National Quarantine

Sunday – 17 May
Opening hymn: Give me joy in my heart, Recessional hymn: Here I am Lord
10.00
am – Mass offered for AJ’s Nwodoh’s Intentions on his 19th Birthday
5.30 pm – Smovie: Monsters Inc., Goodnight Mr Tom, Song for Marion
Christian Aid – Service order

6.00 pm – Christian Aid Zoom Prayer Evening – Ecumenical

Monday – 18 May
10.00 am – Mass offered for Mary’s protection upon The Wojcieszak Family
5.00 pm – Requiem Mass for Lucia Pietrunti RIP
You can print before the Adoration The plan of Lectio Divina and the prayer sheet.
6.30 pm – 7.30 pm – Adoration with Lectio Divina Meditation

Tuesday – 19 May
10.45 am – Requiem Mass for Sylvia White RIP
6.30 pm – Silly Circus for children small and big

Wednesday – 20 May
10.00 am – Mass offered for the gift of faith for Maria and Marcin
You can download and print the Evening Prayer
6.30 – 7.30 pm – Adoration with Evening Prayer

Thursday – 21 May – Solemnity of the Ascension of The Lord
Opening hymn: He is Lord, Recessional hymn: I will be with you
10.00 am – Mass offered in Private Intention and for Malgorzata Czaplejewicz
6.00 pm – Once upon a time… for children
6.30 pm – Ecumenical Service led by Christian Ministers from Walderslade
7.15 pm – To register for Ecumenical Zoom Meeting click here
7.00 pm Mass with Abp John Willson from Southwark Cathedral

Friday – 22 May – Memorial of St Rita of Cascia
NOVENA TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
10.00 am – Mass offered for Pat and Roger Massey RIP
7.00 – 8.00 pm – Adoracja i Rozaniec

Saturday – 23 May
10.00 am – Mass offered for Sylvia White RIP
6.30- 7.30 pm – Adoration and Rosary

Sunday 17 May 2020 NQD58 – Parish Notices

  1. Celebration of the Parish Patronal Feast, which we have started yesterday, we continue today. The plan to have a BBQ and a fun parish afternoon for the obvious reason needs to be postponed, but it will not be forgotten. Let us today all give thanks for the was we are the community of God’s people.
  2. There will be several celebrations this week which will either change or enrich our parish diary.
    * On Tuesday 19 May there will be a Requiem Mass for Sylvia White RIP at 10.45 am. There will be no Mass at 10.00 am. If anyone would like to participate via the live-stream in the Funeral Service in Medway Crematorium at 12.45 pm, please, contact the family.
    * On Thursday 21 May we will be celebrating the Solemnity of The Ascension of the Lord. Mass as usually at 10.00 am. All Christian Ministers from Walderslade invite us for the Ecumenical Service at 6.30 pm that evening as well as the Ecumenical Zoom Meeting at about 7.15 pm. In order to participate in this meeting, please, register yourself here.
  3. The calendar for the parish events you can find here.
  4. Zoom is the program and application which we are using in the parish for the greater participation in prayers and for the parish meetings. If you would like to participate, please, download Zoom to your computer or phone by choosing the appropriate option. There are several opportunities to participate in different prayer sessions using this programme.
  5. Pope Francis prepared a special prayer to Our Lady for the time of pandemic. It can be found here.

Sunday – 10 May
Opening Hymn: Father I place into your hands, Recessional Hymn: Longing for Light
10.00
am – Mass offered for William Hand RIP
W oczekiwaniu na rozpoczecie mozna zciagnac lub wydrukowac teksty 
do Mszy Swietej.
12.00 noon – Msza po polsku offered for the parishioners of Walderslade
6.30 pm – Smovie: Up, BillyElliot, Wonder

Monday – 11 May
12.00 noon – Mass offered for God’s blessing on Zbigniew Mycka
You can print before the Adoration The plan of Lectio Divina and the prayer sheet.
6.30 pm – 7.30 pm – Adoration with Lectio Divina Meditation

Tuesday – 12 May
10.00 am – Mass offered for well-being of David Mycka
6.30 pm – Silly Circus for children small and big

Wednesday – 13 May – Commemoration of Our Lady of Fatima
10.00 am – Mass offered for God’s blessing on Roy Fellows
You can download and print the Evening Prayer.
6.30 – 7.30 pm – Adoration with Evening Prayer

Thursday – 14 May – Feast of St Matthias The Apostle
8.30 am – Mass offered for the Holy Souls
6.30 pm – Once upon a time… for children
7.00 – 8.00 pm – Adoracja, Rozaniec i Majowka

Friday – 15 May
10.00 am – Mass offered for God’s protection on Fr Bart
Hymns and prayers for the Adoration you can download here.
6.30 – 7.30 pm – Adoration with prayers for the gift of Light

Saturday – 16 May – Feast of St Simon Stock
Opening hymn: Give me joy in my heart, Recessional hymn: Here I am Lord
10.00 am – Mass offered for Sylvia White RIP
6.30- 7.30 pm – Adoration and Rosary

Sunday 10 May 2020 NQD51 – Parish Notices

  1. Waiting for the hopefully good news from the Prime Minister about several steps leading us to lifting up the lock down we pray for the safety of everyone. We don’t know yet any details so that the plan of this coming week looks very similar to the previous weeks. However, there are some changes to the Mass times. Due to the several funeral services on Monday 11 May the Mass will be celebrated at 12.00 noon. On Thursday 14 May The Mass will be celebrated at 8.30 am.
  2. Day of Prayer for Humanity has been announced by the Holy See last week. From the Letter and the Statement we learn that this is the initiative is ‘a Day of prayers, fasting and works of charity for the good of all humanity. In this regard, the Committee invites all religious leaders and peoples around the world to respond to this call together; to beseech God, the Almighty to safeguard the entire world, to help us overcome this pandemic, to restore security, stability, health, and prosperity, so that, once this pandemic-crisis is over, our world may become a better place for humanity and for human fraternity than ever before.’
  3. The calendar for the parish events you can see here.
  4. Zoom is the program and application which we are using in the parish for the greater participation in prayers and for the parish meetings. If you would like to participate, please, download Zoom to your computer or phone by choosing the appropriate option. The nearest opportunity to participate in the prayer is Adoration and Rosary on Saturday evening.
  5. Support in faith and prayer comes from different angles. You can find or download:

Sunday – 3 May
Opening hymn: Sing it in the valleys, Recessional hymn: Shine, Jesus, shine
10.00
am – Mass offered for Venencia Mushore RIP
100 Club May Draw
6.30 pm – Smovie: Paddington, The blind side, Green Book

Monday – 4 May Feast of The English Martyrs
10.00 am – Mass offered for Malgorzata Czubska RIP
You can print before the Adoration The plan of Lectio Divina and the prayer sheet.
6.30 pm – 7.30 pm – Adoration with Lectio Divina Meditation

Tuesday – 5 May
10.00 am – Mass offered for Jan Dudek RIP
6.30 pm – Silly Circus for children small and big

Wednesday – 6 May
10.00 am – Mass offered for God’s blessing on Grzegorz Mycka
You can download the Evening Prayer for the Dead.
6.30 – 7.30 pm – Adoration with Evening Prayer

Thursday – 7 May
10.00 am – Mass offered for the Parishioners of Walderslade in the time of pandemic
6.30 pm – Once upon a time… for children
7.00 – 8.00 pm – Adoracja i Rozaniec

Friday – 8 May
10.00 am – Mass offered for well-being of Fr Bart
Hymns and prayers for the Adoration you can download here.
6.30 – 7.30 pm – Adoration with prayers for healing

Saturday – 9 May
10.00 am – Mass offered for Pasqualina Scalera RIP
6.30- 7.30 pm – Adoration and Rosary

Sunday 3 May 2020 NQD44 – Parish Notices

  1. Celebrating the Good Shepherd Sunday we are praying especially for the shepherds in our Church as well as the candidates to priesthood from our Archdiocese.
  2. I would like to thank for the generosity of some of our parishioners produced and donated some face masks for others as well as the hand sanitisers. They are available behind the porch door in the presbytery.
  3. The calendar for the parish events you can see here.
  4. Zoom is the program and application which we are using in the parish for the greater participation in prayers and for the parish meetings. If you would like to participate, please, download Zoom to your computer or phone by choosing the appropriate option. The nearest opportunity to participate in the prayer is Adoration and Rosary on Saturday evening.
  5. 100 Club May Draw happened this morning and you can see the process and the results over here.
  6. Support in faith and prayer comes from different angles. You can find or download:

Monday – 27 April – for this week’s Mass Antiphons please click here
10.00 am – Mass offered for health and well-being of Louisa Stone
You can print before the Adoration The plan of Lectio Divina and the prayer sheet.
6.30 pm – 7.30 pm – A slice of the Word – Adoration with Lectio Divina Meditation, Benediction

Tuesday – 28 April
10.00 am – Mass offered for parishioners of Walderslade – for God’s protection upon us from the pandemic
6.30 pm – Silly Circus for children small and big

Wednesday – 29 April – Feast of Catherine of Siena
10.00 am – Mass offered for God’s blessing on Karol Mycka
W trakcie Mszy swietej bedzimy spiewac piesn Zwyciezca smierci
1.00 pm – Msza zalobna w intencji s.p. Grazyny Lamers
You can download the Evening Prayer.
6.30 – 7.30 pm – Where is Jesus? – Adoration with Evening Prayer

Thursday – 30 April
10.00 am – Mass offered for God’s blessing on Fr Bart
6.30 pm – Once upon a time… for children

Friday – 1 May – Memorial of St Joseph the Worker
10.00 am – Mass offered in Thanksgiving – Warren-Heys Family
11.00 am – Requiem Mass for John Reilly RIP
Responses for the Stations of the Light:
Save us Saviour of the World – For by your cross and resurrection you have set us free!
Christ is risen. Alleluia! – Truly Risen. Alleluia!
6.30 – 7.30 pm – Stations of the Light
7.40 – 8.15 pm – Adoration with thanksgiving and petitions

Saturday – 2 May
10.00 am – Mass offered for Margaret and Douglas Ward RIP
6.30- 7.30 pm – Adoration and Rosary

Divine Mercy Sunday 19 April NQD30
Opening hymn: Thine be he glory, Recessional hymn: At the name of Jesus
10.00
am – Mass
Special indulgence for those suffering from Corona virus and those caring for them.
3.00 – 4.00 pm – DIVINE MERCY HOUR
3.00 pm in English: Soul of my Saviour, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Litany, Act of entrustment
3.30 pm in Polish:
Koronka do Bozego Milosierdzia, Litania, Akt zawierzenia
6.00 – 9.00 pm – Live-stream from Ramsgate Divine Retreat Center
6.30 pm – Smovie: The Greatest Miracle, Love and Mercy: Faustyna, Hacksaw Ridge

Monday – 20 April
10.00 am – Mass
6.30 pm – A slice of the Word: Sacrifice and Atonement

Tuesday – 21 April
10.00 am – Mass offered for Antoni Telesz RIP
6.30 pm – Silly Circus for children

Wednesday – 22 April
10.00 am – Mass offered for John Brasinghton RIP
6.30 – 7.30 pm – Where is Jesus? – Adoration

Thursday – 23 April – Solemnity of St George
Opening hymn: Thine be the Glory, Recessional hymn: Praise my soul the King of heaven
10.00 am – Mass offered for Michael Heneghan RIP
6.30 pm – Once upon a time… for children

Friday – 24 April
10.00 am – Mass offered for God’s protection for Fr Bart
Stations of the Light will be based today on service prepared by the Columban Missionaries Britain. You can find them clicking here.
6.30 – 7.30 pm – Stations of the Light

Saturday – 25 April – Feast of St Mark The Evangelist
10.00 am – Mass offered for Christina Key RIP
6.30 pm – Merry Mary – Rosary

Sunday – 26 April – Third Sunday of Easter
Opening hymn: Because the Lord is my shepherd, Recessional hymn: Love is his word
10.00
am – Mass offered for all the children in the parish and our schools
6.30 pm – Smovie: Shrek, Chronicles of Narnia, The scarlet and the black

Divine Mercy Sunday 19 April 2020 NQD30 – Parish Notices

  1. Celebrating the Divine Mercy Sunday we are being reminded of the fact that the Mercy of God doesn’t have any boundaries. The only thing we need to do is to turn to Him asking for this Mercy and trusting in it. There are several ways to contemplate and approach Divine Marcy: The Hour of Mercy, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Divine Mercy Image, Divine Mercy Novena, and Divine Mercy Feast, which we are celebrating this Sunday. The Holy Hour we will host in our parish via the live-stream starting from 3.00 pm. On the to of this, it is worth being reminded that the Holy See for the time of pandemic issued the a Special Indulgence, giving us in the same time a greater awareness of God’s Mercy and a wider way to obtain it.
  2. I would like to thank you for all the cards, good wishes, messages of appreciation and gifts I have received over before and after Easter. Thank you for your kindness and generosity. I would like to thank especially those who have supported our Charity Box giving donations which we will use to support those in need from our parish and local community. We haven’t stopped collecting items for the Food Bank. They have been left in the porch of the presbytery and will be delivered this Tuesday to the Food Bank in Rochester. I am very grateful to those who donate and organise the delivery of food and toiletries. If you are or you know anyone who is in need of the food, please, don’t hesitate to contact me, and help is available.
  3. Zoom is the program and application which we are going to use in the parish for the greater participation in prayer and for the forthcoming parish meetings. If you can would like to participate, please, download Zoom to your computer or phone by choosing the appropriate option.

Easter Monday – 13 April NQD24
10.00 am – Mass
12.00 noon – Msza po polsku celebrowana w Maidstone
6.30 pm – Evening Session – A slice of the Word: The Temple

Easter Tuesday 14 April NQD25
10.00 am – Mass, The Hour of great Mercy
6.30 pm – Silly Circus for children

Easter Wednesday 15 April NQD26
Opening hymn: Alleluia, sing to Jesus, Recessional hymn: At the name of Jesus
10.00 am – Mass, Divine Mercy Chaplet
6.30 – 7.30 pm – Where is Jesus? – Adoration

Easter Thursday 16 April NQD27
Opening hymn: Because the Lord is my shepherd, Recessional hymn: Jesus Christ is ris’n today
10.00 am – Mass, Divine Mercy Image
6.30 pm – Once upon a time… – Breaking of the Bread

Easter Friday 17 April NQD28
Opening hymn: Thine be he glory, Recessional hymn: Love is his word
10.00 am – Mass, Divine Mercy Novena
You can download or print out the service from here.
6.30 – 7.30 pm – Stations of the Light

Easter Saturday 18 April NQD29
Opening hymn: Living Lord, Recessional hymn: Praise my soul the king of heaven
10.00 am – Mass, Feast of Mercy
6.30 pm – Merry Mary – Introduction to Rosary
The Rosary of the Virgin Mary

Sunday 12 April 2020 NQD23 – Parish Notices

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Christ is risen – truly risen!!!

  1. Easter wishes: May Almighty God bless you all abundantly in peace and joy through his resurrection. Happy Easter 🙂 Because of the availability of live-stream technology I invite you all to read our Live Stream and YouTube programme and participate in Easter celebrations with me. Our Parish Diary lists all the events taking place in our church.
  2. Reconciliation and Easter duties now: Archbishop John sent us the words of guidance to help us cope with the lack of possibility of receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation as well as Sacramental Holy Communion. Please, read the extract of his message here. What also might be helpful is the homily by Pope Francis which he proclaimed on the very special Urbi et Orbi Blessing in Vatican on 27 March 2020 which can be downloaded here.
  3. 100 Club traditionally does the Big Easter Draw. It already happened and the results of it you can see here. Congratulations to the winners 🙂
  4. Many thanks: I would like to that you all for you prayers, good wishes, and signs of appreciation throughout last week. Many thanks for the cards and gifts that I have received. Especially I would like to thank you for supporting our ‘Charity box’ (few words of explanation below). What is most amazing that we haven’t stopped receiving items to support our local Food Bank. I am most grateful for this. And if you like to continue doing this, please leave the items at porch of no.5 Bleakwood Road.
  5. Easter Collection: As I said at Wednesday and Friday Mass, I am always grateful for the Easter Offertory arrangements in our Diocese allowing the priest to receive the financial support coming from the Easter collection. However, this year I would like you to support not me but our new parish fund which I provisionally called ‘Charity Box’. The reason for this is that in every parish there should be a fund called ‘Poor Box’, which we haven’t had in ours so far. Also, the time of quarantine this year will most probably challenge financially a lot of people. So, if you were ready to support me financially this Easter, instead of giving your donation to me, please, send it to our Parish Account with a reference description as ‘Charity Box’ (bank details you will find below). If you are from a different parish than ours, please, support your priests financially this Easter as normal – no one knows their financial situation. But I ask you not to talk to me or other priests about it because it might bring embarrassment to me and them. Let this alms-giving be known to God only.

From the last week you can also follow us on facebook by finding us as ‘St Simon Stock Parish in Waldeslade’.

I am very grateful to everyone who supports our parish financially. If you would like to join in participation of the upkeep of our church you can use these Bank Transfer details:
St Simon Stock Church
Sort Code 60-50-01
Account Number 79144020
Registered Incorporated Charity Number 1173050

Thank you all for your support. Fr Bart

Maundy Thursday – 9 April
In preparation for the Mass download Missa de Angelis
During Mass we will sing One bread one Body, The servant song, Pangue Lingua Gloriosi
In case the live-stream breaks down reload in 5 minutes or participate in the Holy Father’s Mass
8.00 – Clap for our Carers outside your window or door
8.05 – 10.00 pm –  Lord’s Supper Mass and Watch
 

Good Friday – 10 April
Download or print the Morning Prayer from here.
10.00 am – Morning Prayer of the Church
Stations of the Cross for children from Ashford, move the film to 7.30 mins
Stations of the Cross for adults from Ashford, move the film to 9.30 mins
Stations of the Cross for self-meditation from Maidstone

During the Liturgy we will sing: Were you there, O Living WaterJesus, remember me
3.00 – 5.00 pm – Celebration of the Passion of the Lord and Veneration of the Holy Cross
After the Liturgy we will sing: Father, we adore you, Amazing grace
8.00 pm – Stations of the Cross celebrated in Vatican

Holy Saturday –  11 April
Download or print the Morning Prayer from here.
10.00 am – Morning Prayer of the Church
Before Easter Vigil, please, prepare a candle for the renewal of Baptismal Promises
It can be any candle; if you have got enough, one for every member of the family.
9.00 pm – Easter Vigil Mass

Easter Sunday – 12 April
Before Easter Mass, please, prepare a candle for the renewal of Baptismal Promises.
It can be any sort of candle; if you have got enough, give one for every member of the family.
In preparation for the Mass download
Missa de Angelis
10.00
am – Easter Mass
Przed Msza mozna przygotowac swieczke, dla kazdego czlonka rodziny, albo jedna swieczke dla wszystkich. Uzejmy swiec do odnowienia przyrzeczen chrzcielnych.
Mozna tez zciagnac sobie lub wydrukowac teksty do Mszy Swietej tutaj.
Jesli macie instrumenty, szczegolnie perkusyjne przygotujcie i uzywajcie podczas dwoch ostatnich spiewow.
12.00 noon – Wielkanocna Msza po polsku
I apologise if I will no be able to do the live-streaming as the connection is playing up at the moment. But I will try.
6.30 pm – Evening Session – Smovie: Rabbit School…, The Shack, Risen

Sunday 5 April 2020 NQD16 – Parish Notices

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

  1. Holy Week this Year: On Friday morning we have received an e-mail from Archbishop John confirming that all the Holy Week and Easter celebrations are going to take place in every parish with no participation of the faithful – every priest is going to celebrate the liturgy on their own. Because of the availability of live-stream technology I invite you all to read our Live Stream and YouTube programme and participate in these celebrations with me. Our Parish Diary lists all the events taking place in our church and some strongly recommended celebration elsewhere.
  2. Reconciliation and Easter duties now: Archbishop John sent us the words of guidance to help us cope with the lack of possibility of receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation as well as Sacramental Holy Communion. Please, read the extract of his message here. What also might be helpful is the homily by Pope Francis which he proclaimed on the very special Urbi et Orbi Blessing in Vatican on 27 March 2020 which can be downloaded here.
  3. Funeral of Abp Peter Smith RIP: Last Monday 30 March 2020 the Funeral Mass of Archbishop Peter Smith RIP took place in St George’s Cathedral in London. The photos from this celebration can be viewed here and the homily by Archbishop John Wilson read here.
  4. 100 Club traditionally does the Big Easter Draw. It already happened and the results of it you can see here.
  5. Palm crosses: Traditionally on Palm Sunday we receive the palms which are blessed. Even though the blessing of the palms takes place today they will be ready to obtain by everyone after the regulations of the National Quarantine will have been lifted.
  6. Chrism Mass postponed: This year the Conference of Bishops of England and Wales, following Holy Father, decided to postpone the Chrism Mass until it’s possible to be celebrated as a gathering of the clergy and laity in the diocesan cathedrals.
  7. Holy Paschal Triduum: Several Parts of the Holy Paschal Triduum this year will be celebrated differently due to the circumstances. Please, do not be surprised when you will see traditional parts of the Liturgy omitted or changed. Also, today I have changed some of the time arrangements  for our parish celebrations. Please, make yourselves familiar with them in our Parish Diary.
  8. Easter Collection: As I said at Wednesday and Friday Mass, I am always grateful for the Easter Offertory arrangements in our Diocese allowing the priest to receive the financial support coming from the Easter collection. However, this year I would like you to support not me but our new parish fund which I provisionally called ‘Charity Box’. The reason for this is that in every parish there should be a fund called ‘Poor Box’, which we haven’t had in ours so far. Also, the time of quarantine this year will most probably challenge financially a lot of people. So, if you were ready to support me financially this Easter, instead of giving your donation to me, please, send it to our Parish Account with a reference description as ‘Charity Box’ (bank details you will find below). If you are from a different parish than ours, please, support your priests financially this Easter as normal – no one knows their financial situation. But I ask you not to talk to me or other priests about it because it might bring embarrassment to me and them. Let this alms-giving be known to God only.

When the celebration of the Mass reaches the time of Holy Communion, all participants can receive Spiritual Communion by joining Fr Bart in saying the Act of Spiritual Communion. Please click here. Thank you.

From the last week you can also follow us on facebook by finding us as ‘St Simon Stock Parish in Waldeslade’.

I am very grateful to everyone who supports our parish financially. If you would like to join in participation of the upkeep of our church you can use these Bank Transfer details:
St Simon Stock Church
Sort Code 60-50-01
Account Number 79144020
Registered Incorporated Charity Number 1173050

Thank you all for your support. Fr Bart

Palm Sunday – 5 April
10.00 am – Mass
12.00 noon – Msza po polsku, refleksja ks. Marka
6.30 pm – Smovie

Holy Monday – 6 April
For some of the responses at Mass during Holy week, please click here
10.00 am – Mass
6.30 pm – Introduction to Breviary
to download click Evening Prayer.docxEvening Prayer.pdf
to pray later on with Walsingham click here
Breviary for Android and Apple

Holy Tuesday – 7 April
10.00 am – Mass
Extra: Abp John’s Little Retreat
5.00 pm – Memorial Mass offered for Pauline Fairfax RIP
6.30 pm – Not so silly and not a circus for children

Holy Wednesday – 8 April
10.00 am – Mass offered for John Reilly RIP
6.30 pm – Adoration – Where is Jesus? Benediction

Sunday 5 April 2020 NQD16 – Parish Notices

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

  1. Holy Week this Year: On Friday morning we have received an e-mail from Archbishop John confirming that all the Holy Week and Easter celebrations are going to take place in every parish with no participation of the faithful – every priest is going to celebrate the liturgy on their own. Because of the availability of live-stream technology I invite you all to read our Live Stream and YouTube programme and participate in these celebrations with me. Our Parish Diary lists all the events taking place in our church and some strongly recommended celebration elsewhere.
  2. Reconciliation and Easter duties now: Archbishop John sent us the words of guidance to help us cope with the lack of possibility of receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation as well as Sacramental Holy Communion. Please, read the extract of his message here. What also might be helpful is the homily by Pope Francis which he proclaimed on the very special Urbi et Orbi Blessing in Vatican on 27 March 2020 which can be downloaded here.
  3. Funeral of Abp Peter Smith RIP: Last Monday 30 March 2020 the Funeral Mass of Archbishop Peter Smith RIP took place in St George’s Cathedral in London. The photos from this celebration can be viewed here and the homily by Archbishop John Wilson read here.
  4. 100 Club traditionally does the Big Easter Draw. It already happened and the results of it you can see here.
  5. Palm crosses: Traditionally on Palm Sunday we receive the palms which are blessed. Even though the blessing of the palms takes place today they will be ready to obtain by everyone after the regulations of the National Quarantine will have been lifted.
  6. Chrism Mass postponed: This year the Conference of Bishops of England and Wales, following Holy Father, decided to postpone the Chrism Mass until it’s possible to be celebrated as a gathering of the clergy and laity in the diocesan cathedrals.
  7. Holy Paschal Triduum: Several Parts of the Holy Paschal Triduum this year will be celebrated differently due to the circumstances. Please, do not be surprised when you will see traditional parts of the Liturgy omitted or changed. Also, today I have changed some of the time arrangements  for our parish celebrations. Please, make yourselves familiar with them in our Parish Diary.
  8. Easter Collection: As I said at Wednesday and Friday Mass, I am always grateful for the Easter Offertory arrangements in our Diocese allowing the priest to receive the financial support coming from the Easter collection. However, this year I would like you to support not me but our new parish fund which I provisionally called ‘Charity Box’. The reason for this is that in every parish there should be a fund called ‘Poor Box’, which we haven’t had in ours so far. Also, the time of quarantine this year will most probably challenge financially a lot of people. So, if you were ready to support me financially this Easter, instead of giving your donation to me, please, send it to our Parish Account with a reference description as ‘Charity Box’ (bank details you will find below). If you are from a different parish than ours, please, support your priests financially this Easter as normal – no one knows their financial situation. But I ask you not to talk to me or other priests about it because it might bring embarrassment to me and them. Let this alms-giving be known to God only.

When the celebration of the Mass reaches the time of Holy Communion, all participants can receive Spiritual Communion by joining Fr Bart in saying the Act of Spiritual Communion. Please click here. Thank you.

From the last week you can also follow us on facebook by finding us as ‘St Simon Stock Parish in Waldeslade’.

I am very grateful to everyone who supports our parish financially. If you would like to join in participation of the upkeep of our church you can use these Bank Transfer details:
St Simon Stock Church
Sort Code 60-50-01
Account Number 79144020
Registered Incorporated Charity Number 1173050

Thank you all for your support. Fr Bart

Monday 30 March NQD9
10.00 am – Mass
6.30 pm – Two slices of The Word: Messiah and The Son of Man

Tuesday – 31 March
10.00 am – Mass
6.30 pm – Silly Circus

Wednesday – 1 April
10.00 am – Mass
6.30 – 7.30 pm – Where is Jesus? – Adoration

Thursday – 2 April
10.00 am – Mass
6.30 pm – Once upon a time…

Friday – 3 April
10.00 am – MassReadings from Universalis
6.30 – 7.30 pm – Stations of the Cross

Saturday –  4 April
10.00 am – Mass
6.30 pm – Marry Mary – Reflection and Rosary Decade

Monday 30 March NQD10 – Morning update

Sunday 22 March NQD2
10.00 am – Mass
4.00 pm – Mothers Day Coffee – Promote Masses online
Monday 23 March NQD3
10.00 am – Mass (connection broke down)
6.30 pm – A slice of The WordListen! Video
Tuesday 24 March NQD4
10.00 am – Mass
6.30 pm – Silly Circus (for children)
Wednesday 25 March NQD5 – The Annunciation
10.00 am – Massprint consecration prayer from here
6.30 – 7.30 pm – Where is Jesus?
Thursday 26 March NQD6
10.00 am – Mass
6.30 pm – Once upon a time… (for children)
Friday 27 March NQD7
10.00 am – Mass
6.30 – 7.30 pm – Stations of the Cross
Saturday 28 March NQD8
10.00 am – Mass
6.30 pm – Introduction to Rosary Joyful mysteries download here
The Rosary of the Virgin Mary
about 7.00 pm –Rosary from Walsingham
Sunday 29 March NQD9
10.00 am – Mass, Rededication Prayer
11.15 am – Parish AGM Introduction
12.00 noon – Mass with Rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary in Walsingham
6.30 pm – Smovie

Sunday 29 March NQD9 – Morning update

Today we are celebrating the Fifth Sunday of Lent. You can participate in the live-stream celebration of 10.00 am Mass by clicking at 9.57 am here. The first part of AGM will start at 11.15 am and you can watch it by clicking here at 11.12 am. The AGM presentation will last only for about 30 minutes in order to allow the participation in the live transmission from Walsingham of Rededication of England as a Dowry of Mary. Later in the evening you can watch for a moment a short review of the family film witch hopefully you will be able to find in one of the Internet channels.

Wednesday 25 March NQD5 – The Annunciation – Live stream Mass today

Today we are celebrating the Solemnity of The Annunciation. It is a day when a lot of us, having completed the retreat called ’33 Days to Morning Glory ‘ would like to make an act of consecration to the Immaculate heart of Mary. All you need to do before Mass is to prepare for yourself this act of consecration from the book or booklet you were using or download it from here and print. To participate at online Mass click here at 9.57 am. Fr Bart

Tuesday 24 March NQD4 – We are simply locked down

Dear Brothers and sisters in Christ

I am sure that last night most of us watched or heard about the appeal of our Prime Minister firmly calling everyone to stay at home. Two hours late we have received an e-mail from Archbishop John confirming the action we need to take in the parishes. This letter you can read here. Basically, as the clergy we are not allowed to open the churches even for the private prayer and the celebration of the Mass needs to happen behind the closed doors. Our church will not be opened anymore for the private prayer. However, in the emergency need I can still minister Sacrament of the Sick and Reconciliation following certain precautions ordered by the Bishops Conference. I can always be contacted on 07305831925. You can take part in our live-stream Masses and evening sessions by going to a different page on this website clicking here.

In this very specific time we don’t stop supporting each other. I am very grateful for the food that has been brought to our church to support Food Bank. We are in touch with a number of people who offered help in case anyone needs shopping to be done. I am very pleased to hear about  a number of phone calls that were made in support and care for each other. We need to overcome this global crisis one day. We now, more than any other time, need to ‘overcome evil with good’. Fr Bart

Monday 23 March NQD3 – Moving Live Stream to a different link

Hello Everyone.

Today quite a lot of work was done on our website. All the live stream activities will happen from a different link called Live Stream and YouTube. I invite you all to be partakers in creating our website contacting me on walderslade@rcaos.org.uk or our Webmaster on alfredotechno1@gmail.com. For now you can get ready to watching our first Live Stream Evening Session called ‘A slice o prayer’ by going to Live Stream page. Fr Bart

Monday 23 March NQD3 – Let me ask you something: does it make sense?

To continue my yesterday’s evening reflection on the need of some sort routine in live I was thinking that we can still develop our spiritual and social life by connecting together on life-stream in the evening. What I am thinking about are evening prayer or social sessions that I would be able to live-stream at about 18.30 (after dinner for some, before supper for others) in order to connect with the whole parish and potentially schools. What came to my mind is this:

Monday – ‘A slice of prayer’ – a simple introduction to different types of prayer which we have in the Church, like Bible reflection session or Liturgy of the Hours (Breviary).
Tuesday – ‘Silly Circus’ – something very lighthearted, like a presentation of made-up social games for all the family or not necessary serious games and challenges that we can organise later on during our parish feasts.
Wednesday – ‘Where is Jesus?’- Introduction to the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with a reflection on different images, statutes and objects which we have in our church.
Thursday – ‘Once upon a time…’ – simple stories that I could be able to read to the children of our schools and parish.
Friday – ‘Between Galilee and Jerusalem’ – Prayer time like ‘Stations of the Cross’ in Lent and  the ‘Stations of the Light’ in Easter.
Saturday – ‘Merry Mary’ – Introduction to the Marion devotions with the short prayer time, presenting Mary a person of great faith, hope and joy.
Sunday – ‘Smovie’ – a review on the family film each week after which the whole household can sit together and, using different channels, switch to watching something funny, wise and relaxing. Btw. The name of the session is to reflect smoothie – something healthy, refreshing, tasty and easy-going.

I would be very grateful for your comments. Please, tell me, what you think about the whole idea, the names and content of the sessions as well as ways in which it can be done. I am intending to stream every session for about 15 minutes and keep it available on the website. Please, share you thoughts with me on 07305831925. Fr Bart

P.S. For tonight we have had our Bible Session planned before the quarantine was introduced. I am still planning to live-stream this session and you will be able to participate in it at 18.30 pm. Simply visit the website at 18.27 and click here.

NQD2 – Does it sound like a plan? – evening reflection

Hello Everyone.

Today we have celebrated The Sunday of Joy and Mothers Day. For me it was the first Sunday for a couple of years when I actually rested a bit. I allowed myself to think more freely about what is happening around us and I was listening to a couple of pieces of advice of how to survive this time of quarantine. I came to an understanding that I need to find a new routine in my days to use this time of quarantine in the most positive and constructive way. Otherwise, boredom or silliness is likely to catch me. In the morning I will come up with with some sort of plan on how we can spend this time in a positive and joyful way. Have a good night 🙂 Fr Bart

National Quarantine Day Two (NQD2) – 22 March 2020 – Laetare Sunday – Mothers Day

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ.

Today we are celebrating in the Church Laetare Sunday, from Latin The Sunday of Joy. We rejoice for the fact that Our Lord came to this world and suffered to save us. In this time of coronavirus plague Jesus is the source of joy and hope for us that one day it will be over. We are celebrating today as well Mothers Day. Maybe every mom will not be able to receive a nice bouquet of flowers, chocolate box or card, not mentioning being taken out, but I am sure that a lengthy telephone chat will be much appreciated. For those mothers who are not longer with us we pray to the Lord for the eternal joy.

I invite you today to come for the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Our Lord is always with us preserved in the tabernacle but today we will have the Exposition between 11.00 am – 1.00 pm and between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm as the church regulations allow it. Remember though to keep the safe distance of about 2 meters from each other. Have a blessed and joyful Day of the Lord. Fr Bart

National Quarantine Day One (NQD1) – 21 March 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Today we have had the first experience of ‘stay at home’. I would like to thank all of you participating at Mass online. Tomorrow the Mass is going to be celebrated at 10.00 am as well. Dc Martin is going to be serving at Mass at preaching. You are welcome to join in through this website from 9.57 am. Also, it was announced last weekend that we are going to be supporting Food Bank this weekend. You can simply come between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm or between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm for a prayer time and leave your alms-giving in the red Food Bank containers. Hopefully, see you at live-stream Mass. Fr Bart

National Quarantine Day Zero (NQD0) – 20 March 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ.

Situation: Corona Virus has recently disturbed so many parts of our life. It has  disrupted also our parish gatherings, the way we pray and participate in the sacraments. Letters from the Conference of Bishops of England and Wales and from Archbishop John Wilson as well as other useful and updated daily information you can find on our Parish website: stsimonwalderslade.co.uk. Encourage others by text and e-mail to use it.

Sacraments and prayer: Until we are told otherwise we cannot provide any preparation and celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism, Confirmation, First Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Marriage. The Mass is going to be celebrated daily at 10.00 am, with no participation of the faithful – just one person allowed to participate occasionally. However, I will do every effort to live-stream our Mass which will be accessible on our parish website. To receive the Sacrament of the Sick (Holy Anointing) and Reconciliation (Confession) please ring 07305831925. Our church will be opened daily from 21 to 29 March 11.00 am – 1.00 pm and 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm.

Parish office: The normal way of contacting me will be by calling or texting me on 07305831925. Any office queries can be answered by Josie on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm and finance queries by Tanya on Tuesday and Thursday between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm. Ring them if you know their mobile number or contact me, please.

Stay in touch: This difficult situation makes everyone of us very fragile. It is particularly important that those of us who can, may give a ring to the people who you know about that are in self-isolation, especially if you know they don’t have Internet at home. You might be their only source of the local news. Use our parish website stsimonwalderslade.co.uk, parish mobile 07305831925 and your own creativity to help yourself and others to stay at home but also to stay in touch with others.

Help provision: I decided to allow the baskets for the Food Bank donations to be kept in the porch. I will be securing any donations daily and they will be taken to the Food Bank weekly. I have already received offers from our parishioners to help other people to do the shopping for them. If you want to offer your help or you are in need of this sort of help or you know someone who needs this sort of help let me know. We will do every effort to others needs.

Need of prayer: In this difficult time every minute we spend praying is precious. Please, spend this time joining us for the live-streamed Masses and occasional services (access our website or subscribe our Parish channel on YouTube: St Simon Stock Parish Walderslade), pray with the Bible and Rosary or maybe you will make yourself familiar with the Liturgy of the Hours (breviary). If you have or will have any prayer intentions send them to me and I will turn them in the bidding prayers during our life-stream Masses. Archbishop John encouraged us as well ‘to create a simple shrine in our homes, with crucifix and religious images, to provide a focus until that blessed day when we are able to gather in our churches once more’.

May the peace and blessing of the Lord be with us all: in the name of the Father + and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Fr Bart

Update on 20 March 2020 – News for St Simon’s

Trying to support Chatham Deanery Clergy and Parishes I am trying in the same time to organise the live of our parish. The challenging news I need to share with you is that the last public service in our church before we start the new way of existence as a parish in the national quarantine is going to happen this morning: Adoration at 9.00 am and Mass at 10.00 am. I will provide another update of the news at 6.00 pm tonight. God bless and protect you all. Fr Bart

New ways of being the Church in the COVID-19 pandemia – update on Wednesday 18 March 2020 at 8.00 pm

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ
This afternoon The Conference of Bishops of England and Wales have issued a special letter giving us the guidelines for the existence of the Church in parishes in the circumstances of pandemia. Please, read this letter having clicked here.

Our Archbishop, John Wilson, also turned to us with the words of hope and encouragement in this very specific and massively difficult situation. Please, read this letter having clicked here.

In these circumstances we have got 2 days to prepare ourselves as the Walderslade Parish and Chatham Deanery for a number of weeks of existence without a physical contact. As much as possible we will be trying to stay in touch using the Internet, our phones and helping each other by providing the shopping and medicines. If you have a need to be helped with this or you are willing to help, please let me know on 07305831925.

For now I am able to let you know that we will have the celebration of the Eucharist on Thursday and Friday at 10.00 am and the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with the possibility of receiving Reconciliation on Friday 9.00 am. I am hoping to live-stream these two Masses and Exposition on YouTube. The link will appear in both of these two days 5 minutes before the celebration on this website. I will be grateful to those who will participate in these celebrations via the Internet to send me your feedback on the mobile numer given above.

The new ways of pastoral care in our Parish and Deanery will be presented on Friday 20 March at 8.00 pm. In the meantime I will try to contact everyone who had any previous arrangements for various Sacraments and meeting to inform you about the details.

I ask Everyone of you to support each other in prayer, telephone contact, and shopping support, if you can. I treat this coming time as a battle for life and death which strengthen by God we need to win. But also, this is the only opportunity in a lifetime when we can save the nation and the world sitting in front of the TV doing nothing 🙂 Let’s not waste this opportunity. Yours in Christ, Fr Bart.

Supporting Chatham – St Michael’s Parish

Because St Michael’s Parish in Chatham doesn’t have currently easily updated parish website they are going to be using our website as the way to keep in touch between Fr Christopher Baker and parishioners. For the first news of St Michael’s, please, click here.

Supporting Parkwood – St Augustine’s Parish

For the first news of St Augustine’s, please, click here.

First cancellations in our parish calendar – update on Wednesday 18 March 2020 at 9.00 am

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
Having reflected carefully on the message of the Prime Minister, asking everyone over 70, pregnant woman and those with health conditions to avoid unnecessary contact with others I have decided to cancel two sessions of the Eucharistic Adoration planned for this week:  Wednesday Adoration (18 March 2.00 – 10.00 pm) and Friday/Saturday 24 Hours for the Lord (from 20 March 6.00 pm until 21 March 6.00 pm). The reason for this is that don’t want to create unnecessary pressure and moral dilemma for those of you who are committed Adorers. Also, being in contact with Fr Joseph Edattu from Divine Retreat Center in Ramsgate we have decided to cancel First Saturday Vigil on 4 April.

If anyone wished to conduct private contemplations and prayers at home for the “24hrs Before the Lord”, please click here to follow a suggested structure of prayers. Regards to all and keep safe and healthy.  Alfredo

We are expecting to receive the guidelines from either Archbishop John Wilson or the Conference of Bishops of England and Wales on the ways of operation of all parishes in the near future. As soon as I know the details of it I will inform you on this website.

Please note, that from today, which is Wednesday 18 March, we operate in the Parish Office only remotely until it will be announced otherwise. In practice it means that the only way of contacting us is via landline 01634862910, mobile/whatsap 07305831925 or e-mail walderslade@rcaos.org.uk. There is no possibility of a personal contact with any of our Parish Secretaries. However, don’t hesitate to contact the parish office or me personally, especially in emergency. Yours, Fr Bart

St Simon Stock Parish precautions – update on Tuesday 17 March 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ.
I am sure that you are all aware of the Prime Minister’s Monday afternoon update on Corona Virus. I have been informed by Canon John O’Toole, our Episcopal Vicar for Kent, that Archbishop John Wilson is going to issue an update on the guidance we have received recently. We can be quite sure that some of our parish activities will be cancelled but it is to early for me to say which services and meetings are no longer going to happen. As soon as I know I will inform you on this website, through e-mails and phone calls. By Wednesday 12.00 noon we will know if we have to cancel our Wednesday Adoration and Friday and Saturday 24 Hours for the Lord. The quickest response for any questions that I am able to answer you will receive calling or texting 07305831925. On Tuesday, St Patrick’s Day I will offer the 10.00 am Mass praying to God that he might save us all in our parish, schools and Chatham Deanery from all the deceases and death as a consequence of  them. I keep praying for you all. Yours, Fr Bart

Please, definitely stay at home:
– if you have the symptoms of Corona Virus like cough or high temperature,
– if you have a weak immune system caused by a chronic disease connected to lungs, heart trouble, cancer, diabetes, etc.
– if you live with someone or you have to help or look after someone who is affected by the things listed above,
– if you feel not sure or threatened by the whole social atmosphere these days.
Any updates on the situation in the parish will be presented in our parish website.
If you are over 70 or consider yourself being in the risk of infection but still want to take part in the church celebrations, please, avoid Saturday evening Mass and Sunday Masses, but you could come for the weekday Masses and Adoration.

On Monday 9 March 2020 Archbishop John Wilson has announced that we are now moving to Stage 2 of the CBCEW guidelines. Please, click and read here!!!

For more info from the NHS, please click here. Daily Mass online please click here.