Newsletter w/c 01-01-2023

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

  • John Joseph Smyth – Requiem at St John’s Tuesday 10th Jan at 11am
  • Angela Theresa Loughrey – Requiem at St John’s Friday 20th Jan at 11am
  • Margaret June Downes – Requiem at St John’s Monday 23rd Jan at 12 noon
  • Ken Hughes – died on Tuesday 13th December
  • Patrick Murphy – Requiem at St John’s Thursday 26th Jan at 1pm

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…

  •  1: John Sibbons, Mary McNulty, Winifred McAllister, Mary Ellen Robinson, Rosa Sorenti
  • 2: Olive Martin, Margaret Meaney, Terence Patrick Milne, Vera Stuart, Magdaline Green, Mary Costen, George Chyba, Michael Kennedy, Rodolfo Dinicola
  • 3: Elizabeth Sheridan, Thomas Fitzmaurice, Julie Ann Richardson, Colin Brooker, John Gerard Lappin
  • 4: Annie Beatrice Taylor, Wilfred Dalton, Chloe Kenine Kingsnorth, Richard Kavanagh, Agnes Cecilia Lee, Julia Brenda Smith, Jennifer Dawne Barron, Lilian Mary Wright, Michael Anthony George Larkin
  • 5: Michael Anthony Traversani, Angus McCay, Noreen Perry, Sr. M. Agnes Kershaw, Marie Jones
  • 6: Albert Lawrence, Mary Lawrence, Howard Nell, Anne Mary Baldwin, James Kelly, Margaret Chadwick, Godfrey Baker, Robert Ernest Dignam,
  • 7: William Hotchkiss, James Strickland, Betty Irene Bons
  • 8: Mrs. E.M. O’Neill, William Stevens, Michael Kane, Edward George Gordon Popham, Douglas Edward William Webster, Mary Patricia Holland, Agnes Toppin, Sylvia Alice Zilpah Harper, William Anthony Lynn, Victor Southwick

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.

Epiphany of the Lord is celebrated this Friday 6th January and is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses are 9.15am, 12 noon and 7pm.

This weekend there is a Pastoral Letter from Archbishop John Wilson to be read at all Masses. Copies are available at the back of the Church

 Our wonderful celebrations this Christmas could never have gone ahead without so many people giving their time and skill to the Parish. Our warmest thanks to the Altar Servers and Sacristans, Choirs, Crib & Flower arrangers and Church Decorators, our  fantastic Cleaners, Readers, Ministers of Holy Communion, Catechists, Helpers at Masses, Collectors & Counters and Gift Aid team, Repository, Children’s Liturgy helpers, and all those people who work so tirelessly throughout the year behind the scenes.  Those who look after St Mary’s and St Katherine’s, the Parish committees – Finance, Building, Parish, Bazaar, Social and Safeguarding. To those who take communion and visit the sick and housebound. The Sisters of Mercy and Schools including Headteachers/Teachers. We are blessed to have so many dedicated parishioners.

The Parish Team would like to thank you for your support all through the past challenging years. Every penny, your time and skill put at the service of the parish family is well appreciated. We are most grateful to you, and pray God’s abundant blessings on you in 2023. May our Mother Mary, and our patron Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us. Wishing you and your families a very happy, peaceful and blessed New Year.

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:

Christmas Offerings  Thank you for your generous Christmas cards and gifts. Wishing you a happy new year!

Crib  Offerings from the crib go to the House of Mercy.

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).

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.

Southwark Directories 2023  These useful books are now available from the Repository.

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.

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.

The Missionary Society of St Paul invite you to their Annual celebration day on Friday 27th January at St George’s        Cathedral, London. Mass @ 6.30pm celebrated by Archbishop John Wilson.

Mustard Seed  Bible study every day @ 8.30pm; Lectio Divina on Fridays @ 7.30pm. Click here for connection details.

Divine Mercy Chaplet The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be online at 3pm Monday – Friday. 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.