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St. Augustine's R.C. Church




A warm welcome to our new Parish Priest Fr. Peter Murphy.

I (Pat McKay) am going on holiday for a couple of weeks so this website will not be updated during that time. Up to date copies of the Newsletter can be found on our FaceBook page and in and outside the Church

Catholic maritime charity Stella Maris (formerly called Apostleship of the Sea) is very grateful for this parish's prayer and financial support of its work on Sea Sunday last year. To report back on the use of those funds, it invites parishioners to join an online update and thank you webinar on Tuesday 28th May from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. You will hear about the impact of your generosity on the lives of seafarers, fishers, and their families over the last year. Its CEO and chaplains will share inspiring stories of how they have helped seafarers and fishers through your support To register for this virtual event, please visit www.stellamaris.org.uk/thankyou2024

Next Prayer Group meeting will be held in the Narthex on Thursday 23rd May 2024 at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start. All welcome.

Our May coffee morning will be on Wednesday 29th May 10.15am to 11.45am. Everyone welcome.

Tea/coffee will be available after the 9am Sunday Mass, please respect the parishioners arriving for the 11am Mass by departing from the car park by 10.20am.

Saint Jude, Summer Celebration - Saturday 1st June 2024 takes place at the Shrine of St. Jude Faversham. Devotions with anointing start at 11am and there is an open air mass at 1.30pm.
The Divine Mercy Apostolate, London is holding a First Saturday Divine Mercy Recollection Day at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, on Saturday 1st June 2024 from 11 am to 4:30 pm. All welcome. Please call Millie on 07957594646 for more information. Coaches from Ealing Broadway and Victoria.

The Archdiocese of Southwark has a position availablefor a full timeGroup Secretary to the Episcopal Vicar and Bishop. This is a hybrid role which will involve some office-based work for meetings in London (SE1) and some travelling across London/South East as and when required. Position available for a Priests' Welfare & Wellbeing Officer3 days per week, but would consider 2 days per week for the right candidate. If you would like to apply for these positions, please email a copy of your CVto HR@rcaos.org.uk

Fr Michael has moved into St Peter's. Many of you will wish to visit him once he has settled in and he will certainly be delighted to see you. Kathleen will be your first point of contact as she will manage Father's diary and ensure visits are suitably spread out avoiding any double bookings etc Accordingly please telephone Kathleen in the first instance on 01634 710748. Father's new address will be St Peter's, Little Sisters of the Poor Convent, 2a Meadow Road, Vauxhall, London SW8 1QH. He will have a Landline in his room and once we have the number for this we will share it with you.

The 2nd Sunday of each month we will resume our collection of food, toiletries and clothing, which can be left at the back of the Narthex, only on this week please. All food items will be donated to St. Margaret's Food Bank in Rainham and everything else (clothes, toiletries, money) to The Gillingham Street Angels. Emma MacQuillin has kindly volunteered to oversee this project but would like a reserve to call upon. Volunteers, please let Emma or any of the social committee know.

Volunteers needed to make tea/coffee after the 9am Sunday Mass, please speak to Carmel.
Transport needed for parishioner living in Sandgate Court, off Bayswater Drive, Parkwood to Saturday 6pm Mass. If anyone can volunteer for this, please let Roger or Teresa know. It would be helpful if we had a few volunteers to cover.

Fr Michael's Retirement
Thank you to all who came to Aylesford to honour Father's retirement, and especially to the organisers and caterers.

Some photos can be seen here.
Thank you from Fr Michael. I am extremely grateful to you all for arranging and coming along to my wonderful retirement celebration at Aylesford on Sunday and for your such kind generosity in contributing to my retirement collection. As I said on Sunday I have been truly blessed to have served in the Parishes I have been appointed to over the past 57 years. I have always been shown such great kindness, generosity and friendship. I will be eternally grateful to you all for everything you have done for me. I will forever keep you in my prayers. Thank you and God bless you all. Fr Michael
A personal message from Kathleen. I was humbled yet honoured to be included in Fr Michael's retirement celebrations at Aylesford on Sunday. It was a very special occasion, being joined by my family and surrounded by so many parishioners from St Augustine's and Father's previous Parishes. I regard you all as my dear friends and will miss you all greatly. Thank you very much indeed for my Mass Novena, Flowers, special Photo Cake and extremely generous collection. I am very sad to be leaving my role helping Father and you all at St Augustine's but will still come to the Saturday evening Mass from time to time so will be able to keep in touch. I will do my very best to ensure Father settles into St Peter's well and has a most enjoyable retirement which we will all agree he most thoroughly deserves. My sincerest thanks to you all once again. With all my love, Kathleen

The Divine Mercy Apostolate, London is holding a First Saturday Divine Mercy Recollection Day at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, on Saturday 1st June 2024 from 11 am to 4:30 pm. The Recollection Day will include teachings on the Message of Mercy, Holy Mass, Stations of the Cross, Hour of Mercy with Adoration and Benediction and Veneration of the Image of Merciful Jesus. All welcome. Pls call millie on 07957594646 for more information. Coaches from Ealing Broadway and Victoria

St John Fisher - Exam Invigilators Required
St John Fisher, Catholic Comprehensive School, in Rochester are looking for reliable, committed individuals to join their team of Exam Invigilators. This will be on a casual, seasonal basis with remuneration of £12 per hour Please see the Notice Board for further details including how to apply.

Youth Day, lunch included for £5 - 6th July 2024, 11-5pm at
St. John Fisher School, Chatham for 10-14-year-olds. Please email youth@rcaos.org.uk

First Holy Communion, this year will be on Saturday 8th June, 11am Mass.
Classes are being held at 60 Wyvill Close, ME8 9NE. Please contact Deborah Dainesi on 01634 388496 for further details.

Southwark Catholic Youth. There are a number of Youth Events being organised by the Archdiocese. Details here.
The Southwark Catholic Youth Service has several activities in 2024 for youth and young adults. For regular updates on forthcoming events, please sign up to our network at www.tinyurl.com/scysnetwork or see our website at www.tinyurl.com/scys1

Fr. Michael would like to give a special thank you to Pietro our young musician who plays the organ for us each Saturday evening. It is lovely to have the music.

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, and no later than May 31st 2024, providing the following details: your names in the format John and Helen Smith, your home address, the anniversary you are celebrating. You can then receive an invitation from the Archbishop for the renewal of vows during Mass. Email at mflkent@rcaos.org.uk As the title of your email, please write your parish e.g Parkwood & Wigmore St. Augustine's.

Retrouvaille: A Programme for Couples Struggling in their Marriages Help Your Marriage - Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Do you argue … or have you just stopped talking to each other? Does talking about it only make it worse? Retrouvaille is a programme to support couples who have difficulties in their marriage. It brings a positive focus, new hope and helps nourish and grow your marriage. It helps them through difficult times whether they are disillusioned or in deep misery. There is no group therapy or group work.For confidential information about 'Retrouvaille' or to register for the next programme commencing with a weekend in Welwyn Garden City on 14-16June 2024, call or text 07887296983 or 07973380443 or email retrouvailleukinfo@gmail.com- or visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk

Help your family get to heaven! Celebrate Trust has downloadable resources and family events to attend that bring faith alive, whatever your age. Go online at https://www.celebratetrust.org

The Poor Box If you or someone you know are struggling financially and would benefit from a donation from our Poor Box funds then please do let me know. It will be in the strictest confidence.
Also if you /know of a local charity working to help the poor and needy in our community that would benefit from a donation then please tell me. I am extremely grateful for your ongoing generosity. Fr Michael

Total raised
is £888.48 so far.
Please do consider signing up and helping the Parish with this easy fundraising initiative. Thank you. Fr Michael.
You can raise FREE donations when you shop online with over 5,000 retailers. It's simple and only takes 2 minutes to sign up! Please sign up now at https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/staugustineofcanterbury/
It is a simple free process. Instructions can be found here

Marriage Care - Volunteers are needed to train as Counsellors and/or Marriage Preparation Providers for Marriage Care. If you have a few hours a week to spare and would be interested in joining us please contact: Mrs Alma Payne for further details on 01634 362896 or e-mail, almapayne1@gmail.com

There is currently good availability in the Mass Diary so if you would like a Mass said please complete one of the Mass Intentions envelopes, which you will find in the Narthex, and hand it to Father or put it in the Collection Basket or through his letterbox. Thank you.

Eucharistic Adoration is on Thursday mornings from 10am until 11 am, straight after 9.30 Mass.
Come and sit before Jesus and soak up the peace that comes from His presence….. Even a short visit is very rewar

We are still looking for new members to join the Parish Social Committee so if you are interested please mention it to Father or e-mail parkwood@rcaos.org.uk.

Latest documents from Synod of Bishops can be found here and on our FaceBook page.

If you are unable to attend Mass live Masses can also be viewed via https://www.churchservices.tv/ or at https://mass-online.org/
Holy Communion will not be available online so you may like to make an Act of Spiritual Communion

Second Collection causes 2024 can be seen here.
Dew Association
causes can be seen here
200 Club
winners can be found here