Part of The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark

The parish of St Simon Stock, South Ashford is a parish of The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark. We offer pastoral care for those in and around the South Ashford area. Our parish school is St Simon of England Catholic School.


Priest in Charge – Fr Hans Puthiakulangara

Priest in charge - St Simon Stock Catholic Church, South Ashford
Fr. Hans, parish priest of St Simon Stock Catholic Church

Telephone: 01233 622 399

Email us: ashfordsouth@rcaos.org.uk


Church Notices

Please continue to wear of face masks in Church

Following the easing of rules by the Government, it is no longer mandatory to wear a face mask and now a personal choice to wear one. Please continue to wear a face mask whilst in church. Also, continue to sanitise your hands on entering church and to please be aware of your proximity to others. Thank you.

Read the new COVID guidance from Bishops’ Conference.

For the lastest guidance and rules, see https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus


This Sunday is the International Day of Prayer For Eastern Christians – One Faith, One Family, One Hope

This day of prayer, organised by the British Catholic Charity Fellowship and Aid to Christians of the East (FACE) and Oeuvre d’Orient, together with the Congregation for Oriental Churches and the Eastern Catholic Churches. Read more


This Thursday is The Solemnity of The Ascension Of The Lord

A Holyday of Obligation. There will be an additional Mass on Thursday at 9.30am. The 6.30pm Mass on Wednesday 25th May will be a Vigil Mass of the Holyday and will fulfil your obligation.


Just two weeks to go until our International Mass on Sunday 5th June

If you’ve not already signed up to be involved with helping to organise the Mass, set up tables and chairs in the hall before Mass, volunteering as singers, readers or supplying food and drink etc. for the reception afterwards or to help in any other way please see Titus Soter, Lesley Perk or Thereza Baker after Mass or sign up on the sheet on the notice board this week as plans and arrangements will need to be made by next weekend. We hope as many members as possible of the parish will be able to be present and look forward to being able to celebrate afterwards with delicious food and good conversation afterwards.


50th Anniversary of St. Simon of England Primary School

We send our warmest congratulations and many blessings to the staff, students, governors, families and all those at our parish primary school on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of its opening. May they continue with their mission to “work, learn, pray and play together to fulfil God’s unique plan for each and every one” and to instil in the minds and hearts of all those who pass through its doors, as they have in those who have gone before, that the love and teachings of Jesus Christ are the foundation of our faith and lives. May God bless our school always.


Your Easter Offering

If you were not able to give in your Easter Offering last weekend (the collection was not taken at the Vigil Mass) please put it in one of the green Easter Offering envelopes that are on the newsletter table and put it in any of the collection boxes or bags during this week or next Sunday. If you were away at Easter, please be sure to give your offering when you return. These offerings are your personal gift to Fr. Hans and are much appreciated.  To conform to Inland Revenue regulations, cheques should be made payable to “St. Simon Stock Catholic Church”. Many thanks.



Help Needed at Our Church

Calling for Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to help with the various tasks that take place to make the parish run smoothly in particular church cleaners. Read more.

Choir Members Needed

We are looking for new members for the choir. If you would like to join, no special aptitude is required just enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. Read more.

Flower Arrangers Needed

We are looking for some more volunteers to join the team of flower arrangers who decorate our church each week. Read more.

Church Events

Sycamore Gift Course For Couples

A new exciting free online course, for engaged and married couples, has been developed in collaboration with the Southwark Marriage and Family Life team and Sycamore, a programme about the Christian faith by Fr Stephen Wang. 

Silver Jubilee of Ordination – Fr. John Boyle

Fr. John, a former Parish Priest here at St. Simon’s, has written to us to let us know of his Silver Jubilee in March and has sent details of his parish’s celebration in May to which he would welcome anyone from the parish who would like to attend. He is now at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Cottage Grove, Oregon. Please see the noticeboard.

International Mass – Pentecost Sunday 5th June

An opportunity to celebrate and thank God for the Catholic faith shared among the many nationalities represented in the parish, followed by sharing food and  in the Hall. Any parishioners from the various nations and groups in the parish who would like to be involved with helping to organise the Mass, volunteering as singers, readers or supplying food and drink etc, please see Titus Soter or Thereza Baker.