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



Renovation of gravestone of the Parish’s founding father

The gravestone commemorating Canon Hopetoun Currie, in the Tenterden Cemetery, had fallen into a poor state of repair. There were no family members able to look after it. However, with the generous support of numerous parishioners, we have had it renovated, including repointing the stonework and reinforcing the site as a whole. We are very pleased to be able to reflect on the affection in which Canon Currie is held in the Parish to this day.

Canon Currie was the first priest appointed to the Parish in 1934. He served as parish priest for 50 years until his death from a long-term illness in March 1984. Please see a short obituary notice for him here and read about the great contribution he made to grow the Catholic Church in Tenterden in the short history of the Parish here.

Parish Finance Committee Meeting

The Parish Finance Committee met on 19th March 2018. Its main task was to review the annual financial report for 2017 before submission to the Archdiocese. It also considered the imminent introduction of the new General Data Protection Regulations, whch will affect everyone in the Parish with regard to the management of their personal data. The minutes of the meeting can be found here.


Latest Newsletter

20 Apr 2018 | 05:00 pm
The Parish Newsletter for week beginning April 22nd is now available on line. To download it follow the “Read More” link Newsletter for the week commencing April 22nd 2018
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Our Parish Centre

We have a modern, well equipped Parish Centre, which can provide support to local groups and businesses. If you would like to hire the hall, look at the Parish Centre pages and call Lesley
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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 –

Wanted!   1 volunteer, living not too far from St Andrews, willing to deal with all the practical tasks to do with the Church, parish room, car park, and to some extent, the parish house.   Now all these things come my way inevitably, because I live on the premises!   You do not need to be able to fix everything yourself, but be willing to contact a plumber, or electrician etc. as necessary, and to chase things up.   As I get older, I find the fewer things I have to remember the better for all and sundry! Usually the biggest obstacle to people volunteering is the fear that they will be landed with the job forever! Therefore, I would suggest we limit it to a two-year commitment.   The volunteer and I would have to sit down together to discuss what is on the ‘job description’!

So over to you!

Congratulations to the parents of Lyla Daisy Parker (grandchild of Liz Dumbleton) baptised at St Andrew’s last Sunday

The Bible Journey continues this Sunday in the hall at 9.15am with the topic Jeremiah on anguish and compassion. We will then have a break of one week.

2nd collection this weekend for Ecclesiastical Education

Your prayers are asked for:

  • Those ill of 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 and Linda Smith.
  • All our sick parishioners, family members and friends
  • Those whose anniversaries of death occur about this time – John Stanley, Jack Holman, Eileen Rimmer, Margaret Toke-Nicholls, Florence (‘Flo’) Primarolo, Karen Vidler, Gwen Terrett, Catherine Tours, Patricia Walden, Catherine Dowding and Ellen Shanahan. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

Important Dates for your Diaries  

  • Saturday May 5th in Saint Andrew’s Parish Centre, the Christian Aid Big Brekkie event (as last year) – open to all, including children .This will be followed by a short act of worship in Saint Andrew’s to mark Christian Aid week.
  • Saturday June 16th at 12:00 pm – MASS in CELEBRATION of the SACRAMENT of MARRIAGE will take place at St. George’s Cathedral, Southwark .If you are celebrating your 1st 10th 25th 40th 50th or 60th wedding anniversary this year and would like to attend this service, please let Fr. John know as soon as possible, so that you can receive an invitation from the Archbishop.
  • Sunday April 29th at 3pm at the Sacred Heart, Goudhurst. Rosary on the Coast. This is a day of Pilgrimage and Prayer for the re-flourishing of our Faith, for the Grace to build a culture of Life and for true peace to reign in the hearts of all people and Nations.

The Food Bank has been well supported but recently donations have decreased; please do try to bring some suitable foods to help those families in need. Suggested items include Irish stew, minced beef & onion, stewed steak, meat balls, frankfurters, tinned carrots, peas, potatoes, tinned fruit; rice pudding, breakfast cereals, biscuits, tea, coffee, cocoa







Fr John’s Thoughts of the Week