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

The Parish Centre, Update Oct 18.

The Parish Centre is a great success, both within the Parish and as an increasingly key player in our local community. You can see a number of examples of the hall in use in the galleries of the website.

Income from the Parish Centre’s use by local groups, along with support from personal benefactors and parishioners is healthy and running costs are proving to be manageable. So the hall is now able to make a contribution to help pay off its debts.

Over the past 5 years the Parish has met or exceeded its annual commitment to repay loans taken out on its build. So, if we can continue to keep this going over the next two years, in 2020 we should be fully paid up. The prospects then of a thriving Parish Centre being able to support the Parish’s Development Fund, to assist in enhaning the church itself, and to make a contribution to parish funds as a whole, are very satisfying.

Your continued support is much appreciated.


Latest Newsletter

09 Dec 2018 | 06:00 pm
The Parish Newsletter for the week commencing 9th  December is here: Newsletter for week commencing 9th December 2018 To download it follow the “Read More” link.    
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New Email Address

10 Nov 2018 - 31 Dec 2018 | 10:30 am - 11:59 pm
The Parish now has a new secure email address. To contact Fr John or the Parish Office, please use the address tenterden@rcaos.org.uk.
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Fr John writes:

I would like to thank all who ‘held the fort’ during my absence and attended to the vital needs of the parish. Thanks for all the ‘get well cards’ and bottles of alcoholic medicine! I discovered that I am not good at waiting for the body to heal. I am impatient and expect it to heal almost immediately. The period of Advent is all about ‘waiting’ patiently’. The Old Testament part of the Bible is about God’s People waiting patiently for the coming of their Messiah. In our Gospel reading this Sunday John the Baptist is ‘a voice crying in the wilderness, …prepare the way of the Lord…’ Part of our formation as Christians is to pray confidently but also with patience “thy kingdom come”.

Advance notice – the first Mass of Christmas (“Midnight Mass”) will be at 10.00pm on Christmas Eve.

The Pastoral Letter from the Archbishop for the 1st week of Advent is attached

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The Pastoral Letter from the Pope for the 1st week of Advent is attached

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Fr John’s Thoughts for the Week