Newsletter w/c 15-10-2023

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

  • Aidred (Astrid) Bautista Locker– Funeral at St John’s Fri 20th Oct at 10am

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….

  • 15:  Mitzi Hollands, Fitzroy Kelly, Annie Cook
  • 16:  James Bradley, Edward Roper Davis, Frank Southward, Colin Noel Bates, Joseph Philbin, Joyce Kathleen Crotty
  • 17:  Angie Halson, Julia O’Haire, Irene Poulton, Pauline Mullan, Joan Thorpe, Olive Eileen Knell
  • 18:  Tibor Kiss, Brendan Peter Byrne, Norah Degiorgio, Roy Frederick Goulding
  • 19:  Bernard Freeman, Patricia Cushing, Mary Maisie Aldrich, Harry McGee, Laurence Thomas Allen, Patrike Emanuel Koky-Couka
  • 20:  Stella Maria Hunt, Pearl Thwaites, Raymond Gray, Colin Barry Pantry, Gerard Patrick Morgan, Anthony Cronin
  • 21:  Paul Bailey, Edward Loftus, Baby Ryan Pearton, Martin Kevin Pender, Patricia Mary Kane, Roseann Farrell, Margaret Curling
  • 22:  Robert Gartland, George Souter, Carlota Cornelio, Charles Mark Hammond, Miriama Pokutova., Joan Lilian Napper, Agnes Mizzen

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 especially Matt Barron, Jude Mordi & Ubo Bakker. Please, when on admission in the hospital or care home, volunteer the information of your faith as you won’t be asked  ordinarily.

Holy Rosary  October is the month of the Holy Rosary and will be said 30 minutes before every Mass Monday to Saturday morning and 5.30pm on Sunday during October –  everyone is welcome, please join us. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Harvest  This weekend we will celebrate Harvest Sunday. We welcome the pupils from St John’s Primary School to the 10.30am Mass.

Baptism  We welcome into our parish family Anita Blessing Maria Chiku and Sienna Halaith 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 13th Nov).

Last weeks collections  £1,420.61. Cafod £443.89. Next Sunday 22nd October is World Mission Sunday and there will be a second collection for the work of Missio. Thank you for your continued generosity. Thank you to all those people who also pay by standing order and contactless.

Bazaar  We will be holding a meeting about the Bazaar this Thursday 19th October at 7pm in the Presbytery. Please do try and come along and share any ideas you may have. If you are unable to come to the meeting please email the parish.

200 Club  We invite you to join the 200 Club. £20 buys 12 months’ worth of draw entries starting from the end of October. The draw takes place each month.  Prizes 1st – £55, 2nd – £35, 3rd- £25, 4th – £15, Forms available at the back of the church. Please return  in an envelope marked ‘200 Club’ this week.

House of Mercy  After 31 years of serving Gravesend’s homeless, the House of Mercy has closed because of unsustainable financial pressures. The charity formally closed to residents 29th Sept 2023. Fortunately, the charity was able to find accommodation for most of the residents. The Trustees and staff are indebted to the many parishioners who supported us. We would also like to thank the number of individuals  who supported us by monthly financial donations. We sincerely thank you all, however please cancel any regular donations as soon as possible as the charity is no longer able to accept any   donations. God Bless you all. Margaret Gallagher (Chair of Trustees-House of Mercy Charity)

Macmillan Coffee Morning  St John’s Ladies invite you all to a Macmillan Coffee Morning after 8.30 & 10.30 Masses next  Sunday 22nd October. Please come & show your support for those living with cancer.

APF/Missio Chris and Pippa will be at all masses at St John’s 21/22 Oct to collect boxes.

St John’s Catholic Primary School Open Day 6/7/8/9/10th Nov @9.30am. Booking is essential 01474 534546

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

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

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 Wednesday between 2-4pm in the Presbytery. Please note that the day and times may change each week.

Foodbank  We will be collecting donations for the Foodbank at all masses this weekend, Thank you for your generosity.

Catholic Charismatic Renewal   Do you desire living more fully, more spiritually and discovering and putting your gifts at God’s service? This may be a group to try. We meet on Fridays at 7pm in St John’s Church

Parish Pastoral Council  From the consultations we did when we asked for nominations at the beginning of the year, we shall present the new Pastoral Council to the whole church on the Feast of Christ the King, 26th November.

Senior Youth Day (school yr 7-11) at St Anslem’s Catholic Church, Dartford. Please collect a leaflet from the back of the Church with all the details of the day.

Remembrance Mass will be celebrated at St John’s on Wednesday15th November at 12 noon to remember and pray for all our family and friends who have died, especially those who died in the covid (lockdown) years. We read out the names of those who have died in our parish during the last year and you are invited to light a candle for them. We warmly invite everyone to join us for this annual Mass.