X OUR LADY & ST JOSEPH’S 100 CLUB - the January draw will take place today, Sun., Jan.  21st.

X FOLKESTONE CHURCHES WINTER SHELTER continues to provide rough sleepers with a safe space and help in finding accommodation, in seven church premises across Folkestone – in particular, on Wednesday nights in OLHoC Parish Hall. Headed up by Fr Jamie, our parish volunteers, together with helpers from other churches, will be looking after the guests each week until the end of February. Please pray for the team – cooking, talking, washing up, offering help, providing friendship, clearing up and solving problems - and for the guests, and for the administrators of the project up at the Rainbow Centre.

X  THE REV’D DAVID ADLINGTON died on January 4th. His funeral mass will take place at St Eanswythe’s Church in the Bayle on Saturday, January 27th at 12 noon. His body will be received the day before (Friday) at 4.00pm. Fr David often came into Our Lady, Help of Christians, during the day to pray and spend time before the Blessèd Sacrament. May he rest in peace.

X FR PETER MADDEN died on December 15th 2017. His funeral mass will take place at St Paul’s Church, Dover tomorrow (Monday, January 22nd) at 12 noon. He was a faithful and diligent Parish Priest of Dover, and bore his last illness with great courage for many years. May he rest in peace.

X WELL DONE to everyone who’s contributed through the Missio Red Box Scheme at OLHoC to raise a total of £1,055 during 2107. And that was with a late start in March, I think! Congratulations to everyone, and thanks to Rose and Terry for their diligent work!

X DEANERY PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND – The confirmed dates are November 13th to 20th 2018. The cost is £1450 per person based on 2 people sharing. There is a single room supplement of £435. For further information contact Claudine Nutley on 01304 830275 or email

X MANY THANKS to Pat Carroll, Ludo Maderni, Steve Press and Gordon Quinnell for restoring order and cleanliness to the area under and round the tree at the back of St Joseph’s Hall last week, after it had been temporarily occupied by “Brian” (?) and his friends – with all their, er, PARAPHERNALIA! Thanks, too, to John Limebury of the Winter Shelter, Porchlight, and the Shepway Crisis Team for their help.

X LENT is less than a month away! Scary! And Fr Jamie is going to run a lunchtime session every Wednesday, using the pattern that worked so well in October with Laudato Si’ – start at 12.30pm with a light lunch of soup and bread (donations to Embrace the Middle East) and finish by 1.30pm. The subject will be the Letter of St James – which emphasizes the importance of actions along with faith in the practice of the Christian life. Runs Wed., February 21st to Wed., March 21st.

X AND TALKING OF LENT…it’ll soon be time to celebrate Candlemas (Feb 2nd at 10.00am) and “look back to the day of his birth, and forward to the coming days of his Passion.” And start bring back our Palm Crosses, so that they can be burnt for Ash Wednesday on February 14th. Yes! Chaps, take your wives and girlfriends out on Shrove Tuesday!


The classes for the children continue on Wednesdays at Stella Maris from 3.30 pm – 4.15pm


319 people came to the Sunday Masses at Guildhall Street last weekend and 100 came to St Joseph’s.

Collection totals - £679.03 at OLHoC and £329.88 at St Joseph’s. Second collection for Pax Christi came to £101.50 and £31.37 respectively.


Alan Lloyd, Alex Shears, Alice McLaughlin, Andy Mark, Anna Fitzgerald-Clark, Anne Harrison, Anne Maxwell, Anne, Barrie & Jean Pape, Bob Barton, Brian Wright, Brian & Anne Hamer, Brian & Elizabeth Tudball, Bridgid Hunt, Carla Letts, Christine O’Hagan, Christopher Browne, Ciaran Casey, Claire Simmons, Colette Bannerman, Conor Dunne, Cynthia Misquita, Dave de Courtney, David & Mary Honey, Dorothy Hogan, Elizabeth Newman, Ernestina Valladares & Isaac Miranda, Glenda Young, Hajnalka, Harry Wilson, Janet Fitzgerald, Janet & Paul Rynehart, Jean Malloy, Jim Scott, Joan Martin, John Lodge, John McGarry, John & Elizabeth Rushton, Josianne Fryer, Juliet, June Joannes, Katie O’Rorke, June Rolph, Juliette Young, Kevin Lamb, Kitty Hart, Len Griffiths, Lucia D’Agostini, Lisa, Margaret Gilheaney, Martha Bennett-Blowes, Mary Robinson, Matthew Sinfield, Moira Goss, Nicola Pape, Nicholas White, Nikki Gallazzi, Patricia Barry, Paul Barton, Pauline Gordon, Pauline Kearney, Peter Pope, Robert Benson, Rosalind Chittenden, Roy Blake, Sallie White, Shaun Kelly, Tony Hardy, Ursula Caffarey, Fr Edmund Hartley, Sr Sophie Pepper and Sr Milligan.

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