The Maidstone Group was founded in 2012 under the leadership of Fr Paul Gibbons.
Until the outbreak of the pandemic, its home was a private chapel in Wateringbury, set up and owned by Robin and Christine Mace, known as The Chapel of Our Lady. This Chapel, however, is no longer an Ordinariate venue and other (and flexible) arrangements are currently being negotiated.
Our congregation has included, in addition to members of the Ordinariate, a number of Cradle Catholics, as well as a few pilgrim Anglicans. This has enabled a meeting of traditions, and a good measure of ‘mutual enrichment’ - to use a phrase of Pope Benedict.
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Our principal Mass of the week has been on Sundays at 11 am, using Divine Worship - the Missal of the Ordinariate Use.
On Thursdays, prior to the pandemic, there has usually been Mass at 10 am (Novus Ordo). This has been preceded by Morning Prayer, normally led by a layperson. When a priest has not been available, Morning Prayer has replaced Mass.
The Thursday Mass has been followed by Study of the Readings for the Sunday or Solemnity following.
In 2019 there were three baptisms, aged six to twelve, from one new family.
Short teaching sessions to introduce the Catholic Faith, and/or for preparation for full membership, are offered before the 11 o'clock Sunday Mass, from 10.30 to 10.50.
Enquiries about any pastoral matter are welcome.
With the pandemic, no public Masses are currently being held.
We hope this situation will be able to change soon.
In the meantime, a private Mass on behalf of the Group is being said by the Group Pastor, on Sundays and Thursdays. If you would like to submit Prayer Requests / Intentions, these will be covered - please send to Fr Alastair - email@example.com.