Newsletter w/c 11-12-2022

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

  • Angela Loughrey – died 5th December
  • Stephen Dowler – died 7th December

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


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

  • 11: Kathleen Magee, Leo Vincent Ring, Kathleen Clara Parnett, Kathleen Mary Dobinson,
  • 12: John McGraph, Thomas Lydon, Mary Isabella Day, Irene Elizabeth Cosgrove, Caroline Ann Smyth
  • 13: Mary Josephine Walker, Luke Paul Ian Turner, Andrew John Harkett, Helena Mary Richardson, Charles Robert Crook
  • 14: Christine Olive Flynn, Mary Winifred Girling, John Moore
  • 15: John Lynam, Peter Holdstock, Baby Clodagh Mary O’Brien, Cynthia Anne Connell
  • 16: Margaret Ross, George Thomas Hall, Patrick Joseph Briody, Teresa Sabina Gannon, Donald Sylvester, Mary Bridget Smithers
  • 17: Helena Jadwiga, Arthur Edwards, Veronica Kenny, George Henry Osbourne, Francis Joseph Kelly, Eileen Margaret Snow, William Peter Odd, Frank Burns, Jane Malinauskiene.
  • 18: Joseph O’Toole, Timothy Buckley, Elsie Pearl Leggett, Joseph William Norcott, Moira Kathleen Taylor

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.

St John’s Christmas Card  Please collect a card giving all the dates of events and times during Advent and Christmas.

Confirmation 2023   If you wish to register a young Catholic (in Year 8 or above at secondary school) for the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2023 please complete the Google Form by 31 December 2022:

Join us for Christmas Lunch in the Coffee Bar on Wednesday 14th December after 12 noon Mass. There will be a three course Christmas Lunch with wine/soft drinks – £12 payable on the day (only 36 places available) Please put your name on the clipboard at the back of the Church.

Carol Concert  Saturday 17th December 7.45pm in the Church. We are delighted to welcome the Medway Singers and Lauren Lynn. There will be some old and new carols, so come along and join us and help to raise money for church roof repairs. Suggested ticket price £5 (children free).

St John’s Comprehensive School will be having their Christmas Concert in the Church this Wednesday 14th December at 7pm. Everyone welcome.

St Mary’s, Denton will be holding a Carol Service today  Sunday 11th Dec at 4pm. Everyone welcome.

Last weeks collections:  First collection: £1101.57, Church Maintenance: £52.27. Thank you for your continued support.

Baptisms  Application forms for Baptism are available from the back of the Church or the parish office. 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 9th January 2023).

Wednesday Teas & Coffee   Thank you to the group that organize the teas and all who support it – the amazing sum of £1,234.46 has been raised and donated to the Church Roof Fund.

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

Family craft event – Sunday 18th December 2.30-4pm at St John’s Church.  Multiple different Christmas themed craft activities for families to enjoy.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Craft supplies are on a first come first served basis.  We look forward to welcoming you to this free event. 

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.

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.

Mustard Seed  Bible study every day @ 8.30pm; Lectio Divina on Fridays @ 7.30pm. Please go to the parish website and click on the link.

Divine Mercy Chaplet The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be online at 3pm Monday – Friday only (not weekends) . Click here 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.

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.

Crib  Thank you to the team of crib builders and maintaining the beautiful crib figures. Please encourage the children to watch the scene build week by week with the story of Christmas.

Parish Bazaar Thank You.  We had a wonderful and successful Bazaar last Saturday at the Comprehensive school due to your most generous donations, all those who organized stalls, prepared food and helpers before and after the Bazaar, all which helped make the bazaar such a success. The amazing sum of £5781.05 profit was made. Thank you to everyone who helped in the sorting and planning. It was a joy to see so many people support the day. All prizes have been claimed and collected by our delighted winners.  Thank you to Mr Barron for the use of St John’s School.

Fr Moses’ Birthday Thanksgiving Mass  In thanksgiving to God for Fr Moses’ 60th Birthday, we would like to invite you all to a special celebration and fellowship after Mass on Friday 30th December at the Comprehensive School. We will begin with the Holy Mass at 7pm and the celebrations will continue afterwards. In order to celebrate the richness of our diversity here in the Parish, it would be wonderful if you could bring a dish and some drinks to share with others, but most importantly bring yourselves and your family. There are clipboards at the back of the church to help us with catering. Please contact the planning committee through Maria on 07955 388610 or Monica on 07809 234759 if you can help in any way. Fr. Vincent Omokpakpo, msp will be speaking to us on Sunday 18/12/22 in all the masses concerning the birthday party. Parishioners are encouraged to come along to the mass with a free will donation. Thanks and God bless you all.