Newsletter w/c 20-08-2023

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

  • Mary Josephine Bailey – Requiem at St John’s Friday 8th September at 10.30am

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….

  • 20:  Audrey Esther Mary Clark, Victor Degiorgio, Gladys McCloud, Patrick Meaney, Sister M. Catherine O’Brien, Patricia Lilian Kelly, Donald Philip Evans, Catherine Carey, Richard Varadi
  • 21:  Matthew Alan Thomas, Pierina Boffa, Christina Ross, Vera Sell, Peter Roland McClean,
  • 22:  Brian O’Neill, Lillian Berlin Carter
  • 23:  Julianna Nyene, Thomas Magee, John O’Rourke, Constance Dalton, Brendan Patrick O’Hara
  • 24:  Sister M. Gemma O’Riordan, William Richard Daly, John O’Brien
  • 25:  Prisco Dela Cerna, Mary Frances Carman, Dennis McNamara
  • 26:  Michael O’Neill, Robert James Foster, Sister M. Aloysius Nelson, Anthony Gerard O’Flynn, Maureen O’Flynn, Richard Ball, Catherine Coleman, Maureen Fahey, John Joseph Lacken,
  • 27:  Reginald Martin Bertie Carvin, Denis Devenney, Michael John Morrant, Paul David Seath, Mary Teresa McArdle, Maria Cecelia Camara Ornelas Sardinha,

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.

International Mass – Celebrating our Unity and Diversity 1st October 2023  We want to celebrate our togetherness. Pope Francis announces the theme as “Building the future together.” –  humanity as brothers and sisters. We are blessed with diverse nationalities in our parish. Let us celebrate our fraternity with a very special International Mass. Please save the date so we can all celebrate as a parish community – this was a wonderful successful day last year. Can your community help to sing a part of the Mass? Please email the office for any ideas or help you are able to give.

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

First Holy Communion Preparation for Children at Non Catholic Schools Application forms are now available at the back of the Church. Sr Elizabeth will start preparation classes on Saturday 14th October. Please return completed forms to the parish office or hand to one of the Priests by the end of September.

Baptisms We welcome into our parish family Patsy Marie Johnson, Ava Omonuwa and Elizabeth Animashaun 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).

Last weeks collections  £1,502.93. 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.

200 Club  August Winners 1st: £55 – Melissa Everst, 2nd:  £35 – Josephine Perrett, 3rd: £25 – Louis Caufield, 4th: £15 – Matilda Harvey. We held the draw on Wednesday 9th August in the Coffee Bar. Thank you for your support.

Foodbank. Thank you for your generous donations last week. we were able to deliver 176.7kg of food and other essentials.

Tabletop Sale Thank you for your support. The sale raised £330.30 for the House of Mercy.

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.

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

Hooked on Flutes are pleased to announce An Evening of Classical & Popular Favourites here in the church on Saturday 23rd September, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets will be available soon, all proceeds will be donated to the Roof Fund, SVP South Sudan Appeal & Rotary local charities.

World Youth Day 2023, Lisbon  Please see the Southwark Diocesan website for photographs and Archbishop John at the event.