These events occur regularly throughout the calendar year.
Evening Mass (10am on 23rd July!)
Afternoon Mass & Office Hour
Sunday Parish Mass
Our main act of worship each week, when we gather to hear God's Word proclaimed, and to receive Holy Communion. We use the modern-language form of service, with a modicum of traditional Catholic ceremonial to foster a sense of the mystery of the Mass. We sing a mixture of traditional and more modern hymns, together with a simple congregational Mass setting, led by our cantor(s) and volunteer organist/pianist. Children and young people are encouraged to stay for the whole service, as it is not possible to have a separate Sunday School at present. For young families, there is a carpeted 'safe space' especially for them, with room to move around, soft toys, and plenty of colouring materials.
The Ministry of Christian Healing with the Laying on of Hands and Anointing with Holy Oil is available (in the Lady Chapel) immediately after the Parish Mass on the first Sunday each month, or at other times by arrangement with the priest-in-charge. This short liturgy uses the Office Book of the Society of Saint Francis, which is approved for use by the Church of England.
St Luke's at Prospect Place (next service is on 2nd August)
This informal service of Holy Communion is held in the Residents' Lounge at Prospect Place, Blake Avenue, Gillingham, ME7 1FX, on the first Friday of each month, though this may occasionally vary.
Residents, families, friends, and staff of Prospect Place, along with anybody else who would like to attend, are all welcome. It's part of our involvement in the new Mission Initiative 'Reach @ Gillingham Pier' - you can find further details of this by clicking on item 2 'Reach @ Gillingham Pier' on the 'About Us' column on the left of this page.
Tasty refreshments are always available after the service, sometimes including wine...
Early Mass (not on 24th July)
A short, early-morning, said service, usually held in one of the Chapels, and sometimes commemorating the particular Saint whose day it happens to be. All early-birds welcome!
Morning Mass (NO SERVICES ON 25th/26th July)
Sunday Evening Prayer
A said service of Evening Prayer in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel (using the Franciscan Office) to end the day - or perhaps to begin the week! The service may sometimes, if Father Garry is not available, be lay-led by one of our licensed Readers, or by a member of the Third Order of The Society of St Francis (TSSF).
On the first Sunday each month, and on major Festivals, the service includes Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
Holy Communion from the Reserved Sacrament is available to anyone who couldn't get to church earlier in the day - please have a word with whoever is leading the service.
Sunday Morning Prayer
An informal Arts and Crafts Group, meeting on Mondays at 1030am in the Vestry (enter through the main Church door in Virginia Road). All welcome, whether beginner or expert! Contact Parish Reader Ernie Gray on 01634 314604 for further details, or just call in on any Monday morning (apart from Bank Holiday Mondays).
The Art Group's last session before the summer holiday is on 22nd July. The Group will next meet on Monday 2nd September.
A said service which takes place every Saturday morning. On the FIRST Saturday each month it is a Cell Mass of Our Lady of Walsingham, and on the THIRD Saturday it is a Requiem for the faithful departed of that particular month (although this pattern may occasionally be altered). The church is open for coffee, a chat, private prayer, or just a look around until 12 noon.
Father Garry will usually be available to hear Confessions from 10am, and also for an 'office hour' for baptism/wedding enquiries etc. from 1030am-1130am on the FIRST Saturday each month. Other members of the Ministry Team will be happy to help with such enquiries at other times if Father Garry is not able to be present.