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25th Sunday of the Year (A)    24 September 2017
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

25th Sunday of the Year (A)
HARVEST
Confirmation Enrolment Weekend
24th September 2017
 
This weekend we celebrate our “Harvest Festival” and give thanks for the “Harvest of our Earth”. Many thanks to the children and their organisers, the Flower Ladies, and all who have worked to get our Church ready for the Festival and to all of you who have contributed tins and non-perishable goods for Margate and Pilsdon. There is a further opportunity to do so this week and also to contribute to this with a retiring collection at all Masses this weekend.
On Tuesday we shall celebrate the School Harvest Mass at 9.30am in the School and the Pre-School have their Har-vest Service in the Church on Wednesday week, 4th October.
 
We also celebrate the “Harvest of our Faith” this weekend with our Confirmation Enrolment at all Masses - please pray for our candidates as they are enrolled and go forward to Confirmation and we thank them for their faith and witness.
 
During the week there are meetings for the Baby and Toddler Group, Confirmation candidates, Youth leaders and the Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday and I will also be attending the Diocesan Council of Priests in London on Wednesday.
 
Next Sunday the Confirmation Candidates from Bearsted, Maidstone and South Maidstone will join our candidates for a joint Preparation Event at 3pm ending with Mass at 5.30pm, to which their sponsors and families are invited - and a short rehearsal and gifts of cakes for the refreshments after the Mass will be appreciated and can be brought to Church at the Masses next weekend.
 
Finally, people liked the ’reduced’ Newsletters (’News Sheets’) of this Summer so much that they have asked if this could be the ’norm’ for our Newsletters with ’extended’ Newsletters for important occasions in the year and I am very happy to comply with this! - starting next week!
 
Enjoy the Harvest and Enrolment - and have a good week everyone.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY (Week 24 of the Year) 23
2.30pm
 
 
5pm
Baptism: Bonnie Hanscombe
 
(Harvest Mass and Confirmation Enrolment) Bena and Neville Perera intns.
SUNDAY
25th Sunday of the Year (A)
Harvest and Confirmation Enrolment Weekend
24
10am
 
 
5.30pm
(Harvest Family Mass and Confirmation Enrolment) Don Donovan R.I.P. (Margaret Holme)
 
(Harvest Mass and Confirmation Enrolment) The Parishioners
MONDAY (Week 25 of the Year) 25 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (Week 25 of the Year) 26 9.30am School Harvest Mass in SCHOOL
WEDNESDAY (St. Vincent de Paul) 24 9.30am Communion Service (NB)
THURSDAY (Week 25 of the Year) 28

9.30am

Communion Service
FRIDAY (Ss. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael) 29
9.30am
Diedre and Frank Pennal (60th Wedding Anniversary)
SATURDAY (Week 25 of the Year) 30 5pm Charlie Lynch R.I.P. (anniv.)
SUNDAY
26th Sunday of the Year (A)
Confirmation Preparation
1 Oct
10am
 
 
 
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Roy Sellwood R.I.P.
 
(Purley Confirmation Group Mass in Church at 12.30pm)
 
(Confirmation Preparation Mass) David A. Fellows R.I.P. (anniv.)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: No Confessions this weekend
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Peter Avery; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Hannah Lingham; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Meg and Tony Brewer; Moira Stevens; David Martin; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Cherry Burgess; Kazimierz Walko; Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor; Don Donovan; Fr John Lavery. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Alice Ballard; Patrick Cunningham; Esther Davies; Brian Guyver; Erika Tanczos; Matthew George McMahon; John William Harris; Martin Fay; Pope John Paul l; Ellen Battock; Mary Brayshaw; Stephen Bradford; Clare Harding; Mr. Waters; Mary Heming.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 24
10am
No Children’s Liturgy (Harvest Family Mass)
TUESDAY 26
1.30-3pm
5-6pm
6.30pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Confirmation Class in the Priest’s House - “The Gifts of the Spirit”
Governors Meeting
WEDNESDAY 27

 

8am

(Fr. Peter at Council of Priests meeting in London)
 
Youth leaders meet in the Priest’s House
FRIDAY 29 9.30-11am Macmillan Coffee Morning in the Priest’s House
SUNDAY 1 Oct
10am
2.30pm
Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Deanery Confirmation Candidates Preparation Meeting - in Church
 
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

£639.50 total raised in August through donations and events. Overall total raised is £71,291.11
Amount still owed on loan is £13,708.89
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 11th October from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but feel free to bring anything you wish. A contribution of £2 towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
TABLE TOP SALES Are your children off to University or College? Is it time for a clear out? Why not have a Table Top Sale - available after Mass on Sundays!
*******
AUTUMN IN THE ORCHARD was a very enjoyable afternoon bringing the Parish community together; giving us time to sit and chat and enjoy each other’s company. We only had a light shower so could enjoy the freshly mowed lawn and the surroundings which have been lov-ingly tendered by Jill and Ian Cross and many other members of our Parish. We raised £418.60 and would like to thank everyone who sup-ported and contributed with salads and desserts.
 
 
100 CLUB Dee will be in the Porch after all Masses throughout October (excluding Sunday 8th October) to collect annual sub-scriptions. She will also be looking out for new members. A list of this year’s winners will be on the notice board in the porch.
 
LILIES Dee will also be taking donations for remembrance lilies to commemorate All Souls (excluding Sunday 8th October). Lilies are still £3 each with names of your deceased loved ones displayed on boards during the period of All Souls.
 
HARVEST FESTIVAL Parishioners are asked to bring in tins and non-perishable goods for the Harvest Festival and place them on the table by the altar.
 
ST. THOMAS MORE PRE-SCHOOL are looking for an accountant who is able to audit their books twice a year. If you are able to undertake this please ring Cathy or Fiona on 01732 874559
 
MORE PARK CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL If your child has a date of birth between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014 they are due to start School in September 2018. Applications open on 6th November and parents are invited to attend an Open Event at More Park Catholic Primary School in October or November to discover more about our ‘Outstanding’ Catholic Education (section 48 inspection, Jan 2016). Full details of dates and times are on the school website and can be booked by call-ing the School Office on 01732 843047 / 01732 847706 www.moreparkprimary.co.uk We look forward to welcoming you!
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP
Please note that at Christmas, after 40 years, Jenny and Dee will be giving up running the group . If anyone wishes to continue running this as a Friendship Group on the first Wednesday of the month at 2.30pm, then please speak to Dee, Jenny or contact the Parish Office.
 
A MEETING FOR THE LAITY to explore and discuss the Pope’s views on ‘Love and Joy’ in the family will be held in your area. This event is suitable for all adult parishion-ers and will include suggestions about how to put the Pope’s message into practice. Booking is essential and for further information please contact the MFL coordinator in your area (tea and coffee will be provided). Kent: Saturday 30th September 2017, West Malling - time: 10am - 1pm Contact email: carolemflkent@gmail.com or phone: 07983524727. South East London: Saturday 7th October 2017, Forest Hill - time: 2.30 - 5.30pm Contact email: marriagese@tiscali.co.uk or phone 07505305297. South West London: Saturday 4th November 2017, New Malden - time: 10am -1pm Contact email: philandmary@blueyonder.co.uk or phone 02086512477.
 
MISSIO RED BOX HOLDERS The Summer and Autumn editions of “Mission Today” have arrived and our collectors will shortly be contacting you to empty your box. Many thanks for your support to the Missions!
 
MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING Friday 29th September from 9.30 - 11.30am in the Priest’s House. Donations of cakes and raffle prizes are needed.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Wiesia’s Group (3) [week beginning 25th September].
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details including a Deputy Headteacher vacancy at St. Thomas’ Catholic Pri-mary School in Canterbury. Sacred Heart Messenger for September 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Offham, West Malling and Villages You are invited to a Cheese & Wine Get Together at Angela and Charles’ home on Friday 6th October at 7.30pm. Venue: Silver Fern, Church Road, Offham ME19 5NY. RSVP: 01732 872800
 
 

 

24th Sunday of the Year (A)    17 September 2017
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

24th Sunday of the Year (A)
MISSION APPEAL
17th September 2017
 
This weekend as we continue our new term and year, we welcome Fr. Tom Ryan from the Missionary So-ciety of St. Columban who will be making the annual appeal for overseas Missionaries with a special sec-ond collection during the Notices. We welcome Fr. Tom and hope he has a happy weekend with us. My personal thanks to Fr. Tom for supplying for us and celebrating our Masses this weekend to enable me to take a much needed break. And many thanks to all who will be helping in the Parish while I’m away.
 
Please note that there will be Communion Services from Monday to Friday this week - also meetings for the Baby and Toddler Group, Kings Hill and Mereworth Area Group and Youth Group - and the Children’s Harvest Workshop and rehearsal on Thursday afternoon.
 
Next weekend is our Harvest Weekend with celebrations of the Harvest at all Masses and the children's Harvest Family Mass at 10am. It is also Confirmation Enrolment weekend and we ask you to pray for our candidates as they are enrolled for their Confirmation on 8th October and thank them for their witness and faith.
 
Special Note:- On Sunday 1st October we are holding the Preparation Day and rehearsal for all the Confir-mation candidates in our Deanery which will include Mass with special refreshments - donations of cakes for this will be greatly appreciated and can be brought to Church at the Masses that weekend - many thanks!
 
Have a good week everyone!
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY 16
5pm
(Missionary Supply) Bena and Neville Perera Wellbeing [Wedding Anniversary]
SUNDAY
24th Sunday of the Year (A)
Mission Appeal
17
10am
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) [Missionary Supply] Terence Caughlin R.I.P.
 
(Missionary Supply) Marie Alix Terriere R.I.P. [Birthday]
MONDAY (Week 24 of the Year) 18 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (Week 24 of the Year) 19 9.30am Communion Service
WEDNESDAY (St. Andrew Kim and Companions) 20 9.30am Communion Service
THURSDAY (St. Matthew) 21

9.30am

Communion Service
FRIDAY (Week 24 of the Year) 22
9.30am
Communion Service
SATURDAY (Week 24 of the Year) 23
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Bonnie Hanscombe
(Harvest Mass and Confirmation Enrolment) Bena and Neville Perera intns.
SUNDAY
25th Sunday of the Year (A)
Harvest and Confirmation Enrolment Weekend
24
10am
 
5.30pm
(Harvest Family Mass and Confirmation Enrolment) Don Donovan R.I.P. (Margaret Holme)
 
(Harvest Mass and Confirmation Enrolment) The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Peter Avery; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Hannah Lingham; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Meg and Tony Brewer; Colin Edwards; Edna Lowe; Louise Wraight; David Martin; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Kazimierz Walko; Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor; Don Donovan; Fr John Lavery. Also Patrick Galla-gher (Fr Liam’s Father) [month’s mind]. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Denis McCarton; Gwendolin Jupp; Mary Cunning; Noreen Hendricks; Benjamin Feehan; Canon Simmons; Vera Comer; Mary Moran; Eileen Cronin; Alice Ballard; Patrick Cunningham; Esther Davies; Brian Guyver.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 17
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
TUESDAY 19
1.30-3pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
THURSDAY 21
3.30-4.30pm
 
7.30pm
Children’s Harvest Workshop and Rehearsal in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth Area Group meal out - see below for details
FRIDAY 22 7-9pm Youth Group meet in the School
SUNDAY 24
10am
No Children’s Liturgy (Harvest Family Mass
 
THANK YOU for your kind and generous Offerings. Standing Orders average £303 per week.
 
GIFT AID FOR SECOND COLLECTIONS If a collection is not for the Parish it can only be GIFT-AIDED if there is a pre-printed envelope, either in your box or one from the Charity itself eg. CAFOD / Apostleship of the Sea. Parish second collections eg. Flowers / Welfare / Sponsored walk can be GIFT-AIDED if you use one of your spare enve-lopes or one of the white envelopes at the back of the Church. In either case please mark the envelope with the in-tent of the donation. If it is not marked your donation may go to the wrong organisation.
 

FUNDRAISING

£639.50 total raised in August through donations and events. Overall total raised is £71,291.11
Amount still owed on loan is £13,708.89
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 11th October from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but feel free to bring anything you wish. A contribution of £2 towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
TABLE TOP SALES Are your children off to University or College? Is it time for a clear out? Why not have a Table Top Sale - available after Mass on Sundays!
 
 
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.
 
HARVEST FESTIVAL Parishioners are asked to bring in tins and non-perishable goods for the Harvest Festival and place them on the table by the altar.
 
ST. THOMAS MORE PRE-SCHOOL are looking for an accountant who is able to audit their books twice a year. If you are able to undertake this please ring Cathy or Fiona on 01732 874559
 
MISSIO RED BOX HOLDERS The Summer and Autumn editions of “Mission Today” have arrived and our collectors will shortly be contacting you to empty your box. Many thanks for your support to the Missions!
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP
Please note that at Christmas, after 40 years, Jenny and Dee will be giving up running the group . If anyone wishes to continue running this as a Friendship Group on the first Wednesday of the month at 2.30pm, then please speak to Dee, Jenny or contact the Parish Office.
 
YOUNG CATHOLIC ADULT WEEKEND at Douai Abbey 20th - 22nd Oct 2017. Are you 18- 40? Do you want to deepen your knowledge of the Catholic Faith, learn its devotions and meet like minded people? Book soon as places are limited! For more details and how to book, please see the poster on the notice board.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind pa-rishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Eileen’s Group (2) [week beginning 18th September].
 
FLOWER ARRANGERS - WOULD ALL FLOWER ARRANGERS MEET IN CHURCH AT 10AM ON SATURDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER FOR HARVEST FLOWERS. Greenery will be required.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details including a Deputy Headteacher vacancy at St. Thomas’ Catholic Primary School in Canterbury. Sacred Heart Messenger for October 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 21st September at 7.30pm. Venue: A restaurant in Kings Hill (to be decided). Contact: Steph Blackburn 01732 521788
 
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages You are invited to a ‘Cheese & Wine Get Together’ at Angela and Charles Unter’s home on Friday 6th October at 7.30pm. Venue: Silver Fern, Church Road, Offham ME19 5NY. RSVP: 01732 872800
 
 

 

23rd Sunday of the Year (A)    10 September 2017
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

23rd Sunday of the Year (A)
NEW TERM AND YEAR
Education Sunday
10th September 2017
 
This weekend we begin our Autumn work for the Lord and make a new dedication to our Parish today and community to help us in this. And we wish our Baby and Toddler Group, Pre-School and Schools, Youth and Parish Groups a good term and year - also Children’s Liturgy which begins today.
 
We also celebrate Education Sunday, praying for all our Schools and Colleges and have a special collection during the Notices for the Catholic Education Service which acts on behalf of the Bishops Conference, working with the British and Welsh Governments as the chief negotiator and advisory body on matters affecting all aspects of Catholic education and providing financial assistance for school transport in rural areas.
 
During the week we have the School Opening Mass and meetings for the Baby and Toddler Group and Confirmation Candidates on Tuesday, the Needlework and Knitting Group and a Parish Meeting on Wednesday, the St. Simon Stock School Opening Mass on Thursday and on Saturday our ‘Barbecue’ in the orchard behind the Church for the Building Fund - see below and overleaf for details.
 
Next weekend, I shall be away with my Ministry of Priests Group and we welcome a Priest from the Columban Fathers who will be celebrating our Masses and giving the Annual Mission Appeal. The second collection will be for this. It is also Home Mission Sunday but we will be celebrating this with its collection to support the Bishops National Work of Evangelisation on the weekend of 30th September / 1st October.
 
Finally, please pray for our Deanery, as it has been a time of great change this Summer. Fr. Roy from South Maidstone has been moved to be Parish priest at Selsdon and we thank him for all his work at Holy Family and in the Deanery and wish him well in his new appointment. Canon Luke and Fr. Peter from Maidstone have both been moved - Canon Luke to be in charge of ‘spirituality’ at the Seminary and Fr. Peter to Ashford as Parish Priest. Again we thank them for all their work at St. Francis and in the Dean-ery and especially Canon Luke for his work as Dean and wish them well. And we welcome Fr. Liam and Fr. Sam as Parish and Assistant Priest at Maidstone and hope they will be very happy with us (and please pray for me as I’m now officially ‘Acting Dean’ until January 2018).
 
Please continue to pray for all parishioners who are ill and suffering loss.
 
Have a good week everyone.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY 9
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Erin Sugrue
Rashi & Ajay Belgaurmkar ints.
SUNDAY
23rd Sunday of the Year (A)
(Education Sunday)
10
10am
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Arthur Holme R.I.P. , Margaret & Family (Elizabeth Robson)
 
The Parishioners
MONDAY (Week 23 of the Year) 11 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (Week 23 of the Year) 12 9.30am School Opening Mass in SCHOOL
WEDNESDAY (St. John Chrysostom) 13 9.30am Deceased Relatives and Friends of the Lobo Family
THURSDAY (The Exaltation of the Cross) 14

 

9.30am

(Opening Mass at St. Simon Stock School)
 
Communion Service
FRIDAY (Our Lady of Sorrows) 15
9.30am
Communion Service (NB)
SATURDAY (Week 23 of the Year) 16
5pm
(Missionary Supply) Bena and Neville Perera Wellbeing [Wedding Anniversary]
SUNDAY
17th Sunday of the Year (A)
Mission Appeal
17
10am
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) [Missionary Supply] Terence Caughlin R.I.P.
 
(Missionary Supply) Marie Alix Terriere R.I.P. [Birthday]
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: No Confessions this weekend
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Colin Edwards; Peter Avery; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Hannah Lingham; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Meg and Tony Brewer; Laszlo Petho; Helen Burrys; Tracy; Jennifer Hansen; Steen Hansen; Yolanda Bath; M-L Wise; David Martin; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Kazimierz Walko; Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor; Phil Batchelor; Don Donovan; Fr John Lavery; Patrick Gallagher (Fr Liam’s father). Also Canon Bill Clements; John Metcalfe (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Lydia Stone; Thomas Fay; Josephine Smith; Elizabeth Berry; James Hough; Lauren Hampton; Mary Heaney; Christine Webster; Denis McCarton; Gwendolin Jupp; Mary Cunning.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 10
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
TUESDAY 12
1.30-3pm
 
5-6pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
Confirmation Class in the Priest’s House - ‘The Call of Confirmation’
WEDNESDAY 13
7 for 7.30pm
 
7.30pm
Parish Meeting in the Priest’s House
 
Needlework and Knitting Group meet in the Church porch
SATURDAY 16 12noon-4pm Barbecue in the Orchard (in aid of the Building Fund)
SUNDAY 17
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind and generous Offerings. Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Medard and Veronique Hadonou (No.85) for the September draw.
 
GIFT AID FOR SECOND COLLECTIONS If a collection is not for the Parish it can only be GIFT-AIDED if there is a pre-printed envelope, either in your box or one from the Charity itself eg. CAFOD / Apostleship of the Sea. Parish second collections eg. Flowers / Welfare / Sponsored walk can be GIFT-AIDED if you use one of your spare envelopes or one of the white envelopes at the back of the Church. In either case please mark the envelope with the intent of the donation. If it is not marked your donation may go to the wrong organisation.
 

FUNDRAISING

£639.50 total raised in August through donations and events. Overall total raised is £71,291.11
Amount still owed on loan is £13,708.89
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 13th September from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but feel free to bring anything you wish. A contribution of £2 towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
*******
“AUTUMN IN THE ORCHARD”
(In Aid of the Building Fund)
Larkfield Area Group, together with the help of the other Area Groups, are organising a barbeque on Saturday 16th September from 12 noon until 4pm. Tickets will be sold at all Masses this weekend of 9th September only.
£5 per person to include salad and dessert. £15 per family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children under 10). Only 100 tickets available and NO TICKETS ON THE DAY!
Bring your own drinks, glasses and chairs. There will also be a raffle.
 
TABLE TOP SALES Are your children off to University or College? Is it time for a clear out? Why not have a Table Top Sale - available after Mass on Sundays!
*******
SPONSORED WALK Kings Hill and Mereworth Area Group would like to thank everyone who supported them. The wonderful amount of approximately £434 (including gift-aid) was raised for the Building Fund.
*******
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
HARVEST FESTIVAL Parishioners are asked to bring in tins and non-perishable goods for the Harvest Festival and place them on the table by the altar.
 
ST. THOMAS MORE PRE-SCHOOL are looking for an accountant who is able to audit their books twice a year. If you are able to undertake this please ring Cathy or Fiona on 01732 874559
 
MORE PARK CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL If your child has a date of birth between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014 they are due to start School in September 2018. Applications open on 6th November and parents are invited to attend an Open Event at More Park Catholic Primary School in October or November to discover more about our ‘Outstanding’ Catholic Education (section 48 inspection, Jan 2016). Full details of dates and times are on the school website and can be booked by call-ing the School Office on 01732 843047 / 01732 847706 www.moreparkprimary.co.uk We look forward to welcoming you!
 
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP
 
Please note that at Christmas, after 40 years, Jenny and Dee will be giving up running the group . If anyone wishes to continue running this as a Friendship Group on the first Wednesday of the month at 2.30pm, then please speak to Dee, Jenny or contact the Parish Office.
 
 
MISSIO RED BOX HOLDERS The Summer and Autumn editions of “Mission Today” have arrived and our collectors will shortly be contacting you to empty your box. Many thanks for your support to the Missions!
 
YOUNG CATHOLIC ADULT WEEKEND at Douai Abbey 20th - 22nd Oct 2017. Are you 18- 40? Do you want to deepen your knowledge of the Catholic Faith, learn its de-votions and meet like minded people? Book soon as places are limited! For more de-tails and how to book, please see the poster on the notice board.
 
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 (1) [week beginning 11th September].
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details including a Deputy Headteacher vacancy at St. Thomas’ Catholic Pri-mary School in Canterbury. Sacred Heart Messenger for September 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 21st September at 7.30pm. Venue: A restaurant in Kings Hill (to be decided). Contact: Steph Blackburn 01732 521788
 
Offham, West Malling and Villages You are invited to a Cheese & Wine Get Together at Angela and Charles’ home on Friday 6th October at 7.30pm. Venue: Silver Fern, Church Road, Offham ME19 5NY. RSVP: 01732 872800
 
 

 

Sunday 3rd September 2017 – 22nd Sunday of the Year (A)    03 September 2017
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Sunday 3rd September 2017 – 22nd Sunday of the Year (A) – End of Holiday Period
 
Masses & Services this Week
 
Sat 2nd September (week 21 of the Year)2.30pm
2.30pm
Baptisms: Finlay Golbourn; Millie Wright; Mia &
 
Oscar Adams and Santiago Ruiz

 

5pm

Paul & Martha Perera R.I.P.

Sun 3rd September

(22nd Sunday of the Year)

10am

5.30pm

(Children) Eileen Whitehead R.I.P. (Dee & Peter)

The Parishioners

Mon 4th Sept (Week 22 of the Year)

9.30am

Communion Service

Tues 5th Sept (Week 22 of the Year)
9.30am
Communion Service
Wed 6th Sept (Week 22 of the Year)

9.30am

12.30pm

No Mass or Communion Service 11am

Funeral Mass for John Metcalfe R.I.P. followed by Service at Vinters Park at

Thurs 7th Sept (Week 22 of the Year)
9.30am
Communion Service
Fri 8th Sept (Our Lady’s Birthday)
9.30pm

Funeral Mass for Don Donovan R.I.P. followed by Service at Vinters Park

Sat 9th Sept (Week 22 of the Year)

2.30pm
 
5pm

Baptism: Erin Sugrue 5pm

Rashi & Ajay Belgaurmkar ints

Sun 10th Sept (23rd Sunday of the Year)

(Education Sunday)

10am

5.30pm

(Children) Arthur Holme R.I.P., Margaret & Family (Elizabeth (Education Sunday) Robson)

The Parishioners

 
Sacrament of Reconciliation for Adults & Young People – Saturday from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor; Peter Avery; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Hannah Lingham; Ellen Tucker; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Moira Stevens; Meg and Tony Brewer; Laszlo Petho; Jennifer Hanson; Steen Hanson; Yolanda Bath; M-L Wise; Tracy; Helen Burrus; David Martin; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Phil Batchelor; Don Donovan; Fr John Lavery; Patrick Gallagher (Fr Liam’s father); Canon Bill Clements; John Metcalfe. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: George Hurley; Giustino Viscido; Donald Hamilton; Annelieser Holledge; Rose Brimstead; Denis Brown; Lydia Stone; Thomas Fay.
 
SEPTEMBER SACRED HEART MESSENGER on sale in the porch.
 
HARVEST FESTIVAL Can we start bringing non-perishable goods and tins for the Harvest Festival – to put on table by altar.
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP meet in the Church porch on Wednesday 6th September at 2.30pm.
 
RIDE AND STRIDE Saturday 9th September 2017 – 10am-6pm. Cycle, walk or run around Kent Churches and raise money for our Church and Friends of Kent Churches. See poster in porch. For more information contact Parish Office or Jill on 01622 717491.
 
MARY’S MEALS Please see notice in porch about the Mary’s Meals Day taking place in London on Sunday 10th September.
 
OFFAM, WEST MALLING AND THE VILLAGES AREA GROUP invite you to a “Cheese & Wine Get Together” at Angela & Charles’ home on Friday 6th October at 7.30pm. Venue: Silver Fern, Church Road, Offham ME19 5NY. RSVP: 01732 872800
 
“AUTUMN IN THE ORCHARD”
 
(In Aid of the Building Fund)
 
Larkfield Area Group, together with the help of other Area Groups, are organising a barbeque on Saturday 16th September 12 noon until 4pm.
Tickets will be sold at all Masses on weekends of 2nd and 9th September only.
£5 per person to include salad and dessert. £15 per family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children under 10).
Only 100 tickets available and NO TICKETS ON THE DAY!
Bring your own drinks, glasses and chairs. There will also be a raffle
 
SEPTEMBER OPENING MEETINGS
 

School Restarts:

St. Simon Stock School Restarts:

 

Tuesday 5th September

Wednesday 6th September

Thursday 7th September

 

Years 7 and 12

Whole School

Pre-School Restarts:

Youth Group Restarts:

“Ride and Stride”:

Children’s Liturgy Restarts:

Baby and Toddler Group Restarts:

Thursday 7th September

Friday 8th September

Saturday 9th September

Sunday 10th September

Tuesday 12th September

 

7-9pm - SCHOOL

 

10am Mass

1.30-3pm - St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre

Parish Meeting: Wednesday 13th September 7 for 7.30pm - Priest’s House

 

 

Sunday 27th August 2017 – 21st Sunday of the Year (A)    27 August 2017
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Masses & Services this Week
 
Sat 26th August
5pm
Frank Ward R.I.P. (Betty)

Sun 27th August

(21st Sunday of the Year)

10am
 
5.30pm

(Children) Family Intention (Sheila Fitzgerald)

Alessio Fusi R.I.P. (anniv)

Mon 28th August (St Augustine)

  NO MASS OR COMMUNION SERVICE (BANK HOLIDAY)

Tues 29th August (St John the Baptist) 

9.30am

Arthur Holme R.I.P. (Mother Teresa Group)

Wed 30th August (English Martyrs)
9.30am
Holy Souls
Thurs 31st August (Week 21 of the Year) 9.30am Communion Service
Fri 1st September (Week 21 of the Year)
9.30am
Holy Souls
Sat 2nd September (week 21 of the Year)
2.30pm
 
5pm

Baptisms: Finlay Golbourn; Millie Wright; Mia & Oscar Adams

Paul & Martha Perera R.I.P.

Sun 3rd September

(22nd Sunday of the Year)

10am
 
5.30pm

(Children) Eileen Whitehead R.I.P. (Dee & Peter)

The Parishioners

 
Sacrament of Reconciliation for Adults & Young People – Saturday from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor; Peter Avery; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Hannah Lingham; Ellen Tucker; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Moira Stevens; Meg and Tony Brewer; Laszlo Petho; John; Tracy; David Martin; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Don Donovan; Fr John Lavery; Patrick Gallagher (Fr Liam’s father); Canon Bill Clements; John Metcalfe; also Roy Sellwood; Anthony Colatruglio (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Elizabeth Hansa; Karen Cressey; Edward Byrne; Cathy Goodman; Leonard Joseph Gobel; Virginie Calvet; Clarissa Clarey; Louise Smith; Alma Mills; George Hurley; Giustino Viscido.
 
SEPTEMBER SACRED HEART MESSENGER on sale in the porch.
 
CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES are reminded of their Prayer Interviews this week.
 
HARVEST FESTIVAL Can we start bringing on-perishable goods and tins for the Harvest Festival – to put on table by altar.
 
LARKFIELD PRODUCE SHOW Saturday 2nd September2017. Please see poster in porch for more details.
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP Meet in the Church porch on Wednesday 6th September at 2.30pm.
 
RIDE AND STRIDE Saturday 9th September 2017 – 10am-6pm. Cycle, walk or run around Kent Churches and raise money for our Church and Friends of Kent Churches. See poster in porch. For more information contact Parish Office or Jill on 01622 717491.
 
MARY’S MEALS Please see notice in porch about the Mary’s Meals Day taking place in London on Sunday 10th September.
 
“AUTUMN IN THE ORCHARD”
 
(In Aid of the Building Fund)
 
We are organising a barbeque on Saturday 16th September 12 noon until 4pm.
Tickets will be sold at all masses on weekends of 2nd and 9th September only.
£5 per person to include salad and dessert. £15 per family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children under 10).
Only 100 tickets available and NO TICKETS ON THE DAY!
Bring your own drinks, glasses and chairs. There will also be a raffle.
 
AUGUST - SEPTEMBER: WEEKEND MASSES
 

Saturday 26th August

Sunday 27th August

(21th Sunday of the Year)

5pm
 
10am (Children)
 
5.30pm

Frank Ward R.I.P. (Betty)

Family Intentions (Sheila Fitzgerald)

Alessio Fusi R.I.P. (anniv)

Saturday 2nd September

Sunday 3rd September

(22nd Sunday of the Year)

5pm
 
10am (Children)
 
5.30pm

Paul and Martha Perera R.I.P.

Eileen Whitehead R.I.P. (Dee and Peter)

The Parishioners

 
SEPTEMBER OPENING MEETINGS
 

Pre-School Restarts:

Thursday 7th September

 

School Restarts: Tuesday 5th September  
St. Simon Stock School Restarts: Wednesday 6th September Years 7 and 12
  Thursday 7th September Whole School

Youth Group Restarts:

Friday 8th September

7-9pm - SCHOOL

“Ride and Stride”:

Friday 8th September

 

Children’s Liturgy Restarts:

Sunday 10th September

10am Mass

Baby and Toddler Group Restarts: Tuesday 12th September 1.30-3pm - St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Parish Meeting: Wednesday 13th September 7 for 7.30pm - Priest’s House

 

 

Sunday 20th August 2017 – 20th Sunday of the Year (A)    20 August 2017
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Masses & Services this Week
 
Sat 19th August
5pm
Arthur Holme R.I.P. (Christine & Ant. Gobel)

Sun 20th August

(20th Sunday of the Year)

10am
 
5.30pm

(Children) Jimmy Downey R.I.P. (Eileen C.)

The Parishioners

Mon 21st August (St Pius X) 9.30am Communion Service

Tues 22nd August (Mary, our Queen)

9.30am

Christopher Law R.I.P. (Dee & Peter)

Wed 23rd August (St Rose of Lima)
9.30am
Holy Souls
Thurs 24th August (St Bartholomew) 9.30am Communion Service
Fri 25th August (St Louis)
9.30am
The Parishioners
Sat 26th August
5pm
Frank Ward R.I.P. (Betty)

Sun 27th August

(21st Sunday of the Year)

10am
 
5.30pm

(Children) Family Intention (Sheila Fitzgerald)

(Alessio Fusi R.I.P. (anniv)

 
Sacrament of Reconciliation for Adults & Young People – Saturday from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Don Donovan; Peter Avery; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Hannah Lingham; Ellen Tucker; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Moira Stevens; Meg and Tony Brewer; Laszlo Petho; John; Moises Alejandro Carillo Villabon; David Martin; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world. (Also Isabelle & Janelle Edada and Suhaya Abeli Silva being baptised in these days).
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Patrick Gallagher (Fr Liam’s father); Canon Bill Clements; John Metcalfe; Roy Sellwood; Anthony Colatruglio. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Richard Hunter; Mark Johnson; Kevin Cunning Snr; Anne Silverwood; Oliver Devlin; Doreen Harris; Maureen Dunster; Ronald Wade; Ethne Lonergan; Charlie Baker; Elizabeth Hansa; Karen Cressey; Edward Byrne; Cathy Goodman.
 
MANY THANKS to Richard, James and Hannah Mansfield for their magnificent work in re-painting the front doors of the Church. We are very grateful to them for this.
 
LARKFIELD PRODUCE SHOW Saturday 2nd September2017. Please see poster in porch for more details.
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP Meet in the Church porch on Wednesday 6th September at 2.30pm.
 
RIDE AND STRIDE Saturday 9th September 2017 – 10am-6pm. Cycle, walk or run around Kent Churches and raise money for our Church and Friends of Kent Churches. See poster in porch. For more information contact Parish Office or Jill on 01622 717491.
 
MARY’S MEALS Please see notice in porch about the Mary’s Meals Day taking place in London on Sunday 10th September.
 
AUGUST - SEPTEMBER: WEEKEND MASSES
 

Saturday 19th August

Sunday 20th August

(20th Sunday of the Year)

5pm
 
10am (Children)
 
5.30pm

Arthur Holme R.I.P. (Christine and Ant. Gobel)

Jimmy Downey R.I.P. (Eileen C.)

Saturday 26th August

Sunday 27th August

(21st Sunday of the Year)

5pm
 
10am (Children)
 
5.30pm

Frank Ward R.I.P. (Betty)

Family Intentions (Sheila Fitzgerald)

Alessio Fusi R.I.P. (anniv)

Saturday 2nd September

Sunday 3rd September

(22nd Sunday of the Year)

5pm

10am (Children)

5.30pm

Paul and Martha Perera R.I.P.

Eileen Whitehead R.I.P. (Dee and Peter)

The Parishioners

 
SEPTEMBER OPENING MEETINGS
 

Pre-School Restarts:

Thursday 7th September

 

School Restarts: Tuesday 5th September  
St. Simon Stock School Restarts: Wednesday 6th September Years 7 and 12
  Thursday 7th September Whole School

Youth Group Restarts:

Friday 8th September

7-9pm - SCHOOL

“Ride and Stride”:

Saturday 9th September

 

Children’s Liturgy Restarts:

Sunday 10th September

10am Mass

Baby and Toddler Group Restarts: Tuesday 12th September 1.30-3pm - St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Parish Meeting: Wednesday 13th September 7 for 7.30pm - Priest’s House

 

 

Sunday 13th August 2017 – 19th Sunday of the Year (A)    13 August 2017
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Masses & Services this Week
 
Sat 12th August
5pm
Sebastian Inguito Sr (anniv)

Sun 13th August

(19th Sunday of the Year)

10am
 
5.30pm

(Children) Robert Content R.I.P.

The Parishioners

Mon 14th Aug (St Maximilian Kolbe) 9.30am Communion Service

Tues 15th August

(The Assumption)

10am

8pm

(Children) Parishioners, Families & Friends

Parishioners, Families & Friends

Wed 16thAugust (Week 19 of the Year)
9.30am
Deceased Relatives & Friends of the Lobo Family)
Thurs 17th August (Week 19 of the Year) 9.30am Communion Service
Fri 18th August (Week 19 of the Year)
9.30am
Mary Goldsmith (Steph Ian & Family)
Sat 19th August (Week 19 of the Year)
5pm
Arthur Holme R.I.P. (Christine & Ant. Gobel)

Sun 20th August

(20th Sunday of the Year)

10am
 
5.30pm

(Children) Jimmy Downey R.I.P. (Eileen C.)

The Parishioners

 
Sacrament of Reconciliation for Adults & Young People – Saturday from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Don Donovan; Peter Avery; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Hannah Lingham; Ellen Tucker; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Moira Stevens; Meg and Tony Brewer; Anne & Tony Law; Laszlo Petho; Fiona Evans & Family; Jennifer Hansen; Steen Hansen; Yolanda Bath; M-L Wise; Tracy; David Martin; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEADCanon Bill Clements; John Metcalfe; Roy Sellwood; Anthony Colatruglio; also Lindsay Roskell; Arthur Holme; (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIESFrank Ward; Diana Owen; Hazel Usher; Nora Gilligan; Maureen Newman; Jeffery Lemon; Sidney Stevens; Ellen Martin; Henry Berry; Lilian Barbieri; Richard Hunter; Mark Johnson; Kevin Cunning Snr.
 
TUESDAY – THE FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION is a Holy Day of Obligation and we should come to Mass if we can.
 
100 CLUB Winner in August - Maggie O’Toole (No 43)
 
RIDE AND STRIDE Saturday 9th September 2017 – 10am-6pm. Cycle, walk or run around Kent Churches and raise money for our Church and Friends of Kent Churches. See poster in porch. For more information contact Parish Office or Jill on 01622 717491.
 
GRATEFUL THANKS to Martin & Lara Lingham & Mick Winkworth, our School Cartaker, who worked so hard on Wednesday afternoon and evening to PUMP OUT WATER from the boiler room and kitchen of the school and prevented it from being seriously flooded. Many many thanks to them for their dedication and work. Thanks, Fr Peter
 
AUGUST - SEPTEMBER: WEEKEND AND ASSUMPTION MASSES
 

Saturday 5th August

Sunday 6th August

(The Transfiguration)

5pm
 
10am (Children)
 
5.30pm

All Deceased Friends of the Perera Family

Paul Downes R.I.P.

The Parishioners

Saturday 12th August

Sunday 13th August

(19th Sunday of the Year)

5pm
 
10am (Children)
 
5.30pm

Sebastian Inguito Sr. (anniv.)

Robert Content R.I.P.

The Parishioners

Tuesday 15th August

(The Assumption)

10am (Children)

8pm

Parishioners, Families and Friends

Parishioners, Families and Friends

Saturday 19th August

Sunday 20th August

(20th Sunday of the Year)

5pm

10am (Children)

5.30pm

Arthur Holme R.I.P. (Christine and Ant. Gobel)

Jimmy Downey R.I.P. (Eileen C.)

The Parishioners

Saturday 26th August

Sunday 27th August

(21st Sunday of the Year)

5pm
10am (Children)
5.30pm

The Parishioners

Family Intentions (Sheila Fitzgerald)

To Be Advised

Saturday 2nd September

Sunday 3rd September

(22nd Sunday of the Year)

5pm

10am (Children)

5.30pm

Paul and Martha Perera R.I.P.

Eileen Whitehead R.I.P. (Dee and Peter)

The Parishioners

 
 
SEPTEMBER OPENING MEETINGS
 
Pre-School Restarts:
Thursday 7th September
 

School Restarts:

Tuesday 5th September

 

St. Simon Stock School Restarts:

Wednesday 6th September

Thursday 7th September

Years 7 and 12

Whole School

Youth Group Restarts:

Friday 8th September

7-9pm - SCHOOL

“Ride and Stride”:
Saturday 9th September
 
Children’s Liturgy Restarts: Sunday 10th September 10am Mass
Baby and Toddler Group Restarts: Tuesday 12th September
1.30-3pm - St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Parish Meeting:
Wednesday 13th September
7 for 7.30pm - Priest’s House

 

 

Sunday 6th August 2017 – 18th Sunday of the Year (A) – Holiday Period    06 August 2017
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Masses & Services this Week
 
Sat 5th Aug
5pm
All deceased friends of the Perera Family
Sun 6th Aug (The Transfiguration)
10am
 
5.30pm

(Children) Paul Downes R.I.P. (Eileen C)

The Parishioners

Mon 7th Aug (Week 18 of the year) 9.30am Communion Service
Tues 8st August (St Dominic) 9.30am Arthur Holme R.I.P. (Mary G)
Wed 9th August (St Edith Stein)
9.30am
Des Scanlon R.I.P.
Thurs 10th August (St Lawrence) 9.30am Communion Service
Fri 11th August (St Clare)
9.30am
Thanksgiving for well-being of Pheoby Menzies
Sat 12th August
5pm
Sebastian Inguito Sr (anniv)

Sun 13th August

(19th Sunday of the Year)

10am
 
5.30pm

Robert Content R.I.P.

The Parishioners

 
Sacrament of Reconciliation for Adults & Young People – Saturday from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Don Donovan; Peter Avery; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Hannah Lingham; Ellen Tucker; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Moira Stevens; Meg and Tony Brewer; David Martin; Anne & Tony Law; Laszlo Petho; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEADJohn Metcalfe; Roy Sellwood; Anthony Colatruglio; Lindsay Roskell; Arthur Holme; also Margaret Johnson (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIESJohn Kane; Arthur Cole; Dennis O’Connell; Joe Micallef; Kenneth Hennessey; Frank Ward; Diana Owen.
 
Margaret Holme and Family would like to thank everyone for all the kind words, cards and comfort shown to them, the Masses for Arthur and the lovely flower basket from the Larkfield Area Group.

 

 

Sunday 6th August 2017 – 18th Sunday of the Year (A) – Holiday Period    06 August 2017
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Masses & Services this Week
 
Sat 5th Aug
5pm
All deceased friends of the Perera Family
Sun 6th Aug
10am
 
5.30pm

(Children) Paul Downes R.I.P. (Eileen C)

The Parishioners

Mon 7th Aug
9.30am Communion Service
Tues 8st August (St Dominic)
9.30am  
Wed 9th August (St Edith Stein)
9.30am
 
Thurs 10th August (St Lawrence) 9.30am Communion Service
Fri 11th August (St Clare)
9.30am
 
Sat 12th August
5pm
All deceased Friends of the Perera Family
Sun 13th August
10am
 
5.30pm

(Children) Paul Downes R.I.P. (Eileen C)

The Parishioners

 
Sacrament of Reconciliation for Adults & Young People – Saturday from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Don Donovan; Peter Avery; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Hannah Lingham; Ellen Tucker; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Moira Stevens; Meg and Tony Brewer; M-L Wise; Jennifer Hansen; Steen Hansen; David Martin; Yolanda Bath; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Roy Sellwood; Anthony Colatruglio; Lindsay Roskell; Arthur Holme; Margaret Johnson. Also Eugenie Marsh; Bennet Brght Madzi (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES:

 

 

16th Sunday of the Year (A) NEWSLETTER    23 July 2017
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

16th Sunday of the Year (A)
NEWSLETTER FOR THE HOLIDAY PERIOD
BETWEEN NOW AND SEPTEMBER
23rd July 2017
 
This Newsletter contains all the details for this week plus details of the weeks between now and September and the Feast of the Annunciation on Tuesday 15th August which is a Holy day of Obligation when we should get to Church if we can - also opening meetings in September.
 
Each week we will email (and have copies in the porch) details of Weekday Masses and Communion Services plus anniversaries and any changes (but no other notices).
During the School Holidays the Parish Office will be operating on reduced hours, probably Monday and Wednesday mornings only. The answer phone and emails will still be checked regularly. As you may be aware, because of the change of Priests at Maidstone, I, as acting Dean and helping to cover the Hospital for emergencies in August, have significant extra workload during this period. It would be appreciated if calls could be kept to a minimum and your patience would be appreciated.
 
We wish everyone a happy holiday period and safe journeys and a happy time and that everyone finds some rest and relaxation in this period - and a warm welcome to all who will be visiting our Parish.
 
Please keep Arthur Holme and Margaret and his family in your prayers as they prepare for his funeral on Wednesday - also all parishioners who are ill, troubled and undergoing treatment at this time - and we offer them all our love and prayers and support.
 
Thanks for all your marvellous work and commitment to myself and our Parish during this past year.
 
God Bless.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY 22
5pm
(12 noon - Farewell Mass for Canon Luke and Fr. Peter at St. Francis, Maidstone)
The Parishioners
SUNDAY
16th Sunday of the Year (A)
(HOLIDAY PERIOD)
23
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Josephine Engelbrecht R.I.P.
Stewart Chapman R.I.P.
MONDAY (Week 16 of the Year) 24 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (St. James) 25 9.30am Arthur Holme R.I.P. (Maria Isava and Family)
WEDNESDAY (Ss. Joachim and Anne) 26
9.30am
10.15am
Communion Service
Funeral of Arthur Holme at Vinters Park Crematorium
THURSDAY (Week 16 of the Year) 27   NO MASS OR COMMUNION SERVICE
FRIDAY (Week 16 of the Year) 28
9.30am
Fr. Peter’s Mother R.I.P. (anniv.)
SATURDAY (St. Martha) 29
2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms: Isabelle D’Arcey; Milo and Fletcher Fowles
Florise Corrette R.I.P.
SUNDAY
17th Sunday of the Year (A)
(HOLIDAY PERIOD)
30
10am
5.30pm
(Children) The Parishioners
Claude and Alix Terrière - Thanksgiving
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Don Donovan; Peter Avery; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Hannah Lingham; Ellen Tucker; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Moira Ste-vens; Meg and Tony Brewer; Ellen Brooks; Lee Roskell and Family; Mary Goldsmith; M-L Wise; Jennifer Hansen; Steen Hansen; David Martin; Laurence Wild; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Lindsay Roskell; Arthur Holme; Des Scanlon; Margaret Johnson; Eugenie Marsh. Also Bennet Bright Madzi; Justine Sutton; Fr. Peter Ryman (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Solange Batchelor; Frances Shields; Harry Roberts; Angela Madigan; Brad (Patrick) Bradford; Stephen Mul-lins; Fr. Peter’s Mother; Philippa Wellesley-Colley; John Hubble; Patrick McDaid; Mary O’Kelly.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 23
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
TUESDAY 25

 

No Baby & Toddler Group (Summer Break)
WEDNESDAY 26 12 noon (note new time) Confirmation Group meet in the Priest’s House
SUNDAY 23   No Children’s Liturgy (Summer Break)
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £469.73 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 
GIFT AID FOR SECOND COLLECTIONS If a collection is not for the Parish it can only be GIFT-AIDED if there is a pre-printed envelope, either in your box or one from the Charity itself eg. CAFOD / Apostleship of the Sea. Parish second collections eg. Flowers / Welfare / Sponsored walk can be GIFT-AIDED if you use one of your spare enve-lopes or one of the white envelopes at the back of the Church. In either case please mark the envelope with the in-tent of the donation. If it is not marked your donation may go to the wrong organisation.
 
NOTE TO GIFT AIDERS Your new boxes are now in the porch. Please collect them as soon as possible to make Fr. Peter happy. If you no longer pay tax or pay insufficient tax to cover your donations please let us know by leaving a note to the Gift Aid organiser. If there is no box for you and you think there should be please let the office know.
 

FUNDRAISING

£686.26 total raised in June through donations and events. Overall total raised is £68,370.61
Amount still owed on loan is £16,629.39
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 13th September from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but feel free to bring anything you wish. A contribution of £2 towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS There will be a meeting for all Eucharistic Ministers on Tuesday 25th July at 7.30pm.
 
CARD SELECTION There is now a new selection of cards on the rack, including new Child and Adult Baptism cards; Anniversary Mass cards and new Sympathy cards. All are priced at just £1 with proceeds going towards Church funds. Please place money in the cash box by the card rack. Many thanks.
 
ST. THOMAS MORE PRE-SCHOOL are looking for an accountant who is able to audit their books twice a year. If you are able to undertake this please ring Cathy or Fiona on 01732 874559
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP
 
Please note that at Christmas, after 40 years, Jenny and Dee will be giving up running the group . If anyone wishes to continue running this as a Friendship Group on the first Wednesday of the month at 2.30pm, then please speak to Dee, Jenny or contact the Parish Office.
 
CTIM Larkfield Community Church is looking for a Youth Worker to cover ma-ternity leave from September to December 2017 for up to 8 hours per week, mainly to cover two youth meetings (Monday and Friday evenings) per week. This will be a paid position for three months. If you know anybody in your Church who may have the experience in this area and is interested, please contact Alison Hayton to discuss further on 07821377627
 
YOUNG CATHOLIC ADULT WEEKEND at Douai Abbey 20th - 22nd Oct 2017. Are you 18- 40? Do you want to deepen your knowledge of the Catholic faith, learn its devotions and meet like minded people? Young Catholic Adults are organizing a weekend at Douai Abbey in Berkshire with Lawrence Lew O.P. and Canon Poucin ICKSP. You’ll be able to hear catechetical talks, learn how to sing Gregorian Chant, say the Rosary, socialize and have fun. Book soon as places are limited! For more details and how to book, please see the poster on the notice board.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet dur-ing Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Eileen’s Group (2) [week beginning 24th July].
 
GARDENING CLUB meet on Saturday 5th August from 10am to 12 noon. All are welcome.
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP Please note the group will NOT be meeting in August.
 
NOTICES Please see Notice Board for more details. Sacred Heart Messenger for August 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS

Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 21st September at 7.30pm. Venue: A restaurant in Kings Hill (to be decided). Contact: Steph Blackburn 01732 521788

 

 
AUGUST - SEPTEMBER: WEEKEND AND ASSUMPTION MASSES
 
Saturday 5th August
5pm
All Deceased Friends of the Perera Family
Sunday 6th August

10am (Children)

Paul Downes R.I.P.
(The Transfiguration) 5.30pm The Parishioners
 
Saturday 12th August
5pm
Sebastian Inguito Sr. (anniv.)
Sunday 13th August

10am (Children)

Robert Content R.I.P.
(19th Sunday of the Year) 5.30pm The Parishioners
 
Tuesday 15th August
10am (Children)
Parishioners, Families and Friends
(The Assumption)

8pm

Parishioners, Families and Friends
 
Saturday 19th August
5pm
Arthur Holme R.I.P. (Christine and Ant. Gobel)
Sunday 20th August

10am (Children)

Jimmy Downey R.I.P. (Eileen C.)
(20th Sunday of the Year) 5.30pm The Parishioners
 
Saturday 26th August
5pm
The Parishioners
Sunday 27th August

10am (Children)

Family Intentions (Sheila Fitzgerald)
(21st Sunday of the Year) 5.30pm To Be Advised
 
Saturday 2nd September
5pm
Paul and Martha Perera R.I.P.
Sunday 3rd September

10am (Children)

Eileen Whitehead R.I.P. (Dee and Peter)
(22nd Sunday of the Year)  5.30pm The Parishioners
 
 
 
SEPTEMBER OPENING MEETINGS
 

Pre-School Restarts:

Thursday 7th September

 

School Restarts: Tuesday 5th September  
St. Simon Stock School Restarts: Wednesday 6th September Years 7 and 12
  Thursday 7th September Whole School

Youth Group Restarts:

Friday 8th September 7-9pm

 

“Ride and Stride”: Saturday 9th September  
Children’s Liturgy Restarts: Sunday 10th September 10am Mass
Baby and Toddler Group Restarts: Tuesday 12th September 1.30-3pm in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Parish Meeting: Wednesday 13th September 7 for 7.30pm in the Priest’s House
 

 

 

15th Sunday of the Year (A) YOUTH ‘IT’S A KNOCKOUT’    16 July 2017
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

15th Sunday of the Year (A)
YOUTH ‘IT’S A KNOCKOUT’
16th July 2017
 
This weekend we continue our Thanksgiving in this July as we draw near to the end of another School Year and year of Parish work with our prayers for all who are making decisions and moving forward to new stages in their lives in our Pre-School, Schools, Universities and Parish.
 
This weekend we also celebrate our Youth Group “It’s a Knockout” and Mass this (Sunday) afternoon - open to all youngsters at Secondary School with a special welcome to Year 6 at Primary School as they join the group for this event. We thank the Youth Group, our young people and their leaders for all they give to our Parish - and remember Gus Isava, a leading member of our group, who died, aged 17, nine years ago this weekend (Saturday 15th).
 
The Baby and Toddler Group are now on their Summer Break and St. Simon Stock School joins them with their End-of-Term Mass this Wednesday. Also on Wednesday we have the Year 6 Leavers’ Mass in School at 9.30am where we pray especially for them as they move forward to the next stage of their lives and thank them for all they have given to our School and Parish - and then our School closes for their Summer Break on Thursday. Unfortunately the Pre-School have to carry on until next Monday (24th) but we wish them “Happy Final Days” and a good rest afterwards!
 
This gives us the opportunity to say a sincere and grateful thank you to our Schools and Pre-School teachers and helpers and the leaders of our Baby and Toddler and Parish Groups - including our Children’s Liturgy organisers who have their Pre-Summer Meeting this Wednesday and the Youth Group with their ’It’s a Knockout’ and Mass today (Sunday) - with our thanks to all in-volved in them for their wonderful and dedicated work and our best wishes for a very happy break.
 
Also during this week there is an important Parish Meeting to discuss the Summer on Tuesday and the meeting for the Children’s Liturgy organisers on Wednesday.
 
Next weekend, on Saturday there is the Kings Hill and Mereworth Sponsored Walk for the Building Fund (details on page 3 and members of the group will be in the porch this weekend for you to sponsor them and / or join them. Also on Saturday there is the farewell Mass for Canon Luke and Fr. Peter K. at St. Francis, Maidstone and we thank them for all they have given to Maidstone and our Deanery in their time with us and wish them well in their new appointments. There will also be our final Children’s Liturgy before the Summer Break at the 10am Mass on Sunday.
 
Please keep Arthur Holme who died during the week and Margaret and their family in your prayers as they prepare for his funeral - also all parishioners who are ill and undergoing treatment at this time.
 
Finally, we congratulate Fred and Betty Gallaghan on their 65th Wedding Anniversary on Wednesday and offer them our prayers and love this weekend.
 
PLEASE NOTE THAT NEXT WEEK’S NEWSLETTER IS GOING TO COVER THE WHOLE OF THE SUMMER PERIOD.
 
Have a good week everyone.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY 15
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Monroe King
Elizabeth and Basil Pinto R.I.P.
SUNDAY
15th Sunday of the Year (A)
(Youth ‘It’s a Knockout)
16
10am
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Tony Goldsmith R.I.P. (1st Anniversary) [Mary]
 
(Youth Mass) Augusto (Gus) Isava R.I.P. [anniv.]
MONDAY (Week 15 of the Year) 17 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (Week 15 of the Year) 18 9.30am The Parishioners
WEDNESDAY (Week 15 of the Year) 19 9.30am
 
Leavers’ Mass in SCHOOL
(11.05am - End-of-Term Mass at St. Simon Stock)
THURSDAY (Week 15 of the Year) 20 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Week 15 of the Year) 21
9.30am
Bridget Tenters R.I.P.
SATURDAY (St. Mary Magdalene) 22
 
 
 
5pm
(12 noon - Farewell Mass for Canon Luke and Fr. Peter at St. Francis, Maidstone)
 
The Parishioners
SUNDAY
16th Sunday of the Year (A)
(HOLIDAY PERIOD)
23
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Josephine Engelbrecht R.I.P.
Stewart Chapman R.I.P.
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Don Donovan; Peter Avery; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Anne Law; Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Hannah Lingham; Ellen Tucker; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Moira Stevens; Meg and Tony Brewer; Ellen Brooks; Lee Roskell and Family; Betty Davis; Mary Goldsmith; Jennifer Hansen; Steen Hansen; Yolanda Bath; M-L Wise; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Lindsay Roskell; Arthur Holme; Des Scanlon; Margaret Johnson; Eugenie Marsh; Bennet Bright Madzi; Justine Sutton; Fr. Peter Ryman. Also Jimmy Downey; Anthony Potrac (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians. And we unite ourselves to all in West London at this time.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Peter Fanning; Augusto (Gus) Isava; Louise Baxter; Tony Goldsmith; Florise Corrette; Hazel Ingold; Isabella Burns-Hart; Geoffrey Rice; Aureen Bartley; Oliver Duffy; Maura Wrenn; Solange Batchelor; Frances Shields.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 16
10am
2pm
Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Youth Group - ‘It’s a Knock Out’ on the School field followed by Workshop, Mass and Barbecue (House and Church)
TUESDAY 18

 

 

7 for 7.30pm

No Baby & Toddler Group (Summer Break)
 
 
Parish meeting in the Priest’s House
WEDNESDAY 19 7.45 for 8pm Children’s Liturgy organisers meet in the Priest’s House
SATURDAY 22 9am-2pm Kings Hill and Mereworth Sponsored Walk
SUNDAY 23 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £329.80 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second for Sea Sunday raised £205.10
 
GIFT AID FOR SECOND COLLECTIONS If a collection is not for the Parish it can only be GIFT-AIDED if there is a pre-printed envelope, either in your box or one from the Charity itself eg.
CAFOD / Apostleship of the Sea. Parish second collections eg. Flowers / Welfare / Sponsored walk can be GIFT-AIDED if you use one of your spare enve-lopes or one of the white envelopes at the back of the Church. In either case please mark the envelope with the in-tent of the donation. If it is not marked your donation may go to the wrong organisation.
 
NOTE TO GIFT AIDERS Your new boxes are now in the porch. Please collect them as soon as possible to make Fr. Peter happy. If you no longer pay tax or pay insufficient tax to cover your donations please let us know by leaving a note to the Gift Aid organiser. If there is no box for you and you think there should be please let the office know.
 

FUNDRAISING

£686.26 total raised in June through donations and events. Overall total raised is £68,370.61
Amount still owed on loan is £16,629.39
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
PIMMS AND PROMS’ raised an amazing £1,273.00 A huge thank you to all who organised this event.
*******
SPONSORED WALK Saturday 22nd July - Please see page 3 of the Newsletter for details or notice in the porch.
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 13th September from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but feel free to bring anything you wish. A contribution of £2 towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
CARD SELECTION There is now a new selection of cards on the rack, including new Child and Adult Baptism cards; Anniversary Mass cards and new Sympathy cards. All are priced at just £1 with proceeds going towards Church funds. Please place money in the cash box by the card rack. Many thanks.
 
ST. THOMAS MORE PRE-SCHOOL are looking for an accountant who is able to audit their books twice a year. If you are able to undertake this please ring Cathy or Fiona on 01732 874559
 
IAN WHITEHEAD AND FAMILY thank everyone for the prayers, thoughtful words and kindness shown to them following the passing of their Mum and Nan, Eileen. Please see the card in the porch.
 
SUMMER HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION REQUIRED please see page 3 of this Newsletter.
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP
 
Please note that at Christmas, after 40 years, Jenny and Dee will be giving up running the group . If anyone wishes to continue running this as a Friendship Group on the first Wednesday of the month at 2.30pm, then please speak to Dee, Jenny or contact the Parish Office.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind pa-rishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Steph’s Group (week beginning 17th July).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details. Sacred Heart Messenger for July 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 21st September at 7.30pm. Venue: A restaurant in Kings Hill (to be decided). Contact: Steph Blackburn 01732 521788

 

 
From Daniela Caminito:
Hi everybody!
I have two friends from Italy who would like to spend their Summer Holidays here and are looking for a family (possibly) or two different families (it’s fine too) willing to host them as au pairs. They aren’t interested in getting any pocket money or salary but only in improv-ing their English. They are both well-mannered and reliable. Can anybody help me with that, please? Hereafter their mini curricula :-):
 
SIMONA
My name is Simona, I am 40 years old and I come from Turin, Italy. I have been working as an English teacher at the University of Turin and in Trinity classes for 1 year. I am looking for a family willing to host me in the Summer period since I do wish to improve my English knowledge and skills (present level: C2).
I can do almost any kind of chore. I am open, helpful and really curious. I have experi-ence in babysitting and, as a teacher, in educating children aged 10-16. I spent 8 month in Thailand where I obtained a certification as Thai masseuse (full-body and feet). I usu-ally practise massage during my free time. I hope my skills will meet your needs. Other languages: French B1 (good); German B1 (good). Availability: Mid July – mid September.
MY CONTACT DETAILS: Please contact the Parish Office for these.
 
DIEGO:
"My name is Diego, I am 46 years old and I come from Turin, Italy. I have been working as Thai masseur (full-body and feet) for almost 2 years. I am looking for a family willing to host me in the Summer period since I need to increase my English level (at present: B1). I can do any kind of housework, including gardening. I am a skilled DIY person. In fact, I have recently renewed my house and did most of the job by myself. I used to be a geolo-gist for 15 years but a few years ago I have decided to change my life. I am patient, friendly and open-minded. I love graphic novels and I’ve been collecting them since I was 15. I do hope my skills will meet your needs. Availability: Mid July – mid September.
MY CONTACT DETAILS: Please contact the Parish Office for these.
 
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SPONSORED WALK

Join The Kings Hill and Mereworth Area Group on a sponsored walk along the beautiful Medway Valley.
 
We are walking from Teapot Island to Maidstone and back on Saturday 22nd July, a total of 24.1km (15 miles) at an average easy walking pace of 5kph that means around 4.5-5hrs walking in total, along a beautiful river path (no hills).
 
But don’t worry you can do as little or as much as you like! Perhaps doing half that distance by starting at Maidstone and walking back with us, or you could join us at Wateringbury for a leisurely 2 miles back to Teapot Island just in time for lunch, or anything in-between :)
 
The full walk will start at Teapot Island at 9am, along the river to Maidstone, then getting back at around 1:30-2pm for a nice lunch. You can see the full route here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20406407
 
All money raised will go to the Church Building Fund.
 
Everyone is welcome! Bring the family and children! Do as much or as little as you like!
 
Please let Steph know on Steph@bbits.co.uk or 07977458970 if you will be joining us and how far you plan to walk and we will send further details.
If you would like to sponsor us then anything from £1 upwards will be a great help. We will be collecting any donations at the weekend Masses from 8th July.
 
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14th Sunday of the Year (A) SEA SUNDAY    09 July 2017
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

14th Sunday of the Year (A)
SEA SUNDAY
9th July 2017
 
This weekend we continue our Thanksgiving in this July as we draw near to the end of another School Year and year of Parish work with our prayers for all who are making decisions and moving forward to new stages in their lives in our Pre-School, Schools, Universities and Parish .
 
Today is also ‘Sea Sunday’ with prayers for all those who work for us at sea and a collection during the Notices for the ‘Apostleship of the Sea’ through which the Church helps ‘Sea-Farers’ in ports throughout our country. Please see the special note about this overleaf and gift-aiders are asked to use the special envelopes on the stand at the back of the Church for this collection.
 
During the week we have the Pre-School Sports on Tuesday and meetings for the Confirmation Group, Deanery Pastoral Council and the Needlework and Knitting Group and we wish the Baby and Toddler Group a happy Summer break with thanks to them and their organisers for all they do for our Parish.
 
Next Sunday we have the Catenians’ Mass and also celebrate our Youth Group “It’s a Knockout” and Mass - open to all youngsters at Secondary School with a special welcome to Year 6 at Primary School as they join the group for this event. We thank the Youth Group, our young people and their leaders for all they give to our Parish - and re-member Gus Isava, a leading member of our group, who died, aged 17, nine years ago on Saturday (15th).
 
Many, many thanks to all who organised and supported and enjoyed our ‘Pimms and Proms’ this (Saturday) evening and a special thank you to the ‘Dartford Concert Band’ and we hope to announce the results as soon as possible. (Also another big thank you for the Parish / School Summer Fayre which looks to have raised about £2,350.00)
 
Please keep Eugenie Marsh and her family in your prayers as they prepare for her funeral at Vinters Park this Friday at 2pm - also Justine Sutton and all who’ve died recently and their families and all parishioners who are ill or under-going treatment at this time - and we offer them all our love and prayers and support.
 
Have a good week everyone.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY 8
5pm
Lucy and Joseph Perera ints.
SUNDAY
14th Sunday of the Year (A)
9
10am
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Eileen Whitehead R.I.P. (Steph, Ian and Family)
 
Paula Sedley-Burke R.I.P. (Dee and Peter)
MONDAY (Week 14 of the Year) 10 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (St. Benedict) 11 9.30am The Parishioners
WEDNESDAY (Week 14 of the Year) 12 9.30am Kathleen R.I.P. (Mary)
THURSDAY (Week 14 of the Year) 13 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Week 14 of the Year) 14
9.30am
 
2pm
Tony Goldsmith R.I.P. (1st Anniv.) [Steph and Family]
 
Funeral Service of Eugenie Marsh at Vinters Park Crematorium
SATURDAY (Week 14 of the Year) 15
2.30pm
 
5pm
Baptism: Monroe King
 
Elizabeth and Basil Pinto R.I.P.
SUNDAY
 
15th Sunday of the Year (A)
 
(Youth ‘It’s a Knockout)
16
10am
 
12 noon
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Tony Goldsmith R.I.P. (1st Anniv.)
 
Catenian Mass in Church
 
(Youth Mass) Augusto (Gus) Isava R.I.P. [anniv.]
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Don Donovan; Peter Avery; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Anne Law; Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Hannah Lingham; Ellen Tucker; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Moira Stevens; Meg and Tony Brewer; Ellen Brooks; Lindsay Roskell and Family; M-L Wise; Arthur Holme; Jennifer Hansen; Steen Hansen; Yolanda Bath; David Martin; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Margaret Johnson; Eugenie Marsh; Bennet Bright Madzi; Justine Sutton; Fr. Peter Ryman; Jimmy Downey; Anthony Potrac. Also Joyce Attwood; Eileen Whitehead; William Edmed (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians. And we unite ourselves to all in West London at this time.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Paul Hinton; Thomas O’Sullivan; Evelyn Furver; Connor Geary; Irene Lovell; Ellen Harkin; Raynah Martin; Michael Clark; Mary Barnett; Peter Fanning; Augusto (Gus) Isava; Louise Baxter; Tony Goldsmith.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 9
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
TUESDAY 11
11am
 
 
5-6pm
 
7.30pm
Pre-School Sports behind the Church
No Baby & Toddler Group (Summer Break)
 
Confirmation Group meet in the Priest’s House
 
Deanery Pastoral Council meet at Holy Family, South Maidstone
WEDNESDAY 12 7.30-9.30pm Needlework and Knitting Group meet in the Church porch
SUNDAY 16
10am
 
 
2pm
Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
Youth Group - ‘It’s a Knock Out’ on the School field followed by Workshop, Mass and Barbecue (House and Church)
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £360.27 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second for Pe-ter’s Pence raised £230.93
 
GIFT AID FOR SECOND COLLECTIONS Please remember to use the envelopes provided for second collections. Parish collec-tions can also be ‘Gift-Aided’ - please use a spare envelope and mark with the name of the collection.
 
NOTE TO GIFT AIDERS Your new boxes are now in the porch. Please collect them as soon as possible to make Fr. Peter happy. If you no longer pay tax or pay insufficient tax to cover your donations please let us know by leaving a note to the Gift Aid organiser. If there is no box for you and you think there should be please let the office know.
 
100 CLUB Congratulations go to D.Hillan (No.13) for the July draw.
 

FUNDRAISING

£686.26 total raised in June through donations and events. Overall total raised is £68,370.61
Amount still owed on loan is £16,629.39
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
Back by popular demand ‘PIMMS AND PROMS’ on Saturday 8th July 2017 - 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
Adult tickets £10, Children £5 and Family £25 (includes glass of Pimms per adult and soft drink per child).
Please see further details below
*******
SPONSORED WALK Saturday 22nd July - Please see page 3 of the Newsletter for details or notice in the porch.
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 12th July from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but feel free to bring anything you wish. A contribution of £2 towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting.
All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
PARISH MEETING Would parishioners please note that there has been another change of date for the next meeting. It will now take place on Tuesday 18th July.
 
PIMMS AND PROMS Come and listen to the Dartford Concert Band play a selection of popular music in a fun and relaxed eve-ning in the Bishop’s Garden, culminating with the classic Proms pieces and flag waving - a great event for all the family (no need to be still or quiet!!). Bring your own picnic and chairs/blankets. Tickets are available after all Masses and from the Parish Office. Please note: if you are attending this event and also the 5pm Mass would all able-bodied people please park on the School playground. Many thanks.
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP
Please note that at Christmas, after 40 years, Jenny and Dee will be giving up running the group . If anyone wishes to continue running this as a Friendship Group on the first Wednesday of the month at 2.30pm, then please speak to Dee, Jenny or contact the Parish Office.
 
CARD SELECTION There is now a new selection of cards on the rack, including new Child and Adult Baptism cards; Anniversary Mass cards and new Sympathy cards. All are priced at just £1 with proceeds going towards Church funds. Please place money in the cash box by the card rack. Many thanks.
 
SEA SUNDAY Today is 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 Apostleship of the Sea (AoS), the Church’s official mari-time welfare agency. It supports seafarers both practically and spiritually. This collec-tion is vital to enable it to continue its work, so please give generously and remember seafarers in your prayers. Thank you. To donate online please visit www.apostleshipofhtesea.org.uk
 
SUMMER HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION REQUIRED please see page 3 of this Newsletter.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Fiona’s Group (week beginning 10th July).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details. Sacred Heart Messenger for July 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston meet on Saturday 15th July at 1pm for lunch. Venue: 30 Laburnum Drive, Larkfield. ME20 6ND. Contact Mary and Harry Fewtrell 01732 845440

 

 
From Daniela Caminito:
Hi everybody!
I have two friends from Italy who would like to spend their Summer Holidays here and are looking for a family (possibly) or two different families (it’s fine too) willing to host them as au pairs. They aren’t interested in getting any pocket money or salary but only in improv-ing their English. They are both well-mannered and reliable. Can anybody help me with that, please? Hereafter their mini curricula :-):
 
SIMONA
My name is Simona, I am 40 years old and I come from Turin, Italy. I have been working as an English teacher at the University of Turin and in Trinity classes for 1 year. I am looking for a family willing to host me in the Summer period since I do wish to improve my English knowledge and skills (present level: C2). I can do almost any kind of chore. I am open, helpful and really curious. I have experi-ence in babysitting and, as a teacher, in educating children aged 10-16. I spent 8 month in Thailand where I obtained a certification as Thai masseuse (full-body and feet). I usu-ally practise massage during my free time. I hope my skills will meet your needs. Other languages: French B1 (good); German B1 (good). Availability: Mid July – mid September.
MY CONTACT DETAILS: Please contact the Parish Office for these.
 
DIEGO:
"My name is Diego, I am 46 years old and I come from Turin, Italy. I have been working as Thai masseur (full-body and feet) for almost 2 years. I am looking for a family willing to host me in the Summer period since I need to increase my English level (at present: B1). I can do any kind of housework, including gardening. I am a skilled DIY person. In fact, I have recently renewed my house and did most of the job by myself. I used to be a geolo-gist for 15 years but a few years ago I have decided to change my life. I am patient, friendly and open-minded. I love graphic novels and I’ve been collecting them since I was 15. I do hope my skills will meet your needs. Availability: Mid July – mid September.
MY CONTACT DETAILS: Please contact the Parish Office for these.
 
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SPONSORED WALK

Join The Kings Hill and Mereworth Area Group on a sponsored walk along the beautiful Medway Valley.
 
We are walking from Teapot Island to Maidstone and back on Saturday 22nd July, a total of 24.1km (15 miles) at an average easy walking pace of 5kph that means around 4.5-5hrs walking in total, along a beautiful river path (no hills).
 
But don’t worry you can do as little or as much as you like! Perhaps doing half that distance by starting at Maidstone and walking back with us, or you could join us at Wateringbury for a leisurely 2 miles back to Teapot Island just in time for lunch, or anything in-between :)
 
The full walk will start at Teapot Island at 9am, along the river to Maidstone, then getting back at around 1:30-2pm for a nice lunch. You can see the full route here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20406407
 
All money raised will go to the Church Building Fund.
 
Everyone is welcome! Bring the family and children! Do as much or as little as you like!
 
Please let Steph know on Steph@bbits.co.uk or 07977458970 if you will be joining us and how far you plan to walk and we will send further details.
 
If you would like to sponsor us then anything from £1 upwards will be a great help. We will be collecting any donations at the weekend Masses from 8th July.
 
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13th Sunday of the Year (A) SNODLAND OPEN-AIR SERVICE    02 July 2017
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

13th Sunday of the Year (A)
SNODLAND OPEN-AIR SERVICE
2nd July 2017
 
This weekend we bring the love, dedication and celebrations of June into the month of July, where we will end an-other School Year and year of Parish work, to give thanks for the growth and achievements of the past year and look forward to the future. We pray for all who are making decisions and moving forward to new stages in their lives dur-ing this month in our Pre-School, Schools, Universities and Parish.
 
Today, following the feast of Ss. Peter and Paul last Thursday, we have a second collection during the Notices for ‘Peter’s Pence’ to help Pope Francis in his charities - for more information please go to http://www.peterspence.va Also today (Sunday) there is the Snodland Carnival Open-Air Service at the Cricket Pavilion, Snodland at 3pm, we ask all parishioners in the Snodland area to support this if they can.
 
During the week there is the final meeting before the Summer of the Baby and Toddler Group at Manor Park, West Malling and a meeting for the Mother Teresa Group - details overleaf.
 
Saturday is a ‘Mega Day’:-
1. St. Simon Stock School is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its opening. There will be a celebration Mass at the School at noon followed by food and festivities from 1.30pm. All are welcome http://www.ssscs.co.uk
2. We have our big event for our fundraising - the ‘Pimms and Proms’ in the Bishop’s Garden. We welcome the Dartford Concert Band again and look forward to a lovely evening - tickets on sale after Mass and details over-leaf - please support this if you can.
 
Next Sunday is ‘Sea Sunday’ with prayers and a collection for the Apostleship of the Sea - please see the special note about this overleaf and envelopes for Gift-Aiders which we are asked to use, are available at the back of the Church.
 
Please keep Eugene Marsh and her family in your prayers as they prepare for her funeral on Friday week (14th) - also Justine Sutton and her family with her funeral - and all parishioners who are ill and undergoing treatment at this time - and we offer them all our love and prayers and support.
 
Finally, a huge thank you to all who organised and supported the Parish / School Summer Fayre last Saturday and we have raised approximately £2,350.00. (Also a big thank you to our School for their Sports Day and a wonderful Mass of Ss. Peter and Paul on Thursday.)
 
Have a good week everyone.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY 1 July
2.30pm
5pm
Joseph and Lucy Perera ints.
SUNDAY
13th Sunday of the Year (A)
2
10am
 
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Mrs. Irena Beard (Mary and Family)
 
Mary Walker R.I.P. (Alice Mills)
(3pm - Open-Air Service - Cricket Meadow, Snodland)
MONDAY (St. Thomas - Apostle) 3 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (Week 13 of the Year) 4 9.30am Communion Service
WEDNESDAY (Week 13 of the Year) 5 9.30am Communion Service
THURSDAY (Week 13 of the Year) 6 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (Week 13 of the Year) 7
9.30am
Communion Service
SATURDAY (Week 13 of the Year) 8
5pm
Lucy and Joseph Perera ints.
SUNDAY
14th Sunday of the Year (A)
9
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Eileen Whitehead R.I.P. (Steph, Ian and Family)
Paula Sedley-Burke R.I.P. (Dee and Peter)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Don Donovan; Peter Avery; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Anne Law; Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Hannah Lingham; Ellen Tucker; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Moira Stevens; Meg and Tony Brewer; Ellen Brooks; Lindsay Roskell; M-L Wise; Margaret Johnson; Santiago Edwards-Ramirez; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Eugenie Marsh; Bennet Bright Madzi; Justine Sutton; Fr. Peter Ryman; Eugene Marsh; Jimmy Downey; An-thony Potrac; Joyce Attwood; Eileen Whitehead; William Edmed. Also Jeffrey Fenwick (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians. And we unite ourselves to all in West London at this time.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Reginald Damerell; Frank Tomsett; Maynard Dunster; Bob Bayley; Evangelos Sarros; Albert McConville; Barbara Cunningham; Reader William Wrenn; Teresa Gillivan; Sheila Davies; Dorothy Patrick; Michael York-Miller; Iris Brown; Danuta Jordan; Paul Hinton; Thomas O’Sullivan.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 2
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
TUESDAY 4 12 noon Baby & Toddler Group meet at Manor Park, West Malling
WEDNESDAY 5 2.30pm Mother Teresa Group meet at Jenny’s Barn for a ‘Cream Tea’ - see below
SATURDAY 8

 

6.30 for 7pm

(St. Simon Stock 50th Anniversary Celebrations - Mass at 12 noon then food and festivities from 1.30pm)
 
‘Pimms and Proms’ in the Bishop’s Garden
SUNDAY 9 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £589.60 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 
GIFT AID FOR SECOND COLLECTIONS Please remember to use the envelopes provided for second collections. Parish collec-tions can also be ‘Gift-Aided’ - please use a spare envelope and mark with the name of the collection.
 
NOTE TO GIFT AIDERS Your new boxes are now in the porch. Please collect them as soon as possible to make Fr. Peter happy. If you no longer pay tax or pay insufficient tax to cover your donations please let us know by leaving a note to the Gift Aid organiser. If there is no box for you and you think there should be please let the office know.
 

FUNDRAISING

£10.00 total raised in May through donations and events. Overall total raised is £67,684.35
Amount still owed on loan is £17,315.65
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
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‘PIMMS AND PROMS’ on Saturday 8th July 2017 - 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
Adult tickets £10, Children £5 and Family £25 (includes glass of Pimms per adult and soft drink per child) - further details below.
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SPONSORED WALK Saturday 22nd July - Please see page 3 of the Newsletter for details or notice in the porch.
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FIONA CLAYTON - WELSH 3 PEAKS Would everyone that has sponsored Fiona in this challenge please ensure that sponsor money is handed in as soon as possible, either to her or placed in the orange box on the table in the Church porch. Thank you.
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NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 12th July from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equip-ment will be provided but feel free to bring anything you wish. A contribution of £2 towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting.
All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
PARISH MEETING Would parishioners please note that there has been another change of date for the next meeting. It will now take place on Tuesday 18th July.
 
BABY AND TODDLER GROUP are looking for a volunteer to help run the Group alongside another parent. This will involve opening and locking up after a session on a Tuesday afternoon. The last meeting for this Group before the Summer break is this Tuesday 4th July when they will meet at Manor Park, West Malling from 12noon. Everyone is requested to bring a picnic.
 
PIMMS AND PROMS Come and listen to the Dartford Concert Band play a selection of popular music in a fun and relaxed eve-ning in the Bishop’s Garden, culminating with the classic Proms pieces and flag waving - a great event for all the family (no need to be still or quiet!!). Bring your own picnic and chairs / blankets. Tickets are available after all Masses and from the Parish Of-fice. Please note: if you are attending this event and also the 5pm Mass would all able-bodied people please park on the School playground. Many thanks.
 
SUMMER FAYRE RAFFLE WINNERS Please see the notice board for the list of winners.
 
CLERGY SUPPORT FUND CAMPAIGN Thank you to all parishioners who supported the Diocesan-wide Campaign to raise sup-port for our sick sand retired Clergy. Our Parish has raised £8,417.50 for this special cause. During the last few years, many parishioners expressed appreciation for particular Priests who have had a positive influence in their lives and have enquired about the possibility of leaving a gift in their Will to the Campaign. If this is a cause that resonates with you and you would like to find a way of thanking our retired Priests for their service to our community, please consider picking up an introductory leaflet from the porch today. Thank you.
 
SEA SUNDAY Next week is Sea Sunday, when the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea. There will be a second collection for 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.apostleshipofhtesea.org.uk
 
CTIM There will be a Christian Puppetry Training Day at Lunsford Park School, Larkfield on Saturday 8th July from 10am to 4pm costing £15 and is open to everyone of all ages and will be great fun. Spreading the Gospel message through the medium of puppets appeals to young and old. Phone Betty Brown 01732 841830 as soon as possible.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet 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 3rd July).
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP meet at 2.30pm on Wednesday 5th July at Jenny’s Barn for a ‘Cream Tea’. Please note that at Christmas, after 40 years, Jenny and Dee will be giving up running the group . If anyone wishes to continue running this as a Friendship Group on the first Wednesday of the month at 2.30pm, then please speak to Dee, Jenny or contact the Parish Office.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details including the Annual APF-Mill Hill Mission Mass at St George’s Cathedral on Saturday 8th July . Sacred Heart Messenger for July 2017 on sale in the porch.
 

SPONSORED WALK

Join The Kings Hill and Mereworth Area Group on a sponsored walk along the beautiful Medway Valley.
 
We are walking from Teapot Island to Maidstone and back on Saturday 22nd July, a total of 24.1km (15 miles) at an average easy walking pace of 5kph that means around 4.5-5hrs walking in total, along a beautiful river path (no hills).
 
But don’t worry you can do as little or as much as you like! Perhaps doing half that distance by starting at Maidstone and walking back with us, or you could join us at Wateringbury for a leisurely 2 miles back to Teapot Island just in time for lunch, or anything in-between :)
 
The full walk will start at Teapot Island at 9am, along the river to Maidstone, then getting back at around 1:30-2pm for a nice lunch. You can see the full route here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20406407
 
All money raised will go to the Church Building Fund.
 
Everyone is welcome! Bring the family and children! Do as much or as little as you like!
 
Please let Steph know on Steph@bbits.co.uk or 07977458970 if you will be joining us and how far you plan to walk and we will send further details.
 
If you would like to sponsor us then anything from £1 upwards will be a great help. We will be collecting any donations at the weekend Masses from 8th July.
 
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12th Sunday of the Year (A)    25 June 2017
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

12th Sunday of the Year (A)
Honouring the Sacred Heart
25th June 2017
 
This weekend following the feast on Friday we honour the Sacred Heart - the patron of the month of June - and give thanks for the Lord’s immense love for us, shown specially on the Cross and in the Eucharist which we honoured last weekend and part of the love of the Trinity - Father, Son and Spirit - in our lives. Today we give thanks to the Lord for His love and dedicate ourselves to be His followers and Apostles of love and life in our world. And we continue our prayers for our First Communicants and Confirmation candidates and all young people undertaking exams at this time.
 
During the week Confirmation interviews continue, The Baby and Toddler Group have their final meeting in the Cen-tre before their holiday break, Year 6 have their Leavers’ Mass workshop in Church, the School have their Sports Day and there is a meeting for the Youth Group - we hope all these events will go well - details overleaf.
 
Thursday is the feast of Ss. Peter and Paul - a Holy Day of Obligation when we should get to Mass if we can. There will be a Mass at 10am in the Church with the School and Pre-School and also a Parish Mass at 8pm.
 
On Saturday we have the Snodland Carnival and on Sunday the Carnival Open-Air Service at the Cricket Pavilion, Snodland. There will also be a second collection during the Notices for Peter’s Pence (following Ss. Peter and Paul) to help Pope Francis in his Charities - for more information and to donate please go to http://www.peterspence.va
 
Please pray for Eileen Whitehead and Ian and his family as they prepare for her funeral on Wednesday at St. Jo-seph’s, Greenwich - for Justine Sutton of The Croft, Leybourne, and Geoffrey and Ann, her parents as they prepare for her funeral - and for Christopher Law and Anne and Tony and their family with the interment of his Ashes at Sut-ton Road Cemetery on Friday - and also for Eugene Marsh and her family as they prepare for her funeral on 14th July - and we offer them all our love and prayers and support at this time.
 
Finally, please see the special note about the Clergy Support Fund Campaign overleaf - leaflets for this are in the porch and thank you to our Parish team for their wonderful work on this.
 
Have a good week everyone.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY 24
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Harry Gould
Roshi & Ajay Belgaumker well-being (wedding anniv)
SUNDAY
12th Sunday of the Year (A)
Honouring The Sacred Heart
25
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Denis O’Neill R.I.P. (anniv)
Dorothy Patrick R.I.P. (Angela H.)
MONDAY (Week 12 of the Year) 26 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (Week 12 of the Year) 27 9.30am Craughwell Family - Living and Dead
WEDNESDAY (St. Irenaeus) 28 9.30am Deceased Relatives and Friends of the Lobo family
THURSDAY (Ss. Peter & Paul) 29
10am
 
8pm
School and Pre-school Mass in Church
 
Parish Mass
FRIDAY (First Martyrs of Rome) 30
9.30am
The Parishioners
(Interment of Christopher Law’s Ashes at Sutton Road Cemetery at 12.30pm)
SATURDAY (St. Oliver Plunkett) 1 July
5pm
Joseph and Lucy Perera ints.
SUNDAY
13th Sunday of the Year (A)
2
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Mrs. Irena Beard (Mary and Family)
Mary Walker R.I.P. (Alice Mills)
(3pm - Open-Air Service - Cricket Meadow, Snodland)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Don Donovan; Peter Avery; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Anne Law; Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Hannah Lingham; Ellen Tucker; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Moira Stevens; Paul Downes; Margaret Johnson; Meg and Tony Brewer; Ellen Brooks; Lindsay Roskell; Jennifer Hansen; Steen Hansen; Yolanda Bath; M-L Wise; Edna Lowe; David Martin; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Bennet Bright Madzi; Justine Sutton; Fr. Peter Ryman; Eugene Marsh; Jimmy Downey; Anthony Potrac; Joyce Attwood; Eileen Whitehead; William Edmed; Jeffrey Fenwick. Also Mary Walker; Christy Jordon (aged 12) (month's mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians. And we unite our-selves to all in West London at this time.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Joseph Littlefear; Francis Kileen; Luigi Serrecchia; Marie Harris; Elisa Gouldstone; Leslie Wallis; Alice Canal; George Patrick Kirkham; John Rock ; Reginald Damerell; Frank Tomsett; Maynard Dunster; Bob Bayley; Evangelos Sarros.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 25
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
(Purley Confirmation Group Mass in Church at 12.15pm)
MONDAY 26   (Confirmation Interviews)
TUESDAY 27 1.30-3pm Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre (last session before the Summer Break)
WEDNESDAY 28 10.15am Year 6 Workshop for Leavers’ Mass in Church
THURSDAY 29 12.15pm School Sports day on the School Field
FRIDAY 30 7-9pm Youth Group meets in School
SATURDAY 1 July   (Snodland Carnival)
SUNDAY 2   Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £401.95 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collec-tion for Day for Life raised £164.94
 
GIFT AID FOR SECOND COLLECTIONS Please remember to use the envelopes provided for second collections. Parish collec-tions can also be ‘Gift-Aided’ - please use a spare envelope and mark with the name of the collection.
 
NOTE TO GIFT AIDERS Your new boxes are now in the porch. Please collect them as soon as possible to make Fr. Peter happy. If you no longer pay tax or pay insufficient tax to cover your donations please let us know by leaving a note to the Gift Aid organiser. If there is no box for you and you think there should be please let the office know.
 

FUNDRAISING

£10.00 total raised in May through donations and events. Overall total raised is £67,684.35
Amount still owed on loan is £17,315.65
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
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SAVE THE DATE! Back by popular demand ‘PIMMS AND PROMS’ on Saturday 8th July 2017 - 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
Adult tickets £10, Children £5 and Family £25 (includes glass of Pimms per adult and soft drink per child).
Please see further details below
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SPONSORED WALK Saturday 22nd July - Please see page 3 of the Newsletter for details or notice in the porch.
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PUDDING EVENING A big thank you to everyone who attended and especially to all who contributed desserts and helped on the night. It was a very successful evening and we managed to raise £472.40 for the Building Fund.
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NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 12th July from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equip-ment will be provided but feel free to bring anything you wish. A contribution of £2 towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
PARISH MEETING Would parishioners please note that there has been a change of date for the next meeting. It will now take place on Wednesday 12th July.
 
BABY AND TODDLER GROUP are looking for a volunteer to help run the Group alongside another parent. This will involve opening and locking up after a session on a Tuesday afternoon. The last meeting for this Group before the Summer break is on Tuesday 4th July when they will meet at Manor Park West Malling from 12pm. Everyone is requested to bring a picnic.
 
PIMMS AND PROMS Come and listen to the Dartford Concert Band play a selection of popular music in a fun and relaxed eve-ning in the Bishop’s Garden, culminating with the classic Proms pieces and flag waving - a great event for all the family (no need to be still or quiet!!). Bring your own picnic and chairs/blankets. Tickets are available after all Masses and from the Parish Office.
 
CLERGY SUPPORT FUND CAMPAIGN Thank you to all parishioners who supported the Diocesan-wide Campaign to raise sup-port for our sick sand retired Clergy. Our Parish has raised £8,417.50 for this special cause. During the last few years, many parishioners expressed appreciation for particular Priests who have had a positive influence in their lives and have enquired about the possibility of leaving a gift in their Will to the Campaign. If this is a cause that resonates with you and you would like to find a way of thanking our retired Priests for their service to our community, please consider picking up an introductory leaflet from the porch today. Thank you.
 
CTIM There will be a Christian Puppetry Training Day at Lunsford Park School, Larkfield, on Saturday 8th July from 10am to 4pm costing £15 and is open to everyone of all ages and will be great fun. Spreading the Gospel message through the medium of puppets appeals to young and old. Phone Betty Brown 01732 841830 as soon as possible.
 
THE ST. JOHN BOSCO CHILDREN’S (SVP) SUMMER CAMP at Aldham Essex. This is an activities camp with a Catholic ethos that runs as follows: Week One Saturday 22th July to 29th July - Boys; Week Two Saturday 29th July to 5th August - Boys; Week Three Saturday 5th August to 12th August for Girls. It is for children aged 8 to 13 and costs £145 per week. Should you require an application form or more information then please contact (between 6pm and 9pm) the boys camp on 07534065347 or the girls camp on 07491811167. For more information http://svpboscocamp.org.uk or see the poster at the back of the Church.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Eileen’s Group (week beginning 26th June).
 
GARDENING CLUB meet on Saturday 1st July from 10am to 12 noon. All are welcome.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details including the Annual APF-Mill Hill Mission Mass at St George’s Cathedral on Saturday 8th July . Sacred Heart Messenger for July 2017 on sale in the porch.
 

SPONSORED WALK

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

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CORPUS CHRISTI (A)    18 June 2017
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

CORPUS CHRISTI (A)
Final Call for Confirmation
Day of Prayer for Human Life
18th June 2017
 
IN OUR MASSES THIS WEEKEND WE REMEMBER THOSE WHO DIED, WERE INJURED, LOST LOVED ONES AND LOST THEIR HOMES IN THE HORRIFIC FIRE AT GRENFILL TOWER BLOCK IN WEST LONDON AND OFFER THEM AND THOSE WHO ARE HELPING THEM OUR LOVE AND PRAYERS AND SUPPORT.
 
This weekend we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi and give thanks for the Eucharist which is at the heart of our Faith and life as individuals and as a Church and Parish family. The true Feast of the Eucharist is Maundy Thursday but there it is linked to the sadness and dedication of Good Friday so the Church gives us this special Feast as well. And it is also linked to the Feast of the Trinity last Sunday as it brings the ‘Communion’ and ‘community’ of the Trinity to us and our Parish. At our Masses this weekend we pray for our First Communicants sharing fully with us in this great Sacrament in this new stage in their Faith and Parish jour-ney - also our Eucharistic Ministers as we give them our thanks for their important work and help them to rededicate themselves to this today.
 
TODAY WE ALSO MAKE THE FINAL CALL FOR CONFIRMATION on Sunday 8th October (a joint Confirmation with Bearsted, Maidstone and South Maidstone). Applicants have to be at present in Year 10 and above at Secondary School and practising their Faith and prepared to develop it (and we emphasise that Year 10 is the minimum age and applicants can, and will be en-couraged to, decide to wait until a later age if they feel they are not ready for the commitment that Confirmation requires). You will need to see me after Mass for an application form TODAY - and those forms that have been given out must be returned TODAY. Also any adults who would like to be Confirmed, please see me and collect an application form too. TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO APPLY FOR THIS SACRAMENT.
 
Today is also a Day of Prayer for Human Life with a second collection during the Notices to support the Anscombe Bioethics Cen-tre and the life related activities supported by the Church, also please note the special prayer card as the back of the Church. On Thursday we shall be honouring St Thomas More, our Parish Patron, with a special Mass in the school at 9.30am and this week there are meetings for the Baby and Toddler Group and School Governors & the beginning of our Confirmation Interviews. And the big Event is our Parish/School Summer Fayre on the School field this coming Saturday 24th June from 11am to 2pm. Thanks to all who have been and are working hard for this and we ask for your support for this major fundraising event for our School and Parish (also your chance to get your own back with me and Richard McNamara in the stocks!). Friday is the feast of the Sacred Heart and next weekend we shall be honouring the Sacred Heart—the Patron of June—at all our Masses.
 
Please pray for Anthony Potrac and his family as they prepare for his funeral this Friday (23rd) at 1.30pm—also Eileen Whitehead and Ian and their family as they prepare for her funeral on Wednesday week—also Joyce Attwood, Bob and family as they pre-pare for her funeral this Thursday (22nd) at 10.30am at St Francis, Maidstone—and for Jimmy Downey and Eileen Calkin and her family—and we offer them all our love and prayers and support at this time.
May I also ask your prayers for myself as I celebrate the 43rd Anniversary of my Ordination as a Priest on Wednesday and take up the role of Acting Dean of Maidstone on July 1st—and thanks for all your love and support for me in my Priesthood during this past year. Have a good week everyone.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY 17
10.30am
5pm
First Communion Celebration Mass
Ajay and Rashi Belgaumker Intentions
SUNDAY
Corpus Christi (A)
Final Call for Confirmation
18
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
Martin Rudenko R.I.P. (Alice Mills)
MONDAY (Week 11 of the Year) 19 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (St Alban) 20 9.30am For married couples as a thank you gesture
WEDNESDAY (St. Aloysius Gonzaga) 21 9.30am In thanksgiving (Fr Peter’s Ordination anniversary)
THURSDAY (Ss Thomas More & John Fisher) 22 9.30am St. Thomas More Mass in SCHOOL
FRIDAY (The Sacred Heart) 23
9.30am
1.30pm
The Parishioners
Funeral Mass of Anthony Potrac followed by service at Vinters Crematorium at 3.30pm
SATURDAY (St John the Baptist)
(Honouring the Sacred Heart)
24
2.30pm
5pm
Baptism: Harry Gould
Roshi & Ajay Belgaumkar well-being (wedding anniv)
SUNDAY
12th Sunday of the Year (A)
(Honouring The Sacred Heart)
25
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Denis O’Neill R.I.P. (anniv)
Dorothy Patrick R.I.P. (Angela H.)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Don Donovan; Peter Avery; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Anne Law; Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Hannah Lingham; Ellen Tucker; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Moira Stevens; Paul Downes; Jenni-fer Hansen; Yolanda Bath; M-L Wise; David Martin ; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Jimmy Downey; Anthony Potrac; Joyce Attwood; Eileen Whitehead; William Edmed; Jeffrey Fenwick; Mary Walker; Christy Jordon (aged 12); also Bennet Bright Madzi (month's mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world espe-cially the innocent civilians. And we unite ourselves to all in West London at this time.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Catherine Rothery; Josephine Harris; Teresa Stone; Peggy Dodenham; Alfred Barnett; Reginald Davis; Stuart Bottiglieri; Frances Shields.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 18
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
TUESDAY 20
1.30-3pm
6.30pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
School Governors Meeting
FRIDAY 23   (Confirmation Interview)
SATURDAY 24 11am-2pm Parish / School Summer Fayre on the School Field
SUNDAY 25 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £339.21 (Standing Orders average £303 per week). The second collec-tion for the Catholic Trust for England and Wales raised £182.88.
 
GIFT AID FOR SECOND COLLECTIONS Please remember to use the envelopes provided for second collections. Parish collec-tions can also be ‘Gift-Aided’ - please use a spare envelope and mark with the name of the collection.
 
NOTE TO GIFT AIDERS Your new boxes are now in the porch. Please collect them as soon as possible to make Fr. Peter happy. If you no longer pay tax or pay insufficient tax to cover your donations please let us know by leaving a note to the Gift Aid organiser. If there is no box for you and you think there should be please let the office know.
 

FUNDRAISING

£10.00 total raised in May through donations and events. Overall total raised is £67,684.35
Amount still owed on loan is £17,315.65
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
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SAVE THE DATE! Back by popular demand ‘PIMMS AND PROMS’ on Saturday 8th July 2017 - 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
Adult tickets £10, Children £5 and Family £25 (includes glass of Pimms per adult and soft drink per child).
Please see further details below
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SPONSORED WALK Saturday 22nd July - Please see page 3 of the Newsletter for details or notice in the porch.
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NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 12th July from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equip-ment will be provided but feel free to bring anything you wish. A contribution of £2 towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
Please note this group will now meets on the second Wednesday of each month .
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
WESH 3 PEAKS CHALLENGE - Message from Fiona Clayton: Many thanks for all your donations. I have completed the Welsh 3 Peaks. It was hard as we had rain and really high winds but we managed it (see photo on page 3 of the Newsletter!). I am so grateful for everyone’s generosity. If you are a Gift Aider could you please put your donation in one of your spare enve-lopes and mark it accordingly. If you are not registered with us for Gift Aid, but would like to gift aid this donation, please use one of the white envelopes available at the back of the Church. I will put some plain envelopes with the sponsor from marked ‘Welsh 3 Peaks’ which you can use. These will be in the Church Porch and can either be given to me, handed in to the Parish Office or placed in the orange box next to the sponsorship form.
 
SUMMER FAYRE The Parish / School Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday 24th June from 11am to 2pm.
 
JOYCE ATTWOOD The funeral of Joyce Attwood will take place at St Francis, Maidstone on Thursday 22nd June at 10.30am.
 
BABY AND TODDLER GROUP are looking for a volunteer to help run the Group alongside another parent. This will involve opening and locking up after a session on a Tuesday afternoon. The last meeting for this Group before the Summer break is on Tuesday 4th July when they will meet at Manor Park West Malling from 12pm. Everyone is requested to bring a picnic.
 
PIMMS AND PROMS Come and listen to the Dartford Concert Band play a selection of popular music in a fun and relaxed eve-ning in the Bishop’s Garden, culminating with the classic Proms pieces and flag waving—a great event for all the family (no need to be still or quiet!!). Bring your own picnic and chairs/blankets. Tickets are available after all masses from this weekend onwards and from the Parish Office.
 
CTIM There will be a Christian Puppetry Training Day at Lunsford Park School, Larkfield, on Saturday 8th July from 10am to 4pm costing £15 and is open to everyone of all ages and will be great fun. Spreading the Gospel message through the medium of puppets appeals to young and old. Phone Betty Brown 01732 841830 as soon as possible.
 
THE ST. JOHN BOSCO CHILDREN’S (SVP) SUMMER CAMP at Aldham Essex. This is an activities camp with a Catholic ethos that runs as follows: Week One Saturday 22th July to 29th July - Boys; Week Two Saturday 29th July to 5th August - Boys; Week Three Saturday 5th August to 12th August for Girls. It is for children aged 8 to 13 and costs £145 per week. Should you require an application form or more information then please contact (between 6pm and 9pm) the boys camp on 07534065347 or the girls camp on 07491811167. For more information http://svpboscocamp.org.uk or see the poster at the back of the Church.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Steph's group (week beginning 19th June).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for more details including the Annual APF-Mill Hill, Mission Mass at St George’s Cathe-dral on Saturday 8th July .. Sacred Heart Messenger for June 2017 on sale in the porch..
 

SPONSORED WALK

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

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THE MOST HOLY TRINITY (A) 11th June 2017    11 June 2017
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

THE MOST HOLY TRINITY (A)
Call for Confirmation
11th June 2017
 
Today, on the Feast of the Trinity, following our journey through Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter to Pentecost last weekend, we give thanks to our God of love - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - for all the Blessings, strength, life and Resurrection they have brought us, through their love, on this journey. We ask them to help us to continue to keep close to them and each other through our prayer and love and so continue these Blessings in our daily lives and we unite to their love and life London and Manchester and those killed and injured and their families and communities.
 
Today there is a second collection during the Notices for the Catholic Trust of England and Wales which supports the Central Ad-ministration of the Church in this country and the legal, financial and charitable work of the Bishops’ Conference.
 
During the week there are meetings for the First Communion children, Baby and Toddler Group, Deanery Clergy, Youth Group leaders, Needlework and Knitting Group, Kings Hill and Mereworth Area group and the Youth group - details overleaf and we wish Year 6 at School a good time at Sayers Croft. Also on Saturday we have our fundraising ‘Pudding Party’ in the Bishop’s House at 7.30pm - details overleaf and tickets on sale after Mass and we encourage you to come to what should be a very enjoyable eve-ning.
 
On Saturday our First Communicants, their parents and brothers and sisters have a special Thanksgiving Mass at 10.30am and then join us next weekend as we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi - the Feast of the Eucharist and Communion - at which we will also give thanks and pray for our Eucharistic Ministers as they renew their commitment at all Masses.
 
Also next weekend we celebrate the Day of Prayer for Human Life with a special collection to support the Anscombe Bioethics Centre and the life related activities supported by the Church.
Finally, we make the second Call for Confirmation on Sunday 8th October - a joint Confirmation with Bearsted, Maidstone and South Maidstone Parishes. Applicants have to be at present in Year 10 and above at Secondary School and practising their Faith and wanting to develop it. Also, please note that Year 10 is the minimum age that candidates can decide - and will be encour-aged to decide during the course - to wait until a later age if they feel that they are not ready for the commitment that Confirmation requires. Application forms are available from me at all Masses and are to be returned to me personally after Mass next weekend - 17th/18th June. Also, any adults who would like to be Confirmed, please see me and collect an application form too.
 
Let us rejoice with our God of love today - and have a good week.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY 10 5pm Assumpta Hussey R.I.P.
SUNDAY
The Most Holy Trinity (A)
Call for Confirmation
11
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) Trevor Jones R.I.P.
Niamh Nolan R.I.P. And Thomas Nolan (Birthdays)
MONDAY (Week 10 of the Year) 12 9.30am Communion Service
TUESDAY (St. Anthony of Padua) 13 9.30am The Parishioners
WEDNESDAY (Week 10 of the Year) 14 9.30am Steph, Ian and Family (Mary G.)
THURSDAY (Week 10 of the Year) 15 9.30am Communion Service
FRIDAY (St. Richard of Chichester) 16
9.30am
(8.15am - Mass in St. Simon Stock School)
Communion Service
SATURDAY (Week 10 of the Year) 17 5pm
First Communion Celebration Mass
Ajay and Rashi Belgaumker Intentions
SUNDAY
Corpus Christi (A)
Final Call for Confirmation
18
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy) The Parishioners
Martin Rudenko R.I.P. (Alice Mills)
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Don Donovan; Peter Avery; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Anne Law; Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Hannah Lingham; Ellen Tucker; Max Bryer; Sue Foley; Margaret Johnson; Philip Chittleborough; Edna Lowe; David Martin; Moira Stevens; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospi-tal, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all affected by cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Joyce Attwood; Eileen Whitehead; William Edmed; Jeffrey Fenwick; Mary Walker; Christy Jordon (aged 12); Bennet Bright Madzi. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civil-ians. And we unite ourselves to London and Manchester and those who died and were injured and their families and communi-ties.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Carol Smith; Kate Ryan; Thomas Hansa; Kate Thorogood;Leo Gobel; Nora Ruane; William Hogan; Margaret Biro; Patricia Tynan; Marguarite Tonery; Maria Stevens; James Quinn; Sydney Lynch; Terrence McCaughey; George Matthew; Catherine Rothery.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 11
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 12 5-6pm Final First Communion Children’s Class in Church
TUESDAY 13
1.30-3pm
8pm
Deanery Clergy meeting in Cranbrook
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Youth Group leaders meet in the Priest’s House
WEDNESDAY 14 7.30-9.30pm
(Fr. Peter visits Year 6 at Sayers Croft)
Needlework and Knitting Group meet in the Church porch
THURSDAY 15 8pm Kings Hill and Mereworth Area Group meeting - see below
FRIDAY 16
7-9pm
Youth Group meet in the School
SATURDAY 17 7.30pm ‘Pudding Party’ in the Bishop’s House (see below)
SUNDAY 18 10am Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £461.80 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 
NOTE TO GIFT AIDERS Your new boxes are now in the porch. Please collect them as soon as possible to make Fr. Peter happy. If you no longer pay tax or pay insufficient tax to cover your donations please let us know by leaving a note to the Gift Aid organiser. If there is no box for you and you think there should be please let the office know.
 
100 CLUB Congratulations go to Sarah Abbott (No.22) for the June draw.
 

FUNDRAISING

£1,398.98 total raised in April through donations and events. Overall total raised is £67,674.35
Amount still owed on loan is £17,325.65
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
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FIONA CLAYTON from the PRE-SCHOOL will be doing the Welsh 3 Peaks, climbing 3 mountains in 3 days from 9th to 11th June to raise money for the Building Fund. If you wish to sponsor her, please fill in the sponsorship form which will be left at the back of the Church. If you are one of the generous people who sponsored Fiona's Welsh 3 Peaks madness / event and are a Gift Aider could you please put your donation in one of your spare envelopes and mark it accordingly. If you are not registered with us for Gift Aid but would like to Gift Aid this donation, please use one of the white envelopes available at the back of the Church. Many thanks.
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LAST CHANCE TO BUY Get your “Just Desserts” at the ‘PUDDING PARTY’ in the Bishop’s House on Saturday 17th June at 7.30pm. Tickets, which cost £5 (enabling you to try three of the desserts and have a cup of tea or coffee) will be on sale for the final time this weekend. Wine will be available. Because of catering needs and limited numbers admission will be by ticket only.
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SAVE THE DATE! Back by popular demand ‘PIMMS AND PROMS’ on Saturday 8th July 2017 - 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Further details to follow soon.
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SPONSORED WALK Saturday 22nd July - Please see page 3 of previous Newsletters for details or notice in the porch.
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NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Wednesday 14th June from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equip-ment will be provided but feel free to bring anything you wish. A contribution of £2 towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
Please note this group will now be meeting on the second Wednesday of each month commencing Wednesday 14th June.
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
SAVE THE DATE The Parish / School Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday 24th June from 11am to 2pm.
 
JOYCE ATTWOOD died in the early hours of Thursday morning after suffering from cancer for many years . She and her family were founder members of our Parish. They were there at the creation of our Church and her eldest daughter was there at the beginnings of our Primary School. Details of her funeral will be in the Newsletter once it has been arranged.
 
DAY FOR YOUTH LEADERS AND CONFIRMATION CATECHISTS with international speaker Michael Marchand. Tickets are available for the ‘Breakthrough’ day on Saturday 8th July, being held at DABCEC in Crawley (10am to 3.30pm). Aimed at youth leaders, Confirmation Catechists, those involved in young adult ministry, and anybody who is interested in any of the above. Tick-ets are £10, with reductions available for larger groups. Michael Marchand will be helping us to focus on Evangelisation. Follow-ing Michael’s input, there will be streams for Confirmation, Youth Ministry and Young Adult Ministry Rosie.Read@dabnet.org
 
THE ST. JOHN BOSCO CHILDREN’S (SVP) SUMMER CAMP at Aldham Essex. This is an activities camp with a Catholic ethos that runs as follows: Week One Saturday 22th July to 29th July - Boys; Week Two Saturday 29th July to 5th August - Boys; Week Three Saturday 5th August to 12th August for Girls. It is for children aged 8 to 13 and costs £145 per week. Should you require an application form or more information then please contact (between 6pm and 9pm) the boys camp on 07534065347 or the girls camp on 07491811167. For more information http://svpboscocamp.org.uk or see the poster at the back of the Church.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Fiona's group (week beginning 12th June).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details - including posters for Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies; ‘An Introduction to Liturgy’; ‘An Introduction to Canon Law’. Sacred Heart Messenger for June 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 15th June at 8pm. Venue: 38 Braeburn Way, Kings Hill. ME19 4BG. Contact Ana and Geoff Wild 01732 220661
 

A Thank You for the 2016 APF Donations

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

Thank you again

Tony Law Local APF Secretary

Phone: 01732 844077 email :tony_annelaw@hotmail.com

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FEAST OF PENTECOST (A) 4th June 2017    04 June 2017
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

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

A Thank You for the 2016 APF Donations

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

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

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

In the last year, members of the Red Box family in West Malling parish have raised a fantastic £2,137.65. – and this year so far you have donated £1,205.43. Thank you. Our Sisters and Brothers around the world continue to need our support. Please continue to support the work of the Red Box. If you don’t already have a Red Box at home, or would like information on other ways to give to the Red Box - including an app for mobile phones or tablets – please do ask me.

Thank you again

Tony Law Local APF Secretary

Phone: 01732 844077 email :tony_annelaw@hotmail.com

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FEAST OF THE ASCENSION (A)    28 May 2017
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

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

SPONSORED WALK

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

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

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Sixth Sunday of Easter (A) 21st May 2017    21 May 2017
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

£1,398.98 total raised in April through donations and events. Overall total raised is £67,674.35
Amount still owed on loan is £17,325.65
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
FIONA CLAYTON from the PRE-SCHOOL will be doing the Welsh 3 Peaks, climbing 3 mountains in 3 days from 9th to 11th June to raise money for the Building Fund. If you wish to sponsor her, please fill in the sponsorship form which will be left at the back of the Church. If you are one of the generous people who sponsored Fiona's Welsh 3 Peaks madness / event and are a Gift Aider could you please put your donation in one of your spare envelopes and mark it accordingly. If you are not registered with us for Gift Aid but would like to Gift Aid this donation, please use one of the white envelopes available at the back of the Church. Many thanks.
*******
SAVE THE DATE! ‘PUDDING PARTY’ by kind permission of the Bishop will take place in the Bishop’s House on Saturday 17th June at 7.30pm. Tickets will cost £5 which enables you to try three of the desserts and have a cup of tea or coffee. Wine will be available to buy by the glass. Tickets will be available at all Masses from this weekend. “Looking forward to seeing you there!”
*******
 
SAVE THE DATE! Back by popular demand ‘PIMMS AND PROMS’ on Saturday 8th July 2017 - 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Further details to follow soon.
*******
SPONSORED WALK Saturday 22nd July - Please see page 3 of the Newsletter for details.
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 13th June from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equip-ment will be provided but feel free to bring anything you wish. A contribution of £2 towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
SAVE THE DATE The Parish / School Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday 24th June from 11am to 2pm.
 
CHILDREN’S PENTECOST WORKSHOP
 
This will take place this Thursday 25th May from 3.30-4.30pm in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre All children are welcome
 
 
CTIM There will be a Christian Puppetry Training Day at Lunsford Park School, Larkfield, on Saturday 8th July from 10am to 4pm costing £15 and is open to eve-ryone of all ages and will be great fun. Spreading the Gospel message through the medium of puppets appeals to young and old. Phone Betty Brown 01732 841830 as soon as possible.
 
SHARING THE GOOD NEWS: How can I share my faith with others? Learn practical approaches to evangelisation from the founder of Mission of the Re-deemer Ministries in Canada, Michael Dopp. His programme, Relit - the heart of Evangelisation! trains evangelisation teams to be active evangelists. Please join us on 24th May 2017 at the Centre for Catholic Formation, Tooting Bec. SW17 8BS from 5:30-8:45pm. Cost: £15 which includes light supper. To Register: guildofourladyandstjoseph@gmail.com
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet dur-ing Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Steph’s group (week beginning 22nd May).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details. Sacred Heart Messenger for June 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet this Thursday 25th May at 8pm. Venue: 17 Alfriston Grove, Kings Hill. ME19 4AS. Contact Steph Blackburn 01732 521788
 

SPONSORED WALK

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

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

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Fifth Sunday of Easter (A) 14th May 2017    14 May 2017
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

£1,398.98 total raised in April through donations and events. Overall total raised is £67,674.35
Amount still owed on loan is £17,325.65
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
FIONA CLAYTON from the PRE-SCHOOL will be doing the Welsh 3 Peaks, climbing 3 mountains in 3 days from 9th to 11th June to raise money for the Building Fund. If you wish to sponsor her, please fill in the sponsorship form which will be left at the back of the Church. Many thanks.
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“SAVE THE DATE!” ‘PUDDING PARTY’ by kind permission of the Bishop will take place in the Bishop’s House on Saturday 17th June at 7.30pm. Tickets will cost £5 which enables you to try three of the desserts and have a cup of tea or coffee. Wine will be available to buy by the glass. Tickets will be available nearer the date. “Looking forward to seeing you there!”
*******
 
SAVE THE DATE! Back by popular demand ‘PIMMS AND PROMS’ on Saturday 8th July 2017 - 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Further details to follow soon.
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 13th June from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equip-ment will be provided but feel free to bring anything you wish. A contribution of £2 towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
CHILDREN’S PENTECOST WORKSHOP
 
This will take place on Thursday 26th May from 3.30-4.30pm in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre All children are welcome
 
 
FIRST COMMUNION cards are on sale in the porch.
 
PARISH MEETING Would parishioners please note that there has been a change of date for the next meeting. It will now take place on Wednesday 12th July.
 
SAVE THE DATE The Parish / School Summer Fayre will take place on Satur-day 24th June from 11am to 2pm.
 
CTIM There will be a Christian Puppetry Training Day at Lunsford Park School, Larkfield, on Saturday 8th July from 10am until 4pm costing £15 and is open to everyone of all ages and will be great fun. Spreading the Gospel message through the medium of puppets appeals to young and old. Phone Betty Brown 01732 841830 as soon as possible.
 
GOOD COUNSEL NETWORK “This year sees the 50th Anniversary of abortion being legalised in Great Britain; over 8 million babies’ lives have been lost since 1967. We all need to make some extra sacrifice this year. Please attend the ‘March for Life’ in Birmingham on Saturday 20th May. Getting there may involve a sacrifice for those who live some distance away but the day is a great witness to our society and is also both informative and encouraging. If you don’t attend the march in the 50th Anniversary year of abortion in England and Wales, when are you going to make the effort to come? Three English Bishops will be attending the march - come and support their witness. For coaches from London and elsewhere please see www.goodcounselnetwork.com or phone 0207 723 1740.”
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet dur-ing Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Fiona’s group (week beginning 15th May).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details. Sacred Heart Messenger for June 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 25th May at 8pm. Venue: 17 Alfriston Grove, Kings Hill. ME19 4AS. Contact Steph Blackburn 01732 521788
 

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

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

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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

£1,398.98 total raised in April through donations and events. Overall total raised is £67,674.35
Amount still owed on loan is £17,325.65
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
LUCIA’S CONCERT raised over £260.00
 
FIONA CLAYTON from the PRESCHOOL will be doing the Welsh 3 Peaks, climbing 3 mountains in 3 days from 9 to 11 June to raise money for the Preschool Building Fund. We still owe £17,325.65 which needs to be paid by November 2018. If you would like to sponsor her, please fill in the sponsorship form which will be left at the back of the Church. Many thanks.
 
“SAVE THE DATE!” ‘PUDDING PARTY’ by kind permission of the Bishop will take place in the Bishop’s House on Sat-urday 17th June at 7.30pm. Tickets will cost £5 which enables you to try three of the desserts and have a cup of tea or coffee. Wine will be available to buy by the glass. Tickets will be available nearer the date. “Looking forward to seeing you there!”
 
SAVE THE DATE! Back by popular demand ‘PIMMS AND PROMS’ on Saturday 8th July 2017 - 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Further details to follow soon.
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 9th May from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. A contribution of £2 towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
 
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS MUST BE RETURNED THIS WEEKEND FROM PARISHIONERS.
 
CARDS A selection of First Communion cards are now on sale in the porch.
 
SAVE THE DATE The Parish / School Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday 24th June from 11am to 2pm.
 
CTIM This Sunday 7th May at 6.30pm in Larkfield and East Malling Methodist Church, CTiM will be holding a Service of Songs for Christian Aid, followed by light refreshments.
 
DEPUTY HEADTEACHER VACANCY St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School in Canterbury is looking to appoint a new Deputy Headteacher from September 2017. For further information, please contact the school on 01227 462539. Advert available on www.kent-teach.com Closing date: Monday 8th May at 4pm.
 
CTIM There will be a Christian Puppetry Training Day at Lunsford Park School, Larkfield, on Saturday 8th July from 10am until 4pm, costing £15. This is open to everyone, of all ages, and will be great fun. Spreading the gospel mes-sage through the medium of puppets appeals to young and old. Please ring Betty Brown on 01732 841830 as soon as possible.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Wiesia’s group (week beginning 8th May).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details. Sacred Heart Messenger for May 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 25th May at 8pm. Venue: 17 Alfriston Grove, Kings Hill. ME19 4AS. Contact Steph Blackburn 01732 521788
 

 

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THE EASTER DAYS, Third Sunday of Easter (A)    30 April 2017
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

£256.00 total raised in March through donations and events. Overall total raised is £66,275.37
Amount still owed on loan is £18,724.63
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
LUCIA’S CONCERT on Sunday 30th April. Refreshments from 3.30pm - Concert begins at 4pm. Suggested donations of Adults £5 and Children £1
 
“SAVE THE DATE!” ‘PUDDING PARTY’ by kind permission of the Bishop will take place in the Bishop’s House on Sat-urday 17th June at 7.30pm. Tickets will cost £5 which enables you to try three of the desserts and have a cup of tea or coffee. Wine will be available to buy by the glass. Tickets will be available nearer the date. “Looking forward to seeing you there!”
 
SAVE THE DATE! Back by popular demand ‘PIMMS AND PROMS’ on Saturday 8th July 2017 - 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Further details to follow soon.
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 9th May from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. A contribution of £2 towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Wednesday 3rd May (Parents Meeting) - 7.30 for 8pm. Recap on the course and the way ahead.
 
PRAYER CARDS MUST BE RETURNED THIS WEEKEND FROM PARISHIONERS.
 
CARDS A selection of First Communion cards are now on sale in the porch.
 
SAVE THE DATE The Parish / School Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday 24th June from 11am to 2pm.
 
CTIM On Sunday 7th May at 6.30pm in Larkfield and East Malling Methodist Church, CTiM will be holding a Service of Songs for Christian Aid, followed by light refreshments.
 
MASS IN CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE is being held on Saturday 17th June at St George’s Cathe-dral this year. If you are celebrating your 1st, 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th, or 60th+ Wedding Anniversary this year and would like to attend this very special Mass where you can renew your vows, please write your names and address very clearly on the form so that you can receive an invitation from the Archbishop. LAST DAY TO APPLY IS APRIL 30TH.
 
DEPUTY HEADTEACHER VACANCY St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School in Canterbury is looking to appoint a new Deputy Headteacher from September 2017. For further information, please contact the school on 01227 462539. Advert available on www.kent-teach.com Closing date: Monday 8th May at 4pm.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Eileen’s group (week beginning 1st May).
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP meet this Wednesday 3rd May at 2.30pm in the Church porch.
 
GARDENING CLUB meet this Saturday 6th May from 10am to 12 noon. All are welcome.
 
FLOWER ARRANGERS - Would all Flower Arrangers meet in Church at 10AM ON SATURDAY 3rd June for Pentecost Flowers. Greenery will be required.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details including: FLOWER FESTIVAL from Friday 5th May to Sunday 7th May - open 10am-4pm each day at The Good Shepherd Church, Rectory Lane, Harrietsham. ME17 1HS to celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday and the history of the Church. INSPIRE @ WORTH Abbey: A TEENAGE RETREAT FOR YEARS 7-9 from 12th-14th May 2017. Sacred Heart Messenger for May 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 25th May at 8pm. Venue: 17 Alfriston Grove, Kings Hill. ME19 4AS. Contact Steph Blackburn 01732 521788
 

 

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

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Second Sunday of Easter (A)    23 April 2017
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

£256.00 total raised in March through donations and events. Overall total raised is £66,275.37
Amount still owed on loan is £18,724.63
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
LUCIA’S CONCERT on Sunday 30th April. Refreshments from 3.30pm - Concert begins at 4pm. Suggested donations of Adults £5 and Children £1
*******
“SAVE THE DATE!” ‘PUDDING PARTY’ by kind permission of the Bishop will take place in the Bishop’s House on Saturday 17th June at 7.30pm. Tickets will cost £5 which will enable you to try three of the desserts and have a cup of tea or coffee. Wine will be available to buy by the glass. Tickets will be available nearer the date. “Looking forward to seeing you there!”
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 9th May from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. A contribution of £2 towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting.
 
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Monday 24th April (Children’s Class) - 5-6pm. Practice hosts.
 
CARDS A selection of First Communion cards are now on sale in the porch.
 
SAVE THE DATE The Parish / School Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday 24th June from 11am to 2pm.
 
CTIM On Sunday 7th May at 6.30pm in Larkfield and East Malling Methodist Church, CTiM will be holding a Service of Songs for Christian Aid, followed by light refreshments.
 
MASS IN CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE is being held on Saturday 17th June at St George’s Cathe-dral this year. If you are celebrating your 1st, 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th, or 60th+ Wedding Anniversary this year and would like to attend this very special Mass where you can renew your vows, please write your names and address very clearly on the form so that you can receive an invitation from the Archbishop. LAST DAY TO APPLY IS APRIL 30TH.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Steph’s group (week beginning 24th April).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details including:
 
FLOWER FESTIVAL from Friday 5th May to Sunday 7th May - open 10am-4pm each day at The Good Shepherd Church, Rec-tory Lane, Harrietsham. ME17 1HS to celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday and the history of the Church. Please see the poster in the porch for more details. Sacred Heart Messenger for May 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 25th May at 8pm. Venue: 17 Alfriston Grove, Kings Hill. ME19 4AS. Contact Steph Blackburn 01732 521788
 

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EASTER SUNDAY (A)    16 April 2017
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

£256.00 total raised in March through donations and events. Overall total raised is £66,275.37
Amount still owed on loan is £18,724.63
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
LUCIA’S CONCERT on Sunday 30th April. Refreshments from 3.30pm - Concert begins at 4pm. Suggested donations of Adults £5 and Children £1
*******
“SAVE THE DATE!” ‘PUDDING PARTY’ by kind permission of the Bishop will take place in the Bishop’s House on Saturday 17th June at 7.30pm. Tickets will cost £5 which will enable you to try three of the desserts and have a cup of tea or coffee. Wine will be available to buy by the glass. Tickets will be available nearer the date. “Looking forward to seeing you there!”
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 18th April 2017 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. A contribution of £2 towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION This Sunday 16th April at 10am - Family Easter Sunday Mass. Monday 24th April (Children’s Class) - 5-6pm. Practice hosts.
 
CARDS Easter and a selection of First Communion cards are now on sale in the porch.
 
SAVE THE DATE The Parish / School Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday 24th June from 11am to 2pm.
 
CTIM On Sunday 7th May at 6.30pm in Larkfield and East Malling Methodist Church, CTiM will be holding a Service of Songs for Christian Aid, followed by light refreshments.
 
MASS IN CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE is being held on Saturday 17th June at St George’s Cathedral this year. If you are celebrating your 1st, 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th, or 60th+ Wedding Anniversary this year and would like to attend this very special Mass where you can renew your vows, please write your names and address very clearly on the form so that you can receive an invitation from the Archbishop. LAST DAY TO APPLY IS APRIL 30TH.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet dur-ing Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Fiona’s group (week beginning 17th April).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details including:
 
FLOWER FESTIVAL from Friday 5th May to Sunday 7th May - open 10am-4pm each day at The Good Shepherd Church, Rectory Lane, Harrietsham. ME17 1HS to celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday and the history of the Church. Please see the poster in the porch for more details. Sacred Heart Messenger for April 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 25th May at 8pm. Venue: 17 Alfriston Grove, Kings Hill. ME19 4AS. Contact Steph Blackburn 01732 521788
 

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PALM SUNDAY (A)    09 April 2017
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

£290.00 total raised in February through donations and events. Overall total raised is £66,019.37
Amount still owed on loan is £18,980.63
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
“SAVE THE DATE!” ‘PUDDING PARTY’ by kind permission of the Bishop - will take place in the Bishop’s House on Saturday 17th June - more details to follow.
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP (please listen for announcements regarding this meeting). Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. A contribution of £2 towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Thursday 13th April at 5pm - Maundy Thursday Washing of Hands. Friday 14th April at 11am - Good Friday Walk of Witness. Saturday 15th April 10-11am - Easter Workshop in the St. Thomas of Can-terbury Centre. Sunday 16th April at 10am - Family Easter Sunday Mass.
 
CARDS Easter and a selection of First Communion cards are now on sale in the porch.
 
SAVE THE DATE The Parish / School Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday 24th June from 11am to 2pm.
 
CTIM On Sunday 7th May at 6.30pm in Larkfield and East Malling Methodist Church, CTiM will be holding a Service of Songs for Christian Aid, followed by light refreshments.
 
MASS IN CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE is being held on Saturday 17th June at St George’s Cathedral this year. If you are celebrating your 1st, 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th, or 60th+ Wedding Anniversary this year and would like to attend this very special Mass where you can renew your vows, please write your names and address very clearly on the form so that you can receive an invitation from the Archbishop. LAST DAY TO APPLY IS APRIL 30TH.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet dur-ing Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH BIG CLEAN FOR EASTER WEDNESDAY 12TH APRIL AT 11AM. Volunteers are needed - anyone can help; you do not have to be in one of the cleaning groups
 
FLOWER ARRANGERS - WOULD ALL FLOWER ARRANGERS MEET IN CHURCH AT 10AM ON HOLY SATUR-DAY 15TH APRIL FOR EASTER FLOWERS. Greenery will be required.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details. Sacred Heart Messenger for April 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 25th May at 8pm. Venue: 17 Alfriston Grove, Kings Hill. ME19 4AS. Contact Steph Blackburn 01732 521788
 

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Fifth Sunday of Lent (A)    02 April 2017
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

£290.00 total raised in February through donations and events. Overall total raised is £66,019.37
Amount still owed on loan is £18,980.63
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
“SAVE THE DATE!” ‘PUDDING PARTY’ by kind permission of the Bishop - will take place in the Bishop’s House on Saturday 17th June - more details to follow.
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 11th April 2017 (please look out for any extra information regarding this meeting) from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. A contribution of £2 towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Thursday 13th April at 5pm - Maundy Thursday Washing of Hands. Friday 14th April at 11am - Good Friday Walk of Witness. Saturday 15th April 10-11am - Easter Workshop in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre. Sunday 16th April at 10am - Family Easter Sunday Mass.
 
CARDS Easter and a selection of First Communion cards are now on sale in the porch.
 
SAVE THE DATE The Parish / School Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday 24th June from 11am to 2pm.
 
PEGGY SPIERS has passed away aged 93 years. She was a parishioner here for many years and did some work and cooking for Fr. John Lawrence. Her funeral will be at St. Bernadette’s, West Kingsdown on Wednesday 19th April at 1.45pm.
 
MISSIO The Mission Today Magazines have arrived from Missio and our collectors will soon be contacting Red Box holders to carry out the Spring collection. “We have now received the Southwark Diocese results for last year confirming our Parish contrib-uted £2,137.65 to the total of £204,868.55 and the total for England and Wales was £309,531. Thank you for your generosity and love which mean so much to our Missionary work to help the ‘poor, refugees and marginalised to find welcome and comfort in our communities' which was Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention in February 2017. Thank you.” Tony Law
 
MASS IN CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE is being held on Saturday 17th June at St George’s Cathe-dral this year. If you are celebrating your 1st, 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th, or 60th+ Wedding Anniversary this year and would like to attend this very special Mass where you can renew your vows, please write your names and address very clearly on the form so that you can receive an invitation from the Archbishop. LAST DAY TO APPLY IS APRIL 30TH.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Eileen’s group (week beginning 3rd April).
 
FLOWER ARRANGERS - WOULD ALL FLOWER ARRANGERS MEET IN CHURCH AT 10AM ON HOLY SATURDAY 15TH APRIL FOR EASTER FLOWERS. Greenery will be required.
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP meet on Wednesday 5th April at 2.30pm in Church for their Lenten Service and Confessions.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details - including a poster about a VISIT TO ROCHESTER CATHEDRAL on Tues-day 16th May 2017. Sacred Heart Messenger for April 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 25th May at 8pm. Venue: 17 Alfriston Grove, Kings Hill. ME19 4AS. Contact Steph Blackburn 01732 521788
 
LENT HOUSE MASSES
 
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Monday 3rd April at 8pm. Oast View, Teston Road, Offham. ME19 5NB. Ian and Chris Butler 01732 849438
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Wednesday 5th April at 8pm. 789 London Road, Larkfield. ME20 6DE. Medard and Veronique Hadonou 01732 875003
Kings Hill and Mereworth Friday 7th April at 8pm. 157 Beacon Avenue, Kings Hill. ME19 4LH. Tony and Meg Brewer 01732 848819. Please would you let Tony and Meg know that you will be attending by Monday 3rd April.
 

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Fourth Sunday of Lent (A) Mid-Lent and Mothers’ Day    26 March 2017
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

£290.00 total raised in February through donations and events. Overall total raised is £66,019.37
Amount still owed on loan is £18,980.63
A final push is needed to raise the remaining balance of the loan which needs to be repaid by November 2018
*******
“SAVE THE DATE!” ‘PUDDING PARTY’ by kind permission of the Bishop - will take place in the Bishop’s House on Saturday 17th June - more details to follow.
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 11th April 2017 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. A contribution of £2 towards the Building Fund is requested at each meeting. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Monday 27th March (Children’s Class) - 5-6pm. Do This in Memory of Me - Last Supper - discuss the chapter.
 
CARDS Easter and a selection of First Communion cards are now on sale in the porch.
 
ANNE MCFADDEN In memory of Anne McFadden her family wished for any donations from her funeral to go to the Pre-School Building Fund and donations have now reached £196.
 
SAVE THE DATE The Parish / School Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday 24th June from 11am to 2pm.
 
MISSIO The Mission Today Magazines have arrived from Missio and our collectors will soon be contacting Red Box holders to carry out the Spring collection. “We have now received the Southwark Diocese results for last year confirming our Parish contrib-uted £2,137.65 to the total of £204,868.55 and the total for England and Wales was £309,531. Thank you for your generosity and love which mean so much to our Missionary work to help the ‘poor, refugees and marginalised to find welcome and comfort in our communities' which was Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention in February 2017. Thank you.” Tony Law
 
MASS IN CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE is being held on Saturday 17th June at St George’s Cathe-dral this year. If you are celebrating your 1st, 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th, or 60th+ Wedding Anniversary this year and would like to attend this very special Mass where you can renew your vows, please write your names and address very clearly on the form so that you can receive an invitation from the Archbishop. LAST DAY TO APPLY IS APRIL 30TH.
 
FROM SOUTHWARK TO SICILY the Mosaics of the Cathedral of Monreale – at the Centre for Catholic Formation, 21 Tooting Bec Road, London. SW17 8BS on Tuesday 28th March - 7 for 7.30pm start. See notice board for more details.
 
FOYER DE CHARITÉ RETREAT will be held at the new Retreat Centre in Walsingham, from Sunday 30th April (6pm) – Saturday 6th May (2pm). Theme: God’s Plan for the Fullness of Time. The preacher will be Mgr. Keith Barltrop, with help from Foyer members and past retreatants. The retreats are held mainly in silence with three talks a day and offer a holistic way of deepening our faith in the Church’s teaching and our life in Christ. The Foyers are communities of consecrated lay people living with a Priest in order to help others grow closer to Christ and live the Catholic Faith more fully. For information / booking a place, contact Mgr. Barltrop: keithbarltrop@rcdow.org.uk; 07879953953; St. Mary of the Angels, Moorhouse Road, Bayswater. London. W2 5DJ.
 
ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL in Croydon is, as a result of recent successes, establishing an association of former students and staff. If you would like to know more email alumni@st-maryshigh.croydon.sch.uk or telephone 020 8688 3837.
 
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS For safeguarding reasons all children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. Could we also remind parishioners that the doors inside Church must be accessible at all times and that prams or other items must not block them. Thank you.
 
CHURCH CLEANING Steph’s group (week beginning 27th March).
 
GARDENING CLUB meet on Saturday 1st April from 10am to 12 noon.
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP meet on Wednesday 5th April at 2.30pm in Church for their Lenten Service and Confessions.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details - including a joint Life and SPUC petition. Sacred Heart Messenger for April 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Thursday 25th May at 8pm. Venue: 17 Alfriston Grove, Kings Hill. ME19 4AS. Contact Steph Blackburn 01732 521788
 
LENT HOUSE MASSES
 
Snodland and Halling Wednesday 29th March at 8pm. 64 Brook Lane, Snodland. ME6 5JY. Natalia and Tomasz Talaska 07857352120
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Monday 3rd April at 8pm. Oast View, Teston Road, Offham. ME19 5NB. Ian and Chris Butler 01732 849438
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Wednesday 5th April at 8pm. 789 London Road, Larkfield. ME20 6DE. Medard and Veronique Hadonou 01732 875003
Kings Hill and Mereworth Friday 7th April at 8pm. 157 Beacon Avenue, Kings Hill. ME19 4LH. Tony and Meg Brewer 01732 848819. Please would you let Tony and Meg know that you will be attending by Monday 3rd April.
 

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Third Sunday of Lent (A)    19 March 2017
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

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

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Second Sunday of Lent (A)    12 March 2017
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

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

9.30am

7.30pm

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

FUNDRAISING

£290.00 total raised in February through donations and events. Overall total raised is £66,019.37
Amount still owed on loan is £18,980.63
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LUCIA’S CONCERT on Sunday 19th March. Refreshments from 3.30pm - Concert begins at 4pm Suggested donations of Adults £5 and Children £1
 
“SAVE THE DATE!” ‘PUDDING PARTY’ by kind permission of the Bishop - will take place in the Bishop’s House on Saturday 17th June - more details to follow.
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NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 14th March 2017 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Monday 13th March (Children’s Class) - 5-6pm. Bread to Offer - discuss the chapter.
 
CARDS St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and a selection of First Communion cards are now on sale in the porch.
 
CAFOD LENT FAST DAY Florence is a hard working Mother who is devoted to her family. A few years ago, she was only just making enough to feed her family. However, CAFOD’s partner, the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, recognised how determined Florence was to stand on her own two feet and so they gave her 500 tiny fish, tools and training to build a pond and farm fish. By selling some of the fish at market, Florence was able to give her children a future - she was able to send them to School. Please support this Lent Fast Day, to ensure more people like Florence can turn tiny fish into something amazing.
 
ANNE MCFADDEN In memory of Anne McFadden her family wished for any donations from her funeral to go to the Pre-School Building Fund and £146 was generously donated.
 
MISSIO The Mission Today Magazines have arrived from Missio and our collectors will soon be contacting Red Box holders to carry out the Spring collection.
 
EASTER TRIDUUM RETREAT FOR YOUNG ADULTS 13th-16th April. Worth Abbey and The Wellspring Community invite young adults (ages 18-35) to celebrate the Easter Triduum in prayer, community and reflection with a retreat at Worth. You are also invited to take part in a "Cross Walk" from Arundel on the 9th April, walking across the South Downs and arriving at Worth for the beginning of the retreat. Please contact fcarbone@wellspringbrighton.org.uk for more information or a booking form.
 
THE VOCATION OF HEALTHCARE “making people whole”. The Catholic Medical Association Kent Branch is holding a meeting in Canterbury in March on Friday 17th March at 7.30pm at The Church of St Thomas of Canterbury, 59 Burgate, CT1 2HJ. Please visit their website www.catholicmedicalassociation.org.uk/events or see the poster in the porch. The meeting starts with Mass at 7.30pm. There will be pizzas and refreshments etc for you.
 
ALL GOD’S CHILDREN A talk by Carolyn Edwards called 'All God's Children' will be held on 15th March from 9:15 am-2:15 pm in Ryarsh Village Hall. For further information email focusonfaith1@gmail.com or call 07927325977.
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguarding Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”
 
CHURCH CLEANING Wiesia’s group (week beginning 13th March).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details. Sacred Heart Messenger for March 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
 
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
West Malling, Offham, Addington and Villages meet this Thursday 16th March at 7.30pm for a ‘Fish and Chip Supper’ (cost £6.95). Venue: The Angel Inn, Addington Green, West Malling. ME19 5BB. Contact Bernadette Burke on 01732 873392 or bjburke77@hotmail.com
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on 23rd March at 7.30pm. Venue: Thai Orchid Restaurant, 9 Liberty Square, Kings Hill. ME19 4AU. Please contact Steph Blackburn on 01732 521788 no later than Thursday 16th March as final numbers have to be given to the restaurant. Also Thursday 25th May at 8pm. Venue: 17 Alfriston Grove, Kings Hill. ME19 4AS. Contact Steph Blackburn 01732 521788
 
LENT HOUSE MASSES
 
Snodland and Halling Wednesday 29th March at 8pm. 64 Brook Lane, Snodland. ME6 5JY. Natalia and Tomasz Talaska 07857352120
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Monday 3rd April at 8pm. Oast View, Teston Road, Offham. ME19 5NB. Ian and Chris Butler 01732 849438
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Wednesday 5th April at 8pm. 789 London Road, Larkfield. ME20 6DE. Medard and Veronique Hadonou 01732 875003
Kings Hill and Mereworth Friday 7th April at 8pm. 157 Beacon Avenue, Kings Hill. ME19 4LH. Tony and Meg Brewer 01732 848819
 

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First Sunday of Lent (A)    05 March 2017
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

£290.00 total raised in February through donations and events. Overall total raised is £66,019.37
Amount still owed on loan is £18,980.63
*******
“SAVE THE DATE!” ‘PUDDING PARTY’ by kind permission of the Bishop - will take place in the Bishop’s House on Saturday 17th June - more details to follow.
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 14th March 2017 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Monday 6th March (Children’s Class) - 5-6pm. Glory to God and The Word of The Lord - recap on Glory to God chapter and discuss The Word of The Lord. There is also a parent’s meeting on Wednesday 8th March at 7.30 for 8pm in Church. Eucharist - Important that all parents attend to help you and your child prepare for this Sacrament.
 
COMMUNION DRESSES Beautifully made and provided in your local Bridal Shop based in Maidstone. Christina K Bridal Bou-tique is a well established bridal store and is now providing made to order Communion gowns. Leading time is 4-6 weeks. Please visit us in Maidstone to view our collection or refer to our website www.christinak.co.uk for further details - 10% discount available for group orders of 4 or more ). Christina K Bridal Boutique, 10 Middle Row, High Street, Maidstone. ME141TG. Tel: 01622 675009 info@christinak.co.uk FB: bridalwear.christinak
 
CAFOD LENT FAST DAY - 10TH MARCH 2017 Florence is a hard working Mother who is devoted to her family. A few years ago, she was only just making enough to feed her family. However, CAFOD’s partner, the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, recognised how determined Florence was to stand on her own two feet and so they gave her 500 tiny fish, tools and training to build a pond and farm fish. By selling some of the fish at market, Florence was able to give her children a future - she was able to send them to School. Please support this Lent Fast Day, to ensure more people like Florence can turn tiny fish into something amazing.
 
EASTER TRIDUUM RETREAT FOR YOUNG ADULTS 13th-16th April. Worth Abbey and The Wellspring Community invite young adults (ages 18-35) to celebrate the Easter Triduum in prayer, community and reflection with a retreat at Worth. You are also invited to take part in a "Cross Walk" from Arundel on the 9th April, walking across the South Downs and arriving at Worth for the beginning of the retreat. Please contact fcarbone@wellspringbrighton.org.uk for more information or a booking form.
 
THE VOCATION OF HEALTHCARE “making people whole”. The Catholic Medical Association Kent Branch is holding meetings in Canterbury and Chislehurst in March. Chislehurst: Friday 10th March at 7.30pm at St. Mary the Virgin, 28 Crown Lane, BR7 5PL. Canterbury: Friday 17th March at 7.30pm at The Church of St Thomas of Canterbury, 59 Burgate, CT1 2HJ. Please visit their website www.catholicmedicalassociation.org.uk/events or see the poster in the porch. Both meetings start with Mass at 7.30pm. There will be pizzas and refreshments etc for you.
 
ALL GOD’S CHILDREN A talk by Carolyn Edwards called 'All God's Children' will be held on 15th March from 9:15 am-2:15 pm in Ryarsh Village Hall. For further information email focusonfaith1@gmail.com or call 07927325977.
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguarding Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”
 
CHURCH CLEANING Eileen’s group (week beginning 6th March).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details. Sacred Heart Messenger for March 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
West Malling, Offham, Addington and Villages meet on Thursday 16th March at 7.30pm for a ‘Fish and Chip Supper’ (cost £6.95). Venue: The Angel Inn, Addington Green, West Malling. ME19 5BB. Please contact Bernadette Burke on 01732 873392 or bjburke77@hotmail.com no later than Thursday 9th March as final numbers have to be given to the Angel Inn.
 
LENT HOUSE MASSES
 
Snodland and Halling Wednesday 29th March at 8pm. 64 Brook Lane, Snodland. ME6 5JY. Natalia and Tomasz Talaska 07857352120
West Malling, Offham, Addington, Leybourne and Villages Monday 3rd April at 8pm. Oast View, Teston Road, Offham. ME19 5NB. Ian and Chris Butler 01732 849438
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston Wednesday 5th April at 8pm. 789 London Road, Larkfield. ME20 6DE. Medard and Veronique Hadonou 01732 875003
Kings Hill and Mereworth Friday 7th April at 8pm. 157 Beacon Avenue, Kings Hill. ME19 4LH. Tony and Meg Brewer 01732 848819
 

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8th Sunday of the Year (A)    26 February 2017
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

8th Sunday of the Year (A)
DAY FOR THE UNEMPLOYED
26th February 2017
 
This weekend we take our final ‘Breather’ before Lent begins on Wednesday and pray specially for the unemployed and their families - thinking especially of those who have lost their jobs in the present economic climate and praying for initiatives to help people find jobs. There is also a second collection during the Notices for the ‘Poor Parishes’ of the Deanery - Gift-Aiders are asked to use one of their spare envelopes and mark it ‘Poor Parishes’. We also have a Pastoral Letter from the Archbishop. The big event this week is the beginning of Lent on Wednesday - Ash Wednesday - with a Mass with the School and Pre-School at 10am and a Parish Mass at 8pm - both with the Ceremony of Ashes. Ash Wednesday is one of the two days of “Fast and Abstinence” in the Church (the other is Good Friday) - ‘fasting’ is for all those aged between 18 and 60 and means one main meal and two small snacks! - ‘abstinence’ is for all those aged 14 and above and means no meat!
 
Also this week there are meetings for the First Communion children and Youth Group leaders and the final year 8 Mass at St. Simon Stock on Monday, the Baby and Toddler Group on Tuesday, Mother Teresa Group on Wednesday and the Gardening Club this Saturday - details overleaf.
 
Next weekend is the first weekend of Lent when we begin our “Parish Journey” up the Lenten Ladder with our Prayer Sheets and candles and our self-denial envelopes for the Cafod Lent Fast Day on Friday 10th March and our special Children’s Litur-gies at the 10am Mass - Lent magazines for adults, children and families on sale today. Also at all Masses there will be an up-date on our ‘Donate 8’ scheme and we thank Adrian and Sally Atmore for their work in this (and I suggest that ‘Donate 8’ might perhaps be a good thing for Lent).
Also next Sunday we welcome the Heart of Kent Hospice who are holding their Remembrance Service here at 3pm. We give thanks and pray for their important work and for those they will be remembering and their families.
 
Finally, please continue to keep Anne McFadden and her family especially the Jones and Little families in your prayers as they prepare for her funeral here on Thursday week, 9th March at 12.30pm with a Service at Vinters Park Crematorium at 2pm - also Peter Avery and other parishioners preparing for operations and having cancer treatment at this time and all who are ill or suffer-ing the loss of a loved one - and we offer them all our love and prayers and support at this time.
 
Let us enjoy this weekend and our pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and help each other to have a good beginning of Lent.
 
MASSES & SERVICES
SATURDAY
25
2.30pm
5pm
Baptisms: Ella Salisbury; Amie Harding
The Parishioners
SUNDAY
Eighth Sunday of the Year (A)
Day for the Unemployed
26
10am
5.30pm
 
(Children’s Liturgy) Derek Calkin R.I.P. (Jane C.)
The Parishioners
MONDAY (Week 8 of the year) 27
9.30am
Communion Service
TUESDAY (Shrove Tuesday) 28 9.30am
Holy Souls
WEDNESDAY Ash Wednesday - Beginning of Lent 1 Mar
9.30am
8pm
School and Pre-School Mass in Church
(1.30pm - Mass in St. Simon Stock School)
Parish Mass (The Parishioners - for a good Lent)
THURSDAY (Lent) 2
9.30am
Communion Service
FRIDAY (Lent) 3 9.30am
(8.15am - Mass in St. Simon Stock School)
Communion Service
SATURDAY (Lent) 4
5pm
Tony Moore R.I.P.
SUNDAY
First Sunday of Lent (A)
‘Donate 8’ Update
5
10am
5.30pm
(Children’s Liturgy for Lent) Jadwiga Makuch and Jerzy (George) Makuch R.I.P.
The Parishioners
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: Saturdays from 4.15 to 4.45pm
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Peter Avery; Valentina Ruiz; Baby Giorgio Gangemi; Jack Gillett; The Rudenko Family; Joan Wegrzyn; Jenny Craddock; Nicholas Powell; Terry Barton; Betty Ward; Anne Law; Pat Monson; Laura and Baby Audrey Woodcock; Hannah Lingham; Ellen Tucker; Jennifer Hansen; Steen Hansen; Yolanda Bath; M-L Wise; Roy Sellwood; Jacqui Mann; Gemma Toner; Jeanne Reddy; Mary Rumsey; Max Bryer; our housebound and all at Maidstone Hospital, Hospice and local Nursing Homes. Please pray, too, for all those affected by present cutbacks, illnesses and other challenges in our country and world.
 
RECENTLY DEAD: Julie Barcas (and son, Callum); Anne McFadden; Reg Samuel; Martin Moorhead. Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Margaret Wilkinson; Marco Valencia; Eileen Bolton; Bridget Vernon; Meta McKeag; Cyril ‘Bill’ Smith; Anne Cotter; Lucienne Crawford; Martin Lyons; James Devlin; 
Alice Slater; Dorothy Beatty; David Dadswell; Dennis Boxell; Sheila Mar-tin; Monica Walker; Hannah Gleeson; Jean Large; Teresa Norris; Velma Smith; Patrick Kelly.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 26
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 27
5-6pm
8pm
(Mass for 8Mi2 in St. Simon Stock School)
First Communion Children’s Class in Church
Youth Group leaders meet in the Priest’s House
TUESDAY 28 1.30-3pm Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
WEDNESDAY 1 MAR 2.30pm
ASH WEDNESDAY - DAY OF FAST AND ABSTINENCE
Mother Teresa Group meet in the Church porch
SATURDAY 4 10am-12 noon Gardening Club - see below
SUNDAY 5
10am
3pm
Children’s Liturgy for Lent in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Heart of Kent Hospice Remembrance Service in Church
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £387.21 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 

FUNDRAISING

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

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7th Sunday of the Year (A)    19 February 2017
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

£562.39 total raised in January through donations and events. Overall total raised is £65,729.37
Amount still owed on loan is £19,270.63
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 14th March 2017 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
NOTICE BOARD Please note that only notices relating to the Church or Parish are to go up in the porch and must be done through the Parish Office. Please do not place or leave leaflets or publications without checking with the Office or Fr. Peter.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Wednesday 22nd February (parents meeting) - 7.30 for 8pm. Glory to God in the Highest and The Word of the Lord - these chapters being discussed. The children should now be taking an interest in Mass and watching Father Peter carefully when they hear the bells rung at Mass - make sure your child can see Father from where they sit in Mass.
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS need to be returned by the end of April. Thank you.
 
A LIFETIME OF LOVING Saturday 4th March at St. Teresa’s, Ashford. Husband and wife can give each other a gift by spending a day exploring their relationship more deeply in the light of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation: ‘The Joy of Love’, and gain valu-able insights into their communication and the call of the Church to the married. Please note there is no group sharing during the day. This is not marriage counselling or guidance but a chance to make your marriage even better. Contact Carole: 07983524727 mflkent@gmail.com Poster / application forms in porch.
 
THE VOCATION OF HEALTHCARE “making people whole”. The Catholic Medical Association Kent Branch is holding meetings in Canterbury and Chislehurst in March. Chislehurst: Friday 10th March at 7.30pm at St. Mary the Virgin, 28 Crown Lane, BR7 5PL. Canterbury: Friday 17th March at 7.30pm at The Church of St Thomas of Canterbury, 59 Burgate, CT1 2HJ. Please visit their website www.catholicmedicalassociation.org.uk/events or see the poster in the porch. Both meetings start with Mass at 7.30pm. There will be pizzas and refreshments etc for you.
 
WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER 2017 has been prepared by the Christian Women of the Philippines and the theme of the Service is ‘Am I Being Unfair to You?’ It will take place on Friday 3rd March at the Church of St. John the Baptist, Wateringbury at 10.30am. Refreshments to be served from 10am. All are welcome. Attendees are encouraged to car share wherever possible.
 
FULLY ESCORTED PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK SHRINE Ireland on 13th March 2017 - £599 per person sharing. Price includes flights from London Gatwick with 15kg checked in bag, all taxes, luxury transfers, 5 nights’ in newly refurbished Knock House Ho-tel with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4 Course Dinner each evening. All entertainment, excursions and guided tours in-cluded. Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel. Limited single rooms at supplement of £50. Groups and Individual bookings welcome. Contact Patricia anytime on 07740 175557 or email knockpilgrimages@gmail.com Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613 - poster on the notice board.
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguarding Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”
 
CHURCH CLEANING Fiona’s group (week beginning 20th February).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details. Sacred Heart Messenger for February 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Wednesday 22nd February 2017 at 8pm. Venue: 109 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill. West Malling. ME19 4DS. Contact Mary and Mike Lockyear 01732 875752
 
West Malling, Offham, Addington and Villages meet on Thursday 16th March at 7.30pm for a ‘Fish and Chip Sup-per’ (cost £6.95). Venue: The Angel Inn, Addington Green, West Malling. ME19 5BB. Please contact Bernadette Burke on 01732 873392 or bjburke77@hotmail.com no later than Thursday 9th March as final numbers have to be given to the Angel Inn.
 

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5th Sunday of the Year (A)    05 February 2017
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

£562.39 total raised in January through donations and events. Overall total raised is £65,729.37
Amount still owed on loan is £19,270.63
*******
BABY AND TODDLER GROUP A big thank you to the group for their generous donation of £300.00
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 14th February 2017 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
NOTICE BOARD Please note that only notices relating to the Church or Parish are to go up in the porch and must be done through the Parish Office. Please do not place or leave leaflets or publications without checking with the Office or Fr. Peter.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Wednesday 22nd February (parents meeting) - 7.30 for 8pm. Glory to God in the Highest and The Word of the Lord - these chapters being discussed. The children should now be taking an interest in Mass and watching Father Peter carefully when they hear the bells rung at Mass - make sure your child can see Father from where they sit in Mass.
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS Please take a card and pray for the child whose name is on it as they pre-pare for their First Communion. The cards are in a box on the table in the porch and need to be returned by the end of April. Thank you.
 
A LIFETIME OF LOVING Saturday 4th March at St. Teresa’s, Ashford. Husband and wife can give each other a gift by spending a day exploring their relationship more deeply in the light of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation: ‘The Joy of Love’, and gain valuable insights into their communication and the call of the Church to the married. Please note there is no group sharing during the day. This is not marriage counselling or guidance but a chance to make your marriage even better. Contact Carole: 07983524727 mflkent@gmail.com Poster / application forms in porch.
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet dur-ing Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguard-ing Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”
 
CHURCH CLEANING Eileen’s group (week beginning 6th February).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details including a thank you letter from SPUC. Sacred Heart Messenger for February 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston meet on Saturday 18th February at 1pm for a ‘Soup Lunch’. Venue: 2 Barrie Drive, Larkfield. ME20 6UG. Contact Eileen Scholes 01732 846844
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Wednesday 22nd February 2017 at 8pm. Venue: 109 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill. West Malling. ME19 4DS. Contact Mary and Mike Lockyear 01732 875752
 

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4th Sunday of the Year (A)    29 January 2017
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

£774.76 total raised in December through donations and events. Overall total raised is £65,166.98
Amount still owed on loan is £19,833.02
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 14th February 2017 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
NOTICE BOARD Please note that only notices relating to the Church or Parish are to go up in the porch and must be done through the Parish Office. Please do not place or leave leaflets or publications without checking with the Office or Fr. Peter.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Monday 30th January - 5-6pm and 6-7pm (Reconciliation Day). We will meet in two separate sessions - each group will wait until everyone has made their Sacrament to support one another. Sunday 5th February - Thanksgiving Mass for Reconciliation at 10am.
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS Please take a card and pray for the child whose name is on it as they pre-pare for their First Communion. The cards are in a box on the table in the porch and need to be returned by the end of April. Thank you.
 
A LIFETIME OF LOVING Saturday 4th March at St. Teresa’s, Ashford. Husband and wife can give each other a gift by spending a day exploring their relationship more deeply in the light of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation: ‘The Joy of Love’, and gain valuable insights into their communication and the call of the Church to the married. Please note there is no group sharing during the day. This is not marriage counselling or guidance but a chance to make your marriage even better. Contact Carole: 07983524727 mflkent@gmail.com Poster / application forms in porch.
 
TEENAGE RETREAT FOR YEARS 7-9 - INSPIRE @ WORTH ABBEY – FEBRUARY 10-12TH This February there will be another retreat at Worth Abbey for young people in school years 7-9. INSPIRE is part of the youth re-treat programme at The Open Cloister, which has been running successfully for a number of years. The retreats are run by an experienced team with the support of the monastic community at Worth and the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton. They give young people a brilliant chance to meet other young Catholics and to explore their faith in the beautiful atmosphere of Worth Abbey. There are also games, sports, social activities and much more. The weekend costs £84 but bursaries are available. For more information or to book, email toc@worthabbey.net or francescacar-bone181@gmail.com - bookings close February 3rd, or when the retreat is full.
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet dur-ing Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguard-ing Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”
 
CHURCH CLEANING Steph’s group (week beginning 30th January).
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP have their first meeting of the year this Wednesday 1st February at 1pm at Jenny’s Barn, Hermitage Farm Barn, Lucks Hill, West Malling. ME19 6HW Tel: 01732 522816 for a soup lunch and ‘Bring and Buy’. New members are always welcome.
 
GARDENING CLUB meet on Saturday 4th February from 10am to 12 noon. All are welcome.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details. Sacred Heart Messenger for February 2017 on sale in the porch. Southwark Directories are now on sale in the porch.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Wednesday 22nd February 2017 at 8pm. Venue: 109 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill. West Malling. ME19 4DS. Contact Mary and Mike Lockyear 01732 875752
 

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6th Sunday of the Year (A)    12 February 2017
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

£562.39 total raised in January through donations and events. Overall total raised is £65,729.37
Amount still owed on loan is £19,270.63
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 14th February 2017 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
NOTICE BOARD Please note that only notices relating to the Church or Parish are to go up in the porch and must be done through the Parish Office. Please do not place or leave leaflets or publications without checking with the Office or Fr. Peter.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Wednesday 22nd February (parents meeting) - 7.30 for 8pm. Glory to God in the Highest and The Word of the Lord - these chapters being discussed. The children should now be taking an interest in Mass and watching Father Peter carefully when they hear the bells rung at Mass - make sure your child can see Father from where they sit in Mass.
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS need to be returned by the end of April. Thank you.
 
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS TRAINING DAY takes place in Church on Saturday 18th February from 10am-12 noon.
 
HAPPY ST. VALENTINE’S DAY - A LIFETIME OF LOVING Saturday 4th March at St. Teresa’s, Ashford. Dear husband and wife! You can give each other a wonderful St Valentine’s gift by spending a day exploring your rela-tionship more deeply to gain valuable insights into your communication and the call of the Church to the married. Couples who have attended the course noted the positive changes it made to their marriage. There is no group sharing and this is not marriage counselling or guidance but a chance to make your marriage even better. Contact: Carole - Tel: 07983524727 - email: mflkent@gmail.com
 
WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER 2017 has been prepared by the Christian Women of the Philippines and the theme of the Service is ‘Am I Being Unfair to You?’ It will take place on Friday 3rd March at the Church of St. John the Baptist, Wateringbury at 10.30am. Refreshments to be served from 10am. All are welcome. Attendees are en-couraged to car share wherever possible.
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet dur-ing Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguard-ing Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”
CHURCH CLEANING Wiesia’s group (week beginning 13th February).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details. Sacred Heart Messenger for February 2017 on sale in the porch.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Larkfield, Ditton, East Malling and Teston meet on Saturday 18th February at 1pm for a ‘Soup Lunch’. Venue: 2 Barrie Drive, Larkfield. ME20 6UG. Contact Eileen Scholes 01732 846844
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Wednesday 22nd February 2017 at 8pm. Venue: 109 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill. West Malling. ME19 4DS. Contact Mary and Mike Lockyear 01732 875752
 

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3rd Sunday of the Year (A)    22 January 2017
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

£774.76 total raised in December through donations and events. Overall total raised is £65,166.98
Amount still owed on loan is £19,833.02
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 14th February 2017 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
NOTICE BOARD Please note that only notices relating to the Church or Parish are to go up in the porch and must be done through the Parish Office. Please do not place or leave leaflets or publications without checking with the Office or Fr. Peter.
 
CANDLEMAS Children’s Christingles will be made at a special Children’s Liturgy at the 10am Mass next Sunday.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Monday 23rd January - 5-6pm (children’s class). God helps me get it right - discuss from the chapter how we all change and grow and can make things better for all.
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS Please take a card and pray for the child whose name is on it as they prepare for their First Communion. The cards are in a box on the table in the porch and need to be returned by the end of April. Thank you.
 
MESSAGE: “BEN AND LINDA GRILLO AND FAMILY would like to thank everyone for your kind words, messages and prayers following the death of our dear daughter Mirella who will be greatly missed by us all. Special thanks to Fr. Peter and all con-cerned for your support and prayers. Thank you.”
 
CHRISTIAN UNITY WEEK Saturday 21st January - Afternoon Prayer in the Pilgrim’s Chapel, West Malling Abbey and Sunday 22nd January - Christian Unity Service at St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Aylesford at 4pm. Parking in school playground or village car parks.
 
A LIFETIME OF LOVING Saturday 4th March at St. Teresa’s, Ashford. Husband and wife can give each other a gift by spending a day exploring their relationship more deeply in the light of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation: ‘The Joy of Love’, and gain valu-able insights into their communication and the call of the Church to the married. Please note there is no group sharing during the day. This is not marriage counselling or guidance but a chance to make your marriage even better. Contact Carole: 07983524727 mflkent@gmail.com Poster / application forms in porch.
 
TEENAGE RETREAT FOR YEARS 7-9 - INSPIRE @ WORTH ABBEY – FEBRUARY 10-12TH This February there will be an-other retreat at Worth Abbey for young people in school years 7-9. INSPIRE is part of the youth retreat programme at The Open Cloister, which has been running successfully for a number of years. The retreats are run by an experienced team with the sup-port of the monastic community at Worth and the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton. They give young people a brilliant chance to meet other young Catholics and to explore their faith in the beautiful atmosphere of Worth Abbey. There are also games, sports, social activities and much more. The weekend costs £84 but bursaries are available. For more information or to book, email toc@worthabbey.net or francescacarbone181@gmail.com - bookings close February 3rd, or when the retreat is full.
 
HEADTEACHER VACANCY Notre Dame Catholic Primary School, London. SE18 3SJ - the closing date for applications is 27th January 2017. They are looking for a practising Catholic with an excellent understanding of Catholic Education. Please see the notice board for more details.
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguarding Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”
 
CHURCH CLEANING Fiona’s group (week beginning 23rd January 2017).
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP The group will have their first meeting of the year on Wednesday 1st February at Jenny’s Barn for a soup lunch.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details. Sacred Heart Messenger for February 2017 on sale in the porch. Southwark Directories are now on sale in the porch.
 
AREA GROUP MEETINGS
 
Kings Hill and Mereworth meet on Wednesday 22nd February 2017 at 8pm. Venue: 109 Discovery Drive, Kings Hill. West Malling. ME19 4DS. Contact Mary and Mike Lockyear 01732 875752
 

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2nd Sunday of the Year (A)    15 January 2017
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

£774.76 total raised in December through donations and events. Overall total raised is £65,166.98
Amount still owed on loan is £19,833.02
*******
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 14th February 2017 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
NOTICE BOARD Please note that only notices relating to the Church or Parish are to go up in the porch and this must be done through the Parish Office. Please do not place or leave any leaflets or publications in the Porch without previously checking with the Office or Fr. Peter.
 
PARISH MEETING MINUTES The Parish Council are looking for somebody who would be willing to take the min-utes of the Parish meeting on an occasional basis. Please contact the Office 01732 843302
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Monday 16th January - 5-6pm (children’s class). Celebrating our rescue - discuss the chapter and how we all need other people to help us and care for us, how we should all forgive.
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS Please take a card and pray for the child whose name is on it as they pre-pare for their First Communion. The cards are in a box on the table in the porch and need to be returned by the end of April. Thank you.
 
MESSAGE FROM TONY AND ANNE LAW "Tony and Anne Law would like to express our sincere thanks and ap-preciation for the many messages of sympathy and Mass Cards we have received following the sudden death of our dear son Christopher. With special thanks to Dee and Peter, the 'flower ladies' and Father Peter."
 
CHRISTIAN UNITY WEEK Monday 16th January at St Thomas More Church at 7.15pm; Tuesday 17th January at Larkfield Methodist Church from 10.30am until 12 noon with a 12.30pm lunch; Thursday 19th January at Larkfield Community Church at 7.45pm; Saturday 21st January - Afternoon Prayer in the Pilgrim’s Chapel, West Malling Ab-bey and Sunday 22nd January - Christian Unity Service at St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Aylesford at 4pm. Parking in school playground or village car parks.
 
A LIFETIME OF LOVING Saturday 4th March at St. Teresa’s, Ashford. Husband and wife can give each other a gift by spending a day exploring their relationship more deeply in the light of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation: ‘The Joy of Love’, and gain valuable insights into their communication and the call of the Church to the married. Please note there is no group sharing during the day. This is not marriage counselling or guidance but a chance to make your marriage even better. Contact Carole: 07983524727 mflkent@gmail.com Poster / application forms in porch.
 
TEENAGE RETREAT FOR YEARS 7-9 - INSPIRE @ WORTH ABBEY – FEBRUARY 10-12TH This February there will be another retreat at Worth Abbey for young people in school years 7-9. INSPIRE is part of the youth re-treat programme at The Open Cloister, which has been running successfully for a number of years. The retreats are run by an experienced team with the support of the monastic community at Worth and the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton. They give young people a brilliant chance to meet other young Catholics and to explore their faith in the beautiful atmosphere of Worth Abbey. There are also games, sports, social activities and much more. The weekend costs £84 but bursaries are available. For more information or to book, email toc@worthabbey.net or francescacar-bone181@gmail.com - bookings close February 3rd, or when the retreat is full.
 
HEADTEACHER VACANCY Notre Dame Catholic Primary School, London. SE18 3SJ - the closing date for appli-cations is 27th January 2017. They are looking for a practising Catholic with an excellent understanding of Catholic Education. Please see the notice board for more details.
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet dur-ing Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguard-ing Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”
 
CHURCH CLEANING Wiesia’s group (week beginning 16th January 2017).
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP The group will not meet in January but will have their first meeting of the year on Wednesday 1st February at Jenny’s Barn for a soup lunch.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details. Sacred Heart Messenger for February 2017 on sale in the porch. Southwark Directories are now on sale in the porch.

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8thJan2017    08 January 2017
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

£774.76 total raised in December through donations and events. Overall total raised is £65,166.98
Amount still owed on loan is £19,833.02
*******
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 10th January 2017 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
NOTICE BOARD Please note that only notices relating to the Church or Parish are to go up in the porch and this must be done through the Parish Office. Please do not place or leave any leaflets or publications in the Porch without previously checking with the Office or Fr. Peter.
 
PARISH MEETING MINUTES The Parish Council are looking for somebody who would be willing to take the minutes of the Par-ish meeting on an occasional basis. Please contact the Office 01732 843302
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Monday 9th January - 5-6pm (children’s class). Lord have Mercy - read the chapter and discuss being truly sorry in everyday life. There is also a parent’s meeting on Wednesday 11th January at 7.30 for 8pm in Church for a talk on ‘Reconciliation’ - it is important that all parents attend to help you and your child prepare for this Sacrament. Please bring a photo of your child for the Church.
 
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER CARDS Please take a card and pray for the child whose name is on it as they prepare for their First Communion. The cards are in a box on the table in the porch and need to be returned by the end of April. Thank you.
 
SPUC ‘WHITE FLOWER’ APPEAL The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) will be holding it’s annual appeal this weekend. In 2017 SPUC is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act. Over 8.7 million unborn children have lost their lives due to abortion in the last fifty years. Since 1967 SPUC has been working tirelessly to uphold the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death. Please help make 2017 a landmark year in SPUC’s historic cam-paign to win legal protection for unborn children. Please be as generous as you can to help SPUC and help save mothers and babies from abortion.
 
CHRISTIAN UNITY WEEK Monday 16th January at St Thomas More Church at 7.15pm; Tuesday 17th January at Larkfield Methodist Church from 10.30am until 12 noon with a 12.30pm lunch; Thursday 19th January at Larkfield Community Church at 7.45pm; Saturday 21st January - Afternoon Prayer in the Pilgrim’s Chapel, West Malling Abbey and Sunday 22nd January - Chris-tian Unity Service at St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Aylesford at 4pm. Parking in school playground or village car parks.
 
TEENAGE RETREAT FOR YEARS 7-9 - INSPIRE @ WORTH ABBEY – FEBRUARY 10-12TH This February there will be an-other retreat at Worth Abbey for young people in school years 7-9. INSPIRE is part of the youth retreat programme at The Open Cloister, which has been running successfully for a number of years. The retreats are run by an experienced team with the sup-port of the monastic community at Worth and the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton. They give young people a brilliant chance to meet other young Catholics and to explore their faith in the beautiful atmosphere of Worth Abbey. There are also games, sports, social activities and much more. The weekend costs £84 but bursaries are available. For more information or to book, email toc@worthabbey.net or francescacarbone181@gmail.com - bookings close February 3rd, or when the retreat is full.
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguarding Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”
 
CHURCH CLEANING Eileen’s group (week beginning 9th January 2017).
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP The group will not meet in January but will have their first meeting of the year on Wednesday 1st February at Jenny’s Barn for a soup lunch.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details. Sacred Heart Messenger for January 2017 on sale in the porch. Southwark Directories are now on sale in the porch.
 

AREA GROUP MEETINGS

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

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

 

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

 

A different format for our Newsletter today as it’s covering two weeks. During this time we celebrate the Christmas Days which go on to the Epiphany on 8th January and also the New Year of 2017. Let us open ourselves to the love and light of our Christ- mas Lord and make them true days of love and celebration - have a ‘treat’ each day - and don’t forget to keep your decorations up or there will be trouble!

Please see below for details of Services and meetings including the New Year next weekend and the Epiphany in two weeks time (including the SPUC “White Flower Appeal”) - also Crib Offerings - and we wish our Baby and Toddler Group, Pre-School and Schools a happy break and a good start to their new term.

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

AREA GROUPS—HOUSE MASSES – and MEETINGS

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

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

 

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

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FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT (A)    18 December 2016
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

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

 
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Lucia’s Concert raised £183.76
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING GROUP meet on Tuesday 10th January 2017 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
NOTICE BOARD Please note that only notices relating to the Church or Parish are to go up in the porch and this must be done through the Parish Office. Please do not place or leave any leaflets or publications in the Porch without previously checking with the Office or Fr. Peter.
 

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

              CHRISTMAS MUSIC

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

Thank you. Flora Moys 

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

CHILDREN’S LITURGY CHRISTMAS WORKSHOP

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


ADVENT HOUSE MASSES

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

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

Thank you. God Bless.

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

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

 
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Lucia’s Concert on Sunday 11th December. Refreshments from 3.30pm - Concert begins at 4pm
Suggested donations of Adults £5 and Children £1
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING Next meeting Tuesday 13th December 2016 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
PARISH MEETING MINUTES The Parish Council are looking for somebody who would be willing to take the minutes of the Parish meeting on an occasional basis. Please contact the Office 01732 843302
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Advent from 27th November to 24th December - Workshops, Wreath making, special Services for children and Sunday Liturgy throughout the Season. Family Mass at 10am Christmas morning.
 
CHRISTMAS CARDS AND ADVENT CALENDARS are now on sale in the porch. All are individually priced and they are cheaper than the shops. We operate an honesty scheme where you can choose and then put your money in the box on the wall by the main door. This is a good way of helping to raise funds for our Church.
 
CTIM CHRISTMAS CARDS are in the porch ready for distribution. Would parishioners please take and deliver the bundle for their road. Many thanks.
 
CTIM CAROL SINGING Join us on Saturday 10 December outside Morrisons, New Hythe Lane at 11.30 (collecting for Heart of Kent Hospice) and Tesco’s, Leybourne Way at 12.30 (collecting for Diabetes UK & British Heart Foundation). Hot chocolate and biscuits follow.
 
NOTICE BOARD Please note that only notices relating to the Church or Parish are to go up in the porch and this must be done through the Parish Office. Please do not place or leave any leaflets or publications in the Porch without previously checking with the Office or Fr Peter.
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguarding Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”
 
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS WORKSHOP takes place on 21st December from 10-11am in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre.

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

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

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

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

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

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

ADVENT HOUSE MASSES

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

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FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (A)    27 November 2016
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

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

 
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Lucia’s Concert on Sunday 11th December. Refreshments from 3.30pm - Concert begins at 4pm
Suggested donations of Adults £5 and Children £1
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING Next meeting Tuesday 13th December 2016 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Schedules for classes starting in October 2016 are now at the back of the church. Please note that children must be currently in at least Year 3 at school to participate. The cut-off date for acceptance into this years class is 28th November 2016. No children will be accepted onto the course after this date. Monday 28th November - 5-6pm (children’s class). In the Name of the Father - we will show the children around the Church and items used. Continue to discuss this chapter and get the children to notice what is happening and changes in Church this season - PRAYER CARDS TO BE COMPLETED.
 
CHRISTMAS CARDS AND ADVENT CALENDARS are now on sale in the porch. All are individually priced and they are cheaper than the shops. We operate an honesty scheme where you can choose and then put your money in the box on the wall by the main door. This is a good way of helping to raise funds for our Church.
 
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR next Saturday 3rd December 11am-2pm. The Fete Committee team (Danny Coleman, Alison Mansfield, Colette Dunckley and Clare Mason) need your help. If you are able to help on a stall or setting up / clearing away on the day of the Bazaar, please see one of the team after Mass or let the Parish Office know and one of the team will contact you.
 
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR PARISH DONATIONS School parents are asked to donate £2 towards the cost of a raffle hamper, a
bottle of wine for the bottle tombola and a homemade cake (to be supplied on the morning of the Bazaar or the day before) or a box of mince pies. It would be lovely if parishioners could donate the same. If you are able to do so, the Committee Team will be around at all Masses this weekend. The Parish Hamper is red wine.
 
CTIM CHRISTMAS CARDS are in the porch ready for distribution. Would parishioners please take and deliver the bundle for their road. Many thanks.
 
MISSIO RED BOX HOLDERS Missio have sent us 2017 calendars which are at the back of the Church. Please take your copy.
 
DRESS SALE Elaine Hook still has evening and party dresses for sale. If you are interested please phone to view in the next two weeks 01732 841411
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguarding Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!” CHURCH CLEANING Fiona’s group (week beginning 28thNovember).
 
GARDENING CLUB will NOT be meeting in December but will meet again in January - weather permitting.
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP ADVENT SERVICE AND LUNCH on Wednesday 7th December. There will be a Penitential Service at 11am in the Church followed by lunch at 12.30pm at Spadework.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details - also Cafod Christmas catalogues available. Sacred Heart Messenger for December 2016 on sale in the porch.
 

ADVENT HOUSE MASSES

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

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FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING (C)    20 November 2016
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

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

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CRAFT FAYRE Maria Abbott will be running a Craft Stall on Saturday 26th November in the Church porch from 10am until 12 noon. Unique ceramics and patchwork - all at reasonable prices.
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING Next meeting Tuesday 13th December 2016 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Schedules for classes starting in October 2016 are now at the back of the church. Please note that children must be currently in at least Year 3 at school to participate. The cut-off date for acceptance into this years class is 28th November 2016. No children will be accepted onto the course after this date. Monday 28th November - 5-6pm (children’s class). In the Name of the Father - we will show the children around the Church and items used. Continue to discuss this chapter and get the children to notice what is happening and changes in Church this season - PRAYER CARDS TO BE COMPLETED.
 
CHRISTMAS CARDS AND ADVENT CALENDARS are now on sale in the porch. All are individually priced and they are cheaper than the shops. We operate an honesty scheme where you can choose and then put your money in the box on the wall by the main door. This is a good way of helping to raise funds for our Church.
 
ADVENT WREATH MAKING takes place on Saturday 26th November from 10am till 12 noon. Cost is £5 per wreath and refreshments will be provided. Do not forget to bring your own greenery. The wreaths will be blessed at all Masses that weekend.
 
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR Saturday 3rd December 11am-2pm. The Fete Committee team (Danny Coleman, Alison Mansfield, Colette Dunckley and Clare Mason) need your help. If you are able to help on a stall or setting up / clearing away on the day of the Bazaar, please see one of the team after Mass or let the Parish Office know and one of the team will contact you. Many, many thanks.
 
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR PARISH DONATIONS School parents are asked to donate £2 towards the cost of a raffle hamper, a bottle of wine for the bottle tombola and a homemade cake (to be supplied on the morning of the Bazaar or the day before) or a box of mince pies. It would be lovely if parishioners could donate the same. If you are able to do so, there will be a donation box at the back of the church. The Parish Hamper is red wine.
 
MISSIO RED BOX HOLDERS Missio have sent us 2017 calendars which are at the back of the Church. Please take your copy.
 
DRESS SALE Elaine Hook still has evening and party dresses for sale. If you are interested please phone to view in the next two weeks 01732 841411
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet during Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguarding Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!” CHURCH CLEANING Wiesia’s group (week beginning 21st November).
 
GARDENING CLUB will NOT be meeting in December but will meet again in January - weather permitting.
 
MOTHER TERESA GROUP ADVENT SERVICE AND LUNCH on Wednesday 7th December. There will be a Penitential Service at 11am in the Church followed by lunch at 12.30pm at Spadework.
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details - also Cafod Christmas catalogues available. Sacred Heart Messenger for December 2016 on sale in the porch.
 

ADVENT HOUSE MASSES

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

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33rd Sunday of the Year (C)    13 November 2016
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING

£1454.90 total raised in October through donations and events. Overall total raised is £63,222.22
Amount still owed on loan is £21,777.78
***********
CRAFT FAYRE Maria Abbott will be running a Craft Stall on Saturday 26th November in the Church porch from 10am until 12 noon. Unique ceramics and patchwork - all at reasonable prices.
 
NEEDLEWORK AND KNITTING Next meeting Tuesday 13th December 2016 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Church porch. Materials and equipment will be provided but please feel free to bring anything you wish. All are welcome on the evening or call Chris on 01732 841522
 
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Schedules for classes starting in October 2016 are now at the back of the church. Please note that children must be currently in at least Year 3 at school to participate. The cut-off date for acceptance into this years class is 28th November 2016. No children will be accepted onto the course after this date. The Enrolment Mass is next Sunday 20th November. All children and parents need to attend - enrolment forms one of each colour to be presented at the Mass.
 
COMMUNION PHOTOGRAPHS Would parents or carers of children who made their First Holy Communion this year please take home the photograph of their child from the board in Church. Thank you.
 
CHRISTMAS CARDS AND ADVENT CALENDARS are now on sale in the porch. All are individually priced and they are cheaper than the shops. We operate an honesty scheme where you can choose and then put your money in the box on the wall by the main door. This is a good way of helping to raise funds for our Church.
 
ADVENT WREATH MAKING takes place on Saturday 26th November from 10am till 12 noon. Cost is £5 per wreath and refreshments will be provided. Do not forget to bring your own greenery. The wreaths will be blessed at all Masses that weekend.
 
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR Saturday 3rd December 11am-2pm. The Fete Committee team (Danny Coleman, Alison Mansfield, Colette Dunckley and Clare Mason) need your help. If you are able to help on a stall or setting up / clear-ing away on the day of the Bazaar, please see one of the team after Mass or let the Parish Office know and one of the team will contact you. Many, many thanks.
 
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR PARISH DONATIONS School parents are asked to donate £2 towards the cost of a raffle hamper, a bottle of wine for the bottle tombola and a homemade cake (to be supplied on the morning of the Bazaar or the day before) or a box of mince pies. It would be lovely if parishioners could donate the same. If you are able to do so, there will be a donation box at the back of the church. The Parish Hamper is red wine.
 
IRIS ROOTS There is a card at the back of the Church for Iris Root’s 90th birthday. Would anyone who wishes to, please sign it.
 
THE ART OF DYING WELL is a new website that offers a helping hand to those grappling with issues around death and dying. Based in the Catholic tradition but open to all, it features real-life stories about dealing with the journey through death to eternal life. It will launch in November - the traditional month of remembering and praying for the dead. Prayer cards are available in the porch. www.artofdyingwell.org
 
COME AND SING WITH BOB CHILCOTT on 18th February 2017 from 9am to 4pm at Invicta Girls Grammar School - he is described by The Observer as “a contemporary hero of British Choral Music”. You must register for the day by 16th December 2016 at the latest. Cost is £20 (+ £2 score hire if applicable). Please see leaflet on the notice board for more details.
 
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS!! Children under 10 must be escorted to the toilet dur-ing Mass. The Church doors are unlocked during Services and children may wander out into the car park if not monitored. Latecomers with cars moving in and out pose a potential hazard for all young children. Your safeguard-ing Committee says “Beware and Be Aware!”
 
CHURCH CLEANING Eileen’s group (week beginning 14th November).
 
NOTICES Please see the Notice Board for details - including a thank you letter from Cafod. Sacred Heart Messen-ger for November 2016 on sale in the porch.

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32nd Sunday of the Year (C)    06 November 2016
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

RECENTLY DEAD: Derek Calkin; Michael Krantz; Joe McGrath. Also Mary Frake (month’s mind). Please keep in your prayers all who have died in conflict throughout the world especially the innocent civilians.
 
ANNIVERSARIES: Ellen Radford; Lilian Irwin; Louise Thorogood; Bridie Kelly; Kitty Parris; Edward (Paddy) Colbert; Julie Stock-ton; Peggy Roberts; Kate Chapman; Margaret Gaiger; Anne Marie Townend; Sir Ronald Hatton; Brigid Tasker; Walter Davies; Bridget Oliver; Daphne Madge; Doris Brown; Mary Ivell; Kitty Gibbs; William Wrest.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 6
10am
Children’s Liturgy in the St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
MONDAY 7 8pm Youth Group leaders meet in the Priest's House
TUESDAY 8
1.30-3pm
7.45 for 8pm
Baby & Toddler Group meet in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Centre
Children’s Liturgy organisers meet in the Priest’s House
WEDNESDAY 9 7.30 for 8pm First Communion parents’ meeting in Church
SUNDAY 13
10am
3pm
Mass presented by the School - NO Children’s Liturgy
Remembrance Service in Snodland Cemetery
 
THANK YOU for your kind Offerings which amounted to £423.80 (Standing Orders average £303 per week).
 
SECURITY Anyone going into the Church alone must notify the Parish Office even if they have their own Church key and lock themselves in for safety reasons. They must also notify the Office when they leave.
 

FUNDRAISING

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

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31st Sunday of the Year (C)    30 October 2016
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ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH , LUCKS HILL,  WEST MALLING

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

ANNIVERSARIES: Ellen Davis; Iris Durden; Nancy Cochran; Jennie Newman; Frank Blake; Alfred Weaver; Lorraine O’Shea; Francis and Lonza Micallef; Teresa Soarul; Victor Ingram; Peter Caffrey; Peter Morrison; Kathleen Geoghan; Ellen Radford; Lilian Irwin; Louise Thorogood; Bridie Kelly.

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

FUNDRAISING