X OUR LADY & ST JOSEPH’S 100 CLUB – the April draw will take place this Sunday.

X CONFIRMATION – we have six candidates signed up and meeting regularly on Tuesday evenings. We MIGHT be able to squeeze some more in for the remaining weeks, but after that the list will be closed! The Confirmation will be at St Paul’s, Dover, on June 21st at 7.00pm. Classes continue on a Tuesday (6.00pm-7.00pm in OLHoC) and run weekly until the Confirmation.

X THE JULIAN MEETINGS – are “groups of people, who meet regularly in order to grow in the practice of contemplative prayer in the Christian tradition.” Rosie Press invites you to come and take part in the Julian Meetings in her house, from 7.00 to 8.00pm, on April 27th, June 22nd, and August 24th, and from 2.30pm to 3.30pm on May 25th, July 27th, and September 28th. Enquiries: 01303 277399

X ASCENSION DAY – remember that Ascension Day, a Holy Day of Obligation in England, has been returned by the bishops to its ancient and regular fortieth day after Easter Day, namely (in 2018) Thursday, May 10th: accordingly, there will be a Vigil Mass the evening before (Wednesday, May 8th) at 7.30pm (at Guildhall Street); a Mass at Our Lady Help of Christians at 10.00am with Stella Maris School; and a Mass at St Joseph’s at 7.30pm. That should give everyone a chance to participate in Mass (as all Catholics are obliged to do), and it will be great to have the children and staff with us at Guildhall Street on this special and wonderful day.

X FOLKESTONE FOODBANK – still needed: rice pudding, sugar, toilet rolls, tin openers and clothes-washing tablets Please continue to put things in the big orange bin in the porch at OLHoC, and in the big cardboard box at St Joseph. (but remember – food only that is within date – and no alcohol!).

X DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES:  next week, the organiser, Mr Simon Fisher from Sellindge will be giving a brief talk about the pilgrimage at Sunday masses at Guildhall Street, on the weekend of April 28th-29th. The cost will be approximately £950 per person with a single room supplement of £245. If you are interested in going, please visit

X DEACON GEHAD will have been ordained Deacon for 20 years on April 18th. We extend our congratulations to him. On April 29th, Deacon Gehad’s son Fr Mark Homsey, a priest of the diocese of Leeds, will preside at the 10.00am Mass at St Joseph’s, (April 29th), in company with deacons, priests, and lay-people from all over the deanery and diocese. All parishioners are invited to celebrate with Deacon Gehad and his family at the mass and at a reception in St Joseph’s Parish Hall afterwards.

X FOLKESTONE RAINBOW CENTRE SPONSORED KNIT – congratulations to our team of ladies who took part in this event - Ann Martin, Anne Sharp, Else McSwiggan, Maureen James and Monica Aherne - and all their sponsors. Approx £3500 was raised during the afternoon for the excellent work of the Rainbow Centre.

X UPDATE - OLHOCSA PARISH HALL Good news! The damp proofing work will be completed on Friday, April 27th! A great deal of work has been undertaken by Bill Golding of WG Damp Proofing, and it is much appreciated. So . . . the morning coffee will be able to re-commence on Sunday April 29th! And some additional good news - WG Damp Proofing has not found any evidence of dry rot. Phew! And that means we are now awaiting quote for plumbing work in ladies toilet, and that VOLUNTEERS are required, please, for
1) The week commencing Monday April 23rd  for the wall preparation that is needed i.e. filling in cracks and sanding down.
2) The week commencing Monday April 30th for some painting of walls.
Please contact John Grace on 01303 250230 or email him at and he will arrange two hour slots at your convenience, daytime or evening.

X ROSARY ON THE COAST - this bids fair to become the big event of this springtime in Catholic Britain – which is something to be grateful for! All round the coast Catholics and probably other Christians too are going to gather by the sea at 3.00pm, next Sunday (April 29th), to pray for faith, life, and peace in the British Isles. Kathy Goble deserves a great deal of credit for drawing this to our attention and organising for us to gather at the EAST CLIFF PAVILION, on Wear Bay Road, in Folkestone CT19 6BL. There will be similar gatherings – all at 3.00pm – at Hythe, Dover, and Deal; and from Land’s End to John O’Groats, too! So be there at 3.00pm next Sunday!


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