Newsletter w/c 24-07-2022

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

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


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

  • 24:Kevin McDermott, Michael Boffa, Alfred Mills, John Groark, Barbara Mary Rixson, Maria Lilian Horsfield, Margaret Adam, Sr. Monica Flynn, Ruby McBryde, Sr Mary Camillus
  • 25:Jean Mantripp, Maura Loakman, Frederick Henry White, Winifred Marie Baldwin, David Emanuel McCluskey
  • 26:Olive Lillian Luck, Maisie Aileen Simmonds
  • 27:Terry Hilder, George Pyrke, Peter Wright Trew, James Jerome Gorman,Thomas Kevin Feighery, Patricia Carmel Hood
  • 28:John William Lane, Albert Trotman, Laura Kathleen Newman, Sylvia Rosalie Butler
  • 29:Joseph Conlan Shanahan, Michael Rossi, Jean Elizabeth Silwood, Ingrid Ursula Maynard, Baby Ellen Katie Bober, John Beglen Boyle, Clarice Masterson, Shirley Anne Wood
  • 30:Violet Beatrice Gilbert, Theresa Laughland, John Beglen Boyle,
  • 31:Daren Lee Gillingham, Catherine Kennelly, Alice Kelly

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.

Congratulations to all our children moving from one class or school to another. We wish you God’s blessings in your next phase in life. We hope you will all have a wonderful summer holiday.

Thursday 9.15am Mass  During the school holidays, Thursday morning Mass will be held in the Church.

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 now be £600 sharing (or £130 supplement for single room). If you might be interested please let Henri Lindsay (07712278210) or the office know soon. We are travelling with Marian Pilgrimages but Henri will need the contact details of all the Pilgrims to give to Marian who will contact everyone directly for booking and payment.

Celebrating our Unity and Diversity at St John’s  We want to celebrate our togetherness. Pope Francis announces the theme for the 108th World Day of Migrants and Refugees to take place on 25th September, which this year is “Building the future together.” –  humanity as brothers and sisters. We are blessed with diverse nationalities in our parish. Let us celebrate our fraternity with a very special International Mass on Sunday 25th September at 10.30am. More details next week but please save this date.

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  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 (Next talk is 12th September).

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

Last weeks collections:  First collection: £1055.26, Church Maintenance £88.17. Thank you for your continued generosity.  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.

Second collection  In support of the Churches Together initiatives, there will be a second collection next weekend 30th & 31st  July to support the Street & School Pastors and other projects.

Knights of St Columba invites parishioners to stay behind in the coffee bar after 10.30am Mass for fellowship, tea and coffee  on the second Sunday of each month

Pilgrimage of Reparation & Prayer for the Sanctity of Life Walsingham, Saturday 6th August. There will be a coach leaving from St. Anselm’s Dartford at 7.45am and leaving Walsingham at 5pm, Cost £20 per person, £40 per family. Please contact Fr Stephen Boyle 01322 220075 or dartford@rcaos.orgouk

Altar Servers Summer Break  For Altar Servers, boys and girls aged 11-17 of the Southwark diocese 2-5th August at   Oratory School, Reading. Please collect a form from the sacristy if you are interested.

School Forms  Fr Moses will be available to sign school forms on Thursday 28th July between 1-4 pm in the Presbytery. Please note that the day and times may change each week.

Tabletop Sale  Thanks to everyone who helped with and supported the Tabletop sale last Saturday. We had a very successful morning and raised £246.06 for Church Funds. Our next sale will take place next  Saturday July 30th from 9am, and all proceeds will be donated to the House of Mercy. Donations of small saleable items will be gratefully received, please bring them to church or contact Jacky or Bridie to arrange collection.

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. 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.

Appeal for Knitters?  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).

200 Club  June Winners 1st: £55 – Cliff Potter, 2nd:  £35 – Mrs A Bakker,  3rd: £25 – Jacky Hardy, 4th: £15 – Carman  Balzan. Thank you for your continued support. (Numbers drawn at Wednesday Teas 29th June)