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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Preparation for First Holy Communion

29 Feb 2020 | 11:00 am
Preparation for First Holy Communion and the Sacrament of Reconciliation will start on Saturday 29th February. The sessions will run from 11am to 12 midday.  Please keep the candidates in your
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Men’s Christian Big Breakfast

28 Feb 2020 | 08:30 am
The next Men’s Christian Big Breakfast will be held at St Mildred’s Church Hall on Saturday 21st March, starting at 8.30am.  The speaker will be Freddy, the Pastor at Zion Baptist Church.
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Latest Newsletter

21 Feb 2020 | 03:30 pm
Below is a link to the latest Parish Newsletter To download it follow the “Read More” link. Newsletter 22nd-23rd Feb Seventh Sunday 2020      
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Father John writes:

Ash Wednesday this week!

The start of the journey of Lent. How often we dread Lent, it seems to be all about penance, gloom and death. The priest will sign you with ashes and say “Remember you are dust and unto dust you will return”

Just outside a village in Italy not far from Rome, there is a road direction sign “to the cemetery” and beside it is a traffic sign “one-way street”! We are all going to die. The culture of our present time speaks of death only with sadness, fear and gloom. As people get older, they tend to dread their next birthday – one year nearer to death. But this is contrary to our whole Christian belief! Yes, we will all die, but I recall the old lady who welcomed her birthday -” I will be one year nearer the Resurrection” she said. Lent is all about the journey of life, eternal life – but there is no Resurrection without death first.

Have you ever wondered where did the martyrs get the courage to face violent death instead of running away? The answer is that they truly valued above all Christ’s promise of eternal life.

How about this Lent making a real journey of hope and joy towards Easter Night.

Fr John’s Thoughts for the Week