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


The Tenterden Food Bank – helping those in need

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24 Jul 2021 | 10:00 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

24 Jul 2021 | 10:00 am
28th Newsletter 16th Sunday (B) 18th July 2021. To download the latest Newsletter follow the “Read More” link. For older newsletters, go to Newsletter Archive.
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Father Behr writes:

Dear Parishioners,

Sunday July 25: Pope Francis has instituted a World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. Identifying with the more senior members of our society, he says “The whole Church is close to you – to us – and cares about you, loves you and does not want to leave you alone!” You can read the whole message here.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has made a video about the special day.


Saints Joachim and Ann by Fillippino Litti 1497

There is a YouTube film here from Canon Christopher Whitehead telling the story of St Joachim and St Anne, the grandparents of Jesus.

Lord Jesus,
you were born of the Virgin Mary.

the daughter of Saints Joachim and Anne.

Look with love on grandparents the world over.

Protect them! They are a source of enrichment for families, for the Church and for all of society.

Support them as they grow older.

May they continue to be for their families strong pillars of Gospel faith,

guardians of noble domestic ideals, living treasuries of sound religious traditions.

Make them teachers of wisdom and courage,

that they may pass on to future generations the fruits of their mature human and spiritual experience.

 Best wishes,  Father Behr

Fr Behr’s Thoughts for the Week