Newsletter w/c 04-02-2024

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

  • Linda De Abreu – Service Monday 5th February @ 10am at Thames View Crematorium
  • Elizabeth Diprose – Service at Gravesend Cemetery Tuesday 6th February @11am
  • Christine Hartnett – Service Friday 16th February @10am at Thames View Crematorium

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….

  • 4:  John Joseph Hall, Roy Frederick Green, Stephen Gibbons, Alison Traversari, Elizabeth Helen McCarthy, Winifred Marjorie Ring, Eileen Mary Harlow
  • 5:  Norah Cassidy, Michael Merriman, Mary Teresa Perrin, Eugene Gallagher, Sister M Agnes Doherty, Vera May Corrigan, Elaine Rita Coldwell
  • 6:  Winifred Lock, Daniel Benedict Curran, Joan Mary Dimpers, Victor William Thorne
  • 7:  Jack Mortlock, Helen Margaret Jarvis, James Lawrance Corrigan,
  • 8:  Patrick Joseph Meaney, Mary Ellen McGrath, Nikolajs Cernenoks, Baby George Moule, Fiorindo Mecchi-Ghiri
  • 9:  Denise McGee, Eileen Green, Joan Eileen Mullen, Mary Alice Ferguson, Sheila Ann Trimmer, Sheila Maureen Bates, Bronislaw Bednarek, Thomas John Gooda, Dorothy Irene Blair, Elizabeth Kate Farrell
  • 10: Sister M. Gabriel Vaux, Harold Miller, Sister M. Veronica Hayden, Hipolito Calco,Anne Bridget Cronin, Maisie Thomas , John Daniel Pender
  • 11: Maria Lopez, Brian Green, Frances Clare Dougal, Vincenzo Mazzone, Ronald Valentine Westmore, Kathleen Mary Pyant, Alice Warner, David Powell

May they rest in peace…


Building a Better Marriage  St John’s Church invites married couples to a special day on Saturday 16th March 10-4pm where couples can privately explore their relationship more deeply and gain valuable insights into the communication and the call of the Church to be married. The one-day course is for married couples (whether married for one year, 60 years or anywhere in between). It seeks to help husbands and wives to make their marriages better and to improve their communication skills. There is no group sharing and private information remains private to each couple. There is no charge but booking is essential. Please return the leaflet, available on the information table to the parish office or one of the Priests. The event will be held at St John’s Primary School, Rochester Road. Refreshments will be provided but please bring a packed lunch.

Altar Servers All are invited to a practice session on Saturday 10th February @1pm. Parents please bring your children. We welcome any children who have made their First Holy Communion to join us.

Lenten booklets Lenten booklets available at the back of the Church. There are 2 different books, one with readings and one with reflections of the day. Also children’s booklets.

Old Palm Crosses There is a basket available at the back of the Church to collect old palm crosses which can be burnt and made into ash for Ash Wednesday on 14th  February.

School Forms We will be available to sign school forms on Thursday between 11-1pm in the Presbytery. Please note that the day and times may change each week.

Last weeks collections  £1,134.24, Racial Justice £ 247.54. Thank you for your continued generosity and also to those people who pay by standing order and contactless. 

Children’s Choir Already our youths help with the liturgy on the last weekend of the month (10.30am). We are inviting   children/young people to join the children’s choir at that Mass.

Choir  We are recruiting for new members of the choir, which normally sings twice a month on Saturdays at the 6pm Mass.  Please phone Mark on 07985 563063 for a chat.

Foodbank We will be collecting donations for the Foodbank at all Masses next weekend 10/11 Feb. The most needed items are Tinned Fruit & Custard, Tinned Meat & Fish, Tinned Veg & Potatoes, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Cereals and Squash. Thank for your support to local families in need. 

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 12th February).

The Charismatic Renewal Group  have resumed their weekly Prayer Meeting on Fridays at 7pm in the Church. You’re all welcome to come and listen, pray and share your faith.

Wednesday Tea/Coffee  Refreshments are served in the Coffee bar after 12 noon Mass. All welcome.

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 started. Come to the Presbytery on Wednesday     @ 7.30pm. God Bless.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Christ is really present in the Blessed Sacrament; come and talk heart to heart with Him, 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.

200 Club  January Winners 1st: £55 – Mark Hannon, 2nd:  £35 – Jacky Hardy, 3rd: £25 – Sean Dee,  4th: £15 – Kath Smyth. We held the draw on Wednesday 31 Jan in the Coffee Bar. Thank you for your support.

Invitation: Catholic Men’s Lenten Retreat are invited to an evening retreat to prepare for Lent and Easter, led by experienced spiritual director, Fr Gerard Bradley. Friday 9th February, 7.15pm-9pm, St Michael’s parish, Chatham.

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.