Newsletter w/c 15-05-2022

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

  • Dariusz Mielczarzwicz – Interment of Ashes Gravesend Cemetery Thurs 19th May
  • Theresa Mary Sims – Requiem at St Johns Monday 23rd May at 11am
  •  Roger Stevenson – Reception to St Johns 26th May and requiem Friday 27th May at 11am
  • Christopher Brooke RIP – requiem at St Johns 13th June at 12 noon

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


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

15th – 22nd May

  • 15: Fr. William Kilmartin, Katherine Murrary McDonach, Brigid McDaid, Jean Eavis, Kathleen Agnes Hunt, June Mary Worsley
  • 16: Florence Healy, John Zazzi, Thomas Gibson, James Terence McGinn, Marjorie Louisa Edith Sibbons, Michael Edward Flint, Robert Allan Marshall, Catherine Harris
  • 17: Dennis John Reardon
  • 18: John Griffin, Mary Kelly, Joseph Meaney, John Joseph Lindsay, Mary Jane Everden, John Derek Brenchley, Ann Elizabeth Gethen, Alan Mantripp
  • 19: Myrtle Alberta Cronin, Grace Caroline Barratt, Merlyn Evans, Agnes Hilda Jones
  • 20: Valerie Ann McConnell-Lawlor
  • 21: Dennis John Butterfield, John Fredrick Neal, Sister Juliana Pennelly, Arpad Zsige
  • 22: John Stephen Little, George John Tuley, Maureen Mary McDonnell, Baby Anna Hedley, Bernard Ronald McLeavey

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.

Last weeks collections:  First collection: £1053.55. Priests Training Fund: £471.55,  Maintenance: £108.00.  Thank you for your continued generosity.  Second collection: This 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.

Baptisms  We welcome into our parish family Micah Anyaegbu, Zephaniah Anyaegbu, Adefunsho Dosunmu and         Adewale Dosunmu 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 (Families need to attend one of the talks before the baptism). Please phone or email the office if you wish to attend.

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

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

A note from Fr Moses  Fr Moses will be away on retreat from 23rd – 27th May. There will be a few adjustments with some of the weekday services.

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 see this link.

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. 

Foodbank We will be collecting donations for the Foodbank at all Masses this 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.

Job Vacancies  The diocese has several job vacancies on their website including a Secretary to Episcopal Vicar for South East London and Commissions for Racial Equality and Education.  Archdiocese of Southwark (

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 for all who can join us. 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 this weekend 15th May towards the cost of a tree and plaque if you would like to help.