X CATECHETICAL CLASS in Our Lady HoC Parish Hall from tomorrow onwards. And again on December 17th, and then we’ll break up for Christmas.
X ADVENT CAROL SERVICE – The annual Advent Carol Service at Our Lady, Help of Christians, is tonight (Sunday, December 9th) at 6.00pm. As always, it will feature special pieces of music, rousing Advent hymns, the inspiring Advent readings and the haunting “Great O” Advent Antiphons - around which the service is built. And there will be mulled wine and mince pies in the OLHoC Parish Hall afterwards!
X CHILDREN’S CAROL SERVICE – The annual Children’s Christmas Carol Service at St Joseph’s is also today (Dec. 9th), at 4.00pm. There will be tableaux with the children, early Christmas favourites, and afterwards mulled wine, with the Club Christmas Draw in St Joseph’s Parish Hall.
X TAKE SOME TIME TO REFLECT THIS ADVENT! Advent is a very special season of the year. Are YOU subscribing to Southwark’s series of short daily emails produced by the Diocesan Spirituality Commission? Make sure the full depth and meaning of Advent don’t pass you by! Sign up by logging on to <http://www.southwarkdsc.org.uk/> Ittakes you a page where at the top it says “ADVENT REFLECTIONS 2018 – CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP” Do that, and put in your email address, Christian name and surname, following the links, and there you go!
X FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS: It’s time to put your children’s names down for FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS, which will be on May 19th, 2019. Classes will be at Stella Maris on Wednesday afternoons at 3.30pm (starting on January 9th, 2019), and the Welcome meeting for parents and children will be at Stella Maris at 3.30pm on December 19th, 2018 (a week on Wednesday). There are forms at the back of the churches for parents to fill in and hand in at school or at the Presbytery (and these forms are available through Stella Maris, too).
X CHRISTMAS FLOWERS: please note that the second collection at both churches today is for Christmas flowers. At OLHoC - if you miss this opportunity and you’d like to contribute, please put your donation in an envelope marked “Christmas Flowers” and put it through the Presbytery letter box.
X WINTER NIGHT SHELTER – The Folkestone Churches Winter Night Shelter has started. Well done John and Liz and all the volunteers and helpers for the first, very successful, night last Wednesday. We welcomed 9 guests who were cared for by 16 volunteers, ranging from welcomers to cooks, to the overnight team. Guests were served an evening meal and a cooked breakfast. We're still looking for volunteers to join the overnight team and to help on Thursday mornings from 7.00am-9.00am to clear beds and help load them onto the Rainbow Centre van. Enquirers should contact Liz (01303 243110) or John (01303 25896). Please pray for the guests, the volunteers and the whole project over the next three months of opening doors, setting up, cooking, feeding and washing up, clearing up, dealing with problems and fetching and carrying in all directions.
X STELLA MARIS RECRUITMENT DRIVE! – It’s time to start thinking about providing your children with an education that takes place within a Catholic context! We are VERY BLESSED in having a good Catholic primary school in Folkestone – our own wonderful Stella Maris School. This school is part of the Kent Catholic Schools Partnership, and is rated “Good” by Ofsted. The Stella Maris representatives and display will be at St Joseph’s 4.00pm Christmas Children’s Carol Service today, and at Our Lady HoC this evening, with leaflets, members of staff, information and encouragement to let you know about our lovely and lively school. Find out what the Church offers, through Stella Maris, for YOUR child or grandchild!
X E-MAILS – A REMINDER! Please note that Fr Stephen, and Sara Adams at the Parish Office both have new e-mail addresses for church-related matters. (See below).
X THE FOLKESTONE FOODBANK – This parish can be very proud of the continual supply of food and so on that reaches the Folkestone Foodbank through Our Lady, Help of Christians, St Joseph’s and Stella Maris. The Foodbank van picks up the school’s and St Joseph’s donations (from the school), but not those from Guildhall Street – so we’re hoping to get that changed (instead of Sara Adams having to take all the OLHoC stuff to Hythe in her own car). Chocolates, biscuits, sweets, tinned rice puddings, tinned meat, toilet rolls, men’s razor blades, shaving foam and deodorant are still top of the Foodbank’s Christmas list (but NOT mince pies, Christmas puddings and or Christmas cakes – they’ve got TOO many of those!
X OUR LADY & ST JOSEPH’S 100 CLUB –The December draw (the December £50.00 bonus prize!) will take place after the 11.00am Mass, today, Sunday, December 9th, in OLHC Parish Hall.
X SVP CHRISTMAS DINNER – This is NEXT Sunday, December 16th, at 12.45pm in St Joseph’s Parish Hall. All are warmly welcome - if you would like to attend just let the SVP know by ringing 07527 952092. The SVP is a great body that undertakes a great deal of care and does a lot of good work in our parish. Transport can be arranged for you if needed.
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: January 25th at 7.00pm. and February 22nd at 2.30pm. Contact for information: Rosie Press on 277399 or <firstname.lastname@example.org>
X THE SOUND SYSTEM at Guildhall Street has been upgraded with a whole new set of amplification equipment – including a graphic equaliser, repairs to the loop and microphone systems, an extra speaker, and so on, installed by Matthew Curtis of Primary Solutions. The work was done last Monday and Wednesday evenings, followed up with a bit of fine-tuning on Saturday, and we are very pleased with the result. The idea is that it we have made one simple difference – everybody should be able to hear and be heard better!
X CAROLS IN THE COMMUNITY are being organised for all by Churches Together Folkestone at the Harbour Arm Station on Saturday December 22nd, from 5pm. Hot chocolate and mince pies will be served. If you would be interested in helping with this event please email <email@example.com> with your contact details.
X THE WORKPLACE – “How Green Is Your Workplace?” How carefully, for example, does your employer (or your business) dispose of potentially polluting waste? How well informed are you about sustainability in the methods of production and consumption in your area of work? Do you - are you permitted to? - use your imagination to think of better ways of doing things?