Newsletter w/c 23-10-2022

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

  • Roy Frederick Goulding – Funeral details to be announced

May God console Sheila and 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…

  • 22:Robert Gartland, George Souter, Carlota Cornelio, Charles Mark Hammond, Miriama Pokutova., Joan Lilian Napper,Agnes Mizzen
  • 23:William Burns, Neal Hathaway, Edward Cassidy, Maria Theresa Hollands, Robert Ernstzen, Mary Josephine Gill,Eileen May Rigden
  • 24:Elizabeth Wilders, Margaret Mary Ellen Danzey, Malcolm Anthony Crane
  • 25:Geraldine Elizabeth Currie, Kenneth Macklin, Kathleen Ada Draper, Marek Bunda, Derek Rimmer, Mary Theresa Griffin
  • 26:Ann Money Thomson, Thomas Leonard Rayfield, Stephen James Williamson, Eileen Couchman
  • 27:Sylvester Healy, Sheila Mary Ring, Anne Catherine Davis, Peggie Britton, Anna Geraldina Brenchley, Shirley Elizabeth Wakefield, Miriama Pokutova, Sheila Wilders, Teresa Bains
  • 28:Kathleen Mary Charlton, Josephine Ann McGaley, Alexander Bernard Ross, Eileen Mary Freeman, Kathleen Jones, David Colin Read.
  • 29:Harry Holland, Catherine Ann Walsh, Noel Nicholl, Baby Angelica Candace Serena Bradley, Edward Breslin, Mary Markie Green, Doreen May Rodden, Mary Moran,
  • 30:Frank McDermott, Adelaide Josephine Minelli, Frank Higgins, Daniel O’Connor

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.

Holy Rosary  October is the month of the Holy Rosary and will be said 30 minutes before every Mass Monday to Saturday morning and 5.30pm on Sunday during October –  everyone is welcome, please join us.

Last weeks collections:  First collection: £1078.59, Church maintenance  £105.23

This Sunday is World Mission Sunday and there will be a second collection for Missio which supports churches, hospitals, schools and vocations in countries where the Church is new, young or poor.

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. 

 St Bernadette Relic Tour the relics are due to visit Aylesford Priory from Monday 24 October until Friday 28 October. Please consult the Aylesford Priory website or the poster in the porch for further details and times .

RCIA  We welcome anyone who is searching or wants to review their faith or may be interested in joining the Catholic community, or wishes to be Confirmed. Please come to the Presbytery on Wednesdays at 7.30pm.

Baptisms  We welcome into our parish family Eva-Rea Oyetoyan, Princess Eliza Tweneboah, Damian Jacob Zajac , Isabel Louise Rose and Alfred Oluyemi who were baptized this week. 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 14th November).

School Forms  Fr Moses will be available to sign school forms on Thurs between 12-4pm in the Presbytery. Please note that the day and times may change each week.

Foodbank  Thank you for your most generous donations last weekend. We were able to deliver 302.1 kg of  food and other essential items which will support local families in need .

200 Club  September Winners 1st: £55 – David Boyle, 2nd:  £35 – Vincent Balzan,  3rd: £25 – Bernadette Turner, 4th: £15 – Knights of St Columba. Thank you for your continued support. (Numbers drawn at Wednesday Teas 5th October) We have a table at all masses this month to collect subscriptions. We welcome new people joining £20 buys you 12 months of draws.

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.

Divine Mercy Chaplet The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be online at 3pm Monday – Friday only (not weekends) for the foreseeable future. See the parish website for how to join the online meetings as well as the prayers if you wish to say the Chaplet privately.

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.

Bazaar Meeting We will be holding a further meeting about the Bazaar this Wednesday 26th October at 6.30pm in the Coffee Bar. We hope to have lots of new ideas and how we can have the most successful day together. If you are unable to come to the meeting please do email any ideas to the parish.

Bazaar  This year our parish bazaar will be held on Saturday 26th November at 12 noon in St Johns      Comprehensive School. Please save this date. Draw tickets are now available at the back of the Church. We are now collecting donations for the various stalls and there is a list at the back of the church with suggestions including bottles, teddies, toys, puzzles, Christmas decorations, Christmas goodies, toiletries, bags, scarves etc. Please do consider helping by either running a stall or helping on the day. Ideas are most welcome. Either speak to Fr Moses or the office.