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


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18 Feb 2018 | 09:15 am
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STOP PRESS: There are a few spaces for activities in our Parish Centre at the moment. If you are looking for a venue to run a meeting, stage a film show, have a party or run an activity, see details by clicking here

Fr. John writes

We are most grateful to all those of you, who contribute to the challenge of paying off our debt for the construction of our Parish Centre, which was opened in 2011. Thank you for your support.

We have just made our annual report to the Archdiocese on the progress of the programme to pay off the debts.   I am glad to tell you that we met our planned repayment of £17,500 last year and we made an extra payment because of the legacy of parishioner Isabel Knott. Therefore, we have been able to reduce our overall debt to £43,711. Of course, we remain committed to pay off these debts by 2021 and, with your continuing help; we should be able to do this early.

You may be collecting loose change in the St Andrew’s Pence boxes. (If yours is already full, please bring in your box and get another one from the porch.) You might be one of those parishioners who make monthly standing orders to support the Development Fund. (If you are able to join this group, please see Father John.) Last year this gallant group amassed £5,600, and this has been crucial in boosting income from our regular hall users. In addition, if we can keep going at the present rate, we should be able to clear our debt in 2020.

Therefore, I am most grateful for the support of all parishioners helping in this great endeavour and ask you to do all you can to conclude the project as soon as possible.

Certainly, the Parish Centre is a great success, both within the Parish and as an increasingly important player in the local community. It is a popular venue for ecumenical meetings and local groups alike.

For us too, the prospects of the hall being able to contribute directly through its income to the wider parish funds from 2020 are very satisfying indeed. As a result, we can be confident of the future, and can even start to plan a programme for decorating and improving our church.

This Sunday, 18th February, at 09:45 in the hall, we continue our Bible Journey with ‘David and the nation building’ – 2 Samuel. Next week, ‘Solomon a study in contradictions’ – 1 Kings: 1-15.

Important Dates for Your Diaries

  1. The Lent Lunches are now every Friday between 12 and 14:00 and are now in Saint Mildred’s Church Hall. On the 23rd February, St. Andrew’s will host it.
  2. The Women’s World Day of Prayer will be at Zion church this year on Friday 2nd March at 14:00, after the Lent Lunch in St. Mildred’s Church Hall.
  3. For the Men’s Breakfast event on Saturday March 10th in Saint Mildred’s Church Hall, starting with breakfast at 08:30, the speaker will now be Father John, instead of Rev Neal Stanton.
  4. Saturday April 21st from 10:00 to 13:00 here at Saint Andrew’s – Morning of reflection for Readers and Extra-ordinary Ministers. Canon Anthony Charlton. PP at Canterbury. Please book that date now.
  5. The Men’s Breakfast event on Saturday May 5th in Saint Andrew’s Parish Centre, will be replaced by a Christian Aid Big Brekkie event (as last year) – open to all, including children – still in Saint Andrew’s. This will be followed by a short act of worship in Saint Andrew’s to mark Christian Aid week.

Your prayers are asked for:

  • Those ill or infirm in our parish – Elizabeth Morrison and Colin Morrison, Joseph Adams, Patricia Hook, Michelle McKinnon, Jo Venables, Marjorie and John Dumbleton, Joseph Delaney, Elena Troake (Elena Peck’s daughter), Linda Wharfe, Jane McKinnon, Michael McDermott (Mara’s husband), Wendy Butler, Stephen Beasley, Mgr. Hill, Lester Kinkel, Ellie Lawrence, Kevin Thornton, Catherine O’Driscoll, Beryl Cowderoy, Yolande Urquhart, Linda Smith and Peter Davidson. Also for all our sick parishioners, family members and friends.
  • Those whose anniversaries of death occur about this time – Geraldine Walsh, Loan Bidwell, Alice Johnson, Norman Finch, Dennis Hobday, Frank O’Neill, Eileen Brandon, Raymond Carroll, Betty Manning and Maureen McGarry.

May their souls and the souls of all the departed rest in peace.

Fr John’s Thoughts of the Week