Newsletter w/c 11-06-2023

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

Christine (Tutsy) Walsh – Requiem at St John’s Thurs 15th June at 11am

Warunee Lewis – date to be confirmed

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: Frederick John Hall, Eileen Barclay, Arthur Michael Twocock, Susan Lucy Thorne,
  • 12: Frank William Hunt, Eileen May Butterfield, Marie Gracie Pointu, Helen Mary Griffin, Una Elizabeth Davey
  • 13: John Joseph Feehan, Maffeo Francesca
  • 14: Patricia Marie Grant, Michela Grillo, William James Hawkins, Bernard Thomas Giles, Elizabeth McLennan, Theresa Margaret Mary Hammond
  • 15: Martin Louis Boffa, Thomasina Cairney Connor, Joan Ramsey, Josephine Mary Long,
  • 16: Reg Sands, Teresa Mary Clarke, Eileen May Jones, Gerard Doherty, Terence David McSweeney, Sister M. Gertrude Russell, Sister M. Gerard O’Brien, Susan Jean Heritage
  • 17: Audrey Lumsden, Margaret Tingle, Herbert Reginald Barrows, Iris Clara Thorley, Annie Iris (Babs) Strong, Eileen Dorothy Yates, Joyce Ellen Thompson
  • 18: Francis Joseph Freeman, Jimmy Green, Irene Margaret Kavanagh, Edith Agnes Thompson, John Keane,

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.

Feast The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)  Our foremost treasure as Catholics is the real    presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.  Please join us for a short walk of bold witness with the Blessed Sacrament after the 10.30am Mass this Sunday.

Matthew Barron, Headteacher at St John’s Comprehensive  Please keep Matthew and his family in your prayers as he recovers from a serious accident.

Fr Joe Smith Our prayers and congratulations to Fr Joe on his 57th year since his Priestly Ordination.

Medway Singers We are delighted to welcome back the Medway Singers after their wonderful concert in December. As it was snowing, a lot of people were unable to come along so we encourage you to join the parish in welcoming the Medway singers and our soloist Lauren Lynn for a summer concert on Saturday 24th June at 7.30pm. Proceeds go into the leaking roofing project.

Last weeks collections  £1170.71. Society of African Missions £777.66. Thank you for your continued generosity.

Next week there is a second collection for Day for Life. The Church celebrates the sacredness of life. A Novena of Prayer will be available on the CBCEW website . All resources, including the full message, may be accessed . Heidi Crowter, who has Down’s syndrome, has announced she will be taking her case against the UK Government over our current discriminatory abortion law, which allows abortion up to birth for Down’s syndrome, to the European Court of Human Rights. To find out more about Heidi’s case and the discrimination babies with Down’s syndrome face in the womb, visit:

Baptisms We welcome into our parish family Laura Balogova 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 this Monday 12th June).

First Holy Communion Please remember in your prayers the children from St John’s School who will be receiving their First Holy Communion next Saturday.

Parish Pastoral Council  As a parish we are called to bear more lasting fruit; members of the parish are called to become missionary disciples. While I remain ever grateful to you for volunteering for the various services & ministries in the church, it’s time for us to put some structure in place. Some of you expressed the need for a Pastoral Council to facilitate the teaching, forming & evangelising thrust of the parish. I should be grateful if you know somebody that you feel could serve the Church in the Pastoral Council; please nominate him/her. Nomination forms are available at the back of the Church.

Wednesday Tea/Coffee  Come and join the fellowship after the 12 noon Mass on Wednesday.

Foodbank  We will collecting donations for the Foodbank at all Masses this weekend 10/11th June. Thank you

AFP/Missio Chris Moreton & Pippa will be at all masses 17/18th and 24/25th June to collect boxes. Thank you.

School Forms  Fr Moses will be available to sign school forms on Wednesday between 1-3pm in the Presbytery. Please note that the day and times may change each week.

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 contact the parish office or speak to Fr Moses.

Mass in Celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage, Sept. 23rd, 3pm, at St George’s Cathedral  If you are celebrating your 1st/10th/25th/40th/50th/60th + wedding anniversary this year, please let Fr Moses or the parish office know as soon as possible, and no later than the end of July, providing the following details:  your names in the format John and Mary Smith, your email address, home address, the anniversary you are celebrating, so you can receive an invitation from the Archbishop for the renewal of vows during Mass.

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.

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.

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.

St Katherine’s, Shorne  We are most grateful to the Knights of St Columba for helping with lawns in St Katherine’s.

Knights of St Columba Dinner Dance & Fund Raising Saturday 15th July @ 5-9pm  The funds raised will be vital particularly for Youth work. The tickets: £30 for couples and £20 for singles. There  will be a grand raffle draw on the day with various great hampers and prizes. We are kindly requesting donations of hamper items including: wine, drinks, chocolates, etc. Venue: Riverside Centre, Dickens Road, Gravesend DA12 2JY. Tickets available from any of the KSC or Br Victor Achu on 07852746022 or the parish office.