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 SECOND COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND Our second collection this weekend is for the Catholic Education Service. This collection was due two weekends ago when instead we had a collection for the Kerala floods. Some of you gave to Catholic Education that weekend through your Gift Aid envelopes and we have made a note of what has already been given in.

X CATECHETICAL COURSE – this course started very well last week, and will continue as planned picking up newcomers as we go along. The only thing was that we had to meet in the church, which isn’t terribly comfortable (as you all know!), so this coming Monday I suggest that we meet in the new part of the Parish Hall. A couple of people whom I expected didn’t turn up – I hope that they will do, and that if someone could offer a lift they might be able to do that. Those of you who did come – please remember to bring the form that I asked you to fill in!

X SINGERS - PLEASE READ THIS!  Anyone who has a voice is invited to join the Parish Singing Group as we begin to practise for the Advent Carol Service. PLEASE NOTE - THIS YEAR THE ADVENT CAROL SERVICE WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT - DECEMBER 9th - AT 6pm. We will begin our practices for this on Thursday October 4th.  PLEASE think about joining us - we practise on Thursdays at 6.00pm in OLHoC Parish Hall.

X ROBERT BENSON AFSC KCSG KGCHS It is with great sorrow that we announce the death, last Friday night, of Robert Hugh Benson, a distinguished, generous and venerable servant of the Catholic Church in this parish, in the diocese, nationally and overseas. His involvement with the Convent, with St Joseph’s Parish, with St Edmund’s School and the life of the deanery demonstrated his commitment to the life of the Church in his local area; his distinction as a Knight of the Order of St Gregory, and as Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, bear witness to the esteem in which he was held in the wider Church; and his imagination, generosity and care for the needy was manifest in one of the things dearest to him, his work as a devoted and energetic supporter of Bethlehem University for over 20 years. He served on the University’s Board of Regents, and was both founder and chairman of the Friends of Bethlehem University in England. He died strengthened by the rites of the Church, in his own home, on the night of September 14th/15th, and is survived by a son, Ian, and a daughter, Amanda. The time, date and place of his funeral will be announced when it is decided (this may well be by the time of publication). May he rest in peace.

X OLHoC CHRISTMAS FAYRE is on Saturday, Nov. 24th, at OLHoC Parish Hall. Put the date in your diaries! The Christmas Fayre has had a revamp & we’re looking for donations of as-new items that are still in wrappers or  boxes. We also we need prizes for the raffle, tombola (including bottles!), home-made cakes, preserves, items for the craft stall & the Christmas hamper. The box for donations is in place in at the back of the church, and the Raffle tickets are on their way. This year we don’t want any clothes or toys, please!

X CAFOD HARVEST FAST DAY is on October 5th. The CAFOD envelopes will be available next weekend. The following weekend (October 6th & 7th) we’ll have speakers at all the Sunday masses on to inform us about the purpose of this autumn’s appeal and there will be a retiring collection.

X SEPTEMBER EVENTS AT ST JOSEPH’S PARISH HALL, NARRABEEN ROAD, CT19 4DF Tomorrow, September 24th, 7.30pm – a talk by Deacon Gehad Homsey about the Infallibility of the Pope. Deacon Gehad writes – “Explaining and clarifying one of the most misunderstood and often confusing notions of the Catholic Church.”

X HOW OUR FAITH CAN HELP US CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME Let's Work Together! COME AND SEE HOW on Saturday 13th October at 2.00pm in the OLHoC Parish Hall. You are invited to watch a film on Global Healing: a Practical Response to Laudato Si, the Encyclical of Pope Francis. Evidence is constantly increasing which shows the urgency now required to reverse the damage to our earthly home. Each one of us in our daily routines and choices can help to achieve this change and achieve global healing. Come along! Watch the film! Enjoy a worldwide buffet! Bring the family! Talk about how to make a difference! Free of charge. SEE YOU THERE!

X OUR LADY & ST JOSEPH’S 100 CLUB The September draw will take place today (September 23rd). The 100 Club now has one vacant number to make it up to a hundred but we don’t have to stop there we can have as many members & numbers as we like. If you’d like to join for the first time or buy another number you’re very welcome. There are application forms at the back of St Joseph’s or at OLHoC ask Trish or Sara for one. It costs £12.00 per number per year - remember, you can have as many numbers as you like.

X THE SPONSORED BIKE RIDE – it’s now time to pay up your sponsorship money if you haven’t already done so. We’ll let you have details of how much our parish has raised as soon as we have the figures.

X THE FOLKESTONE FOODBANK - Please continue to make donations of food by placing them in the orange bin at OLHoC and the box at St Joseph’s. Top of the “Most Needed” list right now are: tinned food of almost any kind (meat, fruit, vegetables, puddings); biscuits, jams and spreads (inc. peanut butter); long life milk, fruit juice, teabags and instant coffee. Please remember: no alcohol, and food that’s still within its “best before” date!

X THE BIG SLEEP OUT – is taking place at St Mary’s Primary School on Friday (September 28th). Are you brave enough to give up your bed for just one night to raise funds for the work of the Rainbow Centre? Contact or ring 01303 210559 for further information. If you would like to sponsor Ann Berry, who is taking part in this event – there is a sponsor sheet at the back of the church.

X SISTER NORAH Now that she has been with us a while, Sister Norah Treasa Adolphus, who is attached to the Congregation of the Faithful Virgin, and lives at Bethany in Marten Road – and whom many of you are getting to know as you meet her at Mass, has asked me to let it be known that she is a properly qualified and well-experienced Counsellor, and that she is willing to offer her skills and knowledge to members of the parish community. Sr Norah has had wide experience especially – but by no means exclusively – counselling younger people. Confidentiality, empathy, and respect are hallmarks of her approach. She comes with the backing of Virgo Fidelis and is properly trained, registered and – as all professionally qualified counsellors must be – supervised herself (by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). If you’re interested, please approach her directly, or through one of the priests.

X VILLA MARIA CARE HOME IN HYTHE is advertising for female care assistants/bank care assistants. Please see the poster in the porch (at both churches), visit or phone 07793 771238.

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

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