Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

August is proving to be warm and sunny for taking life at a gentle pace and allowing some catching up time. Relish every day. We only have to look around to see the effects of no rain and to appreciate water.

Mass Schedule

  • Sunday 7th August Mass 10am
  • Wednesday 10th August Mass (St Dominic) 9:30am
  • Friday 12th August Mass (St Clare of Assisi) 9:30am
  • Sunday 14th August Mass (The Assumption of Our Lady – transferred from 15th August) 10am

Useful Websites

Do dip into this section of our website to read ‘Bishop prays for Archie Battersbee’ and some of the issues raised about the case – please click here. You can also visit (virtually) the Grotto of Lourdes by looking at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Margaret Smart RIP

Margaret Smart OBE DSG has died – a parishioner of St Mary’s and one time Chair of Governors of St Bernadette’s School and much involved in Catholic Education at National and Diocesan level. May she rest in peace.


We bid farewell to Marco and family as they move to a new role In Loughborough where they will be at the Physics Department in the Univeersity following their research at Sussex. We thank him for his ministry supporting with the organ our singing in the Liturgy.

100 + Draw Next Sunday

Please note that after the 10am draw next Sunday (14th August) there will be a draw for the 100 + club in the church hall with refreshments – all are most welcome!

You, Creator God, have written
your great name on humankind;
for our growing in your likeness
bring the life of Christ to mind,
that by our response and service
earth its destiny may find.

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bishop Richard is in Lourdes with the diocesan pilgrimage.

How to be part of the pilgrimage

There will be a Podcast each Day from Lourdes and each day you can follow the events taking place. The easiest way is to look at the Pilgrimage Handbook. The website is where you will find all the information you need.

The Relic of St Bernadette

The Relic of St Bernadette will be visiting the Diocese at the end of October and you may wish to register a place at the Cathedral or Worth Abbey. Please click here for further details.

Deacon Ivor Pelling RIP

Tuesday marks the First Anniversary of his death and the Mass will be offered for the repose of his soul

Marriage Anniverseries

Those celebrating special Anniversaries this Year are invited to Arundel Cathedral by Bishop Richard on Saturday 8th October. Please click here for further details.

Mass Schedule

  • Sunday Mass 10am Int, Teresa Parle RIP
  • Tuesday First Anniversary Mass for the repose of the Soul of Deacon Ivor Pelling RIP. 9.30am
  • Wednesday Weekday Mass 9.30am Int. Terence Sweeney RIP -Foundation Mass
  • Friday Dedication of the Basilica of St Mary Major. Mass 9.30am Dennis Tree RIP -Foundation Mass
  • Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Mass 10am

The Lourdes Hymn

For the poor, sick afflicted,
Thy Mercy we crave,
And comfort the dying,
Thou light of the grave.
Ave, ave, ave, Maria!

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Do enjoy the Summer, take care of our world wherever you may be and keep well and safe. Remember we open for Mass as announced and a number of baptisms have been arranged for the weeks ahead. Remember to inform Fr John if you  know of any parishioners who are unwell.

The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

The Pilgrims make their way to Lourdes this Friday for a week. You can join in via the Lourdes section of the Diocesan Website – find out more here.


Friday 29th July is the First Anniversary of the death of Jacqueline Lance, former Headteacher of St Bernadette’s School. The Mass at 9.30am will be offered for the repose of her soul.

Tuesday 2nd August is the First Anniversary of the death of Deacon Ivor Pelling. The Mass at 9.30am will be offered for the repose of his soul.

Mass Schedule

“Lift your hands in praise

Let your spirits soar

Let the heavens declare

Let the mountains sing

Let the oceans roar.”

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Stella Maris is the maritime agency of the Catholic Church, nationally and worldwide. Seafarers and fishers play a vital role in all our lives – when we shop, go the fish ‘n’ chip shop or look out to see as the container ships sail by. There are two ports near to us, at Shoreham and Newhaven to remind us, of course, of the stocks of grain which need to be shipped from Ukraine. We offer our prayers for those who go to work at sea and for their families.

In our second collection we support with our generosity the practical and pastoral care of the chaplains and volunteers.

School Summer Holidays

Our Schools will breakup this week for a well-deserved rest. We thank the Teachers and Staff for their untiring work with the children so they have the best possible experience of School life.

A fond Farewell to Mrs Helen Costello, the voice of St Bernadette’s School for many years, taking calls, welcoming visitors, caring for the children and the staff, making cups of tea and finding the chocolate biscuits and being “there“. On Friday the School Family said “Thank you“, and so say all of us.

New Communicating Members

We welcome the Children from Years 5, 4, and 3 who have received Holy Communion for the First time and can now participate In Mass fully by coming to Holy Communion. Thank you the parents and others who helped in the preparation of their Children and to the parents who prepared the gatherings after Mass and the Liturgy and parking.

Grandparents and The Elderly

July 24th is to be a day for Grandparents and the Elderly as requested by Pope Francis – do read his comments which can be found in full here.

Mass Schedule

  • Sunday 16th in Ordinary Time. Sunday Mass 10am INT. For Seafarers
  • Monday  St Bernadette’s School . School Leavers Mass
  • Wednesday Mass 9.30am JNT, For Adam Stims and Family (Higgins)
  • Friday Mass 9.30am St Mary Magdalene. INT. Magdalene Sanger RIP Foundation Mass
  • Sunday 17th in Ordinary Time Mass 10am

The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

This takes place July 29th – 4th August.

Over 500 will be going as Pilgrims and Helpers. Anyone from our Parish this year ? Some details of A&B will be on the Diocesan Website

The Relics of St Bernadette to visit

Arundel Cathedral Saturday 22nd October – Sunday 23rd October

Worth Abbey         Monday 24th October

Make a note in your Diaries/Calendars. More details can be found here.

The Seafarers’ Hymn

Eternal Father, strong to save

Whose arm doth bind the restless wave

Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep

Its own appointed limits keep

O hear us when we cry to thee

For those in peril on the sea

William Whiting

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

We welcome children and parents who have been preparing over the months for the moment this Sunday when the children will be able from now on to participate fully in the celebration of Mass by receiving Holy Communion. Growing up Catholic is the parent based programme now used to help the children with the guidance of family members to prepare, as St John Henry Newman put it , to be links in a chain, handing on faith to the next generation as they grow to adulthood. It is a blessed opportunity for us all to deepen our understanding of the great gift of the Eucharist.

Synthesis on the National Response to Synodality

 Well worth a read as it moves on to the response of other countries in Europe. The document can be read in full here.

Patronal Feast Sunday

Thank you to John Mason and family and others who arranged the refreshments to celebrate our Feast and reflect on some aspects of St Thomas More especially his advice on preparing to receive Christ in the Eucharist. A carer from Ukraine remarked in the Hall that back home she had read ‘Utopia’.

Sea Sunday 10th July 2022

The second collection will be for Stella Maris. If you are unable to donate at church for whatever reason you can donate online here.

Youth Club

Youth Club for St Mary’s & St Thomas More’s is being revived. On Wednesday there will be a meeting at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Hall for potential Volunteers willing to help.

Mass Schedule

  • Sunday Mass 10am Int. for the Children ,Parents and Parishioners.
  • Wednesday Mass 9.30am Int. For Chloe Stims RIP E.Higgins
  • Thursday Mass at St Bernadette’s
  • Friday Mass in thanksgiving for Marie Ryan, Director of the Catholic Schools Service. Arundel Cathedral 12 Noon
  • Saturday Mass at HMP Lewes 8.30am
  • Saturday Vigil Mass St Mary’s 7pm
  • Sunday Mass at 10am  16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thanksgiving After Holy Communion

O Jesus I believe that I have received you, because you said it would be true, and your word is true.

All that I have and all that I am are your gift and now you have given me yourself.

The Patronal and Consecration Anniversary (w/c 3rd July)

This weekend we celebrate our parish feast day in our worship and gathering

When our newly built Church was opened in July 1963 Fr Edward Fooks PP of St Mary’s requested it be given the Dedication of St Thomas More. Martyr and Lord Chancellor of England . who was executed on Tower Hill in 1535 on July 6th. Annually we are ordered to celebrate on a Sunday Mass near to that date.His exceptional witness to the Catholic Faith as a member of the Lay Faithful and his devotion to the Eucharist inspires us in our belonging and membership of Christ’s Church.

We offer our prayer for those who have gone before us enabling us to worship here in our church. The 12 Consecration stones anointed with Chrism and the Altar consecrated by Bishop Cormac remind us that the physical buildings reflect the spiritual reality of the People of the Parish , Baptised and Confirmed and daily witnessing to our Faith.

Our scripture reminds us that we are living stones making up the Body of Christ

Bishop Richard

We pray for him on the 3rd July as he celebrates his ruby jubilee of his priestly ordination.

Growing Up Catholic

Children from Years 3 & 4 will be at Mass next Sunday to receive Jesus in Holy Communion as they participate for the first time in Mass in the fullest way. Let us all remember our joyful response to the great Gift for our spiritual nourishment and deepening of our relationship with Our Lord.

Ordination to the Priesthood

We rejoice with Deacon Nick Harden and Family as he is Ordained in Arundel Cathedral by Bishop Richard for service in the Diocese.

Pope Francis July Prayer Intention for the Elderly

As the Church gears up to celebrate the 2nd World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly on 24 July, Pope Francis is calling on Catholics to pray throughout the month for the elderly.

His July prayer request comes on the heels of last month’s intention for families, and was accompanied by The Pope Video.

“We cannot speak about family without talking about the importance of the elderly among us,” said the Pope in the video, tying the two prayer intentions together.

He noted that never before in human history have there been so many elderly people, saying “we don’t quite know how to live this new stage of life: there are many plans for assistance for the old age, but few projects for existence.” Read more here

The Synod – The National Synthesis Document

This is now available to read reflecting views from around the Diocese. It runs to 27 pages.

The Relics of Saint Bernadette

These will be visiting our diocese in mid-October.

Cardinal Newman Catholic School – Newman Festival

This is taking place next Saturday 9th July from 12 Noon until 4pm. See poster in church for further details.

Mass Schedule

  • Sunday 3 July 10am Patronal Feast Mass (People of the parish)
  • Wednesday 6 July 9:30am St Maria Goretti
  • Friday 8 July 9:30am Weekday Mass
  • Sunday 10 July 10am 15th in Ordinary Time

A Prayer of St Thomas More

“Give me good Lord, a humble, lowly, quiet, peaceable, patient, charitable, kind, tender mind, with all my words and all my thoughts, to have a taste of Thy Holy, Blessed Spirit.”

The13th Week in Ordinary Time

Patronal Feast

Next Sunday we will be celebrating the Anniversary of the Dedication and Consecration of St Thomas More’s Church and Parish. After Mass you are invited to come into the Hall for a drink and an opportunity to meet up.

Celebrating Mass with Holy Communion for the first time

Sunday 10th July at the 10am Mass

Mass Schedule

  • Sunday 26th June 10am – 13th Sunday Ordinary Time Year C
  • Tuesday 28th June 9.30am St Irenaeus
  • Wednesday 29th June St Peter and St Paul (Holyday) Masses at 10am and 7.30pm
  • Friday 1st July 9.30am Anniversary of the cathedral church
  • Sunday 3rd July Patronal Feast day Mass 10am

Saint Peter and St Paul

Please note this is a holyday when Catholics are expected to attend Mass. The morning Mass will be at 10am and the evening Mass at 7.30pm

World Meeting of Families

This meeting continues this week. For more information click here.

The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS)

A new Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) course starts soon. The qualification is ideally suited to catechists, teachers, readers, extra-ordinary ministers of the Eucharist, governors, parents and grandparents, in fact, anyone and everyone interested in sharing or discovering more about their faith. The next intake will begin studying this Autumn. For more information, please contact our Formation Adviser, Jon Harman;

Life and Death Issues

Following the day for life here are two items of concern: Update from the Bishops’ Conference – please click here. Assisted Suicide – actions of pressure groups. Please click here for further details.

Contactless Giving

The Pad is now set up to receive donations for Second Collections. This week is when throughout the Universal Church there is the Peters Pence collection. For further information on 30th June at 12 noon there is a Zoom Instruction from Dona about its use. Please click here.

For by your providence the blessed Apostles ,Peter and Paul ,bring us joy,
Peter foremost in confessing the faith
Paul, its outstanding preacher.

From the Preface

The Solemnity Of The Most Holy Body and Blood Of Christ

Corpus et Sanguinis Christi -The Body and Blood of Christ – celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday or on the following Sunday is a time to prolong our worship of Christ in the Eucharistic Sacrifice. For us it is when the Paschal Mystery is celebrated – the Passion, Death and Resurrection at every Mass. Adoring Christ present is when we recall that this comes from the Sacrifice and leads to Sacramental Communion. Our prayer before the Tabernacle where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved, our genuflection or bow, together when there is exposition or a Procession, our reverence, all demonstrate our faith in the Presence of Christ glorified.

In our ever deepening of our understanding of the great gift we are reminded of the dynamic of the Eucharist “that it may become..”, that we may become one body one spirit in Christ “. There is so much to discover and be enriched by as we participate in the action.

Mass Schedule

  • Sunday Mass 10am – The Body and Blood of Christ
  • Tuesday Mass 9.30am – St Alban (Protomartyr of England)
  • Wednesday Mass 9.30am – St John Fisher and St Thomas More
  • Friday Mass 9.30am – The Sacred Heart of Jesus
  • Sunday Mass 10am – 13th Sunday Ordinary Time

Growing Up Catholic

Years 3 and 4 are meeting next Sunday

St Bernadette’s Catholic School – Summer Festival

This will take place from 10.30am to 2.30pm.

Class performance, BBQ, cakes, tombola, Ice creams ,toys, Bar & lots more. Everyone welcome. Entrance from Cornwall Gardens.

Day For Life – Sunday 19th June

This year’s Day for Life will be celebrated on Sunday 19 June, the focus this year is on on valuing the elderly with the theme ‘Caring for the Older Person’. The annual Day for Life is dedicated to raising awareness of the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition. The Church teaches that life is to be nurtured from conception to natural death. In his Catechesis on Old Age, Pope Francis writes:

“The alliance between generations, which restores all ages of life to the human, is our lost gift and we have to get it back. It must be found, in this throwaway culture and in the culture of productivity… The arrogance of the time on the clock must be converted into the beauty of the rhythms of life.”

Pope Francis

More can be found here.

Hymns for Corpus et Sanguinis Christi

O salutaris Hostia

Tantum ergo

Pange lingua

Lauda Jerusalem

Panis Angelicus

Ave verum corpus natum

Adoro te devote

Lourdes and The Blessed Sacrament

Join The Blessed Sacrament each day from Lourdes at 4pm. Please click here.

O Sacrum Convivium

O Sacred banquet in which Christ is received.

The memory of the passion is recalled

And we have the pledge of eternal life.

Trinity Sunday

“At various times in the past and in various different ways, God spoke to our ancestors” (Hebrews 1:1) Remember that our prayer in worship is always expressed in a trinitarian way e.g. the sign of the cross, the ending of prayers, the doxologies, the formula of baptism and the sacraments. Worship is the dialogue of God with man through Christ in the Holy Spirit.

Annual Mission Appeal

Every Year one of the Missionary Congregations takes it in turn to make an Appeal for the Missions. In A&B this Year it is one of the Sisters’ Congregations called the Daughters of Divine Love founded in Nigeria. We have in prayer the victims of the shootings last Sunday in one of the Churches in Nigeria. Their aim is to serve the less privileged and vulnerable children. There will be a basket for a collection and a section for contactless giving.

Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

Thank you to John Mason and his team who put on a drinks reception in our hall to toast Her Majesty.

Growing up Catholic

Years 3 & 4 meet this Sunday and next as their full participation in Sunday Mass comes closer. Keep them in your prayers.

100 +

Thank you for the Cheque from the 100+ club which goes to the repair of the Hall Roof. New members are welcomed with an annual subscription of £30.

St Bernadette’s Summer Festival

Saturday 25th June. Hopefully more details next week

Mass Schedule

  • Trinity Sunday Mass 10am
  • Monday St Anthony of Padua Mass 9:30am
  • Thursday Mass for Year 7 (CNCS)
  • Friday Mass 9:30am
  • Sunday The Body and Blood of Christ Mass 10am

Corpus Christi in Arundel

Mass at the Cathedral Thursday 16th June 5:30pm followed by procession to the castle. The carpet of flowers will be on show Wednesday and Thursday .

Through Him, and with Him, and in Him,
O God, almighty Father,
In the unity of the Holy Spirit,
All glory and honour is yours,
For every and ever.

The doxology at the end of every Eucharistic Prayer

Pentecost Sunday

Eastertide concludes with the celebration of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the apostles, the Church’s foundation, and the beginning of the mission to all nations. We invite the Holy Spirit to come anew into our souls to be present with the gifts of wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and reverence. And with fruits of joy, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Come, Holy Spirit and enliven our faith!

The Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth is a time of rejoicing and giving thanks for her reign distinguished by her service. God save the Queen! We will recognise this in our Mass and the celebration afterwards as we raise a glass to honour her.

Growing Up Catholic

The group for Years 3 and 4 will meet next Sunday as we deepen our understanding of Holy Mass and our part in celebrating it.

Saint Bernadette’s Summer Festival

This takes place on Saturday 25th June. Do come along!

Mass Schedule

  • Pentecost Sunday Mass 10am In thanksgiving for HM The Queen
  • Tuesday Mass 9.30am (Fred Marchant RIP – foundation Mass)
  • Wednesday Mass 9.30am
  • Thursday Arundel Cathedral Mass for priests and jubilarians
  • Friday Mass 9.30am
  • Saturday Mass HMP Lewes 8.30am
  • Sunday Mass Holy Trinity 10am

Annual Mission Appeal

This will take place next Sunday by the missionary sisters, The Daughters of Divine Love.

Contactless Giving

Enter the amount you are giving and tap your card. You can also use gift aid by following the instructions on the screen.

The Word of Life and Mission Today (June)

Copies of these publications are available for you take home and read.


Spirit hovering o'er the waters
When the world from chaos begun
Living Sprit recreate us
Come, restore our hearts with life!
Veni, veni, Sancte Spiritus