The Sunday nearest to July 9th is celebrated as our PATRONAL FEAST DAY when we honour not only our Patron St Thomas More but also the anniversaries of the opening of our Church and its Consecration. The Church was blessed and opened on 9th July 1963 by Bishop Cyril Cowderoy, Bishop of Southwark – who also Ordained me a Priest on the 24th May 1964 – and Consecrated on 10th July 1983 by Bishop Cormac Murphy O’Connor (later Cardinal). St Thomas More was executed on the 6th July 1535
In the Prayer of Dedication we are reminded that in the building “There is reflected the mystery of the Church“ made up of living stones, the people of God. It is our task to grow together as a community and to grow to full stature as followers of Christ
Today is Sea Sunday, when the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea. Today’s second collection is for Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea), the Catholic Church’s official maritime welfare agency. It supports seafarers both practically and spiritually. For an appeal talk from Bishop Paul Mason, and a video showing some of what Stella Maris does, please visit www.stellamaris.org.uk/SeaSunday . This collection is vital to enable Stella Maris to continue its important work. To donate, please visit
www.stellamaris.org.uk/donate or text ‘SEA’ to 70460 to donate £5. Stella Maris is dependent on voluntary donations, so please give generously. Thank you!
The Holy Father is recovering after an operation .We keep him in our prayers along with those unwell who have asked us to pray for them.
- SUNDAY 11TH JULY PATRONAL FEAST 10AM INT for the People of the Parish
- WEDNESDAY 14TH JULY St Camillus of Lellis 10AM
- SUNDAY 18TH JULY 16TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 10AM INT For the People of the Parish
Saints of the Week
- St Henry – German King and Roman Emperor. Worked to establish peace in Europe
- St Camillus of Lellis -Founded an Order to care for the sick (Matthew 25: 40)
- St Bonaventure -Franciscan, Theologian, the Devout Doctor.
Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage 17 – 24 July
Our Diocese normally journeys together as pilgrims to the Holy Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes. Due to Covid-19, this will not be possible this year, so we have arranged a number of events in the UK and in Lourdes instead, which can be followed online Saturday 17 to Saturday 24 July.
We will share a number of different events during our ‘virtual’ week. Some elements of our programme will be livestreamed from the Grotto, and some will be livestreamed from churches within our Diocese. Bishop Richard will celebrate the Opening Mass of Welcome at Arundel Cathedral on 17 July at 11am.
It will be possible for a small number of pilgrims to attend the Closing Mass at Christ the Prince of Peace in Weybridge on the 24 July in person. For details of how to book and a full itinerary please click here.
Words of Saint Thomas More
“And if we unfortunately faint by the wayside (as God knows we seldom do anything else) and like lazy rascals scarcely follow Him a long way behind, let us immediately say to God : 'Take me by the right hand and lead me on the way."