Mere-worth Lent Area House Mass on Tuesday. Also meetings for First Communion children, Safeguarding Group on Monday; Baby & Toddler Group on Tuesday; Children’s Liturgy Organisers on Wednesday; the ‘Pre-School Toddle’ on Thursday; Youth Group first rehearsal for the Good Friday Passion Play on Friday; and the Gardening Club on Saturday. It’s a busy week!
 
NEXT WEEKEND We celebrate the fifth Sunday of Lent and begin the final week of Lenten preparation for Holy Week - also wish our Baby & Toddler group, Pre-School and Schools a happy Easter Holiday Break.
AFRICAN CYCLONE APPEAL AND LENTEN ALMS Cafod have asked us to have an emergency appeal for the African countries devastated by the recent cyclone next weekend. We will also be donating half of our Lenten Alms self-denial to this and the other half to our Seminary at Wonersh training our future Priests.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Lent)

30

5pm Keggy Diamond RIP
SUNDAY
Fourth Sunday of Lent (C)
Mothering Sunday
Mid-Lent
31
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy for Lent) For our Mothers and Families and Parishioners
Welfare of the Diamond Family
MONDAY (Lent) 1April
 
9.30am
(KS1 Palm Sunday Assembly in School)
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Lent) 2
 
9.30am
7.30pm
8pm
(Washing of Hands in School)
Dave O’Connor RIP
Stations of the Cross
Kings Hill & Mereworth Lent Area House Mass - see overleaf
WEDNESDAY (Lent)
3
 
9.30am
(Breaking of Bread in School)
Keggy Diamond RIP
THURSDAY (Lent) 4
 
9.30am
(Yr 6 Passion Play in School)
Communion Service
FRIDAY (Lent)
5
9.30am
Holy Week Mass in School - for the School & Parish
SATURDAY (Lent)
6
5pm
The Parishioners
SUNDAY
Fifth Sunday of Lent (C)
7
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy for Lent) The Parishioners
Welfare of the Diamond Family
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm (also 4 to 4.30pm for children)
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Brian, Lisa and Baby Nora; Tony & Anne Law; Tony Battock; Maud Bliss; Fr. Kevin St. Aubyn; Denise Troxall; Ed; John Stevens; Sheila Koster; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our coun-try and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Natalie Andrewartha; Ray Haines; Brendin O’Doherty; James Griffin (St. Simon Stock); Ray Haynes; Sr. Dorothy Bell; Fr. Charles Jeffries. Also Barry Midgely (former head of St. Simon Stock); Fr. Alexander Fraser; David O’Connor (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Stanley Batchelor; Cyril Usmor; Ann Watson; Vivienne Cahill; Helena Marshall; Clive Budd; Gertrude de Wolf; Walter Roberts; Teresa Gordon; Geoff McBride; Patrick Kelly; Maria Orlando.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 31
10am
Children’s Liturgy for Lent in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 1 APRIL
5-6pm
7.30pm
First Communion Children’s Class in Church
Safeguarding Meeting in the Priest’s House
TUESDAY 2 1.30-3pm Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 3
8pm
Children’s Liturgy Organisers meet in the Priest’s House
THURSDAY 4
2pm
2pm
Friendship Group Meet
Pre-School Toddle
FRIDAY 5 7-9pm Youth Group Passion Play Rehearsal in Church and Priest’s House
SATURDAY 6
10am - 12 noon
Gardening Club
SUNDAY 7 10am Children’s Liturgy for Lent in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £371.40 (Standing Orders average £355 per week). Lenten Alms raised £256.93
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The next children’s lesson is on Monday 1st April from 5-6pm.
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS Please take a card and pray for the child whose name is on it as they pre-pare for their First Communion. The cards are in a box on the table in the porch and need to be returned by the end of April. Thank you.
 
EVENTS TEAM We are looking to form an events team to organise fun social events in the Parish. If you are inter-ested in joining the team or are able to help please contact the Parish Office.
 
NEW CHILDRENS LITURGY LEADERS REQUIRED New leaders are required to support the existing team. Com-mitment is on a rotational basis and only during term time. It’s a great opportunity to help our children grow and de-velop in their faith. We provide an opportunity to discuss the gospel at a level that is appropriate to them. We help the children to discover that the word of God has meaning in their lives. It also welcomes young children as part of the parish community. If you think you may have what it takes and are interested in supporting the team, either con-tact the office or talk to one of the Liturgy leaders at the Sunday Mass, who will be willing to help you. Thank you.
 
DONATE8 - HELP PLEASE! Flower arrangers are needed to help bring colour and blooms to our church. No experi-ence required – just come along, join the team and we’ll show you how. Who knows - your home arrangements may benefit also! Why not Donate8 today? We also urgently need help with Children's Liturgy support and Adult Altar Servers. Please Donate8 today by filling in a card and posting in the red box in the Church porch.
 
CHRISTIANS AGAINST POVERTY MONEY FREE BUDGET COURSES Allie Pavis of West Malling Baptist Church has asked us to sent out information about these courses. All sessions will be run at Abbey View House (1st Floor) 61 Swan Street, West Malling (this is the building adjacent to West Malling Baptist Church). For more information visit the website www.Capmoney.org where delegates can register their interest and book themselves on the cours-es. There is no charge to attend - just a willingness to engage. Each delegate will receive a delegate book and ac-cess to the online budget tool on the CAP Money website. Please see noticeboard for poster and session dates.
 
THE PASSAGE is raising funds through the Big Give from 12 noon Tuesday 19th March – 12 noon Monday 1st April to support its work with homeless people moving from Street to Home. Double your Donation, Double your Im-pact. This is a matched giving scheme for online donations. If someone (can be company, individual or trust) gave £10 online, matched giving of £10 would bring the Gift up to £20 (and for individuals to £22.50 with Gift Aid with high-er rate tax relief it may cost the donor less than £10). For more information ring Andrew Hollingsworth 02075921856 andrew.h@passage.org.uk Donate at www.thebiggive.org.uk/thepassage2019 The maximum is £25,000 from any one donation. It is not a limit per person.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
FRIENDSHIP GROUP meet on Wednesday 3rd April at 2pm in the Priest’s House.
 
GARDENING CLUB meet on Saturday 6th April from 10am to 12 noon.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Eileen’s Group - week beginning 1st April.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details
 
 

LENT HOUSE MASSES AND EVENTS 2019

 
Kings Hill and Mereworth Tuesday 2nd April at 8pm. 109 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill. ME19 4DS. Mary Lockyear 01732 875752
  1. Stations of the Cross - Tuesdays of Lent (2nd & 9th April) at 7.30pm
  2. Confessions for Children not at More Park School (including First Communion) from 4 to 4.30pm on Saturday 6th April.
  3. Adult Penitential Services - Monday of Holy Week, 15th April at 7.30pm in church (with Masses combined with the Way of the Cross in Church on Tuesday 16th April at 7.30pm and Ecumeni-cal Night Prayer at Paddlesworth Chapel on Wednesday 17th April at 7.30pm).
 

 

Third Sunday of Lent (C)    25 March 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: westmalling@rcaos.org.uk  Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

 Third Sunday of Lent (C)
A LENT OF GETTING FIT AGAIN
24th March 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND We continue Lent with the theme of ‘Faith’ for this third week of Lent - Faith in this Lent and in the new fitness, growth and life we shall find from living it and the Lord’s way of love well - with a new pink prayer sheet for weeks 3 to 5 of lent and our prayer candles and self denial envelopes (our charity this year will be decided at the Parish Meeting on Wednesday).
 
DURING THE WEEK Lent Events: Lent Area House Mass on Monday; Stations of the Cross on Tuesday; Lent Peni-tentials in school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and Youth Group Penitential (2) on Friday. Also First Com-munion children on Monday; Baby & Toddler Group on Tuesday, Parish Meeting on Wednesday, and Mother’s Pray-er Group on Thursday - details overleaf.
 
24 HOURS FOR THE LORD at St. Francis, Maidstone, from 10am this Friday to 10am this Saturday. West Malling are covering the 12 midnight to 2am Saturday slot - if you can help, please see Fr. Peter.
 
NEXT WEEKEND is mid-Lent and Mother’s Day when we take a ‘Breather’ in our Lent with rose vestments and flowers in church and honour and pray for our mums on earth and in heaven.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Lent)

23

5pm Ann Ivell RIP (anniv.)
SUNDAY
Third Sunday of Lent ©
24
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy for Lent) Canon John Bailey RIP
The Parishioners
MONDAY (The Annunciation) 25
9.30am
8pm
 
Communion Service
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling & Teston Lent Area House Mass - see overleaf
TUESDAY (Lent) 26
9.30am
7.30pm
Mass - Keggy Diamond RIP (Penitential in School)
Stations of the Cross
WEDNESDAY (Lent)
27
9.30am
 
Mass - Fr. Timothy Daly RIP (anniv.) (Foundation Mass)
(Key Stage 1 Penitential in School)
THURSDAY (Lent) 28
9.30am
Communion Service
FRIDAY (Lent)
29
9.30am
 
 
12 midnight to 2am Sat.
Mass - Welfare of the Diamond Family (Penitential in School)
 
(Youth Group Penitential in School)
24 Hours for the Lord at St. Francis Maidstone
SATURDAY (Lent)
30
5pm
Keggy Diamond RIP
SUNDAY
Fourth Sunday of Lent ©
Mothering Sunday
Mid-Lent
31
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy for Lent) The Parishioners
Welfare of the Diamond Family
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Brian, Lisa and Baby Nora; Mary Goldsmith; Mary Wilmot; Maud Bliss; Tony & Anne Law; Tony Battock; Fr. Kevin St. Aubyn; Dee & Peter Avery; James Wrigley; Margaret; Natalie; Darren Clayton; Ed; John Stevens; Mary Selwood; Lawrence Jordan; Alex Riches; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Brendin O’Doherty; James Griffin (St. Simon Stock); Ray Haynes; Sr. Dorothy Bell; Fr. Charles Jeffries; Bar-ry Midgely (former head of St. Simon Stock); Fr. Alexander Fraser; David O’Connor; also Sue Richards; Niall McNeice (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Frances Chapman; Danielle Blackburn; John Brennan; Margaret Almeida; Ann Ivell; Violet Bigg; Philip Mal-lon; Mary Allen; Joy Whittaker; Laurence Sheldon; Reamonn Johnston; Douglas Valentine; Fr. Timothy Daly; May Middleton; Ger-trude Ennis; Anthony Thompson-Murray; Stanley Batchelor; Cyril Usmor; Ann Watson; Vivienne Cahill; Helena Marshall.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SATURDAY 23
4-4.30pm
Children’s Confessions in Church
SUNDAY 24

10am

Children’s Liturgy for Lent in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 25 5-6pm First Communion Children’s Class in Church
TUESDAY 26
1.30pm
1.30-3pm
Lent Penitential in School
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 27
2.30pm
7 for 7.30pm
Key Stage 1 Lent Penitential Service in School
Parish Meeting in the Priest House
FRIDAY 28 7.30pm Mother’s Prayer Group in Church Porch
SATURDAY 29
1.30pm
7-9pm
12 midnight to
2am Saturday
Lent Penitential in School
Youth Group Lent Penitential in School
24 Hours for the Lord at St. Francis, Maidstone
 
SUNDAY 31 10am Children’s Liturgy for Lent in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £419.99. (Standing Orders average £355 per week). The second collec-tion for CAFOD raised £532.85.
 
MISSIO SPRING 2019 RED BOX COLLECTIONS The Spring edition of ‘Mission Today’ has arrived for our Red Box holders and your collectors will shortly be in touch to receive your donations to support the missionaries worldwide. This edition makes for disturbing reading about the crisis in Cameroon and the deaths of so many priests and religious missionaries. In your char-ity, please pray for peace and join MISSIO giving thanks for the lives of our sisters and brothers. May they rest in peace. Amen.
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The next children’s lesson is on Monday 25th March from 5-6pm.
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS Please take a card and pray for the child whose name is on it as they prepare for their First Communion. The cards are in a box on the table in the porch and need to be returned by the end of April. Thank you.
 
EVENTS TEAM We are looking to form an events team to organise fun social events in the Parish. If you are interested in joining the team or are able to help please contact the Parish Office.
 
NEW CHILDRENS LITURGY LEADERS REQUIRED New leaders are required to support the existing team. Commitment is on a rotational basis and only during term time. It’s a great opportunity to help our children grow and develop in their faith. We provide an opportunity to discuss the gospel at a level that is appropriate to them. We help the children to discover that the word of God has meaning in their lives. It also welcomes young children as part of the parish community. If you think you may have what it takes and are interested in supporting the team, either contact the office or talk to one of the Liturgy leaders at the Sunday Mass, who will be willing to help you. Thank you.
 
DONATE8 - HELP PLEASE! Flower arrangers are needed to help bring colour and blooms to our church. No experience re-quired – just come along, join the team and we’ll show you how. Who knows - your home arrangements may benefit also! Why not Donate8 today?
 
MOTHERS PRAYER GROUP The next meeting will be on Thursday 28th March at 7.30pm in the Church Porch. If you would be interested in attending please contact Steph Blackburn on 07977458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk.
 
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALLING Holy Trinity Church Larkfield will be holding their annual Flower Festival on 15th/16th June. The theme is “Heavens Above” - solar systems. Anita Thompson would be pleased to hear from anyone or any organisation who might like to do a flower arrangement. Contact her on soyabean56@aol.com.
 
CHRISTIANS AGAINST POVERTY MONEY FREE BUDGET COURSES Allie Pavis of West Malling Baptist Church has asked us to sent out information about these courses. All sessions will be run at Abbey View House (1st Floor) 61 Swan Street, West Malling (this is the building adjacent to West Malling Baptist Church). For more information visit the website www.Capmoney.org where delegates can register their interest and book themselves on the courses. There is no charge to attend - just a willingness to engage. Each delegate will receive a delegate book and access to the online budget tool on the CAP Money website. Course 1 Monday 25th March @19.30-21.00hrs (Session 1), Monday 1st April @ 19.30-21.00hrs (Session 2), Monday 8th April @ 19.30-21.00hrs (Final Session). Course 2 Monday 17th June @ 19.30-21.00hrs (Session 1), Monday 24th June @ 19.30-21.00hrs (Session 2), Monday 1st July @ 19.30-21.00hrs (Final Session). Course 3 Monday 16th September @ 19.30-21.00hrs (Session 1), Monday 23rd September @ 19.30-21.00hrs (Session 2), Monday 30th September @ 19.30-21.00hrs (Final Session). Please see noticeboard for poster.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Steph’s Group - week beginning 25th March.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details, including Heart of Kent Hospice Open Air Theatre Events in July; 50th Anniversary of the Maidstone Gang Show (Scouts) at Hazlitt Theatre; thank you notices from Pax Christi and Porchlight; newsletter from Catholic Children’s Society; Missionary Society of St. Columban’s National Justice & Peace Conference on 26-28 July at Swanwick; and newsletter from Southwark Christian Unity Commission.
 
LENT 2019
 

LENT HOUSE MASSES 2019

 
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Monday 25th March at 8pm. 789 London Road, Larkfield. ME20 6DE. Medard and Veronique Hadonou 01732 875003
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth Tuesday 2nd April at 8pm. 109 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill. ME19 4DS. Mary Lockyear 01732 875752
 
 
OTHER LENT EVENTS
 
  1. Stations of the Cross - Tuesdays of Lent (12th, 19th, & 26th March, 2nd, 9th & 16th April) at 7.30pm
  2. Penitential Services in School for years 3, 4, 5 & 6 and Key Stage 1 between 18th and 29th March - and confessions for children not at More Park School (including First Com-munion) from 4 to 4.30pm on Saturday 30th March and 4 to 4.30pm on Saturday 6th April.
  3. Youth Group Penitential Services (open to all young people at secondary school) - in school on Friday 29th March from 7-9pm.
  4. Adult Penitential Services - Monday of Holy Week, 15th April at 7.30pm in church (with Masses combined with the Way of the Cross in Church on Tuesday 16th April at 7.30pm and Ecumenical Night Prayer at Paddlesworth Chapel on Wednesday 17th April at 7.30pm).
  5. 24 Hours for the Lord This is taking place again this year at St. Francis Maidstone from 10am on Friday 29th March to 10am on Saturday 30th March. As usual West Malling have been asked to cover the midnight Friday to 2am Saturday slot - if you would like to be involved, please see Fr. Peter.

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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: westmalling@rcaos.org.uk  Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

 Second Sunday of Lent (C)
A LENT OF GETTING FIT AGAIN
17th March 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND We continue Lent with the School presenting the 10am Mass (our thanks to them) and also look again at the ‘Donate 8’ scheme for the Parish with a special presentation and appeal at all Masses. This weekend we bring in the hope of the transfiguration which the Lord used to encourage the apostles, to encourage us on our Lenten journey - please continue to use the ‘prayer sheet’ and candles and self-denial envelopes in this (regarding this week’s self-denial for the Cafod Lent Fast Day - if you didn’t manage to fast, just put your contribution in today and fast this Friday! Gift Aiders - please note donations can only qualify for Gift Aid if you use a CAFOD envelope - Parish envelopes won’t work.) The charity for our self-denial this week and the rest of Lent will be decided at the Parish Meeting on Wednesday 27th March - please let us have your ideas on this.
 
DURING THE WEEK Lent Events - Stations of the Cross on Tuesday; Lent Area House Masses on Monday and Wednesday; Lent Penitentials in school on Monday and Friday; Confessions for First Communicants and children not at More Park School on Saturday. Also meetings for First Communion children on Monday, Baby & Toddler Group on Tuesday, Churches Together in Snodland on Wednesday, and More Park PTA Pamper Evening on Friday - we are busy!
 
NEXT WEEKEND We continue Lent!
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Lent)

16

5pm (Donate8 Appeal) Michelle Grillo RIP (anniv.)
SUNDAY
Second Sunday of Lent (C)
17
10am
 
5.30pm
(Presented by the School) [Donate8 Appeal]
Bill O’Neill RIP (1st anniv.)
(Donate8 Appeal) The Parishioners
MONDAY (Lent) 18
9.30am
 
8pm
Communion Service (Lent Penitential in School)
 
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne & Villages Lent Area House Mass - see overleaf
TUESDAY (St. Joseph) 19
9.30am
7.30pm
Reamonn Johnston & Billy Glennon RIP (anniv.)
Stations of the Cross
WEDNESDAY (Lent)
20
9.30am
8pm
Communion Service
Snodland & Halling Lent Area House Mass - see overleaf
THURSDAY (Lent) 21
9.30am
Communion Service
FRIDAY (Lent)
22
9.30am
Fr. Alexander Fraser (Lent Penitential in School)
SATURDAY (Lent)
23
5pm
Ann Ivell RIP (anniv.)
SUNDAY
Third Sunday of Lent (C)
24
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy for Lent) Canon John Bailey RIP
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm (also 4 to 4.30pm for children)
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Brian, Lisa and Baby Nora; Mary Goldsmith; Mary Wilmot; Tony & Anne Law; Tony Battock; Maud Bliss; Fr. Kevin St. Aubyn; Peter & Dee Avery; James Wrigley; Margaret; Natalie; Alex Riches; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Sr. Dorothy Bell; Fr. Charles Jeffries; Barry Midgely (former head of St. Simon Stock); Fr. Alexander Fraser; David O’Connor; Sue Richards; Niall McNeice; also Canon John Bailey (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Vera Devlin; Nellie Harkin; Eunice Nichols; Jurek (George) Makuch; Michelle Grillo; Lucretia Kaigh; William Smith; Alison Micallef; Harold Leslie Hopson; Teodora Scalera; John Carroll; Leonard Love; Hubert Madge; Harold Taylor; Frances Chapman; Danielle Blackburn; John Brennan; Margaret Almeida; Ann Ivell.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 17
10am
No Children’s Liturgy (School Mass)
MONDAY 18
1.30pm
5-6pm
Lent Penitential in School
First Communion Children’s Class in Church
TUESDAY 19 1.30-3pm Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 20
7pm
Churches Together in Snodland meet at Christchurch, Snodland
FRIDAY 22
1.30pm
6-9pm
Lent Penitential in School
More Park PTA Pamper Evening
SATURDAY 23 4-4.30pm Children’s Confessions in Church
SUNDAY 24 10am Children’s Liturgy for Lent in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £423.45. (Standing Orders average £355 per week).
 
MORE PARK PTA PAMPER EVENING is taking place on Friday 22nd March from 6pm to 9pm in the School hall. Tickets are now available to purchase at £5 each. If any parishioners are beauty therapists or skilled in a certain area beauty wise and are willing to help, please get in touch with a member of the PTA. Tel: Alex on 07949086847
 
MISSIO SPRING 2019 RED BOX COLLECTIONS The Spring edition of ‘Mission Today’ has arrived for our Red Box holders and your collectors will shortly be in touch to receive your donations to support the missionaries worldwide. This edition makes for disturbing reading about the crisis in Cameroon and the deaths of so many priests and religious missionaries. In your charity, please pray for peace and join MISSIO giving thanks for the lives of our sisters and brothers. May they rest in peace. Amen.
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The next children’s lesson is on Monday 18th March from 5-6pm.
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS Please take a card and pray for the child whose name is on it as they prepare for their First Communion. The cards are in a box on the table in the porch and need to be returned by the end of April. Thank you.
 
EVENTS TEAM We are looking to form an events team to organise fun social events in the Parish. If you are interested in joining the team or are able to help please contact the Parish Office.
 
NEW CHILDRENS LITURGY LEADERS REQUIRED New leaders are required to support the existing team. Commitment is on a rotational basis and only during term time. It’s a great opportunity to help our children grow and develop in their faith. We provide an opportunity to discuss the gospel at a level that is appropriate to them. We help the children to discover that the word of God has meaning in their lives. It also welcomes young children as part of the parish community. If you think you may have what it takes and are interested in supporting the team, either contact the office or talk to one of the Liturgy leaders at the Sunday Mass, who will be willing to help you. Thank you.
 
DONATE8 - HELP PLEASE! Personal shopper needed for Father Peter’s weekly grocery shopping - perhaps share the task with a friend? Flower arrangers are also needed to help bring colour and blooms to our church. No experience required – just come along, join the team and we’ll show you how. Who knows - your home arrangements may benefit also! Why not Donate8 today?
 
MOTHERS PRAYER GROUP The next meeting will be on Thursday 28th March at 7.30pm in the Church Porch. If you would be interested in attending please contact Steph Blackburn on 07977458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk.
 
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALLING Holy Trinity Church Larkfield will be holding their annual Flower Festival on 15th/16th June. The theme is “Heavens Above” - solar systems. Anita Thompson would be pleased to hear from anyone or any organisation who might like to do a flower arrangement. Contact her on soyabean56@aol.com.
 
CHRISTIANS AGAINST POVERTY MONEY FREE BUDGET COURSES Allie Pavis of West Malling Baptist Church has asked us to sent out information about these courses. All sessions will be run at Abbey View House (1st Floor) 61 Swan Street, West Malling (this is the building adjacent to West Malling Baptist Church). For more information visit the website www.Capmoney.org where delegates can register their interest and book themselves on the courses. There is no charge to attend - just a willingness to engage. Each delegate will receive a delegate book and access to the online budget tool on the CAP Money website. Course 1 Monday 25th March @19.30-21.00hrs (Session 1), Monday 1st April @ 19.30-21.00hrs (Session 2), Monday 8th April @ 19.30-21.00hrs (Final Session). Course 2 Monday 17th June @ 19.30-21.00hrs (Session 1), Monday 24th June @ 19.30-21.00hrs (Session 2), Monday 1st July @ 19.30-21.00hrs (Final Session). Course 3 Monday 16th September @ 19.30-21.00hrs (Session 1), Monday 23rd September @ 19.30-21.00hrs (Session 2), Monday 30th Sep-tember @ 19.30-21.00hrs (Final Session). Please see noticeboard for poster.
 
WOMEN’S BIBLE DAY Speaker Helen Cooke on “Tough Times in the Life of Job” Wednesday 20th March at Ryarsh Village Hall from 9.15am to 2.15pm. Cost £10 to include drinks, soup and sandwich lunch. Prior booking essential. Text/phone: 07927 325 977 or email: focusonfaith1@gmail.com.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Fiona’s Group - week beginning 18th March.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
LENT 2019
 

LENT HOUSE MASSES 2019

West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Monday 18th March at 8pm. ‘Silver Fern’, Church Road, Offham. ME19 5NY. Charles and Angela Unter 01732 872800
 
Snodland and Halling Wednesday 20th March at 8pm. 2 Gorham Close, Snodland. ME6 5EZ. Ron and Marie Lawrie 01634 245164
 
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Monday 25th March at 8pm. 789 London Road, Larkfield. ME20 6DE. Medard and Veronique Hadonou 01732 875003
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth Tuesday 2nd April at 8pm. 109 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill. ME19 4DS. Mary Lockyear 01732 875752
 
 
OTHER LENT EVENTS
 
  1. Stations of the Cross - Tuesdays of Lent (12th, 19th, & 26th March, 2nd, 9th & 16th April) at 7.30pm
  2. Penitential Services in School for years 3, 4, 5 & 6 and Key Stage 1 between 18th and 29th March - and confessions for children not at More Park School (including First Com-munion) from 4 to 4.30pm on Saturday 30th March and 4 to 4.30pm on Saturday 6th April.
  3. Youth Group Penitential Services (open to all young people at secondary school) - in school on Friday 29th March from 7-9pm.
  4. Adult Penitential Services - Monday of Holy Week, 15th April at 7.30pm in church (with Masses combined with the Way of the Cross in Church on Tuesday 16th April at 9.30am and Wednesday 17th April at 7.30pm).
  5. 24 Hours for the Lord This is taking place again this year at St. Francis Maidstone from 10am on Friday 29th March to 10am on Saturday 30th March. As usual West Malling have been asked to cover the midnight Friday to 2am Saturday slot - if you would like to be involved, please see Fr. Peter.

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First Sunday of Lent (C)    08 March 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: westmalling@rcaos.org.uk  Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

 First Sunday of Lent (C)
A LENT OF GETTING FIT AGAIN
10th March 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND is the first weekend of Lent when we begin our journey up the ‘Lenten Ladder’ and have our pray-er sheets and candles and self-denial envelopes for the Cafod Fast Day on Friday 15th March and we welcome Bar-bara Ring from Cafod who will be speaking to us at all Masses to prepare us for this. Please see the special notice overleaf.
 
DURING THE WEEK Lent Events - Exposition and silent prayer with Fr. Peter’s Jesus Caritas group on Monday; Stations of the Cross on Tuesday; Penitential Day at St. Simon Stock on Thursday; and Youth Group Penitential on Friday - also meetings for First Communion Children and Safeguarding on Monday, Baby & Toddler Group on Tues-day and First Communion Parents on Wednesday - details overleaf.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We continue Lent with the School presenting the 10am Mass (our thanks to them) and also look again at the ‘Donate 8’ scheme for the Parish with a special presentation and appeal at all Masses.
 
CANON JOHN BAILEY RIP Please pray for Canon John Bailey, for many years Parish Priest of Sevenoaks and in the last few years, living in and looking after St. Bernadette’s Church in West Kingsdown, who has died - a lovely man who will be remembered and missed by many and we offer our love and prayers and support to them. His Fu-neral Mass will be at St. Thomas’ Church, 12 Granville Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1ER on Tuesday 12th March at 12 noon.
 
PLEASE ALSO PRAY FOR Niall McNeice, a resident of Lavenders Nursing Home, and his family as they prepare for his funeral at Vinters Park Crematorium on Tuesday 12th March at 2pm—and we offer them all our love and pray-ers and support.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Lent)

9

5pm (Cafod Speaker) Gallagher family
SUNDAY
First Sunday of Lent (C)
10
10am
 
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy for Lent) [Cafod Speaker]
Christopher Johnson - continued welfare (from your Parish family)
(Cafod Speaker) The Parishioners
MONDAY (Lent) 11
9.30am
12noon
Communion Service
Exposition and Silent Prayer in Church
TUESDAY (Lent) 12
9.30am
2pm
7.30pm
Niall McNeice RIP
Funeral Service for Niall McNeice at Vinters Park Crematorium
Stations of the Cross
WEDNESDAY (Lent)
13 9.30am Deceased family & friends of the Lobo family
THURSDAY (Lent) 14
9.30am
Communion Service (Penitential Services at St. Simon Stock School)
FRIDAY (Lent)
Cafod Lent Fast Day
15
9.30am
 
St. Patrick’s Day Mass in SCHOOL
(Youth Group Penitential in School)
SATURDAY (Lent)
16
5pm
(Donate8 Appeal) Michelle Grillo RIP (anniv.)
SUNDAY
Second Sunday of Lent (C)
17
10am
 
5.30pm
(Presented by the School) [Donate8 Appeal]
Bill O’Neill RIP (1st anniv.)
(Donate8 Appeal) The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Liam, Leah and Baby Callie; Brian, Lisa and Baby Nora; Mary Goldsmith; Mary Wilmot; Tony & Anne Law; Tony Battock; Maud Bliss; Fr. Kevin St. Aubyn; Fr. Tim Finnegan & Margate Parish; Peter & Dee Avery; Alex Riches; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Fr. Charles Jeffries; Barry Midgely (former head of St. Simon Stock); Fr. Alexander Fraser; David O’Connor; Sue Richards; Niall McNeice; Canon John Bailey; also Lorraine Petersen; Louisa (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Peter Thew; Mary Lucas; Michael Heggarty; Eric Gillespie & family; Nellie Littlefear; Mary Still; Florence Smith; Patrick O’Neill; Jean Jackson; Harley Bernard; Vera Devlin.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 10
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 11
5-6pm
7.30pm
First Holy Communion Children’s Class in Church
Safeguarding Meeting in the Priest’s House
TUESDAY 12 1.30-3pm Baby & Toddler Group meet at St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 13
7.30 for 8pm
First Communion Parents’ Meeting in Church on the “Eucharist”
THURSDAY 14   (St. Simon Stock Penitential Day)
FRIDAY 15 7-9pm Youth Group Lent Penitential in SCHOOL
SUNDAY 17 10am No Children’s Liturgy (School Mass)
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £408.58. (Standing Orders average £355 per week). The second collection for Poor Parishes raised £340.96.
 
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Karen Petho (No. 38) for the March draw.
 
YOUTH GROUP PANTOMIME 2019 raised a fantastic £602.00. Well done everyone!
 
MORE PARK PTA PAMPER EVENING is taking place on Friday 22nd March from 6pm to 9pm in the School hall. Tickets are now available to purchase at £5 each. If any parishioners are beauty therapists or skilled in a certain area beauty wise and are willing to help, please get in touch with a member of the PTA. Tel: Alex on 07949086847
 
MISSIO SPRING 2019 RED BOX COLLECTIONS The Spring edition of ‘Mission Today’ has arrived for our Red Box holders and your collectors will shortly be in touch to receive your donations to support the missionaries worldwide. This edition makes for disturbing reading about the crisis in Cameroon and the deaths of so many priests and religious missionaries. In your charity, please pray for peace and join MISSIO giving thanks for the lives of our sisters and brothers. May they rest in peace. Amen.
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock them-selves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The next children’s lesson is on Monday 11th March from 5-6pm. The next parents’ meeting is on Wednesday 13th March with refreshments from 7.30pm and the meeting commencing at 8pm. Please remember to bring a pho-tograph of your child for the board at the back of the Church.
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS Please take a card and pray for the child whose name is on it as they prepare for their First Communion. The cards are in a box on the table in the porch and need to be returned by the end of April. Thank you.
 
EVENTS TEAM We are looking to form an events team to organise fun social events in the Parish. If you are interested in joining the team or are able to help please contact the Parish Office.
 
NEW CHILDRENS LITURGY LEADERS REQUIRED New leaders are required to support the existing team. Commitment is on a rota-tional basis and only during term time. It’s a great opportunity to help our children grow and develop in their faith. We provide an op-portunity to discuss the gospel at a level that is appropriate to them. We help the children to discover that the word of God has meaning in their lives. It also welcomes young children as part of the parish community. If you think you may have what it takes and are inter-ested in supporting the team, either contact the office or talk to one of the Liturgy leaders at the Sunday Mass, who will be willing to help you. Thank you.
 
DONATE8 - HELP PLEASE! Personal shopper needed for Father Peter’s weekly grocery shopping – perhaps share the task with a friend? As they say – every little helps! Flower arrangers are also needed to help bring colour and blooms to our church. No experience required – just come along, join the team and we’ll show you how. Who knows - your home arrangements may benefit also! Why not Donate8 today?
 
MOTHERS PRAYER GROUP The next meeting will be on Thursday 28th March at 7.30pm in the Church Porch. If you would be inter-ested in attending please contact Steph Blackburn on 07977458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk.
 
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALLING Holy Trinity Church Larkfield will be holding their annual Flower Festival on 15th/16th June. The theme is “Heavens Above” - solar systems. Anita Thompson would be pleased to hear from anyone or any organisation who might like to do a flower arrangement. Contact her on soyabean56@aol.com.
 
WOMEN’S BIBLE DAY Speaker Helen Cooke on “Tough Times in the Life of Job” Wednesday 20th March at Ryarsh Village Hall from 9.15am to 2.15pm. Cost £10 to include drinks, soup and sandwich lunch. Prior booking essential. Text/phone: 07927 325 977 or email: focusonfaith1@gmail.com.
 
VINTERS PARK CREMATORIUM is now able to broadcast funerals live online for any family and friends that are unable to attend in person. This can be arranged through selected funeral directors and family members may also produce a visual life tribute.
 
FRENCH STUDENT EXCHANGE Please see the noticeboard for details of a 14 year old French girl who wishes to spend around two months in England in order to improve her English. If anyone is interested please contact Catherine Guerbet at catguerbet@aol.com.
 
CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY: FRIDAY 15TH MARCH CAFOD’s Family Fast Day this Lent is an opportunity to support our brothers and sisters around the world. Drought, floods and storms are having a devastating impact on our global family. Like Mahinur from Bangladesh. She makes a living from fishing but a drought last year killed all the fish, and she’s struggling to support her disabled hus-band and son. On Friday 15th March, can you eat a simple meal in solidarity and give what you save to help people like Mahinur? Through CAFOD’s global Church network - one of the largest aid networks in the world - your support can reach to the ends of the earth. Please collect your Fast day envelope from church this week and give whatever you can.
 
MINSTER ABBEY BENEDICTINE NUNS “Come and See Weekend” on 12-14th April. See noticeboard for details.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Wiesia’s Group - week beginning 11th March.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
LENT 2019
 

LENT HOUSE MASSES 2019

West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Monday 18th March at 8pm. ‘Silver Fern’, Church Road, Offham. ME19 5NY. Charles and Angela Unter 01732 872800
 
Snodland and Halling Wednesday 20th March at 8pm. 2 Gorham Close, Snodland. ME6 5EZ. Ron and Marie Lawrie 01634 245164
 
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Monday 25th March at 8pm. 789 London Road, Larkfield. ME20 6DE. Medard and Veronique Hadonou 01732 875003
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth Tuesday 2nd April at 8pm. 109 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill. ME19 4DS. Mary Lockyear 01732 875752
 
 
OTHER LENT EVENTS
 
  1. Stations of the Cross - Tuesdays of Lent (12th, 19th, & 26th March, 2nd, 9th & 16th April) at 7.30pm
  2. Speakers Cafod speaker on weekend of 8th/9th March to prepare us for Fast Day on Friday 15th March. Donate 8 speaker on weekend of 16th/17th March.
  3. Penitential Services in School for years 3, 4, 5 & 6 and Key Stage 1 between 18th and 29th March - and confessions for children not at More Park School (including First Com-munion) from 4 to 4.30pm on Saturday 30th March and 4 to 4.30pm on Saturday 6th April.
  4. Youth Group Penitential Services (open to all young people at secondary school) - in school on Friday 15th March and Friday 29th March from 7-9pm.
  5. Adult Penitential Services - Monday of Holy Week, 15th April at 7.30pm in church (with Masses combined with the Way of the Cross in Church on Tuesday 16th April at 9.30am and Wednesday 17th April at 7.30pm).
  6. 24 Hours for the Lord This is taking place again this year at St. Francis Maidstone from 10am on Friday 29th March to 10am on Saturday 30th March. As usual West Malling have been asked to cover the midnight Friday to 2am Saturday slot - if you would like to be involved, please see Fr. Peter.

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Pastoral Letter    03 March 2019
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THE MOST REVEREND PETER SMITH L.L.B., J.C.D., K.C.*H.S.,
ARCHBISHOP OF SOUTHWARK,
ARCHBISHOP’S HOUSE, 150 ST. GEORGE’S ROAD, SOUTHWARK, LONDON, SE1 6HX
TEL: 020 7928 2495 FAX: 020 7928 7833
 
Pastoral Letter to be
read on the Eighth Sunday of Ordinary time 2019 –
Sunday before Ash Wednesday Sunday, 3rd March 2019
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
 
On Wednesday this week, Ash Wednesday, we shall begin the Season of Lent in preparation for celebrating the great Paschal Mystery of the passion, death and resurrection of Christ at Easter. Experience tells us that there are moments in our lives when we are presented with an opportunity to do something which will be to our advantage if we take it up. That experience is summed up pithily in the old Latin adage, or maxim, “carpe diem” which is variously translated as “seize the day” or “seize the moment.” It’s an exhortation to make the most of an opportunity when it comes, and not dither about indecisively because that opportunity may not come again at a favourable time!
 
The wisdom expressed in that maxim seems to me particularly appropriate as once again we begin our Lenten journey towards Easter. Every year, the season of Lent offers us the opportunity to stand back a little from our daily concerns, and reflect on our lives in the light of the Gospel. As the great philosopher, Socrates said so wisely, “The un-reflected life is not worth living.” Yet we all know from experience that in the hectic and frenetic world in which we live today, it’s quite difficult to make time to reflect - to reflect on our lives, its meaning and where it is heading. The Church gives us the season of Lent as a time to recall, and to reflect on the meaning of our baptism and the commitment which flows from it. Do I understand and generously accept the responsibilities which arise from being baptised? Does my life mirror the fact that I have been created in the image and likeness of God? Do others see in me, and in the way I relate to others, something of the unconditional love, compassion and mercy of God?
 
We are called to undertake this reflection during Lent always in the light of the Paschal Mystery of the passion, death and resurrection of Christ. It was through that act of unconditional love that Christ won for us the forgiveness of our sins, and the promise of communion and eternal life with the living God, Father, Son and Spirit.
 
Lent is the season for each of us to enter into a closer union with the person of Christ and to reflect on how we deal with the temptations which afflict us all in different ways. To do that fruitfully we need to be serious about the three traditional helps towards that end, namely, prayer, fasting and almsgiving. But important and vital though these personal efforts are, we need to open our hearts humbly to the life-giving grace and presence of Christ, and ask for his help. This is beautifully depicted in a famous picture by Holman Hunt, entitled the “Light of Christ”. In Holman Hunt’s picture, Jesus is standing at a cottage door, holding a lantern. The surroundings are dark and gloomy, and the lantern shines on the door which is overgrown with creepers and vines. It looks as if it has not been opened for many a year and can’t be opened easily now.
 
But perhaps the most significant detail in the picture is that there is no handle on the door. Clearly, Christ is bringing his light to shine in the darkened and gloomy dwelling, but he can’t do that unless the householder is willing and able to open the door from the inside. The scene is a pictorial representation of the verse in the Book of the Apocalypse in which Christ says: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If you hear me calling and you open the door, I will come in...”
 
The risen Christ is our Light and our Hope, and invites each one of us to follow willingly and generously in his footsteps, because he is the light that no darkness can ever overcome. Each day we are invited to die a little more to the sin and selfishness which marks the life of each one of us, and to witness to the love, compassion and mercy of Jesus Christ. We are invited to enter willingly and generously the narrow gate of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, for that’s the way to die to the false self within us, and to grow into new people formed ever more deeply in the image and likeness of Jesus.
 
In order to do that, Jesus tells us, “If you want to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross every day and follow me.” The constant temptation is to turn in on ourselves, give way to selfishness, to fear and anxiety, to become pessimistic and cynical. The antidote to these temptations is to be found in prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Prayer, personal and liturgical, takes us out of ourselves and places us firmly in the hands of God. Fasting teaches us to exercise self-control and helps us grow in compassion for the suffering of our world. Both of these lead us to be generous with the gifts God has lavished upon us and give of our bounty to those who struggle each day with grinding poverty and need. Taken together, these traditional Lenten exercises help us to grow as persons, to grow as Disciples of Christ and to bring relief and hope to those who represent the suffering Christ in our own times.
 
The spirit with which we need to approach this penitential season is also well expressed in Psalm 50:
 
“A pure heart create for me, O God, put a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence, nor deprive me of your holy spirit... A humble, contrite heart you will not spurn.”
 
In other words if we are to make the most of Lent, we need God’s help, so we need to ask him each day to rekindle in our hearts the gift of the Holy Spirit, the ‘Lord and giver of life’ so that our lives will be a true witness to the love, compassion and mercy of God.
 
Wishing you every blessing for the Season of Lent and for Easter,
And let’s pray for each other during this Season of Lent,
Archbishop of Southwark
Given at Southwark, 24th February, 2019

 

Eighth Sunday of the Year - 3rd March 2019    03 March 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: westmalling@rcaos.org.uk  Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

 Eighth Sunday of the Year ©
DAY FOR THE UNEMPLOYED
3rd March 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND is the last weekend before Lent and also a Day of Prayer for the Unemployed. There is also the annual second collection during the notices for poor parishes making grants to some of the poorer families of the Diocese. Would Gift Aiders please use the envelope marked ‘Poor Parishes’ dated 3 March 2019.
 
DURING THE WEEK We begin Lent on Wednesday with Masses & Ashes (see below). There are also meetings for the First Communion Children, Baby & Toddler Group, and Friendship Group (details overleaf).
 
NEXT WEEKEND is the first weekend of Lent when we begin our journey up the ‘Lenten Ladder’ and have our pray-er sheets and candles and self-denial envelopes for the Cafod Fast Day on Friday 15th March and we welcome Bar-bara Ring from Cafod who will be speaking to us at all Masses to prepare us for this.
 
CANON JOHN BAILEY RIP - Please pray for Canon John Bailey, for many years Parish Priest of Sevenoaks and in the last few years, living in and looking after St. Bernadette’s Church in West Kingsdown, who has died - a lovely man who will be remembered and missed by many and we offer our love and prayers and support to them. His Fu-neral Mass will be at St. Thomas’ Church, 12 Granville Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1ER on Tuesday 12th March at 12 noon.
 
PLEASE ALSO PRAY FOR Niall McNeice, a resident of Lavenders Nursing Home, and his family as they prepare for his funeral at Vinters Park Crematorium on Tuesday 12th March at 2pm—and we offer them all our love and pray-ers and support.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (7th Week of the Year)

2

5pm The Parishioners
SUNDAY
8th Sunday of the Year (C)
3
10am
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) In loving memory of Jadwiga & Jurek Makuch RIP
Keggy Diamond RIP
MONDAY (8th Week of the Year) 4
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Shrove Tuesday) 5
9.30am
Welfare of the Diamond family
WEDNESDAY
Ash Wednesday - Beginning of Lent
6
10am
 
8pm
School and Pre-School Mass in CHURCH
(Mass in St. Simon Stock School at 1.45pm)
Parish Mass (The Parishioners - for a good Lent)
THURSDAY (Lent) 7
9.30am
Communion Service
FRIDAY (Lent) 8
9.30am
Thanksgiving for answer to prayer for health of Lisa, Brian and Baby Nora Stevens
SATURDAY (Lent)
9
5pm
(Cafod Speaker) Gallagher family
SUNDAY
First Sunday of Lent (C)
10
10am
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy for Lent—Cafod Speaker) - Christopher Johnson—get well soon (from your Parish family)
(Cafod Speaker) The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Liam, Leah and Baby Callie; Brian, Lisa and Baby Nora; Mary Goldsmith; Mary Wilmot; Tony & Anne Law; Tony Battock; Maud Bliss; Fr. Kevin St. Aubyn; Mary Sellwood; Sharon Smith; Debo-rah Fielding; Lawrence Jordan; Lyn Hutchings; Alex Riches; Noah Dryden; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maid-stone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Barry Midgely (former head of St. Simon Stock); Fr. Alexander Fraser; David O’Connor; Sue Richards; Niall McNeice; Canon John Bailey; Lorraine Petersen; Louisa; also Fr. Francis Moran (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Dennis Boxell; Sheila Martin; Monica Walker; Hannah Gleeson; Jean Large; Mark Hamill; Teresa Norris; Vel-ma Smith; Patrick Kelly; Gerald Hemming; Nellie Morrissey; Ayleen Sharp; Laureen McIntosh; Peter Thew.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SATURDAY 2
10am-12 noon
Gardening Club meet
SUNDAY 3
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 4 5-6pm First Holy Communion Children’s Class in Church
TUESDAY 5 1.30-3pm Baby & Toddler Group meet at St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 6
12.30pm
Friendship Group meet at Jenny’s Barn for Soup Lunch
SUNDAY 10 10am Children’s Liturgy for Lent in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £440.57. (Standing Orders average £355 per week).
 
YOUTH GROUP PANTOMIME 2019 “Snow White & The Lost Boys” Saturday 2nd March at 7.30pm in More Park School Hall. Tickets available on the door (£15 Family Ticket or £5 Single Ticket). Please come along and support this fun evening.
 
MORE PARK PTA PAMPER EVENING is taking place on Friday 22nd March from 6pm to 9pm in the School hall. Tickets are now available to purchase at £5 each. If any parishioners are beauty therapists or skilled in a cer-tain area beauty wise and are willing to help, please get in touch with a member of the PTA. Tel: Alex on 07949086847
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The next children’s lesson is on Monday 4th March from 5-6pm. Please remember to bring a photograph of your child for the board at the back of the Church.
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS Please take a card and pray for the child whose name is on it as they pre-pare for their First Communion. The cards are in a box on the table in the porch and need to be returned by the end of April. Thank you.
 
EVENTS TEAM We are looking to form an events team to organise fun social events in the Parish. If you are inter-ested in joining the team or are able to help please contact the Parish Office.
 
NEW CHILDRENS LITURGY LEADERS REQUIRED New leaders are required to support the existing team. Com-mitment is on a rotational basis and only during term time. It’s a great opportunity to help our children grow and de-velop in their faith. We provide an opportunity to discuss the gospel at a level that is appropriate to them. We help the children to discover that the word of God has meaning in their lives. It also welcomes young children as part of the parish community. If you think you may have what it takes and are interested in supporting the team, either con-tact the office or talk to one of the Liturgy leaders at the Sunday Mass, who will be willing to help you. Thank you.
 
Donate8 - HELP PLEASE! Personal shopper needed for Father Peter’s weekly grocery shopping – perhaps share the task with a friend? As they say – every little helps! Flower arrangers are also needed to help bring colour and blooms to our church. No experience required – just come along, join the team and we’ll show you how. Who knows - your home arrangements may benefit also! Why not Donate8 today?
 
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALLING Holy Trinity Church Larkfield will be holding their annual Flower Festival on 15th/16th June. The theme is “Heavens Above” - solar systems. Anita Thompson would be pleased to hear from anyone or any organisation who might like to do a flower arrangement. Contact her on soyabean56@aol.com.
 
REFUGEES AT HOME See noticeboard for details of this charity who are desperately looking for hosts in Kent.
 
CATHOLIC HISTORY WALKS IN LONDON Please see noticeboard for details of events in March.
 
VINTERS PARK CREMATORIUM is now able to broadcast funerals live online for any family and friends that are unable to attend in person. This can be arranged through selected funeral directors and family members may also produce a visual life tribute.
 
FRENCH STUDENT EXCHANGE Please see the noticeboard for details of a 14 year old French girl who wishes to spend around two months in England in order to improve her English. If anyone is interested please contact Cathe-rine Guerbet at catguerbet@aol.com.
 
ANNUAL MARRIAGE MASS For couples celebrating special anniversaries, it will take place this year on Saturday July 13 at 3pm, at St George’s Cathedral as usual. We shall shortly be sending forms for couples to sign up.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Eileen’s Group - week beginning 4th March.
 
FRIENDSHIP GROUP meet on Wednesday 6th March at 12.30pm. Venue: Jenny’s Barn for a ‘Soup Lunch’.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details of “Sweet Wonders by Emefa” and Meaningful Chocolate’s “The Real Easter Egg”.
 
LENT 2019
 

LENT HOUSE MASSES 2019

West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Monday 18th March at 8pm. ‘Silver Fern’, Church Road, Offham. ME19 5NY. Charles and Angela Unter 01732 872800
 
Snodland and Halling Wednesday 20th March at 8pm. 2 Gorham Close, Snodland. ME6 5EZ. Ron and Marie Lawrie 01634 245164
 
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Monday 25th March at 8pm. 789 London Road, Larkfield. ME20 6DE. Medard and Veronique Hadonou 01732 875003
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth Tuesday 2nd April at 8pm. 109 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill. ME19 4DS. Mary Lockyear 01732 875752
 
 
OTHER LENT EVENTS
 
  1. Stations of the Cross - Tuesdays of Lent (12th, 19th, & 26th March, 2nd, 9th & 16th April) at 7.30pm
  2. Speakers Cafod speaker on weekend of 8th/9th March to prepare us for Fast Day on Friday 15th March. Donate 8 speaker on weekend of 16th/17th March.
  3. Penitential Services in School for years 3, 4, 5 & 6 and Key Stage 1 between 18th and 29th March - and confessions for children not at More Park School (including First Com-munion) from 4 to 4.30pm on Saturday 30th March and 4 to 4.30pm on Saturday 6th April.
  4. Youth Group Penitential Services (open to all young people at secondary school) - in school on Friday 15th March and Friday 29th March from 7-9pm.
  5. Adult Penitential Services - Monday of Holy Week, 15th April at 7.30pm in church (with Masses combined with the Way of the Cross in Church on Tuesday 16th April at 9.30am and Wednesday 17th April at 7.30pm).

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Seventh Sunday of the Year (C)    24 February 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: westmalling@rcaos.org.uk  Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

Seventh Sunday of the Year (C)
24th February 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND We continue our ‘Breather Period’ between Candlemas and Lent on Wednesday week (6th March) and pray for our Baby & Toddler Group, Pre-School and Schools as they go into Term 4.
 
DURING THE WEEK There are meetings for First Communion Parents and the Mother’s Prayer Group and we invite you to the Youth Group Pantomime in the school on Saturday (Youth Group dress re-hearsal for this on Friday) - details of all these overleaf.
 
NEXT WEEKEND is the last weekend before Lent and also a Day of Prayer for the Unemployed. There is also the annual second collection during the notices for poor parishes making grants to some of the poorer families of the Diocese.
 
CANON JOHN BAILEY RIP - Please pray for Canon John Bailey, for many years Parish Priest of Sev-enoaks and in the last few years, living in and looking after St. Bernadette’s Church in West Kingsdown, who has died - a lovely man who will be remembered and missed by many and we offer our love and prayers and support to them.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (6th Week of the Year)

23

2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Brodie Campbell
Harry Fellows RIP (1st Anniv.)
SUNDAY
7th Sunday of the Year (C)
24
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
The Parishioners
MONDAY (7th Week of the Year) 25
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (7th Week of the Year) 26
9.30am
Louisa RIP and Family & Friends
WEDNESDAY (7th Week of the Year) 27
9.30am
Communion Service
THURSDAY (7th Week of the Year) 28
9.30am
Communion Service
FRIDAY (St. David) 1 March
9.30am
 
(8.15am - Mass in St. Simon Stock School)
St. David’s Mass in SCHOOL
SATURDAY (7th Week of the Year)
2
5pm
The Parishioners
SUNDAY
8th Sunday of the Year (C)
3
10am
 
3pm
(Children’s Liturgy)- In loving memory of Jadwiga & Jurek Makuch RIP Syro-Malabar Mass
Keggy Diamond RIP
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Liam, Leah and Baby Callie; Brian, Lisa and Baby Nora; Mary Goldsmith; Mary Wilmott; Tony & Anne Law; Tony Battock; Maud Bliss; Alex Riches; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Sue Richards; Niall McNeice; Canon John Bailey; Lorraine Petersen; Louisa; Fr. Francis Moran. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Maisie Farrow; Margaret Banfield; Margaret Wilkinson; Marco Valencia; Eileen Bolton; Bridget Vernon; Meta McKeag; Cyril ‘Bill’ Smith; James Devlin; Anne Cotter; Lucienne Crawford; Martin Lyons; Alice Slater; Dorothy Beatty; David Dad-swell; Dennis Boxell; Sheila Martin.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SATURDAY 24
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 27
7.30 for 8pm
 
First Communion Parents’ Meeting in Church
(Fr. Peter—Council of Priests - London)
THURSDAY 28 7.30pm Mothers’ Prayers Group meet in the Church Porch
FRIDAY 1 MARCH
7-9pm
 
Youth Group meet in the SCHOOL (Dress Rehearsal)
(World Day of Prayer Services - see below)
SATURDAY 2 7.30pm YOUTH GROUP PANTO IN MORE PARK SCHOOL HALL
SUNDAY 3 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £409.43. (Standing Orders average £355 per week). The second collection for Racial Justice raised £184.43. Thank you to the Needlework & Kitting Group for their generous donations.
 
YOUTH GROUP PANTOMIME 2019 “Snow White & The Lost Boys” Saturday 2nd March at 7.30pm in More Park School Hall. Tickets will be available after all Masses (£15 Family Ticket or £5 Single Ticket). Please come along and support this fun evening.
 
FRIENDSHIP GROUP will meet on Wednesday 6th March at 12.30pm. Venue: Jenny’s Barn for a ‘Soup Lunch’.
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The next parents’ meeting is on Wednesday 27th February with refreshments from 7.30pm and the meeting commencing at 8pm. The next children’s lesson is on Monday 4th March from 5-6pm. Please remember to bring a photograph of your child for the board at the back of the Church.
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS Please take a card and pray for the child whose name is on it as they prepare for their First Communion. The cards are in a box on the table in the porch and need to be returned by the end of April. Thank you.
 
EVENTS TEAM We are looking to form an events team to organise fun social events in the Parish. If you are interested in joining the team or are able to help please contact the Parish Office.
 
NEW CHILDRENS LITURGY LEADERS REQUIRED New leaders are required to support the existing team. Commit-ment is on a rotational basis and only during term time. It’s a great opportunity to help our children grow and develop in their faith. We provide an opportunity to discuss the gospel at a level that is appropriate to them. We help the children to discover that the word of God has meaning in their lives. It also welcomes young children as part of the parish communi-ty. If you think you may have what it takes and are interested in supporting the team, either contact the office or talk to one of the Liturgy leaders at the Sunday Mass, who will be willing to help you. Thank you.
 
MOTHERS PRAYER GROUP The next meeting will be on Thursday 28th February at 7.30pm in the Church Porch. If you would be interested in attending please contact Steph Blackburn on 07977458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk.
 
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Changes are afoot at the World Day of Prayer (previously known as the Women’s World Day of Prayer). This year there will be two World Day of Prayer services on Friday 1st March. The morning Service will take place at St. James the Great Church in East Malling. Refreshments will be served from 10am and the Service will commence at 10.30am. New this year will be an evening Service at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Leybourne commenc-ing at 7.30pm to allow those that would like to celebrate this unique ecumenical occasion but are unable to attend the morning Service an opportunity to do so. Refreshments for this Service will be served afterwards. The Service has been prepared by the Christian women of Slovenia. It is entitled ‘Come - Everything is Ready’ and it serves to remind us that God’s invitation is for all whatever race, religion, age, nationality, gender or handicap. It is celebrated in over 120 coun-tries beginning in Samoa and prayer in native languages travels throughout the world. If you would like to attend or be involved with either of these Services please phone Christina on 01732 220606
 
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALLING The AGM will take place on Wednesday 27th February at 8pm at Mereworth Church. If you would like to stand as a Lay Vice Chair, please let Joe Shepherd know on joe90.shepherd@hotmail.com. The minutes from last year’s CTiM AGM are on the noticeboard. Holy Trinity Church Larkfield will be holding their annual Flower Festival on 15th/16th June. The theme is “Heavens Above” - solar systems. Anita Thompson would be pleased to hear from anyone or any organisation who might like to do a flower arrangement. Contact her on soy-abean56@aol.com.
 
REFUGEES AT HOME See noticeboard for details of this charity who are desperately looking for hosts in Kent.
 
THE PASSAGE The Passage is a Christian Charity working with homeless people. Please support a St David’s Day con-cert in aid of The Passage at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster on Friday 1 March 2019 at 7.00pm. The concert fea-tures the London Welsh Male Voice Choir with guest soloists Fflur Wyn (soprano) and Aled Wyn Davies (tenor) and Ed-ward Stourton (Compère). Please book online through Eventbrite (https://passage-saint-david-day-concert.eventbrite.co.uk). Full details are on the website www.passage.org.uk or telephone 020 75921856 or email in-fo@passage.org.uk
 
ANNUAL MARRIAGE MASS For couples celebrating special anniversaries, it will take place this year on Saturday July 13 at 3pm, at St George’s Cathedral as usual. We shall shortly be sending forms for couples to sign up.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Steph’s Group - week beginning 25th February.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
YOUTH GROUP PANTOMIME
 
The Youth Group are looking for donations of the below items to use in their upcoming Panto-mime:
Onesies: Plain with hoods  Age 16 down to 11
Old fashioned striped nightshirts:  Age 16 down to 11 1 large; 1 small
Old fashioned nightdress:  Age 16 down to 11
Dress: Size 18
Oversized funny slippers
Top hat
Oversized bobble hats
Black capes

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Sixth Sunday of the Year    17 February 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: westmalling@rcaos.org.uk  Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

Sixth Sunday of the Year ©
RACIAL JUSTICE DAY
17th February 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND We continue our ‘Breather Period’ and also celebrate ‘Racial Justice Day’ with it’s theme this year - “It’s not Just Work - Dignity for All Workers” - calling us as Christians to acknowledge the dignity of the human per-son and to work to make sure that people are treated with dignity at work and not exploited. We think especially of migrant communities and those suffering from racial abuse who are particularly vulnerable to being drawn into unjust working conditions and labour exploitation. There will be a prayer card and prayers and a second collection during the Masses this weekend, which will be used for promoting racial justice in this and other areas in England & Wales. (Gift Aiders: please use the envelope in your pack.) Information regarding Racial Justice Sunday is available on the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of England & Wales website: www.catholicnews.org.uk/racial-justice-Sunday-2019.
 
DURING THE WEEK Our Baby & Toddler Group, Pre-School and Schools have their holiday break between Terms 3 & 4 (& me too!) and we wish them a happy time. The Kings Hill & Mereworth Area Group meet on Thursday and the Youth Group on Friday - details overleaf. There are no other meetings this week (Thank God!).
 
NEXT WEEKEND We continue our ‘Breather Period’ and get ready to go into Term 4 and prepare for Lent!
 
CANON JOHN BAILEY RIP - Please pray for Canon John Bailey, for many years Parish Priest of Sevenoaks and in the last few years, living in and looking after St. Bernadette’s Church in West Kingsdown, who died during the week - a lovely man who will be remembered and missed by many and we offer our love and prayers and support to them.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (5th Week of the Year)

16

2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Freya Smith & Terrell Kufakwaro
Sugandhika Perera RIP
SUNDAY
6th Sunday of the Year ©
RACIAL JUSTICE DAY
17
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) - The Parishioners
Ron Whitehead RIP (anniv.)
MONDAY (6th Week of the Year) 18
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (6th Week of the Year) 19
9.30am
Communion Service (N.B.)
WEDNESDAY (6th Week of the Year) 20
9.30am
Mary Goldsmith—welfare (Steph, Ian & family)
THURSDAY (6th Week of the Year) 21
9.30am
Communion Service
FRIDAY (Chair of St. Peter) 22
9.30am
Communion Service (N.B.)
SATURDAY (6th Week of the Year)
23
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Brodie Campbell
Harry Fellows RIP (1st Anniv.)
SUNDAY
7th Sunday of the Year ©
24
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) - The Parishioners
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Fo-ley; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Liam, Leah and Baby Callie; Brian, Lisa and Baby Nora; Mary Goldsmith; Eve Staniforth (& John & Joshua); Carol, Dylan & family; Tony Battock; Maud Bliss; Mary Sellwood; Lyn Hutchings; Lawrence Jordan; Alex Riches; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Canon John Bailey; Lorraine Petersen; Louisa; Fr. Francis Moran. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: John Smith; John McLoughlin; Natalina Jeffrey; Brian Williams; Rina Franchi; Catherine Fisher; Carmen Mifsud; Thomas Gilligan; Jan Conway-Ryle; Dennis O’Connor; Charles O’Malia; Maisie Farrow; Margaret Banfield.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SATURDAY 16
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
THURSDAY 21 8pm Kings Hill & Mereworth Area Group Meeting - see below
FRIDAY 22 7-9pm Youth Group meet in the Church & Priest’s House
SUNDAY 24 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £357.64. (Standing Orders average £355 per week).
 
2019 WHITE FLOWER APPEAL Please see the noticeboard for a thank you note from SPUC.
 
YOUTH GROUP PANTOMIME 2019 “Snow White & The Lost Boys” Saturday 2nd March at 7.30pm in More Park School Hall. Tickets will be available after all masses (£15 Family Ticket or £5 Single Ticket). Please come along and support this fun evening.
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The next parents’ meeting is on Wednesday 27th February with refreshments from 7.30pm and the meeting commencing at 8pm. The next children’s lesson is on Monday 4th March from 5-6pm. Please remember to bring a photograph of your child for the board at the back of the Church.
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS Please take a card and pray for the child whose name is on it as they prepare for their First Communion. The cards are in a box on the table in the porch and need to be returned by the end of April. Thank you.
 
EVENTS TEAM We are looking to form an events team to organise fun social events in the Parish. If you are interested in join-ing the team or are able to help please contact the Parish Office.
 
NEW CHILDRENS LITURGY LEADERS REQUIRED New leaders are required to support the existing team. Commitment is on a rotational basis and only during term time. It’s a great opportunity to help our children grow and develop in their faith. We pro-vide an opportunity to discuss the gospel at a level that is appropriate to them. We help the children to discover that the word of God has meaning in their lives. It also welcomes young children as part of the parish community. If you think you may have what it takes and are interested in supporting the team, either contact the office or talk to one of the Liturgy leaders at the Sunday Mass, who will be willing to help you. Thank you.
 
MOTHERS PRAYER GROUP The next meeting will be on Thursday 28th February at 7.30pm in the Church Porch. If you would be interested in attending please contact Steph Blackburn on 07977458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk.
 
PARISH MEETINGS 2019 Please see the noticeboard for dates. Everyone is invited to attend these meetings.
 
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Changes are afoot at the World Day of Prayer (previously known as the Women’s World Day of Prayer). This year there will be two World Day of Prayer services on Friday 1st March. The morning Service will take place at St. James the Great Church in East Malling. Refreshments will be served from 10am and the Service will commence at 10.30am. New this year will be an evening Service at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Leybourne commencing at 7.30pm to allow those that would like to celebrate this unique ecumenical occasion but are unable to attend the morning Service an opportunity to do so. Refreshments for this Service will be served afterwards. The Service has been prepared by the Christian women of Slovenia. It is entitled ‘Come - Everything is Ready’ and it serves to remind us that God’s invitation is for all whatever race, religion, age, na-tionality, gender or handicap. It is celebrated in over 120 countries beginning in Samoa and prayer in native languages travels throughout the world. If you would like to attend or be involved with either of these Services please phone Christina on 01732 220606
 
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALLING The AGM will take place on Wednesday 27th February at 8pm at Mereworth Church. If you would like to stand as a Lay Vice Chair, please let Joe Shepherd know on joe90.shepherd@hotmail.com. The minutes from last year’s CTiM AGM are on the noticeboard. Holy Trinity Church Larkfield will be holding their annual Flower Festival on 15th/16th June. The theme is “Heavens Above” - solar systems. Anita Thompson would be pleased to hear from anyone or any organisation who might like to do a flower arrangement. Contact her on soyabean56@aol.com.
 
BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY TRAINING A one-day course on March 9 at Aylesford Priory for laity and clergy who are active in the ministry to the bereaved or see it as a ministry that they would like to take on. This course is not suitable for those recently bereaved. Participants should be recommended by their parish priest.
 
HEART OF KENT HOSPICE The Sainsburys Stores Sponsored Cycle takes place on Sunday 28th April at Five Acre Wood School, Boughton Lane, Maidstone ME15 9QF. Please see noticeboard for details of this fundraising event.
 
THE PASSAGE The Passage is a Christian Charity working with homeless people. Please support a St David’s Day concert in aid of The Passage at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster on Friday 1 March 2019 at 7.00pm. The concert features the London Welsh Male Voice Choir with guest soloists Fflur Wyn (soprano) and Aled Wyn Davies (tenor) and Edward Stourton (Compère). Please book online through Eventbrite (https://passage-saint-david-day-concert.eventbrite.co.uk). Full details are on the website www.passage.org.uk or telephone 020 75921856 or email info@passage.org.uk
 
ANNUAL MARRIAGE MASS For couples celebrating special anniversaries, it will take place this year on Saturday July 13 at 3pm, at St George’s Cathedral as usual. We shall shortly be sending forms for couples to sign up.
 
THE VOCATION PRAYER Please see the noticeboard for the bi-monthly edition of The Vocation Prayer
 
THE GENDER AGENDA A conference sponsored by the Association of Catholic Women. What does it mean to be male or fe-male? How - and why - are the two sexes different? Come and explore a Catholic perspective on Wednesday 12th June 2019 at St Mary Moorfields, Eldon Street, London EC2M 7LS. Further details on the noticeboard at the back of church.
 
CARITAS COMMUNITY SPONSORSHIP Please see noticeboard for details of this Government programme, introduced in the UK in 2016, which is a way for civil society groups to play a greater role in resettling the most vulnerable refugees.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Fiona’s Group - week beginning 18th February.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 21st February at 8pm. Venue: 17 Alfriston Grove, Kings Hill. ME19 4AS. Contact Steph and Ian Blackburn 01732 521788
 
 
YOUTH GROUP PANTOMIME
 
The Youth Group are looking for donations of the below items to use in their upcoming Panto-mime:
Onesies: Plain with hoods            Age 16 down to 11
Old fashioned striped nightshirts: Age 16 down to 11 1 large; 1 small
Old fashioned nightdress:             Age 16 down to 11
Dress: Size 18
Oversized funny slippers
Top hat
Oversized bobble hats
Black capes

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Fifth Sunday of the Year (C)    08 February 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: westmalling@rcaos.org.uk  Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

Fifth Sunday of the Year (C)
10th February 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND The first weekend of our ’Breather Period’ between Candlemas and Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday 6th March. Enjoy - especially the school’s holiday break, beginning with a day off at More Park School on Friday.
 
DURING THE WEEK There is the Safeguarding Meeting on Monday, Deanery Clergy and Baby & Toddler Group on Tuesday, and School Governors and the Needlework & Knitting Group on Wednesday.
 
NEXT WEEKEND - We continue our ‘Breather Period’ and also celebrate ‘Racial Justice Day’ with it’s theme this year - “It’s not Just Work - Dignity for All Workers” - calling us as Christians to acknowledge the dignity of the human person and to work to make sure that people are treated with dignity at work and not exploited. We think especially of migrant communities and those suffering from racial abuse who are particularly vulnerable to being drawn into un-just working conditions and labour exploitation. There will be a prayer card and prayers and a second collection dur-ing the Masses next weekend, which will be used for promoting racial justice in this and other areas in England & Wales. (Gift Aiders: please use the envelope in your pack.) Information regarding Racial Justice Sunday is available on the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of England & Wales website: www.catholicnews.org.uk/racial-justice-Sunday-2019.
 
LORRAINE PETERSEN RIP - Please pray for Lorraine and her family as they prepare for her funeral on Tuesday and we offer them all our love and prayers and support at this time.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (4th Week of the Year)

9

5pm
Anne McFadden RIP (family)
SUNDAY
5th Sunday of the Year (C)
10
10am
 
5.30pm
(First Reconciliation Thanksgiving Mass) - The Parishioners
Marie Alix Terriere RIP
MONDAY (Our Lady of Lourdes) 11
9.30am
Communion Service (World Day for the Sick)
TUESDAY (5th Week of the Year) 12
9.30am
 
 
Communion Service (N.B)
(Funeral of Lorraine Petersen at Vinters Park Crematorium at 9.30am)
WEDNESDAY (5th Week of the Year) 13
9.30am
Deceased Relatives & Friends of the Lobo Family
THURSDAY (Ss. Cyril & Methodius) 14
9.30am
Communion Service
FRIDAY (5th Week of the Year) 15
9.30am
Keggy Diamond RIP
SATURDAY (5th Week of the Year)
16
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Freya Smith
Sugandhika Perera RIP
SUNDAY
6th Sunday of the Year ©
17
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
Ron Whitehead RIP (anniv.)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Fo-ley; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Liam, Leah and Baby Callie; Brian, Lisa and Baby Nora; Tony & Anne Law; Arthur Franklin; Mary Sellwood; Lawrence Jordan; Lyn Hutchings; Paddy Joyce; Alex Riches; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Lorraine Petersen; Louisa; Fr. Francis Moran. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Duncan McIntosh; Ann O’Gorman; Joy Blye; Rene Skelton; Josie Hopson; Margaret Taylor; Anthony Plumbly; Renee Havas; Domenico Bamaba; Christopher Taylor; Michael Daly; Peggy McBrien; Mary Rawlings; Dr. Filewitz; Annie Hoey; Emily Florence Gobel; Frank Stone; Nicola Corben; Rev. John O’Donovan; Margaret Nutbeen; Florence Maud Jukes; Ei-leen Kavanagh; John Smith; John McLoughlin.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 10
10am
No Children’s Liturgy (First Reconciliation Thanksgiving Mass)
MONDAY 11 7.30pm Safeguarding Meeting in the Priest’s House
TUESDAY 12
11am
1.30-3pm
 
Deanery Clergy Meeting at Aylesford Priory
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
(Fr. Peter has meeting at Goudhurst with Goudhurst Parish)
WEDNESDAY 13
6-8pm
7.30-9.30pm
Governors Meeting in School
Needlework and Knitting Group meet in the Church Porch
FRIDAY 14   (School closed)
SUNDAY 15 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £461.15. (Standing Orders average £355 per week).
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Sunday 10th February - Thanksgiving Mass for Reconciliation at 10am. The next par-ents’ meeting is on Wednesday 27th February with refreshments from 7.30pm and the meeting commencing at 8pm. The next children’s lesson is on Monday 4th March from 5-6pm. Please remember to bring a photograph of your child for the board at the back of the Church.
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS Please take a card and pray for the child whose name is on it as they pre-pare for their First Communion. The cards are in a box on the table in the porch and need to be returned by the end of April. Thank you.
 
EVENTS TEAM We are looking to form an events team to organise fun social events in the Parish. If you are inter-ested in joining the team or are able to help please contact the Parish Office.
 
NEW CHILDRENS LITURGY LEADERS REQUIRED New leaders are required to support the existing team. Com-mitment is on a rotational basis and only during term time. It’s a great opportunity to help our children grow and de-velop in their faith. We provide an opportunity to discuss the gospel at a level that is appropriate to them. We help the children to discover that the word of God has meaning in their lives. It also welcomes young children as part of the parish community. If you think you may have what it takes and are interested in supporting the team, either con-tact the office or talk to one of the Liturgy leaders at the Sunday Mass, who will be willing to help you. Thank you.
 
MOTHERS PRAYER GROUP The next meeting will be on Thursday 28th February at 7.30pm in the Church Porch. If you would be interested in attending please contact Steph Blackburn on 07977458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk.
 
PARISH MEETINGS 2019 Please see the noticeboard for dates. Everyone is invited to attend these meetings.
 
GRIEF IN LOSS, HOPE IN CHRIST Weekend Workshop / Retreats for the Bereaved at Aylesford Priory, Kent. Dates in 2019: March 22-24th 2019; October 11-13th 2019. Cost: Single £177; Shared per person £160; Senior Citi-zens £171 Booking through Aylesford Priory 01622 717272 Website: www.thefriars.org.uk Phone: 01303 670880. Enquiries: mflbereavement@rcaos.org.uk or earpartridge@gmail.com
 
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Changes are afoot at the World Day of Prayer (previously known as the Women’s World Day of Prayer). This year there will be two World Day of Prayer services on Friday 1st March. The morning Service will take place at St. James the Great Church in East Malling. Refreshments will be served from 10am and the Service will commence at 10.30am. New this year will be an evening Service at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Leybourne commencing at 7.30pm to allow those that would like to celebrate this unique ecumenical occasion but are unable to attend the morning Service an opportunity to do so. Refreshments for this Service will be served after-wards. The Service has been prepared by the Christian women of Slovenia. It is entitled ‘Come - Everything is Ready’ and it serves to remind us that God’s invitation is for all whatever race, religion, age, nationality, gender or handicap. It is celebrated in over 120 countries beginning in Samoa and prayer in native languages travels through-out the world. If you would like to attend or be involved with either of these Services please phone Christina on 01732 220606
 
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALLING
The AGM will take place on Wednesday 27th February at 8pm at Mereworth Church. If you would like to stand as a Lay Vice Chair, please let Joe Shepherd know on joe90.shepherd@hotmail.com. The minutes from last year’s CTiM AGM are on the noticeboard.
 
Reverend Ruth Peet will be inducted as Vicar of Aylesford Church on Tuesday 12th February at 7.30pm for those who would like to attend.
 
Holy Trinity Church Larkfield will be holding their annual Flower Festival on 15th/16th June. The these is “Heavens Above” - solar systems. Anita Thompson would be pleased to hear from anyone or any organisation who might like to do a flower arrangement. Contact her on soyabean56@aol.com.
 
ST. SCHOLASTICA’S RETREAT - Open Day - Saturday 16th February 2019. Is this for you OR for someone you know? The Retreat offers sheltered housing to practising Catholics aged 60 or over in 36 self-contained flats at £491pcm - more information on the poster and from The Warden: Deacon Sean Duffy - Princes Risborough (01844) 344437, E-mail: info@stscholasticas.co.uk www.stscholasticas.co.uk
 
PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE Holy Family Parish, south Maidstone; are planning a pilgrimage to Medjugorje this October. Cost for a week will be around £350 for flights, transfers, half board and excursions. If anyone is inter-ested, can they see Fr. Peter.
 
MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE
Happy St Valentine’s day! Dear married couple! You can give each other a wonderful Valentine’s gift by spending a day exploring your relationship more deeply to gain valuable insights into your communication. Couples who have attended the course noted the positive changes it made to their marriage. There is no group sharing and this is not marriage counselling or guidance but a chance to make your marriage even better. Contact: Carole - Tel: 07983524727 – email: mflkent@rcaos.org.uk
 
SEEKING GOD TOGETHER Come along to the Centre for Catholic Formation in Tooting Bec between 2-4pm on 2 March 2019 for the diocesan launch of a new marriage and family life resource, Seeking God Together – A Companion. Commissioned by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, it is aimed at supporting the pastoral accompaniment of families. This new resource will be of great interest to parishes and schools, all clergy and laity involved in ministry with families.
BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY TRAINING A one-day course on March 9 at Aylesford Priory for laity and clergy who are ac-tive in the ministry to the bereaved or see it as a ministry that they would like to take on. This course is not suitable for those recently bereaved. Participants should be recommended by their parish priest.
ANNUAL MARRIAGE MASS For couples celebrating special anniversaries, it will take place this year on Saturday July 13 at 3pm, at St George’s Cathedral as usual. We shall shortly be sending forms for couples to sign up.
 
SAFEGUARDING OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR We are looking for an office administrator to join our Safeguarding team in SE1. This is a full time job (0900 – 1700 Monday to Friday) and is offered initially on a 12 month fixed term con-tract. The key areas of work are administration of the DBS Disclosure application process, maintenance of national and local databases, administrative support to the Safeguarding training programmes and assistance in delivery of training as necessary, maintaining and updating of policy documents, forms and procedures and taking notes at safeguarding meetings. The ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to the safeguarding of children and vul-nerable adults and will preferably have experience of working in this area. Excellent IT and communication skills coupled with evidenced understanding of confidentiality are also essential. Salary: £23,000pa - £25,000pa depend-ing on skills and experience. If you would like to apply for this job please email your CV to sa-rahwood@rcaos.org.uk by 22nd February 2019.
 
THE VOCATION PRAYER Please see the noticeboard for the bi-monthly edition of The Vocation Prayer
HEART OF KENT HOSPICE Make a Will 2019 With the support of seven local solicitors, who have pledged their time for free, Heart of Kent Hospice would like to invite members of the local community to make or update a Will in return for a donation to the Hospice. Appointments will be available at participating solicitors from 1st April – 30th April but you must contact the participating solicitor of your choice by 15th March quoting ‘Heart of Kent Hospice Make a Will Month’. We understand that providing for family and friends is your key consideration when writing your Will , and although we very much hope that you will consider making a gift to us, it is not a condition of the scheme. Your solicitor will be able to advise on this. For a list of participating solicitors, suggested donations and ways to make your donation please visit www.hokh.org or contact Claire Ashby, Supporter Care Manager on 01622 790195 – claire.ashby@hokh.co.uk
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Wiesia’s Group - week beginning 11th February.
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 13th February from 7.30-9.30pm in the porch.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 21st February at 8pm. Venue: 17 Alfriston Grove, Kings Hill. ME19 4AS. Contact Steph and Ian Blackburn 01732 521788
 
 
YOUTH GROUP PANTOMIME
 
The Youth Group are looking for donations of the below items to use in their upcoming Panto-mime:
 
Onesies:  Plain with hoods Age 16 down to 11
Old fashioned striped nightshirts: Age 16 down to 11 1 large; 1 small
Old fashioned nightdress: Age 16 down to 11
Dress:  Size 18
Oversized funny slippers
Top hat
Oversized bobble hats
Black capes
Curly long wig
Child’s play hook
Large wooden frame:  Mirror type / style

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Fourth Sunday of the Year (C)    03 February 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: westmalling@rcaos.org.uk  Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

Fourth Sunday of the Year (C)
CANDLEMAS
3rd February 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND - CANDLEMAS The true end of Christmas where we bring the light and love and joy we have received from the Lord this Christmas and Epiphany to ‘root’ it in the temples of our hearts and Par-ish. We celebrate with special Masses and a Children’s Liturgy and ‘Christingles’ at the 10am Sunday Mass and the Youth Group presenting the 5.30pm Sunday Mass (Youth Group meets at 4pm to prepare the Mass and have their Christmas / Candlemas party afterwards).
 
FIRST RECONCILIATION Congratulations to our 25 First Communicants who celebrated their First Rec-onciliation last Monday - Thanksgiving Mass where they will receive their certificate next Sunday - Thanks to our Catechists for their work with them.
 
DURING THE WEEK We celebrate our Candlemas Mass in school on Wednesday. There are also meet-ings for the Baby & Toddler Group on Tuesday, the Kent Deans on Wednesday and a pantomime re-hearsal for the Youth Group in school on Friday. Friday is also a day of Prayer for Victims of Trafficking who will be remembered at Mass.
 
NEXT WEEKEND The first weekend of our ’Breather Period’ between Candlemas and Lent.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Candlemas)

2

5pm
Kathleen Conlon RIP
SUNDAY
4th Sunday of the Year (C)
Candlemas
3
10am
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy and Christingles)
Family Thanksgiving [Eileen S.]
(Presented by Youth Group) The Parishioners
MONDAY (4th Week of the Year) 4
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (St. Agatha) 5
9.30am
Alex Riches & Family (Mary Goldsmith)
WEDNESDAY (St. Paul Miki & companions) 6
9.30am
Candlemas Mass in SCHOOL - School & Parish
THURSDAY (4th Week of the Year) 7
9.30am
Communion Service
FRIDAY (Day of Prayer for Victims of Trafficking) 8
9.30am
Paddy Joyce & Family (Steph, Ian & Family)
SATURDAY (4th Week of the Year)
9
5pm
Anne McFadden RIP (family)
SUNDAY
5th Sunday of the Year (C)
10
10am
 
5.30pm
(First Reconciliation Thanksgiving Mass) - The Parishioners
Marie Alix Terriere RIP
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Fo-ley; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Liam, Leah and Baby Callie; Brian, Lisa and Baby Nora; Baby Oscar; Arthur Franklin; Alex Riches; Paddy Joyce; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our coun-try and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Fr. Francis Moran; also Gordon Richards; Angela Lovegrove; Mary Forsythe (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Charles Harkin; Joy Corrigan; Pamela Richardson; Patrick Willoughby; Jean Brooker; Francis Gillan; Chris-topher Hayes; Barbara Barnes; Charles Hennessey; Emily Seymour; Jadwiga Makuch; Brendan Kilcoyne; James Reeves; Mary Palmer; Joan Barry; William Fennell; Martha Rooney; Hugh Goldrick; Florence Berry; Thomas Jackson; Bernard Cunningham; Tony Wilmot; Duncan McIntosh; Ann O’Gorman; Joy Blye; Rene Skelton; Josie Hopson.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 3
10am
4pm
 
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre (Christingles)
Youth Group meet in the Priest’s House to prepare 5.30pm Mass (Party after Mass)
TUESDAY 5 1.30-3pm Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 6
11am
2pm
Kent Deans’ Meeting in Bishop’s House
Friendship Group meet in Priest House
FRIDAY 8 7-9pm Youth Group meet in SCHOOL (Pantomime Rehearsal)
SATURDAY 9   Larkfield, Ditton & Aylesford Area Group Meeting - soup lunch
SUNDAY 10 10am No Children’s Liturgy (First Reconciliation Thanksgiving Mass)
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £424.96. (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Elaine Hook (No. 55) for the February draw.
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Sunday 10th February - Thanksgiving Mass for Reconciliation at 10am.
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS Please take a card and pray for the child whose name is on it as they prepare for their First Communion. The cards are in a box on the table in the porch and need to be returned by end of April. Thank you.
 
SAFEGUARDING REPORT Attached is a very important report. Please take the time to read through.
 
EVENTS TEAM We are looking to form an events team to organise fun social events in the Parish. If you are interested in joining the team or are able to help please contact the Parish Office.
 
NEW CHILDRENS LITURGY LEADERS REQUIRED New leaders are required to support the existing team. Commitment is on a rotational basis and only during term time. It’s a great opportunity to help our children grow and develop in their faith. We provide an opportunity to discuss the gospel at a level that is appropriate to them. We help the children to dis-cover that the word of God has meaning in their lives. It also welcomes young children as part of the parish community. If you think you may have what it takes and are interested in supporting the team, either contact the office or talk to one of the Liturgy leaders at the Sunday Mass, who will be willing to help you. Thank you.
 
MOTHERS PRAYER GROUP The next meeting will be on Thursday 28th February at 7.30pm in the Church Porch. If you would be interested in attending please contact Steph Blackburn on 07977458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk.
 
FRIENDSHIP GROUP meet this Wednesday 6th February at 2pm in the Priest House. All are welcome.
 
PARISH MEETINGS 2019 Please see the noticeboard for dates. Everyone is invited to attend these meetings.
 
GRIEF IN LOSS, HOPE IN CHRIST Weekend Workshop / Retreats for the Bereaved at Aylesford Priory, Kent. Dates in 2019: March 22-24th 2019; October 11-13th 2019. Cost: Single £177; Shared per person £160; Senior Citizens £171 Booking through Aylesford Priory 01622 717272 Website: www.thefriars.org.uk Phone: 01303 670880. Enquiries: mfl-bereavement@rcaos.org.uk or earpartridge@gmail.com
 
HEART OF KENT HOSPICE ‘Have a Hearty Breakfast’ - 21st-24th March. See noticeboard for details.
 
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Changes are afoot at the World Day of Prayer (previously known as the Women’s World Day of Prayer). This year there will be two World Day of Prayer services on Friday 1st March. The morning Service will take place at St. James the Great Church in East Malling. Refreshments will be served from 10am and the Service will com-mence at 10.30am. New this year will be an evening Service at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Leybourne commencing at 7.30pm to allow those that would like to celebrate this unique ecumenical occasion but are unable to attend the morning Service an opportunity to do so. Refreshments for this Service will be served afterwards. The Service has been prepared by the Christian women of Slovenia. It is entitled ‘Come - Everything is Ready’ and it serves to remind us that God’s invi-tation is for all whatever race, religion, age, nationality, gender or handicap. It is celebrated in over 120 countries begin-ning in Samoa and prayer in native languages travels throughout the world. If you would like to attend or be involved with either of these Services please phone Christina on 01732 220606
 
ST. SCHOLASTICA’S RETREAT - Open Day - Saturday 16th February 2019. Is this for you OR for someone you know? The Retreat offers sheltered housing to practising Catholics aged 60 or over in 36 self-contained flats at £491pcm - more information on the poster and from The Warden: Deacon Sean Duffy - Princes Risborough (01844) 344437, E-mail: info@stscholasticas.co.uk www.stscholasticas.co.uk
 
CHRISTIAN BLIND MISSION Please see noticeboard for their ‘See the Way’ appeal from 15th February.
 
PILGRIMAGE PEOPLE Please see brochure in Porch for details of pilgrimage tours to the Holy Land and more.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Eileen’s Group - week beginning 4th February.
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 13th February from 7.30-9.30pm in the porch.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Larkfield, Ditton & Aylesford meet on Saturday 9th February for a soup lunch. Please call Elaine Hook 01732 841411 if you wish to attend. Thank you.
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 21st February at 8pm. Venue: 17 Alfriston Grove, Kings Hill. ME19 4AS. Contact Steph and Ian Blackburn 01732 521788
 
 
YOUTH GROUP PANTOMIME
 
The Youth Group are looking for donations of the below items to use in their upcoming Pantomime:
 
Onesies: Plain with hoods Age 16 down to 11
Old fashioned striped nightshirts: Age 16 down to 11 1 large; 1 small
Old fashioned nightdress: Age 16 down to 11
Dress: Size 18
Oversized funny slippers
Top hat
Oversized bobble hats
Black capes
Curly long wig
Child’s play hook
Large wooden frame: Mirror type / style

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Third Sunday of the Year (C)    25 January 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: westmalling@rcaos.org.uk  Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

Third Sunday of the Year (C)
PRAYERS FOR UNITY
Candlemas Journey
27th January 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND - CANDLEMAS JOURNEY We begin the final week of our Candlemas Journey and also have a special Unity Service for the Malling, Kings Hill, Larkfield, Leybourne and Villages area at St. Mary’s, West Malling at 4pm and ask all parishioners in the area to support this.
 
FIRST RECONCILIATION We congratulate and pray for our First Communicants as they celebrate their First Reconciliation and their second Sacrament and stage in their Faith and Parish Journey tomorrow (Monday) and thank our Catechists for their work with them. (The First Reconciliation Thanksgiving Mass when the children will receive their certificate will be on Sunday 10th February.)
 
DURING THE WEEK We have meetings for the Baby and Toddler Group and the Deanery Pastoral Council on Tuesday, the Pre-School Committee, Governors Training and a Parish Meeting on Wednesday and the Gardening Club on Saturday. I will also be continuing the Year 7 ‘Eucharist’ Masses at St. Simon Stock School.
 
NEXT WEEKEND - CANDLEMAS The true end of Christmas where we bring the light and love and joy we have received from the Lord this Christmas and Epiphany to ‘root’ it in the temples of our hearts and Parish. We celebrate with special Masses and a Children’s Liturgy and ‘Christingles’ at the 10am Sunday Mass and the Youth Group presenting the 5.30pm Sunday Mass (Youth Group meets at 4pm to prepare the Mass and have their Christmas / Candlemas party afterwards).
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Candlemas Journey) (Unity Octave)

26

5pm
Mrs. Margaret Gozaz RIP
SUNDAY (Candlemas Journey)
3rd Sunday of the Year (C)
(Unity Octave)
27
10am
5.30pm
 
 
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
Baby Lock RIP
(Unity Octave Service at St. Mary’s, West Malling at 4pm)
MONDAY (Candlemas Journey)
[St. Thomas Aquinas]
28
9.30am
5-7pm
Communion Service
First Reconciliation in Church
TUESDAY (Candlemas Journey) 29
9.30am
Keggy Diamond RIP
WEDNESDAY (Candlemas Journey) 30
9.30am
Welfare of the Diamond Family
THURSDAY (Candlemas Journey)
[St. John Bosco]
31
9.30am
Communion Service
FRIDAY (Candlemas Journey) 1 Feb
 
9.30am
(8.15am - Mass in St. Simon Stock)
Communion Service
SATURDAY (Candlemas Journey)
2
5pm
Kathleen Conlon RIP
SUNDAY
Candlemas
4th Sunday of the Year (C)
3
10am
12noon
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy and Christingles) Family Thanksgiving [Eileen S.]
Syro Malabar Mass
(Presented by Youth Group) The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Fo-ley; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Liam, Leah and Baby Callie; Brian, Lisa and Baby Nora; Baby Oscar; Tony; Sheila Kostner; Roy Kirchell; Scott McLeod; Alex Riches; Paddy Joyce; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Gordon Richards; Angela Lovegrove; Mary Forsythe. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in con-flict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Margaret Corcoran; Annie Donohoe; Daniel Lynch; Henry Gaiger; Margaret Kelleher; Eileen Connolly; Brid-get Styles; Mary Russell; Karen Fox; Barbara Ann Collins; Jim Puxley; William (Bill) Lobeck; Stanley Jones; Alexander Gordon; John Hadwin; Freddie MacQueen; Charles Harkin; Joy Corrigan; Pamela Richardson; Patrick Willoughby; Jean Brooker; Francis Gillan; Christopher Hayes; Barbara Barnes.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 27
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 28
 
 
5-6pm & 6-7pm
(Class Mass - 7M12 - St. Simon Stock)
First Reconciliation Services for First Communicants in Church
TUESDAY 29
1.30-3pm
7.30pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Deanery Pastoral Council Meeting in the Priest’s House
WEDNESDAY 30
 
2.30pm
6-8pm
7 for 7.30pm
(Class Mass - 7M16 - St. Simon Stock)
Pre-School Committee Meeting in Pre-School
Governor Training in School
Parish Meeting in the Priest’s House
THURSDAY 31   (Class Mass - 7M15 - St. Simon Stock)
FRIDAY 1 FEB

 

(Class Mass - 7M14 - St. Simon Stock)
SATURDAY 2
10am-12noon
2-4pm
Gardening Club
Eucharistic Ministers Meeting in Church
SUNDAY 3
10am
 
4pm
 
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
Youth Group meet in the Priest’s House to prepare 5.30pm Mass (Party after Mass)
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £386.70 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collection for Pax Christi raised £234.69
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Monday 28th January - 5-6pm and 6-7pm (Reconciliation Day). We will meet in two separate sessions - each group will wait until everyone has made their Sacrament to support one another. Sunday 10th February - Thanksgiving Mass for Reconciliation at 10am. Please remember to bring a photograph of your child for the board at the back of the Church.
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS Please take a card and pray for the child whose name is on it as they pre-pare for their First Communion. The cards are in a box on the table in the porch and need to be returned by the end of April. Thank you.
 
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS A meeting of Eucharistic Ministers has been arranged for Saturday 2nd February at 2pm and should finish around 4pm. It is important that all Ministers attend if possible.
 
EVENTS TEAM We are looking to form an events team to organise fun social events in the Parish. If you are inter-ested in joining the team or are able to help please contact the Parish Office.
 
GRIEF IN LOSS, HOPE IN CHRIST Weekend Workshop / Retreats for the Bereaved at Aylesford Priory, Kent. Dates in 2019: March 22-24th 2019; October 11-13th 2019. Cost: Single £177; Shared per person £160; Senior Citi-zens £171 Booking through Aylesford Priory 01622 717272 Website: www.thefriars.org.uk Phone: 01303 670880. Enquiries: mflbereavement@rcaos.org.uk or earpartridge@gmail.com
 
CTIM Holy Trinity Church, Larkfield will be holding a Quiz Night on Saturday 2nd February at Larkfield Scout Hut opposite the Church in New Hythe Lane. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Maximum team size of 6 people. £5 per person. Contact Anita Thopson on 01732 845660.
 
RC DIOCESE OF SOUTHWARK have job vacancies for an Advisor for Catechesis and Adult Formation Kent and Resource Assistants for Centre for Catholic Formation. Closing date for applications is Friday 1st February 2019. Please see the noticeboard for more details and how to apply.
 
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Changes are afoot at the World Day of Prayer (previously known as the Women’s World Day of Prayer). This year there will be two World Day of Prayer services on Friday 1st March. The morning Service will take place at St. James the Great Church in East Malling. Refreshments will be served from 10am and the Ser-vice will commence at 10.30am. New this year will be an evening Service at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Leybourne commencing at 7.30pm to allow those that would like to celebrate this unique ecumenical occasion but are unable to attend the morning Service an opportunity to do so. Refreshments for this Service will be served afterwards. The Service has been prepared by the Christian women of Slovenia. It is entitled ‘Come - Everything is Ready’ and it serves to remind us that God’s invitation is for all whatever race, religion, age, nationality, gender or handicap. It is celebrated in over 120 countries beginning in Samoa and prayer in native languages travels throughout the world. If you would like to attend or be involved with either of these Services please phone Christina on 01732 220606
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Steph’s Group - week beginning 28th January.
 
GARDENING CLUB meet on Saturday 2nd February from 10am until 12 noon.
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 13th February from 7.30-9.30pm in the porch.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 21st February at 8pm. Venue: 17 Alfriston Grove, Kings Hill. ME19 4AS. Contact Steph and Ian Blackburn 01732 521788
 
 
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Sunday January 20th until Sunday 27th January 2019
 
Saturday 26th January at Holy Trinity Church, New Hythe Lane, Larkfield, Prayer Time from 3-4pm
 
Sunday 27th January at St. Mary’s Parish Church, West Malling at 4pm.
Our final UNITED Service.
 
YOUTH GROUP PANTOMIME
 
The Youth Group are looking for donations of the below items to use in their upcoming Pantomime:
 
Onesies:  Plain with hoods Age 16 down to 11
Old fashioned striped nightshirts:  Age 16 down to 11 1 large; 1 small
Old fashioned nightdress:  Age 16 down to 11
Dress:  Size 18
Oversized funny slippers:
Top hat:
Oversized bobble hats:
Black capes:
Curly long wig:
Child’s play hook:
Large wooden frame:  Mirror type / style

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THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD (C)    11 January 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: westmalling@rcaos.org.uk  Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD (C)
Candlemas Journey
13th January 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND - CANDLEMAS JOURNEY & SPUC WHITE FLOWER APPEAL This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord and end the Christmas season, and begin our journey to Candlemas, joining with Mary & Joseph taking the light of the First Christmas to the Jewish people in the Temple in Jerusalem and the Wise Men taking that light back to their countries and people, to bring the light of this Christmas to root it in the temple of our hearts and Parish and Church on this Candlemas weekend (2nd/3rd February). Please take the candle that has been blessed today and the special Candlemas Journey Prayer Sheet to use at home in prayer on these days. We also have the SPUC White Flower Appeal - see special note overleaf.
 
DURING THE WEEK - Meetings for First Communion children, Baby & Toddler Group, Children’s Liturgy organisers and Youth Group (start of rehearsals for pantomime on 2nd March). I will also be continuing my class visits on the Eucharist to Year 7 at St. Simon Stock School (details of all these overleaf).
 
NEXT WEEKEND - CANDLEMAS JOURNEY, Peace Sunday and Unity Octave We continue our Candlemas Journey and also celebrate Peace Sunday with its theme of “Good politics serves peace” and linking this to our pre-sent situation with “Brexit” with prayers and a second collection for Pax Christi, the International Catholic Peace Movement. Special envelopes for this to be taken home and brought back next week are available at the back of the church. It’s also the Sunday of the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity which begins on Friday (18th) and there will be a special Unity Service for the Snodland area at All Saints C/E Church, Snodland at 3pm, and we ask parishion-ers in the Snodland and Halling area to support this (on Monday week [21st] we shall have our Service for Unity in Church here at 7.30pm and on Sunday week [27th] a Unity Service for the West Malling area at St Mary’s, West Malling at 4pm).
 
ANGELA LOVEGROVE Angela’s funeral will take place at 10.30am on Wednesday 23rd January at Aylesford Pri-ory. We offer our prayers and love and support to her and her family and friends. The funeral will be followed by a reception at the Friars. If you would like to stay for this can you email Angela’s son, Julian and let him know. julianlovegrove@hotmail.com
 
MARY FORSYTHE Mary’s funeral will take place here on Thursday 24th January with a Service in Church at 12.30pm followed by a Service at Vinters Park Crematorium at 2pm - again we offer her and her family and friends our prayers, love and support.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Epiphany Octave)

12

2.30pm
5pm
Ezra Wright & Finn Keppel-Palmer
Matilda & Paul Perera RIP
SUNDAY (12th Day of Christmas)
The Baptism of The Lord (C)
(Beginning of Candlemas Journey)
13
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Gallagher family
The Parishioners
MONDAY (Candlemas Journey) 14
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Candlemas Journey) 15
9.30am
Kathleen Conlan RIP
WEDNESDAY (Candlemas Journey) 16
9.30am
Deceased Relatives & Friends of the Lobo family
THURSDAY (Candlemas Journey)
(St. Anthony - Abbott)
17
9.30am
Communion Service
FRIDAY (Candlemas Journey)
(Unity Octave)
18
 
9.30am
(8.15am - Mass in St. Simon Stock School)
Communion Service
SATURDAY (Candlemas Journey)
(Safeguarding Appeal) (Unity Octave)
19
5pm
Neville & Beno Perera - Thanksgiving
SUNDAY (Candlemas Journey)
2nd Sunday of the Year (C)
Peace Sunday (Unity Octave)
Safeguarding Appeal
20
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Fo-ley; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Liam, Leah and Baby Callie; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, ill-nesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Gordon Richards; Angela Lovegrove; Betty Mauduit; Helen Harrigan; Valentin Balmaceda; Sylvia Whiteside; Mary Forsythe. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Carol Copland; Sarah Love; Michael Stephens; Dorothy Savage; Cornelius Hegarty; Brian Murphy; Eileen Jordan; Mary Spaul; Frank Dunster; Bridget Payne; Ellen Smith; Anne Johnson; Ellen Underhill; Molly Forster; Eleanor James.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 13
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 14
 
5-6pm
(Class Visit - 7M12 - St. Simon Stock)
First Communion Children Meeting in Church
TUESDAY 15 1.30-3pm Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 16

 

7.45 for 8pm

(Class Visit - 7M16 - St. Simon Stock)
(Confirmation Confessions)
Children’s Liturgy Organisers meet in the Priest’s House
THURSDAY 17   (Class Visit - 7M15 - St. Simon Stock)
FRIDAY 18

 

7-9pm

(Class Visit - 7M14 - St. Simon Stock)
 
Youth Group meet in the SCHOOL
SATURDAY 19   (Confirmation Confessions)
SUNDAY 20
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £397.27 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 
100 CLUB CHRISTMAS WINNERS Congratulations go to Shelley Cornish (No. 73) [£200 prize] and Tania Dowd (No.91) [£60 prize].
 
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Damian Hillan (No.13) for the January draw.
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The next children’s lesson is on Monday 14th January 2019 from 5-6pm. Please re-member to bring a photograph of your child for the board at the back of the Church.
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS Please take a card and pray for the child whose name is on it as they pre-pare for their First Communion. The cards are in a box on the table in the porch and need to be returned by the end of April. Thank you.
 
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS A meeting of Eucharistic Ministers has been arranged for Saturday 2nd February at 2pm and should finish around 4pm. It is important that all Ministers attend if possible.
 
EVENTS TEAM We are looking to form an events team to organise fun social events in the Parish. If you are inter-ested in joining the team or are able to help please contact the Parish Office.
 
MOTHERS PRAYERS ‘Mothers Prayers’ was launched in England in 1995. At that time, two Grandmothers, both from England, felt led by the Lord to pray in a special way for their children. Through prayer, they learnt that Jesus wishes all mothers to surrender their children into His care, to take away pain from the mothers and to pour blessings on their children. ‘Mothers Prayers’ has now spread throughout the world and is in over eighty countries. There have been many wonderful answers to prayers. A Prayer Group may be started with only two mothers with a recom-mended maximum of eight. Usually members meet each week but it can be every month. They obey the strict rule of confidentiality and anything that is said at the meeting must never be repeated. As mothers learn to trust each other, through their prayers and sharing together, their burdens become lighter. A Prayer Group will be starting on Thursday 24th January at 7.30pm in the Church Porch. If you would be interested in attending the group, please contact Steph Blackburn on 07977458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk This information is taken from the ‘Mothers Prayers’ booklet.
 
HAPPY ST. VALENTINE’S DAY! Dear wife and husband! You can give each other a wonderful Valentine’s gift by spending a day exploring your relationship more deeply to gain valuable insights into your communication. Couples who have attended the course noted the positive changes it made to their marriage. There is no group sharing and this is not marriage counselling or guidance but a chance to make your marriage even better. Contact: Carole - Tel: 07983524727 – email: mflkent@rcaos.org.uk
 
SPUC WHITE FLOWER APPEAL - The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) will be holding its annual appeal this weekend. SPUC is currently campaigning to stop the decriminalisation of abortion, which means taking abortion outside the law. This is the most dangerous threat to unborn children and their mothers in decades. Please be as generous as you can to help us defeat this latest attack on unborn babies and their mothers, and to stop abortion getting even worse in this country by decriminalisation.
 
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY On Saturday 19 January West Malling Baptist Church will open from 1.30-4.30pm for a free time of prayer to launch this special week. Please see the notice board for the list showing what will be happening during this week which runs from Saturday 19th until Sunday 27th January 2019.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Wiesia’s Group - week beginning 14th January.
 
GARDENING CLUB will NOT be meeting in January 2019.
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP Please note the group will not be meet-ing in January.
 
NOTICES Including information on Catholic History Walks. Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
 
NEW EMAIL ADDRESS
 
Could all parishioners please note the change of our email address to the following: -
 

 

FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY (C)    06 January 2019
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PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: westmalling@rcaos.org.uk  Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY (C)
6th January 2019
 
EPIPHANY - This weekend we end the Great Days of Christmas with the Feast of the Epiphany, uniting ourselves with the Three Wise Men, our ancestors, and dedicating ourselves to be the Lord’s Kings of Faith, Priests of Hope and Prophets of Love in this year of 2019 with a special ‘Kings’ Procession’ at the 10am Mass and the Youth Group presenting the 5.30pm Mass.
 
2 DURING THE WEEK - We continue to celebrate the Epiphany and prepare ourselves to begin our journey to Can-dlemas next weekend - there are also meetings for the first communion children and youth leaders on Monday, Baby & Toddler group on Tuesday, an important 1st Communion Parents Meeting on Reconciliation on Wednesday, the Kings Hill & Mereworth Area Group Meeting on Thursday; and I will be beginning my class visits on the Eucharist to Year 7 at St. Simon Stock School - details overleaf.
 
3 NEXT WEEKEND - CANDLEMAS JOURNEY & SPUC WHITE FLOWER APPEAL Next weekend we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of the Lord and end the Christmas season, and begin our journey to Candlemas, joining with Mary & Joseph taking the light of the First Christmas to the Jewish people in the Temple in Jerusalem and the Wise Men taking that light back to their countries and people, to bring the light of this Christmas to root it in the temple of our hearts and Parish and Church on this Candlemas weekend (2nd/3rd February). Please take the candle that has been blessed today and the special Candlemas Journey Prayer Sheet to use at home in prayer on these days.
We also have the SPUC White Flower Appeal - see special note overleaf.
 
4 ANGELA LOVEGROVE RIP - Please keep Angela, a former parishioner, and her family in your prayers and we offer them our love, support and prayers at this time.
 
5 FUNERAL OF BETTY MAUDUIT RIP will now take place on Monday 7th January 2019 at 11.30am at St Au-gustine’s Church in Tunbridge Wells.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (11th Day of Christmas)
Eve of Epiphany

5

5pm
Mollie Maher RIP (Family)
SUNDAY (12th Day of Christmas)
Feast of Epiphany
6
10am
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy and Kings Procession) Trevor Jones RIP (anniv.)
(Youth Group) The Parishioners
MONDAY (Epiphany Octave) 7
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Epiphany Octave) 8
9.30am
Betty Mauduit RIP (Dee & Peter)
WEDNESDAY (Epiphany Octave) 9
9.30am
Mary Goldsmith & family - Christmas (Steph, Ian & family)
THURSDAY (Epiphany Octave) 10
9.30am
Communion Service
FRIDAY (Epiphany Octave) 11
9.30am
David Durant & family (Kings Hill Area Group)
SATURDAY (Epiphany Octave)
12
2.30pm
5pm
Ezra Wright & Finn Keppel-Palmer
Matilda & Paul Perera RIP
SUNDAY
The Baptism of The Lord
(Beginning of Candlemas Journey)
13
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Gallagher family
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Fo-ley; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Leah, Liam and Baby Callie; Jack Calvet; Shei-la Kostner; Roy Kirchell; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Gordon Richards; Angela Lovegrove; Betty Mauduit; Helen Harrigan; Valentin Balmaceda; Sylvia Whiteside; Mary Forsyth; also Frank Hall; Ronald Moys (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Daniel McMahon; Lonza Micallef; Sidney McCarthy; Lauren Cressey; Peter Smart; Sharon Barbieri; Ellen Love; Gladys Gollop; Avenna Fry; Elsbeth Douse; Antonio Falcone; Carol Copland; Sarah Love; Michael Stephens; Dorothy Sav-age.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 6
10am
4pm
 
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Youth Group meet in the Priest’s House to prepare Epiphany Mass (Parish Social afterwards)
MONDAY 7
 
 
5-6pm
7pm
8pm
St. Simon Stock - New Term
(Class Visit - 7M11 - St. Simon Stock)
First Communion Children Meeting in Church
Churches Together in Snodland - Christ Church Vestry
Youth Leaders meet in the Priest’s House
TUESDAY 8   Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 9 7.30 for 8pm First Communion Parents Meeting in Church
THURSDAY 10 8pm Kings Hill and Mereworth Area Group Meeting - see below
FRIDAY 11   (Class Visit - 7M13 - St. Simon Stock)
SUNDAY 13
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £512.35 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collection for Christmas offering raised £25.
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Children should complete Chapter 1 only. The next children’s lesson is on Monday 7th January 2019 from 5-6pm. Parents are reminded to check the Newsletter and schedule for all the events that the children should be in-volved in over Advent and Christmas. The next parents’ meeting is on Wednesday 9th January 2019 with refreshments from 7.30pm and the meeting commencing at 8pm. Please remember to bring a photograph of your child for the board at the back of the Church.
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS Please take a card and pray for the child whose name is on it as they prepare for their First Communion. The cards are in a box on the table in the porch and need to be returned by the end of April. Thank you.
 
EVENTS TEAM We are looking to form an events team to organise fun social events in the Parish. If you are interested in join-ing the team or are able to help please contact the Parish Office.
 
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY Please see the notice board for the list showing what will be happening during this week which runs from Saturday 19th until Sunday 27th January 2019.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Eileen’s Group - week beginning 7th January.
 
GARDENING CLUB will NOT be meeting in January 2019.
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP Please note the group will not be meeting in January.
 
 
NEW EMAIL ADDRESS
 
Could all parishioners please note the change of our email address to the following: -
 
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
SOUTHWARK DIOCESAN CATHOLIC DIRECTORIES are now on sale in the porch at £3 each.
 
SPUC WHITE FLOWER APPEAL - The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) will be holding its annual appeal next weekend. SPUC is currently campaigning to stop the decriminalisation of abortion, which means taking abortion outside the law. This is the most dangerous threat to unborn children and their mothers in decades. Please be as generous as you can to help us defeat this latest attack on unborn babies and their mothers, and to stop abortion getting even worse in this country by decriminalisation.
 
PILSDON AT MALLING - Please see the noticeboard for a thank you note from Pilsdon for the donations from the Reverse Ad-vent Calendar.
 
MOTHERS PRAYERS ‘Mothers Prayers’ was launched in England in 1995. At that time, two Grandmothers, both from England, felt led by the Lord to pray in a special way for their children. Through prayer, they learnt that Jesus wishes all mothers to surren-der their children into His care, to take away pain from the mothers and to pour blessings on their children. ‘Mothers Prayers’ has now spread throughout the world and is in over eighty countries. There have been many wonderful answers to prayers. A Prayer Group may be started with only two mothers with a recommended maximum of eight. Usually members meet each week but it can be every month. They obey the strict rule of confidentiality and anything that is said at the meeting must never be repeated. As mothers learn to trust each other, through their prayers and sharing together, their burdens become lighter. A Prayer Group will be starting on Thursday 24th January at 7.30pm in the Church Porch. If you would be interested in attending the group, please contact Steph Blackburn on 07977458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk This information is taken from the ‘Mothers Pray-ers’ booklet.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
“Happy New Year to all Area Groups!”
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 10th January 2019 at 8pm (Secret Santa - please bring a wrapped, new and unwanted Christmas present). Venue: 145 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill. ME19 4DS. RSVP Ray and Wen-dy Cassidy 01732 521261
 

 

NEWSLETTER FOR CHRISTMAS AND THE NEW YEAR (C)    21 December 2018
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PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: westmalling@rcaos.org.uk  Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

NEWSLETTER FOR CHRISTMAS AND THE NEW YEAR (C)
23rd December 2018 to 6th January 2019
 
A different format for our Newsletter today as it’s covering two weeks. During this time we celebrate the Christmas Days which go on to the Epiphany on 6th January and also the New Year of 2019. Let us open ourselves to the love and light of our Christmas Lord and make them true days of love and celebration - have a ‘treat’ each day - and don’t forget to keep your decorations up or there will be trouble!
Please see below for details of Services and meetings including the New Year next week and the Epiphany in two weeks time - and we wish our Baby and Toddler Group, Pre-School and Schools a happy break and a good start to their new term.
Happy Christmas and New year and my love to you and your families for these Christmas Days and 2019.
 
P.S. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PARISH OFFICE IS NOW CLOSED UNTIL WEDNESDAY 2ND JANUARY 2019.
 
FUNERAL OF FRANK HALL RIP will now take place on Friday 4th January 2019 at 11.45am at Vinters Park Crem-atorium. We keep Collette and her family specially in our prayers.
 
BETTY MAUDUIT RIP We have just heard that Betty, a former parishioner known to many of us died last Thursday night - please keep her and her family in your prayers at this time.
 
THE CATHOLIC DIARIES FOR 2019 Our ‘St. Nicholas’ treat - have arrived - one for each household - free!
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Advent)

22

2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms: Jack Hyam; Zane Spence; Orlaith Spence
Deceased Members of the Britto family
SUNDAY
Fourth Sunday of Advent
(Advent Day 7)
23
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Advent Liturgy) Annie & Christine Griffin RIP (anniv.)
All Parishioners - living & dead
MONDAY
CHRISTMAS EVE
24
4.30pm
6pm
11.30pm
Children’s Crib Service
Vigil Mass of Christmas
Vigil of Carols leading to Midnight Mass
TUESDAY
CHRISTMAS DAY
25

10am

 

Children’s Christmas Family Mass
 
(NO EVENING MASS)
WEDNESDAY (1st Day of Christmas) [St. Stephen] 26
11am
(St. Stephen’s Mass in Church) Parishioners, Families and Friends
THURSDAY (2nd Day of Christmas) 27
9.30am
(Mass of St. John) Joan and Donald Hamilton RIP
FRIDAY (3rd Day of Christmas)
[Holy Innocents]
28
9.30am
(Mass of Holy Innocents) Gallagher Family
SATURDAY (4th Day of Christmas) [St. Thomas of Canterbury] 29 5pm Ruperta Inguito RIP (anniv.)
SUNDAY (5th Day of Christmas)
The Holy Family
30
10am
 
 
5.30pm
(Children) [Children are asked to bring one of their small Christmas presents to show us] The Parishioners
For World Peace and to Drive Away Hunger, Poverty and Homelessness in the World
MONDAY (6th Day of Christmas)
NEW YEAR’S EVE
31

6pm

 

 

New Year’s Eve Mass
 
All Our Deceased Loved Ones and Fellow Parishioners
TUESDAY (7th Day of Christmas)
Mary Mother of God
NEW YEAR’S DAY
1 Jan 2019 12 noon (New Year’s Day Mass) Parishioners, Families and Friends
WEDNESDAY (8th Day of Christmas) 2 9.30am Communion Service
THURSDAY (9th Day of Christmas) 3 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (10th Day of Christmas) 4

9.30am

 

Communion Service

(Funeral of Frank Hall at Vinters Park Crematorium at 11.45am)

SATURDAY (11th Day of Christmas)
Eve of Epiphany
5 5pm Mollie Maher RIP (Family)
SUNDAY (12th Day of Christmas)
Feast of Epiphany
6
10am
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy and Kings Procession) Trevor Jones RIP (anniv.)
(Youth Group) The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Moira Ste-vens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Leah, Liam and Baby Callie; Maria Balmaceda; Mary Sellwood; Lawrence Jordan; Sarah Benneson; Tony; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Betty Mauduit; Helen Harrigan; Valentin Balmaceda; Sylvia Whiteside; Frank Hall; Ronald Moys; also Mary Fuller; Chris Cottrill (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Aley Matthew; Emmanuel Murto; Annie Griffin; Laurence O’Connor; Margaret Hopgood; Molly Maher; Mark Nicholls; John Whelan; Hedwick Steffan; Terence Finn; Yvonne D’Agostini; Daniel O’Shea; Cecilia Sampayo; John Kilgallen; Ronald Mannerings; James Boyle; Tony Kibble; Viva Redman; Joan Hamilton; John Keegan; Theresa Hedderman; Maisie Lingham; John Murphy; Catherine Sheppard; Michael Kavanagh; Mary Heggarty; Trevor Jones; Lily Feehan; Wilfred McCauley; Grace Moss; Kathleen Mortlock; Annie Thomson; Rev. Patrick Lon-ergan; Patrick Woods; Clementina Leonard; Daniel McMahon; Lonza Micallef.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 23
10am
3pm
Children’s Advent Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Carol Service at St. Benedict’s, Paddlesworth
TUESDAY 25

10am

 

Children’s Christmas Family Mass
 
No Baby & Toddler Group (Christmas Break)
SUNDAY 30   No Children’s Liturgy but children specially welcome at Mass
TUESDAY 1 Jan 2019   No Baby & Toddler Group (Christmas Break)
THURSDAY 3   More Park - New Term
FRIDAY 4   Pre-School - New Term
SUNDAY 6
10am
4pm
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Youth Group meet in the Priest’s House to prepare Epiphany Mass (Parish Social afterwards)
 
THANK YOU for your kind and generous Offerings (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
 
FUNDRAISING
 
LUCIA’S CONCERT Many thanks to Lucia and friends for her wonderful Concert.
 
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Children should complete Chapter 1 only. The next children’s lesson is on Monday 7th January 2019 from 5-6pm. Parents are reminded to check the Newsletter and schedule for all the events that the children should be involved in over Advent and Christmas. The next parents’ meeting is on Wednesday 9th January 2019 with refreshments from 7.30pm and the meeting commencing at 8pm. Please remember to bring a photograph of your child for the board at the back of the Church.
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS Please take a card and pray for the child whose name is on it as they prepare for their First Communion. The cards are in a box on the table in the porch and need to be re-turned by the end of April. Thank you.
 
CHRISTMAS CARDS are still on sale. Please place money in the usual card tin on the wall. Also Christmas posters from the Knights of St. Colomba to put in your windows (free).
 
EVENTS TEAM We are looking to form an events team to organise fun social events in the Parish. If you are interested in joining the team or are able to help please contact the Parish Office.
 
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY Please see the notice board for the list showing what will be happening during this week which runs from Saturday 19th until Sunday 27th January 2019.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
 
NEW EMAIL ADDRESS
 
Could all parishioners please note the change of our email address to the following: -
 
 
CHURCH CLEANING Many thanks for the Big Clean.
 
FLOWER ARRANGERS Many thanks for the lovely Christmas Flowers.
 
GARDENING CLUB will NOT be meeting in January 2019.
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP Please note the group will not be meeting in January.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details. This includes a newsletter from CAFOD and Opus Christi Salvatoris Mundi magazine.
 
SOUTHWARK DIOCESAN CATHOLIC DIRECTORIES are now on sale in the porch at £3 each.
 
 
ADVENT HOUSE MASSES 2018
 
“Happy Christmas and New Year to all Area Groups!”
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 10th January 2019 at 8pm (Secret Santa - please bring a wrapped, new and unwanted Christmas present). Venue: 145 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill. ME19 4DS. RSVP Ray and Wen-dy Cassidy 01732 521261
 

 

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (C)    15 December 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: westmalling@rcaos.org.uk  Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT ©
GUADETE SUNDAY AND THE GREAT ADVENT DAYS
16th December 2018
 
THIS WEEKEND Lucia’s final concert for our fundraising in Church on Sunday afternoon - 3.30 for 4pm start. We ask you to join us so that we can thank Lucia for all the marvellous concerts she has arranged for us. We also have a retiring collection at all Masses for Christmas flowers and thank our flower ladies for all their good work for us.
 
ADVENT SERVICES AND EVENTS THIS WEEK - Today, ‘Guadete Sunday’, we rejoice as Christmas draws nearer and then go on to celebrate the Great Days of Advent that will lead us to Christmas Eve with rose coloured vestments showing our increasing joy—please take home the special pink sheet for these days (to be used with the Advent lilac sheet we have already).
 
DURING THE WEEK West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne & Villages Advent Area Mass (Mon); Closing Advent Mass in School; Pre-School Nativity and Adult Advent Penitential in Church (Tue); St. Simon Stock Closing Carol Service (Wed); and the Advent Candlelit Mass & Adoration (Fri); also BIG CLEAN IN CHURCH on Thursday - please support and join us in these where you can so that we can have a good final week of Advent.
 
NEXT WEEKEND - Children’s Christmas Workshop on Saturday from 10-11am.
 
FUNERAL OF FRANK HALL RIP will now take place on Friday 4th January 2019 at 11.45am at Vinters Park Crematorium. We keep Collette and her family specially in our prayers.
 
MAIN CHRISTMAS SERVICES & MASSES
Christmas Eve - Monday 24th December
4.30pm - Children’s Service at Crib (this is not a Mass)
6pm - Vigil Mass of Christmas
11.30pm - Vigil of Carols leading to Midnight Mass
Christmas Day - Tuesday 25th December
10am - Christmas Family Mass for the children.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Advent)

15

5pm
Paul & Matilda Perera RIP
SUNDAY
Third Sunday of Advent
Guadete Sunday
16
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Advent Liturgy) Content Family
The Parishioners
MONDAY (Advent Day 1) 17
9.30am
8pm
Communion Service
West Malling and Villages Advent Area House Mass - see overleaf for details
TUESDAY (Advent Day 2) 18
9.30am
11am
7.30pm
Closing Advent Mass in School
Pre-School Nativity in Church
Adult Advent Penitential and Confessions in Church
WEDNESDAY (Advent Day 3) 19
9.30am
 
Holy Souls
(St. Simon Stock Closing Carol Service)
THURSDAY (Advent Day 4) 20
9.30am
Communion Service
FRIDAY (Advent Day 5) 21
9.30am
7.30pm
 
Thanksgiving for Confirmation (Steph, Lizzie & family)
(Advent Candlelit Mass + 15 minutes Adoration)
Catherine Finn RIP (Sheila Murray)
SATURDAY (Advent Day 6)
22
2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms: Jack Hyam; Zane Spence; Orlaith Spence
Deceased Members of the Britto family
SUNDAY
Fourth Sunday of Advent
(Advent Day 7)
23
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Advent Liturgy) Annie & Christine Griffin RIP (anniversary)
All Parishioners - living & dead
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Fo-ley; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Leah, Liam and Baby Callie; Beth and Sebas-tian; Angela Lovegrove; Brian and Lisa Stevens; Sheila Koster, Roy Kirchell; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maid-stone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Frank Hall; Ronald Moys; also Mary Fuller; Chris Cottrill (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Anna Black; George Wellard; Christine Griffin; Vanda Poil; Francis O’Reilly; Jack Tuite; Barbara Corbett; Robert O’Shea; Victor Cox; James Styles; William Turner; Alfred Mifsud; Joan Leader; Dennis Parker; Francis Flanagan; Emman-uel Murto; Annie Griffin; Laurence O’Connor; Margaret Hopgood; Molly Maher; Mark Nicholls; John Whelan; Hedwick Steffan; Terence Finn; Yvonne D’Agostini.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 16
10am
3.30pm for 4pm
Children’s Advent Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Lucia’s Concert in Church
MONDAY 17    
TUESDAY 18 1.30-3pm No Baby & Toddler Group (Christmas Break)
WEDNESDAY 19    
THURSDAY 20    
FRIDAY 21    
SATURDAY 22 10-11am Children’s Christmas Workshop in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
SUNDAY 23
10am
3pm
Children’s Advent Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Carol Service at St. Benedict’s, Paddlesworth
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £361.48 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collection for St. Nicholas Welfare raised £312.44.
 
FLOWER COLLECTION Please note this collection may be Gift Aided by using one of your spare envelopes or one of the white ones at the back of the church - please write “flowers” on the envelope.
 
 
FUNDRAISING
 
LUCIA’S CONCERT will take place this Sunday 16th December. Refreshments from 3.30pm. Concert begins at 4pm.
Suggested donations of Adults £5 and Children £1
 
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Taking Part in Advent
 
ADVENT CALENDERS AND CHRISTMAS CARDS are now on sale. Please place money in the usual card tin on the wall. Also Christmas posters from the Knights of St. Colomba to put in your windows (free)
 
CTIM CHRISTMAS CARDS with times of the Christmas Services in West Malling are in the porch and we are look-ing for people to distribute them.
 
ITEMS FOR THE HOMELESS Please bring in new hats, scarves, socks, gloves, razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes and tissues and leave them in the box in the Porch.
 
REVERSE ADVENT CALENDAR Please remember to bring in any Food Bank donations which will be collected af-ter each Mass this weekend. Many thanks.
 
EVENTS TEAM We are looking to form an events team to organise fun social events in the Parish. If you are inter-ested in joining the team or are able to help please contact the Parish Office.
 
TAKE SOME TIME TO REFLECT THIS ADVENT Advent is a very special season of the year - and yet it can sometimes pass us by, because we’re so busy preparing for Christmas. For the past couple of years, our diocesan Spirituality Commission has produced a series of short daily emails, to help us fo-cus on the true meaning of Advent. These have been very well received, so we would like to make more people aware of them. To sign up, please visit www.southwarkdsc.org.uk.
 
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY Please see the notice board for the list showing what will be happening during this week which runs from Saturday 19th until Sunday 27th January 2019.
 
 
NEW EMAIL ADDRESS
 
Could all parishioners please note the change of our email address to the following: -
 
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be ac-cessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Please could all groups note that the Big Clean will now take place on Thursday 20th De-cember at 10am instead of Friday 21st December.
 
FLOWER ARRANGERS Please meet at 11.30am on Friday and 10am on Saturday to prepare Christmas flowers. Any parishioners with greenery, please bring to Church on Friday or Saturday morning.
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP Please note the group will not meet in December or January.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
SOUTHWARK DIOCESAN CATHOLIC DIRECTORIES - on sale in porch - £3 each.
 
 
ADVENT HOUSE MASSES 2018
 
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Monday 17th December at 8pm. 9 The Links, Ad-dington. ME19 5RX. Contact Jim and Bernadette Burke 01732 873392
 

Advent is coming...

And with it the hunt for ‘meaningful’ Advent Calendars, as distinct from the mostly irrele-vant offerings in the shops.
But why not do something different this year, and make your own ‘Reverse Advent Cal-endar’?
Instead of opening a little box every day and having the kids fight over a sweet, start with an empty box or bag and place one food item in it every day for 25 days. The box can then be passed on to one of the two Food Banks that the Parish supports, hopefully ensuring that the aided families have plenty of food for Christmas.
To ensure that the goods get to the food banks in time for Christmas we suggest that you start your ‘Reverse Advent Calendar’ around the 20th November and bring your of-ferings to the Church on 14/15th December. They will be taken to the food banks on the 16th, giving them time to sort out the produce and get it to the families in time for Christ-mas.
 
* * * * * * * * * *
What to give?
Normally the food banks want tinned or dried food that is within date. For the Christmas season they also will appreciate seasonal items such as Christmas puddings, rich fruit cake, mince pies, biscuits, sweet selections and other items, provided that the ‘best before’ date is mid-January or later.

 
Examples of welcome items include:
UHT milk (long life); long life fruit drinks; powdered milk.
Tinned: fruit; meat; fish; soups (tinned or packaged); dried fruit or
potatoes; powdered eggs; powdered desserts; tinned, powdered or
bottled cooking sauces.
Hot Drinks: Coffee; Tea; Hot Chocolate; Cocoa; Horlicks; Bovril etc
Spreads: Jam; Marmalade; Nutella; Golden Syrup etc.
Toiletries: Are also welcomed.
Indeed, almost anything edible or drinkable (except alcohol!) that you can think
of, providing only that it’s ‘best before’ date is 16th January 2019 or later.
 
Enjoy your own Christmas more knowing that you have made a difference to some less fortunate families!
 
If you are not able to do a box then please come on the 14th/15th December with whatever you are able to donate.

 

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT ©    07 December 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: westmalling@rcaos.org.uk  Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT ©
ST. NICHOLAS SUNDAY & BIBLE SUNDAY
9th December 2018
 
THIS WEEKEND We continue Advent and have our ’St Nicholas Weekend’ with the St Nicholas Charity Collection for our welfare fund (giving up one of our Christmas presents and donating the money to help others. (Please Note -next weekend (15/16 December) will be the collection for the Christmas flowers so this weekend will be the only op-portunity to donate to St Nicholas.)
 
ADVENT SERVICES AND EVENTS THIS WEEK - School Christmas Services in Church (Wed) - Key Stage 1 and Year 3 Penitentials in school (Fri) - Youth Group Advent Penitential in School (Fri) - all young people in Secondary School are welcome.
 
DURING THE WEEK - Baby & Toddler Group Christmas meeting on Tuesday - our thanks to Cristina and all in-volved in this important group for our parish.
 
NEXT WEEKEND - Lucia’s final concert for our fundraising in Church on Sunday afternoon - 3.30 for 4pm start. We ask you to join us so that we can thank Lucia for all the marvellous concerts she has arranged for us.
 
MAIN CHRISTMAS SERVICES & MASSES
Christmas Eve - Monday 24th December
4.30pm Children’s Service at Crib (this is not a Mass)
6pm Vigil Mass of Christmas
11.30pm Vigil of Carols leading to Midnight Mass
Christmas Day - Tuesday 25th December
10am Christmas Family Mass for the children.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Advent)

8

2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Sofia Makwana
Ann Ivell RIP (Birthday)
SUNDAY
Second Sunday of Advent ©
St. Nicholas Sunday - Bible Sunday
9
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Advent Liturgy) The Parishioners
Audrey Matcham RIP (Dee & Peter)
MONDAY (Advent) 10
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Advent) 11
9.30am
Joan Sutton - welfare (Dee & Peter)
WEDNESDAY (Advent) 12
9.30am
 
 
Communion Service
(School Christmas Services in Church at 1.30pm & 6pm)
THURSDAY (Advent) (St Lucy) 13 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Advent) (St. John of The Cross) 14
9.30am
Joan Wegrzyn RIP - Birthday (Steph & Family)
SATURDAY (Advent)
15
5pm
Paul & Matilda Perera RIP
SUNDAY
Third Sunday of Advent ©
Guadete Sunday
16
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Advent Liturgy) Content Family
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Fo-ley; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Leah, Liam and Baby Callie; Beth & family; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Frank Hall; Ronald Moys; Mary Fuller; Chris Cottrill; also Catherine Finn; Fr. Colin Murphy (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Patricia Coomber; Rhona Ring; Kathleen Rose; Renee Nankoo; Gregory Ennis; Kathleen Gower; Florence Richens; Michael Hegarty; Anthony Sherry; Mark and Lewis Thomas; Frank Battock; Thomas More Fulford; Anna Black; George Wellard; Christine Griffin; Vanda Poil; Francis O’Reilly.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 9
10am
Children’s Advent Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 10    
TUESDAY 11
8am
 
11am
 
1.30-3pm
Governors Meeting in School
 
Deanery Clergy Meeting - Maidstone
 
Baby & Toddler Group Christmas meeting in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 12 1.30pm and 6pm School Christmas Service in Church
THURSDAY 13 7.30pm Kings Hill & Mereworth Group meal - see below
FRIDAY 14
1.30pm & 2.15pm
7-9pm
Key Stage 1 & Year 3 Penitential in SCHOOL
Youth Group Advent Penitential in SCHOOL
SATURDAY 15    
SUNDAY 16
10am
 
3.30pm for 4pm
Children’s Advent Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
Lucia’s Concert in Church
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £342.37. (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Paddy and Moira Feeney (No.23) for the December draw.
 
 
FUNDRAISING
 
LUCIA’S CONCERT will take place on Sunday 16th December. Refreshments from 3.30pm. Concert begins at 4pm.
Suggested donations of Adults £5 and Children £1
 
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Taking Part in Advent
 
ADVENT CALENDERS AND CHRISTMAS CARDS are now on sale. Please place money in the usual card tin on the wall. Also Christmas posters from the Knights of St. Colomba to put in your windows (free)
 
CTIM CHRISTMAS CARDS with times of the Christmas Services in West Malling are in the porch and we are look-ing for people to distribute them.
 
ITEMS FOR THE HOMELESS Please bring in new hats, scarves, socks, gloves, razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes and tissues and leave them in the box in the Porch.
 
EVENTS TEAM We are looking to form an events team to organise fun social events in the Parish. If you are inter-ested in joining the team or are able to help please contact the Parish Office.
 
CTIM Sunday 9th December Christmas Carol Concert “Christmas Unwrapped” with J. John at KICC Prayer City, Buckmore Park, ME5 9QG at 6pm - 8pm. Coffee and mince pies afterwards.
 
CTIM Saturday 15th December, please join us for Carol Singing at ASDA, King’s Hill, from 10.30 - 11.45am. Collec-tion will go to “Porchlight”.
 
 
NEW EMAIL ADDRESS
 
Could all parishioners please note the change of our email address to the following: -
 
 
TAKE SOME TIME TO REFLECT THIS ADVENT Advent is a very special season of the year - and yet it can sometimes pass us by, because we’re so busy prepar-ing for Christmas. For the past couple of years, our diocesan Spirituality Commis-sion has produced a series of short daily emails, to help us focus on the true mean-ing of Advent. These have been very well received, so we would like to make more people aware of them. To sign up, please visit www.southwarkdsc.org.uk.
 
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY Please see the notice board for the list showing what will be happening during this week which runs from Saturday 19th until Sunday 27th January 2019.
 
PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK SHRINE, IRELAND Please see the notice board for details of this pilgrimage taking place in March 2019.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Steph’s Group - week beginning 10th December. Please could all groups note that the Big Clean will now take place on Thursday 20th December at 10am instead of Friday 21st December.
 
 
ADVENT HOUSE MASSES 2018
 
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Monday 17th December at 8pm. 9 The Links, Ad-dington. ME19 5RX. Contact Jim and Bernadette Burke 01732 873392
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 13th December at 7.30pm for a meal at the Sino Chinese 10 Liberty Square, Kings Hill. ME19 4AU. RSVP Steph Blackburn if you will be attending by 6th December at the latest - 01732 521788.
 

Advent is coming...

And with it the hunt for ‘meaningful’ Advent Calendars, as distinct from the mostly irrele-vant offerings in the shops.
But why not do something different this year, and make your own ‘Reverse Advent Cal-endar’?
Instead of opening a little box every day and having the kids fight over a sweet, start with an empty box or bag and place one food item in it every day for 25 days. The box can then be passed on to one of the two Food Banks that the Parish supports, hopefully ensuring that the aided families have plenty of food for Christmas.
To ensure that the goods get to the food banks in time for Christmas we suggest that you start your ‘Reverse Advent Calendar’ around the 20th November and bring your of-ferings to the Church on 14/15th December. They will be taken to the food banks on the 16th, giving them time to sort out the produce and get it to the families in time for Christ-mas.
 
* * * * * * * * * *
What to give?
Normally the food banks want tinned or dried food that is within date. For the Christmas season they also will appreciate seasonal items such as Christmas puddings, rich fruit cake, mince pies, biscuits, sweet selections and other items, provided that the ‘best before’ date is mid-January or later.
 
Examples of welcome items include:
UHT milk (long life); long life fruit drinks; powdered milk.
Tinned: fruit; meat; fish; soups (tinned or packaged); dried fruit or potatoes; powdered eggs; powdered desserts; tinned, powdered or bottled cooking sauces.
Hot Drinks: Coffee; Tea; Hot Chocolate; Cocoa; Horlicks; Bovril etc
Spreads: Jam; Marmalade; Nutella; Golden Syrup etc.
Toiletries: Are also welcomed.
Indeed, almost anything edible or drinkable (except alcohol!) that you can think of, providing only that it’s ‘best before’ date is 16th January 2019 or later.
 
Enjoy your own Christmas more knowing that you have made a difference to some less fortunate families!
 
If you are not able to do a box then please come on the 14th/15th December with whatever you are able to donate.

 

Pastoral Letter to be read on the First Sunday of Advent 2018    02 December 2018
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THE MOST REVEREND PETER SMITH L.L.B., J.C.D., K.C.*H.S.,
ARCHBISHOP OF SOUTHWARK,
ARCHBISHOP’S HOUSE, 150 ST. GEORGE’S ROAD, SOUTHWARK, LONDON, SE1 6HX
TEL: 020 7928 2495 FAX: 020 7928 7833
 
Pastoral Letter to be read
on the First Sunday of Advent 2018
Sunday, 2 nd December 2018
 
Dear brothers and sisters,
During the summer months the media was full of horrifying reports of the sexual abuse of children and young people by clergy, in two Benedictine Schools in this country, and in the wider world abuse in many dioceses in America, Australia and other countries round the world. These crimes have caused a terrible wound in the hearts of the victims of that abuse, and in the community of the Church, the community of God’s people, the body of Christ on earth. These terrible wounds brought to my mind the picture portrayed towards the end of St. John’s Gospel, when Jesus was being taken down from the cross: “When they came to Jesus, they found he was already dead, and so instead of breaking his legs one of the soldiers pierced his side with a lance: and immediately there came out blood and water.” The sexual abuse of children and young people in the Church has deeply affected all of us who are members of the Church: the laity, male
and female religious congregations, deacons, priests and bishops. It is heart-rending and we must do what we can to support the victims.
 
At the same time we must put all this in the wider context of the sexual abuse of young people in the community of our Church which has been prominent in society at large. This was well set out in a very recent interview with Fr. Hans Zollner who is President of the Centre for Child Protection at the Gregorian University in Rome, and a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. He was told that the impression is often given through the media that child abuse is rife in the Catholic Church, and was asked, “Is it possible to say that it is more likely to take place in the Church as opposed to the wider society?” Fr. Zollner’s response was this: “We can’t say it is more likely and people who say so can’t present statistics. There is no other institution, no other Christian denomination or religion, which has been investigated as thoroughly as the Catholic Church. So there is no real comparison to that. And even within professional groups, there isn’t any research that would cover, for example, school teachers… psychologists, doctors, police, and sports trainers. We also have to acknowledge that by far the most sexual abuse and of course physical abuse of minors happens in the family context.” But he went on to say rightly, “This does not excuse the Catholic Church. Every single abuse that takes place is one too many. Every single abuse that is committed by Catholic clergy and other personnel in the Church is a horrendous crime and needs to be prosecuted and punished... full stop!”
 
So I just want to give you a brief summary of what the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have done in recent years to combat such abuse by clergy, and to reach out to the victims of this abuse. In 1999, Archbishop Cormac Murphy-O’Connor asked Lord Michael Nolan, a well-known and highly respected member of the High Court to set up a review by independent experts on child welfare, to draw up a set of procedures for all the Bishops of England and Wales to deal properly and fully with any allegations against a priest that he had abused a child.
 
The Review took 12 months to complete and was made public in 2000, and was accepted by all the Bishops of England and Wales. The consequence was that since 2001 every Diocese in England and Wales has a Diocesan Safeguarding Commission to deal with any allegations of abuse by priests, permanent Deacons and laity in responsible positions in the parishes. After five years, Baroness Cumberledge was asked to review how the procedures were working and to provide recommendations as to how they might be improved in the light of experience, which she and the members of the review body did very fruitfully. We also have two national bodies to oversee and improve these procedures on an ongoing basis, the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service and the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (both of which can be accessed on the Internet). As regards to Safeguarding in our schools, all our Diocesan Catholic Schools are subject to the Local Authority of the area in which the school is, and which oversees safeguarding in all the schools in that area. And one of the consequences of my experience early on in my return to my home Diocese of Southwark, was to ask all the priests of the Diocese to contribute to a fund which would enable me to pay for psychotherapy for the victims and their families. The clergy responded magnificently and very generously from their own pockets, and I have been able to help some of the victims and their families, which has helped them enormously.
 
The season of Advent which we begin today, is a season of hope, longing and joyful expectancy, but is also a penitential season. As we look forward to and prepare for the celebration of Christmas, we need to put our trust firmly in the risen Christ who said: “If you want to be a follower of mine, you must take up your cross and follow me.” and “Fear not, I am with you always, yes, even to the end of time.” So we must put our trust firmly in that promise, that he will always be with us as his family, the community of faith, and despite all the difficulties we are facing, he will also give us the grace and strength to continue to fulfil the mission of the Church to preach and live out the Gospel in season and out of season. Jesus seeks entry to our innermost lives in order that he may share his life with us. He stands at the gate and knocks. So during Advent I ask every parish in the Diocese to arrange, preferably on a Friday each week, to have adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and pray for those who have suffered abuse. All those attending the National Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool, back in September were uplifted by the experience and came away strengthened in hope and trust in the love, mercy and compassion of Christ. In that time of adoration we encountered the risen Christ and asked for his help to heal the wounds of the Church in these difficult times. The great challenge we have today is to have the courage and strength to continue the fundamental mission of the Church to proclaim the Gospel in the face of the awful scandal of the sexual abuse of children and young people, and to pray for all those who have been abused.
 
With an assurance of my prayers for you all,
 
Archbishop of Southwark
 
Given at Southwark, 28 th November, 2018
 

 

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (C)    02 December 2018
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PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: westmalling@rcaos.org.uk  Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (C)
THE CHURCH’S NEW YEAR +++ BLESSING OF ADVENT WREATHS
2nd December 2018
 
THIS WEEKEND - ADVENT AND THE CHURCH’S NEW YEAR A new year of Faith in the Church with the Season of Advent which will lead us and help us to truly prepare for this Christmas. There will be special Advent Prayer Sheets given out at all Masses and a series of special Advent Children’s Liturgies at the 10am Mass to help our children on their Advent Journey. Advent Magazines and calendars for children and adults will also be on sale in the porch.
 
ADVENT SERVICES AND EVENTS THIS WEEK Advent Area House Masses for Snodland & Halling (Mon), Kings Hill & Mereworth (Wed) and Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling & Teston (Fri) - please support these if you can—details overleaf. Also penitential services in school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and the Friendship Group Advent Service in church on Wednesday—details below and overleaf. (Advent visits and communion to our housebound will also be taking place.)
 
DURING THE WEEK—opening 1st communion children’s class (Mon) and Baby & Toddler Group (Tue) - details over-leaf.
 
NEXT WEEKEND—our ’St Nicholas Weekend’ with the St Nicholas Charity Collection for our welfare fund (giving up one of our Christmas presents and donating the money to help others. (Please Note—the following weekend (15/16 De-cember) will be the collection for the Christmas flowers so next weekend will be the only opportunity to donate to St Nicholas.)
 
A HUGE THANK YOU to Victoria and the organising committee and all who worked so hard at and supported our school/parish bazaar last Saturday (24th November) and for the love, generosity and kindness to me on my 71st Birth-day last weekend.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Into Advent)

1Dec

5pm

Chris Law RIP - 2nd Anniversary (Law Family)

SUNDAY
First Sunday of Advent (C)
The Church’s New Year
Blessing of Advent Wreaths
2
10am
12noon
5.30pm
(Children’s Advent Liturgy) The Parishioners
Syro-Malabar Mass
The Parishioners
MONDAY (Advent) - St. Francis Xavier
(Day of Prayer for Migrants)
3
9.30am
 
8pm
Communion Service
 
Snodland and Halling Advent Area House Mass - see overleaf for details
TUESDAY (Advent - St. John Damascene) 4
9.30am
Mirella Grillo-Andrews RIP (Anniversary)
WEDNESDAY (Advent) 5
9.30am
11am
 
 
8pm
Deceased relative and friends of the Lobo family
Friendship Group Advent Service in Church
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth Advent Area House Mass - see overleaf for details
THURSDAY (Advent - St. Nicholas) 6 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Advent - St. Ambrose)
(Immaculate Conception)
7
9.30am
 
 
8pm
(Mass of Immaculate Conception) - Joan Wegrzyn - Birthday (Maggi)
 
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Advent Area House Mass - see overleaf for details
SATURDAY (Advent)
8
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism of Sofia Makwana
Ann Ivell RIP (Birthday)
SUNDAY
Second Sunday of Advent (C)
9
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Advent Liturgy) The Parishioners
Audrey Matcham RIP (Dee & Peter)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Fo-ley; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Leah, Liam and Baby Callie; Mary Sellwood; Lawrence Jordan; Sharon Smith; Sarah Benneson; Lucy Moys; Lily Cullum; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maid-stone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Frank Hall; Ronald Moys; Mary Fuller; Chris Cottrill; Catherine Finn; Fr. Colin Murphy; also Audrey Matcham; Brother Michael McMullen; Chairman of Leicester City Football Club (months mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especiallly the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Angus Parker; Mirella Andrew; Kenneth Worsdell; Edith Giles; Patricia Joubert; Nora Davis; Peter Caffrey; Peggy Thacker; Philip Stroud; Patricia Moron; William Secluna; Patricia Coomber; Rhona Ring; Kathleen Rose.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 2
10am
 
Children’s Advent Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 3 5-6pm Opening 1st Communion Children’s Class to Church
TUESDAY 4
1.30-3pm
1.30pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Advent Penitential in School
WEDNESDAY 5 1.30pm Advent Penitential in School
FRIDAY 7
1.30pm
Advent Penitential in School
SUNDAY 9 10am Children’s Advent Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £388.02 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collection for Catholic Youth Services raised £224.25.
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Monday 3rd December - 5-6pm (children’s class). In the Name of the Father - we will show the children around the Church and items used. Continue to discuss this chapter and get the children to notice what is happening and changes in Church this season - PRAYER CARDS TO BE COMPLETED. Readings will be given out to children for Christmas day Family Mass.
 
ADVENT CALENDERS AND CHRISTMAS CARDS are now on sale. Please place money in the usual card tin on the wall. Also Christmas posters from the Knights of St. Colomba to put in your windows (free)
 
ITEMS FOR THE HOMELESS Please bring in new hats, scarves, socks, gloves, razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes and tissues and leave them in the box in the Porch.
 
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR Thank you to all who attended and donated. A total of around £3,000 was raised.
 
EVENTS TEAM We are looking to form an events team to organise fun social events in the Parish. If you are inter-ested in joining the team or are able to help please contact the Parish Office.
 
 
FUNDRAISING
 
LUCIA’S CONCERT will take place on Sunday 16th December. Refreshments from 3.30pm. Concert begins at 4pm.
Suggested donations of Adults £5 and Children £1
 
 
JESUIT MEDIA INITIATIVES AND DIOCESE OF WESTMINSTER MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE TEAM have joined forces to produce a series of imaginative contemplations to help families journey alongside the Holy Family in prayer this Advent. The series of six imaginative contemplations, plus an introduction will be available to listen to or download from the Jesuits’ spirituality website Pathways to God, from Thursday 22nd November. Each contempla-tion focuses on a person or group from the Nativity story – Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and the Magi - who will all be very familiar to children. Each session will have its own suggested storyline and you are invited to imagine and reflect along with it. We invite families this Advent to embark on a special journey: one where we can reflect on the composition and healthiness of the earth in the domestic setting of the home and in the context of the parish.
 
THE PASSAGE is raising funds through the Big Give from 12 noon Tuesday 27th November – 12 noon Tuesday 4th December to support its work with homeless people this winter. Double your Donation, Double your impact. This is a matched giving scheme for online donations. If someone (can be company, individual or trust) gave £10 online matched giving of £10 would bring the Gift up to £20 (and for individuals to £22.50 with Gift Aid with higher rate tax relief it may cost the donor less than £10). For more information ring Andrew Hollingsworth 020 75921856 an-drew.h@passage.org.uk https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/project/30366 The maximum is £5,000 from any one do-nation. It is not a limit per person.
 
CTIM Sunday 9th December Christmas Carol Concert “Christmas Unwrapped” with J. John at KICC Prayer City, Buckmore Park, ME5 9QG at 6pm - 8pm. Coffee and mince pies afterwards.
 
CATHOLIC HISTORY WALKS IN LONDON Please see the noticeboard for details of two walks for Christmas and the New Year (Sun 16th Dec and Wed 2nd Jan).
 
Take some time to reflect this Advent Advent is a very special season of the year - and yet it can sometimes pass us by, because we’re so busy preparing for Christmas. For the past couple of years, our diocesan Spirituality Com-mission has produced a series of short daily emails, to help us focus on the true meaning of Advent. These have been very well received, so we would like to make more people aware of them. To sign up, please visit www.southwarkdsc.org.uk.
 
 
NEW EMAIL ADDRESS
 
Could all parishioners please note the change of our email address to the following: -
 
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Fiona’s Group - week beginning 3rd December. Please could all groups note that the Big Clean will now take place on Thursday 20th De-cember at 10am instead of Friday 21st December.
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP Please note the group will not meet in December or January.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 

Advent is coming...

And with it the hunt for ‘meaningful’ Advent Calendars, as distinct from the mostly irrele-vant offerings in the shops.
But why not do something different this year, and make your own ‘Reverse Advent Cal-endar’?
Instead of opening a little box every day and having the kids fight over a sweet, start with an empty box or bag and place one food item in it every day for 25 days. The box can then be passed on to one of the two Food Banks that the Parish supports, hopefully ensuring that the aided families have plenty of food for Christmas.
To ensure that the goods get to the food banks in time for Christmas we suggest that you start your ‘Reverse Advent Calendar’ around the 20th November and bring your of-ferings to the Church on 14/15th December. They will be taken to the food banks on the 16th, giving them time to sort out the produce and get it to the families in time for Christ-mas.
 
* * * * * * * * * *
What to give?
Normally the food banks want tinned or dried food that is within date.
For the Christmas season they also will appreciate seasonal items
such as Christmas puddings, rich fruit cake, mince pies, biscuits,
sweet selections and other items, provided that the ‘best before’
date is mid-January or later.
 
Examples of welcome items include:
UHT milk (long life); long life fruit drinks; powdered milk.
Tinned: fruit; meat; fish; soups (tinned or packaged); dried fruit or
potatoes; powdered eggs; powdered desserts; tinned, powdered or bottled cooking sauces.
Hot Drinks: Coffee; Tea; Hot Chocolate; Cocoa; Horlicks; Bovril etc
Spreads: Jam; Marmalade; Nutella; Golden Syrup etc.
Toiletries: Are also welcomed.
Indeed, almost anything edible or drinkable (except alcohol!) that you can think of, providing only that it’s ‘best before’ date is 16th January 2019 or later.
 
Enjoy your own Christmas more knowing that you have made a difference to some less fortunate families!
 
If you are not able to do a box then please come on the 14th/15th December with whatever you are able to donate.
 
 
ADVENT HOUSE MASSES 2018
 
Snodland and Halling Monday 3rd December at 8pm. 33 High Street, Snodland. ME6 5AG. Contact Eileen Cal-kin 01634 240069
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth Wednesday 5th December at 8pm. 157 Beacon Avenue, Kings Hill. ME19 4LH. Con-tact Meg and Tony Brewer 01732 848819
 
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Friday 7th December at 8pm. 2 Barrie Drive, Larkfield. ME20 6UG. Contact Eileen and Alex Scholes 01732 846844
 
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Monday 17th December at 8pm. 9 The Links, Ad-dington. ME19 5RX. Contact Jim and Bernadette Burke 01732 873392
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 13th December at 7.30pm for a meal at the Sino Chinese 10 Liberty Square, Kings Hill. ME19 4AU. RSVP Steph Blackburn if you will be attending by 6th December at the latest - 01732 521788.
 

 

FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING (B)    25 November 2018
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PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: westmalling@rcaos.org.uk  Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING (B)
NATIONAL YOUTH SUNDAY
LAST SUNDAY OF THE CHURCH’S YEAR
25th November 2018
 
FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING AND NATIONAL YOUTH SUNDAY The last Sunday of the Church’s Year where we rededicate ourselves to Christ our King and the service of His kingdom as Harvesters; Missionaries and ‘Saints on Earth’. Also National Youth Sunday where we honour our young people and their place in our Parish and Church. There is also a second collection during the Notices for the Catholic Youth Services to support youth work in the Dio-cese and beyond especially the Southwark Catholic Youth Service. Also please support and sponsor the Youth Group in their ‘Sleepover’ for ‘Young Homeless’ on Friday.
 
DURING THE WEEK we have the St. Andrew’s Mass in School on Friday at 9.30am for St. Andrew’s House and all our Scottish parishioners. Also on Friday the funeral of Catherine Finn RIP at 11am followed by a Service at Vinters Park Crematorium at 12.30pm - please keep Catherine and Anne and Tony Law, Margaret and all Catherine’s family in your prayers and we offer them all our love and support at this time. And finally, on Friday the Youth Group’s sponsored ‘Sleepover’ for the young homeless of Maidstone in the Priest’s House from 8pm Friday to 8am Saturday - please sponsor them if you can - and pray for us!
 
NEXT WEEKEND - ADVENT AND THE CHURCH’S NEW YEAR A new year of Faith in the Church with the Season of Advent which will lead us and help us to truly prepare for this Christmas. We have our Advent Wreath-Making in the Church from 10am to 12 noon and ask families to come to make a wreath to use at home during Advent and the wreaths will be blessed at all Masses next weekend - adult magazines will also be on sale. There will also be special Advent Prayer Sheets given out at all Masses and a series of special Advent Children’s Liturgies at the 10am Mass to help our children on their Advent Journey. Also please see the dates of Advent House Masses and support these if you can.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (33rd Week of the Year)

24

5pm
 

(Reception of Simon Watson)

Fr. Christopher Hamilton-Grey RIP

SUNDAY
Christ the King (B)
National Youth Sunday
25
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners and Thanksgiving
(Youth Mass) Antoinette Perera RIP
MONDAY (34th Week of the Year) 26
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (34th Week of the Year) 27
9.30am
Mary Goldsmith - Birthday (Dee and Peter)
WEDNESDAY (34th Week of the Year) 28
9.30am
Communion Service
THURSDAY (34th Week of the Year) 29 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Last Day of the Church’s Year)
(St. Andrew)
30
9.30am
11am
 
St. Andrew’s Mass in School
Funeral of Catherine Finn RIP followed by a Service at Vinters Park Crematorium at 12.30pm
SATURDAY (Into Advent)
1 Dec
5pm

Chris Law RIP - 2nd Anniversary (Law Family)

SUNDAY
First Sunday of Advent (C)
The Church’s New Year
Blessing of Advent Wreaths
2
10am
12noon
5.30pm
(Children’s Advent Liturgy) The Parishioners
Syro-Malabar Mass
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Fo-ley; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Frank Hall; May Piddock; Betty Hatton; Lucy Moys; Roy Kirchell; Sheila Kostner; Leah and Liam; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Mary Fuller; Chris Cottrill; Catherine Finn; Fr. Colin Murphy; Audrey Matcham; Brother Michael McMullen; Chairman of Leicester City Football Club. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world espe-ciallly the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Elizabeth Flanagan; Steven Olver; Arthur Skelton; Francis Binnie; Kathleen Cooney (neé Wynne); Fr. John Burke; Christopher Stubbins; Joyce Nowell; Christopher Law; Una Payne; Angus Parker; Mirella Andrew; Kenneth Worsdell; Edith Giles; Patricia Joubert.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 25
10am
3.30pm
 
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Youth Group meet to prepare 5.30pm Mass (birthday social afterwards)
TUESDAY 27

1.30-3pm

Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
FRIDAY 30
8pm-8am
Youth Group Sleepover for Young Homeless in the Priest’s House
SATURDAY 1 Dec 10am-12 noon Advent Wreath-making in Church
SUNDAY 2 10am Children’s Advent Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £374.46 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Monday 3rd December - 5-6pm (children’s class). In the Name of the Father - we will show the children around the Church and items used. Continue to discuss this chapter and get the children to notice what is happening and changes in Church this season - PRAYER CARDS TO BE COMPLETED. Readings will be given out to children for Christmas day Family Mass.
 
ADVENT WREATH MAKING takes place this Saturday 1st December from 10am till 12 noon in Church. Cost is £5 per wreath with refreshments provided. Do not forget to bring your own greenery. The wreaths will be blessed at all Masses that weekend.
 
ADVENT CALENDERS AND CHRISTMAS CARDS are now on sale. Please place money in the usual card tin on the wall.
 
ITEMS FOR THE HOMELESS Please bring in new hats, scarves, socks, gloves, razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes and tissues and leave them in the box in the Porch.
 
EVENTS TEAM We are looking to form an events team to organise fun social events in the Parish. If you are inter-ested in joining the team or are able to help please contact the Parish Office.
 
SALLY AND ADRIAN ATMORE would like to thank Father Peter and all parishioners for their cards, care and pray-ers following the death of Sally's mum (Audrey Matcham). It is at times like these that such love shines like a beacon to let us know that you are there for us. Bless you all.
 
JESUIT MEDIA INITIATIVES AND DIOCESE OF WESTMINSTER MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE TEAM have joined forces to produce a series of imaginative contemplations to help families journey alongside the Holy Family in prayer this Advent. The series of six imaginative contemplations, plus an introduction will be available to listen to or download from the Jesuits’ spirituality website Pathways to God, from this Thursday 22nd November. Each contem-plation focuses on a person or group from the Nativity story – Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and the Magi - who will all be very familiar to children. Each session will have its own suggested storyline and you are invited to imagine and reflect along with it. We invite families this Advent to embark on a special journey: one where we can reflect on the composition and healthiness of the earth in the domestic setting of the home and in the context of the parish.
 
THE PASSAGE is raising funds through the Big Give from 12 noon Tuesday 27th November – 12 noon Tuesday 4th December to support its work with homeless people this winter. Double your Donation, Double your impact. This is a matched giving scheme for online donations. If someone (can be company, individual or trust) gave £10 online matched giving of £10 would bring the Gift up to £20 (and for individuals to £22.50 with Gift Aid with higher rate tax relief it may cost the donor less than £10). For more information ring Andrew Hollingsworth 020 75921856 an-drew.h@passage.org.uk https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/project/30366 The maximum is £5,000 from any one do-nation. It is not a limit per person.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
 
NEW EMAIL ADDRESS
 
Could all parishioners please note the change of our email address to the following: -
 
 
CHURCH CLEANING Wiesia’s Group - week beginning 26th November.
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP Please note the group will not meet in December or January.
 
NOTICES Thank you letter from CAFOD for our recent donation. CTiM Rev. Linda Shuker, Sue Viner and 10 others spent 10 days in Uganda with charity members of Fields of Life. On Tuesday 4th December there will be a presenta-tion about their trip at St. Mary’s Church, West Malling from 7-9pm. Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
 
 
ADVENT HOUSE MASSES 2018
 
Snodland and Halling Monday 3rd December at 8pm. 33 High Street, Snodland. ME6 5AG. Contact Eileen Cal-kin 01634 240069
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth Wednesday 5th December at 8pm. 157 Beacon Avenue, Kings Hill. ME19 4LH. Con-tact Meg and Tony Brewer 01732 848819
 
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Friday 7th December at 8pm. 2 Barrie Drive, Larkfield. ME20 6UG. Contact Eileen and Alex Scholes 01732 846844
 
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Monday 17th December at 8pm. 9 The Links, Ad-dington. ME19 5RX. Contact Jim and Bernadette Burke 01732 873392
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 13th December at 7.30pm for a meal at the Sino Chinese 10 Liberty Square, Kings Hill. ME19 4AU. RSVP Steph Blackburn if you will be attending by 6th December at the latest - 01732 521788
 

Advent is coming...

And with it the hunt for ‘meaningful’ Advent Calendars, as distinct from the mostly irrelevant offerings in the shops.
But why not do something different this year, and make your own ‘Reverse Advent Calendar’?
Instead of opening a little box every day and having the kids fight over a sweet, start with an empty box or bag and place one food item in it eve-ry day for 25 days. The box can then be passed on to one of the two Food Banks that the Parish supports, hopefully ensuring that the aided families have plenty of food for Christmas.
To ensure that the goods get to the food banks in time for Christmas we suggest that you start your ‘Reverse Advent Calendar’ around the 20th November and bring your offerings to the Church on 14/15th December. They will be taken to the food banks on the 16th, giving them time to sort out the produce and get it to the families in time for Christmas.
 
* * * * * * * * * *
 
What to give?
Normally the food banks want tinned or dried food that is within
date.
For the Christmas season they also will appreciate seasonal items
such as Christmas puddings, rich fruit cake, mince pies, biscuits,
sweet selections and other items, provided that the ‘best before’
date is mid-January or later.
 
Examples of welcome items include:
UHT milk (long life); long life fruit drinks; powdered milk.
Tinned: fruit; meat; fish; soups (tinned or packaged); dried fruit or
potatoes; powdered eggs; powdered desserts; tinned, powdered or
bottled cooking sauces.
Hot Drinks: Coffee; Tea; Hot Chocolate; Cocoa; Horlicks; Bovril etc
Spreads: Jam; Marmalade; Nutella; Golden Syrup etc.
Toiletries: Are also welcomed.
 
Indeed, almost anything edible or drinkable (except alcohol!) that you can think of, providing only that it’s ‘best before’ date is 16th January 2019 or later.
 
Enjoy your own Christmas more knowing that you have made a difference to some less fortunate families!
 
If you are not able to do a box then please come on the 14th/15th December with whatever you are able to donate.

 

 

 

33rd Sunday of the Year (B)    17 November 2018
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PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: westmalling@rcaos.org.uk  Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

33rd Sunday of the Year (B)
World Day of the Poor
18th November 2018
 
THIS WEEKEND is the penultimate Sunday of the year and also World Day of the Poor. We also have our 1st Communion Enrolment Mass for the children and their parents at 10am and the presentation of our newly confirmed at all Masses and we thank them for their witness and ask you to keep them in your prayers. Today as we pray for new openness and sharing with the poor, we encourage you to sponsor our Youth Group in their Sleepover for the young homeless of Maidstone on Friday 30th November.
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR Audrey Matcham RIP and Sally and Adrian Atmore and family as they prepare for her funeral in Dover this Wednesday and for Catherine Finn RIP and Anne and Tony Law and family as they prepare for her funeral here on 30th November at 11am - and we offer them all our love and prayers and support at this time.
 
THIS SATURDAY (24TH) School / Parish Christmas Bazaar in the School from 11am to 2pm - please support this important fundraising and social event for our Parish family - see note overleaf.
 
NEXT WEEKEND - FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING AND NATIONAL YOUTH SUNDAY The last Sunday of the Church’s Year where we rededicate ourselves to Christ our King and the service of His kingdom as Harvesters; Missionaries and ‘Saints on Earth’. Also National Youth Sunday where we honour our young people and their place in our Parish and Church. There is also a second collection during the Notices for the Catholic Youth Services to support youth work in the Diocese and beyond especially the Southwark Catholic Youth Service. The Youth Group meets at 3.30pm to prepare the 5.30pm Mass.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (32nd Week of the Year) 17
2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms: Rocco Chiappini; Romeo Chiappini
(Confirmation Presentation) - Martha & Paul Perera RIP
SUNDAY
33rd Sunday of the Year (B)
18
10am
 
 
5.30pm
(First Communion Enrolment Mass and Confirmation Presentation) Caughlin Family
 
(Confirmation Presentation) Alix Terrière RIP
MONDAY 19
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (33rd Week of the Year) 20
9.30am
Communion Service
WEDNESDAY (Presentation of Our Lady) 21
9.30am
Communion Service
THURSDAY (St. Cecilia) 22 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (St. Clement) 23 9.30am Holy Souls (Freddie Callaghan)
SATURDAY (Vietnamese Martyrs)
24
5pm
 
 

(Reception of Simon Watson)

Fr. Christopher Hamilton-Grey RIP

SUNDAY
Christ the King (B)
National Youth Sunday
25
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners and Thanksgiving
(Youth Mass) Antoinette Perera RIP
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Fo-ley; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Frank Hall; May Piddock; Leah; Mary Sellwood; Sharon Smith; Sarah Berreson; Chris Cottrill; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Catherine Finn; Fr. Colin Murphy; Audrey Matcham; Brother Michael McMullen; Chairman of Leicester City Football Club. Also Charlie Godfrey; Kathleen Joyce (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Lady Rachel Hatton; Constance Gray; Kay O’Connell; Dominic Alexander; Bishop John Jukes; Edward Kelly; Margaret Mulcahy; Barry Walmsley (Birthday); Mary Franklin; Nick Maytum; Theresa Calloway; Lena Ford; Thomas Davis; Elizabeth Flanagan; Steven Olver; Arthur Skelton; Francis Binnie.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 18
 
No Children’s Liturgy (First Communion Enrolment Mass)
MONDAY 19

7.30pm

Safeguarding Meeting in the Priest’s House
TUESDAY 20
1.30-3pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
SATURDAY 24 11am-2pm PARISH / SCHOOL BAZAAR IN SCHOOL
SUNDAY 25
10am
3.30pm
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Youth Group meet to prepare 5.30pm Mass (birthday social afterwards)
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £497.21 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collection for the Archbishops’ Administration Fund raised £234.96
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Schedules for Classes starting in October 2018 are now at the back of the Church. Please note that children must be currently in at least Year 3 at school to participate. The cut-off date for acceptance into this year’s Class is 18th November 2018. No children will be accepted onto the course after this date. The First Communion Enrolment Mass takes place this Sunday 18th Novem-ber. All parents and children must attend - enrolment forms (one of each colour) are to be presented at the Mass.
 

FUNDRAISING

£1,380.00 total raised in October through donations and events. Overall total raised is £88,386.94
A surplus of £3,386.94
*******
We wish to express our grateful thanks to the Fundraising Committee for the
Thanksgiving Social on Friday 16th November and for
all that they have done for us and the Building Fund.
 
 
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR This year’s Bazaar will take place on Saturday 24th November - please save the date. Any help would be appreciated. Please contact Victoria Morrissey on plum_vh@hotmail.com. Dona-tions of bottles and quality chocolate would be appreciated - please leave in the Church porch. Thank you.
 
ADVENT HOUSE MASSES Please see page 3 of this Newsletter.
 
ADVENT WREATH MAKING takes place on Saturday 1st December from 10am till 12 noon in Church. Cost is £5 per wreath with refreshments provided. Do not forget to bring your own greenery. The wreaths will be blessed at all Masses that weekend.
 
ADVENT CALENDERS AND CHRISTMAS CARDS are now on sale. Please place money in the usual card tin on the wall.
 
ITEMS FOR THE HOMELESS Please bring in new hats, scarves, socks, gloves, razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes and tissues and leave them in the box in the Porch.
 
SAFEGUARDING MEETING this Monday 19th November at 8pm in the Priest’s House. Please see page 3 of the Newsletter for more details.
 
 
NEW EMAIL ADDRESS
 
Could all parishioners please note the change of our email address to the following: -
 
 
SHOEBOXES Shoeboxes with leaflets giving information about what should be placed in the boxes will be available in the Church porch from this weekend. Please take them home and return them when filled by Sunday 18th November to the Church porch or Monday 19th November if returning to the School.
 
EVENTS TEAM We are looking to form an events team to organise fun social events in the Parish. If you are interested in joining the team or are able to help please contact the Parish Office.
 
CTIM Sunday 18th November Organ Recital at 3pm in St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Aylesford. Tickets £10 from Anita 01622 719366 or 01622 719589. Friday 23rd November Quiz Night at The Scout Hall, next to Larkfield Village Hall, New Hythe Lane from 7-11pm.
 
MISSIO 2019 calendars have arrived from Missio and are free. They will be available in the Church porch. Thank you for supporting the Missions.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Eileen’s Group - week beginning 19th November.
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP Please note the group will not meet in December or January.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
Safeguarding in our Parish
Now, More Than Ever
 
In 2001 the Catholic Church published the Nolan Report. This was a review of child protection in the Catholic Church in England and Wales. The report made recommendations regarding the structures and actions the Church should put in place to enable it to be an example of best prac-tise in the prevention of child abuse. Our Parish immediately responded and formed a committee to establish good practise within our Church community.
 
For 17 years we have been working to protect our children and vulnerable adults. We have pro-moted awareness of child abuse, established policies and procedures, applied for police checks for our volunteers and provided opportunities for training for those working with all groups within our Church. We have had a very stable committee in the past but we feel it is time for the Parish to renew its commitment to this essential part of our parish life.
 
Your committee needs new members or they will not be able to continue to protect our Parish.
 
We need the input of a wider age range that is in tune with the challenges of modern life. We have not had a chairman for the past two years and the committee has lost several members due to illness and personal circumstances.
 
We invite anyone who has an interest in joining us, or just finding out about this very important work in the Parish, to a meeting in the Priest’s House on
 
Monday 19th November at 8pm.
 
No experience is necessary but a willingness to continue our commitment to safety and protec-tion is essential.
 
Your Parish Safeguarding Committee
 
 
 
ADVENT HOUSE MASSES 2018
 
Snodland and Halling Monday 3rd December at 8pm. 33 High Street, Snodland. ME6 5AG. Contact Eileen Calkin 01634 240069
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth Wednesday 5th December at 8pm. 157 Beacon Av-enue, Kings Hill. ME19 4LH. Contact Meg and Tony Brewer 01732 848819
 
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Friday 7th December at 8pm. 2 Barrie Drive, Larkfield. ME20 6UG. Contact Eileen and Alex Scholes 01732 846844
 
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Monday 17th De-cember at 8pm. 9 The Links, Addington. ME19 5RX. Contact Jim and Berna-dette Burke 01732 873392
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 15th December at 7.30pm for a meal. Venue to be confirmed.
 

 

32nd Sunday of the Year (B)    11 November 2018
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PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: westmalling@rcaos.org.uk   Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

32nd Sunday of the Year (B)
Centenary of the End of World War I and Remembrance Sunday
11th November 2018
 
THIS WEEKEND we celebrate the signing of the Armistice to end the First World War and Remembrance Sunday and we shall be keeping all those who have given their lives for our freedom and democracy in our prayers at all Masses. We welcome our School who will present the 10am Mass and thank them for this and all their work for us - there will also be Remembrance Services in West Malling and Snodland. Also, there is a second collection during the Notices for the Archbishops’ Administration Fund which helps meet the cost of the Central Administration of the Diocese.
 
DURING THE WEEK our newly confirmed are reminded of their confirmation interviews, there are meet-ings for the Baby & Toddler Group and Needlework & Knitting Group, a Parish Meeting and our fundrais-ing celebration - see over for details.
 
NEXT WEEKEND is the penultimate Sunday of the year and also World Day of the Poor. We also have our 1st Communion Enrolment Mass for the children and their parents at 10am and the presentation of our newly confirmed at all Masses and we thank them for their witness and ask you to keep them in your prayers.
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR Catherine Finn, Anne Law’s mother, who died last weekend, and for Anne & Tony, Margaret and all Catherine’s family as they prepare for her funeral on Friday 30th November at 11am here in St Thomas More and we offer them and all who’ve lost loved ones in the past month all our support and prayers and love at this time.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (31st Week of the Year) 10
5pm

(Remembrance Sunday) Basil and Elizabeth Pinto RIP

SUNDAY
32nd Sunday of the Year (B)
11
10am
 
5.30pm
School Mass for Parish (Remembrance Sunday) War Dead and Parishioners
(Remembrance Sunday) Deceased Members of the Britto Family
MONDAY (St Josaphat) 12
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (32nd Week of the Year) 13
9.30am
Frank & Ellen Battock and Terry Battock RIP
WEDNESDAY (32nd Week of the Year) 14
9.30am
Harrison, Julie & Andrew
THURSDAY (32nd Week of the Year) 15 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (32nd Week of the Year) 16 9.30am The Parishioners
SATURDAY (St. Leo the Great)
17
2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms: Rocco Chiappini; Romeo Chiappini
(Confirmation Presentation) - Martin & Paul Perera RIP
SUNDAY
33rd Sunday of the Year (B)
18
10am
 
5.30pm
(First Communion Enrolment Mass and Confirmation Presentation) Caughlin Family
(Confirmation Presentation) Alix Terrière RIP
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Fo-ley; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Frank Hall; May Piddock; James & Grace Bradley; Olivia Nash; Pam Ayrton; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Catherine Finn; Fr. Colin Murphy; Audrey Matcham; Brother Michael McMullen; Chairman of Leicester City Football Club; Charlie Godfrey; Kathleen Joyce. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Margaret Gaiger; Anne Marie Townend; Sir Ronald Hatton; Brigid Tasker; Walter Davies; Bridget Oliver; Daphne Madge; Doris Brown; Mary Ivell; Kitty Gibbs; William Wrest; Irena Modliboska; James Baxter; Adam Golebliowski; John (Pat) Heggarty; Peter Walmsley; Christopher Sharp; Lady Rachel Hatton; Constance Gray.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 11
 
3pm
No Children’s Liturgy (School Mass for the Parish)
Remembrance Service at Snodland Cemetery
TUESDAY 13

1.30-3pm

 

Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
Confirmation Interviews
WEDNESDAY 14
 
7 for 7.30pm
7.30-9.30pm
Confirmation Interviews
Parish Meeting in the Priest’s House
Needlework and Knitting Group meet in the Church Porch
FRIDAY 16 7.30pm Fundraising Celebration in Bishop’s House
SUNDAY 18
10am
No Children’s Liturgy (First Communion Enrolment Mass)
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £341.75 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Colin Watson (No.8) for the November draw.
 

FUNDRAISING

£1,380.00 total raised in October through donations and events. Overall total raised is £88,386.94
A surplus of £3,386.94
*******
LET’S CELEBRATE! The Fundraising Committee invites everyone to the Bishop's House this Friday 16th November from 7:30pm to celebrate our suc-cess as a Parish in achieving our target of £85,000 for the Building Fund. There will be no charge and no raffle but if people would sign up at the back of Church so that we know how many will be attending, that would be great.
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet this Wednesday 14th November from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
Please note the group will not be meeting in December or January.
*******
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Schedules for Classes starting in October 2018 are now at the back of the Church. Please note that children must be currently in at least Year 3 at school to participate. The cut-off date for acceptance into this year’s Class is 18th November 2018. No children will be accepted onto the course after this date. The First Communion Enrolment Mass takes place next Sunday 18th November. All parents and children must at-tend - enrolment forms (one of each colour) are to be presented at the Mass.
 
ADVENT HOUSE MASSES Please see page 3 of this Newsletter.
 
ADVENT WREATH MAKING takes place on Saturday 1st December from 10am till 12 noon in Church. Cost is £5 per wreath with refreshments provided. Do not for-get to bring your own greenery. The wreaths will be blessed at all Masses that weekend.
 
SAFEGUARDING MEETING on Monday 19th November at 8pm in the Priest’s House. Please see page 3 of the Newsletter for more details.
 
 
NEW EMAIL ADDRESS
 
Could all parishioners please note the change of our email address to the following: -
 
 
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR This year’s Bazaar will take place on Saturday 24th November - please save the date. Any help would be appreciated. Please contact Victoria Morrissey on plum_vh@hotmail.com. Donations of bottles and quality chocolate would be appreciated - please leave in the Church porch. Thank you.
 
SHOEBOXES Shoeboxes with leaflets giving information about what should be placed in the boxes will be available in the Church porch from this weekend. Please take them home and return them when filled by Sunday 18th No-vember to the Church porch or Monday 19th November if returning to the School.
 
CTIM Saturday 17th November, the turning on of Lights in Martin Square, Larkfield. Arrive from 3pm, School choirs, stalls, and singers from local churches at 4pm. Come along and join us. Father Christmas will arrive. Sunday 18th November Organ Recital at 3pm in St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Aylesford. Tickets £10 from Anita 01622 719366 or 01622 719589. Friday 23rd November Quiz Night at The Scout Hall, next to Larkfield Village Hall, New Hythe Lane from 7-11pm.
 
MISSIO 2019 calendars have arrived from Missio and are free. They will be available in the Church porch. Thank you for supporting the Missions.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Steph’s Group - week beginning 12th November.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
Safeguarding in our Parish
Now, More Than Ever
 
In 2001 the Catholic Church published the Nolan Report. This was a review of child protection in the Catholic Church in England and Wales. The report made recommendations regarding the structures and actions the Church should put in place to enable it to be an example of best prac-tise in the prevention of child abuse. Our Parish immediately responded and formed a committee to establish good practise within our Church community.
 
For 17 years we have been working to protect our children and vulnerable adults. We have pro-moted awareness of child abuse, established policies and procedures, applied for police checks for our volunteers and provided opportunities for training for those working with all groups within our Church. We have had a very stable committee in the past but we feel it is time for the Parish to renew its commitment to this essential part of our parish life.
 
Your committee needs new members or they will not be able to continue to protect our Parish.
 
We need the input of a wider age range that is in tune with the challenges of modern life. We have not had a chairman for the past two years and the committee has lost several members due to illness and personal circumstances.
 
We invite anyone who has an interest in joining us, or just finding out about this very important work in the Parish, to a meeting in the Priest’s House on
 
Monday 19th November at 8pm.
 
No experience is necessary but a willingness to continue our commitment to safety and protec-tion is essential.
 
Your Parish Safeguarding Committee
 
 
 
ADVENT HOUSE MASSES 2018
 
Snodland and Halling Monday 3rd December at 8pm. 33 High Street, Snodland. ME6 5AG. Contact Eileen Calkin 01634 240069
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth Wednesday 5th December at 8pm. 157 Beacon Avenue, Kings Hill. ME19 4LH. Contact Meg and Tony Brewer 01732 848819
 
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Friday 7th December at 8pm. 2 Barrie Drive, Lark-field. ME20 6UG. Contact Eileen and Alex Scholes 01732 846844
 
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Monday 17th December at 8pm. 9 The Links, Addington. ME19 5RX. Contact Jim and Bernadette Burke 01732 873392
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 15th December at 7.30pm for a meal. Venue to be confirmed.
 

 

31st Sunday of the Year (B)    03 November 2018
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PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: westmalling@rcaos.org.uk  Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

31st Sunday of the Year (B)
4th November 2018
 
WEEK We continue November and also celebrate ‘Fireworks Night’ where, free from the association of the past, we celebrate the Saints above - we wish everyone a happy and safe fireworks night and look forward to the Youth Group meeting and fireworks on Friday. As well as the Youth Group there are meetings for the Baby and Toddler and Friendship Groups and First Communion parents and the newly-confirmed are reminded of their interviews on Saturday.
 
NEXT WEEKEND is Remembrance Sunday and we shall be keeping all those who have giv-en their lives for our freedom and democracy at all Masses and welcome our School who will present the 10am Mass and thank them for this and all their work for us - there will also be Remembrance Services in West Malling and Snodland. Also next weekend, there is a second collection during the Notices for the Archbishops’ Administration Fund which helps meet the cost of the Central Administration of the Diocese.
 
CATHOLIC LEGACY WEEK 1st to 7th November - see notice and flyers at the back of Church.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (30th Week of the Year) 3
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Teddy Clements-Best
All Deceased Relatives of the Perera Family
SUNDAY
31st Sunday of the Year (B)
4
10am
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Intentions of Binnie, Carson and Johnson Families
The Parishioners
MONDAY (31st Week of the Year) 5
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (31st Week of the Year) 6
9.30am
Kathleen Conlon RIP
WEDNESDAY (Dedication of St. George’s Cathedral) 7
9.30am
Deceased Relatives and Friends of the Lobo Family

THURSDAY (31st Week of the Year)

8 9.30am Communion Service

FRIDAY (Dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica in Rome)

9

 

9.30am

(8.15am - Mass in St. Simon Stock School)
 
Communion Service
SATURDAY (St. Leo the Great)
10
 
 
5pm

(Remembrance Sunday)

Basil and Elizabeth Pinto RIP

SUNDAY
32nd Sunday of the Year (B)
11
10am
 
 
5.30pm

(School Mass for Parish (Remembrance Sunday)

War Dead and Parishioners

(Remembrance Sunday) Deceased Members of the Britto family
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Fo-ley; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Frank Hall; May Piddock; Philomena Mulcahy; Erin Collin; Lucy Moys; Mary Sellwood; Sharon Smith; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Audrey Matcham; Brother Michael McMullen; Chairman of Leicester City Football Club; Charlie Godfrey; Kathleen Joyce. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Teresa Soarul; Victor Ingram; Peter Caffrey; Peter Morrison; Kathleen Geoghan; Ellen Radford; Lilian Irwin; Bridie Kelly; Louise Thorogood; Kitty Parris; Edward (Paddy) Colbert; Julie Stockton; Peggy Roberts; Kate Chapman; Margaret Gaiger; Anne Marie Townend; Sir Ronald Hatton; Brigid Tasker; Walter Davies; Bridget Oliver; Daphne Madge.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 4
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 5
8pm
Youth Group Leaders meet in the Priest’s House
TUESDAY 6 1.30-3pm Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 7
2pm
7.30 for 8pm
Friendship Group meet in the Priest’s House
First Communion Parents’ Meeting in Church
FRIDAY 9 7-9pm Youth Group meet in the Priest’s House - Fireworks
SATURDAY 10   Confirmation Interviews
SUNDAY 11
 
3pm
No Children’s Liturgy (School Mass for the Parish)
Remembrance Service at Snodland Cemetery
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £413.69 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 

FUNDRAISING

£1,380.00 total raised in October through donations and events. Overall total raised is £88,386.94
A surplus of £3,386.94
*******
LETS CELEBRATE! The Fundraising Committee invites everyone to the Bishop's House on Friday 16th November from 7:30pm to celebrate our suc-cess as a Parish in achieving our target of £85,000 for the Building Fund. There will be no charge and no raffle but if people would sign up at the back of Church so that we know how many will be attending, that would be great.
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 14th November from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
Please note the group will not be meeting in December or January.
*******
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Schedules for classes starting in October 2018 are now at the back of the Church. Please note that children must be currently in at least Year 3 at school to participate. Any parents interested in put-ting their child forward will need to attend the parents meeting this Wednesday 7th November 2018 with refresh-ments from 7.30pm and the meeting commencing at 8pm. The cut-off date for acceptance into this year’s Class is 18th November 2018. No children will be accepted onto the course after this date.
 
DONATE8 HELP PLEASE! Flower arrangers are needed to help bring colour and blooms to our church. No experience required – just come along, join the team and they’ll show you how. Who knows - your home arrangements may benefit also! Why not Donate8 today?
 
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR This year’s Bazaar will take place on Satur-day 24th November - please save the date. Any help would be ap-preciated. Please contact Victoria Morrissey on plum_vh@hotmail.com. Donations of bottles and quality chocolate would be appreciated - please leave in the Church porch. Thank you.
 
 
TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE
LUCKS HILL, WEST MALLING SUNDAY 4TH NOVEMBER 2018
For up to 1 day between
08.00hrs and 16.00hrs
 
The road will be closed between Station Road North and Winterfield Lane.
The alternative route is via Winterfield Lane, A20 London Road, Town Hill, High Street, Swan Street and vice versa.
The closure is to enable a bridge examination to be carried out by KCC Highways.
For details pf roadworks, please see www.roadworks.org
 

SHOEBOXES Shoeboxes with leaflets giving information about what should be placed in the boxes will be available in the Church porch from this weekend. Please take them home and return them when filled by Sunday 18th November to the Church porch or Monday 19th November if returning to the School.
 
MISSIO 2019 calendars have arrived from Missio and are free. They will be available in the Church porch. Thank you for supporting the Missions.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Fiona’s Group - week beginning 5th November.
 
FRIENDSHIP GROUP meet on Wednesday 7th November from 2pm until 3.30pm in the Priest’s House.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
Safeguarding in our Parish
Now, More Than Ever
 
In 2001 the Catholic Church published the Nolan Report. This was a review of child protection in the Catholic Church in England and Wales. The report made recommendations regarding the structures and actions the Church should put in place to enable it to be an example of best practise in the prevention of child abuse. Our Parish immediately responded and formed a committee to establish good practise within our Church community.
 
For 17 years we have been working to protect our children and vulnerable adults. We have promoted awareness of child abuse, established policies and procedures, applied for police checks for our volunteers and provided opportunities for training for those working with all groups within our Church. We have had a very stable committee in the past but we feel it is time for the Parish to renew its commitment to this essential part of our parish life.
 
Your committee needs new members or they will not be able to continue to protect our Parish.
 
We need the input of a wider age range that is in tune with the challenges of mod-ern life. We have not had a chairman for the past two years and the committee has lost several members due to illness and personal circumstances.
 
We invite anyone who has an interest in joining us, or just finding out about this very important work in the Parish, to a meeting in the Priest’s House on
 
Monday 19th November at 8pm.
 
No experience is necessary but a willingness to continue our commitment to safety and protection is essential.
 
Your Parish Safeguarding Committee

 

30th Sunday of the Year (B)    27 October 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: westmalling@rcaos.org.uk   Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

30th Sunday of the Year (B)
28th October 2018
 
THIS THURSDAY - ALL SAINTS A Holy Day of Obligation when we should get to Mass if we can - Pre-School and School Mass at 10am in Church and Parish Mass at 8pm. There will also be Masses for the students and staff at St Simon Stock School.
 
THIS FRIDAY - ALL SOULS A day to come to Mass in love to support the Saints in Purgatory - Masses at 9.30am, 12 noon and 8pm.
 
CATHOLIC LEGACY WEEK 1st to 7th November - see notice and flyers at the back of Church.
 
DURING THE WEEK Confirmation ’Assessment’ Meetings - (girls) Monday at 6pm and (boys) Saturday at 10am - please keep them in your prayers - also Youth Leaders, Deanery Pastoral Council and Garden-ing Club.
 
THANKS FOR WORLD MISSION SUNDAY Thank you very much for your contribution to last week’s World Mission Sunday collection. Your prayers and donations will help missionaries across the world share the Gospel of hope with those in greatest need. Please pray for the work of Missio and all those working to offer the love of Jesus, that we may remain strong in our witness to Christ’s love for all peoples. To continue supporting mission throughout the year, please go to missio.org.uk or call 020 7821 9755
 
FINALLY, DON’T FORGET TO PUT YOUR CLOCKS BACK THIS WEEKEND - OR YOU’LL BE IN DANGER OF GETTING TO MASS EARLY ON SUNDAY!!
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (29th Week of the Year) 27
5pm

Simon Maher RIP

SUNDAY
30th Sunday of the Year (B)
28
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Frank Blake RIP (Anniversary)
Iris Roots RIP (Jackie D’Avanzo)
MONDAY (30th Week of the Year) 29
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (30th Week of the Year) 30
9.30am
Iris Roots RIP (Margaret Holme)
WEDNESDAY (30th Week of the Year) 31
9.30am
The Parishioners

THURSDAY

 ALL SAINTS

1 Nov
10am
8pm
School and Pre-School Mass in Church (Parish Family)
Parish Mass (Parishioners, Family and Friends)

FRIDAY

ALL SOULS

2 9.30am (Holy Souls) Masses at 9.30am, 12 noon and 8pm
SATURDAY (St Martin de Porres)
3
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Teddy Clements-Best
All Deceased Relatives of the Perera Family
SUNDAY
31st Sunday of the Year (B)
4
10am
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Intentions of Binnie, Carson and Johnson Families
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Fo-ley; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Frank Hall; May Piddock; Audrey Matcham; Naomi; Mimi; Helene; Francis; Gordon; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Charlie Godfrey; Kathleen Joyce. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Stephen McEvoy; Margaret Hopgood; Ellen Davis; Iris Durden; Nancy Cochran; Jennie Newman; Frank Blake; Alfred Weaver; Lorraine O’Shea; Francis and Lonza Micallef; Teresa Soarul; Victor Ingram; Peter Caffrey; Peter Morrison; Kathleen Geoghan.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 28
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 29
6-7pm
8pm
‘Girls’ Confirmation Group - Assessment Meeting
Youth Leaders meet in the Priest’s House
TUESDAY 30
1.30-3pm
7.30pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Deanery Pastoral Council meet at Holy Family, South Maidstone
THURSDAY 1 NOV   All Saints (Masses in St Simon Stock School)
FRIDAY 2   All Souls
SATURDAY 3
10am-12 noon
10-11am
Gardening Club
‘Boys’ Confirmation Group - Assessment Meeting
SUNDAY 4
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £324.29 The second collection for Mission Sunday raised £280.20
 

FUNDRAISING

£3,559.63 total raised in September through donations and events. Overall total raised is £87,006.94
A surplus of £2,006.94
*******
LETS CELEBRATE! The Fundraising Committee invites everyone to the Bishop's House on Friday 16th November from 7:30pm to celebrate our success as a Parish in achieving our target of £85,000 for the Building Fund.
There will be no charge and no raffle but if people would sign up at the back of the Church so that we know how many will be attending, that would be great.
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 10th October from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Schedules for classes starting in October 2018 are now at the back of the Church. Please note that children must be currently in at least Year 3 at school to participate. Any par-ents interested in putting their child forward will need to attend the parents meeting on Wednesday 7th November 2018 with refreshments from 7.30pm and the meeting commencing at 8pm. The cut-off date for acceptance into this year’s Class is 18th November 2018. No children will be accepted onto the course after this date.
 
DONATE8 HELP PLEASE! Flower arrangers are needed to help bring colour and blooms to our church. No experience required – just come along, join the team and they’ll show you how. Who knows - your home arrangements may benefit al-so! Why not Donate8 today?
 
 
TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE
LUCKS HILL, WEST MALLING SUNDAY 4TH NOVEMBER 2018
For up to 1 day between
08.00hrs and 16.00hrs
 
The road will be closed between Station Road North and Winterfield Lane.
The alternative route is via Winterfield Lane, A20 London Road, Town Hill, High Street, Swan Street and vice versa.
The closure is to enable a bridge examination to be carried out by KCC Highways.
For details pf roadworks, please see www.roadworks.org
 

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR This year’s Bazaar will take place on Saturday 24th November - please save the date. Any help would be appreciated. Please contact Victoria Morrissey on plum_vh@hotmail.com.
 
MISSIO The Mission Today magazines are now available in the Church porch. Please feel free to take a copy to see more of the missionary work that is helped by MISSIO through our Red Boxes.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Wiesia’s Group - week beginning 29th October.
 
GARDENING CLUB meet on Saturday 3rd November from 9am to 12 noon. All are welcome.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.

 

29th Sunday of the Year (B)    20 October 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: stthomasmorerc@btconnect.com    Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

29th Sunday of the Year (B)
WORLD MISSION DAY
School Holiday Break
21st October 2018
 
THIS SUNDAY IS WORLD MISSION SUNDAY World Mission Sunday is your chance to support missionaries and our Church in proclaiming the Gospel of hope to those who suffer around the world. By supporting Missio, the Pope’s official charity for overseas mission, you will be sharing the love of Christ with all people by helping everyone in need, regardless of background or belief. Today, your prayers and donations will help build a future of hope both in Ethiopia and around the world. Please give what you can, and if possible, please use the gift aid envelopes if you are a taxpayer. Thank you.
 
DURING THE WEEK We have the school holiday break between Terms 1 and 2 and wish our teach-ers and helpers, children and young people and their families a happy break.
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEWLY CONFIRMED—Elizabeth Blackburn, Luke Cilia, Jack Clarke, Ethan Corette, Liam Corette, Ciara Headley, Elysia Penny, Benjamin Taylor, Indigo Thornton, Rory Thornton, and their sponsors and families taking their confirmation at St Francis Maidstone last Sunday and for all who made the confirmation mass a really wonderful event. Please keep our newly confirmed in your prayers as they reflect and decide on the ways they are going to take their confir-mation forward in the coming weeks.
 
A HUGE THANK YOU TO STOCKY and the teachers and students who raised £1,100 for our build-ing fund at their ‘non-uniform’ day on Friday 12th October. It really lifted me and we are very grateful.
 
FINALLY, DON’T FORGET TO PUT YOUR CLOCKS BACK NEXT WEEKEND - OR YOU’LL BE IN DANGER OF GETTING TO MASS EARLY ON SUNDAY!!
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (28th Week of the Year) 20
5pm
Laksiri Fernando RIP
SUNDAY
29th Sunday of the Year (B)
World Mission Day
21
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Pat Watkins RIP and Family
The Parishioners
MONDAY (St. John Paul II) 22
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (29th Week of the Year) 23
9.30am
Communion Service
WEDNESDAY (29th Week of the Year) 24
9.30am
Communion Service
THURSDAY (29th Week of the Year) 25 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (29th Week of the Year) 26 9.30am Communion Service
SATURDAY (29th Week of the Year)
27
5pm
Simon Maher RIP
SUNDAY
30th Sunday of the Year (B)
28
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Frank Blake RIP (Anniversary)
Iris Roots RIP (Jackie D’Avanzo)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Fo-ley; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Frank Hall; May Piddock; Audrey Matcham; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, ill-nesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Charlie Godfrey; Kathleen Joyce; also Simona Sisestean; Susan Peek; Ena Dowson (months mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Gwyneth Haskins; Alan Strange; Patrick Bellamy; James Harrington; Eileen Weir; Joan Swingler; Rosemary Goodayle; Stephen McEvoy; Margaret Hopgood.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 21
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
TUESDAY 23   No Baby & Toddler Group - School Break
FRIDAY 26 7 - 9pm Youth Group meet in the Priest’s House—’nite-line’
SUNDAY 28
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £ 656.35 The second collection for PACT raised £155.06
 

FUNDRAISING

£3,559.63 total raised in September through donations and events. Overall total raised is £87,006.94
A surplus of £2,006.94
*******
LUCIA’S CONCERT raised £185.00. Many thanks to Lucia and her friends.
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 10th October from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Schedules for classes starting in October 2018 are now at the back of the Church. Please note that children must be currently in at least Year 3 at school to participate. Any parents interested in putting their child forward will need to attend the parents meeting on Wednesday 7th Novem-ber 2018 with refreshments from 7.30pm and the meeting commencing at 8pm. The cut-off date for ac-ceptance into this year’s Class is 18th November 2018. No children will be accepted onto the course after this date.
 
PHOTOGRAPHS Would parents / carers of last year’s First Communicants please take home the photo-graphs from the board in Church. Thank you.
 
100 CLUB This weekend will be the last weekend that Dee will be in the Porch after all Masses to collect annual subscriptions. A list of this year’s winners will be on the notice board in the porch.
 
LILIES This weekend will be the last weekend that Dee will be taking donations for remembrance lilies to commemorate All Souls. Lilies are still £3 each with names of your deceased loved ones displayed on boards during the period of All Souls.
 
DONATE8 HELP PLEASE! Flower arrangers are needed to help bring colour and blooms to our church. No experience required – just come along, join the team and they’ll show you how. Who knows - your home ar-rangements may benefit also! Why not Donate8 today?
 
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR This year’s bazaar will take place on Saturday 24th November—please save the date. Any help would be appreciated—please contact Victoria Morrissey on plum_vh@hotmail.com.
 
MISSIO The Mission Today magazines are now in the church porch. Please feel free to take a copy to see more of the missionary work that is helped by MISSIO through our Red Boxes.
 
CTIM Café Church in support of Christian Aid on Saturday 20th October from 4.30-6pm in Ryarsh Village Hall. (EU promise every £1 donated will become £5.) On Tuesday 22nd October do pop along between 10am and 12 noon to an African Tea Party in Larkfield Methodist Church’s Welcome Area in aid of Fields of Life, an East African charity which builds schools and wells, a charity rep will be there. African and English cakes, tea, Chai tea and coffee will be available.
 
INTRODUCTION TO MAKATON CCF is offering a unique opportunity to be introduced to the Makaton lan-guage, especially within a catechetical context. The day will include the following: Makaton Workshop for Catechists - in this workshop we will learn in brief what the Makaton Language Programme is and how it will support communication with a wide range of children, young people and adults that have special communica-tion needs. We will learn a helpful range of signs and how to use visual aids to promote and sustain basic social communication and a further range of special signs and visual aids to use in catechesis. The work-shop will be mostly practical and fun with a small number of micro presentations to provide the underpinning theory. There will be individual and group work. All necessary resources will be provided and access to on-going support from the Makaton Tutor, Mike Harris, who will deliver the workshop. Book at https://www.ccftootingbec.org.uk/events/2018/11/3/makaton-workshop-for-catechists
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Eileen’s Group - week beginning 22nd October.
 
FLOWERS— Would all flower arrangers meet in church on Saturday 27th October at 9.30am to prepare Lil-ies for All Souls. If anyone not in our flower group would like to come along and help us we would be delight-ed to see you.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.

 

28th Sunday of the Year (B)    12 October 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: stthomasmorerc@btconnect.com    Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

28th Sunday of the Year (B)
CONFIRMATION
Prisoners Sunday and Prisoners Week
14th October 2018
 
THIS WEEKEND We congratulate and pray for our Confirmation Candidates - Elizabeth Blackburn; Luke Cilia; Jack Clarke; Ethan Corette; Liam Corette; Ciara Headley; Elysia Penny; Benjamin Taylor; Indigo Thornton; Rory Thornton - and their sponsors and families as they celebrate their fourth Sacrament and the final Sacrament of Initiation and become full members of our Church and Parish and pray that they may inspire us, especially those who have been confirmed, in our calling and involvement in our Church and Parish. We also celebrate Prisoners Sunday and Prisoners Week with Prayers and a retiring collection for PACT and the Church’s work for prisoners and their families at all Masses. Special envelopes for gift-aiders and information and prayer leaflets are availa-ble at the back of the Church. At the 5.30pm Mass we welcome one of the Carmelite Friars to celebrate our Mass as Fr. Peter will be at the Confirmation Mass at St. Francis, Maidstone and thank them for their help. This weekend is also the Canonisation of Blessed Oscar Romero and Blessed Paul Vl by Pope Francis in Rome - we pray for their help and inspiration in our lives.
 
DURING THE WEEK Please note the Kings Hill House Mass for Joan Wegrzyn on Friday (see overleaf) - also the Deanery Readers and Ministers meeting at St. Peter’s, Button Lane, Bearsted. ME15 8NJ on Saturday from 9.30am to 1.30pm including Mass (I am leading this on ‘The Eucharist’ so I’m sure you’ll flock to hear me! - Fr. Peter).
 
NEXT SUNDAY IS WORLD MISSION SUNDAY Next Sunday, the Holy Father invites all Catholics to contribute to a special collection for Missio, his official charity for overseas mission. Your support on World Mission Sunday will help brave missionaries in building a future of hope both in Ethiopia and around the world. Please join in this special day that unites Catholics all over the world in prayer, celebration and care for our mission of the Church. You will be able to gift aid all donations by using envelopes provided by Missio. Thank you.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (27th Week of the Year) 13
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Evelyn Mason
Neville and Beno Perera - Intentions
SUNDAY
28th Sunday of the Year (B)
Confirmation
Prisoners Sunday and Prisoners Week
14
10am
 
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Terence Caughlin RIP (Simone and Hugh Tonocchi - Wedding Blessing)
(3pm - Confirmation Mass at St. Francis, Maidstone)
(Supply) Deceased Family of Bernadette and Jim Burke
MONDAY (St. Teresa of Avila) 15
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (28th Week of the Year) 16
9.30am
Communion Service
WEDNESDAY (St. Ignatius of Antioch) 17
9.30am
Communion Service
THURSDAY (St. Luke) 18 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Canadian Martyrs) 19 9.30am Deceased Members of the Ryan Family
SATURDAY (28th Week of the Year)
20
5pm
Laksin Fernando RIP
SUNDAY
29th Sunday of the Year (B)
World Mission Day
21
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Pat Watkins RIP and Family
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Fo-ley; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Frank Hall; May Piddock; Audrey Matcham; Mary Sellwood; Sharon Smith; Maggi Jones; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Simona Sisestean; Susan Peek; Ena Dowson. Also Fr. Peter Lessiter; James Cork (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Charlie Bagent; Eric Redman; Kathleen Lonergon; James Fay; Charles Lovell; Maura Fissenden; Albert Ford; Joseph Bragoli; Gwen Killeen; Andrew Jackson; Derek Calkin; John Paddy Winters; James Conroy; Gina Bartholomew; Mercedes Hawkins; Sheila Watson; Herbert Gollop; Thomas Nash; John Levey; Gwyneth Haskins.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 14
10am
3.30 for 4pm
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Confirmation Preparation Meeting
TUESDAY 16 1.30-3pm
Deanery Clergy Meeting in Tenterden
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Pre-Confirmation Interviews
WEDNESDAY 17 7pm
Kent Deans Meeting with the Archbishop in Bishop’s House
Pre-Confirmation Interviews
First Communion Parents’ First Meeting in Church
FRIDAY 19 8pm Youth Group meet in the SCHOOL
SATURDAY 20 9.30am-1.30pm Pre-Confirmation Interviews
SUNDAY 21
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Lucia’s Concert - see below
(4pm - Deanery Confirmation at St. Francis, Maidstone)
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £384.15 The second collection for Cafod raised £352.49
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 

FUNDRAISING

£3,559.63 total raised in September through donations and events. Overall total raised is £87,006.94
A surplus of £2,006.94
*******
LUCIA’S CONCERT will take place on Sunday 14th October. Refreshments from 3.30pm. Concert begins at 4pm. Suggested donations of Adults £5 and Children £1
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 10th October from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Schedules for classes starting in October 2018 are now at the back of the Church. Please note that children must be currently in at least Year 3 at school to participate. Any parents interested in put-ting their child forward will need to attend the parents meeting on Wednesday 7th November 2018 with refresh-ments from 7.30pm and the meeting commencing at 8pm. The cut-off date for acceptance into this year’s Class is 18th November 2018. No children will be accepted onto the course after this date.
 
PHOTOGRAPHS Would parents / carers of last year’s First Communicants please take home the photographs from the board in Church. Thank you.
 
100 CLUB Dee will be in the Porch after all Masses throughout October to collect annual subscriptions. She will also be looking out for new members. A list of this year’s winners will be on the notice board in the porch.
 
LILIES Dee will also be taking donations for remembrance lilies to commemorate All Souls. Lilies are still £3 each with names of your deceased loved ones displayed on boards during the period of All Souls.
 
DONATE8 HELP PLEASE! Flower arrangers are needed to help bring colour and blooms to our church. No experi-ence required – just come along, join the team and they’ll show you how. Who knows - your home arrangements may benefit also! Why not Donate8 today?
 
CTIM CAFE CHURCH on Saturday 20th October from 4.30pm to 6pm at Ryarsh Village Hall, Birling Road. Please bring your friends to support the Christian Aid Harvest Offering. Afternoon tea will be followed by talks, Bible read-ing, quizzes, prayers and sung worship. Donations of cakes and scones will be gratefully received.
 
INTRODUCTION TO MAKATON CCF is offering a unique opportunity to be introduced to the Makaton language, especially within a catechetical context. The day will include the following: Makaton Workshop for Catechists - in this workshop we will learn in brief what the Makaton Language Programme is and how it will support communication with a wide range of children, young people and adults that have special communication needs. We will learn a helpful range of signs and how to use visual aids to promote and sustain basic social communication and a further range of special signs and visual aids to use in catechesis. The workshop will be mostly practical and fun with a small number of micro presentations to provide the underpinning theory. There will be individual and group work. All necessary resources will be provided and access to ongoing support from the Makaton Tutor, Mike Harris, who will deliver the workshop. Book at https://www.ccftootingbec.org.uk/events/2018/11/3/makaton-workshop-for-catechists
 
SPUC The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children has produced postcards so that you can send a message to your MP urging him / her to vote against a dangerous abortion bill which is coming up in the House of Commons on Tuesday 23rd October 2018. The bill seeks to decriminalise abortion which would remove any effective legal pro-tection for unborn babies and their mothers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Postcards are available in the Church porch. Thank you.
 
IMITATION ROLEX WATCH has been found in the Church carpark. If this belongs to you please contact the Parish Office.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Steph’s Group - week beginning 15th October.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Friday 19th October at 8pm for a House Mass for Joan Wegrzyn RIP. Venue: 26 Dawn Lane, Kings Hill. ME19 4DH. Contact Chantal Ekeuh 07966577612
 

 

27th Sunday of the Year (B)    08 October 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: stthomasmorerc@btconnect.com    Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

27th Sunday of the Year (B)
ROSARY SUNDAY +++ CONFIRMATION PREPARATION
7th October 2018
 
A MASSIVE THANK YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS £3,559.63 was raised for the Building Fund in September which means that, not only have we achieved our target of £85,000 in five years but also have a surplus of £2,006.94 - and a month early! A massive and grateful thank you to our Fundraising Committee and all of you who have worked so hard and given your dedication and support to achieve this. And, as Winston Churchill said at the end of World War ll - “We may now allow ourselves a ……… period of rejoicing” - and rest!!
 
THIS WEEKEND Today (Sunday) we welcome the Confirmation candidates from the Deanery Parishes to join our candidates in an afternoon of preparation from 3 to 8pm which will include the 5.30pm Mass which they will present (and welcome their families and sponsors who will join them) and a short rehearsal afterwards. Also today (Sunday), we welcome the Syro-Malabar community for their monthly Mass.
 
DURING THE WEEK Pre-Confirmation interviews and First Communion Parents’ meeting - please pray for all in-volved.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We congratulate and pray for our Confirmation Candidates and their sponsors and families as they celebrate their fourth Sacrament and the final Sacrament of Initiation and become full members of our Church and Parish and pray that they may inspire us, especially those who have been confirmed, in our calling and involve-ment in our Church and Parish. We also celebrate Prisoners Sunday and Prisoners Week with Prayers and a retiring collection for PACT and the Church’s work for prisoners and their families at all Masses. Special envelopes for gift-aiders and information and prayer leaflets are available at the back of the Church. At the 5.30pm Mass we welcome one of the Carmelite Friars to celebrate our Mass as Fr. Peter will be at the Confirmation Mass at St. Francis, Maid-stone and thank them for their help.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (26th Week of the Year) 6
5pm
 
 

David A. Fellows RIP (Anniversary)

Ann Ivell RIP (Birthday)

SUNDAY
27th Sunday of the Year (B)
Rosary Sunday
Confirmation Preparation
7
10am
12 noon
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Private Intentions
Syro-Malabar Mass
 
(With Confirmation Candidates) Parishioners and Candidates
MONDAY (27th Week of the Year) 8
9.30am
12 noon
Communion Service
 
Exposition and Silent Prayer in Church
TUESDAY (27th Week of the Year) 9
9.30am
Antonia RIP
WEDNESDAY (27th Week of the Year) 10
9.30am
Deceased Relatives and Friends of the Lobo Family
THURSDAY (St. John XXlll) 11 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (27th Week of the Year) 12 9.30am George Heard RIP (anniv.) and Valerie
SATURDAY (St. Edward the Confessor)
13
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Evelyn Mason
Neville and Beno Perera - Intentions
SUNDAY
28th Sunday of the Year (B)
Confirmation
Prisoners Sunday and Prisoners Week
14
10am
 
 
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Terence Caughlin RIP (Simone and Hugh Tonocchi - Wedding Blessing)
(3pm - Confirmation Mass at St. Francis, Maidstone)
 
(Supply) Deceased Family of Bernadette and Jim Burke
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Fo-ley; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Frank Hall; May Piddock; Audrey Matcham; Maggi Jones; Jim Brooks; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Simona Sisestean; Susan Peek; Ena Dowson; Fr. Peter Lessiter; James Cork. Also Fr. John Mulligan (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Edith May Goldrick; Gerald Houghton; Ellen Hensby; Margaret Corddridge; Maud Savage; Archbishop Cyril Cowderoy; Terence Battock; Joseph Jupp; Dueilliama (William) Billanuvan; Charlie Bagent; Eric Redman; Kathleen Lonergon; James Fay; Charles Lovell; Maura Fissenden; Albert Ford.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 7
10am
3-8pm
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Confirmation Preparation Meeting
TUESDAY 9
11am
1.30-3pm
6.30-8pm
Deanery Clergy Meeting in Tenterden
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Pre-Confirmation Interviews
WEDNESDAY 10
11.30am
5.30-7.30pm
7.30 for 8pm
Kent Deans Meeting with the Archbishop in Bishop’s House
Pre-Confirmation Interviews
First Communion Parents’ First Meeting in Church
FRIDAY 12 7-9pm Youth Group meet in the SCHOOL
SATURDAY 13 10am-12 noon and 12.30pm Pre-Confirmation Interviews
SUNDAY 14
10am
3.30 for 4pm
 
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Lucia’s Concert - see below
(4pm - Deanery Confirmation at St. Francis, Maidstone)
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £333.91 The second collection for The Harvest raised £196.72
 
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Carmen Williams (No.16) for the October draw.
 

FUNDRAISING

£3,559.63 total raised in September through donations and events. Overall total raised is £87,006.94
A surplus of £2,006.94
*******
PARISH BARBECUE in the Orchard behind the Church on Saturday 29th September, 12 noon to 4pm.
Tickets will be on sale after all Masses from this weekend. Tickets: Adults £5 and Children £2.50
LAST SALE DAY FOR TICKETS WILL BE TUESDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER (ordering of food)
We would like people to bring a salad or dessert to share. Please see the list at the back of Church.
*******
LUCIA’S CONCERT will take place on Sunday 14th October. Refreshments from 3.30pm. Concert begins at 4pm. Suggested donations of Adults £5 and Children £1
*******
PARISH BARBECUE raised £319.00 Many thanks to those who organised and supported this.
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 10th October from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Schedules for classes starting in October 2018 are now at the back of the Church. Please note that children must be currently in at least Year 3 at school to participate. Any parents interested in putting their child forward will need to attend the first parents meeting this Wednesday 10th October 2018 with refreshments from 7.30pm and the meeting com-mencing at 8pm. The cut-off date for acceptance into this year’s Class is 18th November 2018. No children will be accepted onto the course after this date.
 
100 CLUB Dee will be in the Porch after all Masses from Saturday 29th September and throughout October to collect annual subscriptions. She will also be looking out for new members. A list of this year’s winners will be on the notice board in the porch.
 
LILIES Dee will also be taking donations for remembrance lilies to commemorate All Souls. Lilies are still £3 each with names of your deceased loved ones displayed on boards during the period of All Souls.
 
DONATE8 HELP PLEASE! Flower arrangers are needed to help bring colour and blooms to our church. No experience required – just come along, join the team and they’ll show you how. Who knows - your home arrangements may benefit also! Why not Donate8 today?
 
 
CHANGE OF MASS TIMES
 
Maidstone Deanery have been discussing possible changes to Mass times. At the Parish Meeting it was suggested that the 10am Mass could be moved to either 9am or 9.30am. We would very much like to hear your opinion / preference of time and would appreciate them being emailed to the Parish Office this week.
 
 
KCSP DIRECTOR / TRUSTEE (VOLUNTEER ROLE) Kent Catholic Schools Partnership are looking for a Director / Trustee to join the Board of Directors. Our Trust Board meet at least five times per annum at our offices in Barham Court, and as a Director you will be expected to follow the principles of the Nolan Committee and assist the Trust in delivering its mission to deliver out-standing Catholic education for children and young people across Kent. To find out more information or submit an expression of interest, please contact Michelle Boniface, Company Secretary mboniface@kcsp.org.uk 01622 232670
 
SPUC The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children has produced postcards so that you can send a message to your MP urging him / her to vote against a dangerous abortion bill which is coming up in the House of Commons on Tuesday 23rd October 2018. The bill seeks to decriminalise abortion which would remove any effective legal protection for unborn babies and their mothers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Postcards are available in the Church porch. Thank you.
 
IMITATION ROLEX WATCH has been found in the Church carpark. If this belongs to you please contact the Parish Office.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Fiona’s Group - week beginning 8th October.
 
NOTICES: Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Friday 19th October at 8pm for a House Mass for Joan Wegrzyn RIP. Venue: 26 Dawn Lane, Kings Hill. ME19 4DH. Contact Chantal Ekeuh 07966577612
 

 

26th Sunday of the Year (B)    01 October 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: stthomasmorerc@btconnect.com    Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

26th Sunday of the Year (B)
HARVEST FESTIVAL
30th September 2018
 
THIS WEEKEND IS OUR HARVEST FESTIVAL with celebrations for the Harvest at all Masses including the Har-vest Family Mass at 10am - please continue to bring in tins and non-perishable goods for the Harvest Table and there will be a retiring collection for the ‘Margate Food Parcel Scheme’ at all Masses. Also envelopes for the ‘Cafod Harvest Fast Day’ on Friday week, 5th October, will be available for collection.
 
DURING THE WEEK The Pre-School will have their Harvest Service on Tuesday 2nd October at 11am in the Church. We are also hosting the Kent Delegates from the Eucharistic Congress in the Church on Tuesday evening from 7 to 9pm. Offers of help with refreshments would be appreciated - please see Fr. Peter.
 
NEXT WEEKEND On Sunday we welcome the Confirmation candidates from the Deanery Parishes to join our can-didates in an afternoon of preparation from 3 to 8pm which will include the 5.30pm Mass which they will present (and welcome their families and sponsors who will join them) and a short rehearsal afterwards. Donations of cakes for the refreshments after 5.30pm Mass and help with this would be appreciated - again see Fr. Peter. Also next Sunday, we welcome the Syro-Malabar community for their monthly Mass.
 
REV. HUGH BROADBENT the Rector of Snodland is retiring next weekend. We offer him our thanks for all he has given to Snodland and especially ‘Churches Together in Snodland’ and our prayers and best wishes for the future.
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR Fr. John Mulligan RIP, the Diocesan organiser for the Eucharistic Congress - and the Parish of Morden with his funeral at Morden this week - and we offer him and them our prayers and love and support at this time.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (25th Week of the Year) 29
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Alexander Thompson-O’Connor
(Harvest) Mrs. Elizabeth Kirk - Intentions
SUNDAY
26th Sunday of the Year (B)
HARVEST FESTIVAL
30
10am
5.30pm
(Harvest Family Mass) Darren Kenny RIP (recent)
(Harvest) The Parishioners
MONDAY (St. Therése) 1 Oct 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (Guardian Angels) 2
9.30am
7-9pm
Private Intention (P.C.)
‘Adoremus’ Evening in Church
WEDNESDAY (26th Week of the Year) 3
9.30am
Communion Service
THURSDAY (St. Francis of Assisi) 4 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Harvest Fast Day) 5 9.30am Ged Naughton RIP and Family
SATURDAY (26th Week of the Year)
6
5pm
David A. Fellows RIP (Anniversary)
SUNDAY
27th Sunday of the Year (B)
Rosary Sunday
Confirmation Preparation
7
10am
12 noon
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Private Intentions
Syro-Malabar Mass
(With Confirmation Candidates) Parishes and Candidates
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Frank Hall; May Piddock; Audrey Matcham; Maggi Jones; Mary Sellwood; Sharon Smith; Joana and Ray Murphy; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Simona Sisestean; Susan Peek; Ena Dowson; Fr. Peter Lessiter; James Cork; Fr. John Mulli-gan. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Henry Riddick; Mary Brayshaw; Stephen Bradford; Clare Harding; Mr. Waters; Mary Heming; Mary Dolores (Doris) Frake; John Sterrett; Henry Morton; Kathleen Maybank; John McCourt; Kathleen Day; Francis Martin; Bridget Robbins; Peggy Kilgallen; Aimee Kirkham; John Drake; Edith May Goldrick.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 30
10am
No Children’s Liturgy (Harvest Family Mass)
MONDAY 1 Oct 6-7pm ‘Girls’ Confirmation Group - ‘The Confirmation Ceremony’
TUESDAY 2
1.30-3pm
7-9pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
‘Adoremus Evening’ in Church
WEDNESDAY 3
 
2.30pm
(Council of Priests in London)
Friendship Group meet in the Church Porch
SATURDAY 6
10-11am
‘Boys’ Confirmation Group - ‘The Confirmation Ceremony’
SUNDAY 7
10am
3-8pm
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Confirmation Preparation Meeting
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £319.44
 

FUNDRAISING

£1,821.30 total raised in August through donations and events. Overall total raised is £83,447.31
Amount still owed on loan is £1,552.69
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
LUCIA’S CONCERT will take place on Sunday 14th October. Refreshments from 3.30pm. Concert begins at 4pm. Suggested donations of Adults £5 and Children £1
*******
OPEN-AIR CONCERT raised £1,212.02 Many thanks to all who organised and supported this.
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 10th October from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Schedules for classes starting in October 2018 are now at the back of the Church. Please note that children must be currently in at least Year 3 at school to participate. Any parents interested in putting their child forward will need to attend the first parents meeting on Wednesday 10th October 2018 with refreshments from 7.30pm and the meeting commencing at 8pm. The cut-off date for acceptance into this year’s Class is 18th November 2018. No children will be accepted onto the course after this date.
 
HARVEST FESTIVAL is this weekend of 29th/30th September. Parishioners are asked to bring in tins and non-perishable goods for the Harvest Festival and place them on the table by the altar.
 
100 CLUB Dee will be in the Porch after all Masses from Saturday 29th September and throughout October to collect annual subscriptions. She will also be looking out for new members. A list of this year’s winners will be on the notice board in the porch.
 
LILIES Dee will also be taking donations for remembrance lilies to commemorate All Souls. Lilies are still £3 each with names of your deceased loved ones displayed on boards during the period of All Souls.
 
DONATE8 HELP PLEASE! Flower arrangers are needed to help bring colour and blooms to our church. No experience required – just come along, join the team and they’ll show you how. Who knows - your home arrangements may benefit also! Why not Donate8 today?
 
MINA CRENNAN We have had a request from a relation of Mina Crennan, asking if anyone has any information regarding her whereabouts. Her name was in our News-letter in 2012 to be prayed for. If you have heard of this lady would you please con-tact Peter and Dee Avery on 01732 870207.
 
 
CHANGE OF MASS TIMES
 
Maidstone Deanery have been discussing possible changes to Mass times. At the Parish Meeting it was suggested that the 10am Mass could be moved to either 9am or 9.30am. We would very much like to hear your opinion / preference of time and would appreciate them being emailed to the Parish Office by 30th September.
 
 
JPIC SOUTHWARK have been contacted by a group of Benedictine Sisters in Vuura, Uganda who are looking for funding for an urgently needed water tank. The water tank they have is now very old and needs replacing and they are looking for our help. Their website address is http://www.benedictinesistersvuura.org If you are able to be of assistance please contact Marie Bullard, JPIC Office Co-ordinator, Justice and Peace Commission, Archdiocese of Southwark. Tel no. 020 7928 9742 and she can pass on further information or email Sr. Elizabeth Mutesi at emutesi88@gmail.com
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Wiesia’s Group - week beginning 1st October.
 
FRIENDSHIP GROUP meet this Wednesday 3rd October in the Church Porch. All are welcome.
 
GARDENING CLUB meet on Saturday 6th October from 10am to 12 noon. All are welcome.
 
NOTICES: Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Friday 19th October at 8pm for a House Mass for Joan Wegrzyn RIP. Venue: 26 Dawn Lane, Kings Hill. ME19 4DH. Contact Chantal Ekeuh 07966577612
 

 

25th Sunday of the Year (B)    21 September 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: stthomasmorerc@btconnect.com    Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

25th Sunday of the Year (B)
CONFIRMATION ENROLMENT
23rd September 2018
 
THIS WEEKEND - CONFIRMATION ENROLMENT will take place during Mass. Please pray for Elizabeth Black-burn; Luke Cilia; Jack Clarke; Ethan Corette; Liam Corette; Ciara Hedley; Elysia Penny; Benjamin Taylor and Rory Thornton as they are enrolled today and go forward to Confirmation on 14th October (also Indigo Thornton who is also going forward) - our congratulations and prayers.
 
DURING THE WEEK The School will have their Harvest Mass on Friday (28th) at 9.30am. (The Pre-School will have their Harvest Service on Tuesday 2nd October at 11am in the Church.)
 
NEXT WEEKEND IS OUR HARVEST FESTIVAL with celebrations for the Harvest at all Masses including the Har-vest Family Mass at 10am - please continue to bring in tins and non-perishable goods for the Harvest Table and there will be a retiring collection for the ‘Margate Food Parcel Scheme’ at all Masses. Also envelopes for the ‘Cafod Harvest Fast Day’ on Friday week, 5th October, will be available for collection.
 
MRS. ENA DOWSON RIP Ena, who was our former Deputy Head at More Park, died last week. Her funeral will be on Friday 5th October at 10.15am at St. Andrew’s RC Church, Tenterden. We give thanks for all she gave to our School and Parish in her time with us and ask you to pray for her, her family and friends and the many people who knew her.
 
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY for James Cork and his family as they prepare for his funeral on Wednesday (see below) and for Fr. John Mulligan and the Parish of Morden and we offer them all our love and support and prayers at this time.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (24th Week of the Year) 22
5pm
 
 

(Confirmation Enrolment)

Beno and Neville Perera - intentions

SUNDAY
25th Sunday of the Year (B)
Confirmation Enrolment Weekend
23
10am
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy and Confirmation Enrolment)
Arthur and Trish Champ (30th Wedding Anniversary)
(Confirmation Enrolment) The Parishioners
MONDAY (Our Lady of Walsingham) 24 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (25th Week of the Year) 25
9.30am
Communion Service
WEDNESDAY (25th Week of the Year) 26
9.30am
 
12.30pm
Fr. Peter Lessiter RIP (recent)
 
Funeral of James Cork RIP at Vinters Park Crematorium
THURSDAY (St. Vincent de Paul) 27 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (25th Week of the Year) 28 9.30am Harvest Mass in SCHOOL
SATURDAY (25th Week of the Year)
29
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Alexander Thompson-O’Connor
(Harvest) Mrs. Elizabeth Kirk - Intentions
SUNDAY
26th Sunday of the Year (B)
HARVEST FESTIVAL
30
10am
5.30pm
(Harvest Family Mass) Darren Kenny RIP (recent)
(Harvest) The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Frank Hall; May Piddock; Isabel Elanjickal; Gibson N’Woke; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Simona Sisestean; Susan Peek; Ena Dowson; Fr. Peter Lessiter; James Cork; Fr. John Mulli-gan. Also Iris Roots (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Mary Moran; Eileen Cronin; Alice Ballard; Patrick Cunningham; Esther Davies; Brian Guyver; Eri-ka Tanczos; Matthew George McMahon; John William Harris; Martin Fay; Pope John Paul l; Ellen Battock; Mary Brayshaw; Ste-phen Bradford; Clare Harding.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 23
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 24 6-7pm ‘Girls’ Confirmation Group - ‘The Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit’
TUESDAY 25 1.30-3pm Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 26
2.30pm
6.30pm
Committee Meeting in Pre-School
Governors Meeting in School
FRIDAY 28
9.30am - 12 noon
6-9pm
Macmillan Coffee Morning in The Priest’s House
PTA Pamper Evening in School (see below)
SATURDAY 29
10-11am
12 noon - 4pm
‘Boys’ Confirmation Group - ‘The Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit’
Parish Barbecue in the Orchard
SUNDAY 30
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind and generous Offerings last Sunday.
 

FUNDRAISING

£1,821.30 total raised in August through donations and events. Overall total raised is £83,447.31
Amount still owed on loan is £1,552.69
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
PARISH BARBECUE in the Orchard behind the Church on Saturday 29th September, 12 noon to 4pm.
Tickets will be on sale after all Masses from this weekend. Tickets: Adults £5 and Children £2.50
LAST SALE DAY FOR TICKETS WILL BE TUESDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER (ordering of food)
We would like people to bring a salad or dessert to share. Please see the list at the back of Church.
*******
LUCIA’S CONCERT will take place on Sunday 14th October. Refreshments from 3.30pm. Concert begins at 4pm. Suggested donations of Adults £5 and Children £1
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 10th October from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Schedules for classes starting in October 2018 are now at the back of the Church. Please note that children must be currently in at least Year 3 at school to participate. Any parents interested in putting their child forward will need to attend the first parents meeting on Wednesday 10th October 2018 with refreshments from 7.30pm and the meeting com-mencing at 8pm. The cut-off date for acceptance into this year’s Class is 18th November 2018. No children will be accepted onto the course after this date.
 
HARVEST WORKSHOP will now take place during Children’s Liturgy this Sunday. Readings etc for the Harvest Mass will also be given out at the same time.
 
HARVEST FESTIVAL is the weekend of 29th/30th September. Parishioners are asked to bring in tins and non-perishable goods for the Harvest Festival and place them on the table by the altar.
 
100 CLUB Dee will be in the Porch after all Masses from Saturday 29th September and throughout October to collect annual subscriptions. She will also be looking out for new members. A list of this year’s winners will be on the notice board in the porch.
 
 
CHANGE OF MASS TIMES
 
Maidstone Deanery have been discussing possible changes to Mass times. At the Parish Meeting it was suggested that the 10am Mass could be moved to either 9am or 9.30am. We would very much like to hear your opinion / preference of time and would appreciate them being emailed to the Parish Office by 30th September.
 
 
LILIES Dee will also be taking donations for remembrance lilies to commemorate All Souls. Lilies are still £3 each with names of your deceased loved ones displayed on boards during the period of All Souls.
 
PAMPER EVENING in More Park School on Friday 28th September from 6-9pm. There is an entrance fee of £5 (which includes a complimentary glass of Prosecco) and can be paid online https://www.pta-events.co.uk/more-park or at School pick up. Many treat-ments are available at great prices (please see a member of the PTA to book your treat-ment before the night).
 
MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING Friday 28th September from 9.30am - 12 noon in the Priest’s House. Donations of cakes and raffle prizes are needed.
 
MINA CRENNAN We have had a request from a relation of Mina Crennan, asking if anyone has any information regarding her whereabouts. Her name was in our Newsletter in 2012 to be prayed for. If you have heard of this lady would you please contact Peter and Dee Avery on 01732 870207.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Eileen’s Group - week beginning 24th September.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Friday 19th October at 8pm for a House Mass for Joan Wegrzyn RIP. Venue: 26 Dawn Lane, Kings Hill. ME19 4DH. Contact Chantal Ekeuh 07966577612
 

 

24th Sunday of the Year (B)    16 September 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: stthomasmorerc@btconnect.com    Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

24th Sunday of the Year (B)
16th September 2018
 
THIS WEEKEND is Home Mission Sunday with a collection during the Notices to support the Bishops National work of Evangelisation. In today’s Gospel Jesus presents us, as Disciples, with a challenging question, “Who do you say I am?” For some the most challenging element of this question is about whether we talk about Him at all. Today on Home Mission Sunday we have been praying for the spread of the Gospel and in the second collection will have the opportunity to support it financially by giving what we can. The money you give to this collection does not go abroad but is used to help Catholics in England and Wales become more confident in sharing their faith. For more information about the Home Mission Office please visit www.homemission.org.uk
 
NEXT WEEKEND - CONFIRMATION ENROLMENT will take place during Mass. Please pray for our candi-dates as they make their decision whether to enrol or defer this weekend.
 
THANKS to all who arranged and supported our ’Open-Air’ Cinema fundraising event this weekend - we will let you know the amount raised.
 
PRAYERS PLEASE for James Cork of Snodland and his family as they prepare for his funeral at Vinters Park Crematorium on Wednesday 26th September at 12.30pm - also Fr. John Mulligan and the Parish of Morden - and we offer them all our love and support and prayers at this time.
 
GOOD WISHES to Bishop Paul Mason in his new role as ’Bishop of the Forces’ - also to Fr. Sam Davey who is leaving Maidstone for a new appointment in the Archdiocese of Birmingham - and we offer them our thanks and prayers.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (23rd Week of the Year) 15
5pm
Beno and Neville Perera - Wedding Anniversary
SUNDAY
24th Sunday of the Year (B)
16
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Ellen Caughlin RIP
The Parishioners
MONDAY (24th Week of the Year) 17 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (24th Week of the Year) 18
9.30am
Fr. John Mulligan RIP
WEDNESDAY (24thWeek of the Year) 19
9.30am
Communion Service
THURSDAY (St. Andrew Kim and Companions) 20 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (St. Matthew) 21 9.30am Canon Joseph Simmons RIP (Foundation Mass)
SATURDAY (24th Week of the Year)
22
5pm
 

(Confirmation Enrolment) 

Beno and Neville Perera - intentions

SUNDAY
25th Sunday of the Year (B)
Confirmation Enrolment Weekend
23
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy and Confirmation Enrolment) The Parishioners
(Confirmation Enrolment) The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Susan Peek; Frank Hall; May Pid-dock; Isabel Elanjickal; Mary Sellwood; Audrey Matcham; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our coun-try and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Fr. Peter Lessiter; James Cork; Fr. John Mulligan; Iris Roots. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Christine Webster; Denis McCarton; Gwendolin Jupp; Mary Cunning; Noreen Hendricks; Benja-min Feehan; Canon Joseph Simmons; Vera Comer; Mary Moran; Eileen Cronin; Alice Ballard; Patrick Cunningham; Esther Davies.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 16
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
TUESDAY 18
1.30-3pm
8pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Kings Hill and Mereworth Area Group Meeting - see below
WEDNESDAY 19 8pm Children’s Liturgy Organisers meet in the Priest’s House
FRIDAY 21 7-9pm Youth Group meet in SCHOOL
SUNDAY 23
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £397.68 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collection raised £169.61
 

FUNDRAISING

£1,821.30 total raised in August through donations and events. Overall total raised is £83,447.31
Amount still owed on loan is £1,552.69
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
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PARISH BARBECUE in the Orchard behind the Church on Saturday 29th September,
12 noon to 4pm. Tickets will be on sale after all Masses from this weekend. Tickets: Adults £5 and Children £2.50
LAST SALE DAY FOR TICKETS WILL BE TUESDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER (ordering of food)
We would like people to bring a salad or dessert to share. Please see the list at the back of Church.
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LUCIA’S CONCERT will take place on Sunday 14th October. Refreshments from 3.30pm. Concert begins at 4pm. Suggested donations of Adults £5 and Children £1
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NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 10th October from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Schedules for classes starting in October 2018 are now at the back of the Church. Please note that children must be currently in at least Year 3 at school to participate. Any parents interested in putting their child forward will need to attend the first parents meeting on Wednesday 10th October 2018 with refreshments from 7.30pm and the meeting com-mencing at 8pm. The cut-off date for acceptance into this year’s Class is 18th November 2018. No children will be accepted onto the course after this date.
 
HARVEST FESTIVAL is the weekend of 29th/30th September. Parishioners are asked to bring in tins and non-perishable goods for the Harvest Festival and place them on the table by the altar.
 
MISSIO The Mission Today magazines have arrived and our collectors will shortly be contacting all Red Box holders to carry out the Autumn collection. If you haven’t seen your box lately, please accept a gentle nudge to dust it off (and add something to it?) in readiness for your collector.
 
DIOCESAN DAY FOR CATECHISTS Catechists and Children’s Liturgists are invited to attend the annual Diocesan Day for Cat-echists at St. George’s Cathedral, Southwark. SE1 6HR on Saturday 22nd September 2018. Fr. Peter has the details, information and forms.
 
 
CHANGE OF MASS TIMES
 
Maidstone Deanery have been discussing possible changes to Mass times. At the Parish Meeting it was suggested that the 10am Mass could be moved to either 9am or 9.30am. We would very much like to hear your opinion / preference of time and would appreciate them being emailed to the Parish Office by 30th September.
 
 
MOTHERS PRAYERS ‘Mothers Prayers’ was launched in England in 1995. At that time, two Grandmothers, both from England, felt led by the Lord to pray in a special way for their children. Through prayer, they learnt that Jesus wishes all mothers to surrender their children into His care, to take away pain from the mothers and to pour blessings on their children. ‘Mothers Prayers’ has now spread throughout the world and is in over eighty countries. There have been many wonderful answers to prayers. A Prayer Group may be started with only two mothers with a recommended maximum of eight. Usually members meet each week but it can be every month. They obey the strict rule of confi-dentiality and anything that is said at the meeting must never be repeated. As mothers learn to trust each other, through their prayers and sharing together, their burdens be-come lighter. If you wish to start a Prayer Group in the Parish or would be interested in attending the group, please contact Steph Blackburn on 07977458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk This information is taken from the ‘Mothers Prayers’ booklet.
 
FOUNDATION GOVERNORS Kent Catholic Schools Partnership is looking for Foundation Governors to join governing bodies across a number of our academies in Kent. Foundation Governors are committed to supporting education in a Catholic context and help the Trust to deliver outstanding spiritual, moral and learning outcomes for children and young people. For further infor-mation please see the KCSP website at http://www.kcsp.org.uk/recruitment/ or contact the Trust on office@kcsp.org.uk
 
MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING Friday 28th September from 9.30am - 12 noon in the Priest’s House. Donations of cakes and raffle prizes are needed.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Steph’s Group - week beginning 17th September.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Tuesday 18th September at 8pm. Venue: 109 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill. ME19 4DS. Contact Mary Lockyear 01732 875752
 

 

23rd Sunday of the Year (B)    09 September 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: stthomasmorerc@btconnect.com    Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

23rd Sunday of the Year (B)
9th September 2018
 
THIS WEEKEND Three important things are happening:
  1. Fr. Peter Adu It’s Fr. Peter’s last weekend with us and we thank him very much for supplying for us in these Summer weeks and wish him every blessing in his work this year.
  2. The Eucharistic Congress is taking place in Liverpool this weekend and we keep all the partici-pants in our prayers and pray for its success. There is also an opportunity for us to join in the Con-gress with a Eucharistic afternoon of talks, Adoration and Benediction at Aylesford Priory - details in porch. (PLEASE SEE - “ON A SAD NOTE” BELOW)
  3. Today is also Education Sunday with a special collection during the Notices for the Catholic Edu-cation Service supporting Catholic Education on behalf of the Bishops.
THIS SATURDAY Our Open-Air Cinema in the Bishop’s garden for our fundraising - thanks to all who are organising this and please support (see overleaf).
 
NEXT WEEKEND is Home Mission Sunday with a collection during the Notices to support the Bishops National work of Evangelisation.
 
ON A SAD NOTE Fr. John Mulligan, the Diocesan organiser for the Eucharistic Congress very sadly died during the week - he had really put himself into the task of organising the Congress and its report back and we ask you to pray for him and his family - also my old Parish of Morden where he was Parish Priest.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (22nd Week of the Year) 8
5pm
Roshi and Ajay Belgaumker - Intentions
SUNDAY
23rd Sunday of the Year (B)
9
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
Holy Souls
MONDAY (23rd Week of the Year) 10 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (23rd Week of the Year) 11
9.30am
Private Intention
WEDNESDAY (23rd Week of the Year) 12
9.30am
 
Bishop Paul Mason (Installed as Bishop of The Forces today)
THURSDAY (23rd Week of the Year) 13 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (23rd Week of the Year) 14 9.30am Opening Mass in SCHOOL
SATURDAY (23rd Week of the Year)
15
5pm
Beno and Neville Perera - Wedding Anniversary
SUNDAY
24th Sunday of the Year (B)
16
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Ellen Caughlin RIP
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Susan Peek; Frank Hall; May Pid-dock and Family; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Fr. John Mulligan; Iris Roots. Also Joan Wegrzyn (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Denis Brown; Lydia Stone; Thomas Fay; Josephine Smith; Elizabeth Berry; James Hough; Lau-ren Hampton; Cherry Burgess; Mary Heaney; Christine Webster; Denis McCarton; Gwendolin Jupp; Mary Cunning.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 9
10am
12 noon-4pm
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Eucharistic Talks, Adoration and Benediction at Aylesford Priory
MONDAY 10
7-8pm
8pm
‘Girls’ Confirmation Group Meeting - ‘The Call of Confirmation’
Youth Leaders meet in the Priest’s House
TUESDAY 11 1.30-3pm Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 12
7 for 7.30pm
7.30-9.30pm
Parish Meeting in the Priest’s House
Needlework and Knitting Group meet in the Church Porch
FRIDAY 14 7-10pm Deanery Confirmation Prayer Evening at St. Peter’s, Bearsted
SATURDAY 15   Open-Air Cinema in the Bishop’s Garden - see below
SUNDAY 16 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £267.95 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Ian Whitehead (No.77) for the September draw.
 

FUNDRAISING

£1,821.30 total raised in August through donations and events. Overall total raised is £83,447.31
Amount still owed on loan is £1,552.69
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
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UPCOMING EVENT - OPEN-AIR CINEMA in the Bishop’s Garden featuring
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
Saturday 15th September - times and ticket prices to be announced
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NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 12th September from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Schedules for classes starting in October 2018 are now at the back of the Church. Please note that children must be currently in at least Year 3 at school to participate. Any parents interested in put-ting their child forward will need to attend the first parents meeting on Wednesday 10th October 2018 with refresh-ments from 7.30pm and the meeting commencing at 8pm. The cut-off date for acceptance into this year’s Class is 18th November 2018. No children will be accepted onto the course after this date.
 
HARVEST FESTIVAL Parishioners are asked to bring in tins and non-perishable goods for the Harvest Festival and place them on the table by the altar.
 
MISSIO The Mission Today magazines have arrived and our collectors will shortly be contacting all Red Box hold-ers to carry out the Autumn collection. If you haven’t seen your box lately, please accept a gentle nudge to dust it off (and add something to it?) in readiness for your collector.
 
DIOCESAN DAY FOR CATECHISTS Catechists and Children’s Liturgists are invited to attend the annual Diocesan Day for Catechists at St. George’s Cathedral, Southwark. SE1 6HR on Saturday 22nd September 2018. Fr. Peter has the details, information and forms.
 
“POPE FRANCIS A MAN OF HIS WORD” On Monday 10th September The Kino Cinema in Hawkhurst will be showing the documentary film, called “ Pope Francis a Man of his Word”. This has been made by the film director Wim Wenders. For details of the time and to book tickets see www.kinodigital.co.uk or ring 01580 754321
 
SPUC is urging people to send a postcard to the Home Secretary urging him not to recommend or promote legisla-tion to outlaw peaceful pro-life vigils, which have helped many women to choose life for their unborn baby. The free-dom to oppose abortion and offer help in public places is at risk. Postcards are available from the table in the Church porch. For more information, please call SPUC on 020 7091 7091
 
FOUNDATION GOVERNORS Kent Catholic Schools Partnership is looking for Foundation Governors to join gov-erning bodies across a number of our academies in Kent. Foundation Governors are committed to supporting edu-cation in a Catholic context and help the Trust to deliver outstanding spiritual, moral and learning outcomes for chil-dren and young people. For further information please see the KCSP website at http://www.kcsp.org.uk/recruitment/ or contact the Trust on office@kcsp.org.uk
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Fiona’s Group - week beginning 10th September.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Tuesday 18th September at 8pm. Venue: 109 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill. ME19 4DS. Contact Mary Lockyear 01732 875752
 

 

Sunday 2nd September 2018    31 August 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: stthomasmorerc@btconnect.com    Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

Sunday 2nd September 2018 – 22nd Sunday of the Year (B) – Holiday Period
Masses & Services this Week
 
 

Sat 1st September

 

2.30pm
 
5pm

Baptisms: Henry Bransby and Alana Lowe

Paul and Martha Perera RIP

Sun 2nd September (22nd Sunday of the Year)

 

10am

5.30pm

(Children) The Parishioners

Holy Souls

Mon 3rd September (St. Gregory) 9.30am Communion Service
Tues 4th September
9.30am
Joan Wegrzyn RIP (Meg and Tony Brewer)

Wed 5th September

9.30am

Deceased Relatives and Friends of the Lobo family

Thurs 6th September

 

 

11.30am

NO MASS OR SERVICE at 9.30am

Funeral Mass for Iris Roots RIP followed by a Service at Vinters Park Crematorium at 1.15pm)

Fri 7th September

 

 

9.30am

(Opening Mass in St. Simon Stock School at 8.45am)

Joan Wegrzyn RIP and Family (Steph, Ian and Family)

Sat 8th September (Our Lady’s Birthday)

5pm

Roshi and Ajay Belgaumker - Intentions

Sun 9th September (23rd Sunday of the Year)

 

10am
 
5.30pm

(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners

Holy Souls

 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Susan Peek; Frank Hall; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Iris Roots; Joan Wegrzyn. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Louise Smith; Alma Mills; George Hurley; Donald Hamilton; Annelieser Holledge; Rose Brimstead; Denis Brown; Lydia Stone; Thomas Fay.
 
EMERGENCY NOTICES
 
Opening Meetings and Events this Week
Tuesday: More Park School and Year 7 and 12 at St. Simon Stock School, start.
Wednesday: Pre-School and whole School at St. Simon Stock start.
Friday: Youth Group opening meeting in School
Saturday: ‘Ride and Stride’
Next Sunday: Children’s Liturgy restarts.
 
Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool next Weekend West Malling has been invited to cover the period 2pm to 3pm next Saturday, 8th September, at St. Francis, Maidstone for the Eucharistic Congress weekend – if anyone is willing to join in this can they let Fr. Peter know today – thanks!
 
Monday 10th September The Kino Cinema in Hawkhurst will be showing the documentary film, called “ Pope Francis a Man of his Word”. This has been made by the film director Wim Wenders. For details of the time and to book tickets see www.kinodigital.co.uk or ring 01580 754321
 

 

Sunday 26th August 2018 – 21st    24 August 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: stthomasmorerc@btconnect.com    Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

Sunday 26th August 2018 – 21st Sunday of the Year (B) – Holiday Period
Masses & Services this Week
 
 
Sat 25th August
2pm
Marriage of Stephanie Batchelor and Ashley Boden

Sun 26th August (21st Sunday of the Year)

5pm

10am

5.30pm

Benito Nolasca RIP (anniv.)

Sheila Tobin - welfare

 

Mon 27th August   NO MASS OR SERVICE (BANK HOLIDAY)
Tues 28th August (St. Augustine)
9.30am
 

Wed 29th August (St. John the Baptist)

9.30am

 

Thurs 30th August 9.30am Communion Service
Fri 31st August 9.30am  

Sat 1st September

2.30pm

5pm

Baptisms: Henry Bransby and Alana Lowe

Paul and Martha Perera RIP

Sun 2nd September (22nd Sunday of the Year)

 

10am
 
5.30pm

(Children) The Parishioners

The Parishioners

 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Susan Peek; Frank Hall; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Iris Roots; Joan Wegrzyn. Also Pat Watkins; Kerry O’Connell; Tim Baldock (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Elizabeth Hansa; Karen Cressey; Edward Byrne; Cathy Goodman; Leonard Joseph Gobel; Virginie Calvet; Clarissa Clarey; Louise Smith; Alma Mills; George Hurley.
 
EMERGENCY NOTICES
Congratulations and Prayers for Henry and Alana and their families on their Baptisms this Saturday and a huge thank you to Fr. Peter Adu for being with us as our Supply this Summer and our prayers for his future work.
Gardening Club Please note the date has been changed from 1st September to 8th September. All are welcome.
Harvest Festival The table will be going up next weekend and donations of non-perishable foods will be most welcome.
SVP Please see the Notice Board for information on an appeal run by St. Vincent de Paul Society raising funds for the flood disaster in Kerala, Southern India. To donate visit www.svp.org.uk or call 020 7703 3030 or cheques to SVP, Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London. SE1 7JB.
Reflection and Prayer with St. Jude please see notice board for details.
 

 

Sunday 19th August 2018    17 August 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: stthomasmorerc@btconnect.com    Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

Sunday 19th August 2018 – 20th Sunday of the Year (B) – Holiday Period
Masses & Services this Week
 
 
Sat 18th August
5pm
Holy Souls

Sun 19th August (20th Sunday of the Year)

 

10am

5.30pm

Don Donovan RIP (1st Anniversary)

Alix Terrière and Children

Mon 20th August (St. Bernard) 9.30am Communion Service
Tues 21st August (St. Pius X)
9.30am
 

Wed 22nd August (Our Lady, Queen)

9.30am

 

Thurs 23rd August (St. Rose) 9.30am Communion Service
Fri 24th August (St. Bartholomew) 9.30am  

Sat 25th August

 

2pm
 
5pm

Marriage of Stephanie Batchelor and Ashley Boden

Benito Nolasca RIP (anniv.)

Sun 26th August (21st Sunday of the Year)

 

10am
 
5.30pm

Sheila Tobin - welfare

 

 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Susan Peek; Frank Hall; our housebound and all at
Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Iris Roots; Joan Wegrzyn; Pat Watkins; Kerry O’Connell; Tim Baldock. Also Joy Gailbraith (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Henry Berry; Lilian Barbieri; Richard Hunter; Mark Johnson; Kevin Cunning Snr; Annie Silverwood; Oliver Devlin; Doreen Harris; Maureen Dunster; Ronald Wade; Don Donovan; Ethne Lonergan; Charlie Baker; Elizabeth Hansa.
 
EMERGENCY NOTICES
 
We congratulate and pray for Stephanie and Ashley on their Marriage this Saturday.
 

 

Sunday 12th August 2018    10 August 2018
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PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: stthomasmorerc@btconnect.com    Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

Sunday 12th August 2018 – 19th Sunday of the Year (B) – Holiday Period
Masses & Services this Week
 
 
Sat 11th August (St. Clare)
5pm
Sebastian Inguito Snr. (Anniversary)

Sun 12th August (19th Sunday of the Year)

 

10am

5.30pm

Robert Content RIP

Francis Ward RIP

Mon 13th August 9.30am Communion Service
Tues 14th August (St. Maximilian Kolbe)
9.30am
Communion Service

Wed 15th August

(Feast of The Assumption) [Holy Day of Obligation]

 

 
10am
 
8pm

 

Mass

Mass

Thurs 16th August 9.30am Communion Service
Fri 17th August 9.30am Communion Service
Sat 18th August
5pm
Holy Souls

Sun 19th August (20th Sunday of the Year)

 

10am
 
5.30pm

Don Donovan RIP (1st Anniversary)

Alix Terrière and Children

 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Susan Peek; Frank Hall; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Joan Wegrzyn; Pat Watkins; Kerry O’Connell; Tim Baldock; Joy Gailbraith. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Kenneth Hennessey; Frank Ward; Diana Owen; Hazel Usher; Nora Gilligan; Maureen Newman; Jeffery Lemon; Sidney Stevens; Ellen Martin; Henry Berry; Lilian Barbieri; Richard Hunter.
 
EMERGENCY NOTICES
Don’t forget the Feast of The Assumption on Wednesday – a Holy Day of Obligation when we should try to get to Mass if we can.
 
Fundraising Update: £2,479.58 raised in July. Total raised so far - £81,626.01 Balance owing £3,373.99
 
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Roger Numas (no. 106) for the August draw.
 

 

Sunday 5th August 2018    04 August 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: stthomasmorerc@btconnect.com    Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

Sunday 5th August 2018 – 19th Sunday of the Year (A) – Holiday Period
Masses & Services this Week
 
 
Sat 4th August (Curé D’Ars)
5pm
All Deceased Friends of the Perera Family RIP
Sun 5th August (18th Sunday of the Year)

10am

5.30pm

Germain Ekeuh - Thanksgiving

Holy Souls

Mon 6th August (Transfiguration) 9.30am Communion Service
Tues 7th August
9.30am
Holy Souls
Wed 8th August (St. Dominic)
9.30am
 
Deceased Relatives & Friends of the Lobo Family
Thurs 9th August (St. Edith Stein) 9.30am Communion Service
Fri 10th August (St. Lawrence)   NO MASS OR SERVICE (Funeral Mass for Joan Wegrzyn RIP at 10am)
Sat 11th August (St. Clare)
5pm
Sebastian Inguito Snr. RIP (anniv.)
Sun 12th August (19th Sunday of the Year)
10am
 
5.30pm

Robert Content RIP

Francis Ward RIP (anniv.)

 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Susan Peek; Frank Hall; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Joan Wegrzyn; Pat Watkins; Kerry O’Connell; Tim Baldock; Joy Gailbraith. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: John Kane; Arthur Cole; Dennis O’Connell; Joe Micallef; Kenneth Hennessey; Frank Ward.
 
EMERGENCY NOTICES:
 
1.  West Malling have been invited to cover the period 2pm to 3pm on Saturday 8th September at the Adoration in St. Francis, Maidstone for the Eucharistic Congress weekend – if anyone is willing to join Fr. Peter in this, can you contact the office.
 
2. Eucharistic Day taking place at Aylesford Priory in the Choir Chapel on Sunday 9th September. Please see the notice board for more details.
 

 

17th Sunday of the Year (B)    29 July 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: stthomasmorerc@btconnect.com    Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

17th Sunday of the Year (B)
HOLIDAY PERIOD
29th July 2018
 
THIS WEEKEND With the Pre-School closing last Monday we are now in our Holiday Period. We wish all parishioners going on holiday a safe and happy time and welcome all visitors to our Parish in the Summer weeks. And we hope everyone will get some rest and renewal in these weeks.
 
FR. PETER ADU Our Summer Supply - is due to arrive this weekend or during this week. We welcome him warmly and hope he has a very happy time with us and we thank him for coming to supply for us.
 
THIS NEWSLETTER covers the whole holiday period until September. Mass Intentions and Communion Services and any emergency announcements will be posted on the website and on the notice board in the Church each week. Weekend Mass times together with the Feast of The Assumption (a Holy Day of Obli-gation) on 15th August and September opening dates are on a special page 3 of this Newsletter.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (16th Week of the Year) 28
5pm
Mr. E. Corrette RIP (anniv.)
SUNDAY
17th Sunday of the Year (B)
Start of Holiday Period
29
10am
5.30pm
(Children) Roy Sellwood RIP (1st Anniversary and Birthday)
Pierrette Hadonou RIP (Medard and Family)
MONDAY (17th Week of the Year) 30 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (St. Ignatius of Loyola) 31
9.30am
Communion Service
WEDNESDAY (St. Alphonsus) 1 Aug
9.30am
 
Communion Service
THURSDAY (17th Week of the Year) 2 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (17th Week of the Year) 3 9.30am Communion Service
SATURDAY (St. John Vianney)
4
5pm
All Deceased Parents of the Perera Family
SUNDAY
18th Sunday of the Year (B)
Holiday Period
5
10am
12 noon
5.30pm
(Children) Germaine Ekeuh - Thanksgiving
Syro-Malabar Mass
Holy Souls
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Susan Peek; Frank Hall; Sheila Pearmain; Emily Barrett; Siobhan Golburn; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Pat Watkins; Kerry O’Connell; Tim Baldock; Joy Gailbraith. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Fr. Peter’s Mother; Philippa Wellesley-Colley; John Hubble; Patrick McDaid; Mary O’Kelly; Jo-seph Brennan; Roy O’Connell; Mary Watson; Mercedes Teresa Hawkins; Maurice Krarup; John Metcalfe; Maria Ar-genta; Agnes O’Rourke; Nancy Daly; John Kane; Arthur Cole.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 29
 
No Children’s Liturgy - Summer Break
TUESDAY 31
 
No Baby & Toddler Group - Summer Break
SATURDAY 4   (Marriage of Oliver Stevens and Helen Williamson in Marbella)
SUNDAY 5  
No Children’s Liturgy - Summer Break

THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £381.14 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 
NOTE TO GIFT AIDERS Your new boxes are now in the porch. Please collect them as soon as possible. If you no longer pay tax or pay insufficient tax to cover your donations please let us know by leaving a note to the Gift Aid organiser. If there is no box for you and you think there should be please let the office know.
 

FUNDRAISING

£200.00 total raised in June through donations and events. Overall total raised is £79,146.43
Amount still owed on loan is £5,853.57
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
UPCOMING EVENT - OPEN-AIR CINEMA in the Bishop’s Garden featuring THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
Saturday 15th September - times and ticket prices to be announced
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 8th August from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
DIOCESAN DAY FOR CATECHISTS Catechists and Children’s Liturgists are invited to attend the annual Diocesan Day for Catechists at St. George’s Cathedral, Southwark. SE1 6HR on Saturday 22nd Septem-ber 2018. Please see the Notice Board for programme details and for more information.
 
MOTHERS PRAYERS ‘Mothers Prayers’ was launched in England in 1995. At that time, two Grandmoth-ers, both from England, felt led by the Lord to pray in a special way for their children. Through prayer, they learnt that Jesus wishes all mothers to surrender their children into His care, to take away pain from the mothers and to pour blessings on their children. ‘Mothers Prayers’ has now spread throughout the world and is in over eighty countries. There have been many wonderful answers to prayers. A Prayer Group may be started with only two mothers with a recommended maximum of eight. Usually members meet each week but it can be every month. They obey the strict rule of confidentiality and anything that is said at the meeting must never be repeated. As mothers learn to trust each other, through their prayers and sharing together, their burdens become lighter. If you wish to start a Prayer Group in the Parish or would be interested in attending the group, please contact Steph Blackburn on 07977458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk This information is taken from the ‘Mothers Prayers’ booklet.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Eileen’s Group - week beginning 30th July; Wiesia’s Group - week beginning 6th August; Wiesia’s Group - week beginning 6th August; Fiona’s Group - week beginning 13th August; Steph’s Group - week beginning 20th August; Eileen’s Group - week beginning 27th August; Wiesia’s Group - week beginning 3rd September.
 
FLOWER ARRANGERS WOULD ALL FLOWER ARRANGERS MEET IN CHURCH AT 10AM ON FRI-DAY 24TH AUGUST FOR WEDDING FLOWERS. Greenery will be required.
 
NOTICES Including: Training Day for the Ministry to the Bereaved; Information from PACT about volun-teering opportunities; Heart of Kent Hospice Volunteer Open Morning on 11th August - 10am to 1pm; Christian Resources Exhibitions Newsletter; Please see the Notice Board for more details.

AUGUST - SEPTEMBER: WEEKEND AND ASSUMPTION MASSES

Saturday 4th August
5pm

Sunday 5th August

(18th Sunday of the Year)

10am
 
5.30pm
Saturday 11th August 5pm

Sunday 12th August

(19th Sunday of the Year)

10am
 
5.30pm

Wednesday 15th August

(The Assumption)

10am
8pm
Saturday 18th August 5pm

Sunday 19th August

(20th Sunday of the Year)

10am
 
5.30pm
Saturday 25th August 5pm

Sunday 26th August

(21st Sunday of the Year)

10am
 
5.30pm
Saturday 1st September 5pm

Sunday 2nd September

(22nd Sunday of the Year)

10am
 
5.30pm

 

SEPTEMBER OPENING MEETINGS

Pre-School Restarts:

School Restarts:

St. Simon Stock School Restarts:

 

Wednesday 5th September

Tuesday 4th September

Tuesday 4th September

Wednesday 5th September

 

 

Years 7 and 12

Whole School

Youth Group Restarts:

“Ride and Stride”:

Children’s Liturgy Restarts:

Baby and Toddler Group Restarts:

Friday 7th September 7-9pm

Saturday 8th September

Sunday 9th September

Tuesday 11th September

SCHOOL

 

10am Mass

1.30-3pm in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre

Parish Meeting: Wednesday 12th September 7 for 7.30pm in the Priest’s House

 

16th Sunday of the Year (B)    20 July 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: stthomasmorerc@btconnect.com    Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

16th Sunday of the Year (B)
START OF HOLIDAY PERIOD
22nd July 2018
 
THIS WEEKEND We continue July and start our Holiday Period with thanks to everyone who have worked so hard to help our Parish to grow and live during this past year and come together to face the challenges we have faced so well. Today (Sunday) we also have our last Children’s Liturgy before the Summer Break and thank all our Children’s Liturgy leaders for their marvellous work - next Liturgy on 9th September.
 
DURING THE WEEK The Pre-School have their last day on Monday and we would like to thank them for all their work with a special thank you to Grazyna Berriman for her work with the Pre-School over many years. We also continue the Confirmation Interviews and ask you to keep our Confirmation Candidates in your prayers in their ’Prayer Course’ during the Summer weeks. Saturday - PARISH BARBECUE - see overleaf for details and please support us if you can.
 
FR. PETER ADU Our Summer Supply - is due to join us this week but has yet to confirm this but we hope he will be at our Parish Barbecue and Masses next weekend and thank him for coming to help us.
 
NEXT WEEKEND’S NEWSLETTER will cover the whole Holiday Period between now and September - if you want to put something in it, you will need to notify the office by 12 noon on Wednesday. Thanks!
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (15th Week of the Year) 21
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Charlotte Armansin
Lucy and Joseph - intentions
SUNDAY
16th Sunday of the Year (B)
Start of Holiday Period
22
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Josephine Engelbrecht RIP
The Parishioners
MONDAY (St. Bridget) 23 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (16th Week of the Year) 24
9.30am
Holy Souls
WEDNESDAY (St. James) 25
9.30am
 
Deceased Relatives and Friends of the Lobo family
THURSDAY (Ss. Joachim and Anne) 26 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (16th Week of the Year) 27 9.30am The Parishioners
SATURDAY (16th Week of the Year)
28
5pm
Mr. E. Corrette RIP (anniv.)
SUNDAY
17th Sunday of the Year (B)
Holiday Period
29
10am
5.30pm
(Children) Roy Sellwood RIP (1st Anniversary and Birthday)
Pierrette Hadonou RIP (Medard and Family)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby G ,jiorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Susan Peek; Frank Hall; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Tim Baldock; Joy Gailbraith. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict through-out the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Maura Wrenn; Solange Batchelor; Frances Shields; Harry Roberts; Angela Madigan; Brad (Patrick) Bradford; Stephen Mullins; Fr. Peter’s Mother; Philippa Wellesley-Colley; John Hubble; Patrick McDaid.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 22
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 23 5.45-8pm Confirmation Interviews
TUESDAY 24
 
5-7.15pm
8pm
No Baby & Toddler Group - Summer Break
Confirmation Interviews
Youth Leaders Meeting in the Priest’s House
WEDNESDAY 25   Confirmation Interviews
THURSDAY 26 2pm Friendship Group meet at Jenny’s Barn for a ‘Cream Tea’
SATURDAY 28

 

12 noon to 4pm

Confirmation Interviews
 
Parish Barbecue in the Orchard
SUNDAY 29  
No Children’s Liturgy - Summer Break

THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £391.34 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 
NOTE TO GIFT AIDERS Your new boxes are now in the porch. Please collect them as soon as possible. If you no longer pay tax or pay insufficient tax to cover your donations please let us know by leaving a note to the Gift Aid or-ganiser. If there is no box for you and you think there should be please let the office know.
 

FUNDRAISING

£200.00 total raised in June through donations and events. Overall total raised is £79,146.43
Amount still owed on loan is £5,853.57
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
PARISH BARBECUE in the Orchard behind the Church on Saturday 28th July, 12 noon to 4pm. There will also be a Table Top Sale at this event. Tickets will be on sale after all Masses next weekend 14th July and 21st July. All are welcome. Tickets are Adults £5 and children £2.50
LAST SALE DAY FOR TICKETS WILL BE TUESDAY 24TH JULY (so food can be ordered)
We would like people to bring a salad or dessert to share.
Please see the list at the back of Church.
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 8th August from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
MOTHERS PRAYERS ‘Mothers Prayers’ was launched in England in 1995. At that time, two Grandmothers, both from England, felt led by the Lord to pray in a special way for their children. Through prayer, they learnt that Jesus wishes all mothers to surrender their children into His care, to take away pain from the mothers and to pour blessings on their children. ‘Mothers Prayers’ has now spread throughout the world and is in over eighty countries. There have been many wonderful answers to prayers. A Prayer Group may be started with only two mothers with a recommended maximum of eight. Usually members meet each week but it can be every month. They obey the strict rule of confidentiality and anything that is said at the meeting must never be repeated. As mothers learn to trust each other, through their prayers and sharing together, their bur-dens become lighter. If you wish to start a Prayer Group in the Parish or would be interested in attending the group, please contact Steph Blackburn on 07977458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk This information is taken from the ‘Mothers Prayers’ booklet.
 
 
CHILDREN’S LITURGY REMINDER
 
There should not be any children aged under 2½.
School age children do not need to be accompanied by an adult.
The older group includes children from Year 2 and above.
Late comers should be escorted to the centre by a parent before entering Church themselves.
 
 
ST.VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY The SVP is seeking to recruit an 1833 Research and Project Development Of-ficer to review, re-model, project plan and potentially produce resources for our programme for 18-30 year olds in preparation for a service re-launch in Sept 2019. £27k pa pro rata; 3 days a week; one year contract. Home-based with national travel. Closing date: 10:00 on Wednesday 25th July 2018. Interviews: Thursday 26th July 2018. Start date: Wednesday 29th August 2018. For more details & application pack, please visit the vacancies section of the SVP website: https://www.svp.org.uk/.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
CHURCH CLEANING Steph’s Group - week beginning 23rd July.
 
FRIENDSHIP GROUP will meet on Thursday 26th July at 2pm. Venue: Jenny’s Barn for a ‘Cream Tea’. Contact Jenny on 01732 522816
 
NOTICES Including events from the Heart of Kent Hospice. Please see the Notice Board for more details.

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15th Sunday of the Year (B)    16 July 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: stthomasmorerc@btconnect.com    Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

15th Sunday of the Year (B)
YOUTH ‘IT’S A KNOCKOUT’ AND MASS
15th July 2018
 
THIS WEEKEND We continue our July Thanksgiving and also celebrate Gus Isava’s 10th Anniversary with a special Youth ‘It’s a Knockout’, 5.30pm Mass and Barbecue from 2pm to 7.30pm. All young people in Year 6 Primary and at Secondary School are invited to join the group for this but you will need to collect a parental consent form from the porch and bring it on the day. We also ask the support of parishioners to help us to honour Gus and encourage our young people.
 
THIS WEEK - END OF TERM During this week More Park and St. Simon Stock Schools have their end of term Masses and the Pre-School prepares for their end of term next Monday (23rd). We thank our Baby and Toddler Group, Pre-School and Schools for their great work this year and our teachers, leaders, helpers and governors and wish everyone a very happy break. We also congratulate and pray for those leaving Pre-School for School - for our Year 6 leavers moving to Secondary School and for those leaving Secondary School for further education or adult life.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We continue July and start our Holiday Period with thanks to everyone who have worked so hard to help our Parish to grow and live during this past year and come together to face the challenges we have faced so well. My deep and grateful thanks to you all. A special thanks for the ‘Pimms and Proms’ and Lucia’s Concert last weekend and the West Malling Area Group for their ‘fruit and produce’ sales.
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO BISHOP PAUL who has been appointed as the Bishop of the Forces and will leave us in September. We thank him for being such a good neighbour and all the ways he has supported our Parish and pray for every blessing on him and his new and important role.
 
FINALLY - FOOTBALL! Congratulations to our England team - although they didn’t reach the final they did us proud!
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (14th Week of the Year) 14
5pm
Elizabeth and Basil Pinto RIP
SUNDAY
15th Sunday of the Year (B)
Youth ‘It’s a Knockout’ and Mass
15
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Tony Goldsmith RIP (anniv.) [Mary]
(Youth Mass) Augusto Isava RIP (10th Anniversary)
MONDAY (Our Lady of Mount Carmel) 16 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (15th Week of the Year) 17
9.30am
11am
The Parishioners
Memorial Mass for Olive Follin RIP
WEDNESDAY (15th Week of the Year) 18
9.30am
Communion Service
THURSDAY (15th Week of the Year) 19

 

9.30am

(8.45am - St Simon Stock End of Term Mass)
 
Communion Service
FRIDAY (15th Week of the Year) 20 9.30am End-of-Term Mass in School - Tony Goldsmith RIP (Steph, Ian and Family)
SATURDAY (15th Week of the Year)
21
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Charlotte Armansin
Lucy and Joseph - intentions
SUNDAY
16th Sunday of the Year (B)
22
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Josephine Engelbrecht RIP
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Susan Peek; Frank Hall; Siobhan Golburn; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Joy Gailbraith. Also Pierrette Hadonou; Fr. Sean Hearty (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Mary Barnett; Peter Fanning; Augusto (Gus) Isava; Louise Baxter; Tony Goldsmith; Hazel In-gold; Isabella Burns-Hart; Geoffrey Rice; Aureen Bartley; Oliver Duffy; Maura Wrenn; Solange Batchelor.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 15
10am
2-7.30pm
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Snodland ‘Open-Air’ Service at Christchurch, Snodland
Lucia’s Concert in Church
MONDAY 16 6-7pm ‘Girls’ Confirmation Group meeting on ‘Reconciliation’ in the Priest’s House
TUESDAY 17 12.30pm Baby & Toddler Group meet at Cobtree Manor Park (final meeting until September)
FRIDAY 20
5-8pm
8pm
Confirmation Interviews
First Communion Catechists meeting in the Priest’s House
SUNDAY 22 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £247.18 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collection for Apostleship of the Sea raised £291.60
 
NOTE TO GIFT AIDERS Your new boxes are now in the porch. Please collect them as soon as possible. If you no longer pay tax or pay insufficient tax to cover your donations please let us know by leaving a note to the Gift Aid or-ganiser. If there is no box for you and you think there should be please let the office know.
 

FUNDRAISING

£200.00 total raised in June through donations and events. Overall total raised is £79,146.43
Amount still owed on loan is £5,853.57
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
PARISH BARBECUE in the Orchard behind the Church on Saturday 28th July, 12 noon to 4pm. Tickets will be on sale after all Masses next weekend 14th July and 21st July. All are welcome. Tickets are Adults £5 and children £2.50
LAST SALE DAY FOR TICKETS WILL BE TUESDAY 24TH JULY (so food can be ordered)
We would like people to bring a salad or dessert to share.
Please see the list at the back of Church.
*******
“THE WEST MALLING AREA GROUP thank all parishioners for supporting our fruit fundraising event and £250 was raised for the Building Fund. Your generosity was much appreciated.”
*******
PIMMS AND PROMS raised a fantastic £1,446.46 Many thanks to all who worked so hard to organise this event.
*******
 
LUCIA’S CONCERT raised £122.35 Many thanks to Lucia and her friends for the concert.
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 8th August from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
MOTHERS PRAYERS ‘Mothers Prayers’ was launched in England in 1995. At that time, two Grandmothers, both from England, felt led by the Lord to pray in a special way for their children. Through prayer, they learnt that Jesus wishes all mothers to surrender their children into His care, to take away pain from the mothers and to pour blessings on their children. ‘Mothers Prayers’ has now spread throughout the world and is in over eighty countries. There have been many wonderful answers to prayers. A Prayer Group may be started with only two mothers with a recommended maximum of eight. Usually members meet each week but it can be every month. They obey the strict rule of confidentiality and anything that is said at the meeting must never be repeated. As mothers learn to trust each other, through their prayers and sharing together, their bur-dens become lighter. If you wish to start a Prayer Group in the Parish or would be interested in attending the group, please contact Steph Blackburn on 07977458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk This information is taken from the ‘Mothers Prayers’ booklet.
 
THE HELPERS OF GOD’S PRECIOUS INFANTS reach out in love and compassion to mothers who are in crisis pregnancies and to those who have suffered the effects of abortion. One mother who changed her mind phoned the counsellor on the 4th of July to say that her baby is now 3 months old, that she is very happy and would like us to attend the Christening. Why not come and join us and help to hold out God’s Hand of Love and Mercy? The next Rosary Procession Vigil will be held on Friday 20th July at St Francis Church, 126 Week Street, Maidstone. ME14 1RH. We begin with The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at 10.30am. We then start our Rosary Procession at 11am fol-lowing an Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe to Marie Stopes abortion centre, Brewer Street, where we pray 15 dec-ades of the Rosary and sing hymns, returning at approx. 12.30pm for refreshments. Full details on the poster in the porch or contact tel. 01727 763832 or email marg@helpersuk.org
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you. CHURCH CLEANING Fiona’s Group - week beginning 16th July.
 
NOTICES Including events from the Heart of Kent Hospice. Please see the Notice Board for more details.

 

14th Sunday of the Year (B)    08 July 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: stthomasmorerc@btconnect.com    Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

14th Sunday of the Year (B)
SEA SUNDAY
8th July 2018
 
THIS WEEKEND We continue July and also celebrate Sea Sunday with special prayers and a second collection during the Notices for the Apostleship of the Sea which provides practical and pastoral care to all seafarers, regardless of nationality or belief through Port Chaplains and volunteer ship visitors and is part of the international network known to the maritime world as Stella Maris. The association relies whol-ly on voluntary contributions, particularly this collection - special envelopes for gift-aiders are available at the back of the Church. Also the Snodland Churches Together Open-Air Service takes place today (Sunday) at Christchurch, Malling Road at 3pm - please support this if you live in the Snodland and Halling area.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We continue our July Thanksgiving and also celebrate Gus Isava’s 10th Anniversary with a special Youth ‘It’s a Knockout’, 5.30pm Mass and Barbecue from 2pm to 7.30pm. All young people in Year 6 Primary and at Secondary School are invited to join the group for this but you will need to collect a parental consent form from the porch and bring it on the day. We also ask the support of parishioners to help us to honour Gus and encourage our young people.
 
FUNDRAISING We welcome the Dartford Concert Band for our ‘Pimms and Proms’ this Saturday even-ing and thank them and all who have organised this - also we look forward to and ask your support for Lu-cia’s Concert this Sunday afternoon and thank Lucia and her friends for this.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (13th Week of the Year) 7
2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms: Samuel Savage
Maidstone Catenian Circle
SUNDAY
14th Sunday of the Year (B)
Sea Sunday
8
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Arthur Holme RIP (1st Anniversary)
Florise Corette RIP (anniv.)
MONDAY (14th Week of the Year) 9 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (14th Week of the Year) 10
9.30am
Rita Hodge RIP
WEDNESDAY (St. Benedict) 11
9.30am
 
Joan Wegrzyn (Steph, Ian and Family)
THURSDAY (14th Week of the Year) 12 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (St. Mildred) 13 9.30am The Parishioners
SATURDAY (14th Week of the Year)
14
5pm
Elizabeth and Basil Pinto RIP
SUNDAY
15th Sunday of the Year (B)
15
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Tony Goldsmith RIP (anniv.) [Mary]
(Youth Mass) Augusto Isava RIP (10th Anniversary)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Susan Peek; Sarah Bennoson; Roy Kirchell; Frank Hall; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Pierrette Hadonou; Fr. Sean Hearty. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Michael York-Miller; Iris Brown; Danuta Jordan; Paul Hinton; Thomas O’Sullivan; Evelyn Furver; Connor Geary; Irene Lovell; Ellen Harkin; Raynah Martin; Michael Clark; Arthur Holme; Mary Barnett; Peter Fanning; Augusto (Gus) Isava.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 8
10am
3pm
3.30 for 4pm
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Snodland ‘Open-Air’ Service at Christchurch, Snodland
Lucia’s Concert in Church
TUESDAY 10
10.30am
1.30-3pm
7.30pm
Pre-School Sports Day
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Fundraising Meeting in the Church Porch
WEDNESDAY 11 7.30-9.30pm Needlework and Knitting Group meet in the Church Porch (see below)
FRIDAY 13
2.45pm
4.45pm
Rededication of Gus Isava’s Garden at St. Simon Stock School
Confirmation Interview
SATURDAY 14 10-11am ‘Boys’ Confirmation Group meeting on ‘Reconciliation’ in the Priest’s House
SUNDAY 15
10am
2-7.30pm
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Youth Group ‘It’s a Knockout’ and Mass and Barbecue
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £326.73 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collection raised £223.67
 
NOTE TO GIFT AIDERS Your new boxes are now in the porch. Please collect them as soon as possible. If you no longer pay tax or pay insufficient tax to cover your donations please let us know by leaving a note to the Gift Aid or-ganiser. If there is no box for you and you think there should be please let the office know.
 
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Fiona Clayton (No.42) for the July draw.
 

FUNDRAISING

£200.00 total raised in June through donations and events. Overall total raised is £79,146.43
Amount still owed on loan is £5,853.57
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS - West Malling and Villages Area Group are offering fruit salad to the children after each 10am Mass through to the end of July. Cakes and homemade jam will also be on sale. Money raised will go to the Building Fund.
*******
LUCIA’S CONCERT will take place this Sunday 8th July. Refreshments from 3.30pm. Concert begins at 4pm. Suggested donations of Adults £5 and Children £1
*******
PARISH BARBECUE in the Orchard behind the Church on Saturday 28th July, 12noon to 4pm. Tickets will be on sale after all Masses next weekend 14th July and 21st July. All are welcome. Tickets are Adults £5 and children £2.50
 
LAST SALE DAY FOR TICKETS WILL BE TUESDAY 24TH JULY (so food can be ordered)
We would like people to bring a salad or dessert to share.
See list at back of Church.
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 11th July from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
MOTHERS PRAYERS ‘Mothers Prayers’ was launched in England in 1995. At that time, two Grandmothers, both from England, felt led by the Lord to pray in a special way for their children. Through prayer, they learnt that Jesus wishes all mothers to surrender their children into His care, to take away pain from the mothers and to pour blessings on their children. ‘Mothers Prayers’ has now spread throughout the world and is in over eighty countries. There have been many wonderful answers to prayers. A Prayer Group may be started with only two mothers with a recommended maximum of eight. Usually members meet each week but it can be every month. They obey the strict rule of confidentiality and anything that is said at the meeting must never be repeated. As mothers learn to trust each other, through their prayers and sharing together, their bur-dens become lighter. If you wish to start a Prayer Group in the Parish or would be interested in attending the group, please contact Steph Blackburn on 07977458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk This information is taken from the ‘Mothers Prayers’ booklet.
 
 
CHILDREN’S LITURGY REMINDER
 
There should not be any children aged under 2½. School age children do not need to be accompanied by an adult. The older group includes children from Year 2 and above. Late comers should be escorted to the centre by a parent before entering Church themselves.
 

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.

CHURCH CLEANING Wiesia’s Group - week beginning 9th July.
 
NOTICES Including a poster from Heart of Kent Hospice on volunteering and a charity Golf Day. Please see the Notice Board for more details.

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13th Sunday of the Year (B)    01 July 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: stthomasmorerc@btconnect.com    Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

13th Sunday of the Year (B)
1st July 2018
 
THIS WEEKEND We begin July where we will celebrate the end of this School and Parish year and give thanks for all the blessings we have received. There will also be a second collection during the Notices for the Seminary Fund giving vital support to our students preparing for the Priesthood.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We continue July and also celebrate Sea Sunday with special prayers and a second collection during the Notices for the Apostleship of the Sea which provides practical and pastoral care to all seafarers, regardless of nationality or belief through Port Chaplains and volunteer ship visitors and is part of the international network known to the maritime world as Stella Maris. The association relies whol-ly on voluntary contributions, particularly this collection - special envelopes for gift-aiders are available at the back of the Church for you to take home today.
 
FUNDRAISING Many, many thanks for the School / Parish Summer Fayre which raised £2,434.50 and to all who organised and supported it. This week we have our ‘Pimms and Proms’ on Saturday and Lucia’s Concert on Sunday and ask for your support - details overleaf.
 
FUNERALS Please pray for Fr. Sean Hearty, who served in our Parish and whom many of you will re-member whose funeral will take place on Thursday 5th July at 12 noon at the Church of The Good Shep-herd, 25 Dunley Drive, New Addington. CR0 0RG, where he was Parish Priest - also Pierrette Hadonou, Medard’s sister and Medard’s mother and family following her funeral and we offer them our love and sup-port and prayers at this time.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (12th Week of the Year) 30
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Benjamin Dryden
Joseph and Lucy - Intentions
SUNDAY
13th Sunday of the Year (B)
1 July
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Mary Rumsey RIP (Eileen Calkin)
The Parishioners
MONDAY (13th Week of the Year) 2 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (St. Thomas the Apostle) 3
9.30am
Holy Souls
WEDNESDAY (13th Week of the Year) 4
9.30am
 
Deceased Relatives and Friends of the Lobo Family
THURSDAY (13th Week of the Year) 5 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (13th Week of the Year) 6 9.30am The Parishioners
SATURDAY (13th Week of the Year)
7
2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms: Samuel Savage
Maidstone Catenian Circle
SUNDAY
14th Sunday of the Year (B)
Sea Sunday
8
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Arthur Holme RIP (1st Anniversary)
Florise Corette RIP (anniv.)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Susan Peek; Maria Johnson; Damian Cairns’ Mother; Sarah Bennoson; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and lo-cal Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Pierrette Hadonou; Fr. Sean Hearty. Also Silvia Adaarewa; Marion Gillespie; Len Solly (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the inno-cent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: George Patrick Kirkham; John Rock ; Reginald Damerell; Frank Tomsett; Maynard Dunster; Bob Bayley; Evangelos Sarros; Albert McConville; Barbara Cunningham; Reader William Wrenn; Teresa Gillivan; Arthur Holme; Sheila Davies; Dorothy Patrick; Michael York-Miller; Iris Brown; Danuta Jordan.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 1 JULY
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 2
6-7pm
6.30pm
‘Girls’ Confirmation Group meeting on ‘The Eucharist’ in the Priest’s House
Governors’ Meeting in School
TUESDAY 3
1.30-3pm
7.30pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Deanery Pastoral Council - Cranbrook
WEDNESDAY 4 7 for 7.30pm
Parish Meeting in the Priest’s House
(School TLD meeting in the Priest’s House at 10.15am)
FRIDAY 6 7-9pm Youth Group meet in the SCHOOL
SATURDAY 7 6.30 for 7pm ‘Pimms and Proms’ in the Bishop’s Garden
SUNDAY 8
10am
3pm
3.30 for 4pm
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Snodland ‘Open-Air’ Service at Christchurch, Snodland
Lucia’s Concert in Church
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £397.81 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collection raised £210.47
 
NOTE TO GIFT AIDERS Your new boxes are now in the porch. Please collect them as soon as possible. If you no longer pay tax or pay insufficient tax to cover your donations please let us know by leaving a note to the Gift Aid or-ganiser. If there is no box for you and you think there should be please let the office know.
 

FUNDRAISING

£200.00 total raised in June through donations and events. Overall total raised is £79,146.43
Amount still owed on loan is £5,853.57
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
‘PIMMS AND PROMS’ on Saturday 7th July 2018 - 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
Adult tickets £10; Children £5; Family £25 (includes glass of Pimms per adult and soft drink per child) - further details below.
If you are unable to attend a donation of a bottle of Pimms would be greatly appreciated.
*******
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS - West Malling and Villages Area Group are offering fruit salad to the children after each 10am Mass through to the end of July. Cakes and homemade jam will also be on sale. Money raised will go to the Building Fund.
*******
LUCIA’S CONCERT will take place on Sunday 8th July. Refreshments from 3.30pm. Concert begins at 4pm. Suggested donations of Adults £5 and Children £1
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 11th July from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
PIMMS AND PROMS Come and listen to the Dartford Concert Band play a se-lection of popular music in a fun and relaxed evening in the Bishop’s Garden, culminating with the classic Proms pieces and flag waving - a great event for all the family (no need to be still or quiet!!). Bring your own picnic and chairs / blan-kets. Tickets are available after all Masses and from the Parish Office. Please note: if you are attending this event and also the 5pm Mass would all able-bodied people please park on the School playground. Many thanks.
 
 
CHILDREN’S LITURGY REMINDER
 
There should not be any children aged under 2½. School age children do not need to be accompanied by an adult. The older group includes children from Year 2 and above. Late comers should be escorted to the centre by a parent before entering Church themselves.
 

ST. JOHN BOSCO CHILDREN’S SUMMER CAMP at Aldham Essex. This is an activities camp with a Catholic ethos that runs as follows : Week One Satur-day 21st July to 28th July 2018 for Boys; Week Two Saturday 28th July to 4th August 2018 for Boys; Week Three Saturday 4th August to 11th August 2018 for Girls. It is for children aged 8 to 13 and costs £145 per week. Should you require an application form or more information then please look on the website http://svpboscocamp.org.uk For enquiries please email the boys camp at boysbookings@boscocamp.co.uk or the girls camp at girlsbookings@boscocamp.co.uk More information can be found on the poster at the back of the church.

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Eileen’s Group - week beginning 2nd July.
 
GARDENING CLUB meet on Saturday 7th July from 10am to 12 noon. All welcome.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.

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12th Sunday of the Year (B)    23 June 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: stthomasmorerc@btconnect.com    Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

12th Sunday of the Year (B)
THE NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST
24th June 2018
 
THIS WEEKEND We celebrate the Nativity of St. John the Baptist - the great Prophet and Herald of the Lord - and ask his help in our calling from the Lord and the Sacraments to be Prophets and Heralds of the Good News in our country and world today. We also have the transferred second collection during the Notices for the Catholic Trust for England and Wales which helps supply the Bishops with the revenue necessary for the central administration of the Church in this country and their legal, financial and charitable activities.
 
FRIDAY - FEAST OF SS. PETER AND PAUL A Holy Day of Obligation when we should get to Mass if we can - School and Pre-School Mass at 10am - Parish Mass at 8pm - retiring collection at both Masses for ‘Peter’s Pence’ to help Pope Francis to exercise works of mercy and charity for the Church.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We begin July with a collection during the Notices for the Seminary Fund giving vital support to our students preparing for the Priesthood.
 
SECOND COLLECTIONS IN JUNE AND JULY It’s a very busy time so we need to prewarn you:
• Sunday 24th June - Catholic Trust for England and Wales collection (transferred from 10th June).
• Friday 29th June (Ss. Peter and Paul) collection for Peter’s Pence.
• Sunday 1st July - collection for Seminary Fund
• Sunday 8th July - collection for the Apostleship of the Sea.
 
FUNERALS Please pray for Fr. Sean Hearty, who served in our Parish and whom many of you will remember whose funeral will take place on Thursday 5th July at 12 noon at the Church of The Good Shepherd, 25 Dunley Drive, New Addington. CR0 0RG, where he was Parish Priest - also Pierrette Hadonou, Medard’s sister and Medard’s mother and family as they prepare for her funeral and we offer them our love and support and prayers at this time.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (11th Week of the Year) 23
5pm
Roshi and Ajay - intentions
SUNDAY
The Nativity of St. John the Baptist
12th Sunday of the Year (B)
24
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Denis O’Neill RIP (anniv.)
The Parishioners
MONDAY (12th Week of the Year) 25 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (12th Week of the Year) 26
9.30am
Holy Souls
WEDNESDAY (12th Week of the Year) 27
9.30am
Communion Service
THURSDAY (St. Irenaeus) 28 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Ss. Peter and Paul) 29
10am
8pm
School and Pre-School Mass in Church
Parish Mass
SATURDAY (12th Week of the Year)
30
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Benjamin Dryden
Joseph and Lucy - Intentions
SUNDAY
13th Sunday of the Year (B)
1 July
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Mary Rumsey RIP (Eileen Calkin)
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Meg and Tony Brewer; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Susan Peek; Maria Johnson; Damian Cairns’ Mother; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Pierrette Hadonou; Fr. Sean Hearty; Silvia Adaarewa; Marion Gillespie; Len Solly. Also Deirdre Pennal (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Pat Riddick; Stuart Bottiglieri; Frances Shields; Joseph Littlefear; Francis Kileen; Luigi Serrecchia; Marie Har-ris; Elisa Gouldstone; Leslie Wallis; Alice Canal; George Patrick Kirkham; John Rock ; Reginald Damerell; Frank Tomsett; Maynard Dunster.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 24
10am
1pm
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Youth Group Outing - leave from the Church car park
MONDAY 25   Deans’ Meeting in London
TUESDAY 26

1.30-3pm

 

Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
Confirmation Interviews
WEDNESDAY 27

 

7.45 for 8pm

Confirmation Interviews
 
Children’s Liturgy Organisers meet in the Priest’s House
FRIDAY 29 12.30pm School Sports Day
SATURDAY 30 10-11am ‘Boys’ Confirmation Group meeting on ‘The Eucharist’ in the Priest’s House
SUNDAY 1 July
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £380.49 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collection raised £323.21
 
NOTE TO GIFT AIDERS Your new boxes are now in the porch. Please collect them as soon as possible. If you no longer pay tax or pay insufficient tax to cover your donations please let us know by leaving a note to the Gift Aid organiser. If there is no box for you and you think there should be please let the office know.
 

FUNDRAISING

£635.00 total raised in May through donations and events. Overall total raised is £78,946.43
Amount still owed on loan is £6,053.57
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS - West Malling and Villages Area Group are offering fruit salad to the children after each 10am Mass through to the end of July. Cakes and homemade jam will also be on sale. Money raised will go to the Building Fund.
*******
‘PIMMS AND PROMS’ on Saturday 7th July 2018 - 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
Adult tickets £10; Children £5; Family £25 (includes glass of Pimms per adult and soft drink per child) - further details below.
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 11th July from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
PIMMS AND PROMS Come and listen to the Dartford Concert Band play a selection of popular music in a fun and relaxed even-ing in the Bishop’s Garden, culminating with the classic Proms pieces and flag waving - a great event for all the family (no need to be still or quiet!!). Bring your own picnic and chairs / blankets. Tickets are available after all Masses and from the Parish Office. Please note: if you are attending this event and also the 5pm Mass would all able-bodied people please park on the School playground. Many thanks.
 
SOUTHWARK BRETHREN is a long standing charity which helps sick and retired Priests who are in need. We thank you for your continuous generosity in the past and ask for your help again this year. Please send donations to: Reverend Paul Hough, St. Elpheges Presbytery, 120 Stafford Road, Wallington. Surrey. SM6 9AY. Last year we were able to give £1,650 each to 46 Priests in the Diocese of Southwark and Arundel and Brighton and also help 3 working Priests who had serious sickness to help their situation. In addition, we have a Gift Aid scheme for those who pay tax and we thank the lay people who have joined by applying for a Gift Aid form.
 
ST. JOHN BOSCO CHILDREN’S SUMMER CAMP at Aldham Essex. This is an activities camp with a Catholic ethos that runs as follows : Week One Saturday 21st July to 28th July 2018 for Boys; Week Two Saturday 28th July to 4th August 2018 for Boys; Week Three Saturday 4th August to 11th August 2018 for Girls. It is for children aged 8 to 13 and costs £145 per week. Should you require an application form or more information then please look on the website http://svpboscocamp.org.uk For enquiries please email the boys camp at boysbookings@boscocamp.co.uk or the girls camp at girlsbookings@boscocamp.co.uk More information can be found on the poster at the back of the church.
 
YOUNG CATHOLIC ADULTS WEEKEND 7th-9th September. Theme: “Tell others the truth that sets you free” (Pope Benedict XVI). During the weekend of the 7th-9th September 2018, Young Catholic Adults will be running a retreat at Douai Abbey; it will feature Fr. Lawrence Lew O.P. and Canon Poucin. The weekend will be full-board. YCA will be running the weekend with the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge who will be holding Gregorian Chant workshops. There will also be a Marian Procession, Ro-saries, Sung Masses, Confession, talks (on the beauty of silence in the Mass plus social media and evangelization) and socials. All Masses will be celebrated in the Extraordinary form. Please note to guarantee your place this year Douai Abbey have request-ed that everyone books in three weeks before the start of the weekend i.e.17th Aug 2018. More information: http://youngcatholicadults-latestnews.blogspot.co.uk/ To book go to https://bookwhen.com/youngcatholicadults-douai2018
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Steph’s Group - week beginning 25th June.
 
NOTICES Including a poster from The Passage about their annual Garden Party; a Raft Race supporting the Heart of Kent Hos-pice; information on Pilgrimages; news from EMMS International. Please see the Notice Board for more details.

 

11th Sunday of the Year (B)    15 June 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: stthomasmorerc@btconnect.com    Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

11th Sunday of the Year (B)
DAY FOR LIFE
17th June 2018
 
THIS WEEKEND We continue June and celebrate the Day of Prayer for Human Life with a collection during the No-tices to provide core funding for the Anscombe Bioethics Centre and to assist other life related activities supported by the Church. The Day for Life will focus this year on human trafficking and modern slavery with a prayer and infor-mation card.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We celebrate the Nativity of St. John the Baptist - the great Prophet and Herald of the Lord - and ask his help in our calling from the Lord and the Sacraments to be Prophets and Heralds of the Good News in our country and world today. We also have the transferred second collection during the Notices for the Catholic Trust for England and Wales which helps supply the Bishops with the revenue necessary for the central administration of the Church in this country and their legal, financial and charitable activities.
 
SPECIAL MASSES THIS WEEK Tuesday for Fr. Sean Hearty RIP - Thursday (Fr. Peter’s Ordination Anniversary) - Friday (Feast of our Parish Patron, St. Thomas More).
 
SECOND COLLECTIONS IN JUNE AND JULY It’s a very busy time so we need to prewarn you:
• Sunday 17th June - Day for Life collection.
• Sunday 24th June - Catholic Trust for England and Wales collection (transferred from 10th June).
• Friday 29th June (Ss. Peter and Paul) collection for Peter’s Pence.
• Sunday 1st July - collection for Seminary Fund
• Sunday 8th July - collection for the Apostleship of the Sea.
 
FUNERALS Please pray for Deirdre Pennal and family with her funeral here on Wednesday at 1pm - also Fr. Sean Hearty, who served in our Parish and whom many of you will remember whose funeral will take place on Thursday 5th July at 12 noon at the Church of The Good Shepherd, 25 Dunley Drive, New Addington. CR0 0RG, where he was Parish Priest - also Pierrette Hadonou, Medard’s sister and Medard’s mother and family as they prepare for her funeral - and for Len Solly and Marion Gillespie with their funerals and families - and we offer them all our love and support and prayers at this time.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (10th Week of the Year) 16
5pm
Ajay and Roshi - intentions
SUNDAY
11th Sunday of the Year (B)
Day for Life
17
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
Stewart Chapman RIP
MONDAY (11th Week of the Year) 18 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (11th Week of the Year) 19
9.30am
Fr. Sean Hearty RIP
WEDNESDAY (St. Alban) 20
9.30am
1pm
 
Communion Service
Funeral of Deirdre Pennal RIP followed by burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery, West Malling
THURSDAY (St. Aloysius Gonzaga) 21 9.30am Fr. Peter - Ordination Anniversary (44) - Thanks
FRIDAY (Ss. Thomas More and John Fisher) 22 9.30am The Parishioners
SATURDAY (11th Week of the Year)
23
5pm
Roshi and Ajay - intentions
SUNDAY
The Nativity of St. John the Baptist
12th Sunday of the Year (B)
24
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Denis O’Neill RIP (anniv.)
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Meg and Tony Brewer; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Susan Peek; Marie-Louise Wise; Leah and Liam; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Pierrette Hadonou; Fr. Sean Hearty; Silvia Adaarewa; Marion Gillespie; Mr. Solly; Deirdre Pennal. Also Mary Rumsey; Graham Durling (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: George Matthew; Catherine Rothery; Josephine Harris; Eugenie Marsh; Teresa Stone; Peggy Bodenham; Alfred Barnett; Reginald Davis; Stuart Bottiglieri; Frances Shields.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 17
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 18
8pm
5 and 5.30pm
Youth Group Leaders meet in the Priest’s House
Confirmation Interviews
TUESDAY 19 1.30-3pm Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 20 5pm Confirmation Interviews
THURSDAY 21 7.30pm Kings Hill and Mereworth Area Group Meeting - see below
FRIDAY 22 5 and 5.30pm Confirmation Interviews
SATURDAY 23 9.30am Confirmation Interviews
SUNDAY 24
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £340.52 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collection raised £340.04
 
NOTE TO GIFT AIDERS Your new boxes are now in the porch. Please collect them as soon as possible. If you no longer pay tax or pay insufficient tax to cover your donations please let us know by leaving a note to the Gift Aid organiser. If there is no box for you and you think there should be please let the office know.
 

FUNDRAISING

£635.00 total raised in May through donations and events. Overall total raised is £78,946.43
Amount still owed on loan is £6,053.57
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS - The West Malling and Villages Area Group will be offering fruit salad to the children after each 10am Mass starting this Sunday 17th June through to the end of July. Cakes and homemade jam will also be on sale. All money raised will go to the Building Fund.
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 11th July from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
SOUTHWARK BRETHREN is a long standing charity which helps sick and retired Priests who are in need. We thank you for your continuous generosity in the past and ask for your help again this year. Please send donations to: Reverend Paul Hough, St. Elpheges Presbytery, 120 Stafford Road, Wallington. Surrey. SM6 9AY. Last year we were able to give £1,650 each to 46 Priests in the Diocese of Southwark and Arundel and Brighton and also help 3 working Priests who had serious sickness to help their situation. In addition, we have a Gift Aid scheme for those who pay tax and we thank the lay people who have joined by applying for a Gift Aid form.
 
YOUNG CATHOLIC ADULTS WEEKEND 7th-9th September. Theme: “Tell others the truth that sets you free” (Pope Benedict XVI). During the weekend of the 7th-9th September 2018, Young Catholic Adults will be running a retreat at Douai Abbey; it will feature Fr. Lawrence Lew O.P. and Canon Poucin. The weekend will be full-board. YCA will be running the weekend with the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge who will be holding Gregorian Chant workshops. There will also be a Marian Procession, Ro-saries, Sung Masses, Confession, talks (on the beauty of silence in the Mass plus social media and evangelization) and socials. All Masses will be celebrated in the Extraordinary form. Please note to guarantee your place this year Douai Abbey have request-ed that everyone books in three weeks before the start of the weekend i.e.17th Aug 2018. More information: http://youngcatholicadults-latestnews.blogspot.co.uk/ To book go to https://bookwhen.com/youngcatholicadults-douai2018
 
FOUNDATION DIRECTOR ON THE KENT CATHOLIC SCHOOLS’ PARTNERSHIP (KCSP) BOARD We are currently seeking nominations / volunteers for the role of Foundation Director on the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership (KCSP) Board. Individuals who currently serve as Foundation Governors within KCSP are invited to apply. This is an opportunity for a forward thinking indi-vidual to offer their skills and experience to contribute to the education of our young people in our successful Multi-Academy Trust. The term of office is four years. As a minimum, the Foundation Director would be required to attend four board meetings per year plus additional committee meetings where applicable. Please contact Michelle Boniface, Company Secretary mboni-face@kcsp.org.uk 01622 232670 to request additional information or application details.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Fiona’s Group - week beginning 18th June.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 21st June at 7.30pm. Venue: The Spitfire, 1 Liberty Square, Kings Hill. ME19 4AU. RSVP: Steph Blackburn on 01732 521788 by 14th June. It is important that you let Steph know if you are coming as a table must be booked. If you do not reply it will be as-sumed that you will not be coming. Thank you.
 

 

10th Sunday of the Year (B)    09 June 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: stthomasmorerc@btconnect.com    Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

10th Sunday of the Year (B)
Honouring the Sacred Heart +++ Mission Appeal
10th June 2018
 
THIS WEEKEND We honour the Sacred Heart, the Patron of June, with special prayers at Mass - following the Feast of the Sacred Heart last Friday. We also have the Mission Appeal on behalf of the Missionary Sisters of Eng-land and Wales and welcome Sr. Linda who will make the appeal at the 10am Mass (Fr. Peter will make the appeal at the other Masses) - please note that because of the appeal the collection for the Catholic Trust is transferred to 24th June.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We continue June and celebrate the Day of Prayer for Human Life with a collection during the Notices to provide core funding for the Anscombe Bioethics Centre and to assist other life related activities supported by the Church. The Day for Life will focus this year on human trafficking and modern slavery with a prayer and infor-mation card.
 
PARISH / SCHOOL SUMMER FAYRE - THIS SATURDAY Please see the back page of this Newsletter for the do-nations and help we need and, above all, come on Saturday and support this important event and gathering of our School and Parish family.
 
SECOND COLLECTIONS IN JUNE AND JULY It’s a very busy time so we need to prewarn you:
• Sunday 10th June - Missionary Sisters Appeal (collection for Catholic Trust transferred to 24th June.
• Sunday 17th June - Day for Life collection.
• Sunday 24th June - Catholic Trust for England and Wales collection (transferred from 10th June).
• Friday 29th June (Ss. Peter and Paul) collection for Peter’s Pence.
• Sunday 1st July - collection for Seminary Fund
• Sunday 8th July - collection for the Apostleship of the Sea.
 
FUNERALS Please pray for Graham Durling and family (funeral on Tuesday 12th June) and Deirdre Pennal and family (funeral on 20th June at 1pm) - and Len Solly and Marion Gillespie, friends of Fr. Peter and the
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (9th Week of the Year) 9
10.30am
5pm
First Communion Celebration Mass
Sarah and Mel
SUNDAY
10th Sunday of the Year (B)
(Honouring The Sacred Heart)
Mission Appeal
10
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Trevor Jones RIP
Alix Terriere RIP (anniv.)
MONDAY (St. Barnabus) 11 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (10th Week of the Year) 12
9.30am
2.45pm
Mary Rumsey RIP (Peter and Dee)
Funeral of Graham Durling at Vinters Park Crematorium
WEDNESDAY (St. Anthony of Padua) 13
9.30am
Holy Souls
THURSDAY (10th Week of the Year) 14 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (10th Week of the Year) 15 9.30am The Parishioners
SATURDAY (10th Week of the Year)
16
5pm
Ajay and Roshi - intentions
SUNDAY
11th Sunday of the Year (B)
Day for Life
17
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
Stewart Chapman RIP
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Meg and Tony Brewer; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Susan Peek; Marie-Louise Wise; Bettty Callaghan; Frank Hall; Catherine Finn; Jean Herrington; Tony Battock; Ian Blackburn; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other chal-lenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Silvia Adaarewa; Marion Gillespie; Mr. Solly; Deirdre Pennal; Mary Rumsey; Graham Durling. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Catherine McCarthy; Catherine Douglass; Carol Smith; Kate Ryan; Thomas Hansa; Kate Thorogood; Leo Gobel; Nora Ruane; William Hogan; Margaret Biro; Patricia Tynan; Marguarite Tonery; Maria Stevens; James Quinn; Sydney Lynch; Terrence McCaughey; George Matthew; Catherine Rothery.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 10
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 11 11am Deanery Clergy Meeting at Bearsted
TUESDAY 12 1.30-3pm Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 13 7.30-9.30pm
Needlework and Knitting Group meet in the Church Porch
(Fr. Peter visits Year 6 at Sayers Croft)
SATURDAY 16

11am-2pm

 

Parish / School Summer Fayre on the School Field
 
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Area Group Meeting - see below
SUNDAY 17
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £293.34 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collection raised £240.60
 
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Terry and Rita Bruce (No.31) for the June draw.
 
NOTE TO GIFT AIDERS Your new boxes are now in the porch. Please collect them as soon as possible. If you no longer pay tax or pay insufficient tax to cover your donations please let us know by leaving a note to the Gift Aid or-ganiser. If there is no box for you and you think there should be please let the office know.
 

FUNDRAISING

£635.00 total raised in May through donations and events. Overall total raised is £78,946.43
Amount still owed on loan is £6,053.57
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS - The West Malling and Villages Area Group will be offering fruit salad to the children after each 10am Mass starting on Sunday 17th June through to the end of July. Cakes and homemade jam will also be on sale. All money raised will go to the Building Fund.
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 13th June from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
GARDEN STALL Part of the Summer Fayre will be a garden stall and do-nations of plants etc are being asked for nearer the time. Please see Eileen Scholes for more information about this.
 
SOUTHWARK BRETHREN is a long standing charity which helps sick and retired Priests who are in need. We thank you for your continuous generos-ity in the past and ask for your help again this year. Please send donations to: Reverend Paul Hough, St. Elpheges Presbytery, 120 Stafford Road, Wallington. Surrey. SM6 9AY. Last year we were able to give £1,650 each to 46 Priests in the Diocese of Southwark and Arundel and Brighton and also help 3 working Priests who had serious sickness to help their situation. In addition, we have a Gift Aid scheme for those who pay tax and we thank the lay people who have joined by applying for a Gift Aid form.
 
HEART OF KENT HOSPICE Cyclo Sportive on Sunday 23rd September. Get pedalling in support of Heart of Kent Hospice - starting at East Malling Research Centre (ME19 6BJ) - join one of our circular cycle routes taking you through the heart of the Kent countryside. Over 18s only. To register www.hokh.org/events or call 01622 790195 See notice board for details.
 
 
SUMMER FAYRE
 
The Parish / School Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday 16th June from 11am to 2pm. We are looking for bottles, possible prizes and monetary donations to help with the running of the day. We are also looking for helpers for the Raffle and Lucky Programme stall as well as someone to help with the run-ning of the Fancy Dress Competition. If anyone can offer even half an hour of help on the day, it would be really appreciated. Donations and a sign up sheet will be at the back of Church. Many thanks.
 
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Wiesia’s Group - week beginning 11th June.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston meet on Saturday 16th June at 6pm. Venue: 30 Laburnum Drive, Larkfield. ME20 6ND. Contact: Mary Fewtrell 01732 845440
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 21st June at 7.30pm. Venue: The Spitfire, 1 Liberty Square, Kings Hill. ME19 4AU. RSVP: Steph Blackburn on 01732 521788 by 14th June. It is important that you let Steph know if you are coming as a table must be booked. If you do not reply it will be as-sumed that you will not be coming. Thank you.
 

 

Pastoral Letter to be read on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Corpus Christi Sunday, 3rd June 2018    02 June 2018
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THE MOST REVEREND PETER SMITH L.L.B., J.C.D., K.C.*H.S.,

ARCHBISHOP OF SOUTHWARK,
ARCHBISHOP’S HOUSE, 150 ST. GEORGE’S ROAD, SOUTHWARK, LONDON, SE1 6HX
TEL: 020 7928 2495 FAX: 020 7928 7833
 

Pastoral Letter to be read

on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Corpus Christi

Sunday, 3rd June 2018

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
 
This Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ is perpetuated and remembered pre-eminently in the Eucharist which, in the words of the Second Vatican Council, is “a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a paschal banquet.”1 In February 2005, Pope Benedict issued an Exhortation on the Eucharist, following a Synod in Rome. And I just want to quote a little from that Exhortation, as he has summed up very succinctly and beautifully the meaning of the Eucharist. This is what he wrote: “The sacrament of charity, the Holy Eucharist, is the gift that Jesus Christ makes of himself, thus revealing to us God's infinite love for every man and woman. This wondrous sacrament makes manifest that ‘greater’ love which led him to ‘lay down his life for his friends’ (Jn 15:13). Jesus did indeed love them ‘to the end’ (Jn 13:1). In those words the Evangelist introduces Christ’s act of immense humility: before dying for us on the Cross, he tied a towel around himself and washed the feet of his disciples. In the same way, Jesus continues, in the Sacrament of the Eucharist, to love us ‘to the end,’ even to offering us his body and his blood. What amazement must the Apostles have felt in witnessing what the Lord did and said during that Supper! What wonder must the Eucharistic mystery also awaken in our own hearts!”2 … When we celebrate the Eucharist our “…faith is nourished and grows in the grace-filled encounter with the Risen Lord which takes place in the sacraments … For this reason, the Sacrament of the Altar is always at the heart of the Church's life: ‘thanks to the Eucharist, the Church is reborn ever anew!’ The more lively the Eucharistic faith of the People of God, the deeper is its sharing in ecclesial life in steadfast commitment to the mission entrusted by Christ to his disciples.”3
 
The real celebration of the Eucharist, then, consists not merely in the performance of a ceremonial, a ritual, however devout or prayerful it may be. It must also consist in practising what is ‘proclaimed’ in the Eucharist, that is, our Lord's self-giving sacrifice. We ‘practise’ this sacrifice by actually ‘sacrificing’ ourselves for others, that is, by serving and helping others, without reservation or limits. At the same time, by celebrating the Eucharist liturgically, by communicating with our Lord in the Eucharist, we are ‘proclaiming’ that we are also practising the reality of the Eucharist in our daily lives. We worship God in loving and serving others; and the Church, as a whole, has the mission to serve, or minister to, the world. We all have a God-given duty to help, and to look after the world, to be Christ the Servant’s instruments in bringing the world to health and fulfilment.
 
1 Constitution on The Sacred Liturgy: Sacrosanctum Concilium No.47.
2 Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Sacramentum Caritatis 1.
3 Sacramentum Caritatis 6.
 
Every four years the universal Church celebrates an International Eucharistic Congress in a different country, but last year Pope Francis asked the Bishops throughout the world to have a Eucharistic Congress in their own country. In England and Wales this Congress will take place from the 7th to the 9th of September in Liverpool, with delegates from every Diocese. So far we have some 180 delegates from a variety of parishes who will represent our Archdiocese at the Congress. The Congress will be a gathering of God’s people in prayer, adoration and reflection. It will be a moment to pause and engage in prayerful dialogue, listen to each other and use the grace of discernment to determine a way forward together. Discernment, according to Pope Francis is about ‘recognising how we can accomplish better the mission entrusted to us at Baptism.’
 
I invite and encourage every parish, every school and every community in the Archdiocese to engage with and explore the Congress themes because they all lead us into a deeper encounter with Jesus of Nazareth. I hope that as many parishes, schools and communities as possible will devote some time to prayer and Adoration in the coming months and especially during the Adoremus weekend in Liverpool, so that our deliberations in Liverpool and our reflections here at home are united together in prayer. We should all take heed to the words of Pope Francis: “Meeting Jesus in the scriptures leads us to the Eucharist. When we receive him in Communion we renew our covenant and allow him to carry out ever more fully his work of transforming our lives… Let us listen once more to Jesus, with all the love and respect the Master deserves. Let us allow his words to unsettle us, to challenge us and demand a real change in the way we live.”5
 
With an assurance of my prayers and good wishes,
  
Archbishop of Southwark
 
Given at Southwark, 27th May, 2018,
 
Solemnity of the Holy Trinity.
 
Please visit the Diocesan Adoremus webpage: www.rcsouthwark.co.uk/2018Eucharist.htm
 
and the Adoremus pages of the Bishops’ Conference:
www.catholicnews.org.uk/Home/Special-Events/Adoremus-National-Eucharistic-Pilgrimage (this short address “tinyurl.com/y7m9b8gq” points to the same website)
 
4 Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete Et Exsultate, on the Call To Holiness in Today’s World, n.174.
 
5 cf Gaudete Et Exsultate n.157 & n.66.


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CORPUS CHRISTI (B) 3rd June 2018    02 June 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: stthomasmorerc@btconnect.com    Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

CORPUS CHRISTI (B)
3rd June 2018
 
THIS WEEKEND We celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi and give thanks to the Eucharist which is at the heart of our Faith as individuals and as a Church and Parish family. It’s linked to Maundy Thursday when the Lord instituted this great Sacrament and also to the Feast of the Trinity last weekend as it brings the ‘communion’ and ‘community’ of the Trinity to us and our Parish. At our Masses this weekend we pray for our First Communicants now sharing fully with us in this great Sacrament and thank and pray for our Eucharistic Ministers as they rededicate themselves to their ministry today. We also welcome the Syro Malabar community for their monthly Mass at 12 noon.
 
FIRST COMMUNION CELEBRATION MASS - SATURDAY We congratulate our First Communicants and wish them a happy celebration - with thanks to them and their parents and families and our Catechists for their important work.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We honour the Sacred Heart, the Patron of June, with special prayers at Mass - following the Feast of the Sacred Heart this Friday. We also have the Mission Appeal on behalf of the Missionary Sisters of Eng-land and Wales and welcome Sr. Ann Ugoh who will make the appeal at the 10am Mass (Fr. Peter will make the ap-peal at the other Masses) - please note that because of the appeal the collection for the Catholic Trust is transferred to 24th June.
 
SECOND COLLECTIONS IN JUNE AND JULY It’s a very busy time so we need to prewarn you:
•   Sunday 10th June - Missionary Sisters Appeal (collection for Catholic Trust transferred to 24th June.
•   Sunday 17th June - Day for Life collection.
•   Sunday 24th June - Catholic Trust for England and Wales collection (transferred from 10th June).
•   Friday 29th June (Ss. Peter and Paul) collection for Peter’s Pence.
•   Sunday 1st July - collection for Seminary Fund
•   Sunday 8th July - collection for the Apostleship of the Sea.
 
FUNERALS Please pray for Mary Rumsey and her family as they prepare for her funeral this Wednesday at 12 noon - also Graham Durling and family (funeral on Tuesday 12th June) and Deirdre Pennal and family (funeral on 20th June at 1pm) - and Baby Sonny, Mr. Solly and Marion Gillespie, friends of Fr. Peter and their families as they prepare for their funerals - and we offer them all our love and support and prayers at this time.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (8th Week of the Year)
2
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Alexander Waight
Eileen Whitehead RIP (1st anniv.)
SUNDAY
Corpus Christi (B)
3
10am
12 noon
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
Syro Malabar Mass
The Parishioners
MONDAY (9th Week of the Year) 4 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (St. Boniface) 5
9.30am
Private Intention (N.C.)
WEDNESDAY (9th Week of the Year) 6
9.30am
12 noon
Baby Sonny RIP
Funeral Mass for Mary Rumsey RIP followed by a Service at Snodland Cemetery
THURSDAY (9th Week of the Year) 7 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (The Sacred Heart) 8
9.30am
The Parishioners
SATURDAY (Immaculate Heart of Mary)
9
10.30am
5pm
First Communion Celebration Mass
Sarah and Mel
SUNDAY
10th Sunday of the Year (B)
(Honouring The Sacred Heart)
Mission Appeal
10
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Trevor Jones RIP
Alix Terriere RIP (anniv.)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Meg and Tony Brewer; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Libby Batchelor; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Marie-Louise Wise; Betty Callaghan; Frank Hall; Catherine Finn; Jean Herrington; Arthur Adaarewa; our housebound and all at Maid-stone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Silvia Adaarewa; Marion Gillespie; Mr. Solly; Deirdre Pennal; Mary Rumsey; Graham Durling. Also John Calloway; Alfie Evans (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Anthony Potrac; Rosa Lurgio; Maureen Thompson; Pope John XXIII; Robert Styche; Elsie Thew; Anne Lang-shaw; Ralph Lovegrove; Mary Bennett; Marie Alix Terriere; Gerard Whiteside; Mary Legon; Albert Wallace; Charles Owen; Cathe-rine McCarthy; Catherine Douglass; Carol Smith; Kate Ryan.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 3
10am
12 noon
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Syro Malabar Mass in Church
MONDAY 4
11am
5-6pm
6.45 for 7.30pm
Dean’s Meeting in the Bishop’s House
First Communion Children’s Class in Church
Demonstration by the Guild of Church Flower Arrangers in Church - see below
TUESDAY 5
1.30-3pm
7pm
7pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Fundraising Meeting in the Church Porch
Churches Together in Snodland at the Rectory
WEDNESDAY 6 2pm Friendship Group’s Trip to Brookside Nursery - see below
FRIDAY 8 7-9pm Youth Group meet in the SCHOOL
SUNDAY 10 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £315.44 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collection raised £265.05
 
GIFT AID Please see the special notice on page 3.
 

FUNDRAISING

£635.00 total raised in May through donations and events. Overall total raised is £78,946.43
Amount still owed on loan is £6,053.57
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS The West Malling and Villages Area Group will be offering fruit salad to the children after each 10am Mass starting on Sunday 17th June through to the end of July. Cakes and homemade jam will also be on sale. All money raised will go to the Building Fund.
******
LUCIA’S CONCERT - Our grateful thanks to Lucia and her friends - the concert raised £200.00
Future Concerts: 8th July; 30th September; 16th December.
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 13th June from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The next children’s lesson is on Monday 4th June from 5-6pm.
 
GARDEN STALL Part of the Summer Fayre will be a garden stall and do-nations of plants etc are being asked for nearer the time. Please see Eileen Scholes for more information about this.
 
FLOWER DEMONSTRATION in Church by the Guild of Church Flower Arrangers on Monday 4th June. Doors open at 6.45pm for a 7.30pm start. Come and enjoy an evening of flower art by professional demonstrator Hel-en Hare. Entrance for parishioners £3.50 and visitors £5 All are welcome.
 
PRE-SCHOOL St. Thomas More Pre-School are looking for a new part-time member of staff (term-time only). If you are interested please contact Cathy Collins on 01732 874559 for an application form and more infor-mation.
 
ST. SIMON STOCK SECONDARY SCHOOL is looking for: A Clerk to the Governors: this is a paid part-time position requiring good organisational and minuting skills. Foundation Governors: voluntary roles for people who want to help in the education of the next generation within a Catholic ethos. Further information is available from the Chair of Governors mike.powis@btinternet.com
 

FUNDRAISING

The Parish / School Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday 16th June from 11am to 2pm. We are looking for bottles, possible prizes and monetary donations to help with the running of the day. We are also looking for helpers for the Raffle and Lucky Programme stall as well as someone to help with the run-ning of the Fancy Dress Competition. If anyone can offer even half an hour of help on the day, it would be really appreciated. Donations and a sign up sheet will be at the back of Church. Many thanks.
 
 
HEART OF KENT HOSPICE Volunteer Open Mornings. Could you spare a few hours a week or on an occasional basis and want to do something rewarding while supporting an important local cause? Heart of Kent Hospice offers a range of volunteering opportunities from waitressing at one of our two cafes; a shift in one of our 14 shops to pa-tient support; complementary therapies or gardening. If you do not have a particular interest but want to help us, why not join our flexible team who assist with marshalling, car parking or refreshments at weekend events. To find out more why not attend one of our volunteer open mornings at the Hospice (Preston Hall, Aylesford. ME20 7PU). The next open mornings are on 9th June and 14th July from 10am - 1pm.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Eileen’s Group - week beginning 4th June.
 
FRIENDSHIP GROUP meet at 2pm on Wednesday 6th June on the Church carpark for a trip to Brookside Nursery for tea and cake.

 

NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.

To Gift Aiders

Firstly, thank you for your donations and allowing the Parish to reclaim the tax on your gifts. You may have already collected your new boxes but if not please do so as soon as possible – they are to be found in the Church porch. If your box is missing please let us know.
 
Even if you donate by standing order please collect your box which con-tains envelopes for specified second collections and Christmas / Easter offerings to Father Peter. Please note donations to Father Peter can only be gift aided if they are processed through the Parish.
 
Could you let the office, or me, know if you no longer pay tax or pay less Income Tax and / or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all your donations.

Some points to remember:

If you don’t attend Mass for any reason please put all contributions in a single envelope for the particular week you next attend as we have to rec-ord your donation on the date received – not the date on the envelope.
 
If there is a second collection which is not for the Parish it can only be gift aided if there is a specific envelope, either in your box, or provided by the Charity eg CAFOD.
 
For Parish second collections please use one of your spare envelopes or one of the white Gift Aid ones at the back of the Church. In either case could you write the intention eg flowers / welfare etc on the envelope.
 
And finally: a personal plea – if you can avoid the use of small change, whatever the amount of your donation, it makes the counting a little easi-er.
 
Ian Butler
 
Gift Aid organiser

 

THE MOST HOLY TRINITY (B)    25 May 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: stthomasmorerc@btconnect.com    Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

THE MOST HOLY TRINITY (B)
Call for Confirmation +++ School Holiday Break
27th May 2018
 
THIS WEEKEND We honour the Trinity - Father, Son and Spirit - and thank them for the love and life and blessings They have brought us in our journey from Advent to Pentecost. We will also be holding a retiring collection for our supply Priest, Fr. Peter Adu in the Gambia (Fr. Peter is not allowed to directly appeal to us while on supply here, so we join with Maidstone Parish in offering our help in this collection). We will continue this collection next weekend (2nd/3rd June). We also congratulate and pray for Jack Foulger making his First Communion with us at the 10am Mass.
 
THIS WEEK is the School Holiday week and we wish our Baby and Toddler Group, Pre-School and Schools a hap-py break.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi and give thanks to the Eucharist which is at the heart of our Faith as individuals and as a Church and Parish family. It’s linked to Maundy Thursday when the Lord instituted this great Sacrament and also to the Feast of the Trinity this weekend as it brings the ‘communion’ and ‘community’ of the Trinity to us and our Parish. At our Masses this weekend we pray for our First Communicants now sharing fully with us in this great Sacrament and thank and pray for our Eucharistic Ministers as they rededicate themselves to their ministry today.
 
SECOND COLLECTIONS IN JUNE AND JULY It’s a very busy time so we need to prewarn you:
•   Sunday 10th June - Missionary Sisters Appeal (collection for Catholic Trust transferred to 24th June.
•   Sunday 17th June - Day for Life collection.
•   Sunday 24th June - Catholic Trust for England and Wales collection (transferred from 10th June).
•   Friday 29th June (Ss. Peter and Paul) collection for Peter’s Pence.
•   Sunday 1st July - collection for Seminary Fund
•   Sunday 8th July - collection for the Apostleship of the Sea.
 
CONFIRMATION THE FINAL CALL FOR CONFIRMATION WILL BE MADE THIS WEEKEND - for young people at present in Year 10 at Secondary School and above. The call is also open to any adults who wish to be confirmed.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (St. Philip Neri)
26
5pm
Joe and Lucy Perera wellbeing (Wedding Anniversary)
SUNDAY
The Most Holy Trinity (B)
Final Call for Confirmation
27
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Lily Rudenko RIP (Elizabeth)
The Parishioners
MONDAY (8th Week of the Year) 28   NO MASS OR SERVICE - BANK HOLIDAY
TUESDAY (8th Week of the Year) 29
9.30am
Sally and Adrian (Mary Goldsmith)
WEDNESDAY (8th Week of the Year) 30
9.30am
Dermot Barrett RIP (anniv.)
THURSDAY (The Visitation) 31 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (St. Justin) 1 June
9.30am
K.M. Thomas and Rosanna Thomas RIP
SATURDAY (8th Week of the Year)
2
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Alexander Waight
Eileen Whitehead RIP (1st anniv.)
SUNDAY
Corpus Christi (B)
3
10am
12 noon
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
Syro Malabar Mass
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Meg and Tony Brewer; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Libby Batchelor; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Cathe-rine Finn; Marian Glennon; Tony Blackburn; Maureen Hook; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Deirdre Pennal; Mary Rumsey; Graham Durling; John Calloway; Alfie Evans. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Jean Lyons; Josephine Hemphill; Kathleen Sutherland; Anna Cunningham; May Doran; Theresa Trow; Jane Goodwin; Anthony Potrac; Rosa Lurgio; Maureen Thompson.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 27
10am
3.30 for 4pm
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Lucia’s Concert in Church - see fundraising
MONDAY 28   BANK HOLIDAY
TUESDAY 29   No Baby & Toddler Group (School Holiday Break)
SUNDAY 3
10am
12 noon
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Syro Malabar Mass in Church
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £467.35 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 
GIFT AID Please see the special notice on page 3.
 
GIFT AID FOR SECOND COLLECTIONS If a collection is not for the Parish it can only be GIFT-AIDED if there is a pre-printed envelope, either in your box or one from the Charity itself eg. CAFOD / Apostleship of the Sea. Parish second collections eg. Flowers / Welfare / Sponsored walk can be GIFT-AIDED if you use one of your spare enve-lopes or one of the white envelopes at the back of the Church. In either case please mark the envelope with the in-tent of the donation. If it is not marked your donation may go to the wrong organisation.
 

FUNDRAISING

£2,000.05 total raised in April through donations and events. Overall total raised is £78,311.43
Amount still owed on loan is £6,688.57
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
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LUCIA’S CONCERTwill take place this Sunday 27th May. Refreshments from 3.30pm. Concert begins at 4pm. Suggested donations of Adults £5 and Children £1
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NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 13th June from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
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SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The next children’s lesson is on Monday 4th June from 5-6pm.
 
SAVE THE DATE The Parish / School Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday 16th June from 11am to 2pm.
 
GARDEN STALL Part of the Summer Fayre will be a garden stall and donations of plants etc are being asked for nearer the time. Please see Eileen Scholes for more information about this.
 
FLOWER DEMONSTRATION in Church by the Guild of Church Flower Arrangers on Monday 4th June. Doors open at 6.45pm for a 7.30pm start. Come and enjoy an evening of flower art by professional demonstrator Helen Hare. Entrance for parishioners £3.50 and visitors £5 All are welcome.
 
PRE-SCHOOL St. Thomas More Pre-School are looking for a new part-time member of staff (term-time only). If you are interested please contact Cathy Collins on 01732 874559 for an application form and more information.
 
HEART OF KENT HOSPICE Volunteer Open Mornings. Could you spare a few hours a week or on an occasional basis and want to do something rewarding while supporting an important local cause? Heart of Kent Hospice offers a range of volunteering opportunities from waitressing at one of our two cafes; a shift in one of our 14 shops to pa-tient support; complementary therapies or gardening. If you do not have a particular interest but want to help us, why not join our flexible team who assist with marshalling, car parking or refreshments at weekend events. To find out more why not attend one of our volunteer open mornings at the Hospice (Preston Hall, Aylesford. ME20 7PU). The next open mornings take place on 9th June and 14th July from 10am - 1 pm.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Steph’s Group - week beginning 28th May.
 
GARDENING CLUB meet on Saturday 2nd June from 10am to 12 noon. All welcome.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.

To Gift Aiders

Firstly, thank you for your donations and allowing the Parish to reclaim the tax on your gifts. You may have already collected your new boxes but if not please do so as soon as possible – they are to be found in the Church porch. If your box is missing please let us know.

Even if you donate by standing order please collect your box which con-tains envelopes for specified second collections and Christmas / Easter offerings to Father Peter. Please note donations to Father Peter can only be gift aided if they are processed through the Parish.

Could you let the office, or me, know if you no longer pay tax or pay less Income Tax and / or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all your donations.

Some points to remember:

If you don’t attend Mass for any reason please put all contributions in a single envelope for the particular week you next attend as we have to rec-ord your donation on the date received – not the date on the envelope.

If there is a second collection which is not for the Parish it can only be gift aided if there is a specific envelope, either in your box, or provided by the Charity eg CAFOD.

For Parish second collections please use one of your spare envelopes or one of the white Gift Aid ones at the back of the Church. In either case could you write the intention eg flowers / welfare etc on the envelope.

And finally: a personal plea – if you can avoid the use of small change, whatever the amount of your donation, it makes the counting a little easi-er.

Ian Butler

Gift Aid organiser

 

FEAST OF PENTECOST (B)    18 May 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

Tel: 01732  843302  email: stthomasmorerc@btconnect.com    Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

St. Thomas More Pre-School, St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HN. Tel: 01732 874559

FEAST OF PENTECOST (B)
Call for Confirmation
20th May 2018
 
THIS WEEKEND We celebrate Pentecost with a new coming of the Holy Spirit with His gifts to seal the new love, Resurrection and life we have received in this Easter Season in our lives and help us to live and build it. The 5pm Mass will be the Vigil Mass of Pentecost with the joy of the Reception of Nicola Gallagher into the Church through Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist and ask you to pray for Nicola and her family. The 10am Mass is our Pentecost Family Mass and the 5.30pm Mass will be led by the Youth Group (meet at 4pm in the Priest’s House). Many thanks for all who have worked to help us to celebrate this great Feast.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We honour the Trinity - Father, Son and Spirit - and thank them for the love and life and bless-ings They have brought us in our journey from Advent to Pentecost. We will also be holding a retiring collection for our supply Priest, Fr. Peter Adu in the Gambia (Fr. Peter is not allowed to directly appeal to us while on supply here, so we join with Maidstone Parish in offering our help in this collection). We will continue this collection the following weekend (2nd/3rd June).
 
SECOND COLLECTIONS IN JUNE AND JULY It’s a very busy time so we need to prewarn you:
•   Sunday 10th June - Missionary Sisters Appeal (collection for Catholic Trust transferred to 24th June.
•   Sunday 17th June - Day for Life collection.
•   Sunday 24th June - Catholic Trust for England and Wales collection (transferred from 10th June).
•   Friday 29th June (Ss. Peter and Paul) collection for Peter’s Pence.
•   Sunday 1st July - collection for Seminary Fund
•   Sunday 8th July - collection for the Apostleship of the Sea.
 
CONFIRMATION THE CALL FOR CONFIRMATION WILL BE MADE THIS WEEKEND - for young people at pre-sent in Year 10 and above at Secondary School. The call is also open to any adults who wish to be confirmed.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Vigil of Pentecost)
19
5pm
Vigil Mass of Pentecost - Reception of Nicola Gallagher
SUNDAY
Feast of Pentecost (B)
Call for Confirmation
20
10am
5.30pm
(Pentecost Family Mass)
(Youth Mass)
(Masses for Parishioners, Families and Friends - Living and Dead)
MONDAY 21
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (7th Week of the Year) 22
9.30am
Communion Service
WEDNESDAY (7th Week of the Year) 23
9.30am
Communion Service
THURSDAY (7th Week of the Year) 24 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (St. Bede) 25
9.30am
Communion Service
SATURDAY (St. Philip Neri)
26
5pm
Joe and Lucy Perera wellbeing (Wedding Anniversary)
SUNDAY
The Most Holy Trinity (B)
Call for Confirmation
27
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Lily Rudenko RIP (Elizabeth)
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Meg and Tony Brewer; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Susan Peek; Catherine Finn; Marian Glennon; Maura Wright; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Mary Rumsey; Graham Durling; John Calloway; Alfie Evans. Also Joe Dennis; Susan Walkling; Fr. Michael Murphy; Kevin Osborne (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: James Corcoran; Mary Heaney; Peggy Hey; Allan Beard; Daniel Byrne; Joseph Eagle; William Ward; Nora Gaule; Jean Lyons.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 20
10am
4pm
No Children’s Liturgy (Pentecost Family Mass)
Youth Group meet in the Priest’s House to prepare for Pentecost Mass
TUESDAY 22 1.30-3pm Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 23 8pm Kings Hill and Mereworth Area Group Meeting - see below
SUNDAY 27
10am
3.30 for 4pm
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Lucia’s Concert in Church - see fundraising
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £376.30 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collections for World Communications Day raised £242.80 and Survive-Miva raised £227.09
 
GIFT AID FOR SECOND COLLECTIONS If a collection is not for the Parish it can only be GIFT-AIDED if there is a pre-printed envelope, either in your box or one from the Charity itself eg. CAFOD / Apostleship of the Sea. Parish second collections eg. Flowers / Welfare / Sponsored walk can be GIFT-AIDED if you use one of your spare envelopes or one of the white envelopes at the back of the Church. In either case