Newsletter w/c 09-04-2023

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

  • Philomena Nolan Reception into St John’s 11th May and Requiem Thurs 12th May at 11am

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….

  • 9:   John Vincent Joyce, John Joseph Mulholland, Louise Noreen Horry, Rose Taylor, Elizabeth Anne Rimmer, Marina Canton,   Patrick Neeson, Baby Angel Jaques, Joseph Edward George Grant, Philip Anthony Murphy, Helen Ervin, Florence Wardle
  • 10: Richard Edward Leggatt, Ann Elizabeth Wattts, Sheila Mary North
  • 11: Moya Talbot, Sister M de Sales Garland, Edward Charles Ryan, Guiseppe Papa
  • 12: Joan Adams, Fr. John McNally, Vincent John McDonagh Chadwick, Barry Herbert Wenham, Kevin Joseph McKay, Steven Cottrell, James Harold Cook, Shirley Joan Pantry
  • 13: Charlotte M. Enefer, Ellen Byrne, Alfred George Gregory, Patrick Joseph Kelly, James Marsh, Lily Biles, Teresa Turner, Peter Lynam
  • 14: William Martin Gallagher, Doreen Chyba, Hetty Bowman, Anne Frain, Betty Harris, Iside Alba Pope, Mary-Ann Finch, Peter John Smith,
  • 15: Sid Hollyer, Sister M. Bernard Dunne, Baby Immacolata Jackson, Elizabeth Lilian Kelly
  • 16: Mary Violet Clarke, Sister M. Berchmans Roden, Patrick Lucas, Catherine Mary Scutts      

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. Please, when on admission in the hospital or care home, volunteer the information of your faith as you won’t be asked ordinarily.

 Welcome to our Easter Celebration and a warm welcome to our families, visitors and friends

Happy, and Grace-filled Easter!
Christ is risen; He is alive!! Alleluia!!!
May we all rise up with Him to the new life of Easter;

a life of grace and peace, love and compassion!
Thank you to all for your support of God’s work in our parish family
Once again, we wish you a happy and safe Easter! God bless.

Easter Offerings Envelopes are available for your Easter offering for our Priests at St John’s. We are ever so grateful. 

Easter Vigil We warmly welcome Okikiola Ayomolowo and Sandeep Singh who were Baptized, received and Confirmed and Jennie Lau, Lap Hung Lau and Derek Forbes who were received and Confirmed at the Easter Vigil.

Last weeks collections  First collection: £1,571.47, Church Maintenance £83.55. Thank you for your continued generosity.

Gift Aid Boxes available for collection at all Masses this weekend in the sacristy.

Ladies group  St John’s propose to start a group that meet at our parish. Please collect an information sheet at the back of the Church and consider supporting this new group.

Precious Blood  Following discussion at the Bishops’ Conference, and bearing in mind current guidance, it will be permissible to offer once again Holy Communion under both kinds (that is also from the chalice, receiving the Precious Blood.) from Maundy Thursday (6 April 2023) onwards. This practice remains optional. No one is obliged to receive Holy Communion from the shared chalice since Jesus Christ is received sacramentally, whole, and entire, under one kind. 

The Divine Mercy Novena  Divine Mercy Sunday is the Sunday following Easter, this year 16th April. The novena starts on Good Friday and ends on the following Saturday. In 1935 Our Lord asked St Faustina to promote the Divine Mercy Chaplet and particularly to say it as a novena before Divine Mercy Sunday. You are most welcome to join us for the Chaplet of   Divine Mercy as a novena online via the  “Divine Mercy ” link  (please click here) at 3pm for about 15 minutes. NOTE: On Good Friday itself it starts at 2pm (so as not to clash with the Good Friday Church service)

Retreat  Fr Joseph from the Divine Retreat Centre, Ramsgate will be joining Fr Moses at St John’s on Tuesday 18th April 5pm-9pm for a retreat “Inner Healing Session”. Everyone, including families are warmly invited to come and join us.

Foodbank We will be collecting next week at all masses. Essential items include squash, fruit juice, pasta sauce, tinned fruit, biscuits, jam, instand mash. Thank you.

Altar servers Rally at The Friars, Aylesford on May Day bank holiday 1st May. Mass will be celebrated at 11.30am.     Everyone is welcome to attend especially our servers, families and friends. Altar servers are encouraged to attend with    family and friends.

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.

Nursery 2023  Would you like your child to start at St. John’s Catholic Primary School Nursery in September 2023? If your child will be 3 years of age on or before 31st August 2023 then now is the time to summit your nursery application form, which is available from our school office or download and once completed, have it countersigned by your Parish Priest. We will also need to see your children’s original full Birth Certificate and evidence of their Christian Baptism.  Completed documents can be brought into the school office or emailed as a PDF document to All applications received before the end of April 2023, will be   considered for our next intake, which will be in September 2023. 

Round Britain Sailing Pilgrimage – Celebrating STELLA MARIS’ 100+ years of service to Seafarers & Fishers. Please come and join skipper Russ Fairman & Crew in the Mass, celebrated by Fr Moses, with Deacon John Fogarty from Stella Maris, at St John’s church in Gravesend at 6pm on Saturday 6th May and at 08.30 on Sunday 7th May. Hospitality will be provided in the hall afterwards, hosted by Dcn John Fogarty, Stella Maris Port Chaplain, followed by a stroll down to see the boat off from the Pier if you would like to. for more details, go to  Leaflets at the back of the Church.

King Charles Coronation A special Mass will take place at St John’s to celebrate the Coronation on Fri 5th May at 7pm.

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 17th April).

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.