Newsletter w/c 08-05-2022

 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…

8th – 15th May

  • 9:   June Lily Loveridge, Catherine Morgan, John William Hart, Patricia Joan Keelan
  • 10: Agnes King, Siter M. Magdalen Maguire, Thomas Richard Cribb, Vivienne Margaret Neary
  • 11: Grace Frances Witherden, Elizabeth McGoran, Constance Mary Hayes, Kevin Joseph Doyle
  • 12: Annie Drayner, Mary Feaheny, Ronald Carter, Alexander Dunlop McBryde, Michael Patrick Murray
  • 13: Joan Clifford, Vera Eileen Marjorie Porter
  • 14: James Anthony Casey
  • 15: Fr. William Kilmartin, Katherine Murrary McDonach, Brigid McDaid, Jean Eavis, Kathleen Agnes Hunt, June Mary Worsley

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.

May Devotions  During May the Rosary will be recited before all Masses. Please join us.

This 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.

Last weeks collections:  £1172.00. Thank you for your continued generosity.

Second collection: This week for Priests Training Fund.  Next week: Queens Platinum Jubilee Tree

Thank you to all those people who also pay by standing order – forms are available in the porch if you would like to make your donation to the Church in this way instead of using gift aid envelopes or cash.

Altar servers Rally at The Friars, Aylesford: It was lovely to be part of it; hopefully next year we make it more a parish and family outing.

Baptisms  We welcome into our parish family Caitlin Ann Quinn-Hatcher 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.

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.

Wedding  Our prayers and congratulations to Martina Bikarova and Ferdinand Dani on their wedding this week 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.

First Holy Communion Please remember in your prayers the first group of children from St John’s School who will be making their First Holy Communion this Saturday at 1pm.

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.

200 Club  April Winners 1st: £55 – Frank Caufield, 2nd:  £35 – David Boyle,  3rd: £25 – William Power, 4th: £15 – Jacky Hardy. Thank you for your continued support. (Numbers drawn at Wednesday Teas 4th May)

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. 

Spring Concerts in Aid of House of Mercy Gravesend Entertainment & Musical Society (GEMS) are holding two concerts on Friday 13th May at 7:30 and Saturday 14th May 3.00pm at Christ Church, Echo Square. They will be singing a selection of Jazz classics in aid of House of Mercy. Tickets £8 on the door.

Foodbank We will be collecting donations for the Foodbank at all Masses next weekend 14th & 15th May. The most      urgently needed items are dried spaghetti, tinned meat, pies, tomatoes, potatoes, fruit, peanut butter, jam and choc spread. Thanks as always for your generosity.

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.