John Henry Newman will become England’s first Saint who lived in the past three hundred years when he is canonised by Pope Francis in Rome on Sunday 13 October 2019.

You can watch live stream from the Ceremony at

See Cardinal’s biography here.

Extraordinary Month of Mission October, Pope Francis has called the whole Church to reflect upon our response to Jesus Christ’s command to ‘go and make disciples of all the peoples’.  This ‘Extraordinary Month of Mission’ is being celebrated in parishes worldwide throughout October 2019. It promises to be a wonderful moment of prayer, joy and solidarity by Catholics across the globe.

Prayer for the Extraordinary Month of Mission 

God our Father,
when your Son Jesus Christ rose from the dead,
he commissioned his followers
to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’.

Through our Baptism you send us out
to continue this mission among all peoples.

Empower us by the gifts of the Holy Spirit
to be courageous and enthusiastic
in bearing witness to the Gospel,
so that the mission entrusted to us,
which is still far from completion,
may bring life and light to the world.

May all peoples experience the saving love
and generous mercy of Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.

Do you want a Mass to be offered? can be celebrated for deceased members of family or friends, thanksgiving, anniversaries, vocations, for the sick and for any particular need.  If you would like a Mass said please fill in the Mass envelope at the back of Church and give it to a priest or drop it into the Parish Office. You can also contact the Parish Office directly on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am to 2pm. is also an old tradition of Gregorian Masses. Gregorian Masses are a series of Holy Masses traditionally offered on 30 consecutive days as soon as possible after a person’s death. They are offered for an individual soul.  The custom of offering Gregorian Masses for a particular soul recognises that few people are immediately ready for heaven after death, and that, through the infinite intercessory power of Christ’s sacrifice, made present in Holy Mass, a soul can be continually perfected in grace and enabled to enter finally into the union with the Most Holy Trinity – our God, Who is Love Itself.

History of Gregorian Masses. Masses take their name from Saint Gregory the Great, who was sovereign Pontiff from 590 to 604. St. Gregory the Great contributed to the spread of the pious practice of having these Masses celebrated for the deliverance of the souls from purgatory. In his Dialogues, he tells us that he had Masses on thirty consecutive days offered for the repose of the soul of Justus, a monk who had died in the convent of St. Andrew in Rome. At the end of the thirtieth Mass, the deceased appeared to one of his fellow monks and announced that he had been delivered from the flames of Purgatory.

ST JOHN’S SEMINARY Appeal Chapel, dedicated to the Sacred Heart, is at the Heart of the Seminary where Mass and the Divine Office are celebrated daily, where Exposition and Benediction of the B Sacrament takes place, and where private prayer and meditation sustain the community in its task of providing good priests for today’s Church.

The Chapel was last decorated in the 1980’s and is in need of some repair, refurbishment and decoration, which it is estimated will cost in the region of £350,000. St John’s Seminary is asking if parishioners would generously help them restore the Sacred Heart Chapel to good order by means of a donation.  The Seminary also ask for the prayers of parishioners across the Diocese for their ongoing work.

To make a donation, or make an enquiry relating to this appeal,
please contact:
Mgr. Gerry Ewing, Vice Rector
St John’s Seminary, Wonersh,
Guildford, Surrey
or by email:


LAST UPDATE: 11th October 2019

PLANNED GIVING -THANKYOU. A huge Thank You to the positive response for taking part in our ‘Planned Giving’ appeal last weekend. If you are new to the parish, or missed signing a promise card last weekend, and would like a box of donation envelopes, or to donate to the parish by standing order (bankers order) or wish to Gift Aid, please complete a promise card at the back of the Church today and post it through our Presbytery letterbox.
Once again, thank you for all that you do. Please keep our parish in your prayers.

POPE FRANCIS has called the whole Church to observe an Extraordinary Month of Mission this October, asking us all to reflect upon bringing the Gospel to those who have not yet heard it and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.  World Mission Sunday takes place next Sunday 20th October. We will have a visiting Priest Fr Vincent Oates to talk about MISSIO.  Please support Missio in their work.

MASS FOR CANONISATION of Blessed John Henry Newman & display of relic. There will be a diocesan Mass for the Canonisation of John Henry Newman at St George’s Cathedral on Sunday 27th October at 11.30 am. The Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop John. In addition, a relic of John Henry Newman will be available for people to see and venerate from Sunday 6th October until Sunday 27th.

PRISONS WEEK 13th – 19th October 2019 raises awareness and generates prayer which supports those trying to make a fresh start and those supporting that rehabilitation process. It motivates volunteers to step forward and give their time and gifts, in prisons and in their own communities. It provides an annual focus and reason for Christians to work together, building capacity and motivation to make a difference for people who are out of sight and often out of mind.

YOUTH GROUP Meet  Friday 25th October at 7pm. Exciting new venture in January. Don’t miss out!!

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2019/20 the first meeting for parents is Saturday 19th October at 6.45pm in the Church.

CONFIRMATION 2019/20 first meeting with Parents and Confirmandi on Thursday 17th October at 8.00pm in the Church Hall.

RCIA  next  meeting on Wednesday 16th October at 7.30pm. All welcome.

FOOD BANK   J&P group are holding a collection for the Food Bank this weekend 12th/13th October.  You can help a family in your local area cope by buying just a little bit extra and donating it to the Family Food Bank. Items you can donate include: tinned meats and vegetables, rice and porridge oats.  UHT Long life milk, Instant Coffee (value brand) Sugar (1kg or 500g packets) Items for Baby Boxes : Nappies (especially size 4 and 5),   A full list  is in the porch.  A box will be placed in the porch on the week prior to the collection.

J&P QUIZ NIGHT on Saturday 19th October at 7pm in the Church hall. It is to support the Medaille Trust which helps trafficked victims. Teams of 6 – so make up a team with family and friends or come and join a table to make up a team. Cost is £3 per person. Bring your own snacks and refreshments.  We will also have a raffle. Tickets on sale after every Mass next weekend. You can also pay at the door. If you cannot come you may like to give a donation. Thank you.  Please come along for a good evening and support a worthwhile cause. Please help if you can. Thank you.

RETURN OF THE CARMELITES Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop John at Aylesford Priory on 31st October, marking the 70th Anniversary of the Return of the Carmelites.

THANKYOU for all the used stamps that are collected in the box in the porch. Last year we were able to give £500 through selling these stamps to our local convent who have mission houses in Africa and El Salvador.