Newsletter w/c 20 Feb 2022

The Church will be open for private prayer Mon- Friday until 5pm

Next Sunday there will be a retiring collection for Clergy Support. This enables the diocese to care for retired priests or priests in times of ill health. Envelopes are available at the back of the Church.

Lent: We are fast approaching Lent and Ash Wednesday is on Wednesday 2nd March. Ashes will be blessed and distributed on that day at all Masses; 9.15am, 12 noon and 7pm. At the back of the church we have booklets and children’s items with readings (Day by Day) and reflections (Walk With Me) for Lent. Please also collect a St John’s Lent/Easter card outlining some of the events in the Church during this season of grace.

Baptisms We welcome into our parish family Chimerica Anozie, Eliana Gomes and Jayden Kareem who were baptized this weekend. Application forms for Baptism are available from a steward in the porch or the parish office. Dates for the baptism course can be seen in the porch. Please phone or email the office if you wish to attend.

Please pray for the souls of all deceased parishioners, family and friends. May the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

Anne Laffey – service at Thamesview Crematorium 24th Feb at 2pm

Bernadette Walsh – service at Thames View Crematorium Thurs 3rd March at 11am Luigi Antoncini – requiem at St Johns Thurs 3rd March at 12 noon

Ashleigh Wallis – requiem at St Johns Fri 11th March at 12.30

Jane Clover (also known as Jane Khan) a wonderful teacher of English and a dedicated member of the St John’s Comprehensive community, serving our young people for several decades.

Synod We wish to thank all who participated in the Listening Together Exercises towards Synod 2023; our report has been submitted; if you were not able to join in any of the three meetings held in the parish, you are encouraged to send in your own views, especially around Community, Participation and Mission: synod@rcaos.org.uk

Wednesday Tea/Coffee Come and join the fellowship after the 12 noon Mass on Wednesday.

Sick/housebound Please let us know of neighbours/family members who are unable to come to Church and would like to receive Communion. Contact the parish office Please remember in your prayers those who are sick, housebound or in hospital & those who care for them.

Children’s liturgy – There will be Children’s liturgy on the first and third Sundays of the month. Are children at home in your presence? Why not consider helping to teach our children? Please contact the parish office or speak to Pip or one of the Priests.

Divine Mercy Chaplet is said daily online. Please go to the parish website for the link.

Padre Pio Prayer Group each Tuesday straight after 9.15am Mass in the Cry Chapel. All welcome to join us in prayer.

School Forms Fr John will be available to sign school forms on Monday1-4pm in the Presbytery.

Foodbank Your generous donations of 163.4kg was delivered to the foodbank this week. Thank you.

Thursday Mass 9.15am Mass will be held at St John’s Primary School for the pupils during term time. There will be no Mass in the Church on those days.

Catholic men’s (18 yrs+) walking pilgrimage on Saturday 19th March, solemnity of St Joseph, starting at 10.30am from Rochester Cathedral walking to Aylesford Shrine. Come along for the Catholic fraternity, Organised by St John Fisher parish men’s group in Rochester. Email stjohnfishercmg@outlook.com

Mary’s Meals has a new job opportunity in the London/South England team for a ‘Supporter Engagement Officer’ Job details are here https://www.marysmeals.org.uk/useful-links/work-for-us/supporter-engagement-officer-london

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