Liturgy & the Sacraments

Contact ushereThe worship of God is the primary purpose of the Church!   Only Mankind in the Church can offer to almighty God the worship and praise that is His due as Creator of all that visible and invisible.   The Sacrifice of the Mass is the summit and source of all that we do.

We seek to offer worthy honour to God in the daily celebration of the Liturgy.   Service times are shown to the right of this page.   From time to time and for pastoral reasons, the times of services do change, especially during the week;  for the Mass Scheme for the week ahead, click here


Mass is celebrated in this Parish according to all three forms available to the Latin Church.
Mass in the Ordinary Form, the Novus Ordo, is the form best known to the great majority of English-speaking Catholic Christians and the most frequently celebrated in the Parish:
The first Mass of Sunday is offered at St John’s Mongeham at 5.30pm on Saturday;  this is a said Mass with homily and without music and lasts for around 45-50 minutes.
Mass at St Andrew’s Sandwich on Sunday morning is at 9.00am, comprising a said Mass with homily and hymns;  lasting about 60 minutes, this would customarily be described as a Low Mass.
Solemn Mass is celebrated at St John’s Mongeham on Sunday morning at 11.00am, usually comprising a sung Mass with homily, hymns and incense, this Mass lasts about 75 minutes.
Mass is offered daily in the Parish:   Monday and Tuesday at the Convent (Beech Court, 86 Rectory Road, CT14 9NB) at 11.15am;  Wednesday at St John’s at 9.00am;  Thursday at St John’s with Adoration at 6.00pm and Mass at 6.30pm;  Friday and Saturday at St John’s at 9.00am.

Mass in the Extraordinary Form (also known as the Vetus Ordo or Tridentine Mass) is celebrated once per month usually on the first Thursday in the month at 6.30pm, after Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 6.00pm.   Occasionally, certain Feasts of the Church are celebrated with Mass in the Extraordinary Form;  click the button to the right for EF celebrations.

Mass in the Ordinariate Use is celebrated every Saturday at 9.00am and usually on the third Thursday in the month at 6.30pm, after Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 6.00pm.   The so-called Ordinariate Use is according to Divine Worship – the Missal promulgated by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Celebration of the Sacraments of the Holy See for use by the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham and the other Ordinariates in America and Australia.   It is couched in traditional thee/thou language and draws in a specially beautiful way on strands of English spirituality from both before and after the Reformation.   Mass according to the Ordinariate Use is an approved form of the Catholic Mass and all Catholics are freely able to attend and receive Holy Communion;  click the button to the right for OU celebrations.

Holy Baptism

The Sacrament of Baptism is the means whereby we become members of the Body of Christ, the Church.   For enquiries about Baptism, please contact Fr Christopher Lindlar here.


The Sacrament of Confirmation is the means by which those who are baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit;  it ‘confirms’ or completes the grace of baptism.   For enquiries about Confirmation, please contact Fr Christopher Lindlar here.


The Sacrament of Matrimony is the joining together for life with full consent and open to the raising of children of one man and one woman;  it is the foundation of human society.   For enquiries about Marriage, please contact Fr Christopher Lindlar here.

Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of Holy Anointing is available to all Catholics, who seek it:  in ill-health, before or after an operation or a hospital appointment.   Through the laying on of the priest’s hands and anointing with Holy Oil (blessed by the Bishop just before Easter), those in need are strengthened in the power of the Holy Spirit.   It is not at all limited only to end-of-life situations.
The ‘Last Rites’, ‘Extreme Unction’, ‘Viaticum’ are all terms for this Sacrament as a person’s life draws to its earthly end.   In this situation, it is highly desirable that friends or relatives should contact a priest without delay.


The Sacrament of Reconciliation  –  Confession or Penance  –  is the means by which those who are baptized can confess to God their wrong-doings and receive the great gift of his merciful forgiveness and so be restored to unity with God.
Regular Confession times are 10.00am and 5.00pm on Saturday at St John’s Mongeham and 8.30am on Sunday at St Andrew’s Sandwich;  the Sacrament of Reconciliation may be available at other times by appointment on 01304 374870.

Holy Order

The last in this list of the seven Sacraments is the Sacrament of Holy Order.   If, after careful prayer and reflection, you would like to discuss the possibility of a vocation to the ordained or religious life, please talk to a Catholic priest and also visit the Southwark Vocations website here.

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