Althea Walker writes on her recent trip to Portugal, to join in the centenary celebrations of Our Lady of Fatima (1917-2017).Read More
What is Platea?
Over fifty years ago, the parish’s guild of St Francis de Sales published ‘Platea’, a parish magazine to 'inform and educate' the parish. In 2016, the decision was made to resurrect 'Platea' to highlight the parish and events about to take place; to educate parishioners on things of Catholic and local interest; to encourage greater engagement with Scripture and the Catholic Faith; and to celebrate the work and worship of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Herne Bay. Various articles from the magazine will appear on this page, including some that didn't make the final print edition.
Copies are hand-delivered to every address on the parish lists. If you don't get a copy but should, please get in touch. Further copies will be available from the parish repository or from the parish office.
Next edition: Lent/Easter 2018
On Friday 24 February 2017 a service of dedication to La Sainte Union Convent School (1897 – 1997) and the blessing of a brand new mosaic and plaque took place at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. Thanks to Cloe Maple for the article.Read More
Nativity scenes are a familiar sight in our churches and homes at Christmas time, though few realise this tradition’s connection with one of our most popular saints. Annette Ballard explains.Read More
In September 2016, St Peter’s Cricket Club (otherwise and often known as the Vatican XI) undertook their second British tour with both ecumenical and interfaith objectives high on the agenda. The 2016 tour included not just the now traditional matches against an Archbishop of Canterbury XI but a series of games against Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh opponents. Isabella Jacobs, one of our young parishioners, posed some questions to the Vatican team.Read More
Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), has already elicited a deep variety of responses. Voices from both the ‘too little’ and ‘too much’ perspectives remind us that he has not changed Church teaching. For the past three years, Pope Francis has not let us stop talking about doctrine. In The Joy of Love, the Holy Father continues to ask all members of the Church to speak boldly, without fear. We are called to admit that the Church is a place where real people work and fail, find mercy and work again.Read More