Newsletter w/c 10-09-2023

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

  • Patrick Michael Finch – service at Thamesview Crematorium Friday 15th September at 4pm
  • Maureen Doherty – Reception into St John’s 21 Sept and Requiem Fri 22 Sept at 11am
  • Rosemarie Sorenti – Requiem at St John’s Tues 26 Sept at 1.30pm

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….

  • 10:  Annie Burns, Rodney Dennis Rixson, John Barty Callaghan, Baby Faith Elize Hope Smith, Elizabeth Mary Coleman, Giuda Taddeo Gatt
  • 11:  Elizabeth Kavanagh, Riccardo Gasparutti, Glen Findlater Campbell
  • 12:  Gerry Mooney, Anne Shirley Vince, Gerald Michael O’Regan
  • 13:  Rebecca Ellen Neal, Ronals Ernest Jones
  • 14:  Margaret Anne Brown
  • 15:  Eileen Grant, Sr Catherine (Margaret Mary Doherty),
  • 16:  Ann Ryan, James Cyril Upton, Desmond Pascal McGrath, Lucy Cassar
  • 17:  Brian Thomas McDonach, Muriel Ann Jones, Anita Rourk,

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  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 Daniel, David & Divine Angel Bikpo 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  £1,239.26. Thank you for your continued generosity. This Sunday: There is a second collection for Catholic Education Services. Next Sunday: Is Evangelii Gaudium (Home Mission) Sunday, collection for the support of Catholic Evangelization. Thank you to all those people who also pay by standing order and contactless and your continued support.

Foodbank  We will be collecting donations for the Foodbank at all Masses this weekend. 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.

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

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.

School Forms We will be available to sign school forms on Tuesday between 11-2pm in the Presbytery. Please note that the day and times may change each week.

Southwark Justice and Peace Commission Autumn Assembly 23 Sept at St Edmund Catholic Church, Beckenham.  Mass 10am continuing 10.20am in the parish hall.  Entitled ‘The Right to Stay: Free to Choose’.  Entrance free. Lunch provided.  Everyone welcome. Keynote speaker Bishop Paul McAleenan. For catering purposes email

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. Pope Francis has asked us to “join our Christian brothers and sisters in the commitment to care for creation as a sacred gift from the Creator.”