Newsletter w/c 06-01-2024

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

  • Joseph Mcfarland Queen – Requiem at St John’s Tues 9th January at 10.30am
  • Anne Pilkington – service at Thames View Crematorium Thurs 11th Jan at 11am

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….

  • 7:   William Hotchkiss, James Strickland, Betty Irene Bons
  • 8: Mrs. E.M. O’Neill, William Stevens, Michael Kane, Edward George Gordon Popham, Douglas Edward William Webster, Mary Patricia Holland, Agnes Toppin, Sylvia Alice Zilpah Harper, William Anthony Lynn, Victor Southwick
  • 9:   Albert Henry George Russell, Philip Paul Faiers, Donald George Holdstock, Nuala Teresa Doherty
  • 10: Harold Miller, Peter John Geiss, Hazel Victoria D’Silva, Cornelius Patrick Murphy, Patrick Joseph O’Dowd, Robert Edward Walli, Thomas Leonard McFayden, David John Simmons, William George Morgan Marcel Davies
  • 11: Kathleen Fahy, Maureen Mary Rose Earle, Brigid Loughrey
  • 12: Alice Money, Margaret Fraser Money, Francis Herbert Money, Frank Money, Michael Joseph Sheehy, Bernard Seddon, Jean Mary Taylor, Peter Lyons, Andrew John Byrne, Eileen Sarah Button, Kazimiera Smith, Patrick Anthony McGaley,
  • 13: Joseph Cullen, Elizabeth O’Donoghue, Elizabeth Adelaide Stevens, George Dartnell, Winifred Grace Inkpen, Mary Fowler, Christopher Joseph Redmond, Sarah Webster
  • 14: Liam Slattery, Josephine Ann Sullivan, Mary Theresa Morgan

                May they rest in peace…


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 this week

Congratulations  to our brother Priest, Fr Livinus being inducted next week as Parish Priest of Northfleet.

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 Kundhavai Sivapathasekaran and Kanali Sivapathasekaran 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 8th January).

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.

Last weeks collections  £1,367.19.Thank you for your continued generosity and also to those people who pay by standing order and contactless.

Finance Thank you to all those people who also pay by standing order or the Dona machine – 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.

Refreshments There will be teas and coffee after the 10.30am Mass on the 7th January organised by the Knights. All are welcome.

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

Keep Fit  Move it or lose it! Following the Wednesday refreshments there is a keep fit class for anyone who would like to do a simple workout including chair based exercises. £3 per class. Do come along and try a session.

Foodbank  We will be collecting donations for the Foodbank at all Masses next weekend, 13th &14th January. The most needed items are Tinned Custard & Fruit, Tinned Meat & Fish, Couscous, Peanut Butter & Honey, Biscuits& Crackers, Tomato Ketchup and Pasta Sauce. Thank you for your support for local families in need.

St John’s Ladies  will meet next Saturday 13th January at 2pm in the Coffee Bar. We will be hearing about natural food supplements. Please come and join us.

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.

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.

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.

Retrouvaille  is a programme for couples struggling in their marriages. Tens of thousands of couples headed for divorce have successfully saved their marriages by attending and using the tools provided. There is no group therapy or group work. For confidential information about ‘Retrouvaille’ or to register commencing with a virtual weekend on 8-11 Feb or a Face to Face weekend in Welwyn Garden City on 14-16 June, call or text 07887 296983 or  – or visit

Appeal for Knitters?  Thank you to those people who have shown an interest in making a shawl for our delighted parents getting their children baptised. We are not looking at any specific pattern although they need to be white and different styles would be most welcome (last year we had over 80 baptisms in the parish). Please call at the office if you have any queries.

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