Catholic Parish

Newsletter

CORPUS CHRISTI (A)    18 June 2017
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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 (A)
Final Call for Confirmation
Day of Prayer for Human Life
18th June 2017
 
IN OUR MASSES THIS WEEKEND WE REMEMBER THOSE WHO DIED, WERE INJURED, LOST LOVED ONES AND LOST THEIR HOMES IN THE HORRIFIC FIRE AT GRENFILL TOWER BLOCK IN WEST LONDON AND OFFER THEM AND THOSE WHO ARE HELPING THEM OUR LOVE AND PRAYERS AND SUPPORT.
 
This weekend we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi and give thanks for the Eucharist which is at the heart of our Faith and life as individuals and as a Church and Parish family. The true Feast of the Eucharist is Maundy Thursday but there it is linked to the sadness and dedication of Good Friday so the Church gives us this special Feast as well. And it is also linked to the Feast of the Trinity last Sunday 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 sharing fully with us in this great Sacrament in this new stage in their Faith and Parish jour-ney - also our Eucharistic Ministers as we give them our thanks for their important work and help them to rededicate themselves to this today.
 
TODAY WE ALSO MAKE THE FINAL CALL FOR CONFIRMATION on Sunday 8th October (a joint Confirmation with Bearsted, Maidstone and South Maidstone). Applicants have to be at present in Year 10 and above at Secondary School and practising their Faith and prepared to develop it (and we emphasise that Year 10 is the minimum age and applicants can, and will be en-couraged to, decide to wait until a later age if they feel they are not ready for the commitment that Confirmation requires). You will need to see me after Mass for an application form TODAY - and those forms that have been given out must be returned TODAY. Also any adults who would like to be Confirmed, please see me and collect an application form too. TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO APPLY FOR THIS SACRAMENT.
 
Today is also a Day of Prayer for Human Life with a second collection during the Notices to support the Anscombe Bioethics Cen-tre and the life related activities supported by the Church, also please note the special prayer card as the back of the Church. On Thursday we shall be honouring St Thomas More, our Parish Patron, with a special Mass in the school at 9.30am and this week there are meetings for the Baby and Toddler Group and School Governors & the beginning of our Confirmation Interviews. And the big Event is our Parish/School Summer Fayre on the School field this coming Saturday 24th June from 11am to 2pm. Thanks to all who have been and are working hard for this and we ask for your support for this major fundraising event for our School and Parish (also your chance to get your own back with me and Richard McNamara in the stocks!). Friday is the feast of the Sacred Heart and next weekend we shall be honouring the Sacred Heart—the Patron of June—at all our Masses.
 
Please pray for Anthony Potrac and his family as they prepare for his funeral this Friday (23rd) at 1.30pm—also Eileen Whitehead and Ian and their family as they prepare for her funeral on Wednesday week—also Joyce Attwood, Bob and family as they pre-pare for her funeral this Thursday (22nd) at 10.30am at St Francis, Maidstone—and for Jimmy Downey and Eileen Calkin and her family—and we offer them all our love and prayers and support at this time.
May I also ask your prayers for myself as I celebrate the 43rd Anniversary of my Ordination as a Priest on Wednesday and take up the role of Acting Dean of Maidstone on July 1st—and thanks for all your love and support for me in my Priesthood during this past year. Have a good week everyone.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY 17
10.30am
5pm
First Communion Celebration Mass
Ajay and Rashi Belgaumker Intentions
SUNDAY
Corpus Christi (A)
Final Call for Confirmation
18
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
Martin Rudenko R.I.P. (Alice Mills)
MONDAY (Week 11 of the Year) 19 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (St Alban) 20 9.30am For married couples as a thank you gesture
WEDNESDAY (St. Aloysius Gonzaga) 21 9.30am In thanksgiving (Fr Peter’s Ordination anniversary)
THURSDAY (Ss Thomas More & John Fisher) 22 9.30am St. Thomas More Mass in SCHOOL
FRIDAY (The Sacred Heart) 23
9.30am
1.30pm
The Parishioners
Funeral Mass of Anthony Potrac followed by service at Vinters Crematorium at 3.30pm
SATURDAY (St John the Baptist)
(Honouring the Sacred Heart)
24
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Harry Gould
Roshi & Ajay Belgaumkar well-being (wedding anniv)
SUNDAY
12th Sunday of the Year (A)
(Honouring The Sacred Heart)
25
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Denis O’Neill R.I.P. (anniv)
Dorothy Patrick R.I.P. (Angela H.)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Don Donovan; Peter Avery; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Anne Law; Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Hannah Lingham; Ellen Tucker; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Moira Stevens; Paul Downes; Jenni-fer Hansen; Yolanda Bath; M-L Wise; David Martin ; 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: Jimmy Downey; Anthony Potrac; Joyce Attwood; Eileen Whitehead; William Edmed; Jeffrey Fenwick; Mary Walker; Christy Jordon (aged 12); also Bennet Bright Madzi (month's mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world espe-cially the innocent civilians. And we unite ourselves to all in West London at this time.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Catherine Rothery; Josephine Harris; Teresa Stone; Peggy Dodenham; Alfred Barnett; Reginald Davis; Stuart Bottiglieri; Frances Shields.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 18
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
TUESDAY 20
1.30-3pm
6.30pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
School Governors Meeting
FRIDAY 23   (Confirmation Interview)
SATURDAY 24 11am-2pm Parish / School Summer Fayre on the School Field
SUNDAY 25 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £339.21 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collec-tion for the Catholic Trust for England and Wales raised £182.88.
 
GIFT AID FOR SECOND COLLECTIONS Please remember to use the envelopes provided for second collections. Parish collec-tions can also be ‘Gift-Aided’ - please use a spare envelope and mark with the name of the collection.
 
NOTE TO GIFT AIDERS Your new boxes are now in the porch. Please collect them as soon as possible to make Fr. Peter happy. 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

£10.00 total raised in May through donations and events. Overall total raised is £67,684.35
Amount still owed on loan is £17,315.65
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
SAVE THE DATE! Back by popular demand ‘PIMMS AND PROMS’ on Saturday 8th July 2017 - 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
Adult tickets £10, Children £5 and Family £25 (includes glass of Pimms per adult and soft drink per child).
Please see further details below
*******
SPONSORED WALK Saturday 22nd July - Please see page 3 of the Newsletter for details or notice in the porch.
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 12th July from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equip-ment will be provided but feel free to bring anything you wish. A contribution of £2 towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
Please note this group will now meets on the second Wednesday of each month .
 
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.
 
WESH 3 PEAKS CHALLENGE - Message from Fiona Clayton: Many thanks for all your donations. I have completed the Welsh 3 Peaks. It was hard as we had rain and really high winds but we managed it (see photo on page 3 of the Newsletter!). I am so grateful for everyone’s generosity. If you are a Gift Aider could you please put your donation in one of your spare enve-lopes and mark it accordingly. If you are not registered with us for Gift Aid, but would like to gift aid this donation, please use one of the white envelopes available at the back of the Church. I will put some plain envelopes with the sponsor from marked ‘Welsh 3 Peaks’ which you can use. These will be in the Church Porch and can either be given to me, handed in to the Parish Office or placed in the orange box next to the sponsorship form.
 
SUMMER FAYRE The Parish / School Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday 24th June from 11am to 2pm.
 
JOYCE ATTWOOD The funeral of Joyce Attwood will take place at St Francis, Maidstone on Thursday 22nd June at 10.30am.
 
BABY AND TODDLER GROUP are looking for a volunteer to help run the Group alongside another parent. This will involve opening and locking up after a session on a Tuesday afternoon. The last meeting for this Group before the Summer break is on Tuesday 4th July when they will meet at Manor Park West Malling from 12pm. Everyone is requested to bring a picnic.
 
PIMMS AND PROMS Come and listen to the Dartford Concert Band play a selection of popular music in a fun and relaxed eve-ning 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 from this weekend onwards and from the Parish Office.
 
CTIM There will be a Christian Puppetry Training Day at Lunsford Park School, Larkfield, on Saturday 8th July from 10am to 4pm costing £15 and is open to everyone of all ages and will be great fun. Spreading the Gospel message through the medium of puppets appeals to young and old. Phone Betty Brown 01732 841830 as soon as possible.
 
THE ST. JOHN BOSCO CHILDREN’S (SVP) SUMMER CAMP at Aldham Essex. This is an activities camp with a Catholic ethos that runs as follows: Week One Saturday 22th July to 29th July - Boys; Week Two Saturday 29th July to 5th August - Boys; Week Three Saturday 5th August to 12th August 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 contact (between 6pm and 9pm) the boys camp on 07534065347 or the girls camp on 07491811167. For more information http://svpboscocamp.org.uk or see 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 Steph's group (week beginning 19th June).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details including the Annual APF-Mill Hill, Mission Mass at St George’s Cathe-dral on Saturday 8th July .. Sacred Heart Messenger for June 2017 on sale in the porch..
 

SPONSORED WALK

Join The Kings Hill and Mereworth Area Group on a sponsored walk along the beautiful Medway Valley.
We are walking from Teapot Island to Maidstone and back on Saturday 22nd July, a total of 24.1km (15 miles) at an average easy walking pace of 5kph that means around 4.5-5hrs walking in total, along a beautiful river path (no hills).
 
But don’t worry you can do as little or as much as you like! Perhaps doing half that distance by starting at Maidstone and walking back with us, or you could join us at Wateringbury for a leisurely 2 miles back to Teapot Island just in time for lunch, or anything in-between :)
 
The full walk will start at Teapot Island at 9am, along the river to Maidstone, then getting back at around 1:30-2pm for a nice lunch. You can see the full route here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20406407
 
All money raised will go to the Church Building Fund.
 
Everyone is welcome! Bring the family and children! Do as much or as little as you like!
 
Please let Steph know on Steph@bbits.co.uk or 07977458970 if you will be joining us and how far you plan to walk and we will send further details.
If you would like to sponsor us then anything from £1 upwards will be a great help. We will be collecting any donations at the weekend Masses from 8th July.
 
 

Download Newsletter

 

THE MOST HOLY TRINITY (A) 11th June 2017    11 June 2017
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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 (A)
Call for Confirmation
11th June 2017
 
Today, on the Feast of the Trinity, following our journey through Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter to Pentecost last weekend, we give thanks to our God of love - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - for all the Blessings, strength, life and Resurrection they have brought us, through their love, on this journey. We ask them to help us to continue to keep close to them and each other through our prayer and love and so continue these Blessings in our daily lives and we unite to their love and life London and Manchester and those killed and injured and their families and communities.
 
Today there is a second collection during the Notices for the Catholic Trust of England and Wales which supports the Central Ad-ministration of the Church in this country and the legal, financial and charitable work of the Bishops’ Conference.
 
During the week there are meetings for the First Communion children, Baby and Toddler Group, Deanery Clergy, Youth Group leaders, Needlework and Knitting Group, Kings Hill and Mereworth Area group and the Youth group - details overleaf and we wish Year 6 at School a good time at Sayers Croft. Also on Saturday we have our fundraising ‘Pudding Party’ in the Bishop’s House at 7.30pm - details overleaf and tickets on sale after Mass and we encourage you to come to what should be a very enjoyable eve-ning.
 
On Saturday our First Communicants, their parents and brothers and sisters have a special Thanksgiving Mass at 10.30am and then join us next weekend as we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi - the Feast of the Eucharist and Communion - at which we will also give thanks and pray for our Eucharistic Ministers as they renew their commitment at all Masses.
 
Also next weekend we celebrate the Day of Prayer for Human Life with a special collection to support the Anscombe Bioethics Centre and the life related activities supported by the Church.
Finally, we make the second Call for Confirmation on Sunday 8th October - a joint Confirmation with Bearsted, Maidstone and South Maidstone Parishes. Applicants have to be at present in Year 10 and above at Secondary School and practising their Faith and wanting to develop it. Also, please note that Year 10 is the minimum age that candidates can decide - and will be encour-aged to decide during the course - to wait until a later age if they feel that they are not ready for the commitment that Confirmation requires. Application forms are available from me at all Masses and are to be returned to me personally after Mass next weekend - 17th/18th June. Also, any adults who would like to be Confirmed, please see me and collect an application form too.
 
Let us rejoice with our God of love today - and have a good week.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY 10 5pm Assumpta Hussey R.I.P.
SUNDAY
The Most Holy Trinity (A)
Call for Confirmation
11
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Trevor Jones R.I.P.
Niamh Nolan R.I.P. And Thomas Nolan (Birthdays)
MONDAY (Week 10 of the Year) 12 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (St. Anthony of Padua) 13 9.30am The Parishioners
WEDNESDAY (Week 10 of the Year) 14 9.30am Steph, Ian and Family (Mary G.)
THURSDAY (Week 10 of the Year) 15 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (St. Richard of Chichester) 16
9.30am
(8.15am - Mass in St. Simon Stock School)
Communion Service
SATURDAY (Week 10 of the Year) 17 5pm
First Communion Celebration Mass
Ajay and Rashi Belgaumker Intentions
SUNDAY
Corpus Christi (A)
Final Call for Confirmation
18
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
Martin Rudenko R.I.P. (Alice Mills)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Don Donovan; Peter Avery; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Anne Law; Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Hannah Lingham; Ellen Tucker; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Margaret Johnson; Philip Chittleborough; Edna Lowe; David Martin; Moira Stevens; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospi-tal, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Joyce Attwood; Eileen Whitehead; William Edmed; Jeffrey Fenwick; Mary Walker; Christy Jordon (aged 12); Bennet Bright Madzi. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civil-ians. And we unite ourselves to London and Manchester and those who died and were injured and their families and communi-ties.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: 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 11
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 12 5-6pm Final First Communion Children’s Class in Church
TUESDAY 13
1.30-3pm
8pm
Deanery Clergy meeting in Cranbrook
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Youth Group leaders meet in the Priest’s House
WEDNESDAY 14 7.30-9.30pm
(Fr. Peter visits Year 6 at Sayers Croft)
Needlework and Knitting Group meet in the Church porch
THURSDAY 15 8pm Kings Hill and Mereworth Area Group meeting - see below
FRIDAY 16
7-9pm
Youth Group meet in the School
SATURDAY 17 7.30pm ‘Pudding Party’ in the Bishop’s House (see below)
SUNDAY 18 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £461.80 (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 to make Fr. Peter happy. 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.
 
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Sarah Abbott (No.22) for the June draw.
 

FUNDRAISING

£1,398.98 total raised in April through donations and events. Overall total raised is £67,674.35
Amount still owed on loan is £17,325.65
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
FIONA CLAYTON from the PRE-SCHOOL will be doing the Welsh 3 Peaks, climbing 3 mountains in 3 days from 9th to 11th June to raise money for the Building Fund. If you wish to sponsor her, please fill in the sponsorship form which will be left at the back of the Church. If you are one of the generous people who sponsored Fiona's Welsh 3 Peaks madness / event and are a Gift Aider could you please put your donation in one of your spare envelopes and mark it accordingly. If you are not registered with us for Gift Aid but would like to Gift Aid this donation, please use one of the white envelopes available at the back of the Church. Many thanks.
*******
LAST CHANCE TO BUY Get your “Just Desserts” at the ‘PUDDING PARTY’ in the Bishop’s House on Saturday 17th June at 7.30pm. Tickets, which cost £5 (enabling you to try three of the desserts and have a cup of tea or coffee) will be on sale for the final time this weekend. Wine will be available. Because of catering needs and limited numbers admission will be by ticket only.
*******
 
SAVE THE DATE! Back by popular demand ‘PIMMS AND PROMS’ on Saturday 8th July 2017 - 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Further details to follow soon.
*******
SPONSORED WALK Saturday 22nd July - Please see page 3 of previous Newsletters for details or notice in the porch.
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 14th June from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equip-ment will be provided but feel free to bring anything you wish. A contribution of £2 towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
Please note this group will now be meeting on the second Wednesday of each month commencing Wednesday 14th June.
 
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.
 
SAVE THE DATE The Parish / School Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday 24th June from 11am to 2pm.
 
JOYCE ATTWOOD died in the early hours of Thursday morning after suffering from cancer for many years . She and her family were founder members of our Parish. They were there at the creation of our Church and her eldest daughter was there at the beginnings of our Primary School. Details of her funeral will be in the Newsletter once it has been arranged.
 
DAY FOR YOUTH LEADERS AND CONFIRMATION CATECHISTS with international speaker Michael Marchand. Tickets are available for the ‘Breakthrough’ day on Saturday 8th July, being held at DABCEC in Crawley (10am to 3.30pm). Aimed at youth leaders, Confirmation Catechists, those involved in young adult ministry, and anybody who is interested in any of the above. Tick-ets are £10, with reductions available for larger groups. Michael Marchand will be helping us to focus on Evangelisation. Follow-ing Michael’s input, there will be streams for Confirmation, Youth Ministry and Young Adult Ministry Rosie.Read@dabnet.org
 
THE ST. JOHN BOSCO CHILDREN’S (SVP) SUMMER CAMP at Aldham Essex. This is an activities camp with a Catholic ethos that runs as follows: Week One Saturday 22th July to 29th July - Boys; Week Two Saturday 29th July to 5th August - Boys; Week Three Saturday 5th August to 12th August 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 contact (between 6pm and 9pm) the boys camp on 07534065347 or the girls camp on 07491811167. For more information http://svpboscocamp.org.uk or see 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 Fiona's group (week beginning 12th June).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details - including posters for Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies; ‘An Introduction to Liturgy’; ‘An Introduction to Canon Law’. Sacred Heart Messenger for June 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 15th June at 8pm. Venue: 38 Braeburn Way, Kings Hill. ME19 4BG. Contact Ana and Geoff Wild 01732 220661
 

A Thank You for the 2016 APF Donations

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 Sisters as they share God’s love with some of the most vulnerable, marginalized people throughout the world.
 
One example is the Cardinal Maurice Otunga Girls Empowerment Centre, Nairobi. The Church relies on your gener-osity to help people such as the young women in Kenya you can see on the ‘thank you’ poster at the back of Church. Young girls living in extreme poverty are easily trapped into prostitution and sexual exploitation in their efforts to earn a meal or a meagre living. Vulnerable and destitute, many are orphans or come from abusive relationships at home. These young women have been rescued from such situations and are being helped by this Missio-supported Centre, run by the Assumption Sisters in Nairobi.
 
Many of the girls have never been to school. At the Centre they are taught English, reading and writing. The Sisters also help them to regain their self-worth and self-respect both by caring for them and teaching them such skills as housekeeping, nutrition, sewing and knitting. After two years of training they are able to earn a living by using their newly acquired skills. Some go to work in tourism, hospitality and catering while others work as seamstresses in factories or in their own businesses. The Assumption Sisters continue to look out for the girls for two years after they have left the Home to ensure they get on their feet in the outside world. The hope is that through their newly ac-quired skills they will become economically independent and not end up back on the streets and slums of Nairobi.
 
In the last year, members of the Red Box family in West Malling parish have raised a fantastic £2,137.65. – and this year so far you have donated £1,205.43. Thank you. Our Sisters and Brothers around the world continue to need our 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 - including an app for mobile phones or tablets – please do ask me.

Thank you again

Tony Law Local APF Secretary

Phone: 01732 844077 email :tony_annelaw@hotmail.com

Download Newsletter

 

FEAST OF PENTECOST (A) 4th June 2017    04 June 2017
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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 (A)
Call for Confirmation
4th June 2017
 
Today we celebrate the great Feast of 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. Many, many thanks to all - children, young people and adults - who have helped us to live this Lent, Holy Week and Easter Season so well and who are helping us to celebrate Pentecost, this third greatest Feast in the Church's year, today.
 
The Youth Group meets in the Priest's House this (Sunday) afternoon at 4pm to prepare the Pentecost 5.30pm Mass.
 
This week we wish the Baby and Toddler Group, Pre-School and Schools a good Term 6 and during the week there are meetings for the Baby and Toddler Group and Fundraising Committee on Tuesday and the Mother Teresa Group have their outing to Pilsdon on Wednesday. ALSO PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO VOTE IN THE GENERAL ELEC-TION ON THURSDAY!
 
Next Sunday we celebrate Trinity Sunday and thank the Father, Son and Spirit for all the love and Blessings they have given us in our journey from Advent to Pentecost. There will also be a second collection for the Catholic Trust for England and Wales.
 
FINALLY TODAY WE MAKE THE CALL FOR CONFIRMATION on Sunday 8th October at 3pm - a joint Confirma-tion with Bearsted, Maidstone and South Maidstone Parishes. Applicants have to be at present in Year10 and above at Secondary School and practising their Faith and wanting to develop it. Also please note that Year 10 is the mini-mum age and candidates can decide - and will be encouraged to decide during the course - to wait until a later age if they feel they are not ready for the commitment that Confirmation requires. Application forms are available from me at all Masses and are to be returned to me personally after Mass on 10th/11th June or at the latest 17th/18th June. Also any adults who would like to be Confirmed, please see me and collect an application form too.
 
Happy Pentecost everyone! - and have a good week.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Eve of Pentecost) 3 5pm (Vigil Mass of Pentecost) Parishioners, Families and Friends
SUNDAY
Feast of Pentecost (A)
Call for Confirmation
4
10am
5.30pm
(Family Mass) Parishioners, Families and Friends
(Youth Mass) Parishioners, Families and Friends
MONDAY (St. Boniface) 5 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY 6 9.30am Communion Service
WEDNESDAY 7 9.30am Communion Service
THURSDAY 8 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY 9
9.30am
Communion Service
SATURDAY 10 5pm Assumpta Hussey R.I.P.
SUNDAY
The Most Holy Trinity (A)
Call for Confirmation
11
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Trevor Jones R.I.P.
Niamh Nolan R.I.P. And Thomas Nolan (Birthdays)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Don Donovan; Peter Avery; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Anne Law; Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Hannah Lingham; Ellen Tucker; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Margaret Johnson; Philip Chittleborough; Jennifer Hansen; Steen Hansen; M-L Wise; David Martin; Hollie; Tatiane Ipoua; Marie Christine Seuna; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all af-fected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Jeffrey Fenwick; Mary Walker; Christy Jordon (aged 12); Bennet Bright Madzi. Also Martin Rudenko (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians. And we unite ourselves with Manchester and those who died and were injured there and their families
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Rosa Lurgio; Maureen Thompson; Robert Styche; Elsie Thew; Anne Langshaw; Ralph Lovegrove; Mary Ben-nett; Marie Alix Terriere; Mary Legon; Albert Wallace; Charles Owen; Catherine McCarthy; Catherine Douglass; Carol Smith; Kate Ryan; Thomas Hansa; Kate Thorogood.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 4
10am
4pm
No Children’s Liturgy (Pentecost Family Mass)
Youth Group meet to prepare for Pentecost Mass
TUESDAY 6
1.30-3pm
7.30pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Fundraising Meeting in the Church porch
WEDNESDAY 7 2pm Mother Teresa Group meet on the Church car park for their outing to Pilsdon
THURSDAY 8   GENERAL ELECTION - PLEASE VOTE!
SUNDAY 11
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £313.36 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collec-tion for World Communications Day raised £199.68
 
GIFT AID FOR SECOND COLLECTIONS Please remember to use the envelopes provided for second collections. Parish collec-tions can also be ‘Gift-Aided’ - please use a spare envelope and mark with the name of the collection.
 
NOTE TO GIFT AIDERS Your new boxes are now in the porch. Please collect them as soon as possible to make Fr. Peter happy. 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

£1,398.98 total raised in April through donations and events. Overall total raised is £67,674.35
Amount still owed on loan is £17,325.65
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
FIONA CLAYTON from the PRE-SCHOOL will be doing the Welsh 3 Peaks, climbing 3 mountains in 3 days from 9th to 11th June to raise money for the Building Fund. If you wish to sponsor her, please fill in the sponsorship form which will be left at the back of the Church. If you are one of the generous people who sponsored Fiona's Welsh 3 Peaks madness / event and are a Gift Aider could you please put your donation in one of your spare envelopes and mark it accordingly. If you are not registered with us for Gift Aid but would like to Gift Aid this donation, please use one of the white envelopes available at the back of the Church. Many thanks.
*******
SAVE THE DATE! ‘PUDDING PARTY’ by kind permission of the Bishop will take place in the Bishop’s House on Saturday 17th June at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5 which enables you to try three of the desserts and have a cup of tea or coffee. Wine will be available to buy by the glass. Tickets will be available at all Masses this weekend. “Looking forward to seeing you there!”
*******
 
SAVE THE DATE! Back by popular demand ‘PIMMS AND PROMS’ on Saturday 8th July 2017 - 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Further details to follow soon.
*******
SPONSORED WALK Saturday 22nd July - Please see page 3 of last week’s Newsletter for details.
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 14th June from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equip-ment will be provided but feel free to bring anything you wish. A contribution of £2 towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
Please note this group will now meet on the second Wednesday of each month commencing Wednesday 14th June.
 
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 COMMITTEE Their next meeting takes place on Tuesday 6th June at 7.30pm in the Church porch - all parishion-ers are invited to join them and bring fresh new ideas for events to help raise the remaining balance.
 
SAVE THE DATE The Parish / School Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday 24th June from 11am to 2pm..
 
DAY FOR YOUTH LEADERS AND CONFIRMATION CATECHISTS with international speaker Michael Marchand. Tickets are still available for the ‘Breakthrough’ day on Saturday 8th July, being held at DABCEC in Crawley (10am to 3.30pm). The day is aimed at youth group leaders, Confirmation Catechists, those involved in young adult ministry, and anybody who is simply inter-ested in any of the above. Tickets are £10, with reductions available for larger groups. Michael Marchand is from Texas and is a popular speaker in the US and around the world. He will be helping us to focus on Evangelisation. Following Michael’s input, there will be streams for Confirmation, Youth Ministry and Young Adult Ministry. To book, email Rosie.Read@dabnet.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 Wiesia’s group (week beginning 5th June).
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP meet this Wednesday 7th June on the Church car park at 2pm to go to Pilsdon for 2.30pm.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details - including posters for Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies; ‘An Introduction to Liturgy’; ‘An Introduction to Canon Law’. Sacred Heart Messenger for June 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 15th June at 8pm. Venue: 38 Braeburn Way, Kings Hill. ME19 4BG. Contact Ana and Geoff Wild 01732 220661
 

A Thank You for the 2016 APF Donations

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 Sisters as they share God’s love with some of the most vulnerable, marginalized people throughout the world.

One example is the Cardinal Maurice Otunga Girls Empowerment Centre, Nairobi. The Church relies on your gener-osity to help people such as the young women in Kenya you can see on the ‘thank you’ poster at the back of Church. Young girls living in extreme poverty are easily trapped into prostitution and sexual exploitation in their efforts to earn a meal or a meagre living. Vulnerable and destitute, many are orphans or come from abusive relationships at home. These young women have been rescued from such situations and are being helped by this Missio-supported Centre, run by the Assumption Sisters in Nairobi.

Many of the girls have never been to school. At the Centre they are taught English, reading and writing. The Sisters also help them to regain their self-worth and self-respect both by caring for them and teaching them such skills as housekeeping, nutrition, sewing and knitting. After two years of training they are able to earn a living by using their newly acquired skills. Some go to work in tourism, hospitality and catering while others work as seamstresses in factories or in their own businesses. The Assumption Sisters continue to look out for the girls for two years after they have left the Home to ensure they get on their feet in the outside world. The hope is that through their newly ac-quired skills they will become economically independent and not end up back on the streets and slums of Nairobi.

In the last year, members of the Red Box family in West Malling parish have raised a fantastic £2,137.65. – and this year so far you have donated £1,205.43. Thank you. Our Sisters and Brothers around the world continue to need our 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 - including an app for mobile phones or tablets – please do ask me.

Thank you again

Tony Law Local APF Secretary

Phone: 01732 844077 email :tony_annelaw@hotmail.com

Download Newsletter

 

FEAST OF THE ASCENSION (A)    28 May 2017
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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 THE ASCENSION (A)
World Communications Day +++ School Holiday Break
Ascensiontide and Preparation for Pentecost
28th May 2017
 
IN OUR MASSES THIS WEEKEND WE UNITE OURSELVES WITH MANCHESTER - WITH PRAYERS FOR THOSE WHO DIED AND WERE INJURED AND THEIR FAMILIES - AND WITH PRAYERS FOR ALL THE MANCHESTER COMMUNITY IN-CLUDING CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS - INSPIRED BY ONE OF THE BANNERS DISPLAYED: “LOVE FOR ALL - HATRED FOR NONE”.
 
We unite this with our prayers as we end these Easter Days and Resurrection, love and life with the great Feast of the Ascension when the Lord ascended to take our humanity into the life of God and confirm our place in eternity - and then to send the Holy Spirit to help us to continue His work, peace, love and life on earth.
 
Today we rejoice as the Lord ascends for us again to confirm the Resurrection and life He has brought us in these Easter Days and add new glory and strength to this - we then join Mary and the Apostles to prepare in faith and love, as they did, for the new coming of the Spirit to us at Pentecost next weekend to complete this Easter, sealing it’s love and life and Resurrection in our lives and helping us, as He helped the Apostles, to take it to others in our daily lives and witness for Him and His Church as we celebrate it's birthday.
 
Today is also World Communications Day with it’s theme of ‘Communicating Hope and Trust In Our Time’ using the communica-tions of this digital age to create and ensure a positive and responsible approach to the world’s problems and helping this to be real by using and living it in our own lives. There will be a special prayer card for this and also a special collection during the No-tices for the Catholic Communications Network to help the Church to develop this. For more information visit www.catholicnews.org.uk
 
We then enter ‘Ascensiontide’ - the days between Ascension and Pentecost - to join Mary and the Apostles in prayer and love to prepare ourselves for the new coming of the Spirit next weekend. Please take the special ‘pink’ Prayer Sheet which will help us in our prayer and preparation at home and in Church and also pray for Christian Unity during this week. This year at our Masses and Communion Services during this week we are joining together with our fellow Christians in the initiative and invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury to pray for many to come to Christ in the Ascension and Pentecost days.
 
The Baby and Toddler Group, Pre-School and School have their holiday break between Terms 5 and 6 this week and we wish them a good week of rest and enjoyment and thank them for all they give to our Parish. Because of the holiday break there are no meetings during the week (Alleluia!) but the Gardening Club will meet on Saturday 3rd June at 10am and the Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Area Group meet the same day at 12.30pm - details overleaf - and we hope that everyone enjoys the Bank holiday tomorrow.
 
Next weekend we will celebrate Pentecost with special Masses including the ‘laying on of hands’ to bring us the Spirit’s new strength and gifts. The Youth Group will meet at 4pm on Sunday to prepare the 5.30pm Mass.
 
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CALL FOR CONFIRMATION WILL BE MADE NEXT WEEKEND AND PRAY FOR THOSE WHO WILL BE APPLYING.
 
Have a good Ascension today - and a good week of preparation for Pentecost - and let us keep Manchester and all those in need in our prayers.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Easter) 27 5pm
(Baptisms of Harry Walsh and Oscar Regan)
(First Mass of the Ascension) Joe and Lucy Perera - wellbeing [Wedding Anniversary]
SUNDAY
The Ascension (A)
World Communications Day
28
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
Paula Sedley-Burke R.I.P. (Jim and Bernadette)
MONDAY (Ascensiontide) 29 9.30am Mass for Intentions of Christian Unity Week and Prayers
TUESDAY (Ascensiontide) 30 9.30am Welfare of Don and Thelma Donovan (Margaret H.)
WEDNESDAY (The Visitation) 31 9.30am Deceased Relatives and Friends of the Lobo Family
THURSDAY (St. Justin) 1 June 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Ascensiontide) 2
9.30am
Canon John Bailey - 65th Ordination Anniversary (Mary G.)
SATURDAY (Eve of Pentecost) 3 5pm (Vigil Mass of Pentecost) Parishioners, Families and Friends
SUNDAY
Feast of Pentecost (A)
Call for Confirmation
4
10am
5.30pm
(Family Mass) Parishioners, Families and Friends
(Youth Mass) Parishioners, Families and Friends
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Don Donovan; Peter Avery; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Anne Law; Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Hannah Lingham; Ellen Tucker; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Margaret Johnson; Philip Chittlebor-ough; Hollie; 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 Walker; Christy Jordon (aged 12); Bennet Bright Madzi; Martin Rudenko. Also Roy Herrington; Lily Rudenko; Paula Sedley-Burke (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians. And we unite ourselves with Manchester and those who died and were injured there and their families
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Josephine Hemphill; Kathleen Sutherland; Anna Cunningham; May Doran; Theresa Trow; Jane Goodwin; Rosa Lurgio; Mau-reen Thompson.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 28
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 29   BANK HOLIDAY - ENJOY!
TUESDAY 30   No Baby & Toddler Group (School Break)
SATURDAY 3 JUNE 10am-12 noon Gardening Club
SUNDAY 4
10am
4pm
No Children’s Liturgy (Pentecost Family Mass)
Youth Group meet to prepare for Pentecost Mass
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £328.93 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 
GIFT AID FOR SECOND COLLECTIONS Please remember to use the envelopes provided for second collections. Parish collections can also be ‘Gift-Aided’ - please use a spare envelope and mark with the name of the collection.
 
NOTE TO GIFT AIDERS Your new boxes are now in the porch. Please collect them as soon as possible to make Fr. Peter happy. 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

£1,398.98 total raised in April through donations and events. Overall total raised is £67,674.35
Amount still owed on loan is £17,325.65
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
FIONA CLAYTON from the PRE-SCHOOL will be doing the Welsh 3 Peaks, climbing 3 mountains in 3 days from 9th to 11th June to raise money for the Building Fund. If you wish to sponsor her, please fill in the sponsorship form which will be left at the back of the Church. If you are one of the generous people who sponsored Fiona's Welsh 3 Peaks madness / event and are a Gift Aider could you please put your donation in one of your spare envelopes and mark it accordingly. If you are not registered with us for Gift Aid but would like to Gift Aid this donation, please use one of the white envelopes available at the back of the Church. Many thanks.
*******
SAVE THE DATE! ‘PUDDING PARTY’ by kind permission of the Bishop will take place in the Bishop’s House on Saturday 17th June at 7.30pm. Tickets will cost £5 which enables you to try three of the desserts and have a cup of tea or coffee. Wine will be available to buy by the glass. Tickets will be available at all Masses from this weekend. “Looking forward to seeing you there!”
*******
 
SAVE THE DATE! Back by popular demand ‘PIMMS AND PROMS’ on Saturday 8th July 2017 - 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Further details to follow soon.
*******
SPONSORED WALK Saturday 22nd July - Please see page 3 of the Newsletter for details.
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 14th June from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equip-ment will be provided but feel free to bring anything you wish. A contribution of £2 towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
Please note this group will now be meeting on the second Wednesday of each month commencing Wednesday 14th June.
 
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 COMMITTEE Their next meeting takes place on Tuesday 6th June and they are inviting all parish-ioners to come along to join them and bring some fresh new ideas for events to help raise the remaining balance.
 
SAVE THE DATE The Parish / School Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday 24th June from 11am to 2pm.
 
CTIM There will be a Christian Puppetry Training Day at Lunsford Park School, Larkfield, on Saturday 8th July from 10am to 4pm costing £15 and is open to everyone of all ages and will be great fun. Spreading the Gospel message through the medium of puppets appeals to young and old. Phone Betty Brown 01732 841830 as soon as possible.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet dur-ing 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 29th May).
 
FLOWER ARRANGERS - Would all Flower Arrangers meet in Church ON SATURDAY 3RD JUNE from 9.30am for a 10am start for Pentecost Flowers. Greenery will be required.
 
GARDENING CLUB meet on Saturday 3rd June from 10am to 12 noon. All welcome.
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP meet on Wednesday 7th June on the Church car park at 2pm to go to Pilsdon for 2.30pm.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details - including hard copies of the Bishops Election Letter and a ‘letter for prayers’. Sacred Heart Messenger for June 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston meet on Saturday 3rd June at 12.30pm for ‘Cheese and Wine’. Venue: 77 New Hythe Lane, Larkfield. ME20 6PP. Contact Maria and Dave Abbott 01732 843307
 

SPONSORED WALK

Join The Kings Hill and Mereworth Area Group on a sponsored walk along the beautiful Medway Valley.

We are walking from Teapot Island to Maidstone and back on Saturday 22nd July, a total of 24.1km (15 miles) at an average easy walking pace of 5kph that means around 4.5-5hrs walking in total, along a beautiful river path (no hills).
 
But don’t worry you can do as little or as much as you like! Perhaps doing half that distance by starting at Maidstone and walking back with us, or you could join us at Wateringbury for a leisurely 2 miles back to Teapot Island just in time for lunch, or anything in-between :)
 
The full walk will start at Teapot Island at 9am, along the river to Maidstone, then getting back at around 1:30-2pm for a nice lunch. You can see the full route here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20406407
 
All money raised will go to the Church Building Fund.
 
Everyone is welcome! Bring the family and children! Do as much or as little as you like!
 
Please let Steph know on Steph@bbits.co.uk or 07977458970 if you will be joining us and how far you plan to walk and we will send further details.
 
If you would like to sponsor us then anything from £1 upwards will be a great help. We will be collecting any dona-tions at the weekend Masses from 8th July.

Download Newsletter

 

Sixth Sunday of Easter (A) 21st May 2017    21 May 2017
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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 EASTER DAYS
Sixth Sunday of Easter (A)
21st May 2017
 
This weekend we celebrate the Sixth and final Sunday of Easter and thank our Risen Lord for the New Resurrection, love and lifer He has shared with us in our lives through our prayer and love in these Easter Days. We ask His help to continue this in this week and prepare to end these days well with the Feast of the Ascension next weekend and then prepare for Pentecost in two weeks time which will bring the New Resurrection, life and light and joy of this Easter to completion.
 
We congratulate our First Communicants and thank their parents and families and all who helped in their preparation and in our celebration of their First Communion Masses with special thanks to our Catechists, flower ladies and cleaners and all who helped in the Masses. And we pray that the Lord will now help our First Communicants in their new ‘job’ of ‘shining’ for and inspiring our younger children and truly live this new stage in their Parish and Faith Jour-ney.
 
Children’s Liturgy begins again today (Sunday) at the 10am Mass after the First Communion Masses with the new procedures outlined three weeks ago. Parents please note that if you are late you will have to bring the children into the Church as the Centre gate will be locked once the children enter the Centre and will not be opened until the end of the Liturgy - above all please do not send the children on their own to the Centre.
 
During the week there are meetings for the Baby and Toddler Group, the Governors TLD Committee and the Churches Together on Tuesday and the Kings Hill and Mereworth Area Group on Thursday. Also please note the Children’s Pentecost Workshop on Thursday in the Centre from 3.30 to 4.30pm (a week earlier due to the School Holiday).
 
Next weekend we end the Easter Days with special Masses for the Great Feast of the Ascension. It is also World Communications Day with it’s theme of ‘Communicating Hope and Trust In Our Time’ using the communications of this digital age to create and ensure a positive and responsible approach to the world’s problems and helping this to be real by using and living it in our own lives. There will be a special prayer card for this and also a special collection during the Notices for the Catholic Communications Network to help the Church to develop this. For more informa-tion visit www.catholicnews.org.uk
 
Please continue to pray for parishioners suffering sickness, loss and challenges and undergoing treatment at this time - and for all young people who are preparing for and undertaking exams at this time.
 
Have a good final week of the Easter Days everyone.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Easter) 20
2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms: Dylan Whitmee; Haniel and McKinley Berry
Britto Family - Thanksgiving
SUNDAY
Sixth Sunday of Easter (A)
21
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Josephine Engelbrecht R.I.P.
Lily Rudenko R.I.P. (Alice Mills)
MONDAY (Easter) 22 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (Easter) 23 9.30am Brothers and Sisters (Mary Goldsmith)
WEDNESDAY (Easter) 24 9.30am Communion Service
THURSDAY (St. Bede) 25 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (St. Philip Neri) 26
9.30am
George Martin R.I.P.
SATURDAY (Easter) 27 5pm
(Baptisms of Harry Walsh and Oscar Regan)
(First Mass of the Ascension) Joe and Lucy Perera - wellbeing [Wedding Anniversary]
SUNDAY
The Ascension (A)
World Communications Day
28
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
Paula Sedley-Burke R.I.P. (Jim and Bernadette)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Don Donovan; Peter Avery; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Anne Law; Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Hannah Lingham; Ellen Tucker; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Marie Cross; Philip Chittleborough; Hollie; 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: Bennet Bright Madzi; Martin Rudenko; Roy Herrington; Lily Rudenko; Paula Sedley-Burke. Also Fr Michael Hayes (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Peggy Hey; Allan Beard; Daniel Byrne; Joseph Eagle; William Ward; Nora Gaule; Jean Lyons; Josephine Hemphill.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 21
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
TUESDAY 23
10.15am
1.30-3pm
7pm
School Governors TLD Committee meeting in the Priest’s House
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Churches Together in Snodland meet in the Vicarage
THURSDAY 25
3.30-4.30pm
8pm
Children’s Pentecost Workshop in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Kings Hill and Mereworth Area Group meeting - see below
SUNDAY 28 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind and generous Offerings last week (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 
GIFT AID FOR SECOND COLLECTIONS Please remember to use the envelopes provided for second collections. Parish collections can also be ‘Gift-Aided’ - please use a spare envelope and mark with the name of the collection.
 
NOTE TO GIFT AIDERS Your new boxes are now available in the porch. Please collect them as soon as possible to make Fr. Peter happy. If you are no longer a tax payer 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

£1,398.98 total raised in April through donations and events. Overall total raised is £67,674.35
Amount still owed on loan is £17,325.65
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
FIONA CLAYTON from the PRE-SCHOOL will be doing the Welsh 3 Peaks, climbing 3 mountains in 3 days from 9th to 11th June to raise money for the Building Fund. If you wish to sponsor her, please fill in the sponsorship form which will be left at the back of the Church. If you are one of the generous people who sponsored Fiona's Welsh 3 Peaks madness / event and are a Gift Aider could you please put your donation in one of your spare envelopes and mark it accordingly. If you are not registered with us for Gift Aid but would like to Gift Aid this donation, please use one of the white envelopes available at the back of the Church. Many thanks.
*******
SAVE THE DATE! ‘PUDDING PARTY’ by kind permission of the Bishop will take place in the Bishop’s House on Saturday 17th June at 7.30pm. Tickets will cost £5 which enables you to try three of the desserts and have a cup of tea or coffee. Wine will be available to buy by the glass. Tickets will be available at all Masses from this weekend. “Looking forward to seeing you there!”
*******
 
SAVE THE DATE! Back by popular demand ‘PIMMS AND PROMS’ on Saturday 8th July 2017 - 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Further details to follow soon.
*******
SPONSORED WALK Saturday 22nd July - Please see page 3 of the Newsletter for details.
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 13th June from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equip-ment will be provided but feel free to bring anything you wish. A contribution of £2 towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome on the evening 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.
 
SAVE THE DATE The Parish / School Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday 24th June from 11am to 2pm.
 
CHILDREN’S PENTECOST WORKSHOP
 
This will take place this Thursday 25th May from 3.30-4.30pm in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre All children are welcome
 
 
CTIM There will be a Christian Puppetry Training Day at Lunsford Park School, Larkfield, on Saturday 8th July from 10am to 4pm costing £15 and is open to eve-ryone of all ages and will be great fun. Spreading the Gospel message through the medium of puppets appeals to young and old. Phone Betty Brown 01732 841830 as soon as possible.
 
SHARING THE GOOD NEWS: How can I share my faith with others? Learn practical approaches to evangelisation from the founder of Mission of the Re-deemer Ministries in Canada, Michael Dopp. His programme, Relit - the heart of Evangelisation! trains evangelisation teams to be active evangelists. Please join us on 24th May 2017 at the Centre for Catholic Formation, Tooting Bec. SW17 8BS from 5:30-8:45pm. Cost: £15 which includes light supper. To Register: guildofourladyandstjoseph@gmail.com
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet dur-ing 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 22nd May).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details. Sacred Heart Messenger for June 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet this Thursday 25th May at 8pm. Venue: 17 Alfriston Grove, Kings Hill. ME19 4AS. Contact Steph Blackburn 01732 521788
 

SPONSORED WALK

Join The Kings Hill and Mereworth Area Group on a sponsored walk along the beautiful Medway Valley.

We are walking from Teapot Island to Maidstone and back on Saturday 22nd July, a total of 24.1km (15 miles) at an average easy walking pace of 5kph that means around 4.5-5hrs walking in total, along a beautiful river path (no hills).
 
But don’t worry you can do as little or as much as you like! Perhaps doing half that distance by starting at Maidstone and walking back with us, or you could join us at Wateringbury for a leisurely 2 miles back to Teapot Island just in time for lunch, or anything in-between :)
 
The full walk will start at Teapot Island at 9am, along the river to Maidstone, then getting back at around 1:30-2pm for a nice lunch. You can see the full route here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20406407
 
All money raised will go to the Church Building Fund.
 
Everyone is welcome! Bring the family and children! Do as much or as little as you like!
 
Please let Steph know on Steph@bbits.co.uk or 07977458970 if you will be joining us and how far you plan to walk and we will send further details.
If you would like to sponsor us then anything from £1 upwards will be a great help. We will be collecting any dona-tions at the weekend Masses from 8th July.

Download Newsletter

 

Fifth Sunday of Easter (A) 14th May 2017    14 May 2017
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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 EASTER DAYS
Fifth Sunday of Easter (A)
Celebration of First Communion (2)
14th May 2017
 
Today we celebrate the Fifth Sunday of Easter and continue the Easter Days between now and the As-cension in two weeks time, continuing to use them to keep close to the Risen Lord and each other through prayer and love and build the new Resurrection love and life He has brought us in our lives this Easter by renewing our faith and trust in Him as our way and truth and life.
 
Into this joy and dedication we bring our First Communicants as we continue our First Communion cele-brations at the 5pm Saturday and 10am Sunday Masses. We congratulate and pray for those who are making their First Communion at these Masses and those who made it last weekend, and their parents, families and Catechists, in this third Sacrament and stage in their Faith and Parish journey and pray that this First Communion may inspire us all to make a new dedication to the great Sacrament of the Eucharist and the Parish family of which it is the centre. And once again, many thanks to our flower ladies, cleaners and all who have worked to prepare the children and our Church for our celebrations.
 
During the week the Baby and Toddler Group meet on Tuesday and the Youth Group on Friday (please note this meeting will be at the Priest’s House and not the School) and I will also be attending the Dioce-san Council of Priests meeting in London to which, for my sins, I’ve been appointed as ‘Vice-Chairman’ (pray for the Council!).
 
Next weekend we continue the Easter Days and ask the Risen Lord to be with us and especially all who are suffering sickness, loss and challenges and undergoing treatment at this time. And we also pray spe-cially for our young people who are preparing for and undertaking exams at this time.
 
Let us continue to rejoice with our First Communicants today and have a good Fifth Week of Easter.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Easter) 13 5pm (1st Communion Mass) Christopher Law R.I.P. (birthday)
SUNDAY
Fifth Sunday of Easter (A)
14
10am
 
5.30pm
(1st Communion Mass) The Parishioners
 
The Parishioners
MONDAY (Easter) 15 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (St. Simon Stock) 16 9.30am Peter and Dee (Gill and Nick Reeves)
WEDNESDAY (Easter) 17 9.30am Communion Service
THURSDAY (Easter) 18 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Easter) 19
9.30am
Dermot Barrett R.I.P. (anniv.)
SATURDAY (Easter) 20
2.30pm
 
5pm
Baptisms: Dylan Whitmee; Haniel and McKinley Berry
 
Britto Family - Thanksgiving
SUNDAY
Sixth Sunday of Easter (A)
21
10am
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Josephine Engelbrecht R.I.P.
 
Lily Rudenko R.I.P. (Alice Mills)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm

PLEASE PRAY FOR: Don Donovan; Peter Avery; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Anne Law; Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Hannah Lingham; Ellen Tucker; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Hollie; Jennifer Hansen; Steen Hansen; M-L Wise; Edna Long; 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: Martin Rudenko; Roy Herrington; Lily Rudenko; Paula Sedley-Burke; Fr Michael Hayes. Also Sandra Kings; Bozena Sokolowska (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Mr. Stevens; Peter Littlefear; Frank Dolan; Peter Shields; Thomas Gaule; May Noschese; Cosmo De Bos-dari; Kenneth Franklin; Anne Avery; James Corcoran; Mary Heaney; Peggy Hey; Allan Beard; Daniel Byrne; Joseph Eagle.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 14
10am
NO Children’s Liturgy (First Communion Mass)
TUESDAY 16 1.30-3pm Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 17   (Fr. Peter at Council of Priests in London)
FRIDAY 19 7-9pm Youth Group meet in the Priest’s House
SUNDAY 21 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £579.07 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collection for Ecclesiastical Education raised £312.22
 
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Mrs. M. Wheat (No.17) for the May draw.
 
GIFT AID FOR SECOND COLLECTIONS Please remember to use the envelopes provided for second collections. Parish collections can also be ‘Gift-Aided’ - please use a spare envelope and mark with the name of the collection.
 

FUNDRAISING

£1,398.98 total raised in April through donations and events. Overall total raised is £67,674.35
Amount still owed on loan is £17,325.65
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
FIONA CLAYTON from the PRE-SCHOOL will be doing the Welsh 3 Peaks, climbing 3 mountains in 3 days from 9th to 11th June to raise money for the Building Fund. If you wish to sponsor her, please fill in the sponsorship form which will be left at the back of the Church. Many thanks.
*******
“SAVE THE DATE!” ‘PUDDING PARTY’ by kind permission of the Bishop will take place in the Bishop’s House on Saturday 17th June at 7.30pm. Tickets will cost £5 which enables you to try three of the desserts and have a cup of tea or coffee. Wine will be available to buy by the glass. Tickets will be available nearer the date. “Looking forward to seeing you there!”
*******
 
SAVE THE DATE! Back by popular demand ‘PIMMS AND PROMS’ on Saturday 8th July 2017 - 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Further details to follow soon.
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 13th June from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equip-ment will be provided but feel free to bring anything you wish. A contribution of £2 towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome on the evening 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.
 
CHILDREN’S PENTECOST WORKSHOP
 
This will take place on Thursday 26th May from 3.30-4.30pm in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre All children are welcome
 
 
FIRST COMMUNION cards are on sale in the porch.
 
PARISH MEETING Would parishioners please note that there has been a change of date for the next meeting. It will now take place on Wednesday 12th July.
 
SAVE THE DATE The Parish / School Summer Fayre will take place on Satur-day 24th June from 11am to 2pm.
 
CTIM There will be a Christian Puppetry Training Day at Lunsford Park School, Larkfield, on Saturday 8th July from 10am until 4pm costing £15 and is open to everyone of all ages and will be great fun. Spreading the Gospel message through the medium of puppets appeals to young and old. Phone Betty Brown 01732 841830 as soon as possible.
 
GOOD COUNSEL NETWORK “This year sees the 50th Anniversary of abortion being legalised in Great Britain; over 8 million babies’ lives have been lost since 1967. We all need to make some extra sacrifice this year. Please attend the ‘March for Life’ in Birmingham on Saturday 20th May. Getting there may involve a sacrifice for those who live some distance away but the day is a great witness to our society and is also both informative and encouraging. If you don’t attend the march in the 50th Anniversary year of abortion in England and Wales, when are you going to make the effort to come? Three English Bishops will be attending the march - come and support their witness. For coaches from London and elsewhere please see www.goodcounselnetwork.com or phone 0207 723 1740.”
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet dur-ing 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 15th May).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details. Sacred Heart Messenger for June 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 25th May at 8pm. Venue: 17 Alfriston Grove, Kings Hill. ME19 4AS. Contact Steph Blackburn 01732 521788
 

We would like to say a huge thank you to the Fundraising Committee for all that they have done to help raise money for our Building Fund. Their next meeting will take place on Tuesday 6th June and they are inviting all parishioners to come along to join them and bring some fresh new ideas for events to help raise the remaining balance.

FUNDRAISING EVENTS
 
Below is a list of some of the fundraising activities that have been organised within the Parish over the last few years: it is by no means exhaustive and does not include the names of the many people who have helped on many of these occasions.
 
Book Sale – Paula Thornton
Dress Night – Elaine Hook
Selling of Items from the Parish – Dee and Peter Avery
Pimms and Proms – Alison Mansfield
Classical Concerts – Lucia D’Avanzo
Lilies – Dee Avery
Ceilidh Evening – Steph Blackburn
Raffles – Pre-School
Pamper Evening – Pre-School
Cocktail Evening – Andrew and Shelley Cornish / West Malling Area Group
Quiz Night – Elaine and Colin Hook
Photography Money - Pre-School
John Cunningham Concert – Dee Avery
Race Night – Andrew and Shelley Cornish
Bingo Evening – Steph Blackburn / Kings Hill and Mereworth Area Group
Donations from Group Evenings – Larkfield Area Group
Barbecue - Larkfield Area Group
Ceramic Evenings – Maria Abbott
Craft Fayre – Maria Abbott
Table Top Sales – Dee Avery co-ordinated
Drawing Competition – Pre-School
Darts Match – Dee Avery
Camp Out – Youth Group
Anniversary Celebration – Pre-School / Dee Avery
Jam Sales - Hilary
Snowmen / Gingerbread Men Sales – Maria Abbott
Teddy Bears’ Picnic – Pre-School
Clothing Bins – Dee and Peter Avery
Keep Fit Evening – Shelley Cornish
Quilt Raffles – Mary Fewtrell
Ebay Sales – Clare Mason
Sponsored Walk / Run – Ian Blackburn
Sweepstake – Ian Butler
Old Wood Sold – Andrew Cornish
Dolls House Raffle – Shelley and Andrew Cornish
Treasure Hunt – Ian Butler
Flower Arranging Evening – Elaine Hook
100 Club - Dee Avery
 
STILL TO COME:
 
Pudding Evening – Chris Butler
Three Peaks Walk – Fiona Clayton

Download Newsletter

 

THE EASTER DAYS Fourth Sunday of Easter (A) - WORLD VOCATIONS DAY    07 May 2017
Click Here

 

Download Newsletter

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 EASTER DAYS
Fourth Sunday of Easter (A) - WORLD VOCATIONS DAY
Celebration of First Communion (1) 
7th May 2017
 
This weekend we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter and continue the Easter Days between now and the Ascension on 28th May, using them to keep close to the Risen Lord and each other through prayer and love and build the new resurrection love and life He has brought us in our lives this Easter.
 
We also celebrate World Vocations Day and in particular pray for vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life as we honour the Risen Lord as our ‘Good Shepherd’ and support our future Priests with a special collection during the notices for “Ecclesiastical Education” and prayer cards available in the Porch.
 
Into our Easter joy and thanks we bring our First Communicants as we celebrate our First Communions at the 5pm Saturday and 10am Sunday Masses this weekend (and look forward to our First Communion celebrations at the 5pm Saturday and 10am Sun-day Masses next weekend). We congratulate and pray for our First Communicants and their parents and brothers and sisters and Catechists as they celebrate this third Sacrament and stage in their Parish and Faith journey and welcome them, as a community, as they take part fully with us in the Eucharist for the first time. We pray that their First Communion may renew the Faith of all of us in this great Sacrament and the community and family of which it is the centre. And we thank our flower ladies, cleaners and all who have worked to prepare the children and the Church and are helping in our celebrations today.
 
During the week there are meeting for the Baby & Toddler Group and Needlework & Knitting Group on Tuesday and a Parish Meeting on Wednesday.
 
Next weekend we continue our First Communion celebrations and the Easter Days and ask the Lord’s Blessing on our new Eu-charistic Ministers who will be attending their Commissioning Day at Aylesford Priory on Saturday.
 
Please continue to pray for Lily Rudenko and family following her funeral here last Friday and especially her son Martin who joined her in Heaven last Tuesday and his family. And we pray especially this week for Roy Herrington who’s funeral is on Tues-day & Jean and their family and Paula Sedley-Burke whose funeral is on Friday in Essex and Bernadette & Jim Burke, her par-ents and their family (and I will be offering the 8.15am Mass at St Simon Stock for Paula).—And we offer them all our love & prayers and support at this time—also for who are ill or undergoing treatment at this time.
 
Many thanks to Lucia and her friends who gave us a fantastic concert last Sunday and raised over £260 for the Building Fund.
 
Finally we congratulate Cannon Luke from Maidstone who is to become the Director of Spirituality’ at our Seminary in Wonersh and Fr Peter from Maidstone who is to become a Parish Priest. Both will be leaving in the Summer and we offer them all our prayers and thanks but also ask you to pray for Maidstone Parish and the Deanery in this time of transition.
 
Let us now rejoice with our 1st Communicants and have a good fourth week of Easter.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY 6
12.30pm
5pm
‘Missio’ Mass in Church
(1st Communion Mass) Charles Ivell R.I.P.—anniv. (& prayers for Ann Hillan R.I.P.—anniv)
Fourth Sunday of Easter (A) 7
10am
5.30pm
(1st Communion Mass) The Parishioners
Alix and Claude Terrière (60th Wedding Anniversary on 3rd May)
MONDAY (Easter) 8 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (Easter) 9
9.30am
2pm
Ann Hillan R.I.P. (anniv)
Funeral of Roy Herrington at Vinters Crematorium
WEDNESDAY (Easter) 10 9.30am Communion Service
THURSDAY (Easter) 11 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Easter) 12 9.30am
Communion Service
(Mass at St Simon Stock School at 8.15am & Yr 11 Leavers’ Mass at 1.45pm)
SATURDAY (Easter) 13 5pm (1st Communion Mass) Christopher Law R.I.P. (birthday)
SUNDAY
Fifth Sunday of Easter (A)
14
10am
5.30pm
(1st Communion Mass) The Parishioners
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm

PLEASE PRAY FOR: Don Donovan; Peter Avery; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Anne Law; Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Hannah Lingham; Ellen Tucker; Max Bryer; Nikki; Anna Hadonou; Hollie; 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: Martin Rudenko; Roy Herrington; Lily Rudenko; Paula Sedley-Burke; Fr Michael Hayes; Sandra Kings; Bozena Sokolowska also Kenneth Jasmin (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civi-ians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Catherine Fry; Christopher Franklin; Ann Hillan; George Gerald Smith; Eddie Paul, Selina Cox; Dorothy Bolton; Mr Stevens; Peter Littlefear; Frank Dolan.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 7
10am
NO Children’s Liturgy (First Communion Mass)
TUESDAY 9
1.30-3pm
7.30pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Needlework & Knitting Group in Church Porch
WEDNESDAY 10 7 for 7.30pm Parish Meeting in the Priest’s House
SUNDAY 14 10am NO Children’s Liturgy (First Communion Mass)
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £432.61(Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collection for St. George’s Cathedral raised £199.18
 
GIFT AID FOR SECOND COLLECTIONS Please remember to use the envelopes provided for second collections. Parish collections can also be ‘Gift-Aided’ - please use one of the spare envelopes and mark it with the name of the collection.
 

FUNDRAISING

£1,398.98 total raised in April through donations and events. Overall total raised is £67,674.35
Amount still owed on loan is £17,325.65
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
LUCIA’S CONCERT raised over £260.00
 
FIONA CLAYTON from the PRESCHOOL will be doing the Welsh 3 Peaks, climbing 3 mountains in 3 days from 9 to 11 June to raise money for the Preschool Building Fund. We still owe £17,325.65 which needs to be paid by November 2018. If you would like to sponsor her, please fill in the sponsorship form which will be left at the back of the Church. Many thanks.
 
“SAVE THE DATE!” ‘PUDDING PARTY’ by kind permission of the Bishop will take place in the Bishop’s House on Sat-urday 17th June at 7.30pm. Tickets will cost £5 which enables you to try three of the desserts and have a cup of tea or coffee. Wine will be available to buy by the glass. Tickets will be available nearer the date. “Looking forward to seeing you there!”
 
SAVE THE DATE! Back by popular demand ‘PIMMS AND PROMS’ on Saturday 8th July 2017 - 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Further details to follow soon.
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 9th May from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. A contribution of £2 towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome on the evening 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 PRAYER CARDS MUST BE RETURNED THIS WEEKEND FROM PARISHIONERS.
 
CARDS A selection of First Communion cards are now on sale in the porch.
 
SAVE THE DATE The Parish / School Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday 24th June from 11am to 2pm.
 
CTIM This Sunday 7th May at 6.30pm in Larkfield and East Malling Methodist Church, CTiM will be holding a Service of Songs for Christian Aid, followed by light refreshments.
 
DEPUTY HEADTEACHER VACANCY St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School in Canterbury is looking to appoint a new Deputy Headteacher from September 2017. For further information, please contact the school on 01227 462539. Advert available on www.kent-teach.com Closing date: Monday 8th May at 4pm.
 
CTIM There will be a Christian Puppetry Training Day at Lunsford Park School, Larkfield, on Saturday 8th July from 10am until 4pm, costing £15. This is open to everyone, of all ages, and will be great fun. Spreading the gospel mes-sage through the medium of puppets appeals to young and old. Please ring Betty Brown on 01732 841830 as soon as possible.
 
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 May).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details. Sacred Heart Messenger for May 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 25th May at 8pm. Venue: 17 Alfriston Grove, Kings Hill. ME19 4AS. Contact Steph Blackburn 01732 521788
 

 

Download Newsletter

 

THE EASTER DAYS, Third Sunday of Easter (A)    30 April 2017
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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 EASTER DAYS
Third Sunday of Easter (A)
30th April 2017
 
This weekend we celebrate the Third Sunday of Easter and continue the Easter Days between now and the Ascension on 28th May. We use them to keep close to the Risen Lord and each other through prayer and love and build the new Resurrection, love and life He has brought to us this Easter. This week as we see the Disciples meeting Jesus in the ‘breaking of bread’ at Emmaus on the first Easter Sunday Evening, we think of our prayer and especially the Eucharist when we meet and ‘break bread’ with Him in a special way in these Easter Days - and we make a special prayer for our First Communicants as they prepare to take part fully with us in this great Sacrament in their First Communions which begin next weekend and for their parents and families and Catechists.
 
Today, following the Feast of St. George last Sunday / Monday we also have a special collection during the Notices for our Cathe-dral of St. George to help the parishioners there to maintain the Cathedral for us - we thank you for your generosity in this.
 
We are also celebrating at this time the third Anniversary of the Blessing and opening of our St. Thomas of Canterbury Pre-School and Parish Centre and giving thanks for all the benefits it has brought to our Parish - we give thanks for all the hard work and gen-erosity our Fundraising Committee, Pre-School and Parish in our fundraising for this and ask the Lord to help us in our final push to complete it by November 2018 - please se the ‘Fundraising’ box overleaf.
 
Please take home and use the special Easter Prayer Sheet if you haven’t done so already - also the Easter Water (bottles on sale in the porch or bring your own) and the Easter Vigil candles by the Easter Garden if you haven’t got one or have used yours up.
 
Today (Sunday) we have Lucia’s Concert in Church and thank Lucia and her friends for this and all the concerts they have put on for us to help our fundraising and ask you to support this if you can.
During the week there are meetings for the Baby and Toddler Group, Deanery Pastoral Council and Mother Teresa Group - the final First Communion parents’ meeting the Youth Group - and on Saturday the Gardening Club and Deanery afternoon for Readers and Eucharistic Ministers at Tenterden - details of this over-leaf.
 
Next weekend we begin our First Communion Masses and also celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday and the World Day of Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life. There will be prayer cards and a second collec-tion during the Notices for ‘Ecclesiastical Education’ which helps meet the cost of training students for the Priesthood and the Di-aconate. There is also a Service of Songs for Christian Aid at the Larkfield and East Malling Methodist Church, Larkfield - see CTIM notice overleaf.
 
This week has been a heavy week in the Parish for three of our families who have lost loved ones. We ask your prayers for Lily Rudenko and her family as they prepare for her funeral here this Friday 5th May at 12 noon - also for Roy Herrington and Jean and family as they prepare for his funeral at Vinters Park on Tuesday 9th May at 2pm - and for Paula Sedley-Burke, the daughter of Bernadette and Jim Burke as they prepare for her funeral on Friday 12th May in Essex - and we offer them all our prayers and love and support at this time. We also pray for Sandra Kings, our former CTIM secretary whose funeral will take place this Friday at 11am in Ss. Peter and Paul’s Church, Aylesford and for her family and friends from CTIM. Also several parishioners suffering illness and undergoing treatment at this time.
 
Finally - especially parents of children attending Children’s Liturgy - please read carefully the letter attached to this Newsletter from myself and the Children’s Liturgy organisers and note that the measures in it will be applied from this Sunday 30th April.
 
Have a good Third Week of Easter with the Risen Lord and each other everyone.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY 29 5pm Sunil de Silva R.I.P. (Mass celebrated by Canon Luke from Maidstone)
Third Sunday of Easter (A) 30
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Ellen Caughlin R.I.P.
Simon Maher R.I.P.
MONDAY (St. Joseph the Worker) 1 May   NO MASS OR SERVICE - BANK HOLIDAY
TUESDAY (St Athanasius) 2 9.30am Peter and Dee (Mary Goldsmith and Family)
WEDNESDAY (Ss. Philip and James) 3 9.30am Deceased Relatives and Friends of the Lobo family
THURSDAY (The English Martyrs) 4 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Easter) 5
9.30am
12 noon
Craughwell Family - Living and Dead
Funeral Mass of Lily Rudenko R.I.P. (followed by burial in Ireland)
SATURDAY (Easter) 6
12.30pm
5pm
‘Missio’ Mass in Church
(1st Communion Mass) Charles Ivell R.I.P. (anniv.)
SUNDAY
Fourth Sunday of Easter (A)
7
10am
5.30pm
(1st Communion Mass) The Parishioners
Alix and Claude Terrière (60th Wedding Anniversary on 3rd May)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm

PLEASE PRAY FOR: Don Donovan; Peter Avery; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jack Gillett; Martin Rudenko and Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Anne Law; Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Hannah Lingham; Ellen Tucker; Max Bryer; Katrina; Anna Hadonou; 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: Roy Herrington; Lily Rudenko; Paula Sedley-Burke; Fr Michael Hayes; Sandra Kings; Bozena Sokolowska; Kenneth Jasmin. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Simon Maher; Baby Niamh Nolan; Anthony Underdown; Waclaw Burek; Annie Murphy; Anne Caffrey; Catherine Perrin; Mi-chael Regan; Leonard Sales; Carmel McCarton; George Patrick; Catherine Fry; Christopher Fauklin; Ann Hillan.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 30
10am
3.30 for 4pm
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Lucia’s Concert in the Church
TUESDAY 2
1.30-3pm
7.30pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
(Deanery Pastoral Council - Goudhurst)
WEDNESDAY 3
2.30pm
7.30 for 8pm
Mother Teresa Group
1st Communion Parents Meeting in Church
FRIDAY 5 7-9pm Youth Group meet in School
SATURDAY 6
10am-12noon
2-5pm
Gardening Club - see below
Deanery Afternoon for Readers & Eucharistic Ministers at Tenterden
SUNDAY 7
10am
6.30pm
NO Children’s Liturgy (First Communion Mass)
Service of Songs for Christian Aid in Larkfield and East Malling Methodist Church - see below
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £361.71 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collec-tion for Fr. Peter Adu raised £409.61
 
GIFT AID FOR SECOND COLLECTIONS Please remember to use the envelopes provided for second collections. Parish collec-tions can also be ‘Gift-Aided’ - please use one of the spare envelopes and mark it with the name of the collection.
 

FUNDRAISING

£256.00 total raised in March through donations and events. Overall total raised is £66,275.37
Amount still owed on loan is £18,724.63
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
LUCIA’S CONCERT on Sunday 30th April. Refreshments from 3.30pm - Concert begins at 4pm. Suggested donations of Adults £5 and Children £1
 
“SAVE THE DATE!” ‘PUDDING PARTY’ by kind permission of the Bishop will take place in the Bishop’s House on Sat-urday 17th June at 7.30pm. Tickets will cost £5 which enables you to try three of the desserts and have a cup of tea or coffee. Wine will be available to buy by the glass. Tickets will be available nearer the date. “Looking forward to seeing you there!”
 
SAVE THE DATE! Back by popular demand ‘PIMMS AND PROMS’ on Saturday 8th July 2017 - 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Further details to follow soon.
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 9th May from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. A contribution of £2 towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome on the evening 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 Wednesday 3rd May (Parents Meeting) - 7.30 for 8pm. Recap on the course and the way ahead.
 
PRAYER CARDS MUST BE RETURNED THIS WEEKEND FROM PARISHIONERS.
 
CARDS A selection of First Communion cards are now on sale in the porch.
 
SAVE THE DATE The Parish / School Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday 24th June from 11am to 2pm.
 
CTIM On Sunday 7th May at 6.30pm in Larkfield and East Malling Methodist Church, CTiM will be holding a Service of Songs for Christian Aid, followed by light refreshments.
 
MASS IN CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE is being held on Saturday 17th June at St George’s Cathe-dral this year. If you are celebrating your 1st, 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th, or 60th+ Wedding Anniversary this year and would like to attend this very special Mass where you can renew your vows, please write your names and address very clearly on the form so that you can receive an invitation from the Archbishop. LAST DAY TO APPLY IS APRIL 30TH.
 
DEPUTY HEADTEACHER VACANCY St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School in Canterbury is looking to appoint a new Deputy Headteacher from September 2017. For further information, please contact the school on 01227 462539. Advert available on www.kent-teach.com Closing date: Monday 8th May at 4pm.
 
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 1st May).
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP meet this Wednesday 3rd May at 2.30pm in the Church porch.
 
GARDENING CLUB meet this Saturday 6th May from 10am to 12 noon. All are welcome.
 
FLOWER ARRANGERS - Would all Flower Arrangers meet in Church at 10AM ON SATURDAY 3rd June for Pentecost Flowers. Greenery will be required.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details including: FLOWER FESTIVAL from Friday 5th May to Sunday 7th May - open 10am-4pm each day at The Good Shepherd Church, Rectory Lane, Harrietsham. ME17 1HS to celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday and the history of the Church. INSPIRE @ WORTH Abbey: A TEENAGE RETREAT FOR YEARS 7-9 from 12th-14th May 2017. Sacred Heart Messenger for May 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 25th May at 8pm. Venue: 17 Alfriston Grove, Kings Hill. ME19 4AS. Contact Steph Blackburn 01732 521788
 

 

St. Thomas More Catholic Parish
Lucks Hill
West Malling
 
26th April 2017
 
Dear Parents
 
Following an incident, we would like to take the opportunity to reinforce our safety measures and inform you of some new changes to the Children’s Liturgy format.
Firstly, the gate to the Centre will be locked during the period Children’s Liturgy is being held. The gate will be locked by the last leader into the Centre and not opened again until the groups are ready to return to Church.
Secondly, any late comers should go straight to the Church with their parent / carer and not to the Centre. Under no circumstances should a child be dropped off and left to make their own way to the Centre. They will not be admitted.
Thirdly, the rooms within the Centre have been changed. The younger group will be in the furthest room and the older group will be in the room nearest the exit. The older group will also be returning to the Church first and the younger group following behind.
Fourthly, Children’s Liturgy Leaders will be stationed along their journey to and from the Centre. They will be in the car park, on the road by the Centre and ahead of the children and behind them to ensure their safety.
Finally, parents with their children will not be able to leave early and they are to follow behind the leaders who unlock the gate all the way back to Church. This is for the safety of all the children who attend Lit-urgy.
We ask that all parents respect these procedures and rules for the safety of all the children who attend Children’s Liturgy.
 
Regards
Fr. Peter and the Children’s Liturgy Organisers
 

Download Newsletter

 

Second Sunday of Easter (A)    23 April 2017
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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

LOW SUNDAY AND THE EASTER DAYS
Second Sunday of Easter (A)
23rd April 2017
 
Today we celebrate the last of the Eight Solemn Days of the Easter Octave and then continue the Easter Season in the Easter Days between now and the Ascension on 17th May keeping close to the Risen Lord and each other and building the new Resurrection He has brought us in our lives and humanity this Easter.
 
Please take home and use the special Easter Prayer Sheet if you haven’t done so already and take some of the Easter Water to bless your home (some bottles for this are on sale in the porch or you can bring a small bottle of your own). There are also spare blessed Easter Vigil Candles to take and use at home in your prayers, on the font by the Easter Water, if you haven’t got one or have used yours up.
 
Today at the 10am Mass we have the joy of the Baptism, Confirmation and 1st Communion of Sarah Bick as she becomes a member of the Church and our community—please pray for her, her sponsor, husband, children and fam-ily as they prepare for this.
 
Also St Francis, Maidstone, have asked us to join them in a collection for Fr Peter Adu, our Summer Supply, to help him and his school in the Gambia with a retiring collection at all Masses.
 
During the week we have the St George’s Mass at school on Monday for St George’s House, England and our Eng-lish Parishioners and there are meetings for the First Communion children, Deanery Clergy, Baby & Toddler Group, Children’s Liturgy organizers, the year 13 Leavers Mass at St Simon Stock on Friday and the Deanery Afternoon for Readers & Eucharistic Ministers in Tenterden on Saturday (if you were unable to get to the one at Bearsted) - details of all these overleaf.
 
Next weekend we continue the Easter Days and also have Lucia’s fundraising concert on Sunday afternoon—our thanks to Lucia and her friends for this and we ask for your support.
 
Again many thanks for the love, work and dedication you gave to make this Holy Week and Easter so lovely—and your love, kindness and generosity to me.
 
Have a good week with the Risen Lord and with each other.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
EASTER SATURDAY 22 5pm Peter and Dee - Health and wellbeing (Sally and Adrian)
LOW SUNDAY
Second Sunday of Easter (A)
(Collection for Fr. Peter Adu)
23
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) [Baptism and Initiation of Sarah Bick] Breda Ryan R.I.P.
The Parishioners
MONDAY (St George) 24 9.30am St. George’s Mass in SCHOOL for St George’s House, England & our English Parishioners
TUESDAY (St Mark) 25 9.30am Joe Beresford-King R.I.P.
WEDNESDAY (Easter) 26 9.30am Bridget Tenters R.I.P.
THURSDAY (Easter) 27 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Easter) 28
9.30am
The Parishioners
(11am - Year 13 Leavers’ Mass in St. Simon Stock)
SATURDAY (Easter) 29 5pm Sunil de Silva R.I.P. (Mass celebrated by Cannon Luke from Maidstone)
SUNDAY
Third Sunday of Easter (A)
30
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Ellen Caughlin R.I.P.
Simon Maher R.I.P.
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: NO CONFESSIONS THIS SATURDAY
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Don Donovan; Peter Avery; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jack Gillett; Martin and Lily Rudenko and Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Anne Law; Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Han-nah Lingham; Ellen Tucker; Max Bryer; Sue; Hollie; Becky; Jennifer Hansen; Steen Hansen; Yolanda Bath; M-L Wise; our house-bound 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 Michael Hayes; Sandra Kings; Bozena Sokolowska; Kenneth Jasmin; also Harley Bernard; Fr. Lukasz’s Father; Fr. Barry Angus; Fr. Cyril Elkington; Fr. David Hutton (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Andre (Bob) Moleta; Margaret Paul; Constance Muxlow; Danielle Blackburn; Moira Martin; John (Jack) McCormack; Ursula Atkins; Irene Lovell; Leo Fanning; Shirley Wake; Joseph Massucci; Michael Sullivan; Richard Buehrlen; Ethel McIntyre; Brian Bell; Simon Maher; Niamh Nolan; Anthony Underdown.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 23
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 24 5-6pm First Communion Children’s Class in Church
TUESDAY 25 1.30-3pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
(Deanery Clergy Meeting at South Maidstone)
WEDNESDAY 26 7.45 for 8pm Children’s Liturgy organisers meet in the Priest’s House
FRIDAY 28   (Year 13 Leavers’ Mass in St Simon Stock School)
SATURDAY 29 2-4pm Deanery Afternoon for Readers & Eucharistic Ministers at Tenterden
SUNDAY 30
10am
 
3.30 for 4pm
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
Lucia’s Concert in Church
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 
100 CLUB EASTER DRAW Congratulations go to David Lingham (30) [£80] and Joanna Frazer (7) [£50].
 

FUNDRAISING

£256.00 total raised in March through donations and events. Overall total raised is £66,275.37
Amount still owed on loan is £18,724.63
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
LUCIA’S CONCERT on Sunday 30th April. Refreshments from 3.30pm - Concert begins at 4pm. Suggested donations of Adults £5 and Children £1
*******
“SAVE THE DATE!” ‘PUDDING PARTY’ by kind permission of the Bishop will take place in the Bishop’s House on Saturday 17th June at 7.30pm. Tickets will cost £5 which will enable you to try three of the desserts and have a cup of tea or coffee. Wine will be available to buy by the glass. Tickets will be available nearer the date. “Looking forward to seeing you there!”
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 9th May from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. A contribution of £2 towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting.
 
 
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 24th April (Children’s Class) - 5-6pm. Practice hosts.
 
CARDS A selection of First Communion cards are now on sale in the porch.
 
SAVE THE DATE The Parish / School Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday 24th June from 11am to 2pm.
 
CTIM On Sunday 7th May at 6.30pm in Larkfield and East Malling Methodist Church, CTiM will be holding a Service of Songs for Christian Aid, followed by light refreshments.
 
MASS IN CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE is being held on Saturday 17th June at St George’s Cathe-dral this year. If you are celebrating your 1st, 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th, or 60th+ Wedding Anniversary this year and would like to attend this very special Mass where you can renew your vows, please write your names and address very clearly on the form so that you can receive an invitation from the Archbishop. LAST DAY TO APPLY IS APRIL 30TH.
 
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 24th April).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details including:
 
FLOWER FESTIVAL from Friday 5th May to Sunday 7th May - open 10am-4pm each day at The Good Shepherd Church, Rec-tory Lane, Harrietsham. ME17 1HS to celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday and the history of the Church. Please see the poster in the porch for more details. Sacred Heart Messenger for May 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 25th May at 8pm. Venue: 17 Alfriston Grove, Kings Hill. ME19 4AS. Contact Steph Blackburn 01732 521788
 

Download Newsletter

 

EASTER SUNDAY (A)    16 April 2017
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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

EASTER SUNDAY (A)
THE GREAT DAYS OF EASTER
16th April 2017
 
Happy Easter everyone!
 
A huge thank you from the Lord and me for a great Holy Week of love, dedication, community and life and to the adults, young people and children who came together with real Faith and commitment in the children’s events, the Youth Groups Passion Play and the great ceremonies on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday - and to all who have worked so hard in the background with cleaning, flowers and organising. And a personal thank you for the love, commitment and generosity you have given to me as your Priest this week.
 
Let’s now rejoice on this Easter Day in the new life and Resurrection of our Risen Lord that our journey with Him this week has given us and continue to celebrate and keep close to Him in prayer, love and joy in the “Great Days of Easter” between now and next Sunday and the Easter Days that follow until the Ascension on 28th May, when the Lord walks with us in a special way with His risen life as He did with the Apostles after the first Easter.
 
Please take home the special ‘gold’ Easter Prayer Sheet and the Easter Vigil candles to help you to do this - and take some Easter Water to bless your houses (bottles for this are on sale in the porch or you can bring your own bottle next weekend). Also, if you would like to buy and decorate your own Easter candle to use in prayer at home, you can bring it to Church next Sunday and I will bless it for you.
 
During this week the Baby and Toddler Group and Needlework and Knitting Group meet on Tuesday and the Youth Group have their Easter meeting on Friday in the School.
We wish our Baby and Toddler Group, Pre-School and Schools a good Term 5 as they return this week and hope they had a good holiday break.
 
Next weekend we celebrate the Octave day of Easter (with Children's Liturgy at the 10am Mass) at which we have the joy of the Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion of Sarah Bick as she becomes a member of the Church and our community - please pray for her, her sponsor, husband, children and family as they prepare for this.
 
Also next weekend, St. Francis, Maidstone have asked us to join them in a collection for Fr. Peter Adu, our Summer Supply, to help him and his School in the Gambia - so there will be a retiring collection at all Masses.
 
Please keep Sandra Kings, who was for many years the dedicated secretary of Churches Together in Malling who has died and her family and friends at Ss. Peter and Paul at Aylesford in your prayers - and we offer them all our love and prayers and support at this time.
 
I wish everyone a good Easter Monday Bank Holiday and a good week. May the Risen Lord bless us and our Parish and homes and all those we love with His life and Resurrection today and in these Easter Days.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
HOLY SATURDAY 15
8.30PM
NO 5PM MASS
Easter Vigil (Social in the porch afterwards)
EASTER SUNDAY 16 10am
Easter Family Mass
NO 5.30PM MASS
EASTER MONDAY 17   NO MASS OR SERVICE
EASTER TUESDAY 18 9.30am Communion Service
EASTER WEDNESDAY 19 9.30am Communion Service
EASTER THURSDAY 20 9.30am Communion Service
EASTER FRIDAY 21
 
9.30am
(8.45 and 9.45am - Easter Masses at St. Simon Stock)
Communion Service
EASTER SATURDAY 22 5pm Peter and Dee - Health and wellbeing (Sally and Adrian)
LOW SUNDAY
Second Sunday of Easter (A)
(Collection for Fr. Peter Adu)
23
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) [Baptism and Initiation of Sarah Bick] Breda Ryan R.I.P.
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Peter Avery; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jack Gillett; Martin and Lily Rudenko and Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Anne Law; 
Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Hannah Lingham; Ellen Tucker; Max Bryer; Jennifer Hansen; Steen Hansen; Yolanda Bath; M-L Wise; Sue; Hollie; Becky; 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: Sandra Kings; Bozena Sokolowska; Kenneth Jasmin; Harley Bernard; Fr. Lukasz’s Father; Fr. Barry Angus; Fr. Cyril Elkington; Fr. David Hutton. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Peggy Lawrence; Elizabeth Kerr; Bridget Tenters; John Kibble; Jan Jablonski; Nora Edward-Roy; Danuta Jordon; Hilary Crush; Vincent Muller; Mary Smith; Artur Guzy; Matthew Lewis; Nancy (Anne) Menzies; Andre (Bob) Moleta; Mar-garet Paul; Constance Muxlow; Danielle Blackburn; Moira Martin.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 16
10am
No Children’s Liturgy (Easter Family Mass)
MONDAY 17   BANK HOLIDAY
TUESDAY 18
1.30-3pm
7.30-9.30pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Needlework and Knitting Group meet in the Church porch
FRIDAY 21 7-9pm Youth Group Easter Meeting in the SCHOOL
SUNDAY 23
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £343.68 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). Lenten Alms donations raised £304.42
 

FUNDRAISING

£256.00 total raised in March through donations and events. Overall total raised is £66,275.37
Amount still owed on loan is £18,724.63
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
LUCIA’S CONCERT on Sunday 30th April. Refreshments from 3.30pm - Concert begins at 4pm. Suggested donations of Adults £5 and Children £1
*******
“SAVE THE DATE!” ‘PUDDING PARTY’ by kind permission of the Bishop will take place in the Bishop’s House on Saturday 17th June at 7.30pm. Tickets will cost £5 which will enable you to try three of the desserts and have a cup of tea or coffee. Wine will be available to buy by the glass. Tickets will be available nearer the date. “Looking forward to seeing you there!”
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 18th April 2017 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. A contribution of £2 towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome on the evening 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 This Sunday 16th April at 10am - Family Easter Sunday Mass. Monday 24th April (Children’s Class) - 5-6pm. Practice hosts.
 
CARDS Easter and a selection of First Communion cards are now on sale in the porch.
 
SAVE THE DATE The Parish / School Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday 24th June from 11am to 2pm.
 
CTIM On Sunday 7th May at 6.30pm in Larkfield and East Malling Methodist Church, CTiM will be holding a Service of Songs for Christian Aid, followed by light refreshments.
 
MASS IN CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE is being held on Saturday 17th June at St George’s Cathedral this year. If you are celebrating your 1st, 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th, or 60th+ Wedding Anniversary this year and would like to attend this very special Mass where you can renew your vows, please write your names and address very clearly on the form so that you can receive an invitation from the Archbishop. LAST DAY TO APPLY IS APRIL 30TH.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet dur-ing 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 17th April).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details including:
 
FLOWER FESTIVAL from Friday 5th May to Sunday 7th May - open 10am-4pm each day at The Good Shepherd Church, Rectory Lane, Harrietsham. ME17 1HS to celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday and the history of the Church. Please see the poster in the porch for more details. Sacred Heart Messenger for April 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 25th May at 8pm. Venue: 17 Alfriston Grove, Kings Hill. ME19 4AS. Contact Steph Blackburn 01732 521788
 

Download Newsletter

 

PALM SUNDAY (A)    09 April 2017
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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

PALM SUNDAY (A)
A HOLY WEEK OF PRAYER, LOVE AND LIFE
9th April 2017
 
Welcome to this Holy week which we have been preparing for this Lent with increased prayer, love and self-control to open our-selves to the Lord and each other so that we can walk it well and find the love, light and life the Lord wants to give us in and through it. This is the week when we are called to put our Faith and following of the Lord first in our lives to walk with Him in love and giving to the Cross on Good Friday so that we can rise with Him to new life this Easter. The more we are prepared to put ourselves into this week, the more we will 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.
We thank our Servers, Cleaners, Flower Arrangers, Easter Garden Arrangers, Musicians, Eucharistic Ministers and Collectors, Youth Group 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 a Communion Service and Exposition and Silent Prayer (with my ‘Jesus Caritas’ Group) on Monday, a Mass combined with the Way of the Cross and an Adult Lent Penitential Service on Tuesday, and a Communion Service and Compline (night prayer) at the Ancient Pilgrim’s Chapel of St. Benedict (on the downs above Snodland, Holborough and Birling) with the Churches Together in Snodland on Wednesday. (Also I will be at-tending 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 (please see the special note about this overleaf).
 
Please take this Newsletter and the special red “Holy Week” Prayer Sheet home for full details and explanations of all that is hap-pening.
 
Let’s now help each other to have a good Holy Week of prayer, love and giving and walk with the Lord to new life this Easter.
 
NB PLEASE NOTE THAT THE EASTER VIGIL ON SATURDAY IS AT 8.30PM (not 8pm as on the Red Holy Week Prayer Sheet).
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY
8
5pm
Jim Leigh R.I.P. (recent)
SUNDAY
Palm Sunday (A)
9
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy for Palm Sunday) Barbara Binnie R.I.P. (Dee and Peter)
The Parishioners
MONDAY of Holy Week 10
9.30am
 
12 noon
Communion Service
 
Exposition and Silent Prayer until 1pm
TUESDAY of Holy Week 11
9.30am
 
7.30pm
Mass combined with The Way of the Cross John and Joan Wegrzyn (Mary Goldsmith)
 
Adult Lent Penitential and Confessions
WEDNESDAY of Holy Week 12
9.30am
Communion Service
(CHRISM MASS IN THE CATHEDRAL)
(Compline at Paddlesworth Chapel at 7.30pm)
MAUNDY THURSDAY 13
5pm
8pm
10-11pm
Children’s Maundy Thursday Service
Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Vigil at the Altar of Repose
GOOD FRIDAY 14
11am
2.50pm
8pm
Walk of Witness beginning here at St. Thomas More
Good Friday Liturgy
Youth Groups’ Good Friday Passion Play for the Parish
HOLY SATURDAY 15 8.30PM
NO 5PM MASS
Easter Vigil (Social in the porch afterwards)
EASTER SUNDAY 16
10am
Easter Family Mass
NO 5.30PM MASS
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE:
Tuesday Penitential Service at 7.30pm. No other Confessions before Easter
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Sue; Peter Avery; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jack Gillett; Martin and Lily Rudenko and Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Anne Law; Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Hannah Lingham; Ellen Tucker; Max Bryer; Don Donovan; Roy Sellwood; John Oxley; Roger Selvon; Mimi Gopaul; Helene Elias; Hollie; Becky; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospi-tal, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Kenneth Jasmin; Harley Bernard; Fr. Lukasz’s Father; Fr. Barry Angus; Fr. Cyril Elkington; Fr. David Hutton. Also Alan Johnstone (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Hugh Beatty; Margaret Ingold; Nicola Sbrocchi; Joyce Nowell; Magdalene Lobo; Esther Batt; Gus Isava (birthday); Peter Whinfield; Kevin Cunning Snr.; Francis Micallef; Jennifer Weller; Peggy Lawrence; Elizabeth Kerr.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 9
10am
 
3.15-5pm
Children’s Liturgy for Palm Sunday in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre and procession at Mass
 
Youth Group meet in the Priest’s House for the Passion Play dress rehearsal
TUESDAY 11
1.30-3pm
6pm
No Baby & Toddler Group (School Holidays)
Servers practise for Maundy Thursday in Church
WEDNESDAY 12 12 noon Church BIG CLEAN for Holy Week
FRIDAY 14
10am
6.30pm
Servers practise for Good Friday in Church
Youth Groups meet in the Priest’s House to prepare the Passion Play
SATURDAY 14
10am
10am
12 noon
Flower Arrangers in Church (also setting up the Easter Garden)
Children’s Easter Workshop in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Servers practise for Easter Vigil in Church
SUNDAY 16 10am No Children’s Liturgy (Easter Family Mass)
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £386.32 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). Lenten Alms donations raised £323.54.
 
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Kate Acheson (No.56) for the April draw.
 
EASTER FLOWER DONATIONS As this is a Parish collection donations can be ‘Gift-Aided’ - please use one of the spare envelopes and mark it ‘EASTER FLOWERS’.
 

FUNDRAISING

£290.00 total raised in February through donations and events. Overall total raised is £66,019.37
Amount still owed on loan is £18,980.63
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
“SAVE THE DATE!” ‘PUDDING PARTY’ by kind permission of the Bishop - will take place in the Bishop’s House on Saturday 17th June - more details to follow.
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP (please listen for announcements regarding this meeting). Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. A contribution of £2 towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome on the evening 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 Thursday 13th April at 5pm - Maundy Thursday Washing of Hands. Friday 14th April at 11am - Good Friday Walk of Witness. Saturday 15th April 10-11am - Easter Workshop in the St. Thomas of Can-terbury Centre. Sunday 16th April at 10am - Family Easter Sunday Mass.
 
CARDS Easter and a selection of First Communion cards are now on sale in the porch.
 
SAVE THE DATE The Parish / School Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday 24th June from 11am to 2pm.
 
CTIM On Sunday 7th May at 6.30pm in Larkfield and East Malling Methodist Church, CTiM will be holding a Service of Songs for Christian Aid, followed by light refreshments.
 
MASS IN CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE is being held on Saturday 17th June at St George’s Cathedral this year. If you are celebrating your 1st, 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th, or 60th+ Wedding Anniversary this year and would like to attend this very special Mass where you can renew your vows, please write your names and address very clearly on the form so that you can receive an invitation from the Archbishop. LAST DAY TO APPLY IS APRIL 30TH.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet dur-ing 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 12TH 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 10AM ON HOLY SATUR-DAY 15TH APRIL FOR EASTER FLOWERS. Greenery will be required.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details. Sacred Heart Messenger for April 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 25th May at 8pm. Venue: 17 Alfriston Grove, Kings Hill. ME19 4AS. Contact Steph Blackburn 01732 521788
 

Download Newsletter

 

Fifth Sunday of Lent (A)    02 April 2017
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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

Fifth Sunday of Lent (A)
A LENT OF INCREASED PRAYER, LOVE AND SELF-CONTROL
2nd April 2017
 
This weekend is the final week of our Lenten preparations for Holy Week - a final chance to use increased prayer, love and self-control to open ourselves to the Lord and each other so that we are ready to walk this Holy Week fully and find the love, light and life that He wants it to be for us - and ‘life’ is the theme of this Fifth Week of Lent to encourage us in this. Let’s then con-tinue to use the ‘Pink Prayer Sheet with the prayer candles and self-denial envelopes that will be given out at Mass to make ourselves ready (our self-denial this year is for the Southwark Crisis Fund for the Catholic Children’s Society and the Heart of Kent Hospice).
 
The Youth Group meet this (Sunday) afternoon for the first rehearsal of the Good Friday Passion Play and then next Sunday (9th) for the dress rehearsal. Lent events this week include Stations of the Cross on Tuesday and the Mother Teresa Lent Ser-vice and Confessions on Wednesday and the Lent Area House Masses for the West Malling, Offham, Addington Leybourne and Villages Group on Monday, The Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Group on Wednesday and the Kings Hill and Mere-worth Group on Friday (please support these if you live in these areas) - details of all these overleaf. There will also be Recon-ciliation and Confessions for First Communicants and children not at More Park School on Saturday at 9.30am and 3.30pm - and for adults and young people on Saturday from 4.15 to 4.45pm and at the Holy Week Penitential Service on Tuesday week (11th April). PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO OTHER CONFESSIONS BEFORE EASTER.
 
We wish the Baby and Toddler Group, Pre-School and Schools a very happy Easter Break and thank them for all their hard work in School and in the Parish in this past term - and a happy time and safe journeys for all parishioners going away on holi-day.
 
Next weekend we begin Holy Week with special celebrations for Palm Sunday at each Mass and a Children’s Procession at the 10am Mass - there will also be a retiring collection for the Easter Flowers. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO 5PM MASS ON HOLY SATURDAY AND NO 5.30PM MASS ON EASTER SUNDAY.
 
The main Holy Week Services are:-
 
Maundy Thursday (13th April): Children’s Service at 5pm; Mass of the Last Supper at 8pm; Vigil at the Altar of Repose 10-11pm.
 
Good Friday (14th April): Walk of Witness at 11am; Good Friday Liturgy at 2.50pm; Youth Groups Passion Play at 8pm.
 
Holy Saturday (15th April): Children’s Workshop at 10am; Easter Vigil at 8.30pm (NO 5pm Mass).
 
Easter Sunday (16th April): Easter Family Mass at 10am (NO 5.30pm Mass).
 
Have a good final week of preparation for this Holy Week everyone.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY
1 Apr
5pm
Annie Murphy R.I.P. (anniv.)
SUNDAY
Fifth Sunday of Lent (A)
2
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy for Lent) Maureen Bateson R.I.P. (Funeral on 7th April)
The Parishioners
MONDAY (Lent) 3
9.30am
Communion Service
(West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Area Group Mass - see overleaf)
TUESDAY (Lent) 4
9.30am
7.30pm
Communion Service (NB)
Stations of the Cross in Church
WEDNESDAY (Lent) 5
9.30am
Holly and the Tucker Family
(2.30pm - Mother Teresa Group Lent Service and Confessions)
(Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Area Group Mass - see overleaf)
THURSDAY (Lent) 6
9.30am
Communion Service
FRIDAY (Lent) 7
9.30am
Peter and Dee Avery - welfare (Steph, Ian and Family)
(Kings Hill and Mereworth Area Group Mass - see overleaf)
SATURDAY (Lent) 8 5pm Jim Leigh R.I.P. (recent)
SUNDAY
Palm Sunday (A)
9
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy for Lent) Barbara Binnie R.I.P. (Dee and Peter)
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm Also this Saturday at 9.30am and 3.30pm for First Communicants and children not at More Park School
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Peter Avery; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jack Gillett; The Rudenko Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Anne Law; Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Hannah Lingham; Ellen Tucker; Max Bryer; Hollie; Mr. Roger Selvon; Mrs. Mimi Gopaul; Mrs. Helene Elias; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all those affected by present cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Harley Bernard; Fr. Lukasz’s Father; Fr. Barry Angus; Fr. Cyril Elkington; Fr. David Hutton; Alan Johnstone. Also Joe Beres-ford-King; Barbara Binnie; Fr. Michael Clifton [month’s mind]. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world espe-cially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Clive Budd; Gertrude de Wolf; Walter Roberts; Teresa Gordon; Geoff McBride; Patrick Kelly; Mark Orlando; Hugh Beatty; Margaret Ingold; Nicola Sbrocchi; Joyce Nowell.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 2
10am
3.15-5pm
Children’s Liturgy for Lent in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Youth Group meet in the Priest’s House for the Passion Play rehearsal
MONDAY 3 8pm West Malling, Offham, Addington Leybourne and Villages Lent House Mass - see below
TUESDAY 4 1.30-3pm No Baby & Toddler Group (School Holidays)
WEDNESDAY 5
2.30pm
8pm
Mother Teresa Group meet in Church - Lenten Service and Confessions
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Lent House Mass - see below
FRIDAY 7 8pm Kings Hill and Mereworth Lent House Mass - see below
SUNDAY 9
10am
3.15-5pm
Children’s Liturgy for Palm Sunday in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Youth Group meet in the Priest’s House for the Passion Play dress rehearsal
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £385.66 (Standing Orders average £303 per week) and for your Lenten Alms donations.
 

FUNDRAISING

£290.00 total raised in February through donations and events. Overall total raised is £66,019.37
Amount still owed on loan is £18,980.63
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
“SAVE THE DATE!” ‘PUDDING PARTY’ by kind permission of the Bishop - will take place in the Bishop’s House on Saturday 17th June - more details to follow.
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 11th April 2017 (please look out for any extra information regarding this meeting) from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. A contribution of £2 towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome on the evening 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 Thursday 13th April at 5pm - Maundy Thursday Washing of Hands. Friday 14th April at 11am - Good Friday Walk of Witness. Saturday 15th April 10-11am - Easter Workshop in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre. Sunday 16th April at 10am - Family Easter Sunday Mass.
 
CARDS Easter and a selection of First Communion cards are now on sale in the porch.
 
SAVE THE DATE The Parish / School Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday 24th June from 11am to 2pm.
 
PEGGY SPIERS has passed away aged 93 years. She was a parishioner here for many years and did some work and cooking for Fr. John Lawrence. Her funeral will be at St. Bernadette’s, West Kingsdown on Wednesday 19th April at 1.45pm.
 
MISSIO The Mission Today Magazines have arrived from Missio and our collectors will soon be contacting Red Box holders to carry out the Spring collection. “We have now received the Southwark Diocese results for last year confirming our Parish contrib-uted £2,137.65 to the total of £204,868.55 and the total for England and Wales was £309,531. Thank you for your generosity and love which mean so much to our Missionary work to help the ‘poor, refugees and marginalised to find welcome and comfort in our communities' which was Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention in February 2017. Thank you.” Tony Law
 
MASS IN CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE is being held on Saturday 17th June at St George’s Cathe-dral this year. If you are celebrating your 1st, 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th, or 60th+ Wedding Anniversary this year and would like to attend this very special Mass where you can renew your vows, please write your names and address very clearly on the form so that you can receive an invitation from the Archbishop. LAST DAY TO APPLY IS APRIL 30TH.
 
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 3rd April).
 
FLOWER ARRANGERS - WOULD ALL FLOWER ARRANGERS MEET IN CHURCH AT 10AM ON HOLY SATURDAY 15TH APRIL FOR EASTER FLOWERS. Greenery will be required.
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP meet on Wednesday 5th April at 2.30pm in Church for their Lenten Service and Confessions.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details - including a poster about a VISIT TO ROCHESTER CATHEDRAL on Tues-day 16th May 2017. Sacred Heart Messenger for April 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 25th May at 8pm. Venue: 17 Alfriston Grove, Kings Hill. ME19 4AS. Contact Steph Blackburn 01732 521788
 
LENT HOUSE MASSES
 
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Monday 3rd April at 8pm. Oast View, Teston Road, Offham. ME19 5NB. Ian and Chris Butler 01732 849438
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Wednesday 5th April at 8pm. 789 London Road, Larkfield. ME20 6DE. Medard and Veronique Hadonou 01732 875003
Kings Hill and Mereworth Friday 7th April at 8pm. 157 Beacon Avenue, Kings Hill. ME19 4LH. Tony and Meg Brewer 01732 848819. Please would you let Tony and Meg know that you will be attending by Monday 3rd April.
 

Download Newsletter

 

Fourth Sunday of Lent (A) Mid-Lent and Mothers’ Day    26 March 2017
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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

Fourth Sunday of Lent (A)
Mid-Lent and Mothers’ Day
A LENT OF INCREASED PRAYER, LOVE AND SELF-CONTROL
26th March 2017
 
This weekend we reach the halfway point of our Lent and take a ‘breather’ to get our strength up for the second part of Lent and also to celebrate ‘Mothers’ Day’ with rose vestments and flowers in Church. We wish all our mums a happy day and pray for all of them - on earth and in Heaven - and we remember in a special way all those who have lost mothers or fathers, sons or daughters in this past year.
 
On Monday we go back to this Lent of increased prayer, love and self-control - using ‘prayer’, ‘love’ and self-denial to open our-selves to the Lord and each other and deepen His love and life within us. We add to this with the theme of ‘light’ in this Fourth Week of Lent - the light of the new love, life and light the Lord wants us to find with Him in this Holy Week and Easter encourag-ing us to keep to our journey. Please continue to use the ‘Rose’ Prayer Sheet (please take one home if you haven’t done so already and spare copies of the purple ‘Prayers and Ideas Sheet’ are available in the porch) with the prayer candles and self-denial envelopes you will be given at Mass. At the Parish Meeting last Wednesday it was decided that our self-denial this Lent will be shared between the Southwark Crisis Fund for the Catholic Children’s Society and the Heart of Kent Hospice which is in need of funds at this time.
 
Lent events continue this week with the Year 6 Penitential Service in School on Monday, the Year 4 Penitential Service in School and Stations of the Cross in Church on Tuesday, the Snodland and Halling Lent Area Group Mass on Wednesday and the Holy Week Mass in school and Mass in St. Simon Stock School on Friday. And during the week there will be a series of Assemblies preparing for Holy week in the School - ‘Palm Sunday’ on Monday, ‘Washing of Hands’ on Tuesday, ‘Breaking of Bread’ on Wednesday, and the Year 6 ‘Passion Play’ on Thursday. And I will be continuing my Lent Communion visits to our housebound.
 
There are also meetings this week for the First Communion children on Monday, the Baby and Toddler Group and Churches Together in Snodland on Tuesday and the Gardening Club on Saturday.
 
No Youth Group this weekend (a weekend off for you to be good to your mums!) but the group will meet next Sunday (2nd) at 3.15pm for the first rehearsal of the Good Friday Passion Play - meet in the Priest’s House.
 
Please keep Harley Bernard and his family in your prayers as they prepare for his funeral this Friday (31st) at 1pm followed by burial at Eden Valley Cemetery - also Peter Avery and other parishioners facing illness, operations and treatment and chal-lenges at this time - and we offer them all our love and support and prayers.
 
Finally, many thanks to those who came and helped us in our ‘slot’ at the ‘24 Hours with the Lord’ at St. Francis, Maidstone at midnight yesterday (Friday).
 
Have a happy Mid-Lent and Mothers’ Day - and a good Fourth Week of Lent.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY
25
11am
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Eliza Anithottathil
Baptisms: Charlie Razey and David Keefe
Ann Ivell R.I.P. (1st anniv.)
SUNDAY
Fourth Sunday of Lent (A)
Mid-Lent and Mothers’ Day
26
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy for Lent) Joan and John Wegrzyn (Mary Goldsmith)
The Parishioners
MONDAY (Lent) 27
9.30am
Communion Service
(Palm Sunday Assembly and Year 6 Penitential Service in School)
TUESDAY (Lent) 28
9.30am
 
7.30pm
Fr. Timothy Daly R.I.P. (anniv.)
(‘Washing of Hands’ and Year 4 Penitential Service in School)
Stations of the Cross in Church
WEDNESDAY (Lent) 29
9.30am
Pearl Patrick (Tony Goldsmith’s sister)
(‘Breaking of Bread’ in School)
(Snodland and Halling Area Group Mass - see overleaf)
THURSDAY (Lent) 30
9.30am
Communion Service
(Year 6 Passion Play in School)
FRIDAY (Lent) 31
 
9.30am
1pm
(Mass in St. Simon Stock School at 8.15am)
Holy Week Mass in SCHOOL
Funeral of Harley Bernard R.I.P. followed by burial at Eden Valley Cemetery
SATURDAY (Lent) 1 April 5pm Annie Murphy R.I.P. (anniv.)
SUNDAY
Fifth Sunday of Lent (A)
2
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy for Lent) Maureen Bateson R.I.P. (Funeral on 7th April)
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Peter Avery; Valentina Ruiz; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jack Gillett; The Rudenko Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Anne Law; Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Hannah Lingham; Ellen Tucker; Hollie; our house-bound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all those affected by present cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Harley Bernard; Fr. Lukasz’s Father; Fr. Barry Angus; Fr. Cyril Elkington; Fr. David Hutton; Alan Johnstone; Joe Beresford-King; Barbara Binnie; Fr. Michael Clifton. Also Julie Barcas (and son, Callum) [month’s mind]. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Violet Bigg; Philip Mallon; Mary Allen; Joy Whittaker; Laurence Sheldon; Reamonn Johnston; Douglas Valentine; Fr. Timothy Daly; May Middleton; Gertrude Ennis; Anthony Thompson-Murray; Stanley Batchelor; Cyril Usmor; Ann Watson; Vivienne Cahill; Helena Marshall; Clive Budd; Gertrude de Wolf.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 26
10am
Children’s Liturgy for Lent in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 27 5-6pm First Communion Children’s Class in Church
TUESDAY 28
1.30-3pm
7pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Churches Together in Snodland meet in the Vicarage
WEDNESDAY 29 8pm Snodland and Halling Lent House Mass - see below
SATURDAY 1 APR 10am-12 noon Gardening Club
SUNDAY 2
10am
3.15-5pm
Children’s Liturgy for Lent in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Youth Group meet in the Priest’s House for the Passion Play rehearsal
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £398.16 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). Lenten Alms raised £286.40
 

FUNDRAISING

£290.00 total raised in February through donations and events. Overall total raised is £66,019.37
Amount still owed on loan is £18,980.63
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
“SAVE THE DATE!” ‘PUDDING PARTY’ by kind permission of the Bishop - will take place in the Bishop’s House on Saturday 17th June - more details to follow.
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 11th April 2017 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. A contribution of £2 towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome on the evening 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 Monday 27th March (Children’s Class) - 5-6pm. Do This in Memory of Me - Last Supper - discuss the chapter.
 
CARDS Easter and a selection of First Communion cards are now on sale in the porch.
 
ANNE MCFADDEN In memory of Anne McFadden her family wished for any donations from her funeral to go to the Pre-School Building Fund and donations have now reached £196.
 
SAVE THE DATE The Parish / School Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday 24th June from 11am to 2pm.
 
MISSIO The Mission Today Magazines have arrived from Missio and our collectors will soon be contacting Red Box holders to carry out the Spring collection. “We have now received the Southwark Diocese results for last year confirming our Parish contrib-uted £2,137.65 to the total of £204,868.55 and the total for England and Wales was £309,531. Thank you for your generosity and love which mean so much to our Missionary work to help the ‘poor, refugees and marginalised to find welcome and comfort in our communities' which was Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention in February 2017. Thank you.” Tony Law
 
MASS IN CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE is being held on Saturday 17th June at St George’s Cathe-dral this year. If you are celebrating your 1st, 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th, or 60th+ Wedding Anniversary this year and would like to attend this very special Mass where you can renew your vows, please write your names and address very clearly on the form so that you can receive an invitation from the Archbishop. LAST DAY TO APPLY IS APRIL 30TH.
 
FROM SOUTHWARK TO SICILY the Mosaics of the Cathedral of Monreale – at the Centre for Catholic Formation, 21 Tooting Bec Road, London. SW17 8BS on Tuesday 28th March - 7 for 7.30pm start. See notice board for more details.
 
FOYER DE CHARITÉ RETREAT will be held at the new Retreat Centre in Walsingham, from Sunday 30th April (6pm) – Saturday 6th May (2pm). Theme: God’s Plan for the Fullness of Time. The preacher will be Mgr. Keith Barltrop, with help from Foyer members and past retreatants. The retreats are held mainly in silence with three talks a day and offer a holistic way of deepening our faith in the Church’s teaching and our life in Christ. The Foyers are communities of consecrated lay people living with a Priest in order to help others grow closer to Christ and live the Catholic Faith more fully. For information / booking a place, contact Mgr. Barltrop: keithbarltrop@rcdow.org.uk; 07879953953; St. Mary of the Angels, Moorhouse Road, Bayswater. London. W2 5DJ.
 
ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL in Croydon is, as a result of recent successes, establishing an association of former students and staff. If you would like to know more email alumni@st-maryshigh.croydon.sch.uk or telephone 020 8688 3837.
 
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 27th March).
 
GARDENING CLUB meet on Saturday 1st April from 10am to 12 noon.
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP meet on Wednesday 5th April at 2.30pm in Church for their Lenten Service and Confessions.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details - including a joint Life and SPUC petition. Sacred Heart Messenger for April 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 25th May at 8pm. Venue: 17 Alfriston Grove, Kings Hill. ME19 4AS. Contact Steph Blackburn 01732 521788
 
LENT HOUSE MASSES
 
Snodland and Halling Wednesday 29th March at 8pm. 64 Brook Lane, Snodland. ME6 5JY. Natalia and Tomasz Talaska 07857352120
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Monday 3rd April at 8pm. Oast View, Teston Road, Offham. ME19 5NB. Ian and Chris Butler 01732 849438
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Wednesday 5th April at 8pm. 789 London Road, Larkfield. ME20 6DE. Medard and Veronique Hadonou 01732 875003
Kings Hill and Mereworth Friday 7th April at 8pm. 157 Beacon Avenue, Kings Hill. ME19 4LH. Tony and Meg Brewer 01732 848819. Please would you let Tony and Meg know that you will be attending by Monday 3rd April.
 

Download Newsletter

 

Third Sunday of Lent (A)    19 March 2017
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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

Third Sunday of Lent (A)
A LENT OF INCREASED PRAYER, LOVE AND SELF-CONTROL
19th March 2017
 
This is the third weekend of our Lent of increased prayer, love and self-control - using ‘prayer’, ‘love’ and ‘self-denial’ to open ourselves to the Lord and each other and to be ready to deepen the love, light and life He has brought us this Christmas and Candlemas in this coming Holy Week. The theme of this third week of Lent is “The Living Water of Faith” asking the Lord for new faith in this Lent and Holy Week to bring us new strength in our Lenten Journey of prayer and love.
 
Please take the new ‘Pink Prayer Sheet’ for weeks three, four and five of Lent to use at home with the lilac ‘Prayers and Ideas’ sheet you already have (spare copies of this available in the porch) - also the prayer candles and self-denial envelopes you will be given at Mass. This year our ‘self-denial’ will be shared between the Southwark Crisis Fund for the Catholic Children’s Soci-ety and a charity to be decided at the Parish Meeting on Wednesday - please let us know of any ideas you have on this today.
 
During the week we have the St. Patrick’s Mass in School with prayers for St. Patrick's House, Ireland and our Irish parishioners on Monday and a Mass in honour of St. Joseph (whose Feast is today) in Church on Tuesday and a Mass for the Feast of the Annunciation on Friday. Lenten events also continue with the Year 3 Penitential Service in School and Stations of the Cross in Church on Tuesday - the Year 6 Penitential in School on Wednesday and the Key Stage 1 Penitential in School on Friday and I will also be beginning our Lent Communion visits to our housebound. Also, on Friday night, midnight to Saturday morning at 2am we have our ‘slot’ as West Malling Parish in the ‘24Hours with the Lord’ asked for by Pope Francis at St. Francis, Maid-stone - please see me if you can join me and help with this.
 
Also this week there is a meeting for the First Communion children on Monday and the Baby and Toddler Group on Tuesday, a Parish Meeting on Wednesday and a ‘Mothers’ Day Afternoon Tea’ in School on Friday - details overleaf.
 
Next weekend we celebrate Mid-Lent Sunday and ‘Mothers’Day’ and a ‘breather’ in our Lent (which will be needed after this week!)
 
Please keep Harley Bernard of East Malling and one of our ‘Missio’ collectors in your prayers along with Max Bryer and Peter Avery and parishioners who are ill, recovering from operations and undergoing treatment at this time.
 
Have a good third week of Lent everyone.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY
18
5pm
Michelle and Mirella Grillo R.I.P. (anniv.)
SUNDAY
Third Sunday of Lent (A)
19
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy for Lent) Terence Caughlin R.I.P.
The Parishioners
MONDAY (Lent) 20
9.30am
St. Patrick’s Mass in School - for Ireland and our Irish parishioners
TUESDAY (Lent) 21
9.30am
 
7.30pm
St. Joseph’s Mass in Church - Billy Glennon and Reamonn Johnston R.I.P. (anniv.)
(Year 3 Penitential Service in School)
Stations of the Cross in Church
WEDNESDAY (Lent) 22
9.30am
Deceased Relatives and Friends of the Lobo family
(Year 6 Penitential Service in School)
THURSDAY (Lent) 23
9.30am
Communion Service
FRIDAY (Lent) 24 9.30am
Annunciation Mass in Church - Mirella Andrew R.I.P. (Steph Blackburn and Family)
(Key Stage 1 Penitential Service in School)
SATURDAY (Lent) 25
11am
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Eliza Anithottathil
Baptisms: Charlie Razey and David Keefe
Ann Ivell R.I.P. (1st anniv.)
SUNDAY
Mid-Lent and Mothers’ Day
Fourth Sunday of Lent (A)
26
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy for Lent) Joan and John Wegrzyn (Mary Goldsmith)
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Peter Avery; Valentina Ruiz; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jack Gillett; The Rudenko Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Anne Law; Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Hannah Lingham; Ellen Tucker; Harley Bernard; Jeanne Reddy; Hollie; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all those affected by present cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Alan Johnstone; Joe Beresford-King; Barbara Binnie; Fr. Michael Clifton; Julie Barcas (and son, Callum). Also Anne McFadden (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: 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; Violet Bigg; Philip Mallon; Mary Allen; Joy Whittaker; Laurence Sheldon; Reamonn Johnston.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 19
10am
Children’s Liturgy for Lent in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 20 5-6pm First Communion Children’s Class in Church
TUESDAY 21 1.30-3pm Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 22 7 for 7.30pm Parish Meeting in the Priest’s House
THURSDAY 23 7.30pm Kings Hill and Mereworth Area Group meet at the Thai Orchid - see below for details
FRIDAY 24 3.30pm ‘Mothers’ Day Afternoon Tea' in School
SATURDAY 25 12 midnight to 2am West Malling Parish taking part bin ‘24 Hours of Prayer' at St. Francis, Maidstone
SUNDAY 26 10am Children’s Liturgy for Lent in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £420.42 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 
CAFOD This Lent Fast Day our Parish raised £412.60 for CAFOD. Thank you for your support. This incredible amount will help more hardworking people like Florence in Zambia to turn something as small as a tiny fish into something amazing, like an educa-tion for her children.
 

FUNDRAISING

£290.00 total raised in February through donations and events. Overall total raised is £66,019.37
Amount still owed on loan is £18,980.63
*******
“SAVE THE DATE!” ‘PUDDING PARTY’ by kind permission of the Bishop - will take place in the Bishop’s House on Saturday 17th June - more details to follow.
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 11th April 2017 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch.
Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. A contribution of £2 towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
Thank you to the Needlework and Knitting Group for the donation of £50 received from them for our Building Fund.
 
 
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 20th March (Children’s Class) - 5-6pm. Fruit of the Vine - discuss the chapter.
 
CARDS St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and a selection of First Communion cards are now on sale in the porch.
 
PETER AND DEE AVERY would like to thank their Parish Family for the thoughts, love and prayers they have received at this time. Also the Youth Group for their beautiful card and messages from them all.
 
MISSIO The Mission Today Magazines have arrived from Missio and our collectors will soon be contacting Red Box holders to carry out the Spring collection. “We have now received the Southwark Diocese results for last year confirming our Parish contrib-uted £2,137.65 to the total of £204,868.55 and the total for England and Wales was £309,531. Thank you for your generosity and love which mean so much to our Missionary work to help the ‘poor, refugees and marginalised to find welcome and comfort in our communities' which was Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention in February 2017. Thank you.” Tony Law
 
FOYER DE CHARITÉ RETREAT will be held at the new Retreat Centre in Walsingham, from Sunday 30th April (6pm) – Saturday 6th May (2pm). The theme is: God’s Plan for the Fullness of Time and the preacher will be Mgr. Keith Barltrop, with help from Foyer members and past retreatants. Foyer retreats are held mainly in silence with three talks a day and offer a holistic way of deepening our faith in the Church’s teaching and our life in Christ. The Foyers are communities of consecrated lay people living with a Priest in order to help others grow closer to Christ and live the Catholic Faith more fully. For further information or to book a place, contact Mgr. Barltrop: keithbarltrop@rcdow.org.uk; 07879953953; St. Mary of the Angels, Moorhouse Road, Bayswater. London. W2 5DJ.
 
ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL in Croydon is, as a result of recent successes, establishing an association of former students and staff. If you would like to know more email alumni@st-maryshigh.croydon.sch.uk or telephone 020 8688 3837.
EASTER TRIDUUM RETREAT FOR YOUNG ADULTS 13th-16th April. Worth Abbey and The Wellspring Community invite young adults (ages 18-35) to celebrate the Easter Triduum in prayer, community and reflection with a retreat at Worth. You are also invited to take part in a "Cross Walk" from Arundel on the 9th April, walking across the South Downs and arriving at Worth for the beginning of the retreat. Please contact fcarbone@wellspringbrighton.org.uk for more information or a booking form.
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguarding Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”
 
CHURCH CLEANING Fiona’s group (week beginning 20th March).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details. Sacred Heart Messenger for March 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on 23rd March at 7.30pm. Venue: Thai Orchid Restaurant, 9 Liberty Square, Kings Hill. ME19 4AU. Contact Steph Blackburn 01732 521788.
Also Thursday 25th May at 8pm. Venue: 17 Alfriston Grove, Kings Hill. ME19 4AS. Contact Steph Blackburn 01732 521788
 
LENT HOUSE MASSES
 
Snodland and Halling Wednesday 29th March at 8pm. 64 Brook Lane, Snodland. ME6 5JY. Natalia and Tomasz Talaska 07857352120
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Monday 3rd April at 8pm. Oast View, Teston Road, Offham. ME19 5NB. Ian and Chris Butler 01732 849438
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Wednesday 5th April at 8pm. 789 London Road, Larkfield. ME20 6DE. Medard and Veronique Hadonou 01732 875003
Kings Hill and Mereworth Friday 7th April at 8pm. 157 Beacon Avenue, Kings Hill. ME19 4LH. Tony and Meg Brewer 01732 848819. Please would you let Tony and Meg know that you will be attending by Monday 3rd April.
 

Download Newsletter

 

Second Sunday of Lent (A)    12 March 2017
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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

Second Sunday of Lent (A)
A LENT OF INCREASED PRAYER, LOVE AND SELF-CONTROL
12th March 2017
 
This weekend we continue this Lent of increased prayer, love and self-control - using the Lenten weapons of ‘prayer’. ‘charity’ and ‘self-control’ to open ourselves in a new way to the Lord and each other so that He can help us, in this coming Holy Week, to deepen the love, light and life He has brought us this Christmas and Candlemas in ourselves and for others and our world, as He did by His death and offering on the Cross and His Resurrection. The theme of the second week of Lent is ‘Hope’ with the Lord encouraging us, as He encouraged the Apostles at the Transfiguration, with the hope and new life He will bring this Easter if we are faithful to our Lenten journey. We welcome our School who are helping us in our Lent by presenting the 10am Mass today and thank them for this and all they do for our Parish Family.
 
Please take the Lent ‘Prayers and Ideas’ sheet to use at home if you haven’t done so already with the prayer can-dle and self-denial envelope you will be given at Mass today (this weekend our self-denial is for Cafod from the Lent Fast Day last Friday - please see the special note about this overleaf. For the rest of Lent we shall be sup-porting the Southwark Crisis Fund for the Catholic Children's Society - please take the special newsletter about this from the porch - and another charity which will be decided at the Parish Meeting on Wednesday 22nd March - please let us know of any ideas you have on this).
 
During the week we continue Stations of the Cross on Tuesday at 7.30pm and there are also meetings for the First Communion children, Baby and Toddler Group, More Park School Governors, the Needlework and Knitting Group and the West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Area Group - details overleaf. Please also see the list of Lent Area Group House Masses later in the month overleaf and support these if you can.
Next weekend we continue our Lent and our special Children’s Liturgies for Lent at the 10am Mass. Also we would like to thank St. Simon Stock School for their very good Penitential Services for our youngsters there last Tuesday (and the excellent Ash Wednesday Mass) and wish them well in their Lent.
 
Have a good second week of Lent everyone!
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY
11
12 noon
5pm
Marriage Renewal Vows of Terry and Elaine Rose in Church
Christopher Law R.I.P. (Eileen C.)
SUNDAY
Second Sunday of Lent (A)
12
10am
 
5.30pm
(Mass Presented by the School) Lily Rudenko and Family (Elizabeth Robson)
 
The Parishioners
MONDAY (Lent) 13
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Lent) 14

9.30am

7.30pm

Communion Service
 
Stations of the Cross in Church
WEDNESDAY (Lent) 15
9.30am
Communion Service
THURSDAY (Lent) 16
9.30am
Communion Service
FRIDAY (St. Patrick) 17 9.30am Communion Service
SATURDAY (Lent) 18
5pm
Michelle and Mirella Grillo R.I.P. (anniv.)
SUNDAY
Third Sunday of Lent (A)
19
10am
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy for Lent) Terence Caughlin R.I.P.
 
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Peter Avery; Valentina Ruiz; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jack Gillett; The Rudenko Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Anne Law; Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Hannah Lingham; Ellen Tucker; Max Bryer; Mary Rumsay; Jeanne Reddy; Hollie; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all those affected by present cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Alan Johnstone; Joe Beresford-King; Barbara Binnie; Fr. Michael Clifton; Julie Barcas (and son, Callum); Anne McFadden. Also Reg Samuel (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Mary Lucas; Michael Heggarty; Eric Gillespie and Family; Nellie Littlefear; Mary Still; Florence Smith; Patrick O’Neill; Jean Jackson; Vera Devlin; Nellie Harkin; Eunice Nichols; Jurek (George) Makuch; Michelle Grillo; Lucretia Kaigh.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 12
10am
No Children’s Liturgy (School Mass)
MONDAY 13 5-6pm First Communion Children’s Class in Church
TUESDAY 14
1.30-3pm
6.30pm
7.30-9.30pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
More Park School Governors meet in the School
Needlework and Knitting Group meet in the Church porch
THURSDAY 16 7.30pm West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Area Group meeting (see below)
SUNDAY 19 10am Children’s Liturgy for Lent in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £408.65 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Moira Batchelor (No.96) for the March draw.
 

FUNDRAISING

£290.00 total raised in February through donations and events. Overall total raised is £66,019.37
Amount still owed on loan is £18,980.63
*******
LUCIA’S CONCERT on Sunday 19th March. Refreshments from 3.30pm - Concert begins at 4pm Suggested donations of Adults £5 and Children £1
 
“SAVE THE DATE!” ‘PUDDING PARTY’ by kind permission of the Bishop - will take place in the Bishop’s House on Saturday 17th June - more details to follow.
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 14th March 2017 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening 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 Monday 13th March (Children’s Class) - 5-6pm. Bread to Offer - discuss the chapter.
 
CARDS St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and a selection of First Communion cards are now on sale in the porch.
 
CAFOD LENT FAST DAY Florence is a hard working Mother who is devoted to her family. A few years ago, she was only just making enough to feed her family. However, CAFOD’s partner, the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, recognised how determined Florence was to stand on her own two feet and so they gave her 500 tiny fish, tools and training to build a pond and farm fish. By selling some of the fish at market, Florence was able to give her children a future - she was able to send them to School. Please support this Lent Fast Day, to ensure more people like Florence can turn tiny fish into something amazing.
 
ANNE MCFADDEN In memory of Anne McFadden her family wished for any donations from her funeral to go to the Pre-School Building Fund and £146 was generously donated.
 
MISSIO The Mission Today Magazines have arrived from Missio and our collectors will soon be contacting Red Box holders to carry out the Spring collection.
 
EASTER TRIDUUM RETREAT FOR YOUNG ADULTS 13th-16th April. Worth Abbey and The Wellspring Community invite young adults (ages 18-35) to celebrate the Easter Triduum in prayer, community and reflection with a retreat at Worth. You are also invited to take part in a "Cross Walk" from Arundel on the 9th April, walking across the South Downs and arriving at Worth for the beginning of the retreat. Please contact fcarbone@wellspringbrighton.org.uk for more information or a booking form.
 
THE VOCATION OF HEALTHCARE “making people whole”. The Catholic Medical Association Kent Branch is holding a meeting in Canterbury in March on Friday 17th March at 7.30pm at The Church of St Thomas of Canterbury, 59 Burgate, CT1 2HJ. Please visit their website www.catholicmedicalassociation.org.uk/events or see the poster in the porch. The meeting starts with Mass at 7.30pm. There will be pizzas and refreshments etc for you.
 
ALL GOD’S CHILDREN A talk by Carolyn Edwards called 'All God's Children' will be held on 15th March from 9:15 am-2:15 pm in Ryarsh Village Hall. For further information email focusonfaith1@gmail.com or call 07927325977.
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguarding Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”
 
CHURCH CLEANING Wiesia’s group (week beginning 13th March).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details. Sacred Heart Messenger for March 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
West Malling, Offham, Addington and Villages meet this Thursday 16th March at 7.30pm for a ‘Fish and Chip Supper’ (cost £6.95). Venue: The Angel Inn, Addington Green, West Malling. ME19 5BB. Contact Bernadette Burke on 01732 873392 or bjburke77@hotmail.com
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on 23rd March at 7.30pm. Venue: Thai Orchid Restaurant, 9 Liberty Square, Kings Hill. ME19 4AU. Please contact Steph Blackburn on 01732 521788 no later than Thursday 16th March as final numbers have to be given to the restaurant. Also Thursday 25th May at 8pm. Venue: 17 Alfriston Grove, Kings Hill. ME19 4AS. Contact Steph Blackburn 01732 521788
 
LENT HOUSE MASSES
 
Snodland and Halling Wednesday 29th March at 8pm. 64 Brook Lane, Snodland. ME6 5JY. Natalia and Tomasz Talaska 07857352120
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Monday 3rd April at 8pm. Oast View, Teston Road, Offham. ME19 5NB. Ian and Chris Butler 01732 849438
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Wednesday 5th April at 8pm. 789 London Road, Larkfield. ME20 6DE. Medard and Veronique Hadonou 01732 875003
Kings Hill and Mereworth Friday 7th April at 8pm. 157 Beacon Avenue, Kings Hill. ME19 4LH. Tony and Meg Brewer 01732 848819
 

Download Newsletter

 

First Sunday of Lent (A)    05 March 2017
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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

First Sunday of Lent (A)
A LENT OF INCREASED PRAYER, LOVE AND SELF-CONTROL
DONATE 8 UPDATE
5th March 2017
 
Welcome to Lent 2017 - a Lent of increased prayer, love and self-control helping us to open ourselves in a new way to the Lord and each other so that He can help us, in this coming Holy Week, to deepen the love, light and life He has brought us this Christmas and Candlemas in ourselves and for others and our world - and using the Lenten weapons of ‘prayer’, ‘charity’ and ‘self-denial’ to get rid of the ‘temptations’ in us that are stopping this.
 
To help us in this we have our special ‘Ideas and Prayer Sheet’ which we ask you to take home and use there - our ‘Lenten Lad-der’ in Church helping us to climb up to Holy Week - and, linked with this, the ‘prayer candle’ and ‘ self-denial envelopes’ we will be given each week to help us in our ‘prayer’, ‘self-denial’ and ‘charity’.
 
This week our self-denial is for Cafod’s Lent Fast Day on Friday which is about giving up our main meal (and the children some sweets, crisps or biscuits) and bringing the money we save from this to help people in the world’s poorest countries with food, water and education - please collect the special envelope on the stand at the back of the Church and bring it back for the ‘Lenten Alms Jar’ next weekend - and see the special note about this overleaf.
 
Today at all Masses we have an update on our ‘Donate 8’ scheme (involvement in this could be a real part of our Lent) and we thank Adrian and Sally Atmore for their tremendous work in this.
Also today (Sunday) we welcome the Heart of Kent Hospice who are holding their Remembrance Service here at 3pm. We give thanks and pray for their important work and for those they will be remembering and their families.
 
Our children begin their special series of Children’s Liturgy for Lent today (Sunday) and on Tuesday we have the Stations of the Cross at 7.30pm and on Friday the Youth Group Lent Penitential to which all in Years 7 to 9 at Secondary School are invited. Also St. Simon Stock have their Lent Penitential Services on Tuesday. Also this week there are meetings for the First Commun-ion children, Baby and Toddler Group, Fundraising Group and an important First Communion parents’ meeting on the Eucharist - and we congratulate and pray for Terry and Elaine Rose as they renew their Marriage Vows for their ‘Ruby’ anniversary on Saturday - details of all these overleaf.
 
Next weekend we continue our Lent with our School helping us in our Lent by presenting the 10am Mass and we thank them for the lovely 10am Mass last Ash Wednesday.
 
Finally, please keep Anne McFadden and her family in your prayers as they prepare for her funeral this Thursday at 12.30pm - also Joe Beresford-King, a young 17 year old who has tragically died, Max Bryer, also 17, who is seriously ill in Hospital and Peter Avery and others undergoing operations and treatment at this time - and we offer them all our love and prayers and sup-port at this time.
 
Have a good first week of Lent everyone.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY
4
5pm
Tony Moore R.I.P.
SUNDAY
First Sunday of Lent (A)
‘Donate 8’ Update
5
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy for Lent) Jadwiga Makuch and Jerzy (George) Makuch R.I.P.
The Parishioners
MONDAY (Lent) 6
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Lent) 7
9.30am
7.30pm
(Lent Penitential Services at St. Simon Stock School from 8.45am to 1.05pm)
Communion Service
Stations of the Cross in Church
WEDNESDAY (Lent) 8
9.30am
Peter and Dee Avery (Mary Goldsmith)
THURSDAY (Lent) 9
9.30am
12.30pm
Communion Service
Funeral Mass of Anne McFadden R.I.P. Followed by a Service at Vinters Park Crematorium at 2pm
FRIDAY (Lent) [Cafod Lent Fast] 10 9.30am Max Bryer and Family (Steph, Lizzie and Family)
SATURDAY (Lent) 11
12 noon
5pm
Marriage Renewal Vows of Terry and Elaine Rose in Church
Christopher Law R.I.P. (Eileen C.)
SUNDAY
Second Sunday of Lent (A)
12
10am
5.30pm
(Mass Presented by the School) Lily Rudenko and Family (Elizabeth Robson)
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Peter Avery; Valentina Ruiz; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jack Gillett; The Rudenko Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Anne Law; Pat Monson; Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Hannah Lingham; Ellen Tucker; Max Bryer; Enzo Argento; Audrey Matcham; Jennifer Hansen; Steen Hansen; M-L Wise; Kennith Jasmin; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospi-tal, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all those affected by present cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Joe Beresford-King; Barbara Binnie; Fr. Michael Clifton; Julie Barcas (and son, Callum); Anne McFadden; Reg Samuel. Also Martin Moorhead (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Monica Walker; Hannah Gleeson; Jean Large; Teresa Norris; Velma Smith; Patrick Kelly; Gerald Hemming; Nellie Morrissey; Ayleen Sharp; Laureen McIntosh; Peter Thew; Mary Lucas; Michael Heggarty; Eric Gillespie and Family; Nellie Littlefear; Mary Still.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 5
10am
3pm
Children’s Liturgy for Lent in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Heart of Kent Hospice Remembrance Service in Church
MONDAY 6 5-6pm First Communion Children’s Class in Church
TUESDAY 7
1.30-3pm
 
8pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
(Fr. Peter at Deans’ meeting with the Archbishop in London)
Fundraising meeting in the Church porch
WEDNESDAY 8 7.30 for 8pm First Communion parents’ meeting on the ‘Eucharist’ in Church
FRIDAY 10 7-9pm Youth Group Lent Penitential in SCHOOL
SUNDAY 12
10am
No Children’s Liturgy for Lent (School Mass)
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £429.99 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The collection for Poor Parishes raised £334.88
 

FUNDRAISING

£290.00 total raised in February through donations and events. Overall total raised is £66,019.37
Amount still owed on loan is £18,980.63
*******
“SAVE THE DATE!” ‘PUDDING PARTY’ by kind permission of the Bishop - will take place in the Bishop’s House on Saturday 17th June - more details to follow.
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 14th March 2017 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening 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 Monday 6th March (Children’s Class) - 5-6pm. Glory to God and The Word of The Lord - recap on Glory to God chapter and discuss The Word of The Lord. There is also a parent’s meeting on Wednesday 8th March at 7.30 for 8pm in Church. Eucharist - Important that all parents attend to help you and your child prepare for this Sacrament.
 
COMMUNION DRESSES Beautifully made and provided in your local Bridal Shop based in Maidstone. Christina K Bridal Bou-tique is a well established bridal store and is now providing made to order Communion gowns. Leading time is 4-6 weeks. Please visit us in Maidstone to view our collection or refer to our website www.christinak.co.uk for further details - 10% discount available for group orders of 4 or more ). Christina K Bridal Boutique, 10 Middle Row, High Street, Maidstone. ME141TG. Tel: 01622 675009 info@christinak.co.uk FB: bridalwear.christinak
 
CAFOD LENT FAST DAY - 10TH MARCH 2017 Florence is a hard working Mother who is devoted to her family. A few years ago, she was only just making enough to feed her family. However, CAFOD’s partner, the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, recognised how determined Florence was to stand on her own two feet and so they gave her 500 tiny fish, tools and training to build a pond and farm fish. By selling some of the fish at market, Florence was able to give her children a future - she was able to send them to School. Please support this Lent Fast Day, to ensure more people like Florence can turn tiny fish into something amazing.
 
EASTER TRIDUUM RETREAT FOR YOUNG ADULTS 13th-16th April. Worth Abbey and The Wellspring Community invite young adults (ages 18-35) to celebrate the Easter Triduum in prayer, community and reflection with a retreat at Worth. You are also invited to take part in a "Cross Walk" from Arundel on the 9th April, walking across the South Downs and arriving at Worth for the beginning of the retreat. Please contact fcarbone@wellspringbrighton.org.uk for more information or a booking form.
 
THE VOCATION OF HEALTHCARE “making people whole”. The Catholic Medical Association Kent Branch is holding meetings in Canterbury and Chislehurst in March. Chislehurst: Friday 10th March at 7.30pm at St. Mary the Virgin, 28 Crown Lane, BR7 5PL. Canterbury: Friday 17th March at 7.30pm at The Church of St Thomas of Canterbury, 59 Burgate, CT1 2HJ. Please visit their website www.catholicmedicalassociation.org.uk/events or see the poster in the porch. Both meetings start with Mass at 7.30pm. There will be pizzas and refreshments etc for you.
 
ALL GOD’S CHILDREN A talk by Carolyn Edwards called 'All God's Children' will be held on 15th March from 9:15 am-2:15 pm in Ryarsh Village Hall. For further information email focusonfaith1@gmail.com or call 07927325977.
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguarding Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”
 
CHURCH CLEANING Eileen’s group (week beginning 6th March).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details. Sacred Heart Messenger for March 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
West Malling, Offham, Addington and Villages meet on Thursday 16th March at 7.30pm for a ‘Fish and Chip Supper’ (cost £6.95). Venue: The Angel Inn, Addington Green, West Malling. ME19 5BB. Please contact Bernadette Burke on 01732 873392 or bjburke77@hotmail.com no later than Thursday 9th March as final numbers have to be given to the Angel Inn.
 
LENT HOUSE MASSES
 
Snodland and Halling Wednesday 29th March at 8pm. 64 Brook Lane, Snodland. ME6 5JY. Natalia and Tomasz Talaska 07857352120
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Monday 3rd April at 8pm. Oast View, Teston Road, Offham. ME19 5NB. Ian and Chris Butler 01732 849438
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Wednesday 5th April at 8pm. 789 London Road, Larkfield. ME20 6DE. Medard and Veronique Hadonou 01732 875003
Kings Hill and Mereworth Friday 7th April at 8pm. 157 Beacon Avenue, Kings Hill. ME19 4LH. Tony and Meg Brewer 01732 848819
 

Download Newsletter

 

8th Sunday of the Year (A)    26 February 2017
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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

8th Sunday of the Year (A)
DAY FOR THE UNEMPLOYED
26th February 2017
 
This weekend we take our final ‘Breather’ before Lent begins on Wednesday and pray specially for the unemployed and their families - thinking especially of those who have lost their jobs in the present economic climate and praying for initiatives to help people find jobs. There is also a second collection during the Notices for the ‘Poor Parishes’ of the Deanery - Gift-Aiders are asked to use one of their spare envelopes and mark it ‘Poor Parishes’. We also have a Pastoral Letter from the Archbishop. The big event this week is the beginning of Lent on Wednesday - Ash Wednesday - with a Mass with the School and Pre-School at 10am and a Parish Mass at 8pm - both with the Ceremony of Ashes. Ash Wednesday is one of the two days of “Fast and Abstinence” in the Church (the other is Good Friday) - ‘fasting’ is for all those aged between 18 and 60 and means one main meal and two small snacks! - ‘abstinence’ is for all those aged 14 and above and means no meat!
 
Also this week there are meetings for the First Communion children and Youth Group leaders and the final year 8 Mass at St. Simon Stock on Monday, the Baby and Toddler Group on Tuesday, Mother Teresa Group on Wednesday and the Gardening Club this Saturday - details overleaf.
 
Next weekend is the first weekend of Lent when we begin our “Parish Journey” up the Lenten Ladder with our Prayer Sheets and candles and our self-denial envelopes for the Cafod Lent Fast Day on Friday 10th March and our special Children’s Litur-gies at the 10am Mass - Lent magazines for adults, children and families on sale today. Also at all Masses there will be an up-date on our ‘Donate 8’ scheme and we thank Adrian and Sally Atmore for their work in this (and I suggest that ‘Donate 8’ might perhaps be a good thing for Lent).
Also next Sunday we welcome the Heart of Kent Hospice who are holding their Remembrance Service here at 3pm. We give thanks and pray for their important work and for those they will be remembering and their families.
 
Finally, please continue to keep Anne McFadden and her family especially the Jones and Little families in your prayers as they prepare for her funeral here on Thursday week, 9th March at 12.30pm with a Service at Vinters Park Crematorium at 2pm - also Peter Avery and other parishioners preparing for operations and having cancer treatment at this time and all who are ill or suffer-ing the loss of a loved one - and we offer them all our love and prayers and support at this time.
 
Let us enjoy this weekend and our pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and help each other to have a good beginning of Lent.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY
25
2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms: Ella Salisbury; Amie Harding
The Parishioners
SUNDAY
Eighth Sunday of the Year (A)
Day for the Unemployed
26
10am
5.30pm
 
(Children’s Liturgy) Derek Calkin R.I.P. (Jane C.)
The Parishioners
MONDAY (Week 8 of the year) 27
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Shrove Tuesday) 28 9.30am
Holy Souls
WEDNESDAY Ash Wednesday - Beginning of Lent 1 Mar
9.30am
8pm
School and Pre-School Mass in Church
(1.30pm - Mass in St. Simon Stock School)
Parish Mass (The Parishioners - for a good Lent)
THURSDAY (Lent) 2
9.30am
Communion Service
FRIDAY (Lent) 3 9.30am
(8.15am - Mass in St. Simon Stock School)
Communion Service
SATURDAY (Lent) 4
5pm
Tony Moore R.I.P.
SUNDAY
First Sunday of Lent (A)
‘Donate 8’ Update
5
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy for Lent) Jadwiga Makuch and Jerzy (George) Makuch R.I.P.
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Peter Avery; Valentina Ruiz; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jack Gillett; The Rudenko Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Anne Law; Pat Monson; Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Hannah Lingham; Ellen Tucker; Jennifer Hansen; Steen Hansen; Yolanda Bath; M-L Wise; Roy Sellwood; Jacqui Mann; Gemma Toner; Jeanne Reddy; Mary Rumsey; Max Bryer; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all those affected by present cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Julie Barcas (and son, Callum); Anne McFadden; Reg Samuel; Martin Moorhead. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Margaret Wilkinson; Marco Valencia; Eileen Bolton; Bridget Vernon; Meta McKeag; Cyril ‘Bill’ Smith; Anne Cotter; Lucienne Crawford; Martin Lyons; James Devlin; 
Alice Slater; Dorothy Beatty; David Dadswell; Dennis Boxell; Sheila Mar-tin; Monica Walker; Hannah Gleeson; Jean Large; Teresa Norris; Velma Smith; Patrick Kelly.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 26
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 27
5-6pm
8pm
(Mass for 8Mi2 in St. Simon Stock School)
First Communion Children’s Class in Church
Youth Group leaders meet in the Priest’s House
TUESDAY 28 1.30-3pm Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 1 MAR 2.30pm
ASH WEDNESDAY - DAY OF FAST AND ABSTINENCE
Mother Teresa Group meet in the Church porch
SATURDAY 4 10am-12 noon Gardening Club - see below
SUNDAY 5
10am
3pm
Children’s Liturgy for Lent in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Heart of Kent Hospice Remembrance Service in Church
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £387.21 (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

£562.39 total raised in January through donations and events. Overall total raised is £65,729.37
Amount still owed on loan is £19,270.63
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 14th March 2017 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Monday 27th February (Children’s Class) - 5-6pm. Recap on Reconciliation and assess the books and class - discuss Glory to God in the Highest as at the parents’ meeting - check knowledge of prayers / general question time.
 
COMMUNION DRESSES Beautifully made and provided in your local Bridal Shop based in Maidstone. Christina K Bridal Bou-tique is a well established bridal store and is now providing made to order Communion gowns. Leading time is 4-6 weeks. Please visit us in Maidstone to view our collection or refer to our website www.christinak.co.uk for further details - 10% discount available for group orders of 4 or more ). Christina K Bridal Boutique, 10 Middle Row, High Street, Maidstone. ME141TG. Tel: 01622 675009 info@christinak.co.uk FB: bridalwear.christinak
 
A LIFETIME OF LOVING Saturday 4th March at St. Teresa’s, Ashford. Husband and wife can give each other a gift by spending a day exploring their relationship more deeply in the light of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation: ‘The Joy of Love’, and gain valu-able insights into their communication and the call of the Church to the married. Please note there is no group sharing during the day. This is not marriage counselling or guidance but a chance to make your marriage even better. Contact Carole: 07983524727 mflkent@gmail.com Poster / application forms in porch.
 
THE VOCATION OF HEALTHCARE “making people whole”. The Catholic Medical Association Kent Branch is holding meetings in Canterbury and Chislehurst in March. Chislehurst: Friday 10th March at 7.30pm at St. Mary the Virgin, 28 Crown Lane, BR7 5PL. Canterbury: Friday 17th March at 7.30pm at The Church of St Thomas of Canterbury, 59 Burgate, CT1 2HJ. Please visit their website www.catholicmedicalassociation.org.uk/events or see the poster in the porch. Both meetings start with Mass at 7.30pm. There will be pizzas and refreshments etc for you.
 
CTIM Concert of words and music with Joe Shepherd and Friends in aid of ‘ROPE in Malling’ at the West Malling Baptist Church, Swan Street, on Saturday 4th March at 7.15pm. Suggested donation of £6 at the door.
 
WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER 2017 has been prepared by the Christian Women of the Philippines and the theme of the Service is ‘Am I Being Unfair to You?’ It will take place on Friday 3rd March at the Church of St. John the Baptist, Wateringbury at 10.30am. Refreshments to be served from 10am. All are welcome. Attendees are encouraged to car share wherever possible.
 
ALL GOD’S CHILDREN A talk by Carolyn Edwards called 'All God's Children' will be held on 15th March from 9:15 am-2:15 pm in Ryarsh Village Hall. For further information email focusonfaith1@gmail.com or call 07927325977.
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguarding Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”
 
CHURCH CLEANING Steph’s group (week beginning 27th February).
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP meet this Wednesday 1st March at 2.30pm in the Church porch.
 
GARDENING CLUB meet on Saturday 4th February from 10am to 12 noon. All are welcome.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details. Sacred Heart Messenger for March 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
West Malling, Offham, Addington and Villages meet on Thursday 16th March at 7.30pm for a ‘Fish and Chip Supper’ (cost £6.95). Venue: The Angel Inn, Addington Green, West Malling. ME19 5BB. Please contact Bernadette Burke on 01732 873392 or bjburke77@hotmail.com no later than Thursday 9th March as final numbers have to be given to the Angel Inn.
 
West Malling, Offham, Addington and Villages meet on Thursday 16th March at 7.30pm for a ‘Fish and Chip Sup-per’ (cost £6.95). Venue: The Angel Inn, Addington Green, West Malling. ME19 5BB. Please contact Bernadette Burke on 01732 873392 or bjburke77@hotmail.com no later than Thursday 9th March as final numbers have to be given to the Angel Inn.
 
LENT HOUSE MASSES
 
Snodland and Halling Wednesday 29th March at 8pm. 64 Brook Lane, Snodland. ME6 5JY. Natalia and Tomasz Talaska 07857352120
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Monday 3rd April at 8pm. Oast View, Teston Road, Offham. ME19 5NB. Ian and Chris Butler 01732 849438
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Wednesday 5th April at 8pm. 789 London Road, Larkfield. ME20 6DE. Medard and Veronique Hadonou 01732 875003
Kings Hill and Mereworth Friday 7th April at 8pm. 157 Beacon Avenue, Kings Hill. ME19 4LH. Tony and Meg Brewer 01732 848819
 

Download Newsletter

 

7th Sunday of the Year (A)    19 February 2017
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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

7th Sunday of the Year (A)
19th February 2017
 
This weekend we continue our ‘Breather Period’ between Candlemas and Lent on Wednesday week, 1st March and continue both to bring the light of Christmas and Candlemas to our world and prepare for Lent by our ‘prayer’ and ‘love’. We hope that our Baby and Toddler Group, Pre-School and Schools had a good holiday break and wish them well for Term 4 - also that all Valentines enjoyed last Tuesday!
 
During the week there are meetings for the Deanery Pastoral Council, Baby and Toddler Group, First Communion Parents, Kings Hill and Mereworth Area Group, School TLD Committee and Youth group and I will be continuing my Class Masses with Year 8 at St. Simon Stock School and also attending the Diocesan Council of Priests in London - so it’s back to work with a vengeance!
Next weekend we have our last ‘Breather Sunday’ before Lent and also a day of prayers for the unem-ployed. There will also be a second collection during the Notices for the ‘Poor Parishes Fund’ which en-ables the Archbishop to make grants to some of the poorer Parishes in the Diocese.
 
Finally, please keep Anne McFadden and her family especially the Jones and Little families in your prayers as they prepare for her funeral here on Thursday 9th March at 12.30pm followed by a Service at Vinters Park Crematorium at 2pm - also Peter Avery and Gareth Thornton and other parishioners who have had operations and tests this week - and we offer them all our love and prayers and support at this time.
 
Have a good week everyone.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY
18
5pm
Nimal Ranaweera R.I.P.
SUNDAY
Seventh Sunday of the Year (A)
19
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) John Ryan R.I.P. (Eileen C.)
The Parishioners
MONDAY (Week 7 of the year) 20
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Week 7 of the year) 21 9.30am
Christopher Law R.I.P. (Mary Goldsmith)
WEDNESDAY (Chair of St. Peter) 22 9.30am Communion Service
THURSDAY (St. Polycarp) 23
9.30am
Communion Service
FRIDAY (Week 7 of the year) 24 9.30am Ben and Ellen Tucker (welfare)
SATURDAY (Week 7 of the year) 25
2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms: Ella Salisbury; Amie Harding; Zara Lawrence
The Parishioners
SUNDAY
Eighth Sunday of the Year (A)
Day for the Unemployed
26
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Derek Calkin R.I.P. (Jane C.)
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Peter Avery; Gareth Thornton; Valentina Ruiz; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jack Gillett; The Rudenko Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Claudio and Charlotte Gangemi; Anne Law; Pat Monson; Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Hannah Lingham; Roger Selvon; Mimi Gopaul; Helene Elias; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all those affected by present cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Anne McFadden; Reg Samuel; Martin Moorhead. Also John Ryan; Bertie Newell; Ernie Croker; Daisy and Lily Lloyd’s Grandfather (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES Natalina Jeffrey; Brian Williams; Rina Franchi; Catherine Fisher; Carmen Mifsud; Thomas Gilli-gan; Jan Conway-Ryle; Dennis O’Connor; Charles O’Malia; Maisie Farrow; Margaret Banfield; Margaret Wilkinson; Marco Valencia; Eileen Bolton; Bridget Vernon; Meta McKeag; Cyril ‘Bill’ Smith; Anne Cotter; Lucienne Crawford; Martin Lyons; James Devlin.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 19
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 20 7.30pm
(Mass for 8Mi3 in St. Simon Stock School)
Deanery Pastoral Council meet in the Priest’s House
TUESDAY 21
1.30-3pm
7.30pm
(Masses for 8Mi5 and 8Mi6 in St. Simon Stock School)
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Safeguarding meeting in the Priest’s House
WEDNESDAY 22
7.30 for 8pm
8pm
(Diocesan Council of Priests meet in London)
First Communion parents’ meeting in Church
Kings Hill and Mereworth Area Group meeting - see below
FRIDAY 24
10.15am
7-9pm
School TLD Committee meet in the Priest’s House
Youth Group meet in the SCHOOL
SUNDAY 26 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £415.38 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collec-tion for Racial Justice raised £188.51
 
EMAIL ADDRESSES YOUR PARISH NEEDS YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. If you are not sure if we have yours please email the Parish Office to be added to the database. If we get at least fifty new names Fr. Peter has promised a ’’NO NOTICES’ weekend.
 

FUNDRAISING

£562.39 total raised in January through donations and events. Overall total raised is £65,729.37
Amount still owed on loan is £19,270.63
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 14th March 2017 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening 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.
 
NOTICE BOARD Please note that only notices relating to the Church or Parish are to go up in the porch and must be done through the Parish Office. Please do not place or leave leaflets or publications without checking with the Office or Fr. Peter.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Wednesday 22nd February (parents meeting) - 7.30 for 8pm. Glory to God in the Highest and The Word of the Lord - these chapters being discussed. The children should now be taking an interest in Mass and watching Father Peter carefully when they hear the bells rung at Mass - make sure your child can see Father from where they sit in Mass.
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS need to be returned by the end of April. Thank you.
 
A LIFETIME OF LOVING Saturday 4th March at St. Teresa’s, Ashford. Husband and wife can give each other a gift by spending a day exploring their relationship more deeply in the light of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation: ‘The Joy of Love’, and gain valu-able insights into their communication and the call of the Church to the married. Please note there is no group sharing during the day. This is not marriage counselling or guidance but a chance to make your marriage even better. Contact Carole: 07983524727 mflkent@gmail.com Poster / application forms in porch.
 
THE VOCATION OF HEALTHCARE “making people whole”. The Catholic Medical Association Kent Branch is holding meetings in Canterbury and Chislehurst in March. Chislehurst: Friday 10th March at 7.30pm at St. Mary the Virgin, 28 Crown Lane, BR7 5PL. Canterbury: Friday 17th March at 7.30pm at The Church of St Thomas of Canterbury, 59 Burgate, CT1 2HJ. Please visit their website www.catholicmedicalassociation.org.uk/events or see the poster in the porch. Both meetings start with Mass at 7.30pm. There will be pizzas and refreshments etc for you.
 
WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER 2017 has been prepared by the Christian Women of the Philippines and the theme of the Service is ‘Am I Being Unfair to You?’ It will take place on Friday 3rd March at the Church of St. John the Baptist, Wateringbury at 10.30am. Refreshments to be served from 10am. All are welcome. Attendees are encouraged to car share wherever possible.
 
FULLY ESCORTED PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK SHRINE Ireland on 13th March 2017 - £599 per person sharing. Price includes flights from London Gatwick with 15kg checked in bag, all taxes, luxury transfers, 5 nights’ in newly refurbished Knock House Ho-tel with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4 Course Dinner each evening. All entertainment, excursions and guided tours in-cluded. Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel. Limited single rooms at supplement of £50. Groups and Individual bookings welcome. Contact Patricia anytime on 07740 175557 or email knockpilgrimages@gmail.com Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613 - poster on the notice board.
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguarding Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”
 
CHURCH CLEANING Fiona’s group (week beginning 20th February).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details. Sacred Heart Messenger for February 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Wednesday 22nd February 2017 at 8pm. Venue: 109 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill. West Malling. ME19 4DS. Contact Mary and Mike Lockyear 01732 875752
 
West Malling, Offham, Addington and Villages meet on Thursday 16th March at 7.30pm for a ‘Fish and Chip Sup-per’ (cost £6.95). Venue: The Angel Inn, Addington Green, West Malling. ME19 5BB. Please contact Bernadette Burke on 01732 873392 or bjburke77@hotmail.com no later than Thursday 9th March as final numbers have to be given to the Angel Inn.
 

Download Newsletter

 

5th Sunday of the Year (A)    05 February 2017
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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

5th Sunday of the Year (A)
5th February 2017
 
This weekend, following our Candlemas celebrations in Church last Sunday and in School last Thursday (thanks to all who helped with this), we begin our ‘Breather Period’ between now and Lent on 1st March - using our prayer and love to keep close to each other and the Lord and His Candlemas light and love.
 
Today we also celebrate our First Reconciliation Mass at 10am on Sunday. We congratulate our First Communi-cants on this second Sacrament and stage in their Faith and Parish journey and thank their parents and Catechists and all who’ve helped them.
 
There will be meetings this week for the Baby and Toddler Group, Children's Liturgy organisers and the Youth Group on Friday where they will be presenting ‘Porchlight’ with a cheque for £400 from their sleepover in November - well done!
 
This coming Saturday, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, we have the Deanery Mass for the Sick for the Maidstone Parishes at St. Francis, Maidstone at 10am with the Anointing of the Sick and Blessings and encourage you to come and support this (and perhaps give a lift to those who would benefit).
 
Next Sunday we continue our ‘Breather Period’ and also celebrate ‘Racial Justice Day’ with prayers and a collec-tion to support the work of the Catholic Church to promote racial justice in our Schools, Parishes and in wider soci-ety.
 
Finally, please keep Martin Moorhead and his family in your prayers as they prepare for his funeral Memorial Mass here tomorrow (Monday) and we offer them all our love and prayers and support at this time. Also to all parishion-ers who are ill and undergoing treatment and operations at this time. And we offer Sara Hegarty and Steven Ham-blett our congratulations and prayers following their Marriage here last Friday.
 
Have a good week everyone.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY
4
5pm
Christopher Law R.I.P. (David and Jenny Lingham)
SUNDAY
Fifth Sunday of the Year (A)
5
10am
5.30pm
First Reconciliation Thanksgiving Mass
The Parishioners
MONDAY (Ss. Paul Miki and Companions) 6
9.30am
2.30pm
Communion Service
Funeral Memorial Mass for Martin Moorhead R.I.P.
TUESDAY (Week 5 of the Year) 7 9.30am
Dee. Peter and Family (Mary Goldsmith)
WEDNESDAY (Week 5 of the Year) 8 9.30am Deceased Relatives and Friends of the Lobo Family
THURSDAY (Week 5 of the Year) 9
9.30am
Communion Service
FRIDAY (St. Scholastica) 10 9.30am Holy Souls
SATURDAY (Our Lady of Lourdes) 11
2.30pm
5pm
(10am - Deanery Mass for the Sick at St. Francis, Maidstone)
Baptism: Imogen Lucas
Pietro Bottiglieri R.I.P. (anniv.)
SUNDAY
Sixth Sunday of the Year (A)
Racial Justice Day
12
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Robert Content R.I.P.
Marie Alix Terriere R.I.P.
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Valentina Ruiz; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jack Gillett; The Rudenko Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Claudio and Charlotte Gangemi; Anne Law; Pat Monson; Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Marie Cross; Jennifer Hansen; Steen Hansen; M-L Wise; Yolanda Bath; Roger Selvon; Mimi Gopaul; Helene Elias; Hannah Lingham; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all those affected by present cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Martin Moorhead; John Ryan; Bertie Newell; Ernie Croker; Daisy and Lily Lloyd’s Grandfather. Also Terry Sparrowhawk; John Murphy (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world espe-cially innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: 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 Wil-mot; Duncan McIntosh; Ann O’Gormon; Joy Blye; Rene Skelton; Josie Hopson; Margaret Taylor; Anthony Plumbly; Renee Havas; Domenico Barnaba; Christopher Taylor; Michael Daly; Peggy McBrien.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 5
10am
No Children’s Liturgy (First Reconciliation Thanksgiving Mass)
MONDAY 6   (Masses for 8Mi2 and 8Mi4 in St. Simon Stock School)
TUESDAY 7 1.30-3pm
(Mass for 8Mi1 in St. Simon Stock School)
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 8
7.45 for 8pm
Children’s Liturgy organisers meet in the Priest’s House
THURSDAY 9    
FRIDAY 10 7-9pm Youth Group meet in the SCHOOL
SATURDAY 11    
SUNDAY 12 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £475.28 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 
GIFT AID ENVELOPES Recently a number of envelopes were not sealed: one contained no money at all and it is possible that coins fell out of the others. Please use the seal provided as we are unable to recover the tax element if we cannot correctly record the donation. Thank you.
 
EMAIL ADDRESSES YOUR PARISH NEEDS YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. If you are not sure if we have yours please email the Parish Office to be added to the database. If we get at least fifty new names Fr. Peter has prom-ised a ’’NO NOTICES’ weekend.
 

FUNDRAISING

£562.39 total raised in January through donations and events. Overall total raised is £65,729.37
Amount still owed on loan is £19,270.63
*******
BABY AND TODDLER GROUP A big thank you to the group for their generous donation of £300.00
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 14th February 2017 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening 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.
 
NOTICE BOARD Please note that only notices relating to the Church or Parish are to go up in the porch and must be done through the Parish Office. Please do not place or leave leaflets or publications without checking with the Office or Fr. Peter.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Wednesday 22nd February (parents meeting) - 7.30 for 8pm. Glory to God in the Highest and The Word of the Lord - these chapters being discussed. The children should now be taking an interest in Mass and watching Father Peter carefully when they hear the bells rung at Mass - make sure your child can see Father from where they sit in Mass.
 
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.
 
A LIFETIME OF LOVING Saturday 4th March at St. Teresa’s, Ashford. Husband and wife can give each other a gift by spending a day exploring their relationship more deeply in the light of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation: ‘The Joy of Love’, and gain valuable insights into their communication and the call of the Church to the married. Please note there is no group sharing during the day. This is not marriage counselling or guidance but a chance to make your marriage even better. Contact Carole: 07983524727 mflkent@gmail.com Poster / application forms in porch.
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet dur-ing Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguard-ing Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”
 
CHURCH CLEANING Eileen’s group (week beginning 6th February).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details including a thank you letter from SPUC. Sacred Heart Messenger for February 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston meet on Saturday 18th February at 1pm for a ‘Soup Lunch’. Venue: 2 Barrie Drive, Larkfield. ME20 6UG. Contact Eileen Scholes 01732 846844
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Wednesday 22nd February 2017 at 8pm. Venue: 109 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill. West Malling. ME19 4DS. Contact Mary and Mike Lockyear 01732 875752
 

Download Newsletter

 

4th Sunday of the Year (A)    29 January 2017
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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

4th Sunday of the Year (A)
CANDLEMAS
29th January 2017
 
This weekend we have our Parish Celebration of Candlemas (with the Feast itself on Thursday) and bring the new light and love the Lord has brought us this Christmas and Epiphany - and that we have built with faith, hope and love on our Candlemas Journey - into the temple of our hearts and Parish, to shine for us, our Church and our world in the calls and challenges of this coming year - as Jesus brought His light to the temple in Jerusalem and the people of His time at His Presentation on the first Candlemas, and as the Wise Men brought it back to their coun-tries and people. This is the true end of our Christmas and many thanks to all who have worked to prepare our celebrations today (a reminder to the Youth Group of their meeting at 5.15pm today (Sunday) for the 5.30pm Mass followed by their party and our thanks to them).
 
Today we also have the Snodland Church Unity Service at Christchurch, Malling Road, Snodland at 3pm and ask for the support of our parishioners in the Snodland and Halling area in this - continuing to pray that the Lord will bring His Christmas and Candlemas light and love to all the Christian Churches in their work for unity.
 
Tomorrow (Monday) our First Communicants celebrate their First Reconciliation and the second sacramental stage in their Faith and Parish journey. We pray for them and wish them a happy celebration and thank their parents and our Catechists for all they have done to prepare and support them - details overleaf.
 
During the week there are meetings for the Baby and Toddler Group and Mother Teresa Group (in Jenny’s Barn!) and the Gardening Club meet this Saturday (4th February) - again details overleaf.
 
Next weekend we celebrate our First Reconciliation Thanksgiving Mass with our First Communicants at the 10am Sunday Mass and begin our ‘Breather Period‘ between Candlemas and Lent on 1st March - enjoy!
 
Have a good week everyone.
 
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Candlemas Journey) 28
5pm
Christopher Law R.I.P. (Alice Mills)
SUNDAY
Candlemas
Fourth Sunday of the Year (A)
29
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy and Christingles) God’s Protection, Help and Mercy for the Agulata Family
(Youth Group) The Parishioners
MONDAY (week 4 of the year) 30
9.30am
5-7pm
Communion Service
First Communicants - First Reconciliation in Church
TUESDAY (St. John Bosco) 31 9.30am
For Theresa and Shirley (Mary Goldsmith)
WEDNESDAY (week 4 of the year) 1 Feb 9.30am Christopher Law R.I.P. (Mary Goldsmith)
THURSDAY
The Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas)
2
9.30am
Candlemas Mass in School
FRIDAY
(St. Lawrence of Canterbury - St. Blaise)
3
9.30am
12.30pm
(Blessing of Throats) Steph, Ian and Family (Mary Goldsmith)
Marriage of Sarah Heggarty and Steven Hamblett
SATURDAY 4 5pm Christopher Law R.I.P. (David and Jenny Lingham)
SUNDAY
Fifth Sunday of the Year (A)
5
10am
5.30pm
First Reconciliation Thanksgiving Mass
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Valentina Ruiz; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jack Gillett; The Rudenko Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Claudio and Charlotte Gangemi; Anne Law; Pat Monson; Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Joan; Jacqui Mann; John Oxley; Gemma Toner; Louise’s Dad; Monica McGhee; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all those affected by present cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: John Ryan; Bertie Newell; Ernie Croker; Daisy and Lily Lloyd’s Grandfather; Terry Sparrowhawk; John Mur-phy. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Eileen Connolly; Bridget Styles; Mary Russell; Karen Fox; Barbara Ann Collins; Jim Puxley; Stanley Jones; Alexander Gordon; John Hadwin; Freddie MacQueen; Charles Harkin; Joy Corrigan; Pamela Richardson; Patrick Willoughby; Jean Brooker; Francis Gillan; Christopher Hayes; Barbara Barnes; Charles Hennessey; Emily Seymour; Jadwiga Makuch; Bren-dan Kilcoyne; James Reeves; Mary Palmer; Joan Barry; William Fennell.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 29
10am
3pm
Children’s Liturgy and making of Christingles in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Snodland Church Unity Service - Christchurch, Malling Road, Snodland (NB)
MONDAY 30 5-6pm & 6-7pm First Reconciliation Services for First Communicants in Church
TUESDAY 31
11.30-3pm
7pm
8pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Wedding Rehearsal in Church
Youth leaders meet in the Priest’s House
WEDNESDAY 1 FEB
1pm
Mother Teresa Group meet at Jenny’s Barn for a soup lunch and ‘Bring and Buy’
SATURDAY 4 10am-12 noon Gardening Club meet in the Church grounds
SUNDAY 5 10am No Children’s Liturgy (First Reconciliation Thanksgiving Mass)
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £415.14 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 
GIFT AID ENVELOPES Recently a number of envelopes were not sealed: one contained no money at all and it is possible that coins fell out of the others. Please use the seal provided as we are unable to recover the tax element if we cannot correctly record the donation. Thank you.
 
EMAIL ADDRESSES YOUR PARISH NEEDS YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. If you are not sure if we have yours please email the Parish Office to be added to the database. If we get at least fifty new names Fr. Peter has prom-ised a ’’NO NOTICES’ weekend.
 

FUNDRAISING

£774.76 total raised in December through donations and events. Overall total raised is £65,166.98
Amount still owed on loan is £19,833.02
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 14th February 2017 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening 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.
 
NOTICE BOARD Please note that only notices relating to the Church or Parish are to go up in the porch and must be done through the Parish Office. Please do not place or leave leaflets or publications without checking with the Office or Fr. Peter.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Monday 30th 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 5th 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 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.
 
A LIFETIME OF LOVING Saturday 4th March at St. Teresa’s, Ashford. Husband and wife can give each other a gift by spending a day exploring their relationship more deeply in the light of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation: ‘The Joy of Love’, and gain valuable insights into their communication and the call of the Church to the married. Please note there is no group sharing during the day. This is not marriage counselling or guidance but a chance to make your marriage even better. Contact Carole: 07983524727 mflkent@gmail.com Poster / application forms in porch.
 
TEENAGE RETREAT FOR YEARS 7-9 - INSPIRE @ WORTH ABBEY – FEBRUARY 10-12TH This February there will be another retreat at Worth Abbey for young people in school years 7-9. INSPIRE is part of the youth re-treat programme at The Open Cloister, which has been running successfully for a number of years. The retreats are run by an experienced team with the support of the monastic community at Worth and the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton. They give young people a brilliant chance to meet other young Catholics and to explore their faith in the beautiful atmosphere of Worth Abbey. There are also games, sports, social activities and much more. The weekend costs £84 but bursaries are available. For more information or to book, email toc@worthabbey.net or francescacar-bone181@gmail.com - bookings close February 3rd, or when the retreat is full.
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet dur-ing Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguard-ing Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”
 
CHURCH CLEANING Steph’s group (week beginning 30th January).
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP have their first meeting of the year this Wednesday 1st February at 1pm at Jenny’s Barn, Hermitage Farm Barn, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HW Tel: 01732 522816 for a soup lunch and ‘Bring and Buy’. New members are always welcome.
 
GARDENING CLUB meet on Saturday 4th February from 10am to 12 noon. All are welcome.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details. Sacred Heart Messenger for February 2017 on sale in the porch. Southwark Directories are now on sale in the porch.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Wednesday 22nd February 2017 at 8pm. Venue: 109 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill. West Malling. ME19 4DS. Contact Mary and Mike Lockyear 01732 875752
 

Download Newsletter

 

6th Sunday of the Year (A)    12 February 2017
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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

6th Sunday of the Year (A)
RACIAL JUSTICE DAY +++ SCHOOL HOLIDAY
12th February 2017
 
This weekend we continue our ‘Breather Period’ between Candlemas and Lent on 1st March and have the added joy of our School Holiday Break between Terms 3 and 4 (hurray!) - we wish our Baby and Toddler Group, Pre-School and Schools a happy break and safe time and safe journeys if they are going away.
 
Today we also celebrate ‘Racial Justice Day’ with prayers and a collection during the Notices to support the work of the Catholic Church to promote racial justice in our Schools and Parishes and in wider soci-ety.
 
During the week there are meetings for the Deanery Clergy and Needlework and Knitting Group on Tuesday and, on Saturday a Eucharistic Ministers Training Meeting and a meeting of the Larkfield, Dit-ton, East Malling and Teston Area Group - see overleaf for details.
 
And next week we continue our ‘Breather Period’ before getting back into work and Lent.
 
Have a good and peaceful week everyone - and a happy day to all Valentine’s on Tuesday!
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY
11
2.30pm
5pm
(10am - Deanery Mass for the Sick at St. Francis, Maidstone)
Baptism: Imogen Lucas
Pietro Bottiglieri R.I.P. (anniv.)
SUNDAY
Sixth Sunday of the Year (A)
Racial Justice Day
12
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Robert Content R.I.P.
Marie Alix Terriere R.I.P.
MONDAY (Week 6 of the year) 13
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Ss. Cyril and Methodius - Patrons of Europe) [St. Valentine] 14 9.30am
Christine Murphy (Mary Goldsmith)
WEDNESDAY (Week 6 of the year) 15 9.30am The Parishioners
THURSDAY (Week 6 of the year) 16
9.30am
Communion Service
FRIDAY (Week 6 of the year) 17 9.30am Lily Rudenko (Mary Goldsmith)
SATURDAY (Week 6 of the year) 18 5pm Nimal Ranaweera R.I.P.
SUNDAY
Seventh Sunday of the Year (A)
19
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) John Ryan R.I.P. (Eileen C.)
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Valentina Ruiz; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jack Gillett; The Rudenko Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Claudio and Charlotte Gangemi; Anne Law; Pat Mon-son; Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Joan; Norman Neal; Jennifer Hansen; Steen Hansen; Yolanda Bath; M-L Wise; Roy Sellwood; Jacqui Mann; Gemma Toner; Mimi Gopaul; Roger Selvon; Helene Elias; Anne McFadden; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all those af-fected by present cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Reg Samuel; Martin Moorhead; John Ryan; Bertie Newell; Ernie Croker; Daisy and Lily Lloyd’s Grandfather. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Margaret Taylor; Anthony Plumbly; Renee Havas; Domenico Barnaba; Christopher Taylor; Mi-chael Daly; Peggy McBrien; Mary Rawlings; Dr. Filewitz; Anne Hoey; Emily Florence Gobel; Frank Stone; Nicola Corben; Rev. John O’Donovan; Margaret Nutbeen; Florence Maud Jukes; Eileen Kavanagh; John Smith; John McLoughlin; Natalina Jeffrey; Brian Williams.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 12
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
TUESDAY 14 7.30-9.30pm
(Deanery Clergy meet at Aylesford Priory)
No Baby & Toddler Group - School Holiday
Needlework and Knitting Group meet in the Church porch
SATURDAY 18
10am-12 noon
1pm
Eucharistic Ministers Training Meeting in Church
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Area Group meeting - see below
SUNDAY 19
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £477.38 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Mary Goldsmith (No.41) for the February draw.
 
GIFT AID ENVELOPES Recently a number of envelopes were not sealed: one contained no money at all and it is possible that coins fell out of the others. Please use the seal provided as we are unable to recover the tax element if we cannot correctly record the donation. Thank you.
 
EMAIL ADDRESSES YOUR PARISH NEEDS YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. If you are not sure if we have yours please email the Parish Office to be added to the database. If we get at least fifty new names Fr. Peter has prom-ised a ’’NO NOTICES’ weekend.
 

FUNDRAISING

£562.39 total raised in January through donations and events. Overall total raised is £65,729.37
Amount still owed on loan is £19,270.63
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 14th February 2017 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening 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.
 
NOTICE BOARD Please note that only notices relating to the Church or Parish are to go up in the porch and must be done through the Parish Office. Please do not place or leave leaflets or publications without checking with the Office or Fr. Peter.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Wednesday 22nd February (parents meeting) - 7.30 for 8pm. Glory to God in the Highest and The Word of the Lord - these chapters being discussed. The children should now be taking an interest in Mass and watching Father Peter carefully when they hear the bells rung at Mass - make sure your child can see Father from where they sit in Mass.
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS need to be returned by the end of April. Thank you.
 
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS TRAINING DAY takes place in Church on Saturday 18th February from 10am-12 noon.
 
HAPPY ST. VALENTINE’S DAY - A LIFETIME OF LOVING Saturday 4th March at St. Teresa’s, Ashford. Dear husband and wife! You can give each other a wonderful St Valentine’s gift by spending a day exploring your rela-tionship more deeply to gain valuable insights into your communication and the call of the Church to the married. 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@gmail.com
 
WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER 2017 has been prepared by the Christian Women of the Philippines and the theme of the Service is ‘Am I Being Unfair to You?’ It will take place on Friday 3rd March at the Church of St. John the Baptist, Wateringbury at 10.30am. Refreshments to be served from 10am. All are welcome. Attendees are en-couraged to car share wherever possible.
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet dur-ing Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguard-ing Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”
CHURCH CLEANING Wiesia’s group (week beginning 13th February).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details. Sacred Heart Messenger for February 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston meet on Saturday 18th February at 1pm for a ‘Soup Lunch’. Venue: 2 Barrie Drive, Larkfield. ME20 6UG. Contact Eileen Scholes 01732 846844
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Wednesday 22nd February 2017 at 8pm. Venue: 109 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill. West Malling. ME19 4DS. Contact Mary and Mike Lockyear 01732 875752
 

Download Newsletter

 

3rd Sunday of the Year (A)    22 January 2017
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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

3rd Sunday of the Year (A)
Candlemas Journey
22nd January 2017
 
This weekend we welcome our ‘Three Wise Men’ and illustrious visitors who are celebrating our Masses while I’m away - Canon Luke from Maidstone at the 5pm Saturday Mass - Bishop Paul from next door at the 10am Sunday Mass and “Speedy Gonzales” Fr. Geoff from Bearsted at the 5.30pm Mass. We welcome them warmly and thank them for their help and hope they enjoy their visit.
 
This weekend we also begin the final week of our journey to this Candlemas, travelling with the Holy Family and the Wise Men in prayer, faith, hope and love to take the new light and love we have received this Christmas and Epiph-any to root it in the temples of our hearts and Parish so that it can truly shine for us in this year. Please continue to use the Prayer Sheet and candles to keep up the journey at home (spare blessed candles are by the Candlemas Tableau).
 
We also continue the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity with a special Unity Service for the Malling area at Ss. Peter and Paul, Aylesford at 4pm and ask for your support in this and to pray that the Lord may bring His light and love to all the Christian Churches in their work for unity. And we look forward to the Snodland Unity Service at Christchurch, Malling Road, Snodland at 3pm next Sunday (29th).
 
During the week there are meetings for the First Communion children and Baby and Toddler Group, a Parish Meet-ing on Wednesday and a Youth Group meeting and Candlemas rehearsal on Friday - details overleaf.
 
Next weekend we will be celebrating ‘Candlemas’ at all our Masses with a special Children’s Liturgy and ‘Christingles’ with the children at the 10am Sunday Mass and the Youth Group presenting the 5.30pm Mass (group meets at 5.15pm to prepare the Mass and have their Christmas / Candlemas party afterwards!).
 
Have a good week everyone - and you will be in my thoughts and spirits this week!
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Candlemas Journey)
21
5pm
(Canon Luke) Neville and Beno Perera - Thanksgiving
SUNDAY (Candlemas Journey)
Third Sunday of the Year (A)
Unity Octave
22
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) [Bishop Paul] - Fr. Peter - Birthday (Steph Blackburn)
(Fr. Geoff) Mollie Maher R.I.P. (Alice Mills)
MONDAY (Candlemas Journey) 23
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Candlemas Journey) [St. Francis de Sales] 24 9.30am
Communion Service
WEDNESDAY (Candlemas Journey) [Conversion of St. Paul] 25 9.30am Communion Service
THURSDAY (Candlemas Journey) [Ss. Timothy and Titus] 26
9.30am
Communion Service
FRIDAY (Candlemas Journey) 27 9.30am Communion Service
SATURDAY (Candlemas Journey) 28 5pm Christopher Law R.I.P. (Alice Mills)
SUNDAY
Candlemas
Fourth Sunday of the Year (A)
29
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy and Christingles) God’s Protection, Help and Mercy for the Agulata Family
The Parishioners (Youth Group)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Valentina Ruiz; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jack Gillett; The Rudenko Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Claudio and Charlotte Gangemi; Katie Knight; Anne Law; Pat Monson; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all those affected by present cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: John Ryan; Bertie Newell; Ernie Croker; David and Lily Lloyd’s Grandfather; Terry Sparrowhawk; John Mur-phy. Also Peter Capon (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Mary Stevens; Hugh Blundell-Hawkes; Tracey Cooper; Barbara McNamara; Valerie Penfold; Nellie Hooker; Nick Edwards; Bernard Roff; Bertie Roddy; Pietro Bottiglieri; Margaret Corcoran; Annie Donohoe; Daniel Lynch; Henry Gaiger; Margaret Kelleher; Eileen Connolly; Bridget Styles; Mary Russell; Karen Fox; Barbara Ann Collins; Jim Puxley.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 22
10am
4pm
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Malling Church Unity Service at Ss. Peter and Paul, Aylesford
MONDAY 23 5-6pm First Communion Children’s Class in Church
TUESDAY 24 1.30-3pm Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 25
7 for 7.30pm
Parish Meeting in the Priest’s House
FRIDAY 27 7-9pm Youth Group meet in the Priest’s House (Candlemas rehearsal)
SUNDAY 29
10am
3pm
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Snodland Church Unity Service - Christchurch, Malling Road, Snodland (NB)
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £460.58 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collec-tion for Pax Christi raised £194.66
 
GIFT AID ENVELOPES This week a number of envelopes were not sealed: one contained no money at all and it is possible that coins fell out of the others. Please use the seal provided as we are unable to recover the tax element if we cannot correctly re-cord the donation. Thank you.
 
EMAIL ADDRESSES YOUR PARISH NEEDS YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. If you are not sure if we have yours please email the Parish Office to be added to the database. If we get at least fifty new names Fr. Peter has promised a ’’NO NOTICES’ weekend.
 

FUNDRAISING

£774.76 total raised in December through donations and events. Overall total raised is £65,166.98
Amount still owed on loan is £19,833.02
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 14th February 2017 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening 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.
 
NOTICE BOARD Please note that only notices relating to the Church or Parish are to go up in the porch and must be done through the Parish Office. Please do not place or leave leaflets or publications without checking with the Office or Fr. Peter.
 
CANDLEMAS Children’s Christingles will be made at a special Children’s Liturgy at the 10am Mass next Sunday.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Monday 23rd January - 5-6pm (children’s class). God helps me get it right - discuss from the chapter how we all change and grow and can make things better for all.
 
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.
 
MESSAGE: “BEN AND LINDA GRILLO AND FAMILY would like to thank everyone for your kind words, messages and prayers following the death of our dear daughter Mirella who will be greatly missed by us all. Special thanks to Fr. Peter and all con-cerned for your support and prayers. Thank you.”
 
CHRISTIAN UNITY WEEK Saturday 21st January - Afternoon Prayer in the Pilgrim’s Chapel, West Malling Abbey and Sunday 22nd January - Christian Unity Service at St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Aylesford at 4pm. Parking in school playground or village car parks.
 
A LIFETIME OF LOVING Saturday 4th March at St. Teresa’s, Ashford. Husband and wife can give each other a gift by spending a day exploring their relationship more deeply in the light of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation: ‘The Joy of Love’, and gain valu-able insights into their communication and the call of the Church to the married. Please note there is no group sharing during the day. This is not marriage counselling or guidance but a chance to make your marriage even better. Contact Carole: 07983524727 mflkent@gmail.com Poster / application forms in porch.
 
TEENAGE RETREAT FOR YEARS 7-9 - INSPIRE @ WORTH ABBEY – FEBRUARY 10-12TH This February there will be an-other retreat at Worth Abbey for young people in school years 7-9. INSPIRE is part of the youth retreat programme at The Open Cloister, which has been running successfully for a number of years. The retreats are run by an experienced team with the sup-port of the monastic community at Worth and the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton. They give young people a brilliant chance to meet other young Catholics and to explore their faith in the beautiful atmosphere of Worth Abbey. There are also games, sports, social activities and much more. The weekend costs £84 but bursaries are available. For more information or to book, email toc@worthabbey.net or francescacarbone181@gmail.com - bookings close February 3rd, or when the retreat is full.
 
HEADTEACHER VACANCY Notre Dame Catholic Primary School, London. SE18 3SJ - the closing date for applications is 27th January 2017. They are looking for a practising Catholic with an excellent understanding of Catholic Education. Please see the notice board for more details.
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguarding Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”
 
CHURCH CLEANING Fiona’s group (week beginning 23rd January 2017).
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP The group will have their first meeting of the year on Wednesday 1st February at Jenny’s Barn for a soup lunch.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details. Sacred Heart Messenger for February 2017 on sale in the porch. Southwark Directories are now on sale in the porch.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Wednesday 22nd February 2017 at 8pm. Venue: 109 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill. West Malling. ME19 4DS. Contact Mary and Mike Lockyear 01732 875752
 

Download Newsletter

 

2nd Sunday of the Year (A)    15 January 2017
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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

2nd Sunday of the Year (A)
Candlemas Journey
PEACE SUNDAY
15th January 2017
 
This weekend we continue our ‘Candlemas Journey’ and celebrate the World Day of Prayer for Peace. We con-tinue our journey as the Lord’s “Kings of Faith”, “Priests of Hope” and “Prophets of Love” to take the light and love He has brought us this Christmas and Epiphany to root it in the temples of our hearts and Parish and world as He took it to Jerusalem with Mary and Joseph and a donkey in these days. Today we pray that this light and love may be with us as we pray for peace in the world and have a retiring collection for “Pax Christi” (envelopes at the back of the Church and prayer and information cards in the porch). Please take the special Candlemas Journey Prayer Sheet to use at home and there are spare blessed candles to use at home by the Crib / Candlemas Tableau in the Church if you haven’t got one - or have used yours up in the past week.
 
On Monday we begin our Prayer for Christian Unity with a special Service here in the Church at 7.15pm - please support us in this if you can - there is a list of the other Services in our area overleaf.
 
Also this week there are meetings for our First Communion children, Baby and Toddler Group and Churches To-gether in Snodland - again details overleaf.
 
Next weekend we continue our Candlemas Journey and our prayer for Christian Unity and also welcome a most illustrious group of Priests - our ‘Three Wise Men’ - who will be celebrating our Masses while I’m away - Canon Luke from Maidstone at the 5pm Saturday Mass; Bishop Paul from next door at the 10am Sunday Mass and “Speedy Gonzales” Fr. Geoff at the 5.30pm. So please make them welcome and behave yourselves! And our thanks to them for their visit and help.
 
Please keep John Murphy and his family in your prayers as they prepare for his funeral on Thursday - also Terry Sparrowhawk and family and all who’ve died recently and all who are ill and undergoing treatment at this time and we offer them all our love and support and prayers.
 
Have a good week everyone.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Candlemas Journey)
14
5pm
The Parishioners
SUNDAY (Candlemas Journey)
Second Sunday of the Year (A)
Peace Sunday
15
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Billy Ryan R.I.P. [Eileen Calkin]
Ray Herrington (welfare) [Frank McNally]
MONDAY (Candlemas Journey) 16
9.30am
7.15pm
Communion Service
Christian Unity Service in Church
TUESDAY (Candlemas Journey) [St. Anthony] 17 9.30am
Pat Monson (Dee and Peter)
WEDNESDAY (Candlemas Journey) [Unity Octave] 18 9.30am Christopher Law R.I.P. (Steph Blackburn and Family)
THURSDAY (Candlemas Journey) [Unity Octave] 19
9.30am
2.45pm
Communion Service
Funeral Service for John Murphy R.I.P. At Medway Crematorium (East Chapel)
FRIDAY (Candlemas Journey) [Unity Octave] 20 9.30am Communion Service (N.B.)
SATURDAY (Candlemas Journey) [Unity Octave] 21 5pm (Canon Luke) Neville and Beno Perera - Thanksgiving
SUNDAY (Candlemas Journey)
Third Sunday of the Year (A)
Unity Octave
22
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) [Bishop Paul] Fr. Peter - Birthday (Steph Blackburn)
(Fr. Geoff) Mollie Maher R.I.P. (Alice Mills)
 
NO RECONCILIATION OR CONFESSIONS THIS SATURDAY
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Valentina Ruiz; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jack Gillett; The Rudenko Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Claudio and Charlotte Gangemi; Katie Knight; Anne Law; Pat Monson; Jac-qui Mann; Gemma Toner; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all those affected by present cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Terry Sparrowhawk; John Murphy; Peter Capon. Also Billy Ryan (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Cornelius Hegarty; Brian Murphy; Eileen Jordan; Mary Spaul; Frank Dunster; Bridget Payne; Ellen Smith; Anne Johnson; Ellen Underhill; Molly Forster (Fr. Peter’s Aunt); Eleanor James; Mary Stevens; Hugh Blundell-Hawkes; Tracey Cooper; Barbara McNamara.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 15
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 16 5-6pm First Communion Children’s Class in Church
TUESDAY 17 1.30-3pm Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 18 7pm Churches Together in Snodland meet at the Vicarage
SUNDAY 22 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £436.38 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collection for SPUC raised £103.30
 
EMAIL ADDRESSES YOUR PARISH NEEDS YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. If you are not sure if we have yours please email the Parish Office to be added to the database. If we get at least fifty new names Fr. Peter has prom-ised a ’’NO NOTICES’ weekend.
 

FUNDRAISING

£774.76 total raised in December through donations and events. Overall total raised is £65,166.98
Amount still owed on loan is £19,833.02
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 14th February 2017 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening 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.
 
NOTICE BOARD Please note that only notices relating to the Church or Parish are to go up in the porch and this must be done through the Parish Office. Please do not place or leave any leaflets or publications in the Porch without previously checking with the Office or Fr. Peter.
 
PARISH MEETING MINUTES The Parish Council are looking for somebody who would be willing to take the min-utes of the Parish meeting on an occasional basis. Please contact the Office 01732 843302
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Monday 16th January - 5-6pm (children’s class). Celebrating our rescue - discuss the chapter and how we all need other people to help us and care for us, how we should all forgive.
 
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.
 
MESSAGE FROM TONY AND ANNE LAW "Tony and Anne Law would like to express our sincere thanks and ap-preciation for the many messages of sympathy and Mass Cards we have received following the sudden death of our dear son Christopher. With special thanks to Dee and Peter, the 'flower ladies' and Father Peter."
 
CHRISTIAN UNITY WEEK Monday 16th January at St Thomas More Church at 7.15pm; Tuesday 17th January at Larkfield Methodist Church from 10.30am until 12 noon with a 12.30pm lunch; Thursday 19th January at Larkfield Community Church at 7.45pm; Saturday 21st January - Afternoon Prayer in the Pilgrim’s Chapel, West Malling Ab-bey and Sunday 22nd January - Christian Unity Service at St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Aylesford at 4pm. Parking in school playground or village car parks.
 
A LIFETIME OF LOVING Saturday 4th March at St. Teresa’s, Ashford. Husband and wife can give each other a gift by spending a day exploring their relationship more deeply in the light of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation: ‘The Joy of Love’, and gain valuable insights into their communication and the call of the Church to the married. Please note there is no group sharing during the day. This is not marriage counselling or guidance but a chance to make your marriage even better. Contact Carole: 07983524727 mflkent@gmail.com Poster / application forms in porch.
 
TEENAGE RETREAT FOR YEARS 7-9 - INSPIRE @ WORTH ABBEY – FEBRUARY 10-12TH This February there will be another retreat at Worth Abbey for young people in school years 7-9. INSPIRE is part of the youth re-treat programme at The Open Cloister, which has been running successfully for a number of years. The retreats are run by an experienced team with the support of the monastic community at Worth and the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton. They give young people a brilliant chance to meet other young Catholics and to explore their faith in the beautiful atmosphere of Worth Abbey. There are also games, sports, social activities and much more. The weekend costs £84 but bursaries are available. For more information or to book, email toc@worthabbey.net or francescacar-bone181@gmail.com - bookings close February 3rd, or when the retreat is full.
 
HEADTEACHER VACANCY Notre Dame Catholic Primary School, London. SE18 3SJ - the closing date for appli-cations is 27th January 2017. They are looking for a practising Catholic with an excellent understanding of Catholic Education. Please see the notice board for more details.
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet dur-ing Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguard-ing Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”
 
CHURCH CLEANING Wiesia’s group (week beginning 16th January 2017).
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP The group will not meet in January but will have their first meeting of the year on Wednesday 1st February at Jenny’s Barn for a soup lunch.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details. Sacred Heart Messenger for February 2017 on sale in the porch. Southwark Directories are now on sale in the porch.

Download Newsletter

 

8thJan2017    08 January 2017
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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 THE EPIPHANY (A)
SPUC ‘WHITE FLOWER APPEAL’
8th January 2017
 
This weekend we celebrate the great Feast of the Epiphany when we unite ourselves with the Three Wise Men, our ancestors, with their visit to the Christmas Lord at Bethlehem and rededicate ourselves with them to continue the love and light of these Christmas Days and be the Lord’s Kings, Priests and Prophets in this year of 2017. There is a special “Kings Procession” with the children at the 10am Sunday Mass and the Youth Group will present the 5.30pm Sunday Mass (the group meet at 3.30pm in the Priest’s House to prepare this) and an ‘Epiphany’ social after Mass for all parishioners.
 
Today we make a new dedication to our calling to be the Lord’s Kings, Priests and Prophets in this year of 2017 as we also be-gin our journey to Candlemas which is the first part of our dedication. In these days we join with Mary and Joseph taking Jesus and the light and love of the first Christmas to the temple in Jerusalem and the Jewish people - and to the Wise Men taking that light back to their countries and people. We journey with them to take the light and love of this Christmas to root it in the temple of our hearts and Parish and Church this Candlemas (which we shall be celebrating this year on the weekend of 28th and 29th January). Please take the candle that has been blessed today and the special Candlemas Journey Prayer Sheet to use at home in prayer in these days.
 
Today we also have the SPUC “White Flower” Appeal at all Masses with a voluntary retiring collection plus information and stickers - please see the special note about this overleaf. We also remember Dave Baxter who is being inducted this weekend as the new Minister at West Malling Baptist Church and pray for God’s Blessing on his Ministry and congregation.
 
During the week there are meetings for the First Communion children (Monday), the Baby and Toddler Group and Needlework and Knitting Group (Tuesday), an important meeting for the First Communion parents on ‘Reconciliation’ (Wednesday), the Kings Hill and Mereworth Area Group (Thursday) and the Youth Group (Friday). I will also be completing my visits to the Year 8 Classes at St. Simon Stock to prepare their Class Masses as they study the Eucharist this term - details of all these again over-leaf.
 
Please keep Peter Capon, the first Deputy-Head of More Park School, who died in December, and his family in your prayers as they prepare for his funeral at St. Francis, Maidstone this Monday (9th January) at 10.30am - also Terry Sparrowhawk and John Murphy, who died last week and their families as they prepare for their funerals - and we offer them all our love, prayers and support at this time.
 
Next week we continue our Candlemas Journey and also celebrate ‘Peace Sunday’ with special prayers and a retiring collection for ‘Pax Christi’ (with special Prayer Cards and information leaflets from them), see also www.paxchristi.org.uk
 
Happy Epiphany! - and thanks to all who have worked so hard to make our Christmas Celebrations go so well - and again all your personal kindness and gifts to me.
 
Have a good week - and let’s help each other to have a good Candlemas Journey.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY
Eve of Epiphany
7
5pm
(First Mass of Epiphany) Matilda and Paul Perera R.I.P.
SUNDAY
Feast of Epiphany
(SPUC ‘White Flower’ Appeal)
8
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy and Kings Procession) Annie and Christine Griffin R.I.P.
(Youth Group) The Parishioners
MONDAY (The Baptism of the Lord) 9 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (Candlemas Journey) 10 9.30am
Mirella Andrew R.I.P. (Dee and Peter)
WEDNESDAY (Candlemas Journey) 11 9.30am Deceased Relatives and Friends of the Lobo Family
THURSDAY (Candlemas Journey) 12 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Candlemas Journey) 13 9.30am Christopher Law R.I.P. (Steph Blackburn and Family)
SATURDAY (Candlemas Journey) 14 5pm The Parishioners
SUNDAY (Candlemas Journey)
Second Sunday of the Year (A)
Peace Sunday
15
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Billy Ryan R.I.P. [Eileen Calkin]
Ray Herrington (welfare) [Frank McNally]
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Valentina Ruiz; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jack Gillett; The Rudenko Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Ron and Mrs. Whitehead; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Claudio and Charlotte Gangemi; Katie Knight; Anne Law; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all those af-fected by present cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Terry Sparrowhawk; John Murphy; Peter Capon; Billy Ryan. Also Mirella Andrew; Christopher Law; Daryl Cox (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: 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 Savage; Cornelius Hegarty; Brian Mur-phy; Eileen Jordan; Mary Spaul; Frank Dunster.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 8
10am
3.45pm
Children’s Liturgy and ‘Kings Procession’ at Mass
Youth Group meets in the Priest’s House to prepare 5.30pm Mass
MONDAY 9 5-6pm First Communion Children’s Class in Church
TUESDAY 10
1.30-3pm
7.30-9.30pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Needlework and Knitting Group meet in the Church porch (see below)
WEDNESDAY 11 7.30 for 8pm First Communion parents meet in Church for talk on ‘Reconciliation’
THURSDAY 12 8pm Kings Hill and Mereworth Area Group meeting (see below)
FRIDAY 13 7-9pm
(Fr. Peter visits 8MI4 and 8MI2 at St. Simon Stock School)
Youth Group meet in the Priest’s House
SUNDAY 15 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £328.74 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 
100 CLUB CHRISTMAS WINNERS Congratulations go to Jim Burke (No. 81) [£200 prize] and Collette Dunckley (No.126) [£60 prize].
 
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Anthony Gobel (No.26) for the January draw.
 
EMAIL ADDRESSES YOUR PARISH NEEDS YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. If you are not sure if we have yours please email the Parish Office to be added to the database. If we get at least fifty new names Fr. Peter has promised a ’’NO NOTICES’ weekend.
 

FUNDRAISING

£774.76 total raised in December through donations and events. Overall total raised is £65,166.98
Amount still owed on loan is £19,833.02
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 10th January 2017 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening 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.
 
NOTICE BOARD Please note that only notices relating to the Church or Parish are to go up in the porch and this must be done through the Parish Office. Please do not place or leave any leaflets or publications in the Porch without previously checking with the Office or Fr. Peter.
 
PARISH MEETING MINUTES The Parish Council are looking for somebody who would be willing to take the minutes of the Par-ish meeting on an occasional basis. Please contact the Office 01732 843302
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Monday 9th January - 5-6pm (children’s class). Lord have Mercy - read the chapter and discuss being truly sorry in everyday life. There is also a parent’s meeting on Wednesday 11th January at 7.30 for 8pm in Church for a talk on ‘Reconciliation’ - it is important that all parents attend to help you and your child prepare for this Sacrament. Please bring a photo of your child for 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.
 
SPUC ‘WHITE FLOWER’ APPEAL The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) will be holding it’s annual appeal this weekend. In 2017 SPUC is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act. Over 8.7 million unborn children have lost their lives due to abortion in the last fifty years. Since 1967 SPUC has been working tirelessly to uphold the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death. Please help make 2017 a landmark year in SPUC’s historic cam-paign to win legal protection for unborn children. Please be as generous as you can to help SPUC and help save mothers and babies from abortion.
 
CHRISTIAN UNITY WEEK Monday 16th January at St Thomas More Church at 7.15pm; Tuesday 17th January at Larkfield Methodist Church from 10.30am until 12 noon with a 12.30pm lunch; Thursday 19th January at Larkfield Community Church at 7.45pm; Saturday 21st January - Afternoon Prayer in the Pilgrim’s Chapel, West Malling Abbey and Sunday 22nd January - Chris-tian Unity Service at St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Aylesford at 4pm. Parking in school playground or village car parks.
 
TEENAGE RETREAT FOR YEARS 7-9 - INSPIRE @ WORTH ABBEY – FEBRUARY 10-12TH This February there will be an-other retreat at Worth Abbey for young people in school years 7-9. INSPIRE is part of the youth retreat programme at The Open Cloister, which has been running successfully for a number of years. The retreats are run by an experienced team with the sup-port of the monastic community at Worth and the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton. They give young people a brilliant chance to meet other young Catholics and to explore their faith in the beautiful atmosphere of Worth Abbey. There are also games, sports, social activities and much more. The weekend costs £84 but bursaries are available. For more information or to book, email toc@worthabbey.net or francescacarbone181@gmail.com - bookings close February 3rd, or when the retreat is full.
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguarding Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”
 
CHURCH CLEANING Eileen’s group (week beginning 9th January 2017).
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP The group will not meet in January but will have their first meeting of the year on Wednesday 1st February at Jenny’s Barn for a soup lunch.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details. Sacred Heart Messenger for January 2017 on sale in the porch. Southwark Directories are now on sale in the porch.
 

AREA GROUP MEETINGS

Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 12th January 2017 at 8pm. Venue: 145 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill. West Malling. ME19 4DS. Contact Ray and Wendy Cassidy 01732 521261

Download Newsletter

 

NEWSLETTER FOR CHRISTMAS AND THE NEW YEAR (A)    25 December 2016
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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     Fax: 01732 874559    e mail: stthomasmorerc@btconnect.com    Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk

 

NEWSLETTER FOR CHRISTMAS AND THE NEW YEAR (A)
25th December 2016 to 8th January 2017

 

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 8th January and also the New Year of 2017. Let us open ourselves to the love and light of our Christ- mas 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 weekend and the Epiphany in two weeks time (including the SPUC “White Flower Appeal”) - also Crib Offerings - and we wish our Baby and Toddler Group, Pre-School and Schools a happy break and a good start to their new term.

Many, many thanks for all who worked so hard to make our Christmas celebrations so beautiful and for all your personal kind- ness, cards and gifts to me this Christmas.

Happy Christmas and New year and my love to you and your families for these Christmas Days and 2017.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
 
SATURDAY
CHRISTMAS EVE
24
11-11.30am
4.30pm
6pm
11.30pm
Confessions in the Church
Children’s Crib Service
Vigil Mass of Christmas
Vigil of Carols leading to Midnight Mass
SUNDAY
CHRISTMAS DAY
25 10am
Christmas Family Mass
(NO 5.30PM MASS)
MONDAY (1st Day of Christmas)
[St. Stephen]
26 11am (St. Stephen’s Mass in Church) Joan and Donald Hamilton
TUESDAY (2nd Day of Christmas)
[St. John]
   27   NO MASS OR SERVICE - BANK HOLIDAY
WEDNESDAY (3rd Day of Christmas)
[Holy Innocents]
28 9.30am Communion Service
THURSDAY (4th Day of Christmas)
[St. Thomas of Canterbury]
29 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (5th Day of Christmas)
The Holy Family
30 9.30am Communion Service
SATURDAY (6thDay of Christmas)
NEW YEAR’S EVE
31 5pm
(New Year’s Eve Mass) Parishioners, Families and Friends, living
and dead
SUNDAY (7th Day of Christmas)
Mary Mother of God
NEW YEAR’S DAY
1 Jan
2017
10am
(New Year’s day Mass - with children) Trevor Jones R.I.P. (anniv.)
[Children are asked to bring one of their small Christmas presents
to show us]
(Please note - NO 5.30pm Mass)
MONDAY (8th Day of Christmas)
[Ss. Basil and Gregory]
2   NO MASS OR SERVICE - BANK HOLIDAY
TUESDAY (9th Day of Christmas)
[Schools Return]
3 9.30am Lonza Micallef R.I.P. (1st anniversary on 6th January)
WEDNESDAY (10th Day of Christmas) 4 9.30 Maria Abbott - welfare (Steph Blackburn)
THURSDAY(11th Day of Christmas)
[Pre-School Returns]
5 9.30 Communion Service
FRIDAY (12th Day of Christmas) 6 9.30 (Epiphany Mass in School) School Intention
SATURDAY
Eve of Epiphany
7 5pm (First Mass of Epiphany) Matilda and Paul Perera R.I.P.
SUNDAY
Feast of Epiphany
(SPUC ‘White Flower’ Appeal)
8
10am
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy and Kings Procession) Annie and Christine
Griffin R.I.P.
(Youth Group) The Parishioners

 

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE  -  Saturdays  from 4.15 to 4.45pm

 

PLEASE PRAY FOR : Dermot Barrett; Claire Stockley; Pauline Oldroyd; William Deckes; Paula Sedley-Burke; Assumpta  Hussey; Rupert Stacey; Sheila and Mary Goldsmith; Daniella Grillo; Andy Cripps; John Marlow; Anne-Marie Townsend and Father; Michael Robinson; Annie Murphy; Mima Crennan; Malachy McAleer; Ian Cross;  Pam Parker; Roy Sellwood; Lena Marshall; Marie Stevens;  Colin O’Connell; Carly Williams; Kay Briggs; Derek Arund; Jenny Morgan; Bernie Laws; Maureen Hook; Margaret McGinn; Vera Cortial; Liz Kent; Barbara Old; Pat Green; Bill Killackey; Anna Allsop; Laura; Victoria Addor; Estelita Caberlin; John Cruickshank; Graziella Memoli;  Arabella Webster; Ronald Moys; Dean Family; Geoff Rice; Sarah O’Nell; Bridget  Conroy; Terence Kirkham; Noel Birkett; Frank Bryant; Michael Puxley; Jason Collins; Lynda Pitt; Moira Stevens; Hazel Stephenson; Theresa Dickins; Leo Pitt-Williams; Leah Beal; Gabriel Hughes; Chelsea Kirby, all our housebound and all at Maidstone hospital, the Hospice and local nursing homes. Please pray, too, for all those affected by the present cutbacks, illnesses and 
other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Barbara Cunningham. Also Bet Hadlow (months mind). Please keep in your prayers the soldiers who have died in Afghanistan and elsewhere and those who have died in the troubled spots in our world during this past  week
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Maura Wren; Baby Solange Batchelor; Harry Roberts; Angela Madigan; Brad (Patrick) Bradford; Stephen Mullis; Fr. Peter’s mother; Phillippa Wellesley-Colley; John Hubble; Patrick McDaid.
 
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 25
10am
Children’s Christmas Family Mass
TUESDAY 27 1.30-3pm No Baby & Toddler Group - Christmas Break
SUNDAY 1 JAN 2017 10am No Children’s Liturgy but children specially welcome at Mass
TUESDAY 3   (Fr. Peter visits 8M11 and 8M16 at St. Simon Stock)
WEDNESDAY 4 8pm
(Fr. Peter visits 8M13 at St. Simon Stock)
Youth Group leaders meet in the Priest’s House
FRIDAY 6   (Fr. Peter visits 8M15 at St. Simon Stock)
SUNDAY 8 3.45pm Youth Group meet in the Priest’s House to prepare the 5.30pm Mass

 

THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £587.19 in last week’s collection. The Seminary Fund raised £128.81

EMAIL ADDRESSES YOUR PARISH NEEDS YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. If you are not sure if we have yours please email theParish Office to be added to the database. If we get at least fifty new names Fr. Peter has promised a ’’NO NOTICES’ weekend.

 

AREA GROUPS—HOUSE MASSES – and MEETINGS

Leybourne and the Villages Meet on Friday 27th July at 7.30pm. Bring a plate (with some food!) to Oast View, Teston Road, Offham. Please contact Chris or Ian Butler on 01732 849438 for more information and/or to let us know if you are coming.

Larkfield and Ditton meet on Sunday 29th July at 4pm for a BBQ at 789 London Road, Larkfield. Contact Medard and Veronique on 01732 875003.

 

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.
 
NOTICE BOARD Please note that only notices relating to the Church or Parish are to go up in the porch and this must be
done through the Parish Office. Please do not place or leave any leaflets or publications in the Porch without previously checking
with the Office or Fr. Peter.
 
PARISH MEETING MINUTES The Parish Council are looking for somebody who would be willing to take the minutes of the Par-ish meeting on an occasional basis. Please contact the Office 01732 843302
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Family Mass at 10am Christmas morning.
 
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.
 
CRIB OFFERINGS Archbishop Peter has proposed the following three good causes for any money donated at the Crib this year:
(1) Archdiocese of Southwark Crisis Fund (administered by the Westminster Children’s Society); (2) Friends of the Holy Land; (3)
Mission Together (part of Missio).
 
IRIS ROOTS would like to thank the Pre-school for their lovely card and all the good wishes from Fr. Peter and the parishioners
for her 90th Birthday.
 
SPUC ‘WHITE FLOWER’ APPEAL The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) will be holding it’s annual appeal
on 7th/8th January 2017. In 2017 SPUC is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act. Over
8.7 million unborn children have lost their lives due to abortion in the last fifty years. Since 1967 SPUC has been working tire-
lessly to uphold the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death. Please help make 2017 a landmark year in SPUC’s
historic campaign to win legal protection for unborn children. Please be as generous as you can to help SPUC and help save
mothers and babies from abortion.
 
TEENAGE RETREAT FOR YEARS 7-9 - INSPIRE @ WORTH ABBEY – FEBRUARY 10-12TH This February there will be an-
other retreat at Worth Abbey for young people in school years 7-9. INSPIRE is part of the youth retreat programme at The Open
 
Cloister, which has been running successfully for a number of years. The retreats are run by an experienced team with the sup-
port of the monastic community at Worth and the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton. They give young people a brilliant chance to
meet other young Catholics and to explore their faith in the beautiful atmosphere of Worth Abbey. There are also games, sports,
social activities and much more. The weekend costs £84 but bursaries are available. For more information or to book, email
toc@worthabbey.net or francescacarbone181@gmail.com - bookings close February 3rd, or when the retreat is full.
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!!  Children under 10 must be escorted to the
toilet during Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into
the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all
young children. Your safeguarding Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”
 
CHURCH CLEANING Steph’s group (week beginning 2nd January 2017).
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP The group will not meet in January but will have their first meeting of the
year on Wednesday 1st February at Jenny’s Barn for a soup lunch.
 
GARDENING CLUB meet on Saturday 7th January 2017 from 10am to 12 noon - weather permitting.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details - also Cafod Christmas catalogues available.
Sacred Heart Messenger for January 2017 on sale in the porch. Southwark Directories are now on sale in the porch.

Download Newsletter

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT (A)    18 December 2016
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT (A)
THE GREAT ADVENT DAYS AND CHRISTMAS
18th December 2016
 
We are now in the Final Great Days of Advent and join the Saints of Advent especially Mary and Joseph (and their donkey - Tap’s ancestor) to make our final preparations in prayer and love to receive the new healing, love, strength and light the Lord wants to bring us this Christmas, and, through us, to our Parish, Church, country and world. There is an Advent Penitential for the adults of the Parish on Monday at 7.30pm, Advent Area House Masses for the Kings Hill and Mereworth Area on Tuesday and the Snodland and Halling Area on Wednesday, the Final Mass of Advent at 9.30am on Friday and Confessions in Church on Saturday, Christmas Eve from 11 to 11.30am to help us in this. And don’t forget the Children’s Christmas Workshop and rehearsal on Wednesday from 10 to 11am in our St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre. Please take the special 'rose’ Prayer Sheet (along with the ‘lilac’ Advent Sheet) to use in these days and in the Christmas Season at home if you haven’t done so already.
 
There is a retiring collection today for the Christmas flowers and the flower ladies meet on Friday in Church at 10.15am to pre-pare the flowers. Many thanks to them, the Children’s Liturgy organisers, the Sacristans and Office and all who are working hard to get the Church and Christmas Services ready (including the Crib and the trees) with a special thank you to the cleaners who meet on Monday at 11am in Church for the ‘Big Clean’.
 
We wish the Pre-School and School (and St. Simon Stock School following their end-of-term on Wednesday) a good Christmas break and ask you to pray for our housebound who are supporting us in the last week of Advent and Christmas with their prayer and offering at home.
 
Please keep Christopher Law, Anne and Tony and all their family in your prayers as they prepare to celebrate his funeral on Tuesday - also Mirella Andrew and Daryl Cox, Billy Ryan (Eileen Calkin's sister) and all who’ve died recently - and all our sick parishioners - and we offer them all our love and support and prayers at this time.
 
Many, many thanks to all who have worked so hard in the Parish, School and Pre-School to help us have such a good Advent and to you all for your good work for our Church, Schools and Parish family in this past year - and especially the magnificent fundraising.
 
I wish you a wonderful Christmas with love to you and your families and thanks for all your kindness and support to me.
 
MASSES & SERVICES

SATURDAY (Advent Day 1) 17 52.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Freya Smith
Ruperta R. Inguito R.I.P. (anniv.)
SUNDAY
Fourth Sunday of Advent (A)
(Advent Day 2)
18 10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Advent Liturgy) Gemma Toner (welfare)
The Parishioners
MONDAY (Advent Day 3) 19 9.30am
7.30pm
Communion Service
Adult Advent Penitential Service in Church
TUESDAY (Advent Day 4) 20 9.30am Mirella Andrew R.I.P. (Mary Goldsmith)
WEDNESDAY (Advent Day 5) 21 9.30am Communion Service
THURSDAY (Advent Day 6) 22 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Advent Day 7) 23 9.30am (Final Mass of Advent) Madge Conroy R.I.P.
SATURDAY
CHRISTMAS EVE
24 11-11.30am
4.30pm
6pm
11.30pm
Confessions in the Church
Children’s Crib Service
Vigil Mass of Christmas
Vigil of Carols leading to Midnight Mass
SUNDAY
CHRISTMAS DAY
25
10am
Children’s Christmas Family Mass
(NO 5.30PM MASS)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE:
Saturday (Christmas Eve) from 11 to 11.30am
 
PLEASE PRAY FORDerek Thompson; Mary Wilmot; Valentina Ruiz; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jack Gillett; The Rudenko Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; John Cruickshank; Ron and Mrs. Whitehead; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Canon Luke’s Father; Cath Sweetman’s Father; Chris Sweetman’s Mother; Claudio and Charlotte Gangemi; Katie Knight; Peter Capon; Pauline O’Toole; Paul Shone; Jennifer Hansen; Steen Hansen; Yolanda Bath; M-L Wise; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all those affected by present cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
 
RECENTLY DEADBilly Ryan; Mirella Andrew; Christopher Law; Daryl Cox; Dave Cook; Fr. Paul Felix. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIESJack Tuite; Barbara Corbett; Robert O’Shea; Victor Cox; James Styles; William Turner; Alfred Mifsud; Joan Leader; Dennis Parker; Francis Flanagan; 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 Sampeyo; John Kilgallen; Ronald Mannerings.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 18
10am
Children’s Advent Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 19 11am “BIG CLEAN” in Church - all cleaners required.
TUESDAY 20 1.30-3pm
8pm
No Baby & Toddler Group - Christmas Break
Kings Hill and Mereworth Area Group Advent Mass - see below
WEDNESDAY 21 10-11am
8pm
(Whole School Carol Service in St. Simon Stock School)
Children’s Christmas Workshop in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Snodland and Halling Area Group Advent Mass - see below
FRIDAY 23 10.15am Christmas flowers arranging in Church - all flower arrangers required
SUNDAY 25 10am Children’s Christmas Family Mass
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £427.00 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The St. Nicholas collection raised £150.01
 
FLOWER DONATIONS As this is a Parish collection donations can be ‘Gift-Aided’ - please use one of the spare envelopes and mark it ‘FLOWERS’.
 
EMAIL ADDRESSES YOUR PARISH NEEDS YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. If you are not sure if we have yours please email the Parish Office to be added to the database. If we get at least fifty new names Fr. Peter has promised a ’’NO NOTICES’ weekend.
 

FUNDRAISING

£1,165 total raised in November through donations and events. Overall total raised is £64,387.22
Amount still owed on loan is £20,612.78

 
***********
Lucia’s Concert raised £183.76
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 10th January 2017 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening 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.
 
NOTICE BOARD Please note that only notices relating to the Church or Parish are to go up in the porch and this must be done through the Parish Office. Please do not place or leave any leaflets or publications in the Porch without previously checking with the Office or Fr. Peter.
 

PARISH MEETING MINUTES The Parish Council are looking for somebody who would be willing to take the minutes of the Parish meeting on an occasional basis. Please contact the Office 01732 843302

              CHRISTMAS MUSIC

Regrettably all our musicians   are away on Christmas Day. If there is anyone (or maybe a group of friends) who is around on Christmas Morning and would be willing to play some Carols at the 10 o’clock Mass on Christmas Day, we would be very grateful for the help. All instrumentalists are welcome - you do not have to be a keyboard player. If you are able to help please contact the office.

Thank you. Flora Moys 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Advent from 27th November to 24th December Workshops, special Services for children and Sunday Liturgy throughout the Season. Family Mass at 10am Christmas morning.
 
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.
 
CHRISTMAS CARDS AND ADVENT CALENDARS are now on sale in the porch. All are individually priced and they are cheaper than the shops. We operate an honesty scheme where you can choose and then put your money in the box on the wall by the main door. This is a good way of helping to raise funds for our Church.
 
PRAYER REQUEST "Could we ask your Prayers for Denise & Judy, dear friends in California, whose late parents were Hazel & Melvyn, his birthday was 27th December. Their brother Rick's anniversary was 7th December so this is a poignant time for them.” Thank you Ian & Tony Battock
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguarding Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”
 
BIG CLEAN - will take place this Monday 19th December from 11 am. All Church cleaners needed
 
FLOWER ARRANGERS Would all Flower Arrangers meet in Church at 10.15am this Friday 23rd December to arrange Christmas Flowers. Anyone who is interested is welcome to come along - no experience necessary. Any parishioners with greenery could bring it to the Church on Monday morning at this time.
 
GARDENING CLUB will NOT be meeting in December but will meet again in January - weather permitting.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details - also Cafod Christmas catalogues available. Sacred Heart Messenger for January 2017 on sale in the porch. Southwark Directories are now on sale in the porch.
 

CHILDREN’S LITURGY CHRISTMAS WORKSHOP

Takes place this Wednesday 21st December from 10-11am in the
St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre. All of Primary School age are welcome.


ADVENT HOUSE MASSES

Kings Hill and Mereworth Tuesday 20th December at 8pm. 21 Alfriston Grove, Kings Hill. ME19 4AS. Steph Di Pasquali 01732 220709
Snodland and Halling Wednesday 21st December at 8pm. 8 Brooke Lane, Snodland. ME6 5LF. Bogdan and Cristina Gligan 01634 246322
 
 
Email from Fr. Peter Adu
 
Dear Fr. Peter Soper,
 
This is my sincere and joy Christmas and a new year's greetings to you and the entire parish of St. Thomas More family.
 
Let us pray for each other for good health, joy and happiness for this new coming year.
 
Again I would like to share with you my joy after I bought this printing machine for the school just two months ago from the money I got last summer and I would be glad if you can put this in the parish news letter. And once again My sincere thanks to you and the entire parish of St. Thomas More.

I wish you and the entire family of St Thomas More Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Hope to hear from you.

Thank you. God Bless.

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Download Newsletter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT (A)    04 December 2016
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT (A)
ST. NICHOLAS SUNDAY
4th December 2016
ADVANCE NOTICE
As Christmas Day and New Year’s day fall on a Sunday, please note that there will be NO 5.30PM MASS on both these days.
 
Christmas Masses

Christmas Eve - Saturday 24th: 4.30pm Children’s Service at Crib; 6pm - Vigil Mass of Christmas; 11.30pm - Vigil and Carols leading to Midnight Mass.

Christmas Day - Sunday 25th: 10am Christmas Family Mass for the children.

New Year Mass - Saturday 31st: 5pm (New Year’s Eve Mass)

Sunday 1st January: 10am (New Year’s Day Mass with children)

 
Today we continue this Advent and New Year of our Faith, making a new start in our lives and faith and using ‘prayer’ and ‘love’ to open our hearts to the Lord and others in preparation for this Christmas - keeping Advent as it should be kept so that the true Christmas can happen. And today, in this second week of Advent, St. John the Baptist comes to help us in this with his call to “Prepare the way of the Lord” into our hearts so that He can come to us in a new way as He wants to. Please take the Advent Prayer Sheet to use at home if you haven’t done so and there are also Advent Booklets for adults and children to use in daily prayer on sale in the porch - also copies of Archbishop Peter’s Advent Pastoral Letter if you haven’t got it already.
 
This weekend is also our “St. Nicholas Weekend” (his feast is today 6th December). St. Nicholas is the true “Santa Claus” and shows us the spirit of charity and giving that Advent and Christmas are all about and, in his honour, we have the “St. Nicholas” collection for our Parish “Welfare Fund” to help others today and next weekend (the idea is to give up one of our Christmas presents and give the money saved to those in need as St. Nicholas did when he sold the horse he’d been given as a present to free a boy of his own age from slavery). As this is a Parish collection donations can be ‘Gift-Aided’ - please use one of the spare envelopes and mark it ‘ST. NICHOLAS’
 
The children continue their special Advent Liturgies at the 10am Mass today and next Sunday and other Advent Events this week are the Mother Teresa Group Advent Service & confessions in Church and Penitential Services for years 3 and key stage 1 in the School on Wednesday and the Youth Group’s Advent Penitential Service in the School on Friday to which all young people in years 7 to 9 at Secondary School are invited. There is also a meeting for the Baby & Toddler Group on Tuesday and details of all these overleaf.
 
Next weekend we continue our Advent and we also have Lucia’s Advent/Christmas Concert in the Church next Sunday to which everyone is invited.
 
Many many thanks to all who arranged and worked at and supported our Parish/School Christmas Bazaar today (Saturday). We hope to announce the total next weekend.
 
Finally, it has been a very sad week in the Parish. We ask your prayers for Christopher Law, the eldest son of Tony & Ann, who died very tragically and suddenly of a brain haemorrhage and for all the Law Family and Christopher’s friends as they prepare for his funeral—also for Daryl Cox, the brother-in-law of Miriam Cox who worked at our school, who also died tragically and for his wife, Lynn, his children Ruby (9) & Lean (7) and Miriam and her family as they prepare for his funeral. And also for Mariella Andrew (Ben & Linda Grillo’s daughter) who sadly died of cancer in the hospital and for her husband & 41/2 year old daughter and Ben & Linda & all their family. We offer all of them our love, support & prayers at this time—& for all our sick Parishioners.
 
Have a good second weekend of Advent everyone—& we pray for the Lord’s light and strength for us all.
 
MASSES & SERVICES

SATURDAY 3 2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms: Ava and Mia Stafford
The Parishioners
SUNDAY Second Sunday of Advent (A)
(St. Nicholas Sunday)
4 10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Advent Liturgy) Helen Marley R.I.P.
The Parishioners
MONDAY (Advent) 5 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (St Nicholas) 6 9.30am For Advent Charity with St Nicholas
WEDNESDAY (St Ambrose) 7 9.30am Deceased Relatives & Friends of the Lobo Family
THURSDAY The Immaculate Conception 8 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Advent) 9 9.30am (8.15am - Mass in St. Simon Stock School)
Communion Service
SATURDAY (Advent) 10 5pm Frank Battock R.I.P. (anniv)
SUNDAY Third Sunday of Advent (A)
Guadete Sunday
11
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Advent Liturgy) Content Family R.I.P.
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Derek Thompson; Mary Wilmot; Valentina Ruiz; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jack Gillett; The Rudenko Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; John Cruickshank; Ron and Mrs. Whitehead; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Canon Luke’s Father; Cath Sweetman’s Father; Chris Sweetman’s Mother; Claudio and Charlotte Gangemi; Katie Knight; Peter Capon; Jennifer Hansen; Steen Hansen; Yolanda Bath; M-L Wise; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all those affected by present cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEADMariella Andrew; Christopher Law; Daryl Cox; Dave Cook; Fr. Paul Felix; Cynthia. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Nora Davis; Peter Caffrey; .Peggy Thacker; Philip Stroud; Patricia Moran; Wiliam Secluna; Patricia Coomber; Rhona Ring; Kathleen Rose; Gregory Ennis; Kathleen Gower; Florence Richens; Michael Hegarty; Anthony Sherry.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 4
10am
Children’s Advent Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
TUESDAY 6 1.30-3pm Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
(10.15am-3pm—School in Church)
WEDNESDAY 7 11am

Mother Teresa Group Advent Service and Confessions in Church (see note below re.lunch)(10.15am & 2.30pm—Yr 3 & K.S.1 Penitentials in School)

FRIDAY 9 7-9pm (10.15am-3pm—School in Church)
Youth Group Advent Penitential in School
SUNDAY 11 10am
3.30 for 4pm
Children’s Advent Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Lucia’s Concert in Church
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £401.93 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 
ST. NICHOLAS COLLECTION AND FLOWER DONATIONS As this is a Parish collection donations can be ‘Gift-Aided’ please use one of the spare envelopes and mark it ‘ST. NICHOLAS’ or ‘FLOWERS.
 
EMAIL ADDRESSES YOUR PARISH NEEDS YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. If you are not sure if we have yours please email the Parish Office to be added to the database. If we get at least fifty new names Fr. Peter has promised a ’’NO NOTICES’ weekend.
 

FUNDRAISING

£1,165 total raised in November through donations and events. Overall total raised is £64,387.22
Amount still owed on loan is £20,612.78

 
***********
Lucia’s Concert on Sunday 11th December. Refreshments from 3.30pm - Concert begins at 4pm
Suggested donations of Adults £5 and Children £1
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING Next meeting Tuesday 13th December 2016 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening 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.
 
PARISH MEETING MINUTES The Parish Council are looking for somebody who would be willing to take the minutes of the Parish meeting on an occasional basis. Please contact the Office 01732 843302
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Advent from 27th November to 24th December - Workshops, Wreath making, special Services for children and Sunday Liturgy throughout the Season. Family Mass at 10am Christmas morning.
 
CHRISTMAS CARDS AND ADVENT CALENDARS are now on sale in the porch. All are individually priced and they are cheaper than the shops. We operate an honesty scheme where you can choose and then put your money in the box on the wall by the main door. This is a good way of helping to raise funds for our Church.
 
CTIM CHRISTMAS CARDS are in the porch ready for distribution. Would parishioners please take and deliver the bundle for their road. Many thanks.
 
CTIM CAROL SINGING Join us on Saturday 10 December outside Morrisons, New Hythe Lane at 11.30 (collecting for Heart of Kent Hospice) and Tesco’s, Leybourne Way at 12.30 (collecting for Diabetes UK & British Heart Foundation). Hot chocolate and biscuits follow.
 
NOTICE BOARD Please note that only notices relating to the Church or Parish are to go up in the porch and this must be done through the Parish Office. Please do not place or leave any leaflets or publications in the Porch without previously checking with the Office or Fr Peter.
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguarding Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”
 
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS WORKSHOP takes place on 21st December from 10-11am in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre.

CHURCH CLEANING Steph’s group (week beginning 5th December).

BIG CLEAN - will take place on Monday 19th December from 11 am. All Church cleaners needed

FLOWER ARRANGERS Would all Flower Arrangers meet in Church at 10.15am on Friday 23rd December to arrange Christmas Flowers. All are welcome to come along as we are always looking for new volunteers - no experience necessary.

GARDENING CLUB will NOT be meeting in December but will meet again in January - weather permitting.

MOTHER TERESA GROUP ADVENT SERVICE AND LUNCH this Wednesday 7th December. There will be a Penitential Service at 11am in the Church followed by lunch at 12.30pm at Spadework.

NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details - also Cafod Christmas catalogues available. Sacred Heart Messenger for December 2016 on sale in the porch. Thank you letter from Missio. Youth 2000 New Year Retreat for 16-35 year olds.

ADVENT HOUSE MASSES

West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Tuesday 13th December at 8pm. Hermitage Farm Barn, Lucks Hill. West Malling. ME19 6HW. Jenny and David Lingham 01732 522816
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Thursday 15th December at 8pm. 73 Oak Drive, Larkfield. ME20 6NL. Dee and Peter Avery 01732 870207
Kings Hill and Mereworth Tuesday 20th December at 8pm. 21 Alfriston Grove, Kings Hill. ME19 4AS. Steph Di Pasquali 01732 220709
Snodland and Halling Wednesday 21st December at 8pm. 8 Brooke Lane, Snodland. ME6 5LF. Bogdan and Cristina Gligan 01634 246322
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages meet on Friday 16th December at 7pm. “Christmas drinks and nibbles for all in our Area Group - please bring a Christmas Cracker!” Venue: Silver Fern, Church Road, Offham. ME19 5NY. Contact for RSVP Angela and Charles Unter 01732 872800
 
 

Download Newsletter

 

 

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (A)    27 November 2016
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (A)
THE CHURCH’S NEW YEAR +++ BLESSING OF ADVENT WREATHS
27th November 2016
 
Happy New Year everyone! Today we begin a new year of our Faith with the Season of Advent leading us to Christmas and 2017. Let us use it to make a true new start in our Faith as individuals and as a Parish Community. Advent Wreaths will be blessed at all Masses this weekend and there will be an opportunity to buy the pieces to make a Wreath after Mass (many thanks to Dee and her helpers who have organised this). Please take the special Advent Prayer Sheet to use with the Wreaths and in private prayer at home and there are also Advent Magazines and Prayer Books for individuals, children and families on sale in the porch.
 
Today we also have a pastoral letter from Archbishop Peter (copies available in the porch).
 
During the week there are Advent Penitential Services for Years 4, 5 and 6 in the School and the School will be continuing the preparation of their Christmas Services. On Monday our First Communion children have their first meeting - please pray for them as they begin their course. There are also meetings for the Baby and Toddler Group and School Governors on Tuesday, and we welcome the Deanery Pastoral Council here on Wednesday.
 
On Saturday we have our School / Parish Christmas Bazaar in the School from 11am to 2pm - please come and support this wonderful occasion of the Parish Community coming together and thanks to all who are organising this.
 
Next weekend at our Masses we continue Advent and have our annual “St. Nicholas Gift” of a Parish Diary and the “St. Nicho-las” charity collection for our Welfare Fund (giving up one of our presents and donating the money to help others). This will be continued on the following weekend (10th/11th December) and then we have our collection for the Christmas Flowers on 17th/18th December.
 
A big thank you for all your love and kindness and generosity to me on my birthday last weekend (69 - and still going!).
 
Have a good New Year and first week of Advent.
 
ADVANCE NOTICE
As Christmas Day and New Year’s day fall on a Sunday, please note that there will be NO 5.30PM MASS on both these days.
 
Christmas Masses
 
Christmas Eve - Saturday 24th: 4.30pm - Children’s Service at Crib; 6pm - Vigil Mass of Christmas; 11.30pm - Vigil and Carols leading to Midnight Mass.
 
Christmas Day - Sunday 25th: 10am - Christmas Family Mass for the children.

New Year Mass - Saturday 31st: 5pm - (New Year’s Eve Mass)

Sunday 1st January: 10am - (New Year’s Day Mass with children)
 
 
 
MASSES & SERVICES

SATURDAY 26 5pm (First Mass of Advent and the Church’s New Year) The Parishioners
SUNDAY
First Sunday of Advent (A)
The Church’s New Year
Blessing of Advent Wreaths
27 10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Advent Liturgy) The Parishioners
Augusto Isava R.I.P.
MONDAY (Advent) 28 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (Advent) 29 9.30am Holy Souls
WEDNESDAY (St. Andrew) 30 9.30am St. Andrew’s Mass in School (for St. Andrew’s House and our
Scottish parishioners)
THURSDAY (Advent) 1 Dec 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Advent) 2 9.30am Bridget Tenters R.I.P.
SATURDAY (Advent) 3 2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms: Ava and Mia Stafford
The Parishioners
SUNDAY
Second Sunday of Advent (A)
(St. Nicholas Sunday)
4
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Advent Liturgy) Helen Marley R.I.P.
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Derek Thompson; Mary Wilmot; Valentina Ruiz; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jack Gillett; The Rudenko Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Mirella Andrew; Nicholas Powell; John Cruickshank; Ron and Mrs. Whitehead; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Canon Luke’s Father; Cath Sweetman’s Father; Chris Sweetman’s Mother; Claudio and Charlotte Gangemi; Katie Knight; Peter Capon; our housebound and all at Maid-stone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all those affected by present cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Dave Cook; Fr. Paul Felix; Cynthia. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Kathleen Cooney (neé Wynne); Fr. John Burke; Christopher Stubbins; Joyce Nowell; Una Payne; Angus Parker; Kenneth Worsdell; Edith Giles; Patricia Joubert; Nora Davis; Peter Caffrey .
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SATURDAY 26
10am-12 noon
Advent Wreath-making and Craft Fayre in Church
SUNDAY 27 10am Children’s Advent Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 28 5pm (10am-3pm - School in Church) (1.30pm - Penitential in School)
First Communion Children’s Class
TUESDAY 29 1.30-3pm
6.30pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Governors meeting in the School
WEDNESDAY 30 7 for 7.30pm (1.30pm - Penitential in School)
Deanery Pastoral Council meet in the Priest’s House
FRIDAY 2   (10.15am - School in Church) (1.30pm - Penitential in School)
SATURDAY 3 11am-2pm Parish and School Christmas Bazaar in School
SUNDAY 4 10am Children’s Advent Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £445.17 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collection for the Catholic Youth Service raised £217.11
 
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

£1454.90 total raised in October through donations and events. Overall total raised is £63,222.22
Amount still owed on loan is £21,777.78

 
***********
Lucia’s Concert on Sunday 11th December. Refreshments from 3.30pm - Concert begins at 4pm
Suggested donations of Adults £5 and Children £1
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING Next meeting Tuesday 13th December 2016 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Schedules for classes starting in October 2016 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 years class is 28th November 2016. No children will be accepted onto the course after this date. Monday 28th November - 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.
 
CHRISTMAS CARDS AND ADVENT CALENDARS are now on sale in the porch. All are individually priced and they are cheaper than the shops. We operate an honesty scheme where you can choose and then put your money in the box on the wall by the main door. This is a good way of helping to raise funds for our Church.
 
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR next Saturday 3rd December 11am-2pm. The Fete Committee team (Danny Coleman, Alison Mansfield, Colette Dunckley and Clare Mason) need your help. If you are able to help on a stall or setting up / clearing away on the day of the Bazaar, please see one of the team after Mass or let the Parish Office know and one of the team will contact you.
 
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR PARISH DONATIONS School parents are asked to donate £2 towards the cost of a raffle hamper, a
bottle of wine for the bottle tombola and a homemade cake (to be supplied on the morning of the Bazaar or the day before) or a box of mince pies. It would be lovely if parishioners could donate the same. If you are able to do so, the Committee Team will be around at all Masses this weekend. The Parish Hamper is red wine.
 
CTIM CHRISTMAS CARDS are in the porch ready for distribution. Would parishioners please take and deliver the bundle for their road. Many thanks.
 
MISSIO RED BOX HOLDERS Missio have sent us 2017 calendars which are at the back of the Church. Please take your copy.
 
DRESS SALE Elaine Hook still has evening and party dresses for sale. If you are interested please phone to view in the next two weeks 01732 841411
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguarding Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!” CHURCH CLEANING Fiona’s group (week beginning 28thNovember).
 
GARDENING CLUB will NOT be meeting in December but will meet again in January - weather permitting.
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP ADVENT SERVICE AND LUNCH on Wednesday 7th December. There will be a Penitential Service at 11am in the Church followed by lunch at 12.30pm at Spadework.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details - also Cafod Christmas catalogues available. Sacred Heart Messenger for December 2016 on sale in the porch.
 

ADVENT HOUSE MASSES

West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Tuesday 13th December at 8pm. Hermitage Farm Barn, Lucks Hill. West Malling. ME19 6HW. Jenny and David Lingham 01732 522816
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Thursday 15th December at 8pm. 73 Oak Drive, Larkfield. ME20 6NL. Dee and Peter Avery 01732 870207
Kings Hill and Mereworth Tuesday 20th December at 8pm. 21 Alfriston Grove, Kings Hill. ME19 4AS. Steph Di Pasquali 01732 220709
Snodland and Halling Wednesday 21st December at 8pm. 8 Brooke Lane, Snodland. ME6 5LF. Bogdan and Cristina Gligan 01634 246322
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages meet on Friday 16th December at 7pm. “Christmas drinks and nibbles for all in our Area Group - please bring a Christmas Cracker!” Venue: Silver Fern, Church Road, Offham. ME19 5NY. Contact for RSVP Angela and Charles Unter 01732 872800
 
 

Download Newsletter

 

 

FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING (C)    20 November 2016
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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 CHRIST THE KING (C)
NATIONAL YOUTH SUNDAY +++ FIRST COMMUNION ENROLMENT
LAST SUNDAY OF THE CHURCH’S YEAR
Close of The Year of Mercy
20th November 2016
 
This weekend we join with the Saints in Heaven and Purgatory to honour Christ our King and rededicate ourselves to Him as his Saints on Earth as we  celebrate the last Sunday of the Church’s year and the end of another year of our faith. 
 
To this we bring our young people on this ‘National Youth Sunday’ as we honour and support them and the important part they play in the life of the Church and our Parish Family as the Saints both of today and tomorrow.   We especially thank the members and leaders of our Youth Group for all they give to the Parish - they will be helping to present the 5.30pm Mass today (Sunday) and are also looking for sponsors for their ‘ sleepover’ this coming Friday for “Porchlight” (a group that helps young homeless and rough sleepers).  There will also be a retiring collection for the ‘Catholic Youth Service’ at all Masses.
 
We also have the joy of our First Communion Enrolment at the 10am Mass today (Sunday) and pray for our children and parents as they commit themselves to the course that will prepare them to receive their second and third Sacraments and take these two further steps on their Faith and Parish Journey.  We pray for them and their Catechists and families and also that our own faith and commitment to these Sacraments and our role as God’s Saints on Earth will be strengthened by this
 
Today we also have a final presentation from the Clergy Support Fund team including a short film on retired Clergy in Church which they ask people to stay for a few minutes after Mass and see.  Many thanks to our team for all their hard work on this. The Baby and Toddler Group meet on Tuesday and the School will begin their preparations for their Christmas Services on Friday.
 
Next weekend we begin a new year of our faith in the Church with the Season of Advent which will lead to Christmas.  We have our Advent wreath-making in the Church from 10am to 12 noon on Saturday and ask families to come to make a wreath to use at home in Advent and the wreaths will be blessed at all Masses next weekend - Advent magazines will also be on sale and there will also be a Craft Fayre as part of our fundraising.  There will be special Advent Prayer sheets given out at all Masses and a series of special Advent Children’s Liturgies to help our children on their Advent Journey.  We will then go into our Advent events including Reconciliation Services in the School and our Area House Masses - please see the list of these overleaf and support them if you can.
 
On a personal note, I invite you to a “Birthday Drink” after the 5.30pm Mass today in the Church porch if you are around.
 
Happy Feast today everyone - and many thanks to all who have worked so hard for our Parish in this past year of our faith.
 
ADVANCE NOTICE
As Christmas Day and New Year’s day fall on a Sunday, please note that there will be NO 5.30PM MASS on both these days. 
 
MASSES & SERVICES

SATURDAY 
1st Mass of Christ the King
19 2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Rory O’Keefe
The Parishioners
SUNDAY
Christ the King (C)
National Youth Sunday
(Clergy Support Fund Presentation)
20
10am
5.30pm
(First Communion Enrolment) Robert Content R.I.P.
(With Youth Group) In Thanksgiving
MONDAY (Presentation of Our Lady) 21 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (St. Cecilia) 22 9.30am Communion Service
WEDNESDAY (St. Clement) 23 9.30am Communion Service
THURSDAY (St. Andrew Dung-Lac) 24 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Feria) 25 9.30am (Last Mass of the Church’s Year) Parishioners, Friends and Families
- living and dead
SATURDAY (Feria) 26 5pm (First Mass of Advent and the Church’s New Year) The Parishioners
SUNDAY
First Sunday of Advent (A)
The Church’s New Year
Blessing of Advent Wreaths
27
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Advent Liturgy) The Parishioners
Augusto Isava R.I.P.
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Derek Thompson; Mary Wilmot; Valentina Ruiz; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jack Gillett; The Rudenko Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Mirella Andrew; Nicholas Powell; John Cruickshank; Ron and Mrs. Whitehead; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Canon Luke’s Father; Cath Sweetman’s Father; Chris Sweetman’s Mother; Claudio and Charlotte Gangemi; Katie Knight; Jennifer Hansen; Steen Hansen; Yolanda Bath; M-L Wise; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all those affected by present cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Dave Cook; Fr. Paul Felix; Cynthia. Also Derek Calkin; Michael Krantz (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Kay O’Connell; Dominic Alexander; Bishop John Jukes; Edward Kelly; Margaret Mulcahy; Barry Walmsley; Mary Franklin; Nick Maytum; Theresa Calloway; Lena Ford; Thomas Davis; Elizabeth Flanagan; Steven Olver; Arthur Skelton; Francis Binnie; Kathleen Cooney (neé Wynne).
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 20
10am
3pm
No Children’s Liturgy (First Communion Enrolment)
Youth Group meet to prepare 5.30pm Mass (birthday social afterwards)
TUESDAY 22 1.30-3pm Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
FRIDAY 25 8pm (1.30-2.30pm - School Services rehearsal in Church)
Youth Group Sleepover for “Porchlight” in the Priest’s House (until 8am Saturday)
SATURDAY 26 10am-12 noon Advent Wreath-making and Craft Fayre in Church
SUNDAY 27 10am Children’s Advent Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £472.82 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collection for the Archbishop’s Diocesan Administration Fund raised £217.31
 
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

£1454.90 total raised in October through donations and events. Overall total raised is £63,222.22
Amount still owed on loan is £21,777.78

***********
CRAFT FAYRE Maria Abbott will be running a Craft Stall on Saturday 26th November in the Church porch from 10am until 12 noon. Unique ceramics and patchwork - all at reasonable prices.
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING Next meeting Tuesday 13th December 2016 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Schedules for classes starting in October 2016 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 years class is 28th November 2016. No children will be accepted onto the course after this date. Monday 28th November - 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.
 
CHRISTMAS CARDS AND ADVENT CALENDARS are now on sale in the porch. All are individually priced and they are cheaper than the shops. We operate an honesty scheme where you can choose and then put your money in the box on the wall by the main door. This is a good way of helping to raise funds for our Church.
 
ADVENT WREATH MAKING takes place on Saturday 26th November from 10am till 12 noon. Cost is £5 per wreath and refreshments will be provided. Do not forget to bring your own greenery. The wreaths will be blessed at all Masses that weekend.
 
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR Saturday 3rd December 11am-2pm. The Fete Committee team (Danny Coleman, Alison Mansfield, Colette Dunckley and Clare Mason) need your help. If you are able to help on a stall or setting up / clearing away on the day of the Bazaar, please see one of the team after Mass or let the Parish Office know and one of the team will contact you. Many, many thanks.
 
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR PARISH DONATIONS School parents are asked to donate £2 towards the cost of a raffle hamper, a bottle of wine for the bottle tombola and a homemade cake (to be supplied on the morning of the Bazaar or the day before) or a box of mince pies. It would be lovely if parishioners could donate the same. If you are able to do so, there will be a donation box at the back of the church. The Parish Hamper is red wine.
 
MISSIO RED BOX HOLDERS Missio have sent us 2017 calendars which are at the back of the Church. Please take your copy.
 
DRESS SALE Elaine Hook still has evening and party dresses for sale. If you are interested please phone to view in the next two weeks 01732 841411
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguarding Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!” CHURCH CLEANING Wiesia’s group (week beginning 21st November).
 
GARDENING CLUB will NOT be meeting in December but will meet again in January - weather permitting.
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP ADVENT SERVICE AND LUNCH on Wednesday 7th December. There will be a Penitential Service at 11am in the Church followed by lunch at 12.30pm at Spadework.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details - also Cafod Christmas catalogues available. Sacred Heart Messenger for December 2016 on sale in the porch.
 

ADVENT HOUSE MASSES

West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Tuesday 13th December at 8pm. Hermitage Farm Barn, Lucks Hill. West Malling. ME19 6HW. Jenny and David Lingham 01732 522816
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Thursday 15th December at 8pm. 73 Oak Drive, Larkfield. ME20 6NL. Dee and Peter Avery 01732 870207
Kings Hill and Mereworth Tuesday 20th December at 8pm. 21 Alfriston Grove, Kings Hill. ME19 4AS. Steph Di Pasquali 01732 220709
Snodland and Halling Wednesday 21st December at 8pm. 8 Brooke Lane, Snodland. ME6 5LF. Bogdan and Cristina Gligan 01634 246322
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages meet on Friday 16th December at 7pm. “Christmas drinks and nibbles for all in our Area Group - please bring a Christmas Cracker!” Venue: Silver Fern, Church Road, Offham. ME19 5NY. Contact for RSVP Angela and Charles Unter 01732 872800
 
 

Download Newsletter

 

 

33rd Sunday of the Year (C)    13 November 2016
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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

33rd Sunday of the Year (C)
Remembrance Sunday
The Year of Mercy
13th November 2016
 
Today, as we continue November - ’the month of Saints’ we celebrate “Remembrance Sunday” and honour the Saints above who have died in war and been called - and are being called - to sacrifice their lives for freedom, justice and peace. We honour them at our Masses and also at the Remembrance Services at West Malling and Snodland and in the villages, praying for them and rededicating ourselves to our task as ‘God’s Saints on Earth’, of building the world of peace and justice and life for which they gave, and are giving, their lives. Many thanks to our School who are helping us in this celebration by presenting our 10am Re-membrance Mass today (Sunday) and we thank them for the work they have put into this and all they give to our Parish family.
 
Also today there is a special collection during the Notices for the Archbishop’s Diocesan Administration Fund to meet the cost of the Central Administration for the Diocese.
 
During the week there is a meeting of the Baby and Toddler Group on Tuesday and a Parish Meeting on Wednesday.
 
Next weekend, we bring all the themes of November together as we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King and unite ourselves
as the Saints on Earth with the Saints in Heaven and Purgatory in a new dedication as His followers as we end another year of our faith. We shall also be honouring and praying for our young people on National Youth Sunday and give thanks to our young people and Youth Group and leaders for all they bring to our Parish family and Church (they will be presenting a special Youth Mass at 5.30pm on Sunday and will meet at 3pm to prepare for this - they are also looking for sponsors for their ‘sleepover’ for ‘young homeless people’ on Friday 27th November). Also after the 5.30pm Mass next Sunday there will be a special social for a ‘certain birthday’ (no more clues!) in the Church porch to which you are all invited. Also at the 10am Mass we will have our First Communion Enrolment and pray for our children and their parents as they commit themselves to the course that will prepare them to receive their second and third Sacraments and take these two further steps on their Faith and Parish journey.
 
There will also be a second collection during the Notices for the Catholic Youth Service to support the Southwark Catholic Youth Service and other youth work in the Diocese and beyond.
 
Also very importantly next weekend, our CLERGY SUPPORT FUND TEAM are making a final presentation for the fund including a short film on retired Clergy in Church which they ask people to stay for a few minutes after Mass and see. To encourage you in this there will be a SHORT SERMON and VERY SHORT NOTICES (so well done, Clergy Support Team!).
 
Have a good week everyone.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (St. Josaphat) 12
2.30pm
5pm
The Parishioners
SUNDAY 
33rd Sunday of the Year (C)
Remembrance Sunday
13
10am
5.30pm
(Mass presented by the School) For Our War Dead
Bridget Tenters R.I.P.
(Remembrance Services)
MONDAY (Feria)
14 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (Feria)
15
9.30am
12 noon
Ryan Family R.I.P.
WEDNESDAY (Feria)
16 9.30am Victor Walker R.I.P.
THURSDAY (Feria)
17 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Feria) 18 9.30am Hayes Family R.I.P.
SATURDAY (Feria) 19 5pm
Baptism: Rory O’Keefe
The Parishioners
SUNDAY 
Christ the King (C)
National Youth Sunday
(Clergy Support Fund Presentation)
20
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Robert Content R.I.P.
(With Youth Group) In Thanksgiving
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Derek Thompson; Mary Wilmot; Valentina Ruiz; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jack Gillett; The Rudenko Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Mirella Andrew; Nicholas Powell; John Cruickshank; Ron and Mrs. Whitehead; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Canon Luke’s Father; Cath Sweetman’s Father; Chris Sweetman’s Mother; Claudio and Charlotte Gangemi; Katie Knight; Phoebe Menzes; Dave Cook; John Marks; Mary Healy; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all those affected by present cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Cynthia; Derek Calkin; Michael Krantz. Also Joe McGrath (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Doris Brown; Mary Ivell; Kitty Gibbs; William Wrest; Irena Modliboska; James Baxter; Adam Golebiowski; John (Pat) Hegarty; Peter Walmsley; Christopher Sharp; Lady Rachel Hatton; Constance Gray; Kay O’Connell; Dominic Alexan-der; Bishop John Jukes.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 13
10am
3pm
Mass presented by the School - NO Children’s Liturgy
Remembrance Service in Snodland Cemetery
TUESDAY 15 1.30-3pm Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 16 7 for 7.30pm Parish Meeting in the Priest’s House
SUNDAY 20
10am
3pm
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 kind Offerings which amounted to £415.88 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Mary Goldsmith (No.41) for the November draw.
 

FUNDRAISING

£1454.90 total raised in October through donations and events. Overall total raised is £63,222.22
Amount still owed on loan is £21,777.78
***********
CRAFT FAYRE Maria Abbott will be running a Craft Stall on Saturday 26th November in the Church porch from 10am until 12 noon. Unique ceramics and patchwork - all at reasonable prices.
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING Next meeting Tuesday 13th December 2016 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening 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 2016 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 years class is 28th November 2016. No children will be accepted onto the course after this date. The Enrolment Mass is next Sunday 20th November. All children and parents need to attend - enrolment forms one of each colour to be presented at the Mass.
 
COMMUNION PHOTOGRAPHS Would parents or carers of children who made their First Holy Communion this year please take home the photograph of their child from the board in Church. Thank you.
 
CHRISTMAS CARDS AND ADVENT CALENDARS are now on sale in the porch. All are individually priced and they are cheaper than the shops. We operate an honesty scheme where you can choose and then put your money in the box on the wall by the main door. This is a good way of helping to raise funds for our Church.
 
ADVENT WREATH MAKING takes place on Saturday 26th November from 10am till 12 noon. Cost is £5 per wreath and refreshments will be provided. Do not forget to bring your own greenery. The wreaths will be blessed at all Masses that weekend.
 
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR Saturday 3rd December 11am-2pm. The Fete Committee team (Danny Coleman, Alison Mansfield, Colette Dunckley and Clare Mason) need your help. If you are able to help on a stall or setting up / clear-ing away on the day of the Bazaar, please see one of the team after Mass or let the Parish Office know and one of the team will contact you. Many, many thanks.
 
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR PARISH DONATIONS School parents are asked to donate £2 towards the cost of a raffle hamper, a bottle of wine for the bottle tombola and a homemade cake (to be supplied on the morning of the Bazaar or the day before) or a box of mince pies. It would be lovely if parishioners could donate the same. If you are able to do so, there will be a donation box at the back of the church. The Parish Hamper is red wine.
 
IRIS ROOTS There is a card at the back of the Church for Iris Root’s 90th birthday. Would anyone who wishes to, please sign it.
 
THE ART OF DYING WELL is a new website that offers a helping hand to those grappling with issues around death and dying. Based in the Catholic tradition but open to all, it features real-life stories about dealing with the journey through death to eternal life. It will launch in November - the traditional month of remembering and praying for the dead. Prayer cards are available in the porch. www.artofdyingwell.org
 
COME AND SING WITH BOB CHILCOTT on 18th February 2017 from 9am to 4pm at Invicta Girls Grammar School - he is described by The Observer as “a contemporary hero of British Choral Music”. You must register for the day by 16th December 2016 at the latest. Cost is £20 (+ £2 score hire if applicable). Please see leaflet on the notice board for more details.
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet dur-ing Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguard-ing Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”
 
CHURCH CLEANING Eileen’s group (week beginning 14th November).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details - including a thank you letter from Cafod. Sacred Heart Messen-ger for November 2016 on sale in the porch.

Download Newsletter

 

32nd Sunday of the Year (C)    06 November 2016
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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

32nd Sunday of the Year (C)
Confirmation Presentation
The Year of Mercy
6th November 2016
 
This weekend - as we continue to honour the Saints in Heaven and Purgatory and rededicate ourselves as God’s Saints on Earth in this month of November - we have the joy of welcoming our ‘Newly-Confirmed’ as they are pre-sented and make their Confirmation Dedication to our Parish - Caitlin O'Toole at the 5pm Saturday Mass; our adult candidates, Kayleigh Jenkins and Charlie Ogoh at the 10am Sunday Mass and Lara Etheridge at the 5.30pm Sun-day Mass - and added to this, the joy of the Reception of Shireen Razey into the Church at the 5.30pm Sunday and pray for her and her Sponsor and family. We thank them all for their witness and dedication to the Church and Par-ish today and pray that they may inspire us all in our calling with the help of their sponsors and families.
 
This week there are meetings for the Youth Group leaders, Baby and Toddler Group, Children’s Liturgy organisers and First Communion parents - also the Deanery Mass for Deceased Clergy at Cranbrook on Tuesday at 12 noon to which everyone is invited - details of all these overleaf.
 
Next weekend we celebrate Remembrance Sunday and honour the Saints above who have died in war for freedom, justice and peace. The School will present a special Remembrance Mass at 10am and there are Remembrance Services in West Malling, Snodland and the Villages. There will also be a special collection during the Notices for the Archbishop’s Diocesan Administration Fund to meet the cost of the Central Administration of the Diocese.
 
Also - advance notice - in two weeks time on the weekend of 19th/20th November - there will be a final Information Weekend for the Clergy Support Fund.
 
Have a good week everyone.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Feria) 5
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Evelyn Patterson
(Confirmation Presentation) Derek Calkin R.I.P. [The Maher Family]
SUNDAY 
32nd Sunday of the Year (C)
Confirmation Presentation
6
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy and Confirmation Presentation) Geraldine Smith
(Confirmation Presentation and Reception into the Church of Shireen Razey) The Parishioners
MONDAY (Cathedral Dedication)
7 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (Feria)
8
9.30am
12 noon
Derek Calkin R.I.P. (Mary Goldsmith)
Deanery Mass for Deceased Clergy at St. Theodore’s, High Street, Cranbrook
WEDNESDAY (Dedication of the Lateran Basilica)
9 9.30am Deceased Relatives and Friends of the Lobo Family
THURSDAY (St. Leo the Great)
10 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (St. Martin of Tours) 11 9.30am
(Mass in St. Simon Stock School at 8.15am)
Communion Service
SATURDAY (St. Josaphat) 12 5pm The Parishioners
SUNDAY 
33rd Sunday of the Year (C)
Remembrance Sunday
13
10am
5.30pm
(Mass presented by the School) For Our War Dead
Bridget Tenters R.I.P.
(Remembrance Services)

 

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm

PLEASE PRAY FOR: Mary Wilmot; Valentina Ruiz; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jack Gillett; The Rudenko Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Mirella Andrew; Nicholas Powell; John Cruickshank; Ron and Mrs. Whitehead; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Canon Luke’s Father; Cath Sweetman’s Father; Chris Sweetman’s Mother; Claudio and Charlotte Gangemi; Katie Knight; Jennifer Han-sen; Steen Hansen; Yolanda Bath; M-L Wise; Dane Cook; Phoebe Menzes; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hos-pice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all those affected by present cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.

RECENTLY DEAD: Derek Calkin; Michael Krantz; Joe McGrath. Also Mary Frake (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Ellen Radford; Lilian Irwin; Louise Thorogood; Bridie Kelly; Kitty Parris; Edward (Paddy) Colbert; Julie Stock-ton; Peggy Roberts; Kate Chapman; Margaret Gaiger; Anne Marie Townend; Sir Ronald Hatton; Brigid Tasker; Walter Davies; Bridget Oliver; Daphne Madge; Doris Brown; Mary Ivell; Kitty Gibbs; William Wrest.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 6
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 7 8pm Youth Group leaders meet in the Priest's House
TUESDAY 8
1.30-3pm
7.45 for 8pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Children’s Liturgy organisers meet in the Priest’s House
WEDNESDAY 9 7.30 for 8pm First Communion parents’ meeting in Church
SUNDAY 13
10am
3pm
Mass presented by the School - NO Children’s Liturgy
Remembrance Service in Snodland Cemetery
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £423.80 (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

£1454.90 total raised in October through donations and events. Overall total raised is £63,222.22
Amount still owed on loan is £21,777.78
***********
CRAFT FAYRE Maria Abbott will be running a Craft Stall on Saturday 26th November in the Church porch from 10am until 12 noon. Unique ceramics and patchwork - all at reasonable prices.
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING Next meeting Tuesday 8th November 2016 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Schedules for classes starting in October 2016 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 years class is 28th November 2016. No children will be accepted onto the course after this date. There is a parent’s meeting on Wednesday 9th November at 7.30 for 8pm in Church to discuss continuing with the course and preparing for the Enrolment Mass on Sunday 20th November.
 
CHRISTMAS CARDS AND ADVENT CALENDARS are now on sale in the porch. All are individually priced and they are cheaper than the shops. We operate an honesty scheme where you can choose and then put your money in the box on the wall by the main door. This is a good way of helping to raise funds for our Church.
 
ADVENT WREATH MAKING takes place on Saturday 26th November from 10am till 12 noon. Cost is £5 per wreath and refresh-ments will be provided. Do not forget to bring your own greenery. The wreaths will be blessed at all Masses that weekend.
 
 
SHOE BOXES Please return these as soon as possible to the Church or Office - the deadline is this Wednesday 9th November.
 
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR Saturday 3rd December 11am-2pm. The Fete Committee team (Danny Coleman, Alison Mansfield, Colette Dunckley and Clare Mason) need your help. If you are able to help on a stall or setting up / clearing away on the day of the Bazaar, please see one of the team after Mass or let the Parish Office know and one of the team will contact you. Many, many thanks.
 
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR PARISH DONATIONS School parents are asked to donate £2 towards the cost of a raffle hamper, a bottle of wine for the bottle tombola and a homemade cake (to be supplied on the morning of the Bazaar or the day before) or a box of mince pies. It would be lovely if parishioners could donate the same. If you are able to do so, there will be a donation box at the back of the church. The Parish Hamper is red wine.
 
DEREK CALKIN Eileen Calkin would like to thank everyone for their kind words and prayers.
 
IRIS ROOTS There is a card at the back of the Church for Iris Root’s 90th birthday. Would anyone who wishes to, please sign it.
 
MIDDAY SUPERVISOR More Park School are looking for a part-time midday meal supervisor. Deadline for applications is 11th November. Details can be found by following this link: https://www.kent-teach.com/Recruitment/Vacancy/VacancyDetails.aspx?VacancyId=46987
 
CHURCH PORCH MANAGER URGENTLY NEEDED to update notice boards, remove and replace newsletters and other publi-cations and some photocopying for 30 - 45 minutes each Friday, anytime between 12 and 3pm (ideal for anyone picking up school children). If you would like to help or even job share with another person please let us know by filling in a Donate8 card and post it in the box in the porch or contact the Office. There are other jobs that need your help also, posted on the Donate8 board in the porch - we can't do them without you!
 
PRISONERS’ WEEKEND 2016 Pact - Prison Advice and Care Trust send their thanks for the £258.65 raised from the Parish collection on Prisoners’ Sunday. The funds raised will enable Pact to reach many more people who turn to them for help - prison-ers’ children visiting a parent in prison, family members struggling with their relative’s imprisonment, prisoners and ex-offenders looking to make a fresh start. Pact asks us all to continue to keep those affected by prison in our prayers.
 
COME AND SING WITH BOB CHILCOTT on 18th February 2017 from 9am to 4pm at Invicta Girls Grammar School - he is de-scribed by The Observer as “a contemporary hero of British Choral Music”. You must register for the day by 16th December 2016 at the latest. Cost is £20 (+ £2 score hire if applicable). Please see leaflet on the notice board for more details.
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguarding Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”
 
CHURCH CLEANING Steph’s group (week beginning 7th November).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details. Sacred Heart Messenger for November 2016 on sale in the porch

Download Newsletter

 

31st Sunday of the Year (C)    30 October 2016
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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

31st Sunday of the Year (C)
National Mass Count
The Year of Mercy
30th October 2016
 
This weekend we celebrate the last weekend of October (and hope you have remembered to put your clocks back!) and then move into the month of November - the month of Saints - the Saints in Heaven, in Purgatory and us as the Saints on Earth.
 
On Tuesday with the great Feast of All Saints, we honour the Saints in Glory - both the Canonised Saints and the people whom we have known who have touched our lives with their goodness and are now in the glory of Heaven. This is a Holy Day of Obliga-tion when we should try to get to Church if we can and there will be Mass with the Pre-School and School at 10am and a Parish Mass at 8pm.
 
On Wednesday with the Feast of All Souls, we honour and support the Saints who are preparing for Heaven in Purgatory and, by praying and coming to Mass voluntarily, have the privilege of helping a Saint in Purgatory take his or her final steps into Heaven - there are Masses on Wednesday at 9.30am, 12 noon and 8pm to help us in this.
 
Many, many thanks to Dee and the Flower Ladies for the beautiful display of lilies in honour of our loved ones to help us to cele-brate these two great Feasts and we remember all those whose names are on the board in front of the Altar.
 
It’s also ‘fireworks time’ with November 5th next Saturday which we use, free from the associations of the past, to celebrate the lives and light of the Saints above and also our role to shine and ‘light up’ as God’s Saints on Earth which will lead us to a new dedication to this on the great Feast of Christ the King on the final Sunday of the Church’s year on Sunday 20th November. The Junior Youth Group will celebrate this with fireworks this Friday. So happy fireworks with the Saints everyone - but please keep safe! Today we also have a special ‘Anniversary Pastoral Appeal’ on behalf of SPUC during the Notices (see note overleaf) and during the week there are also meetings for the Baby and Toddler Group and Mother Teresa Group.
 
Next weekend is our Confirmation Presentation weekend and ask you to keep our newly confirmed in your prayers as they pre-pare for this - Caitlin O’Toole (5pm Saturday Mass); Kayleigh Jenkins and Charlie Ogoh (10am Sunday) and Lara Etheridge (5.30pm Sunday). We also have the joy of the Reception and Initiation of Shireen Razey into the Church at the 5.30pm Sunday Mass - please pray for her and her Sponsor and family as she prepares for this.
 
Have a good week with the Saints and fireworks everyone.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Feria) 29
5pm
Elizabeth Lawson
SUNDAY 
31st Sunday of the Year (C)
National Mass Count
30
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Frank Blake and Mary Boyle R.I.P.
Alix Terriére and Child
MONDAY
EVE OF ALL SAINTS
31 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY
ALL SAINTS
1 Nov
10am
8pm
School and Pre-School Mass in Church (Parish Family)
Parish Mass (Parishioners, Family and Friends)
WEDNESDAY
ALL SOULS
2 9.30am (Holy Souls) Masses at 9.30am, 12 noon and 8pm
THURSDAY (St. Martin de Porres)
3 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (St. Charles Borromeo) 4 9.30am Charles Lovell R.I.P. (Jane Chadwick)
SATURDAY (Feria) 5
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Evelyn Patterson
(Confirmation Presentation) Derek Calkin R.I.P. [The Maher Family]
SUNDAY 
32nd Sunday of the Year (C)
Confirmation Presentation
6
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy and Confirmation Presentation) Geraldine Smith
(Confirmation Presentation and Reception into the Church of Shireen Razey) The Parishioners

 

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm

PLEASE PRAY FOR: Mary Wilmot; Valentina Ruiz; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jack Gillett; The Rudenko Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Mirella Andrew; Nicholas Powell; John Cruickshank; Ron and Mrs. Whitehead; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Canon Luke’s Father; Cath Sweetman’s Father; Chris Sweetman’s Mother; Claudio and Charlotte Gangemi; Katie Knight; Catherine Finn; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all those affected by present cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.

RECENTLY DEAD: Derek Calkin; Michael Krantz; Joe McGrath; Mary Frake. Also Nora Coulter; George McAuliffe (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.

ANNIVERSARIES: 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; Ellen Radford; Lilian Irwin; Louise Thorogood; Bridie Kelly.

 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 30
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
TUESDAY 1 Nov
1.30-3pm
6pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Post-Confirmation Interviews
WEDNESDAY 2 2.30pm Mother Teresa Group meet in the Church porch
FRIDAY 4 7-9pm Youth Group meet in the Priest’s House (Fireworks)
SATURDAY 5 10am-12 noon Gardening Club
SUNDAY 6 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £389.23 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collection for World Mission Day raised £330.15
 

FUNDRAISING

 
£1454.90 total raised in October through donations and events. Overall total raised is £63,222.22
Amount still owed on loan is £21,777.78
***********
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING Next meeting Tuesday 8th November 2016 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening 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 2016 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 years class is 28th November 2016. No children will be accepted onto the course after this date.
 
SHOE BOXES 50 shoeboxes and leaflets are now available in the Church porch. Please take them home and re-turn to the porch when filled.
 
CHURCH PORCH MANAGER URGENTLY NEEDED to update notice boards, remove and replace newsletters and other publications and some photocopying for 30 - 45 minutes each Friday, anytime between 12 and 3pm (ideal for anyone picking up school children). If you would like to help or even job share with another person please let us know by filling in a Donate8 card and post it in the box in the porch or contact the Office. There are other jobs that need your help also, posted on the Donate8 board in the porch - we can't do them without you!
 
MRS ELIZABETH STACEY Thank you very much to the Mills family for their kind donation to our Building Fund in memory of Mrs Elizabeth Stacey who died on 25th October 2016.
 
ST. SIMON STOCK CATHOLIC SCHOOL has recently been ranked in the top 10% in the country by Progress-8, which is based on Key Stage 2 SAT scores. The School also ranks in the top 10% of all Schools nationally for the progress that students made at A Level in 2016. St. Simon Stock Catholic School would like to take this opportunity to remind parents of the Sixth Form Open Evening which is on Thursday 3rd November starting at 6pm. Please see the letter from Mr. Wall on the notice board.
 
SPUC - POSTCARD EVENT TO MARK 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF 1967 ABORTION ACT The Union of Catholic Mothers and the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children are working together to commemorate the lives of un-born children lost by abortion since the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act. At all Masses over the weekend of 29th / 30th October, you will be invited to complete a postcard asking your MP to act to protect unborn babies. Please sup-port this initiative which gives us an opportunity to make our voices heard on behalf of unborn children.
 
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY - THANK YOU 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 and help heal the broken-hearted. 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 mission.org.uk or call 020 7821 9755
 
COME AND SING WITH BOB CHILCOTT on 18th February 2017 from 9am to 4pm at Invicta Girls Grammar School - he is described by The Observer as “a contemporary hero of British Choral Music”. You must register for the day by 16th December 2016 at the latest. Cost is £20 (+ £2 score hire if applicable). Please see leaflet on the notice board for more details.
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet dur-ing Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguard-ing Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”
 
CHURCH CLEANING Fiona’s group (week beginning 31st October).
 
GARDENING CLUB meet this Saturday 5th November from 10am to 12 noon - all are welcome.
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP meet at 2.30pm this Wednesday 2nd November in the Church porch.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details - including thank you letters from Pilsdon at Malling and St. Austin and St. Gregory Catholic Church, Margate. Sacred Heart Messenger for November 2016 on sale in the porch.

Download Newsletter

 

30th Sunday of the Year (C)    23 October 2016
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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

30th Sunday of the Year (C)
WORLD MISSION DAY
National Mass Count +++ School Holiday Week
The Year of Mercy
23rd October 2016
 
Today, as we continue to celebrate and dedicate ourselves to the ‘Harvest of our Faith' in this October, we celebrate “World Mis-sion Day” with it’s theme of “Heal the Broken-Hearted” with special reference to Rwanda and with special prayers and support for the work of ‘Missio’ (formerly the APF) in the annual second collection during the Notices - please see the special note overleaf and gift-aiders envelopes are available on the stand at the back of the Church. Today we also thank all those who have the ”Missio Red Boxes” and Tony Law and his helpers and collectors.
 
Please also keep our newly confirmed - Lara Etheridge, Caitlin O’Toole, Kayleigh Jenkins and Charlie Ogoh - in your prayers as they reflect on and decide how they are going to take their Confirmation forward and prepare for their Presentation and dedication to the Parish on the weekend of 5th/6th November. Also for Shireen Razey and her family as she prepares for her Reception into the Church at the 5.30pm Mass that weekend.
 
This week is the School Holiday week - so there are no meetings (isn’t God good!) - we wish all in the Baby and Toddler Group, Pre-School and Schools a good break.
 
Please keep Mary Frake and her family in your prayers as they prepare for her funeral tomorrow (Monday) - also Derek Calkin who died last weekend and Eileen and family as they prepare for his funeral on Thursday - and we offer them all our love and prayers and support at this time.
 
Many thanks to those who have replied to the questions I sent out with the Newsletter on Pope Francis’ letter on ‘Marriage and Family Life’ and other issues. I would be grateful, if you have time, for more replies - please email the Office if you would like to have the questions sent to you again.
 
FINALLY, DON’T FORGET TO PUT YOUR CLOCKS BACK THIS COMING SATURDAY NIGHT - OR YOU’LL BE IN DANGER OF GETTING TO MASS EARLY ON SUNDAY!!
 
Have a good week everyone.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Feria) 22
12 noon
5pm
Marriage of Richard Gallagher and Nicola Hill
Ann Ivell R.I.P. (Birthday)
SUNDAY 
30th Sunday of the Year (C)
World Mission Day
National Mass Count
23
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Allan Strange R.I.P. (anniv.)
The Parishioners
MONDAY (Feria) 24
9.30am
12 noon
Communion Service
Funeral Service for Mary Frake R.I.P. followed by a Service at Aylesford Cemetery
TUESDAY (Feria) 25 9.30am Derek Calkin R.I.P. (Dee and Peter)
WEDNESDAY (Feria) 26 9.30am Communion Service
THURSDAY (Feria)
27 12 noon
NO 9.30am Communion Service
Funeral Service for Derek Calkin R.I.P. followed by a Service at Vinters Park Crematorium
FRIDAY (Ss. Simon and Jude) 28 9.30am The Parishioners
SATURDAY (Feria) 29 5pm Elizabeth Lawson
SUNDAY 
31st Sunday of the Year (C)
National Mass Count
30
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Frank Blake and Mary Boyle R.I.P.
Alix Terriére and Child

 

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm

PLEASE PRAY FOR: Mary Wilmot; Valentina Ruiz; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Derek Calkin; Jack Gillett; The Rudenko Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Mirella Andrew; Nicholas Powell; John Cruickshank; Ron and Mrs. Whitehead; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Canon Luke’s Father; Cath Sweetman’s Father; Chris Sweetman’s Mother; Claudio and Charlotte Gangemi; Katie Knight; Jennifer Hansen; Steen Hansen; Yolanda Bath; Ron Crowie; M-L Wise; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all those affected by present cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.

RECENTLY DEAD: Derek Calkin; Michael Krantz; Joe McGrath; Mary Frake; Nora Coulter; George McAuliffe. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Allan Strange; Patrick Bellamy; John Harrington; Eileen Weir; Joan Swingler; Rosemary Goodayle; Stephen McEvoy; Margaret Hopgood; Ellen Davis; Iris Durden; Nancy Cochran; Jennie Newman; Frank Blake.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 23
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
TUESDAY 25   No Baby & Toddler Group (School Holiday)
FRIDAY 28 8pm Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Area Group meeting - see below
SUNDAY 30 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £368.30 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collec-tion for PACT raised £258.65
 
COMMUNION SERVICE Please note there will NOT be a Communion Service this Thursday 27th October.
 

FUNDRAISING

 
£1,917.85 total raised in September through donations and events. Overall total raised is £61,767.32
Amount still owed on loan is £23,232.68
***********
CEILIDH EVENING The Fundraising team would like to thank the Kings Hill and Mereworth Area Group who raised approximately £1,000 for the Building Fund last Saturday at their Ceilidh Evening. It was a Fantastic evening and enjoyed by all.
 
KINGS HILL AND MEREWORTH AREA GROUP would also like to say a big thank you to all who supported and donated to the Ceilidh Evening.
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING Next meeting Tuesday 8th November 2016 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening 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 2016 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 years class is 28th November 2016. No children will be accepted onto the course after this date.
 
100 CLUB Dee will be in the Porch after all Masses throughout October to collect annual subscriptions for the 100 Club. 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.
 
ITEMS FOR THE HOMELESS Please continue bringing in new items for the homeless parcels for Christmas - after the Mother Teresa Group counted the items they still require , 13 scarves, 9 pairs of gloves, 20 bars of soap, 14 toothbrushes and 42 packs of tissues. If you could provide any of these items before the end of October they would be very grateful. Please place them in the red box in the Church porch.
 
SHOE BOXES 50 shoeboxes and leaflets are now available in the Church porch. Please take them home and return to the porch when filled.
 
DONATE8 Help is required to buy and fit a zip in an Altar Server’s Alb. This could be part of your Donate8. Contact Peter Avery on 01772 870207.
 
UNCLAIMED RAFFLE PRIZE from the Ceilidh Evening. Green ticket no. 14 - name of Moreno on the back
 
ST. SIMON STOCK CATHOLIC SCHOOL has recently been ranked in the top 10% in the country by Progress-8, which is based on Key Stage 2 SAT scores. The School also ranks in the top 10% of all Schools nationally for the progress that students made at A Level in 2016. St. Simon Stock Catholic School would like to take this opportunity to remind parents of the Sixth Form Open Evening which is on Thursday 3rd November starting at 6pm. Please see the letter from Mr. Wall on the notice board.
 
TODAY IS WORLD MISSION SUNDAY Today the Holy Father invites all Catholics to contribute to a special collection for Missio, his official charity for overseas mission. Your prayers and donations today will support the work of missionaries, like those in Rwanda, as they share God’s mercy and love with those who are suffering. The World Mission Sunday collection will support mission projects worldwide that bring God’s love and the Gospel message of dignity for all. Please give what you can, and if pos-sible, please use the Gift Aid envelopes if you are a taxpayer. Thank you.
 
COME AND SING WITH BOB CHILCOTT on 18th February 2017 from 9am to 4pm at Invicta Girls Grammar School - he is de-scribed by The Observer as “a contemporary hero of British Choral Music”. You must register for the day by 16th December 2016 at the latest. Cost is £20 (+ £2 score hire if applicable). Please see leaflet on the notice board for more details.
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguarding Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”
 
CHURCH CLEANING Wiesia’s group (week beginning 24th October).
 
FLOWER ARRANGERS Would all Flower Arrangers meet in Church on Saturday 29th October at 10am to prepare Lilies (if you attended our flower arranging evening and would like to come along and help you would be very welcome to join us).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details. Sacred Heart Messenger for November 2016 on sale in the porch.
 

AREA GROUP MEETINGS

Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston meet on Friday 28th October at 8pm for a Cheese and Wine Evening. Venue: The Coach House, Lunsford Lane, Larkfield. ME20 6HT. Contact: Elaine and Colin Hook 01732 841411
 

Download Newsletter

 

 

29th Sunday of the Year (C)    16 October 2016
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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 (C)
PARISH DEDICATION WEEKEND +++ DAY OF PRAYER FOR PRISONERS
National Mass Count
The Year of Mercy
16th October 2016
 
Today as we continue to celebrate and dedicate ourselves to our Harvest and Mission in this October, we celebrate our Parish Dedication Weekend - the anniversary of the founding of our Parish, the 34th Anniversary of the Consecration of our Church of St. Thomas More on 15th October 1982 and the 17th Anniversary of my Induction as your Parish Priest on 15th October 1999 (isn’t God good!!). Let’s use this weekend to truly rededicate ourselves to our Parish and all our work and hopes here.
 
We are joined in this dedication by our newly confirmed, following our Deanery Confirmation last Sunday, which was a beautiful occasion and ceremony. We congratulate Lara Etheridge and Caitlin O’Toole and our adult candidates, Kayleigh Jenkins and Charlie Ogoh (together with the newly confirmed from St. Peter’s, Bearsted, St. Francis, Maidstone and Holy Family, South Maid-stone, where the Confirmation took place) and their sponsors and families. Please pray for them as they now look at how they are going to take their Confirmation forward and prepare for their Presentation to the Parish on 5th/6th November.
 
Today we also celebrate a ‘Day of Prayer’ for prisoners and their families with a special collection for ‘PACT’ (Prison Advice and Care Trust) at all Masses - gift-aiders envelopes for this are available in the porch.
 
During the week there are meetings for the Baby and Toddler Group and Confirmation Candidates and the Youth Group have a ‘film night’ in the Priest’s House on Friday (details overleaf).
 
Next weekend we celebrate World Mission Day with prayers and a second collection during the Notices for ‘Missio’ (formerly the APF - please see the special note about this overleaf and gift-aiders envelopes for this are available on the stand at the back of the Church).
 
Finally, please keep Richard Gallagher and Nicola Hill in your prayers as they prepare for their Marriage here on Saturday.
 
Have a good week everyone and let us keep those who have been confirmed and all our Parish in your prayers.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Feria) 15
2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms: Beatrix Baker and Milly Henry
Ellen and Terry Battock R.I.P. (anniv.)
SUNDAY 
29th Sunday of the Year (C)
Parish Dedication Weekend
Day of Prayer for Prisoners
National Mass Count
16
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Josephine Engelbrecht R.I.P.
The Parishioners
MONDAY (St. Ignatius of Antioch) 17 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (St. Luke) 18 9.30am Tony Goldsmith R.I.P. (Maggi Jones)
WEDNESDAY (Canadian Martyrs) 19 9.30am Holy Souls
THURSDAY (Feria)
20 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Feria) 21 9.30am Joan Wegrzyn - welfare (Maggi Jones)
SATURDAY (Feria) 22
12 noon
5pm
Marriage of Richard Gallagher and Nicola Hill
Ann Ivell R.I.P. (Birthday)
SUNDAY 
30th Sunday of the Year (C)
World Mission Day
National Mass Count
23
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Allan Strange R.I.P. (anniv.)
The Parishioners

 

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm

PLEASE PRAY FOR: Valentina Ruiz; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Derek Calkin; Jack Gillett; The Rudenko Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Mirella Andrew; Nicholas Powell; John Cruickshank; Ron and Mrs. Whitehead; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Canon Luke’s Father; Cath Sweetman’s Father; Chris Sweetman’s Mother; Claudio and Charlotte Gangemi; Katie Knight; Jennifer Han-sen; Steen Hansen; Yolanda Bath; M-L Wise; Yvonne Wallin; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all those affected by present cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.

RECENTLY DEAD: Joe McGrath; Mary Frake; Nora Coulter; George McAuliffe. Also Paddy McDermott (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Joseph Bragoli; Gwen Killeen; Andrew Jackson; John Paddy Winters; James Conroy; Gina Bartholomew; Mercedes Hawkins; Sheila Watson; Herbert Gollop; Thomas Nash; John Levey; Gwyneth Haskins; Allan Strange; Patrick Bellamy; John Harrington.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 16
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 17 7.15pm Wedding Rehearsal in Church
TUESDAY 18
1.30-3pm
6.30-7.30pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Confirmation Assessment meeting in the Priest’s House
FRIDAY 21 7-9pm Youth Group ‘Film Night’ in the Priest’s House
SUNDAY 23 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £318.08 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collec-tion for Cafod raised £388.20
 

FUNDRAISING

 
£1,917.85 total raised in September through donations and events. Overall total raised is £61,767.32
Amount still owed on loan is £23,232.68
***********
CEILIDH EVENING Saturday 15th October in More Park School Hall from 7.30-9.30pm. This is a Family Event with folk music and dancing for all. There will be a raffle - drinks and nibbles are provided with a box available for donations. It is recommended that ladies wear flat, comfortable shoes - not high heels.
Tickets will not be on sale after Saturday’s Mass but will be available on the door that evening: Adults £5 Child £2.50 Family Ticket £14
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING Chris Gobel has started an evening group for all types of needlework and knitting who meet on the second Tuesday of every month - next meeting Tues 8th November 2016 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
 
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Schedules for classes starting in October 2016 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 years class is 28th November 2016. No children will be accepted onto the course after this date.
 
100 CLUB Dee will be in the Porch after all Masses throughout October to collect annual subscriptions for the 100 Club. 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.
 
ITEMS FOR THE HOMELESS Please continue bringing in new items for the homeless parcels for Christmas - after the Mother Teresa Group counted the items they still require , 13 scarves, 9 pairs of gloves, 20 bars of soap, 14 toothbrushes and 42 packs of tissues. If you could provide any of these items before the end of October they would be very grateful. Please place them in the red box in the Church porch.
 
SHOE BOXES 50 shoeboxes and leaflets are now available in the Church porch. Please take them home and return to the porch when filled.
 
DONATE8 Help is required to buy and fit a zip in an Altar Server’s Alb. This could be part of your Donate8. Contact Peter Avery on 01772 870207.
 
CAFOD HARVEST FAST DAY This year our Parish raised £388.20 for Cafod. Thank you for your generous support and prayers. Your support means more of your brothers and sisters across the world will have the materials and training they need to grow enough food for their families. Please continue to pray for this work and for the gifts of God’s earth to be shared by all.
 
NEXT SUNDAY IS WORLD MISSION SUNDAY Next Sunday, the Holy Father invites all Catholics to contribute to a special col-lection for Missio, his official charity for overseas mission. World Mission Sunday is a special day that unites Catholics all over the world in prayer, celebration and care for the mission of the Church. By supporting World Mission Sunday you are directly helping missionaries in Rwanda and around the world to help heal the broken-hearted. You will be able to Gift Aid all donations by using envelopes provided by Missio. Thank you.
 
THE BEGINNING OF LIFE CONFERENCE - a free half day conference for juniors and students of the healthcare professions (doctors, nurses, midwives, medical students, nursing students etc). Starts at 1.30pm on Saturday 22nd October 2016 at New-man House, Gower Street, London. An opportunity to make new friends and hear what the Catholic Church teaches. Visit www.CatholicMedicalAssociation.org.uk for more details. Please email events@catholicmedicalassociation.org.uk by 17th October as places are limited.
 
QUIZ IN AID OF LET’S DO LUNCH Saturday 22nd October 2016 at 7:30pm in Lunsford Primary School, Larkfield. Cost: £5 - bring your own drinks and food - teams of up to eight people. Please let Jenny Barrow jennybarrow@hotmail.com 01622 814631 / 07747850249 know by Monday 17th October if you would like to make up a St. Thomas More Team so that she can let 
David Mckie know by Wednesday 19th October. mrdavid.mckie@btinternet.com
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguarding Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”
 
CHURCH CLEANING Eileen’s group (week beginning 17th October).
 
FLOWER ARRANGERS Would all Flower Arrangers meet in Church at 1.30pm on Friday 21st October for Wedding Flowers. Greenery is also needed. Also to prepare Lilies on Saturday 29th October at 10am (if you attended our flower arranging evening and would like to come along and help you would be very welcome to join us).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details. Sacred Heart Messenger for November 2016 on sale in the porch.
 

AREA GROUP MEETINGS

Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston meet on Friday 28th October at 8pm for a Cheese and Wine Evening. Venue: The Coach House, Lunsford Lane, Larkfield. ME20 6HT. Contact: Elaine and Colin Hook 01732 841411
 
 

Download Newsletter

 

 

28th Sunday of the Year (C)    09 October 2016
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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 (C)
CONFIRMATION +++ NATIONAL MASS COUNT
The Year of Mercy
9th October 2016
 
Today we continue to celebrate and dedicate ourselves to the Harvest of our Earth and Faith in this October. - with the Cafod Har-vest Fast Day collection at all Masses and with our Confirmation for the Maidstone Deanery Parishes at Holy family, South Maid-stone this Sunday.
 
We congratulate and pray for our Confirmation Candidates who become our ‘Newly - Confirmed’ this weekend - Lara Etheridge, Caitlin O’Toole, and our adult candidates, Kayleigh Jenkins and Charlie Ogoh - and all the candidates from Bearsted, Maidstone and South Maidstone - and their sponsors and families. As they receive their final Sacrament of Initiation and take their place with us as full members of the Church and our Deanery and Parish, we pray that their example may inspire us all - especially those of us who have been confirmed - in our calling to our Parish and Church.
 
During the week there are meetings for the Baby and Toddler Group, Deanery Clergy, School Governors, Needlework and Knit-ting Group and Mother Teresa Group - and the important opening meeting for this year’s First Communion parents on Wednesday - and on Saturday, the Deanery ‘Spirituality’ afternoon at St. Peter’s, Bearsted and our fundraising Ceilidh Evening in the School Hall from 7.30pm to 9.30pm for which we ask your support - details overleaf.
 
Next weekend is our Parish Dedication Weekend - we celebrate the anniversary of the Founding of our Parish, the Consecration of our Church of St. Thomas More, and my induction as your Parish Priest seventeen years ago (doesn’t time fly!) and will use this weekend, with our newly confirmed, to truly rededicate ourselves to our Parish and all our work and hopes here. We shall also be celebrating a ‘Day of Prayer’ for prisoners and their families with a special collection for ‘PACT’ (Prison Advice and Care Trust) at all Masses - Gift-Aiders envelopes for this are available in the porch today.
 
Many thanks to Paula, Maddy and helpers and all in the Parish who helped to make last Sunday's Confirmation Preparation Event a lovely occasion for all our Deanery Candidates and their sponsors, families and Catechists - and for the lovely cakes donated by parishioners.
 
Have a good week everyone and let us keep those who are being Confirmed and all our Parish and Deanery in our prayers.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Feria) 8
5pm
Terry Battock R.I.P. (anniv.)
SUNDAY 
28th Sunday of the Year (C)
Confirmation
National Mass Count
9
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
(3pm - Confirmation Mass at Holy Family, South Maidstone)
George McAuliffe R.I.P.
MONDAY (Feria) 10 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (St. John XXlll) 11 9.30am Holy Souls
WEDNESDAY (St. Wilfred) 12 9.30am Tony Goldsmith R.I.P. (Jane Chadwick)
THURSDAY (St. Edward the Confessor)
13 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Feria) 14 9.30am Tony Goldsmith R.I.P. (Mother Teresa Group)
SATURDAY (Feria) 15
2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms: Beatrix Baker and Milly Henry
Ellen and Terry Battock R.I.P. (anniv.)
SUNDAY 
29th Sunday of the Year (C)
Parish Dedication Weekend
Day of Prayer for Prisoners
National Mass Count
16
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Josephine Engelbrecht R.I.P.
The Parishioners

 

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm

PLEASE PRAY FOR: Valentina Ruiz; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Derek Calkin; Jack Gillett; The Rudenko Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Mirella Andrew; Nicholas Powell; John Cruickshank; Ron and Mrs. Whitehead; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Canon Luke’s Father; Cath Sweetman’s Father; Chris Sweetman’s Mother; Claudio and Charlotte Gangemi; Katie Knight; Jean Herrington; Joanna Frazer; Jennifer Hansen; Steen Hansen; Yolanda Bath; M-L Wise; Mr. Freeman; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all those affected by present cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.

RECENTLY DEAD: Mary Frake; Nora Coulter; George McAuliffe; Paddy McDermott. Also Giustino Viscido; Tiffany’s Grandfa-ther (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civil-

ANNIVERSARIES: Gerald Houghton; Ellen Hensby; Margaret Cordridge; Maud Savage; Archbishop Cyril Cowderoy; Terence Battock; Dueilliama (William) Billanuvan; Horace Hawkins; Joseph Jupp; Charlie Bagent; Eric Redman; Kathleen Lonergon; James Fay; Charles Lovell; Maura Fissenden; Albert Ford; Joseph Bragoli; Gwen Killeen; Andrew Jackson.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 9
10am
3pm
Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Deanery Confirmation at Holy Family, South Maidstone
TUESDAY 11
1.30-3pm
6.30pm
7.30-9.30pm
(Deanery Clergy meet here)
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Governors Meeting in School
Needlework and Knitting Group meet in the Church porch - see below
WEDNESDAY 12
2.30pm
7.30 for 8pm
Mother Teresa Group meet in the Church porch
First Communion parents opening meeting in Church
SATURDAY 15
1.30-4pm
7.30pm
Deanery ‘Spirituality’ afternoon at St. Peter’s, Bearsted - see below
Ceilidh Evening in School - see below
SUNDAY 16 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £433.05 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collec-tion for Margate and Pilsdon raised £206.15
 

FUNDRAISING

 
£1,917.85 total raised in September through donations and events. Overall total raised is £61,767.32
Amount still owed on loan is £23,232.68
***********
CEILIDH EVENING Saturday 15th October in More Park School Hall from 7.30-9.30pm. This is a Family Event with folk music and dancing for all. There will also be a raffle - drinks and nibbles are pro-vided with a box available for donations.
Tickets are on sale after all Masses: Adults £5 Child £2.50 Family Ticket £14
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING Chris Gobel has started an evening group for all types of needlework and knitting who meet on the second Tuesday of every month - next meeting Tues 11th October 2016 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening 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 2016 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 first parents meeting is this Wednesday 12th October 2016. If you are interested in finding out more information please attend this meeting. The cut-off date for acceptance into this years class is 28th November 2016. No children will be accepted onto the course after this date.
 
100 CLUB Dee will be in the Porch after all Masses throughout October to collect annual subscriptions for the 100 Club. 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.
 
ITEMS FOR THE HOMELESS Please bring in new hats, scarves, hats and socks and leave them in the box in the Porch.
 
CAFOD HARVEST FAST DAY Envelopes to be returned today in the special collection.
 
FOR THE ATTENTION OF ALL MISSIO RED BOX HOLDERS The Autumn edition of the Mission Today magazines has arrived and our promoters will shortly be contacting you to empty your boxes. As ever, Missio will do all they can to make maximum use of your generosity - amongst other causes, I understand the theme for this year will be to support the incredible work being done by the Church for the survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide when one million people were slaughtered in just a hundred days. Although physical wounds slowly heal, emotional scars remain. We will learn more of this leading up to World Mission Sunday.
 
DEANERY SPIRITUALITY COMMISSION - SIGNS OF THE SPIRIT An invitation to share the spiritual riches of your Parish and Deanery and to help shape the work of the Southwark Diocesan Spirituality Commission - this Saturday 15th October 2016 (1.30 to 4pm) at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Button Lane, Bearsted. ME15 8NJ.
 
THE BEGINNING OF LIFE CONFERENCE - a free half day conference for juniors and students of the healthcare professions (doctors, nurses, midwives, medical students, nursing students etc). Starts at 1.30pm on Saturday 22nd October 2016 at New-man House, Gower Street, London. An opportunity to make new friends and hear what the Catholic Church teaches. Visit www.CatholicMedicalAssociation.org.uk for more details. Please email events@catholicmedicalassociation.org.uk by 17th October as places are limited.
 
QUIZ IN AID OF LET’S DO LUNCH Saturday 22nd October 2016 at 7:30pm in Lunsford Primary School, Larkfield. Cost is £5 - bring your own drinks and food - teams of up to eight people. Please let David Mckie know by Wednesday 19th October 2016 if you will be there. mrdavid.mckie@btinternet.com
 
COME AND SING WITH BOB CHILCOTT on 18th February 2017 from 9am to 4pm at Invicta Girls Grammar School - he is de-scribed by The Observer as “a contemporary hero of British Choral Music”. You must register for the day by 16th December 2016 at the latest. Cost is £20 (+ £2 score hire if applicable). Please see leaflet on the notice board for more details.
 
PRAYING THE WAY GOD MADE YOU on Wednesday 19th October at Ryarsh Village Hall - a talk by Lyndall Bywater on "praying the way God made you". To book, please call 07927325977. See notice board for further details.
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguarding Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”
 
CHURCH CLEANING Steph’s group (week beginning 10th October).
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP are now meeting this Wednesday 12th October at 2.30pm.
 
FLOWER ARRANGERS Would all Flower Arrangers meet in Church at 1.30pm on Friday 21st October for Wedding Flowers. Greenery is also needed.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details. Sacred Heart Messenger for October 2016 on sale in the porch.

Download Newsletter

 

27th Sunday of the Year (C)    02 October 2016
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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 (C)
CONFIRMATION PREPARATION +++ ROSARY SUNDAY
The Year of Mercy
2nd October 2016
 
Welcome to October - the month of the Rosary - when we give thanks for the witness of the love and life of Our Lord and Our Lady and ask them to help us to imitate their giving and generosity with the Harvest of our ‘Earth and Faith’.
 
We continue to give thanks for the “Harvest of Our Earth” following our Harvest Festival and celebrations during this week. Today is the last day to bring tins and non-perishable goods for the Margate and Pilsdon food parcels scheme and there is an opportu-nity to add to this with a retiring collection at all Masses this weekend. And this Friday is the Cafod “Harvest Fast Day” - please take the special envelope for this from the back of the Church. The idea is that adults and young people give up their main meal - and children give up some sweets or biscuits - and give the money to help Cafod in their work for the poor and starving of our world in a special retiring collection at all Masses next weekend - please see the special note about this overleaf.
 
And we also continue to celebrate the ‘Harvest of Our Faith’ as we approach the Deanery Confirmation at Holy Family, South Maidstone next Sunday. We offer our prayers for our Candidates - Lara Etheridge, Caitlin O’Toole, Charlie Ogoh and Kayleigh Jenkins (whose photos are now on the wall of the Church) and their sponsors and families. We also ask God’s Blessing on the Preparation Event for the young people who are being Confirmed at 3pm and the Mass and rehearsal for all Candidates and their sponsors and families at 5.30pm today (Sunday) and welcome the candidates from Bearsted, Maidstone and South Maidstone (and their sponsors and families and Catechists) who will join us for this. Donations of cakes for this event can be brought to any of our Masses this weekend.
 
During the week their are meetings for the Baby and Toddler Group, Churches Together in Snodland, the School Governors TLD Committee and the Youth Group leaders and on Friday the Youth Group meet in the Priest’s House (N.B.) from 7-9pm [all young People in Years 7 to 9 of Secondary School welcome] - details overleaf.
 
Next weekend we celebrate Confirmation and renew our dedication to our Confirmation calling - and have the Cafod “Harvest Fast day” collection.
 
The following weekend (15th/16th) we shall be celebrating our Parish Dedication Anniversary and also Prisoners Sunday with a special collection for PACT (Prison Advice and Care Trust) at all Masses - gift-aiders envelopes for this will be available next weekend.
 
Please continue to keep parishioners who are suffering illness and loss at this time in your prayers.
Have a good week everyone - and may this Confirmation time bring the Spirit’s gifts both to our candidates and to all of us and our Parish and Deanery in a new way.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Feria) 1 Oct
2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms: James Coleman and Ethan Gill
David A. Fellows R.I.P. (anniv.)
SUNDAY 
27th Sunday of the Year (C)
Confirmation Preparation
Rosary Sunday
2
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
Deanery Confirmation Candidates
(Candidates, Sponsors and Families will be at this Mass)
MONDAY (Feria) 3 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (St. Francis of Assisi) 4 9.30am Joan Wegrzyn - good health (Mary Goldsmith)
WEDNESDAY (Feria) 5 9.30am Deceased Relatives and Friends of the Lobo Family
THURSDAY (Feria)
6 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Our Lady of the Rosary) 7 9.30am
(8.10am - Mass in St. Simon Stock School)
Communion Service
SATURDAY (Feria) 8 5pm Terry Battock R.I.P. (anniv.)
SUNDAY 
28th Sunday of the Year (C)
Confirmation
National Mass Count
9
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
(3pm - Confirmation Mass at Holy Family, South Maidstone)
George McAuliffe R.I.P.

 

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm

PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Derek Calkin; Jack Gillett; The Rudenko Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Mirella Andrew; Nicholas Powell; John Cruickshank; Ron and Mrs. Whitehead; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Canon Luke’s Father; Cath Sweetman’s Father; Chris Sweetman’s Mother; Claudio and Charlotte Gangemi; Katie Knight; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all those affected by present cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.

RECENTLY DEAD: Nora Coulter; George McAuliffe; Paddy McDermott; Giustino Viscido; Tiffany’s Grandfather. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.

ANNIVERSARIES: Mr. Waters; Mary Heming; John Sterrett; Henry Morton; Kathleen Maybank; John McCourt; Kathleen Day; Francis Martin; Bridget Robbins; Peggy Kilgallen; Aimee Kirkham; John Drake; Edith May Goldrick; Gerald Houghton; Ellen Hensby; Margaret Cordridge; Maud Savage.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 2
10am
3-7.30pm
Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Deanery Confirmation Preparation Day (including Mass and Rehearsal at 5.30pm)
MONDAY 3   (Fr. Peter at Kent Dean’s Meeting with Bishop Paul)
TUESDAY 4
1.30-3pm
7pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Churches Together in Snodland meet in the Vicarage
WEDNESDAY 5
8pm
6pm
Youth Group leaders meet in the Priest’s House
School Governors TLD Committee meet in the Priest’s House
FRIDAY 7 7-9pm Youth Group meet in the Priest’s House
SUNDAY 9 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £304.47 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collec-tion for the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham raised £165.01
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Jenny Barrow (no.39) for the October draw.
 

FUNDRAISING

 
£1,917.85 total raised in September through donations and events. Overall total raised is £61,767.32
Amount still owed on loan is £23,232.68
***********
CEILIDH EVENING Saturday 15th October in More Park School Hall from 7.30-9.30pm.
This is a Family Event with folk music and dancing for all. There will also be a raffle - drinks and nibbles are provided with a box available for donations. Tickets are on sale after all Masses: Adults £5 Child £2.50 Family Ticket £14
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING Chris Gobel has started an evening group for all types of needlework and knitting who meet on the second Tuesday of every month - next meeting Tues 11th October 2016 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch.
Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
LUCIA’S CONCERT Thank you to Lucia and her friends for the concert which raised £150.35
 
 

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 2016 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 first parents meeting is on Wednesday 12th October 2016. If you are interested in finding out more information please attend this meeting. The cut-off date for acceptance into this years class is 28th November 2016. No children will be accepted onto the course after this date.

100 CLUB Dee will be in the Porch after all Masses throughout October to collect annual subscriptions for the 100 Club. 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.
 
ITEMS FOR THE HOMELESS Please bring in new hats, scarves, hats and socks and leave them in the box in the Porch.
 
FIREWORKS Thank you to those who offered to help but unfortunately this event has had to be cancelled.
 
MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING A big thank you to all who attended this event which raised £197.24
 
CAFOD HARVEST FAST DAY is Friday 7th October 2016. This Harvest Fast Day we are invited to join 32 year old Nicanora from Bolivia on her journey from poverty to abundance. We can stand alongside Nicanora as she learns new skills and receives materials and seeds that will enable her to grow enough food to feed her family. Please pick up a Fast Day envelope and give what you can.
 
FOR THE ATTENTION OF ALL MISSIO RED BOX HOLDERS The Autumn edition of the Mission Today magazines has arrived and our promoters will shortly be contacting you to empty your boxes. As ever, Missio will do all they can to make maximum use of your generosity - amongst other causes, I understand the theme for this year will be to support the incredible work being done by the Church for the survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide when one million people were slaughtered in just a hundred days. Although physical wounds slowly heal, emotional scars remain. We will learn more of this leading up to World Mission Sunday.
 
DEANERY SPIRITUALITY COMMISSION - SIGNS OF THE SPIRIT An invitation to share the spiritual riches of your Parish and Deanery and to help shape the work of the Southwark Diocesan Spirituality Commission. Saturday 15th October 2016 (1.30 to 4pm) at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Button Lane, Bearsted.. ME15 8NJ.
 
COME AND SING WITH BOB CHILCOTT on 18th February 2017 from 9am to 4pm at Invicta Girls Grammar School - he is de-scribed by The Observer as “a contemporary hero of British Choral Music”. You must register for the day by 16th December 2016 at the latest. Cost is £20 (+ £2 score hire if applicable). Please see leaflet on the notice board for more details.
 
PRAYING THE WAY GOD MADE YOU on Wednesday 19th October at Ryarsh Village Hall - a talk by Lyndall Bywater on "praying the way God made you". To book, please call 07927325977. See notice board for further details.
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguarding Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”
 
CHURCH CLEANING Fiona’s group (week beginning 3rd October).
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP are now meeting on Wednesday 12th October at 2.30pm.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details. Sacred Heart Messenger for October 2016 on sale in the porch.

Download Newsletter

 

26th Sunday of the Year (C)    25 September 2016
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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 (C)
HARVEST FESTIVAL
The Year of Mercy
25th September 2016
 
This weekend we celebrate our “Harvest Festival” and give thanks for the “Harvest of our Earth”. Many thanks to the children and their organisers, the Flower Ladies, and all who have worked to get our Church ready for the Festival and to all of you who have contributed tins and non-perishable goods for Margate and Pilsdon. There is a further opportunity to do so this week and also to contribute to this with a retiring collection at all Masses this weekend.

On Tuesday we shall celebrate the Harvest with the Pre-School in the Church at 11am and on Friday the School Harvest Mass at 9.30am in the School. We also celebrate the “Harvest of our Faith” this weekend as we congratulate Lara Etheridge, Caitlin O’Toole, Charlie Ogoh and Kayleigh Jenkins who were enrolled for Confirmation last weekend. We thank them for their faith and witness and pray for them as they now prepare for Confirmation in two weeks time.

Today at all Masses we have the special collection for the Bishops’ ‘one-off appeal’ and collection for the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham whose Feast is today (Saturday) - see note overleaf and a poster and leaflets about this are available at the back of the Church. We also have a Pastoral Letter from Archbishop Peter on “Evangelisation” promoting a new Diocesan Course for Catechists (who had their Jubilee Mass with the Archbishop today [Saturday]) - leaflets about this are available in the porch together with copies of the Pastoral Letter for parishioners who don’t get the Newsletter by email.

Today (Sunday) we also have Lucia’s Concert in the Church - refreshments at 3.30pm - and “Classic TV Adverts” from 4pm to 5pm. We thank Lucia and her friends for their marvellous generosity in putting on these concerts for our Building Fund and ask you to support them and us in this event.

There are meetings this week for the Baby and Toddler Group and Confirmation Candidates and the Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday and the Gardening Club on Saturday.

Next Sunday the Confirmation Candidates from Bearsted, Maidstone and South Maidstone will join our candidates for a joint Preparation Event at 3pm ending with Mass at 5.30pm, to which their sponsors and families are invited - and a short rehearsal. It’s also Rosary Sunday and the first October Mass Count and we shall also be giving details of the Cafod Harvest Fast Day on Friday 7th October.

Please continue to keep parishioners who are suffering illness and loss at this time in your prayers.

Enjoy the Harvest - and have a good week everyone.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Our Lady of Walsingham) 24 5pm Canon Joseph Warrington Simmons R.I.P. (Foundation Mass)
SUNDAY
26th Sunday of the Year (C)
HARVEST FESTIVAL
25 10am
5.30pm
(Children) Martin Rudenko - welfare
The Parishioners
MONDAY (Feria) 26 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (St. Vincent de Paul) 27 9.30am
11am
Ellen Battock R.I.P. (1st Anniversary)
Pre-School Harvest Service in Church
WEDNESDAY (St. Wenceslaus) 28 9.30am Communion Service
THURSDAY (The Archangels) 29 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (St. Jerome) 30 9.30am School Harvest Mass in SCHOOL
SATURDAY (Feria) 1 Oct
2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms: James Coleman and Ethan Gill
David A. Fellows R.I.P. (anniv.)
SUNDAY
27th Sunday of the Year (C)
Confirmation Preparation
Rosary Sunday
2
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
Deanery Confirmati0on Candidates
(Candidates, Sponsors and Families will be at this Mass)

 

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm

PLEASE PRAY FOR: Derek Calkin; Jack Gillett; The Rudenko Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Mirella Andrew; Nicho-las Powell; John Cruickshank; Ron and Mrs. Whitehead; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Canon Luke’s Father; Cath Sweetman’s Fa-ther; Chris Sweetman’s Mother; Claudio and Charlotte Gangemi; Katie Knight; Dave Cook; Jeffrey Fenwick; Nora Coulter; Joanna Frazer; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all those affected by present cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.

RECENTLY DEAD: Paddy McDermott; Giustino Viscido; Tiffany’s Grandfather. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.

ANNIVERSARIES: Brian Guyver; Erika Tanczos; Matthew George McMahon; John William Harris; Martin Fay; Pope John Paul l; Ellen Battock; Mary Brayshaw; Stephen Bradford; Clare Harding; Mr. Waters; Mary Heming.

MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 25
10am
3.30 for 4pm
Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Lucia’s Concert in Church
TUESDAY 27 1.30-3pm
6.30 to 8pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Confirmation Candidates meet in the Priest’s House
WEDNESDAY 28       (Fr. Peter at Council of Priests in London)
FRIDAY 30 9.30-11.30am Macmillan Coffee Morning in the Priest’s House
SATURDAY 1 OCT 10am-12 noon Gardening Club
SUNDAY 2 10am
3-7.30pm
Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Deanery Confirmation Preparation Day (including Mass and Rehearsal at 5.30pm)
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £436.70 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collection for Home Mission Day raised £196.15
 

FUNDRAISING

 
£100.00 total raised in August through donations and events. Overall total raised is £59,849.47
Amount still owed on loan is £25,150.53
***********
 
LUCIA’S CONCERT this Sunday 25th September.  
Refreshments from 3.30pm - Concert begins at 4pm  
Suggested donations of Adults £5 and Children £1
 
CEILIDH EVENING Saturday 15th October in More Park School Hall from 7.30-9.30pm.  
This is a Family Event with folk music and dancing for all. There will also be a raffle - drinks
and nibbles are provided with a box available for donations.
Tickets go on sale after all Masses from Sunday 18th September: Adults £5 Child £2.50 Family Ticket £14
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING Chris Gobel has started an evening group for all types of needlework
and knitting who meet on the second Tuesday of every month - next meeting
Tues 11th October 2016 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch.
Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish.
All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
JOHN CUNNINGHAM CONCERT A big thank you to John and Steve for a great concert last Saturday which raised £600
 

 

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 2016 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 first parents meeting is on Wednesday 12th October 2016. If you are interested in finding out more information please attend this meeting. The cut-off date for acceptance into this years class is 28th November 2016. No children will be accepted onto the course after this date.

CONFIRMATION PREPARATION EVENT on 2nd October 2016. Donations of cakes are needed for this event. If anyone is able to donate then please could they be left in Church at the 10am Mass that morning.

100 CLUB Dee will be in the Porch after all Masses throughout October to collect annual subscriptions for the 100 Club. 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.

ITEMS FOR THE HOMELESS Please bring in new hats, scarves, hats and socks and leave them in the box in the Porch.
 
TONY GOLDSMITH Fr Peter Adu is going to say Masses in his home Parish for Tony Goldsmith. The dates are Sunday 18th September and Sunday 25th September. Mary has been told that Masses are to be said in Africa and it was thought Tony's Par-ish friends and the Kings Hill Group members may also be interested to know.
 
WALSINGHAM APPEAL REBUILDING ENGLAND’S NAZARETH On the 24th September we shall be celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham, and on this weekend the Bishops have asked all Parishes to have a second collection to help in the developments of England’s National Shrine to Our Lady. We are looking to upgrade existing buildings and build new facilities to help us serve the increasing numbers of pilgrims who continue to walk in the Walsingham Way since the shrine was established in 1061. Our aims are to update our facilities and to make provision for sick and disabled pilgrims and to have facilities for young people to come on pilgrimage. Full details are given on our website www.walsingham.org.uk Thank you for your generosity.
Mgr. John Armitage Rector
 
MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING Friday 30th September from 9.30 - 11.30am in the Priest’s House. Donations of cakes and raffle prizes are needed.
 
FIREWORKS Thank you to those who offered to help but unfortunately this event has had to be cancelled.
 
FOR THE ATTENTION OF ALL MISSIO RED BOX HOLDERS The Autumn edition of the Mission Today magazines has arrived and our promoters will shortly be contacting you to empty your boxes. As ever, Missio will do all they can to make maximum use of your generosity - amongst other causes, I understand the theme for this year will be to support the incredible work being done by the Church for the survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide when one million people were slaughtered in just a hundred days. Although physical wounds slowly heal, emotional scars remain. We will learn more of this leading up to World Mission Sunday.
 
COME AND SING WITH BOB CHILCOTT on 18th February 2017 from 9am to 4pm at Invicta Girls Grammar School - he is de-scribed by The Observer as “a contemporary hero of British Choral Music”. You must register for the day by 16th December 2016 at the latest. Cost is £20 (+ £2 score hire if applicable). Please see leaflet on the notice board for more details.
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguarding Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”
 
CHURCH CLEANING Wiesia’s group (week beginning 26th September).
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP are now meeting on Wednesday 12th October at 2.30pm.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details. Sacred Heart Messenger for October 2016 on sale in the porch.

Download Newsletter

 

25th Sunday of the Year (C)    18 September 2016
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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 (C)
CONFIRMATION ENROLMENT +++ HOME MISSION DAY
The Year of Mercy
18th September 2016
 
This weekend, as we continue September and prepare to celebrate the Harvest of our Earth and Faith, we celebrate Home Mis-sion Sunday and our Confirmation Enrolment.

Home Mission Sunday is celebrated today and is themed: PROCLAIM the joy of love. On this day we are encouraged to pray for the work of evangelisation in England and Wales, remembering in our prayers especially those whom we know are distant from the life of faith. Please support the second collection which funds the Bishops’ national work of evangelisation. The collection also ensures that the Catholic Faith Centre is resourced to respond to those who have questions about the Catholic Faith. It is possible to donate online at: http://www.catholicnews.org.uk/Home/Donate Commemorative prayer cards are available to take away. Please support the work of Home Mission through your prayers and generosity. For more information see www.catholicnews.org.uk/hms16 God Bless you and thank you.

This weekend we also celebrate our Confirmation Enrolment which adds to this. Confirmation is our final Sacrament of Initiation completing our journey to become full Apostles of the Lord and full members of our Church and community and its role of witness-ing to and spreading the Good News. So as we welcome and enrol our candidates - Lara Etheridge and Caitlin O’Toole at the 5pm Saturday Mass and our adult candidates, Charlie Ogoh and Kayleigh Jenkins at the 10am Sunday Mass - we pray that they may be helped by their Confirmation to be good Apostles of the Lord and that their example and enrolment may inspire all of us who have been Confirmed to rededicate ourselves to our Confirmation calling in these days.

During the week there are meetings for the Baby and Toddler Group and Deanery Pastoral Council and on Friday the Youth Group meets in the School (open to all in Years 7 to 9 in Secondary School) - see overleaf for details.

Next weekend we celebrate the Harvest Festival and give thanks for the Fruits of our Earth and Faith at all our Masses.. The chil-dren have their workshop and rehearsal on Saturday and the Harvest Mass on Sunday. Please continue to bring tins and non-perishable food for Margate and Pilsdon and there will be a further opportunity to contribute to this in a retiring collection at all Masses. There will also be a special collection during the Notices for the Bishops’ ‘one-off’ appeal and collection for the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.

A big thank you to John Cunningham and Steve Shorey for their marvellous concert for the Building Fund (Saturday) and to all those who supported this.

Please continue to keep parishioners who are suffering illness and loss at this time in your prayers.

Have a good week everyone.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY 17
2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms: Lily Baitup and Mercy Wilcock
Marie Alix Terriere R.I.P. (Birthday)
SUNDAY 
25th Sunday of the Year (C)
Confirmation Enrolment
Home Mission Day
18
10am
5.30pm
(Children) Ellen Caughlin R.I.P.
The Parishioners
MONDAY (Feria) 19 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (St. Andrew Kim and Companions) 20 9.30am Margaret and Thomas - Silver wedding
WEDNESDAY (St. Matthew) 21 9.30am Communion Service
THURSDAY (Feria)
22 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Padre Pio) 23 9.30am Alessio Fusi R.I.P. (anniv.)
SATURDAY (Feria) 24
2.30pm
5pm
Canon Joseph Warrington Simmons R.I.P. (Foundation Mass)
SUNDAY 
26th Sunday of the Year (C)
25
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Ellen Caughlin R.I.P.
The Parishioners

 

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm

PLEASE PRAY FOR: Jack Gillett; The Rudenko Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Mirella Andrew; Nicholas Powell; John Cruickshank; Ron and Mrs. Whitehead; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Canon Luke’s Father; Cath Sweetman’s Father; Chris Sweet-man’s Mother; Claudio and Charlotte Gangemi; Katie Knight; Dave Cook; Jeffrey Fenwick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all those affected by present cutbacks, illnesses and other chal-lenges in our country and world.

RECENTLY DEAD: Paddy McDermott; Giustino Viscido; Tiffany’s Grandfather. Also Vincent Wogan (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.

ANNIVERSARIES: Noreen Hendricks; Benjamin Feehan; Canon Joseph Simmons; Vera Comer; Mary Moran; Eileen Cronin; Alice Ballard; Patrick Cunningham; Esther Davies; Brian Guyver; Erika Tanczos; .
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 18
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
TUESDAY 20
1.30-3pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 21    7.30pm Deanery Pastoral Council meets in Maidstone
FRIDAY 23
7-9pm
Youth Group meets in the School
SATURDAY 24 3.30 for 30m for last
Children’s Harvest Workshop in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
(Catechists’ Day at the Cathedral)
SUNDAY 25 3.30 for 30m for last
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Lucia’s Concert in Church - see below
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £351.81 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collec-tion for Education Sunday raised £180.71
 

FUNDRAISING

 
£100.00 total raised in August through donations and events. Overall total raised is £59,849.47
Amount still owed on loan is £25,150.53
***********
Needlework & Knitting Chris Gobel has started an evening group for all types of needlework and knitting who meet on the second Tuesday of every month - next meeting Tues 11th October 2016 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
LUCIA’S CONCERT this Sunday 18th September.
Refreshments from 3.30pm - Concert begins at 4pm
Suggested donations of Adults £5 and Children £1
 
CEILIDH EVENING Saturday 15th October in More Park School Hall from 7.30-9.30pm.
This is a Family Event with folk music and dancing for all.
There will also be a raffle - drinks and nibbles are pro-
vided with a box available for donations.
 
Tickets go on sale after all Masses from Sunday 18th September: Adults £5 Child £2.50 Family Ticket £14
 

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 2016 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 first parents meeting is on Wednesday 12th October 2016. If you are interested in finding out more information please attend this meeting. The cut-off date for acceptance into this years class is 28th November 2016. No children will be accepted onto the course after this date.

CONFIRMATION PREPARATION EVENT on 2nd October 2016. Donations of cakes are needed for this event. If anyone is able to donate then please could they be left in Church at the 10am Mass that morning.

ITEMS FOR THE HOMELESS Please bring in new hats, scarves, hats and socks and leave them in the box in the Porch.

HARVEST FESTIVAL takes place next weekend 24th / 25th September. Parishioners are asked to bring in tins and non-perishable food for distribution to the Pilsdon Community and Margate.

CHILDREN’S HARVEST WORKSHOP takes place on Saturday morning in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre from 10-11am. All children are most welcome.
 
TONY GOLDSMITH Fr Peter Adu is going to say Masses in his home Parish for Tony Goldsmith. The dates are this Sunday 18th September and also Sunday 25th September. Mary has been told that Masses are to be said in Africa and it was thought Tony's Parish friends and the Kings Hill Group members may also be interested to know.
 
FIREWORKS We are looking for two representatives from the Parish to join the committee which is organising the School / Par-ish fireworks evening on Friday 4th November. Please contact the Parish Office 01732 843302.
 
DEANERY SPIRITUALITY COMMISSION - SIGNS OF THE SPIRIT An invitation to share the spiritual riches of your Parish and Deanery and to help shape the work of the Southwark Diocesan Spirituality Commission. Saturday 15th October 2016 (1.30 to 4pm) at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Button Lane, Bearsted.. ME15 8NJ.
 
FOR THE ATTENTION OF ALL MISSIO RED BOX HOLDERS The Autumn edition of the Mission Today magazines has arrived and our promoters will shortly be contacting you to empty your boxes. As ever, Missio will do all they can to make maximum use of your generosity - amongst other causes, I understand the theme for this year will be to support the incredible work being done by the Church for the survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide when one million people were slaughtered in just a hundred days. Although physical wounds slowly heal, emotional scars remain. We will learn more of this leading up to World Mission Sunday.
 
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALLING EVENTS AN EVENING TALK: A life shared with Margaret Cornell - 7pm this Friday 23rd September at Lunsford Primary School, Larkfield. Tickets £5. Contact Joe Shepherd 01732 321701 or Valerie 01732 845915. A SEMINAR: Hearing God’s Voice with Tony and Margaret Cornell - Saturday 24th September from 9.30am-4pm at Larkfield and East Malling Methodist Church, Larkfield. Cost £10 including materials. For more information contact Joe 01732 321701 or Syl-via 01634 245767
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguarding Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”
 
CHURCH CLEANING Eileen’s group (week beginning 19th September).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details, including a job vacancy for a Regional Volunteer Manager - London and South East England with Samaritan’s Purse International. Sacred Heart Messenger for October 2016 on sale in the porch.

Download Newsletter

 

24th Sunday of the Year (C)    11 September 2016
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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 (C)
EDUCATION SUNDAY
The Year of Mercy
11th September 2016
 
This weekend, as we continue the start of our Autumn work for the Lord and wish our Baby and Toddler Group, Pre-School and Schools, Youth and Parish Groups a good new term and year, we celebrate Education Sunday, praying for all our Schools and Colleges and have a second collection during the Notices for the Catholic Education Service which acts on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference, working with the British and Welsh Governments as the chief negotiations and advisory body on matters affecting all aspects of Catholic education and providing financial assistance for school transport in rural areas.

During the week we have the School Opening Mass in School on Wednesday and meetings for the Baby and Tod-dler Group and Confirmation Candidates and a Parish Meeting on Wednesday to which all are invited (details over-leaf).

Next weekend is a busy weekend. On Saturday there is the Deanery Morning of Reflection for Readers and Eucha-ristic Ministers at St. Peter’s, Bearsted from 9.30am to 1.30pm (see special sheet) and in the evening we have John Cunningham's Fundraising Concert for the Building Fund in Church from 7.30pm to 10pm (details overleaf). On Sun-day we celebrate Home Mission Day and there is a collection during the Notices to provide the Bishops of England and Wales to support the spread of the Gospel in our own country. The money collected enables a breadth of work to be done in support of Parish Evangelisation. We will also be celebrating our Confirmation Enrolment for Confirma-tion on 9th October and ask you to keep our candidates in your prayers as they make their decision about Confirma-tion this week.

Finally, the Bishops’ Conference has agreed to a ‘one-off’ appeal and collection for the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham on the weekend of 24th / 25th September (two weeks time) - more details next week.

Please keep several parishioners who are suffering illnesses and loss at this time in your prayers.

Have a good week everyone.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY 10
5pm
The Parishioners
SUNDAY 
24th Sunday of the Year (C)
11
10am
5.30pm
(Children) Dee and Peter Avery - Golden Wedding (Steph Blackburn)
The Parishioners
MONDAY (Feria) 12 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (St. John Chrysostom) 13 9.30am Gus Isava R.I.P.
WEDNESDAY (The Exaltation of The Cross) 14 9.30am School Opening Mass in School
THURSDAY (Our Lady of Sorrows)
15 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Ss. Cornelius and Cyprian) 16 9.30am Joan Wegrzyn - welfare (Meg and Tony Brewer and Kings Hill Family)
SATURDAY (St. Robert Bellarmine) 17
2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms: Lily Baitup and Mercy Wilcock
Marie Alix Terriere R.I.P. (Birthday)
SUNDAY 
25th Sunday of the Year (C)
Confirmation Enrolment
Home Mission Day
18
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Ellen Caughlin R.I.P.
The Parishioners

 

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm

PLEASE PRAY FOR: Jack Gillett; The Rudenko Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Mirella Andrew; Nicholas Powell; Paddy McDermott; John Cruickshank; Ron and Mrs. Whitehead; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Canon Luke’s Father; Cath Sweet-man’s Father; Chris Sweetman’s Mother; Claudio and Charlotte Gangemi; Katie Knight; Jennifer Hansen; Steen Hansen; Yolanda Bath; M-L Wise; Sam Bartholomew; Thomas Atkins; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all those affected by present cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.

RECENTLY DEAD: Giustino Viscido; Tiffany’s Grandfather; Vincent Wogan. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.

ANNIVERSARIES: Josephine Smith; Elizabeth Berry; James Hough; Lauren Hampton; Mary Heaney; Christine Webster; Denis McCarton; Gwendolin Jupp; Mary Cunning; Noreen Hendricks.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 11
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
TUESDAY 13
1.30-3pm
6.30 to 8pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Confirmation Candidates meet in the Priest’s House
WEDNESDAY 14 7 for 7.30pm Parish Meeting in the Priest’s House
SATURDAY 17
10am-1.30pm
7.30-10pm
Readers & Ministers Day in Bearsted
John Cunningham Concert in the Church
SUNDAY 18 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £447.22 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Gill Reeves (no.10) for the September draw.
 

FUNDRAISING

£100.00 total raised in August through donations and events. Overall total raised is £59,849.47
Amount still owed on loan is £25,150.53
***********
Needlework & Knitting Chris Gobel has started an evening group for all types of needlework and knitting who meet on the second Tuesday of every month - next meeting Tues 11th October 2016 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
COMING SOON!!
 
John Cunningham Concert  in the church
Saturday 17th September from 7.30 until 10pm.
Tickets are £5 per adult and £2.50 for children under 12
 
CEILIDH EVENING Saturday 15th October in More Park School Hall from 7.30-9.30pm. This is a Family Event with folk music and dancing for all. There will also be a raffle - drinks and nibbles are pro-vided with a box available for donations.
Tickets go on sale after all Masses from Sunday 18th September: Adults £5 Child £5 Family Ticket £14
 

DEADLY NIGHT SHADE has been growing along the path from the School to the Church - do not touch or pick the berries as they are potentially dangerous.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Schedules for classes starting in October 2016 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 first parents meeting is on Wednesday 12th October 2016. If you are interested in finding out more information please attend this meeting. The cut-off date for acceptance into this years class is 28th November 2016. No children will be accepted onto the course after this date.
 
ITEMS FOR THE HOMELESS Please bring in new hats, scarves, hats and socks and leave them in the appropriate box in the Porch.

URGENTLY NEEDED We have four groups of Church cleaners with only a couple of people in each. Ideally there should be five so it takes less time to complete the job and allows for cover when someone cannot make it. If anyone has a spare hour once a month please contact Fiona on 07584192711.

CATECHISTS There is a Catechists Day for the Year of Mercy at the Cathedral on Saturday 24th September. Please collect a sheet with details from the porch and let me know if you’d like to go (Communion Catechists and Children’s Liturgy organisers).

HARVEST FESTIVAL There is now just one weekend left until the Festival which takes place on the weekend of 24th / 25th Sep-tember. Parishioners are asked to bring in tins and non-perishable food for distribution to the Pilsdon Community and Margate.

WEDDING & MISCELLANEOUS CARDS are on sale in the Porch - all at 50p each.

DEANERY SPIRITUALITY COMMISSION - SIGNS OF THE SPIRIT An invitation to share the spiritual riches of your Parish and Deanery and to help shape the work of the Southwark Diocesan Spirituality Commission. Saturday 15th October 2016 (1.30 to 4pm) at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Button Lane, Bearsted.. ME15 8NJ.

CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALLING EVENTS AN EVENING TALK: A life shared with Margaret Cornell - 7pm on Friday 23rd September at Lunsford Primary School, Larkfield. Tickets £5. Contact Joe Shepherd 01732 321701 or Valerie 01732 845915. A SEMINAR: Hearing God’s Voice with Tony and Margaret Cornell - Saturday 24th September from 9.30am-4pm at Larkfield and East Malling Methodist Church, Larkfield. Cost £10 including materials. For more information contact Joe 01732 321701 or Syl-via 01634 245767

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! All children under 10 need to be escorted to the toilet during Mass. The doors to the Church remain unlocked during services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguarding Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”

CHURCH CLEANING Steph’s group (week beginning 12th September).

NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details, including a job vacancy for a Regional Volunteer Manager - London and South East England with Samaritan’s Purse International. Sacred Heart Messenger for September 2016 on sale in the porch.

Download Newsletter

 

23rd Sunday of the Year (C)    04 September 2016
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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 (C)
NEW TERM AND YEAR
The Year of Mercy
4th September 2016
 

This weekend, with the start of the new term and year for our Pre-school and schools during this week, we begin our Autumn work for the Lord and made a new dedication to our Parish Family and Community to help us in this.

A very big thank you to Fr Peter Adu for his great supply for us in these Summer weeks and our prayers as he returns to Africa for his work there. He has, once again, very much enjoyed his stay with us and we look forward to his coming again. Many thanks too to all who worked for the Parish and helped and entertained Fr Peter during the past weeks.

We wish our Baby & Toddler Group, Pre-school and Schools, and all our Parish Groups a good new term and year. Children’s Liturgy begins today at the 10am Mass and during the week there are meetings for the Youth Group Leaders, Baby & Toddler Group, Mother Teresa Group, the Kings Hill & Mereworth Area Group. Also the Youth Group have their opening meeting on Friday (open to all in years 7 and above in Secondary School) and the Friends of Kent Churches ‘Ride & Stride’ on Saturday—details of all these meetings overleaf.

Next weekend we also celebrate Education Sunday and have a second collection during the notices for the Catholic Education Service which acts on behalf of the Bishops Conference, working with the British & Welsh governments as the chief negotiating and advisory body on matters affecting all aspects of Catholic Education and providing financial assistance for school transport in rural areas.

I hope everyone had some rest and renewal in the Summer weeks and we now look forward to our new work for the Lord together.

Have a good week everyone.

MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY 3
5pm
Dee and Peter Avery (Golden Wedding)
SUNDAY 
23rd Sunday of the Year (C)
4
10am
5.30pm
(Children) Dee and Peter Avery (Golden Wedding)
The Parishioners
MONDAY (Feria) 5 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (Feria) 6 9.30am Bridget Tenters R.I.P.
WEDNESDAY (Feria) 7 9.30am Deceased Relatives & Friends of the Lobo Family
THURSDAY (Our Lady’s Birthday)
8 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Feria) 9 9.30am Holy Souls
SATURDAY (Feria) 10 5pm The Parishioners
SUNDAY 
24th Sunday of the Year (C)
(Education Sunday)
11
10am
5.30pm
(Children) Dee and Peter Avery (Golden Wedding) (Steph Blackburn)
The Parishioners

 

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm

PLEASE PRAY FOR: The Rudenko Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Mirella Andrew; Nicholas Powell; Paddy McDermott; John Cruickshank; Ron and Mrs. Whitehead; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Canon Luke’s Father; Cath Sweetman’s Father; Chris Sweetman’s Mother; Claudio and Charlotte Gangemi; Katie Knight; Fr John Lawrence (see overleaf); Jennifer Hansen; Steen Hansen; Yolanda Bath; M-L Wise; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all those affected by present cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.

RECENTLY DEAD: Vincent Wogan; Mary Watson (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers those who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.

ANNIVERSARIES: Donald Hamilton; Anneliesser Holledge; Rose Brimstead; Denis Brown; Lydia Stone; Thomas Fay; Josephine Smith; Elizabeth Berry; James Hough.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 4
10am
Children’s Liturgy in St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 5 8pm Youth Group leaders meet in the Priest’s House
TUESDAY 6 1.30-3pm
7.30-9.30

Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Needlework & Knitting Group in Church Porch

WEDNESDAY 7 2.30pm Mother Teresa Group meet in the Church Porch (see below)
THURSDAY 8 8pm Kings Hill & Mereworth Area Group Meeting (see below)
FRIDAY 9 7-9pm Youth Group meet in the School
SATURDAY 10 10am-12noon
10am-6pm
Gardening Club
Friends of Kent Churches Ride & Stride
SUNDAY 11 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £247.03 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 

FUNDRAISING

£1,269.35 total raised in July through donations and events. Overall total raised is £59,749.47
Amount still owed on loan is £25,250.53
***********
Needlework & Knitting Chris Gobel will be starting an evening group for all types of needlework and knitting on the second
Tuesday of every month commencing Tues 6th September 2016, 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment
will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732841522
 
COMING SOON!!
 
John Cunningham Concert  in the church
Saturday 17th September from 7.30 until 10pm.
Tickets are £5 per adult and £2.50 for children under 12
 

URGENTLY NEEDED We have four groups of Church cleaners with only a couple of people in each. Ideally there should be five so it takes less time to complete the job and allows for cover when someone cannot make it. If anyone has a spare hour once a month please contact Fiona on 07584192711.

FR JOHN LAWRENCE has suffered a slight stroke but is now back home recovering. Please keep him in your prayers.

CATECHISTS There is a Catechists Day for the Year of Mercy at the Cathedral on Saturday 24th September. Please let me know if you’d like to go (Communion Catechists and Children’s Liturgy organisers).

HARVEST FESTIVAL There are now just two weekends left until the Festival which takes place on the weekend of 24th/25th September. Parishioners are asked to bring in tins and non-perishable food for distribution to the Pilsdon Community and Margate.

WEDDING & MISCELLANEOUS CARDS are on sale in the Porch - all at 50p each.

RIDE AND STRIDE Saturday 10th September 2016 - 10am to 6pm. Cycle, walk or run around Kent Churches and raise money for our Church and Friends of Kent Churches. See poster in the porch. For more information contact Jill on 01622 717491.

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! All children under 10 need to be escorted to the toilet during Mass. The doors to the Church remain unlocked during services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguarding Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”

MOTHER TERESA GROUP meet on Wednesday 7th September at 2.30pm in the Church porch. Please bring tins and non-perishable food for distribution to The Pilsdon Community and Margate (Harvest Festival).

CHURCH CLEANING Fiona’s group (week beginning 5th September).

GARDENING CLUB meet on Saturday 10th September from 10am until 12noon (Please note the original date has been changed).

NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details, including advertisements for two job opportunities in SPUC and one in The Diocesan Education Commission. Sacred Heart Messenger for September 2016 on sale in the porch.

AREA GROUP MEETINGS

Kings Hill and Mereworth meet this Thursday 8th September at 8pm. Venue: The Spitfire, Kings Hill. ME19 4AU.
 

Download Newsletter

 

22nd Sunday of the Year (C)    28 August 2016
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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

22nd Sunday of the Year (C)
SUMMER BREAK
The Year of Mercy
28th August 2016
 

Continued .......

There are two types of humility—”humility before God” and “humility before others”. To put others first, to battle egotism, to shun honour, acclaim, attention, to rejoice when others are preferred over us and this humility before God is
one of the toughest virtues to cultivate but crucially necessary for every Christian.
 
Some of the pitfalls on the road to humility are these:
 
Pelagianism, which is rampant in life of many people. This is the attitude that we can achieve or merit our own redemption, to think that salvation depends upon us. Holiness cannot be achieved but only given to one who humbly admits that he needs God. Pelagianism stems from pride, an exaltation of human ability.

The second pitfall in our pilgrimage to humility is pragmatism, getting things done. We feel that everything is possible
by sweat, work and effort. An exaggerated form of pragmatism can stifle humility. Oh, yes, God wants our work and
effort but we must realise that unless the Lord builds the house, in vain do the masons toil. We are not defined by
what we do, how much we can earn or produce or what we achieve but by who we are and we are usually closest to
God when we are weakest, emptiest, lowest.

Another is openness to criticism. A good sign of a true friend is one who is confident enough of the strength of the
relationship that he can tell you things about yourself you need to hear but, perhaps would rather not. None of us
likes to hear criticism or bad news about us and yet who is free from defects? Anybody who thinks he lacks nothing
lacks everything.

We must know ourselves. It is said that one day someone complimented St John Vianney on being a good confessor. He said: “If I am a good confessor, it is only because I am a good Sinner”.
 
Thank you.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY 27
5pm
For Richard and Rosie Mills on their Marriage today
SUNDAY 
22nd Sunday of the Year (C)
28
10am
5.30pm
(Children) Holy Souls
Holy Souls
MONDAY (St. John the Baptist) 29   NO MASS OR SERVICE (BANK HOLIDAY)
TUESDAY (Feria) 30 9.30am Holy Souls
WEDNESDAY (St. Margaret
Clitherow and Companions)
31 9.30am Holy Souls
THURSDAY (Feria)
1 Sept 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Feria) 2 9.30am Tony Goldsmith (R.I.P.) - Meg & Tony Brewer & Kings Hill Group
SATURDAY (Feria) 3 5pm Dee and Peter Avery (Golden Wedding)
SUNDAY 
23rd Sunday of the Year (C)
4
10am
5.30pm
(Children) Dee and Peter Avery (Golden Wedding) - Steph Blackburn
The Parishioners

 

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm

PLEASE PRAY FOR: The Rudenko Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Mirella Andrew; Nicholas Powell; Paddy McDermott; John Cruickshank; Ron and Mrs. Whitehead; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Canon Luke’s Father; Cath Sweetman’s Father;
Chris Sweetman’s Mother; Claudio and Charlotte Gangemi; Katie Knight; Fr John Lawrence (see overleaf); Tara; Husssana;
Charlotte; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all those affected by present cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.

RECENTLY DEAD: Vincent Wogan; Mary Watson. Also Charlie Durling; Frank Reynolds; Tony Goldsmith; Josie Emmett
(month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers those who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civil

ANNIVERSARIES: Karen Cressey; Edward Byrne; Cathy Goodman; Leonard Joseph Gobel; Virginie Calvet; Clarissa Clarey;
Louise Smith; Alma Mills; George Hurley.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 28
10am
No Children’s Liturgy but children specially welcome at Mass
TUESDAY 30   No Baby & Toddler Group (Summer Break)
SUNDAY 4 10am No Children’s Liturgy but children specially welcome at Mass
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £268.94 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 

FUNDRAISING

£1,269.35 total raised in July through donations and events. Overall total raised is £59,749.47
Amount still owed on loan is £25,250.53
***********
Needlework & Knitting Chris Gobel will be starting an evening group for all types of needlework and knitting on the second
Tuesday of every month commencing Tues 6th September 2016, 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment
will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732841522
 
COMING SOON!!
 
John Cunningham Concert  in the church
Saturday 17th September from 7.30 until 10pm.
Tickets are £5 per adult and £2.50 for children under 12
 

BABY AND TODDLER GROUP return next Tuesday 6th September.

URGENTLY NEEDED We have four groups of Church cleaners. Some groups only have one or two people in them which means it takes a lot longer to clean the Church if someone is unable to make it. Ideally we would love for there to be at least five per group, so we are asking if anyone has a spare hour once a month to join a group. Please contact Fiona on 07584192711 if you would like more information.

FR JOHN LAWRENCE has suffered a slight stroke but is now back home recovering. Please keep him in your prayers.

CATECHISTS There is a Catechists Day for the Year of Mercy at the Cathedral on Saturday 24th September. Please collect a sheet with details from the porch and let me know if you’d like to go (Communion Catechists and Children’s Liturgy organisers).

HARVEST FESTIVAL There are now just three weekends left until the Festival which takes place on the weekend of 24th/25th September. Parishioners are asked to bring in tins and non-perishable food for distribution to the Pilsdon Community and Margate.

WEDDING & MISCELLANEOUS CARDS are on sale in the Porch - all at 50p each.

RIDE AND STRIDE Saturday 10th September 2016 - 10am to 6pm. Cycle, walk or run around Kent Churches and raise money for our Church and Friends of Kent Churches. See poster in the porch. For more information contact Jill on 01622 717491.

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Are you aware that all children under 10 need to be escorted to the toilet during Mass? The doors to the Church are always unlocked during services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. There are latecomers to every Mass with cars moving in and out - a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguarding Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”

CHURCH CLEANING Wiesia’s group (week beginning 29th August).

GARDENING CLUB meet on Saturday 10th September from 10am until 12noon (Please note the original date has been changed).

NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details, including advertisements for two job opportunities in SPUC and one in The Diocesan Education Commission. Sacred Heart Messenger for September 2016 on sale in the porch.

AREA GROUP MEETINGS

Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 8th September at 8pm. Venue: The Spitfire, Kings Hill. ME19 4AU.
 

Download Newsletter

 

21st Sunday of the Year (C)    21 August 2016
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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

21st Sunday of the Year (C)
SUMMER BREAK
The Year of Mercy
21st August 2016
 
DO NOT BE AFRAID, LITTLE FLOCK, FOR IT HAS PLEASED YOUR FATHER TO GIVE YOU THE KINGDOM
(FOLLOWERS OF JESUS CHRIST)

Continued .......

HUMILITY
There is no doubt that our Lord’s favourite virtue was humility. It is the pivotal virtue of interior life, the sine qua non of all progress and the road to perfection. The Gospels are tributes to humility. There is divine preference for humil-ity for the humble, the sick over the healthy, those who lack over those who have, the poor over the rich.
 
Why is humility so priced by Jesus? Maybe because his mission as our Redeemer was precisely to save us from the opposite of humility—pride, the original sin by which our first parents felt they could get along just fine without God. It was pride that caused the fall. Maybe because the incarnation was the most sublime act of humility ever as God the Son, the Eternal Word, the second person of the Blessed Trinity, took flesh and became man.
 
St Bernard says; humility is the mother of salvation. Maybe humility is so valued by Christ because of its very defini-tion. St James calls humility seeing ourselves as God sees us, knowing that every good we have comes from Him as pure gifts, that we depend on him for everything.
 
No one can recover from alcoholism until one admits with disarming honesty and humility that one is absolutely help-less over drink and entrusts one’s recovery to a higher power. We must apply that to all sin, darkness, addiction, vice, evil and weakness and begin to live and to grow. But to do this requires humility.
 
There are two types of humility — to be continued......
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY 20
5pm
Francis Ward
SUNDAY 
21st Sunday of the Year (C)
21
10am
5.30pm
(Children) Terence Caughlin R.I.P.
Holy Souls
MONDAY (Feria) 22 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (Feria) 23 9.30am Holy Souls
WEDNESDAY (Feria) 24 9.30am Holy Souls
THURSDAY (Feria)
25   NO MASS OR SERVICE
FRIDAY (Feria) 26 9.30am Maida T. Veloso R.I.P.
SATURDAY (Feria) 27 5pm For Richard and Rosie Mills on their Marriage today
SUNDAY 
22nd Sunday of the Year (C)
28
10am
5.30pm
(Children)
Holy Souls

 

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm

PLEASE PRAY FOR: The Rudenko Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Mirella Andrew; Nicholas Powell; Paddy McDer-mott; John Cruickshank; Ron and Mrs. Whitehead; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Canon Luke’s Father; Cath Sweetman’s Father; Chris Sweetman’s Mother; Claudio and Charlotte Gangemi; Katie Knight; Sam Bartholomew; our housebound and all at Maid-stone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all those affected by present cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.

RECENTLY DEAD: Vincent Wogan; Mary Watson (see overleaf); Charlie Durling; Frank Reynolds; Tony Goldsmith; Josie Em-mett. Please keep in your prayers those who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.

ANNIVERSARIES: Mark Johnson; Kevin Cunning Snr.; Anne Silverwood; Oliver Devlin; Doreen Harris; Maureen Dunster; Ronald Wade; Ethne Lonergan; Charlie Baker; Elizabeth Hansa; Karen Cressey; Edward Byrne; Cathy Goodman; Leonard Jo-seph Gobel.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 21
10am
No Children’s Liturgy but children specially welcome at Mass
TUESDAY 23   No Baby & Toddler Group (Summer Break)
SUNDAY 28 10am No Children’s Liturgy but children specially welcome at Mass
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
COMMUNION SERVICE Please note there will NOT be a Communion Service or Mass on Thursday 25th August.
 

FUNDRAISING

£1,269.35 total raised in July through donations and events. Overall total raised is £59,749.47
Amount still owed on loan is £25,250.53
***********
Needlework & Knitting Chris Gobel will be starting an evening group for all types of needlework and knitting on the second Tuesday of every month commencing Tues 6th September 2016, 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732841522
 
COMING SOON!!
 
John Cunningham Concert  in the church
Saturday 17th September from 7.30 until 10pm.
Tickets are £5 per adult and £2.50 for children under 12
 

BABY AND TODDLER GROUP return on Tuesday 6th September.

URGENTLY NEEDED We have four groups of Church cleaners. Some groups only have one or two people in them which means it takes a lot longer to clean the Church if someone is unable to make it. Ideally we would love for there to be at least five per group, so we are asking if anyone has a spare hour once a month to join a group. Please contact Fiona on 07584192711 if you would like more information.

CATECHISTS There is a Catechists Day for the Year of Mercy at the Cathedral on Saturday 24th September. Please collect a sheet with details from the porch and let me know if you’d like to go (Communion Catechists and Children’s Liturgy organisers).

MARY WATSON R.I.P. Please pray for Mary, a parishioner here for many years, and for her family as they prepare for her funeral at Mereworth Church on Friday 26th August at 10.30am - and we offer them all our love and prayers and support at this time.

WEDDING & MISCELLANEOUS CARDS are on sale in the Porch - all at 50p each.

RIDE AND STRIDE Saturday 10th September 2016 - 10am to 6pm. Cycle, walk or run around Kent Churches and raise money for our Church and Friends of Kent Churches. See poster in the porch. For more information contact Jill on 01622 717491.

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Are you aware that all children under 10 need to be escorted to the toilet during Mass? The doors to the Church are always unlocked during services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. There are latecomers to every Mass with cars moving in and out - a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguarding Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”

CHURCH CLEANING Eileen’s group (week beginning 22nd August).

NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details. Sacred Heart Messenger for September 2016 on sale in the porch.

AREA GROUP MEETINGS

Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 8th September at 8pm. Venue: The Spitfire, Kings Hill. ME19 4AU.
 

Download Newsletter

 

20th Sunday of the Year (C)    14 August 2016
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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 THE ASSUMPTION
20th Sunday of the Year (C)
SUMMER BREAK
The Year of Mercy
14th August 2016
 
DO NOT BE AFRAID, LITTLE FLOCK, FOR IT HAS PLEASED YOUR
FATHER TO GIVE YOU THE KINGDOM
(FOLLOWERS OF JESUS CHRIST)

Continued .......

Group 4:
There were those who followed Jesus because they wanted to benefit from His salvific mission. They wanted to lis-ten to Jesus and do what He would ask them to do; they were not just looking for reward as much but they wanted the life that Jesus had brought. Jesus had said: “I came that they might have life and have it to the full”. That is what they wanted, realising that the pursuit of that life could result in suffering, they were not going to leave Jesus be-cause He was saying things they did not understand, as the opportunists did when He talked about true life being derived from the bread of life (John 6:35).
 
People in this group (4) always try to turn the enmity of those in Group 1 into friendship with Jesus. They feel obliged to turn the curiosity of those in Group 2 into looking at Jesus, not just as an entertainer or a wonderful person but as the Saviour. Finally, they always work hard to convince those in Group 3, where most Catholics and Christians today can be found, that it is not by bread alone that man lives but by every word of the Lord.
 
They give people the right motivation for following Jesus Christ, motivation that goes beyond benefits, motivation that will not turn people away when faced with problems, motivation that will make people the seed that falls on fertile soil and yields an abundance of fruit, and not the seed that falls on the wayside, or on the rock, or among thorns.
 
To be continued .......
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY 13
5pm
Sebastian Inguito Snr. R.I.P. (anniv.)
SUNDAY 
Feast of the Assumption
20th Sunday of the Year (C)
14
10am
5.30pm
(Children) Tony Goldsmith R.I.P.
Joan
MONDAY (Feria) 15 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (Feria) 16 9.30am Holy Souls
WEDNESDAY (Feria) 17 9.30am Holy Souls
THURSDAY (Feria)
18 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Feria) 19 9.30am Holy Souls
SATURDAY (Feria) 20  5pm Francis Ward
SUNDAY 
21st Sunday of the Year (C)
21
10am
5.30pm
(Children) Terence Caughlin R.I.P.
Holy Souls

 

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm

PLEASE PRAY FOR : Martin Rudenko; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Mirella Andrew; Vincent Wogan; Nicholas Powell; Paddy McDermott; John Cruickshank; Ron and Mrs. Whitehead; Terry Barton; Lily Rudenko; Betty Ward; Canon Luke’s Father; Cath Sweetman’s Father; Chris Sweetman’s Mother; Claudio and Charlotte Gangemi; Katie Knight; Tara; Husannah; Sam Bar-tholomew; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all those af-fected by present cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.

RECENTLY DEAD : Mary Watson (see overleaf); Charlie Durling; Frank Reynolds; Tony Goldsmith; Josie Emmett. Please keep in your prayers those who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.

ANNIVERSARIES : Diana Owen; Hazel Usher; Nora Gilligan; Maureen Newman; Jeffrey Lemon; Sidney Stevens; Ellen Martin; Henry Berry; Lilian Barbieri; Richard Hunter; Mark Johnson; Kevin Cunning Snr.; Anne Silverwood.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 14
10am
No Children’s Liturgy but children specially welcome at Mass
TUESDAY 16   No Baby & Toddler Group (Summer Break)
SUNDAY 21 10am No Children’s Liturgy but children specially welcome at Mass
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £352.24 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Maria Abbott (no. 87) for the August draw.
COMMUNION SERVICE Please note there will NOT be a Communion Service or Mass on Thursday 25th August.
 

FUNDRAISING

£1,269.35 total raised in July through donations and events. Overall total raised is £59,749.47
Amount still owed on loan is £25,250.53
***********
Needlework & Knitting Chris Gobel will be starting an evening group for all types of needlework and knitting on the second Tuesday of every month commencing Tues 6th September 2016, 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732841522
 
COMING SOON!!
 
John Cunningham Concert  in the church
Saturday 17th September from 7.30 until 10pm.
Tickets are £5 per adult and £2.50 for children under 12
 

BABY AND TODDLER GROUP return on Tuesday 6th September.

URGENTLY NEEDED We have four groups of Church cleaners. Some groups only have one or two people in them which means it takes a lot longer to clean the Church if someone is unable to make it. Ideally we would love for there to be at least five per group, so we are asking if anyone has a spare hour once a month to join a group. Please contact Fiona on 07584192711 if you would like more information.

CATECHISTS There is a Catechists Day for the Year of Mercy at the Cathedral on Saturday 24th September. Please collect a sheet with details from the porch and let me know if you’d like to go (Communion Catechists and Children’s Liturgy organisers).

MARY WATSON R.I.P. Please pray for Mary, a parishioner here for many years, and for her family as they prepare for her funeral at Mereworth Church on Friday 26th August at 10.30am - and we offer them all our love and prayers and support at this time.

TONY GOLDSMITH R.I.P. Mary and family would sincerely wish to thank everyone for their overwhelming support at this very difficult time. We have all been touched and have appreciated the numerous number of cards and prayers. Thanks to all for their generosity, we have collected over a thousand pounds for the charity Help the Heroes.

PACT (THE PRISON ADVICE AND CARE TRUST) are looking for volunteers to join their Basic Caring Communities Programme (BaCC) which aims to help ex-offenders settle back into the community. Many prisoners walk out of the prison gate with no one to welcome them back into the world - no ‘community’. The scheme currently operates in London and Bristol but it is their aim to get it operating all over the UK. Each BaCC Group is made up of 4 volun-teers motivated by their Christian faith and an ex offender who has chosen to participate. Comprehensive training is provided. See poster in church porch or visit www.prisonadvice.org.uk

WEDDING & MISCELLANEOUS CARDS are on sale in the Porch - all at 50p each.

RIDE AND STRIDE Saturday 10th September 2016 - 10am to 6pm. Cycle, walk or run around Kent Churches and raise money for our Church and Friends of Kent Churches. See poster in the porch. For more information contact Jill on 01622 717491.

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Are you aware that all children under 10 need to be escorted to the toilet during Mass? The doors to the Church are always unlocked during services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. There are latecomers to every Mass with cars moving in and out - a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguarding Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”

CHURCH CLEANING Steph’s group (week beginning 15th August).

NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details - including thank you letters from Apostleship of the Sea and The Southwark Seminary Fund. Sacred Heart Messenger for September 2016 on sale in the porch.

 

AREA GROUP MEETINGS

Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 8th September at 8pm. Venue: The Spitfire, Kings Hill. ME19 4AU.
 

Download Newsletter

 

19th Sunday of the Year (C)    07 August 2016
Click Here

Download Newsletter

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

19th Sunday of the Year (C)
SUMMER BREAK
The Year of Mercy
7th August 2016 
 
DO NOT BE AFRAID, LITTLE FLOCK, FOR IT HAS PLEASED YOUR FATHER TO GIVE YOU THE KINGDOM
(FOLLOWERS OF JESUS CHRIST)
 

Many people followed Jesus Christ when he was in this world. These could be grouped into five.

Many people followed Jesus Christ when he was in this world. These could be grouped into five.
Group 1:
There were those who followed him because they were his enemies. They wanted to listen to him and catch him in his words.
Group 2:
There were those who followed Jesus out of curiosity. These were people who had heard of him as somebody who was doing wonderful things; they wanted to witness these things to please themselves and not necessarily to derive anything salvific from them. They considered the miracles of Jesus as a kind of entertainment, they were witnessing a magician working wonders without allowing what he was doing to have any effect on them.
Group 3:
There were those who followed Jesus out of opportunism. They had heard and seen that Jesus could work wonder-ful things for people’s benefit. He could give five loaves of bread and two fish to thousands of people to eat and the scraps would be 12 baskets full. If somebody who was sick went to Jesus and was cured, why wouldn't they follow him too, so that when the opportunity comes, they would also benefit from following him.

(To be continued next week!)

MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY 6
5pm
Holy Souls
SUNDAY 
19th Sunday of the Year (C)
7
10am
5.30pm
(Children) Tony Goldsmith R.I.P. (Flora Moys)
Holy Souls
MONDAY (St Dominic) 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (St Edith Stein)    9 9.30am Fr Adu, his Parish and School (Steph Blackburn)
WEDNESDAY (St Lawrence) 10  9.30am Tony Goldsmith R.I.P. (Steph Blackburn)
THURSDAY (St Clare)
11  9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Feria) 12  9.30am Dorothy Patrick R.I.P. (Steph Blackburn)
SATURDAY (Feria) 13  5pm Sebastian Inguito Snr R.I.P. (anniv)
SUNDAY 
Feast of the Assumption
20th Sunday of the Year (C)
14 
10am
5.30pm
(Children) Tony Goldsmith R.I.P.
Joan Wegrzyn

 

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm

PLEASE PRAY FOR : Martin Rudenko; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Mirella Andrew; Vincent Wogan; Nicholas Powell; Paddy McDermott; John Cruickshank; Ron and Mrs. Whitehead; Terry Barton; Lily Rudenko; Betty Ward; Canon Luke’s Father; Cath Sweetman’s Father; Chris Sweetman’s Mother; Claudio and Charlotte Gangemi; Katie Knight; Sheila Wraight; Bert Marley; David Cross; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all those affected by present cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.

RECENTLY DEAD : Mary Watson (see overleaf); Charlie Durling; Frank Reynolds; Tony Goldsmith; Josie Emmett; also Philo-mena McLoughlin; Dorothy Patrick (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers those who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.

ANNIVERSARIES : Dennis O’Connell’ Joe Micallef; Kenneth Hennessey; Frank Ward; Diana Owen; Hazel Usher.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 7
10am
No Children’s Liturgy but children specially welcome at Mass
TUESDAY 9   No Baby & Toddler Group (Summer Break)
SUNDAY 14 10am No Children’s Liturgy but children specially welcome at Mass
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £307.22 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
COMMUNION SERVICE Please note there will NOT be a Communion Service or Mass on Thursday 25th August.
 

FUNDRAISING

£1,269.35 total raised in July through donations and events. Overall total raised is £59,749.47
Amount still owed on loan is £25,250.53
***********
Needlework & Knitting Chris Gobel will be starting an evening group for all types of needlework and knitting on the second Tuesday of every month commencing Tues 6th September 2016, 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732841522
 
COMING SOON!!
 
John Cunningham Concert in the Church - 17th September from 7.30 until 10pm.
Tickets are £5 per adult. Children under 12 are free
 

BABY AND TODDLER GROUP return on Tuesday 6th September.

URGENTLY NEEDED We have four groups of Church cleaners. Some groups only have one or two people in them which means it takes a lot longer to clean the Church if someone is unable to make it. Ideally we would love for there to be at least five per group, so we are asking if anyone has a spare hour once a month to join a group. Please cont