Newsletter w/c 06-08-2023

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

  • 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….

  • 6:  Karl Heinz Wessel, James Joseph Vance, Michael Dee
  • 7:  John O’Brien, Josephine Doyle, James Jeremiah Freeman, Mary May Williams, Baby Jodi Michelle Hylands
  • 8:  Kate Green, Annie Lily Titchener, Owen McGinness, Dorothy Winifred Hepple, Frances Mary Parker, Margaret Stevenson
  • 9:  Bridget Carroll, Gaetano Alexander Manzi, Austin Pearton, Ivy Alexandra Izod
  • 10: Hilda Perkins
  • 11: Maria Gasparutti, Daniel Kiely
  • 12: Anne Cussons, Leslie Charles Day, Angela Theresa Bishop, Cyril Brennan, Mary Theresa Kathleen Flynn
  • 13: George Martin

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  £1,287.71. Peter’s Pence £197.05.Thank you for your continued generosity. 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 in the porch

Wednesday Tea/Coffee  Come and join the fellowship after the 12 noon Mass on Wednesday. We will draw the 200 club numbers for August on Wednesday.

Wedding  Our prayers and congratulations to Miriama Rvulo and Kolinio Bawaqa on their wedding this weekend at St John’s. Please make an appointment to see the Parish Priest if you would like to get married at St John’s.

Tabletop Sale. We will be holding another tabletop sale outside the church, from 9am to 1pm next Saturday 12th August (weather permitting).

Foodbank We will be collecting for the Foodbank at all Masses next weekend, 12th & 13th August. The most needed items are Longlife Milk, Biscuits & Crackers, Tinned Fruit, Tinned Custard, Tinned Meat, Tinned Veg, Instant Mash and Sweets & Chocolate Bars. Thank you for your support.

St John’s Ladies Group Next Saturday 12th August at 2pm. We will be hearing about the work of Gravesham Foodbank, as well as planning future meetings. All welcome to come along.

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 We welcome into our parish family Mila Johnson, Damian, Taylor and Ashley Buncik who were baptized last   Sunday and  Nei Ajayi and Sophia Rowe who were baptized this weekend. 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. See the parish website 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. Check our website for the zoom link.

Mustard Seed  Bible study every day @ 8.30pm; Lectio Divina on Fridays @ 7.30pm. Please go to the parish website and click on the link.