St Simon Stock Catholic Church

Brookfield Road, South Ashford, Kent TN23 4EU Tel: 01233 622399


Parish Priest: Fr John Boyle
Saint Simon of England RC Primary School, Noakes Meadow, Ashford, TN23 2RB. Tel: 01233 623199 Head teacher: Mrs Elizabeth Willis

MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS th Sunday 27 Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) 10.00am Mass (Charles Fuller RIP) 12.00 noon Mass (Latin, 1962 Missal) 4.00pm Mass in Polish 6.00pm Mass (People of the parish) th Monday 28 St Laurence Ruiz and companions, martyrs 6.45pm Mass (James Patrick Doran RIP) th Tuesday 29 No Mass th Wednesday 30 St Jerome, priest 6.45pm Mass (Latin, 1962 Missal) (Holy Souls) st Thursday 1 October St Teresa of the Child Jesus, virgin and doctor of the Church 9.30am Mass (Michael and Mary Kelleher RIP) nd Friday 2 The Holy Guardian Angels 9.30am Mass (Sr. Elizabeth O‟Hara SRM - Golden Jubilee of profession of vows) rd Saturday 3 Our Lady 9.00am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 10.00am Mass (Deceased parents & relatives of O‟Neill and McQuillan families RIP) th Sunday 4 Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) Rosary Sunday 10.00am Mass (Paolo and Ernesta Gravina RIP) 6.00pm Mass (People of the parish) Both Masses followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, recitation of the Rosary and Benediction. CONFESSION TIMES Weekdays: before or after Mass upon request. Saturday: 10.30am; Sundays: ½ hour before Mass October 2

TODAY’S MASS TEXTS Entrance Antiphon Esther 13:9.10-11 O Lord, you had just cause to judge men as you did: because we sinned against you and disobeyed your will. But now show us your greatness of heart, and treat us with your unbounded kindness. First Reading Numbers 11:25-29 Are you jealous on my account? If only the whole people of the Lord were prophets! Responsorial Psalm Ps 18:8.10-.12-14.R.v.9 R: The precepts of the Lord gladden the heart. The law of the Lord is perfect, it revives the soul. The rule of the Lord is to be trusted it gives wisdom to the simple. (R) The fear of the Lord is holy, abiding for ever. The decrees of the Lord are truth and all of them just. (R) So in them your servant finds instruction; great reward is in their keeping. But who can detect all his errors? From hidden faults acquit me. (R) From presumption restrain your servant and let it not rule me. Then shall I be blameless, clean from grave sin. (R) Second Reading James 5:1-6 Your wealth is all rotting. Gospel Acclamation: John 17:17 Alleluia, alleluia! Your word is truth, O Lord, consecrate us in the truth. Alleluia! Gospel: Mark 9:38-43.45.47-48 Anyone who is not against us is for us. If your hand should cause you to sin, cut it off. Preface of Sunday 6, Eucharistic Prayer 1 Communion Antiphon Ps 118:49-50 O Lord, remember the words you spoke to me, your servant, which made me live in hope and consoled me when I was downcast. PRAYERS FOR THE SICK Please pray for all our sick parishioners, particularly Rita Redman. Names of parishioners who need our prayers can be placed in the box in the church foyer. FOLKESTONE, HYTHE & DOVER SPUC BRANCH MEETING Our next Meeting is this Friday, in the Church Hall, Mill Road, Hythe. 7pm for business meeting; 7.30pm for the new educational DVD 'Women4Life‟ which covers several different Life issues from the perspective of people directly affected; the aim is to show it to schools and social groups. Refreshments and Christmas goods will be available including Traidcraft. If you would like to go along and require transport, please sign up on sheet on the notice board. APF BOXES APF boxes (RED box) are due for emptying; please bring them to church as soon as possible, many thanks Eileen Conn.

CHURCH CLEANING th th rd th Tara; 9 Bridie; 16 Sheila; 23 Sue; 30 Sue

COLLECTIONS LAST SUNDAY Offertory: £1354.99, (Gift Aid: £1146.22, loose plate: £208.77) + £94 approx by standing order. Second collection: Catholic Agency for the Support of Evangelisation: £116.39. Thank you. Second collection today: Parish Maintenance & Development Fund. Next Sunday: Aid to the Church in Need. VIDEO PRESENTATIONS ON ST. TÉRÈSE A presentation of the second of the two videos we have been loaned, “Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus – An echo of the Heart th of God”, will be shown on Wednesday 30 September at 7.15pm (instead of Bible Study) after evening Mass and repeated on nd Friday 2 October at 10.00am. The film covers the life and spirituality of St. Thérèse and lasts about 90 minutes. VISIT OF RELICS OF ST THÉRÈSE OF LISIEUX th AYLESFORD 10 OCTOBER There are now only 8 spaces left on the coach, price £8 per adult, £4 per child, which will leave the church at 9.00am, leaving Aylesford at 4.00pm to return. If you would like to go by coach or can offer a lift in your car please sign up on the notice board as soon as possible.

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FR. JOHN’S DESKTOP On Wednesday the news media reported that Pope Benedict XVI will make a State Visit to Britain. This means that he will be coming at the invitation of Her Majesty the Queen and the British Government. When Pope John Paul II visited in 1982, it was a pastoral visit, i.e. at the invitation of the Bishops of the respective hierarchies (England & Wales, Scotland). At the time of writing there is no official confirmation from Buckingham Palace but „people‟ are talking about the visit taking place next September, possibly coinciding with the beatification of John Henry Cardinal Newman in Birmingham. Pope Benedict is known to have a keen interest in the life and writings of the late Cardinal Newman, probably the most famous convert from the Church of England to the Catholic Church. Let us pray that we may prepare well for this visit and that the visit will be a success. In the meantime, the relics of St Thérèse continue their tour of the country. Crowds are flocking to attend Masses in her honour and to have the opportunity of touching the casket containing the Saint‟s remains, in many places queuing throughout the night. If you have access to the internet, you can see pictures and reports at So let us continue our preparation for the visit of the relics to Aylesford which is expected to be a huge event. The programme at Aylesford is on the notice board and can be downloaded from Programme.pdf. Copies are available in the church foyer for those who th th do not have internet access. If you would like to have a rose placed near the relics during the weekend of 9 – 11 th October for you or a loved one, orders must be sent to The Friars by 30 September. Forms are available in the church foyer. If you would like a seat on the coach to Aylesford, sign up as places are disappearing. If you plan to go by car, leave in plenty of time! th th The relics will also be at Westminster Cathedral 12 – 15 October. The schedule of services is on the notice board and is available via Entrance to services marked with an asterisk is by free ticket only. To obtain tickets either apply to the parish office or email Archbishop McDonald‟s private secretary Fr Philip Glandfield ( The visit of St Thérèse‟s relics is a time of grace for us. St Thérèse‟s feast day is this Thursday. Why not make a special effort to come to Mass that day? Fr. John
REGULAR EVENTS – COME ALONG! DIVINE MERCY PRAYER GROUP after the 9.30am Mass on Tuesdays. Prayers of intercession for various needs and silent adoration of the Blessed Sacrament till 10.30am. Not this week CHOIR PRACTICE THURSDAYS 7.30PM Newcomers always welcome BIBLE STUDY WEDNESDAYS 7.30PM Studying the Acts of the Apostles. Newcomers always welcome. This week DVD on St Thérèse. YEAR OF PRAYER FOR PRIESTS Come and pray the Rosary for our priests 20 minutes before the morning Masses, Monday to Friday. All are welcome to join. A special prayer calendar has been produced by the Southwark diocesan Vocations Office to help us pray for all the priests of our diocese. Please take one and say the prayer daily. Thank you. PARISH AUTUMN FAYRE 31 OCTOBER 2009 Many thanks to everyone who has already donated items for the Autumn Fayre; please keep the items coming. We are very short of bottles for the bottle stall, particularly wines and spirits. We would also like Bric-a-Brac items. Please help as much as you can. If you have any items that you think suitable for the fayre and would like them collected please let Eileen Conn or Thereza Baker know. Raffle ticket books are available in the church entrance. Please take some to buy yourself and to sell to your family or friends. Many thanks, Eileen Conn CHURCH CEILING PAINTING Tomorrow, painting of the Church ceiling will commence. The work is expected to take a week to complete. Mass Monday to Friday will be in the priest‟s house. Your contributions to the Parish Maintenance and Development Fund will help to fund this work but any additional financial contributions would, of course, be much welcomed. Please gift aid your contributions if you are a tax payer. Thank you.

DISCOVERING PRIESTHOOD DAY th Saturday 17 October, 9am – 3pm at St Augustine‟s Catholic Church, Tunbridge Wells, for lads aged 12 – 18. Information and bookings: Fr Marcus Holden, 01892 522525, revmarcusholden See Fr John and notice board for further details. HARVEST FAST DAY nd Harvest Fast Day is kept this Friday 2 October. The second collection next Sunday will be for Aid to the Church in Need to assist them in their work of aiding our suffering Christian brothers and sisters around the world. PARISH DIRECTOR OF MUSIC Many parishes have a director of music to train the choir and help lead the people in singing. Maybe we should have one for this parish. Normally they are paid for their services. In this way the parish can be sure of commitment and the music director has an incentive to work. I am happy to consider this possibility. If you or anyone you know might be interested, they should get in contact via the parish office. The candidate need not necessarily be a Catholic but he/she should have some knowledge of liturgical music and must be prepared to work with the parish priest. Fr John. FAST FOR LIFE AND GOOD COUNSEL NETWORK Good Counsel Network have asked if we might fast on Tuesday th 29 September, feast of St Michael and the Archangels, praying for the end of abortion and euthanasia. Michael Almond, who retired this July after 34 years in the Ambulance Service in Leeds, was disturbed to learn that Sister Chinedum was sometimes left on her own praying in front of an abortion centre in Bedford Square in London. So he plans to cycle from his home in Leeds to London, about 270 miles, to join Sr Chinedum th and other supporters at the centre on 7 October, feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, between 11am and 1pm. If you would like to sponsor Mr Almond, please sign up on the sponsor sheet on the notice board or hand your donation into the parish office. For more information contact 020 7723 1740. HAVE WE FORGOTTEN WHAT IT IS TO BE CATHOLIC? (13) (From Fit for Mission? Church by Bishop Patrick O‟Donoghue) Those who have racist, sexist or homophobic attitudes forget they are Catholic.

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