Newsletter w/c 05-06-2022

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

  • Christopher Brooke  – Requiem at St Johns 13th June at 12 noon
  • Oonagh 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…

5th – 12th June

  • 5th :Mary Gray, Baby David Rixson, John O’Durmott, Daniel Joseph O’Connor, Patrick Gerard Kennedy, Margaret Kathleen Byrne, Agata Turtakove
  • 6th :Bridget Herbert, Bridget Anne Rumley, Julia Curran, Peter Udoji
  • 7th :Edward Grant, Sister M. Eithne McNeely, Albert Henry Mills
  • 8th :Vera Audrey Edgeler, Charles Outred, Sebastian Perinpanayagam
  • 9th :Eveline Eleanor Cope, Giuseppe Morzilli, Catherine Morgan, Sister Teresa Leahy, Annie Patricia Sharp, Kathleen Duff, Sister M. Alphonsus Dalton, Emily Isabel McLauchlan, Dympna Callaghan, Andree Magnier
  • 10th:June Higgins, Enid James, Edward Maxwell-Harrison, Thomas Francis Killian
  • 11th:Frederick John Hall, Eileen Barclay, Arthur Michael Twocock, Susan Lucy Thorne,
  • 12th:Frank William Hunt, Eileen May Butterfield, Marie Gracie Pointu, Helen Mary Griffin, Una Elizabeth Davey

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.

Queens Platinum Jubilee Thank you to everyone who came to the Mass, tree planting and celebration on Thursday. To Mary Gaskill and her team who prepared the garden so beautifully. To everyone who contributed to the tree and the great food sharing table. It was a wonderful uplifting occasion and a little piece of history. Please see our website for photographs.

Mr Jonathan Shields  Please join us for Mass for Mr Shields on Saturday 9th July at 6pm in thanksgiving to him for his tireless devotion to St Johns Primary School and on his retirement this summer.

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, see here.

Baptisms  We welcome into our parish family Joshua James Liffen 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 (Families need to attend one of the talks before the baptism). Please phone or email the office if you wish to attend.

Confirmation  We welcomed Monsignor Gerry Ewing to St Johns on Saturday 4th June to Confirm our young people Please pray for our newly confirmed candidates.

Last weeks collections:  First collection: £938.26,  Maintenance: £4, First Holy Communion Mass £236.39. Thank you for your continued generosity.  World Communications Day: £244.84

Second collection: Next week: Collection for Catholic Trust for England & Wales. This supports the legal, financial and charitable activities of the Bishops Conference.

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.

If you wish to set up a standing order, St Johns Church bank details are: Account name: ‘RCAS a Registered Charity re St Johns Church’, Sort code: 60-09-10 (Nat West Bank, 30 King Street, Gravesend, DA12 2XX) Account No: 07722915. Forms are available in the porch or contact the parish office. Thank you for your continued generosity.

Foodbank Donations to the foodbank may be left in the porch at all masses next weekend. Essential items include squash, Hot chocolate, peanut butter/jam, tinned meat, biscuits/crackers, fruit juice & custard. Thank you.

School Forms  Fr Moses will be available to sign school forms on Thursday 9th June between 11am-4pm in the Presbytery. Please note that the day and times may change each week.

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. Click here for more information.

Mustard Seed  Meet every Friday @7.30pm to nourish their faith with the Word of God (Click here for more information)

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

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.

AFP/Missio  Chris Moreton and Pippa will be at all masses at St Johns on the weekend of the 18/19 and 25/26 June. Please try and remember to bring your boxes.

The Bishops’ Conference asks that all parishes pray for Her Majesty the Queen in celebration of her Platinum Jubilee over the weekend  and sing the national anthem.  

God save our gracious Queen!
Long live our noble Queen!
God save the Queen!
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us,
God save the Queen.

Thy choicest gifts in store 
On her be pleased to pour,
Long may she reign.
May she defend our laws,
And ever give us cause, 
To sing with heart and voice,
God save the Queen.