Newsletter w/c 19-06-2022

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

                                                   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…

19th – 26th June

  • 19: Baby John Strickland, Elsie Ethel Finn, Bridget Griffen, Jacqueline Rossi, Jeano Razsahegyi,
  • 20: Frances Dorothy Durrant,
  • 21: Thomas Samuel Clarke, Sister M. Brigid Casey, Mary Christina Sands, Catalina Torrejon Robinson, Sister Agatha Nicholl
  • 22: Kathleen Mullinder, William John Patrick Herbert, Baby Joshua Anthony Bradbrook. Margaret Mary Clarke
  • 23: Elizabeth Bertha Maud Taylor, Ethel Callaghan, Doreen Moore, Annie Mary Theresa Murdock, Francis Mary O’Brien, Mary Frances Gannon, Patrick Flaherty, Francis Joseph Kerrigan
  • 24: Joseph Maurice D’Auray, Gerrard O’Flynn, Tertius Metcalf, Antonio Webster, Philip Anthony Neale Martin, Vincent Gerald Canton, Frances McGinness, Jessie May Twitchett
  • 25: Alfred William James Strickland, Barry Holland, Roger Harkin, Jack Buckley, Kenneth George Argent, Bridget Theresa Martin, Francis (Frank) Redmond, Philip Leach, William Smyth
  • 26: Reginald Panter, Sister M. Kevin Carr, Vera Magee, Lilian Eva Doyle

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.

Happy Fathers Day to all our Fathers and thank you for all that you do. May God bless you on this special day.

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.

Bereavement Ministry Have you lost a dear one, and so familiar with the pain and challenges of loss? Could you help comfort, care for, and assure the bereaved in our parish family, they are not alone?  Please speak with Fr Moses or pick the form at the back of the Church.

Baptisms  We welcome into our parish family Eadha Boyer who was baptized this weekend. Application forms for Baptism are available from the back of the Church 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.

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

Confirmation Certificates Would all candidates who were Confirmed this month please see Fr Moses after Mass to collect their certificate.

Parish Pilgrimage to Medjugorje Fr Moses will lead a parish pilgrimage to Medjugorje on 3rd October for 7 nights flying from Gatwick airport. The cost will be £630 (sharing) or £130 supplement for single room. If you might be interested please let Fr Moses or the office know..

World Meeting of Families June 22-26 The tenth World Meeting of Families (WMoF) celebrating family life will take place between June 22-26. Held every three years in a different city across the world each time, the WMoF was originally launched in 1994 by Pope St John Paul II. That year was declared ‘International Year of the Family’ by the United Nations. Please take a prayer card at the back of the Church. More info:

 Last weeks collections:  First collection: £980.29,  Maintenance: £29, Catholic Trust for England & Wales £221.10. Thank you for your continued generosity.  Second collections: This 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 on the information table 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 Thank you to everyone who generously donated to the Foodbank last weekend. We were able to deliver 154.5kg of urgently needed food to support local families in need.

School Forms  Fr Moses will be available to sign school forms on Thursday 23rd June between 1-5pm 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: A minute within your court is more than a thousand elsewhere. 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. For more information click here

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

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. Thanks for all your past donations.

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 to those people who have shown an interest in making a shawl. We are not looking at any specific pattern and different styles would be most welcome (last year we had over 80 baptisms in the parish)