Newsletter w/c 31-12-2023

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

  • Gerry Brewer – Reception Tuesday 4pm and Requiem at St John’s on Wednesday 3rd January at 1pm
  • Joseph Mcfarland Queen – Requiem at St John’s Tues 9th January at 10.30am
  • Anne Pilkington who died on 14th December

                                      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….

  • 31: Edith Davies, Patrick O’Haire, Catherine O’Toole, Denis Coomber, Edith Rose Evans, Gina Antoncini, Leonard Hunt, George Wier, Ann Frances Atkinson, Pearl Sophia Davies    
  • 1:  John Sibbons, Mary McNulty, Winifred McAllister, Mary Ellen Robinson, Rosa Sorenti
  • 2:  Olive Martin, Margaret Meaney, Terence Patrick Milne, Vera Stuart, Magdaline Green, Mary Costen, George Chyba, Michael Kennedy, Rodolfo Dinicola
  • 3:  Elizabeth Sheridan, Thomas Fitzmaurice, Julie Ann Richardson, Colin Brooker, John Gerard Lappin
  • 4:  Annie Beatrice Taylor, Wilfred Dalton, Chloe Kenine Kingsnorth, Richard Kavanagh, Agnes Cecilia Lee, Julia Brenda Smith, Jennifer Dawne Barron, Lilian Mary Wright, Michael Anthony George Larkin
  • 5: Michael Anthony Traversani, Angus McCay, Noreen Perry, Sr. M. Agnes Kershaw, Marie Jones
  • 6: Albert Lawrence, Mary Lawrence, Howard Nell, Anne Mary Baldwin, James Kelly, Margaret Chadwick, Godfrey Baker, Robert Ernest Dignam,
  • 7: William Hotchkiss, James Strickland, Betty Irene Bons

                                                               May they rest in peace…


Our wonderful celebrations this Christmas could never have gone ahead without so many people giving their time and skill to the Parish. Our warmest thanks to the Altar Servers and Sacristans, Choirs, Crib & Flower arrangers and Church Decorators, our  fantastic Cleaners, Readers, Ministers of Holy Communion, Catechists, Helpers at Masses, Collectors & Counters and Gift Aid team, Repository, Children’s Liturgy helpers, and all those people who work so tirelessly throughout the year behind the scenes.  Those who look after St Mary’s and St Katherine’s, the Parish committees – Finance, Building, Parish Advisory, Bazaar, Social and Safeguarding. To those who take     communion and visit the sick and housebound. The Sisters of Mercy and Schools including Headteachers/Teachers. We are blessed to have so many dedicated parishioners.

May our Mother Mary, and our patron Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.  Wishing you and your families a very happy, peaceful and blessed New Year. Finally, thank you for your generous Christmas cards and gifts.

This weekend there is a Pastoral Letter from Archbishop John Wilson to be read at all Masses. Copies are available at the back of the Church.

We thank Fr Kevin for his contribution to our Parish life as he comes towards the end of his time with us.

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 :

First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus will be held in the Church this Friday 5th January. 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. . Everyone is welcome to join us in prayer next Saturday 8th January.

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.

Crib Offerings  This year’s Crib Collection will go to Aid To Church In Need.

Baptism  We welcome into our parish family Celestine Sunga 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 8th January).

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.

Last weeks collections  £951.43.Thank you for your continued generosity and also to those people who pay by standing order and contactless. The collection over Christmas will be your personal gift to our priests.

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.

My Day by Day  Booklets with the daily readings for January and February are available at the back of the Church.

Wednesday Tea/Coffee  We will resume our refreshments on Wednesday 10th January after 12 noon Mass.

200 Club  December Winners 1st: £55 – Melissa Everest, 2nd:  £35 – Della Flaherty, 3rd: £25 – Lesley Rowdon, 4th: £15 – Ita Hannon. We held the draw on Wednesday 20th Dec in the Coffee Bar. Thank you for your support.

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.

Missionary Society of St Paul invite you to their Annual celebration day on Friday 26th January at St George’s Cathedral, London. Mass @ 6.30pm celebrated by Bishop Philip Egain, of Portsmouth Diocese..

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

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.