Newsletter w/c 12-06-2022

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

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

12th – 19th June

  • 12: Frank William Hunt, Eileen May Butterfield, Marie Gracie Pointu, Helen Mary Griffin, Una Elizabeth Davey
  • 13: John Joseph Feehan, Maffeo Francesca
  • 14: Patricia Marie Grant, Michela Grillo, William James Hawkins, Bernard Thomas Giles, Elizabeth McLennan, Theresa Margaret Mary Hammond
  • 15: Martin Louis Boffa, Thomasina Cairney Connor, Joan Ramsey, Josephine Mary Long,
  • 16: Reg Sands, Teresa Mary Clarke, Eileen May Jones, Gerard Doherty, Terence David McSweeney, Sister M. Gertrude Russell, Sister M. Gerard O’Brien, Susan Jean Heritage
  • 17: Audrey Lumsden, Margaret Tingle, Herbert Reginald Barrows, Iris Clara Thorley, Annie Iris (Babs) Strong, Eileen Dorothy Yates, Joyce Ellen Thompson
  • 18: Francis Joseph Freeman, Jimmy Green, Irene Margaret Kavanagh, Edith Agnes Thompson, John Keane,
  • 19:Baby John Strickland, Elsie Ethel Finn, Bridget Griffen, Jacqueline Rossi, Jeano Razsahegyi,

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.

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 as Headteacher at St Johns Primary School and on his retirement this summer.

Baptisms  We welcome into our parish family Summer Louise Patterson 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.


Our prayers and congratulations to Magdalena Pilatowska and Sandeep Singh 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.

Confirmation We thank Mgr Gerry Ewing for helping with the Confirmation of our young people. We also thank Mark     Hannon and Sharon Docherty who helped to prepare our candidates for Confirmation. May God grant them his peace and joy.

First Holy Communions  Please remember in your prayers all the young people who have received the sacraments over the last 4 weeks and also the catechists at St John’s Primary school, Sr Elizabeth and Susanne Gibbons who have given so much of their time. 

Youths You are invited for 30 minutes of fellowship and interaction after 10.30am Mass on Sunday 26th June (Pizza will be available). Please consider coming along.

Last weeks collections:  First collection: £988.80,  Maintenance: £13, Confirmation: 374.55. Thank you for your continued generosity.  Second collections: This week: Collection for Catholic Trust for England & Wales. This supports the legal, financial and charitable activities of the Bishops Conference. Next week: Day for Life. The proceeds  provide core funding for the Anscombe Bioethics Centre and to assist in other life related activities supported by the Church.

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.

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. There is a letter and cards from our Archbishop John Wilson at the back of the Church.

Foodbank Donations to the foodbank may be left in the porch at all masses this 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 16th 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.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Please spare a little time if you are able to come, pray & watch before the Blessed Sacrament, either on Wed (9.30–11.30) or Sat after 10am Mass until 12.30pm so that there will always be someone present in the Church.

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.

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.

Appeal for Knitters?  Do we have any knitters in the parish who may like to make some pure white shawls to sell at our Baptism preparation course? Some families seem to find it difficult to buy a plain white shawl so we thought we could offer them for sale. We would cover the cost of the wool. If you can help please let Fr Moses know or contact Teresa in the    office. Thank you.

Parish Pilgrimage to Medjugorje Fr Moses will lead a parish pilgrimage to Medjugorje in October. No details have been finalised yet but if you might be interested please let Fr Moses or the office know.