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Fifth Sunday Of Lent (A)    27 March 2020
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

Fifth Sunday Of Lent (A)
A LENT OF INCREASED PRAYER AND LOVE FOR OUR PARISH, CHURCH, COUNTRY AND WORLD
29th March 2020
 
My dearest Parishioners,
 
CORONAVIRUS AND OUR CHURCH AND PARISH
 
Please see the Archbishop’s Statement attached to the newsletter.
 
(a)  MASSES - There is no public celebration of Mass or Communion Services. I will celebrate Mass on my own in the house at some point in the day for the following intentions: -
 
Saturday 28th Ann Ivell RIP (Anniv.)
Sunday 29th Fr. Timothy Daly RIP (Anniv.)
Tuesday 31st The Parishioners
Wednesday 1st April Deceased Relatives & Friends of the Lobo Family
Friday 3rd Keggy Diamond RIP
Saturday 4th Tony Brewer RIP (Meg)
Sunday 5th The Parishioners
 
Mass intentions for the future that are not already booked should be emailed or telephoned to the office.
 
(bMASS & LENT ONLINE Fr. Geoff from Bearsted will be streaming Mass each Sunday at 10.30am - go to - catholic-bearsted.org.uk. Also Walsingham are offering a 12 noon Mass each day - go to walsingham.org.uk. Also I attach an email received from the Communications Team for the Archdiocese with lots of information and ideas.
 
(cLEGION OF MARY (MOTTINGHAM PARISH) At 3pm every day we are praying for all people in the world suffering as a result of the coronavirus and for the frontline and key workers who are do ing a wonderful job in these difficult times. Please join in if you can:
 
Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be to the Father.
Our Lady Help of Christians - pray for us.
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart - pray for us.
St. Thomas More - pray for us.
St. Thomas of Canterbury - pray for us.
 
(dTHE CHURCH The Church is now closed but I will be praying for you all in the house on the fol lowing days and times: -
 
Saturday 28th 5pm to 5.30pm
Sunday 29th 10am to 10.30am & 5.30pm to 6pm
Monday 30th March to Friday 3rd April 9.30am to 10am
 
(eCHURCH OFFERINGS - Please do not bring or leave money or envelopes to the Church or house. The best thing for those who can is to arrange ‘standing orders’ with their bank, which we would appreciate to keep the Church and Parish going. With self-denial envelopes, the best thing would be just to keep the money collected at home until we are able to receive them at Church. In all of this, please, only if you can afford it - your needs must come first.
 
(fBAPTISMS - RECONCILIATION - WEDDINGS - FRIDAY EXPOSITION - CHILDREN’S LITURGY - PRAYER GROUPS - FIRST COMMUNION - PARISH GROUPS AND MEETINGS are all suspended for the foreseeable future. Please keep in touch with each other by email or phone.
 
(gFUNERALS I ask your prayers for dear Paddy Griffin, our first parishioner to die from the corona virus whilst being treated for a severe heart and pacemaker infection at St. Thomas’ Hospital. We offer Josh, his son, and his family and all his many friends especially in the Parish all our love and support and prayers at this time.
 
Also to Beverley Heasman and her family following her funeral at Vinters Park Crematorium last Thursday (I offered Mass for Beverley in the house before going to the funeral and we hope to have a service in Church when the coronavirus is over), and to Lindsay Corette and his family as they prepare for his funeral at Tonbridge Cemetery on Tuesday 14th April. We keep all of them in our prayers and thoughts.
 
(hTHE OFFICE The office is now closed and Claire is working from home but please continue to email the office as Claire can pick this up at home.
 
(iWEST MALLING VOLUNTEERS I attach an important information sheet from West Malling Par ish Council about a Volunteer Care Network they are establishing. I’ve told them we have our Ar ea Groups looking after each other, Eucharistic Ministers keeping an eye on their housebound and neighbours helping each other but ask the West Malling, Kings Hill and Larkfield Area Groups and the Eucharistic Ministers and Parishioners in the area who can help in this to contact the West Malling Volunteers and link in and join the network in this Ecumenical and Community Network. This will help many more people to be reached and helped. Many thanks.
 
Let us continue to keep each other in our love and prayers. The theme of this fifth week of Lent is ‘Life’ and the new light and life the Lord wants to share with us through this coming Holy Week and Easter in all the challenges, difficulties, illness and darkness we are experiencing in these bad days. So let us keep to our prayers as individuals and families so that the Lord can be with us with his love and strength as he wants to. And let us continue to look after and support each other - and keep safe! (and children - this week’s word is ‘Sharing’ [especially toys and games, help and love] and don’t forget to keep tidying your bedrooms, being patient especially with your brothers and sisters, listening [especially to Mum & Dad] and thinking of others).
 
My love and prayers to you all and especially all who are suffering and in difficulty - and God Bless.
 
Fr. Peter
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; Peter and Dee Avery; Mary Wilmot; Fiona Evans; Roy & Heather Lewis; Frank Ostridge; Jacky Seeds; Archie & Arrison Sullivan; Sheila Koster; Caroline Walker; Margaret Edwards; the Orlando Family; Ross, Philip, Niki & Freya; Betty Hatton; John Stevens; Meg Brewer; Natalie Walker; Jean Clifford; Adrian Atmore; James Bryant; Paula Thornton; 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: Paddy Griffin; Beverley Heasman; Lindsay Corette; Archbishop Peter Smith; Fr. Henry Reynolds; also Tony Brewer; Carol Blackmore; Bruce Costin; Fr. John Castelli (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in con-flict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Timothy Daly; May Middleton; Gertrude Ennis; Anthony Thompson-Murray; Stanley Batchelor; Cyril Usmar; Ann Watson; Vivienne Cahill; Helena Marshall; Clive Budd; Gertrude De Wolf; Walter Roberts; Teresa Gordon; Geoff McBride; Patrick Kelly.

 

Statement from Archbishop John Wilson    27 March 2020
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Archdiocese of Southwark

Statement from Archbishop John Wilson
 
To the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Southwark following the Prime Minister’s Address to the Nation concerning the Coronavirus

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ

In his Address to the Nation the Prime Minister outlined the necessary steps that we must now take to combat the spread of the Coronavirus. The Government has mandated the ‘closure of all shops selling non-essential goods, including clothing and electronic stores, and other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of worship.’

This means that, until further notice, and with immediate effect, all the churches and chapels within the Archdiocese of Southwark, together with their associated halls, must now close their doors to the public. This policy must be implemented without exception. It is imperative that we, the clergy, consecrated religious, and laity of the Archdiocese of Southwark, comply fully with these directives. This is an essential component of our contribution to fighting the Coronavirus and living out the Lord Jesus’ commandment to ‘love our neighbour.’ (Mk 12:31)

Given that our priests live adjacent to their churches, there will still be the private celebration of Mass each day, but there must be no additional people present other than the priest himself. The doors to all our churches and chapels must remain permanently locked until these restrictions are lifted.

The Prime Minster also stated that all social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals, must cease. The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have already put in place restrictive measures in relation to baptisms, marriages and funerals which must continue to be followed.
 
Although we are socially isolated from each other, we are not isolated from Christ. Now is a time to strengthen our spiritual bonds of connection through personal prayer and the intensification of our inner relationship with Christ. We will continue to use social media to sustain our communal online presence, with the live-streaming of Mass and devotions from different churches within our Archdiocese and beyond. For the time being, our buildings must close; but our hearts must open wider, expanding with love for Christ and others.
 
Dear friends, the yearning in our hearts for the Eucharist and for fellowship with one another must sustain us until we come, once more, to gather at the altar to offer together the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We take inspiration from the Apostle St Paul writing to the first Christians in Rome: ‘…hardship develops perseverance, perseverance develops character, character produces hope and hope does not disappoint, since the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit given to us.’ (Rom 5:3-5) We are people of profound hope. We will remain firm in faith and generous in charity, through Christ the ‘hope of glory,’ alive within us. (cf. Col 1:27)
 
Let us pray for all those working to overcome the effects of the Coronavirus and all those affected by it. Please also be sure of my prayers for you, for your families and for your loved ones. And, please, pray for me and all your bishops, priests, and deacons, who hold you in their hearts and prayers.
 
With every blessing
 
Yours devotedly in Christ
 
The Most Reverend John Wilson Archbishop of Southwark
 
Given at Archbishop’s House, Southwark, 23 March 2020

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Resources of parishes during suspension of public worship    27 March 2020
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WEST MALLING VOLUNTEERS    27 March 2020
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WEST MALLING VOLUNTEERS

A new volunteer Care Network is being established in West Malling to support one another during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) shutdown.

The Parish Council, local churches and other groups and societies have come tigether to create this network and offer help to anyone who may need it.

The schemes already set up by Malling Community Choir and by individuals in Norman and Offham Road, together with those run by the Baptist and Roman Catholic Church, will continue to operate as now. But we shall work together to share volunteers and best practice, and make sure our volunteers are protected by Insurance cover, and appropriate advice to keep both themselves and the people they help safe.
 
We want to set up a team of volunteers who can help vulnerable, elderly or isolated people:
  • Collecting groceries
  • Picking up prescriptions
  • Posting mail or running errands
  • Picking up the phone to befriend and encourage those living alone.
We don't want anyone to feel isolated and alone, even while we're all social distancing and in isolation. Please don't hesitate on get in touch to offer your help or to ask for help.
 
If you would like help or are offering help, then please let us know...
 
 
- By phone on: 07561 111676
 
- Alternative, fill in the online from at https://bit.ly/WMCN-Cov19
 
- OR ask family, a carer or a friend to contact us for you.
 
We are gratful to St. Mary's Church for offering to act as the Data Controller, and providing Safeguarding and Public Liability Insurance cover to this community effort. We will ask your permission to hold your contact details for the period of time this Network is needed, and they will 
only be shared with those authorised to help you.

 

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Archdiocese of Southwark "Pastoral Letter"    20 March 2020
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Archdiocese of Southwark
 
Pastoral Letter
 
Concerning the Measures to be put in place Regarding Public Worship and the Celebration of the Sacraments in Relation to the COVID-19 (Coronavius) Pandemic
 
‘Our help in is the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.’
 
Dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ
 
I wanted to write to you personally as we face the threats posed locally, nationally, and internationally by the COVID-19 Coronavirus. For so many people, including those in our parish and school communities, this situation brings uncertainty and fear. It has the capacity to bring out both the best and the worst of our human nature. Working together, in the strength of God’s grace, we must seek to ensure that the very best of our common humanity triumphs, especially for the health and well-being of the weakest, the poorest, and the most vulnerable.
 
The Lord Jesus commanded us to love one another and to serve after His example. (Jn 13: 12-15; 13:34) Now is the time for our love to be displayed more deeply and our service to find heightened expression. Our calling as disciples is to be salt and light to the world (Mt 5:13-16) in witness to the Gospel of Christ.
 
Few of us will have witnessed circumstances such as those we are presently experiencing. It is crucial that we take the necessary measures to maximise the welfare of every person and follow the guidance and requirements of our Government and Statutory Agencies.
 
The Bishops of England and Wales have implemented changes in how we are to practise our faith as we move forward. Details of this can be found on the websites of the Archdiocese of Southwark and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. I ask every member of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Southwark - clergy, consecrated religious, and laity – to abide by these measures until they are amended or withdrawn. They will be kept under review in the light of expert health and hygiene advice.
 
A major change is the cessation of public celebrations of the Mass and the dispensation of the Obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days. We will, however, endeavour to keep our churches open wherever possible so that those who wish can visit to pray before the Blessed Sacrament.
 
The imposition of these restrictions has not been taken lightly. As we know, the Mass is the hallmark of Catholic faith and practice. For there to be no public celebrations of the Mass, either on weekdays or Sundays, will be an immeasurable loss to all who cherish their participation in the Eucharistic Sacrifice. For now, we must draw close to Christ in other ways, taking consolation from the fact that the Mass will continue to be celebrated each day in our parish churches to ‘advance the peace and salvation of all the world.’ (EP III) It will not, however, be possible for the faithful to attend these celebrations.
 
To continue to mark the significance of Sunday as the Lord’s Day, I would encourage all those who are able to read the Scripture readings of the Sunday Mass and to pray the rosary. We can also make a Spiritual Communion which prayerfully expresses our faith in Christ’s presence in the Blessed Sacrament. Various forms of prayers for making a Spiritual Communion are available in prayer books and on the internet.
 
Our Catholic faith offers the vital spiritual support we will need to cope with all that will unfold. We can sustain our life of prayer, turning to the Scriptures, the Rosary, to novenas and litanies, using Catholic social media and internet resources to keep connected in the communion of faith. Live-stream celebrations of the Mass and other devotions are available from churches and shrines across the country and around the world. I encourage every Catholic - individuals, couples and families – to create, if there is not one already present, a simple shrine in their home, with a crucifix and religious images, to provide a focus until that blessed day when we are able to gather in our churches once more.
 
Thank you for everything you are doing to support your parish, school and wider community at this challenging time. Please have a special care and concern for anyone who might struggle. Be Good Samaritans to each other. Support those most in need in the best ways possible. Please shop responsibly and give to charities working with people who are vulnerable and marginalised. Speak to your families and loved ones as often as you can. Keep everyone in your prayers, especially those suffering illness, and all our NHS, emergency and social care staff.
 
We may be more physically separated at this time, but we remain united spiritually in Christ through the Holy Spirit in a bond of faith that cannot be broken. Our prayers strengthen our relationship with Christ, our unity with Our Blessed Lady and the Communion of Saints, and our connection with each other. No one is forgotten in the prayers of the Church.
 
I want to assure you of my prayers for you, for your loved ones and for your parish community. We will do our very best to provide support and information through the Archdiocesan website and social media presence. In all that we will face, individually and together, we find our hope in Christ. He is our sure foundation, today, tomorrow, and always.
 
With every blessing
 
Yours devotedly in Christ
 
The Most Reverend John Wilson Archbishop of Southwark
Given at Archbishop’s House, Southwark, 18 March 2020

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Fourth Sunday Of Lent (A) 22nd March 2020    20 March 2020
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

Fourth Sunday Of Lent (A)
A LENT OF INCREASED PRAYER, LOVE & SELF-CONTROL FOR OUR PARISH
Mothering Sunday
22nd March 2020
 
My dearest Parishioners,
 
CORONAVIRUS AND OUR CHURCH AND PARISH
 
Please see the Archbishop’s Pastoral Letter attached to the newsletter and we have also received a list from him on the procedures we now have to follow. In line with this we have bringing in the following pro-cedures for the Parish: -
 
(a)  MASSES - There will be no public celebration of Mass or Communion Services. I will celebrate Mass on my own in the house at some point in the day for the following intentions: -
 
Saturday 21st Norman Neale RIP
Sunday 22nd Jurek (George) Makuch RIP (Anniv.)
Tuesday 24th
Tony Brewer RIP (Dee & Peter)
Wednesday 25th Lindsay Corette RIP (Steph, Ian & Family)
Friday 27th Mary Goldsmith
Saturday 28th Ann Ivell RIP (Anniv.)
Sunday 29th Fr. Timothy Daly RIP (Anniv.)
 
Mass intentions for the future that are not already booked should be emailed or telephoned to the office on Wednesday and Fridays between 9am and 12 noon.
 
(b)  MASS ONLINE Fr. Geoff from Bearsted will be streaming Mass each Sunday - go to catholic- bearsted.org.uk. Also daily Mass is being offered by “Word on Fire” - go to wordonfire.org/daily- mass. Walsingham are also continuing their full liturgical programme - go to Walsingham.org.uk.
 
(c)THE CHURCH The Church will be open for short visits for private prayer on the following days and times: -
 
Saturday 21st 5pm to 5.30pm
Sunday 22nd 10am to 10.30am & 5.30pm to 6pm
Monday to Friday 23rd to 27th 9.30am to 10am
 
Mass leaflets, prayer candles and other sheets and booklets will be available on tables in the porch.
 
PLEASE DO NOT USE THE TOILETS OR LIGHT CANDLES AND PRACTICE SOCIAL DIS TANCING AND TAKE ANY SHEETS, ETC. USED BY YOU HOME. ALSO PLEASE WASH OR SANITISE YOUR HANDS BEFORE COMING TO THE CHURCH AND AS SOON AS YOU CAN AFTER YOU LEAVE.
 
(dCHURCH OFFERINGS - Please do not bring or leave money or envelopes to the Church or house. The best thing for those who can is to arrange ‘standing orders’ with their bank, which we would appreciate to keep the Church and Parish going. With self-denial envelopes, the best thing would be just to keep the money collected at home until we are able to receive them at Church. In all of this, please, only if you can afford it - your needs must come first.
 
(eBAPTISMS - RECONCILIATION - WEDDINGS - FRIDAY EXPOSITION - CHILDREN’S LIT-URGY - PRAYER GROUPS These are suspended for the foreseeable future. If you have prob-lems about reconciliation/confession please contact me.
 
(fFIRST COMMUNION will be postponed until at least September and maybe after this depending on the coronavirus. First Communion classes are also suspended.
 
(gPARISH GROUPS AND MEETINGS are all suspended for the foreseeable future. This includes the Lent Area Group Masses and the Youth Group Passion Play. Please keep in touch with each other by email or phone.
 
(hFUNERALS We ask you to pray for Beverley Heasman and her family - her funeral is due to take place this Thursday at Vinters Park Crematorium. Also Lindsay Corette and his family as they pre-pare for his funeral. But all of this will be dependent on instructions we receive from the government and undertakers so please keep them specially in your prayers.
 
(iLOOKING AFTER EACH OTHER Please look after and support each other in these difficult days especially the elderly and vulnerable in your neighbourhood in whatever way you can. And please look after yourselves and keep safe. We particularly thank our pre-school and school staff for keep-ing our schools open for key-worker and vulnerable children.
 
These are very challenging and difficult times for us all and I want you to know that I’m keeping you very specially in my prayers and thoughts. And let us use Lent to help us in this. The theme for this 4th Week of Lent is ‘light’ - the new light, love, strength and life the Lord wants to bring us in this Lent and Easter in these challenging times and that we will find through our prayer. So let us encourage each other to pray together and as individuals during this week. I attach this week’s Mass sheet and prayer sheet (with the children’s word - “thinking of others” - to this newsletter to help in this. Also, it’s Mother’s Day and we wish all our Mums here and in heaven a lovely day and let us do all we can to show them our love in the restrictions and difficulties of these days.
 
My love and prayers to you all - and God Bless. Fr. Peter
 
P.S. Please note I am only able to access the email when the office is open on Wednesdays and Fridays so, as well as emailing, can you phone me on 01732 843302 if you want or need me - thanks!
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; Peter and Dee Avery; Mary Wilmot; Fiona Evans; Roy & Heather Lewis; Frank Ostridge; Jacky Seeds; Archie & Arrison Sullivan; Sheila Koster; Caroline Walker; Margaret Edwards; the Orlando Family; Ross, Philip, Niki & Freya; Betty Hatton; John Stevens; Meg Brewer; Natalie Walker; Jean Clifford; Adrian Atmore; James Bryant; Paula Thornton; 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: Beverley Heasman; Lindsay Corette; Archbishop Peter Smith; Fr. Henry Reynolds; Tony Brewer; Carol Blackmore; Bruce Costin; Fr. John Castelli; also Ann McCormack; Colm Hillan (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: John Carroll; Leonard Love; Brendin O’Doherty; Hubert Madge; Harold Taylor; Frances Chapman; Danielle Blackburn; John Brennan; 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.

 

Third Sunday Of Lent (A) 15th March 2020    13 March 2020
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

Third Sunday Of Lent (A)
A LENT OF INCREASED PRAYER, LOVE & SELF-CONTROL FOR OUR PARISH
15th March 2020
 
CORONAVIRUS ADVICE Please see the Archbishop’s Decree and other advised measures that were sent out on email this week - hard copies available in porch.
 
FUTURE OF THE PARISH Please see statement from Elaine and the Future Parish Group in this newsletter. We give thanks that now our Church and Pre-School have been saved.
 
THIS WEEKEND We continue Lent with the theme of the ‘living water of faith’ and ask for faith and dedication to our prayer, love and self-control to bring this to us and make ourselves strong in our present challenges, and during the week we have Lent Peni-tentials in St. Simon Stock School and for Key Stage 1 in the School, Stations of the Cross, the Kings Hill & Mereworth Lent Area Mass and Adoration on Friday and a new ’pink’ prayer sheet at Mass.
 
DURING THE WEEK There are meetings for the 1st Communion Children, Baby & Toddler Group, Youth Leaders, and St. Pat-rick’s Mass in School on Tuesday and St. Joseph’s Mass in Church on Friday. Also there is the 24 Hours with the Lord at Maid-stone on Friday - please see poster.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We celebrate mid-Lent and Mother’s Day when we take a ‘breather’ in our Lent with rose vestments and flow-ers in Church - and honour and pray for our mothers on earth and in heaven.
 
ARCHBISHOP PETER SMITH, our former Archbishop, sadly died last Friday and we offer him and his family and our Diocese all our love and prayers and support at this time.
 
SPECIAL PRAYERS PLEASE for Lindsay Corette who very sadly died suddenly and unexpectedly during the week - and we offer Fiona, Ethan, Liam, Emily & Kirsty all our love and support and prayers at this time.
 
PRAYERS PLEASE for Tony Brewer, Meg and family following his funeral last Tuesday - also Adrian Atmore, Peter Avery, and all facing illness and challenges at this time - again with our love and prayers and support.
 
HUMAN TRAFFICKING - especially with the agricultural sectors around Kent - please see the special note about a training day about this here in Bishop’s House on Saturday 28th March on page 3 of this newsletter. We have been asked to host this and provide tea and coffee - if you could help with this can you let the office know.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Lent) 14
5pm
Tony Brewer RIP (Parish)
SUNDAY
Third Sunday of Lent (A)
15
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Lent Liturgy) Archbishop Peter Smith RIP
The Parishioners
MONDAY (Lent) 16 9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY
St. Patrick
17
9.30am
 
7.30pm
St. Patrick’s Day Mass in School
(Lent Penitentials at St. Simon Stock School)
Stations of the Cross (Dee Avery)
WEDNESDAY (Lent) 18
9.30am
 
 
8pm
(With Yr. 5 from School) Tony Brewer RIP & Meg (Steph, Ian & family)
(Key Stage 1 Penitentials in School)
Kings Hill & Mereworth Lent Area House Mass - see overleaf
THURSDAY St. Joseph 19 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Lent) 20
9.30am
 
 
6-8pm
 
(Mass of St. Joseph) Michelle Grillo RIP (25th Anniv.)
Adoration - everyone welcome to join team even for 10 minutes
12 midnight to 2am - West Malling at 24 Hours for the Lord at Maidstone
SATURDAY (Lent)
21
2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms - George Patrick & Jack Patterson
Norman Neale RIP
SUNDAY
Fourth Sunday of Lent (A)
Mothering Sunday
22
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Lent Liturgy) Jurek (George) Makuch RIP (Anniv.)
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday 4.30pm to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; Peter and Dee Avery; Mary Wilmot; Fiona Evans; Roy & Heather Lewis; Frank Os-tridge; Jacky Seeds; Archie & Arrison Sullivan; Sheila Koster; Caroline Walker; Margaret Edwards; the Orlando Family; Ross, Philip, Niki & Freya; Betty Hatton; John Stevens; Meg Brewer; Natalie Walker; Jean Clifford; Adrian Atmore; Marie-Yvette Dennis; 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: Lindsay Corette; Archbishop Peter Smith; Fr. Henry Reynolds; Tony Brewer; Carol Blackmore; Bruce Costin; Fr. John Castelli; Ann McCormack; Colm Hillan; also Fr. John Garrett; Enzo Argento; Anthony Gobel (cousin) (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Vera Devlin; Nellie Harkin; Eunice Nichols; Jurek (George) Makuch; Michelle Grillo; Lucretia Kaigh; William Smith; Alison Micallef; Harold Leslie Hopson; Teodora Scalera; John Carroll; Leonard Love; Brendin O’Doherty; Hubert Madge; Harold Taylor.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 15 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 16 5-6pm First Communion Children’s Class in Church
TUESDAY 17
1.30pm to 3pm
8pm
Baby & Toddler Group in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Youth Leaders meet in Priest’s House
WEDNESDAY 18 8pm Kings Hill & Mereworth Area House Mass - see below
SUNDAY 22 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your offerings which amounted to £340.11. (Standing Orders average £355 per week). The second collection for CAFOD raised £379.44.
 
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 16th March from 5-6pm. (Fruit of the Vine - discuss chapter.) (We have taken down photos of last year’s first com-municants and they will be left on the table in the porch for parents to collect.)
 
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. Thank you.
 
**** Save The Date ****
SCHOOL & PARISH SUMMER FAYRE
Saturday 13th June 2020
Let’s all get together and make it our best one yet!
 
MOTHER’S PRAYER GROUP The next meeting will be on Monday 23rd March at 7.30pm in the Church Porch. If you would be interested in attending please contact Steph Blackburn on 07977 458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk.
 
ATTENTION ALL MISSIO RED BOX HOLDERS Along with the beginning of Lent also come the ‘MISSIO Today’ magazines and our collectors will be contacting all Red Box holders to carry out the Spring collection in the near future. Following the Extraordinary Month of Mission in Octo-ber 2019, the magazine tells us some of the work your contributions help in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with the World.
 
DONATE8 has new appeals for help for welcomers before mass, church cleaners, and flower arrangers. If you can spare some time to help please fill in a card in the church porch and post in the box or email the office with your details. Many thanks.
 
SOCIAL JUSTICE From time to time people meet to discuss progress upon issues such as reducing poverty, persecution, conflict, discrimination and environmental degradation - all dear to the heart of Pope Francis. The next such meeting will be from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday March 15th at the Area Bishop’s House (“The Hermitage”, More Park, West Malling ME19 6HN - near the Catholic Church and school, entered via the driveway starting opposite Station Road North). All are welcome!
 
A PILGRIMAGE DAY INTRODUCING THE SAINTS AT ST BENEDICT’S CENTRE will take place on 23rd March from 9.30am to 3pm with Sister Mary John. Cost is £20 to include refreshments plus bring a packed lunch and a change of footwear in case the ground is soggy or damp! See poster on noticeboard for full details of the event.
 
THE REDEDICATION OF ENGLAND AS THE DOWRY OF MARY will take place on 29th March. In preparation for this we are invited to pray the Angelus every day before or after our parish Mass and personally during the day. We are also invited, over the intervening days, to begin a personal consecration to Jesus through Mary.
 
CONTEMPLATING THE WORD WITH MARY’ - England as the “Dowry of Mary” Saturday 21st March 2020, The Friars, Aylesford, 10am to 4pm. Please book direct with the Friars. Tel: 01622 717272.
 
JOB OPPORTUNITY AT THE FRIARS, AYLESFORD KENT, ME20 7BX, Tel: 01622 717272. Lay Sacristan responsible for the day to day running and maintenance of the Shrine and Chapels. 5 days per week to include weekends. 9am to 5pm. £11.00 per hour. For a full job de-scription and application form please contact Clare Abbotson, Prior’s PA, cabbotson@thefriars.org.uk. Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 30th March 2020.
 
HEART OF KENT HOSPICE have a Volunteer Twilight Event on Tuesday 21st April from 5-30-7.30pm. They also have a Barn Dance & Supper on Saturday 25th April at Grove Green Community Centre. See noticeboard for details of both events.
 
A DAY WITH MARY will be held at The English Martyrs, Strood, Kent on Saturday 28th March. See noticeboard for full 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 16th March.
 
CHURCH FLOWERS Lent - No Flowers.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
LENT HOUSE MASSES 2020
 
Kings Hill & Mereworth Wednesday 18th March at 8pm. 109 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill ME19 4DS. Mary Lockyear 01732 875752.
 
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling & Teston Wednesday 25th March at 8pm. 2 Barrie Drive, Larkfield ME20 6UG. Eileen Scholes 01732 846844.
 
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne & Villages Wednesday 1st April at 8pm. 9 The Links, Addington ME19 5RX. Berna-dette & Jim Burke 01732 873392.
 
MARRIAGE MATTERS
(www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk)
 
Third Sunday of Lent (Exodus 17:3-7, 2 Romans 5:1-2, 5-8, John 4:5-15, 19-26, 39-42)
Find our ‘living water’
 
Jesus’ message to the woman at the well reminds us of His first miracle at Cana where He changed water into wine. Today, He prom-ises us “living water where we will never be thirsty again … a spring inside … welling up to eternal life”. When His grace is poured into us, into our marriages, it can overflow, strengthening us, reaching out to others.
 
St. Joseph (2 Sam 7:4-5, 12-14, 16 Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22 Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24 [or Luke 2:41-51])
I will be with you always
 
Today we hear of hurt - Joseph’s (Matthew) and Mary’s (Luke). Whenever we are hurt, it is important to recall that Jesus said ‘I will be with you always’. For example, in times of difficulty, when we are struggling to make decisions, but see things differently, He is there, giving us the strength and courage to listen lovingly to each other.
 
THE SANTA MARTA GROUP is an international initiative of the Catholic Bishops throughout the world working in partner-ship with the police and other agencies to bring an end to human trafficking - a form of modern-day slavery. It is a fact that human trafficking exists in every country, and probably in some form in every city and town - and, sad to say, that Kent area is highlighted as one of the many ‘Hot Spots’ in the UK. It is hard for us to comprehend that people are being tricked, deceived and traded in our part of the world. The Bishops Conference of England & Wales, through the Santa Marta Group, seeks to create awareness of the trafficking situation and abuses that go on within the agricultural sectors around Kent, but they need the help of some volunteers from our parish to achieve their aim. The Santa Marta Group is, therefore, appealing for volunteers to be trained to assist in creating awareness of the problem of modern-day slavery in our parishes. The volunteers will be commis-sioned to go to parishes to help promote the campaign against the abuses in the agricultural sector. The training will take place in areas of Kent on two different dates. Please feel free to attend any of the dates. The first will be on Saturday 28th March 2020 at The Hermitage, More Park, West Malling, Kent, ME19 6HN from 10.00am to 2.30pm and the second will be on Satur-day 4th April 2020 at St. Thomas of Canterbury Hall (entry in Canterbury Lane), Canterbury Lane, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2HJ, from 10.00am to 2.30pm. You are invited to attend any of the two training sessions. Please bring a packed lunch. The training programme is also opened to all interested parishioners. If you are interested to be a Volunteer in this project, please speak to your parish clergy. All are invited to the training programme - thank you.
 
 
FUTURE OF THE PARISH UPDATE
 
Thank you to everyone who attended our meeting on Monday evening to discuss the future of the Preschool. How-ever 30 minutes before the meeting started I received an email from the Diocese.
 
I enclose the quote from this email for you all to see.
 
Archbishop’s Council met earlier today to discuss matters at St Thomas More and the Hermitage. It was decided that, in order to provide sufficient time for everyone to consider the options and make plans, the Hermitage will not be marketed until Spring 2021. This allows for proper consideration of the Parish ambi-tion to retain the Stable Block / Nursery and provides a period of certainty for the Nursery.
 
The attendees were very pleased that the sale of the site had been postponed and that the Preschool could stay in the Stable block until end of the school year 2021.
This does now give us time to further discuss the Stable block and for the Preschool and School discuss further their future plans. Please trust in our group that we will continue to do as much as possible to safeguard our Church, the site and use of the Stable block. We must now as a Parish look to how we can use the Stable block as small groups on a regular basis with co operation from the Pre school to help us.

 
ADORATION IN THE PARISH OF ST THOMAS MORE WEST MALLING
 
As you will remember from last year, we offered an opportunity for everyone to spend some quiet time with the Lord in Adora-tion. It was decided that the best response was for a Friday evening between 6pm and 8pm. We have 2 teams and have also so had a few people join the team for a few minutes on a regular basis. To encourage you in Lent I asked for comments from our team of how taking time out from their busy lives to spend time in Adoration.
 
  • I had a very set view on what Adoration was before I started spending an hour each Friday in church, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. I now clearly see it as an opportunity to spend an hour with the Lord. This could be in conversation, just listening or just being there. There is no pressure. On occasions, I leave as I came in but, on many occasions, I leave a slightly different person. The chance to step away from every-thing for an hour is a gift we seldom have, or use. I would recommend to anyone that you give the experience a go. What have you got to lose?'
  • Friday evenings set me up for the week and it has made a huge difference to my life. I am more empathetic and tolerant towards others. It is the realisation that we are so deeply loved that ensures we love back freely, knowing others are deeply loved by our Lord that we must try harder to meet him in loving others we meet.
  • You can still love somebody and dislike their habits. We do this in relation to our children, but do not always convey those emotions to others.
  • Adoration is a way of opening the door to our Lord and when you do, you change and want him even closer to you. It is as simple as that.
  • One gentleman told me how before he moved from his Parish the priest gave him a very special bible/prayer book. He had had no time to explore this wonderful gift, he now brings it to Adoration time and has given himself time to quietly read and contemplate.

I hope this may encourage you to join our team – if you could spare 30 minutes between 6pm and 8pm on a Friday evening. Or if you and a group of friends feel you could create a new team on a different day or time. We will try our very best within cer-tain restrictions to accommodate you.

If you are interested in taking part or have some ideas, please contact the Parish office by email.

 

 

Second Sunday Of Lent (A) 8th March 2020    06 March 2020
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

Second Sunday Of Lent (A)
A LENT OF INCREASED PRAYER, LOVE & SELF-CONTROL FOR OUR PARISH
8th March 2020
 
CORONAVIRUS ADVICE The Bishops have advised us to sanitise our hands before coming to Mass and to ask anyone with cold or flu symptoms to refrain from receiving Communion on the tongue or from the chalice to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. Also, as a precaution, we are not shaking hands at the Sign of Peace or holding hands at the ‘Our Father’ at Mass.
 
FUTURE OF THE PARISH We are still awaiting a decision from the Diocese on the Parish Centre and Pre-School (Stable Block) - please keep up the prayers and listen for announcements in Church this weekend.
 
THIS WEEKEND We continue Lent with a Sunday of encouragement in our Lent and during the week have Stations of the Cross and Penitentials at St. Simon Stock on Tuesday, the Snodland Area Lent House Mass on Wednesday, Adora-tion on Friday (with an extra Adoration with Fr. Peter’s ‘Jesus Caritas’ group on Monday), and the Youth Group’s second Lent meeting on Friday. Please continue to use the Lent ‘Prayer Sheets’, candles and self-denial envelopes at home.
 
DURING THE WEEK There are also meetings for the 1st Communion Children, Mothers Prayer Group, Parish Future Group, Baby & Toddler Group, and Churches Together in Snodland.
 
ARCHBISHOP PETER SMITH, our former Archbishop, has recently received a diagnosis of cancer and is currently in hospital. Please kindly keep him in your prayers at this time.
 
PRAYERS PLEASE for Tony Brewer RIP and Meg and family and friends as they prepare for his funeral on Tuesday at 10.15am at Vinters Park Crematorium - also for Ann McCormack and Enzo Argento and their families following their fu-nerals last week - also Adrian Atmore and Peter Avery and all facing illness and challenges at this time - and we offer them all our prayers and love and support at this time.
 
HUMAN TRAFFICKING - especially with the agricultural sectors around Kent - please see the special note about a training day about this here in Bishop’s House on Saturday 28th March on page 3 of this newsletter. We have been asked to host this and provide tea and coffee - if you could help with this can you let the office know.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Lent) 7
5pm
Shelton Fernando RIP
SUNDAY
Second Sunday of Lent (A)
8
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Lent Liturgy) The Parishioners
The Parishioners
MONDAY (Lent) 9
9.30am
12noon-1pm
Communion Service
Adoration in Church with Fr. Peter’s ‘Jesus Caritas’ Group
TUESDAY (Lent)
10
9.30am
10.15am
 
7.30pm
Communion Service (N.B.)
Funeral Service for Tony Brewer at Vinters Park Crematorium
Stations of the Cross (Dee Avery)
WEDNESDAY (Lent)
11
9.30am
8pm
Deceased Relatives & Friends of the Lobo Family
Snodland & Halling Lent Area House Mass - see overleaf
THURSDAY (Lent) 12 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Lent) 13
9.30am
6-8pm
 
Welfare of the Diamond Family
Adoration - everyone welcome to join team even for 10 minutes
SATURDAY (Lent) 14
5pm
Tony Brewer RIP (Parish)
SUNDAY
Third Sunday of Lent (A)
15
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Lent Liturgy) The Parishioners
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday 4.30pm to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; Peter and Dee Avery; Mary Wilmot; Fiona Evans; Roy & Heather Lewis; Frank Os-tridge; Jacky Seeds; Archie & Arrison Sullivan; Sheila Koster; Caroline Walker; Margaret Edwards; the Orlando Family; Ross, Philip, Niki & Freya; Betty Hatton; John Stevens; Meg Brewer; Abbey & Olly Blackmore; Natalie Walker; Jean Clifford; carers of the sick; our house-bound 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: Tony Brewer; Carol Blackmore; Bruce Costin; Fr. John Castelli; Ann McCormack; Colm Hillan; Fr. John Garrett; Enzo Argento; Anthony Gobel (cousin); also Norman Neale (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Laureen McIntosh; Peter Thew; Mary Lucas; Michael Heggarty; Eric Gillespie & Family; Nellie Littlefear; Mary Still; Florence Smith; Patrick O’Neill; Jean Jackson; Harley Bernard.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SATURDAY 7 10am to 12pm Gardening Club
SUNDAY 8 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 9
5-6pm
7.30pm
7.30pm
First Communion Children’s Class in Church
Mothers Prayer Group in Church Porch
Parish Future Group meeting in Priest’s House
TUESDAY 10 1.30pm to 3pm
Baby & Toddler Group in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
(Penitentials in St. Simon Stock School)
WEDNESDAY 11
7pm
8pm
Churches Together in Snodland meet at The Vicarage
Snodland Area House Mass - see below
FRIDAY 13 7-9pm Youth Group Lent Meeting in School
SUNDAY 15 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your offerings which amounted to £468.19. (Standing Orders average £355 per week). The second collection for Poor Par-ishes raised £339.55. Also, there is a thank you note from Pax Christi on the noticeboard for the £173.78 raised.
 
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Michael Puxley (No. 28) [£50] for the March draw.
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The next children’s lesson is on Monday 9th March from 5-6pm. (Bread to Offer - discuss chapter.) (We have taken down photos of last year’s first com-municants and they will be left on the table in the porch for parents to collect.)
 
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. Thank you.
 
MOTHERS PRAYER GROUP The next meeting will be on Monday 9th March at 7.30pm in the Church Porch. If you would be interested in attending please contact Steph Blackburn on 07977 458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk.
 
**** Save The Date ****
SCHOOL & PARISH SUMMER FAYRE
Saturday 13th June 2020
Let’s all get together and make it our best one yet!
 
ATTENTION ALL MISSIO RED BOX HOLDERS Along with the beginning of Lent also come the ‘MISSIO Today’ magazines and our collec-tors will be contacting all Red Box holders to carry out the Spring collection in the near future. Following the Extraordinary Month of Mission in October 2019, the magazine tells us some of the work your contributions help in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with the World.
 
DONATE8 has new appeals for help for welcomers before mass, church cleaners, and flower arrangers. If you can spare some time to help please fill in a card in the church porch and post in the box or email the office with your details. Many thanks.
 
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALLING Holy Trinity Church Larkfield Quiz Night on Saturday 7th March at Larkfield Scout Hut, opposite the church. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Maximum team size 6 people. £5 per person.
 
A PILGRIMAGE DAY INTRODUCING THE SAINTS AT ST BENEDICT’S CENTRE will take place on 23rd March from 9.30am to 3pm with Sister Mary John. Cost is £20 to include refreshments plus bring a packed lunch and a change of footwear in case the ground is soggy or damp! See poster on noticeboard for full details of the event.
 
HEART OF KENT HOSPICE Bluebell Walk 2020 on Sunday 3rd May starting and finishing at Harrietsham Village Hall. See noticeboard for full details.
 
DIOCESAN JOB VACANCIES They currently have two job opportunities available. If you would like more information about either of them, please look on the Diocese’s website www.rcsouthwark.co.uk. (1) Marriage Tribunal Administrator - full time based on Tooting Bec, Lon-don SW17 (2) Safeguarding Office Administrator - based on the Cathedral site, London SE1.
 
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 March.
 
CHURCH FLOWERS Lent - No Flowers.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
LENT HOUSE MASSES 2020
 
Snodland & Halling Wednesday 11th March at 8pm. 33 High Street, Snodland ME6 5AG. Eileen Calkin 01634 240069.
 
Kings Hill & Mereworth Wednesday 18th March at 8pm. 109 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill ME19 4DS. Mary Lockyear 01732 875752.
 
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling & Teston Wednesday 25th March at 8pm. 2 Barrie Drive, Larkfield ME20 6UG. Eileen Scholes 01732 846844.
 
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne & Villages Wednesday 1st April at 8pm. 9 The Links, Addington ME19 5RX. Bernadette & Jim Burke 01732 873392.
 
MARRIAGE MATTERS
(www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk)
 
Second Sunday of Lent (Genesis 12:1-4a, 2 Timothy 1:8-10, Matthew 17:1-9)
Transformed by our love
Sometimes life is hard and we can get lost in the daily grind of making ends meet, of getting things done. Then, suddenly, a change occurs through a simple show of affection: a kiss, a touch, a loving glance from my beloved! In little gestures like these, we reveal again our love for each other and our relationship is transformed!
 
THE SANTA MARTA GROUP is an international initiative of the Catholic Bishops throughout the world working in partnership with the police and other agencies to bring an end to human trafficking - a form of modern-day slavery. It is a fact that human traffick-ing exists in every country, and probably in some form in every city and town - and, sad to say, that Kent area is highlighted as one of the many ‘Hot Spots’ in the UK. It is hard for us to comprehend that people are being tricked, deceived and traded in our part of the world. The Bishops Conference of England & Wales, through the Santa Marta Group, seeks to create awareness of the trafficking situation and abuses that go on within the agri-cultural sectors around Kent, but they need the help of some volunteers from our parish to achieve their aim. The Santa Marta Group is, therefore, appealing for volunteers to be trained to assist in creating awareness of the problem of modern-day slavery in our parish-es. The volunteers will be commissioned to go to parishes to help promote the campaign against the abuses in the agricultural sector. The training will take place in areas of Kent on two different dates. Please feel free to attend any of the dates. The first will be on Sat-urday 28th March 2020 at The Hermitage, More Park, West Malling, Kent, ME19 6HN from 10.00am to 2.30pm and the second will be on Saturday 4th April 2020 at St. Thomas of Canterbury Hall (entry in Canterbury Lane), Canterbury Lane, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2HJ, from 10.00am to 2.30pm. You are invited to attend any of the two training sessions. Please bring a packed lunch. The training programme is also opened to all interested pa-rishioners. If you are interested to be a Volunteer in this project, please speak to your par-ish clergy. All are invited to the training programme - thank you.
 

 

First Sunday Of Lent (A) 1st March 2020    28 February 2020
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

First Sunday Of Lent (A)
1st March 2020
 
CORONAVIRUS ADVICE The Bishops have advised us to sanitise our hands before coming to Mass and to ask anyone with cold or flu symptoms to refrain from receiving Communion on the tongue or from the chalice to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.
 
FUTURE OF THE PARISH Please see attached statement from the Parish Future Group on page 3 of this newsletter. Our thanks to the Group for all their hard work.
 
THIS WEEKEND is the first weekend of Lent when we begin our journey up the Lenten Ladder and have our prayer sheets and candles and self-denial envelopes for the CAFOD Fast Day on Friday 6th March. There will also be a collection during the notices for the poorer families of the Diocese to enable the Archbishop to help them. We then, during next week, begin our Lent Area House Masses (please see full list overleaf), together with Stations of the Cross which begin this Tuesday 3rd March at 7.30pm.
 
DURING THE WEEK There are meetings for the 1st Communion Children; Baby & Toddler Group; Friendship Group; West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne & Villages Area Groups; and the Gardening Club - also an important meeting for the 1st Communion Parents on the Eucharist.
 
PRAYERS PLEASE for Ann McCormack and her family as they prepare for her funeral tomorrow (Monday), Enzo Argento and the Orlando family as they prepare for his funeral on Friday (details of both of these below), and Tony Brewer and Meg and family as they prepare for his funeral at Vinters Park Crematorium on Tuesday 10th March at 10.15am - also Eileen Lo-beck and her family following her funeral last Friday, and Norman Neale and Bruce Costin RIP and their families - and we offer them all our love and prayers and support at this time - also to all facing illnesses and challenges at this time.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We continue Lent and during the week start our Lent Area House Masses (details overleaf) and peniten-tials in the school.
 
HUMAN TRAFFICKING - especially with the agricultural sectors around Kent - please see the special note about a training day about this here in Bishop’s House on Saturday 28th March on page 4 of this newsletter. We have been asked to host this and provide tea and coffee - if you could help with this can you let the office know.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Lent Weekday) 29
5pm
Pauline O’Toole RIP (Dee & Peter)
SUNDAY
First Sunday of Lent (A)
1 Mar
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Lent Liturgy) The Parishioners
Eileen Lobeck RIP (Family)
MONDAY (Lent) 2
9.30am
12 noon
 
Communion Service
Funeral Service for Ann McCormack RIP in Church followed by service at Aylesford Cemetery
TUESDAY (Lent) 3
9.30am
7.30pm
Welfare of the Diamond Family
Stations of the Cross (Dee Avery)
WEDNESDAY (Lent) 4 9.30am St. David’s Day Mass in School
THURSDAY (Lent) 5 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY
Women’s World Day of Prayer
CAFOD Lent Fast Day
6
9.30am
12.30pm
 
6-8pm
Keggy Diamond RIP
Funeral Mass for Enzo Argento at Corpus Christi, Lyons Crescent, Tonbridge followed by service at Tonbridge Cemetery
Adoration - everyone welcome to join team even for 10 minutes
SATURDAY (Lent) 7
5pm
Norman Neale RIP
SUNDAY
Second Sunday of Lent (A)
8
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Lent Liturgy) The Parishioners
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday 4.30pm to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; Peter and Dee Avery; Mary Wilmot; Fiona Evans; Roy & Heather Lewis; Frank Os-tridge; Jacky Seeds; Archie & Arrison Sullivan; Sheila Koster; Caroline Walker; Margaret Edwards; the Orlando Family; Ross, Philip, Niki & Freya; Betty Hatton; John Stevens; Meg Brewer; Joan Johnson; Abbey & Olly Blackmore; 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: Tony Brewer; Carol Blackmore; Bruce Costin; Fr. John Castelli; Ann McCormack; Colm Hillan; Fr. John Garrett; Enzo Argento; Anthony Gobel (cousin); Norman Neale; also Pauline O’Toole; Eileen Lobeck; May Piddock (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: David Dadswell; Dennis Boxell; Sheila Martin; Monica Walker; Hannah Gleeson; Jean Large; Mark Hamill; Teresa Norris; Velma Smith; Patrick Kelly; Gerald Hemming; Nellie Morrissey; Ayleen Sharp; Laureen McIntosh.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 1 MARCH 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 2 5-6pm First Communion Children’s Class in Church
TUESDAY 3 1.30pm to 3pm Baby & Toddler Group in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 4
12.45pm
7.30pm for 8pm
Friendship Group meet at Jenny’s for a Soup Lunch
First Communion Parents’ Meeting in Church on the ‘Eucharist’
FRIDAY 6 7pm for 7.30pm West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne & Villages Area Group Meeting at The Bull, West Malling
SATURDAY 7 10am to 12pm Gardening Club
SUNDAY 8 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your offerings which amounted to £389.14. (Standing Orders average £355 per week).
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The next children’s lesson is on Monday 2nd March from 5-6pm. (Glory to God & The Word of the Lord - recap on Glory to God chapter and discuss The Word of the Lord.) The next parents’ meeting is on Wednesday 4th March with refreshments from 7.30pm and the meeting commencing at 8pm. (Eucharist - important that all parents attend to help you and your child prepare for this Sacrament.) (We have taken down photos of last year’s first communicants and they will be left on the table in the porch for parents to collect.)
 
**** Save The Date ****
SCHOOL & PARISH SUMMER FAYRE
Saturday 13th June 2020
Let’s all get together and make it our best one yet!
 
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. Thank you.
 
FRIENDSHIP GROUP will be meeting at Jenny’s for a Soup Lunch on Wednesday 4th March at 12.45pm
 
ATTENTION ALL MISSIO RED BOX HOLDERS Along with the beginning of Lent also come the ‘MISSIO Today’ magazines and our collectors will be contacting all Red Box holders to carry out the Spring collection in the near future.   Following the Extraordinary Month of Mission in Octo-ber 2019, the magazine tells us some of the work your contributions help in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with the World.
 
DONATE8 has new appeals for help for welcomers before mass, church cleaners, and flower arrangers. If you can spare some time to help please fill in a card in the church porch and post in the box or email the office with your details. Many thanks.
 
ANNUAL WORLD DAY OF PRAYER This year the World Day of Prayer Service on Friday 6th March has been prepared by the Christian Women of Zimbabwe and the title is Rise! Take your mat and walk. There will be two services at 10am and 8pm both at the West Malling Bap-tist Church with refreshments served 30 minutes before each service. This promises to be a beautiful Ecumenical service and there is a poster at the back of the church advertising it. All are welcome.
 
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALLING Holy Trinity Church Larkfield Quiz Night on Saturday 7th March at Larkfield Scout Hut, opposite the church. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Maximum team size 6 people. £5 per person.
 
HEART OF KENT HOSPICE See noticeboard for details of their Karting Event at Buckmore Park on Thursday 7th May 2020.
 
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.
 
GARDENING CLUB meet on Saturday 7th March from 10am to 12 noon.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Steph’s group week beginning 2nd March.
 
CHURCH FLOWERS Lent - No Flowers.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
LENT HOUSE MASSES 2020
 
Snodland & Halling Wednesday 11th March at 8pm. 33 High Street, Snodland ME6 5AG. Eileen Calkin 01634 240069.
 
Kings Hill & Mereworth Wednesday 18th March at 8pm. 109 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill ME19 4DS. Mary Lockyear 01732 875752.
 
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling & Teston Wednesday 25th March at 8pm. 2 Barrie Drive, Larkfield ME20 6UG. Eileen Scholes 01732 846844.
 
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne & Villages Wednesday 1st April at 8pm. 9 The Links, Addington ME19 5RX. Bernadette & Jim Burke 01732 873392.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne & Villages meet on Friday 6th March at 7 for 7.30pm at The Bull, High Street, West Malling for a fish and chip supper (dessert extra if required). RSVP Bernadette Burke 01732 873392
 
MARRIAGE MATTERS
(www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk)
 
First Sunday of Lent (Genesis 2:7-9, 3:1-7, Romans 5:12-19, Matthew 4:1-11)
Avoid independence
Today, both Eve and Jesus are tempted to become independent, to turn away from the love of God. In marriage, we can think we have a right to fulfil our own desires without considering our partner, but we need to share these deepest hopes and dreams, and be prepared to hear the impact on our loved one and our relationship.
 

 

Seventh Sunday of the Year (A) 23rd February 2020    22 February 2020
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

Seventh Sunday of the Year (A)
(Last Sunday before Lent)
DAY FOR THE UNEMPLOYED
23rd February 2020
 
CORONAVIRUS ADVICE The Bishops have advised us to sanitise our hands before coming to Mass and to ask anyone with cold or flu symptoms to refrain from receiving Communion on the tongue or from the chalice to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.
 
FUTURE OF THE PARISH Adrian will speak about the outcome of the meeting with the Archbishop last Thursday at all Masses.
 
THIS WEEKEND is the final weekend of the pre-school and school’s holiday break and also the last Sunday before Lent. It is also a Day of Prayer for the Unemployed and we remember them and their families in our prayers and pray for new help and solutions.
 
LENT 2020 Lent begins this Ash Wednesday with Masses and Ashes (see below for times). It’s a day of fast and absti-nence - no meat and only one main meal and two snacks. The Youth Group also have their Lent Penitential and confes-sions in the school on Friday.
 
DURING THE WEEK There are also meetings for the 1st Communion Children, Parish Future Group, Mother’s Prayer Group, Baby & Toddler Group, and Deanery Pastoral Council.
 
NEXT WEEKEND is the first weekend of Lent when we begin our journey up the Lenten Ladder and have our prayer sheets and candles and self-denial envelopes for the Cafod Fast Day on Friday 6th March. There will also be a collection during the notices for the poorer families of the Diocese to enable the Archbishop to help them. We then, during next week, begin our Lent Area House Masses (please see full list overleaf), together with Stations of the Cross which begin on Tuesday 3rd March at 7.30pm.
 
PRAYERS PLEASE for Eileen Lobeck and her family as they prepare for her funeral this Friday - also Enzo Argento and the Orlando family as they prepare for his funeral at Tonbridge on Friday 6th March - also Ann McCormack RIP and her family - and we offer them all our prayers and support at this time.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (The Chair of St. Peter) 22
5pm
Harry Fellows RIP
SUNDAY
Seventh Sunday of the Year (A)
Day for the Unemployed
23
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
The Parishioners
MONDAY (Weekday) 24
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY
Shrove Tuesday (St. Ethelbert)
25
9.30am
Keggy Diamond RIP
WEDNESDAY
Ash Wednesday
26
10am
8pm
School & Pre-School Mass in Church
Parish Mass in Church
THURSDAY (Lent Weekday) 27 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Lent Weekday) 28
9.30am
1pm
6-8pm
 
Welfare (S.B.)
Funeral of Eileen Lobeck RIP at Medway Crematorium
Adoration - everyone welcome to join team even for 10 minutes
SATURDAY (Lent Weekday) 29
5pm
Pauline O’Toole RIP
SUNDAY
First Sunday of Lent (A)
1 Mar
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
Eileen Lobeck RIP (Family)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday 4.30pm to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; Peter and Dee Avery; Mary Wilmot; Fiona Evans; Roy & Heather Lewis; Frank Os-tridge; Jacky Seeds; Archie & Arrison Sullivan; Sheila Koster; Caroline Walker; Margaret Edwards; the Orlando Family; Ross, Philip, Niki & Freya; Betty Hatton; John Stevens; Tony Penfold; Tony & Meg Brewer; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospi-tal, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Ann McCormack; Colm Hillan; Fr. John Garrett; Enzo Argento; Anthony Gobel (cousin); Norman Neale; Pauline O’Toole; Eileen Lobeck; May Piddock (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Charles O’Malia; Maisie Farrow; Margaret Banfield; Margaret Wilkinson; Marco Valencia; Eileen Bolton; Bridget Vernon; Meta McKeag; James Devlin; Cyril ‘Bill’ Smith; Anne Cotter; Lucienne Crawford; Martin Lyons; Alice Slater; Dorothy Beatty; Da-vid Dadswell; Dennis Boxell.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 23 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 24
5-6pm
7.30pm
7.30pm
First Communion Children’s Class in Church
Mother’s Prayer Group in Church Porch
Parish Future Group meeting in Priest’s House
TUESDAY 25
1.30pm to 3pm
7.30pm
Baby & Toddler Group in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Deanery Pastoral Council at Tenterden
FRIDAY 28 7-9pm Youth Group Lent Penitential in School
SUNDAY 1 MARCH 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your offerings which amounted to £365.38. (Standing Orders average £355 per week).
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock them-selves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The next children’s lesson is on Monday 24th February from 5-6pm. (Recap on Reconciliation and assess the books and class - discuss Glory to God in the Highest as discussed at parents meeting - check knowledge of prayers and general question time. (We have taken down photos of last year’s first communicants and they will be left on the table in the porch for parents to collect.)
 
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. Thank you.
 
**** Save The Date ****
SCHOOL & PARISH SUMMER FAYRE
Saturday 13th June 2020
Let’s all get together and make it our
best one yet!
 
MOTHERS PRAYER GROUP The next meeting will be on Monday 24th February at 7.30pm in the Church Porch. If you would be interested in attending please contact Steph Blackburn on 07977 458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk.
 
DONATE8 has new appeals for help for welcomers before mass, church cleaners, flower arrangers and also need a team to move a shed. If you can spare some time to help please fill in a card in the church porch and post in the box or email the office with your details. Many thanks.
 
ANNUAL WORLD DAY OF PRAYER This year the World Day of Prayer Service on Friday 6th March has been prepared by the Chris-tian Women of Zimbabwe and the title is Rise! Take your mat and walk. There will be two services at 10am and 8pm both at the West Malling Baptist Church with refreshments served 30 minutes before each service. This promises to be a beautiful Ecumenical service and there is a poster at the back of the church advertising it. All are welcome.
 
HEART OF KENT HOSPICE See noticeboard for details of their Make A Will Month 2020.
 
MARY’S MEALS Please see noticeboard for an appeal to feed chronically hungry children in Turkana, northern Kenya.
 
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 Group 4 week beginning 24th February.
 
CHURCH FLOWERS Elaine’s group week beginning 28th February.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
LENT HOUSE MASSES 2020
 
Snodland & Halling Wednesday 11th March at 8pm. 33 High Street, Snodland ME6 5AG. Eileen Calkin 01634 240069.
Kings Hill & Mereworth Wednesday 18th March at 8pm. 109 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill ME19 4DS. Mary Lockyear 01732 875752.
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling & Teston Wednesday 25th March at 8pm. 2 Barrie Drive, Larkfield ME20 6UG. Eileen Scholes 01732 846844.
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne & Villages Wednesday 1st April at 8pm. 9 The Links, Addington ME19 5RX. Bernadette & Jim Burke 01732 873392.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
West Malling, Offham &Addington meet on Friday 6th March at 7 for 7.30pm at The Bull, High Street, West Malling for a fish and chip supper (dessert extra if required). RSVP Bernadette Burke 01732 873392
 
MARRIAGE MATTERS
(www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk)
 
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Lev 19:1-2, 17-18, 1 Corinthians 3:16-23, Matthew 5:38-48)
 
Finding the joy in our sacramental relationship
 
The joy of courting couples is obvious for all to see. Over the years, excitement can lessen, our independent attitudes strength-en; competition and jealousy creep in. Today Jesus calls us to “… turn the other cheek …”. In confidence share, in trust listen, in faith forgive, so that our spouse will grow in self-worth and the sparkle of joy will reignite.
 
Ash Wednesday (Joel 2:12-18, 2 Corinthians 5:20-6.2, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18)
 
Turn anew to each other
 
Our loving, compassionate, merciful and forgiving Father is always saying ‘come back to me’, ‘repent and be reconciled to me and to each other’. In our marriage, issues or hurts can result in ‘losing’ each other. It’s time to ‘come back’ to each other, be compassionate and forgiving … and back to our loving Father in the Sacrament of Reconciliation!
 

 

Archbishop Letter 9th Feb 2020    15 February 2020
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ARCHBISHOP'S HOUSE,

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

Tel: 020 7928 2495    email: archbishop@rcaos.org.uk

Mr Adrian Atmore
c/o The Priest's House
More Park Lucks Hill
West Malling
Kent
ME19 6HN
 
9 February 2020
Dear Mr Atmore
 
Thank you every much for your letter of 27 January and the enclosure with it. I am very grateful to you for writing to me on behalf of the parishioners of St Thomas More PArish, West Malling.
 
Please let me begin by saying it was never my intention to cause any upset to the parish. Had I known that the agreements which I belived were in place  were, in fact, not as firm they should have been, I would not have sent the letter to the parish. I am sorry that this was so unsettling for the parish  community and I am committed to finding a way forward.
 
My genuine belief, based on the information I received, was that the letter I sent to the parish was requested and endorsed by Fr Peter and members of the  parish finance committee. I was told that there had been a number of meetings about the various proposals for the site and that Officers of the  Archdiocese had put forward a number of options. It was informed, the decision of Fr Peter and members of the parish finance committee to move  forward with the proposed sale of the whole site.
 
I was asked to write a letter outlining this which I forwarded to Fr Peter. He acknowledged it by email to me saying: "Thank you very much for your letter to us  and the work you and the Diocese have put into this. I will read the letter out at our Masses this weekend and have copies for the people to take  home. I ask your prayers as I do this as it will be difficult but it will be good as it will enable me to use this Christmas to help the people  with this." This response seemed to support the request for the letter and demonstrate approval of it.
 
I was therefore surprised to see the content of the letter described as 'devastating' in the local media. Understandably, parishioners other people  in the local community were upset and angry.
 
The subsequent clarification I issued on 11 January attempted to address this misunderstanding:
 
'Since my letter of 20 December 2019 to the Catholic Community of the Parish of St Thomas More, West Malling, there has been contact from a number  of individuals and media outlets, together with an online petition. The Letter never proposed the closure of the parish, but the relocation of  liturgical, spiritual and pastoral provision for the Catholic community of around 250 people who attend Mass each weekend across three Sunday  Masses. The has been prompted by the urgent need to address the problems of the site as a whole on which, alongside other buildings, the presbytery  and church are located.
 
I am sorry for any upset caused by this letter. It was issued following a series of meetings, over a number of months, between Diocesan Officers,  the Parish Priest, Fr Peter Soper, and representatives of the Parish Finance Committee. The proposal it contained was endorsed fully by all involved.  The Letter was requested, and acknowledged gratefully, so that its content could be shared with the parish community. In the course of this there  seems, sadly, to have been a breakdown in communication.
 
In order to move forward in a constructive manner, Fr Peter has proposed an open parish meeting from which written suggestions about how to resolve  the challenges faced will be collated. These will then inform our ongoing future collaboration towards a sustainable solution in the service of the  Church's mission. I would ask you to please do all you can to support this process positively as we seek to work together. With the assurance of my  prayers and very best wishes.'
 
I was very grateful for Fr Peter's proposal that there should be an open parish meeting to try and move forward on a more collaborative basis. I  appreciate the difficult situation in which Fr Peter found himself and was equally thankful when he shared with me the text he said he would read  out at the beginning of that meeting on 16 January by way of explanation. This stated:
 
'I want to being this meeting with an apology to the Diocese and yourselves for a misunderstanding between myself and the Diocese which was my fault  and affected the statement made by the Archbishop. At our meetng with the Diocese on 3rd December we discussed the selling of the property and the professional advice received that the best way achieve this would be the sale of the whole site (a) to give privacy to the site and (b) to give the developer the opportunity to offset the tremendous cost of the repairs to the house by being able to develop the other parts of the site.
 
The Diocese then put forward the idea of looking at "smaller packages", one of which would be keeping the church but looking at it from the point  of view of selling the house with the requirements and advice listed adove. I strongly stated that, regretfully, we needed to sell the whole site  to achieve this.
 
This led to the Diocese issuing the statement to put the whole site up for sale that we received. That gave the impression that they were not open to keeping the church - which is not the case. The Diocese want me to express to you that they will be very open to keeping the church, but need us to give them  good reasons and ideas of why it should be done and how it can be done to fit in with the requirements of the development.
 
Following the meeting and the issue of the Diocesan statement, a grate many people came up to me and said that, while they accepted that the house, pre-school and parish centre had to go, they were against the church being sold as well. I had also come to realise after the meeting  that, as the Diocese could not afford to get us a permanent site and new church at the moment, that the keeping of the church became important and  thiswas reflected in my statement.
 
I realise now that this unfairly put the Diocese in a bad light and made the proposition more drastic and I apologise sincerely for this. Also that this may have contributed to the idea going round that this means the closure of the parish, which is definitely not the case. I apologise  sincerely to the Diocese and yourselves for the way this has caused misunderstanding between us and ask you to make all this known to others.
 
But the positive side of this is that the Diocese is giving us new incentive in the purpose of our meeting tonight to give them reasons for keeping the church and ideas that can show how we can do this to fit in with the development of the rest of the site.'
 
We are now in a place where, hopefully, there is a clearer sense of both the necessity and desire to collaborate more effectively in seeking to  address both the challenges and opportunities of the West Malling site and the pastoral needs of the Catholic community of St Thomas More's parish.
 
To be clear, there is no plan to close the parish and no action will be taken in spring regarding the future of the site as originally stated.  The priority now is to look together at how we move forward.
 
I would be very happy to meet with you and the key members of your working group, together with Officers from the Archdiocese. In order to facilitate this, I wonder if you would be kind enough to send me your contact details - email or phone - so that we can make arrangements  concering a mutually convenient date and time. This will probably be easier than we trying to work through the parish office which is the only  contact information on your letter.
 
I very much look forward to hearing from you.
 
With very best wishes
Yours sincerely in Christ
 
John Wilson
Archbishop of Southwark
 
Cc. Mgr Matthew Dickens, Vicar General
      Canon John O'Toole, Episcopal Vicar for Kent
      Fr Peter Soper, Parish Priest of St Thomas More and Dean of Maidstone
      Mr Paul McCallum, Diocesan Director of Finance

Sixth Sunday of the Year (A) 16th February 2020    15 February 2020
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

Sixth Sunday of the Year (A)
16th February 2020
 
FUTURE OF THE PARISH We have received the letter from the Archbishop (attached) and Adrian Atmore, the Chair of the ‘Parish Future Group’, will speak to us on this at all Masses this weekend. There will also be a meeting of the ‘Parish Future Group’ this Mon-day (17th) at 7.30pm in the Priest’s House to look at this - please keep up the prayers.
 
THIS WEEKEND We continue our “Breather Period” between Candlemas and Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, 26th February. It’s also the first weekend of the Pre-School and School’s holiday break - whoopee!
 
DURING THE WEEK The Parish Future Group will meet on Monday, Fr. Peter will be at the Council of Priests and the Kent Clergy gathering but there are no other meetings in the Parish except for our usual Adoration in Church on Friday between 6pm and 8pm - enjoy the break!
 
NEXT WEEKEND is the final weekend of the pre-school and school’s holiday break and also the last Sunday before Lent. It is also a Day of Prayer for the Unemployed and we re-member them and their families in our prayers and for new help and solutions.
 
PRAYERS PLEASE for Enzo Argento and Eileen Lobeck who have died and their families and friends as they prepare for their funerals - and we offer them all our love and support and prayers at this time.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Weekday) 15
5pm
Deceased (Julie Bryant)
SUNDAY
Sixth Sunday of the Year (A)
16
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
The Parishioners
MONDAY (Weekday) 17
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Weekday) 18
9.30am
Pauline O’Toole RIP (Dee & Peter)
WEDNESDAY (Weekday) 19 9.30am Communion Service (N.B.)
THURSDAY (Weekday) 20 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Weekday) 21
9.30am
6-8pm
 
Communion Service (N.B.)
Adoration - everyone welcome to join team even for 10 minutes
SATURDAY
(The Chair of St. Peter)
22
5pm
Harry Fellows RIP
SUNDAY
Seventh Sunday of the Year (A)
Day for the Unemployed
23
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday 4.30pm to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; Peter and Dee Avery; Mary Wilmot; Fiona Evans; Roy & Heather Lewis; Frank Os-tridge; Jacky Seeds; Archie & Arrison Sullivan; Sheila Koster; Caroline Walker; Margaret Edwards; the Orlando Family; Ross, Philip, Niki & Freya; Betty Hatton; John Stevens; Tony Penfold; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Fr. John Garrett; Enzo Argento; Anthony Gobel; Norman Neale; Pauline O’Toole; Eileen Lobeck; May Piddock; also Patrick Fauklin (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Margaret Nutbeen; Florence Maud Jukes; Eileen Kavanagh; John Smith; John McLoughlin; Natalina Jeffrey; Brian Williams; Rina Franchi; Catherine Fisher; Carmen Mifsud; Thomas Gilligan; Jan Conway-Ryle; Dennis O’Connor; Charles O’Malia.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 16 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 17 7.30pm Parish Future Group meet in Priest’s House
TUESDAY 18   (No Baby & Toddler Group - school holiday break)
WEDNESDAY 19   (Fr. Peter at Council of Priests - London)
THURSDAY 20   (Fr. Peter at Kent Clergy Gathering)
FRIDAY 21   (Fr. Peter at Kent Clergy Gathering)
SUNDAY 23 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your offerings which amounted to £380.08. (Standing Orders average £355 per week). The second collection for Racial Justice raised £146.61.
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock them-selves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The next children’s lesson is on Monday 24th February from 5-6pm. (Recap on Reconciliation and assess the books and class - discuss Glory to God in the Highest as discussed at parents meeting - check knowledge of prayers and general question time. (We have taken down photos of last year’s first communicants and they will be left on the table in the porch for parents to collect.)
 
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. Thank you.
 
**** Save The Date ****
SCHOOL & PARISH SUMMER FAYRE
Saturday 13th June 2020
Let’s all get together and make it our
best one yet!
 
MOTHERS PRAYER GROUP The next meeting will be on Monday 24th February at 7.30pm in the Church Porch. If you would be inter-ested in attending please contact Steph Blackburn on 07977 458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk.
 
DONATE8 has new appeals for help for welcomers before mass, church cleaners, flower arrangers and also need a team to move a shed. If you can spare some time to help please fill in a card in the church porch and post in the box or email the office with your details. Many thanks.
 
ANNUAL WORLD DAY OF PRAYER This year the World Day of Prayer Service has been prepared by the Christian Women of Zimba-bwe and the title is Rise! Take your mat and walk. There will be two services at 10am and 8pm both at the West Malling Baptist Church with refreshments served 30 minutes before each service. As usual the World Day of Prayer will be celebrated on the first Friday in March which is the 6th. This promises to be a beautiful Ecumenical service and there is a poster at the back of the church advertising it. All are welcome.
 
HEART OF KENT HOSPICE have a volunteer open morning on Friday 20th March from 10am to 12 noon. See noticeboard for full details.
 
40 DAYS FOR LIFE PRAYER VIGIL From 26th February to 5th April, you’re invited to join other Christians for 40 Days for Life - 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. You’re also invited to stand and peacefully pray during a 40-day vigil in the public right-of-way outside Marie Stopes, 10-16 Brewer Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1RU, and also to help spread the word about this important community outreach. If you’d like more information - and especially if you’d like to volunteer to help, please contact: Rebecca Luton 07956 111909 or rebeccaluton@yahoo.co.uk
 
BUILDING DISCIPLES FOR MISSION Saturday 22nd February 2020, 10.30am to 4pm at Centre for Catholic Formation, Tooting Bec. A day to equip those with a passion for Evangelisation. With international speaker, Andre Regnier, co-founder of Catholic Christian Outreach (www.cco.ca/parish). Part One - What does it mean to be a Missionary Disciple? Part Two - How can we form people as missionary disci-ples in the parish context? For further information or to book a your place - www.ccftootingbec.org.uk or 020 8672 7684.
 
A DAY WITH MARY (1) St. Columba, Selsdon on Saturday 29th February. (2) Our Lady of the Annunciation, Addiscombe on Saturday 14th March. See noticeboard for full details together with information regarding their pilgrimages to Fatima and Italy.
 
PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK - Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Monday 16th March to Friday 20th March 2020. See noticeboard for full 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 17th February.
 
CHURCH FLOWERS Elaine’s group weeks beginning 21st and 28th February.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
West Malling, Offham &Addington meet on Friday 6th March at 7 for 7.30pm at The Bull, High Street, West Malling for a fish and chip supper (dessert extra if required). RSVP Bernadette Burke 01732 873392
 
MARRIAGE MATTERS
(www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk)
 
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Ecclesiasticus 15:15-20, 1 Corinthians 2:6-10, Matthew 5:17-37)
Making the right choices
Choices! How difficult sometimes to make the right choices. What to eat today, how to save money, what clothes to wear, what we or our children need. For Christians, prayer and a set of Christian values influence the choices we make. Why not ask the Lord’s help to decide what issue is uppermost for us today and dialogue about it?
 

 

Fifth Sunday of the Year (A) 9th February 2020    08 February 2020
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

Fifth Sunday of the Year (A)
RACIAL JUSTICE DAY
9th February 2020
 
FUTURE OF THE PARISH The Archbishop has received our letter and we are waiting for his reply. The ‘Parish Future Group’ are meeting this Tuesday - please keep up the prayers
 
THIS WEEKEND is the first weekend of our “Breather Period” between Candlemas and Lent. We also celebrate our First Reconciliation Thanksgiving Mass and congratulate and pray for our 1st Communicants and families. It’s also Racial Justice Sunday with a sec-ond collection during the notices to support the work of the Catholic Church to promote Racial Justice in our schools, parishes and in wider society. This year the focus is on the travelling community - please see the special note overleaf.
 
DURING THE WEEK There are meetings for the Baby & Toddler Group, Pre-School Committee, 1st Communion Parents, and Youth Group (details overleaf).
 
NEXT WEEKEND We continue our “Breather Period” between Candlemas and Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, 26th February. It’s also the first weekend of the Pre-School and School’s holiday break - whoopee!
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Weekday)
Victims of Trafficking
8
2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms - Harvey & Arthur Richards
Christopher Haskins RIP (Chris & Ant Gobel)
SUNDAY
Fifth Sunday of the Year (A)
Racial Justice Day
9
10am
 
5.30pm
(1st Communion First Reconciliation Thanksgiving Mass) The Parishioners
Pauline O’Toole & May Piddock RIP (Fr. Peter)
MONDAY (St. Scholastica) 10
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Our Lady of Lourdes)
World Day for the Sick
11
9.30am
 
(With Year 3) Keggy Diamond RIP
 
WEDNESDAY (Weekday) 12
11am
No Mass or Communion Service at 9.30am)
Thanksgiving Mass for Pauline O’Toole RIP
(Private Cremation at Vinters Park at 9.30am)
THURSDAY (Weekday) 13 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY
Ss. Cyril & Methodius
14
9.30am
6-8pm
 
Communion Service (N.B.)
Adoration - everyone welcome to join team even for 10 minutes
SATURDAY (Weekday) 15
5pm
Deceased (Julie Bryant)
SUNDAY
Sixth Sunday of the Year (A)
16
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday 4.30pm to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; Peter and Dee Avery; Mary Wilmot; Fiona Evans; Roy & Heather Lewis; Frank Os-tridge; Jacky Seeds; Archie & Arrison Sullivan; Sheila Koster; Caroline Walker; 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: Norman Neale; Pauline O’Toole; Eileen Lobeck; May Piddock; Patrick Fauklin; also Luke Sullivan (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Martha Rooney; Hugh Goldrick; Florence Berry; Thomas Jackson; Bernard Cunningham; Tony Wilmot; Duncan McIntosh; Ann O’Gorman; Joy Blye; Rene Skelton; Josie Hopson; Niall McNeice; Margaret Taylor; Anthony Plumbly; Renee Havas; Do-menico Barnaba; 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.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 9   No Children’s Liturgy (Reconciliation Thanksgiving Mass)
TUESDAY 11
1.30pm to 3pm
7.30pm
Baby & Toddler Group in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Parish Future Group meet in Priest’s House
WEDNESDAY 12
2.30pm
7.30pm for 8pm
Pre-School Committee meet in Pre-School
1st Communion Parents Meeting in Church
FRIDAY 14 7-9pm Youth Group meet in School
SUNDAY 16
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your offerings which amounted to £432.79. (Standing Orders average £355 per week).
 
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Margaret Stone (No. 59) [£50] for the February draw.
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The next parents meeting is on Wednesday 12th February with refreshments from 7.30pm and the meeting commencing at 8pm. (We have taken down photos of last year’s first communicants and they will be left on the table in the porch for parents to collect.)
 
**** Save The Date ****
SCHOOL & PARISH SUMMER FAYRE
Saturday 13th June 2020
Let’s all get together and make it our
best one yet!
 
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. Thank you.
 
YOUTH GROUP - Please see Youth Group Noticeboard for the notice of thanks for the £258.05 the Youth Group raised for Porchlight with their sleepover last November. Congratulations and well done!
 
MOTHERS PRAYER GROUP The next meeting will be on Monday 24th February at 7.30pm in the Church Porch. If you would be interested in attending please contact Steph Blackburn on 07977 458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk.
 
DONATE8 has new appeals for help for welcomers before mass, church cleaners, flower arrangers and also need a team to
move a shed. If you can spare some time to help please fill in a card in the church porch and post in the box or email the office
with your details. Many thanks.
 
ANNUAL WORLD DAY OF PRAYER This year the World Day of Prayer Service has been prepared by the Christian Women of Zimbabwe and the title is Rise! Take your mat and walk. There will be two services at 10am and 8pm both at the West Malling Baptist Church with refreshments served 30 minutes before each service. As usual the World Day of Prayer will be celebrated on the first Friday in March which is the 6th. This promises to be a beautiful Ecumenical service and there is a poster at the back of the church advertising it. All are welcome.
 
St. BENEDICT’S CENTRE are holding a day led by the resource author Martin Henwood, Vicar of Holy Trinity, Dartford on 27th February from 9.30am to 3pm and will cost £20. Please bring your own lunch. To book, please contact: - bookings@stbenedictscentre.org.
 
YOU CAN HELP YOUR MARRIAGE - Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Do you argue … or have you just stopped talking to each other? Does talking about it only make it worse? Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i) helps couples through difficult times in their marriages. There is no group therapy or group work. This programme has helped 10s of 1000s of couples experiencing difficulties in their marriage. For confidential information about Retrouvaille, or to register for the next programme commencing with a residential weekend on 28th/29th Feb and 1st March 2020, call or text 0788 7296933 or 0797 3380443 or email retrouvailleukinfo@gmail.com, or visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Wiesia’s group week beginning 10th February.
 
CHURCH FLOWERS Dee’s group week beginning 14th February. Elaine’s group week beginning 21st February.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details, including a thank you letter from SPUC thanking St. Thomas More for the wonderful generosity following their recent appeal, and a poster from the Heart of Kent Hospice promoting their Concert of Favourite Music on 25th April at Invicta Grammar School for Girls.
 
RACIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY This weekend, the Catholic Church in England and Wales will celebrate Racial Justice - the theme is: “You are at the heart of the Church”. It will celebrate the contribution travelling communities make to the Church in England and Wales. It is an opportunity for all Catholics to pray for, reflect on and respond to racial justice matters within the Church and wider society. Racial Justice Sunday should encourage proactive discussions on overt and covert forms of racism experienced by fellow Catholics from the travelling communities. To support the Church in its work with travellers, a second collection will be taken this weekend. Your contributions, however great or small, will help to make a difference.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
West Malling, Offham & Addington meet on Friday 6th March at 7 for 7.30pm at The Bull, High Street, West Malling for a fish
and chip supper (dessert extra if required). RSVP Bernadette Burke 01732 873392
 
MARRIAGE MATTERS
(www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk)
 
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Isaiah 58:7-10, 1 Corinthians 2:1-5, Matthew 5:13-16)
Unity is the key
 
When we married, a new flame was lit in our Church, signified by the lighting of a new candle as we made our vows and became
“Little Church” together. Now, as we think of our life up to now, we can see how our love has been reflected on to our
children, our family and our Church community.
 

 

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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

Fourth Sunday of the Year (A)
PRESENTATION OF THE LORD
CANDLEMAS
2nd February 2020
 
FUTURE OF THE PARISH Please see the letter on pages 3 & 4, prepared by our Parish Future Group on behalf of the Parish, and sent to the Archbishop this week, and let us keep this in our prayers. Also, abbrevi-ated copies of the special Parish meeting on 16th January are available in the Parish.
 
THIS WEEKEND - CANDLEMAS The true end of our Advent and Christmas journey where we bring the light and love and joy we have received from the Lord this Christmas and Epiphany to ’root’ it in the temples of our hearts and especially our Parish in this challenging year. We celebrate with a special Mass and a chil-dren’s liturgy and ’Christingles’ at the 10am Sunday Mass and the Youth Group presenting the 5.30pm Mass (Youth Group meet at 4pm in the House to prepare the Mass and then have their Christmas/Candlemas party afterwards).
 
DURING THE WEEK There are meetings for the Mother’s Prayer Group, Baby & Toddler Group, Youth Group Leaders, and Friendship Group - details overleaf.
 
NEXT WEEKEND is the first weekend of our “Breather Period” between Candlemas and Lent. We also cele-brate our First Reconciliation Thanksgiving Mass and congratulate and pray for our 1st Communicants and families. It’s also Racial Justice Sunday with a second collection during the notices to support the work of the Catholic Church to promote Racial Justice in our schools, parishes and in wider society. This year the focus is on the travelling community - please see the special note overleaf.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Candlemas Journey) 1 Feb
5pm
Ildefonso Bustamante RIP (Anniv.)
SUNDAY (Candlemas Journey)
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Presentation of the Lord
2
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy & Christingles) The Parishioners
Mgr. Matthew Dickens (Welfare)
MONDAY (Weekday) 3
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Weekday) 4
9.30am
Welfare of the Diamond Family
WEDNESDAY (St. Agatha) 5
9.30am
Deceased Relatives & Friends of the Lobo Family
THURSDAY
(Ss. Paul Miki & Companions)
6 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Weekday) 7
9.30am
11am
 
 
6-8pm
 
Keggy Diamond RIP
Funeral Service for Patrick John Fauklin followed by burial at Snodland Cemetery at 12.15pm
 
Adoration - everyone welcome to join team even for 10 minutes
SATURDAY (Weekday)
Victims of Trafficking
8
2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms - Harvey & Arthur Richards
Christopher Haskins RIP (Chris & Ant Gobel)
SUNDAY
Fifth Sunday of the Year (A)
Racial Justice Day
9
10am
 
5.30pm
(1st Communion First Reconciliation Thanksgiving Mass) The Parishioners
Pauline O’Toole & May Piddock RIP (Fr.Peter)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday 4.30pm to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; Peter and Dee Avery; Mary Wilmot; Fiona Evans; Roy & Heather Lewis; Frank Os-tridge; Jacky Seeds; Archie & Arrison Sullivan; Sheila Koster; Caroline Walker; Abby & Olly Blackmore; carers of the sick; our house-bound 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: Pauline O’Toole; Eileen Lobeck; May Piddock; Patrick Fauklin; Luke Sullivan; also Baby Francis Blackmore; Bert McLelland; Mary Gallagher (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: John Hadwin; Freddie MacQueen; Charles Harkin; Joy Corrigan; Pamela Richardson; Patrick Willoughby; Jean Brooker; Francis Gillan; Christopher Hayes; Barbara Barnes; Charles Hennessey; Emily Seymour; Jadwiga Makuch; 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.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SATURDAY 1 FEB   (Dedication of Borough Green Church at 11.30am)
SUNDAY 2
10am
 
 
4pm
 
Children’s Liturgy & Christingles in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
Youth Group meet to prepare Candlemas Mass followed by Group Party
MONDAY 3 7.30pm Mothers Prayer Group meet in Church Porch
TUESDAY 4
1.30pm to 3pm
8pm
Baby & Toddler Group in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
Youth Leaders meet in Priest’s House
WEDNESDAY 5
1.30pm
Friendship Group meeting - see details below
 
THANK YOU for your offerings which amounted to £405.04. (Standing Orders average £355 per week).
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Candlemas Family Mass on Sunday 2nd February - the workshop will take place during Children’s Liturgy. Thanksgiving Mass for Reconciliation on Sunday 9th February. (We have taken down photos of last year’s first communicants and they will be left on the table in the porch for parents to collect.)
 
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. Thank you.
 
MOTHERS PRAYER GROUP The next meeting will be on Monday 3rd February at 7.30pm in the Church Porch. If you would be interested in attending please contact Steph Blackburn on 07977 458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk.
 
FRIENDSHIP GROUP The next meeting will be on Wednesday 5th February at 1.30pm. Venue: 3 Os-prey Walk, Larkfield, ME20 6JJ. RSVP: Tony & Anne Law 01732 844077.
 
ANNUAL WORLD DAY OF PRAYER This year the World Day of Prayer Service has been prepared by the Christian Women of Zimbabwe and the title is Rise! Take your mat and walk. There will be two ser-vices at 10am and 8pm both at the West Malling Baptist Church with refreshments served 30 minutes before each service. As usual the World Day of Prayer will be celebrated on the first Friday in March which is the 6th. This promises to be a beautiful Ecumenical service and there is a poster at the back of the church advertising it. All are welcome.
 
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 3rd February.
 
CHURCH FLOWERS Dee’s group weeks beginning 7th and 14th February.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
RACIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY Next weekend, Sunday 9th February 2020, the Catholic Church in Eng-land and Wales will celebrate Racial Justice - the theme is: “You are at the heart of the Church”. It will celebrate the contribution travelling communities make to the Church in England and Wales. It is an op-portunity for all Catholics to pray for, reflect on and respond to racial justice matters within the Church and wider society. Racial Justice Sunday should encourage proactive discussions on overt and covert forms of racism experienced by fellow Catholics from the travelling communities. To support the Church in its work with travellers, a second collection will be taken next weekend. Your contributions, however great or small, will help to make a difference.
 
MARRIAGE MATTERS
(www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk)
 
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13, 1 Cor 1:26-31, Matt 5:1-12)
Being human - we are human be-ings, not do-ings
 
With the ever-increasing pace of life, when do we get a chance ‘to be’? Today, the Word of God is intended to relate more to the deeper aspects of our humanity and the inner essence of our being, and the qualities of our personhood. It’s about the ways we relate to each other in our marriages, our families, our communities.

 

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Catholic Parish of West Malling and Snodland
St Thomas More Church, Lucks Hill, West Malling
 
 
Parish Office: The Priest's House, More Park, Lucks Hill, West Malling. Kent ME19 6HN
Telephone: 01732 843302
Email: westmalling@rcas.org.uk
Website: www.westmallingrc.org.uk                                                     Reg. Charity No. 235468

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Dear Archbishop Wilson,

We write in reply to your letter dated 20th December 2019. You will appreciate that your  letter has had a profound and devastating effect on our Catholic community here in West Malling,  and this was reflected in the numbers attending our recent meeting.
 
At this time, we feel very hurt and are struggling to come to terms with all the consequences and implications of your proposal to sell the St Thomas More site here at West Malling. We are fully aware of the ongoing structural and maintenance issues that affect The Hermitage. These have always been beyond the means and financial of St Thomas More parishioners.
 
To sell the whole site does allow for flexibility and financial gain from a development perspective. However, the need for these are only some aspects when making this decision.
 
We would ask you to consider an alternative proposal of retaining our church within its current grounds and the St Thomas of Canterbury Pre-school (stable block) where we would seek to establish the priest's accommodation and office, either within the church grounds or attached to the stable block. We also seek to retain the stable block as this is a major integral component of our community. We are passionate about this building because of the recent refurbishment to provide pre-school, baby and toddler group and children's liturgy facilities. Many sacrifices were made, including the sale of St Thomas of Canterbury Church, Snodland combined with fundraising in excess of £100,000 which has enabled us to renovate and use the building. The purpose of this was to provide a succession of future generations of Catholics in our area and we consider it an integral part of our community.
 
Our church has been the focal point of our faith community since 1972 and this is where we come in communion not only with God but with one another. Over the years we have established a growing Catholic presence within West Malling and surrounding areas, and we are now a close and vibrant community and fully committed to our church and one another.
 
We feel by selling the church, our community will be irreparable damaged and will fracture, therefore we kindly ask you, to come to West Malling and meet with us, which would allow us to make representation and discuss our future with you in person. To allay these fears and anxieties regarding our future we request a meeting with you as soon as practicable.
 
Yours sincerely,
Adrian Atmore. J.P.
 
For and on behalf of St. Thomas More Parish, West Malling, Kent.
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Appendix 1

Reasons for retaining St. Thomas More Parish buildings

The St. Thomas More Church, The St Thomas of Canterbury Pre-school and More Park Primary School are located together, in one area. These connections are invaluable as they provide continuing activity and growth within the catholic community. Without the church ans pre-school, we fear that the cycle of future generations of catholic worshippers would be broken.

We are an active and vibrant parish for all groups ans proving worship, sacraments and engagement through the following groups:

  • Sacramental groups, such as first reconciliation and communion, confimation and bereavement, Eucharistic ministers, readers, musicians and  welcomers. we have a large team of altar servers (adults, boys, girls). Children's liturgy team.
  • Open parish meetings.
  • Monthly area goups meetings, where Lent and Advent masses are said in homes.
  • Adoration team. Stations of the cross.
  • Churches together representatives.
  • Donate8 scheme - encouraging parishioners to volunteer eight hours work to the parish each year.
  • APE Mission team.
  • Gardening club, flower arrangers, church cleaners and other working and social groups.
  • Friendship group. Baby and toddler group.
  • Safeguarding team, health and safety, finance and buildings groups.
  • Junior and senior youth groups.
  • Fundraising team. Twice yearly fundraising in collaboration with More Park Primary School. Parish and PTA co-ordinated events throughout the year.
Our parish database comprises of 1020 families, but this figure is not an accurate figure of our parish, as many non-catholics are involved and engaged in our community.
 
Further housing developments of 1700 homes are being proposed in our area and our church is needed as a focal point for spiritual and pastoral care.
 
Our church is open and available every day for prayer, mass, (which is attended by school children each week), communion service and adoration, to a diverse community.
 
The church is well established within the area and in a state of good repair. The church car park is also used twice a day during weekdays, term time to drop off and pick up school children. This allows for the safety of the children.

We have a well-established catholic presence over a large area of central Kent, with the church used for deanery confirmations, meetings and taining and ecumenical services and other collaborations.

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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

Third Sunday of the Year (A)
UNITY OCTAVE - CANDLEMAS JOURNEY
26th January 2020
 
FUTURE OF THE PARISH This newsletter went to press before the co-ordinating group met last Friday. We thank them for all their work - also the Youth Group who are preparing their own letter to the Archbishop, and will make further announcements about this this weekend - and keep them and all of us in our prayers.
 
THIS WEEKEND We begin the final week of our Candlemas journey and continue the week of prayer for Chris-tian Unity with our Masses here asking the Lord to help us to take his Christmas and Epiphany light to root it in the temples of our hearts and especially our Parish in this challenging year just as he took it to the temple in Jerusalem on the first Christmas, and with the Unity Service for the Malling area at the Baptist Church, Swan Street, which we ask you to support - thanks for this.
 
FIRST RECONCILIATION We congratulate our First Communion children as they celebrate their First Recon-ciliation and Second Sacrament and stage of their faith and church journey tomorrow (Monday) and ask you to keep them and their parents and families in your prayers at this important time.
 
DURING THE WEEK There are meetings for the Baby & Toddler Group, Kings Hill & Mereworth Area Group, and a Parish Meeting on Wednesday. More Park PTA have a Quiz Night in the school which we ask you to support on Friday, and we congratulate and pray for the parishioners of Borough Green Church as it is conse-crated on Saturday - details of all these overleaf.
 
NEXT WEEKEND - CANDLEMAS The true end of our Advent and Christmas journey where we bring the light and love and joy we have received from the Lord this Christmas and Epiphany to ’root’ it in the temples of our hearts and especially our Parish in this challenging year. We celebrate with a special Mass and a children’s liturgy and ’Christingles’ at the 10am Sunday Mass and the Youth Group presenting the 5.30pm Mass (Youth Group meet at 4pm in the House to prepare the Mass and then have their Christmas/Candlemas party after-wards).
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Candlemas Journey)
The Conversion of St. Paul
25
2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms: Alivia Price & Joshua Curtis
Mary & Harry Fewtrell (60th Wedding Anniversary)
SUNDAY (Candlemas Journey)
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Unity Octave
26
10am
4pm
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
Malling United Service at Baptist Church, Swan Street, West Malling
The Parishioners
MONDAY (Candlemas Journey) 27
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Candlemas Journey)
(St. Thomas Aquinas)
28
9.30am
Keggy Diamond RIP
WEDNESDAY (Candlemas Journey) 29
9.30am
Welfare of the Diamond Family
THURSDAY (Candlemas Journey) 30 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Candlemas Journey)
(St. John Bosco)
31
9.30am
6-8pm
 
Candlemas Mass in School
Adoration - everyone welcome to join team even for 10 minutes
SATURDAY (Candlemas Journey) 1 Feb
5pm
Ildefonso Bustamante RIP (Anniv.)
SUNDAY (Candlemas Journey)
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Presentation of the Lord
2
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy & Christingles) - The Parishioners
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday 4.30pm to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; May Piddock; Peter and Dee Avery; Pauline O’Toole; Mary Wilmot; Fiona Evans; Roy & Heather Lewis; Frank Ostridge; Jacky Seeds; Archie & Arrison Sullivan; Sheila Koster; Caroline Walker; Abby & Olly Blackmore; John Stevens; Lawrence Jordan; 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: Patrick Fauklin; Luke Sullivan; Baby Francis Blackmore; Bert McLelland; Mary Gallagher. Please keep in your pray-ers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Bertie Roddy; Pietro Bottiglieri; Margaret Corcoran; Annie Donohoe; Daniel Lynch; Henry Gaiger; Margaret Kelleher; Eileen Connolly; Bridget Styles; Mary Russell; Karen Fox; Barbara Ann Collins; Jim Puxley; William (Bill) Lobeck; Stanley Jones; Alexan-der Gordon; John Hadwin; Freddie MacQueen; Charles Harkin; Joy Corrigan; Pamela Richardson; Patrick Willoughby; Jean Brooker.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 26 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 27
5-6pm
6-7pm
First Communion Children’s First Reconciliation in Church
(Council of Deans Meeting at Archbishop’s House)
TUESDAY 28 1.30pm to 3pm Baby & Toddler Group in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 29 7 for 7.30pm Parish Meeting in Priest’s House
THURSDAY 30
8pm
Kings Hill & Mereworth Area Group Meeting - details below
FRIDAY 31 7 for 7.30pm More Park PTA Quiz Night at school
SATURDAY 1 FEB   (Dedication of Borough Green Church at 11.30am)
SUNDAY 2
10am
 
4pm
 
Children’s Liturgy & Christingles in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Youth Group meet to prepare Candlemas Mass followed by Group Party
 
THANK YOU for your offerings which amounted to £413.48. (Standing Orders average £355 per week). The second collection for Pax Christi raised £173.78.
 
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 this Monday 27th January 2020 - Reconciliation Day. We will meet in two groups in two separate sessions - each group will wait until everyone has made their sacrament to support one another. A parent must attend with their child and stay until the end of the lesson. Candlemas Fami-ly Mass on Sunday 2nd February - the workshop will take place during Children’s Liturgy. (We have taken down photos of last year’s first communicants and they will be left on the table in the porch for parents to collect.)
 
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. Thank you.
 
MOTHERS PRAYER GROUP The next meeting will be on Monday 3rd February at 7.30pm in the Church Porch. If you would be interested in attending please contact Steph Blackburn on 07977 458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk.
 
FRIENDSHIP GROUP The next meeting will be on Wednesday 5th February at 1.30pm. Venue: 3 Osprey Walk, Larkfield, ME20 6JJ. RSVP: Tony & Anne Law 01732 844077.
 
MORE PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL PTA Quiz Night on Friday 31st January (7 for 7.30pm). £5 per person. Tickets will be sold after Mass or please contact Victoria Morrissey on 07849 750272.
 
CONTEMPLATING THE WORD WITH MARY’ Saturday 21st March, 10am to 4pm, The Friars, Aylesford. See no-ticeboard.
 
HEART OF KENT HOSPICE are launching ‘Compassionate Neighbours’ on Thursday 30th January at West Malling Baptist Church, Swan Street, West Malling. This is a free, community-led social movement offering friend-ship and support for anyone who is lonely, at risk of isolation and nearing the end of life through age or illness. See noticeboard for session times and further information.
 
MARRIAGE & FAMILY LIFE (1) A Time for Mourning - 20th-22nd March 2020 A retreat/workshop for those suf-fering from the pain of loss. (2) Building a Better Marriage - Saturday 4th April 2020 Married couples! You can give each other a wonderful gift by spending a day exploring your relationship more deeply to gain valuable insights into your communication. Couples who have attended the course noted the positive changes it made to their mar-riage. There is no group sharing and this is not marriage counselling or guidance but a chance to make your mar-riage even better. Contact: Carole - Tel: 07983 524727 or email: mflkent@rcaos.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 Group 4 week beginning 27th January.
 
CHURCH FLOWERS Maria’s Group week beginning 31st January (Candlemas). Dee’s group week beginning 7th February.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill & Mereworth meet on Thursday 30th January at 8pm (Secret Santa - please bring a wrapped, new and
unwanted Christmas present). Venue: 145 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill, ME19 4DS.
RSVP Ray & Wendy Cassidy 01732 521261

 

Second Sunday of the Year (A) 19th January 2020    17 January 2020
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

Second Sunday of the Year (A)
PEACE DAY - UNITY OCTAVE
19th January 2020
 
FUTURE OF THE PARISH Many, many thanks to all who came and contributed to the Special Parish Meeting last Thursday and please pray for the organising group as they meet to get a statement and letter ready to send to Archbishop John and the Diocese.
 
THIS WEEKEND We continue our Candlemas journey and also celebrate Peace Sunday - see special notice overleaf. We also begin the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with prayers and services at West Malling Baptist Church on Saturday 1.30-4.30pm, and St. James, East Malling on Sunday at 9.45am. There is also the Snodland United Service at All Saints, Snodland (where I will be preaching!) on Sunday at 3pm.
 
DURING THE WEEK We play our part in Unity Week with our Ecumenical Service here in Church on Monday (tomorrow) at 7.30pm - please support this if you can. There is also a meeting for the 1st Com-munion Children on Monday preparing them for their First Reconciliation on Monday week and I ask you to keep them and their families in your prayers. Also the Baby & Toddler Group meet on Tuesday and we have Adoration on Friday.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We continue our Candlemas journey and the week of prayer for Christian Unity with our Masses here asking the Lord to help us to take his Christmas and Epiphany light to root it in the tem-ples of our hearts and especially our Parish in this challenging year just as he took it to the temple in Jeru-salem on the first Christmas, and with the Unity Service for the Malling area at the Baptist Church, Swan Street, which we ask you to support - thanks for this.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Candlemas Journey)
Church Unity Octave
18 5pm Neville & Beno Perera Thanksgiving
SUNDAY (Candlemas Journey)
Peace Day
Second Sunday of the Year (A)
Unity Octave
19
10am
3pm
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
Snodland United service at All Saints, Snodland
Molly Forster RIP (Anniv.)
MONDAY (Candlemas Journey) 20
9.30am
7.30pm
 
Communion Service
Ecumenical Service in Church - our part in Unity Week - please support
TUESDAY (Candlemas Journey)
St. Agnes
21
9.30am
Communion Service
WEDNESDAY (Candlemas Journey) 22
9.30am
Communion Service
THURSDAY (Candlemas Journey) 23 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Candlemas Journey)
St. Francis de Sales
24
 
9.30am
6-8pm
 
 
Communion Service
Adoration - everyone welcome to join team even for 10 minutes
SATURDAY (Candlemas Journey)
The Conversion of St. Paul
25
2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms: Alivia Price & Joshua Curtis
Mary & Harry Fewtrell (60th Wedding Anniversary)
SUNDAY (Candlemas Journey)
Third Sunday of the Year (A)
Unity Octave
26
10am
4pm
 
5.30pm
 
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
Malling United Service at Baptist Church, Swan Street, West Malling
The Parishioners
 
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday 4.30pm to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; May Piddock; Peter and Dee Avery; Pauline O’Toole; Mary Wilmot; Fiona Evans; Roy & Heather Lewis; Frank Ostridge; Jacky Seeds; Archie & Arrison Sullivan; Christian & Yamini Chadwick; Sheila Koster; Lawrence Jordan; Abby & Olly Blackmore; 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: Patrick Fauklin; Luke Sullivan; Baby Francis Blackmore; Bert McLelland; Mary Gallagher; also Marie Casey; David Formosa; Ewa Wszolek; Dagmar Müller; Tony Fullwood; Christopher Haskins (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Anne Johnson; Ellen Underhill; Molly Forster; Eleanor James; Mary Stevens; Hugh Blundell-Hawkes; Tracey Cooper; Barbara McNamara; Valerie Penfold; Lorraine Peterson; Nellie Hooker; Bernard Roff; Martin Moorhead; Nick Edwards; Bertie Roddy; Pietro Bottiglieri; Margaret Corcoran; Annie Donohoe; Daniel Lynch; Henry Gaiger.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 19 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 20 5-6pm First Communion Children’s Class in Church
TUESDAY 21
1.30pm to 3pm
Baby & Toddler Group in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
FRIDAY 24 7.30pm Parish Future Organising Group meet in Priest’s House
SUNDAY 26
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your offerings which amounted to £437.27. (Standing Orders average £355 per week). The second collection for SPUC raised £265.
 
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 this Monday 20th January 2020 from 5-6pm (God helps me get it right - discuss from the chapter how we all change and grow and can make things better for all). (We have taken down photos of last year’s first communicants and they will be left on the table in the porch for parents to collect.)
 
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. Thank you.
 
FRIENDSHIP GROUP The next meeting will be on Wednesday 5th February at 1.30pm. Venue: 3 Os-prey Walk, Larkfield, ME20 6JJ. RSVP: Tony & Anne Law 01732 844077.
 
FOOD PARCEL DONATIONS Please see the noticeboard for a thank you letter from the Parish of Ss. Austin & Gregory with St. Anne’s Margate thanking us for our kind and generous food parcel donations.
 
PACT Please see the noticeboard for a thank you letter from PACT following last year’s donations amounting to £216.66.
 
MORE PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL PTA Quiz Night on Friday 31st January (7 for 7.30pm). £5 per per-son. Tickets will be sold after Mass or please contact Victoria Morrissey on 07849 750272.
 
‘CONTEMPLATING THE WORD WITH MARY’ Saturday 21st March, 10am to 4pm, The Friars, Ayles-ford. See noticeboard.
 
HEART OF KENT HOSPICE are launching ‘Compassionate Neighbours’ on Thursday 30th January at West Malling Baptist Church, Swan Street, West Malling. This is a free, community-led social move-ment offering friendship and support for anyone who is lonely, at risk of isolation and nearing the end of life through age or illness. See noticeboard for session times and further information.
 
CHRIST THE KING SIXTH FORMS are looking to recruit two new Foundation Governors to join the governing body of the College. See noticeboard for full 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 20th January.
 
CHURCH FLOWERS Elaine’s Group week beginning 17th January. Maria’s Group week beginning 24th January.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
PEACE SUNDAY The work of Pax Christi is based on the gospel and inspired by faith. Their vision is of a world where people can live in peace, without fear of violence in all its forms. Rooted in Catholic Christianity, they work with all who share their values to abolish war and create communities of peace and justice.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill & Mereworth meet on Thursday 30th January at 8pm (Secret Santa - please bring a wrapped, new and unwanted Christmas present). Venue: 145 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill, ME19 4DS.
RSVP Ray & Wendy Cassidy 01732 521261

 

BAPTISM OF THE LORD (A) 12th January 2020    09 January 2020
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

BAPTISM OF THE LORD (A)
12th January 2020
 
IMPORTANT PARISH MEETING ON THE FUTURE OF OUR PARISH - THURSDAY 16th JANUARY (this week) at 7.30pm IN THE CHURCH. Please read the attached statements from the Diocese and the Invitation/Agenda for this meeting attached to this newsletter and come with ideas for us to take to the Diocese. Many, many thanks to all those who organised and signed the petition and who have shown support in many ways. This meeting is the next step so please support us in it - thank you.
 
THIS WEEKEND - CANDLEMAS JOURNEY & SPUC WHITE FLOWER APPEAL This weekend we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of the Lord and end the Christmas season, and begin our journey to Candlemas, joining with Mary & Joseph tak-ing the light of the First Christmas to the Jewish people in the Temple of 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 (1st/2nd February). Please take the candle that will be blessed today and the special Candlemas Journey Prayer Sheet to use at home in prayer on these days. This year, again, we make the journey in a special way for our Parish.
 
We also have the SPUC White Flower Appeal - see special note overleaf. Cards and white flower stickers, and a basket for donations in the porch.
 
DURING THE WEEK There is the special Parish meeting above - also meetings for the First Communion children, Mother’s Prayer Group, Baby & Toddler Group, Children’s Liturgy organisers, and the Youth Group - details overleaf.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We continue our Candlemas journey and also celebrate Peace Sunday - see special notice overleaf and collect an envelope for next weekend’s collection from the back of the church. We also begin the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with prayers and services at West Malling Baptist Church on Saturday 1.30-4.30pm, and St. James, East Malling on Sunday at 9.45am. There is also the Snodland United Service at All Saints, Snodland (where I will be preaching!) on Sunday at 3pm, and our own service here on Monday 20th at 7pm, for which I ask your support.
 
PRAYERS PLEASE FOR CHRISTOPHER HASKINS and his family as they prepare for his funeral Mass at Aylesford Priory this Thursday (17th) at 12 noon and we offer them all our love, support and prayers.
 
CONGRATULATIONS to Betty Callaghan and Betty Hatton who celebrated their 91st and 98th Birthdays respectively last weekend - and our love and prayers.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Epiphany Octave) 11
5pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Philomena Mulcahy RIP
SUNDAY Baptism of the Lord
Beginning of Candlemas Journey
12
10am
5.30pm
The Parishioners
Matilda & Paul Perera RIP
MONDAY (Candlemas Journey) 13 9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Candlemas Journey) 14
9.30am
(With Yr. R) Fr. Jim Kirby RIP
WEDNESDAY (Candlemas Journey) 15 9.30am
Keggy Diamond RIP
THURSDAY (Candlemas Journey) 16 9.30am
Communion Service
FRIDAY (Candlemas Journey)
St. Anthony, Abbot
17 9.30am Welfare of the Diamond Family
SATURDAY (Candlemas Journey)
Church Unity Octave
18
5pm
 
Neville & Beno Perera Thanksgiving
 
SUNDAY (Candlemas Journey)
Peace Day
2nd Sunday of the Year
Unity Octave
18
10am
3pm
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
Snodland Unite with service at All Saints, Snodland
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday 4.30pm to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; May Piddock; Peter and Dee Avery; Pauline O’Toole; Mary Wilmot; Fiona Evans; Roy & Heather Lewis; Frank Ostridge; Jacky Seeds; Archie & Arrison Sullivan; Diane McSharry; Leo McSharry; Oliver Young; Craig Richards; John Stevens; Louis Fissenden; 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: Luke Sullivan; Baby Francis Blackmore; Bert McLelland; Mary Gallagher; Marie Casey; David Formosa; Ewa Wszolek; Dagmar Müller; Tony Fullwood; Christopher Haskins. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Avenna Fry; Elsbeth Douse; Antonio Falcone; Carol Copland; Sarah Love; Michael Stevens; Dorothy Savage; Cor-nelius Hegarty; Brian Murphy; Eileen Jordan; Mary Spaul; Frank Dunster; Bridget Payne; Ellen Smith; Anne Johnson; Ellen Underhill; Molly Forster.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 12
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 13
5-6pm
7.30pm
First Communion Children’s Class in Church
Mothers Prayer Group in Church Porch
TUESDAY 14 1.30pm to 3pm Baby & Toddler Group in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 15 7.45 for 8pm Children’s Liturgy Organisers meet in Priest’s House
THURSDAY 16 7.30pm Parish Meeting on the Future of the Parish
FRIDAY 17 7-9pm Youth Group meets in School
SUNDAY 19 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your generous offerings this week. (Standing Orders average £355 per week).
 
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Fr. Peter (No. 5) for the January draw.
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The next children’s lesson is this Monday 13th January 2020 from 5-6pm (Celebrating our Rescue - discuss chapter and how we all need other people to help us and care for us, how we should all forgive). (We have taken down photos of last year’s first communicants and they will be left on the table in the porch for parents to collect.)
 
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. Thank you.
 
MOTHERS PRAYER GROUP The next meeting will be on Monday 13th January at 7.30pm in the Church Porch. If you would be interested in attending please contact Steph Blackburn on 07977 458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk.
 
JOB VACANCY: SHRINE SECRETARY AT THE FRIARS, AYLESFORD, KENT ME20 7BX Hours: Mon-Fri 9.30am - 2.30pm with some sea-sonal weekend work to cover pilgrimages. Rate of Pay: £11.50 per hour. For a full job description and application form please contact Clare Abbotson, Prior’s PA, cabbotson@thefriars.org.uk, 01622 714148 or 01622 717272. The closing date for applications is Friday 17th January.
 
JOB VACANCY The governors of St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School in Mortlake, London SW14 8HE are looking to recruit a Headteacher to take up post in September 2020. For more information, please see the school website - https://www.st-marymagdalens.richmond.sch.uk/, or contact Evelyn Fernandes at admin@st-marymagdalens.richmond.sch.uk for an application pack.
 
FUNDRAISING VOLUNTEER ROLE Location: Finance Office, 59 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JE. Hours: ideally 2 days per week for 6 months - can be flexible. This role will involve tasks such as organising the legacy gifts files, inputting data onto a CRM database, mail-merging thank you letters, general administration, scanning and filing, helping to organise events, printing and mailing materials, etc. The role brings opportunities for someone to get a good idea on how a fundraising department works and its various component parts. If you would like to apply please send your CV with a cover note explaining you are interested in this role to Sarah Wood, HR Manager, via email: sa-rahwood@rcaos.org.uk.
 
FULLY ESCORTED PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK SHRINE, IRELAND celebrating the feast of St. Patrick. 16th March 2020. £599 per person sharing. Price includes flight with 10kg hand luggage, all transfers, 4 nights in Knock House Hotel with breakfast and dinner. All entertainment and excursions included. Lunches on days out. Wheelchair accessible rooms. Single room supplement £100. Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email: knockpilgrimages@gmail.com. See noticeboard for poster with full itinerary.
 
MEDJUGORJE IRISH CENTRE PILGRIMAGES APRIL - OCTOBER 2020 7 night stay and airport shuttle service from Dubrovnik or Split for €266 per person sharing. Book any flight - any time and they provide guaranteed airport shuttle service. Call for further info and book the dates that suit you. Tel: 020 3239 8662 or email reservations@med-irishcentre.com. See noticeboard for poster and further 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 13th January.
 
CHURCH FLOWERS Elaine’s Group weeks beginning 10th and 17th January.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
SPUC ‘WHITE FLOWER’ APPEAL 2020 - the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) will be holding its annual appeal this week-end. On 21 October 2019 the most extreme abortion regime in Europe was imposed on the people of Northern Ireland by the government at Westminster. Abortion will now be permitted for any reason up until at least 24 weeks, and even beyond that. The abortion lobby now wants to introduce this in England & Wales. Please be as generous as you can to help SPUC defend unborn babies and their mothers from this new at-tack.
 
PEACE SUNDAY The work of Pax Christi is based on the gospel and inspired by faith. Their vision is of a world where people can live in peace, without fear of violence in all its forms. Rooted in Catholic Christianity, they work with all who share their values to abolish war and create com-munities of peace and justice.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill & Mereworth meet on Thursday 30th January at 8pm (Secret Santa - please bring a wrapped, new and unwanted Christmas present). Venue: 145 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill, ME19 4DS. RSVP Ray & Wendy Cassidy 01732 521261
 
MARRIAGE MATTERS
 
The Baptism of the Lord (Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7, Acts 10:34-38, Matthew 3:13-17)
You are my chosen one
Today, Isaiah and Matthew talk of Jesus being ‘the Chosen One’ and ‘the Beloved’. So often, we are aware of the times when our partner annoys us. We need to develop a sensitivity so that, when we are tempted to be critical, we remember that this is my ‘chosen one’ and look for ways to affirm our partner, our ‘beloved’.

 

FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY (A) 5th January 2020    04 January 2020
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY (A)
5th January 2020
 
IMPORTANT PARISH MEETING ON THE FUTURE OF OUR PARISH - THURSDAY 16th JANUARY (Thursday Week) at 7.30pm IN THE CHURCH. Please read the attached statements from the Diocese and myself on pages 3 and 4 of this newsletter and come with ideas for us to take to the Diocese. Many, many thanks to all those who organised and signed the petition and who have shown support in many ways. This meeting is the next step so please support us in it - thank you.
 
EPIPHANY This weekend we end the Great Days of Christmas with the Feast of the Epiphany, uniting our-selves 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 2020 with a special ‘Kings’ Procession’ at the 10am Mass and the Youth Group presenting the 5.30pm Mass. We ask for this Faith, Hope and Love for our journey as a Parish in this year.
 
DURING THE WEEK We continue to celebrate the Epiphany and prepare ourselves to begin our journey to Candlemas next weekend - there are also meetings for the first communion children and youth leaders on Mon-day, an important 1st Communion Parents Meeting on Reconciliation on Wednesday. Also the Churches To-gether in Snodland on Tuesday.
 
NEXT WEEKEND - CANDLEMAS JOURNEY & SPUC WHITE FLOWER APPEAL Next weekend we cele-brate the feast of the Baptism of the Lord and end the Christmas season, and begin our journey to Candlemas, joining with Mary & Joseph taking the light of the First Christmas to the Jewish people in the Temple of Jerusa-lem 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 (1st/2nd February). Please take the candle that will be blessed today and the special Candlemas Journey Prayer Sheet to use at home in prayer on these days. This year, again, we make the journey in a special way for our Parish.
We also have the SPUC White Flower Appeal - see special note overleaf.
 
FUNERAL OF MONICA UNTER RIP will take place this Tuesday 7th January at 12 noon here in St. Thomas More Church and we offer Monica, Charles and Angela and their family all our love and support and prayers - also to the families of Christopher Haskins, David Formosa, Dave Stapley, Mary Gallagher, and all who have died recently and all facing illness and challenges in these days.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Eve of Epiphany 4
5pm
 
First Mass of Epiphany for World Peace - and to drive away hunger, poverty and homelessness in the world
SUNDAY The Epiphany
5
10am
 
5.30pm
Epiphany Mass (Children’s Liturgy & Kings Procession) Parishioners, Family & Friends
Epiphany Mass (Youth Group) Parishioners, Family & Friends
MONDAY (Epiphany Octave) 6 9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Epiphany Octave) 7
9.30am
12noon
Holy Souls
Funeral Mass for Monica Unter RIP
WEDNESDAY (Epiphany Octave) 8 9.30am
Deceased Relatives & Friends of the Lobo Family
THURSDAY (Epiphany Octave) 9 9.30am
Communion Service

FRIDAY (Epiphany Octave)

10 9.30am Mary Goldsmith - Christmas (Steph & Family)
SATURDAY (Epiphany Octave) 11
5pm
Philomena Mulcahy RIP
SUNDAY
Baptism of the Lord
Beginning of Candlemas Journey
12
10am
5.30pm
The Parishioners
Matilda & Paul Perera RIP
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday 4.30pm to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; May Piddock; Peter and Dee Avery; Pauline O’Toole; Mary Wilmot; Fiona Evans; Roy & Heather Lewis; Frank Ostridge; Leo McSharry; Louis Fissenden; Oliver Young; Craig Richards; Diane McSharry; Billy Jones; Laurence Jordan; Dean Herrington; Jacky Seeds; 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: Baby Francis Blackmore; Bert McLelland; Mary Gallagher; Marie Casey; David Formosa; Ewa Wszolek; Dagmar Müller; Tony Fullwood; Christopher Haskins; also Monica Unter; Margaret Mansfield; Keith Osborne; Dave Stapley; Josie Keen (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Patrick Woods; Clementina Leonard; Daniel McMahon; Lonza Micallef; Sidney McCarthy; Lauren Cressey; Peter Smart; Sharon Barbieri; Ellen Love; Gladys Gollop; Avenna Fry; Elsbeth Douse; Antonio Falcone; Carol Copland; Sarah Love.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SATURDAY 4
10am to 12noon
Gardening Club (subject to weather conditions)
SUNDAY 5
10am
 
4pm
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre and ‘Kings Procession’
Youth Group meet to prepare Epiphany Mass
MONDAY 6
 
5-6pm
8pm
(INSET DAY IN SCHOOL)
First Communion Children’s Class in Church
Youth Leaders meet in Priest’s House
TUESDAY 7
1.30pm to 3pm
7pm
Baby & Toddler Group in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
Churches Together in Snodland meet at The Vicarage
WEDNESDAY 8 7.30 for 8pm First Communion Parents Meeting on Reconciliation
SUNDAY 12 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your very generous offerings. (Standing Orders average £355 per week).
 
100 CLUB CHRISTMAS WINNERS Congratulations go to Paddy Griffin (No. 49) [£200 prize] and Terry Thorogood (No. 68) [£60 prize].
 
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.
 
2020 CALENDARS Please support the Church by buying our calendars. We work an honesty box system. Please put mon-ey in the box marked “Cards” in the porch near where you get your tea. Many thanks.
MISSIO CALENDARS Please feel free to take a Missio Calendar from the back of the church.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The next children’s lesson is this Monday 6th January 2020 from 5-6pm (Lord have mercy - read chapter and discuss being truly sorry in everyday life). The next parents meeting is on Wednesday 8th January (7.30pm for 8pm). Please remember to bring a photo of your child for the board at the back of the Church. (We have taken down photos of last year’s first communicants and they will be left on the table in the porch for parents to collect.)
 
MOTHERS PRAYER GROUP The next meeting will be on Monday 13th January at 7.30pm in the Church Porch. If you would be interested in attending please contact Steph Blackburn on 07977 458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk.
 
PILSDON AT MALLING Please see the noticeboard for a note from the Pildson at Malling Community thanking us for our kind and generous donations made through the Reverse Advent Calendar project.
 
A DAY WITH MARY will be held at Our Lady of the Rosary, Brixton, on Saturday 18th January 2020 - see poster on notice-board for full 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.
 
GARDENING CLUB meet on Saturday 4th January 2020 from 10am to 12 noon (subject to weather conditions).
 
CHURCH CLEANING
 
CHURCH FLOWERS Elaine’s Group week beginning 3rd January.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
SPUC ‘WHITE FLOWER’ APPEAL 2020 - the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) will be holding its annual appeal next weekend.
 
On 21 October 2019 the most extreme abortion regime in Europe was imposed on the people of Northern Ireland by the government at Westminster. Abortion will now be permitted for any reason up until at least 24 weeks, and even beyond that. The abortion lobby now wants to introduce this in England & Wales.
 
Please be as generous as you can to help SPUC defend unborn babies and their mothers from this new attack.
 
MARRIAGE MATTERS
 
The Epiphany of the Lord (Isaiah 60:1-6 Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6 Matthew 2:1-12)
Give every fibre of our being
The gift we can give to Jesus and to one another is ourselves. No matter how long we have been married, let us still enjoy un-wrapping the gift of self. Just as, through the grace of God, the ‘wise men’ went another way, not the world’s way, so can we, by giving our whole selves, every fibre of our being.

 

Fourth Sunday of Advent (A) & Feast of the Holy Family (A)    20 December 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

Fourth Sunday of Advent (A) & Feast of the Holy Family (A)
22nd and 29th December 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND We celebrate the final weekend of Advent and make our final preparations to receive Jesus and his new light and strength this Christmas, and we will also have a second opportunity to contribute to our ‘St. Nicholas Charity Collection’ with a retiring collection.
 
CHRISTMAS, HOLY FAMILY WEEKEND AND NEW YEAR 2020 Please see Mass & Service Times below.
 
EPIPHANY WEEKEND (4th/5th January 2020) Special Children’s Liturgy and ’Kings Procession’ at Sunday 10am Mass. Youth Group meet in the Priest’s House at 4pm on Sunday to prepare 5.30pm Mass.
 
ADORATION OF THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD There will be no Adoration evening on Friday 27th December, but we will be there on Friday 3rd January 2020.
 
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR ALL YOU’VE DONE FOR OUR PARISH FAMILY IN THIS PAST YEAR - AND LOVE AND PRAYERS TO YOU ALL FOR THIS CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR. Fr. Peter (Please note that the Parish Office is now closed until Friday 3rd January 2020.)
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Advent Day 5) (Advent)
21
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism - Oscar Moon
Molly & Simon Maher RIP (Alice, Margaret & Maureen)
SUNDAY (Advent Day 6)
Fourth Sunday of Advent (A)
22
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Advent Liturgy) Annie Griffin RIP
The Parishioners
MONDAY (Advent Day 7) 23 9.30am
Final Mass of Advent in Church - Josie Keen RIP
TUESDAY (Christmas Eve) 24
4.30pm
6pm
11.30pm
 
Children’s Service at the Crib
Vigil Mass of Christmas - Parishioners, Family & Friends
Vigil of Carols leading to Midnight Mass - Parishioners, Family & Friends
WEDNESDAY (Christmas Day)
(The Nativity of the Lord)
25 10am
Christmas Family Mass - Parishioners, Family & Friends
THURSDAY (St. Stephen) 26 11am
Mass of St. Stephen - Joan & Donald Hamilton RIP

FRIDAY (St. John, Apostle)

27
10am
Mass of St. John - Anne Crunley RIP
SATURDAY (Holy Innocents) 28
5pm
First Mass of Holy Family - Ruperta R. Inguito RIP (Anniv.)
SUNDAY
The Holy Family
29
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Advent Liturgy) Frank Hall RIP (Birthday)
The Parishioners
MONDAY (Christmas Octave) 30   NO MASS OR SERVICE
TUESDAY (New Year’s Eve) 31 6pm New Year’s Eve Mass (All deceased Parishioners, Family & Friends)
WEDNESDAY (New Year’s Day)
(Mary, Mother of God)
1 Jan 2020 12noon New Year’s Day Mass (Parishioners, Family & Friends)
THURSDAY (Christmas Weekday) 2 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Christmas Weekday) 3
9.30am
6-8pm
 
Welfare of the Diamond Family
Adoration - everyone welcome to join team even for 10 minutes
SATURDAY (Eve of Epiphany) 4 5pm First Mass of Epiphany for World Peace - and to drive away hunger, poverty and homelessness in the world
SUNDAY
The Epiphany
5
10am
 
5.30pm
Epiphany Mass (Children’s Liturgy & Kings Procession) Parishioners Family & Friends
Epiphany Mass (Youth Group) Parishioners, Family & Friends
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday 4.30pm to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Peter and Dee Avery; Colin Povey; Reece Reynolds; Fr. Tony Collins; Pauline O’Toole; Caroline Walker; Baby April Hayes; Sheila Koster; Jrena Beard; Eileen Calkin; Daphne Filmer; Mary Wilmot; Fr. Denis Lynch O.Carm; Dan Smith; Paul Head; John Langton; Natalie Walker; Fiona Evans; Roy & Heather Lewis; Frank Ostridge; Craig Richards; Oliver Young; Diane McSharry; Jacky Seeds; 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: Marie Casey; David Formosa; Ewa Wszolek; Dagmar Müller; Tony Fullwood; Christopher Haskins; Monica Unter; Margaret Mansfield; Keith Osborne; Dave Stapley; Josie Keen; also Paul Horsfall (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: 22nd December: - Francis Flanagan; Emmanuel Murto; Annie Griffin; Laurence O’Connor; Margaret Hopgood; Molly Maher; Mark Nicholls; John Whelan; Hedwick Steffan; Terence Finn; Yvonne D’Agostini; Daniel O’Shea; Cecilia Sampayo; John Kilgallen; Ronald Mannerings; James Boyle; Tony Kibble; Viva Redman; Joan Hamilton. 29th December: - John Keegan; Theresa Hedderman; Maisie Lingham; John Murphy; Mary Forsythe; 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.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SATURDAY 21
10-11am
Children’s Christmas Workshop in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
SUNDAY 22 10am Children’s Advent Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
SUNDAY 29 10am No Children’s Liturgy but children specially welcomed in the Mass
SATURDAY 4 JANUARY 2020 10am to 12 noon Gardening Club (subject to weather conditions)
SUNDAY 5
10am
 
4pm
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre and ‘Kings Procession’
Youth Group meet to prepare Epiphany Mass
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £438.94. (Standing Orders average £355 per week). The second collection for St. Nicholas Welfare raised £250 and the collection for Christmas Flowers raised £248.65.
 
CHRISTMAS RAFFLE The total raised was £440. Thank you to suppliers of goodies, ticket sellers and buyers.
 
RUTH TRANT Thanks to Ruth and volunteers for the great improvement to the car park.
 
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.
 
CHRISTMAS CARDS AND 2020 CALENDARS Please support the Church by buying our cards and calendars. We work an honesty box system. Please put money in the box marked “Cards” in the porch near where you get your tea. Many thanks.
 
MISSIO CALENDARS Please feel free to take a Missio Calendar from the back of the church.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Taking part in Advent. The next children’s lesson is on Monday 6th January 2020 from 5-6pm (Lord have mercy - read chapter and discuss being truly sorry in everyday life). The next parents meeting is on Wednesday 8th January (7.30pm for 8pm). Please remember to bring a photo of your child for the board at the back of the Church. (We have taken down photos of last year’s first communicants and they will be left on the table in the porch for parents to collect.)
 
SALVATION ARMY Please see the noticeboard for a ‘Thank You’ letter from the Maidstone Salvation Army thanking our parishioners for their very generous donations for the homeless.
 
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.
 
GARDENING CLUB meet on Saturday 4th January 2020 from 10am to 12 noon (subject to weather conditions).
 
CHURCH FLOWERS All flower arrangers to meet on Monday 23rd December for Christmas Flowers. Dee’s Group week beginning 27th December.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
MARRIAGE MATTERS
 
Fourth Sunday of Advent (Isaiah 7:10-14 Romans 1:1-7 Matthew 1:18-25)
Taking courage from love
 
The Gospel relates how Joseph overcame his serious doubts about Mary - and married her! She too had faced her own fears about the future - and said “Yes!” We too can have doubts and lack confidence in the future, but like Mary and Joseph we can take courage from our love for each other and God’s love for us too.
Christmas Day (Midnight Mass) (Isaiah 9:1-7 Titus 2:11-14 Luke 2:1-14)
Excitement and Joy
 
Mary knew the excitement and joy of this special day; Joseph too. He and Mary were ‘together’ beginning a new journey, and no doubt believed all was going to be well. We, too, like Mary and Joseph, need to be open to the joy and excitements of new beginnings ‘together’, especially when they involve experiences that are totally new.
The Holy Family (Ecclesiastes 3:2-6, 12-14 Col 3:12-21 Matthew 2:13-15, 17-23)
Be kind and gentle when we are making decisions
 
The readings today challenge us to listen sensitively to each other; to be prepared to let go of our own desires and to be deeply aware of each other’s thoughts and feelings as we make decisions together. For this we need to ask the Holy Spirit to open our hearts to the gifts of compassion and understanding, courage and hopefulness.
Mary, Mother of God (Numbers 6:22-27 Galatians 4:4-7 Luke 2:16-21
A new title
On our wedding day we received a new and special title of ‘Husband’ and ‘Wife’. These titles announce to our family and friends our unique and special place in God’s plan for us, His Church, and the world. In celebrating this Feast Day let us remember who we are and, like Mary, ‘treasure and ponder it in our hearts’.
Second Sunday of Christmas (Eccles 24:1-2.8-12 Ephesians 1:3-6,15-18 John 1:1-18)
He chose us to be holy and spotless
 
He chose us “to be holy and spotless and to live through love in his presence”. ‘Holy and spotless’ … with all the messiness of our lives … clothes, toys, all over the floor, washing up in the sink? Yes. ‘Holy!’ … ‘through loving’. So, whether cleaning up the mess or working to earn money, you are doing loving things. You are ‘holier’ than you think!

 

Third Sunday of Advent (A)    14 December 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

Third Sunday of Advent (A)
15th December 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND We continue Advent and prepare for the Great Advent Days that will lead us to Christmas Eve and have our collection for the Christmas flowers. We also have the draw for our Christmas Raffle and thank all who have organised and worked on this. We also congratulate and pray for Holy Family Parish, South Maidstone, as they cele-brate their 50th Anniversary as a Parish. Please also collect your ‘St. Nicholas’ gift - a 2020 Parish Diary.
 
ADVENT SERVICES AND EVENTS THIS WEEK There is Mothers Prayer Group on Monday, the Pre-School have their Nativity Service on Tuesday, and the school have their Church services on Wednesday. There is also the end-of-term Advent Mass in school, the Advent Adult Penitential service with Adoration on Friday, and the children’s Christmas workshop on Friday - please support all these events.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We celebrate the final weekend of Advent and make our final preparations to receive Jesus and his new light and strength this Christmas, and we will also have a second opportunity to contribute to our ‘St. Nicholas Charity Collection’ with a retiring collection.
 
ADORATION OF THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD There will be Adoration on 20th December with Advent Penitential with Fr. Peter from 7.30pm. Please feel free to join the Adoration team for a quiet time of meditation with your own thoughts any Friday between 6pm and 8pm. If you would like to join the team and you need a lift, please let the Parish office know and we will be able to help. There will be no Adoration evening on Friday 27th December, but we will be there on Friday 3rd January 2020.
 
Let us continue to h
elp each other in this Advent to open our hearts to the Lord and the strength and life he wants to bring us in our lives and challenges this Christmas. Fr. Peter
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Advent - St. John of the Cross) 14
5pm
Barbara Tucker RIP (Corette Family)
SUNDAY
Third Sunday of Advent (A)
15
10am
 
5.30pm
 
(Children’s Advent Liturgy) Christine Griffin RIP (Anniv.)
Mother Bernadette Gastor Lufor and Marie Alix & Marie Claude Terriere
MONDAY (Advent) 16
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Advent Day 1) 17
9.30am
11am
The Parishioners
Pre-School Nativity Service in Church
WEDNESDAY (Advent Day 2) 18
9.30am
1.30pm & 6pm
Mary Goldsmith (Welfare)
School Christmas Services in Church
 
THURSDAY (Advent Day 3) 19
9.30am
Communion Service

FRIDAY (Advent Day 4)

20
9.30am
7.30pm
 
Advent end-of-term Mass in School
Adult Advent Penitential Service in Church with ADORATION
SATURDAY (Advent Day 5) 21
2.30pm
5pm
 
Baptism - Oscar Moon
Molly & Simon Maher RIP (Alice, Margaret & Maureen)
SUNDAY
(Advent Day 6)
Fourth Sunday of Advent (A)
22
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Advent Liturgy) Annie Griffin RIP
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION - Saturday 21st December
Children 4.15pm to 4.30pm Adults 4.30pm to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Peter and Dee Avery; Colin Povey; Reece Reynolds; Fr. Tony Collins; David Formosa; Pauline O’Toole; Caroline Walker; Baby April Hayes; Sheila Koster; Jrena Beard; Eileen Calkin; Daphne Filmer; Mary Wilmot; Fr. Denis Lynch O.Carm; Dan Smith; Paul Head; John Langton; Natalie Walker; Fiona Evans; Billy Jones; Lawrence Jordan; Jacky Seeds; 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: Ewa Wszolek; Dagmar Müller; Tony Fullwood; Christopher Haskins; Monica Unter; Margaret Mansfield; Keith Os-borne; Dave Stapley; Josie Keen; Paul Horsfall; also Michael Gladden; Edward Torre (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Thomas More Fulford; Anna Black; George Wellard; Christine Griffin; Vanda Poil; Francis O’Reilly; Jack Tuite; Bar-bara Corbett; Robert O’Shea; Victor Cox; James Styles; William Turner; Alfred Mifsud; Lewis Thomas; Joan Leader; Dennis Parker; Fran-cis Flanagan; Emmanuel Murto; Annie Griffin; Laurence O’Connor; Margaret Hopgood; Molly Maher.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 15
10am
Children’s Advent Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 16 7.30pm Mothers Prayer Group in Church Porch
TUESDAY 17 1.30pm School Dress Rehearsal in Church
SATURDAY 21 10-11am Children’s Christmas Workshop in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
SUNDAY 22
10am
Children’s Advent Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £349.81. (Standing Orders average £355 per week). The second collec-tion for St. Nicholas Welfare raised £194.23. Donations for flowers and welfare may be “gift aided” so please use one of your spare envelopes and mark accordingly. If you are presently not a gift aid donor and would like to gift aid your donation please use one of the white envelopes at the back of the church - again please mark “flowers” or “welfare”.
 
CHRISTMAS RAFFLE Many thanks to everyone who donated items, bought tickets and helped to organise. We raised £410 - thank you.
 
MANY THANKS for the anonymous and generous donation of board games received from a parishioner which will help us greatly with our welfare fund this Christmas - and our prayers for the donor.
 
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 PRAYER GROUP The next meeting will be on Monday 16th December at 7.30pm in the Church Porch. If you would be interested in attending please contact Steph Blackburn on 07977 458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk.
 
CHRISTMAS CARDS AND 2020 CALENDARS Please support the Church by buying our cards and calendars. We work an honesty box system. Please put money in the box marked “Cards” in the porch near where you get your tea. Many thanks.
 
MISSIO CALENDARS Please feel free to take a Missio Calendar from the back of the church.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Taking part in Advent. (We have taken down photos of last year’s first communicants and they will be left on the table in the porch for parents to collect.)
 
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 Please could all Groups note that the Big Clean will take place on Friday 20th December.
 
CHURCH FLOWERS Dee’s group week beginning 20th December. (If anyone has any greenery for Christmas flowers please bring to Church from Thursday 19th December.) All flower arrangers to meet on Monday 23rd December for Christmas Flowers.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
CONGRATULATIONS AND THANKS TO HENRY MASON who has raised £126.04 for our Parish through making and selling ‘Bookmarks’ - and a similar amount for (1) our School and (2) the homeless. Well done Henry, and thank you!
 
MARRIAGE MATTERS
 
Third Sunday of Advent (Isaiah 35:1-6 James 5:7-10 Matthew 11:2-11)
Cherish the gift
 
John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus’ coming. When Jesus came, the Magi brought gifts. We are preparing gifts for family and friends. When you married, and every day since, you have gifted yourself … entrusted yourselves … to each other; do you still cherish the gift? How much has trust helped you on your journey together? Thank the Lord!

 

Second Sunday of Advent (A)    06 December 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

Second Sunday of Advent (A)
‘Bible Sunday’ - Start of the “Year of the Word”
St. NICHOLAS WEEKEND
8th December 2019
 
GENERAL ELECTION THIS THURSDAY PLEASE USE YOUR DEMOCRATIC RESPONSIBILTY AND VOTE!
 
THIS WEEKEND We continue Advent with ‘Bible Sunday’ and the start of “The Year of the Word” looking at the importance of the Bible and Scripture in our lives and Church. It’s also our ‘St. Nicholas Weekend’ with the St. Nicholas Charity Collection for our welfare fund (giving up one of our Christmas presents and donating the money to help others). We will then have the col-lection for the Church’s flowers next weekend (14th/15th December) and repeat the St. Nicholas Collection on Saturday/Sunday 21st/22nd December.
 
ADVENT SERVICES AND EVENTS THIS WEEK Kings Hill & Mereworth Area Group Mass on Thursday, and Adoration on Friday from 6-8pm.
 
DURING THE WEEK The Deanery Clergy meet on Tuesday, and the Youth Group have their Christmas dinner and Secret Santa on Friday.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We continue Advent and prepare for the Great Advent Days that will lead us to Christmas Eve and have our collection for the Christmas flowers. We also congratulate and pray for Holy Family Parish, South Maidstone, as they cele-brate their 50th Anniversary as a Parish.
 
ADORATION OF THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD There will be Adoration on 20th December with Advent Penitential with Fr. Pe-ter from 7.30pm. Please feel free to join the Adoration team for a quiet time of meditation with your own thoughts any Friday between 6pm and 8pm. If you would like to join the team and you need a lift, please let the Parish office know and we will be able to help. There will be no Adoration evening on Friday 27th December, but we will be there on Friday 3rd January 2020.
 
Let us continue to help each other to have a good Advent and that it may bring us together as a Parish to face the challenges of the future. Fr. Peter.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Advent - St. Ambrose) 7
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Izabella Coleman
Paul & Matilda Perera RIP
SUNDAY
Second Sunday of Advent (A)
‘Bible Sunday’ - Start of the “Year of the Word”
St. Nicholas Weekend
8
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Advent Liturgy) The Parishioners
The Parishioners
MONDAY (The Immaculate Conception) 9
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Advent) 10
9.30am
Joan Sutton - Birthday (Dee & Peter)
WEDNESDAY (Advent) 11
9.30am
Deceased Relatives & Friends of the Lobo Family
THURSDAY (Advent) 12
9.30am
8pm
Communion Service
Kings Hill & Mereworth Area Group Mass

FRIDAY (Advent - St. Lucy)

13
9.30am
6-8pm
 
Josie Keen RIP
ADORATION - everyone welcome to join team even for 10 minutes
SATURDAY (Advent - St. John of the Cross) 14
5pm
Barbara Tucker RIP (Corette Family)
SUNDAY
Third Sunday of Advent (A)
15
10am
 
5.30pm
 
(Children’s Advent Liturgy) Christine Griffin RIP (Anniv.)
Mother Bernadette Gastor Lufor and Marie Alix & Marie Claude Terriere
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Peter and Dee Avery; Colin Povey; Reece Reynolds; Fr. Tony Collins; David Formosa; Pauline O’Toole; Caroline Walker; Baby April Hayes; Sheila Koster; Jrena Beard; Colin Watson; Eileen Calkin; Daphne Filmer; Mary Wilmot; Fr. Denis Lynch O.Carm; Dan Smith; Paul Head; John Langton; Natalie Walker; Fiona Evans; Betsy Nowrasteh; John & Caroline; Lyndsey’s Mum & Dad; Craig Rich-ards; Oliver Young; Diane McSharry; Billy Jones; Lawrence Jordan; Jilly Lever; Baby Francis Blackmore; Jacky Seeds; 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: Monica Unter; Margaret Mansfield; Keith Osborne; Dave Stapley; Josie Keen; Paul Horsfall; Michael Gladden; Ed-ward Torre; also Fr. Tom Creagh-Fuller (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Patricia Coomber; Rhona Ring; Kathleen Rose; Gregory Ennis; Kathleen Gower; Florence Richens; Michael Hegarty; Anthony Sherry; Mark & Lewis Thomas; Frank Battock; Thomas More Fulford; Anna Black; George Wellard; Christine Griffin; Vanda Poil.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 8
10am
Children’s Advent Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
TUESDAY 10   Deanery Clergy Meeting at Goudhurst
THURSDAY 12   General Election - please vote!
FRIDAY 13 7-9pm Youth Group Christmas Dinner & Secret Santa in Priest’s House
SUNDAY 15
10am
Children’s Advent Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £410.88. (Standing Orders average £355 per week).
 
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Maureen Stephens (No. 9) for the December 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.
 
CHRISTMAS RAFFLE Last week to buy raffle tickets. Draw will take place on the weekend of 14th/15th December. Thank you to everyone who contributed - it is much appreciated. Without the kindness of parishioners we wouldn’t be able to do such vital fundraising for our parish - so a big thank you.
 
CHRISTMAS CARDS AND 2020 CALENDARS Please support the Church by buying our cards and calendars. We work an honesty box system. Please put money in the box marked “Cards” in the porch near where you get your tea. Many thanks.
 
MISSIO CALENDARS Please feel free to take a Missio Calendar from the back of the church.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Taking part in Advent. (We have taken down photos of last year’s first communicants and they will be left on the table in the porch for parents to collect.)
 
ADVENT HOUSE MASS 2019
 
KINGS HILL & MEREWORTH
Thursday 12th December 8pm
Meg & Tony Brewer, 157 Beacon Avenue, Kings Hill, ME19 4LH Tel: 01732 848819
 
MEDJUGORGE IRISH CENTRE PILGRIMAGES APRIL - OCT 2020: 7 night stay and Airport Shuttle service from Dubrovnik or Split for €266 per person sharing. Book any flight - any time and they provide guaranteed airport shuttle service. Call for further info and book the dates that suit you. Tel: 020 3239 8662 or email reservations@med-irishcentre.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 Steph’s Group - week beginning 9th December.
 
CHURCH FLOWERS Maria’s group weeks beginning 6th and 13th December.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
ST THOMAS MORE PARISH CHRISTMAS RAFFLE 
 
LAST CHANCE TO BUY TICKETS THIS WEEKEND
 
WE WILL DRAW THE RAFFLE FOR FABULOUS CHRISTMAS HAMPERS ON THE WEEKEND OF 14th/15th DECEMBER
 
REVERSE ADVENT CALENDAR 2019
 
Last Christmas we had a very successful Reverse Advent Calendar event which more than 30 parishioners contributed to, by collecting items daily and bringing boxes or bags of goodies to the Church, in time for the local Food Bank to distribute them before Christmas, thus making the holiday much more enjoyable for the people they helped. Instead of opening a little window in a card and eating a bit of chocolate, parishioners put an item into a box or bag on a daily basis. This resulted in half a van load of food for the Food Bank for Christmas, and beyond.
 
What is welcome:- Tinned or dry goods; bottled goods (not alcohol!), eg. tinned meat, soup, tinned fruit, jam etc Packet goods with a Use By date of 16/1/2020 or later, eg. biscuits, crisps etc, cake mixes Christmas-themed goods, eg. mince pies and Christmas Puddings Toiletries
 
What they cannot use:- Butter or other fats, bread (except part-bake bread), filled cakes or buns, desserts, soft fruit
 
Contributions will be collected at all masses on 14th/15th December. Please help make less fortunate people happier this Christmas!
 
MARRIAGE MATTERS
 
Second Sunday of Advent (Isaiah 11:1-10 Romans 15:4-9 Matthew 3:1-12)
Advent - a new beginning for us?
 
Today, Isaiah talks about trust and Matthew focuses on forgiveness. Advent is the opportunity to discover new ways to help
our partner to trust us and to share themselves. Our prayer can be that we drop our defences, become more vulnerable and have
the courage to open ourselves to be able to really listen, to share and to change.

 

First Sunday of Advent (A)    01 December 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

First Sunday of Advent (A)
THE CHURCH’S NEW YEAR
BLESSING OF ADVENT WREATHS
1st December 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND We begin a New Year in the Church with the First Sunday of Advent (Year A in the readings) with our Advent Wreath Making on Saturday in the Church from 10am to 12 noon (see note overleaf). We also begin our special Children’s Liturgy for Advent at the 10am Mass and ask for your support in this. Advent magazines and candles will also be on sale and special Advent Prayer Sheets will be given out at all Masses. Also please see the dates for Advent Area House Masses on page 3 of this newsletter and support these if you can (also the Reverse Advent Calendar on page 3 and the donations for the homeless (overleaf). Thanks.
 
ADVENT SERVICES AND EVENTS THIS WEEK Advent Area House Masses on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; Penitential Ser-vices in School on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; Friendship Group Advent Service on Wednesday; Youth Group Advent Penitential in School on Friday. Details below and overleaf.
 
DURING THE WEEK Opening First Communion Children’s Class on Monday, Mothers Prayer Group on Monday, and Baby & Toddler Group on Tuesday - details overleaf.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We continue Advent with ‘Bible Sunday’ and the start of “The Year of the Word” looking at the importance of the Bible and Scripture in our lives and Church. It’s also our ‘St. Nicholas Weekend’ with the St. Nicholas Charity Collection for our welfare fund (giving up one of our Christmas presents and donating the money to help others). We will then have the collection for the Church’s flow-ers on the following weekend (14th/15th December) and repeat the St. Nicholas Collection on Saturday/Sunday 21st/22nd December. Let us now help each other to have a good Advent and so truly be ready for this Christmas. Fr. Peter.
 
ADORATION OF THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD There will be Adoration on 20th December with Advent Penitential with Fr. Peter from 7.30pm. Please feel free to join the Adoration team for a quiet time of meditation with your own thoughts any Friday between 6pm and 8pm. If you would like to join the team and you need a lift, please let the Parish office know and we will be able to help. There will be no Adoration evening on Friday 27th December, but we will be there on Friday 3rd January 2020.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (St. Andrew, Apostle) 30
5pm
(1st Mass of Advent) Frank Hall RIP (1st Anniv.)
SUNDAY
First Sunday of Advent (A)
(The Church’s New Year)
1 Dec
10am
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Advent Liturgy) Chris Law RIP - 3rd Anniv. (family)
Mirella Andrew RIP - 3rd Anniv. (family)
MONDAY (Advent) 2
9.30am
8pm
 
Communion Service
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne & Villages Area Group Mass
TUESDAY (Advent - St. Francis Xavier)
(Day of Prayer for Migrants)
3
9.30am
8pm
 
The Parishioners
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling & Teston Area Group Mass
WEDNESDAY (Advent - St. John Damascene) 4
9.30am
10.15am
 
12 noon
8pm
For Louis Scott RIP from friends
Friendship Group Advent Service & Confessions in Church
Naming of new chapel at St, Simon Stock
Snodland & Halling Area Group Mass
THURSDAY (Advent) 5 9.30am Communion Service

FRIDAY (Advent - St. Nicholas)

6
9.30am
6-8pm
 
Welfare of the Diamond Family
ADORATION - everyone welcome to join team even for 10 minutes
SATURDAY (Advent - St. Ambrose) 7
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Izabella Coleman
Paul & Matilda Perera RIP
SUNDAY
Second Sunday of Advent (A)
‘Bible Sunday’ - Start of the “Year of the Word”
St. Nicholas Weekend
8
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Advent Liturgy) The Parishioners
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Peter and Dee Avery; Colin Povey; Reece Reynolds; Fr. Tony Collins; David Formosa; Pauline O’Toole; Caroline Walker; Baby April Hayes; Sheila Koster; Jrena Beard; Colin Watson; Eileen Calkin; Daphne Filmer; Mary Wilmot; Fr. Denis Lynch O.Carm; Dan Smith; Paul Head; John Langton; Natalie Walker; Fiona Evans; Craig Richards; Diane McSharry; Oliver Young; Jacky Seeds; 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: Paul Horsfall; Michael Gladden; Edward Torre; Fr. Tom Creagh-Fuller; also Fr. Jim Kirby (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Una Payne; Angus Parker; Mirella Andrew; Kenneth Worsdell; Edith Giles; Patricia Joubert; Nora Davis; Peter Caf-frey; Peggy Thacker; Philip Stroud; Patricia Moron; William Secluna; Patricia Coomber; Rhona Ring.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SATURDAY 30 10am to 12 noon Advent Wreath Making in Church
SUNDAY 1 Dec
10am
Children’s Advent Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 2
1.30pm
5-6pm
7.30pm
Year 6 Advent Penitential in School
First Opening Holy Communion Children’s Class in Church
Mothers Prayer Group in Church Porch
TUESDAY 3
1.30 - 3pm
1.30pm
Baby & Toddler Group in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre (last session this year)
Year 5 Advent Penitential in School
WEDNESDAY 4
1.30pm
Year 4 Advent Penitential in School
FRIDAY 6
1.45pm
2.30pm
7-9pm
Year 3 Advent Service in School
Key Stage 1 Advent Service in School
Youth Group Advent Penitential in School
SUNDAY 8
10am
Children’s Advent Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £279.63. (Standing Orders average £355 per week). The second collection for Catholic Youth Services raised £149.83.
 
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.
 
CHRISTMAS RAFFLE Tickets are on sale today. Without the kindness of parishioners we wouldn’t be able to do such vital fundraising for our parish - so a big thank you.
 
DONATIONS FOR THE HOMELESS Scarfs, hats, gloves, socks, paper tissues, soap and razors needed for distribution to homeless charities in the area. Please place any donations in the box at the back of the church. Thank you.
 
CHRISTMAS CARDS AND ADVENT CALENDARS Please support the Church by buying our cards and calendars. We work an honesty box system. Please put money in the box marked “Cards” in the porch near where you get your tea. Many thanks.
 
BOOKMARKS FOR SALE Henry Mason (Yr. 3 at More Park) will be selling bookmarks after the Masses this weekend which he has designed and made himself to raise money for the Church, school and a charity to support homeless people. They are 50p each. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
 
WREATH MAKING WORKSHOP Thanks to all who organised and supported this - wreaths will be blessed at Masses today.
 
MISSIO CALENDARS Please feel free to take a Missio Calendar from the back of the church.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Monday 2nd December - 5-6pm (children’s class). In the Name of the Father - we will show the children around the Church and items used. Continue to discuss this chapter and get the children to notice what is happening and changes in Church this season - PRAYER CARDS TO BE COMPLETED. Readings will be given out to children for Christmas Day Family Mass. (We have taken down photos of last year’s first communicants and they will be left on the table in the porch for parents to collect.)
 
FRIENDSHIP GROUP will meet on Wednesday 3rd December at 10.15am in the Church for Christmas Service. Refreshments afterwards in the porch.
 
MOTHERS PRAYER GROUP The next meeting will be on Monday 2nd December at 7.30pm in the Church Porch. If you would be interested in attending please contact Steph Blackburn on 0797 7458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk.
 
TEACHING VACANCIES Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Maidstone South, are advertising for a Reception Teacher starting January and a KS2 Teacher for maternity cover. Please see the noticeboard for full details.
 
Donate8 - WE NEED YOUR HELP - URGENTLY!
 
First communion helpers - required to assist in preparing our children for their First Communion.
 
Children’s liturgy - support now urgently needed to keep the Sunday session going. This is on a rotational basis & term time only.
 
Church cleaning - a new team of 4-5 people are needed now to help clean the church once a month.
 
See the Donate8 noticeboard in the church porch for more details. Your help is crucial to keeping these groups, services and events alive. We ask that you seriously consider helping and fill in and post a Donate8 card in the church porch. It is only through your support that we can continue to be the parish that we are now. Thank you.
 
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 2nd December.
 
CHURCH FLOWERS All flower arrangers week beginning 29th November (please bring greenery). Maria’s group weeks beginning 6th and 13th December.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details. 
 
MARRIAGE MATTERS
(www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk)
First Sunday of Advent (Isaiah 2:1-5 Romans 13:11-14 Matthew 24:37-44)
Walk in the light of the Lord
God’s Word is clear - we can only be certain of each current moment in our day-to-day lives. To live as couples in the
‘present moment’ more often, we need to apply ourselves to today’s call from Jesus to “stay awake”. Also St Paul tells us, “the
time has come: you must wake up now”, because now is all we have.

REVERSE ADVENT CALENDAR 2019

Last Christmas we had a very successful Reverse Advent Calendar event which more than 30 parishioners contributed to, by collecting items daily and bringing boxes or bags of goodies to the Church, in time for the local Food Bank to distribute them before Christmas, thus making the holiday much more enjoyable for the people they helped.
 
Instead of opening a little window in a card and eating a bit of chocolate, parishioners put an item into a box or bag on a daily basis. This resulted in half a van load of food for the Food Bank for Christmas, and beyond.
 
What is welcome:
  • Tinned or dry goods; bottled goods (not alcohol!) -  tinned meat, soup, tinned fruit, jam etc
  • Packeted goods with a Use By date of 16/1/2020 or later - Biscuits, crisps etc, cake mixes, as examples
  • Christmas-themed goods - mince pies and Christmas Puds, for example
  • Toiletries

What they cannot use:

  • Butter or other fats
  • Bread (except part-bake bread)
  • Filled cakes or buns
  • Desserts
  • Soft fruit
Contributions will be collected at all masses on 14th and 15th December. Please help make less fortunate people happier this Christmas!
 
ST THOMAS MORE PARISH
CHRISTMAS RAFFLE 
 
WE WILL BE SELLING TICKETS
FOR THE NEXT 2 WEEKENDS
 
WE WILL DRAW THE RAFFLE FOR
FABULOUS CHRISTMAS HAMPERS
ON THE WEEKEND OF THE 15TH DECEMBER
 
 
ADVENT HOUSE MASSES 2019
 
(Please note the date and let the hosts know if you are coming)
 
WEST MALLING, OFFHAM, ADDINGTON, LEYBOURNE & VILLAGES AREA GROUP MASS
Monday 2nd December 8pm Chris & Ian Butler, Oast View, Teston Road, Offham, ME19 5NB Tel: 01732 849438
 
LARKFIELD, DITTON, EAST MALLING & TESTON AREA GROUP MASS
Tuesday 3rd December 8pm Dee & Peter Avery, 73 Oak Drive, Larkfield, ME20 6NL Tel: 01732 870207
 
SNODLAND & HALLING AREA GROUP MASS
Wednesday 4th December 8pm Natalia & Tomasz Talaska, 64 Brook Lane, Snodland, ME6 5JY Tel: 07857352120
 
KINGS HILL & MEREWORTH AREA GROUP MASS
Thursday 12th December 8pm Meg & Tony Brewer, 157 Beacon Avenue, Kings Hill, ME19 4LH Tel: 01732 848819
 

 

CHRIST THE KING Last Sunday of the Church’s Year    23 November 2019
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PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

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

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

CHRIST THE KING
Last Sunday of the Church’s Year
Youth Day
24th November 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND We celebrate the final Sunday of the Church’s year with the great feast of Christ the King and National Youth Sunday - and a collection during the notices for the Catholic Youth Services supporting youth work in the Diocese and beyond and especially our Southwark Catholic Youth Service. On this Sunday we honour our own young people and youth group and leaders and their place in our Parish and Church at the 5.30pm Sunday Mass (Youth Group meet at 3.30pm in the Priest’s House to prepare this). I also invite everyone to a Birthday drink and social with me after this Mass.
 
DURING THE WEEK There are meetings for the Baby & Toddler Group, the Kings Hill & Mereworth Group, and our Ado-ration in the Church on Friday. Also on Friday the Youth Group have their annual sleepover in the Priest’s House for the “Porchlight” charity - please sponsor them if you can (and pray for them - and me!).
 
NEXT WEEKEND We begin a New Year in the Church with the First Sunday of Advent (Year A in the readings) with our Advent Wreath Making on Saturday in the Church from 10am to 12 noon (see note overleaf). We also begin our special Children’s Liturgy for Advent at the 10am Mass and ask for your support in this. Advent magazines and candles will also be on sale and special Advent Prayer Sheets will be given out at all Masses. Also please see the dates for Advent Area House Masses on page 3 of this newsletter and support these if you can (also the Reverse Advent Calendar on page 3 and the donations for the homeless (overleaf). Thanks.
 
ADORATION OF THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD There will be Adoration on 20th December with Advent Penitential with Fr. Peter from 7.30pm. Please feel free to join the Adoration team for a quiet time of meditation with your own thoughts any Friday between 6pm and 8pm. If you would like to join the team and you need a lift, please let the Parish office know and we will be able to help. There will be no Adoration evening on Friday 27th December, but we will be there on Friday 3rd January 2020.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (St. Clement) 23
2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms - Iris Dawson & Ursula Buonocore
Rev. Fr. Christopher Hamilton-Grey RIP
SUNDAY
CHRIST THE KING
(Last Sunday of the Church’s Year)
Youth Day
24
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) - The Parishioners
(Youth) Antoinette Perera RIP
MONDAY (Weekday) 25
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Weekday) 26
9.30am
Communion Service
WEDNESDAY (Weekday) 27
9.30am
Communion Service
THURSDAY (Weekday) 28 9.30am Communion Service

FRIDAY (Weekday)

29
9.30am
 
6-8pm
 
St. Andrew’s Mass in School - for St. Andrew’s House, Scotland & our Scottish Parishioners
ADORATION - everyone welcome to join team even for 10 minutes
SATURDAY (St. Andrew, Apostle) 30
5pm
(1st Mass of Advent) Frank Hall RIP (1st Anniv.)
SUNDAY
First Sunday of Advent (A)
(The Church’s New Year)
1 Dec
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Advent Liturgy) Chris Law RIP - 3rd Anniv. (family)
Mirella Andrew RIP - 3rd Anniv. (family)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Peter and Dee Avery; Colin Povey; Reece Reynolds; Fr. Tony Collins; David Formosa; Pauline O’Toole; Caroline Walker; Baby April Hayes; Sheila Koster; Jrena Beard; Colin Watson; Eileen Calkin; Daphne Filmer; Mary Wilmot; Fr. Denis Lynch O.Carm; Dan Smith; Paul Head; John Langton; Natalie Walker; Fiona Evans; Norma Buckley; Bill Jones; Baby Francis Blackmore; Jilly Lever; Craig Richards; Diane McSharry; Oliver Young; Jacky Seeds; 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: Paul Horsfall; Michael Gladden; Edward Torre; Fr. Tom Creagh-Fuller; Fr. Jim Kirby; also Louis Scott; Barbara Tuck-er (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Theresa Calloway; Lena Ford; Thomas Davis; Elizabeth Flanagan; Steven Olver; Arthur Skelton; Francis Binnie; Kathleen Cooney (nee Wynne); Fr. John Burke; Frank Hall; Christopher Stubbins; Joyce Nowell; Christopher Law; Una Payne; Angus Parker; Mirella Andrew.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SATURDAY 23 1pm Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling & Teston Area Group meet for lunch - see below
SUNDAY 24
10am
3.30pm
 
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Youth Group meet in Priest’s House to prepare the 5.30pm Youth Mass
Birthday Social in the Porch after Mass
TUESDAY 26
1.30 - 3pm
Baby & Toddler Group in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
THURSDAY 28 7.30pm Kings Hill & Mereworth Area Group Meal - see below
FRIDAY 29
8pm
Youth Group Sleepover in Priest’s House
SATURDAY 30 10am to 12 noon Advent Wreath Making in Church
SUNDAY 1 Dec
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £506.10. (Standing Orders average £355 per week).
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
CHRISTMAS RAFFLE Items are required in order to produce some lovely Christmas hampers to be raffled in December. There is a list of the items needed in the church porch. Please take a look at the list and cross off the item(s) you wish to donate. Once purchased, please place your donation in the box provided in the porch. All donations are needed no later than the weekend 23rd/24th November. Tickets will be on sale from the end of November. Without the kindness of parish-ioners we wouldn’t be able to do such vital fundraising for our parish - so a big thank you.
 
DONATIONS FOR THE HOMELESS Scarfs, hats, gloves, socks, paper tissues, soap and razors needed for distribution to homeless charities in the area. Please place any donations in the box at the back of the church. Thank you.
CHRISTMAS CARDS AND ADVENT CALENDARS Please support the Church by buying our cards and calendars. We work an honesty box system. Please put money in the box marked “Cards” in the porch near where you get your tea. Many thanks.
 
WREATH MAKING WORKSHOP A new team has come forward to run the Wreath Making Workshop. This will take place on Saturday 30th November from 10am until 12 noon in the church porch. The Wreaths will still remain at £5 each and re-freshments will be available throughout the morning. Fr. Peter will bless all the Wreaths at the Masses that weekend. If you can’t make the workshop, sets can be bought after each Mass. If possible, please bring greenery but some will be available for those who don’t have access to any. Instruction will be there if needed.
 
MISSIO CALENDARS Please feel free to take a Missio Calendar from the back of the church.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Monday 2nd December - 5-6pm (children’s class). In the Name of the Father - we will show the children around the Church and items used. Continue to discuss this chapter and get the children to notice what is happening and changes in Church this season - PRAYER CARDS TO BE COMPLETED. Readings will be given out to chil-dren for Christmas Day Family Mass. (We have taken down photos of last year’s first communicants and they will be left on the table in the porch for parents to collect.)
 
Donate8 - WE NEED YOUR HELP - URGENTLY!
 
First communion helpers - required to assist in preparing our children for their First Communion.
 
Children’s liturgy - support now urgently needed to keep the Sunday session going. This is on a rotational basis & term time only.
 
Church cleaning - a new team of 4-5 people are needed now to help clean the church once a month.
 
See the Donate8 noticeboard in the church porch for more details. Your help is crucial to keeping these groups, services and events alive. We ask that you seriously consider helping and fill in and post a Donate8 card in the church porch. It is only through your support that we can continue to be the parish that we are now. Thank you.
 
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALLING On 23rd November Holy Trinity Church Larkfield are holding a Quiz Night in the Scout Hall, New Hythe Lane.
 
A DAY WITH MARY See noticeboard for two dates - 7th December at St. Mary’s, West Croydon and 14th December at Sacred Heart, Wimbledon.
 
MARY’S MEALS See noticeboard for details of buying their Christmas cards and also how to make a donation.
 
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 25th November.
 
CHURCH FLOWERS All flower arrangers week beginning 29th November (please bring greenery).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling & Teston meet for lunch on 23rd November at 1pm at 77 New Hythe Lane, Larkfield. Please contact Maria on 01732 843307.
 
Kings Hill & Mereworth meet on Thursday 28th November at 7.30pm for a meal at The Spitfire, 1 Liberty Square, Kings Hill, ME19 4AU. RSVP Steph Blackburn if you will be attending by 7th November at the latest - 0797 745 8970 or email. steph@bbits.co.uk.

REVERSE ADVENT CALENDAR 2019

Last Christmas we had a very successful Reverse Advent Calendar event which more than 30 parishioners con-tributed to, by collecting items daily and bringing boxes or bags of goodies to the Church, in time for the local Food Bank to distribute them before Christmas, thus making the holiday much more enjoyable for the people they helped.

Instead of opening a little window in a card and eating a bit of chocolate, parishioners put an item into a box or bag on a daily basis. This resulted in half a van load of food for the Food Bank for Christmas, and beyond.
 
What is welcome:
  • Tinned or dry goods; bottled goods (not alcohol!) -  tinned meat, soup, tinned fruit, jam etc
  • Packeted goods with a Use By date of 16/1/2020 or later - Biscuits, crisps etc, cake mixes, as examples
  • Christmas-themed goods - mince pies and Christmas Puds, for example
  • Toiletries

What they cannot use:

  • Butter or other fats
  • Bread (except part-bake bread)
  • Filled cakes or buns
  • Desserts
  • Soft fruit
Contributions will be collected at all masses on 14th and 15th December. Please help make less fortunate peo-ple happier this Christmas!
 
ST THOMAS MORE PARISH
CHRISTMAS RAFFLE
 
WE WILL BE SELLING TICKETS
FROM THIS WEEKEND FOR 3 WEEKS
 
WE WILL DRAW THE RAFFLE FOR
FABULOUS CHRISTMAS HAMPERS
ON THE WEEKEND OF THE 15TH DECEMBER
 
 
ADVENT HOUSE MASSES 2019
 
(Please note the date and let the hosts know if you are coming)
 
WEST MALLING, OFFHAM, ADDINGTON, LEYBOURNE & VILLAGES AREA GROUP MASS
Monday 2nd December 8pm Chris & Ian Butler, Oast View, Teston Road, Offham, ME19 5NB Tel: 01732 849438
 
LARKFIELD, DITTON, EAST MALLING & TESTON AREA GROUP MASS
Tuesday 3rd December 8pm Dee & Peter Avery, 73 Oak Drive, Larkfield, ME20 6NL Tel: 01732 870207
 
SNODLAND & HALLING AREA GROUP MASS
Wednesday 4th December 8pm Natalia & Tomasz Talaska, 64 Brook Lane, Snodland, ME6 5JY Tel: 07857352120
 
KINGS HILL & MEREWORTH AREA GROUP MASS
Thursday 12th December 8pm Meg & Tony Brewer, 157 Beacon Avenue, Kings Hill, ME19 4LH Tel: 01732 848819
 

 

33rd Sunday of the Year (C)    16 November 2019
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PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

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

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

33rd Sunday of the Year (C)
WORLD DAY OF THE POOR
First Communion Enrolment
17th November 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND We celebrate the penultimate Sunday of the Church’s year and have our First Com-munion enrolment - please pray for our First Communicants and their parents as they enrol for this year’s course. We also continue our remembrance and confirmation dedication as God’s Saints on earth and our continued prayers and support for the Saints in purgatory and for our loved ones com-memorated by our lilies. We also pray and offer our support for the poor of the world and those who are helping them.
 
DURING THE WEEK The Baby & Toddler Group meet on Tuesday, there is a special Adoration re-view meeting on Wednesday, and a visit from a local ‘Beaver’ group on Friday.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We celebrate the final Sunday of the Church’s year with the great feast of Christ the King and National Youth Sunday - and a collection during the notices for the Catholic Youth Services supporting youth work in the Diocese and beyond and especially our Southwark Catholic Youth Ser-vice. On this Sunday we honour our own young people and youth group and leaders and their place in our Parish and Church at the 5.30pm Sunday Mass (Youth Group meet at 3.30pm in the Priest’s House to prepare this). I also invite everyone to a Birthday drink and social with me after this Mass.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (St. Edmund) 16 5pm Martha & Paul Perera RIP
SUNDAY
(33rd Sunday of the Year)
World Day of the Poor
First Communion Enrolment
17
10am
5.30pm
(First Communion Enrolment Mass) Michael O’Neill RIP
Barbara Tucker RIP
MONDAY (Weekday) 18
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Weekday) 19
9.30am
Fr. Jim Kirby RIP (The Maher Family)
WEDNESDAY (Weekday) 20
9.30am
Mary Goldsmith - Birthday (Steph)
THURSDAY (Presentation of Our Lady) 21 9.30am Communion Service

FRIDAY (St. Cecilia)

22
 
9.30am
6-8pm
 
(Mass in St. Simon Stock School at 8.15am)
Communion Service
ADORATION - everyone welcome to join team even for 10 minutes
SATURDAY (St. Clement) 23
2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms - Iris Dawson & Ursula Buonoeore
Rev. Fr. Christopher Hamilton-Grey RIP
SUNDAY
CHRIST THE KING
(Last Sunday of the Church’s Year)
Youth Day
24
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) - The Parishioners
(Youth) Antoinette Perera RIP
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Peter and Dee Avery; Colin Povey; Reece Reynolds; Fr. Tony Collins; David Formosa; Pauline O’Toole; Caroline Walker; Baby April Hayes; Sheila Koster; Jrena Beard; Colin Watson; Eileen Calkin; Daphne Filmer; Mary Wilmot; Fr. Denis Lynch O.Carm; Dan Smith; Paul Head; John Langton; Paul Horsfall; Natalie Walker; Oliver Young; Diane McSharry; 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: Michael Gladden; Edward Torre; Fr. Tom Creagh-Fuller; Fr. Jim Kirby; Louis Scott; Barbara Tucker; also Archbishop Michael Bowen (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Christopher Sharp; Lady Rachel Hatton; Constance Gray; Kay O’Connell; Dominic Alexander; Bishop John Jukes; Edward Kelly; Margaret Mulcahy; Barry Walmsley; Mary Franklin; Nick Maytum; Theresa Calloway; Lena Ford; Thomas Davis; Elizabeth Flanagan.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SATURDAY 16 11am to 4pm West Kent Catechists Day - Bishop’s House
SUNDAY 17 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
TUESDAY 19
1.30 - 3pm
Baby & Toddler Group in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 20 7pm Adoration Meeting in Church
FRIDAY 22
4.30pm - 5.45pm
‘Beaver’ Group visit to Church
SATURDAY 23 1pm Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling & Teston Area Group meet for lunch - see below
SUNDAY 24
10am
3.30pm
 
 
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Youth Group meet in Priest’s House at 3.30pm to prepare the 5.30pm Youth Mass
Birthday Social in the Porch after Mass
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £387.10. (Standing Orders average £355 per week). The second collection for the Arch-bishop’s Fund for Diocesan Administration raised £226.33.
 
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.
 
CHRISTMAS RAFFLE Items are required in order to produce some lovely Christmas hampers to be raffled in December. There is a list of the items needed in the church porch. Please take a look at the list and cross off the item(s) you wish to donate. Once purchased, please place your donation in the box provided in the porch. All donations are needed no later than the weekend 23rd/24th November. Tickets will be on sale from the end of November. Without the kindness of parishioners we wouldn’t be able to do such vital fundraising for our parish - so a big thank you.
 
DONATIONS FOR THE HOMELESS Scarfs, hats, gloves, socks, paper tissues, soap and razors needed for distribution to homeless charities in the area. Please place any donations in the box at the back of the church. Thank you.
 
CHRISTMAS CARDS AND ADVENT CALENDARS Please support the Church by buying our cards and calendars. We work an honesty box system. Please put money in the box marked “Cards” in the porch near where you get your tea. Many thanks.
 
WREATH MAKING WORKSHOP A new team has come forward to run the Wreath Making Workshop. This will take place on Saturday 30th November from 10am until 12 noon in the church porch. The Wreaths will still remain at £5 each and refreshments will be available throughout the morning. Fr. Peter will bless all the Wreaths at the Masses that weekend. If you can’t make the workshop, sets can be bought after each Mass. If possible, please bring greenery but some will be available for those who don’t have access to any. Instruction will be there if needed.
 
MISSIO CALENDARS Please feel free to take a Missio Calendar from the back of the church.
 
ADORATION REVIEW MEETING Wednesday 20th November at 7pm in Church for parishioners who have been attending on Friday evenings. Please let Elaine know by the 15th November if you cannot attend.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The First Communion Enrolment Mass takes place on Sunday 17th November. All parents and children must attend - enrolment forms (one of each colour) are to be presented at the Mass. Monday 2nd December - 5-6pm (children’s class). In the Name of the Father - we will show the children around the Church and items used. Continue to discuss this chapter and get the children to notice what is happening and changes in Church this season - PRAYER CARDS TO BE COMPLETED. Readings will be given out to children for Christmas Day Family Mass. (We have taken down photos of last year’s first communicants and they will be left on the table in the porch for parents to collect.)
 
Donate8 - WE NEED YOUR HELP - URGENTLY!
 
First communion helpers - required to assist in preparing our children for their First Communion.
 
Children’s liturgy - support now urgently needed to keep the Sunday session going. This is on a rotational basis & term time only.
 
Church cleaning - a new team of 4-5 people are needed now to help clean the church once a month.
 
See the Donate8 noticeboard in the church porch for more details. Your help is crucial to keeping these groups, services and events alive. We ask that you seriously consider helping and fill in and post a Donate8 card in the church porch. It is only through your support that we can continue to be the parish that we are now. Thank you.
 
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALLING On 23rd November Holy Trinity Church Larkfield are holding a Quiz Night in the Scout Hall, New Hythe Lane.
 
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. We invite you to join us for our next peaceful, prayerful vigil which will be held on Friday 22nd November at St. Francis’ Church, 126 Week Street, Maidstone ME14 1RH. We begin with 10.30am Mass followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacra-ment. We begin our Rosary Procession at 11am following an Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, to Marie Stopes abortion centre, Brewer Street, where we pray 20 decades of the Rosary and the Divine Marcy Chaplet, returning at approx. 1pm for refreshments nearby. Full details on post-er in church porch or contact tel. 01727 763832 or 077 477 46411 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 Eileen’s Group - week beginning 18th November.
 
CHURCH FLOWERS Elaine’s group week beginning 22nd November. All flower arrangers week beginning 29th November (please bring greenery).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling & Teston meet for lunch on 23rd November at 1pm at 77 New Hythe Lane, Larkfield.Please contact Maria on 01732 843307.
 
Kings Hill & Mereworth meet on Thursday 28th November at 7.30pm for a meal at The Spitfire, 1 Liberty Square, Kings Hill, ME19 4AU. RSVP Steph Blackburn if you will be attending by 7th November at the latest - 0797 745 8970 or email. steph@bbits.co.uk.

REVERSE ADVENT CALENDAR 2019

Last Christmas we had a very successful Reverse Advent Calendar event which more than 30 parishioners contributed to, by collecting items daily and bringing boxes or bags of goodies to the Church, in time for the local Food Bank to distribute them before Christmas, thus making the holiday much more enjoyable for the people they helped.

Instead of opening a little window in a card and eating a bit of chocolate, parishioners put an item into a box or bag on a daily basis. This resulted in half a van load of food for the Food Bank for Christmas, and beyond.
 
What is welcome:
  • inned or dry goods; bottled goods (not alcohol!) tinned meat, soup, tinned fruit, jam etc
  • Packeted goods with a Use By date of 16/1/2020 or later Biscuits, crisps etc, cake mixes, as examples
  • Christmas-themed goods mince pies and Christmas Puds, for example

What they cannot use:

  • Butter or other fats
  • Bread (except part-bake bread)
  • Filled cakes or buns
  • Desserts
  • Soft fruit
Contributions will be collected at all masses on 14th and 15th December.
 
Please help make less fortunate people happier this Christmas!

 

32nd Sunday of the Year (C)    08 November 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

32nd Sunday of the Year (C)
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY
Presentation of the Newly-Confirmed
10th November 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND We celebrate Remembrance Sunday with a Mass presented by the School at 10am. We also have the presentation of our newly-confirmed to the Parish at all Masses and ask your prayers for them as they take their confirmation forward. There will also be a second collection during the notices for the Archbishop’s Fund for Diocesan Administration helping to meet the cost of the central administration of the Diocese. We also offer our prayers and support to the Remembrance Services at St. Mary’s, West Malling at 2.30pm today (Sunday) for the Malling area and in Snodland Cemetery at 3pm for the Snodland area.
 
DURING THE WEEK The Baby & Toddler Group meet on Tuesday, there is a Parish Meeting on Wednesday to plan Advent, Christmas and the New Year, and Mothers Prayer Group on Thursday. I’ve also been called to an ex-traordinary meeting of the Council of Priests in London on Friday to discuss the finances of the Diocese and ask your prayers for this. There is also the West Kent Catechists day on Saturday.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We celebrate the penultimate Sunday of the Church’s year and have our First Communion enrol-ment - please pray for our First Communicants and their parents as they enrol for this year’s course.
 
Mission Witness: ‘Red Box’ Thank You and Appeal Fr. Gerry Hastie MHM wishes to thank everyone in the par-ish for our welcome last weekend. If you did not get the chance to take a Red Box and you wish to do so, or you would like to find out more about Missio and the Mill Hill Missionaries, please speak to Tony Law, our Local Secre-tary for the Red Boxes. You can also find more information or set up a Direct Debit online at missio.org.uk/about-apf.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY
Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
9
2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms: Broden Reilly, Ben & Chloe Hawke, Isabelle Grimley
(Confirmation Presentation) Basil & Elizabeth Pinto RIP
SUNDAY
(32nd Sunday of the Year)
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY
Confirmation Presentation
10
10am
 
2.30pm
3pm
5.30pm
Remembrance Mass presented by school (Confirmation Presentation) for our war dead
Remembrance Service at St. Mary’s, West Malling
Remembrance Service - Snodland Cemetery
(Confirmation Presentation) George McAuliffe RIP
MONDAY (St. Martin of Tours)
11
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (St. Josaphat) 12
 
12noon
NO 9.30am MASS OR COMMUNION SERVICE
Deanery Mass for Deceased Clergy
WEDNESDAY (Weekday) 13
9.30am
Deceased Relatives and Friends of the Lobo Family

THURSDAY (Weekday)

14
9.30am
Communion Service

FRIDAY (St. Albert)

15
9.30am
6-8pm
 
Communion Service (N.B.)
ADORATION - everyone welcome to join team even for 10 minutes
SATURDAY (St. Edmund)
16
5pm
Martha & Paul Perera RIP
SUNDAY
(33rd Sunday of the Year)
World Day of the Poor
First Communion Enrolment
17
10am
5.30pm
(First Communion Enrolment Mass) Michael O’Neill RIP
Barbara Tucker RIP
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Peter and Dee Avery; Colin Povey; Reece Reynolds; Fr. Tony Collins; David Formosa; Pauline O’Toole; Caroline Walker; Baby April Hayes; Sheila Koster; Jrena Beard; Colin Watson; Eileen Calkin; Daphne Filmer; Mary Wilmot; Fr. Denis Lynch O.Carm; Dan Smith; Paul Head; John Langton; Mary Goldsmith; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Fr. Tom Creagh-Fuller; Fr. Jim Kirby; Louis Scott; Barbara Tucker; Archbishop Michael Bowen; also James Hay; Valerie Napier; Deacon Jim Gilligan (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world espe-cially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Peggy Roberts; Kate Chapman; Margaret Gaiger; Anne Marie Townend; Sir Ronald Hatton; Bridget Tasker; Walter Davies; Bridget Oliver; Daphne Madge; Doris Brown; Mary Ivell; Kitty Gibbs; William Wrest; Irena Modlibaska; James Baxter; Adam Gole-biowski; John (Pat) Heggarty; Peter Walmsley; Christopher Sharp.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SATURDAY 9 10am to 12noon Gardening Club
SUNDAY 10 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
TUESDAY 12
1.30 - 3pm
Baby & Toddler Group in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 13 7 for 7.30pm Parish Meeting in Priest’s House
THURSDAY 14 7.30pm Mothers Prayer Group in Church Porch
FRIDAY 15
 
(Fr. Peter at Extraordinary Council of Priests Meeting in London)
SATURDAY 16 11am to 4pm West Kent Catechists Day - Bishop’s House
SUNDAY 17
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £354.62 . (Standing Orders average £355 per week).
 
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Gabrielle Chapman (No. 4) for the November 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.
 
CHRISTMAS RAFFLE Items are required in order to produce some lovely Christmas hampers to be raffled in December. There is a list of the
items needed in the church porch. Please take a look at the list and cross off the item(s) you wish to donate. Once purchased, please place
your donation in the box provided in the porch. All donations are needed no later than the weekend 23rd/24th November. Tickets will be on
sale from the end of November. Without the kindness of parishioners we wouldn’t be able to do such vital fundraising for our parish - so a big
thank you.
 
DONATIONS FOR THE HOMELESS Scarfs, hats, gloves, socks, paper tissues, soap and razors needed for distribution to homeless charities
in the area. Please place any donations in a box at the back of the church. Thank you.
 
MISSIO CALENDARS Please feel free to take a Missio Calendar from the back of the church.
 
ADORATION REVIEW MEETING Wednesday 20th November at 7pm in Church for parishioners who have been attending on Friday evenings.
Please let Elaine know by the 15th November if you cannot attend.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The First Communion Enrolment Mass takes place on Sunday 17th November. All parents and children must
attend - enrolment forms (one of each colour) are to be presented at the Mass. (We have taken down photos of last year’s first communicants
and they will be left on the table in the porch for parents to collect.)
 
MOTHERS PRAYER GROUP The next meeting will be on Thursday 14th November at 7.30pm in the Church Porch. If you would be interested
in attending please contact Steph Blackburn on 07977 458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk.
 
KENT CATECHIST DAYS The date for West Kent is Saturday 16th November from 11am to 4pm at The Hermitage, West Malling. See noticeboard
for poster with full details.
 
ANNUAL MASS FOR THE DECEASED CLERGY OF MAIDSTONE DEANERY will take place on 12th November at Midday at St Thomas
More Church.
 
Donate8 - WE NEED YOUR HELP - URGENTLY!
 
PERSONAL SHOPPER URGENTLY NEEDED for Father Peter’s weekly shopping - why not share the job with a friend? As they say - every little helps.
 
First communion helpers - required to assist in preparing our children for their First Communion.
 
Children’s liturgy - support now urgently needed to keep the Sunday session going. This is on a rotational basis & term time only.
 
Church cleaning - a new team of 4-5 people are needed now to help clean the church once a month.
 
See the Donate8 noticeboard in the church porch for more details. Your help is crucial to keeping these groups, services and events alive. We ask that you seriously consider helping and fill in and post a Donate8 card in the church porch. It is only through your support that we can continue to be the parish that we are now. Thank you.
 
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALLING November Prayer Calendar on noticeboard. On 23rd November Holy Trinity Church Larkfield are holding a Quiz Night in the Scout Hall, New Hythe Lane.
 
CATHOLIC CHILDREN’S SOCIETY Brochures for Christmas cards are in the church porch.
 
HEART OF KENT HOSPICE Christmas Festival in West Malling on Sunday 1st December. Santa Dash at Maidstone United Football Club on Saturday 21st December. See noticeboard for posters.
 
PACT Christmas Carol Service will be held on Tuesday 10th December at 7pm. See noticeboard for details.
 
THE MARIPOSA TRUST are returning to London on 24th November with another baby loss support remembrance and support service, ‘Saying Goodbye’. See noticeboard for full details.
 
STRUAN HOUSE is a female Catholic hostel for the ages of 18 and 30 who are coming to London mainly for working or studying purposes. See noticeboard for full 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 Steph’s Group - week beginning 11th November.
 
CHURCH FLOWERS Dee’s group week beginning 15th November. Elaine’s group week beginning 22nd November.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill & Mereworth meet on Thursday 28th November at 7.30pm for a meal at The Spitfire, 1 Liberty Square, Kings Hill, ME19 4AU. RSVP Steph Blackburn if you will be attending by 7th November at the latest - 0797 745 8970 or email. steph@bbits.co.uk.
 

 

31st Sunday of the Year (C)    03 November 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

31st Sunday of the Year (C)
3rd November 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND - Mission Witness: ‘Red Box’ Thank You and Appeal We welcome Fr. Gerry Hastie MHM to give the five-yearly Appeal. Thank you to all parishioners who already give to the Pope’s official charity for overseas mission - Mis-sio - and Britain’s own missionary order, the Mill Hill Missionaries, through the Red Box. There will not be a second collec-tion, but if you do not currently have a Red Box, please do consider taking one. It would be fantastic if every home had a Red Box to help care for our Church family throughout the world. You can find more information or set up a Direct Debit online at missio.org.uk/about-apf.
 
DURING THE WEEK Our newly-confirmed have their post-confirmation interviews and there are meetings for the Youth Leaders, Baby & Toddler Group, Friendship Group, First Communion Parents, and the Youth Group - and the Gardening Club meet on Saturday (9th) from 10am to 12 noon. We also continue our Adoration on Friday from 6pm to 8pm.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We celebrate Remembrance Sunday with a Mass presented by the School at 10am. We also have the presentation of our newly-confirmed to the Parish at all Masses and ask your prayers for them as they take their confirma-tion forward. There will also be a second collection during the notices for the Archbishop Fund for Diocesan Administration helping to meet the cost of the central administration of the Diocese.
 
ARCHBISHOP MICHAEL BOWEN RIP We offer our prayers and love to Archbishop Michael who died on 17th October and who consecrated our Church here in 1982. His funeral Mass will be on Monday (4th November) at our Cathedral of St. George at 12.30pm. (Vigil Mass in the Cathedral on Sunday at 6pm.) We also continue our prayers for Fr. Jim Kirby, with thanks for all he gave our Parish in his time with us as an assistant Priest.
 
A BIG THANK YOU to all the flower ladies for the magnificent display of lilies for our loved ones above for All Saints and All Souls - and to Dee for her hard work in organising this.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY ALL SOULS 2
10am
5pm
 
Holy Souls
(‘Missio’ Red Box Appeal) All Deceased Relatives of the Perera Family
SUNDAY
(31st Sunday of the Year)
(‘Missio’ Red Box Appeal)
3
10am
5.30pm
 
(Children’s Liturgy) (‘Missio’ Red Box Appeal) Catherine Finn RIP (1st Anniv.)
(‘Missio’ Red Box Appeal) Frank Blake RIP
MONDAY (St. Charles Borromeo)
4
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Weekday) 5 9.30am Simon Maher RIP (Birthday)
WEDNESDAY (Weekday) 6
9.30am
Welfare of the Diamond Family

THURSDAY

(Dedication of St. George’s)

7
9.30am
Communion Service

FRIDAY (Weekday)

8
 
9.30am
6-8pm
 
 
Keggy Diamond RIP
ADORATION - everyone welcome to join team even for 10 minutes
SATURDAY Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
9
2.30pm
 
5pm
Baptisms: Broden Reilly, Ben & Chloe Hawke, Isabelle Grimley
(Confirmation Presentation) Basil & Elizabeth Pinto RIP
SUNDAY
(32nd Sunday of the Year)
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY
Confirmation Presentation
10
10am
 
2.30pm
3pm
5.30pm
Remembrance Mass presented by school (Confirmation Presentation) for our war dead
Remembrance Service at St. Mary’s, West Malling
Remembrance Service - Snodland Cemetery
(Confirmation Presentation) George McAuliffe RIP
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Peter and Dee Avery; Colin Povey; Reece Reynolds; Fr. Tony Collins; David Formosa; Pauline O’Toole; Caroline Walker; Baby April Hayes; Sheila Koster; Jrena Beard; Colin Watson; Eileen Calkin; Daphne Filmer; Mary Wilmot; Fr. Denis Lynch O.Carm; Dan Smith; Paul Head; John Langton; Fiona Evans & Family; Daniel Collins; Roy Kirchell; Leo McSharry; Diane McSharry; Oliver Young; Craig Richards; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Fr. Jim Kirby; Louis Scott; Barbara Tucker; Archbishop Michael Bowen; James Hay; Valerie Napier; Deacon Jim Gilligan. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Lorraine O’Shea; Francis and Lonza Micallef; Teresa Soarul; Victor Ingram; Peter Caffrey; Peter Morrison; Kathleen Geoghan; Catherine Finn; Ellen Radford; Lilian Irwin; Louise Thorogood; Bridie Kelly; Kitty Parris; Edward (Paddy) Colbert; Julie Stock-ton; Peggy Roberts; Kate Chapman; Margaret Gaiger; Anne Marie Townend.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 3 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 4
 
8pm
Confirmation Interviews
Youth Leaders Meeting
TUESDAY 5
1.30 - 3pm
 
Baby & Toddler Group in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Confirmation Interviews
WEDNESDAY 6
2pm
5pm
7.30 for 8pm
Friendship Group meet in Priest’s House
Confirmation Interviews
First Communion Parents Meeting
FRIDAY 8
 
7-9pm
Confirmation Interviews
Youth Group Meeting in Priest’s House - Fireworks!
SATURDAY 9 10am to 12noon Gardening Club
SUNDAY 10
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £314.31. (Standing Orders average £355 per week).
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FRIENDSHIP GROUP meeting will be held in the Priest’s House at 2pm on Wednesday 6th November. Just a reminder please bring £10 deposit with you for Christmas Meal on 29th November.
 
ADORATION REVIEW MEETING Wednesday 20th November at 7pm in Church for parishioners who have been attending on Friday evenings. Please let Elaine know by the 15th November if you cannot attend.
 
ADVENT WREATH MAKING After many years, Dee and her family are having to give up running the ‘Advent Wreath’ workshop. We are looking for a team of about 3 people to take over this once a year job, starting this year Saturday 30th November from 10am to 12 noon. Dee is happy to give instruc-tion beforehand if needed. Our thanks to Dee and her family for their tremendous work.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Schedules for classes starting in October 2019 are now at the back of the Church. Please note that children must be cur-rently in at least Year 3 at school to participate. Any parents interested in putting their child forward will need to attend the next parents’ meeting on Wednesday 6th November 2019 with refreshments from 7.30pm and the meeting commencing at 8pm. The cut-off date for acceptance into this year’s Class will be 6th November 2019. No children will be accepted onto the course after this date. The First Communion Enrolment Mass takes place on Sunday 17th November. All parents and children must attend - enrolment forms (one of each colour) are to be presented at the Mass.
 
CHRISTMAS FAIR After discussions between the Parish and the school, it is with regret that we will not be having a Christmas Fair this year. We have been lucky enough for many years to have a core group of people that would turn up at 9am and leave as Mrs Seal locked up at 4pm. These people would help set up, run stalls and clear up but for various reasons they are unable to continue. Previously, we have really struggled to get people to com-mit to volunteer half an hour of their time on the day itself. We therefore feel that we are unable to find anyone to replace the people who are leaving and run the day successfully. This will be the case with the Summer Fair if no-one comes forward to offer their help. People do always surprise us on the day by turning up and helping. We are so grateful to everyone that helps year on year for half an hour or even longer but we need more commitment to be able to make it work.
 
Donate8 - WE NEED YOUR HELP - URGENTLY!
 
PERSONAL SHOPPER URGENTLY NEEDED for Father Peter’s weekly shopping - why not share the job with a friend? As they say - every little helps.
 
First communion helpers - required to assist in preparing our children for their First Communion.
 
Children’s liturgy - support now urgently needed to keep the Sunday session going. This is on a rotational basis & term time only.
 
Church cleaning - a new team of 4-5 people are needed now to help clean the church once a month.
 
See the Donate8 noticeboard in the church porch for more details. Your help is crucial to keeping these groups, services and events alive. We ask that you seriously consider helping and fill in and post a Donate8 card in the church porch. It is only through your support that we can continue to be the parish that we are now. Thank you.
 
KENT CATECHIST DAYS The date for West Kent is Saturday 16th November from 11am to 4pm at The Hermitage, West Malling. See noticeboard for poster with full details.
 
JULIAN OF NORWICH MEDITATION The Choir Chapel, Aylesford Priory on Saturday 2nd November at 6pm. See noticeboard for poster and full de-tails. Admission free. All welcome.
 
ANNUAL MASS FOR THE DECEASED CLERGY OF MAIDSTONE DEANERY will take place on 12th November at Midday at St Thomas More Church.
 
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALLING On 23rd November Holy Trinity Church Larkfield are holding a Quiz Night in the Scout Hall, New Hythe Lane.
 
THE MARIPOSA TRUST are returning to London on 24th November with another baby loss support remembrance and support service, ‘Saying Good-bye’. See noticeboard for full details.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishion-ers 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 4th November.
 
CHURCH FLOWERS Please could all flower arrangers meet on Saturday 9th November to prepare for Remembrance Sunday. Dee’s group week beginning 15th November.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill & Mereworth meet on Thursday 28th November at 7.30pm for a meal at The Spitfire, 1 Liberty Square, Kings Hill, ME19 4AU. RSVP Steph Blackburn if you will be attending by 7th November at the latest - 0797 745 8970 or email. steph@bbits.co.uk.
 

 

30th Sunday of the Year (C)    03 November 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

30th Sunday of the Year (C)
27th October 2019
 
Fr. JIM KIRBY It is with deep sadness that I have to inform you that Fr. Jim, who was an assistant priest here and a member of my Ministry of Priests group, died in Ireland last Monday (21st October). We offer him and his family and friends all our love and support and prayers with thanks for his time and work with us.
 
THIS WEEKEND We continue October and our prayers and thanks for the Harvest of our earth and faith and also for our newly con-firmed as they look at how they are going to take their confirmation forward and prepare for their ‘Assessment’ Meetings on Monday 28th October (girls) and Friday 1st November (boys).
 
DURING THE WEEK There are meetings for the Baby & Toddler Group and the Deanery Pastoral Council meets here on Tuesday evening, and Mothers Prayer Group on Wednesday. Also we continue our Adoration on Friday.
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO AYLESFORD PRIORY The Friars celebrate their 70th Anniversary at Aylesford this Thursday (31st Octo-ber) with a Mass with Archbishop John at 12 noon. We offer them our congratulations and prayers and thanks for all they have given us and our Deanery and Diocese.
 
ALL SAINTS & ALL SOULS Friday is the Feast of All Saints - a Holy Day of Obligation when we should get to Mass if we can - Masses at 10am with the Pre-School and Schools, and 8pm (also Mass in St. Simon Stock School). Saturday we will be honouring and supporting the Saints in purgatory with a Mass at 10am.
 
NEXT WEEKEND - Mission Witness: ‘Red Box’ Thank You and Appeal Next weekend we will welcome Fr. Gerry Hastie MHM to give the five-yearly Red Box Appeal. Through the Red Box we care for our Church family around the world. Thank you to all parish-ioners who already give to the Pope’s official charity for overseas mission - Missio - and Britain’s own missionary order, the Mill Hill Missionaries, through the Red Box.
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR - Valerie Napier and her family as they prepare for her funeral on Wednesday and for Barbara Tucker and Fio-na and the Corette family as they prepare for Barbara’s funeral - and we offer them all our love and prayers and support at this time.
 
ARCHBISHOP MICHAEL BOWEN RIP We offer our prayers and love to Archbishop Michael who died on 17th October and who consecrated our Church here in 1982. His funeral Mass will be on Monday (4th November) at our Cathedral of St. George at 12.30pm. (Vigil Mass in the Cathedral next Sunday (3rd) at 6pm.)
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Weekday) 26
2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms: Benjamin & Leon Brack, & Kainne Waluube
Marry D’Souza (Theresa Britto & Family)
SUNDAY
(30th Sunday of the Year)
27
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
Dan Smith (Welfare)
MONDAY (Ss. Simon & Jude, Apostles)
28
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Weekday) 29 9.30am Welfare of the Diamond Family
WEDNESDAY (Weekday) 30
9.30am
 
 
Keggy Diamond RIP
(11am - Funeral of Valerie Napier at Vinters Park Crematorium)
THURSDAY (Weekday) 31
9.30am
12noon
Communion Service
70th Anniversary Mass at Aylesford Priory

FRIDAY ALL SAINTS

1 Nov
 
10am
6-8pm
 
8pm
 
School and Pre-School Mass in Church
ADORATION - everyone welcome to join team even for 10 minutes
Parish Mass (Parishioners, Family & Friends)
SATURDAY ALL SAINTS
2
10am
5pm
 
Holy Souls
(‘Missio’ Red Box Appeal) All Deceased Relatives of the Perera Family
SUNDAY
(31st Sunday of the Year)
(‘Missio’ Red Box Appeal)
3
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) (‘Missio’ Red Box Appeal) Catherine Finn RIP (1st Anniv.)
(‘Missio’ Red Box Appeal) Frank Blake RIP
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Peter and Dee Avery; Colin Povey; Reece Reynolds; Fr. Tony Collins; David Formosa; Pauline O’Toole; Caroline Walker; Baby April Hayes; Sheila Koster; John Stevens; Jrena Beard; Colin Watson; Eileen Calkin; Daphne Filmer; Mary Wilmot; Fr. Denis Lynch O.Carm; Dan Smith; Paul Head; John Langton; Norma Buckley; Baby Francis Blackmore; Billy Jones; Oliver Young; Leo McSharry; Di-ane McSharry; Craig Richards; 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: Louis Scott; Barbara Tucker; Archbishop Michael Bowen; James Hay; Valerie Napier; Deacon Jim Gilligan; also Fr. Wilfrid McGreal (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Rosemary Goodayle; Stephen McEvoy; Margaret Hopgood; Ellen Davis; Iris Durden; Nancy Cochran; Jennie New-man; Frank Blake; Alfred Weaver; Lorraine O’Shea; Francis and Lonza Micallef; Teresa Soarul; Victor Ingram; Peter Caffrey; Peter Morri-son; Kathleen Geoghan; Catherine Finn.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 27 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 28 5-6pm Girls Confirmation Group - Assessment Meeting in Priest’s House
TUESDAY 29
1.30-3pm
7.30pm
Baby & Toddler Group in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Deanery Pastoral Council meets here in Priest’s House
WEDNESDAY 30
11am
7.30pm
Funeral of Valerie Napier at Vinters Park Crematorium
Mothers Prayer Group meet in Church Porch
FRIDAY 1 NOV 6-7pm Boys Confirmation Group - Assessment Meeting in Priest’s House
SATURDAY 2 10am to 12 noon Gardening Club
SUNDAY 3
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £290.39. (Standing Orders average £355 per week). The second collection for Missio raised £206.25.
 
THANK YOU FROM PILSDON Please see the noticeboard for a thank you note from Pilsdon for your very generous donation of Harvest gifts.
 
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.
 
100 CLUB & LILIES Throughout October, Dee will be at every weekend Mass to collect annual subscriptions for the 100 Club. She will also be looking out for new members. Dee will also be taking names for lilies in remembrance of deceased relatives and friends. The cost per lily is still £3. The names will be on display boards for All Saints and All Souls.
 
ADVENT WREATH MAKING After many years, Dee and her family are having to give up running the ‘Advent Wreath’ workshop. We are looking for a team of about 3 people to take over this once a year job, starting this year Saturday 30th November from 10am to 12 noon. Dee is happy to give instruc-tion beforehand if needed. Our thanks to Dee and her family for their tremendous work.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Schedules for classes starting in October 2019 are now at the back of the Church. Please note that children must be cur-rently in at least Year 3 at school to participate. Any parents interested in putting their child forward will need to attend the next parents’ meeting on Wednesday 6th November 2019 with refreshments from 7.30pm and the meeting commencing at 8pm. The cut-off date for acceptance into this year’s Class will be 6th November 2019. No children will be accepted onto the course after this date.
 
MOTHERS PRAYER GROUP The next meeting will be on Wednesday 30th October at 7.30pm in the Church Porch. If you would be interested in at-tending please contact Steph Blackburn on 0797 7458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk.
 
CHRISTMAS CARDS AND ADVENT CALENDARS Please support the Church by buying our cards and calendars. We work an honesty box system. Please put money in the box marked “Cards” in the porch near where you get your tea. Many thanks.
 
CHRISTMAS FAIR After discussions between the Parish and the school, it is with regret that we will not be having a Christmas Fair this year. We have been lucky enough for many years to have a core group of people that would turn up at 9am and leave as Mrs Seal locked up at 4pm. These people would help set up, run stalls and clear up but for various reasons they are unable to continue. Previously, we have really struggled to get people to com-mit to volunteer half an hour of their time on the day itself. We therefore feel that we are unable to find anyone to replace the people who are leaving and run the day successfully. This will be the case with the Summer Fair, if no-one comes forward to offer their help. People do always surprise us on the day by turning up and helping. We are so grateful to everyone that helps year on year for half an hour, or even longer, but we need some more commit-ment to be able to make it work.
 
Donate8 - WE NEED YOUR HELP - URGENTLY!
 
First communion helpers - required to assist in preparing our children for their First Communion.
 
Children’s liturgy - support now urgently needed to keep the Sunday session going. This is on a rotational basis & term time only.
 
Church cleaning - a new team of 4-5 people are needed now to help clean the church once a month.
 
See the Donate8 noticeboard in the church porch for more details. Your help is crucial to keeping these groups, services and events alive. We ask that you seriously consider helping and fill in and post a Donate8 card in the church porch. It is only through your support that we can continue to be the parish that we are now. Thank you.
 
KENT CATECHIST DAYS The date for West Kent is Saturday 16th November from 11am to 4pm at The Hermitage, West Malling. See noticeboard for poster with full details.
 
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALLING AUTUMN EVENTS On 23rd November Holy Trinity Church Larkfield are holding a Quiz Night in the Scout Hall, New Hythe Lane.
 
HEART OF KENT HOSPICE See noticeboard for details of their Christmas Fayre (7th December) and Christmas Carol Concert (11th December).
 
SLEEPING BAGS NEEDED If anyone has any spare sleeping bags in good condition please contact Susan on 07895 026411 or 01622 812952. Her daughter (a previous pupil of both More Park and St. Simon Stock) volunteers for a homeless charity in her area where they take as much as possible to the Strand fortnightly, but they are very short of sleeping bags. Many thanks.
 
CATHOLIC SINGLES is an organisation which helps single Catholics of all ages (over 18 years) meet other single Catholics, either one to one or through social events. For further information visit www.catholicsingles.org.uk or tel. 0161 941 3498. See noticeboard for poster.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishion-ers that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
GARDENING CLUB meet on Saturday 2nd November from 10am to 12 noon.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Wiesia’s Group - week beginning 28th October.
 
CHURCH FLOWERS We will be arranging the lilies on Thursday 31st October at 10am. Also all flower arrangers to meet on Friday 8th Novem-ber to prepare for Remembrance Sunday.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill & Mereworth meet on Thursday 28th November at 7.30pm for a meal at The Spitfire, 1 Liberty Square, Kings Hill, ME19 4AU. RSVP Steph Blackburn if you will be attending by 21st November at the latest - 0797 745 8970 or email. steph@bbits.co.uk.
 
 
EXTRAORDINARY MONTH OF MISSION
 
Pope Francis has declared October 2019 to be an Extraordinary Month of Mission (EMM). This special month of prayer and action calls us all to renew our missionary commitment. We’re called to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with all peoples. There is lots of information on the Missio website (missio.org.uk/emm). Do visit it and read about how you can get involved. Meanwhile, here is a special prayer which sums it all up:
 
God our Father,
when your Son Jesus Christ rose from the dead,
He commissioned his followers
to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’.
Through our Baptism You send us out
to continue this mission among all peoples.
Empower us by the gifts of the Holy Spirit
to be courageous and enthusiastic
in bearing witness to the Gospel,
so that the mission entrusted to us,
which is still far from completion,
may bring life and light to the world.
May all peoples experience
the saving love and generous mercy of Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God, forever and ever. Amen.
 
We will include this prayer in our Masses this weekend and in the week leading up to our Missio ‘Red Box’ Appeal on 2nd/3rd November.

 

29th Sunday of the Year (C)    21 October 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

29th Sunday of the Year (C)
WORLD MISSION DAY
School Holiday Break
20th October 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND We celebrate World Mission Day with special prayers and a collection for ’Missio’ - see page 3 for more details on this and on this Extraordinary Month of Mission.
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEWLY CONFIRMED Our congratulations and prayers for our candi-dates confirmed last Sunday at St. Francis, Maidstone - Liam Allan, Patricia Britto, Alfie Donnelly, Keran Ekeuh, Ayla Farrelly-Jones, Christopher Foley, Niamh-Della Grant, Christian Orlando, Sebastian Paling, Andrew Quayson & Oliver Sharp - together with Albert Delaney, Rebecca Folorunso & Erin O’Toole, who were prepared at Maidstone and Ralph Spence, our adult candidate. We pray for them and the newly confirmed from Maidstone and all their sponsors and families, and that their confirmation may inspire us in all our callings.
 
DURING THE WEEK The Pre-School and Schools have their holiday break between terms 1 and 2. We wish them - pupils, staff and helpers a happy break. And no meetings this week - isn’t God good!
 
NEXT WEEKEND We continue October and our prayers and thanks for the Harvest of our earth and faith and also for our newly confirmed as they look at how they are going to take their confirmation forward and prepare for their ‘Assessment’ Meetings on Monday 28th October (girls) and Friday 1st November (boys), and prepare for our Missio ‘Red Box’ Appeal on Saturday/Sunday 2nd/3rd November.
 
CONGRATULATIONS to Indigo Thornton who is celebrating her 21st Birthday this weekend - also to Fr. Geoff from Bearsted who is considerably older - and all celebrating birthdays and anniversaries at this time.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Weekday) 19
5pm
Julian Silva RIP
SUNDAY
(29th Sunday of the Year)
World Mission Day
20
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
The Parishioners
MONDAY (Weekday)
21
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Weekday - St. John Paul II) 22 9.30am Communion Service (N.B.)
WEDNESDAY (Weekday) 23
9.30am
Welfare of the Diamond Family
THURSDAY (Weekday) 24
9.30am
Communion Service

FRIDAY (Weekday - 40 Martyrs)

25
 
9.30am
 
Keggy Diamond RIP
SATURDAY (Weekday)
26
2.30pm
 
5pm
Baptisms: Benjamin & Leon Brack, & Kainne Waluube
Marry D’Souza (Theresa Britto & Family)
SUNDAY
(30th Sunday of the Year)
27
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
Dan Smith (Welfare)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Peter and Dee Avery; Colin Povey; Reece Reynolds; Fr. Tony Collins; David Formosa; Pauline O’Toole; Caroline Walker; Baby April Hayes; Sheila Koster; John Stevens; Jrena Beard; Colin Watson; Eileen Calkin; Daphne Filmer; Mary Wilmot; Fr. Denis Lynch O.Carm; Dan Smith; Fiona Evans & Family; Paul Head; 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: Archbishop Michael Bowen; James Hay; Valerie Napier; Deacon Jim Gilligan; Fr. Wilfrid McGreal; also Lily McAuliffe (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Sheila Watson; Herbert Gollop; Thomas Nash; John Levey; Gwyneth Haskins; Alan Strange; Patrick Bellamy; John Harrington; Eileen Weir; Joan Swingler; Rosemary Goodayle; Stephen McEvoy.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SATURDAY 19 9.30am to 1pm Eucharistic Ministers & Readers Morning of Recollection at Holy Family Church, South Maidstone
SUNDAY 20 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
TUESDAY 22   No Baby & Toddler Group (School Holiday Break)
SUNDAY 27
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £494.26. (Standing Orders average £355 per week). The second collection for PACT raised £178.96.
 
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.
 
100 CLUB & LILIES Throughout October, Dee will be at every weekend Mass to collect annual subscrip-tions for the 100 Club. She will also be looking out for new members. Dee will also be taking names for lilies in remembrance of deceased relatives and friends. The cost per lily is still £3. The names will be on display boards for All Saints and All Souls.
 
ADVENT WREATH MAKING After many years, Dee and her family are having to give up running the ‘Advent Wreath’ workshop. We are looking for a team of about 3 people to take over this once a year job, starting this year Saturday 30th November from 10am to 12 noon. Dee is happy to give instruction before-hand if needed. Our thanks to Dee and her family for their tremendous work.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Schedules for classes starting in October 2019 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 next parents’ meeting on Wednesday 6th November 2019 with refreshments from 7.30pm and the meeting commencing at 8pm. The cut-off date for acceptance into this year’s Class will be 6th November 2019. No children will be accepted on-to the course after this date.
 
Donate8 - WE NEED YOUR HELP - URGENTLY!
 
First communion helpers - required to assist in preparing our children for their First Communion.
 
Children’s liturgy - support now urgently needed to keep the Sunday session going. This is on a rotational basis & term time only.
 
Church cleaning - a new team of 4-5 people are needed now to help clean the church once a month.
 
See the Donate8 noticeboard in the church porch for more details. Your help is crucial to keeping these groups, services and events alive. We ask that you seriously consider helping and fill in and post a Donate8 card in the church porch. It is only through your support that we can continue to be the parish that we are now. Thank you.
 
KENT CATECHIST DAYS The date for West Kent is Saturday 16th November from 11am to 4pm at The Hermitage, West Malling. See noticeboard for poster with full details.
 
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALLING AUTUMN EVENTS On 23rd November Holy Trinity Church Lark-field are holding a Quiz Night in the Scout Hall, New Hythe Lane.
 
SLEEPING BAGS NEEDED If anyone has any spare sleeping bags in good condition please contact Su-san on 07895 026411 or 01622 812952. Her daughter (a previous pupil of both More Park and St. Simon Stock) volunteers for a homeless charity in her area where they take as much as possible to the Strand fortnightly, but they are very short of sleeping bags. 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 Eileen’s Group - week beginning 21st October.
 
CHURCH FLOWERS Dee’s group week beginning 25th October. Would all flower arrangers meet in church on Thursday 31st October at 10am to prepare Lilies for All Souls.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill & Mereworth meet on Thursday 28th November at 7.30pm for a meal. Venue to be confirmed.
 
WORLD MISSION DAY
 
We celebrate World Mission Day with special prayers and a collection during the notices for ‘Missio’, the Church’s official organisation for foreign missions where the Church is new, young or poor. The money goes directly from England & Wales to the Bishops in the mission territories; local church directly helping local church. This October has been declared by Pope Francis as an ‘Extraordinary Month of Mission’ (see below).
 
EXTRAORDINARY MONTH OF MISSION
 
Pope Francis has declared October 2019 to be an Extraordinary Month of Mission (EMM). This special month of prayer and action calls us all to renew our missionary commitment. We’re called to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with all peoples. There is lots of information on the Missio website (missio.org.uk/emm). Do visit it and read about how you can get involved. Meanwhile, here is a special prayer which sums it all up:
 
God our Father,
when your Son Jesus Christ rose from the dead,
He commissioned his followers
to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’.
Through our Baptism You send us out
to continue this mission among all peoples.
Empower us by the gifts of the Holy Spirit
to be courageous and enthusiastic
in bearing witness to the Gospel,
so that the mission entrusted to us,
which is still far from completion,
may bring life and light to the world.
May all peoples experience
the saving love and generous mercy of Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God, forever and ever. Amen.
 
We will include this prayer in our Masses for World Mission Day this weekend and in the following weeks leading up to our Missio ‘Red Box’ Appeal on 2nd/3rd November.

 

28th Sunday of the Year (C)    11 October 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

28th Sunday of the Year (C)
PRISONERS SUNDAY & PRISONS WEEK
St. Edward the Confessor
13th October 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND We continue October and celebrate our Confirmation (see below). We also celebrate Prisoners Sunday and Prisons Week with a collection during the notices for PACT (the Prison Advice & Care Trust) which brings the Church’s support to prisoners and their families. Special envelopes for this collection for Gift Aiders are available in Church today - also a few copies of prayers for this Prisoners Week (13th to 19th October).
 
CONFIRMATION CONGRATULATIONS Our congratulations and prayers for our candidates confirmed today (Sunday) at St. Francis, Maidstone - Liam Allan, Patricia Britto, Alfie Donnelly, Keran Ekeuh, Ayla Farrelly-Jones, Christopher Foley, Niamh-Della Grant, Christian Orlando, Sebastian Paling, Andrew Quayson & Oliver Sharp - together with Albert Delaney, Rebecca Folorunso & Erin O’Toole, who were prepared at Maidstone and Ralph Spence, our adult candidate. We pray for them and the candidates from Maidstone and all their sponsors and families, and that their confirmation may inspire us in all our callings.
 
DURING THE WEEK On Tuesday we celebrate the founding of our Parish, the 37th anniversary of the consecration of our Church and the 20th anniversary of my induction as your Parish Priest - special prayers this weekend for our Parish, for me - and especially you! There are also meetings this week for the Baby & Toddler Group, school governors, Churches Together in Snodland, Children’s Liturgy organisers, Mothers Prayer Group and Youth Group - details overleaf. You are also welcome to join Fr. Peter’s Jesus Caritas group for Adoration and silent prayer on Monday between 12 noon - 1pm for the hour or for a few minutes.
 
SATURDAY - MORNING OF RECOLLECTION FOR EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS & READERS at Holy Family Church, Bicknor Road, Parkwood, Maidstone, ME15 9PS led by Canon Luke Smith (former Parish Priest of Maidstone). Coffee at 9.30am, then start at 10am to 1pm. All ministers and readers are called to take part in this if possible. (There will be a similar meeting at St. Andrew’s Church, Ten-terden on Saturday 25th April from 1pm to 4pm if you can’t make this Saturday.)
 
NEXT WEEKEND We celebrate World Mission Day with special prayers and a collection for ’Missio’ - see page 3 for more details on this and on this Extraordinary Month of Mission. Please also see page 3 - Important Email from the Diocese on “SCAM EMAILS”.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Weekday) 12
2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms - Iyanu Kappo & Jessica Allan
Neville & Beno Perera Ints.
SUNDAY
(28th Sunday of the Year)
CONFIRMATION
Prisoners Sunday & Prisons Week
St. Edward the Confessor
13
10am
3pm
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) - The Parishioners
CONFIRMATION MASS at St. Francis, Maidstone
for our newly confirmed
MONDAY (Weekday)
14
9.30am
12-1pm
 
Communion Service
Adoration & Silent Prayer with Fr. Peter’s Jesus Caritas group in church
TUESDAY (St. Teresa of Avila)
(Parish Dedication)
15 9.30am Keggy Diamond RIP
WEDNESDAY  16
9.30am
Carmelo & Carmela Salibu RIP (Jane C.)
THURSDAY (St. Ignatius of Antioch) 17
9.30am
Communion Service

FRIDAY (St. Luke, Evangelist)

18
 
9.30am
6-8pm
 
(Mass in St. Simon Stock School at 8.15am)
Communion Service
ADORATION - Everyone welcome to join team even for 10 minutes
SATURDAY (Weekday)
19
5pm
Julian Silva RIP
SUNDAY
(29th Sunday of the Year)
World Mission Day
20
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Peter and Dee Avery; Colin Povey; Reece Reynolds; Fr. Tony Collins; David Formosa; Pauline O’Toole; Caroline Walker; Baby April Hayes; Sheila Koster; John Stevens; Jrena Beard; Colin Watson; Eileen Calkin; Daphne Filmer; Mary Wilmot; Fr. Denis Lynch O.Carm; Dan Smith; Diane McSharry; Oliver Young; Bill Jones; Baby Francis Blackmore; 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: James Hay; Valerie Napier; Deacon Jim Gilligan; Fr. Wilfrid McGreal; Lily McAuliffe; also Simone Ciprian; Derek (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civil-ians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Horace Hawkins; Joseph Jupp; Charlie Bagent; Eric Redman; Kathleen Lonergon; James Fay; Charles Lov-ell; 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; Alan Strange.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 13 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 14   (Fr. Peter’s Jesus Caritas Group meet here)
TUESDAY 15
1.30-3pm
6.30pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
More Park School Academy Meeting
WEDNESDAY 16
7pm
7.45 for 8pm
Churches Together in Snodland
Children’s Liturgy Organisers meet in Priest’s House
 
THURSDAY 17 7.30pm Mothers Prayer Group meet in Church Porch
FRIDAY 18 7-9pm Youth Group meet in School
SATURDAY 19 9.30am to 1pm
Eucharistic Ministers & Readers Morning of Recollection at Holy Family Church, South Maidstone
SUNDAY 20
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £362. (Standing Orders average £355 per week). The second collection for CAFOD raised £440. The third collection for The Harvest raised £110.76.
 
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Colin & Sue Watson (No. 8) for the October 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.
 
100 CLUB & LILIES Throughout October, Dee will be at every weekend Mass to collect annual subscriptions for the 100 Club. Also she will be taking names for lilies in remembrance of deceased relatives and friends. The cost per lily is still £3. The names will be on display boards for All Saints and All Souls.
 
ADVENT WREATH MAKING After many years, Dee and her family are having to give up running the ‘Advent Wreath’ workshop. We are looking for a team of about 3 people to take over this once a year job, starting this year Saturday 30th November from 10am to 12 noon. Dee is happy to give instruction beforehand if needed. Our thanks to Dee and her family for their tremendous work.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Schedules for classes starting in October 2019 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 next parents’ meeting on Wednesday 6th November 2019.
 
MOTHERS PRAYER GROUP The next meeting will be this Thursday 17th October at 7.30pm in the Church Porch. If you would be interested in attending please contact Steph Blackburn on 0797 7458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk.
 
Donate8 - WE NEED YOUR HELP - URGENTLY!
 
A team of Christmas elves - needed to help organise and put some sparkle into our Christmas Bazaar.
 
First communion helpers - required to assist in preparing our children for their First Communion.
 
Children’s liturgy - support now urgently needed to keep the Sunday session going. This is on a rotational basis & term time only.
 
Church cleaning - a new team of 4-5 people are needed now to help clean the church once a month.
 
See the Donate8 noticeboard in the church porch for more details. Your help is crucial to keeping these groups, services and events alive. We ask that you seriously consider helping and fill in and post a Donate8 card in the church porch. It is only through your support that we can continue to be the parish that we are now. Thank you.
 
KENT CATECHIST DAYS The date for West Kent is Saturday 16th November from 11am to 4pm at The Hermitage, West Malling. See noticeboard for poster with full details.
 
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALLING AUTUMN EVENTS (1) Committee Meeting on Wednesday 16th October at 8pm at Mereworth Church. (2) On 23rd November Holy Trinity Church Larkfield are holding a Quiz Night in the Scout Hall, New Hythe Lane.
 
St. SIMON STOCK A LEVEL EXAM SUCCESS: A quote from ‘The Pilgrim’, the Diocesan newspaper: ‘St. Simon Stock Catholic School, Maidstone, has once again been ranked in the top 10% nationally based on it’s A level scores. One-in-five A level entries achieved A* or A, and more than one-in-three entries achieved A* to B grades. In the vocational courses, half of all entries achieved a Distinction* or a Distinction.’ Congratulations to all students and staff of the school.
 
SLEEPING BAGS NEEDED If anyone has any spare sleeping bags in good condition please contact Susan on 07895 026411 or 01622 812952. Her daughter (a previous pupil of both More Park and St. Simon Stock) volunteers for a homeless charity in her area where they take as much as possible to the Strand fortnightly, but they are very short of sleeping bags. Many thanks.
 
FEAST OF ST. JUDE See noticeboard for details of the celebrations taking place from 26th-28th October at the National Shrine of St. Jude in Faversham.
 
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 14th October.
 
CHURCH FLOWERS Maria’s group week beginning 18th October. Dee’s group week beginning 25th October. Would all flower arrangers meet in church on Thursday 31st October at 10am to prepare Lilies for All Souls.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
WORLD MISSION DAY
 
We celebrate World Mission Day with special prayers and a collection during the notices for ‘Missio’, the Church’s official organisation for foreign missions where the Church is new, young or poor. The money goes directly from England & Wales to the Bishops in the mission territories; local church directly helping local church. This October has been declared by Pope Francis as an ‘Extraordinary Month of Mission’ (see below).
 
EXTRAORDINARY MONTH OF MISSION
 
Pope Francis has declared October 2019 to be an Extraordinary Month of Mission (EMM). This special month of prayer and action calls us all to renew our missionary commitment. We’re called to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with all peoples. There is lots of information on the Missio website (missio.org.uk/emm). Do visit it and read about how you can get involved. Meanwhile, here is a special prayer which sums it all up:
 
God our Father,
when your Son Jesus Christ rose from the dead,
He commissioned his followers
to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’.
Through our Baptism You send us out
to continue this mission among all peoples.
Empower us by the gifts of the Holy Spirit
to be courageous and enthusiastic
in bearing witness to the Gospel,
so that the mission entrusted to us,
which is still far from completion,
may bring life and light to the world.
May all peoples experience
the saving love and generous mercy of Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God, forever and ever. Amen.
 
We will include this prayer in our Masses for World Mission Day next weekend and in the following weeks leading up to our Missio ‘Red Box’ Appeal on 2nd/3rd November.
 
SCAM EMAILS - IMPORTANT EMAIL FROM THE DIOCESE
 
“Dear Fathers and Colleagues,
We have had quite a few reports of parishes receiving spam email messages from an email address pretending to be their parish priest and a few pretending to be the Archbishop. They are all coming from the email address orlandi613@gmail.com. On RCAOS emails, we have blocked users sending messages to and receiving messages from this address. Unfortunately, we can’t protect these messages from going to any private, non-diocesan email addresses.
 
It would be advisable to include something in your next newsletter, warning parishioners to be wary of any emails that come in, claiming to be the parish/parish priest and asking for money or a favour as this is a typical scam message. In future, if there are any spam emails that aren’t caught by the email filter, please forward the offending message to ictsupport@rcaos.org.uk and we can block it for you. Thank you to all the parishes that had reported it this morning.”

 

27th Sunday of the Year (C)    04 October 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

27th Sunday of the Year (C)
HARVEST, ROSARY SUNDAY & CONFIRMATION PREPARATION
6th October 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND We celebrate the Harvest at all our Masses with a special Family Mass with the children at 10am with the return of our CAFOD envelopes and a collection for the ‘Food Parcels’ scheme at Margate. We also have the Deanery Confirmation preparation afternoon for all candidates including the 5.30pm Mass and rehearsal for them and their sponsors. Please keep them in your prayers. Dee will also be in the porch for 100 Club and Lilies (see overleaf).
 
DURING THE WEEK There are meetings for the Baby & Toddler Group, Kings Hill & Mereworth Area Group, Pre-School Committee, and the opening meeting for First Communion parents - details of these overleaf. Our Confir-mation candidates also have their pre-confirmation interviews and preparation this week and we pray for them as they approach their Confirmation next Sunday. Also our Adoration continues on Friday and we can use this to pray for our candidates.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We continue October and celebrate our Confirmation. We also celebrate Prisoners Sunday and Prisons Week with a collection during the notices for PACT (the Prison Advice & Care Trust) which brings the Church’s support to prisoners and their families. Special envelopes for this collection are available in Church today.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Weekday) 5 5pm (Harvest) David A Fellows RIP (Anniv.)
SUNDAY
(27th Sunday of the Year)
HARVEST
(3rd National Mass Count)
6
10am
 
5.30pm
 
Harvest Family Mass - Deceased Relatives of the Holme Family
(Harvest & Confirmation Preparation) - for our Confirmation Candidates & Parishioners
MONDAY (Our Lady of the Rosary)
7
9.30am
11am
Communion Service
Pre-School Harvest Service in Church
TUESDAY (Weekday) 8 9.30am Welfare of the Diamond Family
WEDNESDAY (Blessed John Henry Newman) 9
9.30am
Deceased Relatives & Friends of the Lobo Family
THURSDAY (Weekday) 10
9.30am
Communion Service

FRIDAY (St. John XXIII)

11
9.30am
6-8pm
 
Harvest Mass in School
ADORATION - Everyone welcome to join team even for 10 minutes
SATURDAY (Weekday)
12
2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms - Iyanu Kappo & Jessica Allan
Neville & Beno Perera Ints.
SUNDAY
(28th Sunday of the Year)
CONFIRMATION
Prisoners Sunday & Prisons Week
13
10am
3pm
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) - The Parishioners
CONFIRMATION MASS at St. Francis, Maidstone
for our newly confirmed
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Peter and Dee Avery; Colin Povey; Reece Reynolds; Fr. Tony Collins; David Formosa; Paul-ine O’Toole; Caroline Walker; Baby April Hayes; Sheila Koster; John Stevens; Jrena Beard; Colin Watson; Eileen Calkin; Daphne Filmer; Mary Wilmot; Oliver Young; Paul Head; Sheila Blackburn; Leo McSharry; Diane McSharry; Eileen McSharry; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Fr. Wilfrid McGreal; Lily McAuliffe; Simone Ciprian; Derek; also Mgr. Bryan Chestle; Sonia Andrews; (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: John Drake; Edith May Goldrick; Gerald Houghton; Ellen Hensby; Margaret Corddridge; Maud Savage; Arch-bishop Cyril Cowderoy; Terrence Battock; Dueilliama (William) Billanuvan; Horace Hawkins; Joseph Jupp; Charlie Bagent; Eric Redman; Kathleen Lonergon; James Fay; Charles Lovell.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SATURDAY 5 10am to 12 noon Gardening Club
SUNDAY 6
10am
2.30-8pm
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Confirmation Preparation Afternoon - meet in Church
MONDAY 7   Confirmation Interviews
TUESDAY 8
11.30am
1.30-3pm
 
8pm
Deanery Clergy Meeting in Tenterden
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Confirmation Interviews
Kings Hill & Mereworth Area Group Meeting (see below)
WEDNESDAY 9
2pm
 
7.30 for 8pm
Pre-School Committee Meeting in Pre-School
Confirmation Interviews
First Holy Communion Parents Meeting in Church
FRIDAY 11   Confirmation Interviews
SUNDAY 13
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £337.53. (Standing Orders average £355 per week).
 
MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING raised £175. Thank you to all who supported this event.
 
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.
 
100 CLUB & LILIES Throughout October, Dee will be at every weekend Mass to collect annual subscriptions for the 100 Club. Also she will be taking names for lilies in remembrance of deceased relatives and friends. The cost per lily is still £3. The names will be on display boards for All Saints and All Souls.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Schedules for classes starting in October 2019 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 9th October 2019.
 
MOTHERS PRAYER GROUP The next meeting will be on Thursday 17th October at 7.30pm in the Church Porch. If you would be interested in attending please contact Steph Blackburn on 0797 7458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk.
 
Donate8 - WE NEED YOUR HELP - URGENTLY!
 
A team of Christmas elves - needed to help organise and put some sparkle into our Christmas Bazaar.
 
First communion helpers - required to assist in preparing our children for their First Communion. Children’s liturgy - support now urgently needed to keep the Sunday session going. This is on a rotational basis and term time only.
 
Church cleaning - a new team of 4-5 people are needed now to help clean the church once a month.
 
See the Donate8 noticeboard in the church porch for more details. Your help is crucial to keeping these groups, services and events alive. We ask that you seriously consider helping and fill in and post a Donate8 card in the church porch. It is only through your support that we can continue to be the parish that we are now. Thank you.
 
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALLING AUTUMN EVENTS (1) Lou Fellingham Live Music Event on Sunday 6th October from 6-9.30pm at Lunsford Primary School, Swallow Road, Larkfield. Tickets can be purchased from https://arkevent.co.uk/lf19larkfield. It’s intended as opportunity for people to invite friends and family who don’t know Christ and introduce them to an evening of testimony and worship from Lou Fellingham and her husband or as an opportunity to worship together. (2) Kent Chamber Choir concert on Saturday 12th October at 7.30pm at Yalding Church in support of their organ fund. See poster on noticeboard for full details. (3) Committee Meeting on Wednesday 16th October at 8pm at Mereworth Church. (4) On 23rd November Holy Trinity Church Larkfield are holding a Quiz Night in the Scout Hall, New Hythe Lane. (5) See the noticeboard for the October CTiM Prayer Calendar.
 
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. We invite you to join us for our next peaceful prayerful vigil which will be held on Friday 11th October 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, where we pray 20 decades of the Rosary and the Divine Marcy Chaplet, returning at approx. 1pm for refreshments nearby. Full details on poster in church porch or contact tel. 01727 763832 or 077 477 46411 or email marg@helpersuk.org.
 
JUSTICE AND PEACE COMMISSION AT THE ARCHDIOCESE OF SOUTHWARK Please see the noticeboard for details of the Autumn Assembly taking place on 12th October - ‘Reducing the Risk of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery’.
 
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 7th October.
 
CHURCH FLOWERS Maria’s group weeks beginning 11th and 18th October.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill & Mereworth meet on Tuesday 8th October at 8pm. Venue: 17 Alfriston Grove, Kings Hill, ME19 4AS. Contact Steph and Ian Blackburn on 01732 521788.
 

 

26th Sunday of the Year (C)    27 September 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

26th Sunday of the Year (C)
29th September 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND We continue September and welcome the supply Priests who will be celebrating our Masses. There will also be envelopes to collect for the Harvest Fast Day on Friday 4th October to be brought to our Harvest Masses next week-end. CAFOD writes: “No one should be beyond reach of the love and support they need to thrive. This Fast Day, CAFOD invites us to fast, pray and give, so we can extend the hand of friendship to the world’s poorest people. Fabiano’s village in rural Uganda has been devastated by drought. Every day, children would trek miles for water, risking their education - and safety. Donations from parishioners across England and Wales helped install a solar powered water pump in the village. Now Fabiano and his friends can collect water quickly and safely. On Family Fast Day, CAFOD invites us to eat a simple meal for lunch or dinner and give the money we save to help children like Fabiano. Please collect a Fast Day envelope from church this week and give generously.”
 
DURING THE WEEK There are meetings for the Baby & Toddler Group, Friendship Group, ‘Boys’ Confirmation Group, Youth Group, and the Gardening Club on Saturday. Also we continue our Adoration on Friday.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We celebrate the Harvest at all our Masses with a special Family Mass with the children at 10am and our CAFOD envelopes and a collection for the food parcels scheme at Margate. There will also be the Deanery Confirmation preparation afternoon for all candidates including the 5.30pm Mass and rehearsal for them and their sponsors (offers of cakes appreciated). Please keep them in your prayers. Dee will also be in the porch for 100 Club and Lilies (see overleaf).
 
Fr. WILFRID McGREAL RIP Please pray for Fr. Wilfrid, O. Carm, who died during this week and we offer him and all our Carmelite friends our love and support and prayers.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Weekday)

28

12noon
5pm
Mass for Kent Deacons & Wives
(Supply Priest) Ellen Battock RIP (Anniv.)
SUNDAY
(26th Sunday of the Year)
(Ss. Michael, Gabriel & Raphael)
(2nd National Mass Count)
29
10am
5.30pm
N.B. - Communion Service
(Supply Priest) Lily McAuliffe RIP
MONDAY (St. Jerome)
30
9.30am
Communion Service

TUESDAY 

(St. Therese of the Child Jesus)
1 Oct
9.30am
Communion Service
WEDNESDAY (The Guardian Angels) 2
9.30am
Communion Service
THURSDAY (Weekday) 3
9.30am
Communion Service

FRIDAY (St. Francis of Assisi)

(Cafod Harvest Fast Day)

4
9.30am
 
6-8pm
Communion Service
ADORATION - Everyone welcome to join team even for 10 minutes
SATURDAY (Weekday)
5
5pm
(Harvest) David A Fellows RIP (Anniv.)
SUNDAY
(27th Sunday of the Year)
HARVEST
(3rd National Mass Count)
6
10am
 
5.30pm
 
Harvest Family Mass - Deceased Relatives of the Holme Family
(Harvest & Confirmation Preparation) - for our Confirmation Candidates & Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Peter and Dee Avery; Colin Povey; Reece Reynolds; Fr. Tony Collins; David Formosa; Paul-ine O’Toole; Caroline Walker; Baby April Hayes; Sheila Koster; John Stevens; Jrena Beard; Colin Watson; Eileen Calkin; Daphne Filmer; Mary Wilmot; Oliver Young; Paul Head; Alice Jenkinson; Philomena Mulcahy; Leo McShawy; Diane McShawy; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cut-backs, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Fr. Wilfrid McGreal; Eileen McShawy; Lily McAuliffe; Simone Ciprian; Derek; Mgr. Bryan Chestle; Sonia An-drews; also Fr. Gerry O’Brien; Beatrice Verloppe (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Pope John Paul I; Ellen Battock; Mary Brayshaw; Stephen Bradford; Clare Harding; Mr. Waters; Mary Hem-ming; 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 29 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
TUESDAY 1 OCT 1.30-3pm Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 2 2pm Friendship Group meet in Priest’s House
FRIDAY 4
6-7pm
7-9pm
‘Boys’ Confirmation Group in Priest’s House
Youth Group in School
SATURDAY 5 10am to 12 noon Gardening Club
SUNDAY 6
10am
2.30 - 8pm
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Confirmation Preparation Afternoon - meet in Church
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £356.12. (Standing Orders average £355 per week).
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
100 CLUB & LILIES Throughout October, Dee will be at every weekend Mass to collect annual subscriptions for the 100 Club. Also she will be taking names for lilies in remembrance of deceased relatives and friends. The cost per lily is still £3. The names will be on display boards for All Saints and All Souls.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Schedules for classes starting in October 2019 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 9th October 2019.
 
FIRST COMMUNION HELPERS The First Communion team are looking for volunteers to help with preparing children for their First Communion and Reconciliation. If you are able to help please contact the Parish Office.
 
NEW CHILDRENS LITURGY LEADERS REQUIRED New leaders are required to support the existing team. Commitment is on a rotational basis and only during term time. It’s a great opportunity to help our children grow and develop in their faith. We pro-vide an opportunity to discuss the Gospel at a level that is appropriate to them. We help the children to discover that the word of God has meaning in their lives. It also welcomes young children as part of the parish community. If you think you may have what it takes and are interested in supporting the team either contact the office or talk to one of the Liturgy leaders at the Sunday Mass who will be willing to help.
 
DONATE8 APPEAL - We need a team of Christmas Elves to help organise our Christmas Bazaar. If you can work some magic, please fill in a Donate8 card and post in the red box in the church porch. Thank you! (See attached poster.)
 
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALLING AUTUMN EVENTS (1) Rev. Mike Hayes of All Saints, Wouldham, would love to see you at the Sung Evensong for Michaelmas on Sunday 29th September at 4pm - see noticeboard for full details. (2) Holy Trini-ty Church Larkfield are holding a Barn Dance on Friday 4th October starting at 7pm at the Scout Hall, Larkfield (opposite Holy Trinity Church). Tickets, including Ploughman’s Supper, are Adult £10, Child £5, Family £25, available from Lisa Nicholls on 01732 384414. Bring your own drinks, glasses and nibbles. (3) Food Around the World to be held on 5th October at the Bras-sey Centre, beside the level crossing at Aylesford at 7pm. It costs £5 per head. There will be food from other countries for you to taste, with the chance to have second helpings! There will also be a small quiz on food. (4) Lou Fellingham Live Music Event on Sunday 6th October from 6-9.30pm at Lunsford Primary School, Swallow Road, Larkfield. Tickets can be pur-chased from https://arkevent.co.uk/lf19larkfield. It’s intended as opportunity for people to invite friends and family who don’t know Christ and introduce them to an evening of testimony and worship from Lou Fellingham and her husband or as an opportunity to worship together. (5) Kent Chamber Choir concert on Saturday 12th October at 7.30pm at Yalding Church in support of their organ fund. See poster on noticeboard for full details. (6) Committee Meeting on Wednesday 16th October at 8pm at Mere-worth Church. (7) On 23rd November Holy Trinity Church Larkfield are holding a Quiz Night in the Scout Hall, New Hythe Lane.
 
DAY OF RENEWAL This will be taking place at St. George’s Cathedral SE1 6HR on Saturday 5th October from 9.45am - 4.45pm. The day will involve various inspirational speakers with a Healing Service and Mass celebrated by Archbishop Kevin McDonald. There are posters on the noticeboard for information.
 
A DAY WITH MARY Please see noticeboard for details for A Day With Mary to be held at Westminster Cathedral on 9th Novem-ber, together with details of their pilgrimage to the Holy Land in March 2020.
 
CATHOLIC HERALD Please see noticeboard for the dates of four special issues to mark the Canonisation of Cardinal Newman.
 
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 30th September. We currently have four groups of 3-5 people in each group. Unfortunately one group isn’t able to do it anymore so we are urgently looking for people to join this group. It only takes one hour of your time once a month on a day that suits you. If you or a few friends would be interested, please contact Fiona on 07584 192711.
 
CHURCH FLOWERS Elaine’s group week beginning 27th September. WOULD ALL FLOWER ARRANGERS MEET IN CHURCH AT 10am ON FRIDAY 4TH OCTOBER FOR HARVEST FLOWERS. Greenery will be required.
 
GARDENING CLUB meet on Saturday 5th October from 10am to 12 noon.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill & Mereworth meet on Tuesday 8th October at 8pm. Venue: 17 Alfriston Grove, Kings Hill, ME19 4AS. Contact Steph and Ian Blackburn on 01732 521788.
 

 

25th Sunday of the Year (C)    20 September 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

25th Sunday of the Year (C)
CONFIRMATION ENROLMENT
22nd September 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND We continue this September and have our Confirmation Enrolment (please pray for our candidates). We also have the First National Mass Count.
 
DURING THE WEEK There are meetings for the ‘Girls’ Confirmation Group, Youth Lead-ers, Baby & Toddler Group, and Mothers Prayer Group, and we have the Macmillan Cof-fee Morning in the Priest’s House on Friday - please support.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We continue September and welcome the supply Priest who will be celebrating our Masses. There will also be envelopes to collect for the Harvest Fast Day on Friday 4th October.
 
HARVEST TABLE In preparation for our Harvest weekend (5th/6th October) we need contributions of non-perishable food (tins or packets) to share with Pilsdon and Margate. Thank you.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (St. Matthew)

21

2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms - Harry Tucker & Kainne Waluube
Mass (Confirmation Enrolment) - Beno & Neville Perera Ints.
SUNDAY
Confirmation Enrolment Weekend
(25th Sunday of the Year)
(First National Mass Count)
22
10am
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy & Confirmation Enrolment) - Michael Dennis RIP
(Confirmation Enrolment) - The Parishioners
MONDAY (St. Padre Pio)
23
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Our Lady of Walsingham) 24
9.30am
Keggy Diamond RIP
WEDNESDAY (Weekday) 25
9.30am
Communion Service
THURSDAY (Weekday) 26
9.30am
Communion Service
FRIDAY (St. Vincent de Paul) 27
9.30am
Welfare of the Diamond Family RIP
SATURDAY (Weekday)
28
12noon
5pm
Mass for Kent Deacons & Wives
(Supply Priest) Ellen Battock RIP (Anniv.)
SUNDAY
(26th Sunday of the Year)
(Ss. Michael, Gabriel & Raphael)
29
10am
 
5.30pm
(Supply Priest) (Children’s Liturgy) - Deceased Relatives of the Holme Family
(Supply Priest) Holy Souls
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Peter and Dee Avery; Colin Povey; Reece Reynolds; Fr. Tony Collins; David Formosa; Paul-ine O’Toole; Caroline Walker; Baby April Hayes; Sheila Koster; John Stevens; Jrena Beard; Colin Watson; David Poole; Eileen Calkin; Daphne Filmer; Oliver Young; Paul Head; Tony Blackburn; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospi-tal, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Lily McAuliffe; Simone Ciprian; Derek; Mgr. Bryan Chestle; Sonia Andrews; Fr. Gerry O’Brien; Beatrice Ver-loppe; also Brenda Weinberg; Fr. Gregory Moore; PC Andrew Harper (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: George McAuliffe; Canon Joseph Simmons; Vera Comer; Mary Moran; Eileen Cronin; Alice Ballard; Patrick Cunningham; Esther Davies; Brian Guyver; Erika Tanczos; Matthew George McMahon; John William Harris; Martin Fay; Pope John Paul I; Mary Brayshaw; Stephen Bradford.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SATURDAY 21
10am to 1pm
Safeguarding Training Day for Parish Groups
SUNDAY 22 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 23
5-6pm
7.30pm
‘Girls’ Confirmation Group in Priest’s House
Youth Leaders Meeting
TUESDAY 24        1.30-3pm Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 25   (Fr. Peter at Council of Priests, London, & Cranbrook/Goudhurst Meeting)
THURSDAY 26 7.30pm Mothers Prayer Group meet in Church Porch
FRIDAY 27 9.30-11.30am Macmillan Coffee Morning in Priest’s House
SUNDAY 29 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £290.13. (Standing Orders average £355 per week). The second collection for Home Missions raised £167.72.
 
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.
 
100 CLUB & LILIES Throughout October, Dee will be at every weekend Mass to collect annual subscriptions for the 100 Club. Also she will be taking names for lilies in remembrance of deceased relatives and friends. The cost per lily is still £3. The names will be on display boards for All Saints and All Souls.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Schedules for classes starting in October 2019 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 9th October 2019.
 
FIRST COMMUNION HELPERS The First Communion team are looking for volunteers to help with preparing children for their First Commun-ion and Reconciliation. If you are able to help please contact the Parish Office.
 
NEW CHILDRENS LITURGY LEADERS REQUIRED New leaders are required to support the existing team. Commitment is on a rotational basis and only during term time. It’s a great opportunity to help our children grow and develop in their faith. We provide an opportunity to discuss the Gospel at a level that is appropriate to them. We help the children to discover that the word of God has meaning in their lives. It also welcomes young children as part of the parish community. If you think you may have what it takes and are interested in supporting the team either contact the office or talk to one of the Liturgy leaders at the Sunday Mass who will be willing to help.
 
DONATE8 APPEAL - We need a team of Christmas Elves to help organise our Christmas Bazaar. If you can work some magic, please fill in a Donate8 card and post in the red box in the church porch. Thank you!
 
MOTHERS PRAYER GROUP The next meeting will be on Thursday 26th September at 7.30pm in the Church Porch. If you would be inter-ested in attending please contact Steph Blackburn on 07977 458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk.
 
MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING Friday 27th September 9.30-11.30am in the Priest’s House. Donations of cakes & raffle prizes are needed.
 
ST. SIMON STOCK SCHOOL OPEN EVENTS Please see noticeboard for dates of Open Evenings/Mornings for the school and Sixth Form.
 
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALLING AUTUMN EVENTS (1) Holy Trinity Church Larkfield are holding a Barn Dance on Friday 4th October starting at 7pm at the Scout Hall, Larkfield (opposite Holy Trinity Church). Tickets, including Ploughman’s Supper, are Adult £10, Child £5, Family £25, available from Lisa Nicholls on 01732 384414. Bring your own drinks, glasses and nibbles. (2) Food Around the World to be held on 5th October at the Brassey Centre, beside the level crossing at Aylesford at 7pm. It costs £5 per head. There will be food from other countries for you to taste, with the chance to have second helpings! There will also be a small quiz on food. (3) Rev. Mike Hayes of All Saints, Wouldham, would love to see you at the Sung Evensong for Michaelmas on Sunday 29th September at 4pm - see noticeboard for full details. (4) Committee Meeting on Wednesday 16th October at 8pm at Mereworth Church. (5) On 23rd November Holy Trinity Church Larkfield are holding a Quiz Night in the Scout Hall, New Hythe Lane.
 
DIOCESAN DAY FOR CATECHISTS - Saturday 28th September at St. George’s Cathedral. This day is for all the Catechists of the Diocese, including those involved in Children’s Liturgy and the RCIA process. The cost is just £10 which includes tea/coffee and a sandwich lunch and will be met by the Parish. The day starts at 10.30am and ends with Mass celebrated by the new Archbishop at 4pm. Please see Fr. Peter for full details.
 
DAY OF RENEWAL This will be taking place at St. George’s Cathedral SE1 6HR on Saturday 5th October from 9.45am - 4.45pm. The day will involve various inspirational speakers with a Healing Service and Mass celebrated by Archbishop Kevin McDonald. There are posters on the noticeboard for information.
 
40 DAYS FOR LIFE PRAYER VIGIL From 25th September to 3rd November, you are invited to join other Christians for 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. You are also invited to stand and peacefully pray outside Marie Stopes Abortion Centre, 10-16 Brewer Street, Maidstone ME14 1RU. If you’d like more information and especially if you’d like to volunteer to help, please contact Rebecca Luton on 07956 111909 or email: rebeccaluton@yahoo.co.uk, or come along to our Launch Event on Tuesday 24th September, 7-9pm, at Holy Family Catholic Church Hall, Bicknor Road, Maidstone ME15 9PS. Website: 40daysforlife.com/Maidstone.
 
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 23rd September. We currently have four groups of 3-5 people in each group. Unfortunately one group isn’t able to do it anymore so we are urgently looking for people to join this group. It only takes one hour of your time once a month on a day that suits you. If you or a few friends would be interested, please contact Fiona on 07584 192711.
 
CHURCH FLOWERS Elaine’s group week beginning 20th and 27th September.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill & Mereworth meet on Tuesday 8th October at 8pm. Venue: 17 Alfriston Grove, Kings Hill, ME19 4AS. Contact Steph and Ian Blackburn on 01732 521788.
 

 

24th Sunday of the Year (C)    13 September 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

24th Sunday of the Year (C)
HOME MISSION DAY
15th September 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND We celebrate ‘Home Mission Sunday’ with a second collection to support the Bishop’s National work of Evangelisation and the spread of the gospel in our country and Parish Evangelisation.
 
DURING THE WEEK There are meetings for the ‘Girls’ Confirmation Group, Baby & Toddler Group, and Youth Group. Also Safeguarding Training sessions for the committee on Wednesday and for Parish Groups on Saturday (a leaflet about this is available in Church).
 
NEXT WEEKEND We continue this September and have our Confirmation Enrolment(please pray for our candidates). We also have the First National Mass Count.
 
HARVEST TABLE In preparation for our Harvest weekend (5th/6th October) we need contributions of non-perishable food (tins or packets) to share with Pilsdon and Margate.Thank you.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY
(Exaltation of the Holy Cross)

14

5pm
Mass - Beno & Neville Perera wellbeing - Wedding Anniv.
SUNDAY
Home Mission Day
(24th Sunday of the Year)
15
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
Mass - The Parishioners
MONDAY
(Ss. Cornelius & Cyprian)
16
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Weekday) 17
9.30am
Marie Alix Terriere RIP (Birthday) & the Tahicatte Family
WEDNESDAY (Weekday) 18
9.30am
Canon Joseph Warrington Simmons RIP - Foundation Mass
THURSDAY (Weekday) 19 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY
(St. Andrew Kim & Companions)
20
9.30am
Communion Service
SATURDAY
(St. Matthew)
21
2.30pm
5pm
 
Baptisms - Harry Tucker & Kainne Waluube
Mass (Confirmation Enrolment) - Beno & Neville Perera Ints.
SUNDAY
Confirmation Enrolment Weekend
(25th Sunday of the Year)
(First National Mass Count)
22
10am
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy & Confirmation Enrolment) - Michael Dennis RIP
(Confirmation Enrolment) - The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Fr. Kevin St. Aubyn; Peter and Dee Avery; Colin Povey; Reece Reynolds; Fr. Tony Collins;David Formosa; Pauline O’Toole; Caroline Walker; Baby April Hayes; Sheila Koster; John Stevens; Jrena Beard; Colin Watson;David Poole; Eileen Calkin; Daphne Filmer; Paul Head; 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: Simone Ciprian; Derek; Mgr. Bryan Chestle; Sonia Andrews; Fr. Gerry O’Brien; Beatrice Verloppe; Brenda Weinberg; Fr. Gregory Moore; PC Andrew Harper; also Nora Quoirin (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Mary Heaney; Christine Webster; Denis McCarton; Gwendolin Jupp; Mary Cunning; Noreen Hendricks; Benjamin Feehan; Canon Joseph Simmons; Vera Comer; Mary Moran; Eileen Cronin.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SATURDAY 14
10am to 6pm
Ride & Stride
SUNDAY 15          10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY16          5 - 6pm ‘Girls’ Confirmation Group in Priest’s House
TUESDAY 17
1.30 - 3pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 18
7.30pm
Safeguarding Committee Training Session in Priest’s House
FRIDAY 20 7 - 9pm Youth Group Meeting in School
SATURDAY 21 10am to 1pm Safeguarding Training Day for Parish Groups
SUNDAY 22
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your Offerings which amounted to £336.91. (Standing Orders average £355 per week). The second collection for Catholic Education Services raised £223.90.
 
PARISH BARBECUE A big thank you to those who attended and helped at the Parish BBQ. It was lovely event and £367 was raised for the church maintenance fund.
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave. 
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Schedules for classes starting in October 2019 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 9th October 2019.
 
FIRST COMMUNION HELPERS The First Communion team are looking for volunteers to help with preparing children for their First Communion and Reconciliation. If you are able to help please contact the Parish Office.
 
NEW CHILDRENS LITURGY LEADERS REQUIRED New leaders are required to support the existing team. Commitment is on a rotational basis and only during term time. It’s a great opportunity to help our children grow and develop in their faith. We provide an opportunity to discuss the Gospel at a level that is appropriate to them. We help the children to discover that the word of God has meaning in their lives. It also welcomes young children as part of the parish community. If you think you may have what it takes and are interested in supporting the team either contact the office or talk to one of the Liturgy leaders at the Sunday Mass who will be willing to help.
 
DONATE8 APPEAL - We need a team of Christmas Elves to help organise our Christmas Bazaar. If you can work some magic, please fill in a Donate8 card and post in the red box in the church porch. Thank you!
 
SAFEGUARDING TRAINING DAY AND PARISH GROUP MEMBERS’ GET-TOGETHER Saturday 21st September 10am-1pm. If you help in the Parish and are interested in finding out how we keep everyone safe, please join us for refresher training followed by a shared lunch.See noticeboard for full details.
 
MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING Friday 27th September from 9.30-11.30am in the Priest’s House. Donations of cakes and raffle prizes are needed.
 
FRIARS’ RETURN Archbishop John, together with the community at the Friars and clergy from all around, will be celebrating a special Mass commemorating the 70th anniversary of the return of the Carmelites to Aylesford Priory. This takes place on Thursday 31st October, the vigil of All Saints, at 12 noon.
 
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALLING AUTUMN EVENTS Holy Trinity Church Larkfield are holding a Barn Dance on 4th October starting at 7pm. On 23rd November Holy Trinity Church Larkfield are holding a Quiz Night in the Scout Hall, New Hythe Lane.
 
40 DAYS FOR LIFE PRAYER VIGIL - INFORMATION EVENT SUNDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER 4-6PM IN HOLY FAMILY PARISH HALL
From 25th September to 3rd November you are invited to join other Christians for 40 Days for Life - 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. You are also invited to stand and peacefully pray during a 40-day vigil in the public right-of-way outside Marie Stopes Abortion Centre, 10-16 Brewer Street, Maidstone ME14 1RU and also to help spread the word about this important community outreach. If you’d like more information - and especially if you’d like to volunteer to help, please come to our information event on Sunday 15th September from 4pm to 6pm in Holy Family Parish Hall or contact Rebecca Luton on 07956 111909, e-mail: rebeccaluton@yahoo.co.uk. Website: 40daysforlife.com/Maidstone.
 
DIOCESAN DAY FOR CATECHISTS - Saturday 28th September at St. George’s Cathedral. This day is for all the Catechists of the Diocese,including those involved in Children’s Liturgy and the RCIA process. The cost is just £10 which includes tea/coffee and a sandwich lunch and will be met by the Parish. The day starts at 10.30am and ends with Mass celebrated by the new Archbishop at 4pm. Please see Fr. Peter forfull details.
 
DAY OF RENEWAL This will be taking place at St. George’s Cathedral SE1 6HR on Saturday 5th October from 9.45am - 4.45pm. The day will involve various inspirational speakers with a Healing Service and Mass celebrated by Archbishop Kevin McDonald. There are posters on the noticeboard for information.
 
A DAY WITH MARY A day of Marian prayer and devotions is being held on Saturday 28th September at English Martyrs’ Church, Strood,ME2 4JA. For full times and details, see poster on noticeboard.
 
MARRIAGE & FAMILY LIFE Beginning Experience Weekend A healing weekend for men and women who are separated, divorced or widowed will be held from 18th to 20th October 2019 at the Domus Marie Centre, Chigwell, Essex. For more information please contact Freda 01322 838415 or Maura 01322 551503 or email johnabrotherton@hotmail.co.uk.
 
HEART OF KENT HOSPICE Ladies Fashion Show on Thursday 17th October at 7pm. Venue: Village Hotel Club, Maidstone. Tickets are £15 including a glass of bubbly. See noticeboard for details.
 
ROSARY CRUSADE OF REPARATION Saturday 12th October 2019. See noticeboard for full 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 Steph’s Group - week beginning 16th September. We currently have four groups of 3-5 people in each group.Unfortunately one group isn’t able to do it anymore so we are urgently looking for people to join this group. It only takes one hour of your time once a month on a day that suits you. If you or a few friends would be interested, please contact Fiona on 07584192711.
 
CHURCH FLOWERS Dee’s group week beginning 13th September. Elaine’s group week beginning 20th September.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.

 

23rd Sunday of the Year (C)    07 September 2019
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PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

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

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

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EDUCATION DAY
8th September 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND Welcome back everyone to this new term and year and thanks to all who helped in the Parish in the past summer weeks. Today is Education Sunday when we pray for our Pre-School, Schools and Colleges, and wish them a good term and year. We also have a collection during the notic-es for the Catholic Education Service supporting Catholic Education on behalf of the Church and Bishops with negotiation and advice on all aspects of education - also providing financial assistance for school transport in rural areas.
 
DURING THE WEEK Confirmation Interviews continue and there are also meetings for the Baby & Tod-dler Group, Mother’s Prayer Group, and the ‘Boys’ Confirmation Group, with a Parish Meeting on Wednesday. On Saturday we have the ‘Ride & Stride’ for the Kent Churches and need volunteers to welcome and help our visitors in the Church porch from 9.45am to 5pm. Please fill in the list in the porch if you can help.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We celebrate ‘Home Mission Sunday’ with a second collection to support the Bishop’s National work of Evangelisation and the spread of the gospel in our country and Parish Evangelisation.
 
HARVEST TABLE In preparation for our Harvest weekend (5th/6th October) we need contributions of non-perishable food (tins or packets) to share with Pilsdon and Margate. Thank you.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Weekday)

7

2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms: Beshaw & Jones families
Roshi & Ajay Intentions (Pereras)
SUNDAY
Education Sunday
(23rd Sunday of the Year)
8
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
Fr. Peter’s Mother RIP (Anniv.)
MONDAY (Weekday)
9
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Weekday) 10
9.30am
Mass - Welfare of the Diamond Family
WEDNESDAY (Weekday) 11
9.30am
Mass - Terence Tobin RIP (Mary Goldsmith)
THURSDAY (Weekday) 12 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (St. John Chrysostom) 13
9.30am
Mass - Keggy Diamond RIP
SATURDAY
(Exaltation of the Holy Cross)
14 5pm Mass - Beno & Neville Perera wellbeing - Wedding Anniv.
SUNDAY
Home Mission Day
(24th Sunday of the Year)
15
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) - The Parishioners
Mass - The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Fr. Kevin St. Aubyn; Peter and Dee Avery; Colin Povey; Reece Reynolds; Fr. Tony Collins; David Formosa; Pauline O’Toole; Caroline Walker; Baby April Hayes; Sheila Koster; John Stevens; Jrena Beard; Colin Watson; David Poole; Eileen Calkin; Daphne Filmer; Mary Wilmot; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hos-pice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Mgr. Bryan Chestle; Sonia Andrews; Fr. Gerry O’Brien; Beatrice Verloppe; Brenda Weinberg; Fr. Gregory Moore; PC Andrew Harper; Nora Quoirin. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especial-ly the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Denis Brown; Lydia Stone; Thomas Fay; Josephine Smith; Elizabeth Berry; James Hough; Lauren Hampton; Cherry Burgess; Mary Heaney; Christine Webster.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SATURDAY 7
10 to 11.30am
Confirmation Interviews in Priest’s House
SUNDAY 8

10am

Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
TUESDAY 10
1.30 - 3pm
5-6.30pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Confirmation Interviews in Priest’s House
WEDNESDAY 11
7 for 7.30pm
Parish Meeting in Priest’s House
THURSDAY 12
7.30pm
Mothers Prayer Group meet in Church Porch
FRIDAY 13 6-7pm ‘Boys’ Confirmation Group in Priest’s House
SATURDAY 14 10am to 6pm Ride & Stride
SUNDAY 15
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind and generous Offerings. (Standing Orders average £355 per week).
 
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Andy Allies (No. 1) for the August draw (£50 prize), and Eileen Scholes (No. 33) for the Sep-tember draw (£50 prize).
 
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 2019 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 9th October 2019.
 
FIRST COMMUNION HELPERS The First Communion team are looking for volunteers to help with preparing children for their First Communion and Reconciliation. If you are able to help please contact the Parish Office.
 
NEW CHILDRENS LITURGY LEADERS REQUIRED New leaders are required to support the existing team. Commitment is on a rotational basis and only during term time. It’s a great opportunity to help our children grow and develop in their faith. We pro-vide an opportunity to discuss the Gospel at a level that is appropriate to them. We help the children to discover that the word of God has meaning in their lives. It also welcomes young children as part of the parish community. If you think you may have what it takes and are interested in supporting the team either contact the office or talk to one of the Liturgy leaders at the Sunday Mass who will be willing to help.
 
DONATE8 - YOUR HELP IS NEEDED (1) Are you a wordsmith? We are looking for a volunteer who is willing to write 600-700 words about our Parish for a magazine article in ‘The Pilgrim’. The article is to cover topics such as the history of the church/information about the local area/unusual facts. If you are interested please contact the office and we’ll let you have more details. (2) Help with Banking. We are looking for volunteers to take the collection to the NatWest in West Malling. The money will al-ready have been counted and the playing-in-slip completed, so it is just a case of paying it to the cashier. The more volunteers we get the less often your services would be required. Money would need to be collected on a Wednesday or Friday and paid in the same day (before 4pm). If you are able to help please contact the office.
 
SAFEGUARDING TRAINING DAY AND PARISH GROUP MEMBERS’ GET-TOGETHER Saturday 21st September 10am-1pm. If you help in the Parish and are interested in finding out how we keep everyone safe, please join us for refresher training followed by a shared lunch. See noticeboard for full details.
 
FRIARS’ RETURN Archbishop John, together with the community at the Friars and clergy from all around, will be celebrating a special Mass commemorating the 70th anniversary of the return of the Carmelites to Aylesford Priory. This takes place on Thurs-day 31st October, the vigil of All Saints, at 12 noon.
 
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALLING Larkfield Let’s Do Lunch Club at the Dorcas Centre, Martin Square, Larkfield, urgently need volunteers from September to help with transport, cooking or running an activity. Many who come live alone and look for-ward to Thursday to chat with new found friends in a warm and friendly atmosphere. If you wish to find out more please email: sophia@dynamic-communities.org. Ring 07434 150922 (leave a message).
 
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALLING Please see noticeboard for the September Prayer Calendar.
 
RIDE & STRIDE FOR CHURCHES Saturday 14th September 2019 - 10am to 6pm. Volunteers are needed to help organise and welcome visitors to our Church for this fantastic fundraising event. Please speak to the Parish Office if you would be availa-ble to help on this day.
 
A DAY WITH MARY A day of Marian prayer and devotions is being held on Saturday 28th September at English Martyrs’ Church, Strood, ME2 4JA. For full times and details, see poster on noticeboard.
 
MARRIAGE & FAMILY LIFE Beginning Experience Weekend A healing weekend for men and women who are separated, divorced or widowed will be held from 18th to 20th October 2019 at the Domus Marie Centre, Chigwell, Essex. For more infor-mation please contact Freda 01322 838415 or Maura 01322 551503 or email johnabrotherton@hotmail.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 Fiona’s Group - week beginning 9th September.
 
CHURCH FLOWERS Dee’s group - weeks beginning 6th and 13th September.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details, including newsletters from Cafod and Mary’s Meals, and a Harvest Ap-peal from Kids for Kids.

 

22nd Sunday of the Year (C)    29 August 2019
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PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

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

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

Sunday 1st September 2019 – 22nd Sunday of the Year (C)
Holiday Period

MASSES & SERVICES THIS WEEK

SATURDAY (Weekday) 31 5pm Paul & Martha Perera RIP
SUNDAY
(22ndSunday of the Year)
1 Sep
10am
5.30pm
(Children) The Parishioners
The Parishioners
MONDAY (Weekday) 2 9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY(St. Gregory the Great)
3
9.30am
Keggy Diamond RIP
WEDNESDAY (St. Cuthbert) 4
9.30am
Deceased Relatives & Friends of the Lobo Family
THURSDAY (Weekday) 5 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Weekday) 6
9.30am
Caroline – operation (Steph, Ian & Family)
SATURDAY (Weekday) 7
2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms – Beshaw & Jones families
Roshi & Ajay Intentions (Pereras)
SUNDAY
(23rd Sunday of the Year)
8
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
Fr. Peter’s Mother RIP (Anniv.)
 
Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturday (7th September) from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
Meetings this week and future meetings - see overleaf. Confirmation candidates are reminded about their interviews this week.
 
Please Pray For: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Fr. Kevin St. Aubyn; Peter and Dee Avery; Colin Povey; Reece Reynolds; Fr. Tony Collins; David Formosa; Pauline O’Toole; Caroline Walker; Baby April Hayes; Sheila Koster; John Stevens; Jrena Beard; Colin Watson; Eileen Calkin; Daphne Filmer; David Poole; Oliver Young; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
Recently Dead: Fr. Gerry O’Brien; Beatrice Verloppe; Brenda Weinberg; Fr. Gregory Moore; PC Andrew Harper; Nora Quoirin; also Fr. Patrick Murtagh; Elizabeth Smith (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
Anniversaries: Clarissa Clarey; Louise Smith; Alma Mills; George Hurley; Donald Hamilton; Annelieser Holledge; Rose Brimstead; Denis Brown.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
 
SATURDAY 31
12 noon to 4pm
Parish Barbecue – in orchard behind Church
SUNDAY 1 Sept            10am Children’s Liturgy restarts in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 2                -  Staff Safeguarding Training in School
TUESDAY 3        5pm to 8pm
         
              8pm
School and St. Simon Stock (Yrs. 7 & 12) restart
 
Confirmation Interviews in Priest’s House
 
Kings Hill & Mereworth Area Group Meeting
(Venue: 10 Worcester Avenue, Kings Hill, ME19 4FL. Contact
Tricia and David Durrant 01732 873982.)
WEDNESDAY 4
              2pm
              5pm
St. Simon Stock (Yrs. 8, 9, 10, 11 & 13) restart
Friendship Group meet at Jenny’s Barn for a ‘Cream Tea’
Confirmation Interviews in Priest’s House
THURSDAY 5   Pre-School restarts
FRIDAY 6
        5.30 to 7pm
           7 to 9pm
Confirmation Interviews in Priest’s House
Youth Group restarts in School
SATURDAY 7       10 to 11.30am Confirmation Interviews in Priest’s House
SUNDAY 8              10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre


FUTURE MEETINGS

Tuesday 10th September

    1.30 - 3pm

    5 - 5.30pm

Baby & Toddler Group restarts

Confirmation Interviews in Priest’s House

Wednesday 11th September     7 for 7.30pm Parish Meeting in Priest’s House
Thursday 12th September        7.30pm Mothers Prayer Group meet in Church Porch
Friday 13th September      6 - 7pm ‘Boys’ Confirmation Group in Priest’s House
Saturday 14th September    10am – 6pm ‘Ride & Stride’
Monday 16th September       6 – 7pm ‘Girls’ Confirmation Group in Priest’s House
Wednesday 18th September       7.30pm Safeguarding Committee meet in Priest’s House
Friday 20th September

         6pm

      7 – 9pm

Adoration Meeting (see below)

Youth Group Meeting

 

ADORATION MEETING There will be a meeting to discuss organisation for parishioners who will be taking part in the Adoration from Friday 20 th September. Meet in the Church on Friday 30 th August at 6pm. Please contact Elaine Hook (hookcoach315@hotmail.com) if you have not already done so.
 
DAY OF RENEWAL Holy Family, South Maidstone, are holding their Annual Day of Renewal at Aylesford Priory this Saturday, 7 th September, from 9.30am and ending with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 4pm with Fr.Francis, the Prior. All Parishes in the Deanery are invited to join them and the day will be led by the Cor et Lumen Christi Community - see poster in porch.

 

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21st Sunday of the Year (C)    21 August 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

Sunday 25 th August 2019 – 21 st Sunday of the Year (C)
Holiday Period

MASSES & SERVICES THIS WEEK

SATURDAY
(St. Bartholomew)

24

5pm
(Mgr. Matthew) Jean Gozdz RIP (Alice. Margaret and Maureen)
SUNDAY
(21st Sunday of the Year)
25
10am
5.30pm
(Mgr. Matthew) (Children) Alessio Fusi RIP (anniv.) [Flora]
(Fr. Geoff) Holy Souls
MONDAY (Weekday) 26
-
No Mass or Service - Bank Holiday
TUESDAY (St. Monica) 27
9.30am
Communion Service
WEDNESDAY
(St. Augustine of Hippo)
28
9.30am
Communion Service
THURSDAY
(St. John the Baptist)
29 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (St. Margaret
Clitherow & Companions)
30
9.30am
Communion Service
SATURDAY (Weekday) 31
5pm
(Mgr. Matthew) Jean Gozdz RIP (Alice, Margaret and Maureen)
SUNDAY
(22nd Sunday of the Year)
1 Sep
10am
5.30pm
(Children) The Parishioners
The Parishioners
 
Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturday (31 st August) from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
 
Welcome to Mgr. Matthew Dickens and Fr. Geoff Pointer who are celebrating our Masses this weekend and our thanks to them for their help.
 
Please Pray For: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Fr. Kevin St. Aubyn; Peter and Dee Avery; Colin Povey; Reece Reynolds; Fr. Tony Collins; David Formosa; Pauline O’Toole; Caroline Walker; Baby April Hayes; Sheila Koster; John Stevens; Jrena Beard; Colin Watson; David Poole; Eileen Calkin; Daphne Filmer; Oliver Young; Baby Francis Blackmore; Anna Tohovegnon; Fr. Peter; 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: Brenda Weinberg; Fr. Gregory Moore; PC Andrew Harper; Nora Quoirin; Fr. Patrick Murtagh; Elizabeth Smith; also Sherban (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
Anniversaries: Ethne Lonergan; Charlie Baker; Alessio Fusi; Elizabeth Hansa; Karen Cressey; Edward Byrne; Cathy Goodman; Leonard Joseph Gobel; Virginie Calvet; Clarissa Clarey; Louise Smith; Alma Mills.
 
AUGUST – SEPTEMBER:  WEEKEND MASSES
 
Saturday 24th August
5pm
(Mgr. Matthew)
Jean Gozdz RIP (Alice, Margaret and Maureen)
Sunday 25th August
(21st Sunday of the Year)
10am
5.30pm
(Mgr. Matthew) Alessio Fusi RIP – anniv. (Flora)
(Fr. Geoff) Holy Souls
Saturday 31st August
Sunday 1st September
(22nd Sunday of the Year)
5pm
10am
5.30pm
Paul & Martha Perera RIP
(Children) The Parishioners
The Parishioners

ADORATION MEETING  There will be a meeting to discuss organisation for parishioners who will be taking part in the Adoration from Friday 20 th September. Meet in the Church on Friday 30 th August at 6pm. Please contact Elaine Hook(hookcoach315@hotmail.com) if you have not already done so.

SEPTEMBER OPENING DATES
Pre-School restarts: Thursday 5th September
School restarts: Tuesday 3rd September

St. Simon Stock School restarts:

Years 7 and 12:

Whole School:

 

Tuesday 3rd September

Wednesday 4th September

Youth Group restarts: Friday 6th September - 7-9pm - School
Children’s Liturgy restarts: Sunday 8th September - 10am Mass
Baby & Toddler Group restarts: Tuesday 10th September
Parish Meeting: Wednesday 11th September - 7 for 7.30pm - Priest’s House
“Ride & Stride”: Saturday 14th September - 10am to 6pm

 

20th Sunday of the Year (C)    16 August 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

Sunday 18 th August 2019 - 20 th Sunday of the Year (C)
Holiday Period

MASSES & SERVICES THIS WEEK

SATURDAY (Weekday)

17

5pm
Sebastian Inguito Snr. RIP (anniv.)
SUNDAY
(20th Sunday of the Year)
18
10am
5.30pm
(Children) The Parishioners
Frank Ward RIP (anniv.)
MONDAY (Weekday) 19
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (St. Bernard)
20
9.30am
Communion Service
WEDNESDAY (St. Pius X)
21
9.30am
Communion Service
THURSDAY (Our Lady, Queen)
22 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (St. Rose of Lima) 23
9.30am
Communion Service
SATURDAY (St. Bartholomew) 24
5pm
(Mgr. Matthew) Jean Gozdz RIP (Alice, Margaret and Maureen)
SUNDAY
(21st Sunday of the Year)
25
10am
5.30pm
(Mgr. Matthew) (Children) Alessio Fusi RIP (anniv.) [Flora]
(Fr. Geoff)
MONDAY 26 - No Mass or Service – Bank Holiday
 
Sacrament of Reconciliation: NO Confessions this Saturday (24 th August)
 
 
Welcome to Mgr. Matthew Dickens and Fr. Geoff Pointer who are celebrating our Masses this weekend and our thanks to them for their help.
 
Please Pray For: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Fr. Kevin St. Aubyn; Peter and Dee Avery; Colin Povey; Reece Reynolds; Fr. Tony Collins; David Formosa; Pauline O’Toole; Caroline Walker; Baby April Hayes; Sheila Koster; John Stevens; Jrena Beard; Colin Watson; David Poole; Brenda Weinberg; Eileen Calkin; Daphne Filmer; Oliver Young; Fr. Peter; 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: Nora Quoirin; Fr. Patrick Murtagh; Elizabeth Smith; Sherban; also Elizabeth Veglio (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
Anniversaries: Ellen Martin; Henry Berry; Lilian Barbieri; Richard Hunter; Mark Johnson; Kevin Cunning Snr.; Anne Silverwood; Oliver Devlin; Doreen Harris; Maureen Dunster; Ronald Wade; Donald (Don) Donovan; Ethne Lonergan; Charlie Baker; Alessio Fusi.
 
AUGUST – SEPTEMBER:  WEEKEND MASSES
 
Saturday 17th August
Sunday 18th August
(20th Sunday of the Year)
5pm
10am
5.30pm
Sebastian Inguito Snr. RIP (anniv.)
(Children) The Parishioners
Holy Souls
Saturday 24th August
5pm
 
(Mgr. Matthew)
Jean Gozdz RIP (Alice, Margaret and Maureen)
Sunday 25th August
(21st Sunday of the Year)
10am
5.30pm
(Mgr. Matthew) Alessio Fusi RIP – anniv. (Flora)
(Fr. Geoff)
Saturday 31st August
Sunday 1st September
(22nd Sunday of the Year)
5pm
10am
5.30pm
Paul & Martha Perera RIP
(Children)
 

 

SEPTEMBER OPENING DATES
Pre-School restarts: Thursday 5th September
School restarts: Tuesday 3rd September

St. Simon Stock School restarts:

Years 7 and 12:

Whole School:

 

Tuesday 3rd September

Wednesday 4th September

Youth Group restarts: Friday 6th September - 7-9pm - School
Children’s Liturgy restarts: Sunday 8th September - 10am Mass
Baby & Toddler Group restarts: Tuesday 10th September
Parish Meeting: Wednesday 11th September - 7 for 7.30pm - Priest’s House
“Ride & Stride”: Saturday 14th September - 10am to 6pm

 

19th Sunday of the Year (C)    08 August 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

Sunday 11th August 2019 - 19th Sunday of the Year (C)
Holiday Period

MASSES & SERVICES THIS WEEK

SATURDAY (Weekday)

10

5pm
Alex Scholes RIP (Alice, Margaret and Maureen)
SUNDAY
(19th Sunday of the Year)
11
10am
5.30pm
(Children) Michael Dennis RIP (Elaine)
Holy Souls The Parishioners
MONDAY (Weekday) 12
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY
(Weekday)
13
9.30am
Communion Service
WEDNESDAY
 (St. Maximilian Kolbe)
14
9.30am
Communion Service
THURSDAY
The Assumption
15
10am
8pm
(Children) Parishioners, Families and Friends
All Deceased Parishioners, Families and Friends
FRIDAY (Weekday) 16
9.30am
Communion Service
SATURDAY (Weekday) 17
5pm
Sebastian Inguito Snr. RIP (anniv.)
SUNDAY
(20th Sunday of the Year)
18
10am
5.30pm
(Children) The Parishioners
Holy Souls
 
Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
 
THURSDAY – FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION – HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION Masses at 10am and 8pm
 
Please Pray For: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Fr. Kevin St. Aubyn; Peter and Dee Avery; Colin Povey; Reece Reynolds; Fr. Tony Collins; David Formosa; Pauline O’Toole; Caroline Walker; Baby April Hayes; Sheila Koster; John Stevens; Jrena Beard; Colin Watson; David Poole; Brenda Weinberg; Eileen Calkin; Daphne Filmer; Fr. Peter; Philomena Mulcahy; Oliver Newman; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
Recently Dead: Fr. Patrick Murtagh; Elizabeth Smith; Sherban; Elizabeth Veglio. Also Fr. Seamus Hetherton; Fr. Colin Murphy (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
Anniversaries: Kenneth Hennessey; Frank Ward; Diana Owen; Iris Roots; Hazel Usher; Nora Gilligan; Maureen Newman; Jeffery Lemon; Sidney Stevens; Ellen Martin; Henry Berry; Lilian Barbieri.
 
AUGUST – SEPTEMBER:  WEEKEND and ASSUMPTION MASSES
 
Saturday 10th August
Sunday 11th August
(19th Sunday of the Year)
5pm
10am
5.30pm
Alex Scholes RIP (Alice, Margaret and Maureen)
(Children) Michael Dennis RIP (Elaine)
The Parishioners
Thursday 15th August
The Assumption
10am
8pm
(Children) Parishioners, Families & Friends
All Deceased Parishioners, Families & Friends
Saturday 17th August
Sunday 18th August
(20th Sunday of the Year)
5pm
10am
5.30pm
Sebastian Inguito Snr. RIP (anniv.)
(Children) The Parishioners
Holy Souls
Saturday 24th August
 
5pm
 
(Mgr. Matthew)
Jean Gozdz RIP (Alice, Margaret and Maureen)
Sunday 25th August
(21st Sunday of the Year)
10am
5.30pm
(Mgr. Matthew) Alessio Fusi RIP – anniv. (Flora)
(Fr. Geoff)
Saturday 31st August
Sunday 1st September
(22nd Sunday of the Year)
5pm
10am
5.30pm
Paul & Martha Perera RIP
(Children)
 

 

SEPTEMBER OPENING DATES
Pre-School restarts: Thursday 5th September
School restarts: Tuesday 3rd September

St. Simon Stock School restarts:

Years 7 and 12:

Whole School:

 

Tuesday 3rd September

Wednesday 4th September

Youth Group restarts: Friday 6th September - 7-9pm - School
Children’s Liturgy restarts: Sunday 8th September - 10am Mass
Baby & Toddler Group restarts: Tuesday 10th September
Parish Meeting: Wednesday 11th September - 7 for 7.30pm - Priest’s House
“Ride & Stride”: Saturday 14th September - 10am to 6pm

 

18th Sunday of the Year (C)    01 August 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

Sunday 4th  August 2019 - 18th Sunday of the Year (C)
Holiday Period

MASSES & SERVICES THIS WEEK

SATURDAY (Weekday)

3

5pm
All Deceased Relatives & Friends of the Perera Family
SUNDAY
(18th Sunday of the Year)
4
10am
5.30pm
(Children) The Parishioners
Holy Souls
MONDAY (Weekday) 5
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY
(The Transfiguration)
6
9.30am
Communion Service
WEDNESDAY (Weekday)
7
9.30am
Communion Service
THURSDAY (St. Dominic) 8
9.30am
Communion Service
FRIDAY (St. Edith Stein) 9
9.30am
Communion Service
SATURDAY (St. Lawrence) 10
5pm
Alex Scholes RIP (Alice, Margaret and Maureen)
SUNDAY
(19th Sunday of the Year)
11
10am
5.30pm
(Children) Michael Dennis RIP (Elaine)
Holy Souls The Parishioners
MONDAY 12   NO MASS OR COMMUNION SERVICE TODAY
 
Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
FUNERALS: Please pray for Elizabeth Smith RIP and her family as they pray for her funeral on Friday 16th August at 12.30pm at Vinters Park Crematorium – also for Elizabeth Veglio RIP and her family following her funeral last Friday (2nd).
 
Please Pray For: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Fr. Kevin St. Aubyn; Peter and Dee Avery; Colin Povey; Reece Reynolds; Fr. Tony Collins; David Formosa; Pauline O’Toole; Caroline Walker; Baby April Hayes; Sheila Koster; John Stevens; Jrena Beard; Colin Watson; David Poole; Brenda Weinberg; Eileen Calkin; Baby Francis Blackmore; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
Recently Dead: Fr. Patrick Murtagh; Elizabeth Smith; Sherban; Elizabeth Veglio; Fr. Seamus Hetherton; Fr. Colin Murphy. Also Michael Dennis; Jean Gozdz (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
Anniversaries: Maria Argenta; Agnes O’Rourke; Nancy Daly; John Kane; Arthur Cole; Dennis O’Connell; Joe Micallef; Kenneth Hennessey.
 
AUGUST – SEPTEMBER:  WEEKEND and ASSUMPTION MASSES
 

Saturday 3 rd August

Sunday 4 th August

(18 th Sunday of the Year)

5pm
 
10am
 
5.30pm

All Deceased Relatives and Friends of the Perera Family

(Children) - The Parishioners

Holy Souls

Saturday 10 th August

Sunday 11 th August

(19 th Sunday of the Year)

5pm

10am

5.30pm

Alex Scholes RIP (Alice, Margaret and Maureen)

(Children) Michael Dennis RIP (Elaine)

The Parishioners

Thursday 15 th August

The Assumption

10am

8pm

(Children) Parishioners, Families & Friends

All Deceased Parishioners, Families & Friends

Saturday 17 th August

Sunday 18 th August

(20 th Sunday of the Year)

5pm

10am

5.30pm

Sebastian Inguito Snr. RIP (Annniv.)

(Children)

 

Saturday 24 th August

Sunday 25 th August

(21 st Sunday of the Year)

5pm

10am

5.30pm

(Mgr. Matthew)

(Mgr. Matthew) Alessio Fusi RIP – anniv. (Flora)

(Fr. Geoff)

Saturday 31 st August

Sunday 1 st September

(22 nd Sunday of the Year)

5pm

10am

5.30pm

Paul & Martha Perera RIP

(Children)

 

 

SEPTEMBER OPENING DATES
Pre-School restarts: Thursday 5th September
School restarts: Tuesday 3rd September

St. Simon Stock School restarts:

Years 7 and 12:

Whole School:

Tuesday 3rd September

Wednesday 4th September

Youth Group restarts: Friday 6th September - 7-9pm - School
Children’s Liturgy restarts: Sunday 8th September - 10am Mass
Baby & Toddler Group restarts: Tuesday 10th September
Parish Meeting: Wednesday 11th September - 7 for 7.30pm - Priest’s House
“Ride & Stride”: Saturday 14th September - 10am to 6pm

 

17 th Sunday of the Year (C)    26 July 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

Sunday 28 th July 2019 - 17 th Sunday of the Year (C) - Holiday Period

MASSES & SERVICES THIS WEEK

SATURDAY (Weekday)

27

2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms: Victoria Wydrzylska & Chloe Champkins
Mass - Alex Scholes RIP (The Book Club)
SUNDAY
(17th Sunday of the Year)
28
10am
5.30pm
(Children) Joan Wegrzyn RIP 1st Anniv. (Marie & David Cross)
The Parishioners
MONDAY (St. Martha) 29
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Weekday) 30
9.30am
Mass - John Lacey RIP (Alice Mills)
WEDNESDAY
(St. Ignatius of Loyola)
31
9.30am
Mass - Deceased Relatives & Friends of the Lobo Family
THURSDAY (St. Alphonsus) 1 Aug
9.30am
Communion Service
FRIDAY (Weekday) 2
9.30am
Mass - Alex Scholes RIP & Family (Steph, Ian & Family)
SATURDAY (Weekday) 3
5pm
All Deceased Relatives & Friends of the Perera Family
SUNDAY
(18th Sunday of the Year)
4
10am
5.30pm
(Children) - The Parishioners
Holy Souls
 
Sacrament of Reconciliation for Adults & Young People
- NO Confessions this Saturday (3 rd Aug)
 
Please Pray For: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Fr. Kevin St. Aubyn; Peter and Dee Avery; Colin Povey; Reece Reynolds; Fr. Tony Collins; David Formosa; Pauline O’Toole; Caroline Walker; Baby April Hayes; Sheila Koster; John Stevens; Jrena Beard; Colin Watson; Fr. Peter; David Poole; Baby Francis Blackmore; 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: Sherban; Elizabeth Veglio; Fr. Seamus Hetherton; Fr. Colin Murphy; Michael Dennis; Jean Gozdz. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
Anniversaries: Stephen Mullins; Fr. Peter’s Mother; Philippa Wellesley-Colley; John Hubble; Patrick McDaid; Joan Wegrzyn; Mary O’Kelly; Joseph Brennan; Roy O’Connell; Mary Watson; Mercedes Teresa Hawkins; Maurice Krarup; John Metcalfe; Maria Argenta; Agnes O’Rourke; Nancy Daly.
 
AUGUST – SEPTEMBER:  WEEKEND and ASSUMPTION MASSES
 

Saturday 3 rd August

Sunday 4 th August

(18 th Sunday of the Year)

5pm
 
10am
 
5.30pm

All deceased friends of the Perera Family

(Children) - The Parishioners

Holy Souls

Saturday 10 th August

Sunday 11 th August

(19 th Sunday of the Year)

5pm

10am

5.30pm

(Children)

Thursday 15 th August

The Assumption

10am

8pm

(Children) Parishioners, Families & Friends

All Deceased Parishioners, Families & Friends

Saturday 17 th August

Sunday 18 th August

(20 th Sunday of the Year)

5pm

10am

5.30pm

Sebastian Inguito Snr. RIP (Annniv.)

(Children)

 

Saturday 24 th August

Sunday 25 th August

(21 st Sunday of the Year)

5pm

10am

5.30pm

 

Saturday 31 st August

Sunday 1 st September

(22 nd Sunday of the Year)

5pm

10am

5.30pm

Paul & Martha Perera RIP

(Children)

 

 

SEPTEMBER OPENING DATES
Pre-School restarts: Thursday 5th September
School restarts: Tuesday 3rd September

St. Simon Stock School restarts: Yrs. 7 & 12:

Whole School:

Tuesday 3rd September

Wednesday 4th September

Youth Group restarts: Friday 6th September - 7-9pm - School
Children’s Liturgy restarts: Sunday 8th September - 10am Mass
Baby & Toddler Group restarts: Tuesday 10th September
Parish Meeting: Wednesday 11th September - 7 for 7.30pm - Priest’s House
“Ride & Stride”: Saturday 14th September - 10am to 6pm

 

16th Sunday of the Year (C)    19 July 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

16th Sunday of the Year (C)
21st July 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND is the first weekend of our summer holiday break. There will be no Chil-dren’s Liturgy at the 10am Mass but children specially welcome. With the pre-school and schools now closed, we wish everyone a happy holiday period, a safe and happy time for all parishioners going on holiday, and welcome all visitors to our Parish in these summer weeks.
 
DURING THE WEEK - Youth Leaders meet on Saturday - otherwise no meetings.
 
A BIG THANK YOU FOR THE PIMMS & PROMS - to all who organised it, the band and all who supported and made the evening such a good one - and for the magnificent amount raised.
 
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 noticeboard in the Church each week. Please note that there will be communion ser-vices and not Masses during the week in August except for the Feast of the Assumption on Thursday 15th August when the Masses will be at 10am and 8pm. This is to enable me to get some sort of a break as our former supply, Fr. Peter Adu, can’t come this year. Also dur-ing August the office will only be open on Wednesdays between 9am and 3pm.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Weekday)

20

2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms: Harley Saunderson & Ivy Butler
Stewart Chapman RIP (Gabrielle)
SUNDAY
(16th Sunday of the Year)
21
10am
5.30pm
(Children) Roy Sellwood RIP (Anniv.) (Marie Cross)
The Parishioners
MONDAY (St. Mary Magdalene)
22
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (St. Bridget) 23
9.30am
Communion Service
WEDNESDAY (Weekday) 24
9.30am
Communion Service
THURSDAY (St. James, Apostle) 25
9.30am
12noon
Communion Service
Installation of New Archbishop in the Cathedral
FRIDAY (Ss. Joachim & Anne) 26
9.30am
Mass - Joan Wegrzyn RIP (Anniv.)
SATURDAY (Weekday)
27
2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms: Victoria Wydrzylska & Chloe Champkins
Mass - Alex Scholes RIP (The Book Club)
SUNDAY
(17th Sunday of the Year)
28
10am
 
5.30pm
(Children) Joan Wegrzyn RIP 1st Anniv. (Marie & David Cross)
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Fr. Kevin St. Aubyn; Peter and Dee Avery; Colin Povey; Reece Reynolds; Fr. Tony Collins; David Formosa; Pauline O’Toole; Caroline Walker; Baby April Hayes; Sheila Koster; John Stevens; Jrena Beard; Colin Watson; Fr. Peter; 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: Elizabeth Veglio; Fr. Seamus Hetherton; Fr. Colin Murphy; Michael Dennis; Jean Gozdz; also Alex Scholes and Julisa Forsyth (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout 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; Joan Wegrzyn; Luc Nankoo.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 21
10am
No Children’s Liturgy but children involved in Mass
SATURDAY 27 11am Youth Group Leaders Meeting
SUNDAY 28 10am No Children’s Liturgy but children involved in Mass
 
THANK YOU for your offerings which amounted to £463.81 (Standing Orders average £355 per week). The second col-lection for Apostleship of the Sea raised £194.84
 
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 2019 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 9th October 2019.
 
FIRST COMMUNION HELPERS The First Communion team are looking for volunteers to help with preparing children for their First Communion and Reconciliation. If you are able to help please contact the Parish Office.
 
NEW CHILDRENS LITURGY LEADERS REQUIRED New leaders are required to support the existing team. Commit-ment is on a rotational basis and only during term time. It’s a great opportunity to help our children grow and develop in their faith. We provide an opportunity to discuss the Gospel at a level that is appropriate to them. We help the children to discover that the word of God has meaning in their lives. It also welcomes young children as part of the parish community. If you think you may have what it takes and are interested in supporting the team either contact the office or talk to one of the Liturgy leaders at the Sunday Mass who will be willing to help.
 
ST THOMAS MORE PRE-SCHOOL has a few vacancies for anyone whose child will be three this September (starting in reception September 2020). Please call Cathy at the Pre-School for more information - 01732 874559
 
SAVE THE DATE - Parish Barbeque - Saturday 31st August from 12-4pm. Further details to follow.
 
DONATE8 - YOUR HELP IS NEEDED (1) Are you a wordsmith? We are looking for a volunteer who is willing to write 600-700 words about our Parish for a magazine article in ‘The Pilgrim’. The article is to cover topics such as the history of the church/information about the local area/unusual facts. If you are interested please contact the office and we’ll let you have more details. (2) Help with Banking. We are looking for volunteers to take the collection to the NatWest in West Malling. The money will already have been counted and the playing-in-slip completed, so it is just a case of paying it to the cashier. The more volunteers we get the less often your services would be required. Money would need to be collected on a Wednesday or Friday and paid in the same day (before 4pm). If you are able to help please contact the office.
 
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALLING Larkfield Let’s Do Lunch Club at the Dorcas Centre, Martin Square, Larkfield, ur-gently need volunteers from September to help with transport, cooking or running an activity. Many who come live alone and look forward to Thursday to chat with new found friends in a warm and friendly atmosphere. If you wish to find out more please email: sophia@dynamic-communities.org. Ring 07434 150922 (leave a message).
 
RIDE & STRIDE FOR CHURCHES Saturday 14th September 2019 - 10am to 6pm. Volunteers are needed to help or-ganise and welcome visitors to our Church for this fantastic fundraising event. Please speak to the Parish Office if you would be available to help on this day.
 
HIROSHIMA & NAGASAKI ANNUAL REMEMBRANCE - Choir Chapel, Aylesford Priory, Tuesday 6th August, starting at 8.20pm. See noticeboard for further 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 Steph’s Group - week beginning 22nd July.
 
CHURCH FLOWERS Dee’s group - weeks beginning 26th July and 2nd August.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston meet on Saturday 3rd August at 1pm for a Barbecue. Venue: 789 London Road, Larkfield, Kent, ME20 6DE. RSVP: Medard or Veronique Hadonou on 01732 875003.
 

SEPTEMBER OPENING DATES
Pre-School restarts: Thursday 5th September
School restarts: Tuesday 3rd September
St. Simon Stock School restarts: Yrs. 7 & 12: Tuesday 3rd September
Whole School: Wednesday 4th September
Youth Group restarts: Friday 6th September - 7-9pm - School
Children’s Liturgy restarts: Sunday 8th September - 10am Mass
Baby & Toddler Group restarts: Tuesday 10th September
Parish Meeting: Wednesday 11th September - 7 for 7.30pm - Priest’s House
“Ride & Stride”: Saturday 14th September - 10am to 6pm

 

15th Sunday of the Year (C)    12 July 2019
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PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

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

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

15th Sunday of the Year (C)
SEA SUNDAY
14th July 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND - Saturday & Sunday - Sea Sunday, when the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea. Without them we would not have most of the items we buy in the shops. Today’s second collection is for Stella Maris, Apostleship of the Sea, the Church’s official maritime welfare agency. It supports seafarers both practically and spiritually. This collection is vital to enable it to continue its work, so please give generously and remember sea-farers in your prayers. Thank you. To donate online please visit www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk.
 
SUNDAY We welcome Fr. Liam from Maidstone and Fr. Geoff from Bearsted who are celebrating the 10am and 5.30pm Masses while Fr. Peter is having a colonoscopy in hospital (ouch!) and thank them for their support. (Please note, that depending on the results of Fr. Peter’s hospital visit, the Masses on Tuesday and Wednesday may have to be replaced by Communion Services.)
 
DURING THE WEEK We have the leavers’ Mass at More Park and the end of term there and for the pre-school and St. Simon Stock School. We wish our leavers well and thank the staff and helpers of our Pre-School and schools for all their work and wish them a happy summer holiday.
 
NEXT WEEKEND is the first weekend of our summer holiday break. There will be no Children’s Liturgy at the 10am Mass but children specially welcome. We thank our Children’s Liturgy organisers for all their important work and to Sam Vloothuis for her great leadership as she moves on (also Tom, her husband, for his good work as he retires from our school governors - and Cathy Fennell for her great work as our First Communion Catechist as she moves on).
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (St. Mildred)

13

1pm
5pm
Marriage of Kevin Sweeney & Lisa Osborne
Elizabeth & Basil Pinto RIP
SUNDAY (15th Sunday of the Year)
Sea Sunday
14
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) (Fr. Liam) Fr. Peter - good health (Alice Mills)
(Fr. Geoff) Gus Isava RIP (Anniv.)
MONDAY (St. Bonaventure)
15
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Our Lady of Mount Carmel) 16
9.30am
Donal O’Leary RIP (Alice Mills) (may be a Communion Service)
WEDNESDAY (Weekday) 17
9.30am
 
Tony Goldsmith RIP (Anniv.) (Steph, Ian & Family)
(may be a Communion Service)
THURSDAY (Weekday) 18
9.30am
Communion Service
FRIDAY (Weekday) 19
9.30am
End of Year ’Leavers’ Mass in School
SATURDAY (Weekday)
20
2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms: Harley Saunderson & Ivy Butler
Stewart Chapman RIP (Gabrielle)
SUNDAY
(16th Sunday of the Year)
21
10am
5.30pm
(Children) Roy Sellwood RIP (Anniv.) (Marie Cross)
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Fr. Kevin St. Aubyn; Peter and Dee Avery; Colin Povey; Reece Reynolds; Fr. Tony Collins; David Formosa; Pauline O’Toole; Caroline Walker; Baby April Hayes; Fr. Peter; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Fr. Seamus Hetherton; Fr. Colin Murphy; Michael Dennis; Jean Gozdz; Alex Scholes; Julisa Forsyth. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Mary Barnett; Peter Fanning; Augusto Isava; Louise Baxter; Tony Goldsmith; Hazel Ingold; Isabella Burns-Hart; Geoffrey Rice; Aureen Bartley; Oliver Duffy; Maura Wrenn.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SATURDAY 13
 
 
Pimms & Proms in the Church Grounds

SUNDAY 14

10am
2 - 7.30pm
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Youth Group “It’s a Knockout” and Barbeque
FRIDAY 19

 

LAST DAY OF TERM
SUNDAY 21 10am No Children’s Liturgy but children involved in Mass
 
THANK YOU for your offerings which amounted to £322.95 (Standing Orders average £355 per week).
 
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Roger Numas (no. 106) for the July draw.
 
SUMMER FAYRE raised a total of £2,322.70 - A big thank you to Victoria and Team and everyone!
 
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 2019 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 9th October 2019.
 
FIRST COMMUNION HELPERS The First Communion team are looking for volunteers to help with preparing children for their First Communion and Reconciliation. If you are able to help please contact the Parish Office.
 
NEW CHILDRENS LITURGY LEADERS REQUIRED New leaders are required to support the existing team. Commitment is on a rotational basis and only during term time. It’s a great opportunity to help our children grow and develop in their faith. We provide an opportunity to discuss the Gospel at a level that is appropriate to them. We help the children to discover that the word of God has meaning in their lives. It also welcomes young children as part of the parish community. If you think you may have what it takes and are interested in supporting the team either contact the office or talk to one of the Liturgy leaders at the Sunday Mass who will be willing to help.
 
ST THOMAS MORE PRE-SCHOOL has a few vacancies for anyone whose child will be three this September (starting in reception September 2020). Please call Cathy at the Pre-School for more information - 01732 874559
 
THANK YOU Ruby, Libby and Beth Batchelor would like to thank everyone for their support when they ran the Race for Life on Sunday for Cancer Research.
 
SAVE THE DATE - Parish Barbeque - Saturday 31st August from 12-4pm. Further details to follow.
 
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALLING Larkfield Let’s Do Lunch Club at the Dorcas Centre, Martin Square, Lark-field, urgently need volunteers from September to help with transport, cooking or running an activity. Many who come live alone and look forward to Thursday to chart with new found friends in a warm and friendly atmosphere. If you would like to find out more please email: sophia@dynamic-communities.org. Ring 07434 150922 (leave a message).
 
RIDE & STRIDE FOR CHURCHES Saturday 14th September 2019 - 10am to 6pm. Volunteers are needed to help organise and welcome visitors to our Church for this fantastic fundraising event. Please speak to the Parish Office if you would be available to help on this day.
 
ALTAR SERVERS SUMMER BREAK Tuesday 6th to Friday 9th August - Woldingham, Surrey - Cost £145. This is an excellent few days for boy and girl servers aged 10-15. Meeting in a holiday atmosphere activi-ties include talks, discussions, prayer, daily Mass, as well as sport, Chessington World of Adventures, Laser Elite, Swimming. For more details take form, download from www.stanselmsdartford.wordpress.com, or contact Fr. Ste-phen Boyle, Tel: 01322 220075, email: stanselm01@googlemail.com.
 
THE PASSAGE GARDEN PARTY Please support the excellent work which The Passage does for homeless people in Central London, by attending The Passage annual Garden Party in the beautiful and historic College Garden, Westminster Abbey on Friday 19th July from 6pm to 8pm. Tickets at £45 each, include wine, soft drinks, buffet supper and live music. Tickets are available online through Eventbrite, or from The Passage, St. Vincent’s Centre, Carlisle Place, London SW1P 1NL, Tel: 0207 592 1856, E-mail: tickets@passage.org.uk. It will not be possible to purchase tickets at the Abbey. All proceeds in aid of The Passage. See noticeboard for details.
 
CATHOLIC HERALD Please see this week’s Herald for an article on Cardinal John Henry Newman, telling the incredible story of the miracle that has been approved and leading to his Canonisation.
 
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 15th July.
 
CHURCH FLOWERS Maria’s group - week beginning 19th July. Dee’s group - week beginning 26th July.
 
GARDENING CLUB There will not be a meeting in July.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.

 

14th Sunday of the Year (C)    05 July 2019
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PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

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

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

14th Sunday of the Year (C)
7th July 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND We are in the month of July when we celebrate leavers and Thanksgiving Masses and events and look forward to the summer holidays - hooray! We also have the Snodland Open-Air ‘Carnival’ Service at Christ Church, Malling Road, Snodland at 3pm - all invited.
 
ADORATION OF THE EUCHARIST Please remember to bring back your cards this weekend and put them in the box at the back of the Church. If you were not around last week, there are cards available for you on the table as you come into the Church to complete.
 
DURING THE WEEK There are meetings for the More Park Governors, and Baby & Toddler Group - the Post Presentation Eucharistic Adoration meeting - Kings Hill & Mereworth Area Group, and Children’s Liturgy organisers - also the Year 6 performance in school, confirmation interviews, and the final Year 8 Masses at St. Simon Stock, and the Youth Group “It’s a Knockout” and Mass next Sunday.
 
NEXT WEEKEND - Saturday Pimms & Proms on Saturday evening (see overleaf). We also welcome the local and provincial Catenians to the 5pm Mass
 
NEXT WEEKEND - Saturday & Sunday - Sea Sunday, when the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea. There will be a second collection for Stella Maris, Apostleship of the Sea, the official maritime welfare agency of the Catholic Church. It provides practical and spiritual support to seafarers visiting our ports. As it is dependent on voluntary donations, please give generously. For more information about its work, visit www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Weekday)

6

10am
5pm
Apostolate for the Adoration Committee in Church
Lucy & Joseph Perera intentions
SUNDAY
(14th Sunday of the Year)
7
10am
3pm
5.30pm
Mass (Children’s Liturgy) - Gallagher Family
Open-Air ‘Carnival’ Service - Christ Church, Snodland
Mass - The Parishioners
MONDAY (Weekday)
8
9.30am
 
Communion Service
(8M14 Mass in St. Simon Stock School)
TUESDAY (Weekday) 9
9.30am
Mass - Fr. Richard & Fr. Michael RIP (recent)
WEDNESDAY (Weekday) 10
9.30am
Communion Service
THURSDAY (St. Benedict) 11
9.30am
2pm
Communion Service
Funeral of Alex Scholes at Vinters Park Crematorium
FRIDAY (Weekday) 12
9.30am
 
Mass - Barry Symonds RIP (Mary G.)
(8M12 Mass in St. Simon Stock School)
SATURDAY (St. Mildred)
13
1pm
5pm
Marriage of Kevin Sweeney & Lisa Osborne
Mass - Elizabeth & Basil Pinto RIP
SUNDAY
(15th Sunday of the Year)
Sea Sunday
14
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) - The Parishioners
(Youth Groups - Gus Isava RIP (Anniv.)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Fr. Kevin St. Aubyn; Peter and Dee Avery; Colin Povey; Reece Reynolds; Fr. Tony Collins; David Formosa; Pauline O’Toole; Caroline Walker; 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: Michael Dennis; Jean Gozdz; Alex Scholes; Julisa Forsyth. 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 Isava.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 7
10am
 
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
(Open-Air ‘Carnival’ Service - Christ Church, Snodland - 3pm)
MONDAY 8

 

6.30pm

(Confirmation Interviews)
 
More Park Academy Governors Meeting in School
TUESDAY 9
12.30pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet at West Malling Community Centre (Village Hall)
WEDNESDAY 10
 
 
7 for 7.30pm
(Confirmation Interviews)
(Year 6 Performance in School)
Eucharistic Adoration - Post Presentation Meeting
THURSDAY 11
8pm
Kings Hill & Mereworth Area Group Meeting
FRIDAY 12
10am
 
5pm
8pm
Flower Arrangers in Church
(Confirmation Interviews)
Wedding Rehearsal in Church
Children’s Liturgy Organisers Meeting followed by Cheese & Wine in Priest’s House
SATURDAY 13   Pimms & Proms in the Church Grounds
SUNDAY 14
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 £330.58. (Standing Orders average £355 per week). The second collection for Peter’s Pence raised £117.33.
 
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 COMMUNION HELPERS The First Communion team are looking for volunteers to help with preparing children for their First Communion and Reconciliation. If you are able to help please contact the Parish Office.
 
NEW CHILDRENS LITURGY LEADERS REQUIRED New leaders are required to support the existing team. Commitment is on a rotational basis and only during term time. It’s a great opportunity to help our children grow and develop in their faith. We provide an opportunity to discuss the Gospel at a level that is appropriate to them. We help the children to discover that the word of God has meaning in their lives. It also welcomes young children as part of the parish community. If you think you may have what it takes and are interested in supporting the team either contact the office or talk to one of the Liturgy leaders at the Sunday Mass who will be will-ing to help.
 
ST THOMAS MORE PRE-SCHOOL has a few vacancies for anyone whose child will be three this September (starting in reception September 2020). Please call Cathy at the Pre-School for more information - 01732 874559.
 
PIMMS & PROMS This year’s Pimms & Proms will be held on 13th July. Tickets will be available after all Masses on the 29th/30th June. Adults £10 - Children £5 - Family Tickets £25. Donations of bottle of Pimms would be gratefully appreciated.
 
RIDE & STRIDE FOR CHURCHES Saturday 14th September 2019 - 10am to 6pm. Volunteers are needed to help organise and welcome visitors to our Church for this fantastic fundraising event. Please speak to the Parish Office if you would be available to help on this day.
 
ORDINARIATE PILGRIMAGE TO CANTERBURY - Saturday 13th July 2019. Please see notice in Porch. Please note I have a few copies of the poster which you will need for free admission to Canterbury Cathedral for the address by Professor Duffy, Evensong and Devotions.
 
ALTAR SERVERS SUMMER BREAK Tuesday 6th to Friday 9th August - Woldingham, Surrey - Cost £145. This is an excel-lent few days for boy and girl servers aged 10-15. Meeting in a holiday atmosphere activities include talks, discussions, prayer, daily Mass, as well as sport, Chessington World of Adventures, Laser Elite, Swimming. For more details take form, download from www.stanselmsdartford.wordpress.com, or contact Fr. Stephen Boyle, Tel: 01322 220075, email: stanselm01@googlemail.com.
 
CATHOLIC HISTORY WALKS IN LONDON Please see noticeboard for details of walks in July.
 
EAST MALLING SINGERS ‘A Summer Evening of Choral Jazz & Folk’ - Saturday 13th July. See noticeboard for details.
 
HEART OF KENT HOSPICE Please see noticeboard for details of their Cyclo Sportive 2019 (Sunday 22nd September) and their Moonlit Walk (Saturday 12th October).
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Wiesia’s Group - week beginning 8th July.
 
CHURCH FLOWERS Maria’s group - weeks beginning 12th & 19th July. PLEASE COULD ALL FLOWER ARRANGERS COME AND HELP ON FRIDAY 12th JULY FROM 10am ONWARDS (for the wedding on Saturday 13th July). Please bring any green-ery you may have.
 
GARDENING CLUB There will not be a meeting in July.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 11th July at 8pm. Venue: 38 Braeburn Way, Kings Hill, ME19 4BG. Contact Ana and Geoff Wild 01732 220661.
 

 

Ss. PETER and PAUL (C)    30 June 2019
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PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

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

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

Ss. PETER and PAUL (C)
30th June 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND We celebrate the Feast of Ss. Peter and Paul, the two founder Apostles of our Faith and pray for Pope Francis and our Bishops, their successors with a retiring collection at all Masses for ‘Peter’s Pence’ to help Pope Francis to exercise works of mercy and charity for the Church. We also welcome the speakers who will be talking to us about Eucharistic Lay Adoration for our Parish (see below).
 
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION - Speakers this weekend - What qualifications do you need to be on the Parish Team for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament …… one hour at your disposal per week - and a willing heart.
 
DURING THE WEEK There are meetings for the Confirmation Groups, Finance Committee, Baby & Toddler Group, Friendship Group, Mothers Prayer Group and the Youth Group - also the Deanery Pastoral Council and a Parish Meeting, and I will be celebrating Masses with Year 8 in St. Simon Stock School.
 
School / Parish SUMMER FAYRE Many thanks to all who organised and supported this - we will let you know the total raised.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We will be in the month of July when we will celebrate leavers and Thanksgiving Masses and events and look forward to the summer holidays - hooray!
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY
(Lay Adoration Presentation)

29

5pm
Joseph & Lucy Perera intentions
SUNDAY
Ss. Peter and Paul
(Lay Adoration Presentation)
30
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Denis O’Neill RIP (Anniv.)
The Parishioners
MONDAY (St. Oliver Plunkett)
1 July 9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Weekday) 2
9.30am
Mass - Keggy Diamond RIP
WEDNESDAY (St. Thomas, Apostle) 3
9.30am
 
 
Mass - Deceased Relative and Friends of the Lobo Family
(8M16 & 8M13 Masses in St. Simon Stock School)
THURSDAY (Weekday) 4 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Weekday) 5
 
9.30am
 
 
11.30am
 
 
Communion Service
(Mass in St. Simon Stock School at 8.10am)
 
(Margaret Mayatt - Burial of Ashes - Aylesford Cemetery)
(8M15 Mass in St. Simon Stock School)
SATURDAY (Weekday)
6
10am
5pm
Apostolate for the Adoration Committee in Church
Lucy & Joseph Perera intentions
SUNDAY
(14th Sunday of the Year)
Sea Sunday
7
10am
5.30pm
Mass (Children’s Liturgy) - Gallagher Family
Mass - The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: No confessions this Saturday
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Fr. Kevin St. Aubyn; Peter and Dee Avery; Mary Sellwood; Colin Povey; Baby April Hayes; John Stevens, Sheila Koster; Reece Reynolds; Ian Battock; Fr. Tony Collins; David Formosa; Pauline O’Toole; Caroline Walker; Paul Head; Ruben Ramirez; Abby Blackmore & Baby Francis; 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: Alex Scholes; Julisa Forsyth; also Margaret Mayatt (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Alice Canal; 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
SATURDAY 29 11am - 2pm SCHOOL / PARISH SUMMER FAIR
SUNDAY 30
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 1 July
5-6pm
7.30pm
Girls Confirmation Group in Priest’s House
Goudhurst/Cranbrook meeting at Goudhurst
TUESDAY 2
 
1.30pm
7.30pm
(Finance Committee Meeting after Mass)
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Deanery Pastoral Council - Bearsted
WEDNESDAY 3
2pm
7 for 7.30pm
Friendship Group meet in Priest’s House
Parish Meeting in Priest’s House
THURSDAY 4
7.30pm
Mothers Prayer Group in Church Porch
FRIDAY 5
6-7pm
7-9pm
Boys Confirmation Group in Priest’s House
Youth Group Meeting in School
SUNDAY 7 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your offerings which amounted to £291.89. (Standing Orders average £355 per week). The second collection for the Dew Association raised £247.94. Last weekend’s Table Top Sales raised just over £200.
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock them-selves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST COMMUNION HELPERS The First Communion team are looking for volunteers to help with preparing children for their First Com-munion and Reconciliation. If you are able to help please contact the Parish Office.
 
NEW CHILDRENS LITURGY LEADERS REQUIRED New leaders are required to support the existing team. Commitment is on a rotational basis and only during term time. It’s a great opportunity to help our children grow and develop in their faith. We provide an opportunity to discuss the Gospel at a level that is appropriate to them. We help the children to discover that the word of God has meaning in their lives. It also welcomes young children as part of the parish community. If you think you may have what it takes and are interested in supporting the team either contact the office or talk to one of the Liturgy leaders at the Sunday Mass who will be willing to help.
 
ST THOMAS MORE PRE-SCHOOL has a few vacancies for anyone whose child will be three this September (starting in reception Septem-ber 2020). Please call Cathy at the Pre-School for more information - 01732 874559.
 
MOTHERS PRAYER GROUP The next meeting will be on Thursday 4th July at 7.30pm in the Church Porch. If you would be interested in attending please contact Steph Blackburn on 07977 458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk.
 
FRIENDSHIP GROUP meet this Wednesday 3rd July at 2pm in the Priest House. All are welcome.
PIMMS & PROMS This year’s Pimms & Proms will be held on 13th July. Tickets will be available after all Masses on the 29th/30th June. Adults £10 - Children £5 - Family Tickets £25. Donations of bottle of Pimms would be gratefully appreciated.
 
ORDINARIATE PILGRIMAGE TO CANTERBURY - Saturday 13th July 2019. Please see notice in Porch. Please note I have a few cop-ies of the poster which you will need for free admission to Canterbury Cathedral for the address by Professor Duffy, Evensong and Devo-tions.
 
SITE MAINTENANCE AND CARETAKER - The Archdiocese of Southwark are looking for someone to join their site maintenance and caretaking team at the Cathedral site. The primary function of this role is to provide maintenance and caretaking services across the whole site. The successful applicant must have previous experience in a similar environment and ideally some knowledge of health and safety. This job also requires a DBS disclosure. Hours: 35 worked over a varying shift pattern to include some evenings and weekends. Salary: £21,500pa-£23,000 depending on skills and experience. Interviews will be on 10th July 2019. To apply please send your CV to HR@rcaos.org.uk by 4th July 2019.
 
THE 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 £1,700 each to 40 Priests in the Diocese of Southwark and Arundel and Brighton, and also help 2 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.
 
THE PASSAGE GARDEN PARTY Please support the excellent work which The Passage does for homeless people in Central London, by attending The Passage annual Garden Party in the beautiful and historic College Garden, Westminster Abbey on Friday 19th July from 6pm to 8pm. Tickets at £45 each include wine, soft drinks, buffet supper and live music. Tickets are available online through Eventbrite or from The Passage, St. Vincent’s Centre, Carlisle Place, London SW1P 1NL. Tel: 0207 592 1856. Email: tickets@passage.org.uk. It will not be possible to purchase tickets at the Abbey. All proceeds in aid or The Passage.
 
St. JOHN’S SEMINARY Please see the poster requesting help with the refurbishment of the Sacred Heart Chapel.
 
CATHOLIC HISTORY WALKS IN LONDON Please see noticeboard for details of walks in July.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also re-mind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Eileen’s Group - week beginning 1st July.
 
CHURCH FLOWERS Elaine’s group - week beginning 5th July. Please could all arrangers bring any greenery they may have on Friday 12th July from 10am onwards (for the wedding on Saturday 13th July).
 
GARDENING CLUB There will not be a meeting in July.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 11th July at 8pm. Venue: 38 Braeburn Way, Kings Hill, ME19 4BG. Contact Ana and Geoff Wild 01732 220661.
 

 

CORPUS CHRISTI (C)    21 June 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

CORPUS CHRISTI (C)
23rd June 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND We celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi and give thanks for the Eucharist which is at the heart of our faith as individuals and a Parish family. It’s linked to Maundy Thursday when the Lord instituted this great sacra-ment 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 congratulate and pray for our First Communicants now fully sharing with us in this great sacrament and thank and pray for our Eucharistic Ministers as they rededicate them-selves to their ministry today. We also join with St. Francis, Maidstone, in a retiring collection for Fr. Peter Adu, our friend and supply priest, and his work and school in Africa. We also have a Table Top Sale at all Masses.
 
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION GOD CALLING! Have you got one hour in the week to spare? Adoration is coming to this Parish. There will be a speaker next weekend 29th/30th June. (There will be a meeting for parishioners to help with this on Wednesday 26th June (7 for 7.30pm). Thanks to Elaine Hook who is co-ordinating this. If you can help and come to this meeting, can you let Elaine know through the Parish Office - thanks!
 
DURING THE WEEK Confirmation candidates begin their course with meetings on Monday (girls) and Friday (boys) - please pray for them. There is also a Youth Group meeting on Friday and I will be continuing my Year 8 Eucharist visits at St. Simon Stock.
 
SATURDAY - THE BIG EVENT School / Parish SUMMER FAYRE - 11am to 2pm. PLEASE SUPPORT (see note overleaf)
 
NEXT WEEKEND We celebrate the Feast of Ss. Peter and Paul, the two founder Apostles of our Faith and pray for Pope Francis and our Bishops, their successors with a retiring collection at all Masses for ‘Peter’s Pence’ to help Pope Francis to exercise works of mercy and charity for the Church. As mentioned above we welcome the speakers who will be talking to us about Lay Adoration for our Parish.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY
Ss. John Fisher & Thomas More

22

2.30pm
5pm
 
Baptism - Louise Gipson
Mass - Ajay & Roshi Belgaumkar wellbeing (Wedding Anniv.)
SUNDAY
Corpus Christi
23
10am
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Ralph Spence & Family (Reception and First Communion)
The Parishioners
MONDAY 
The Nativity of St John the Baptist
24 9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Weekday) 25
9.30am
Welfare of the Diamond Family
WEDNESDAY (Weekday) 26
9.30am
Keggy Diamond RIP
THURSDAY (Weekday) 27 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY Sacred Heart 28
9.30am
 
The Parishioners
(8M11 Mass in St. Simon Stock)
SATURDAY (Lay Adoration Presentation)
29
5pm
Joseph & Lucy Perera intentions
SUNDAY
Ss. Peter and Paul
(Lay Adoration Presentation)
30
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; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Fr. Kevin St. Aubyn; Peter and Dee Avery; Mary Sellwood; Colin Povey; Baby April Hayes; John Stevens, Sheila Koster; Reece Reynolds; Ian Battock; Fr. Tony Collins; David Formosa; Pauline O’Toole; Caroline Walker; Paul Head; Ruben Ramirez; Abby Blackmore & Baby Francis; 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: Alex Scholes; Julisa Forsyth; Margaret Mayatt; also Jane Chadwick’s mother (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Stuart Bottiglieri; Frances Shields; Joseph Littlefear; Francis Killeen; Luigi Serrecchia; Marie Harris; Elisa Gouldstone; Leslie Wallis; Alice Canal; George Patrick Kirkham; John Rock.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 23
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 24
 
6pm - 7pm
(Fr. Peter visits 8M14 in St. Simon Stock)
‘Girls’ confirmation group in Priest’s House
TUESDAY 25   (Schools Mass at Aylesford Priory)
WEDNESDAY 26
 
5.30pm
7 for 7.30pm
(Fr. Peter visits 8M12 and 8M15 in St. Simon Stock
Catechists Meeting in Priest’s House
Eucharistic Adoration Helpers Meeting in Priest’s House
FRIDAY 28
 
6pm - 7pm
7-9pm
(Class 8M11 Mass in St. Simon Stock)
‘Boys’ confirmation group in Priest’s House
Youth Group Meeting in School / House
SATURDAY 29 11am - 2pm SCHOOL/PARISH SUMMER FAIR
SUNDAY 30 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your offerings which amounted to £309.54. (Standing Orders average £355 per week). The second collection for Day for Life raised £217.94.
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock them-selves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
TABLE TOP SALES After all Masses this weekend 22nd and 23rd June.
 
FIRST COMMUNION HELPERS The First Communion team are looking for volunteers to help with preparing children for their First Communion and Reconciliation. If you are able to help please contact the Parish Office
 
NEW CHILDRENS LITURGY LEADERS REQUIRED New leaders are required to support the existing team. Commitment is on a rotational basis and only during term time. It’s a great opportunity to help our children grow and develop in their faith. We provide an opportunity to discuss the Gospel at a level that is appropriate to them. We help the children to discover that the word of God has meaning in their lives. It also welcomes young children as part of the parish community. If you think you may have what it takes and are interested in supporting the team either contact the office or talk to one of the Liturgy leaders at the Sunday Mass who will be willing to help.
 
ST THOMAS MORE PRE-SCHOOL has a few vacancies for anyone whose child will be three this September (starting in reception September 2020). Please call Cathy at the Pre-School for more information - 01732 874559.
 
MOTHERS PRAYER GROUP The next meeting will be on Thursday 4th July at 7.30pm in the Church Porch. If you would be interest-ed in attending please contact Steph Blackburn on 07977 458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk.
 
SCHOOL/PARISH SUMMER FAIR Saturday 29th June. Donations requested - bottles for the bottle stall - a box will be left in the back of the church this weekend. We also need homemade cakes, plants, and new unwanted gifts. There is also going to be a compe-tition for the best decorated cupcake taking place at 12pm on the day - all entries are welcome from novice bakers of every age. Any help would also be gratefully received on the day, even for an hour, from 9am onwards. Please come along and enjoy a great day out.
 
PIMMS & PROMS This year’s Pimms & Proms will be held on 13th July. Tickets will be available after all masses on the 29th/30th June. Adults £10 - Children £5 - Family Tickets £25. Donations of bottle of Pimms would be gratefully appreciated.
 
THE 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 £1,700 each to 40 Priests in the Diocese of Southwark and Arundel and Brighton, and also help 2 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.
 
THE PASSAGE GARDEN PARTY Please support the excellent work which The Passage does for homeless people in Central Lon-don, by attending The Passage annual Garden Party in the beautiful and historic College Garden, Westminster Abbey on Friday 19th July from 6pm to 8pm. Tickets at £45 each include wine, soft drinks, buffet supper and live music. Tickets are available online through Eventbrite or from The Passage, St. Vincent’s Centre, Carlisle Place, London SW1P 1NL. Tel: 0207 592 1856. Email: tick-ets@passage.org.uk. It will not be possible to purchase tickets at the Abbey. All proceeds in aid or The Passage.
 
St. JOHN’S SEMINARY Please see the poster requesting help with the refurbishment of the Sacred Heart Chapel.
 
St. JOHN BOSCO CHILDRENS SUMMER CAMP at Aldham, Essex. This is an activities camp with a Catholic ethos that runs as fol-lows:- Week 1 - Saturday 27th July to 3rd August for Boys; Week 2 - Saturday 3rd August to 10th August for Boys; Week 3 - Sat-urday 10th August to 17th August for Girls; Week 4 - Saturday 17th August to 24th August Mixed Camp. It is for children aged 8-13 and costs £160 per week. Should you require an application form or more information then please look on their website http://svpboscocamp.org.uk. See poster at back of church for details.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Steph’s Group - week beginning 24th June.
 
CHURCH FLOWERS Elaine’s group - weeks beginning 28th June and 5th July.
 
GARDENING CLUB There will not be a meeting in July.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 11th July at 8pm. Venue: 38 Braeburn Way, Kings Hill, ME19 4BG. Contact Ana and Geoff Wild 01732 220661.
 

 

Message to the Parishioners of the Archdiocese of Southwark    14 June 2019
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THE MOST REVEREND PETER SMITH L.L.B., J.C.D., K.C.*H.S.,
ARCHBISHOP OF SOUTHWARK,
ARCHBISHOP’S HOUSE, 150 ST. GEORGE’S ROAD, SOUTHWARK, LONDON, SE1 6HX
 
Message to the Parishioners of the Archdiocese of Southwark
for Mass on Trinity Sunday 16 th June 2019
10 th June 2019
My dear brothers and sisters,
 
On Monday 10 th June Pope Francis accepted my resignation from the office of Archbishop here in the Archdiocese of Southwark. The Holy Father has appointed Bishop John Wilson, currently an Auxiliary Bishop in Westminster, as my successor as the next Archbishop here. Please join me in praying for Bishop John as he prepares to move to Southwark and becomes the Archbishop of this vibrant and multi-cultural diocese.
 
For the interim period before Bishop John’s installation as your new Archbishop, the Holy Father has appointed me as Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese. It has been a great privilege to have served you all here in Southwark as your Archbishop in our parishes South London and Kent, and I have been delighted with the vibrancy of the parishes. It augurs well for the future, and I just want to thank you all for all the prayerful support you have given me over the nine years I have been here. It has meant a great deal to me over those years and I assure you of continuing my prayers and good wishes during my retirement.

 

THE MOST HOLY TRINITY (C)    14 June 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

THE MOST HOLY TRINITY (C)
16th June 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND We celebrate the Feast of the Trinity and thank our God - Father, Son & Spirit for all the blessings we have received in the past year in Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Pentecost. It’s also the Day of Prayer for Human Life dedicated to celebrating the sacredness of human life with prayers and a second collection during the notices for the Anscombe Bioethics Centre and to assist other life related activities supported by the Church.
 
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is spreading to many Parishes in the Archdiocese of South-wark. Why? A speaker will supply the answer in two weeks time at the Masses on the weekend of 29th/30th June. (There will be a meeting for parishioners to help with this on Wednesday 26th June (7 for 7.30pm). Thanks to Elaine Hook who is co-ordinating this. If you can help and come to this meeting, can you let Elaine know through the Parish Office - thanks!
 
DURING THE WEEK On Thursday we shall have a Mass in honour of our Parish Patron, St. Thomas More, at 9.30am. This will be followed by the School’s Founders Day Adoration and Benediction in church from 10.15am to 12.10pm. Please note that the Youth Group meeting on Friday (21st) has been changed to Friday 28th due to the St. Simon Stock prom. Youth Leaders meet on Saturday, and I shall be continuing my visits on the Eucharist to 8M16 & 8M13 at St. Simon Stock.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi and give thanks for the Eucharist which is at the heart of our faith as individuals and a 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 congratulate and pray for our First Communicants now fully sharing with us in this great sacrament and thank and pray for our Eucharistic Ministers as they rededicate themselves to their ministry today. We also join with St. Francis, Maid-stone, in a retiring collection for Fr. Peter Adu, our friend and supply priest, and his work and school in Africa.
 
NEW ARCHBISHOP Please pray for Bishop John Wilson, at present Auxiliary Bishop in Westminster, who has been appointed as our next Archbishop and will be installed as Archbishop on 25th July. There is a letter from Archbishop Peter about this on page three of the newsletter and we give him our thanks and prayers for his retirement and look forward to our new Archbishop.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY
(Vigil of the Trinity)

15

10.30am
5pm
First Communion Thanksgiving Mass
Mass - Ajay & Roshi Belgaumkar intentions
SUNDAY
Most Holy Trinity
Day for Life
16
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) - Carmela Saliba RIP
The Parishioners
MONDAY (Weekday)
17 9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Weekday) 18
9.30am
Mass - Keggy Diamond RIP
WEDNESDAY (Weekday) 19
9.30am
Mass of St. Alban - Welfare of Diamond Family
THURSDAY (St. Alban) 20
9.30am
10.15-12.10
Mass of St. Thomas More - The Parishioners
School Founders Day - Adoration & Benediction in Church
FRIDAY (St. Aloysius Gonzaga) 21
9.30am
Mass - thanksgiving (Fr. Peter - 45th Ordination Anniv.)
SATURDAY Ss. John Fisher & Thomas More
22
2.30pm
5pm
 
Baptism - Louise Gipson
Mass - Ajay & Roshi Belgaumkar wellbeing (Wedding Anniv.)
SUNDAY
Corpus Christi
23
10am
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) - Ralph Spence & Family (Reception and First Communion)
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Fr. Kevin St. Aubyn; Peter and Dee Avery; Mary Sellwood; Colin Povey; Baby April Hayes; John Stevens, Sheila Koster; Reece Reynolds; Ian Battock; Fr. Tony Collins; David Formosa; Pauline O’Toole; Caroline Walker; Paul Head; Ruben Ramirez; Alex Scholes; 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: Margaret Mayatt; Jane Chadwick’s mother; also Sheila Gower (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Sydney Lynch; Terrence McCaughey; George Matthew; Catherine Rothery; Josephine Harris; Eugenie Marsh; Teresa Stone; Peggy Bodenham; Alfred Barnett; Reginald Davis; Stuart Bottiglieri; Frances Shields.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 16
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 19   (Fr. Peter visits 8M16 & 8M13 in St. Simon Stock School)
FRIDAY 21   No Youth Group meeting today - transferred to next Friday (28th) (7-9pm)
SATURDAY 22 1pm Youth Group Leaders Meeting in Priest’s House
SUNDAY 23 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your offerings which amounted to £378.68. (Standing Orders average £355 per week). The sec-ond collection for Catholic Trust for England & Wales raised £162.78.
 
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.
 
TABLE TOP SALES After all masses next weekend 22nd and 23rd June.
 
FIRST COMMUNION HELPERS The First Communion team are looking for volunteers to help with preparing chil-dren for their First Communion and Reconciliation. If you are able to help please contact the Parish Office
 
NEW CHILDRENS LITURGY LEADERS REQUIRED New leaders are required to support the existing team. Commitment is on a rotational basis and only during term time. It’s a great opportunity to help our children grow and develop in their faith. We provide an opportunity to discuss the Gospel at a level that is appropriate to them. We help the children to discover that the word of God has meaning in their lives. It also welcomes young children as part of the parish community. If you think you may have what it takes and are interested in supporting the team either contact the office or talk to one of the Liturgy leaders at the Sunday Mass who will be willing to help.
 
ST THOMAS MORE PRE-SCHOOL has a few vacancies for anyone whose child will be three this September (starting in reception September 2020). Please call Cathy at the pre-school for more information - 01732 874559.
 
MOTHERS PRAYER GROUP The next meeting will be on Thursday 4th July at 7.30pm in the Church Porch. If you would be interested in attending please contact Steph Blackburn on 07977 458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk.
 
SCHOOL SUMMER FAIR - Saturday 29th June. Donations requested - bottles for the bottle stall - a box will be left in the porch from this weekend. Help is also required on the day, even for an hour, please come along and enjoy a great day out.
 
SAVE THE DATE - This year’s Pimms & Prom will be held on 13th July. Further details to follow.
 
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALLING Holy Trinity Larkfield Flower Festival. Saturday 15th June Open Church from 10am to 5pm with Organ recital throughout the afternoon. Sunday 16th June Open Church from 11am to 4pm. Evensong with guest musicians 4pm.
 
St. JOHN BOSCO CHILDRENS SUMMER CAMP at Aldham, Essex. This is an activities camp with a Catholic ethos that runs as follows:-
 
Week 1 - Saturday 27th July to 3rd August for Boys
Week 2 - Saturday 3rd August to 10th August for Boys
Week 3 - Saturday 10th August to 17th August for Girls
Week 4 - Saturday 17th August to 24th August Mixed Camp
 
It is for children aged 8-13 and costs £160 per week. Should you require an application form or more information then please look on their website http://svpboscocamp.org.uk. See poster at back of church for details.
 
SPUC CAMPAIGN Postcards to send a message to the Home Secretary calling on him not to allow the Draft Do-mestic Abuse Bill to be hijacked to bring in abortion decriminalisation are available in the porch - please complete and send as soon as possible.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH FLOWERS Dee’s group - week beginning Friday 21st June. Elaine’s group - weeks beginning 28th June and 5th July.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Fiona’s Group - week beginning 17th June.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 11th July at 8pm. Venue: 38 Braeburn Way, Kings Hill, ME19 4BG. Contact Ana and Geoff Wild 01732 220661.
 

 

FEAST OF PENTECOST (C)    07 June 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

FEAST OF PENTECOST (C)
9th June 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND We celebrate the Feast of Pentecost and the Birthday of the Church with the Children’s Family Mass and 5.30pm Mass presented by the Youth Group (Group meet at 4pm to prepare this). There will also be a second collection during the notices for the Catholic Trust for England and Wales to support the legal, financial, and charitable activities of the Bishops’ conference and the central administration of the church in this country.
 
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION What is Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament? Why is it beginning in this Parish soon? Find out at the Masses on the weekend of 29th/30th June. (There will be a meeting for parishioners to help with this on Wednesday 26th June (7 for 7.30pm) - if you can help and come to this meeting, can you let me know.)
 
DURING THE WEEK There are meetings for our First Communion children, the Parish Safeguarding Committee, the Baby & Toddler Group, and the Deanery Clergy, and I shall be beginning my visits on the Eucharist to Year 8 at St. Simon Stock School. We also congratulate and pray for our First Communicants as they celebrate their Thanksgiv-ing Mass on Saturday.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We celebrate the Feast of the Trinity and thank our God - Father, Son & Spirit for all the bless-ings we have received in the past year to Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Pentecost. It’s also the Day of Prayer for Human Life dedicated to celebrating the sacredness of human life with prayers and a second collection during the notices for the Anscombe Bioethics Centre and to assist other life related activities supported by the Church.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Eve of Pentecost)

8

2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms - Justin De Martino & Callie O’Gorman
Vigil Mass of Pentecost - The Parishioners
SUNDAY
Pentecost
Birthday of the Church
9
10am
 
5.30pm
Pentecost Family Mass - The Parishioners
Pentecost Mass (Youth Group) - Pierrette Hadanou RIP
MONDAY
(Mary, Mother of the Church)
10
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (St. Barnabus) 11
9.30am
Mass - Pauline O’Toole - Welfare (Dee & Peter)
WEDNESDAY (Weekday) 12
9.30am
Mass - Barnie Walsh RIP (Anne & Tony Law)
THURSDAY
(Our Lord Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest)
13 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Weekday) 14
9.30am
 
Communion Service
(Mass in St. Simon Stock School at 8.10am)
SATURDAY
(Vigil of the Trinity)
15
10.30am
5pm
First Communion Thanksgiving Mass
Mass - Ajay & Roshi Belgaumkar intentions
SUNDAY
Most Holy Trinity
Day for Life
16
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) - Carmela Saliba RIP
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Fr. Kevin St. Aubyn; Peter and Dee Avery; Mary Sellwood; Colin Povey; Baby April Hayes; John Stevens, Sheila Koster; Reece Reynolds; Ian Battock; Fr. Tony Collins; David Formosa; Pauline O’Toole; Caroline Walker; Paul Head; 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: Margaret Mayatt; Jane Chadwick’s mother; Sheila Gower. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Albert Wallace; Charles Owen; 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 Ste-vens; James Quinn; Sydney Lynch; Terrence McCaughey; George Matthew.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 9
4pm
Youth Group meet in the Priest’s House to prepare for 5.30pm Pentecost Mass
MONDAY 10
5-6pm
7.30pm
First Communion Children in Church
Parish Safeguarding Committee meet in Priest’s House
TUESDAY 11
1.30-3pm
 
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
(Deanery Clergy Meeting in Cranbrook)
FRIDAY 14   (Fr. Peter visits 8M11 in St. Simon Stock School)
 
THANK YOU for your offerings which amounted to £358.94. (Standing Orders average £355 per week). The second collection for World Communications Day raised £166.30.
 
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Gabrielle Chapman (no. 4) for the June draw.
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST COMMUNION HELPERS The First Communion team are looking for volunteers to help with prepar-ing children for their First Communion and Reconciliation. If you are able to help please contact the Parish Office
 
NEW CHILDRENS LITURGY LEADERS REQUIRED New leaders are required to support the existing team. Commitment is on a rotational basis and only during term time. It’s a great opportunity to help our children grow and develop in their faith. We provide an opportunity to discuss the Gospel at a level that is appropriate to them. We help the children to discover that the word of God has meaning in their lives. It also welcomes young children as part of the parish community. If you think you may have what it takes and are interested in supporting the team either contact the office or talk to one of the Liturgy leaders at the Sunday Mass who will be willing to help.
 
MOTHERS PRAYER GROUP The next meeting will be on Thursday 4th July at 7.30pm in the Church Porch. If you would be interested in attending please contact Steph Blackburn on 07977 458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk.
 
SCHOOL SUMMER FAIR - Saturday 29th June. Donations requested - bottles for the bottle stall - a box will be left in the porch from this weekend. Help is also required on the day, even for an hour, please come along and enjoy a great day out.
 
SAVE THE DATE - This year’s Pimms & Prom will be held on 13th July. Further details to follow.
 
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALLING Holy Trinity Larkfield Flower Festival from 14-16 June, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Apollo II moon landing, “Heavens Above” will pay floral tribute to human endeav-ours in space, the planets and the heavens. If you would like to enter a floral display, please ring Anita on 01732 845660 to book a space.
 
HEART OF KENT HOSPICE Open Garden at Orchard House, 87 Boughton Lane, Maidstone, ME15 9QP on Sunday 7th July - 2-5pm. See noticeboard for further details.
 
SPUC CAMPAIGN Postcards to send a message to the Home Secretary calling on him not to allow the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill to be hijacked to bring in abortion decriminalisation are available in the porch - please complete and send as soon as possible.
 
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. We invite you to join us for our next peaceful, prayerful vigil which will be held on Friday 14th June 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 abor-tion centre, Brewer Street, where we pray 20 decades of the Rosary and the Divine Marcy Chaplet, returning at approx. 12.30pm for refreshments nearby. Full details on poster in church porch or contact tel. 01727 763832 or 0774 774 6411 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 FLOWERS Saturday 8th June 9.30am all arrangers. Friday 14th June all arrangers at 10am or after the Service.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Wiesia’s Group - week beginning 10th June.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 11th July at 8pm. Venue: 38 Braeburn Way, Kings Hill, ME19 4BG. Contact Ana and Geoff Wild 01732 220661.
 

 

Seventh Sunday of Easter (C)    31 May 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

THE EASTER DAYS
Seventh Sunday of Easter (C)
2nd June 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND We celebrate the Seventh Sunday of Easter and prepare for the Feast of Pentecost which will end the Easter season with a new coming of the Holy Spirit. It is also World Communications Day with a second collection during the notices. Please see the special notice about this overleaf. We also congratulate and pray for Rev. Danielle Pearson-Smith as she begins her ministry as Rector of Snodland and for all our friends there.
 
DURING THE WEEK We join with our Christian brothers and sisters in ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ preparing for Pente-cost with a service here on Monday at 7.30pm - please support this if you can. There are also confirmation inter-views, the Baby & Toddler Group on Tuesday, Friendship Group on Wednesday and Mothers Prayer Group on Thursday.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We celebrate the Feast of Pentecost and the Birthday of the Church with the Children’s Family Mass and 5.30pm Mass presented by the Youth Group (Group meet at 4pm to prepare this). There will also be a second collection during the notices for the Catholic Trust for England and Wales to support the legal, financial, and charitable activities of the Bishops’ conference and the central administration of the church in this country.
 
IMPORTANT NOTICE - THE FINAL CALL FOR CONFIRMATION will be made this weekend (1st/2nd June) - see page 3 for details.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY
Final Call for Confirmation

1

5pm
6pm
Maud Bliss RIP (Teresa O.)
Installation of Rev. Danielle Pearson-Smith as Rector of Snodland at All Saints
SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (C)
World Communications Day
Final Call for Confirmation
2
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
Annabel Perez & Fe Delosantos RIP (Anniv.)
MONDAY
(St. Charles Lwanga & Companions)
3
9.30am
7.30pm
Communion Service
“Thy Kingdom Come” - Ecumenical Service
TUESDAY (Ascensiontide) 4
9.30am
Mass - Welfare of the Diamond Family
WEDNESDAY (St. Boniface) 5
9.30am
Mass - Deceased Relatives & Friends of the Lobo Family
THURSDAY (Ascensiontide) 6 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Ascensiontide) 7
9.30am
Mass / Alix Terriere RIP (Anniv.)
SATURDAY (Eve of Pentecost)
8
2.30pm
5pmm
Baptisms - Justin De Martino & Callie O’Gorman
Vigil Mass of Pentecost - The Parishioners
SUNDAY
Pentecost
Birthday of the Church
9
10am
5.30pm
Pentecost Family Mass - The Parishioners
Pentecost Mass (Youth Group) - Pierrette Hadanou RIP
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Fr. Kevin St. Aubyn; Peter and Dee Avery; Mary Sellwood; Colin Povey; Baby April Hayes; John Stevens, Sheila Koster; Reece Reynolds; Ian Battock; Fr. Tony Collins; David Formosa; Pauline O’Toole; 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: Margaret Mayatt; Jane Chadwick’s mother; Sheila Gower; also Ernest Stephenson (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Jane Goodwin; Olive Follin; Anthony Potrac; Eileen Whitehead; Fr. Sean Hearty; Rosa Lurgio; Maureen Thompson; Pope John XXIII; Robert Styche; Elsie Thew; Anne Langshaw; Ralph Lovegrove; Mary Bennett; Gerard Whiteside; Marie Alix Terriere; Mary Legon; Albert Wallace; Charles Owen; Catherine McCarthy; Catherine Douglass.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SATURDAY 1
10am - 12noon
1pm
Gardening Club
Larkfield, East Malling, Ditton & Teston Area Group Meeting
SUNDAY 2
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 3   (Confirmation Interviews)
TUESDAY 4 1.30 - 3pm Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 5
 
2pm
(Kent Deans Meeting)
Friendship Group meet in the Priest’s House
THURSDAY 6 7.30pm Mothers Prayer Group meet in Church Porch
SUNDAY 9 4pm Youth Group meet in House to prepare for 5.30pm Pentecost Mass
 
THANK YOU for your generous offerings this week. (Standing Orders average £355 per week).
 
WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY COLLECTION This collection supports the work of the Catholic Communications Network (CCN), the media office of the Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales. The CNN seeks to be of service both to the Church and the world in offering professional channels of communication, and provides support for the Bishops of England & Wales and the wider Church in promoting the Gospel through the media on current issues. Its office is the focus for media enquiries on national matters, and seeks to develop the public profile of the Church and its teaching. The CNN provides up-to-date news releases, features and podcasts, information from the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, and trains spokesmen and women.
 
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 COMMUNION HELPERS The First Communion team are looking for volunteers to help with preparing children for their First Communion and Reconciliation. If you are able to help please contact the Parish Office
 
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 phone or email the Parish Office. Thank you.
 
CHILDREN’S LITURGY Readings for Pentecost Mass will be given out in liturgy this weekend (2nd June). If anybody wishes to do a reading, you need to be at Mass or let a Liturgy Leader know beforehand.
 
NEW CHILDRENS LITURGY LEADERS REQUIRED New leaders are required to support the existing team. Commitment is on a rotational basis and only during term time. It’s a great opportunity to help our children grow and develop in their faith. We provide an opportunity to discuss the Gospel at a level that is appropriate to them. We help the children to discover that the word of God has meaning in their lives. It also wel-comes young children as part of the parish community. If you think you may have what it takes and are interested in supporting the team either contact the office or talk to one of the Liturgy leaders at the Sunday Mass who will be willing to help.
 
DONATE8 Following the appeal made in March, we would like to thank the 12 people who have volunteered to help in the parish. If you haven't yet considered being involved, we appeal again for your help - there are plenty of ideas for you to consider on the Donate8 noticeboard in the church porch. Donate8 today and help your parish to continue being what it is, for our future.
 
PLUMBER NEEDED Finally, we need someone to undertake general plumbing repairs from time to time - if this is you or you know of someone who is able to help, please contact the office.
 
FRIENDSHIP GROUP meet this Wednesday 5th June at 2pm in the Priest House. All are welcome.
 
MOTHERS PRAYER GROUP The next meetings will be on Thursday 6th June and Thursday 4th July at 7.30pm in the Church Porch. If you would be interested in attending please contact Steph Blackburn on 07977 458970 or email steph@bbits.co.uk.
 
MASS in CELEBRATION of the SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE at St. George’s Cathedral on 13th July. If you are celebrating your 1st/10th/25th/40th/50th/60th + wedding anniversary this year, please apply as soon as possible. Get in touch with the parish office and provide your names, the anniversary you are celebrating, your home address, email address and telephone, so you can receive an invitation from the Archbishop. Alternatively, get in touch direct at mflse@rcaos.org.uk so you can receive an invitation from the Archbishop. Please let them have the location of your parish in the title of your email.
 
MALLING DEANERY & CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALLING A Global Wave of Prayer from Ascension to Pentecost (30th May - 9th June). See noticeboard for details of special events and services.
 
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALLING Holy Trinity Larkfield Flower Festival from 14-16 June, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Apollo II moon landing, “Heavens Above” will pay floral tribute to human endeavours in space, the planets and the heavens. If you would like to enter a floral display, please ring Anita on 01732 845660 to book a space.
 
PILSDON AT MALLING COMMUNITY are looking for a new treasurer for their community. They are looking for someone familiar with account-ing skills able to offer their services to a good Christian cause, who would be able to turn up at least monthly to get everything in order to present to the trustee meetings three times annually.
 
St. JOHN’S SEMINARY Please see noticeboard for letter of thanks for our Lenten Alms donation.
 
CAFOD See noticeboard for letters of thanks for CAFOD’s Cyclone Idai Appeal and Family Fast Day donations.
 
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 FLOWERS Saturday 8th June 9.30am all arrangers. Friday 14th June all arrangers at 10am or after the service.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Eileen’s Group - week beginning 3rd June.
 
GARDENING CLUB meet on Saturday 1st June from 10am to 12 noon. All are welcome.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Larkfield, East Malling, Ditton and Teston Lunch to be held on 1st June - 1pm at Maria and David Abbott at 77 New Hythe Lane, Larkfield - 01732 843307.
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 11th July at 8pm. Venue: 38 Braeburn Way, Kings Hill, ME19 4BG. Contact Ana and Geoff Wild 01732 220661.
 

CONFIRMATION 2019

This year there are two courses being run for Confirmation on Sunday 13th October in the Maidstone Deanery.

  1. I will be running our usual course here for young people at present in Year 10 and above (i.e. born on or before 31st August 2004) 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 of Baptism, Reconciliation and the Eu-charist in June / July - a personal Prayer Training Programme for each candidate 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 interviews after the Confirmation in October and No-vember. We shall also be joining with St. Francis, Maidstone in the Deanery Day of Preparation on 6th October.
  2. The second course which will be open to young people at present in Year 9 and above (born on or before 31st August 2005) 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.

THIS IS THE FINAL CALL FOR CONFIRMATION. Information and ap-plication forms will be available after all Masses.

I also have information forms for young people in Year 9 who wish to join the course at St. Francis, Maidstone.

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THE EASTER DAYS Sixth Sunday of Easter (C)    24 May 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

THE EASTER DAYS
Sixth Sunday of Easter (C)
26th May 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND We continue the Easter Days with the Risen Lord preparing us for the Ascension and Pentecost. It’s also the first weekend of the School Holiday break and we wish our Baby & Toddler group, Pre-School and Schools a happy break and continue our prayers for youngsters taking exams.
 
FEAST OF THE ASCENSION - THURSDAY - A Holy Day of Obligation when we shall try to get to Mass if we can. Masses at 10am (children friendly welcome) and 8pm.
 
DURING THE WEEK The gardening club meet on Saturday 1st June and on Saturday evening there is the Installa-tion of Rev. Danielle Pearson-Smith as Rector of Snodland at All Saints Snodland at 6pm. We offer Rev. Danielle and all our brothers and sisters at All Saints and Christchurch our prayers and support.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We celebrate the Seventh Sunday of Easter and prepare for the Feast of Pentecost which will end the Easter season with a new coming of the Holy Spirit. It is also World Communications Day with a second collection during the notices. Please see the special notice about this overleaf.
 
IMPORTANT NOTICE - THE CALL FOR CONFIRMATION will continue to be made this weekend (25th/26th May) and finally next weekend (1st/2nd June) - see page 3 for details.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY
Call for Confirmation

25

2.30pm
5pm
Baptism - Jacob Wheaton
Joe & Lucy Perera well-being - Wedding Anniversary
SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (C)
Call for Confirmation
26
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Gallagher Family
The Parishioners
MONDAY
(St. Augustine of Canterbury)
27 9.30am NO MASS OR SERVICE - BANK HOLIDAY
TUESDAY (Easter Weekday) 28
9.30am
Communion Service NB
WEDNESDAY (Easter Weekday) 29
9.30am
Communion Service NB
THURSDAY The Ascension 30
10am
8pm
(Children) - The Parishioners
Parish Mass - The Parishioners
FRIDAY (The Visitation of Our Lady) 31
9.30am
1pm
 
Dermot Barrett RIP (Steph, Ian & Family)
Funeral Service for Sheila Gower at Snodland Cemetery Chapel - followed by burial
SATURDAY (St. Bede)
Final Call for Confirmation
1 June
5pm
6pm
 
Maud Bliss RIP (Teresa O.)
Installation of Rev. Danielle Pearson-Smith as Rector of Snodland at All Saints
SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (C)
World Communications Day
Final Call for Confirmation
2
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
Annabel Perez & Fe Delosantos RIP (Anniv.)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Fr. Kevin St. Aubyn; Peter and Dee Avery; Mary Sellwood; Colin Povey; Baby April Hayes; John Stevens, Sheila Koster; Reece Reynolds; Ian Battock; Caroline Walker; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maid-stone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Carmen Saliba, Jane Chadwick’s mother; Sheila Gower; Ernest Stephenson. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Nora Gaule; Jean Lyons; Josephine Hemphill; Kathleen Sutherland; Anna Cunningham; May Doran; Theresa Trow; Jane Goodwin; Olive Follin; Anthony Potrac; Eileen Whitehead.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 26
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 27   SPRING BANK HOLIDAY
TUESDAY 28   No Baby & Toddler Group - School Break
THURSDAY 30   ASCENSION - HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION
SATURDAY 1 JUNE
10am-12noon
1pm
Gardening Club
Larkfield, East Malling, Ditton & Teston Area Group Meeting
SUNDAY 2
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your generous offerings which amounted to £425.59. (Standing Orders average £355 per week).
 
WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY COLLECTION This collection supports the work of the Catholic Communications Net-work (CCN), the media office of the Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales. The CNN seeks to be of service both to the Church and the world in offering professional channels of communication, and provides support for the Bishops of England & Wales and the wider Church in promoting the Gospel through the media on current issues. Its office is the focus for me-dia enquiries on national matters, and seeks to develop the public profile of the Church and its teaching. The CNN pro-vides up-to-date news releases, features and podcasts, information from the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, and trains spokesmen and women.
 
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 COMMUNION HELPERS The First Communion team are looking for volunteers to help with preparing children for their First Communion and Reconciliation. If you are able to help please contact the Parish Office
 
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 phone or email the Parish Office. Thank you.
 
CHILDREN’S LITURGY Readings for Pentecost Mass will be given out in liturgy next weekend (2nd June). If anybody wishes to do a reading, you need to be at Mass or let a Liturgy Leader know beforehand.
 
NEW CHILDRENS LITURGY LEADERS REQUIRED New leaders are required to support the existing team. Commit-ment is on a rotational basis and only during term time. It’s a great opportunity to help our children grow and develop in their faith. We provide an opportunity to discuss the Gospel at a level that is appropriate to them. We help the children to discover that the word of God has meaning in their lives. It also welcomes young children as part of the parish community. If you think you may have what it takes and are interested in supporting the team either contact the office or talk to one of the Liturgy leaders at the Sunday Mass who will be willing to help.
 
DONATE8 Following the appeal made in March, we would like to thank the 12 people who have volunteered to help in the parish. If you haven't yet considered being involved, we appeal again for your help - there are plenty of ideas for you to consider on the Donate8 noticeboard in the church porch. Donate8 today and help your parish to continue being what it is, for our future.
 
PLUMBER NEEDED Finally, we need someone to undertake general plumbing repairs from time to time - if this is you or you know of someone who is able to help, please contact the office.
 
MASS in CELEBRATION of the SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE at St. George’s Cathedral on 13th July. If you are cele-brating your 1st/10th/25th/40th/50th/60th + wedding anniversary this year, please apply as soon as possible. Get in touch with the parish office and provide your names, the anniversary you are celebrating, your home address, email address and telephone, so you can receive an invitation from the Archbishop. Alternatively, get in touch direct at mflse@rcaos.org.uk so you can receive an invitation from the Archbishop. Please let them have the location of your parish in the title of your email.
 
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALLING Holy Trinity Larkfield Flower Festival from 14-16 June, inspired by the 50th anni-versary of the Apollo II moon landing, “Heavens Above” will pay floral tribute to human endeavours in space, the planets and the heavens. If you would like to enter a floral display, please ring Anita on 01732 845660 to book a space.
 
PILSDON AT MALLING COMMUNITY are looking for a new treasurer for their community. They are looking for someone familiar with accounting skills able to offer their services to a good Christian cause, who would be able to turn up at least monthly to get everything in order to present to the trustee meetings three times annually.
 
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 FLOWERS Dee’s Group - week beginning 31st May. Saturday 8th June 9.30am all arrangers. Friday 14th June all arrangers at 10am or after the service.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Steph’s Group - week beginning 27th May.
 
GARDENING CLUB meet on Saturday 1st June from 10am to 12 noon. All are welcome.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Larkfield, East Malling, Ditton and Teston Lunch to be held on 1st June - 1pm at Maria and David Abbott at 77 New Hythe Lane, Larkfield - 01732 843307.
 

CONFIRMATION 2019

This year there are two courses being run for Confirmation in the Maid-stone Deanery.

  1. I will be running our usual course here for young people at present in Year 10 and above (i.e. born on or before 31st August 2004) 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 of Baptism, Reconciliation and the Eu-charist in June / July - a personal Prayer Training Programme for each candidate 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 interviews after the Confirmation in October and No-vember. We shall also be joining with St. Francis, Maidstone in the Deanery Day of Preparation on 6th October.
  2. The second course which will be open to young people at present in Year 9 and above (born on or before 31st August 2005) 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 final Call for Confirmation for Year 10 and above at our Masses here next weekend - the 7th Sunday of Easter (2nd June). Information and application forms will be available after all Masses.

I also have information forms for young people in Year 9 who wish to join the course at St. Francis, Maidstone.

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Fifth Sunday of Easter (C) 19th May 2019    17 May 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

THE EASTER DAYS
Fifth Sunday of Easter (C)
19th May 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND We continue the Easter Days with the Risen Lord and his commandment of love and our prayers for young people and their exams. The Pre-School will also have a ‘table top’ fund-raising sale for new equipment after the 10am Mass, and we continue our prayers for youngsters tak-ing exams this week.
 
DURING THE WEEK There are meetings for the Baby & Toddler Group, Kings Hill & Mereworth and West Malling, Offham and Addington Area Groups, and the Youth Group (meeting on Friday in the Priest’s House).
 
NEXT WEEKEND We continue the Easter Days with the Risen Lord preparing us for the Ascension and Pentecost. It’s also the first weekend of the School Holiday break and we wish our Baby & Tod-dler group, Pre-School and Schools a happy break and continue our prayers for our youngsters un-dertaking exams.
 
IMPORTANT NOTICE - THE CALL FOR CONFIRMATION will be made this weekend (18th/19th May), next weekend (25th/26th May) and finally on 1st/2nd June - see page 3 for details.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY
Call for Confirmation

18

2.30pm
5pm
Baptism - Ella Mathias
Mass - Keggy Diamond RIP
FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (C)
Call for Confirmation
19
10am
5.30pm
Children’s Liturgy - The Parishioners
Paula-Jane Burke (Bernadette & Jim)
MONDAY (Easter Weekday) 20 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (Easter Weekday) 21
9.30am
Communion Service
WEDNESDAY (Easter Weekday) 22
9.30am
Communion Service
THURSDAY (Easter Weekday) 23
9.30am
Communion Service
FRIDAY (Easter Weekday) 24
9.30am
Communion Service
SATURDAY (St. Bede)
Call for Confirmation
25
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism - Jacob Wheaton
Joe & Lucy Perera well-being - Wedding Anniversary
SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (C)
Call for Confirmation
26
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Gallagher Family
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Fr. Kevin St. Aubyn; Peter and Dee Avery; Mary Sellwood; Colin Povey; Baby April Hayes; John Stevens; Sheila Koster; Vi Simpson; 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: Sheila Gower; Ernest Stephenson. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: May Noschese; Cosmo de Bosdari; Kenneth Franklin; Anne Avery; Mary Rumsey; James Corcoran; Mary Heaney; Peggy Hey; Allan Beard; Daniel Byrne; Joseph Eagle; Deirdre Pennal; William Ward; Nora Gaule; Jean Lyons.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 19
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
TUESDAY 21 1.30-3pm Baby & Toddler Group in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
THURSDAY 23 8pm Kings Hill & Mereworth Area Group Meeting
FRIDAY 24
 
7-9pm
7pm
SCHOOLS CLOSE FOR HALF TERM BREAK
Youth Group Meeting in Priest’s House
West Malling, Offham & Addington Area Group Meeting
SUNDAY 24
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your generous offerings which amounted to £353.36. (Standing Orders average £355 per week). The second collection for Ecclesiastical Education raised £257.40.
 
NOTE TO GIFT AIDERS Firstly, thank you for your donations and allowing the Parish to reclaim the tax on your offerings. You may have already collected your new box 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 contains 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 Gift Aid organiser know (via the office) 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.
 
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 COMMUNION HELPERS The First Communion team are looking for volunteers to help with preparing children for their First Commun-ion and Reconciliation. If you are able to help please contact the Parish Office
 
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 phone or email the Parish Office. Thank you.
 
NEW CHILDRENS LITURGY LEADERS REQUIRED New leaders are required to support the existing team. Commitment is on a rotational basis and only during term time. It’s a great opportunity to help our children grow and develop in their faith. We provide an opportunity to discuss the Gospel at a level that is appropriate to them. We help the children to discover that the word of God has meaning in their lives. It also welcomes young children as part of the parish community. If you think you may have what it takes and are interested in supporting the team either contact the office or talk to one of the Liturgy leaders at the Sunday Mass who will be willing to help.
 
DONATE8 Following the appeal made in March, we would like to thank the 12 people who have volunteered to help in the parish. If you haven't yet considered being involved, we appeal again for your help - there are plenty of ideas for you to consider on the Donate8 notice-board in the church porch. Donate8 today and help your parish to continue being what it is, for our future.
 
PLUMBER NEEDED Finally, we need someone to undertake general plumbing repairs from time to time - if this is you or you know of some-one who is able to help, please contact the office.
 
CHRISTIANS AGAINST POVERTY MONEY FREE BUDGET COURSES Allie Pavis of West Malling Baptist Church has asked us to send out information about these courses. All sessions will be run at Abbey View House (1st Floor) 61 Swan Street, West Malling (this is the building adjacent to West Malling Baptist Church). For more information visit the website www.Capmoney.org where delegates can register their inter-est and book themselves on the courses. There is no charge to attend - just a willingness to engage. Each delegate will receive a delegate book and access to the online budget tool on the CAP Money website. See noticeboard for poster/session dates.
 
MASS in CELEBRATION of the SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE at St. George’s Cathedral on 13th July. If you are celebrating your 1st/10th/25th/40th/50th/60th + wedding anniversary this year, please apply as soon as possible. Get in touch with the parish office and pro-vide your names, the anniversary you are celebrating, your home address, email address and telephone, so you can receive an invitation from the Archbishop. Alternatively, get in touch direct at mflse@rcaos.org.uk so you can receive an invitation from the Archbishop. Please let them have the location of your parish in the title of your email.
 
ARCHDIOCESE OF SOUTHWARK Spring Assembly - 18th May 2019. See noticeboard for details.
 
CAFOD Please see noticeboard for thank you letter for donations for the Family Fast Day, together with details of their Candlelight Fund.
 
THE NATIONAL SHRINE OF SAINT JUDE IN FAVERSHAM - Summer Celebration on Saturday 25th May. See noticeboard for details.
 
CATHOLIC HISTORY WALKS See noticeboard for details of current walks together with the Annual Martyrs Walk taking place on 23rd June.
 
HEART OF KENT HOSPICE Dog Jog Maidstone - Saturday 14th September at Mote Park from 2-4pm.
 
FAMILIAS FRIENDS’ EVENTS 2019 ‘Restored Lives - recovery from divorce and separation’. See noticeboard for details of three up-coming workshops.
 
CENTRE FOR CATHOLIC FORMATION - Summer Term 2019 programmes at back of church.
 
KEY FOUND (Timpson front door key) in Church drive on Thursday 16th at 7.30am. Please speak to school office if this belongs to you.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also re-mind 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 FLOWERS Maria’s Group - weeks of Friday 17th and 24th May.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Fiona’s Group - week beginning 20th May.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 23rd May at 8pm. Venue: 157 Beacon Avenue, Kings Hill, ME19 4LH. Contact: Meg & Tony Brewer 01732 848819.
 
West Malling, Offham and Addington All adults are invited to a cheese and wine evening at Silver Fern, Church Road, Offham, ME19 5NY on Friday 24th May at 7pm. RSVP to Angela and Charles Unter 01732 872800. If you can come please bring your favourite cheese to share.
 
Larkfield, East Malling, Ditton and Teston Lunch to be held on 1st June - 1pm at Maria and David Abbott at 77 New Hythe Lane, Larkfield - 01732 843307.
 

CONFIRMATION 2019

This year there are two courses being run for Confirmation on Sunday 13th October in the Maidstone Deanery.

  1. I will be running our usual course here for young people at present in Year 10 and above (i.e. born on or before 31st August 2004) 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 of Baptism, Reconciliation and the Eu-charist in June / July - a personal Prayer Training Programme for each candidate 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 interviews after the Confirmation in October and No-vember. We shall also be joining with St. Francis, Maidstone in the Deanery Day of Preparation on 6th October.
  2. The second course which will be open to young people at present in Year 9 and above (born on or before 31st August 2005) 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 5th Sunday of Easter (19th May); the 6th Sun-day of Easter (26th May) and finally on the 7th Sunday of Easter (2nd June). Information and application forms will be available after all Mass-es.

I hope to also have information forms for young people in Year 9 who wish to join the course at St. Francis, Maidstone.

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Fourth Sunday of Easter (C) 12th May 2019    11 May 2019
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

THE EASTER DAYS
Fourth Sunday of Easter (C)
12th May 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND We continue the Easter Days with the Risen Lord as our Good Shepherd and celebrate the sec-ond weekend of our First Communions and continue our prayers for our First Communicants, their parents and fami-lies and Catechists. We also celebrate the World Day of Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life and have a second collection during the notices for ‘Ecclesiastical Education’ which helps with the cost of training priests and deacons and the ongoing formation of the clergy. We also pray for all young people taking exams at this time.
 
DURING THE WEEK There are meetings for Churches Together in Snodland, and the Mother’s Prayer Group - see overleaf for details.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We continue the Easter Days with the Risen Lord and his commandment of love and our prayers for young people and their exams. The Pre-School will also have a ‘table top’ fundraising sale for new equipment after the 10am Mass.
 
IMPORTANT NOTICE - THE CALL FOR CONFIRMATION will be made next weekend (18th/19th May) - see page 3 for details.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY

11

12noon
2.30pm
5pm
Marriage of Lee James Denmark & Sophia Josephine Hyam
Blessing of Glenn & Emilia Lock
First Communion Mass - The Parishioners
FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER ©
First Communions
World Day of Prayer for Vocations
12
10am
 
5.30pm
First Communion Mass - Lily Rudenko RIP (Elizabeth Robson)
The Parishioners
MONDAY (Easter Weekday) 13 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (St. Matthias) 14
9.30am
Mass - Welfare of the Diamond Family
WEDNESDAY (Easter Weekday) 15
9.30am
Communion Service
THURSDAY (St. Simon Stock) 16
9.30am
Communion Service
FRIDAY (Easter Weekday) 17
9.30am
 
Mass - Mary Goldsmith & Family - Easter (Steph, Ian & Family)
SATURDAY 18
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism - Ella Mathias
Mass - Keggy Diamond RIP
FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER © 19
10am
5.30pm
The Parishioners
Paula-Jane Burke (Bernadette & Jim)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Fr. Kevin St. Aubyn; Peter and Dee Avery; Mary Sellwood; Colin Povey; Vi Simpson; 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: Ernest Stephenson. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especial-ly the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Selina Cox; Dorothy Bolton; Mr Stevens; Peter Littlefear; Frank Dolan; Peter Shields; Thomas Gaule; Gra-ham Durling; May Noschese; Cosmo de Bosdari; Kenneth Franklin; Anne Avery; Mary Rumsey; James Corcoran; Mary Heaney.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 12
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 15 7pm Churches Together in Snodland - Christchurch, Malling Road
THURSDAY 16 7.30pm Mothers Prayer Group in Church Porch
SUNDAY 19
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your generous offerings which amounted to £450.33. (Standing Orders average £355 per week).
 
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Teresa Ostridge (no. 24) for the May draw.
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST COMMUNION HELPERS The First Communion team are looking for volunteers to help with preparing children for their First Communion and Reconciliation. If you are able to help please contact the Parish Office
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CARDS A selection of First Communion cards are now on sale in the porch at £1 each.
 
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 phone or email the Parish Office. Thank you.
 
NEW CHILDRENS LITURGY LEADERS REQUIRED New leaders are required to support the existing team. Commitment is on a rotational basis and only during term time. It’s a great opportunity to help our children grow and develop in their faith. We provide an opportunity to discuss the gospel at a level that is appropriate to them. We help the children to dis-cover that the word of God has meaning in their lives. It also welcomes young children as part of the parish community. If you think you may have what it takes and are interested in supporting the team, either contact the office or talk to one of the Liturgy leaders at the Sunday Mass, who will be willing to help you. Thank you.
 
DONATE8 - HELP PLEASE! Flower arrangers are needed to help bring colour and blooms to our church. No experience required – just come along, join the team and we’ll show you how. Who knows - your home arrangements may benefit al-so! Why not Donate8 today? We also urgently need help with Children's Liturgy support and Adult Altar Servers. Please Donate8 today by filling in a card and posting in the red box in the Church porch.
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