This is a photo of Folkestone Parish Church. The Church is open every morning except Wednesdays for visitors to the Parish. It has a very interesting history starting in the 1860s:
1840's - 1900 As the Catholic population of Folkestone grew, mainly as a result of the influx of Catholic workers who arrive from Ireland to build the London to Dover railway line, it became clear that there was need for a Catholic place of worship. During the earlier years, the Mass was celebrated in the private houses.Around 1860 a building, which had earlier served as an office for Mr. Hart, a lawyer, was purchased and converted into a chapel. The building stood on the south side of Martello Street and the tiny chapel was dedicated to St. John the Evangelist.The St John chapel was indeed small, accommodating about sixty persons, half of them had to stand. The little building also served as the first Catholic school in Folkestone, the sanctuary being screened off from the body of the chapel for the purpose. As the size of the Catholic community was rapidly outgrowing the capacity of the tiny chapel, some time in 1869 a construction of a new chapel commenced. The opening service at the new building took place on Sunday 31 January 1870. Once again, an extension to the chapel was screened off and used as a schoolroom. If you are interested to read more of the history of the church then you can get more information on the website.
This is an example of some of the services and activities that can be found at the church if you are visiting:
HOLY MASS: TIMES AND INTENTIONS
1 March (St David)
Molly Call RIP
For the Capon family
2 March (Fourth of Lent A)
For Mrs Eileen Lehane
Dr John Heffernan RIP // For Mary McSwiggan
4 March (St Casimir)
David Stapley RIP // Barbara Gallagher RIP
Philip Townsend RIP // Ajith Ranasinghe RIP
Dr John Heffernan RIP // For Christine Elias & Keith Dives
First Special Lent Mass (Parishioners)
7 March (Sts Perpetua & Felicity)
Dr John Heffernan RIP // Private Intention (CS)
8 March (St John of God)
Vincent Chang Kinleong RIP
9 March (Fifth of Lent A)
For Deirdre Skelton
For Len Griffiths
EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
STATIONS OF THE CROSS AND BENEDICTION
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
COFFEE MORNINGS in the Hall every Sunday after 9.30am and 11.00am Masses and every Thursday after 10.00am Mass.
UNION OF CATHOLIC MOTHERS meets this Monday 3 March 7pm in the Hall.
NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP Every Saturday 5.30pm in church. All are welcome.
WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER this Friday 7 March URC church 10.30am. Poster in porch.
YOUTH GROUPmeets this Friday 7 March 7pm starting with Benediction in church. After talk/discussion in the presbytery and activities in the Hall the evening ends at 9pm.
CARDINAL NEWMAN PRAYER GROUP meets every Thursday 11am in church. All are welcome.
THE PARISH MARIAN GROUP meets every Tuesday at 10am for Rosary in the church.
MANY THANKS For last week’s Offertory £670-41 (attendance 412); Church Maintenance Fund £14-15 (total this year £348-49). Many thanks also to the UCM for £100 contribution (half-share) from last Saturday’s Jumble Sale towards the Hall upkeep.
CHOIR PRACTICE The Choir are asked to meet for rehearsals after 11am Mass on Sundays 2 and 9 March to prepare for Holy Week.
LENT CONTINUESThere will be Stations of the Cross and Benediction at 5.30pm every Sunday in Lent. Every Friday there will be Stations of the Cross at 9.40am before 10am Mass.
YOUR PRAYERSI am sorry to report that Christine Hanson-Pullen has died. Her Requiem Mass is at St Thomas’s in Deal on Friday 14 March 12noon. Christine came regularly to Mass here when she was able and helped in the Shop very often. May she rest in peace. Please remember her in your prayers. Please pray for the sick of the parish especially Anne King who has asked for our prayers. Please also remember Peter McGuckin, a former parishioner, who is seriously ill in the Ashford Hospice.
SUNDAY LENT CONFESSIONS For the next two Sundays on 9 and 16 March between the two Sunday Masses there will be Confessions between from 10 to 10.30am. This will give us an extra opportunity to go to Confession for Easter.
EASTER FLOWERS Donations towards the Easter Lilies would be most welcome. Please put your donation in an envelope, marked appropriately, in the presbytery letter box. Many thanks.
CONFIRMATIONSThe sacrament of Confirmation will be administered here by Bishop John Hine on Sunday 15 June 2008 at 11am Mass. All pupils who entered secondary schools this year should apply, as should any pupils already at secondary schools who are not yet confirmed. Application forms are at the back of the church. Please return them as soon as possible.
A CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Kevin McDonald at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, Monday 26 May 2008 at 3pm (Bank Holiday). Archbishop Kevin is celebrating this Mass and wants to specially invite all couples in the diocese celebrating their 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th, and 60th + wedding anniversary this year. Would all couples in the parish who qualify and wish to go please let the parish priest know as soon as possible.
LENTEN MASSES Special Lenten Masses These will be on 6 and 13 March 7.30pm. Visiting priests will say Mass and preach on the theme of “Christian Hope”. Programmes are now available.
THURSDAY COFFEE MORNING are holding An Easter Raffle on Thursday 13 March. Tickets £1 per strip are available from Anne sharp and Vera Pickering.
DISCOVERING PRIESTHOOD DAY for Under 18s. Saturday 8 March 10am to 4pm. St Saviour’s Lewisham. Further details in the porch.
TALK IN CARMEL CENTRE THIS WEEK St Edmund’s. Joanna Bogle on The Origins of Festivals. Wednesday 5 March 6.30pm All are welcome.
LENT TALKS "CHRISTIAN HOPE"
This Thursday 6 March at 7.30pm.Fr. Augustine Conner CFR, a newly ordained priest belonging to the Franciscans of the Renewal, is coming to say the Mass and to preach on the theme “In Hope we were Saved.” (Rom 8:24) This is the first of our two Special Lenten Masses to help us prepare for Holy Week and Easter. Before Mass Fr. Conner will be hearing Confessions from 6.30 to 7.30pm. I hope that as many of you as possible will come along to these two Masses. It is an opportunity to go to confession to a visiting priest. After Mass light refreshments will be available in the Hall.