Newsletter w/c 03-09-2023

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
  • Patrick Michael Finch – service at Thamesview Crematorium Friday 15th September at 4pm
  • Maureen Doherty – details to follow

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….

  • 3:  John O’Gorman, Henry Charles Varini, Bridget Ann Worsford, Reginald David Turnbull, Norman William John Stapley
  • 4:  Ronald George Hazell, Norman Talbot, Basil Michael Pollard, Queenie Winifred Mary Scott, Edward Murray, Pauline Ann Fissenden, Anna Marie Mullan,
  • 5:  Gertrude Josephine O’Rouke
  • 6:  Rose Ann Farry, John Brown, Patrick Finbar Ford, Maureen Read, Stanley John Thomas Lawrence, Ruthline Piper,
  • 7:  Eileen Kingsnorth, Malcolm Leslie Joseph Evans
  • 8:  Cornelius Cosgrove, William Fleury, John Regan, Johannes Chyba, Hector Keeshan, Mary Davies
  • 9:  Ada Juetta Ellen Ashenden, Sister M. Margaret Mary Fitzpatrick, Elizabeth Sarah Neville
  • 10:Annie Burns, Rodney Dennis Rixson, John Barty Callaghan, Baby Faith Elize Hope Smith, Elizabeth Mary Coleman, Giuda Taddeo Gatt

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.

Please remember in your prayers our teachers, children and parents as they returned to school.

International Mass – Celebrating our Unity and Diversity 1st October 2023  at St John’s Catholic Comprehensive School, DA12 2JW. 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. There will be no 10.30am Mass at St John’s Church that day.

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 Lola-Alana Waverley Barnett 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 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.

Last weeks collections  £1,172.35. Thank you for your continued generosity. Next Sunday: There is a second collection for Catholic Education Services. Thank you to all those people who also pay by standing order and contactless.

Foodbank  We will be collecting donations for the Foodbank at all Masses next weekend 9th& 10th September. The most needed items are Tinned Meat, Fruit, Custard, Rice Pudding, Potatoes and Vegetables, Jam, Peanut Butter & Chocolate Spread, Coffee and Hot Chocolate. Thank you for your support.

St John’s Ladies are meeting next Saturday 9th September at 2pm in the coffee bar. This month’s subject is “Natural Supplements for Health”. Do come and join us

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. 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. Proceeds donated to the Roof Fund, SVP South Sudan Appeal & Rotary local charities. Booking details .

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.

Grief in Loss, Hope in Christ Weekend  If you are mourning after the death of a loved one – this weekend may be for you. Aylesford Priory 6th – 8th Oct 2023. Cost £230 single, £210 shared. Please tel: 01622 717272 or

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation Pope Francis has established 1st September to 4th October, the feast of St Francis of Assisi to pray for our common home and as a parish we will celebrate this time.