LAST UPDATE: 19th July 2019
NEW ASSISTANT PRIEST. Fr Joseph Owusu-Ansah will be joining St Teresa’s Parish as Assistant Priest in September. He was ordained at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark on 19 July 2014, after completing seminary formation at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh. Prior to that he was in seminary formation with the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans) in Ghana.
PARISH COUNCIL & FINANCE MEETING This Monday 22nd July at 7.00pm in the Priest’s House.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PHOTOS. Please, could the parents collect the photos from the Parish Office.
BLESSING OF VEHICLES. St Christopher, whose memorial is on the 25th July, is traditionally the Patron of drivers and all who travel. There will be Blessing of cars after the morning Mass on Saturday 27th July. After the Mass just simply wait next to your vehicle for the priest to come and bless it.
MASS INTENTIONS. Masses can be celebrated for deceased members of family or friends, thanksgiving, anniversaries, vocations, for the sick and for any particular need. There is no fixed offering for Masses to be said. If you would like a Mass said especially in August or September please fill in the Mass envelope at the back of Church and give it to Fr Peter or drop it into the Parish Office.
KATHLEEN HENNEKER 1919-2019 Tuesday 30th July Mass at 10.00am is to commemorate the centenary of Kathleen Henneker’s birth. AKA Sr Imelda, Kathleen grew up in Ashford until she joined the Daughters of Jesus. After many years away she returned to Ashford, where she taught at both St Simon’s and St Teresa’s schools. After her retirement, she founded AASH, Ashford Action for the Single Homeless, an organisation which expanded until it ran 9 properties, giving refuge to young homeless men. Although this charity finally disbanded, at least one of these houses in Ashford is still run as a hostel. Kathleen, with her brother, George, started Scripture discussion groups in this parish, inspiring many people in her quiet, peaceful way.
THE ANNUAL REMEMBRANCE of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings takes place in the Choir Chapel at Aylesford Priory on Tuesday 6th August, starting at 8.20 pm. All are welcome to join us, not only Catholics, but people of any Faith, or none.
THE DIVINE MERCY APOSTOLATE OF MARIAN FATHERS are organising a Divine Mercy Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St Simon Stock at The Friars Aylesford Priory Aylesford, on Monday 26th August from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm led by Rt. Rev. Bishop Patrick Lynch SS CC – Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark Diocese and The Marian Fathers. All welcome.
RETROUVAILLE is a program for married couples that feel bored, disillusioned, frustrated, or angry in their marriage. Most don’t know how to change the situation or even communicate with their spouse about it. This programme has helped 6,000 couples who were experiencing difficulties in their marriage in the past year. For confidential information about ‘Retrouvaille’ or to register for the programme commencing with a residential weekend on 13th to 15th September call or text 0788 7296983 email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website http://www.retrouvaille.org.uk
ST JOHN’S SEMINARY: Sacred Heart Chapel Appeal The 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 Blessed 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 at: St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, Guildford, Surrey or by email Viceemail@example.com
HCPT Summer Pilgrimage Holiday 4th -11th October. Come and enjoy a Pilgrimage holiday in Hosanna House Lourdes. All ages welcome. Cost includes travel, full board accommodation and comprehensive travel and medical insurance. Option of own travel arrangements possible. Some grant assistance for funding available. Reserve your place by 10th June. Contact Annie Judge: Tel: 01227700553
GAP YEAR VOLUNTEERS SCYS are looking for talented and committed gap year volunteers to live in Christian community and work with young people. The Youth Service team will help them to develop their gifts, gain new skills and enjoy an experience that will stay with them for life. The gap year team works with residential groups at St. Vincent’s and day retreats at Aylesford Priory. This opportunity is open to those aged 18-25 (Sep ’19 -July ’20) please email: firstname.lastname@example.org for details or to arrange an informal chat.