Newsletter w/c 12-03-2023

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

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…..

  • 12: Michael Sheehy, Elizabeth Lynds, Eric William Cottrill, Alexander McNally, Cecilia Rosa Russell
  • 13: Kathleen O’Callaghan, Sgt. Dennis Clifford, James Patrick Brown, Rita Hair, Gerald Patrick Brennan, Margaret Rose Bourne, Jeffrey Tony Edward Hussey, Ellen Nora Walker
  • 14: Kathleen Fitzgerald, Martin Joyce, Elizabeth Kathrina Murphy, William John Ryan, Dorothy Whitby
  • 15: Ely May Crook, Mary Cree Rodden, Joyce Bridget Mary Markey, Vivienne Hyland
  • 16: Mary Mullarkey, Helen Clair Kelly, C. Simmons, Ann Roxburgh Munn, Ian Daniel Byrne, Peter David McSwiggan, Mary Alice Gilhooly
  • 17: Helena Claire, Gerald Byrne, William James, Patrick McCarthy, Mary Kearney Smith, Cornelius Doris, Melanie Mulheran, Catherine Anne Pollard, Michael Joseph Finn
  • 18: Sarah Sharkey, Elizabeth Miller, Gladys Dougal, William Christopher Keegan, Margaret Lyons, Frederick William Bateman, Francis Roy Henry, Baby Charlie Taylor,
  • 19: Michael Kavanagh, Michael Neil Davies, William James Thomson, Ellen Elizabeth Long, Paul Thomas Finch, Mario Cientanni

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.

LENT: STATIONS OF THE CROSS at St John’s Friday evening at 6.30pm (Confessions 5.30-6.15pm).

After Stations of the Cross we will follow the diocesan LENTEN RETREAT ie 7.30pm in the Cry Room for those people who are able to join us. Everyone welcome to stay.

Lent  Please collect a ‘Lent & Easter’ leaflet outlining events throughout this season.

Novena 11-19th to St Joseph  The Novena prayer will take place on Fri/Mon/Tues/Wed 20minutes before Mass and     Sunday 5.40pm, (Thursday 9.15am).

Last weeks collections  First collection: £1273.00, SPUC: £370.42. Thank you for your continued support and generosity.

This week: CAFOD Family Fast Day Lent Appeal: Friday 3 March  Envelopes are available at the back of the Church (or There will be a second collection for CAFOD

Next Week: There will be a second collection for poor parishes.

Finance 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 at the back of the Church or contact the parish office.

St Patrick Friday 17th March is the feast of St Patrick and Mass will be celebrated at midday. Please join us for refreshments in the coffee bar after the Mass. There will be no 9.15am Mass that day but Stations of the Cross at 6.30pm.

First Communion Preparation Please remember in your prayers the 34 children who made their First Confession/Reconciliation this weekend.

CARITAS Southwark  Archbishop John Wilson is delighted to announce the launch of Caritas Southwark. There are copies of his letter at the back of the Church and lots more information on the website (including lots of photographs of the FLAME event for young people that took place last weekend)

School Forms  Fr Moses will be available to sign school forms on Friday between 11-2pm in the Presbytery. Please note that the day and times may change each week.

Foodbank We will be collecting for the Foodbank at all Masses this weekend. Thank you for your help to local families in need.

Baptisms  Application forms for Baptism are available from the back of the Church or the parish office. Families need to attend a talk before the baptism. Please phone or email the office if you wish to attend (Next session is 13th March).

200 Club  February Winners 1st: £55 – Margaret Butler, 2nd:  £35 – Sunday Teas, 3rd: £25 – Sunday Teas,  4th: £15 – Torran Caulfield. We held the draw on Wednesday 1st March in the Coffee Bar 

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.

Mass IntentionsIf 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.

Mustard Seed  Bible study every day @ 8.30pm; Lectio Divina on Fridays @ 7.30pm. Please click here for how to join.

Come and Rest  is a contemplative group that meets around the Word of God on Wednesdays 8-9pm. Click here for how to join via Zoom.

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.

Church Roof Fund Thank you to everyone who has so generously donated to our Church Roof Fund. We have now raised £19,601.00 towards repairing the roof.

Dona Card Machine We now have a self-service card donation point. It accepts contactless and chip and pin donations for those parishioners who may find this more useful than cash. We will try and have someone with the machine at all masses to help with any enquires about making donations this way.