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33rd Sunday of the Year (B)    17 November 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

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

(Reception of Simon Watson)

Fr. Christopher Hamilton-Grey RIP

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

7.30pm

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

FUNDRAISING

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

 

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

(Remembrance Sunday) Basil and Elizabeth Pinto RIP

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

1.30-3pm

 

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

FUNDRAISING

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

 

31st Sunday of the Year (B)    03 November 2018
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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 (B)
4th November 2018
 
WEEK We continue November and also celebrate ‘Fireworks Night’ where, free from the association of the past, we celebrate the Saints above - we wish everyone a happy and safe fireworks night and look forward to the Youth Group meeting and fireworks on Friday. As well as the Youth Group there are meetings for the Baby and Toddler and Friendship Groups and First Communion parents and the newly-confirmed are reminded of their interviews on Saturday.
 
NEXT WEEKEND is Remembrance Sunday and we shall be keeping all those who have giv-en their lives for our freedom and democracy at all Masses and welcome our School who will present the 10am Mass and thank them for this and all their work for us - there will also be Remembrance Services in West Malling and Snodland. Also next weekend, there is a second collection during the Notices for the Archbishops’ Administration Fund which helps meet the cost of the Central Administration of the Diocese.
 
CATHOLIC LEGACY WEEK 1st to 7th November - see notice and flyers at the back of Church.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (30th Week of the Year) 3
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Teddy Clements-Best
All Deceased Relatives of the Perera Family
SUNDAY
31st Sunday of the Year (B)
4
10am
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Intentions of Binnie, Carson and Johnson Families
The Parishioners
MONDAY (31st Week of the Year) 5
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (31st Week of the Year) 6
9.30am
Kathleen Conlon RIP
WEDNESDAY (Dedication of St. George’s Cathedral) 7
9.30am
Deceased Relatives and Friends of the Lobo Family

THURSDAY (31st Week of the Year)

8 9.30am Communion Service

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

9

 

9.30am

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

(Remembrance Sunday)

Basil and Elizabeth Pinto RIP

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

(School Mass for Parish (Remembrance Sunday)

War Dead and Parishioners

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

FUNDRAISING

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

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

 

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

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

Tel: 01732  843302  email: 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 (B)
28th October 2018
 
THIS THURSDAY - ALL SAINTS A Holy Day of Obligation when we should get to Mass if we can - Pre-School and School Mass at 10am in Church and Parish Mass at 8pm. There will also be Masses for the students and staff at St Simon Stock School.
 
THIS FRIDAY - ALL SOULS A day to come to Mass in love to support the Saints in Purgatory - Masses at 9.30am, 12 noon and 8pm.
 
CATHOLIC LEGACY WEEK 1st to 7th November - see notice and flyers at the back of Church.
 
DURING THE WEEK Confirmation ’Assessment’ Meetings - (girls) Monday at 6pm and (boys) Saturday at 10am - please keep them in your prayers - also Youth Leaders, Deanery Pastoral Council and Garden-ing Club.
 
THANKS FOR WORLD MISSION SUNDAY Thank you very much for your contribution to last week’s World Mission Sunday collection. Your prayers and donations will help missionaries across the world share the Gospel of hope with those in greatest need. Please pray for the work of Missio and all those working to offer the love of Jesus, that we may remain strong in our witness to Christ’s love for all peoples. To continue supporting mission throughout the year, please go to missio.org.uk or call 020 7821 9755
 
FINALLY, DON’T FORGET TO PUT YOUR CLOCKS BACK THIS WEEKEND - OR YOU’LL BE IN DANGER OF GETTING TO MASS EARLY ON SUNDAY!!
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (29th Week of the Year) 27
5pm

Simon Maher RIP

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

THURSDAY

 ALL SAINTS

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

FRIDAY

ALL SOULS

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

FUNDRAISING

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

David A. Fellows RIP (Anniversary)

Ann Ivell RIP (Birthday)

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

FUNDRAISING

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

(Confirmation Enrolment)

Beno and Neville Perera - intentions

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

FUNDRAISING

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

(Confirmation Enrolment) 

Beno and Neville Perera - intentions

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

FUNDRAISING

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

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

 

Sunday 2nd September 2018    31 August 2018
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PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

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

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

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

Sat 1st September

 

2.30pm
 
5pm

Baptisms: Henry Bransby and Alana Lowe

Paul and Martha Perera RIP

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

 

10am

5.30pm

(Children) The Parishioners

Holy Souls

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

Wed 5th September

9.30am

Deceased Relatives and Friends of the Lobo family

Thurs 6th September

 

 

11.30am

NO MASS OR SERVICE at 9.30am

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

Fri 7th September

 

 

9.30am

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

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

Sat 8th September (Our Lady’s Birthday)

5pm

Roshi and Ajay Belgaumker - Intentions

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

 

10am
 
5.30pm

(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners

Holy Souls

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

5pm

10am

5.30pm

Benito Nolasca RIP (anniv.)

Sheila Tobin - welfare

 

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

Wed 29th August (St. John the Baptist)

9.30am

 

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

Sat 1st September

2.30pm

5pm

Baptisms: Henry Bransby and Alana Lowe

Paul and Martha Perera RIP

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

 

10am
 
5.30pm

(Children) The Parishioners

The Parishioners

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

10am

5.30pm

Don Donovan RIP (1st Anniversary)

Alix Terrière and Children

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

Wed 22nd August (Our Lady, Queen)

9.30am

 

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

Sat 25th August

 

2pm
 
5pm

Marriage of Stephanie Batchelor and Ashley Boden

Benito Nolasca RIP (anniv.)

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

 

10am
 
5.30pm

Sheila Tobin - welfare

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

10am

5.30pm

Robert Content RIP

Francis Ward RIP

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

Wed 15th August

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

 

 
10am
 
8pm

 

Mass

Mass

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

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

 

10am
 
5.30pm

Don Donovan RIP (1st Anniversary)

Alix Terrière and Children

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

 

Sunday 5th August 2018    04 August 2018
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PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

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

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

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

10am

5.30pm

Germain Ekeuh - Thanksgiving

Holy Souls

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

Robert Content RIP

Francis Ward RIP (anniv.)

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

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

AUGUST - SEPTEMBER: WEEKEND AND ASSUMPTION MASSES

Saturday 4th August
5pm

Sunday 5th August

(18th Sunday of the Year)

10am
 
5.30pm
Saturday 11th August 5pm

Sunday 12th August

(19th Sunday of the Year)

10am
 
5.30pm

Wednesday 15th August

(The Assumption)

10am
8pm
Saturday 18th August 5pm

Sunday 19th August

(20th Sunday of the Year)

10am
 
5.30pm
Saturday 25th August 5pm

Sunday 26th August

(21st Sunday of the Year)

10am
 
5.30pm
Saturday 1st September 5pm

Sunday 2nd September

(22nd Sunday of the Year)

10am
 
5.30pm

 

SEPTEMBER OPENING MEETINGS

Pre-School Restarts:

School Restarts:

St. Simon Stock School Restarts:

 

Wednesday 5th September

Tuesday 4th September

Tuesday 4th September

Wednesday 5th September

 

 

Years 7 and 12

Whole School

Youth Group Restarts:

“Ride and Stride”:

Children’s Liturgy Restarts:

Baby and Toddler Group Restarts:

Friday 7th September 7-9pm

Saturday 8th September

Sunday 9th September

Tuesday 11th September

SCHOOL

 

10am Mass

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

12 noon to 4pm

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

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

FUNDRAISING

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

9.30am

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

FUNDRAISING

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1.30-3pm

 

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

 

7.45 for 8pm

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

FUNDRAISING

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

11am-2pm

 

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

FUNDRAISING

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

 

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

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

Pastoral Letter to be read

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

Corpus Christi

Sunday, 3rd June 2018

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


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

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

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

FUNDRAISING

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

 

NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.

To Gift Aiders

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

Some points to remember:

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

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

To Gift Aiders

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

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

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

Some points to remember:

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

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

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

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

Ian Butler

Gift Aid organiser

 

FEAST OF PENTECOST (B)    18 May 2018
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PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

£2,000.05 total raised in April through donations and events. Overall total raised is £78,311.43
Amount still owed on loan is £6,688.57
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
LUCIA’S CONCERT - on Sunday 27th May. Refreshments from 3.30pm. Concert begins at 4pm. Suggested donations of Adults £5 and Children £1
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 13th June from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
SAVE THE DATE The Parish / School Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday 16th June from 11am to 2pm.
 
GARDEN STALL Part of the Summer Fayre will be a garden stall and donations of plants etc are being asked for nearer the time. Please see Eileen Scholes for more information about this.
 
FLOWER DEMONSTRATION in Church by the Guild of Church Flower Arrangers on Monday 4th June. Doors open at 6.45pm for a 7.30pm start. Come and enjoy an evening of flower art by professional demonstrator Hel-en Hare. Entrance for parishioners £3.50 and visitors £5 All are welcome.
 
PRE-SCHOOL St. Thomas More Pre-School are looking for a new part-time member of staff (term-time only). If you are interested please contact Cathy Collins on 01732 874559 for an application form and more infor-mation.
 
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 21st May.
 
GARDENING CLUB meet on Saturday 2nd June from 10am to 12 noon. All welcome.
 
NOTICES Including: CTIM Events - CAP Money Course; Beacon Event; Charity Quiz Night for ROPE. Spiritu-al Exercises Retreats. Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Wednesday 23rd May at 8pm. Venue: 38 Braeburn Way, Kings Hill. ME19 4BG. Contact Ana and Geoff Wild 01732 220661
 
 

CONFIRMATION 2018

This year there are two courses being run for Confirmation on Sunday 14th October in the Maidstone Deanery.

  1. I will be running our usual course here for young people at present in Year 10 and above (ie born on or before 31st August 2003) which we are also opening up to the Deanery. The course is geared for Year 10 and above with personal interviews throughout the course - a group study and renewal f Baptism, Reconciliation and the Eucharist in June / July - a personal Prayer Training Programme for each can-didate at home during the Summer Holiday period - a group study of Confirmation and its call to us as individuals and as members of the Church and Parish in September with follow-up meetings and inter-views after the Confirmation in October and November. We shall al-so be joining with St. Francis, Maidstone in the Deanery Day of Prep-aration on 7th October and candidates will have the option of joining St. Francis in the Deanery residential weekend on 13th to 15th July.
  2. The second course which will be open to young people at present in Year 9 and above (born on or before 31st August 2004) is being held at St. Francis, Maidstone and any young people in Year 9 in the Par-ish will be welcome to join them if they don’t want to wait for the Year 10 and above course here next year.

We shall be making the Call for Confirmation for Year 10 and above at our Masses here on the 7th Sunday of Easter (13th May); Pentecost Sunday (20th May) and finally on Trinity Sunday (27th May) where infor-mation and application forms will be available.

Information forms for young people in Year 9 who wish to join the course at St. Francis, Maidstone are available to be collected from me at our Masses here this weekend (28th / 29th April).

 

THE EASTER DAYS Seventh Sunday of Easter (B)    13 May 2018
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PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

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

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

THE EASTER DAYS
Seventh Sunday of Easter (B)
13th May 2018
 
THIS WEEKEND We celebrate the Seventh Sunday of Easter and continue our preparation for Pentecost. It’s also World Communications Day with prayers and a collection during the Notices for the work of the Catholic Communica-tion Network, the media office of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and the wider Church in promoting the Gospel through the media on current issues. It’s also the ‘Survive-Miva’ appeal, one of our special charities this year, and we welcome Carol who will be talking to us at all Masses about the important work of this Catholic Lay As-sociation which provides funding for essential transport for health outreach work and pastoral care in isolated rural areas and places of difficult access in the poorer countries of our world.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We celebrate Pentecost with a new coming of the Holy Spirit with His gifts to seal the new love, Resurrection and life we have received in this Easter Season in our lives and help us to live and build it. The 5pm Mass will be the Vigil Mass of Pentecost with the joy of the Reception of Nicola Gallagher into the Church through Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist and ask you to pray for Nicola and her family. The 10am Mass is our Pen-tecost Family Mass and there will be a rehearsal for this and Children’s Workshop on Thursday at 3.30pm. The 5.30pm Mass will be led by the Youth Group (meet at 4pm in the Priest’s House). Many thanks for all who will be working to help us to celebrate this great Feast.
 
THANKS
  • To Iris Roots who has made a very generous donation of £2,000 to the Parish - there is a card of thanks for those who remember Iris to sign in the porch.
  • To the Malling Institute who have made a grant of £1,800 to the Youth Group for equipment and development.
CONFIRMATION THE CALL FOR CONFIRMATION WILL BE MADE THIS WEEKEND - please see the special page 3 of this Newsletter and read carefully. The call is also open to any adults who wish to be confirmed.
 
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY
Survive-Miva Appeal
12
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Braydon Sweeney
Simon Maher RIP (Alice, Margaret and Maureen)
SUNDAY
Seventh Sunday of Easter (B)
World Communications Day
Survive-Miva Appeal
13
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Josephine Engelbrecht RIP
The Parishioners
MONDAY (St. Matthias) 14
9.30am
7.30pm
Communion Service
Thy Kingdom Come Ecumenical Service
TUESDAY (Ascensiontide) 15
9.30am
11am
Joan Charlton (Dee and Peter)
Funeral Service for Susan Walkling RIP at Vinters Park Crematorium
WEDNESDAY (St. Simon Stock) 16
9.30am
Communion Service
THURSDAY (Ascensiontide) 17 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Ascensiontide) 18
9.30am
1.30pm
(8.15am - Mass in St. Simon Stock)
Communion Service
Funeral Mass for John Calloway RIP followed by a Service at Wateringbury Cemetery
SATURDAY (Vigil of Pentecost)
19
5pm
Vigil Mass of Pentecost - Reception of Nicola Gallagher
SUNDAY
Seventh Sunday of Easter (B)
Pentecost
20
10am
5.30pm
 
 
(Pentecost Family Mass)
(Youth Mass)
(Masses for Parishioners, Families and Friends - Living and Dead)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Meg and Tony Brewer; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Libby Batchelor; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Marian Glennon; Mary Rumsey; 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: John Calloway; Alfie Evans; Joe Dennis; Susan Walkling; Fr. Michael Murphy; Kevin Osborne. Also Colin Mansfield (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Dorothy Bolton; Mr Stevens; Peter Littlefear; Frank Dolan; Peter Shields; Thomas Gaule; May Noschese; Cosmo De Bosdari; Kenneth Franklin; Anne Avery; James Corcoran; Mary Heaney; Peggy Hey; Allan Beard; Daniel Byrne.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 13
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 14 7.30pm ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ Service in Church
TUESDAY 15
1.30-3pm
7pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Churches Together in Snodland meet in the Vicarage
WEDNESDAY 16   Council of Priests in London
THURSDAY 17 3.30-4.30pm Children’s Pentecost Workshop in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
FRIDAY 18    
SATURDAY 19    
SUNDAY 20
10am
4pm
No Children’s Liturgy (Pentecost Family Mass)
Youth Group meet in the Priest’s House to prepare for Pentecost Mass
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £682.29 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Paddy Griffin (No.49) for the May draw.
 
GIFT AID FOR SECOND COLLECTIONS If a collection is not for the Parish it can only be GIFT-AIDED if there is a pre-printed envelope, either in your box or one from the Charity itself eg.
 
CAFOD / Apostleship of the Sea. Parish second collections eg. Flowers / Welfare / Sponsored walk can be GIFT-AIDED if you use one of your spare envelopes or one of the white envelopes at the back of the Church. In either case please mark the envelope with the intent of the donation. If it is not marked your donation may go to the wrong organisation.
 

FUNDRAISING

£2,000.05 total raised in April through donations and events. Overall total raised is £78,311.43
Amount still owed on loan is £6,688.57
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
LUCIA’S CONCERT - on Sunday 27th May. Refreshments from 3.30pm. Concert begins at 4pm. Suggested donations of Adults £5 and Children £1
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 13th June from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
SAVE THE DATE The Parish / School Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday 16th June from 11am to 2pm.
 
GARDEN STALL Part of the Summer Fayre will be a garden stall and donations of plants etc are being asked for near-er the time. Please see Eileen Scholes for more information about this.
 
PRE-SCHOOL St. Thomas More Pre-School are looking for a new part-time member of staff (term-time only). If you are interested please contact Cathy Collins on 01732 874559 for an application form and more information.
 
BEREAVEMENT RETREAT to be held at Minster Abbey on June 1st -3rd. For further information go to www.minsterabbeynuns.org or write to Minster Abbey, Church St., Minster. Nr. Ramsgate. Kent. CT12 4HF Tel: 01843 821254
 
EVENTS IN SUPPORT OF HEART OF KENT HOSPICE KM Colour Run on Sunday 10th June at Bettshanger Country Park near Deal. Adult entry is £20.00 and children £12.00. Under 4s run free with an adult - no need for them to be registered. Adult participants are encouraged to raise a minimum of £75.00 in sponsorship. To book your place visit www.kmcharityteam.co.uk/challenge/colour-run Also 23rd Annual KM Charity Walk on Sunday 24th June which will take in the picturesque Kentish countryside around Maidstone with a start and finish at the Grade II listed Mote House where you will check-in. Check in between 8.00 and 10.00 am. To book your place visit www.kmcharityteam.co.uk/challenge/charitywalk/ Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Wiesia’s Group - week beginning 14th May.
 
NOTICES Including Far east Magazine and a poster for Malling Churches Together. Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston meet on Saturday 19th May at 12.30pm. Venue: 77 New Hythe Lane, Larkfield. ME20 6PP. Contact Maria and Dave Abbott 01732 843307
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Wednesday 23rd May at 8pm. Venue: 38 Braeburn Way, Kings Hill. ME19 4BG. Contact Ana and Geoff Wild 01732 220661
 
 

CONFIRMATION 2018

This year there are two courses being run for Confirmation on Sunday 14th October in the Maidstone Deanery.

  1. I will be running our usual course here for young people at present in Year 10 and above (ie born on or before 31st August 2003) which we are also opening up to the Deanery. The course is geared for Year 10 and above with personal interviews throughout the course - a group study and renewal f Baptism, Reconciliation and the Eucharist in June / July - a personal Prayer Training Programme for each can-didate at home during the Summer Holiday period - a group study of Confirmation and its call to us as individuals and as members of the Church and Parish in September with follow-up meetings and inter-views after the Confirmation in October and November. We shall al-so be joining with St. Francis, Maidstone in the Deanery Day of Prep-aration on 7th October and candidates will have the option of joining St. Francis in the Deanery residential weekend on 13th to 15th July.
  2. The second course which will be open to young people at present in Year 9 and above (born on or before 31st August 2004) is being held at St. Francis, Maidstone and any young people in Year 9 in the Par-ish will be welcome to join them if they don’t want to wait for the Year 10 and above course here next year.

We shall be making the Call for Confirmation for Year 10 and above at our Masses here on the 7th Sunday of Easter (13th May); Pentecost Sunday (20th May) and finally on Trinity Sunday (27th May) where infor-mation and application forms will be available.

Information forms for young people in Year 9 who wish to join the course at St. Francis, Maidstone are available to be collected from me at our Masses here this weekend (28th / 29th April).

 

THE EASTER DAYS Sixth Sunday of Easter (B)    05 May 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

THE EASTER DAYS
Sixth Sunday of Easter (B)
Celebration of First Communion (2)
6th May 2018
 
THIS WEEKEND We continue the Easter Days and also have the joy of the second weekend of our First Commun-ions - please pray for the children and their parents and families as they take this new stage and step in their Faith and Parish Journey - with thanks to them and a special thank you to our Catechists. We also welcome the Syro-Malabar community (including some of our parishioners) who begin a series of monthly Syro-Malabar Rite Masses here today [Sunday].
 
THURSDAY - FEAST OF THE ASCENSION We rejoice as the Risen Lord ends the Easter Days by Ascending for us again to confirm the Resurrection and new life He has brought us this Easter and add new glory and strength to it. It’s a Holy Day of Obligation and we should try to get to Mass if we can (Mass times below). We then join Mary and the Apostles to prepare in faith and love, as they did, for the new coming of the Spirit at Pentecost in ten days time and also have the Novena of Prayer for Christian Unity (special pink prayer sheets for this will be available in Church on Thursday).
 
FUNDRAISING - BOOT FAIR THIS SATURDAY - please support.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We celebrate the Seventh Sunday of Easter and continue our preparation for Pentecost. It’s also World Communications Day with prayers and a collection during the Notices for the work of the Catholic Communica-tion Network, the media office of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and the wider Church in promoting the Gospel through the media on current issues. It’s also the ‘Survive-Miva’ appeal, one of our special charities this year, and we welcome Carol who will be talking to us at all Masses about the important work of this Catholic Lay As-sociation which provides funding for essential transport for health outreach work and pastoral care in isolated rural areas and places of difficult access in the poorer countries of our world.
 
FOOTNOTE: BRING LOTS OF MONEY NEXT WEEKEND!
 
CONFIRMATION THE CALL FOR CONFIRMATION WILL BE MADE NEXT WEEKEND - please see the special page 3 of this Newsletter and read carefully. The call is also open to any adults who wish to be confirmed.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Easter) 5

5pm

(First Communion Mass) The Parishioners
SUNDAY
Sixth Sunday of Easter (B)
6
10am
12 noon
5.30pm
(First Communion Mass) The Parishioners
Syro-Malabar Mass
Claude and Alix Terriere (Wedding Anniversary)
MONDAY (Easter) 7   NO MASS OR SERVICE - BANK HOLIDAY
TUESDAY (Easter) 8 9.30am Svetlana Kostrominos RIP and Family
WEDNESDAY (Easter) 9
9.30am
Deceased Relatives and Friends of the Lobo Family
THURSDAY (The Ascension) 10
10am
8pm
School and Pre-School Mass in CHURCH
Parish Mass
(Masses Offered for Parish Family, Families and Friends)
FRIDAY 11 9.30am Peter Lawrence RIP and Family
SATURDAY
Survive-Miva Appeal
12
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Braydon Sweeney
Simon Maher RIP (Alice, Margaret and Maureen)
SUNDAY
Seventh Sunday of Easter (B)
World Communications Day
Survive-Miva Appeal
13
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Josephine Engelbrecht RIP
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Meg and Tony Brewer; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Libby Batchelor; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Marie-Louise Wise; Betty Callaghan; Frank Hall; Catherine Finn; Sally Atmore; Paula Thornton; Jenny McTighe; 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: John Calloway; Alfie Evans; Joe Dennis; Susan Walkling; Fr. Michael Murphy; Kevin Osborne; Colin Mans-field. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: George Patrick; Catherine Fry; Christopher Fauklin; Ann Hillan; George Gerald Smith; Eddie Paul, Selina Cox; Dorothy Bolton; Mr Stevens.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 6
10am
12 noon
No Children’s Liturgy - First Communion Mass
Syro-Malabar Mass in Church
MONDAY 7   BANK HOLIDAY
TUESDAY 8
1.30-3pm
7.30pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Deanery Pastoral Council - Tenterden
WEDNESDAY 9
7 for 7.30pm
7.30-9.30pm
Parish Meeting in the Priest’s House
Needlework and Knitting Group meet in the Church Porch
THURSDAY 10   ASCENSION - HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION
FRIDAY 11 7-9pm Youth Group meet in the School
SATURDAY 12 10am-1pm Boot Fair in the Church Car Park
SUNDAY 13
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £629.63 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collection for St. George’s Cathedral raised £325.04
GIFT AID FOR SECOND COLLECTIONS If a collection is not for the Parish it can only be GIFT-AIDED if there is a pre-printed envelope, either in your box or one from the Charity itself eg. CAFOD / Apostleship of the Sea. Parish second collections eg. Flowers / Welfare / Sponsored walk can be GIFT-AIDED if you use one of your spare enve-lopes or one of the white envelopes at the back of the Church. In either case please mark the envelope with the in-tent of the donation. If it is not marked your donation may go to the wrong organisation.
 

FUNDRAISING

£2,000.05 total raised in April through donations and events. Overall total raised is £78,311.43
Amount still owed on loan is £6,688.57
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
BOOT FAIR - please see the box below.
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 9th May from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS Would parishioners please return these this weekend.
 
SAVE THE DATE The Parish / School Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday 16th June from 11am to 2pm.
 
PRE-SCHOOL St. Thomas More Pre-School are looking for a new part-time member of staff (term-time only). If you are interested please contact Cathy Collins on 01732 874559 for an application form and more information.
 
BEREAVEMENT RETREAT to be held at Minster Abbey on June 1st -3rd. For further information go to www.minsterabbeynuns.org or write to Minster Abbey, Church St., Minster. Nr. Ramsgate. Kent. CT12 4HF Tel: 01843 821254
 
 
BOOT FAIR
 
There will be a Boot Fair in the Church car park this Saturday 12th May starting at 10am. Pre-booked cars only. If you wish to book a place (for £5) please con-tact Victoria on plum_vh@hotmail.com and put your payment in an envelope with your name and contact number on and hand in to the Parish Office. Further details to follow.
 
 
SPUC The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) has launched a petition calling on the Home Secretary, to oppose any moves to restrict peaceful pro-life citizens’ freedom of expression and freedom to pray outside abortion centres. Moves are being made around Britain to prevent peaceful pro-lifers from praying outside abortion centres and offering support to women who may not want to proceed with an abortion. Vulnerable women who come under pres-sure to abort their babies will be denied a quiet word of support from peaceful pro-life citizens. Please support this petition. Petition forms and leaflets are available at the back of the Church, or you can sign the petition online at www.spuc.org.uk
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Eileen’s Group - week beginning 7th May.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Wednesday 23rd May at 8pm. Venue: 38 Braeburn Way, Kings Hill. ME19 4BG. Contact Ana and Geoff Wild 01732 220661
 
 

CONFIRMATION 2018

This year there are two courses being run for Confirmation on Sunday 14th October in the Maidstone Deanery.

  1. I will be running our usual course here for young people at present in Year 10 and above (ie born on or before 31st August 2003) which we are also opening up to the Deanery. The course is geared for Year 10 and above with personal interviews throughout the course - a group study and renewal f Baptism, Reconciliation and the Eucharist in June / July - a personal Prayer Training Programme for each can-didate at home during the Summer Holiday period - a group study of Confirmation and its call to us as individuals and as members of the Church and Parish in September with follow-up meetings and inter-views after the Confirmation in October and November. We shall al-so be joining with St. Francis, Maidstone in the Deanery Day of Prep-aration on 7th October and candidates will have the option of joining St. Francis in the Deanery residential weekend on 13th to 15th July.
  2. The second course which will be open to young people at present in Year 9 and above (born on or before 31st August 2004) is being held at St. Francis, Maidstone and any young people in Year 9 in the Par-ish will be welcome to join them if they don’t want to wait for the Year 10 and above course here next year.

We shall be making the Call for Confirmation for Year 10 and above at our Masses here on the 7th Sunday of Easter (13th May); Pentecost Sunday (20th May) and finally on Trinity Sunday (27th May) where infor-mation and application forms will be available.

Information forms for young people in Year 9 who wish to join the course at St. Francis, Maidstone are available to be collected from me at our Masses here this weekend (28th / 29th April).

 

THE EASTER DAYS Fifth Sunday of Easter (B)    29 April 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

THE EASTER DAYS
Fifth Sunday of Easter (B)
Celebration of First Communion (1)
29th April 2018
 
THE EASTER DAYS Keeping close to the Risen Lord in prayer, love and joy in the days between now and the Ascension on 10th May when the Risen Lord walks with us, as He did with the Apostles, in a spe-cial way. Please take the special Easter Prayer Sheets and Vigil Candles to help you at home in this - al-so the Easter Water to bless your houses (bottles for this are on sale in the porch or you can bring your own bottle next weekend).
 
THIS WEEKEND We continue the Easter Days and also have the joy of the first weekend of our First Communions - please pray for the children and their parents and families as they take this new stage and step in their Faith and Parish Journey - with thanks to them and a special thank you to our Catechists. Also this weekend, following the Feast of St. George last Monday, there is a collection during the Notices for our Cathedral of St. George in Southwark - the Mother Church of our Diocese - to help meet the cost of the upkeep of the Cathedral.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We celebrate the Sixth Sunday of the Easter Days and the second weekend of our First Communions again keeping the children, their parents and families and Catechists in our prayers.
 
CONFIRMATION 2018 Please see the special page 3 of the Newsletter and read carefully - thanks!
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Easter) 28

5pm

(First Communion Mass) Sunil de Silva RIP
SUNDAY
Fifth Sunday of Easter (B)
29
10am
5.30pm
(First Communion Mass) Ellen Caughlin RIP
Niamh Nolan RIP (anniv.)
MONDAY (Easter) 30
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (St. Joseph the Worker) 1 May 9.30am Fr. Michael Murphy RIP (recent)
WEDNESDAY (St. Athanasius) 2 9.30am Eileen Poole - 80th Birthday
THURSDAY (Ss. Philip and James) 3 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (The English Martyrs) 4 9.30am Kevin Osborne RIP
SATURDAY (Easter) 5
5pm
(First Communion Mass) The Parishioners
SUNDAY
Sixth Sunday of Easter (B)
6
10am
12 noon
5.30pm
(First Communion Mass) The Parishioners
Syro-Malabar Mass
Claude and Alix Terriere (Wedding Anniversary)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Meg and Tony Brewer; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Libby Batchelor; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Marie-Louise Wise; Betty Callaghan; Frank Hall; Catherine Finn; Sally Atmore; Mark Hosking; Scott McLeod; Maureen Hook; 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: Joe Dennis; Susan Walkling; Fr. Michael Murphy; Kevin Osborne; Colin Mansfield. Also Della Copas; Mark Hamill; Edgar Borthwick (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Joseph Massucci; Michael Sullivan; Richard Buehrlen; Ethel McIntyre; Brian Bell; Simon Maher; Baby Niamh Nolan; Anthony Underdown; Waclaw Burek; Annie Murphy; Anne Caffrey; Catherine Perrin; Michael Regan; Leonard Sales; Car-mel McCarton; George Patrick; Catherine Fry.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 29
10am
No Children’s Liturgy - First Communion Mass
MONDAY 30 8pm Youth Leaders meet in the Priest’s House
TUESDAY 1 MAY
1.30-3pm
7.30pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Fundraising Meeting - see below
WEDNESDAY 2 2.15pm Friendship Club meet in the Church porch
THURSDAY 3 5.30-7.30pm GDPR Meeting in the Bishop’s House
SATURDAY 5 2.30pm Eucharistic Adoration Mass and Commissioning in the Bishop’s House
SUNDAY 6
10am
12 noon
No Children’s Liturgy - First Communion Mass
Syro-Malabar Mass in Church
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £391.76 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collection for Ecclesiastical Education raised £241.19
GIFT AID FOR SECOND COLLECTIONS If a collection is not for the Parish it can only be GIFT-AIDED if there is a pre-printed envelope, either in your box or one from the Charity itself eg. CAFOD / Apostleship of the Sea. Parish second collections eg. Flowers / Welfare / Sponsored walk can be GIFT-AIDED if you use one of your spare enve-lopes or one of the white envelopes at the back of the Church. In either case please mark the envelope with the in-tent of the donation. If it is not marked your donation may go to the wrong organisation.
 

FUNDRAISING

£710.00 total raised in March through donations and events. Overall total raised is £76,311.38
Amount still owed on loan is £8,688.62
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
QUIZ NIGHT A big thank you to Elaine, Victoria and Dan for a fantastic Quiz and a lovely evening last Friday. A total of £573 was raised.
*******
EASTER RAFFLE A big thank you to Racheal and Sarah for arranging this - a total of £482.40 was raised between the Parish and Pre-School.
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 9th May 2018 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS Would parishioners please return these this weekend.
 
DONATE8 - HELP NEEDED WITH IRONING Location: The Priest’s House. Suitable for: person or team of helpers (friends to help you?). Time: no more than one hour a week at a time to suit you or take home and return. Perfect for those dropping off or picking up children from the schools. Please consider helping; then fill in a card and post in the red box in the church porch!
 
FUNDRAISING MEETING will take place on Tuesday 1st May at 7.30pm in the Church porch.
 
SAVE THE DATE The Parish / School Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday 16th June from 11am to 2pm.
 
BABY NIAMH NOLAN My name is Rachel. My youngest child, Niamh, is now in Heaven. Niamh died from a sudden and tragic infection called Streptococcus A aged just ten and a half months on 30th April 2015. The kindness and support from family and friends has been overwhelming. I would like to raise awareness of Sepsis in our communities so that we can prevent another family from losing a much-loved member. I kindly request that you keep Niamh and her siblings in your prayers as we approach her third anniversary. Thank you.
 
 
BOOT FAIR
 
There will be a Boot Fair in the Church car park on Saturday 12th May starting at 10am. Pre-booked cars only. If you wish to book a place (for £5) please con-tact Victoria on plum_vh@hotmail.com and put your payment in an envelope with your name and contact number on and hand in to the Parish Office. Further details to follow.
 
 
MARCH FOR LIFE UK LifeFest18 will take place on Saturday 5th May in central London, 9.30am-1pm. Lifefest in Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden. 1.30pm procession / march. 2.30-4pm Rally in Par-liament Square with speeches. Please make every effort to attend this event. A full itinerary is available at marchforlife.co.uk or see the poster on the notice board for more information.
 
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 30th April.
 
FRIENDSHIP CLUB meet on Wednesday 2nd May at 2.15pm in the Church Porch.

 

NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.

CONFIRMATION 2018

This year there are two courses being run for Confirmation on Sunday 14th October in the Maidstone Deanery.

  1. I will be running our usual course here for young people at present in Year 10 and above (ie born on or before 31st August 2013) which we are also opening up to the Deanery. The course is geared for Year 10 and above with personal interviews throughout the course - a group study and renewal f Baptism, Reconciliation and the Eucharist in June / July - a personal Prayer Training Programme for each can-didate at home during the Summer Holiday period - a group study of Confirmation and its call to us as individuals and as members of the Church and Parish in September with follow-up meetings and inter-views after the Confirmation in October and November. We shall al-so be joining with St. Francis, Maidstone in the Deanery Day of Prep-aration on 7th October and candidates will have the option of joining St. Francis in the Deanery residential weekend on 13th to 15th July.
  2. The second course which will be open to young people at present in Year 9 and above (born on or before 31st August 2014) is being held at St. Francis, Maidstone and any young people in Year 9 in the Par-ish will be welcome to join them if they don’t want to wait for the Year 10 and above course here next year.

We shall be making the Call for Confirmation for Year 10 and above at our Masses here on the 7th Sunday of Easter (13th May); Pentecost Sunday (20th May) and finally on Trinity Sunday (27th May) where infor-mation and application forms will be available.

Information forms for young people in Year 9 who wish to join the course at St. Francis, Maidstone are available to be collected from me at our Masses here this weekend (28th / 29th April).

 

THE EASTER DAYS Fourth Sunday of Easter (B)    20 April 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

THE EASTER DAYS
Fourth Sunday of Easter (B)
Vocations Sunday
22nd April 2018
 
THE EASTER DAYS Keeping close to the Risen Lord in prayer, love and joy in the days between now and the Ascension on 10th May when the Risen Lord walks with us, as He did with the Apostles, in a spe-cial way. Please take the special Easter Prayer Sheets and Vigil Candles to help you at home in this - al-so the Easter Water to bless your houses (bottles for this are on sale in the porch or you can bring your own bottle next weekend).
 
THIS WEEKEND We continue Easter and also celebrate ‘Vocations Sunday’ with prayers for vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life and also a collection during the Notices for ‘Ecclesiastical Education’ which helps to meet the cost of training students to the Priesthood and Permanent Diaconate - also ongo-ing formation of the Clergy. Copies of ‘The Evangelist’ (our Seminary magazine) are available free in the porch - also posters, prayer cards and ‘discernment’ books.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We continue the Easter Days and also have the joy of the first weekend of our First Communions - please pray for the children and their parents and families as they take this new stage and step in their Faith and Parish Journey - with thanks to them and a special thank you to our Catechists. Also next weekend, following the Feast of St. George on Monday, there is a collection during the Notices for our Cathedral of St. George in Southwark - the Mother Church of our Diocese - to help meet the cost of the upkeep of the Cathedral.
 
ST. THOMAS OF CANTERBURY CENTRE ANNIVERSARY on Thursday - special anniversary tea with Pre-School - see over under Fundraising.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Easter) 21

5pm

Christopher Law RIP (Birthday)
SUNDAY
Fourth Sunday of Easter (B)
Vocations Sunday
22
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Maria Dias Da Costa RIP (recent)
Paula Sedley-Burke RIP (1st Anniversary)
MONDAY (St. George) 23
9.30am
St. George’s Day Mass in SCHOOL - St. George’s House, England and our English Parishioners
TUESDAY (Easter) 24 9.30am The Parishioners
WEDNESDAY (Easter) 25 9.30am Holy Souls
THURSDAY (Easter) 26 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Easter) 27 9.30am The Parishioners
SATURDAY (Easter) 28
5pm
(First Communion Mass) Sunil de Silva RIP
SUNDAY
Fifth Sunday of Easter (B)
29
10am
5.30pm
(First Communion Mass) Ellen Caughlin RIP
Niamh Nolan RIP (anniv.)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Meg and Tony Brewer; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Libby Batchelor; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Russell Negus; Edward O’Brien; Marie-Louise Wise; Betty Callaghan; Frank Hall; Catherine Finn; Sally Atmore; John Styles; Sheila Black-burn; Tony Blackburn; Emily; Maureen Hook; Terry Barton; 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: Joe Dennis; Susan Walkling; Fr. Michael Murphy; Kevin Osborne; Colin Mansfield; Della Copas; Mark Ha-mill; Edgar Borthwick. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civil-ians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Maurice Fissenden; Matthew Lewis; Nancy (Anne) Menzies; Andre (Bob) Moleta; Margaret Paul; Constance Muxlow; Danielle Blackburn; Moira Martin; Roy Herrington; John (Jack) McCormack; Paula Sedley-Burke; Ursula Atkins; Irene Lovell; Lily Rudenko; Leo Fanning; Shirley Wake; Joseph Massucci; Michael Sullivan; Richard Buehrlen; Ethel McIntyre; Brian Bell.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 22
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 23   (Fr. Peter visits Year 5 at School)
TUESDAY 24 1.30-3pm Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 25 7.45 for 8pm Children’s Liturgy Organisers meet in the Priest’s House
THURSDAY 26 2pm Anniversary Tea with Pre-School in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
FRIDAY 27 7-9pm Youth Group meet in the SCHOOL
SUNDAY 29 10am No Children’s Liturgy - First Communion Mass
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £338.80 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 
GIFT AID FOR SECOND COLLECTIONS If a collection is not for the Parish it can only be GIFT-AIDED if there is a pre-printed envelope, either in your box or one from the Charity itself eg. CAFOD / Apostleship of the Sea. Parish second collections eg. Flowers / Welfare / Sponsored walk can be GIFT-AIDED if you use one of your spare envelopes or one of the white envelopes at the back of the Church. In either case please mark the envelope with the intent of the donation. If it is not marked your donation may go to the wrong organisation.
 

FUNDRAISING

£710.00 total raised in March through donations and events. Overall total raised is £76,311.38
Amount still owed on loan is £8,688.62
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
ST. THOMAS OF CANTERBURY CENTRE On Thursday 26th April we will be celebrating the 4th Anniver-sary of the opening of the Centre with an open afternoon from 2-3pm. Please come and join the Pre-School for refreshments, cake and a raffle. All proceeds will be given to the Building Fund . Donations of cakes will be much appreciated.
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 9th May 2018 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS Would parishioners please return these this weekend.
 
DONATE8 - HELP NEEDED WITH IRONING Location: The Priest’s House. Suitable for: person or team of helpers (friends to help you?). Time: no more than one hour a week at a time to suit you or take home and return. Perfect for those dropping off or picking up children from the schools. Please consider help-ing; then fill in a card and post in the red box in the church porch!
 
GDPR - NEW DATA PROTECTION ACT Please see page three of this Newsletter.
 
SAVE THE DATE The Parish / School Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday 16th June from 11am to 2pm.
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP There was £113.00 left in the Mother Teresa bank account and Jenny and Dee have now given this to the charity ‘Spadework’ to help with their training programme for young adults with learning difficulties.
 
MARCH FOR LIFE UK LifeFest18 will take place on Saturday 5th May in central London, 9.30am-1pm. Lifefest in Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden. 1.30pm procession / march. 2.30-4pm Rally in Parliament Square with speeches. Please make every effort to attend this event. A full itinerary is available at marchforlife.co.uk or see the poster on the notice board for more information.
 
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 23rd April.
 
FLOWER ARRANGERS - Would all Flower Arrangers meet in Church at 10AM ON SATURDAY 28th April for First Communion Flowers. Greenery will be required.
 
NOTICES Including Southwark Vocations; Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady; Catholic History Walks; Please see the Notice Board for more details.

GDPR - NEW DATA PROTECTION ACT

As you may all be aware there is some new data protection legislation coming into force on 25th May 2018, which is going to impact on all of us. One of the responsibilities we will now have to undertake is to know who has access to the vast amount of personal information we hold in the Parish. I know that a great number of you currently volunteer for the Parish or may have done so in the past and may have some personal in-formation at your home in a file and / or on a PC or laptop. Please could you let either myself or the Parish Secretary know if this applies to you so that I can let you know what actions you will need to take going for-ward. The Archbishop is encouraging all of us to help implement these changes and I thank you in advance for your co-operation.

 

THE EASTER DAYS Third Sunday of Easter (B)    15 April 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

THE EASTER DAYS
Third Sunday of Easter (B)
15th April 2018
 
THE EASTER DAYS Keeping close to the Risen Lord in prayer, love and joy in the days between now and the Ascension on 10th May when the Risen Lord walks with us, as He did with the Apostles, in a spe-cial way. Please take the special Easter Prayer Sheets and Vigil Candles to help you at home in this - al-so the Easter Water to bless your houses (bottles for this are on sale in the porch or you can bring your own bottle next weekend).
 
ALLELUIA! The Risen Lord has brought us His ‘living water’ - both in the Easter Water and in the return of water to the Church! Let us be glad and rejoice!!
 
NEXT WEEKEND We continue Easter and also celebrate ‘Vocations Sunday’ with prayers for vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life and also a collection during the Notices for ‘Ecclesiastical Education’ which helps to meet the cost of training students to the Priesthood and Permanent Diaconate - also ongo-ing formation of the Clergy.
 
GDPR - NEW DATA PROTECTION ACT Please read the attachment to this Newsletter carefully - thanks!
 
PARISH OFFICE This week we warmly welcomed Claire to the Parish Office - she will work in the Office on a Wednesday with Karen working on a Monday and Friday.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Easter) 14

2.30pm

5pm

Eucharistic Lay Adoration - Mass and Commissioning
 
Della Copas RIP (Ava, Margaret and Maureen)
SUNDAY
Third Sunday of Easter (B)
15
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
Ron Whitehead RIP (Dee and Peter)
MONDAY (Easter) 16
9.30am
 
11am
Communion Service
 
Funeral Service for Mark Hamill RIP followed by a Service at Vinters Park Crematorium
TUESDAY (Easter) 17 9.30am Communion Service
WEDNESDAY (Easter) 18 9.30am Communion Service
THURSDAY (Easter) 19 9.30am Joan Wegrzyn (Easter) [Steph, Ian and Family]
FRIDAY (Easter) 20 9.30am For Easter Blessings for all Parishioners, Families and Friends - Living and Dead
SATURDAY (Easter) 21
5pm
Christopher Law RIP (Birthday)
SUNDAY
Fourth Sunday of Easter (B)
Vocations Sunday
22
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Maria Dias Da Costa RIP (recent)
Paula Sedley-Burke RIP (1st Anniversary)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Meg and Tony Brewer; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Libby Batchelor; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Marie-Louise Wise; Betty Callaghan; Frank and Collette Hall; Denis O’Donnel; Tony Blackburn; Maureen Hook; Stuart Atmore; Audrey Matcham; Robert Wegrzyn; Sheila Blackburn; 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: Colin Mansfield; Della Copas; Mark Hamill; Edgar Borthwick. Also John Foulger; Bill O’Neill; Maria Dias Dos Santos (month’s mind). 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; Mau-rice Fissenden.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 15
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 16 5-6pm First Communion Children’s Meeting in the Church
TUESDAY 17 1.30-3pm Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 18 7.30 for 8pm First Communion Parents’ Meeting in the Church
THURSDAY 19 8pm Kings Hill and Mereworth Area Group Meeting - see below
FRIDAY 20 7 for 7.30pm Quiz Night in the School - see below
SATURDAY 21 9.30am-1pm Morning of Recollection for Deanery Readers and Eucharistic Ministers at St. Andrew’s, Tenterden
SUNDAY 22 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £379.07 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
100 CLUB AND EASTER DRAW Congratulations go to Sarah Abbott (No.22) for the April draw and to Shelley Cornish (73) [£80] and Gabrielle Chapman (4) [£50] for the Easter Draw.
 

FUNDRAISING

£164.24 total raised in February through donations and events. Overall total raised is £75,601.38
Amount still owed on loan is £9,398.62
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
QUIZ NIGHT next Friday 20th April, 7 for 7.30pm start - this weekend is the last opportunity to purchase tickets at Church for this fun evening of quizzing, games and a raffle - £5 each. Make up your own teams of 8 or come along and make up at a table and make new friends. Tickets will still be on sale at the School and Pre-School up until Friday afternoon.
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NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 9th May 2018 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The next children’s lesson is on Monday 16th April from 5-6pm. The next parents’ meeting is on Wednesday 18th April with refreshments from 7.30pm and the meeting com-mencing at 8pm.
 
FIRST COMMUNION DRESSES Beautiful, individually made First Communion dresses available to pur-chase at Christina K Bridal Boutique in Maidstone. Dresses are made from high quality bridal fabrics. Visit Christina K Bridal Boutique, 20 High Street, Maidstone. No appointment necessary. Tel: 01622675009 or visit www.christinak.co.uk or Facebook Page.
 
DONATE8 - HELP NEEDED WITH IRONING Location: The Priest’s House. Suitable for: person or team of helpers (friends to help you?). Time: no more than one hour a week at a time to suit you or take home and return. Perfect for those dropping off or picking up children from the schools. Please consider help-ing; then fill in a card and post in the red box in the church porch!
 
GDPR - NEW DATA PROTECTION ACT Please see page three of this Newsletter.
 
MARCH FOR LIFE UK LifeFest18 will take place on Saturday 5th May in central London, 9.30am-1pm. Lifefest in Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden. 1.30pm procession / march. 2.30-4pm Rally in Parliament Square with speeches. Please make every effort to attend this event. A full itinerary is available at marchforlife.co.uk or see the poster on the notice board for more information.
 
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 16th April.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details - including thank you letters from Cafod and SPUC.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 19th April at 8pm. Venue: 17 Alfristoon Grove, Kings Hill. ME19 4AS.
RSVP Steph and Ian Blackburn 01732 521788
 

GDPR - NEW DATA PROTECTION ACT

As you may all be aware there is some new data protection legislation coming into force on 25th May 2018, which is going to impact on all of us. One of the responsibilities we will now have to undertake is to know who has access to the vast amount of personal information we hold in the Parish. I know that a great number of you currently volunteer for the Parish or may have done so in the past and may have some personal in-formation at your home in a file and / or on a PC or laptop. Please could you let either myself or the Parish Secretary know if this applies to you so that I can let you know what actions you will need to take going for-ward. The Archbishop is encouraging all of us to help implement these changes and I thank you in advance for your co-operation.

 

EASTER SUNDAY AND LOW SUNDAY (B)    08 April 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

EASTER SUNDAY AND LOW SUNDAY (B)
THE EASTER DAYS
1st and 8th April 2018
 
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE A huge thank you for a magnificent Holy Week and all who worked so hard and con-tributed to make it so - and your love, commitment and generosity to me as your Priest. May the Risen Lord bless us and our Parish and homes and all those we love with His life and Resurrection in these Easter Days.
 
THE EASTER DAYS Keeping close to the Risen Lord in prayer, love and joy in the days between now and the As-cension on 10th May when the Risen Lord walks with us, as He did with the Apostles, in a special way. Please take the special Easter Prayer Sheets and Vigil Candles to help you at home in this - also the Easter Water to bless your houses (bottles for this are on sale in the porch or you can bring your own bottle next weekend).
 
SPECIAL THANKS to Sarah and Racheal, parishioners and members of the School PTA for arranging a wonderful raffle of ‘Easter Baskets’ for the Building Fund - we are very grateful.
 
THIS NEWSLETTER IS FOR TWO WEEKS with details of all Masses and meetings - next Newsletter - Sunday 15th April. Work on restoring water to the Church will begin, hopefully, this Easter Wednesday and please note the office hours continue to be Wednesday and Friday - 9am-12 noon - at this time.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
HOLY SATURDAY 31

 

8.30pm

NO 5PM MASS
 
Easter Vigil (Social in the porch afterwards)
EASTER SUNDAY (B) 1 April

10am

 

Easter Family Mass
 
NO 5.30PM MASS
EASTER MONDAY 2   NO MASS OR COMMUNION SERVICE
EASTER TUESDAY 3 9.30am Communion Service
EASTER WEDNESDAY 4 9.30am Communion Service
EASTER THURSDAY 5 9.30am Communion Service
EASTER FRIDAY 6 9.30am For Easter Blessings for all Parishioners, Families and Friends - Living and Dead
EASTER SATURDAY 7
2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms: Ava McCay and Tyler Price
The Parishioners
LOW SUNDAY
Second Sunday of Easter (B)
8
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Bill O’Neill RIP
Ron Whitehead RIP (Steph, Ian and Family)
MONDAY (The Annunciation) 9 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (Easter) 10 9.30am Communion Service
WEDNESDAY (St. Stanislaus) 11 9.30am Deceased Relatives and Friends of the Lobo family
THURSDAY (Easter) 12 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Easter) 13 9.30am For Teresa (Mary G.)
SATURDAY (Easter) 14
2.30pm
5pm
Eucharistic Lay Adoration - Mass and Commissioning
Della Copas RIP (Ava, Margaret and Maureen)
SUNDAY
Third Sunday of Easter (B)
15
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
Ron Whitehead RIP (Dee and Peter)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Meg and Tony Brewer; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Libby Batchelor; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Marie-Louise Wise; Betty Callaghan; Frank and Collette Hall; Sarah Patterson; Maureen Hook; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Della Copas; Mark Hamill; Edgar Borthwick; John Foulger; Bill O’Neill; Maria Dias Dos Santos. Also Fr. Richard (West Malling Abbey); Harry Fellows; Ildefonso Bustamante; Svetlana (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Cyril Usmor; Ann Watson; Vivienne Cahill; Helena Marshall; Clive Budd; Gertrude de Wolf; Walter Roberts; Teresa Gordon; Geoff McBride; Patrick Kelly.
Maria Orlando; Hugh Beatty; Margaret Ingold; Nicola Sbrocchi; Joyce Nowell; Gus Isava (birthday); Magdalene Lobo; Esther Batt; Peter Whinfield; Kevin Cunning (Snr.); Francis Micallef (and Lonza); Jennifer Weller.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 1 APRIL
10am
No Children’s Liturgy (Easter Family Mass)
MONDAY 2

 

BANK HOLIDAY
TUESDAY 3   No Baby & Toddler Group - Holiday Break
WEDNESDAY 4    
THURSDAY 5    
FRIDAY 6   (8Mi5 Mass in St. Simon Stock School)
SATURDAY 7 10am-12 noon Gardening Club
SUNDAY 8 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 9    
TUESDAY 10  
No Baby & Toddler Group - Holiday Break
Deanery Clergy meet at Cranbrook
WEDNESDAY 11
7.30-9.30pm
1pm
Needlework and Knitting Group meet in the Church Porch
Friendship Group meet in Jenny Lingham’s Barn
THURSDAY 12    
FRIDAY 13 7-9pm Youth Group Easter Meeting in the Priest’s House
SATURDAY 14   Eucharistic Lay Adoration Meeting - see under Masses and Services
SUNDAY 15 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind and generous Offerings (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 

FUNDRAISING

£164.24 total raised in February through donations and events. Overall total raised is £75,601.38
Amount still owed on loan is £9,398.62
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
SAVE THE DATE! QUIZ NIGHT 20th April at 7.30pm in the School Hall. Tickets will be on sale from 7th April.
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet again on Wednesday 11th April 2018 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The next children’s lesson is on Monday 16th April from 5-6pm. The next parents’ meeting is on Wednesday 18th April with refreshments from 7.30pm and the meeting commencing at 8pm.
 
FIRST COMMUNION DRESSES Beautiful, individually made First Communion dresses available to purchase at Christina K Bridal Boutique in Maidstone. Dresses are made from high quality bridal fabrics. Visit Christina K Bridal Boutique, 20 High Street, Maidstone. No appointment necessary. Tel: 01622675009 or visit www.christinak.co.uk or Facebook Page.
 
DONATE8 - HELP NEEDED WITH IRONING Location: The Priest’s House. Suitable for: person or team of helpers (friends to help you?). Time: no more than one hour a week at a time to suit you or take home and return. Perfect for those dropping off or picking up children from the schools. Please consider helping; then fill in a card and post in the red box in the church porch!
 
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 2nd April; Eileen’s Group - week beginning 9th April.
 
GARDENING CLUB meet on Saturday 7th April from 10am until 12 noon.
 
FRIENDSHIP GROUP will not be held on 4th April as organised. The new date is WEDNESDAY 11TH APRIL for a Soup Lunch at 1pm in Jenny Lingham’s Barn.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 19th April at 8pm. Venue: 17 Alfristoon Grove, Kings Hill. ME19 4AS. RSVP Steph and Ian Blackburn 01732 521788
 

 

A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL MISSIO RED BOX HOLDERS

This year’s ‘Thank You’ poster, which you can see at the back of the Church includes a photo of Fr. Henry in Malawi. He and his parish community are supported thanks to your generous support of the Red Box.

Thank you for your continued care of our Church family through your Red Box offerings and direct dona-tions. Your prayers and donations continue to sustain Missionary Priests and Sisters as they share God’s love with some of the most marginalized, vulnerable people throughout the World.

People like the community of St Thomas’ Church in Malawi. Their Parish Priest, Fr. Henry has written to us saying:

“The community of St Thomas’ Church was once laughed at because we didn’t have our own Church Building in which to gather and pray. I encouraged them to start making their own bricks, a few at a time, from the mud and other materials they had to hand.
Young people, members of the choir, anyone who was able, went to fetch stones from the hill and sand from the river to build the foundations. Your support helped us to buy the concrete, metal sheeting and supporting pillars. And now the church has been built!
The Church is a community. It is a family that has to take care of itself, as a parent takes care of its chil-dren and then reaches out to others – to the whole family of God.
Anne lives in a remote village I visit regularly thanks to your support. She says “The priest brings to our village Christ’s presence in Holy Communion. The presence of the Priest is very important. As old peo-ple, we often miss out going to church. It makes my heart heavy. When the Priest comes, Jesus has vis-ited us. Christ comes into our villages and our homes”.”
Fr. Henry concludes, “Thank you for believing in us year after year. We know that the people of England and Wales continue to pray for us daily. Please know that we too pray for you and thank God for the love shown to us.”

In the last year, members of the Red Box family in our Parish have raised a fantastic £2,254.33. Thank you! Our brothers and sisters around the world continue to need our continued support. If you don’t al-ready have a Red Box at home, or would like information on other ways to give to the Red Box, you can visit mission.org.uk, or please do ask me.

Thank you again
Tony Law Tel :01732 84477 email: tony_annelaw@hotmail.com

 

PALM SUNDAY (B)    25 March 2018
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PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

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

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

PALM SUNDAY (B)
A HOLY WEEK OF PRAYER, LOVE AND SELF-DENIAL
25th March 2018
 
Welcome to this Holy Week, which we have been preparing for this Lent by opening ourselves to the Lord and each other, through prayer and love and self-denial, to the healing, love and life he wants to give us in this week. This is the week when we are called to put our Faith and following of the Lord first in our lives so that we can find all that He wants to give us in it. The more we are prepared to put ourselves into it, the more we shall receive from it - so let’s help each other, as Priest and people to walk this week well.
For Adults and Young People there is the Great Journey of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday evening, the Lit-urgy of the Passion on Good Friday afternoon and the Great Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday Evening.
 
For the children there is the Maundy Thursday Service at 5pm; the Good Friday Walk of Witness at 11am, the Children’s Easter Workshop and Rehearsal on Holy Saturday morning and the Easter Family Mass on Easter Sunday morning.
 
And for all Parishioners there is the Youth groups’ Passion Play and Service for the Parish on Good Friday evening - their gift to us for this Holy Week. (A play from ten years ago in honour of Gus Isava RIP which he acted in three months before his death.)
We thank our Servers, Cleaners, Flower Arrangers, Musicians, Eucharistic Ministers and Collectors, Youth groups and Leaders, Welcomers, Sacristans and “Refreshment Providers”, the Office and all who will be helping in this week.
 
During the week to prepare us for the Great days of our Journey there will be the Adult Lent Penitential and Confessions on Mon-day - a Mass combined with the Way of the Cross on Tuesday evening - compline (night prayer) at the ancient Pilgrim’s Chapel of St. Benedict at Paddlesworth (on the downs above Snodland, Holborough and Birling) with the Churches Together in Snodland on Wednesday evening and the Holy Week Mass in School on Thursday. There are also Servers practises, the Big Clean and prep-aration of the Easter Flowers and garden. (Also I will be attending the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral on Wednesday morning.)
 
Today there is a special retiring collection for the Easter Flowers and on Good Friday for the Holy Places in Jerusalem to help with their upkeep.
Please take this Newsletter and the special red “Holy Week” Prayer Sheet home for full details and explanations of all that is hap-pening. Also Holy Week posters from the Knights of St. Columba to take home and display in your windows on the table in the porch.
 
Let’s now help each other to have a good Holy Week of true love and giving and walk with the Lord to new life this Easter.
P.S. We also continue our ‘patience’ and ‘restraint’ with the water situation in Church - hopefully to be dealt with in Easter Week.
 
MASSES & SERVICES

SATURDAY (Lent)

24
12 noon
5pm
Reception of Joseph Shija
Ann Ivell RIP (anniv.)
SUNDAY
PALM SUNDAY (B)
25
10am
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy for Palm Sunday and Procession)
Wellbeing of Joan Wegrzyn (Marie and David Cross)
The Parishioners

MONDAY of Holy Week

26
9.30am
7.30pm
Communion Service
Adult Lent Penitential and Confessions
TUESDAY of Holy Week 27

7.30pm

 

Mass Combined with the Way of the Cross - Fr. Timothy Daly RIP

(Foundation Mass)

WEDNESDAY of Holy Week

28

9.30am

 

Communion Service
(CHRISM MASS IN THE CATHEDRAL)
(Compline at Paddlesworth Chapel at 7.30pm)

MAUNDY THURSDAY

29
9.30am
5pm
8pm
10-11pm
School End-of-Term Mass in SCHOOL
Children’s Maundy Thursday Service
Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Vigil at the Altar of Repose

GOOD FRIDAY

30
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

31

 

8.30PM

NO 5PM MASS
 
Easter Vigil (Social in the porch afterwards)
EASTER SUNDAY (B) 1 April
10am
 
Easter Family Mass
NO 5.30PM MASS
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Adult Penitential on Monday at 7.30pm No other Confessions before Easter
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Meg and Tony Brewer; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Libby Batchelor; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Marie-Louise Wise; Betty Callaghan; Frank and Collette Hall; Lawrence; Sheila Blackburn; John Styles; Marian Glennon; 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: John Foulger; Bill O’Neill; Maria Dias Dos Santos; Fr. Richard (West Malling Abbey); Harry Fellows; Ildefon-so Bustamante; Svetlana. Also Shirley Tobin; Ron Whitehead; Fr. Eric Nimmo (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Margaret Almeida; Ann Ivell; 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.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 25
10am
3.15-5.15pm
Children’s Liturgy for Palm Sunday in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre and Procession
Youth Group - Passion Play Dress Rehearsal in the Priest’s House
MONDAY 26

 

5-6pm

(Washing of Hands in School at 9.05am)
 
First Communion Children’s Class in Church
TUESDAY 27
 
1.30-3pm
6pm
(Breaking of Bread in School at 9.05am)
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Servers practise for Maundy Thursday in Church
WEDNESDAY 28
 
11am
(Year 6 Passion Play in School at 9.15am)
Church BIG CLEAN for Holy Week
THURSDAY 29 1.30pm Pre-School Easter Bonnet Parade and Raffle
FRIDAY 30
10am
6.30pm
Servers practise for Good Friday in Church
Youth Groups meet in the Priest’s House to prepare the Passion Play
SATURDAY 31
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 1 April 10am No Children’s Liturgy (Easter Family Mass)
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £441.99 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 

FUNDRAISING

£164.24 total raised in February through donations and events. Overall total raised is £75,601.38
Amount still owed on loan is £9,398.62
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
******
SAVE THE DATE! QUIZ NIGHT 20th April at 7.30pm in the School Hall. Tickets will be on sale from 7th April.
******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet again on Wednesday 11th April 2018 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The next children’s lesson is on Monday 26th March from 5-6pm.
 
FIRST COMMUNION DRESSES Beautiful, individually made First Communion dresses available to purchase at Christina K Bridal Boutique in Maidstone. Dresses are made from high quality bridal fabrics. Visit Christina K Bridal Boutique, 20 High Street, Maidstone. No appointment necessary. Tel: 01622675009 or visit www.christinak.co.uk or Facebook Page.
 
DONATE8 - HELP NEEDED WITH IRONING Location: The Priest’s House. Suitable for: person or team of helpers (friends to help you?). Time: no more than one hour a week at a time to suit you or take home and return. Perfect for those dropping off or picking up children from the schools. Please consider helping; then fill in a card and post in the red box in the church porch!
 
RAFFLE The PTA have kindly donated some hampers to be raffled, with all proceeds to go to the Building Fund. Tickets are £1 per ticket. We operate an honesty policy so please take your ticket(s) and place your money in the box provided. Thank you.
 
MASS IN CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE 16th June 2018 at St. George’s Cathedral. If you are celebrating your 1st /10th/ 25th/ 40th/ 50th/ 60th + Wedding Anniversary this year and would like to attend this Service, please put your name and details on the form at the back of Church as soon as possible so that you can receive an invitation from the Archbishop. Please write very clearly.
 
THE GREAT ADVENTURE - RETREAT FOR YEAR 7-9 AT WORTH ABBEY The Great Adventure is running at Worth Abbey from the 18-20th May for all those in year 7-9. Over the weekend we will be exploring the idea that the journey of discipleship is a great adventure that we are each called to through workshops, input, prayer, worship and a whole lot of fun! The price is £84 but bursaries are available. Email fcarbone@wellspringbrighton.org.uk for more information.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH BIG CLEAN FOR EASTER WEDNESDAY 28TH MARCH 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 31ST MARCH FOR EASTER FLOWERS. Greenery will be required.
 
GARDENING CLUB meet on Saturday 3rd March from 10am until 12 noon.
 
NOTICES Including: Advertisement for the position of Coordinator of Marriage and Family Life; Heart of Kent Hos-pice Sunflower Appeal. Please see the Notice Board for more details.

 

Fifth Sunday of Lent (B)    16 March 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

Fifth Sunday of Lent (B)
A LENT OF PRAYER, LOVE AND SELF-DENIAL
18th March 2018
 
LENT 2018 This is the final week of our Lenten preparations for Holy week with increased prayer, love and self-denial so that we are ready to walk it with the Lord - and ‘life’ is the theme of this Fifth Week of Lent to encourage us in this - the ‘new life’ of-fered to us by Jesus this Easter if we are faithful to our journey with Him. To help us in this there are Stations of the Cross on Tuesday, Lent Area Masses for Kings Hill and Mereworth and Snodland and Halling and another chance for Confession for First Communicants and children not at More Park School on Saturday. The Youth Group also have their first rehearsal of their Pas-sion Play today (Sunday) and dress rehearsal next Sunday. Also, at the Parish Meeting on Tuesday it was decided to share our self-denial this Lent with the Pilsdon and Dorcas Food Banks and our Parish Welfare Fund.
 
CHURCH WATER Unfortunately, this cannot be done until Easter Wednesday, 4th April while the School is on holiday as the car park will have to be partially closed. So our Holy Week will be a week of patience and restraint as well as love!
 
OFFICE A new appointment is imminent but can I ask you to continue to keep all non-urgent calls to Wednesdays and Fridays.
 
DEAN The Archbishop has asked me to continue to be Dean of Maidstone Deanery for the next two years - prayers please!
 
HOLY WEEK 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:
Monday 26th: Adult Lent Penitential Service and Confessions at 7.30pm. Please note there will be no other Confessions be-fore Easter.
Maundy Thursday (29th March): Children’s Service at 5pm; Mass of the Last Supper at 8pm; Vigil at the Altar of Repose 10-11pm.
Good Friday (30th March): Walk of Witness at 11am; Good Friday Liturgy at 2.50pm; Youth Groups Passion Play at 8pm.
Holy Saturday (31st March): Children’s Workshop at 10am; Easter Vigil at 8.30pm (NO 5pm Mass).
Easter Sunday (1st April): Easter Family Mass at 10am (NO 5.30pm Mass).
 
MASSES & SERVICES

SATURDAY (Lent)

17
5pm
Michelle Grillo RIP (23rd Anniversary)
SUNDAY
Fifth Sunday of Lent (B)
18
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy for Lent) Ian O’Neill - Welfare
The Parishioners

MONDAY (St. Joseph)

19
9.30am
8pm
Communion Service
Kings Hill and Mereworth Lent Area House Mass - see overleaf
TUESDAY (Lent) 20
9.30am
7.30pm
Billy Glennon RIP and Reamonn Johnston RIP
Stations of the Cross

WEDNESDAY (Lent)

21
9.30am
8pm
Fr. Eric Nimmo RIP (Steph, Ian and Family)
Snodland and Halling Lent Area House Mass - see overleaf

THURSDAY (Lent) 

22

9.30am

Communion Service

FRIDAY (Lent)

23
9.30am
For a good Holy Week for all the Saints (Heaven, Purgatory and Earth)

SATURDAY (Lent)

[Blessed Oscar Romero]

24
2pm
5pm
Reception of Joseph Shija
Ann Ivell RIP (anniv.)
SUNDAY
Palm Sunday (B)
25
10am
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy for Palm Sunday and Procession) Wellbeing of Joan Wegrzyn (Marie and David Cross)
 
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: FOR CHILDREN - Saturday from 4 to 4.30pm; FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE - Saturday from 4.30 (NB) to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Meg and Tony Brewer; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Libby Batchelor; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Marie-Louise Wise; Betty Callaghan; Frank and Collette Hall; Jason Campbell; Richard Blackman; 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: John Foulger; Bill O’Neill; Maria Dias Dos Santos; Fr. Richard (West Malling Abbey); Harry Fellows; Ildefon-so Bustamante; Svetlana; Shirley Tobin; Ron Whitehead; Fr. Eric Nimmo. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in con-flict 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; Ann Ivell; Violet Bigg; Philip Mallon.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 18
10am
3.15-5.15pm
Children’s Liturgy for Lent in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Youth Group - Passion Play Rehearsal in the Priest’s House
MONDAY 19
5-6pm
8pm
First Communion Children’s Class in Church
Kings Hill and Mereworth Lent Area House Mass - see below
TUESDAY 20
1.30-3pm
8pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Youth Leaders Meeting in the Priest’s House
WEDNESDAY 21
8pm
Snodland and Halling Lent Area House Mass - see below
SATURDAY 24 2-4.30pm Eucharistic Adoration Training Meeting in the Bishop’s House
SUNDAY 25
10am
3.15-5.15pm
Children’s Liturgy for Palm Sunday in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre and Procession
Youth Group - Passion Play Dress Rehearsal in the Priest’s House
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £441.99 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 

FUNDRAISING

£164.24 total raised in February through donations and events. Overall total raised is £75,601.38
Amount still owed on loan is £9,398.62
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet again on Wednesday 11th April 2018 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The next children’s lesson is on Monday 19th March from 5-6pm.
 
FIRST COMMUNION DRESSES Beautiful, individually made First Communion dresses available to purchase at Christina K Bridal Boutique in Maidstone. Dresses are made from high quality bridal fabrics. Visit Christina K Bridal Boutique, 20 High Street, Maidstone. No appointment necessary. Tel: 01622675009 or visit www.christinak.co.uk or Facebook Page.
 
DONATE8 - HELP NEEDED WITH IRONING Location: The Priest’s House. Suitable for: person or team of helpers (friends to help you?). Time: no more than one hour a week at a time to suit you or take home and return. Perfect for those dropping off or picking up children from the schools. Please consider helping; then fill in a card and post in the red box in the church porch!
 
MASS IN CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE 16th June 2018 at St. George’s Cathedral. If you are celebrating your 1st /10th/ 25th/ 40th/ 50th/ 60th + Wedding Anniversary this year and would like to attend this Service, please put your name and details on the form at the back of Church as soon as possible so that you can receive an invitation from the Archbishop. Please write very clearly.
 
THE GREAT ADVENTURE - RETREAT FOR YEAR 7-9 AT WORTH ABBEY The Great Adventure is running at Worth Abbey from the 18-20th May for all those in year 7-9. Over the weekend we will be exploring the idea that the journey of discipleship is a great adventure that we are each called to through workshops, input, prayer, worship and a whole lot of fun! The price is £84 but bursaries are available. Email fcarbone@wellspringbrighton.org.uk for more information.
 
SPUC The Society for the Protection of Unborn children has launched a petition calling on the Prime Minister not to give any parliamentary support to moves to decriminalise abortion. Decriminalising abortion will strip from unborn children any remaining effective legal protection from abortion. So please support this petition. Petition forms are available at the back of the Church or you can sign online at www.spuc.org.uk Thank you.
 
HEART OF KENT HOSPICE VOLUNTEER MORNINGS Could you spare a few hours a week or on an occasional basis and want to do something rewarding while supporting an important local cause? Heart of Kent Hospice offers a range of volunteering opportunities from waitressing at one of our two cafes, a shift in one of our 14 shops to pa-tient support, complementary therapies or gardening. If you do not have a particular interest but want to help us why not join our flexible team who assist with marshalling, car parking or refreshments at weekend events. To find out more why not attend one of our volunteer open mornings at the Hospice (Preston Hall, Aylesford. ME20 7PU). The next open mornings take place on 12th May and 9th June from 10am - 1 pm.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Fiona’s Group - week beginning 19th March.
 
FLOWER ARRANGERS WOULD ALL FLOWER ARRANGERS MEET IN CHURCH AT 10AM ON HOLY SATUR-DAY 31ST MARCH FOR EASTER FLOWERS. Greenery will be required.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
 
LENT HOUSE MASSES 2018
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth Monday 19th March at 8pm. 109 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill. ME19 4DS. Mary Lockyear 01732 875752
Snodland and Halling Wednesday 21st March at 8pm. 8 Brooke Lane, Snodland. ME6 5LF. Bogdan and Cristina Gligan 01634 246322
 
 

 

Fourth Sunday of Lent (B)    09 March 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

Fourth Sunday of Lent (B)
A LENT OF PRAYER, LOVE AND SELF-DENIAL
Mid-Lent and Mothers’ Day
11th March 2018
 
LENT 2018 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 opening ourselves more fully to each other and the Lord and His love and life through renewed ‘prayer’, ‘love’ and ‘self-denial’ and add to this the theme of ‘light’ in this fourth week of Lent - the light of this coming week and Easter that Jesus offers us today to continue and persevere in our journey. (Please continue to use the pink and lilac prayer sheets and prayer candles and self-denial envelopes at home to help in this.)
 
CHILDRENS’ RECONCILIATION There is an opportunity for First Communicants who are not at More Park School to celebrate their Second Reconciliation and children who are not at More Park to celebrate Reconciliation this coming Saturday (17th March) from 4pm to 4.30pm in Church.
 
CHURCH WATER We hope to have the Church water restored in the next week or so. In the meantime we ask parishioners to continue to show restraint and patience! - Thanks.
 
OFFICE The Office is now only staffed on Wednesdays and Fridays. Can I ask everyone to keep all non-urgent calls to these days. Thanks. Fr. Peter
 
MASSES & SERVICES

SATURDAY (Lent)

10
2.30pm
 
5pm
Baptisms: Frank Nuttall; Bowie Ford; Albert Mitchell; Alberto Murphy
 
For Parishioners and our Mothers
SUNDAY
Mid-Lent and Mothers’ Day
Fourth Sunday of Lent (B)
11
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy for Lent) Terence Caughlin RIP
For Parishioners and our Mothers

MONDAY (Lent)

12
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Lent) 13
9.30am
7.30pm
Holy Souls
Stations of the Cross

WEDNESDAY (Lent)

14
9.30am
 
 
8pm
Shirley Tobin RIP (Steph, Ian and Family)
 
 
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Lent Area House Mass - see overleaf

THURSDAY (Lent) 

[St. Patrick]

15

9.30am

St. Patrick’s Mass in SCHOOL - for St. Patrick’s House, Ireland and our Irish Parishioners

FRIDAY (Lent)

16
 
9.30am
(8.15 - Mass in St. Simon Stock School)
Communion Service

SATURDAY (Lent)

17 5pm Michelle Grillo RIP (23rd Anniversary)
SUNDAY
Fifth Sunday of Lent (A)
18
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy for Lent) Ian O’Neill - Welfare
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: FOR CHILDREN - Saturday from 4 to 4.30pm; FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE - Saturday from 4.30 (NB) to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Meg and Tony Brewer; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Libby Batchelor; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Marie-Louise Wise; Betty Callaghan; Frank and Collette Hall; Jack Greenwood; Stuart Atmore; Audrey Matcham; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Bill O’Neill; Maria Dias Dos Santos; Fr. Richard (West Malling Abbey); Harry Fellows; Ildefonso Bustamante; Svetlana; Shirley Tobin; Ron Whitehead; Fr. Eric Nimmo. Also Fr. Frank Harrington and Bill Lobeck (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Peter Thew; Mary Lucas; Michael Heggarty; Eric Gillespie and Family; Nellie Littlefear; Mary Still; Florence Smith; Patrick O’Neill; Jean Jackson; Harley Bernard; Vera Devlin; Nellie Harkin; Eunice Nichols; Jurek (George) Makuch.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 11
10am
Children’s Liturgy for Lent in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 12

5-6pm

First Communion Children’s Class in Church
TUESDAY 13
1.30-3pm
 
7pm
 
7.30 for 8pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
Churches Together in Snodland meet at the Vicarage
 
Parish Meeting in the Priest’s House
WEDNESDAY 14
8pm
 
2.15pm
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Lent Area House Mass - see below
Friendship Group meet in the Church Porch
THURSDAY 15 7.30pm Deanery Pastoral Council meet at Bearsted
FRIDAY 16   (8Mi5 Mass in St. Simon Stock School)
SUNDAY 18
10am
 
3.15-5.15pm
Children’s Liturgy for Lent in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
Youth Group - Passion Play Rehearsal in the Priest’s House
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £427.08 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Joseph Griffin (No.52) for the March draw.
 

FUNDRAISING

£164.24 total raised in February through donations and events. Overall total raised is £75,601.38
Amount still owed on loan is £9,398.62
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet again on Wednesday 11th April 2018 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The next children’s lesson is on Monday 12th March from 5-6pm.
 
FIRST COMMUNION DRESSES Beautiful, individually made First Communion dresses available to purchase at Christina K Brid-al Boutique in Maidstone. Dresses are made from high quality bridal fabrics. Visit Christina K Bridal Boutique, 20 High Street, Maidstone. No appointment necessary. Tel: 01622675009 or visit www.christinak.co.uk or Facebook Page.
 
DONATE8 - HELP NEEDED WITH IRONING Location: The Priest’s House. Suitable for: person or team of helpers (friends to help you?). Time: no more than one hour a week at a time to suit you or take home and return. Perfect for those dropping off or picking up children from the schools. Please consider helping; then fill in a card and post in the red box in the church porch!
 
OFFICE VACANCY There is a part-time vacancy in the Priest’s House. This includes working in the Parish Office and some household duties. Please contact the office on 01732 843302 if you are interested.
 
MASS IN CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE 16th June 2018 at St. George’s Cathedral. If you are cele-brating your 1st /10th/ 25th/ 40th/ 50th/ 60th + Wedding Anniversary this year and would like to attend this Service, please put your name and details on the form at the back of Church as soon as possible so that you can receive an invitation from the Arch-bishop. Please write very clearly.
 
THE NATIONAL NOVENA TO ST JOSEPH will take place from 10th to 18th March 2018 at St. Joseph’s Church in Maidenhead and at Herbert House, Freshfield, Liverpool. Each year the Mill Hill Missionaries prepare for the Feast of St. Joseph, their patron, with a special Novena of Masses and prayers to ask for God’s blessing on their society and the missionary outreach of the Church, as well as for the intentions of all those who support their work. You are invited to send in your petitions and / or to re-quest a Novena booklet to enable you to join in from home by praying the daily Novena prayer. Please write to Fr. Liam Cummins MHM, St. Joseph’s Missionary Society, 58 Cookham Road, Maidenhead. SL6 7HT or email novenamhm@gmail.com
 
EASTER RETREAT FOR 18-35s AT WORTH ABBEY Worth Abbey and The Wellspring Community invite young adults (ages 18-35) to celebrate the Easter Triduum (29th March-1st April) with a retreat at Worth Abbey. Over the Easter Triduum young adults from across the UK will be gathering to celebrate the Death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The retreat will be centred around participation in the Triduum Liturgy from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday with a programme of talks by the Monks, discussion, prayer & reflection and fellowship. Leading up to the retreat, you are welcome to be part of a 'Cross Walk' - a group of young adults and Monks who will walk to Worth from Arundel, across the beautiful South Downs, carrying the cross. The walk will begin on Palm Sunday (25th March) and arrive at Worth on Maundy Thursday (29th March). Booking forms are now available. Please contact TOC@worthabbey.net or fcarbone@wellspringbrighton.org.uk. and more information via Facebook.
 
ST JOHN’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL GRAVESEND is looking for an experienced KS2 teacher. For further information please see the website at http://www.kcsp.org.uk/recruitment/ or contact the academy on office@stjohnsprimary.kent.sch.uk
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Wiesia’s Group - week beginning 12th March.
 
FLOWER ARRANGERS WOULD ALL FLOWER ARRANGERS MEET IN CHURCH AT 10AM ON HOLY SATURDAY 31ST MARCH FOR EASTER FLOWERS. Greenery will be required.
 
FRIENDSHIP GROUP will be meeting on Wednesday 14th March at 2.15pm in the Church porch.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
 
LENT HOUSE MASSES 2018
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth Monday 19th March at 8pm. 109 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill. ME19 4DS. Mary Lockyear 01732 875752
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Wednesday 14th March at 8pm. Orchard House, St. Leonard’s Street, West Malling. ME19 6PE. Shelley and Andrew Cornish 01732 840067
Snodland and Halling ednesday 21st March at 8pm. 8 Brooke Lane, Snodland. ME6 5LF. Bogdan and Cristina Gligan 01634 246322
 
 

 

4th March 2018    02 March 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

Third Sunday of Lent (B)
A LENT OF PRAYER, LOVE AND SELF-DENIAL
4th March 2018
 
LENT 2018 Today we continue Lent with the theme of ‘Faith’ for the third week of Lent - faith and new commitment to God and Jesus and their law and way of love with a new ‘pink’ Prayer Sheet for weeks three to five of Lent and our prayer candles and self-denial envelopes (our Charity this year will be decid-ed at the Parish Meeting on 13th March - please let us know if you have suggestions for this). During the week there are Stations of the Cross on Tuesday, the Year 3 Penitential in School and Year 8 Mass-es at St. Simon Stock and the Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Lent Area Mass on Friday. Next Sunday is Mid-Lent and Mothers’ Day where we take a ‘breather’ in our Lent and pray for all our Mums here and in Heaven.
 
24 HOURS FOR THE LORD This is taking place again this year at St. Francis, Maidstone from 10am this Friday 9th March to 10am on Saturday 10th March. West Malling have again been asked to cover the 12 midnight Friday to 2am Saturday slot - if you can help, again see Fr. Peter.
 
CHURCH WATER We hope to have the Church water restored in the next week or so. In the meantime we ask parishioners to continue to show restraint and patience! - Thanks.
 
OFFICE The Office is now only staffed on Wednesdays and Fridays. Can I ask everyone to keep all non-urgent calls to these days. Thanks. Fr. Peter
 
ALTERATIONS DUE TO BAD WEATHER
 
1 Kings Hill and Mereworth Lent Area Mass: transferred to Monday 19th March - 8pm - same venue.
 
2 Youth Group: If you are able to get to Church this weekend, can you see Fr. Peter and he will give you some sheets to work on following the cancellation of the Penitential last Friday.
 
MASSES & SERVICES

SATURDAY (Lent)

3
5pm
Bridget O’Leary RIP (Alice, Margaret and Maureen)
SUNDAY
Third Sunday of Lent (B)
4
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy for Lent) Shirley Tobin RIP (Mary G.)
The Parishioners

MONDAY (Lent)

5
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Lent) 6

9.30am

7.30pm

Fr. Eric Nimmo RIP (recent)
 
Stations of the Cross

WEDNESDAY (Lent)

7
9.30am

Deceased Relatives and Friends of the Lobo Family

THURSDAY (Lent)

8

9.30am

Communion Service

FRIDAY (Lent)

9
9.30am
8pm
Holy Souls
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Lent Area House Mass - see overleaf

SATURDAY (Lent)

10 5pm For Parishioners and our Mothers
SUNDAY
Mid-Lent and Mothers’ Day
Fourth Sunday of Lent (A)
11
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy for Lent) Terence Caughlin RIP
For Parishioners and our Mothers
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.30 (NB) to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Meg and Tony Brewer; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Libby Batchelor; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Betty Callaghan; Frank and Collette Hall; Jack Greenwood; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Fr. Richard (West Malling Abbey); Harry Fellows; Ildefonso Bustamante; Svetlana; Shirley Tobin; Ron White-head; Fr. Eric Nimmo; Fr. Frank Harrington. Also Bill Lobeck (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Sheila Martin; Monica Walker; Hannah Gleeson; Jean Large; Teresa Norris; Velma Smith; Patrick Kelly; Ger-ald Hemming; Nellie Morrissey; Ayleen Sharp; Laureen McIntosh; Peter Thew; Mary Lucas; Michael Heggarty; Eric Gillespie and Family; Nellie Littlefear.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 4
10am
Children’s Liturgy for Lent in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 5

 

5-6pm

(8Mi6 Mass in St. Simon Stock School)
 
First Communion Children’s Class in Church
TUESDAY 6

1.30-3pm

 

Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
(8Mi1 Mass in St. Simon Stock School)
(6.30pm - More Park School Governors Meeting)
WEDNESDAY 7

 

7.30 for 8pm

7.30-9.30pm

(School TLD Committee Meeting in the Priest’s House at 3.30pm)
 
First Communion Parents’ Meeting in Church
 
Needlework and Knitting Group meet in the PRIEST’S HOUSE
FRIDAY 9
 
 
8pm
12 midnight - 2am
(8Mi2 Mass in St. Simon Stock School)
(1.30pm - Penitential Service in School for Year 3)
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Lent Area House Mass - see below
24 Hours for the Lord - St. Francis, Maidstone covered by West Malling
SUNDAY 11
10am
Children’s Liturgy for Lent in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £450.79 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collec-tion for Cafod raised £460.18
 

FUNDRAISING

£132.50 total raised in January through donations and events. Overall total raised is £75,437.14
Amount still owed on loan is £9,562.86
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet again on Wednesday 7th March 2018 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but feel free to bring anything you wish. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The next children’s lesson is on Monday 5th March from 5-6pm. The next parents’ meeting is on Wednesday 7th March with refreshments from 7.30pm and the meeting commencing at 8pm.
 
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.
 
DONATE8 - HELP NEEDED WITH IRONING Location: The Priest’s House. Suitable for: person or team of helpers (friends to help you?). Time: no more than one hour a week at a time to suit you or take home and return. Perfect for those dropping off or picking up children from the schools. Please consider helping; then fill in a card and post in the red box in the church porch!
 
OFFICE VACANCY There is a part-time vacancy in the Priest’s House. This includes working in the Parish Office and some household duties. Please contact the office on 01732 843302 if you are interested.
 
THE NATIONAL NOVENA TO ST JOSEPH will take place from 10th to 18th March 2018 at St. Joseph’s Church in Maidenhead and at Herbert House, Freshfield, Liverpool. Each year the Mill Hill Missionaries prepare for the Feast of St. Joseph, their patron, with a special Novena of Masses and prayers to ask for God’s blessing on their society and the missionary outreach of the Church, as well as for the intentions of all those who support their work. You are invited to send in your petitions and / or to re-quest a Novena booklet to enable you to join in from home by praying the daily Novena prayer. Please write to Fr. Liam Cummins MHM, St. Joseph’s Missionary Society, 58 Cookham Road, Maidenhead. SL6 7HT or email novenamhm@gmail.com
 
CATHOLICS IN HEALTHCARE: Men and Women of Conscience. An exploration of conscience in contemporary healthcare - Saturday 10th March 2018 from 11:15am - 5:30pm. The Catholic Medical Association invites all juniors and students of the healthcare professions (doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, AHPs etc), and all young people involved in the pro-life move-ment to our national Youth (18 - 35) Conference entitled: ‘Catholics in Healthcare: Men and Women of Conscience’. It will be hosted at the National Shrine of the Martyrs of England and Wales, Tyburn Convent, London on Saturday 10th March 2018. En-try to this event is by donation (suggested donation £10 - includes lunch. Profits to Tyburn Convent). Enquiries to: events@catholicmedicalassociation.org.uk or visit the Catholic Medical Association of England and Wales @cmaenglandandwales facebook page.
 
EASTER RETREAT FOR 18-35s AT WORTH ABBEY Worth Abbey and The Wellspring Community invite young adults (ages 18-35) to celebrate the Easter Triduum (29th March-1st April) with a retreat at Worth Abbey. Over the Easter Triduum young adults from across the UK will be gathering to celebrate the Death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The retreat will be centred around participation in the Triduum Liturgy from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday with a programme of talks by the Monks, discussion, prayer & reflection and fellowship. Leading up to the retreat, you are welcome to be part of a 'Cross Walk' - a group of young adults and Monks who will walk to Worth from Arundel, across the beautiful South Downs, carrying the cross. The walk will begin on Palm Sunday (25th March) and arrive at Worth on Maundy Thursday (29th March). Booking forms are now available. Please contact TOC@worthabbey.net or fcarbone@wellspringbrighton.org.uk. and more information via Facebook.
 
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 5th March.
 
FRIENDSHIP GROUP will be meeting on Wednesday 14th March at 2.15pm in the Church porch.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
 
LENT HOUSE MASSES 2018
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth Monday 19th March at 8pm. 109 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill. ME19 4DS. Mary Lockyear 01732 875752
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Friday 9th March at 8pm. 789 London Road, Larkfield. ME20 6DE. Medard and Veronique Hadonou 01732 875003
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Wednesday 14th March at 8pm. Orchard House, St. Leonard’s Street, West Malling. ME19 6PE. Shelley and Andrew Cornish 01732 840067
Snodland and Halling Wednesday 21st March at 8pm. 8 Brooke Lane, Snodland. ME6 5LF. Bogdan and Cristina Gligan 01634 246322
 
 

 

Second Sunday of Lent (B)    23 February 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

Second Sunday of Lent (B)
A LENT OF PRAYER, LOVE AND SELF-DENIAL
25th February 2018
 
LENT 2018 We continue our Parish Journey up the ‘Lenten Ladder’ to Holy Week bringing in the ‘hope’ of the Transfiguration which the Lord used to encourage the Apostles, to encourage us on our journey with our ‘prayer candles’ and ‘Ideas and Prayer Sheet’ (please take one home if you haven’t done so already) and our self-denial envelopes (this weekend they are for Cafod’s Lent Fast Day last Friday - if you didn’t manage to fast, just put your contribution in today and fast next week! - the Charity for our self-denial for the rest of Lent will be decided at the next Parish Meeting on 13th March). During the week there are Stations of the Cross on Tuesday; Penitential Services in School; the Youth Group’s second Lent Penitential on Friday and the Kings Hill and Mereworth Lent Area House Mass on Wednesday. We also begin the Lent and Eucharist Year 8 Class Masses at St. Simon Stock.
 
NEXT WEEKEND WE HAVE THE ‘SURVIVE-MIVA’ APPEAL a Catholic Lay Association providing funding for essential transport for health outreach work in isolated rural areas, and for the Church’s pastoral care in places of difficult access.
 
24 HOURS FOR THE LORD This is taking place again this year at St. Francis, Maidstone from 10am on Friday 9th March to 10am on Saturday 10th March. West Malling have again been asked to cover the 12 midnight Friday to 2am Saturday slot - if you can help, again see Fr. Peter.
 
CHURCH WATER We hope to have the Church water restored in the next week or so. In the meantime we ask parishioners to continue to show restraint and patience! - Thanks.
 
OFFICE The Office is now only staffed on Wednesdays and Fridays. Can I ask everyone to keep all non-urgent calls to these days. Thanks. Fr. Peter
 
MASSES & SERVICES

SATURDAY (Lent)

24
5pm
Ildefonso Bustamante RIP
SUNDAY
Second Sunday of Lent (B)
25
10am
 
 
 
5.30pm

(Presented by the School)

In Memory of Jurek and Jadwiga Makuch RIP

The Parishioners

MONDAY (Lent)

26
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Lent) 27

9.30am

7.30pm

Rev. John O’Donovan RIP

Stations of the Cross

WEDNESDAY (Lent)

28
9.30am
 
 

Communion Service (NB)

Kings Hill and Mereworth Lent Area House Mass - see overleaf)

THURSDAY (St. David)

1 March

9.30am

St. David’s Mass in School - St. David’s House, Wales and our Welsh Parishioners

FRIDAY (Lent)

2

9.30am

 

Communion Service (NB)

(1.15pm - Funeral of Bill Lobeck at Medway Crematorium)

SATURDAY

 (Survive-Miva Appeal)

3 5pm Bridget O’Leary RIP (Alice, Margaret and Maureen)
SUNDAY
Third Sunday of Lent (B)
(Survive-Miva Appeal)
4
10am
 
5.30pm

(Children’s Liturgy for Lent) Shirley Tobin RIP (Mary G.)

The Parishioners

 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.30 (NB) to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Meg and Tony Brewer; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Libby Batchelor; Brendin O’Doherty; Sarah Content; Sheila Blackburn; Betty Callaghan; Frank and Collette Hall; Gabriel Silva; Diane Dann; Stuart Atmore; Audrey Matcham; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Shirley Tobin; Ron Whitehead; Fr. Eric Nimmo; Fr. Frank Harrington; Bill Lobeck. Also Mary D’Souza; Sam West; John Seymour-Crouchen (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Maisie Farrow; Margaret Banfield; Margaret Wilkinson; Marco Valencia; Eileen Bolton; Bridget Vernon; Meta McKeag; Cyril ‘Bill’ Smith; Anne Cotter; Lucienne Crawford; Martin Lyons; Alice Slater; Dorothy Beatty; David Dadswell; James Devlin; Dennis Boxell; Sheila Martin; Monica Walker; Hannah Gleeson; Jean Large.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 25
10am
No Children’s Liturgy for Lent (School Mass in Church)
MONDAY 26

 

5-6pm

(Penitential Service in School for Key Stage 1)

First Communion Children’s Class in Church

TUESDAY 27

1.30-3pm

 

(8Mi4 Mass in St. Simon Stock School)

Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre

(Penitential Service in School for Year 3)

(Deanery Pastoral Council Meeting - Bearsted)

WEDNESDAY 28

 

8pm

(Fr. Peter at Council of Priests in London)

Kings Hill and Mereworth Lent Area House Mass - see below

FRIDAY 2 MARCH

10am

 

7-9pm

Women’s World Day of Prayer Service at St. James the Great, East Malling

(8Mi3 Mass in St. Simon Stock School)

Youth Group meets in the SCHOOL (Lent Penitential 2)

SATURDAY 3

10am-12 noon

1.30pm

2-4.30pm

Gardening Club

Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Area Group Meeting - see below

Eucharistic Adoration Training Meeting in the Bishop’s House

SUNDAY 4
10am
Children’s Liturgy for Lent in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £482.12 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 

FUNDRAISING

£132.50 total raised in January through donations and events. Overall total raised is £75,437.14  Amount still owed on loan is £9,562.86  A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet again on Wednesday 7th March 2018 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but feel free to bring anything you wish. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The next children’s lesson is on Monday 26th February from 5-6pm.
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS Please take a card and pray for the child whose name is on it as they prepare for their First Communion. The cards are in a box on the table in the porch and need to be returned by the end of April. Thank you.
 
PARISH MEETING Please note the next meeting will take place on Tuesday 13th March at 8pm.
 
DONATE8 - HELP NEEDED WITH IRONING Location: The Priest’s House. Suitable for: person or team of helpers (friends to help you?). Time: no more than one hour a week at a time to suit you or take home and return. Perfect for those dropping off or picking up children from the schools. Please consider helping; then fill in a card and post in the red box in the church porch!
 
OFFICE VACANCY There is a part-time vacancy in the Priest’s House. This includes working in the Parish Office and some household duties. Please contact the office on 01732 843302 if you are interested.
 
WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER SERVICE this year has been written by the women of Suriname in South America. It has an ecology theme with the title ‘ All God’s Creation is Very Good!’ with its vast rainforest and wealth of resources, Suriname asks us to pray for conservation and the protection of wildlife through an awareness of pollution, misuse and abuse as well as for the situation in Suriname and concerns for the future. Everybody is welcome to attend on Friday 2nd March - Service start time 10.30am with refreshments from 10.00am at St. James the Great Church, East Malling. By participating in one of the 5,000 Services being held on 2nd March we will join an estimated three million people around the world in this celebration. The Services are women’s gift to the whole Church and, in some countries, one of the few opportunities women get to speak out about what matters to them.
 
 
PARKING
 
Because Liturgy leaders and children are using the Bishop’s driveway to go to the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre at the 10am Sunday Mass, would people please avoid parking right up to the end of the walkway in front of the Church and in front of the gates to the Bishop’s drive to allow safe access for children going to and from Liturgy. Many Thanks.
 
 
SHELTERED HOUSING - ST. SCHOLASTICA’S RETREAT VACANT Flats Available. The Retreat offers sheltered housing to practising Catholics aged 60 or over in 36 self-contained flats at £459pcm – more information from The Warden: Deacon Seán Duffy – 27 The Retreat, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire. HP27 0JG 01844 344437 email: info@stscholasticas.co.uk www.stscholasticas.co.uk
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Steph’s Group - week beginning 26th February.
 
GARDENING CLUB meet on Saturday 3rd March from 10am until 12 noon.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
 
LENT HOUSE MASSES
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth Wednesday 28th February at 8pm. 109 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill. ME19 4DS. Mary Lockyear 01732 875752
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Friday 9th March at 8pm. 789 London Road, Larkfield. ME20 6DE. Medard and Veronique Hadonou 01732 875003
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Wednesday 14th March at 8pm. Orchard House, St. Leonard’s Street, West Malling. ME19 6PE. Shelley and Andrew Cornish 01732 840067
Snodland and Halling Wednesday 21st March at 8pm. 8 Brooke Lane, Snodland. ME6 5LF. Bogdan and Cristina Gligan 01634 246322
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston meet on Saturday 3rd March at 1.30pm for a Soup Lunch. Venue: 3 Barrie Drive, Larkfield. ME20 6UG. Contact: Eileen Scholes 01732 846844
 
 

 

First Sunday of Lent (B)    17 February 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

First Sunday of Lent (B)
A LENT OF PRAYER, LOVE AND SELF-DENIAL
18th February 2018
 
LENT 2018  A Lent of 'prayer', 'love' and 'self-denial' tackling our 'lack if Faith', 'selfishess' and 'compromise' and opening ourselves more fully to each other and to the Lord and His love, light and life Today we begin our journey as a Parish up the  'Lenten Ladder' to Holy Week and have our 'Ideas and Prayer Sheet', 'prayer candles' and 'self-denial envelopes' to help us in this (this week our self-denial is for Cafod's Lent Fast Day on Friday). We also begin today our special series of Children's Liturgy for Lent and during the week there are Stations of the Cross on Tuesday evening and Penitential Services in the School. And next weekend the School will be presenting the 10am Sunday Mass.
 
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION APOSTOLATE The first training and formation session will take place on Saturday beginning with Exposition and Adoration from 2 to 2.30pm followed by a meeting. If any parishioners are interested in this can they see Fr. Peter today.
 
24 HOURS FOR THE LORD This is taking place again this year at St. Francis, Maidstone from 10am on Friday 9th March to 10am on Saturday 10th March. West Malling have again been asked to cover the 12 midnight Friday to 2am Saturday slot - if you can help, again see Fr. Peter.
 
OFFICE The Office will only be staffed on Wednesdays and Fridays. Can Iask everone to keep all non-urgent calls to these days. Thanks. Fr. Peter
 
MASSES & SERVICES

SATURDAY (Lent)

17
5pm
Sugandhika Perera RIP
SUNDAY
First Sunday of Lent (B)
18
10am
 
5.30pm
(Children's Liturgy for Lent) Libby Batchelor - wellbeing (Peter Content Dee)
 
Robert Content RIP

MONDAY (Lent)

19
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Lent) 20

9.30am

7.30pm

Fr. Frank Harrington RIP (recent)

Stations of the Cross

WEDNESDAY (Lent)

21
9.30am
Communion Service (NB)

THURSDAY (St. Peter)

22

9.30am

Communion Service

FRIDAY (Lent)

Cafod Lent Fast Day

23

9.30am

The Parishioners
SATURDAY (Lent) 24 5pm IIdefonso Bustamante RIP
SUNDAY
Second Sunday of Lent (B)
25
10am
 
5.30pm
(Presented by the School) In Memory of Jurek and Jadwige Makuch RIP
 
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.30 (NB) to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Meg and Tony Brewer; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Libby Batchelor; Brendin O’Doherty; Betty Callaghan; Sarah Content; Frank and Collette Hall; Sheila Blackburn; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Fr. Frank Harrington; Bill Lobeck; Mary D’Souza; Sam West; John Seymour-Crouchen. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
RECENTLY DEAD:  Fr. Frank Harrington; Bill Lobeck; Marry D'Souza; Sam West; John Seymour-Crouchen. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the word especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: John McLoughlin; Natalina Jeffrey; Brian Williams; Rina Franchi; Catherine Sisher; Carmen Mifsud; Thomas; Marco Valencia; Eileen Bolton; Bridget Vernon; MEta McKeag; Cyril 'Bill' Smith.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 18
10am
Children’s Liturgy for Lent in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 19

 

3.30pm

(Penitential Service in School)

Fundraising Meeting in the Church porch

TUESDAY 20 1.30-3pm Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 21 7.30 for 8pm
(Penitential Service in School)
First Communion Parents’ Meeting in Church
THURSDAY 22    
FRIDAY 23   (Penitential Service in School)
SATURDAY 24 2-4.30pm Eucharistic Adoration Apostolate (Adoration 2-2.30pm followed by meeting)
SUNDAY 25
10am
No Children’s Liturgy for Lent (School Mass in Church)
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £357.70 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collec-
tion for Poor Parishes raised £237.31
 
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

£132.50 total raised in January through donations and events. Overall total raised is £75,437.14
Amount still owed on loan is £9,562.86
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet again on Wednesday 7th March 2018 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church
porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but feel free to bring anything you wish. A £2 contribution towards the
Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The next parents’ meeting is on Wednesday 21st February with refreshments from 7.30pm and the meeting commencing at 8pm. Please remember to bring a photograph of your child for the board at the back of the Church if you haven’t already done so. The next children’s lesson is on Monday 26th February from 5-6pm.
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS Please take a card and pray for the child whose name is on it as they prepare for their First Communion. The cards are in a box on the table in the porch and need to be returned by the end of April. Thank you.
 
PARISH MEETING Please note the next meeting will take place on Tuesday 13th March at 8pm.
 
OFFICE VACANCY There is a part-time vacancy in the Priest’s House. This includes working in the Parish Office and some household duties. Please contact the office on 01732 843302 if you are interested.
 
CLEANER REQUIRED for the Bishop’s House for four hours per month. Contact Gill Reeves on 01732 845486
 
 
PARKING
 
Because Liturgy leaders and children are using the Bishop’s driveway to go to the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre at the 10am Sunday Mass, would people please avoid parking right up to the end of the walkway in front of the Church and in front of the gates to the Bishop’s drive to allow safe access for children going to and from Liturgy. Many Thanks.
 
 
WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER SERVICE this year has been written by the women of Suriname in South America. It has an ecology theme with the title ‘ All God’s Creation is Very Good!’ with its vast rainforest and wealth of resources, Suri-name asks us to pray for conservation and the protection of wildlife through an awareness of pollution, misuse and abuse as well as for the situation in Suriname and concerns for the future. Everybody is welcome to attend on Friday 2nd March - Service start time 10.30am with refreshments from 10.00am at St. James the Great Church, East Malling. By participating in one of the 5,000 Services being held on 2nd March we will join an estimated three million people around the world in this celebration. The Services are women’s gift to the whole Church and, in some countries, one of the few opportunities women get to speak out about what matters to them.
 
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 19th February.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details - including Aylesford Pilgrimage Event and Retreat (reflection packs).
 
 
LENT HOUSE MASSES
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth Wednesday 28th February at 8pm. 109 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill. ME19 4DS. Mary Lockyear 01732 875752
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Friday 9th March at 8pm. 789 London Road, Larkfield. ME20 6DE. Medard and Veronique Hadonou 01732 875003
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Wednesday 14th March at 8pm. Orchard House, St. Leonard’s Street, West Malling. ME19 6PE. Shelley and Andrew Cornish 01732 840067
Snodland and Halling Wednesday 21st March at 8pm. 8 Brooke Lane, Snodland. ME6 5LF. Bogdan and Cristina Gligan 01634 246322
 
 

 

Pastoral Letter, Sixth Sunday of Ordinary time 2018    11 February 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

Pastoral Letter to be read
On the Sixth Sunday of Ordinary time 2018
Sunday before Ash Wednesday
Sunday, 11th February 2018

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Nest  Wednesday is Ash Wednesday when we begin the Season of Lent, and the readings at Mass will speak to us of the need for prayer, of fasting, and almsgiving. We might be forgive for feeling a little dispirited and despondent at the prospect: first a day of fasting and abstinence, and then six weeks of penance to come!

With that thought in mind I am looking out at the sleet and rain drifting down in the bitter north-easterly wind, and I’m sure that you, like me, long for the first signs of Spring. We are still in the grip of a rather bitter winter, and there remains an undeniable atmosphere of gloom in the world outside my study window – a gloom reflected not only in the weather but in the daily news bulletins which seem to be filled with “bad news” of wars and civil disturbance, drought and poverty in Africa and other parts of the world, the constant threat of terrorism, the upsurge in refugees fleeing their war-stricken homelands and the flourishing of human trafficking – the list could go on and on!

Sometimes the darkness and gloom of winter is not simply something outside us, but seems to have invaded our very hearts and chills the very depths of our being. We can go through periods when our faith seems to suffer such a “winter”, a winter which seems so prolonged as to appear endless. In especially dark times we may even feel that we have lost our faith altogether. We can become anxious and fearful; beginning to think that we are being tested beyond our strength and endurance, or even that God has finally given up on us and abandoned us. Then we weep and mourn for the lost times when our faith was strong giving us the power to bear the stormy blasts which assailed us in times past and which came so unexpectedly and for no apparent reason.

But the message of Lent is a message of hope and trust in the person of Jesus, our Saviour and redeemer, who says to each one of us, “I am with you until the end of time.” Despite appearance, the winter does eventually come to an end in the glorious new life which blossoms in the Springtime of God’s infinite love and compassion. The Risen Christ is our Light and our Hope. Jesus, our Saviour invites each one of us to follow willingly and generously in his footsteps, and to be led by that light which no darkness can ever overcome. Each day we are invited to die a little more to the sin and selfishness which wounds the life of each one of us, and to grow in the light and love of Jesus Christ. We are invited to enter willingly and generously the narrow gate of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, for that is the way to die to the false self within us and grow into new people formed ever more deeply in the image and likeness of God.

In order to do that, Jesus tells us, “If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross every day and follow me.” The constant temptation is to turn in on ourselves, give way to selfishness, to fear and anxiety, becoming pessimistic and cynical. The temptation is to try and take a short cut to happiness and contentment, by looking for security and fulfillment in material comfort and the many pleasures offered by this world. The temptation is to think only of ourselves and our own needs and desires; to close ourselves off from the suffering around us and ignore the poverty and need of those worse off than ourselves. And here I speak not only of material poverty, but emotional, spiritual and mental poverty.

The antidote to these temptations is to be found first of all in prayer. Prayer, personal and liturgical, takes us out of ourselves and places us firmly in the hands of God. Right at the beginning of his Apostolic Exhortation on, “The Joy of the Gospel”, Pope Francis challenged every one of us when he wrote: “I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them. I ask all of you to do this unfailingly, each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, ‘since no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord’ The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step towards Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms.”

So why not try this during Lent at the beginning of each day. Spend a few minutes in quiet, silent prayer, as individuals or as families, responding to God’s request to us through the psalmist in Psalm 45: “Be still and know that I and God”, and in Psalm 37, “Be still before the Lord and wait in patience.” These few minutes of silent prayer can be divided into three little petitions: “Lord open my ears that I may hear; open my eyes that I may see; open my heart and rekindle within it the gift of the Holy Spirit, the fire of your love.” What will we be asking for? First of all we are asking for the grace to hear the cries of the poor in our communities. Then we are asking for the grace to see those in need, in our hearts, the fire of God’s love.

Lent is essentially an opportunity to be reborn and grow still more in the life of the Spirit. It’s a task which requires courage and effort. We are asked to open our hearts, through prayer, fasting and almsgiving, and to receive once again the gift of God’s love, mercy and compassion, especially to the poor and needy.

Let’s pray for each other during this season of Lent so that we may worthily celebrate the joy of Easter, the great Paschal mystery of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ, our Saviour and Redeemer.

With an assurance of my prayers and blessing for you all,

Given at Southwark, 4th February, 2018.

 

Sixth Sunday of the Year (B)    11 February 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

Sixth Sunday of the Year (B)
First Reconciliation Thanksgiving Mass +++ School Holiday
WORLD DAY FOR THE SICK +++ DAY FOR THE UNEMPLOYED
11th February 2018
 
THIS WEEKEND We take a ‘breather’ with the last Sunday before Lent begins. It’s also the World Day of Prayer for the Sick and a Day of Prayer for the Unemployed and we will have prayers for both. There is also a second collection during the Notices for poor Parishes enabling the Archbishop to make grants to some of the poorer Par-ishes in the Diocese. Also a Pastoral Letter from the Archbishop and Lent magazines on sale in the porch.
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FIRST COMMUNICANTS celebrating their First Reconciliation with a Thanksgiv-ing Mass at 10am today (Sunday) and our Catechists with thanks for all their work and families for their support.
 
A NOTE FOR VALENTINES As St. Valentine’s Day is Ash Wednesday and a Day of Fast and Abstinence this year, I would advise all Valentines to ‘celebrate their love’ on Shrove Tuesday, 13th February instead!!
 
LENT 2018 Lent begins this week with Ash Wednesday - a day of fast and abstinence (fasting - one meal and two small snacks for all aged between 18 and 60; abstinence - no meat for all aged 14 and above). Next weekend we begin our ‘Parish Journey’ up the Lenten Ladder with our Prayer Sheet, candle and Cafod Lent Fast Day envelope, a special Children’s Liturgy and Lent magazines, again on sale. (The Youth Group have their first Lent meeting and Penitential in the Priest’s House on Friday and the Lent Area House Masses are listed overleaf.)
 
OFFICE The Office will only be staffed on Wednesdays and Fridays. Can I ask everyone to keep all non-urgent calls to these days. Thanks. Fr. Peter
 
MASSES & SERVICES

SATURDAY (Fifth Week of the Year)

10
5pm
The Parishioners
SUNDAY
First Reconciliation Thanksgiving Mass
World Day for the Sick
Day for the Unemployed
Sixth Sunday of the Year (B)
11
10am
 
5.30pm
(First Reconciliation Thanksgiving Mass) Tony Wilmot RIP (Mary)
The Parishioners

MONDAY (Sixth Week of the Year)

12
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Shrove Tuesday) 13 9.30am Honouring St. Valentine!

WEDNESDAY 

Ash Wednesday - Beginning of Lent

14
10am
8pm
(Children) (The Parishioners - for a good Lent)
Parish Mass (The Parishioners - for a good Lent)

THURSDAY (Lent)

15

9.30am

Communion Service
FRIDAY (Lent) 16

9.30am

Holy Souls
SATURDAY (Lent) 17 5pm Sugandhika Perera RIP
SUNDAY
First Sunday of Lent (B)
18
10am
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy for Lent) Libby Batchelor - wellbeing (Peter and Dee)
Robert Content RIP
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Meg and Tony Brewer; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Libby Batchelor; Brendin O’Doherty; Betty Callaghan; Frank and Collette Hall; Sheila Blackburn; Stuart Atmore; Audrey Matcham; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Fr. Frank Harrington; Bill Lobeck; Mary D’Souza; Sam West; John Seymour-Crouchen. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Joy Blye; Rene Skelton; Josie Hopson; Margaret Taylor; Anthony Plumbly; Renee Havas; Domenico Ba-rnaba; Christopher Taylor; Michael Daly; Peggy McBrien; Mary Rawlings; Dr. Filewitz; Annie Hoey; Emily Florence Gobel; Frank Stone; Nicola Corben; Rev. John O’Donovan; Margaret Nutbeen; Florence Maud Jukes; Eileen Kavanagh; John Smith; John McLoughlin; Natalina Jeffrey.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 11
10am
No Children’s Liturgy (First Reconciliation Thanksgiving Mass)
TUESDAY 13  
(Deanery Meeting in Aylesford)
No Baby & Toddler Group (School Holiday)
FRIDAY 16 7-9pm Youth Group meets in the PRIEST’S HOUSE (Lent Penitential 1)
SUNDAY 18
10am
Children’s Liturgy for Lent in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £539.92 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
100 CLUB Congratulations go to David Lingham (No.30) for the February draw.
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 

FUNDRAISING

£132.50 total raised in January through donations and events. Overall total raised is £75,437.14
Amount still owed on loan is £9,562.86
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet again on 8th March 2018 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Ma-terials and equipment will be provided but feel free to bring anything you wish. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Sunday 11th February - Thanksgiving Mass for Reconciliation at 10am. The next par-ents’ meeting is on Wednesday 21st February with refreshments from 7.30pm and the meeting commencing at 8pm. Please remember to bring a photograph of your child for the board at the back of the Church if you haven’t already done so. The next children’s lesson is on Monday 26th February from 5-6pm.
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS Please take a card and pray for the child whose name is on it as they pre-pare for their First Communion. The cards are in a box on the table in the porch and need to be returned by the end of April. Thank you.
 
PARISH MEETING Please note the next meeting will take place on Tuesday 13th March at 8pm.
 
OFFICE VACANCY There is a part-time vacancy in the Priest’s House. This includes working in the Parish Office and some household duties. Please contact the office on 01732 843302 if you are interested.
 
CLEANER REQUIRED for the Bishop’s House for four hours per month. Contact Gill Reeves on 01732 845486
 
 
PARKING
 
Because Liturgy leaders and children are using the Bishop’s driveway to go to the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre at the 10am Sunday Mass, would people please avoid parking right up to the end of the walkway in front of the Church and in front of the gates to the Bishop’s drive to allow safe access for children going to and from Liturgy. Many Thanks.
 
 
WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER SERVICE this year has been written by the women of Suriname in South America. It has an ecology theme with the title ‘ All God’s Creation is Very Good!’ with its vast rainforest and wealth of resources, Suriname asks us to pray for conservation and the protection of wildlife through an awareness of pollution, misuse and abuse as well as for the situation in Suriname and concerns for the future. Everybody is welcome to attend on Friday 2nd March - Service start time 10.30am with refresh-ments from 10.00am at St. James the Great Church, East Malling. By participating in one of the 5,000 Services being held on 2nd March we will join an estimated three million people around the world in this celebration. The Services are women’s gift to the whole Church and, in some countries, one of the few opportunities women get to speak out about what matters to them.
 
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 Wiesia’s Group - week beginning 12th February.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details - including Heart of Kent Hospice Spring Superdraw.
 
 
LENT HOUSE MASSES
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth Wednesday 28th February at 8pm. 109 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill. ME19 4DS. Mary Lockyear 01732 875752
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Friday 9th March at 8pm. 789 London Road, Larkfield. ME20 6DE. Medard and Veronique Hadonou 01732 875003
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Wednesday 14th March at 8pm. Orchard House, St. Leonard’s Street, West Malling. ME19 6PE. Shelley and Andrew Cornish 01732 840067
Snodland and Halling Wednesday 21st March at 8pm. 8 Brooke Lane, Snodland. ME6 5LF. Bogdan and Cristina Gligan 01634 246322
 
 

 

Fifth Sunday of the Year (B)    02 February 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

Fifth Sunday of the Year (B)
CANDLEMAS
4th February 2018
 
THIS WEEKEND WE CELEBRATE CANDLEMAS the true end of Christmas and we will be celebrating Candlemas at all our Masses with a special Children’s Liturgy and ’Christingles’ at the 10am Sunday Mass and the Youth Group presenting the 5.30pm Sunday Mass (group meets at 4pm to prepare the Mass and have their Christmas / Candlemas party afterwards).
 
NEXT WEEKEND We take a ‘breather’ with the last Sunday before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday 14th February. It’s also the World Day of Prayer for the Sick and a Day of Prayer for the Unemployed and we will have prayers for both. There is also a second collection during the Notices for poor Parishes enabling the Archbishop to make grants to some of the poorer Parishes in the Diocese.
 
A NOTE FOR VALENTINES As St. Valentine’s Day is Ash Wednesday and a Day of Fast and Absti-nence this year, I would advise all Valentines to ‘celebrate their love’ on Shrove Tuesday, 13th February instead!!
 
OFFICE From this week the Office will only be staffed on Wednesdays and Fridays. Can I ask every-one to keep all non-urgent calls to these days. Thanks. Fr. Peter
 
MASSES & SERVICES

SATURDAY (Candlemas)

3
5pm
(Candlemas) Parishioners, Families and Friends
SUNDAY
Candlemas
Fifth Sunday of the Year (B)
4
10am
 
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy and Christingles) Parishioners, Families and Friends
(Youth Group Candlemas Mass) Parishioners, Families and Friends

MONDAY (St. Agatha)

5
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (St. Paul Mik) 6 9.30am Communion Service

WEDNESDAY 

(Fifth Week of the Year)

7 9.30am Deceased Relatives and Friends of the Lobo Family

THURSDAY

(Day for Victims of Trafficking)

8

9.30am

Communion Service
FRIDAY (Fifth Week of the Year) 9

9.30am

Holy Souls
SATURDAY 10 5pm The Parishioners
SUNDAY
Sixth Sunday of the Year (B)
World Day for the Sick
Day for the Unemployed
11
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Tony Wilmot RIP (Mary)
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Meg and Tony Brewer; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Libby Batchelor; Brendin O’Doherty; Betty Callaghan; Frank and Collette Hall; Sheila Blackburn; Sarah Content; Gabriel Silva; 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: Bill Lobeck; Mary D’Souza; Sam West; John Seymour-Crouchen. Also Bishop Francis Walmsley (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Francis Gillan; Christopher Hayes; Barbara Barnes; Charles Hennessey; Emily Seymour; Jadwiga Makuch; Brendan Kilcoyne James Reeves; Mary Palmer; Joan Barry; William Fennell; Martha Rooney; Hugh Goldrick; Florence Berry; Thomas Jackson; Bernard Cunningham; Tony Wilmot; Duncan McIntosh; Ann O'Gorman; Joy Blye; Rene Skelton; Josie Hopson; Margaret Taylor; Anthony Plumbly; Renee Havas; Domenico Barnaba; Christopher Taylor.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 4
10am
 
4pm
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
Youth Group meet in the Priest’s House to prepare 5.30pm Mass (Party after Mass)
MONDAY 5   (Kent Deans Meeting in the Bishop’s House)
TUESDAY 6
 
1.30-3pm
8pm
(Fr. Peter visits 8Mi1 and 8Mi4 at St. Simon Stock)
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Youth Leaders meet in the Priest’s House
WEDNESDAY 7
2.15pm
 
7.45 for 8pm
Friendship Group meeting - see below
 
Children’s Liturgy Organisers meet in the Priest’s House
THURSDAY 8 7.30-9.30pm Needlework and Knitting Group meet in the Church Porch
SUNDAY11
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £370.38 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collection for Racial Justice raised £258.12
 
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

£132.50 total raised in January through donations and events. Overall total raised is £75,437.14
Amount still owed on loan is £9,562.86
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet again on 8th February 2018 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but feel free to bring anything you wish. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Sunday 11th 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.
 
DONATE8 Help urgently required. Latest need: Ironing. Location: The Priest's House (or can be taken home and returned). Suitable for: Person or a team (a group of friends to help you?). Time: No more than one hour a week at a time to suit you. Perfect for those dropping off or picking up children from schools! If you can help, please fill in a Donate8 card and post in the red box in the Church porch and we will be in touch. Thank you!
 
OFFICE VACANCY There is a part-time vacancy in the Priest’s House. This includes working in the Parish Office and some household duties. Please contact the office on 01732 843302 if you are interested.
 
CLEANER REQUIRED for the Bishop’s House for four hours per month. Contact Gill Reeves on 01732 845486
 
WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER SERVICE this year has been written by the women of Suriname in South America. It has an ecology theme with the title ‘ All God’s Creation is Very Good!’ with its vast rainfor-est and wealth of resources, Suriname asks us to pray for conservation and the protection of wildlife through an awareness of pollution, misuse and abuse as well as for the situation in Suriname and concerns for the future. Everybody is welcome to attend on Friday 2nd March - Service start time 10.30am with refreshments from 10.00am at St. James the Great Church, East Malling. By participating in one of the 5,000 Ser-vices being held on 2nd March we will join an estimated three million peo-ple around the world in this celebration. The Services are women’s gift to the whole Church and, in some countries, one of the few opportunities women get to speak out about what matters to them.
 
 
PARKING
 
Because Liturgy leaders and children are using the Bishop’s driveway to go to the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre at the 10am Sunday Mass, would people please avoid parking right up to the end of the walkway in front of the Church and in front of the gates to the Bishop’s drive to allow safe access for children going to and from Liturgy. Many Thanks.
 
 
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 5th February.
 
FRIENDSHIP GROUP meet this Wednesday 7th February at 2.15pm in the Church porch. All are welcome.
 
NOTICES Including information about the Annual Catholic Medical Association Conference. Please see the Notice Board for more details.

 

Fourth Sunday of the Year (B)    26 January 2018
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PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

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

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

Fourth Sunday of the Year (B)
Candlemas Journey
RACIAL JUSTICE DAY
28th January 2018
 
CANDLEMAS JOURNEY This weekend we continue our Candlemas Journey taking the light and love we have received this Christmas and Epiphany with faith, hope and love to ‘root’ it in the temples of our hearts and Parish this Candlemas (3rd/4th February). Please take the special Candlemas Journey Prayer Sheets to use at home if you haven’t already and there are spare blessed candles to use at home by the Crib / Candlemas Tableau in Church if you haven’t got one or have used up yours in the past week.
 
TODAY IS RACIAL JUSTICE DAY with prayers and a second collection during the Notices to support the work of the Catholic Church to promote racial justice in our Schools and Parishes and in wider society. The theme this year is “Belonging: All are welcome” and we pray for those who experience unjust discrimination or are marginal-ised because of their race and ethnicity.
 
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION The Archdiocese of Southwark is setting up a Diocesan Adoration Lay Committee to develop the practice of Eucharistic Adoration throughout the Archdiocese. You are welcome to attend an Informa-tion Afternoon in St. Thomas More Church, West Malling. Kent. ME19 6HN this Saturday 3rd February 2018 at 3pm (finishing at 4.15pm). Refreshments served. See poster in the Church for further details of how to attend or contact the Parish Office promptly or see Fr. Peter after Mass.
 
NEXT WEEKEND WE CELEBRATE CANDLEMAS the true end of Christmas beginning with a Mass in School on Friday at 9.30am and we will be celebrating Candlemas at all our Masses with a special Children’s Liturgy and ’Christingles’ at the 10am Sunday Mass and the Youth Group presenting the 5.30pm Sunday Mass (group meets at 4pm to prepare the Mass and have their Christmas / Candlemas party afterwards).
 
MASSES & SERVICES

SATURDAY (Candlemas Journey)

27
5pm
The Parishioners
SUNDAY (Candlemas Journey)
Fourth Sunday of the Year (B)
Racial Justice Day
(Homeless Sunday 2018)
28
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
The Parishioners

MONDAY (Candlemas Journey)

29
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Candlemas Journey) 30 9.30am John Seymour-Crouchen RIP (recent)
WEDNESDAY (St. John Bosco) 31 9.30am Joan Wegrzyn and Family - welfare (Mary G.)
THURSDAY (Candlemas Journey) 1 Feb

9.30am

Communion Service
FRIDAY (Feast of Candlemas) 2

9.30am

Candlemas Mass in SCHOOL
SATURDAY (Candlemas) 3 5pm (Candlemas) Parishioners, Families and Friends
SUNDAY
Candlemas
Fifth Sunday of the Year (B)
4
10am
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy and Christingles) Parishioners, Families and Friends
(Youth Group Candlemas Mass) Parishioners, Families and Friends
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Meg and Tony Brewer; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Libby Batchelor; Brendin O’Doherty; Betty Callaghan; Frank and Collette Hall; Bill Lobeck; Bridget O’Leary; Gabriel Silva; Marie Claire Ipoua; Diane Ball; Sheila Blackburn; 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 D’Souza; Sam West; John Seymour-Crouchen; Bishop Francis Walmsley. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Margaret Kelleher; Eileen Connolly; Bridget Styles; Mary Russell; Karen Fox; Barbara Ann Collins; Jim Pux-ley; Stanley Jones; Alexander Gordon; John Hadwin; Freddie MacQueen; Charles Harkin; Joy Corrigan; Pamela Richardson; Pat-rick Willoughby; Jean Brooker; Francis Gillan; Christopher Hayes; Barbara Barnes; Charles Hennessey; Emily Seymour; Jadwiga Makuch; Brendan Kilcoyne.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 28
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 29 5-6pm & 6-7pm
(Fr. Peter visits 8Mi6 at St. Simon Stock)
First Reconciliation Services for First Communicants in Church
TUESDAY 30 1.30-3pm Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 31

 

7 for 7.30pm

(Fr. Peter visits 8Mi5 at St. Simon Stock)
 
Parish Meeting in the Priest’s House
THURSDAY 1 Feb   (Fr. Peter visits 8Mi3 at St. Simon Stock)
FRIDAY 2   (Fr. Peter visits 8Mi2 at St. Simon Stock)
SATURDAY 3
10am-12 noon
3-4.15pm
Gardening Club
Eucharistic Adoration Information Afternoon in Church
SUNDAY 4
10am
 
4pm
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Youth Group meet in the Priest’s House to prepare 5.30pm Mass (Party after Mass)
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £449.14 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collection for SPUC raised £306.46
 
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

£1,064.71 total raised in December through donations and events. Overall total raised is £75,304.64
Amount still owed on loan is £9,695.36
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
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NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet again in February 2018 (date to be arranged) from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but feel free to bring anything you wish. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
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FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Monday 29th 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 11th 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.
 
DONATE8 Help urgently required. Latest need: Ironing. Location: The Priest's House (or can be taken home and returned). Suitable for: Person or a team (a group of friends to help you?). Time: No more than one hour a week at a time to suit you. Perfect for those dropping off or picking up children from schools! If you can help, please fill in a Donate8 card and post in the red box in the Church porch and we will be in touch. Thank you!
 
VACANCY FOR ROLE OF COMPANY SECRETARY AT KCSP An excit-ing opportunity has arisen for an experienced Company Secretary to join the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership’s (KCSP) senior executive team. Do you have the knowledge, expertise, enthusiasm and dedication to support the Board of Directors, Governors and Clerks to deliver outstanding education for children and young people in our diverse family of Catholic academies across Kent? For details of how to apply please see https://www.kent-teach.com/Recruitment/Vacancy/VacancyDetails.aspx?VacancyId=57670 or contact the Trust on 01622 232662 office@kcsp.org.uk for further infor-mation. Company Secretary (Full time): Pay: £43,210 – £50,608 Start Date: March 2018 Closing Date: 31/01/2018 Interviews: 20/02/2018
 
 
PARKING
 
Because Liturgy leaders and children are using the Bishop’s driveway to go to the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre at the 10am Sunday Mass, would people please avoid parking right up to the end of the walkway in front of the Church and in front of the gates to the Bishop’s drive to allow safe access for children going to and from Liturgy. Many Thanks.
 
 
DUBLIN WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 21st to 26th August. A £1,000 bursary is being offered to enable a fam-ily to take part in this. A condition is that after the event you will share the fruits of your experience in Dublin with your local Parish or School and other people. The deadline is January 31st so time is of the essence. Contact Carole (Marriage and Family Life Coordinator for Kent) now on 07983524727 or email carolemflkent@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 29th January 2018.
 
GARDENING CLUB The next meeting will be on Saturday 3rd February from 10am to 12 noon.
 
FRIENDSHIP GROUP meet on Wednesday 7th February at 2.15pm in the Church porch. All are welcome.
 
NOTICES Including Newsletters from Missio and Far East. Also "Praying into Scripture: A Practical Guide to Ignatian Prayer and Imagination" with Rev Susanne Carlsson - Thursday 22nd February and Thursday 1st March 2018 (7-9pm) - a short course offered over 2 evenings at Malling Abbey. Please see Notice Board for more details.

 

Third Sunday of the Year (B)    21 January 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

Third Sunday of the Year (B)
Candlemas Journey
SPUC WHITE FLOWER APPEAL
21st January 2018
 
CANDLEMAS JOURNEY This weekend we continue our Candlemas Journey taking the light and love we have received this Christmas and Epiphany with faith, hope and love to ‘root’ it in the temples of our hearts and Parish this Candlemas (3rd/4th February). Please take the special Candlemas Journey Prayer Sheets to use at home if you haven’t already and there are spare blessed candles to use at home by the Crib / Candlemas Tableau in Church if you haven’t got one or have used up yours in the past week.
 
CHRISTIAN UNITY OCTAVE The main Services are today, Sunday (21st) at West Malling Baptist Church, Swan Street at 4pm and All Saints, Snodland at 3pm. We are also playing our part with a Unity Service here this Monday 22nd at 7.15pm - please support this if you can.
 
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION The Archdiocese of Southwark is setting up a Diocesan Adoration Lay Committee to develop the practice of Eucharistic Adoration throughout the Archdiocese. You are welcome to attend an Information Evening in St. Tho-mas More Church, West Malling. Kent. ME19 6HN on Saturday 3rd February 2018 at 3pm (finishing at 4.15pm). Refresh-ments served. See poster in the Church for further details of how to attend or contact the Parish Office promptly or see Fr. Pe-ter after Mass.
 
WHITE FLOWER APPEAL The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) will be holding its annual appeal this weekend. SPUC is currently campaigning to stop the decriminalisation of abortion, which means taking abortion outside the law. This is the most dangerous threat to unborn children and their mothers in decades. Please be as generous as you can to help us defeat this latest attack on unborn babies and their mothers and to stop abortion getting even worse in this country by decriminalisation. There will be a retiring collection and cards and White Flower stickers in the porch after Mass.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We continue our Candlemas Journey and also celebrate Racial Justice Day with prayers and a second col-lection during the Notices to support the work of the Catholic Church to promote Racial Justice in our Schools and Parishes and in wider society.
 
MASSES & SERVICES

SATURDAY (Candlemas Journey) [Unity Octave]

20
5pm
Neville and Beno Perera - Thanksgiving
SUNDAY (Candlemas Journey)
Third Sunday of the Year (B)
[Unity Octave]
SPUC White Flower Appeal
21
10am
3pm
4pm
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) In Thanksgiving to God for Family Safety
Unity Service at All Saints, Snodland
Unity Service at West Malling Baptist Church
The Parishioners

MONDAY (Candlemas Journey) [Unity Octave]

22
9.30am
7.15pm
Communion Service
Christian Unity Service in Church
TUESDAY (Candlemas Journey) [Unity Octave] 23 9.30am Fr. Peter Madden RIP (Funeral yesterday)
WEDNESDAY (St. Francis de Sales) [Unity Octave] 24 9.30am Fr. Kevin Pelham RIP
THURSDAY (Conversion of St. Paul) [Unity Octave] 25

9.30am

Communion Service
FRIDAY (Ss. Timothy and Titus) 26

9.30am

Theresa, Shirley and Ian (wellbeing)
SATURDAY (Candlemas Journey) 27 5pm The Parishioners
SUNDAY (Candlemas Journey)
Fourth Sunday of the Year (B)
Racial Justice Day
28
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Meg and Tony Brewer; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Libby Batchelor; Brendin O’Doherty; Betty Callaghan; Stuart Atmore; Audrey Matcham; Frank and Collette Hall; Maureen Hook; Roy Kirchell; Sheila Blackburn; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other chal-lenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Bishop Francis Walmsley. Also Fr. Kevin Pelham; Gerard Long; Tatiane Ipoua Bateke; Fr. Tony Ford; Fr. Peter Madden (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the inno-cent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Eleanor James; Mary Stevens; Hugh Blundell-Hawkes; Tracey Cooper; Barbara McNamara; Valerie Penfold; Nellie Hooker; Bernard Roff; Martin Moorhead; Nick Edwards; Bertie Roddy; Pietro Bottiglieri; Margaret Corcoran; Annie Dono-hoe; Daniel Lynch; Henry Gaiger; Margaret Kelleher; Eileen Connolly.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 21
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 22 5-6pm First Communion children’s meeting in Church
TUESDAY 23 1.30-3pm Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
FRIDAY 26   (Thanksgiving Mass for Deacon Tom Coyle - Maidstone - 7.30pm)
SUNDAY 28
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £521.08 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collection for Pax Christi raised £232.98
 

FUNDRAISING

£1,064.71 total raised in December through donations and events. Overall total raised is £75,304.64
Amount still owed on loan is £9,695.36
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet again in February 2018 (date to be arranged) from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but feel free to bring anything you wish. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The next children’s lesson is on Monday 22nd January 2018 from 5-6pm. Please remember to bring a photograph of your child for the board at the back of the Church.
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS Please take a card and pray for the child whose name is on it as they pre-pare for their First Communion. The cards are in a box on the table in the porch and need to be returned by the end of April. Thank you.
 
OFFICE VACANCY There is a part-time vacancy in the Priest’s House. This includes working in the Parish Office and some household duties. Please contact the office on 01732 843302 if you are interested.
 
BABY AND TODDLER GROUP The last Tuesday in January will be the last meeting for the group unless a volun-teer comes forward to run it - you do not need to be part of the group to do this. If you are able to help please con-tact the Parish Office.
 
CLEANER REQUIRED for the Bishop’s House for four hours per month. Please contact Gill Reeves on 01732 845486
 
VACANCY FOR ROLE OF COMPANY SECRETARY AT KCSP An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experi-enced Company Secretary to join the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership’s (KCSP) senior executive team. Do you have the knowledge, expertise, enthusiasm and dedication to support the Board of Directors, Governors and Clerks to deliver outstanding education for children and young people in our diverse family of Catholic academies across Kent? For details of how to apply please see https://www.kent-teach.com/Recruitment/Vacancy/VacancyDetails.aspx?VacancyId=57670 or contact the Trust on 01622 232662 office@kcsp.org.uk for further infor-mation. Company Secretary (Full time): Pay: £43,210 – £50,608 Start Date: March 2018 Closing Date: 31/01/2018 at 12:00 Interviews: 20th February 2018
 
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY Please see the notice board for the list showing what will be happen-ing during this week which runs from Thursday 18th until Thursday 25th January 2018.
 
 
PARKING
 
Because Liturgy leaders and children are using the Bishop’s driveway to go to the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre at the 10am Sunday Mass, would people please avoid parking right up to the end of the walkway in front of the Church and in front of the gates to the Bishop’s drive to allow safe access for children going to and from Liturgy.
Many Thanks.
 
 
A FAMILY AFFAIR – FOR THE WORLD Looking for a way to develop your own faith and that of your family? Are you trying to rediscover the role of marriage and family life in the modern world? If the answer is ‘yes’, then the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) taking place in August 2018 will definitely be of interest. To be held in Dub-lin from August 21st-26th 2018, the WMOF will have as its highlight a visit by Pope Francis. During the WMOF, there will be a wide-ranging pro-gramme of talks and workshops for adults, events for young people and various activities for children. That’s in addition to exhibitions, cultural events and musical performances plus daily Mass. And all are welcome at this important and joyful international gathering. So why not start planning a visit now, perhaps as your annual holiday? More details will follow – watch your Parish Newsletter and notice board. For further information contact Carole Batty of the Southwark Diocesan Marriage& Family Life team on 07913 904 997 or email carolemflkent@gmail.com or visit http://www.worldmeeting2018.ie Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wmof2018 Twitter @WMOF2018
 
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 22nd January 2018.
 
GARDENING CLUB The next meeting will be on Saturday 3rd February from 10am to 12 noon.
 
NOTICES Including: ‘Called by Name’ (a vocation retreat for young adults aged 18 - 35. Please see Notice Board for more details.

 

Second Sunday of the Year (B)    14 January 2018
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

Second Sunday of the Year (B)
Candlemas Journey
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR PEACE
14th January 2018
 
CANDLEMAS JOURNEY This weekend we continue our Candlemas Journey taking the light and love we have received this Christmas and Epiphany with faith, hope and love to ‘root’ it in the temples of our hearts and Parish this Candlemas (3rd/4th February). Please take the special Candlemas Journey Prayer Sheets to use at home if you haven’t already and there are spare blessed candles to use at home by the Crib / Candlemas Tableau in Church if you haven’t got one or have used up yours in the past week.
 
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR PEACE This weekend we have special prayers for world peace and a collection during the Notices for ‘Pax Christi’ - “The work of Pax Christi is based on the Gospel and inspired by faith. Our vi-sion is of a world where people can live in peace, without fear or violence in all its forms. Rooted in Catholic Chris-tianity, we work with all who share our values to abolish war and create communities of peace and justice”. Please use the special Pax Christi envelope from the stand at the back of the Church for this collection and prayer cards and information leaflets are also available.
 
CHRISTIAN UNITY OCTAVE begins this Thursday 18th. The main Services are next Sunday (21st) at West Mal-ling Baptist Church, Swan Street at 4pm and All Saints, Snodland at 3pm. We are also playing our part with a Unity Service here on Monday 22nd at 7.30pm - please support this if you can.
 
SPUC WHITE FLOWER APPEAL will also take place next weekend 20th/21st January.
 
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION The Archdiocese of Southwark is setting up a Diocesan Adoration Lay Committee to develop the practice of Eucharistic Adoration throughout the Archdiocese. You are welcome to attend an Informa-tion Evening in St. Thomas More Church, West Malling. Kent. ME19 6HN on Saturday 3rd February 2018 at 3pm (finishing at 4.15pm). Refreshments served. See poster in the Church for further details of how to attend or contact the Parish Office promptly or see Fr. Peter after Mass.
 
MASSES & SERVICES

SATURDAY (Candlemas Journey)

13
5pm
Libby Batchelor - welfare (Steph, Ian and Family)
SUNDAY (Candlemas Journey)
Second Sunday of the Year (B)
World Day of Prayer for Peace
14
10am
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
Helen Burrus RIP (Dee and Peter)

MONDAY (Candlemas Journey)

15

9.30am

Communion Service
TUESDAY (Candlemas Journey) 16 9.30am Bishop Frank Walmsley RIP
WEDNESDAY (St. Anthony - Abbott) 17 9.30am Fr. Tony Ford RIP
THURSDAY (Candlemas Journey) [Unity Octave] 18

9.30am

Communion Service
FRIDAY (Candlemas Journey) [Unity Octave] 19

9.30am

Fr. Kevin Pelham RIP
SATURDAY (Candlemas Journey) [Unity Octave] 20 5pm Neville and Beno Perera - Thanksgiving
SUNDAY (Candlemas Journey)
Third Sunday of the Year (B)
[Unity Octave]
SPUC White Flower Appeal
21
10am
3pm
4pm
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) In Thanksgiving to God for Family Safety
Unity Service at All Saints, Snodland at 3pm
Unity Service at West Malling Baptist Church
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Meg and Tony Brewer; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Libby Batchelor; Brendin O’Doherty; Betty Callaghan; Stuart Atmore; Audrey Matcham; Frank and Collette Hall; Maureen Hook; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Bishop Francis Walmsley; Fr. Kevin Pelham; Gerard Long; Tatiane Ipoua Bateke; Fr. Tony Ford; Fr. Peter Madden. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Michael Stephens; Dorothy Savage; Cornelius Hegarty; Brian Murphy; Eileen Jordan; Mary Spaul; Frank Dunster; Bridget Payne; Ellen Smith; Anne Johnson; Ellen Underhill; Molly Forster; Eleanor James; Mary Stevens; Hugh Blundell-Hawkes.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 14
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 15 5-6pm First Communion children’s meeting in Church
TUESDAY 16 1.30-3pm Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
THURSDAY 18 8pm
Kings Hill and Mereworth Area Group meet - see below
FRIDAY 19
7-9pm
Youth Group meet in the SCHOOL
SUNDAY 21
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £444.01 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Betty Ward (No.44) for the January draw.
 

FUNDRAISING

£1,064.71 total raised in December through donations and events. Overall total raised is £75,304.64
Amount still owed on loan is £9,695.36
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet again in February 2018 (date to be arranged) from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but feel free to bring anything you wish. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The next children’s lesson is on Monday 15th January 2018 from 5-6pm. Please remember to bring a photograph of your child for the board at the back of the Church.
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS Please take a card and pray for the child whose name is on it as they prepare for their First Communion. The cards are in a box on the table in the porch and need to be returned by the end of April. Thank you.
 
OFFICE VACANCY There is a part-time vacancy in the Priest’s House. This includes working in the Parish Office and some household duties. Please contact the office on 01732 843302 if you are interested.
 
CLEANER REQUIRED for the Bishop’s House for four hours per month. Please contact Gill Reeves on 01732 845486
 
VACANCY FOR ROLE OF COMPANY SECRETARY AT KCSP An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Company Secretary to join the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership’s (KCSP) senior executive team. Do you have the knowledge, expertise, enthusiasm and dedication to support the Board of Directors, Governors and Clerks to deliver outstanding education for children and young people in our diverse family of Catholic academies across Kent? For details of how to apply please see https://www.kent-teach.com/Recruitment/Vacancy/VacancyDetails.aspx?VacancyId=57670 or contact the Trust on 01622 232662 office@kcsp.org.uk for further information. Company Secretary (Full time): Pay: £43,210 – £50,608 Start Date: March 2018 Closing Date: 31/01/2018 at 12:00 Interviews: 20th February 2018
 
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY Please see the notice board for the list showing what will be happening during this week which runs from Thursday 18th until Thursday 25th January 2018.
 
WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER We are looking for a Catholic representative for the Women’s World Day of Prayer which takes place once a year. If you are interested please contact Dee Avery on 01732 870207
 
THE HELPERS OF GOD’S PRECIOUS INFANTS reach out in love and compassion to mothers who are in crisis pregnancies and to those who have suffered the effects of abortion. The reasons that parents find themselves in these circumstances are varied and many but God is there holding out His Hand of Love and Mercy. Why not come and join us and help to hold out God’s Hand of Love and Mercy? The next Rosary Procession Vigil will be held on Friday 19th January at St. Francis’ Church, 126 Week Street, Maidstone ME14 1RH. We begin with 10.30am Mass followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. We begin our Rosary Procession at 11am following an Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, to Marie Stopes abortion centre, Brewer Street, ME14 1RV where we pray fifteen decades of the Rosary and sing hymns, returning at approximately 12.30pm for refreshments nearby. Full details are on the poster in the Church porch or contact 01727763832 or 07747746411 e-mail marg@helpersuk.org
 
 
PARKING
 
Because Liturgy leaders and children are using the Bishop’s driveway to go to the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre at the 10am Sunday Mass, would people please avoid parking right up to the end of the walkway in front of the Church and in front of the gates to the Bishop’s drive to allow safe access for children going to and from Liturgy.
Many Thanks.
 
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
CHURCH CLEANING Wiesia’s Group - week beginning 15th January 2018.
GARDENING CLUB will NOT be meeting in January 2018. The next meeting will be on Saturday 3rd February from 10am to 12 noon.
NOTICES Including: Heart of Kent Hospice - Make a Will Fortnight and Ladies Fashion Show; CTIM - Statistics and Prayers for the Elderly. Please see Notice Board for more details.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 18th January 2018 at 8pm (Secret Santa - please bring a wrapped, new and unwanted Christmas present). Venue: 145 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill. ME19 4DS. RSVP Ray and Wendy Cassidy 01732 521261
 
 

 

FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY (B)    07 January 2018
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PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

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

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

FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY (B)
(Beginning of Candlemas Journey)
7th January 2018
 
EPIPHANY AND CANDLEMAS JOURNEY This weekend we end the Great Days of Christmas with the Feast of the Epiphany, uniting ourselves with the Three Wise Men, our ancestors and dedicating ourselves to be the Lord’s Kings of Faith, Priests of Hope and Prophets of Love in this year of 2018 with a special ‘Kings’ Procession’ at the 10am Mass and the Youth Group presenting the 5.30pm Mass. As part of this we begin today our journey to Can-dlemas joining with Mary and Joseph taking the light of the First Christmas to the Jewish people in the Temple in Jerusalem and the Wise Men taking that light back to their countries and people to bring the light of this Christmas to root it in the temple of our hearts and Parish and Church on this Candlemas weekend (3rd/4th February). 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.
 
NEXT WEEKEND: CANDLEMAS JOURNEY AND WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR PEACE Next weekend we continue our Candlemas Journey and have special prayers for world peace and a collection during the Notices for ‘Pax Christi’ - “The work of Pax Christi is based on the Gospel and inspired by faith. Our vision is of a world where people can live in peace, without fear or violence in all its forms. Rooted in Catholic Christianity, we work with all who share our values to abolish war and create communities of peace and justice”. Please take the special Pax Christi envelope from the stand at the back of the Church for this collection and prayer cards and information leaf-lets will be available next weekend.
 
SPUC WHITE FLOWER APPEAL will take place on 20th/21st January.
PRIEST’S HOUSE - FURTHER DETERIORATION! Father Peter will speak about this at Mass.
 
MASSES & SERVICES

SATURDAY (12th Day of Christmas)

Eve of Epiphany

6
5pm
(First Mass of Epiphany) Matilda and Paul Perera RIP
SUNDAY
Feast of Epiphany
(Beginning of Candlemas Journey
7
10am
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy and Kings Procession) Parishioners, Families and Friends
(Youth Group) Parishioners, Families and Friends

MONDAY (Candlemas Journey)

[The Baptism of The Lord]

8

9.30am

Communion Service
TUESDAY (Candlemas Journey) 9 9.30am Joan and Donald Hamilton RIP
WEDNESDAY (Candlemas Journey) 10 9.30am Deceased Relatives and Friends of the Lobo family
THURSDAY (Candlemas Journey) 11

9.30am

Communion Service
FRIDAY (Candlemas Journey) 12

 

9.30am

(8.15am - Mass in St. Simon Stock School)
 
Communion Service
SATURDAY (Candlemas Journey) 13 5pm Libby Batchelor - welfare (Steph, Ian and Family)
SUNDAY (Candlemas Journey)
Second Sunday of the Year (B)
World Day of Prayer for Peace
14
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
Helen Burrus RIP (Dee and Peter)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Meg and Tony Brewer; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Libby Batchelor; Brendin O’Doherty; Betty Callaghan; Stuart Atmore; Audrey Matcham; Sheila Blackburn; 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: Bishop Francis Walmsley; Fr. Kevin Pelham; Gerard Long; Tatiane Ipoua Bateke; Fr. Tony Ford; Fr. Peter Madden. Also Richard McCann (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: David McMahon; Lonza Micallef; Sidney McCarthy; Lauren Cressey; Peter Smart; Sharon Barbieri; Ellen Love; Gladys Gollop; Avenna Fry; Elsbeth Douse; Antonio Falcone; Carol Copland; Sarah Love; Michael Stephens; Dorothy Sav-age; Cornelius Hegarty; Brian Murphy; Eileen Jordan.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 7
10am
 
3.45pm
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre and Kings’ Procession
Youth Group meet in the Priest’s House to prepare the 5.30pm Mass
MONDAY 8 5-6pm First Communion children’s meeting in Church
TUESDAY 9
1.30-3pm
8pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Youth Leaders meet in the Priest’s House
WEDNESDAY 10 7.30 for 8pm
First Communion parent’s meeting in Church
SATURDAY 13
2-4pm
Eucharistic Ministers meeting in Church
SUNDAY 14
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £330.77 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
100 CLUB CHRISTMAS WINNERS Congratulations go to Shelley Cornish (No. 73) [£200 prize] and Maggie O’Toole (No.43) [£60 prize].
 

FUNDRAISING

£1,186.65 total raised in November through donations and events. Overall total raised is £74,239.93
Amount still owed on loan is £10,760.07
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet again in February 2018 (date to be arranged) from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but feel free to bring anything you wish. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Children should complete Chapter 1 only. The next children’s lesson is on Monday 8th January 2018 from 5-6pm. The next parents’ meeting is on Wednesday 10th January 2018 with refreshments from 7.30pm and the meeting commencing at 8pm. Please remember to bring a photograph of your child for the board at the back of the Church. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT MEETING ON RECONCILIATION.
 
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.
 
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS There will be a meeting in Church on 13th January 2018 from 2-4pm for all Eucharistic Ministers.
 
MORE PARK CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL has its final open event, for parents of pre-school children due to start school in September 2018, on Tuesday 9th January 2018 at 9.45am. Full detail can also be found on the school website: http://www.moreparkprimary.co.uk/news/detail/open-event-for-reception-intake-in-september-2018/ Look forward to meeting you!
 
A FAMILY AFFAIR – FOR THE WORLD Looking for a way to develop your own faith and that of your family? Are you trying to rediscover the role of marriage and family life in the modern world? If the answer is ‘yes’, then the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) taking place in August 2018 will definitely be of interest. To be held in Dublin from August 21st-26th 2018, the WMOF will have as its highlight a visit by Pope Francis. During the WMOF, there will be a wide-ranging programme of talks and work-shops for adults, events for young people and various activities for children. That’s in addition to exhibitions, cultural events and musical performances plus daily Mass. And all are welcome at this important and joyful international gathering. So why not start planning a visit now, perhaps as your annual holiday? More details will follow – watch your Parish Newsletter and notice board. For further information contact Carole Batty of the Southwark Diocesan Marriage& Family Life team on 07913 904 997 or email carolemflkent@gmail.com or visit http://www.worldmeeting2018.ie Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wmof2018 Twitter @WMOF2018
 
 
PARKING
 
Because Liturgy leaders and children are using the Bishop’s driveway to go to the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre at the 10am Sunday Mass, would people please avoid parking right up to the end of the walkway in front of the Church and in front of the gates to the Bishop’s drive to allow safe access for children going to and from Liturgy.
Many Thanks.
 
 
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY Please see the notice board for the list showing what will be happening during this week which runs from Thursday 18th until Thursday 25th January 2018.
 
WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER We are looking for a Catholic representative for the Women’s World Day of Prayer which takes place once a year. If you are in-terested please contact Dee Avery on 01732 870207
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Eileen’s Group - week beginning 8th January 2018.
 
GARDENING CLUB will NOT be meeting in January 2018.
 
NOTICES Please see Notice Board for more details.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 18th January 2018 at 8pm (Secret Santa - please bring a wrapped, new and unwanted Christmas present). Venue: 145 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill. ME19 4DS. RSVP Ray and Wendy Cassidy 01732 521261
 
 

 

CHRISTMAS AND THE NEW YEAR (B)    23 December 2017
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

NEWSLETTER FOR CHRISTMAS AND THE NEW YEAR (B)
23rd December 2017 to 7th January 2018
 
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 7th January and also the New Year of 2018. 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 - 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 2018.
P.S. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PARISH OFFICE IS NOW CLOSED UNTIL WEDNESDAY 3RD JANUARY 2018.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Advent Day 7) 23
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Tomi Davies
(Advent Mass) Ruperta A. Inguito RIP [anniv.]
SUNDAY
Fourth Sunday of Advent (B)
CHRISTMAS EVE
24
10am
 
 
 
 
11-11.30am
4.30pm
6pm
11.30pm
(Final Mass of Advent - Children’s Advent Liturgy) Lily Rudenko and Family [Elizabeth Robson]
Confessions in the Church
 
 
Children’s Crib Service
Vigil Mass of Christmas
Vigil of Carols leading to Midnight Mass

MONDAY

CHRISTMAS DAY

25

10am

 

Children’s Christmas Family Mass
 
(NO EVENING MASS)
TUESDAY (1st Day of Christmas)[St. Stephen] 26 11am (St. Stephen’s Mass in Church) Parishioners, Families and Friends
WEDNESDAY (2nd Day of Christmas)[St. John] 27 9.30am NO MASS OR SERVICE
THURSDAY (3rd Day of Christmas) [Holy Innocents] 28

9.30am

NO MASS OR SERVICE
FRIDAY (4th Day of Christmas) [St. Thomas of Canterbury] 29 9.30am NO MASS OR SERVICE
SATURDAY (5th Day of Christmas) The Holy Family 30 5pm For world peace and to drive away hunger, poverty and homelessness in the world
SUNDAY (6thDay of Christmas)
NEW YEAR’S EVE
The Holy Family
31
10am
 
 
5.30pm
(Children) [Children are asked to bring one of their small Christmas presents to show us] Lisa Jones - wellbeing
 
 
(New Year’s Eve Mass) Parishioners, Families and Friends, living and dead
MONDAY (7th Day of Christmas)
1 Jan 2018
12 noon
(New Year’s day Mass) Trevor Jones R.I.P. (anniv.)
TUESDAY (8th Day of Christmas)
[Ss. Basil and Gregory]
2 9.30am Mary Goldsmith - Christmas (Steph, Ian and Family)
WEDNESDAY (9th Day of Christmas) 3 9.30am Mary and Paddy Joyce - 60th Wedding Anniversary (Steph, Ian and Family)
THURSDAY (10th Day of Christmas) [Schools Return] 4 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (11th Day of Christmas)
[Pre-School Returns]
5 9.30am Tatiane Ipoua Boteke RIP (Chantal Ekeuh’s Sister) [Steph, Ian and Family]
SATURDAY (12th Day of Christmas)
Eve of Epiphany
6 5pm (First Mass of Epiphany) Matilda and Paul Perera RIP
SUNDAY
Feast of Epiphany
7
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy and Kings Procession) Parishioners, Families and Friends
(Youth Group) Parishioners, Families and Friends
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Meg and Tony Brewer; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Libby Batchelor; Betty Callaghan; Ipoua Family; Roy Kirchell; Edna Lowe; Lisa Jones; Stuart Atmore; Audrey Matcham (Sally’s Mum); our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Fr. Kevin Pelham; Gerard Lang; Tatiane Ipoua Bateke; Fr. Peter Madden; Richard McCann. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Mark Nicholls; John Whelan; Hedwick Steffan; Terence Finn; Yvonne D’Agostini; Daniel O’Shea; Cecilia Sampayo; John Kilgallen; Ronald Mannerings; James Boyle; Tony Kibble; Viva Redman; Joan Hamilton; John Keegan; Theresa Hedderman; Maisie Lingham; John Murphy; Catherine Sheppard; Michael Kavanagh; Mary Heggarty; Trevor Jones; Lily Feehan; Wilfred McCauley; Grace Moss; Kathleen Mortlock; Annie Thomson; Rev. Patrick Lonergan; Patrick Woods; Clementina Leonard; Daniel McMahon; Lonza Micallef; Sidney McCarthy.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 24
10am
Children’s Advent Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 25   Children’s Christmas Family Mass
TUESDAY 26
 
No Baby & Toddler Group - Christmas Break
SUNDAY 31 10am
No Children’s Liturgy but children specially welcome at Mass
TUESDAY 2 JAN 2018
7pm
No Baby & Toddler Group - Christmas Break
Churches Together in Snodland at the Rectory
SUNDAY 7
10am
3.45pm
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Youth Group meet in the Priest’s House to prepare the 5.30pm Mass
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £498.17 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collection for Christmas Flowers raised £218.09
 
GIFT AID FOR SECOND COLLECTIONS If a collection is not for the Parish it can only be GIFT-AIDED if there is a pre-printed envelope, either in your box or one from the Charity itself eg. CAFOD / Apostleship of the Sea. Parish second collections eg. Flowers / Welfare / Sponsored walk can be GIFT-AIDED if you use one of your spare enve-lopes or one of the white envelopes at the back of the Church. In either case please mark the envelope with the in-tent of the donation. If it is not marked your donation may go to the wrong organisation.
 

FUNDRAISING

£1,186.65 total raised in November through donations and events. Overall total raised is £74,239.93
Amount still owed on loan is £10,760.07
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet again in February 2018 (date to be arranged) from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but feel free to bring anything you wish. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Children should complete Chapter 1 only. The next children’s lesson is on Monday 8th January 2018 from 5-6pm. Parents are reminded to check the Newsletter and schedule for all the events that the children should be involved in over Advent. The next parents’ meeting is on Wednesday 10th January 2018 with refreshments from 7.30pm and the meeting commencing at 8pm. Please remember to bring a photograph of your child for the board at the back of the Church.
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS Please take a card and pray for the child whose name is on it as they 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.
 
CHRISTMAS CARDS are still on sale. Please place money in the tin on the wall.
 
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS There will be a meeting in Church on 13th January 2018 from 2-4pm for all Eucharistic Ministers.
 
PORCHLIGHT Over £500 has now been raised for Porchlight. Many thanks to all who sponsored the Youth Group.
 
MORE PARK CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL has its final open event, for parents of pre-school children due to start school in September 2018, on Tuesday 9th January 2018 at 9.45am. Full detail can also be found on the school website: http://www.moreparkprimary.co.uk/news/detail/open-event-for-reception-intake-in-september-2018/ We look forward to meeting you!
 
 
PARKING
 
Because Liturgy leaders and children are using the Bishop’s driveway to go to the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre at the 10am Sunday Mass, would people please avoid parking right up to the end of the walkway in front of the Church and in front of the gates to the Bishop’s drive to allow safe access for children going to and from Liturgy.
Many Thanks.
 
 
WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER We are looking for a Catholic repre-sentative for the Women’s World Day of Prayer which takes place once a year. If you are interested please contact Dee Avery on 01732 870207
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Steph’s Group - week beginning 1st January 2018.
 
GARDENING CLUB will NOT be meeting in January 2018.
 
NOTICES Please see Notice Board for more details.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
“Happy Christmas and New Year to all Area Groups!”
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 18th January 2018 at 8pm (Secret Santa - please bring a wrapped, new and un-wanted Christmas present). Venue: 145 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill. ME19 4DS. RSVP Ray and Wendy Cassidy 01732 521261
 
 

 

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT (B)    17 December 2017
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PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

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

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

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT (B)
Guadete Sunday and the Great Advent Days
17th December 2017
 
THIS WEEKEND Retiring collection for the Christmas Flowers. Please pick up a Parish Diary (1 per family) if you haven’t done so already. Also Christmas posters from the Knights of St. Columba to put in your windows (free) and Diocesan Directories on sale in the porch.
 
ADVENT EVENTS THIS WEEK Advent Area House Masses on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday - School end-of-term Mass on Tuesday and Pre-School Nativity Service on Wednesday - Adult Penitential and Confessions on Friday - also Church ’Big Clean’ on Thursday and Flower Arrangers / Children’s Christmas Workshop and putting up of Crib etc. on Saturday and final Advent Masses and Christmas on Saturday / Sunday and Monday.
 
LOOKING AHEAD - CHRISTMAS OCTAVE AND NEW YEAR MASSES
Boxing Day - Tuesday 26th: St. Stephen’s Mass at 11am
Wednesday to Friday - 27th - 29th December: NO MASSES OR SERVICES
Saturday 30th December: First Mass of Sunday (Holy Family) at 5pm (NO CONFESSIONS)
Sunday 31st December: Holy Family Mass with children at 10am; New Year’s Eve Mass at 5.30pm
Monday 1st January 2018: New Year’s Day Mass at 12 noon
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Advent) 16
5pm
David Martin RIP (Gobel Family)
SUNDAY
Third Sunday of Advent (B)
Guadete Sunday (Advent Day 1)
17
10am
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Advent Liturgy) Annie and Christine Griffin RIP (anniv)
Terri Greenfield RIP
MONDAY (Advent Day 2) 18
9.30am
 
8pm
Communion Service
 
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Advent House Mass (see over)
TUESDAY (Advent Day 3) 19
9.30am
8pm
End-of-Term Advent Mass in School - School and Parish Family
Snodland and Halling Advent House Mass (see over)
WEDNESDAY (Advent Day 4) 20
9.30am
11am
8pm
Deceased Relatives and Friends of the Lobo Family
Pre-School Christmas Nativity in Church
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Advent House Mass (see over)
THURSDAY (Advent Day 5) 21

9.30am

Communion Service
FRIDAY (Advent Day 6) 22
9.30am
7.30pm
Joan Wegrzyn and Family (Steph, Ian and family)
Adult Advent Penitential and Confessions in Church
SATURDAY (Advent Day 7) 23
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Tomi Davies
(Advent Mass) Ruperta A. Inguito RIP [anniv.]
SUNDAY
Fourth Sunday of Advent (B)
CHRISTMAS EVE
24
10am
 
 
 
4.30pm
 
6pm
 
11.30pm
(Final Mass of Advent - Children’s Advent Liturgy) Lily Rudenko and Family
 
[Elizabeth Robson]
 
Children’s Crib Service
 
Vigil Mass of Christmas
 
Vigil of Carols leading to Midnight Mass
MONDAY
CHRISTMAS DAY
25
10am
 
Children’s Christmas Family Mass
(NO EVENING MASS)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Han-nah Lingham; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Meg and Tony Brewer; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Libby Batchelor; Fr. Peter Madden; Brendin O’Doherty; Betty Callaghan; Edna Lowe; Lisa Jones; Stuart Atmore; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hos-pice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Richard McCann. Also Mgr. James Clancy (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Francis O’Reilly; Jack Tuite; Barbara Corbett; Robert O’Shea; Victor Cox; James Styles; William Turner; Al-fred Mifsud; Joan Leader; Dennis Parker; Francis Flanagan; Emmanuel Murto; Annie Griffin; Laurence O’Connor; Margaret Hop-good; Molly Maher; Mark Nicholls; John Whelan; Hedwick Steffan; Terence Finn; Yvonne D’Agostini; Daniel O’Shea; Cecilia Sam-peyo; John Kilgallen; Ronald Mannerings.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 17
10am
Children’s Advent Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
TUESDAY 19
 
NO Baby & Toddler Group (Christmas Break)
THURSDAY 21 11am
‘Big Clean’ in Church
SATURDAY 23
10-11am
 
10am
Children’s Christmas Workshop in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre and putting up of Crib in Church
 
Christmas Flowers arranging in Church - all flower arrangers required with greenery
SUNDAY 24
10am
Final Children’s Advent Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £388.30 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collec-tion for St. Nicholas Welfare raised £397.51
 
GIFT AID FOR SECOND COLLECTIONS If a collection is not for the Parish it can only be GIFT-AIDED if there is a pre-printed envelope, either in your box or one from the Charity itself eg. CAFOD / Apostleship of the Sea. Parish second collections eg. Flowers / Welfare / Sponsored walk can be GIFT-AIDED if you use one of your spare envelopes or one of the white envelopes at the back of the Church. In either case please mark the envelope with the intent of the donation. If it is not marked your donation may go to the wrong organisation.
 

FUNDRAISING

£1,186.65 total raised in November through donations and events. Overall total raised is £74,239.93
Amount still owed on loan is £10,760.07
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
Craft Fayre raised £251.00 Many thanks to Maria Abbott.
Parish Christmas Drinks / Canape Party raised approximately £357.00 Many thanks to those who organised and attended this event.
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet again in February 2018 (date to be arranged) from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but feel free to bring anything you wish. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Children should complete Chapter 1 only. The next children’s lesson is on Monday 8th January 2018 from 5-6pm. Parents are reminded to check the Newsletter and schedule for all the events that the children should be in-volved in over Advent. The next parents’ meeting is on Wednesday 10th January 2018 with refreshments from 7.30pm and the meeting commencing at 8pm. Please remember to bring a photograph of your child for the board at the back of the Church.
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS Please take a card and pray for the child whose name is on it as they prepare for their First Communion. The cards are in a box on the table in the porch and need to be returned by the end of April. Thank you.
 
ADVENT CALENDERS AND CHRISTMAS CARDS are now on sale. Please place money in the card tin on the wall.
 
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS There will be a meeting in Church on 13th January 2018 from 2-4pm for all Eucharistic Ministers.
 
WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER We are looking for a Catholic representative for the Women’s World Day of Prayer which takes place once a year. If you are in-terested please contact Dee Avery on 01732 870207
 
 
PARKING
 
Because Liturgy leaders and children are using the Bishop’s driveway to go to the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre at the 10am Sunday Mass, would cars please avoid parking right up to the end of the walkway in front of the Church and in front of the gates to the Bishop’s drive to allow safe access for children going to and from Liturgy.
Many Thanks.
 
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH BIG CLEAN 21st December at 11am. All cleaners required.
 
FLOWER ARRANGERS Would all Flower Arrangers meet in Church at 10am on Saturday 23rd December to arrange Christmas Flowers. Please bring greenery with you. All are welcome to come along - no experience necessary.
 
NOTICES Please see Notice Board for more details.
 
 
ADVENT HOUSE MASSES 2017
 
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Monday 18th December at 8pm. Hermitage Farm Barn, Lucks Hill. West Malling. ME19 6HW. Contact Jenny and David Lingham 01732 522816
Snodland and Halling Tuesday 19th December at 8pm. 33 High Street, Snodland. ME6 5AG. Contact Eileen Calkin 01634 240069
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Wednesday 20th December at 8pm. 3 Osprey Walk, Larkfield. ME20 6JJ. Contact Anne and Tony Law 01732 844077
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 18th January 2018 at 8pm (Secret Santa - please bring a wrapped, new and un-wanted Christmas present). Venue: 145 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill. ME19 4DS. RSVP Ray and Wendy Cassidy 01732 521261
 
 

 

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT (B)    10 December 2017
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PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

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

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

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT (B)
ST. NICHOLAS SUNDAY
10th December 2017
 
THIS WEEKEND We continue Advent and have our ‘St. Nicholas Weekend’ - a ’St. Nicholas Gift’ of a Parish Diary and the ‘St. Nicholas charity collection’ for our welfare fund (giving up one of our Christmas presents and donating the money to help others. (NB next weekend - 16th/17th December will be the collection for the Christmas Flowers so this weekend will be the only opportunity to give to St. Nicholas).
 
ADVENT EVENTS THIS WEEK School Christmas Services in Church on Tuesday at 1.30pm and 6pm - Youth Group Advent Penitential and Confessions in School on Friday at 7pm (all young people in Years 7 to 10 at Secon-dary School are welcome to join the Group for this).
 
LOOKING AHEAD - FINAL ADVENT MASSES, CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR MASSES
 
Saturday 23rd December: Advent Mass at 5pm
Christmas Eve - Sunday 24th December:
Final Mass of Advent (Children’s Liturgy) at 10am
Children’s Service at Crib (not Mass) at 4.30pm
Vigil Mass of Christmas at 6pm
Vigil of Carols at 11.30pm leading to Midnight Mass
Christmas Day - Monday 25th: Christmas Family Mass for the children at 10am
Boxing Day - Tuesday 26th: St. Stephen’s Mass at 11am
Wednesday to Friday - 27th - 29th December: NO MASSES OR SERVICES
Saturday 30th December: First Mass of Sunday (Holy Family) at 5pm (NO CONFESSIONS)
Sunday 31st December: Holy Family Mass with children at 10am; New Year’s Eve Mass at 5.30pm
Monday 1st January 2018: New Year’s Day Mass at 12 noon
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Advent) 9
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Nina Szoke
Fr. Christopher Hamilton-Gray RIP (anniversary)
SUNDAY
Second Sunday of Advent (B)
(St. Nicholas Sunday)
10
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Advent Liturgy) Content family
Stephen Atmore RIP (Sally and Adrian)
MONDAY (Advent) 11
9.30am
12 noon-1pm
Communion Service
 
Exposition and Private Prayer in Church
TUESDAY (Advent) 12

9.30am

 

Mackenzie Gene Briant RIP
 
(School Nativity Services in Church at 1.30pm and 6pm
WEDNESDAY (St. Lucy) 13 9.30am Christopher Law RIP (Anne and Tony)
THURSDAY (St. John of The Cross) 14

9.30am

Communion Service
FRIDAY (Advent) 15
9.30am
Mary Goldsmith - Birthday (Steph, Ian and Family)
SATURDAY (Advent) 16
5pm
David Martin RIP (Gobel Family)
SUNDAY
Third Sunday of Advent (B)
Guadete Sunday
17
10am
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Advent Liturgy) Annie and Christine Griffin RIP (anniv)
Terri Greenfield RIP
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Han-nah Lingham; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Meg and Tony Brewer; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Libby Batchelor; 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: Richard McCann; Mgr. James Clancy. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Kathleen Rose; Gregory Ennis; Kathleen Gower; Florence Richens; Michael Hegarty; Anthony Sherry; Mark and Lewis Thomas; Frank Battock; Thomas More Fulford; Anna Black; George Wellard; Christine Griffin; Vanda Poil; Francis O’Reilly; Jack Tuite; Barbara Corbett..
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 10
10am
Children’s Advent Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 11   (Fr. Peter’s Jesus Caritas Group meet in Church and the Priest’s House)
TUESDAY 12
11am
 
Deanery Clergy Meeting in Maidstone
NO Baby & Toddler Group (Christmas Break)
WEDNESDAY 13 7.30-9.30pm
Needlework and Knitting Group meet in the Church Porch
FRIDAY 16 7-9pm Youth Group Advent Penitential in SCHOOL
SUNDAY 17
10am
Children’s Advent Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £631.01 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Damien Hillan (No.13) for the December draw.
 
GIFT AID FOR SECOND COLLECTIONS If a collection is not for the Parish it can only be GIFT-AIDED if there is a pre-printed envelope, either in your box or one from the Charity itself eg. CAFOD / Apostleship of the Sea. Parish second collections eg. Flowers / Welfare / Sponsored walk can be GIFT-AIDED if you use one of your spare enve-lopes or one of the white envelopes at the back of the Church. In either case please mark the envelope with the in-tent of the donation. If it is not marked your donation may go to the wrong organisation.
 

FUNDRAISING

£1,186.65 total raised in November through donations and events. Overall total raised is £74,239.93
Amount still owed on loan is £10,760.07
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
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NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 13th December from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but feel free to bring anything you wish. A £2 contribution towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome or call Chris on 01732 841522
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SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Children should complete Chapter 1 only. The next children’s lesson is on Monday 8th January 2018 from 5-6pm. Parents are reminded to check the Newsletter and schedule for all the events that the children should be involved in over Advent. The next parents’ meeting is on Wednesday 10th January 2018 with refreshments from 7.30pm and the meeting commencing at 8pm. Please remember to bring a photograph of your child for the board at the back of the Church.
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS Please take a card and pray for the child whose name is on it as they 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.
 
ADVENT CALENDERS AND CHRISTMAS CARDS are now on sale. Please place money in the card tin on the wall.
 
CTIM CHRISTMAS CARDS with times of the Christmas Services in West Malling are in the porch and we are look-ing for people to distribute them.
 
 
PARKING
 
Because Liturgy leaders and children are using the Bishop’s driveway to go to the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre at the 10am Sunday Mass, would cars please avoid parking right up to the end of the walkway in front of the Church and in front of the gates to the Bishop’s drive to allow safe access for children going to and from Liturgy.
Many Thanks.
 
 
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR Thank you to all who attended and donated. A total of £2,665.20 was raised.
 
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS There will be a meeting in Church on 13th January 2018 from 2-4pm for all Eucharistic Ministers.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children un-der 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 (2) [week beginning 11th December].
 
FLOWER ARRANGERS Please note - greenery only. Group 3 - weekend of 10th December. Group 4 - weekend of 17th December
 
GARDENING CLUB will NOT be meeting in December.
 
NOTICES Please see Notice Board for more details.
 
 
ADVENT HOUSE MASSES 2017
 
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Monday 18th December at 8pm. Hermitage Farm Barn, Lucks Hill. West Malling. ME19 6HW. Contact Jenny and David Lingham 01732 522816
Snodland and Halling Tuesday 19th December at 8pm. 33 High Street, Snodland. ME6 5AG. Contact Eileen Calkin 01634 240069
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Wednesday 20th December at 8pm. 3 Osprey Walk, Larkfield. ME20 6JJ. Contact Anne and Tony Law 01732 844077
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 18th January 2018 at 8pm (Secret Santa - please bring a wrapped, new and un-wanted Christmas present). Venue: 145 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill. ME19 4DS. RSVP Ray and Wendy Cassidy 01732 521261
 
 

 

Pastoral Letter to be read on the First Sunday of Advent 2017    03 December 2017
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THE MOST REVEREND PETER SMITH L.L.B.,J.C.D.,K.C.*H.S., 

ARCHBISHOP OF SOUTHWARK,

ARCHBISHOP 'S HOUSE, 150 ST. GEORGE'S ROAD, SOUTHWARK, LONDON SE1 6HX

TEL: 020 7928 2495  FAX: 020 7928 7833
 
Pastoral Letter to be read
on the First Sunday of Advent 2017
Sunday, 3rd December 2017
 
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
 
Today we begin a new liturgical year with the season of Advent which offers us a real sense of hope, joy and encouragement as we continue our journey of faith to celebrate the Incarnation on Christmas Day. In this short season, the liturgy encourages us to undergo a change fo heart and make a new and determined effort to fulfil our responsibilities as disciples of Christ ti live fully the two great commandments, to love God with our whole heart and soul, and to love our neighbour as ourselves. The prominent theme of Advent is the call to conversion and renewal, as we prepare to celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ at Christmas, and look forward in hope and joyful exepectation to his second coming at the end of time. It Gives us an opportunity to stand back a little from our busy and often hectic lives, to reflect on where we stand with God our Saviour.
 
We begin to capture the spirit of Advent when we hear and repond to the words of the Psalmist: "I rejoiced when I heard them say, let us go to God's house." To make our journey towards the house of our heavenly Father is to make the journey towards our ultimate end the very reason for which God created us, and whose unconditional love, mercy and compassion for every human beign we discover anew each day, if we have ears to hear and eyes to see.
 
Advent is a "wake up" call, expressed very well by Saint Paul in his Letter to the Romans: "You know the time has come: you must wake up now: our salvation is even nearer now than it was when wewere converted. The night is al