As has been the parish custom for several years now, a special Mass will be offered particularly for people who have died since this time last year. Families who have had a funeral through the parish this year will be contacted and invited to come; the names of those who have died will be read out. But anyone is welcome ‐ it is open to all.
HERNE BAY STREET PASTORS: are having a Service in Thanksgiving for their work in the town on SUNDAY NOVEMBER 11th at 6.30pm. The evening is being held at the Beacon Church on Sea St and will include a brief AGM and will conclude with a finger‐buffet Social. All welcome to attend. There is a need for new Street Pastors and also for the Prayer Pastors who pray for the Pastors out on the streets on Friday nights. Several of our parishioners are involved and they find both roles very fulfilling. Maybe this will strike a chord with some of you?
Change the world with CAFOD - You are invited to find out more about how you can share your time to help our poorer sisters and brothers with CAFOD at one of our workshops this Autumn: CAFOD Fast Day briefing – Wednesday 6 September, 7-8:30pm - St Joseph’s, 2 Ashley Avenue, Cheriton, Folkestone CT19 4PX
HOLIDAY/RETREAT TO MINSTERACRES: There are still places available on our retreat to the Retreat Centre in Northumberland from 12th to 19th August. Take a few minutes and read the article in issue 2 of Platea and if you would like more information please contact Deacon Barry.
MASS IN CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE - 17th JUNE 2017 at St George’s Cathedral (Saturday afternoon) for those celebrating their 1st, 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th, or 60th+ wedding anniversary this year.
Please keep these couples, all those who are married and those preparing to get married in your prayers.
ELEVATEDANCECOMPANY: are making a return visit to our parish on Saturday June 10th at 7.15 pm in the Retreat Hall. This group of young people who are passionate about dance and their faith were extremely well received last year – let’s give them a warm welcome back and enjoy the inspiration and insight they provide.
WINE AND WISDOM in aid of Team Tanzania Saturday, 3rd June 7 for 7.30 start at the Retreat Hall, Quiz Master: Peter Warr Cost: £7 pp - teams of 8 people - food provided, bring own drinks and glasses. To book a table - call Lisa on 01227 363803 or 07754 534564 All proceeds go to Team Tanzania, Charity Reg. No. 1137215
AWARENESS RAISING DAY to show solidarity with those persecuted for their faith and for the work of Aid to the Church in need. Sat 3rd June at Minster Abbey nr. Ramsgate, Kent. CT12 4HF, 11.30 am to Vespers 5.30 pm, See poster in porch for further details.
WINE & WISDOM – Saturday 4th Feb The Hasland School Of Dance will be holding what they hope to become an annual Wine & Wisdom evening; to raise money for their School Fund. They are also holding a raffle, the proceeds of which will go to their favourite Charites, Make-A-Wish and Kent Search & Rescue.
Venue – Catholic Hall in Clarence Rd, Herne Bay. Time – 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Cost - £8 per person on tables of 8. Food - Ploughman’s-style food will be provided for each table. Please bring your own wine & soft drinks. To book please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Anne-Marie Maple on 01227 373153
LET’S TALK: After our very successful session towards the end of last year discussing the role of women in the Church, we turn now to reflect on ATHEISM.
Do we agree that there seem to be more and more atheists and that they have an increasing voice in society? What are their criticisms of religion and are they valid? In our own experience , how do we react when someone says they do not believe God exists, that the Bible contradicts itself, that religion is a force for evil in the world? Does religion make people better – or can it make them worse? Can someone be good without God?
To discuss these and other views, come along to St Mary’s Catholic Club on Monday 23rd January at 7.00pm. All welcome.