X TODAY IS SEA SUNDAY - when the Church prays for all those who make their living on, by, or from the sea – 71% of the earth’s surface. Without seafarers, shipbuilders, and all who work with them we would not have most of the stuff we eat and wear and put in our houses and buy in the shops. Today’s second collection is for the Apostleship of the Sea, the Church’s official maritime welfare agency. This is quite a big thing for us here, with Folkestone’s past as a port and all our continuing links with Dover. The Apostleship of the Sea gives practical and spiritual support to seafarers at ports in Britain and elsewhere round the world. Today’s collection is vital to enable the AoS to continue its work, so please give generously and remember seafarers in your prayers. Thank you. For more information go to <www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk>
X PETER’S PENCE - July is the month for collecting Peter’s Pence, and throughout July the Peter’s Pence Box will be
1. in OLHoC at the back of the church at all Sunday Masses at OLHoC (and it will be emptied after each one); and
2. at St Joseph’s, in box in the at the back of the church (where it is permanently).
Money given as “Peter’s Pence” goes, basically, from all over the world STRAIGHT TO THE POPE, for him to give to whom he wishes for the many different needs of the Universal Church and for the relief of those most in need.
X THIS WEDNESDAY’S MASS is the annual Stella Maris leavers’ mass, with its focus on Year 6 children who will be off to secondary school in September. We all remember, surely, what an important time this was for our own children, and indeed for us (whether two or three years ago, or three-quarters of a century ago!); and of course it is just as important now for Miss Moore’s Unicorns - the top class of Stella Maris. This mass used to be celebrated down at the school, but we’ve brought it up to the church to make it even more special, and to recognise that this moment in our school’s life is an important moment in the life of our whole parish. So please do come on Wednesday if you can, and share this mass of thanksgiving and hope with the children as they look forward to secondary school in September.
X OUR LADY & ST JOSEPH’S 100 CLUB –Application/renewal forms for the 2019/2020 are available at the back of each church. If you haven’t joined before it’s £12.00 per number and you can have as many numbers as you like. Our prizes are £50.00 in June and December and £20.00 each month for the rest of the year. New members are very welcome! The July draw will take place next Sunday (July 21st).
X NEWSPAPERS – we have recently increased our numbers of the weekly Catholic Universe, Catholic Herald and Catholic Times that are available to buy at the back of OLHoC to help keep you informed about the world and the work of the Catholic Church. There have been some recent distribution problems getting them out in time for Sunday: however, from now on, each week’s issue will stay in place at the back of church until the subsequent issue arrives! Why not try a copy today!
X THE SVP are holding a SUMMER STRAWBERRY TEA at St Joseph's Hall next Sunday, July 21st, from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. The invitation is open to all - please ring 07527 952092 if you would like to go along. Open to the whole parish. Transport can be arranged if needed.
X BUILDING A BETTER MARRIAGE – Married couples! This is a diocesan initiative to help you make your lives even better! It takes place on Saturday, September 28th, from 9.45am-4.30pm in South Croydon (I’m not sure about the role of South Croydon in improving anyone’s marriage, but…). You can give each other a wonderful gift by spending a day exploring your relationship more deeply, and gaining valuable insights into your communication. People who have attended this course have noticed the positive changes it made to their marriage. There is no group sharing, and this is not marriage counselling or guidance; but it is a chance to make your marriage even better. You’ll need to take a packed lunch and there is a suggested donation of £10 for the day.
Contact the wonderful Carole Batty of the Diocesan Marriage and Family Life Commission on 07983 524727; or email <email@example.com> or get a booking form to complete, from the parish office or at the back of the church.
X A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY – This year’s FKC RIDE & STRIDE is on Saturday September 14th 10.00am- 6.00pm. It’s time to think about walking or cycling round the churches on that day - more details later!
X THE ROSARY! The Rosary is said corporately at Our Lady Help of Christians after the Tuesday 10.00am Mass most weeks. This is open to everyone, and simply consist is sharing together in this great and ancient prayer of the Church - you don’t need any “qualifications” to come and join in this wonderful and profound pattern of prayer.
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 TWO BEREAVEMENT RETREATS
1. MINSTER ABBEY – a weekend retreat, September 19th-21st, to book, contact Sr. Benedict OSB at Minster Abbey Tel: 01843 821254 or see the poster in the porch. Cost by donation.
2. ‘GRIEF IN LOSS, HOPE IN CHRIST’ – a weekend retreat for those who have been bereaved will be taking place at Aylesford Priory on October 11th-13th. Booking forms are available at the back of the church. The cost is £177 single, £171 if an OAP, and £160 pp for a couple. For more information, contact Elizabeth Partridge on 01303 670880 or email: <firstname.lastname@example.org> or get a booking form from the back of each church.
X THE FOLKESTONE FOODBANK Our parish is a vital supporter of the Folkestone Foodbank’s work, donating regularly via Guildhall Street, St Joseph’s, and Stella Maris; and regularly issuing vouchers to the hungry. At this time the Foodbank needs especially tins of food (in date), pulses, biscuits, tea, coffee and long life milk. Please remember: no alcohol, sweets, clothes or toys. THANK YOU for your generosity.
X FR JEFF CRIDLAND’S 50th anniversary of priesthood will be celebrated today, July 14th, with a big open-air mass in Dover Castle at 11.30am.
X THE 3RD MONDAY VARIETY CLUB will meet tomorrow - 2.00pm - 4.00pm: with tea and cake for the wise and mature generation.