The Maidstone Group was founded in 2012 under the leadership of Fr Paul Gibbons. Its home is a converted outbuilding on private premises, which became The Chapel of Our Lady.
Since Fr Paul’s retirement in mid-2018, we have been functioning as a daughter church of the Tunbridge Wells Group, which is based at St Anselm’s Church in Pembury.
Our congregation includes, in addition to members of the Ordinariate, a number of Cradle Catholics, as well as a few Anglicans. This has enabled a meeting of traditions and a good measure of ‘mutual enrichment’ - to use a phrase of Pope Benedict.
A small church hall completed in the autumn of 2018, and dedicated by our Ordinary, Mgr Keith Newton, has provided a place to meet after Mass, as well as a venue for study days, church meetings, and other events.
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Our principal Mass of the week is on Sundays at 11 am, using Divine Worship - the Missal of the Ordinariate Use.
On Thursdays there is usually Mass at 10 am (Novus Ordo). This is preceded by Morning Prayer, mostly led by a layperson on a rota basis. When a priest is not available, Morning Prayer replaces Mass. If you missed the previous Sunday’s notices, you can ring 01622 814916 to check.
The Thursday Mass is followed by Study of the Readings for the Sunday or Solemnity following. We are moving towards a Lectio Divina format.
2019 has seen 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 are welcome - about any pastoral matter, or joining the Church, or anything else.
The Chapel of Our Lady
37a Barming Road
The Chapel of Our Lady is situated one mile north of Wateringbury on the B2015. Going north out of the village on Red Hill, Barming Road is the first turning right, 100 yards beyond the North Pole pub. The Chapel is through the 6th entrance on the left, signed 'Chapel Cottage'. (Distances: Capel 8, East Peckham 5, Maidstone 4.5, Paddock Wood 7, Pembury 10.5, Teston 1, Tonbridge 10.2, Tunbridge Wells 13.5, West Malling 7.)
11 am - Divine Worship
10 am - Novus Ordo