Church Notices


The Reinstatement of the Obligation to Attend Mass

From 18th March 2020 through to 5th June 2022 the Bishops of England and Wales suspended the obligation to attend Mass in England and Wales. As of 5th June, the Solemnity of Pentecost, however the Bishops have reinstated the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days.  

Parents applying for a place at a Catholic school, under faith-based criteria will need to complete a Supplementary Information Form. Evidence of practice will be measured by frequency of attendance at Mass as validated by either a priest or minister, as was the case prior to 18th March 2020.  These arrangements apply to the admissions round for 2023, and subsequent rounds.


Next Sunday is the Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady – Holy Day of Obligation

10.00 a.m. – Solemn Mass of The Assumption, concluding with an outdoor procession of Our Lady’s Statue.

6.30 p.m. Mass – Said Low Mass of the Feast.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible. If you happen to be away on Holiday at this time, remember to hear Holy Mass wherever you may be.


New Bishop for the Kent Pastoral Area

Archbishop John Wilson has appointed Bishop Paul Hendricks as the new bishop for the Kent Episcopal Area which has been without a Bishop since 2018, with the transfer of Bishop Paul Mason to the Forces. Since that time, the pastoral care was given to Kent by Mgr Matthew Dickens, and subsequently by Mgr Canon John O’Toole, who retired at easter due to ill health, and whom we continue to keep in our thoughts and prayers. Bishop Paul will take up the position in September; let us keep him in our prayers.


Apprenticeship At The Archdiocese of Southwark

The Archdiocese of Southwark are seeking an apprentice to work within the Fundraising & Gift Aid team in their central offices in Lambeth North. If you, or someone you know, would like to earn a level 3 Business Administrator Standard whilst working within a hardworking  and passionate eam, supporting the work of the Catholic Church in South London and Kent, please visit https://www.rcaos.org.uk/fundraising/apprenticeship


Mass Intentions

You can ask the Parish Priest to offer Mass for a specific intention of yours. It could be for: yourself or your family, a friend in need, a deceased relative, our community or the wider world or a private intention. If you indicate a preferred date, the Mass will be offered on or about that preferred date. If you would like to be sure of a specific date, please speak to Fr Hans. Simply fill in a Mass Offering envelope and either give it to Fr. Hans or place it in the collection plate.


Receiving Holy Communion

We welcome all visitors and those who do not regularly worship with us at St. Simon Stock.

If you are not a Catholic, you are welcome to come for a blessing or remain in your seat if you prefer. If you would like to receive a blessing, please fold your arms across your chest in the form of a cross and I will be happy to give you a blessing.

If you are a Catholic who does not regularly attend Sunday Mass at a Catholic Church, you are also invited to come for a blessing or remain in your seat if you prefer. If you would like to receive a blessing, please fold your arms across your chest in the form of a cross and I will be happy to give you a blessing.

Those receiving communion are reminded that the host must be consumed before returning to your seat.


Help Needed at Our Church

We are looking for volunteers to help with the various tasks that take place to make the parish run smoothly in particular church cleaners. If you have a couple of hours to spare to volunteer for these roles, or any of the other behind the scenes roles that help the parish function, please speak to Fr. Hans or Thereza.

Volunteers to count weekly collections

Volunteers are urgently needed to count the weekly collection. This takes place after the 6.30 p.m. Mass and usually takes an hour to an hour and a half. Please give you name to Fr. Hans if you would like to join the team.

Flower Arrangers Needed

We are looking for some more volunteers to join the team of flower arrangers who decorate our church each week. If you are interested, please see Fr. Hans.

Choir Members Needed

We are looking for new members for the choir. If you would like to join, no special aptitude is required just enthusiasm and a willingness to learn, please see Thereza Baker or Titus Msoka. The day and time for practices is yet to be agreed, but it will be a weekday evening.


Care Of The Sick

If you would like a sick member of your family, or a friend, to be visited and the sacraments administered please let Fr. Hans know. If you know of someone who would like to attend Mass but is unable to get here please let us know and a lift may be able to be organised.


Other Notices


CARITAS POVERTY CHALLENGE – SEE, JUDGE, ACT

Following the pandemic, may households now also face new hardships as prices rise. Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) the Catholic agency addressing poverty and injustice in England and Wales, has released a free new booklet to increase awareness of Catholic Social Teaching on poverty, and to inform local responses. Please take a moment to read and encourage others to engage with it. Download from http://www.csan.org.uk


The Catholic Network

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