Newsletter w/c 01-05-2022

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

                      Phyllis Lloyd – requiem at St Johns Tuesday 10th May at 11.30am

                      Dariusz Mielczarzwicz – Interment of Ashes Gravesend Cemetery Thurs 19th May

                      Theresa Mary Sims – Requiem at St Johns Monday 23rd May at 11am

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


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

1st – 8th May

  •  1: John Savickis
  • 2: Aubrey Cutler, Christy O’Neill
  • 3: Hetty Hickford, Grace Frances Witherden, Sister M. Francis Lennon
  • 4: Molly McNally, Mieczyslaw Chyba, Antony David Senior, Doreen Mary Mulcahy
  • 5: Josephine McGowan, Kathleen Vera Boyer, Anne Christine Dimpers
  • 6: Clara Elizabeth Medhurst, Joseph Glynn, Sr. M. Bernadette McManus, Harry Wilcocks, Jadriga Koluzs
  • 7:
  • 8:


May they rest in peace


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.

Please note that although Monday is a bank holiday, Mass will be at 9.15am at St John’s as Fr Moses will be at Aylesford  for the 11.30am Mass.

Next Sunday is World Day of Prayers for Vocations and there is a second collection for Priests Training Fund. Envelopes are available at the back of the Church.

Fr John sends his sincere thanks and appreciation to you all as he prepares to settle into his new parish;  £732.95 was collected and given to him last Thursday evening.

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.

Baptisms  We welcome into our parish family Ayooluwapo Okeowo, Reuben Jobson and Vincent Daverson 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.

First Friday – Hour of Mercy will be held in the Church this Friday 6th May. It will start at 2.30pm Rosary, 3pm Divine Mercy Chaplet and Exposition, 3.30pm Mass. All are welcome to join us.

School Forms  Fr Moses will be available to sign school forms on Thursday between 11am-3pm in the Presbytery. Please note that the day and times change each week.

Solidarity with Ukrainian/Russian Refugees: Thank you to all those people who have offered help. Our parish has not been asked to help yet, but we want to be available when needed. We collected £369.27 to help a Ukrainian parishioner.

Mass in Celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage, July 9th at St George’s Cathedral 3pm. If you are celebrating your 1/10/25/40/50/60th + wedding anniversary this year, please apply before 31 May.  Get in touch with us at so you can receive an invitation from the Archbishop.  Spaces are limited.  The title of your email is parish location e.g. Gravesend. And following details:  your names in the format John and Mary Smith, your address, the anniversary you are celebrating.  We look forward to seeing you in July!

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.

Padre Pio Prayer Group each Tuesday  straight after 9.15am Mass in the Cry Chapel. All welcome to join us in prayer. We especially remember our sick friends and family.

The Divine Mercy  each day at 3pm. Please go to the parish website.

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

Wednesday Tea/Coffee  Come and join the fellowship after the 12 noon Mass on Wednesday. The 200 club will be drawn at this Wednesday’s get together.

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. 

Poverty Challenge: See, Judge, Act  Following the pandemic, many households now also face new hardships as prices rise. Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) the Catholic agency addressing poverty and injustice in England and Wales has released a free new booklet to increase awareness of Catholic Social Teaching on poverty, and to inform local       responses. Please take a moment to read and encourage groups and individuals to engage with it. Download from

Justice and Peace invite parishioners to the annual Mass for Migrants on Monday, 2nd May, at 2.30pm at Westminster Cathedral.  The annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Hartley in Kent takes place from 3.30pm on Saturday 7th May 2022. The original prayer intention proposed by Pope Benedict XV when recognising the new title for Our Lady in 2021 was for Peace among the Nations of Europe. Today, such prayer is as appropriate as ever!  All are welcome.

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.

Queens Platinum Jubilee  Communities are encouraged to get involved in celebrating the Queen’s 70 years of service to the Nation and Commonwealth. As a parish community, we thought we would mark this historic event by planting a tree and commemorative plaque as part of the Queens Green Canopy. We will celebrate Mass on Thursday 2nd June at 10am    followed by the tree planting in our garden, refreshments and shared food. Pope Frances has reminded us to take care of the planet and not to exploit its resources. He emphasized that the “earth is an environment to be safeguarded, a garden to be cultivated”. We will be holding a second collection on 15th May towards the cost of a tree and plaque if you would like to help. Please let us know if you have any further ideas for the Parish.