X FRIDAY MORNING PRAYER AT ST JOSEPH’S An informal service of Morning Prayer, based upon the Divine Office, is held each Friday at 11.00am in St Joseph's Lady Chapel. It lasts about 20 minutes. All are warmly welcome.
X ORDINARIATE GIFT AID ENVELOPES – Angelo Strinati, Gift Aid Organiser for our Ordinariate Group, will be at the back of church at the 9.00am and 11.00am masses at OLHoC this Sunday, to give out Gift Aid envelopes to those members of the Ordinariate who support our parish (which they do!) through the Ordinariate Gift Said Scheme.
X OLHoC PARISH HALL WATER LEAK! We’ve had quotes for this, and as we go to press are hoping that the work will be done this coming week. Similarly, we are making progress on the ladies’ toilets – getting a bit of architectural advice on the layout – and we have pile of parquet floor that we hope to lay in the old hall as soon as possible. Meanwhile, the diligent team of people continue to decorate and work away under the excellent leadership of John Grace. Many thanks to him and all on the Hall Team. AND…
X THE SPONSORED WALK FOR OLHOCSA HALL: OLSJ’s wonderful Sponsored Walkers matched the World Cup, Wimbledon and the Tour de France last Saturday, and walked, and power-walked, and (I think RAN) down to Hythe and back last Saturday and raised a just astonishing sum of £902.50 (to date) through sponsorship. We congratulate them and thank them for this magnificent and spontaneous achievement, and we thank all their sponsors, too.
X OUR LADY & ST JOSEPH’S 100 CLUB Application/renewal forms for the 2018/19 year are at the back of church - it costs £12.00 per number per year (and remember you can have as many numbers as you like), New members are very welcome! The July draw will take place today (July 22nd) after the 11.00am mass.
X PETER’S PENCE BOX – the whole of July is Peter’s Pence month. There’s a yellow-and-white box at the back of OLHoC at every Sunday mass, and there’s a Peter’s Pence box set into the wall at the back of St Joseph’s under the statue of St Anthony. The money collected as “Peter’s Pence” (this is a really old name, dating from the Middle Ages) goes from every Catholic diocese in the world straight to the Holy Father, for him to support good causes all over the world.
X COFFEE MORNINGS AT OLHoC have started up again after the 9.00am and 11.00am Sunday Masses, and the 10.00am Thursday Mass. Please come along and enjoy these unpretentious but good fun little get-togethers, and support the kindness and enterprise of the volunteers who supply the coffee, make the cakes and distribute the biscuits, and wash up afterwards.
X THE FOLKESTONE FOODBANK Our parish is a vital supporter of the Folkestone Foodbank’s work, donating regularly via collection points at Guildhall Street, at St Joseph’s, and at Stella Maris. Food vouchers are regularly issued to people who turn up at the Presbytery. The Foodbank have sent a new list this week of stuff they’re short of: tinned food of almost any kind (meat, or fruit, or vegetables, or puddings – of any variety); also biscuits, jams and spreads (inc. peanut butter); long life milk, and fruit juice, and tea and coffee. Also, they always need nappies, pet food, and washing detergent (in tablet or capsule form). Please remember: no alcohol, and food within its “best before” date! THANK YOU for your generosity.
X COLLECTION BASKETS – Don’t be alarmed at the new collection baskets that have replaced the wooden collection plates at Mass at Guildhall Street! The old wooden ones occasionally let money slip over the side, or under the green felt at the bottom, so these simple wicker baskets are a bit deeper and more capacious!
X BISHOP PAUL MASON, our auxiliary bishop in Kent, is going to become the new Bishop to the Forces, and will be leaving Kent for Farnborough in the autumn. This is very sad news for us, as we have appreciated his support for the parish, and his cheerful and pastorally sensitive visits to us – and to the wider deanery – have brought inspiration and encouragement to many: not to mention those children and adults to whom he has administered the Sacrament of Confirmation in recent years. He has also been the Chairman of the Board of the Kent Catholic Schools Partnership (to which both Stella Maris and St Edmund’s belong). We wish him every blessing, and of course, we shall miss him, as we wait for his successor to be appointed.
X THE SVP is seeking to recruit an 1833 Research and Project Development Officer to review, re-model, project plan and potentially produce resources for their programme for 18-30 year olds in preparation for a service re-launch in September 2019. The salary is £27,000 p.a., pro rata for 3 days a week; it is a one year contract. Work is home-based with national travel. Closing date: 10:00am on Wednesday, July 25th, 2018. Interviews: Thursday, July 26th, 2018. Start date: Wednesday, August 29th, 2018. For more details & application pack, please visit the vacancies section of the SVP website:<https://www.svp.org.uk/>
X A DAY WITH MARY - Saturday, August 4th, at St Anne’s Cliftonville, 10.00am to approx 5.00pm. Crowning, Mass, Rosary, and Benediction; sermons from Fr Christopher Lindlar and Fr Simon Heans
X CARPENTER REQUIRED! We’re looking for a carpenter to replace some rotten wooden door frames and fit new doors in the Parish Hall at Guildhall Street. Terms to be agreed (i.e. we’re not necessarily asking for it to be done free of charge!) Please contact John Grace for more information - 01303 250230
X THE BIKE RIDE (The Annual National Ride & Stride Event) will take place on Saturday, September 8th. This is the annual sponsored event to raise money for church fabric repairs! Lots of churches in Folkestone (including OLHoC & St Joseph’s) are open to be visited on that day, and the idea is to visit as many as possible, by bike or on foot, and to get sponsored to do it! We should have, like last year, a team of 'receptionists' to welcome the 'tourists', and lots of people to “ride and stride” around the town – and even further afield – this is a national event, after all! All the participating churches will keep 50% of any money they raise! More soon from Carol Chittock (OLHoC) & Steve Press (St Joseph’s)
X TACKLING MODERN SLAVERY: THE SAFE CAR WASH APP. Our diocese of Southwark is a member of the Church Investors Group, who are committed to making it a priority to oppose modern slavery and people trafficking. Their anti-slavery programme, co-ordinated by the Santa Marta Group, have joined up with the Church of England’s “Clewer Initiative” to engage in a project to stamp out modern slavery in Britain’s many hand car washes. They have worked with the CCLA (the specialist investment manager for charities and local authorities) to help launch the ‘Safe Car Wash’ app for iPhones. This app is available to download for free from the Apple App Store:
The Safe Car Wash app will help the user identify whether there are signs of forced labour exploitation evident at the car wash they are using. These signs have been listed in consultation with the National Crime Agency, the Gangmasters’ Labour Abuse Authority, the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. They cover a range of issues, such as pricing, whether workers are wearing protective equipment, and whether there are signs of workers living on site in makeshift accommodation. Depending on the data entered, the app user will either be told there are no visible sign for concern or directed to phone the Modern Slavery Helpline. If this interests you, look up the website address shown above.