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



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Father Behr writes:

This Sunday is the Sunday of the Word of God.  We are invited to deepen our appreciation and love for Sacred Scripture.

Pope Francis said, ‘Devoting a specific Sunday of the liturgical year to the word of God can enable the Church to experience anew how the risen Lord opens up for us the treasury of his word and enables us to proclaim its unfathomable riches before the world.’  And ‘the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is to be devoted to the celebration, study and dissemination of the word of God.’  (Aperuit illis)

There are so many excellent resources available for people who want to go deeper into the Bible.  You can always write to me and I will be happy to recommend things based on your interest and experience.

We need to pray and ask for the grace to fall in love with Jesus, the Word of God, and the Bible which is the trustworthy revelation of God. It is an amazing library of inspired works, that can really help us to grow in our relationship with the Lord, but we need a framework to find a way in.  We need to understand the culture, history and literary genre of the books to really appreciate the truth that is revealed.

I will list a few free resources that you may like to explore:





“This word is very near to you: it is in your mouth and in your heart for your observance” (Dt 30:14).

Fr Behr

An illustration from The Book of Kells:

Fr Behr’s Thoughts for the Week