LAST UPDATE: 14th December 2019

TIME TO REFLECT THIS ADVENT:  Advent is a very special season of the year – and yet it can sometimes pass us by, because we’re so busy preparing for Christmas. For the past couple of years, our diocesan Spirituality Commission has produced a series of short daily emails, to help us focus on the true meaning of Advent. These have been very well received, to sign up, please visit

AT ST TERESA’S IN ADVENT there will be more opportunities for Confessions from Monday to Friday at 9.30am; special Candlelight Rorate Masses on Fridays (6th, 13th, 20th December) at 7.30pm where we will focus on St Bernard’s teaching about three Advents; Scriptural reflection with Lection Divina on Tuesdays (3rd, 10th, 17th December) at 7.00pm; Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Fridays after Mass until 12noon; and Parish Reconciliation Service on Monday 23rd December at 7.30pm.

CRIB OFFERING The crib offering this year will go to Southwark Crisis Fund. Every single penny donated to this fund is used exclusively within Southwark Archdiocese and is given out via emergency grants to support local children and families. Our Archbishop John Wilson is the Vice President of this charity.

BBC R4 BROADCAST Midnight Mass will be broadcast live from St George’s Cathedral on BBC Radio 4 at 11.30 pm on Christmas Eve. The service will be celebrated by Archbishop John Wilson and sung by the combined Choirs of St George’s Cathedral and the Cathedral Consort.

MALAYAM MASS Sunday 20th December at 5.30pm in St Teresa’s Church. All welcome.

CAROL SERVICE on Monday 16th December 6.00 pm at William Harvey Hospital- meet in front Lobby outside Chapel. All Parishioners very welcome.

CHRISTMAS PARTY in St. Simons Church Hall on 22nd December from 5.00pm to 10.00pm.There will be food and drinks, music, dance and games. Tickets available after Mass, family tickets and individual tickets. Thank you for your support.

BEREAVEMENT GROUP Have you suffered a bereavement recently or in the past? We are starting a new Bereavement group holding regular monthly meetings on alternate Fridays and Mondays.  If you feel you would benefit from meeting others to share company and conversation over a cup of tea, please come along.  Meeting will be in the church hall on Monday 6th January from 11.00am–1.00pm. We look forward to seeing you.

REPOSITORY SHOP There are many Christmas items for sale in the shop: Cards, Nativity sets, Diaries, Advent Calendars, Candles etc. Please pop in after all Masses and take a look.

STARTING SCHOOL in September 2020? Will your child be 4 before the end of August 2020? Was your child born between 01/09/2015 and 31/08/16? If yes, then you will need to register your child for a school place before January 15th 2019. You can do this online at St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School is a family centred, friendly school for St Teresa’s parish and the wider Ashford area. If you wish your child to attend, you can find full information about admission to the school at You will need to download and fill in a Supplementary Information Form, which can be found under the Key Information tab. This form should be returned to the school office. If you have any queries or would like to arrange a visit, please phone the school office 01233 622797