X CATECHETICAL CLASS - in Our Lady HoC Parish Hall at 7.30pm on Mondays to explore and learn more about the Catholic Faith, mainly for those who aren’t Catholics yet!

X SHIRLEY HART - We sadly announced last week the death of Shirley Hart. Shirley’s funeral mass will be celebrated at Our Lady, Help of Christians, on the fifth anniversary of her husband Bob’s funeral: this Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 at (PLEASE NOTE) the different-from-usual time of 1.30pm.

X FIRST HOLY COMMUNION classes continue at Stella Maris on Wednesdays at 3.30pm, and carry on until First Holy Communions Sunday on May 19th (with a few breaks at half-term, etc.)

X WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY  Churches Together in Folkestone invite you to the following services starting today:
·  Sunday January 20th at 6.00pm - Launch of CTF’s Overseas Mission Prayer Group. Venue: SKCC’s Cornerstone Building (formerly URC), Castle Hill Ave.
·  Tuesday January 22nd at 1.00pm - “Church at One” - Prayer for Folkestone and the churches in CTF. Venue: St John’s Church, St John’s Church Road.
·  Thursday January 24th at 1.00pm - “Church at One” - Prayer for Folkestone and the churches in CTF. Venue: Harbour Church (formerly St Saviours), Canterbury Rd
·  Sunday January 27th at 6.00pm - Watoto Children’s Choir. Venue: Life Church, Bowles Well Gardens.

X THE FOLKESTONE FOODBANK – Please DON’T STOP CONTRIBUTING! Please ensure the food you give is in tins or in packets - (not fresh food, especially not fresh meat). so that it can be stored properly at the warehouse. The work of the Foodbank, despite the Winter Shelter, and Foodstop, etc., is still necessary.

X THE WINTER SHELTER - John Philpott writes “The Winter Shelter has now been running for 7 weeks.  This week our thanks go to Fr Jamie & the Prince of India restaurant for organising a curry night for our 13 guests.  Thanks again to our anonymous donors who are keeping us afloat financially and to all our willing volunteers who make a great team.  Should anyone have a redundant catering trolley they'd be able to donate, we'd be very grateful!”

X OUR LADY & ST JOSEPH’S 100 CLUB. The January draw will take place today, Sunday, January 20th after the 11.00am mass.

X WORLD PEACE DAY is today, January 20th. There will be a second collection for Pax Christi. The work of Pax Christi is based on the gospel and inspired by faith. Our vision is of a world where people can live in peace, without fear of violence in all its forms. Rooted in Catholic Christianity, we work with all who share our values to abolish war and create communities of justice and peace. There will be special envelopes at the back of the churches.

X SPUC The churches of the parish will hold a second collection next Sunday, January 27th in aid of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC). This is the annual White Flower Appeal. Please bring in your white SPUC collection boxes to be emptied and counted and give them to Trish at Our Lady HoC.

X FRIDAY MORNING PRAYERS AT ST JOSEPH’S: Every Friday at 11.00am in St Joseph’s Lady Chapel. All welcome.

X JULIAN MEETINGS - Next two meetings: This Friday, January 25th at 7.00pm. and February 22nd at 2.30pm. Contact for information: Rosie Press on 277399 or <>

X DIOCESAN DIRECTORIES FOR 2019 - a few of these are still available from the Church Shop in Guildhall St, or from the Presbytery - £3.00 each. Unless the uptake is greater, we shan’t buy any of these to sell on next year, but only get them for clergy, sacristy, etc. The parish has to purchase them first, before we sell them - we don’t make a profit!

X CHINESE NEW YEAR LUNCH AT ST JOSEPH’S - St Joseph’s Social Club invite you to join them for a top class Chinese meal on Sunday, February 10th at 12.30pm. Adults £10.00, Children £5.00. Booking is essential - ring Margaret Irving on 01303 278435.

X LOOKING AHEAD TO CANDLEMAS (The Presentation of the Lord) We’ll celebrate Candlemas at 10.00am on Saturday, February 2nd. The parish’s stock of candles will be blessed, and we’ll sing hymns! With this lovely (though rather neglected) great feast we mark the conclusion of the Christmas season. Why not have the candles from your own homes to be blessed, too - bring them with you get them blessed along with the parish’s candles.

1.     Two part-time Resource Assistants to run the  bookshop and develop on-line sales via the Centre website. 15hrs a week during term time. Good IT skills needed and some experience of catechesis.
2.     Full time Adviser for Catechesis & Adult Formation in Kent to plan and organise specific events/courses for those involved in parish ministry and to build good relationships with other diocesan agencies and ecumenical/inter religious  parties.
Job descriptions for both jobs can be found at For an informal chat contact Mark Nash (Director) by email,
CV’s can be emailed with a covering letter to Sarah Wood (HR Manager), Closing date: February 1st.

X PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK - Fully escorted St Patrick’s Weekend pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland. March 16th 2019. £599 per person sharing.

Wheelchair accessible rooms. Group and individual bookings welcome. Contact Patricia on 01268 762278 or 07740 175557 or email


(If any parishioner can’t get to mass through illness, and they, or a member of their family, would like a Eucharistic Minister to visit, please inform Fr Stephen, Fr Jamie, or the Parish Office; and likewise, if someone goes into hospital, please make sure the clergy are informed so that they can either visit themselves, or arrange a visit from the Catholic Chaplain to the Hospital concerned.)

Please pray for the people named below,
who have asked us to hold them in our prayers:
Blanche Ellis, Cecilia Wells-Tilling, Giovanni Toffetti, Joan Martin, John McGarry, Patricia Barry, Ray Smith, Roy Blake

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