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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24 Feb 2018 | 06:15 pm
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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 –

A question for you during Lent – not ‘what have you given up?’ – But ‘what extra have you taken on for Lent?’

The numbers attending our Friday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (10.30am) usually grow during Lent.

How about coming to the Stations of the Cross? (Wednesday after the 10am Mass, and Sunday afternoons at 4.30pm).

As most of you know, medieval pilgrims to Jerusalem started this devotion. They found that walking through Jerusalem following the route, which Jesus would have taken as he carried his Cross to his place of execution, was a really powerful experience for them.   They would have stopped and prayed at all the traditional sites reckoned to be significant locations on Jesus’ last journey, until they reached Golgotha. Groups of pilgrims to Jerusalem can be seen doing exactly the same thing today. Why not join us this Lent (see times below) – it really helps us to focus on the deep meaning of our Lenten Sacrifices.

On Sunday the 11th March at 4.30pm, Deacon Jolyon will lead us in a more recent version of meditation on the Stations of the Cross in our Parish centre using the large screen.   I look forward to being with as many of you as can join us.

This weekend your Cafod Family Fast Day contributions will be collected   -or, if you forgot them, next weekend!

Holy Week and Easter Services

Holy Thursday 19:30 Mass of Maundy Thursday, watching to 22:00.

Good Friday 10.00am Procession of Witness in the town.

Good Friday Liturgy at 3.00pm.

Easter Vigil commences at 9.00pm

Easter Sunday Masses at 8.30am and 10.30am.

This Sunday, 25th February, at 09:45 in the hall, we continue our Bible Journey with ‘Solomon a study in contradictions’ – 1 Kings: 1-15. Next week – Psalms: the Bible’s songbook.

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.
  • For all our family members and friends.
  • Those whose anniversaries of death occur about this time – Edmund Staples, Clifford Crofton, Charles and Ellen Lawrence, Delia Pearson, Pat Baker and Mary Bridgeman.
  • For Pam Edgeley, recently deceased

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

Important Dates for Your Diaries

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. On Saturday March 10 numerous items donated by lady ‘down-sizing’ prior to selling her house. A table top sale including quality items including china, crockery, glass, books etc etc. Proceeds to help parish finances. ONE DAY ONLY. – Saturday 10th March from 12noon to 4.00pm

Daily Lent reflection (by email)

From the Diocesan Stewardship Team. ”Once again we are making available by e-mail each day during Lent a reflection with a   Stewardship theme based on the day’s Mass reading”. Here is the link for you to sign up – http://eepurl.com/bF0b6P  People who have previously signed up to receive these reflections in earlier years will automatically receive the reflections this Lent.








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