A Very Warm Welcome to St Andrew’s Catholic Church, Tenterden


“We wish all visitors to this website and to the parish church, every peace and joy. We are a lively, richly diverse and very welcoming parish of the Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark. We extend pastoral care to those living in and around the Tenterden area, including the rural areas within a 6-mile radius. Please come and join in our celebrations or for some quiet time in the midst of this busy world.”

Fr John Hine, Parish Priest

The Parish Centre, Update Oct 18.

The Parish Centre is a great success, both within the Parish and as an increasingly key player in our local community.

Income from the Parish Centre’s use by local groups, along with support from personal benefactors and parishioners is healthy and running costs are proving to be manageable. So the hall is now able to make a contribution to help pay off its debts.

Over the past 5 years the Parish has met or exceeded its annual commitment to repay loans taken out on its build. So, if we can continue to keep this going over the next two years, in 2020 we should be fully paid up. The prospects then of a thriving Parish Centre being able to support the Parish’s Development Fund, to assist in enhaning the church itself, and to make a contribution to parish funds as a whole, are very satisfying.

Your continued support is much appreciated.


Meeting of the Parish Finance Committee

22 Oct 2018 | 07:00 pm
The Finance Committee will meet at 7.00pm on Monday 22nd October.
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Latest Newsletter

20 Oct 2018 | 09:15 am
The Parish Newsletter for the week commencing 21st  October is here: Newsletter for the week commencing 21st October 2018 To download it follow the “Read More” link.    
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Fr John writes:

Arising from the encouragement by the two diocesan authorised promoters of the Holy Hour adoration, we had 11 replies indicating some parishioners’ desire to have an extra time for prayer and veneration of the Blessed Sacrament. The most popular day is Wednesday morning. So, the Friday adoration will continue but from this coming Wednesday (24th October) there will be a second session after Mass till 11.30am. An essential requirement is that there be at least two parishioners present all the time that the Blessed Sacrament is on the altar. So, this coming Wednesday will be followed up by creating a list of those willing to fulfil this role. Please take this opportunity to support this growth of prayer in our parish.

Last Sunday, I wrote about the deanery attempt to adjust the times and possibly the number of Sunday Masses in the area and asked for your comments. I was expecting a deluge of responses from you! I only got two comments – perhaps I need to be more specific about how this general proposal may affect our parish Mass provision in Tenterden! I will do so next Sunday.

There will be a meeting of the Parish Finance Committee at 7.00pm on Monday 22nd October. There will also be a meeting of the Parish Council on Friday 9th November. Both meetings will take place in the Parish Office meeting room.

The Parish Centre, Update October 2018 – do please read the notice on the porch notice board – it is very cheering! We are close to clearing the debt by 2020, thanks to so much support.

Fr John’s Thoughts of the Week