Newsletter w/c 10-03-2024

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

  • Peter Walsh – Requiem at St John’s Friday 15th March 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….

  • 10: Francis Hatchett, , Anthony Kerrigan, Marion Robinson, Raymondo Marcantonio, George Pearton, Freda Meaney
  • 11: Daphne Wanda McBennett, Betty Joan Bay, Cecilia Butler
  • 12: Michael Sheehy, Elizabeth Lynds, Eric William Cottrill, Alexander McNally, Cecilia Rosa Russell
  • 13: Kathleen O’Callaghan, Sgt. Dennis Clifford, James Patrick Brown, Rita Hair, Gerald Patrick Brennan, Margaret Rose Bourne, Jeffrey Tony Edward Hussey, Ellen Nora Walker
  • 14: Kathleen Fitzgerald, Martin Joyce, Elizabeth Kathrina Murphy, William John Ryan, Dorothy Whitby
  • 15: Ely May Crook, Mary Cree Rodden, Joyce Bridget Mary Markey, Vivienne Hyland
  • 16: Mary Mullarkey, Helen Kelly, C. Simmons, Ann Roxburgh Munn, Ian Daniel Byrne, Peter David McSwiggan, Mary Alice Gilhooly
  • 17: Helena Claire, Gerald Byrne, William James, Patrick McCarthy, Mary Kearney Smith, Cornelius Doris, Melanie Mulheran, Catherine Anne Pollard, Michael Joseph Finn

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.

Mothering Sunday The fourth Sunday in Lent is Laetare or “Rejoice” Sunday. This day is also a celebration of our     mothers and those who are like mothers, who have nurtured us. There is remembrance for those mother figures we have lost, through all means, and a thought to those who never had a positive relationship with their mothers. Let us be comforted by our heavenly mother, the Blessed Mary, and let her holy guidance move us through this day.

Planned Giving  This weekend we celebrate our mothers and launch our Stewardship renewal. Over the coming weeks we ask all parishioners to prayerfully reflect on their commitment to our parish. As a parish and as individuals, we have been blessed with many, varied gifts. Biblical Stewardship calls us to share our gifts of time, talent and financial blessings with our parish community and our world. These gifts come from God, so let us strive to return a sacrificial and generous portion to Him, as we are used to doing already. Today, please take an appeal newsletter. We shall be hearing more about stewardship and the needs of our parish over the coming weeks. Please give prayerful consideration to this appeal. If you have any questions, there will be volunteers available after Mass today.

Novena 10th-18th to St Joseph  The Novena prayer will take place each day 30 minutes before Mass and Sunday 5.30pm. We pray this novena to St. Joseph the Worker for nine days, culminating on the Solemnity of Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin. We can pray this novena to ask for Joseph’s special care over a particular intention such as help in an area of our lives needing discernment.

Building a Better Marriage  next Saturday 16th March 10-4pm (refreshments served at 9.45am) There is no group sharing and private information remains private to each couple. There is no charge but booking is essential. Forms are available at the back of the Church. The event will be held at St John’s Primary School, Rochester Road DA12 2SY. Please bring a packed lunch.

Last weeks collections  £1,298.87, Next Week: a second collection for Poor Parishes. Thank you for your continued         generosity and also to those people who pay by standing order and contactless. 

Children’s Liturgy Fr Moses would like to hold a short meeting after 10.30am Mass this Sunday for all those who showed   interest in helping or may be interested. Flyers available at the back of the Church. Thank you to all those who have             responded.

Baptism  We welcome into our parish family Johnny Brown, Sheree Brown and Vanzlow Brown 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 11th March).

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Christ is really present in the Blessed Sacrament; come and talk heart to heart with Him, either on Wed (12.30pm-6pm) or Sat after 10am Mass until 12.30pm. During Lent there will be a clipboard at the back of the Church to sign so that there will always be someone present.

Knights of St. Columba:  Monthly tea/Coffee -Today there will be tea and coffee served in the Coffee Room after 10.30 am Mass. You are most welcome to the Coffee bar after Mass for the refreshments and some social get-together.  

200 Club  February Winners 1st: £55 – Nicola Balzan, 2nd:  £35 – Kath Smyth, 3rd: £25 – Priscilla Okorefe,                               4th: £15 – Mary Gaskill. We held the draw on Wednesday 28th Feb in the Coffee Bar. Thank you for your support.

School Forms We will be available to sign school forms on Thursday between 1-3pm in the Presbytery. Please note that the day and times may change each week.

Foodbank  We will be collecting donations at all Masses this weekend. Needed items are Tinned Fruit, Custard & Rice    Pudding, Tinned Meat & Fish, Veg, Hot Chocolate & Coffee, Cereals, Squash and Longlife Milk. Thank you as always for your kindness.

St Patrick Sunday17th March is the feast of St Patrick. Fr Joe will be distributing shamrock at Saturday evening Mass 6pm .

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.

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

Mass in Celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage July 13th 2024 at St George’s Cathedral If you are celebrating your 1st/10th/25th/40th/50th/60th + wedding anniversary this year, please let us know as soon as possible, and no later than May 31st 2024, providing the following details:  your names (ie John and Mary Smith), your home address, the anniversary you are celebrating, so you can receive an invitation from the Archbishop for the renewal of vows during Mass.  Spaces are

limited.  Email:  As the title of your email, please write your parish location e.g. Gravesend, St Johns.  

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

LENT: Stations of the Cross Friday evening at 6.30pm (Confessions 5.30-6.15pm) & Wednesday  @10am