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 Infant Baptism

For infant to be baptised lawfully, it is required that there be well-founded hope that the child be brought up in the Catholic religion. If such a hope is truly lacking, the baptism is….to be deferred and the parents advised of the reason of this.(Canon 868)

Assurance must be given that the gift thus granted can grow by authentic education in the faith and Christian life in order to fulfil the true meaning of the Sacrament….If these assurances are not really serious there can be grounds for delaying the Sacrament; and if they are certainly non-existent the Sacrament should even be refused.( Instruction on Infant Baptism: 28)

The Church will never refuse Baptism to those who seek it with sincerity, but the decision when to celebrate the Sacrament will vary according to the parents’ readiness.

Baptism:
Parents who wish to have their child baptised in St Francis DeSales must attend a pre-baptism course. Further details from the parish office 01474705361.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

This takes place at Easter or Pentecost after a lengthy period of reflection on the Catholic Faith with the Parish Team.

Meeting every monday at 7.30pm during school terms only.

Contact the Parish Priest on 01474705361.

 

 

 

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November- The Month of the Holy Souls

 

Each year, the Church celebrates November as the month of Holy Souls, a reminder to us to pray for the faithful who have gone before us. Holy Mass is offered for the deceased during the month of November. Please note:

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 1st:  ALL SAINTS, SOLEMNITY. MASS AT 9.15AM AND 7.30PM.  THIS IS A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION TO ATTEND MASS.

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 2nd:  ALL SOULS DAY, COMMEMORATION OF ALL THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED.   MASS AT 9.15 am. NO MASS AT 7.30 PM.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 4th: MASS FOR DECEASED PARISHIONERS, 1PM.

 Holy Souls envelopes are available for you to place names of your deceased relatives and friends whom you wish to pray for. The names will be written into the Remembrance Book and placed at the Font during November.         

Where an offering is made, Holy Mass intention will be offered for that person.                                 

Please return envelopes as soon as possible to the box for Holy Souls which will be left in front of the lectern at Mass times.

 

 

 

 

DECEASED CLERGY MASS– 8th NOVEMBER 2017, 11.00am

 

This year’s Mass for Deceased Clergy of the Gravesend deanery will be held at        St. Paul’s Church in Meopham on Wednesday 8th November 2017 at 11.00am.

 

Once a year, the clergy of the deanery, along with their parishioners, gather to celebrate a Mass for all the priests and deacons who have served in the deanery and who have now departed this life. Please join with the people from the deanery in this act of charity to pray for Fr. Hugh Bridge and others, known to us or not.     

If you would like to go but need transport, add your name to the list on the board in the meeting room. Likewise, add your name if you can offer someone a lift.

This Mass will replace our Mass in Hartley on 8th November.