X PARISH CONFIRMATION (MAY 3rd) AT OLHoC - this year’s Confirmation will be at Our Lady Help of Christians on Sunday, May 3rd at the 11.00am Mass. Children in this diocese have to be at least 12 years old on the day of confirmation (May 3rd). The classes will be on Tuesdays, from 6.00pm to 7.00pm, starting on Tuesday March 17th. Parents and candidates are asked to come to the initial meeting on Tuesday March 3rd at 6.00pm in Our Lady, Help of Christians. IF YOU OR YOUR CHILD OR GRANDCHILD OUGHT TO RECEIVE THIS SACRAMENT, please get in contact with Fr Stephen or the Presbytery (or both!). Registration forms are available from the Presbytery in Guildhall Street. Please return completed forms (along with evidence of baptism) as soon as possible!
X FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS (May 10th) – NO CLASSES THIS WEEK AS ITS HALF-TERM!
X ASH WEDNESDAY IS ON FEBRUARY 26th! On Ash Wednesday, there will be Mass and Imposition of Ashes at St Joseph’s at 9.00am, at Our Lady HoC at 10.00am with Stella Maris School, and again at Our Lady HoC at 7.30pm. As in previous years, the parish Lent Study Course will meet on Wednesdays during Lent starting on March 4th at 12.30pm in Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Hall, sharing soup and rolls before exploring the Letter of Jude. We will follow the Stations of the Cross on Fridays in both churches (9.15am at Our Lady Help of Christians and 11.00am at St Joseph’s). And throughout Lent, our candidates and catechumens will be at the heart of our Sunday Mass as we and they prepare to share together in the banquet of Christ’s sacrifice, at the Easter Vigil on the evening of April 11th and from then onwards into eternity.
X PALM CROSSES! As announced last week, it’s time to bring your palm crosses from last year back to church, so they can be burned to make the Ash Wednesday ashes. Please put the old palm crosses in the basket at the back of church – at St Joseph’s and OLHoC.
X DIVINE RENOVATION COURSE FOR LENT – During the Autumn of 2019 there was a lunchtime study group that explored Fr James Mallon’s book Divine Renovation. It is an important book that suggests how the Church should address its mission for the 21st century. Fr Jamie has been asked to repeat the course for those who were unable to attend the lunchtime sessions because of work commitments or whatever. It starts on Tuesday March 3rd at 7.00pm in the Parish Hall at Our Lady Help of Christians and you can also order the book, if you so wish, from our Catholic Bookshop.
X OUR LADY & ST JOSEPH’S 100 CLUB - the February draw will take place today after the 11.00am Mass.
X “THE GOD WHO SPEAKS” – the Year of the Word 2020. To mark the special Year of the Word Archbishop John Wilson has invited all Parishes in the diocese to join him for a special diocesan gathering in Aylesford on Saturday 27th June. More details will be published in due course, but please do save the date in your diary.
X TEA AND CAKE for the wise and mature folks at St Joseph’s Church Hall: tomorrow, Monday, February 17th, 2.00pm - 4.00pm.
X THE JUSTICE AND PEACE COMMITTEE will meet on Tuesday, February 18th, at 2.00pm in OLHoC Parish Hall.
X CORONAVIRUS - the Bishops have asked us to remember in our prayers those affected by the Coronavirus and the health workers who look after them.
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 welcome.
X THE FOLKESTONE FOODBANK – Please DON’T STOP CONTRIBUTING! Please ensure the food you give is in tins or in packets - (not fresh food), 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 - We rejoice and are glad tonight one of our guest of many years standing said goodbye to volunteers and Rainbow staff as in his own words “I go to my home”. Our thanks to all who contributed in every way from volunteering, preparing food, sponsoring shopping and meals and donations of money or supermarket vouchers: YOU made this tremendous event happen. THANK YOU – Liz Willis.
X DIOCESAN MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE OFFICE - “BUILDING A BETTER MARRIAGE”
Saturday April 4th - Married couples! You can give each other a wonderful gift by spending a day exploring your relationship more deeply to gain valuable insights into your communication. Couples who have attended the course noted the positive changes it made to their marriage. There is no group sharing and this is not marriage counselling or guidance but a chance to make your marriage even better. Contact: Carole Tel: 07983524727 – email: email@example.com