Newsletter w/c 22-05-2022

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

  •  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  – Requiem at St Johns 13th June at 12 noon
  •  Una Chapman – Reception at St Johns 6th June and requiem Tuesday 7th June at 11am
  •  Carol Stevens – Requiem at St Johns Friday 24th June at 11am

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


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

22nd – 29th May

  • 22: Major John O’Neill, Thomas James Lear, Dennis Traveller, Agnes Crisp, Marie Fowell, Dorothy May Took, Richard Erangey, Alexander Brierley Hodgkinson, James Flynn
  • 23: Winifred Irene King, Rev. Fr. Anthony Crean, Bill Smith, Thomas Fredrick Bailey, Sister M. Patricia Metcalfe, Sister M. Zita Callinane, Maria Lappin, Gerard Francis McKenna, William Joseph Maloney,
  • 24: Egidio Ferrara, James Anthony Tutty, William Desmond Pithman, Rosemary Vivienne Gray, Jean Fawcett
  • 25: Teresa Holland, Edgar Hodgkinson, Laurence Kingston, Anthony John Martin, Ronald Stuart, Laurence John Lee
  • 26: Walter Tasker, Rosemarie Brown, George William Wipfler
  • 27: Norman Albert Potter, Margaret Doris Perkins, Pauline Byrne, Anna Wencyl, Mary Rose McDermott
  • 28: Frederick Samuel Hall, Patrick O’Dea, Iris May Houlihan, Elizabeth Harris, Deborah Maria Sweetman, Louis Lauder
  • 29: Vincent Thomas Windsor, Fred Benton, Dezider Horvath, Jon Anthony Tarbin, Helmet Hevers

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.

A note from Fr Moses  Fr Moses will be away on retreat from 23rd – 27th May. I shall be remembering you in my prayers; do pray for me too, and please take note of the adjustments in the weekday Masses.

Ascension of the Lord  This Thursday is a Holyday of Obligation. Masses will be at 12 noon and 7pm on that day.

May Devotions  During May the Rosary will be recited before all Masses. Please join us 30 minutes before Mass

Novena to the Holy Spirit  from Friday 27th May to Sunday 5th June at 7pm every evening in the Church. As a parish, let us come to the “Upper Room” to relive Pentecost experience. Let us make it a community experience.

Returning to Mass at Pentecost  As we more and more return to normality, the Bishops Conference of England and Wales, based on the centrality of the Eucharist in the life of the Church, invites us to return to Sunday Mass as an obligation at Pentecost. For more details, visit our website.

Last weeks collections:  First collection: £917.07,  Maintenance: £13, Queens Platinum Jubilee Tree £ 315.94. First Holy Communion Mass £187.02. Thank you for your continued generosity. 

Second collection: Next week World Communications Day, 

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 Rosie Coaker, Martin Ivanovas, Meidan Ivanovas and Mathys Versulia 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.

Wedding  Our prayers and congratulations to Faith Chitrin and Joseph Bellodi 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 second group of children from St John’s Primary School who made First Holy Communion this Saturday and Sr Elizabeth’s group next Saturday at 1pm and 3pm..

Southwark Vocations  Have you ever considered you may be called to the priesthood or the religious life? They will be hosting a 60 minute webinar on Tuesday 24th May at 7pm entitled ‘Here I am, send me’ where different presenters will speak about discovering God’s plan for each one of us. Please join us by registering for the event in advance by following the link:

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!

CAFOD Thank you so much for your generosity this Lent Fast Day. We were able to raise over £300,000 to help those struggling with hunger.  We also deeply appreciate your contribution to our Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, and your continued support for the people affected by the war.  We’ve raised over £2.7 million for the Appeal so far.  You can read about how the funds are being used by Caritas and other CAFOD Partners on our Ukraine news webpage

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 follow 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  May Winners 1st: £55 – James Gurney, 2nd:  £35 – David Boyle,  3rd: £25 – Mary Gaskill , 4th: £15 – Josephine Perrett. Thank you for your continued support. (Numbers drawn at Wednesday Teas 4th May)

Foodbank Thank you for your generous donations to the Foodbank last weekend. We were able to deliver 159kg of food to help local families in need.


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”.