A concert at St Martin’s church with
Featuring the music of Gluck, Mozart, Leoncavallo, Doppler, Puccini, Verdi Bernstein and more!
Saturday 17th September
Doors open 7:00pm
Refreshments will be served during the interval
Tickets: Adults £10 / Concessions £8
Call: 01908 372825 or 01908 460059
Wednesday 29th June
Low Mass: 10:00am
Sung Mass 7:30pm
Peter, who was named Simon, a fisherman of Galilee, was introduced to the Lord Jesus by his brother Andrew, also a fisherman. Jesus gave him the name Cephas (Petrus in Latin), which means ‘Rock,’ because he was to become the rock upon which Christ would build His Church.
Peter was a bold follower of the Lord. He was the first to recognize that Jesus was “the Messiah, the Son of the living God,” and eagerly pledged his fidelity until death. In his boldness, he also made many mistakes, such as denying the Lord on the night of His passion. Yet despite his human weaknesses, Peter was chosen to shepherd God’s flock. The Acts of the Apostles illustrates his role as head of the Church after the Resurrection and Ascension of Christ.
Before receiving the name Paul, he was Saul, a Jewish pharisee who zealously persecuted Christians in Jerusalem. Saul’s conversion took place as he was on his way to Damascus. As he was traveling along the road, he was suddenly surrounded by a great light from heaven. He was blinded, fell off his horse and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” He answered: “Who are you, Lord?” Christ said: “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.”
Saul continued to Damascus, where he was baptized and his sight was restored. He took the name Paul and spent the remainder of his life preaching the Gospel tirelessly to the Gentiles of the Mediterranean world.
FRIDAY 15th JULY 2016
Thanks to everyone who helped make this event so memorable.
To see some photos taken during the evening, visit our Facebook page.
Growing The Catholic Community
The Ebbsfleet Lay Congress takes place on Saturday 5th March at Coventry Cathedral. The theme of the day is ‘Growing the Catholic Commmunity’ and the guest speaker will be the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet with other like-minded parishes. All are welcome and transport will be provided.
Please speak to Fr Victor if you would like to attend this year’s Lay Congress.
Deep Church Rising – Rediscovering the Roots of Christian Orthodoxy
For this year’s Lent Course we will be reading and discussing the book ‘Deep Church Rising – Rediscovering the Roots of Christian Orthodoxy’ by Andrew G. Walker and Robin Parry. It is a book which challenges us to rediscover our roots.
The course will run every Thursday through Lent beginning on 11th February at 7:30pm in the vicarage.
You will need to purchase a copy of the book in advance. It is available through Amazon, or Waterstones, or see Fr Victor for help.
Confirmation classes will begin towards the end of February. Please contact Fr Victor if you are interested in preparing for this important Sacrament in which the Holy Spirirt is given to strengthen us in our adult Christian discipleship.
Speak to to Fr Victor after any church service, or phone the parish office on 01908 372825.
Join us at St Martin’s church when we celebrate the following at our 10:00am Parish Mass:
Sunday 17th May – The Ascension
Forty days after his resurrection at Easter we celebrate Jesus’ ascension to heaven. The Ascension does not mark the end of Jesus’ relationship with the Church, but the beginning of a new way of His relating to the world, in and through the Church.
Sunday 24th May – Pentecost
On Pentecost Sunday we celebrate the Holy Spirit descending upon the Apostles and granting them the gifts of the Holy Spirit. These gifts helped them to fulfill their mission to preach the Gospel to all nations. For us too these gifts help us to live a Christian life.
Sunday 31st May – Trinity Sunday
Trinity Sunday is celebrated a week after Pentecost in honour of the most fundamental of Christian beliefs – The Holy Trinity. We can never fully understand the mystery of the Trinity, but we can sum it up in the following formula: God is three Persons in one Nature. The three Persons of God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—are all equally God, and cannot be divided.