The Solemnity of The Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven – 15th August

A Holyday of the Church which this year falls on a Sunday. In many countries the day is observed as a mid- Summer Holiday. The ‘core’ of the Preface to the Eucharistic Prayer gives us a clear description of why we too celebrate –

“The Virgin Mother of God was assumed into heaven as the beginning and image of your Church’s coming to perfection and a sign of sure hope and comfort to your pilgrim people.”

Why not pay a virtual visit to the grotto by clicking here and praying a decade of the Rosary thinking about the Preface?

Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention For August

In his video message for his prayer intention for August, Pope Francis reminds the faithful that “the vocation of the Church is evangelization,” and even more, “the Church’s identity is evangelization.”

In this month, the Holy Father reflects on the situation of the Church, its vocation and its identity, and calls us to renew it “by discerning God’s will in our daily life,” and “embarking on a transformation guided by the Holy Spirit.” Please follow this link to read the full article.

Mass Schedule

  • Sunday August 15th Mass 10am
  • Tuesday August 17th – Funeral Mass of Deacon Ivor Pelling RIP – 11am
  • Friday August 20th – Funeral Mass of Mrs Jacqueline Lance RIP – 2pm
  • Sunday August 22nd – 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time – 10am

Invited – Monthly Reflection for August

Part of our diocesan mission. You can see a sample here

The Art of Dying Well

A Catholic website with useful information about all aspects of accompanying a dying person ,available Sacraments , bereavement ,prayers and other topics – visit here.

Laudato Si

At last the urgency of Care for our Common Home hits the media. Listen to or read the news about temperatures of 40 plus degrees in Europe (see here for example).

100 Plus

Next Sunday there will be a draw after Mass in our hall. Hopefully a replacement water boiler will be in place (£750 plus VAT!) for coffees and teas.

"Mother of God's living word,
Glorifying Christ Your Lord,
Full of joy, God's people sing,
Grateful for your mothering."

Update Monday 9th August

Funeral Arrangements for Deacon Ivor Pelling RIP

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday 17th August at 11am in St Thomas More’s Church.
There is no limit on attendance. Parking will not be easy – either come on the 5b or find space on neighbouring roads.

Funeral Arrangements for Mrs Jacqueline Lance RIP

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday 20th August at 2pm in St Thomas More’s Church

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Holiday Time


We hope the Summer warmth returns so that we can enjoy these August Days. It is a time to catch up with ourselves, our friends and, at the Lord’s command, to take time for reflection.

Deacon Ivor Pelling RIP

Deacon Ivor Pelling ministered in St Joseph’s Parish before retiring with his wife Joan to Patcham Village. He died peacefully on Thursday at the age of 90. May he rest in peace.

Mrs Jacqueline Lance RIP

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday 20th August at 2pm. In that a large congregation is expected, may I recommend coming on the 5b bus to the stop (The Long Man of Wilmington) due to the limited parking in Braybon Avenue.

Mass Schedule

  • Sunday 8th August 10am Int – for the people of the parish and the faithful departed – Deacon Ivor Pelling, Jacqueline Lance, Sheila Benham
  • Wednesday 11th August 10am – St Clare of Assisi
  • Friday 13th August 7:30pm – St Maximillian Kolbe
  • Sunday 15th August 10am The Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary

Synod 2023

It’s an invitation for us, as Catholics, to ‘walk together’ and every member of the Church has the right to speak, and the obligation to allow those charged with the work of discernment the freedom to do so.For the first time, the Synod Office in Rome has produced a comprehensive process which encompasses the stated aim of the Holy Father that the Church in today’s world should have a vision of missionary communion orientated to evangelisation. Please read the rest of this article by clicking here.

The Art of Dying Well


This site based at St Mary’s University Twickenham has much helpful information. There is a Podcast well worth listening that can be found here.

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, may I breathe forth my soul in peace with you!

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mrs Jacqueline Lance RIP

On the morning of Thursday 29th July she was called home to be with God for the Eternal Life. Known to many children and parents she served as Headteacher of St Bernadette’s Catholic School for many years before retiring. Latterly, through ill health she has been supported by family and friends. As we join her mother, Betty, Michael, her son and Josie, her daughter, in commending her into God’s hands, we give thanks for her years of service in Catholic Education and pray that she will rest in peace.

Fighting Modern Slavery

A sample of the latest Newsletter is available on the diocesan website and a sample may be seen on the noticeboard. A recent three part television documentary has also dealt with some of the issues.

Anniversaries Mass

The Diocesan Mass for couples with special Anniversaries is on Saturday 9th October at 11.30am in St Joseph’s Guildford. See here for further details.

The Word of Life Leaflet

The August leaflet will be available in the courtyard after Mass. It provides a verse of Scripture with a commentary for prayerful reflection during the Month. Ideal for travelling, waiting areas, and when not “busy“.

Mass Schedule

  • Sunday 1st August 10am (18th in Ordinary Time) ~ The people of the parish and those who are unwell
  • Monday 2nd August 10am ~Terrence Sweeney RIP (Foundation Mass)
  • Wednesday 4th August 10am (St John Mary Vianney – The Curé d’Ars)
  • Friday 6th August 7:30pm (The Transfiguration of The Lord) ~ Charles Bernard Hull RIP
  • Sunday 8th August 10am ~ (19th in Ordinary Time) ~ The people of the parish

Redundant iPads and Laptops

These are urgently required for the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group. Please contact josie@gdwg.org.uk

Parish Funding

Thank you for your offerings for the support of the Parish. Some are able to do so by Standing Orders, gift aided, others are placing your donations in the basket on the table within the Church. Thank you for your generosity.

John Chapter 6

O bread of heaven, beneath this veil.

Thou dost my very God conceal

My dearest Jesus hail.

Each loving soul by thee is fed

With thine own self in form of bread

St Alphonsus Ligouri (translated by Edmund Vaughan)

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Step 4 Guidance from the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

This is available to read either here or on the Noticeboard in the Entrance. Local Conditions in Brighton and Hove mean that the restrictions continue in force until the present surge disappears. Face coverings and hand sanitising are to be observed. With help on Saturday, Phase 1 of restoring seating arrangements has been carried out and you can choose to select a seat with a kneeler or to take a chair a metre plus apart in the two wings.

One new permission is that congregational singing – through your face covering – can return in a gentle way. Let’s try the greetings and Preface dialogue first.

If you have any questions please do contact Fr John

World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly 2021

Pope Francis has inaugurated this Celebration commencing Sunday July 25th.

Do visit the CBCEW website – click 9

Pope Francis’ Message –“I am with you always “

“I am with you always”

Dear Grandfathers and Grandmothers,

Dear Elderly Friends, “I am with you always” (Mt 28:20): this is the promise the Lord made to his disciples before he ascended into heaven.They are the words that he repeats to you today, dear grandfathers and grandmothers, dear elderly friends. “I am with you always” are also the words that I, as Bishop of Rome and an elderly person like yourselves, would like to address to you on this first World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly. The whole Church is close to you – to us – and cares about you, loves you and does not want to leave you alone!

You can read the rest of this letter by clicking here.

Cardinal Vincent’s Message (British Sign Language Version)

Prayers for Grandparents and the Elderly

Prayers for Grandparents and the Elderly can be found here.

Pastoral Responses

– If still with you make contact. If not pray for them

BISHOP RICHARD’S VIDEO MESSAGE FOR THE 17TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Mass Schedule

  • Sunday 25th July Mass 10AM – int. for grandparents and the elderly and those suffering with Covid-19 and other conditions
  • Wednesday 28th July int. Olive Rose Hull RIP
  • SUNDAY 1st August 18th Sunday in OrdinaryTime – int. for the people of the parish

Saints of the Week

  • St Joachim & St Anne – Grandparents of Jesus
  • St Martha –with her sister and brother close friends of Jesus
  • St Peter Chrysologus –encouraged continuing learning of the Faith
  • St Ignatius Loyola -founder of the Jesuits. Based his spirituality on the Trinity, Christ and the Eucharist

The Sunday Gospel

For the next five Sundays we leave St Mark’s Gospel and focus on Chapter 6 of St John’s Gospel.

“ I am the bread of life.

You who come to me will never be hungry

You who follow me will never be lonely.

I will raise you up to eternal life “

John 6:35

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Guidance for step four has now been published. It consists of detailed information for everything connected to the practice of Catholics together with a statement from the Catholic Bishops of England – “Sunday – It Is Our Day”.

Bishop Richard has also written “The wearing of face coverings is a protection for others. I urge most strongly that face coverings continue to be worn during the course of celebrations.”

Please do take time to read these communications

Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage 17th – 24th July 2021

Our Diocese normally journeys together as pilgrims to the Holy Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, this will not be possible this year, so we have arranged a number of events in the UK and Lourdes instead, which can be followed online Saturday 17 to Saturday 24 July.

Bishop Richard will celebrate the Opening Mass of Welcome at Arundel Cathedral on 17 July at 11am. For further details and a full itinerary please click on the Virtual Pilgrimage 2021 tab on the diocesan website.

Mass Schedule

  • 18th July Sunday Mass 10am Int. For the people of the Parish
  • 19th July Monday. Year 6 Leavers Mass St Bernadette’s
  • 21st July Wednesday Mass 10am St Mary Magdalene Int. For those who are unwell
  • 25th July Sunday Mass 10am Int . For Grandparents and the People of the Parish

Saints of the Week

  • St Apollinaris –evangelise the Emilia -Romagna area
  • St Lawrence of Brindisi – Capuchin Friar
  • St Mary Magdalene – Witness to the Resurrection
  • St Bridget of Sweden – worked for the return of the papacy from Avignon to Rome
  • St Sharbel Makhluf – of the Maronite Rite, had a stroke while celebrating Mass

Holiday Time

We wish Students and Parents a healthy Summer Break. To all the staff in our Schools a big thank you for all you have done during this academic year. Do unwind and have a rest.

Next Sunday

Pope Francis, now thankfully home after his operation, has asked us to celebrate next Sunday for Grandparents.

Saint Thomas More

“Saints are the teeth of the Church.” – Their bite keeps us alert to our calling

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Our Patronal Feast Day

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

Sea Sunday

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!

Pope Francis

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.

Mass Schedule

  • 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."

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Changes on the way

The first is that the communal response in preparation for Holy Communion is now replaced by the normal procedure. As you approach wearing your face covering, the Celebrant shows the Host and says ‘The Body of Christ’ to which you reply ‘Amen’, you then step to the side and consume the Host.

Mass Schedule

  • Sunday 4th July 10am – int for the people of the parish
  • Wednesday 7th July 10am – int foundation Mass
  • Sunday 11th July – Patronal Feast Day

Saints of the week

  • St Anthony Zaccaria -trained as a Doctor, inspired by St Paul’s writings, Founder of the Barabites, a religious Order
  • St Maria Goretti – a 12 year old, attacked by an 18 year old , stabbed and later died after receiving Viaticum – Holy Communion for a dying person.

The Word of Life

The July leaflet to help with your prayerful reflection on a verse of Scripture will be available this weekend

Cardinal Newman Catholic School

Pupils from Cardinal Newman school are calling on Boris Johnson to tackle the climate crisis and ensure those worst affected are put at the heart of this year’s climate talks. In a stunt outside Brighton Old Pier on 22 June, pupils from Cardinal Newman Catholic School, Hove, held a banner reminding the government that “The ‘Eyes of the World’ are watching” ahead of the UK hosting world leaders the UN climate conference ‘COP26’ in Glasgow this November. Read more by clicking here.

The Open Cloister at Worth Abbey

FINDING STILLNESS: The Open Cloister @ Worth Abbey Tuesday 24th-Thursday 26th August 2021
An experimental hybrid retreat where you are invited to come and stay at Worth or join the retreat online.
For further information or to book your place online go to this web page.
Enquiries: toc@worth.org.uk

New Website for Families

There are fantastic Mass resources for families on the new Colour and Shape website. Please visit by clicking here.

The Art of Dying Well

The Centre for dying well at St Mary’s University is a helpful resource around questions of death, dying and bereavement Find out more by visiting this website.

From St Thomas More’s Treatise on The Holy Eucharist

“Let us not lose this time therefore, suffer not this occasion to slip ,which we can little tell whether ever we shall get it again or never. Let us endeavour ourself to keep him still and like the two disciples of Emmaus – tarry/ stay with us good Lord.”

Written in the Tower of London

The 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St Peter and St Paul are remembered every 29th June. We hear about them as the Founders of the Church through the Gospels , the Acts of the Apostles and the Letters in the New Testament. They both died as Martyrs in Rome and pilgrims there visit their tombs in St Peter’s Basilica and at St Paul’s Basilica Outside the Walls. This week, because of my absence may I suggest, if you are able to attend, the 10am Mass at St Mary’s?

Just to let you know I need a little more treatment before I can be back in action. Thank you for your supportive prayers,

Fr John

Letter from our Bishop

You will read that it is now permitted for the Priest to announce “The Body of Christ “ for each Communicant who responds “Amen”. See noticeboard.

Mass Schedule

  • 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (27th June) 10am – int. for the people of the parish
  • 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (4th July) 10am – int. for the people of the parish

Saints of The Week

  • St Irenaeus –“lover of peace“ theologian who contradicted the Gnostics
  • St Oliver Plunkett -Archbishop of Armagh. Brought to England and executed at Tyburn
  • St Thomas the Apostle – “My Lord and my God“

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies

The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) is beginning again in our Diocese this September. The course is designed for teachers in Catholic schools, for Catechists and for anyone who would like to grow in understanding as they live their Catholic faith. The CCRS offers a very flexible and accessible way of learning, it includes some online content and is made up of eight modules: six core and two specialist modules. Each module involves ten hours of course time and an assignment. For more information or to register your place please contact our formation advisor jon.harman@abdiocese.org.uk

Death By Appointment

The Assisted Suicide debate has been pushed centre stage once more, with Baroness Meacher’s Assisted Dying Bill introduced into the House of Lords. Bishop John Sherrington, Lead Bishop for Life Issues, has already outlined the Catholic Church’s opposition to the Bill – a Bill that could make assisted suicide legal in England and Wales.

On Monday 12 July at 7:30pm, Baroness Ilora Finlay and Robert Preston will look beyond the headlines to help inform your view. From law, to clinical practice, social attitudes, end of life care, public safety and the experience of those jurisdictions, they will carefully explore the evidence in a manner that recognises and respects that others may see the matter differently.

This virtual event will take place via Zoom and is supported by the Bishops’ Conference’s Department of Social Justice. You can register for your free place here.

Deadline for Applications for ‘Settled Status’ for EU citizens

Our Diocese includes individuals and families from across the world. As a diocesan community we greatly value the presence, gifts and contributions of our brothers and sisters, who have to come to live in the UK.

A reminder to EU nationals, who have been resident since before December 31 2020, that the EU settlement scheme deadline is June 30 (next Wednesday). The UK Government requires that ‘a timely application’ is made to ensure people can continue to work, rent accommodation and access healthcare here. Individuals who hold permanent residence or a European Residence card as an EU national or a family member must also register for settled status (or to naturalise as British Citizens). You can find out more on the Government website by clicking here.

Health and Safety Checks

This week a number of checks will be made on Gas and Electricity ,Fire Extinguishers and Risk Assessments. If you have any concerns please contact Fr John.

The Open Cloister at Worth Abbey

FINDING STILLNESS: The Open Cloister @ Worth Abbey Tuesday 24th-Thursday 26th August 2021
An experimental hybrid retreat where you are invited to come and stay at Worth or join the retreat online.
For further information or to book your place online go to: www.worth.co.uk/retreats/online-retreats
Enquiries: toc@worth.org.uk

St Peter and St Paul’s Hymn

One taught mankind its creed, one guards the heavenly gates .

Founders of Rome, they bind the world in unity:

One by the sword achieved, one by the cross his fate ;

With laurelled brows, they hold eternal royalty .

The 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

A Day For Life

The annual day raising awareness about the meaning and value of human life from conception to natural death. More details can be found here.To view resources about the issues and help to cope with them. There will be a zoom event soon to equip ourselves for discussions on another attempt to change the law on Assisted Dying more details of this event can be found here.

There is also a special collection – preferably by card – please follow this link.

Refugees Week

Refugee Week comes to a close this Sunday but there are plenty of activities and initiatives taking place after this date. Refugee Tales is an outreach project of Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group inspired by the experiences of men held in immigration detention at Gatwick, and the work of GDWG in 20 years of visiting. Please visit this link for further details.

Scripture from Scratch – An Online Course

The Bible is a great treasure of the Christian world, and source of revelation of God’s word. While we may have our favourite passages, the language and the images behind those words may be foreign to us. And even if we work through the process of trying to understand a biblical book, we may not really believe that it has something to say to us today. This course introduces some key elements to understanding the Bible and explores some of the traditional preconceptions we have about the Bible itself – more details can be found here.

Saints of the Week

St Aloysius Gonzaga – a Jesuit who nursed in the Jesuit Hospital in Rome during a plague of which he would die

St John Fisher & St Thomas More –English Martyrs canonised in 1935. The builder of our Church Fr Fooks was present in Rome for this event.

St Etheldreda (Audrey ) Abbess of Ely. Died of a tumour in the neck because of wearing necklaces in her youth

St Thomas Garnet – Martyr. Educated at Collyers School in Horsham. Because of them being Catholic his parents were put in Horsham jail

St John the Baptist – celebrating the Birth of John. He prepared the way of the Lord

St Cyril of Alexandra –Presided at the Council of Ephesus and condemned the heresy of Nestorius.

Mass Schedule

  • 12th Sunday in OT (20th June) Mass 10am
  • 13th Sunday in OT (27th June) Mass 10am

There are no weekday Masses this week

Sussex Day – 16th June

Advertised as celebrating the heritage and culture of Sussex – what was not mentioned was the Feast day of St Richard of Chichester. See last week’s news.

Patronal Feast of Saint Thomas More

With the extension of restrictions until 19th July maybe we could aim for Sunday 25th July?

How Does The Garden Grow?

You will notice recent rain and sunshine has caused clumps of grass to flourish along our driveway. It would be very helpful if you could come along equipped with a fork to dig them out and take them away. Thank you!

A Prayer of Saint Thomas More

Give me good Lord, a full faith, a firm hope, and a fervent charity, a love to the good lord incomparable above the love to myself : and that I love nothing to thy displeasure, but everything in an order to thee. (written before his execution whilst a prisoner in the Tower of London)