Recent Activities

Father Matthew Gerin – a remarkable French Priest

Fr Gerin Headstone Blessing 13th February, 2017 Littlehampton Cemetery

Recently, Patricia Knight, author of The Bear Lane Years of St Polycarp’s School, found the unmarked plot in Littlehampton cemetery. The parish has purchased the plot and erected a memorial stone recognising our debt to this extraordinary man, his work and precious legacy. A graveside service of blessing and thanksgiving took place on 13th February 2017. For a full story about Father Gerin click here.

Walkers Christmas Lunch

On the 14th December 14 of the parish walking group went to a Christmas Lunch at Bills in Castle St. Farnham. It was, as one would expect, a very social occasion and was enjoyed by all.

Christmas Bazaar

The Christmas Bazaar held at the end of November was a great success raising around £3500. A BIG, BIG THANK YOU to parishioners for their great generosity, supporting the Bazaar in so many ways. At times a bit of a squeeze but great fun. Many parishioners sighted, exiting with cakes, bottles, toys and various prizes including amazing Grand Raffle prizes...and a big smile. St Joan's Cafe and Irish coffee ....more big smiles. The day, all smiles and now a happy memory.

Family Day


The Family Day was held on the 19th June and, as ever, was a very happy occasion, enjoyed by all. Thanks go to Michael McDonnell and his wonderful team.

Confirmation 2016

There were 27 young people confirmed in our parish. Bishop Moth came for the confirmation mass on the 17th June and the certificates were given out on the the 19th June (Family Day). The photos show the newly confirmed young people with their certificates.

Canon Anthony Whale

Provost Anthony Whale or Father Tony, as we all knew him, passed away on June 1, 2016. His coffin was brought into Arundel Cathedral at 11am on June the 8th in the company of Bishop Moth and the canons of the Cathedral. The funeral was at midday with many of the priests of the diocese attending and also Cardinal Bishop Comac (when he was appointed bishop to the diocese the first person he ordained was Fr. Tony). The mass included an interesting eulogy by Fr. Tony's brother - who speaks and looks very like Fr. Tony.

St Joan's memories of a wonderful priest

Fr Tony Whale came to be parish priest of St Joan of Arc parish in Farnham in September 2001. He stayed here till 2009. In that time Fr Tony endeared himself to all the parishioners and to many beyond the parish.

One of the major projects undertaken by Fr Tony was the determined build of the St Joan’s Centre. A magnificent building for use by both the parish and the community. Of course, Fr Tony’s greatest achievements were not in a building, superb though it is, but rather his real achievements were in the love he had for his parishioners. They loved him in return.

Fr Tony said ‘I am the servant of God and of the parish’. This describes his time here in Farnham where he was immensely happy. He celebrated Mass every weekday and four times on a Sunday. He visited the parishioners consistently and regularly, always leaving his card if he missed you. He supported the fundraising in the parish and reinstated a youth group in the parish. He was present at all the spiritual and social events in the parishioner’s lives.

Fr Tony’s kindness and care and helpfulness to everyone was well documented in the moving and loving Book of Remembrance our parishioners wrote in. God bless you Fr Tony.

Click here for Arundel Cathedrals invitation to Fr Tony's funeral and a brief history.

First Holy Communion

On Saturday the 14th May, 67 children took their First Holy Communion at St. Joan's. There were two special masses celebrated by Fr. Nevin Richardson so that the church could accommodate half the children at a time with their parents, grandparents, etc. It was a very special and happy occasion. On the Sunday a "Going Forth" breakfast was held for the children after the normal 9.15am mass.

Many thanks go to the 18 Catechists and helpers, under the direction of Fr Niven, who guided the children through this year’s programme.


Walkers in Farnham Park, led by Tony Burke on 22nd November 2016.

Parish Social Walks

There are social walks almost every month. These are gentle walks though our lovely Surrey and Hampshire countryside with time to chat and look at the scenery. They vary between about 3 ½ and 6 ½ miles. Typically after a shared ride from St. Joan's car park the cars are left at a pub from where the walk is started. The walk finishes at the pub .

here you can enjoy an optional meal before returning. You will need stout shoes or walking boots and there is a chance of having to walk in muddy conditions.

Details are posted, at the appropriate time, in the church porch, and the weekly bulletin and on the "Parish Diary" page of this site. The walks are organised by Sheila Thorp.

Parish Lunches

The Sunday Luncheon Club was formed in January 1995 to bring together members of our community who live alone whether they are students or senior citizens. The lunches are held on 7 Sundays of the year at 12.15 pm in St Joan's Hall. Dates for the lunches are announced on the Parish Diary page of this site and in the weekly newsletter.

If you live alone and would enjoy good company and good home cooking, then come along and bring a friend.

The committee are always looking for more volunteers to help with the organising, washing up, cooking and offering transport. Please e-mail Tony Calway if you would be willing to help.

Badminton Club

Meets on Tuesday evening in the school hall, please e-mail Carol Tutte.

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