X MAY IS OUR LADY’S MONTH - the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians is this Friday, May 24th. This is an important day for Guildhall Street, and, of course, Patronal Feast of one of our parish churches, it is a Solemnity, and Mass at OLHoC will be celebrated with hymns at 10.00am. Meanwhile, on May 22nd, Stella Maris will hold a special school mass for Our Lady.
X ASCENSION DAY: THURSDAY, MAY 30th Please remember that Ascension Day is a Holy Day of Obligation! So, as usual for HDOs in this parish, there will be a VIGIL MASS the evening before at Our Lady, Help of Christians (7.30pm, on Wed., May 29th); and TWO MASSES ON THE DAY – one at Our Lady, Help of Christians (at 10.00am), and one at St Joseph’s Cheriton (at 7.30pm).
X BLESSED JOHN HENRY NEWMAN A very exciting evening in celebration of Bl. J H Newman: an evening of Prose and Poetry with Sarah de Nordwall on Monday 3rd June, 6.30pm at the Church of the Most Precious Blood, Southwark. For this event, booking is necessary by emailing email@example.com
X FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS – Today at the 11.00am Mass at OLHC, 27 children (18 from Stella Maris and 8 from state schools) will receive the Sacrament of our Lord’s Body and Blood for the first time, “sharing in the banquet of Christ's sacrifice, and calling God their Father in the midst of the Church.” as the baptism liturgy declares. (NB - three children will also receive the sacrament for the first time next Sunday at 10.00am on May 26th at St Joseph’s.)
X IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS that we announce the death at the age of 93 of Peter Barry, husband of Trisha Barry. Peter and Trisha were part of the Church’s life in Folkestone after they moved down here from London in the late 1940s. Their children John, Maria, Cecilia and Tim still live in or near Folkestone, and her second daughter Paula lives in Canada. To all of them, as to Trisha and the whole family, we extend our condolences. Peter died on May 10th at home in Broadmead Road with his wife and family around him, and strengthened by the sacraments of the Church, which had received the day before. His funeral will take place at OLHC on Tuesday, May 28th. May he rest in peace.
X OUR LADY & ST JOSEPH’S 100 CLUB – The May draw will take place this Sunday, May 19th, after the 11.00am Mass. This is the last draw of the current 100 Club year. Application/renewal forms for the next year are available at the back of each church.
X OLHoC CHURCH KNEELERS APPEAL – Most people will have noticed that Mike Evans is hard at work repairing the kneelers in OLHoC, and very nice the repaired ones look and feel - unobtrusive but smart, comfortable but firm. Once again, thanks to all those many people whose generosity has made this possible.
X MASS INTENTIONS The amalgamation of the two former parishes means that there will soon be only one parish office for both churches, and all administration will be dealt with at Guildhall Street. One of the most noticeable effects of this will concern mass intentions. Most mass intentions for BOTH churches are already “booked” through Guildhall Street: but from now on, I’m afraid, they will ALL have to be booked through the Guildhall Street office. It will be the only way to avoid confusion, duplication and intentions getting lost. We always work hard to be as helpful as possible with the timing of mass intentions: and OF COURSE we shall continue to do the same with the location of masses. If and when people want a mass said in a particular church, or at the convent, that is where the mass will be offered for that intention. We shall also print the next supply of Mass Intention envelopes to accommodate that requirement.
X PILGRIMAGES - BOOK YOUR PLACE! There are three pilgrimages from the parish this summer - please book your place with the organisers (first two) or just turn up (third one)!
1. UCM PILGRIMAGE TO AYLESFORD PRIORY on Tues., May 28th. Departure: 9.15am from OLHoC. Please see Cecilia Grace or Tess Vickery.
2. ORDINARIATE PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM on Sat., June 22nd: Departure: 7.00am from OLHoC. (NOT exclusively for Ordinarians - ALL parishioners are very welcome.) See Fr Jamie or sign up: lists out next week.
3. PILGRIMAGE TO CARDINAL POLE’S TOMB on Sat. July 13th. Open to all. No booking needed: find your own way to Canterbury. Mass, lunch, talk by Prof. Eamon Duffy, and devotions at the tomb. Organised by the Ordinariate in East Kent.
X FOLKESTONE FOODBANK – DONATIONS. It is so encouraging that in these stormy political times this simple enterprise of practical generosity to those in need continues unabated. God bless all of those who contribute and administer this work. REMEMBER PLEASE, NO CLOTHES OR TOYS – AND NEVER ANY ALCOHOL! Put donations of food in the big orange bin in the porch at OLHoC, and in the big cardboard box at St Joseph (these are emptied regularly - thanks to George and Bernie!) and we will arrange their transport to the Food Bank store in Hythe.
X SARA ADAMS, Parish Secretary at Guildhall Street since 2012, has retired. Her husband Brian retired a while ago, and Sara has decided to take the opportunity to spend more time with him. For the last seven years she has diligently served the parish, deploying her considerable skills as an administrator, and offering her thoughtful analyses and suggestions about people, problems, and opportunities to the clergy. She has looked after papers and emails and letters and bills and enquiries; she’s responded to floods of callers both on the phone and on the doorstep: she’s sorted out the questions and complications of our myriad mass intention requests; she’s kept the parish office going through thick and thin, and constantly reminded Fr Stephen of countless things that needed to be done, or arranged, or avoided, or sorted out. She’s shared in all the problems and pains that the practical running of a parish entails, kept calm in the midst of chaos, rescued countless situations that were slipping out of control, and never let an hour go to waste. She has been unfailingly discreet and respectful of the confidentiality that a parish secretary’s post requires. Nor has Sara left behind the ordinary life of the parish: from the coffee rota, via the SVP, to the ecumenical work of the Rainbow Project and Foodstop, she’s been there at everything, and ALWAYS at Mass on Sunday. I can’t tell you how much her kindness, patience, and sense of humour will be missed. It has been a privilege and joy to work with her, and whole bulletin would not suffice to thank her enough!
X THE SOCIETY OF ST VINCENT DE PAUL (SVP) wishes to say a big thank you to the people who took a Lent Board and filled it with six £1 coins. The total money raised was a magnificent £381. This money will go towards the work of the SVP locally and nationally.
X FR GARRY has sent a letter! (Please pick it up – it’s printed on green paper) It’s only at St Joseph’s this week because of the First Holy Communions: it’ll be at OLHoC next week.