Newsletter w/c 30-07-2023

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

  • Michael Joseph O’Meara – service at Thamesview Crematorium Thurs 3rd Aug at 10am
  • Miroslav Horvath – requiem at St John’s Thurs 17th Aug at 11.30am               

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….

  • 30: Violet Beatrice Gilbert, Theresa Laughland, John Beglen Boyle,
  • 31: Daren Lee Gillingham, Catherine Kennelly, Alice Kelly
  • 1:   Dorothy Lindsay, Raymond Taylor, Norman McLennan
  • 2:   Julia Theresa Welsh, Doreen Rita Bruce, Frederick John Hardy, Carol Cook, Mary Geraldine Kerr
  • 3:   Florence Amelia Strickland, Joseph Costello
  • 4:   Henry Price, Eric Prior, Mary Bridget Higgins, Leo Christopher Byrne
  • 5:   Liam Vincent Kilcullen, Baby Lorena Fraterova, John James Luxon, Wyatt Henry Butler,
  • 6: Karl Heinz Wessel, James Joseph Vance, Michael Dee

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

Dear Parishioners. My biannual leave home was to be from 14th August to 19th September. I have had to go earlier (31st July) because of the death of my Sister-in-Law, who was like a mother to me after the death of my Mum.

Fr Julius Otoaye, MSP will, please God, supply in the month of August. He would run the parish with Fr Vincent and Fr Joe’s help. Fr Kevin is likely to cover the month of September.

We had a wonderful Celebration of Our Unity in Diversity last year, 26th September at St John’s Comprehensive High School (International Mass). I look forward to our worship and celebration together on the 1st October 2023, our International Mass. Please note the date in your diary.

Keep me and my family in your prayers please. Be assured of my prayers always.  Fr Moses Amune

Thursday 9.15am Mass  During the school holidays, Thursday morning Mass will be held in the Church.

Last weeks collections  £979.33. Thank you for your continued generosity. Throughout July the wallbox at the back of the Church will be for your Peter’s Pence donations.

Day with Marino Restrepo: Saturday 5th August 1.00pm – 7.00pm St Anselm’s DartfordMarino Restrepo is a world-renowned evangelist with an amazing testimony of his conversion and insight to help us with our faith.  There will be three presentations, with his testimony at 1.30pm. The afternoon includes exposition, Mass at 5.00pm, rosary and divine mercy devotion, and tea breaks. See the poster in the porch for more details and the leaflets at the back of the Church

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

Tabletop sale. Thank you to everyone who helped and supported our sale last Saturday; £234.15 was raised towards the Church Roof Fund. We will be holding another tabletop sale outside the church, from 9am to 1pm next Saturday 5th August (weather permitting).

First Friday – Divine Mercy to the Sacred Heart of Jesus will be held in the Church this Friday 4th August. It will start at 2.30pm with Rosary, 3pm Divine Mercy Chaplet and Exposition, 3.30pm Mass. All are welcome to join us.

First Saturday Devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary  On the first Saturday of each month a service will be held 11.30-12.30pm in the Church. It was first mentioned by Our Lady of Fatima on 13 July 1917. Everyone is welcome to join us in prayer next Saturday 5th August.

Safeguarding – Parents, please be aware that during the summer months, the side door to the church (by the toilets), is unlocked and often held open to allow for ventilation in the church. PLEASE accompany your children to the toilet and do not let them wander out into the car park (or worse, into Edwin Street).

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.

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/email the office if you wish to attend (Next session is Monday 11 Sept).

Children’s liturgy – Children’s liturgy does not run in August. We run on first and third Sunday’s of the month and will return on Sunday 3rd September.

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.

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.

Come and Rest in Me  is a contemplative group that meets around the Word of God on Wednesdays 8-9pm. Click here for the zoom link.

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

Catholic Men’s Group Invitation: Catholic men of the parish are invited to Eucharistic adoration, dinner and a guest talk by Mr. Mark Lambert on “Catholics, the web, and social media.” Mr. Lambert is an entrepreneur, businessman, husband, father, Catholic YouTuber, blogger, writer, and has served the church at parish and diocesan level for 25 years. Friday 11th August at St John Fisher Catholic Church, Rochester ME1 3EN. 7.30pm Adoration, 8pm dinner and talk. Ends 10pm. No cost to attend.