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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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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

23rd Sunday of the Year (C)
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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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 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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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.
 
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.
 
MOTHERS PRAYER GROUP The next meeting will be on Thursday 16th May 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.
 
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALLING Holy Trinity Church Larkfield Quiz Night on Friday 17th May at Larkfield Scout Hut, opposite the church. Doors open 7pm, Quiz starts at 7.30pm. Maximum team size 6 people. £5 per person. Contact Anita on 01732 845660.
 
CHRISTIANS AGAINST POVERTY MONEY FREE BUDGET COURSES Allie Pavis of West Malling Baptist Church has asked us to send out information about these courses. All sessions will be run at Abbey View House (1st Floor) 61 Swan Street, West Malling (this is the building adjacent to West Malling Baptist Church). For more information visit the website www.Capmoney.org where delegates can register their interest and book themselves on the courses. There is no charge to attend - just a willingness to engage. Each delegate will receive a delegate book and access to the online budget tool on the CAP Money website. Please see noticeboard for poster and session dates.
 
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.
 
ARCHDIOCESE OF SOUTHWARK Spring Assembly - 18th May 2019. See noticeboard for details.
 
CENTRE FOR CATHOLIC FORMATION - Summer Term 2019 programmes at back of church.
 
MEDJUGORJE IRISH CENTRE PILGRIMAGES APRIL - OCTOBER 2019 7 nights B&B and airport shuttle service from Dubrovnik or Split for €279 per person sharing. Book any flight - any time and they provide guaranteed airport shuttle ser-vice. Call for further info and to book the dates that suit you. Tel: 020 3239 8662 or email reservations@med-irishcentre.com. 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 FLOWERS Maria’s Group - weeks of Friday 17th and 24th May.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Wiesia’s Group - week beginning 13th 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.
 

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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THE EASTER DAYS Third Sunday of Easter (C)    03 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
Third Sunday of Easter (C)
5th May 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND We continue the Easter Days and also celebrate the first weekend of our First Communions. Please pray for the children, their parents and families and Catechists as they prepare for the Third Sacrament and stage in their faith and parish journey - with thanks to our Catechists and all who have helped them to prepare.
 
DURING THE WEEK We have the Early May Bank Holiday (hooray!), a meeting of the Pre-School Committee, Friendship Group and Parish Meeting on Wednesday, and a Youth Group Meeting on Friday.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We continue the Easter Days and celebrate the second weekend of our First Communions and continue our prayers for our First Communicants, their parents and families 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 no-tices for ‘Ecclesiastical Education’ which helps with the cost of training priests and deacons and the ongoing for-mation of the clergy.
 
IMPORTANT NOTICE - THE CALL FOR CONFIRMATION will be made in two weeks time (18th/19th May) - more details next week.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY
English Martyrs

4

2.30pm
 
5pm
Baptisms - Mateo Caccamo, Sophia Francomb, Penelope, Edward & Michelle Acheson
First Communion Mass - Simon Maher RIP (anniv.)
THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER ©
First Communions
5
10am
5.30pm
First Communion Mass - The Parishioners
First Communion Mass - The Parishioners
MONDAY (Easter Weekday) 6  
No Mass or Communion Service (Bank Holiday)
TUESDAY (Easter Weekday) 7
9.30am
Keggy Diamond RIP
WEDNESDAY (Easter Weekday) 8
9.30am
Deceased Relatives and Friends of the Lobo Family
THURSDAY (Easter Weekday) 9
9.30am
Communion Service
FRIDAY (Easter Weekday) 10
8.10am
9.30am
Mass at St. Simon Stock School
Communion Service
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)
First Communion Mass - The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday from 4.30 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Brian, Lisa and Baby Nora; Fr. Kevin St. Aubyn; Peter and Dee Avery; Mary Sellwood; Colin Povey; Baby April Hayes; 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; Fr. Huebert Miranda (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: David Rose; Dermot Barrett; Leonard Sales; Carmel McCarton; George Patrick; Catherine Fry; Christopher Fauklin; Ann Hillan; George Gerald Smith; Eddie Paul; Selina Cox; Dorothy Bolton.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SATURDAY 4 10am-12noon Gardening Club
SUNDAY 5
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 6   EARLY MAY BANK HOLIDAY
WEDNESDAY 8
1.45pm
 
2.30pm
7-for-7.30pm
Friendship Group meet in church car park—trip to Spadework Garden Centre
 
Pre-School Committee Meeting in Pre-School
 
Parish Meeting in Priest’s House
FRIDAY 10 7-9pm Youth Group Meeting in School
SUNDAY 12
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind offerings which amounted to £340.55. (Standing Orders average £355 per week). The second collec-tion for St. George’s Cathedral raised £203.00.
 
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 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 join-ing the team or are able to help please contact the Parish Office.
 
NEW CHILDRENS LITURGY LEADERS REQUIRED New leaders are required to support the existing team. Commitment is on a rotational basis and only during term time. It’s a great opportunity to help our children grow and develop in their faith. We pro-vide an opportunity to discuss the gospel at a level that is appropriate to them. We help the children to discover that the word of God has meaning in their lives. It also welcomes young children as part of the parish community. If you think you may have what it takes and are interested in supporting the team, either contact the office or talk to one of the Liturgy leaders at the Sunday Mass, who will be willing to help you. Thank you.
 
DONATE8 - HELP PLEASE! Flower arrangers are needed to help bring colour and blooms to our church. No experience required – just come along, join the team and we’ll show you how. Who knows - your home arrangements may benefit also! Why not Donate8 today? We also urgently need help with Children's Liturgy support and Adult Altar Servers. Please Donate8 today by filling in a card and posting in the red box in the Church porch.
 
MOTHERS PRAYER GROUP The next meeting will be on Thursday 16th May 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.
 
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALLING Holy Trinity Church Larkfield Quiz Night on Friday 17th May at Larkfield Scout Hut, oppo-site the church. Doors open 7pm, Quiz starts at 7.30pm. Maximum team size 6 people. £5 per person. Contact Anita on 01732 845660.
 
CHRISTIANS AGAINST POVERTY MONEY FREE BUDGET COURSES Allie Pavis of West Malling Baptist Church has asked us to send out information about these courses. All sessions will be run at Abbey View House (1st Floor) 61 Swan Street, West Malling (this is the building adjacent to West Malling Baptist Church). For more information visit the website www.Capmoney.org where delegates can register their interest and book themselves on the courses. There is no charge to attend - just a willingness to engage. Each delegate will receive a delegate book and access to the online budget tool on the CAP Money website. Please see noticeboard for poster and session dates.
 
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 invi-tation from the Archbishop. Please let them have the location of your parish in the title of your email.
 
MARCH FOR LIFE UK This will take place on Saturday 11th May starting outside Westminster Church House, 25 Great Smith Street, London SW1. See back of church for poster and flyers.
 
CAFOD VOLUNTEER DAY: Celebrating our Common Home. Saturday 11th May 2019, 9.30-14.30, Romero House, 55 West-minster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JB. This volunteer meeting will include an opportunity to hear a first-hand account of our work overseas and an introduction to our new Climate Campaign “Our Common Home”. There will also be an opportunity to par-ticipate in a number of interesting workshops. We will finish the meeting with a Laudato Si-inspired Creation Mass. For more information and to book a place, please contact Sarah Cadwallader on 0208 466 9901 or email southwark@cafod.org.uk.
 
A DAY WITH MARY Basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham National Shrine of England - Sunday 2nd June 2019. Please see noticeboard for poster and more details.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
GARDENING CLUB meet on Saturday 4th May from 10am to 12 noon.
 
FRIENDSHIP GROUP meet on Wednesday 8th May at 1.45pm in the church car park for a trip to Spadework Garden Centre.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Eileen’s Group - week beginning 6th 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.
 

 

Second Sunday of Easter (C)    28 April 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

LOW SUNDAY AND THE EASTER DAYS
Second Sunday of Easter (C)
28th April 2019
 
THIS WEEKEND We celebrate the last of the Eight Solemn Days of the Easter Octave and then continue the East-er Days between now and the Ascension on 30th May keeping close to the Risen Lord and each other and the new love, healing and life he has brought us this Easter. Please take home and use the special Easter Prayer Sheet if you haven’t done so already and take some of the Easter Water to bless your home (some bottles for this are on sale in the porch or you can bring a small bottle of your own). There are also spare Blessed Easter Vigil Candles to take and use at home in your prayers by the Easter Garden if you haven’t got one or have used yours up.
 
DURING THE WEEK There are meetings for the First Communion Children, Safeguarding Committee, Baby & Toddler Group, First Communion Parents, and Gardening Club - also the Deanery Pastoral Council.
 
NEXT WEEKEND We continue the Easter Days and also celebrate the first weekend of our First Communions. Please pray for the children, their parents and families and Catechists as they prepare for the Third Sacrament and stage in their faith and parish journey - with thanks to our Catechists and all who have helped them to prepare.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
EASTER SATURDAY

27

1-4pm
 
 
5pm
Eucharistic Ministers & Readers afternoon of reflection at St. Andrews, Tenterden
(No confessions today)
Sunil de Silva RIP
SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER (C)
(Divine Mercy Sunday)
28
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) - Mansfield family - private intention
Niamh Louise Nolan RIP (anniv.)
MONDAY (St. Catherine of Siena) 29 9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (St. George) 30
9.30am
The Parishioners
WEDNESDAY (St. Joseph the Worker) 1 May
9.30am
Mrs Patsy Borden (Alice, Margaret & Maureen)
THURSDAY (St. Athanasius) 2
9.30am
Communion Service
FRIDAY (Ss. Philip & James) 3
9.30am
Alix (RIP) & Claude Terriere (Wedding Anniversary)
SATURDAY 4
2.30pm
 
5pm
Baptisms - Mateo Caccamo, Sophia Francomb, Penelope, Edward & Michelle Acheson
First Communion Mass - Simon Maher RIP (anniv.)
THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER (C)
First Communions
5
10am
5.30pm
First Communion Mass - The Parishioners
First Communion Mass - The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: 4.30 to 4.45pm Saturday 4th May
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Moira Stevens; James Hay; Sarah Content; May Piddock; Baby Callie; Brian, Lisa and Baby Nora; Fr. Kevin St. Aubyn; Peter and Dee Avery; Mary Sellwood; Colin Povey; April Hayes; Phoebe; carers of the sick; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Fr. Huebert Miranda; also Natalie Andrewartha (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Joseph Massucci; Michael Sullivan; Richard Buehrlen; Ethel McIntyre; Brian Bell; Simon Maher; Baby Niamh Nolan; Anthony Underdown; Waclaw Burek; John Calloway; Anne Caffrey; Catherine Perrin; Annie Murphy; Michael Regan; Leonard Sales; Carmel McCarton; George Patrick.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 28
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 29
5-6pm
7.30pm
First Communion Children’s Class in Church
Safeguarding Committee Meeting
TUESDAY 30
1.30-3pm
7.30pm
Baby & Toddler Group in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Deanery Pastoral Council Meeting in Goudhurst
WEDNESDAY 1 MAY
7.30pm
First Communion Parents Meeting
SATURDAY 4 10am-12noon Gardening Club
SUNDAY 5
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 EASTER DRAW Congratulations go to Mr. N. J. Perera (54) [£80] and Mrs P. O’Toole (36) [£50].
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The next children’s lesson is on Monday 29th April from 5-6pm.
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS The cards need to be returned by the end of April. Thank you.
 
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 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 chil-dren grow and develop in their faith. We provide an opportunity to discuss the gospel at a level that is appro-priate 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 inter-ested in supporting the team, either contact the office or talk to one of the Liturgy leaders at the Sunday Mass, who will be willing to help you. Thank you.
 
DONATE8 - HELP PLEASE! Flower arrangers are needed to help bring colour and blooms to our church. No experience required – just come along, join the team and we’ll show you how. Who knows - your home ar-rangements may benefit also! Why not Donate8 today? We also urgently need help with Children's Litur-gy support and Adult Altar Servers. Please Donate8 today by filling in a card and posting in the red box in the Church porch.
 
MOTHERS PRAYER GROUP The next meeting will be on Thursday 16th May 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.
 
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. Please see noticeboard for poster and session dates.
 
MARCH FOR LIFE UK This will take place on Saturday 11th May starting outside Westminster Church House, 25 Great Smith Street, London SW1. See back of church for poster and flyers.
 
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 May from 10am to 12 noon.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Steph’s Group - week beginning 29th April.
 
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.
 

 

Easter Sunday (C) THE EASTER DAYS    18 April 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

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

20

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

SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER ©

(Divine Mercy Sunday)

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

SATURDAY 20

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

TUESDAY 23

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

 

Palm Sunday (C) 14th April 2019    12 April 2019
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PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

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

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

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

13

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

6

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

LENT & HOLY WEEK SERVICES 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

30

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

LENT HOUSE MASSES AND EVENTS 2019

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

23

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

10am

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

LENT HOUSE MASSES 2019

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

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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

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

16

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

LENT HOUSE MASSES 2019

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

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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

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

9

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

LENT HOUSE MASSES 2019

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

2

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

LENT HOUSE MASSES 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

23

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

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

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

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

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

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

16

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

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

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

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

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

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

9

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

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

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

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

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

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

2

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

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Third Sunday of the Year (C)    25 January 2019
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PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

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

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

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

26

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

 

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

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THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD (C)    11 January 2019
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PRIEST: Fr. Peter Soper, The Priest’s House, More Park, West Malling, ME19 6HN

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

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

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

12

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

 

7.45 for 8pm

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

 

7-9pm

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

 

FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY (C)    06 January 2019
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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 (C)
6th January 2019
 
EPIPHANY - This weekend we end the Great Days of Christmas with the Feast of the Epiphany, uniting ourselves with the Three Wise Men, our ancestors, and dedicating ourselves to be the Lord’s Kings of Faith, Priests of Hope and Prophets of Love in this year of 2019 with a special ‘Kings’ Procession’ at the 10am Mass and the Youth Group presenting the 5.30pm Mass.
 
2 DURING THE WEEK - We continue to celebrate the Epiphany and prepare ourselves to begin our journey to Can-dlemas next weekend - there are also meetings for the first communion children and youth leaders on Monday, Baby & Toddler group on Tuesday, an important 1st Communion Parents Meeting on Reconciliation on Wednesday, the Kings Hill & Mereworth Area Group Meeting on Thursday; and I will be beginning my class visits on the Eucharist to Year 7 at St. Simon Stock School - details overleaf.
 
3 NEXT WEEKEND - CANDLEMAS JOURNEY & SPUC WHITE FLOWER APPEAL Next weekend we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of the Lord and end the Christmas season, and begin our journey to Candlemas, joining with Mary & Joseph taking the light of the First Christmas to the Jewish people in the Temple in Jerusalem and the Wise Men taking that light back to their countries and people, to bring the light of this Christmas to root it in the temple of our hearts and Parish and Church on this Candlemas weekend (2nd/3rd February). Please take the candle that has been blessed today and the special Candlemas Journey Prayer Sheet to use at home in prayer on these days.
We also have the SPUC White Flower Appeal - see special note overleaf.
 
4 ANGELA LOVEGROVE RIP - Please keep Angela, a former parishioner, and her family in your prayers and we offer them our love, support and prayers at this time.
 
5 FUNERAL OF BETTY MAUDUIT RIP will now take place on Monday 7th January 2019 at 11.30am at St Au-gustine’s Church in Tunbridge Wells.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (11th Day of Christmas)
Eve of Epiphany

5

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

 

NEWSLETTER FOR CHRISTMAS AND THE NEW YEAR (C)    21 December 2018
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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

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

22

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

10am

 

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

6pm

 

 

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

9.30am

 

Communion Service

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

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

10am

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

15

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

Advent is coming...

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

8

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

Advent is coming...

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

 

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

 

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (C)    02 December 2018
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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 (C)
THE CHURCH’S NEW YEAR +++ BLESSING OF ADVENT WREATHS
2nd December 2018
 
THIS WEEKEND - ADVENT AND THE CHURCH’S NEW YEAR A new year of Faith in the Church with the Season of Advent which will lead us and help us to truly prepare for this Christmas. There will be special Advent Prayer Sheets given out at all Masses and a series of special Advent Children’s Liturgies at the 10am Mass to help our children on their Advent Journey. Advent Magazines and calendars for children and adults will also be on sale in the porch.
 
ADVENT SERVICES AND EVENTS THIS WEEK Advent Area House Masses for Snodland & Halling (Mon), Kings Hill & Mereworth (Wed) and Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling & Teston (Fri) - please support these if you can—details overleaf. Also penitential services in school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and the Friendship Group Advent Service in church on Wednesday—details below and overleaf. (Advent visits and communion to our housebound will also be taking place.)
 
DURING THE WEEK—opening 1st communion children’s class (Mon) and Baby & Toddler Group (Tue) - details over-leaf.
 
NEXT WEEKEND—our ’St Nicholas Weekend’ with the St Nicholas Charity Collection for our welfare fund (giving up one of our Christmas presents and donating the money to help others. (Please Note—the following weekend (15/16 De-cember) will be the collection for the Christmas flowers so next weekend will be the only opportunity to donate to St Nicholas.)
 
A HUGE THANK YOU to Victoria and the organising committee and all who worked so hard at and supported our school/parish bazaar last Saturday (24th November) and for the love, generosity and kindness to me on my 71st Birth-day last weekend.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Into Advent)

1Dec

5pm

Chris Law RIP - 2nd Anniversary (Law Family)

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

Advent is coming...

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

 

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

24

5pm
 

(Reception of Simon Watson)

Fr. Christopher Hamilton-Grey RIP

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

Chris Law RIP - 2nd Anniversary (Law Family)

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

1.30-3pm

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

Advent is coming...

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

 

 

 

33rd Sunday of the Year (B)    17 November 2018
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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

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

(Reception of Simon Watson)

Fr. Christopher Hamilton-Grey RIP

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

7.30pm

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

FUNDRAISING

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