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ALL SOULS DAY: Saturday 2nd November: 10 am Mass, 12 noon Mass and 5 pm Mass 

FISH AND CHIPS SUPPER: Guy Fawkes, alias Guido Fawkes, Night will be celebrated as before with fish and chips in St Andrew's Room from 6.30pm on Saturday 2 November. 

MONTH OF NOVEMBER: This is the month of remembrance of our dearly deceased relatives and friends. The book of Remembrance will be near the Font and I welcome all parishioners to add the names of those they wish to be remembered at this time

ADORATION: Friday 8th & 22nd November, 2019. From 10:30 am till 6 pm. 

ECOLOGICAL CRISIS: It is important to be part of this movement. Let us protect and preserve the gift of God to Humanity; THE PLANET EARTH.  

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING:  7th November 2019, 7:30pm in St Andrew's Room.

WEEKLY PRAYER:                          

May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. AMEN

Pilgrimage to Rome  April 2018

From Karen Bennett. 

When I saw Father Ben was organising a pilgrimage to Rome I was overjoyed.

I have visited The Eternal City before, including St Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums, as a tourist. However, even though I had been greatly moved by their beauty and grandeur on that occasion, I felt the need for a more spiritual visit so I could feel the presence of God more strongly in this most special city.

There were many occasions during our pilgrimage when I felt close to The Lord. Father Ben and Father Francis celebrating mass in one of the wonderful chapels within St Peter's before it was opened up to the general tourists, was one such moment. Another was the Papal Audience; sharing the joy and exhilaration of seeing The Holy Father along with thousands of pilgrims from across the globe.

It was during our mass at The Basilica of St Lawrence Outside the Walls, celebrated at the high altar above the crypt containing the tombs of our patronal saint and Saint Stephen, though that I truly felt most blessed.

I would like to thank Father Ben for organising this deeply spiritual experience and Father Francis for being our spiritual guide, as well as my fellow pilgrims for their company, Iove and support.


As this was my first trip to Rome, I was very excited.... We celebrated mass before we left Edenbridge, and there met our group of fellow pilgrims.

We stayed in a simply and very friendly convent 10 minutes walk from the Vatican. The pace of our days were Ďfull oní, we packed so much in, and with the help and guidance of Fr. Francis and Fr. Ben (at the churches and public transport!) we travelled around with ease.

St. Paulís Basilica, St. Peterís tomb and papal audience were highlights for me, although it is hard t pick because there was so much to take in and at times quite overwhelming.

I have so much still to process, it felt a very blessed experience and even in the busyness, I was able to experience calm and stillness.

I had a great sense of joy throughout the trip, it was wonderful to step out of the everyday journey and share with others in this wonderful way.





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