The Maidstone Ordinariate Group was founded in 2012 under the leadership of Fr Paul Gibbons.
The congregation has included, in addition to members of the Ordinariate, a good 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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On Thursdays prior to the pandemic there was usually Mass at 10 am (Novus Ordo). This was preceded by Morning Prayer, normally led by a layperson (and which replaced Mass when a priest was not available).
This was followed by ...
• Study of the Readings for the Sunday or Solemnity following;
• Often a discussion of a topic of current church interest.
It is hoped that this 'Forum' will soon be able to resume at some stage.
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, have taken place before the Sunday morning Mass, and could restart as required.
Enquiries about any pastoral matter are welcome.
We have been graciously granted the use of
The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Nettlestead
This is in accordance with a previous arrangement which had lapsed due to a shortage of clergy.
St Mary's is a lovely medieval church – see photos here and here.
How to get there
The Church lies between Maidstone and Tonbridge, in the village of Nettlestead, on the B2015 Maidstone Road, near Gibbs Hill.
Postcode: ME18 5HA.
Distances: Capel 7 miles, East Peckham 3, Kings Hill 4.5, Maidstone 6, Paddock Wood 5, Tonbridge 11, Tunbridge Wells 12, Wateringbury 1.1, West Malling 5.5.
See OS map (may take a while to download).
Parking is available in the farmyard of Nettlestead Court Farm. Coming from the Maidstone direction, pass the blue church sign on the left verge of the road, then take the second drive on the left, signed Nettlestead Court Farm.
Currently Sundays at 9.30 am – circumstances permitting.
The Mass will last for 30 - 40 minutes.