Newsletter w/c 11-09-2022

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

  • John Joseph Lacken – Reception into St John’s 11th Sept and Requiem Mon 12th Sept at 11am
  • Peter Roland McClean – Funeral at Thamesview Crematorium Fri 23rd Sept at 10am
  • Anna Marie Mullan– Requiem Thurs 22nd September at 10.45am
  • Seamus  Kiely – Reception into St John’s 26th Sept and Requiem  Tues 27tth Sept at 11am

May God console their immediate family. May the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace;


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

  • 11: Elizabeth Kavanagh, Riccardo Gasparutti, Glen Findlater Campbell
  • 12: Gerry Mooney, Anne Shirley Vince, Gerald Michael O’Regan
  • 13: Rebecca Ellen Neal, Ronals Ernest Jones
  • 14: Margaret Anne Brown
  • 15: Eileen Grant, Sr Catherine (Margaret Mary Doherty),
  • 16: Ann Ryan, James Cyril Upton, Desmond Pascal McGrath, Lucy Cassar
  • 17: Brian Thomas McDonach, Muriel Ann Jones
  • 18: Anne Teresa Wells, Elvire Elodie Russell, Rose Killaly, Joyce Rita Erangey, Geoffrey Stephen Finan, Arthur Robert Smith, Constance Pamela Luxon

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.

RCIA  We welcome anyone who is searching or wants to review their faith or may be interested in joining the Catholic    community. We are starting a new course on Wednesday evening 14th September. There are leaflets at the back of the Church that you may like to hand out for information. This course would also be suitable for any adults who wish to be    Confirmed. Please contact the office or speak to Fr Moses.

Prayer for the Care of Creation 

Father, Lord of all creation, we praise you with all your creatures
and the whole universe that comes forth from the work of Your hands.
We acknowledge the privilege and responsibility that You give us as stewards of Your creation.
In our ignorance we have done damage to our common home and our brothers and sisters are suffering.

Through faithfully following your Son guide and direct us to prepare for a better future.
Teach us to contemplate You in the beauty of the universe, for all things speak of You.
Give us the grace to recognise, respect and protect all You have created, using wisely all that you have

entrusted to us. Holy Spirit, who first hovered over the dawn of creation and drew order out of the chaos
help us to build your kingdom of justice, love, peace and beauty where the poor of the earth are crying out.

You, who live and reign, world without end, Amen.

Queen Elizabeth II RIP We join with our nation and the wider world to express our  sorrow at the death of Queen Elizabeth ,and offer our  sympathy and condolence to the King and Royal family at this time. There is a statement from our Archbishop available 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 session is 12th September).

Wedding Congratulations to Dollyanna & Leon Hinkley who were married at St John’s this weekend.

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 the 10am Mass. Please return           completed forms to the parish office or hand to one of the Priests by the end of September.

Last weeks collections:  First collection: £1139.72, CAFOD Pakistan Appeal £228.61, Church Maintenance £18.00. This Weekend there will be a second collection for Catholic Education Service. 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.

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

The Bethlehem Nativity Group TBNG, A missionary from Bethlehem, The Holy Land will visit us on the weekend 17/18th September to briefly talk about the Holy Land and sell religious articles made out of Olive Wood from the Holy Land to help and support the poor Christian families, any help you could give to them it will be highly appreciated “when you help the poor you help our Lord”.

KSC Refreshments invites parishioners to stay behind in the coffee bar after 10.30am Mass this Sunday for fellowship, tea and coffee .

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 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 .

Table Top Sale Thank you for your support last Saturday. £204.75 was raised for the Church.

200 Club  August Winners 1st: £55 – G Irving, 2nd:  £35 – Cynthia Tarbin,  3rd: £25 – Mary Gaskill, 4th: £15 – Jacky Hardy. Thank you for your continued support. (Numbers drawn at Wednesday Teas 24th August)

Music for All Seasons features our parishioner Mark Underwood on flute accompanied by Carol Anne Wells on piano.  An evening of film themes, famous classical music and more!  Saturday 24th September 2022, 7.30pm at St John the Baptist Church, Wrotham Road, Meopham DA13 0AA. All proceeds to Hive Hope Food Bank and other charities. Tickets at the door or online at

International Mass – Celebrating our Unity in Diversity 25th September 2022  We want to celebrate our  togetherness. Pope Francis announces the theme as “Building the future together.”  We are blessed with diverse nationalities in our parish. Let us celebrate our fraternity with a very special International Mass. Fr Moses looks forward to welcoming you all to St John’s Comprehensive School for 10.30am Mass (Please note there will be no 9.30 &10.30am church Masses ). If you wish to bring along a plate of food to share it will be most welcome,