Newsletter w/c 05-11-2023

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

  • Josephine McEniff – Reception to St Johns 6 Nov at 4pm & Requiem Tue 7th November @10.30am
  • David Rea – Requiem at St John’s Tues 21 Nov at 10.30am      

May God console their family. May the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace;


Please pray for those whose Anniversaries occur at this time including….

  • 5:  Joseph Augustine Mulcahy, Roy Foreman, Dylan Taylor, P.Y. O’Donnell, Mary Ann May Buckingham, Nancy Money, Helen Edith Sheehy, Colin Egerton Turton Norman, Charles Falzon
  • 6:  Mary Anne Finnerty, Margaret Mulholland, Graham Bunn, Baby Gerard Lawrence Quinn, Bernard John McCarthy,
  • 7:  Margaret Smith, Daisy Clifford, Emily Daisy King, Arthur John Brayne, Sarah Ann Panter, Michael Curley
  • 8:  Nathan Gaymer, William Bruce, Sister M. Stanislaus McGlynn, Lesley Anne Chewter
  • 9:  Brian Hylands, Mary Celine Aleppo, Frances Agnes Milne, John Augustine Hartnett, Michael Joseph Burns, Elsie May Bantges
  • 10: Clare Ryan, Kathleen Murphy, Joyce Beatrice Edwards, Faith Rosetta Blackman, Mary Teresa O’Toole,
  • 11: Judy Morgan, William Fleury, Eleonora Morzilla, Helena Chyba, James Francis Gillen, Pauline Thornton, John Patrick McDonagh
  • 12: Denis John Reardon, Hugh Anthony Donahy, Patrick Joseph Boylan, Joyce O’Donnell, Mary Kiely,

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.

Christmas Draw tickets are now available at the back of the Church and will be drawn at our Parish Bazaar on Saturday 25th November. Tickets are 50p or £2.50 a book. We would be delighted if you could take and sell them to your family and friends and encourage them to come to the Bazaar. Please return counterfoils and money by placing in a marked envelope in the collection plate, or parish office. Thank you.

Fr Moses and Fred Juma’s Birthday Please join us in the coffee bar today Sunday after 10.30am Mass for a piece of cake. Everyone welcome to share in the fellowship.

November Please collect an envelope and list deceased family & friends and place into the basket available on the altar. They will be remembered at all Masses during November and a special Mass on 26th November at 6pm.

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. Please, if you have lost anyone in the past 2 years, let us have the names through the Secretary so that we could include in the names to be read out.

Deceased Clergy Mass will be held at The Holy Apostles, Swanley on Tuesday 14th November at 11.30am. You are      welcome to attend.

Last weeks collections  £1,472.00. Thank you for your continued generosity. Thank you to all those people who also pay by standing order and contactless. Next Sunday there will be a second collection for the Archbishop’s Appeal. This funds key areas of ministry, Youth and Evangelisation, Our Faith in Action (Caritas) and Clergy Care and Formation. Envelopes are available at the back of the Church.

Sacrament of Confirmation Preparation Programme 2024  If you wish to register a young Catholic (in Year 8 or above at secondary school) for the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2024 please complete the Google Form by 31 December :

Baptism  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).

St John’s Ladies We will meet next Saturday 11th November at 2pm in the Coffee Bar. All welcome to come and hear about the work of Aid to the Church in Need.

Foodbank We will be collecting donations for the Foodbank at all Masses next weekend 11th & 12th Nov. The most needed items are Tinned Cold Meat, Pasta Sauce, Coffee, Peanut Butter, Crackers, Wrapped Chocolate Biscuits, Shampoo & Conditioner. Thank you for your support.

200 Club  October Winners 1st: £55 – Cliff Potter, 2nd:  £35 – Marie Potter, 3rd: £25 – C. Moreton, 4th: £15 – M. Sloan. We held the draw on Wednesday 25th Oct in the Coffee Bar. Thank you for your support.

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

RCIA You are welcome to the Catholic Church: May I invite you to an exploratory session with Fr Moses on Wednesday 8th Nov @7.30pm in the Presbytery. Are you searching or want to review your faith or may be interested in joining the Catholic community, or wish to be Confirmed. (Fr Moses on 07405803862.) God Bless.

School Forms We will be available to sign school forms on Tuesday between 2-4pm in the Presbytery. Please note that the day and times may change each week.

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.

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.

Parish Christmas Retreat 14-16th December. Lots of disillusions today amidst the wars, tight economy; where is God in all of these? Let us come and reflect together.

Bazaar  This year our parish bazaar will be held on Saturday 25th November at 12 noon in St Johns Comprehensive School. We look forward to seeing you there (Christmas jumpers optional). We are now collecting donations for the various stalls and there is a list at the back of the church with suggestions including bottles, teddies, toys, puzzles, Christmas decorations, Christmas goodies, toiletries, bags, scarves etc. Ideas are most welcome. Please let us know if you would like to help or have any queries about the bazaar.

Only 2 more weekends left to bring in donations!

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