We are at the midpoint of our Lenten journey to Easter and there is the spring like feeling of rejoicing with those approaching Baptism and our renewal of commitment. The Gospel picks up the light of seeing things in a fresh light. The Old Testament portrays David with whom the promise of a Messiah originates.
Bishop Richard is leading a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land and will be giving us his Video Podcast next week.
Love the Stranger
The Bishops of England and Wales have published a Document about asylum seekers and refugees. Please click here. This is exemplified in the case of a pupil of Cardinal Newman Catholic School whose family are threated with return to the Sudan. A Petition has been organised and signatures are being sought – please follow this link.
Young people gathered for a National Gathering . Read the Pope’s Message here.
Young Helpers for Lourdes
Please encourage your sons and daughters to sign up.
Sunday Mass 10am
Monday The Solemnity of St Joseph Mass 9.30am
Wednesday Lent Weekday Mass 9.30am
Friday Lent Weekday Mass 9.30am
5th Sunday of Lent Mass 10aam
We thank our Mothers for their love and sacrifices and pray for God’s Blessing on them.
Ten Years of Pope Francis
As the Holy Father celebrates ten years of his papacy a look at ten defining moments is available here.
Saviour you came to give Those who in darkness live Healing and sight Health to the sick in mind Sight to the inward blind Now to all humankind Let there be light.
This Sunday marks the First Scrutiny – a short series of prayers for those preparing for Baptism with the Gospel passage -the Samaritan woman at the well and the image of Water. It marks a step in the journey to Easter. That like the woman of Samaria we may review our lives before Christ ,acknowledging our sins and being freed from what deters us from following Christ. In the days of this Third week the Apostles Creed is presented to the Catechumens and with the help of their sponsors and fellow parishioners they are supported in their believing. We must pray that that we may welcome new members in the future.
Third Sunday of Lent Sunday Mass 10am
Weekday Masses at St Mary’s
Fourth Sunday in Lent, Mid Lent. Sunday Mass 10am (For those that died during the week – Patrick Duncliffe and Sean Smith)
The Word Who Is Life
Bishop Richard met with the clergy to explore the Pastoral Document and how the Church in Brighton and Hove might develop through participation and collaboration. He is to meet with parishioners from parishes on Friday 21st April at 7.30pm
“Divine Renovation” – a name give to a process for parish renewal will be presented at St John the Baptist ‘s Church Bristol Road on Saturday 18th March. See the noticeboard to book in.
Be Prepared To Vote
An act of thoughtfulness to help those who may not have photographic identification. See noticeboard for details .
Helen Costello is now the Parish Representative for Safeguarding for Adults and Children including DBS clearance. Her contact details will be on a new poster on the Noticeboard.
These may be returned and there is a box marked Lenten Alms for the Refugee Fund.
…will be resumed after Monday with the kind assistance of chauffeurs
Lenten Services of Reconciliation
A list of places in the Deanery where there will be a number of Priest Confessors will be available next week end .We will be combining with St Mary’s on Friday 31st March – 3 priests
O let all who thirst Let them come to the water And let all who have nothing Let them come to the Lord
The mountain experience of the three close associates of Jesus echoes Moses on Mount Sinai and is understood not only as a moment of identification but also as a reassurance that what is to come is part of the Father’s plan. It is a moment of manifestation or revelation similar to the Baptism by John at the Jordan. It is a reminder to us to be involved in the Journey of Lent.
Pope Francis’ Message for Lent
Pope Francis’ Message for Lent highlights personal and ecclesial ‘transfiguration’ as the goal of the ascetical journey of Lent, and similarly of the synodal process. The Message, signed on the Solemnity of the Conversion of St Paul, is called ‘Lenten Penance and the Synodal Journey.’
The Pope has taken inspiration from the Gospel account of the Transfiguration; “Lenten penance,” he writes, “is a commitment, sustained by grace, to overcome our lack of faith and our resistance to following Jesus on the way of the cross”. This requires effort, sacrifice, and concentration, which are also requirements for the Synodal Journey. Pope Francis continues “our Lenten journey is synodal since we make it together along the same path, as disciples of the one Master. Both in the liturgical journey and in the journey of the Synod, the Church does nothing other than enter ever more deeply and fully into the mystery of Christ the Saviour.”
Second Sunday of Lent Sunday Mass 10am
Wednesday Lent Weekday Mass 9.30am
Friday Lent Weekday Mass 9,30am
Third Sunday of Lent Sunday Mass 10am
The Diocese is celebrating 150 Years of our Cathedral Church. There is a poster with details of the events during the year.
For the return of the Lourdes Fund envelopes. CAFOD envelopes may be returned this week.
St Bernadette’s Relic Tour
The minimum age for marriage in Civil & Canon Law is now 18 years. For voting at the next Council Election on May 4th you will need to produce photographic identity eg. Passport, Driving Licence or some other means.
Thursday Lent Day of Recollection for clergy Worth Abbey.
Friday Bishop Richard meets the clergy of the Brighton and Hove Deanery to explore The Word Who Is Life -the pastoral plan
Growing Up Catholic
The group meets next Sunday after Mass
Walk With Me
A journey of prayer through Lent 2023. Price £1.
The Word of Life
The March leaflet (free) is now available for prayerful reflection during the month.
Shining on the face of Jesus And O how his beauty transforms us The wonder of Presence abiding
We take this journey to Easter – 6 weeks to “Repent and follow the Gospel” identifying ourselves as followers of Jesus. It commenced with our being marked on Ash Wednesday and is to be a time of awakening to his presence in our minds and hearts. There is a trio of ways to guide us – prayer, self-denial and generosity. We begin with the ways we are tested hearing of the Garden of Eden and how a relationship with the Creator God was damaged and then of the ways Jesus was tempted as he spent time in the wilderness. He stands firm in the light of the tests by responding with words from the Scripture. He stands firm by prayer and fasting. It is up to us to make the time beneficial in strengthening our bond with Christ by using the spiritual exercises and becoming alive and alight.
Walk With Me – a journey of prayer for Lent. A helpful booklet for use each day based on Scripture. Price £1
Daily readings from John’s gospel. Please click here.
Friday is suggested as a Day to Fast i.e. to limit what you take and make a donation for the work of CAFOD.
Traditional Lenten Almsgiving may be put in the wall box in the Entrance – “without attracting attention”
First Sunday of Lent Sunday Mass 10am
Wednesday Mass 9.30am Feast of St David
Friday Lent Weekday Mass 9,30am
Second Sunday of Lent Mass 10am
An opportunity to give some time for Church Cleaning on Saturday March 4th from 10.30am
Would you care to become a Reader? Simple training available on use of microphone and the lectionary.
The St Bernadette Relic Tour Team release a fantastic new legacy film to commemorate 2022’s hugely successful visit
Thank you for your donations to the Lourdes Fund. See the Posters in the Entrance.
St David Patron of Wales
His last words – Be joyful and keep your faith and your creed. Do the little things that you have seen me do and heard about. I will walk the path our fathers have trod before us
Guide me O thou great redeemer Pilgrim through this barren land I am weak but thou art mighty Hold me with thy powerful hand Bread of heaven Bread of heaven Feed me till I want no more! Feed me till I want no more!
The times they are a changing! A new season dawns! A time to take a fresh look at the journey to Easter. Some effort is needed to throw off the stereotype of Lent which becomes an excuse to ignore it. The negativity of gloom and doom can descend at a time of waking up. As Bishop Richard put it – the days are lengthening, new growth appears and there is Spring happening. In his message he speaks of the three pillars – prayer – keeping in touch, you are what you eat, diet and time for generosity, reaching out to others “walking with them” and unselfishness. It begins with the dust of the past on Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday. Mass with Blessing and imposition of Ashes 9.30am Evening Mass with imposition of Ashes 7.30pm
Sunday Mass 10am
Ash Wednesday Mass at 9.30 & 7.30pm
Thursday Funeral Mass for Anal Bahim RIP 9.30am
Friday Funeral Mass for Mary Liz King RIP 1pm
Saturday HMP Lewes Mass 8.30am
First Sunday of Lent mass 10am
Lent – Walk With Me
A short reading & prayer for each day of Lent. Price £1.
During this week we are asked to pray for peace in Ukraine.
The loss of life, destruction and the plight of survivors has preoccupied the news these last few days and the response by way of practical help and generosity has been heart-warming. We have been praying for those who have suffered. Pope Francis has led the way along with many other leaders.
You will have heard the Appeals on TV and responses can be made to the Disasters Committee or CAFOD. Please click to make your donation to DEC or CAFOD.
Sunday Mass 10am Intention for Mary Hayhurst & Deacon Jim McEwan RIP
Wednesday Mass 9.30am Intention for Christopher Hall
Friday Mass 9.30am Intention for the Holy Souls
7th Sunday Mass 10am
World Day For The Sick
February 11th when we pray for those who are unwell, those who care for them and all the Medical Staff. Pope Francis’ Message may be read here.
The Diocesan Pilgrimage To Lourdes
Details are now on the Noticeboards in the Entrance. Because of the Earthquake Appeal the collection for the Lourdes Fund will be postponed for a few weeks.
A happy half term to all!
Deanery Clergy Conference
Tuesday at St John the Baptist new Community Hub.
Old Palm Crosses
If you have palm crosses/branches from previous years please bring them along next Sunday so they can be burnt for Ash Wednesday.
Repairing The UK Energy Area
The first stage – to repair the grating over the transformers, damage by students jumping on them has been completed – with reroofing to follow.
For poor, sick, afflicted Thy mercy we crave And comfort the dying Thou light of the grave
This Sunday is described as RACIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY with the theme “All are included in the mission of Christ and His Church. Let us walk together and work together “.It is help us reflect on the role each of us must play in promoting the mission of Christ and His Church. There are resources to discover here.
You will find 3 video reflections, discussion points and power point presentations for Primary and Secondary Schools. The latter can be used at any time of the Year in RE assemblies and classes. We will pray the Prayer for Justice at Mass.
Sunday Mass 10am Int. For the people of the Parish
Wednesday St Cuthman of Steyning Mass 9.30am Int .John Joyce RIP
Friday St Scholastica ( sister of St Benedict ) Mass 9.30am Int. Peter Sanger RIP (foundation Mass)
Saturday World Day for the Sick )
Sunday Mass 10am Int. For the repose of the Souls of Mary Hayhurst and Deacon Jim McEwan RIP
Pope Francis and His Pastoral Visits to D.R. Congo and South Sudan
You can find information about these visits via useful websites (The Holy See and on YouTube
Diocesan Pilgrimage To Lourdes
You will find on the noticeboard material about the Pilgrimage and a call for Helpers. Next Sunday the Annual Appeal for the Lourdes Fund will be taken.
The Word of Life Leaflet
The February Leaflet is now available in the Entrance. The purpose is to give us some reflections to stimulate our prayer during the Month.
UK Energy who have two active electricity transformers in the area which is in the front of our property will be maintaining the area this week. It is used as a playground by local students
We are being plagued by irresponsible actions relating to our buildings For example, last Monday there were 14 students ‘rampaging’ between 3.30 and 4pm in the front. 4 had climbed onto the roof and one was walking around and throwing pebbles off the roof .Their rubbish, cans bottles cigarette butts etc had to be cleared up. Parishioners walking their dogs would be welcome to come along around that time!
We have a dream that one day we shall see a world of justice truth and equity where children of the slaves and of the free will share the banquet of community.
Pope Francis makes a visit first to the Democratic Republic of Congo and then to South Sudan in the company of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland. Please keep them and the People of those countries in prayer
This will be observed next Sunday. Do visit Useful Websites CBCEW
For putting the crib away and church cleaning.
Matthew 5 gives us the first account of Jesus preaching his mission. In the “Sermon on the mount”. It is as Jesus is like Moses giving the way of Love. We are not prepared for the list of those who are Congratulated/Blessed/declared/happy as the different translations describe. Try reading them to discover the wisdom in these contrasts and ask yourself whom you would “congratulate”.
The Canticle of Simeon
At last all-powerful Master You give leave to your servant to go in peace According to your promise For my eyes have seen your salvation Which you have prepared for all nations The light to enlighten the Gentiles And give glory to Israel your people
This Sunday is called the Word of God Sunday reminding us of the purpose of reading the scriptures from the Bible. It is in our participation in the Mass that in the first part we listen to God speaking to us through words, stories and in instructions. A reminder of the pattern –
From the Old Testament
The Psalm – one of the 150 in the Book of Psalms
From the New Testament – an instructional Reading
The Gospel of St Matthew
A reminder to all who read at Mass that we are called to minister the Word for the People to help them be nourished by what they hear. To discover more go to Useful Websites – click CBCEW see What’s on and find God who speaks. As Bishop Richard describes in his video Podcast, reflecting on the Scriptures is a powerful way to pray – a way described as Lectio Divina -reading, reflecting and responding..,
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
This week has the theme “Do good. Seek Justice” – a strong motive to pray and work for unity. The Week ends on Wednesday on the feast of the Conversion of St Paul.
Holocaust Memorial Day
Friday 27th January marks the Memorial Day as we recall the deaths of so may. Remember to offer up your self-denial by prayer or actions.
Sunday Mass 10am Int for the people of the Parish and the Readers
Wednesday The Conversion of St Paul Int for Alister Mass 9.30am
Friday St Thomas Aquinas Int for Joan Hatton RIP Mass 9.30am
Sunday 4th Sunday Mass 10am .Racial Justice Sunday
Booking for the Diocesan Pilgrimage is now open 28thJuly- 3rd August. Click here for further details.
Diocesan Justice & Peace Assembly
This is next Saturday. Please see poster in the church entrance
Growing Up Catholic
Session 4 next Sunday
Fr Rod Jones OSB is celebrating Mass this Sunday. He is the Catholic Chaplain to Sussex University and serves the Students in their Practice.Fr John had a Cataract Op on Thursday and is enjoying a temporary blue haze on everything
O the word of my Lord Deep within my being O the word of my Lord You have filled my mind
In England the Bishops ask us to celebrate this Sunday as a Day to reflect on Peace with the background of Pope Francis’ Message, the Catholic Pax Christi organisation and a retiring Collection to support their work.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Wednesday 18th – Wednesday 25th January. The theme is BE-LONGING – PRAYING FOR UNITY AMIDST INJUSTICE. It is fitting that Fr John is meeting the new Vicar of All Saints, Rev Jon Harley on the 18th. Remember to be friends with our Christian neighbours.
Pope Benedict‘s Memorial Card
Please take a copy of the card and use the prayers for the repose of his Soul. Remember too Pope Francis in his continuing ministry.
SUNDAY MASS ON PEACE SUNDAY 10AM
TUESDAY 11.30AM MASS IN CARDINAL NEWMAN SCHOOL CHAPEL FOR YEAR 11
WEDNESDAY MASS FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 9.30AM
THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME MASS 10AM
The Crib Collection
Thank you for your kind donations for the Catholic Children’s Crisis Fund. The amount collected is £93.90
Red Boxes for Missio
For the Missions. If you have a Red Box which needs emptying please kindly bring it in next Sunday. There are not quite so many coppers around now…
Thank you for joining our simple social meet up and for the organisers. Here is a list of the winners in the 100+ Draw. No. 25 Frances Austin 26 John Hayhurst 42 Sarah Kilmartin 33 Norman Bowman 34 Mary Elliott. New subscribers always welcome
Lamb of God
Very familiar words. How often do we use this title of Jesus in our Liturgy ? Agnus Dei. A reference to the slaughter of the lambs at the time of Passover and a parallel to Jesus slain on the Cross for our Salvation.
Liz King RIP
Please pray for the repose of her soul.
All God’s people pray together Peace to the world God is love God is kindness He will guide us through the darkness We rejoice, sing hallelujah Peace to the world
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