Ex Animo, the youth event at our parish was fantastic! About 60 young people attended. The entire hall was charged with excitment throughout the evening; either during the food, mingle and chat, the games or the guest speaker.
Following on from this, there will be gatherings every evening. We will be having what is called the Alpha Youth series. The Alpha Youth series is an oppprtunity for young people to come together in a relaxed and fun environment with food, games and very interesting short videos leading to a chat on issues about life and faith. We will also have some other fun activities like a trip to Dream Land.
Masses can be celebrated for deceased members of family or friends, thanksgiving, anniversaries, vocations, for the sick and for any particular need. If you would like a Mass said please fill in the Mass envelope at the back of Church and give it to a priest or drop it into the Parish Office. You can also contact the Parish Office directly on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am to 2pm.
There is also an old tradition of Gregorian Masses. Gregorian Masses are a series of Holy Masses traditionally offered on 30 consecutive days as soon as possible after a person’s death. They are offered for an individual soul. The custom of offering Gregorian Masses for a particular soul recognises that few people are immediately ready for heaven after death, and that, through the infinite intercessory power of Christ’s sacrifice, made present in Holy Mass, a soul can be continually perfected in grace and enabled to enter finally into the union with the Most Holy Trinity – our God, Who is Love Itself.
History of Gregorian Masses.
Gregorian Masses take their name from Saint Gregory the Great, who was sovereign Pontiff from 590 to 604. St. Gregory the Great contributed to the spread of the pious practice of having these Masses celebrated for the deliverance of the souls from purgatory. In his Dialogues, he tells us that he had Masses on thirty consecutive days offered for the repose of the soul of Justus, a monk who had died in the convent of St. Andrew in Rome. At the end of the thirtieth Mass, the deceased appeared to one of his fellow monks and announced that he had been delivered from the flames of Purgatory.
LAST UPDATE: 14th February 2020
ALPHA YOUTH SERIES At our youth event Ex Animo we unveiled exciting new regular meetings for young people (age 14 to 18 or School Year 9 to 13). We are starting this Friday with the Alpha Youth series. It is an opportunity for young people to come together to explore questions of life and faith in a relaxed environment with food, fun and film leading to a conversation. We meet every Friday from 7.00pm- 9.00pm in the church hall. Don’t miss out. Bring a friend. Follow us on Instagram on exanimoashford. For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see the poster and flyers in the Porch. Parents please encourage your children to come.
LIGHTHOUSE CAFE the RCIA is launching the cafe once a month for anyone who wants a chat and a coffee or tea after the 10.00am Mass on Saturday. It will be held in the presbytery on the following dates: 15th Feb, 14th March 18th April. All very welcome.
BEREAVEMENT GROUP Have you suffered a bereavement recently or in the past? We have started a new Bereavement group holding regular monthly meetings on alternate Fridays and Mondays. If you feel you would benefit from meeting others to share company and conversation over a cup of tea, please come along. Meetings will be in the church hall on 2nd March, 3rd April, 11th May, and 12th June from 11.00am–1.00pm. We look forward to seeing you.
ALTAR SERVERS there will be a meeting after Mass on Saturday 22nd February until 11.20am. All Altar servers to attend. Please inform Fr Joe if you cannot be there.
WYE There will be Lent lunches at Wye Methodist church hall on Fridays in Lent 12.30 – 1.30 pm – in aid this year of KRAN (Kent Refugee Action Network).
BUILD A BETTER MARRIAGE the Marriage and Family Life team invite couples to join them for an event on 4th April, 9.45am-4.30pm in St Teresa’s Church, Ashford. A day in which married couples can privately explore their relationship more deeply and gain valuable insight into their communication and the call of the Church to the married. Booking essential contact Carole Batty -07983524727.
WEEK of ACCOMPANIED PRAYER in Ashford. Churches Together in Ashford offer a retreat in daily life starting on Sunday 1st March 2020. The week of Accompanied Prayer is an opportunity to spend extra time with God. Booking is essential. Please see the leaflet for more information.