Category Archives: ARCHIVE

GARDEN PARTY

Saint Martin’s Church
and
The Commandery of Aragon,

The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem

cordially invite you to a GARDEN PARTY

To be held at the vicarage on Saturday 19th August, commencing at 12:30pm.

Tickets:  £15 and will include a three course lunch.

There will be a raffle and other events during the afternoon.

Booking forms are available at the back of church and should be returned to our churchwarden, Iola Samuels when completed.

EBBSFLEET LAY CONGRESS

WE ARE ALL MISSIONARY DISCIPLES

You are invited to join Bishop Jonathan at the  Ebbsfleet Lay Congress at Coventry Cathedral on Saturday 2nd September from 10:30am to 4:00pm.

Last year’s Congress was a great success. Coventry Cathedral full of people from across the Ebbsfleet area. The Congress is a key event for all churchwardens and PCC members – new and old; and for all active lay people — young and old; and of course the clergy: to help all our parishes think and pray together about our future.

Last year – with Bishop Rowan Williams and Archdeacon Morris Rodham – we thought about what makes a parish healthy and how Catholic communities grow. This year the theme looks outward. Any parish that has the Eucharist at its heart – as all Ebbsfleet parishes do – should overflow in mission. The clue is in the word: the Mass – ‘Go in peace, glorifying God’. Our title is a word of encouragement from Pope Francis in The Joy of the Gospel:

WE ARE ALL MISSIONARY DISCIPLES!

This year’s main speakers will be Bishop Philip North & Fr Damian Feeney.

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet with other like-minded parishes.  All are welcome and transport can be provided.  Please speak to Fr Victor if you would like to attend.

FENNY POPPERS FESTIVAL

 

This year’s Fenny Poppers Festival takes place on the afternoon of Sunday 20th August.  The church will be open, refreshments served and there will be a variety of stalls and displays.

 

Fenny Popper Festival

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE

 

To help make this a success for St Martin’s church we urgently need your help. Volunteers are required to help set up and manage stalls, or to be on hand in the church to assist visitors.  We also need donations of bottles for the tombola, homemade cakes, craft items, etc.  Please speak to Father Victor, Iola Samuels, or Faith Kemp if you can help in any way. Thanks!

Please note that to allow time for setting up, the Parish Mass will start at 9:00am andthe 8:00am Low Mass is cancelled on 20th August.  Normal service will resume the following Sunday!

 

SERVICES FOR HOLY WEEK & EASTER

Join us as the church prepares itself for the great feast of feasts.

Palm Sunday – 9th April
8.00 am:  Low Mass
10:00 am:  Blessing of Palms, Procession & Parish Mass

Maundy Thursday – 13th April
7:30 pm:  Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper with Washing of Feet, Eucharistic Procession & Watch until midnight

Good Friday – 14th April
Midday:  Children’s Event:  Plant a garden, lunch and visit the Easter Garden in church.
3:00 pm:  Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

Holy Saturday – 15th April
10:00am: 
First Mass of Easter with blessing of the New Fire and Paschal Candle

Easter Sunday – 5th April
8:00am:  Low Mass
10.00 am:  Solemn Easter Mass with  blessing of the Easter Garden.  Followed by Easter Egg hunt for the children!

 

 

A LETTER FROM BISHOP JONATHAN

 

Prayer for The Society
during Lent and Passiontide 2017

Dear brothers and sisters, dear priests: this Sunday (Lent 3) we read the Lenten Gospel of Jesus’ famous conversation with the Samaritan woman. Weary himself, nonetheless he sought her out. In that encounter, Christ’s ‘thirst’ stands out. St Augustine says, Christ ‘thirsted for the faith of that woman’ (In Ioh. Ev. 15.11), as he thirsts for the faith of us all. He wants us to encounter him in expectant faith. ‘In his thirst to receive her faith, he awakened in her heart the fire of your love’, says that day’s eucharistic preface. Christ gives us the gift of faith to turn to him in our need for new life.

We need that gift of faith to be renewed in our lives at all times, but especially in present circumstances. Many people in the Church of England have been profoundly unsettled by the painful events surrounding the process of appointing a new Bishop of Sheffield, especially in parishes affiliated to The Society. Trust in ‘the Church of England’s wider commitment to sustaining diversity’ (Declaration 14) needs to be re-established. The commitment to making it possible for ‘those of differing conviction … to flourish’ (14) needs to be restated. Our ability ‘to rejoice in each other’s partnership in the Gospel and cooperate to the maximum possible extent in mission and ministry’ (9) needs to be renewed.

But that is not just an agenda for leadership, but for all of us, if the Church of England is not to be more seriously divided now and in the future. Therefore, I want to ask you to pray together each day with me—at the Angelus—until Easter. If you do not already say the Angelus daily, I ask you to join me in doing so. It is easily prayer to be slipped into any convenient moment of your day, even for those who who work.

Jesus is waiting for us, especially in this Season of Lent, as he waited for the Samaritan woman, to speak to our hearts. May Christ support us as we turn to him.

The Angelus

Let us each find a quiet moment, in our room, in a church or a separate place. Let us listen for Christ’s voice which says, ‘If only you knew the gift that God is offering you …’ (Jn 4.10)

The Angel of the Lord brought tidings to Mary.
And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with thee:
blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
Be it unto me according to thy word.
Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with thee:
blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

And the Word was made flesh.
And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with thee:
blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

POUR FORTH we beseech thee, O Lord, thy grace into our hearts: that as we have known the incarnation of your Son, Jesus Christ, by the message of an angel, so by his + cross and passion we may be brought to the glory of his resurrection; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

O GOD, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, give us grace seriously to lay to heart the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions. Take away all hatred and prejudice, and whatsoever else may hinder us from godly union and concord. So that, as there is but one Body and one Spirit, and one hope of our calling, one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of us all, we may all by the work of your grace and mercy become one heart and of one soul, united in one holy bond of truth and peace, of faith and charity, and may with one mind and one mouth glorify you; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

HEAVENLY FATHER, bless the bishops, clergy and people of The Society. Bind us together in love and faith; renew us in service and witness; and, by your Holy Spirit, guide our future and make plain your purposes; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

St Wilfrid and St Hilda, faithful guides of Christ’s people, pray for us.

 

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption.

Our foreheads are marked with ashes to humble our hearts and remind us that life passes away on Earth.  The ashes are a symbol of penance made sacramental by the blessing of the Church, and they help us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice.
The ashes are made from the palms blessed at the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year.  They are christened with Holy Water.  Whilst the ashes symbolise penance and contrition, they are also a reminder that God is gracious and good to those who call on Him with repentant hearts.

 Wednesday 1st March 2017

12:15pm Said Mass with imposition of ashes

7:30pm Sung Mass with imposition of ashes

THE KEEPING OF LENT

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SPECIAL SERVICES FOR LENT

The forty days of Lent are a holy time when we spritiually make the pilgrimage to the cross with Jesus, remembering his words “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”  (Matt 16:24)  The goal of Lent is to stay focused on the cross and come to personally understand Jesus’ supreme sacifice of love

Ash Wednesday – 1st March

12:15pm:  Said Mass with imposition of ashes
7:30pm: Sung Mass with imposition of ashes

First Sunday of Lent – 5th March

4:00pm:  Liturgy of Penance and Benediction

Third Sunday of Lent – 19th March

4:00pm:  Stations of the Cross & Benediction

Fifth Sunday of Lent – 2nd April

3:30pm: Lenten Vespers and Benediction

 Every Wednesday in Lent

12:15am:  Said Mass followed by Stations of the Cross

 Every Thursday in Lent

7:15pm:  Lent Course in the vestry after Vespers.
The Mass – A Glimpse of Heaven

 

 

 

The Epiphany of the Lord

Our Christmas celebrations continue with the Epiphany of the Lord

 

10:00am on Sunday 8th January 2017

Parish Mass with the blessing of chalks to mark our homes and ask God’s blessing on us and our families for the year ahead.

 

 

CHRISTMAS AT SAINT MARTIN’S CHURCH

“God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

The true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of this incredible act of love. We hope that you will make time to join us during this festive season to celebrate the birth of our saviour, Jesus Christ.

Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th December

Christmas Tree Festival.  Full details here.

Sunday 11th December

4:00pm:  Children’s Christmas party followed by Christingle service.  Please phone Fr Victor (01908 372825) or Iola Samuels  (0785 5757005) to let us know you are coming to the party.

Sunday 18th December

6:00pm:   A Feast of Carols.  A seasonal offering of well-loved Christmas carols, poems and readings.   Following the service some festive refreshments will be

Saturday 24th December

11:00pm:  Midnight Mass, including blessing of the crib.

Sunday 25th December

10:00am:  Mass of the Holy Nativity with carols.
(Note:  No 8:00am Low Mass on Christmas morning.)

 

All Saints and All Souls

The Solemnity of All Saints

Sunday 30th October

Low Mass at 8:00am

Solemn Mass at 10:00am

The Feast of All Souls

Wednesday 2nd November

Sung Mass of Requiem at  7:30pm

The list for names of those you would like to be included in our prayers can be found on the table at the back of church.