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



Renovation of gravestone of the Parish’s founding father

The gravestone commemorating Canon Hopetoun Currie, in the Tenterden Cemetery, had fallen into a poor state of repair. There were no family members able to look after it. However, with the generous support of numerous parishioners, we have had it renovated, including repointing the stonework and reinforcing the site as a whole. We are very pleased to be able to reflect on the affection in which Canon Currie is held in the Parish to this day.

Canon Currie was the first priest appointed to the Parish in 1934. He served as parish priest for 50 years until his death from a long-term illness in March 1984. Please see a short obituary notice for him here and read about the great contribution he made to grow the Catholic Church in Tenterden in the short history of the Parish here.


Latest Newsletter

09 Mar 2018 | 03:40 pm
The Parish Newsletter for week beginning 18th March  is now available on line. To download it follow the “Read More” link Newsletter for the week commencing March 18th 2018
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Our Parish Centre

We have a modern, well equipped Parish Centre, which can provide support to local groups and businesses. If you would like to hire the hall, look at the Parish Centre pages and call Lesley
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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 –

Next Sunday is the start of Holy Week.   Therefore, you need to practically plan for your involvement in the final steps of your Lenten journey towards the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus. I had hoped that this year we might have a Penitential Service in our own church, but it was not possible to find other local priests available for an evening in this particular week.   I must start planning earlier next year.   However, it is also a sign of the shortage of priests locally compared to a few years ago. It is important that we include this Sacrament of Reconciliation as part of our Holy Week journey.

However, there will be a Penitential Service at St Thomas of Canterbury, Headcorn Monday 26th March 7.30pm, where two priests will be available. (Some people prefer to go outside of their own parish for Confession).

However, I will be available in our Church of St Andrews on Monday March 26th from 19:30 for individual celebrations of this Sacrament. (cf newsletter notices).Times of Confessions on Holy Saturday will be in next week’s newsletter.

You will find on a separate sheet the time of services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday Vigil of Easter Mass, so that you can put it in a prominent place in your house as a stimulus and reminder to participate as fully as possible.

Holy Thursday 19:30 Mass of the Lord’s Supper, watching to 22:00.

Good Friday 10.00am Procession of Witness in the town.

The Passion of the Lord Liturgy at 3.00pm.

Easter Vigil Mass commences at 9.00pm

Easter Sunday Masses at 8.30 am and 10.30 am.

Your prayers are asked for:

  • 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 and Linda Smith.
  • For all our sick parishioners, family members and friends.
  • For those whose anniversaries occur about this time – Phyllis Broughton, Eileen Thompson, Julia Shipton, Canon Hopetoun Currie, Gertrude Julia Barclay and George Hyland.

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

Important Dates for Your Diaries  

  • Sunday,18th March, at 09:45 in the hall, we continue our Bible Journey with– Elijah – the Troubler of Israel; 1Kings 16 & 2 Kings 


  • Saturday April 21st from 10:00 to 13:00 here at Saint Andrew’s – Morning of reflection for Readers and Extra-ordinary Ministers. Canon Anthony Charlton. PP at Canterbury. Please book that date now
  • Saturday May 5th , the Men’s Breakfast event in Saint Andrew’s Parish Centre, will be replaced by a Christian Aid Big Brekkie event (as last year) – open to all, including children – still in Saint Andrew’s. This will be followed by a short act of worship to mark Christian Aid week.
  • Friday March 23rd – the Lent Lunch has had to be cancelled.

Repository Sale

We now have Easter cards for sale after all weekend Masses together with our usual range of other greeting cards.

Please do consider receiving the newsletter by email, it really would help the parish. Just drop a note to me, Brian Lawrence, b.lawrence999@btinternet.com



Fr John’s Thoughts of the Week