St John 

The Evangelist 

RC Church

 Dear Friends,


Greetings to you all.

We welcome visitors to our beautiful 19th-century church, which has a long history of service to the local community of Gravesham. On weekdays (Monday - Friday) it is open for private prayer and reflection from 7.00 am until 4.00 pm. It is open all day on Saturdays and Sundays. We expose the blessed sacrament for Eucharistic adoration on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. We celebrate the Benediction on Wednesdays at 11.30 am and on Saturdays at 12.30.  You can contact us on 01474352415. Our email address is gravesend@rcaos.org.uk    We’re keen to hear from you, so please feel free to contact us.

I find it a great honour to serve as Parish Priest of this historic parish. Things visible and beautiful, like St. John the Evangelist Gravesend, St Mary's Denton, and St. Catherine's Shorne, serve as great and amazing testimonies to your faith and to the great people who sacrificed so much over the years and centuries to build them. But also things that are not quite visible like our faith history, remembering ordinary simple and unsung Catholics from all places, who worked very hard to build this parish, including the Catholic schools, while also supporting the Convent. We have a fantastic legacy of living our simple everyday lives, helping one another in all the circumstances of life and faith. My role and that of the other priests of the parish is to serve you and help you during our time here and to work with you to leave a legacy for the Catholics of the future.


Each generation brings new challenges and we hope to use a new and fresh approach to bring the word of God to people's lives. The need for teamwork and collaboration cannot be more urgent than it is today. Our many gifts and talents are needed every day to help us deliver on our parish vision and goals. We invite you to avail our parish of your great talents and gifts. For instance, one may not be good in reading or may be shy in coming out to stand at the lectern or serve at the altar, but can assist with cleaning or serving in the social committee or even Choir. Find yourself a place in the many ministries and service areas in our Church. Everyone has huge talents and is also well positioned to assist build up our parish.

I look forward to hearing from you, seeing you and talking to you.

Fr. Innocent Abonyi, MSP

Parish Priest

St. John's RC Parish, Gravesend, Kent 

Parish Priest: Fr. Innocent Abonyi, MSP

Curate: Fr. Franklin Ebuka Umekachikelu

Parish Sister: Sister Elizabeth O’Hara 

Parish Secretary: Teresa Potter 

Safeguarding Team:  Caroline Barron