Newsletter w/c 3-04-2022

Please pray for the souls of all deceased parishioners, family and friends.

  • Ellen Walker – reception into St Johns 21 April and requiem Friday 22 April at 11am
  • Mary Rose McDermott – reception into St Johns 20 April and requiem Thurs 21 April at 11am

May the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.


Please pray for those whose Anniversaries occur at this time including…

3rd – 10th April

  • 3: Richard Humphrey, Daniel Bradley, Catherine Francis Lynch
  • 4: William Kavanagh, Rosemary Owen,
  • 5: Sister M. Gertrude Claffey, Joan Regan, Nellie Maloney, Margaret Hickman
  • 6: Michael John Newman, Lilliam Graske, George David Ball, Ralph Redsell, Alice Hilda Tracey, Joseph Fanning,
  •     Mary Frances O’Rourke
  • 7: Cecilia Mary Hazell, Ronald Fleury, Victor James Long, Benjamin Westrap, David Westrap.
  • 8: Con Cregan, James Cyril Upton, Canon Eamonn Mundy, John Joseph Mullen, Maria Martin, Sister Mary Vincent, 
  •     Sarah Rayfield, Carmela Puglisi
  • 9: John Vincent Joyce, John Joseph Mulholland, Louise Noreen Mary Horry, Rose Taylor, Elizabeth Anne Rimmer,
  •     Marina Brenda Canton, Patrick Neeson, Baby Angel Jaques, Joseph Edward George Grant, Philip Anthony Murphy,
  •     Helen Ervin, Florence Wardle
  • 10:Richard Edward Leggatt, Ann Elizabeth Wattts, Sheila Mary North


May they rest in peace

Stations of the Cross at St John’s Friday evening at 6.30pm (Confessions 5.30-6.15pm).

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord  Next Sunday palms will be blessed and distributed at all masses, marking the beginning of Holy Week.

Fr John  We remember Fr John in our prayers and thank  him for his ministry with us as he prepares to go to a new parish in Manchester after Easter. If you would like to show your appreciation, please make a donation in a marked envelope either leaving it in the Presbytery, handing to Fr Moses or in the offertory basket next week.

Baptisms  We welcome into our parish family Freya Houlihan who was 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.

Wedding  Our prayers and congratulations to Carla Ravenscroft and Jason Colin Rawlings on their wedding this weekend at St John’s. Please make an appointment to see one of the priests if you would like to get married at St John’s.

Solidarity with Ukrainian/Russian Refugees: Please, can you help with any requests or help with the care of refugees? Let us prepare and get a parish volunteer team. Call the office if you can. Thanks.

Gift Aid Boxes will be available for collection at all Masses this weekend.

St Johns Primary School  Easter Presentation Thursday 7th April at 7pm in the Church. Everyone warmly welcome to come along.

New website  We will be launching a new website next Sunday. We wish to say a huge thank you to Jason Parke for maintaining our current website and we welcome James Gurney who has designed and created our new look.

Men’s Evening Retreat Catholic men are invited to join this evening retreat at St John Fisher Parish, Rochester on Friday 8th April at 7-9.30pm, led by Fr Arnaud-Charbel . There will be Stations of the Cross,  exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Holy Rosary, Confession, and Benediction. Contact:

Kent Catholic Partnership Schools  Can you help us improve the educational experience for our children, by becoming a Governor and supporting and challenging our school leaders? Kent Catholic Partnership Schools is looking for members that could commit to approx. 4 meetings a year + monitoring visits to the school. email 

Induction and training is provided, no previous educational governance experience is required.

The Universe Catholic Weekly  have launched our new online newspaper with the full support of our first subscriber none other than His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols. Order your Digital 4 weeks free trial supply by calling Michelle on 0743 661 7650 or email:

Foodbank We will be collecting donations for the Foodbank at all masses next weekend, 9/10th April. The most needed items are Tinned Fruit, Custard, Biscuits, Crackers, Cereal Bars & Confectionery, Salad Cream, Noodles & Cous cous , Gravy Granules and Squash. Thank you for your support for local families.

Altar servers Rally at The Friars, Aylesford on May Day bank holiday 2nd May. Archbishop John Wilson will celebrate Mass at 11.30am. Everyone is welcome to attend especially our servers, families and friends. Altar servers are encouraged to attend with family and friends.

Mass OfferingsIf you would like to have a Mass offered for an intention, please fill in one of marked envelopes and hand to one of the priests or call at the presbytery between 10-2pm if you would like a specific mass. Please note that we cannot always allocate a Mass on the date requested as it may have already been booked, however, your Mass may be shared if you wish.

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

Sick/housebound Please contact the parish office and let us know of neighbours/family members who are unable to come to Church and would like to  receive Communion or call 07405803862. We remember in our prayers those who are sick, housebound or in hospital & those who care for them.

School Forms  Fr John and Fr Moses will be available to sign school forms on Monday 1-4pm in the Presbytery.

Children’s liturgy – There will be Children’s liturgy on the first and third Sundays of the month. 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.

Mustard Seed  Meet every Friday @7.30pm to nourish their faith with the Word of God (link on parish website)

Please take your newsletter home so that you may find time to enjoy the reflections and readings. There are also ‘order of the Mass’ leaflets if you wish to use them, but please return to the basket at the back of the Church.