Newsletter w/c 19-03-2023

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…..

  • 19: Michael Kavanagh, Michael Neil Davies, William James Thomson, Ellen Elizabeth Long, Paul Thomas Finch, Mario Cientanni
  • 20: Ted Rayfield, James Lahiff, Ernest Edward Heinave, John Clifford, William Joseph Dolan, Eileen Winifred Nell, Sheila Mary Dunham, Kathy Desmond, Hilda Florence Elizabeth Bateman, John Christopher Matthews
  • 21: Samuel Henry Perrin, Maria Cutillo, Bessie Maud Trotman, Billie Picciola, Margaret Sharp, Noel Christopher Moran, Stella Marie Bove
  • 22: Major John O’Neill, Thomas James Lear, Dennis Traveller, Agnes Crisp, Marie Fowell, Dorothy May Took, Richard Erangey, Alexander Brierley Hodgkinson, James Flynn
  • 23: Winifred Irene King, Rev. Fr. Anthony Crean, Bill Smith, Thomas Fredrick Bailey, Sister M. Patricia Metcalfe, Sister M. Zita Callinane, Maria Lappin, Gerard Francis McKenna, William Joseph Maloney,
  • 24: Egidio Ferrara, James Anthony Tutty, William Desmond Pithman, Rosemary Vivienne Gray, Jean Fawcett
  • 25: Teresa Holland, Edgar Hodgkinson, Laurence Campbell Kingston, Anthony John Martin, Ronald Stuart, Laurence John Lee
  • 26: Walter Tasker, Rosemarie Brown, George William Wipfler

 May they rest in peace


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.

Parish Forum I wish to once again thank everyone for the feedback you gave. Many of you were very positive, especially regarding our parish community being welcoming and life-giving. Thanks too for the affirmations. A good number of  people were very positive about the choir /music, the youth group; the great team of supporting priest – welcomers /parish office. Two major challenges raised were not having an assistant parish priest, and the microphone not working properly at the back of the church. A good number suggested we need a parish pastoral council

Mothering Sunday  We wish all our Mothers a very happy  day.

Last weeks collections  First collection: £1337.41, CAFOD: £538.39. Thank you for your continued support and generosity.

This 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.

Homes for Ukraine Matching Service  Caritas Social Action Network , in partnership with St John of God Hospitaller. Services, an international Catholic charity with many services for the vulnerable in the UK & Ireland, are matching Ukrainian people displaced by the brutal war in their country with people in the Catholic community willing to host them in their homes for six months. If you have room in your home & in your heart to consider welcoming a stranger displaced by war, then we’d love to hear from you. Please visit  for more information.

Southwark Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from 18th -25th August this year. For information and to book a place, please collect a form from the back of the church

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 Thank you for your most generous donations last weekend. We were able to deliver 199kg of food and other essentials to help local families in need

Baptisms We welcome into our parish family Ella-Rose Ritchie who was baptized this week. 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 17th April).

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 instructions on how to join

Come and Rest  is a contemplative group that meets around the Word of God on Wednesdays 8-9pm. Please click here for instructions on 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.