Newsletter w/c 07-08-2022

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

 Maria Brown – Requiem at St Johns Thursday 25th August at 11am; may God console her immediate family

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


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

  • 7:  John O’Brien, Josephine Doyle, James Jeremiah Freeman, Mary May Williams, Baby Jodi Michelle Hylands
  • 8:  Kate Green, Annie Lily Titchener, Owen McGinness, Dorothy Winifred Hepple, Frances Mary Parker, Margaret Stevenson
  • 9:  Bridget Carroll, Gaetano Alexander Manzi, Austin Pearton, Ivy Alexandra Izod
  • 10:Hilda Perkins
  • 11:Maria Gasparutti, Daniel Kiely
  • 12:Anne Cussons, Leslie Charles Day, Angela Theresa Bishop, Cyril Brennan, Mary Theresa Kathleen Flynn
  • 13:George Martin
  • 14:Jeremiah Crowley, Thomas Gibson, Iris Rodgers

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.

Knights of St Columba & Friends are holding a parish Barbeque at St John’s next Sunday 14th August at 12 noon. Everyone is invited to share the afternoon with us; it is to celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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). There is still time to let Henri Lindsay (07712278210) or the office know. We are travelling with Marian Pilgrimages who will contact everyone directly for booking and payment.

International Mass – Celebrating our Unity and Diversity 25th September 2022  We want to celebrate our togetherness. Pope Francis announces the theme as “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. Please save the date so we can all celebrate as a parish community – this was a wonderful successful day last year. Can your           community help to sing a part of the Mass?

Baptisms  We welcome into our parish family Alex Horvath 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 (Next session is 12th September).

First Holy Communion Preparation for Children at Non Catholic Schools Application forms are now available at the back of the Church. Sr Elizabeth will start preparation classes on 1st October after to 10am Mass. Please return           completed forms to the parish office or hand to one of the Priests by the end of September.

Bereavement MinistryHave you lost a loved one recently? Our Parish Bereavement Ministry is here to offer a hand of friendship and a listening ear. Please join us on Tuesday 6th September at 7pm, for a special Mass of Remembrance     followed by refreshments in the coffee bar.

Last weeks collections:  First collection: £939.09,  Churches Together £286.87. 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.

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. 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.

School Forms  Fr Moses will be available to sign school forms on Thursday  between 1-4 pm 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: Come to me all who labour and who are overburdened and I will give you rest.. Come, pray, rest & watch before the Blessed Sacrament, either on Wed (9.30–11.30) or Sat after 10am Mass until 12.30pm .

The Divine Mercy  each day at 3pm. Please click here for more information.

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

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  July Winners 1st: £55 – Ginette Cattermole, 2nd:  £35 – Sunday Teas,  3rd: £25 – Sunday Teas, 4th: £15 – Jacky Hardy. Thank you for your continued support. (Numbers drawn at Wednesday Teas 29th June)


Foodbank We will be collecting donations for the Foodbank at all Masses next weekend,12/13 August . The most needed items are Tinned Custard & Rice Pudding, Sweet & Savoury Biscuits, Porridge, Longlife Milk & Juice, Squash, Honey and Confectionery. Thank you for your support for local families in need.

Table Top Sale Thanks to everyone who supported the sale last weekend. We raised £340 for the House of Mercy. Our next sale will be on Saturday 20th August (weather permitting)

World Youth Day 2023, Lisbon The Diocese are taking a group of pilgrims (age 18-35) to Lisbon 31 July-7 August 2023. Please talk to Fr Moses if you might be interested. Further information

Sycamore Course is a free online course for engaged and married couple developed by Southwark Marriage & Family Life Team. It consists of 4 hour-long sessions via zoom on Tuesday 8-9pm beginning 6th Sept. To register