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 Behruz Rafat, Parish Priest


40 Days of Prayer

12 Feb 2021 | 10:00 am
If you valued the recent 40 Days of Prayer produced by Tenterden Churches Together, which has now finished, you can still get it here.
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06 Mar 2021 | 09:30 am
The church remains open for daily Mass on a limited basis, and for private prayer. For latest details please Read More.
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Latest Newsletter

06 Mar 2021 | 09:00 am
To download the latest Newsletter follow the “Read More” link. 10th Newsletter Third Sunday in Lent 7th March 2021. For older newsletters, go to Newsletter Archive.      
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Father Behr writes:

Dear Parishioners,

Our third and final ‘pillar’ of Lent is prayer.  There is so much we could say about prayer, there are many excellent books on the subject and the last part of the Catechism of the Catholic Church is devoted to the subject and is widely regarded as a masterful resource.  See Christian Prayer from paragraph 2558 onwards.

St Therese of Lisieux, that most reliable teacher on the spiritual life described prayer in this way:

“For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy. (St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Manuscrits autobiographiques, C 25r.)”

Therese around 1888

During Lent we have the opportunity to grow in our understanding of prayer and to deepen our prayer life. Many people have found it helpful to have a guide in their journey such as a book or to follow a course.

If you are interested in sharing resources that you have found helpful do get in touch. Perhaps there is a particular book or devotion which really helped you to grow in prayer and which may be beneficial to others. Perhaps you use one of the many excellent resources available online and would like to share that with others. I’m sure that in the post-COVID period our parish can once again be a centre of prayer, devotion and worship.

Resources for prayer:


Best wishes, Father Behruz Rafat

Fr Behr’s Thoughts for the Week