Newsletter w/c 27-08-2023

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

  • Margaret Ellen Muggivan – service at St John’s Tues 29th August at 12noon                                          
  • Mary Josephine Bailey – Requiem at St John’s Friday 8th September at 10.30am
  • Patrick Michael Finch – service at Thamesview Crematorium Friday 15th September at 4pm

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….

  • 27: Reginald Martin Bertie Carvin, Denis Devenney, Michael John Morrant, Paul David Seath, Mary Teresa McArdle, Maria Sardinha,
  • 28: Rose O’Donnell, Margaret Davies, Sister M. Gertrude Russell, Margaret Rose Owen, Anne Maria Madden, Rosemary Thorne, Sir Fausto Ronchi
  • 29: Cecil Anthony Rohan, Paul Joseph Hogan, Phil Bradbrook, Lavinia Moira Sharp, Pauline Mary Bagley
  • 30: James Wells, Maria Antonietta Garofalo, Annie McMenemy, Neil Butlet,
  • 31: Rodger Ryan, Anne Elizabeth Sharp, K. Bradley, Fr. John Daly, Patricia McGinlay, Margaret Helen Brennan
  • 1:  Catherine Bradley, Margaret Edwards, Nancy Anne Wells, Kathleen Kelly, Marilyn Mary Lloyd, Florence Louise Laplanche
  • 2:  Kevin Griffin, Seamus Keily
  • 3:  John O’Gorman, Henry Charles Varini, Bridget Ann Worsford, Reginald David Turnbull, Norman William John Stapley

 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.

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation  Pope Francis has established 1st September, encouraging the Catholic community around the world to pray for our common home. The day is inspired by Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical Laudato Si’, which calls on “every person living on this planet” to care for our shared Earth. He  warns that we are reaching “a breaking point” and must act decisively so that “we and future generations can continue to rejoice in creation’s sweet song of life and hope.” It runs until 4th October, the feast of St Francis of Assisi and as a parish we will celebrate this time.

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 Josiah Charlery who was 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).

Wedding  Our prayers and congratulations to Christian Lowes and Sophie Ravenscroft on their wedding this Friday at       St John’s. Please make an appointment to see the Parish Priest if you would like to get married at St John’s.

Last weeks collections  £1,001.08. Thank you for your continued generosity. Thank you to all those people who also pay by standing order.

First Friday – Divine Mercy to the Sacred Heart of Jesus will be held in the Church this Friday 1st September. It will start at 3pm with Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Exposition and 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 2nd September.

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

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).

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. Please click here for how to join the online meetings as well as the prayers if you wish to say the Chaplet privately.

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.

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 Sept.