Newsletter w/c 26-11-2023

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

  •  Karen Cambridge – Service at Thames View Crematorium Friday 8th December at 1pm 
  • Peter Cotton – Service at Thames View Crematorium Friday 15th December at 12 noon  

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….

  • 26: James Joseph Hardy, Catherine Mahon, Tomas Douglas Palmer, Patrick Francis O’Connell, Ronald Winter, Brian Ralph Chesson, Michael Ryan
  • 27: Mary Byrne, Mary Hollyer, Adriana Seradi
  • 28: Thelma Lyons, John Keith Rattray, Elizabeth ‘Lila’ White
  • 29: Mary Merriman, Robert Leaman, Maureen Keeling, Edna Nielsen
  • 30: James Bradley, Edward Leggatt, Cyril Frend Morris. Kathleen Patricia Starkey, Sybil Philbin, Bridget Mary McCormack
  • 1:   Richard Maurice Taplin, Caroline Margaret Edwards, Emily Lines, Phyllis Joan Lane, Patricia Dike
  • 2:   Lawrence Finnerty, Margaret Georgina Kavanagh, Lena Mary Thomson, Ursula Agnes Heaver, Richard Smith, Audrey Mary Evans (Tutton), Pauline Bardoe
  • 3:   Elizabeth Hannah Griffin, William John Sparks, Pat Traveller, Sister M. Aidan Byrne, Norma Maffeo Zita

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.

Parish Bazaar  Thank you to everyone who so generously donated, supported and/or gave up their time for our Parish  Bazaar on Saturday. All the news next week.

 Christ the King  This Sunday 26th November, immediately after the 10.30am Mass, please join us for a small  procession with the Blessed Sacrament (weather permitting) to celebrate Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

Last weeks collections  £1,145.59, Archbishops Appeal £426.63. Thank you for your continued     generosity and also to those people who also pay by standing order and contactless.

This Sunday there will be a second collection for the Catholic Youth Services, which is re-launching several activities in 2024 for those aged 10-35 more details at website

Finance Thank you to all those people who also pay by standing order – forms are available on the information table if you would like to make your donation to the Church in this way instead of using gift aid envelopes or cash. If you wish to set up a standing order, St Johns Church bank details are: Account name: ‘RCAS a Registered Charity re St Johns Church’, Sort code: 60-09-10 Nat West Bank, 30 King Street, Gravesend, DA12 2XX, Account No: 07722915. Or contact the parish office.

First Friday – Hour of Mercy will be held in the Church this Friday 1st December. It will start at 2.30pm with Rosary, 3pm    Divine Mercy Chaplet and Exposition, 3.30pm 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 December.

Wednesday Tea/Coffee  Come and join the fellowship after the 12 noon Mass on Wednesday. We will draw the November 200 club. Thank you – To the people who support the Coffee Bar on Wednesdays. A magnificent £1,463.50 has been given to St John’s Church Fund this year.

RCIA You are welcome to the Catholic Church. Are you searching or want to review your faith or may be interested in joining the Catholic community, or wish to be Confirmed. A new course has just started. Come to the Presbytery on Wednesday @ 7.30pm. God Bless.

School Forms We will be available to sign school forms on Thursday between 3-5pm in the Presbytery. Please note that the day and times may change each week.

Advent Books  Advent Books  Advent starts next week (27th November). We now have the ’Day by Day’ (daily reading) and Walk With Me’ (daily reflection) booklets available at the back of the Church @ £1 or 60p for the Infant/Junior booklet.

Next week we will have a card giving all the dates of events and times during Advent and Christmas.

Welcoming Ministry  Emmanuel, God With Us! That’s what Christmas is about. The Welcomers at each Mass try to be Emmanuel, welcoming and being Christ-like. We need your charming, welcoming, smiling talent in the Hospitality Ministry!

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 8th January).

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.

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.

Parish Christmas Retreat 14th/15th December at 7pm. Lots of disillusions today amidst the wars, tight economy; where is God in all of these? Let us come and reflect together on how to prepare a way for the Lord.

St John’s Primary School vacancy  There are 2 vacancies for a Nursery Nurse and Teaching Assistant. Please see the notice board or contact the school 01474 361609

Emergency Roof Repairs: While we continue the drive for the whole roof replacement, we shall in the meantime carry out emergency repairs on the roof to stop the rain ingress.

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