26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

This Sunday is the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. It is nothing new in that it has been observed each year since 1914 .Nothing changes. In fact as we hear on BBC South East almost daily the number of people landing on the Kent Coast as for example on Thursday 21 boats crossed the Channel with nearly a thousand seeking asylum in the UK.We will pray for those displaced.

Pope Francis has sent a message to accompany the day.

King Charles III has sent a message to the Catholic Community expressing his gratitude for the Prayers and Condolences on the death of the late Queen Elizabeth and also for the members of the Royal Family over the past weeks

Forthcoming events

  • Marriage Anniversaries Mass,
  • Blessing of Animals
  • Visit of Relic of St Bernadette – Arundel & Worth Abbey. Detailed Program on Notice board
  • Clergy Conference and Meet Up this week

Mass Schedule

  • Sunday Mass 10am – 26th Sunday
  • Tuesday Mass 9.30am. St Vincent de Paul -Deceased members of the Martin Family
  • Friday Mass 9.30am- St Jerome – Giorgina Bertocini
  • Saturday HMP Lewes
  • Sunday Mass 10am

The National Anthem verse 2

Thy choicest gifts in store

On him be pleased to share

Long may he reign

May he defend our laws

And ever gives us cause

To sing with heart and voice

God save the King

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

To assist in our prayer at this time there is a leaflet for everyone with prayers including Psalm 121 and the Nunc Dimittis.It has been noticeable how many people have made a sign of the Cross at the Lying in State.   During the hours of coverage it does help to have moments of reflection along with memories. Remember to observe the one minutes of silence on Sunday at 8pm and on Monday the two minutes of silence at the end of the Funeral Service in Westminster Abbey at 11:55 am.

Eternal rest grant unto her and let perpetual light shine on her. May she rest in peace.

Messages of Condolence. Please kindly add your own. There are plenty of pages.

What is Evangelli Gaudium Sunday?

Formerly known as Home Mission Sunday it takes its title now from the words of Pope Francis when he wrote about the Joy of the Gospel and how we share it with others. Some of the names of the way we do it such as evangelisation and catechesis describe our mission in our parishes and also in the Synod Process. You may find viewing a video will help you understand this better (click here). To help in the work there is the opportunity for a second Collection

Visit of the Relics of St Bernadette to the Diocese

To register a visit at Arundel Cathedral or Worth Abbey please click here.

Mass Schedule

  • Sunday 18th September Mass 10am
  • Wednesday 21st September Mass 9.30am St Matthew , Apostle & Evangelist
  • Friday 23rd September Mass 9.30am Our Lady of Walsingham
  • Sunday 25th September (26th in Ordinary Time) Mass 10am

Mass Intentions

 When you wish to have a Mass offered for your intentions, for family members, those who are unwell, deceased members or nay other needs, there are some envelopes in the Entrance for the details.

Our Lady of Walsingham

This feast will be celebrated will be celebrated on Friday. This is an ancient devotion to Mary associated with the House at Nazareth where Jesus grew up in the family. The location is in north Norfolk .You can visit the website of the National Catholic Shrine by clicking here.

The seed is Christ, the harvest his

May we be stored within God’s barn

The sea is Christ’s, the fish are his

May we be caught within God’s net

From birth to age, from age to death

Enfold us Christ within your arms

Until the end, the great rebirth

Christ be our joy in paradise

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Go forth Christian soul, from this world. Go forth faithful Christian” the prayer of commendation as we pray for the repose of the soul of Queen Elizabeth II, we give thanks for her life, her faith, and her service. There is sadness in parting and an inevitable remembering of our own bereavements. “Let us console one another with words of faith”, says St Paul.

As the accession ceremony revealed we now have a new King and hold him and the Queen Consort in prayer for the momentous responsibilities they now carry. Whenever we sing the National Anthem make it a prayer from the heart.

“God save the King!” 

To read the response of the English and Welsh bishops to the death of Queen Elizabeth II please click here.

Education Sunday

With the children back at schools, this Sunday is an opportunity at our Masses to give them recognition as we bless them, the staff, and parents. Praying for our schools is an important part of the Church’s mission in education. Please click here to read a message from the Catholic Education Service.

Wednesday 14th September

The bishops of Europe have asked us to observe Wednesday as a day of prayer for Ukraine. Mass will be celebrated here at Saint Thomas More’s at 9:30 am

Mass Schedule

Sunday 11th Mass Education Sunday 10am

Wednesday 14th The Feast of The Exaltation of The Cross Mass 9:30am

Friday 16th Our Lady of Sorrows 9:30am

Sunday 18th Home Mission Sunday 10am

Relics of Saint Bernadette

The tour of these relics has begun. For further information and to register please click here.

When I survey the wondrous cross

On which the Prince of Glory died

My richest gain I count but loss

And pour contempt on all my pride

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time


The Season of Creation runs to the Feast of St Francis of Assisi from this Sunday. Read about it here.


You will have seen the Appeal on the News and witnessed the devastation.The Disasters Emergency Committee of which CAFOD is a member is organising the Appeal for you generosity. The easiest way is to respond with your cards. or There will also be a basket in Church.

Education Sunday

Next Sunday we are invited to celebrate our Catholic Schools at Mass Parents are invited to do this at the 10am Mass remembering the connection of Home, Parish and School.


Your Formation Day on Wednesday 14th September comes closer. See the noticeboard for details.

Diocesan Events

A list of these is on the noticeboard for your interest

Marriage Anniversaries

If you have a special Anniversary you are invited to join with Bishop Richard on Saturday 8th October at Arundel Cathedral 11.30am. Do book in.

Mass Schedule

  • Sunday Mass 10am
  • Monday Funeral Mass for Chris Hyttner 11.30am
  • Wednesday. The Birthday of Mary Mass 9.30am
  • Friday. St Peter Claver Mass 9.30am
  • Saturday HMP Lewes Mass 8.30am
  • Education Sunday Mass
Mother of God’s living Word

Glorifying Christ your Lord

full of joy, God’s people sing

Grateful for you mothering!

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

The word “ORDINARY” confuses people because of its normal meaning in English describing what us usual , unexceptional or regular. In Latin – Ordinarius – it means order or regular or what follows . The Liturgical Year is the structure within which we celebrate the events in the life and mission of Christ – the Nativity to Pentecost and, “as we wait in joyful hope for the Lord’s coming“. In the setting of our reading this year from St Luke’s Gospel we are reading from Chapter 14 which is part of the Journey to Jerusalem with two Parables – do not give yourselves airs. What do these Parables mean for us ?

Mass Schedule

  • Sunday 28 August Mass 10am
  • Wednesday 31 August Mass 9.30am St Aidan & the Saints of Lindisfarne. Int Mary Costello RIP Foundation Mass
  • Friday 2 September Mass 9.30am. St Gregory the Great. Int. Ena Cripps RIP Foundation Mass
  • Sunday 4 September Mass 23rd Sunday
  • Monday 11.30am Funeral Mass of Chris Hyttner RIP

Schools Return

Commencing on Friday the process of School Returns begins for Reception Children and Year 7s. Wishing the teachers and children a happy new term!

St Bernadette’s Relics

A Trailer to introduce the Visit is now available to bring the purpose home for us.

St Gregory the Great

Described as the Apostle of the English. First a monk and then elected Pope. Having been impressed by some Anglo Saxon Slave on sale in a market in Rome he desired to go as a missionary to bring the Gospel to England. He achieved this by sending Augustine and fellow monks , advising them and sending reinforcements to Kent. The biography of Gregory was written by the Venerable Bede. All this History comes to life when you visit Canterbury.

Not to be missed

On Wednesday there is a Performance at the BBC Prom of The Dream Of Gerontius. This is the Poem of St John Henry Newman set by Edward Elgar. It will be broadcast at 7,30pm on Radio3. It is a very moving Choral work exploring a person preparing to meet God . Praise to the Holiest!

“Will you come and follow me

If I but call your name

Will you go where you don’t know

And never be the same?

Will you let my love be shown

Will you let my name be known

Will you let my love be grown

In you and you in me “

21st Sunday In Ordinary Time

Front doors are very much part of our homes. They are opened to visitors, deliveries, and other callers. It is at the doors of the church that new members are welcomed for baptism, we remind ourselves that we are baptised and the deceased are greeted. The new security door bells are a hit so that callers can be vetted. It is amazing how many doors have their own ways of needing to be opened in special ways and the door bells that need new batteries to work. Recently in his Gospel St Luke has mentioned doors and this week is no exception.

Mass Schedule

  • Sunday 21st Mass 10am Int. For the people of the parish
  • Tuesday 23rd Mass 9.30am The Queenship of Mary
  • Wednesday 24th Funeral Mass for Margaret Smart, St Mary’s Church 11am
  • Friday 26th Mass 9.30am Blessed Dominic of The Mother of God
  • Sunday 28th Mass 10am 22nd Ordinary Time

The Body of Christ

Now that face coverings are not mandatory we are reminded that as the Host is presented to us we respond with an “AMEN” – a recognition and acknowledgment of who it is we are welcoming.

The 100+ Draw

The draw and gathering took place last Sunday. Here are the winners 33 Norman Bowman 10 Cora Kiernan 21 Pauline Mason 40 Wendy & Julian Taylor. Thank you to John Mason and helpers. New subscribers welcome £30 per year.

Blessed Dominic Barberi

A Passionist Priest who was called the Shepherd of the Second Spring when Newman became a Catholic. The latter hesitating because he was unable to discern the mark of holiness , discovered it in Dominic who received him . Now that John Henry Newman has been canonised as a Saint we pray that Dominic may follow.

Exploring Useful Websites

This week why not view the Website of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Bishops of England and Wales CBCEW. You will read there of the forthcoming visit of the Relic of St Bernadette to our country.

St John Henry Newman’s Hymn

Firmly I believe and truly
God is three and God is one
And next I acknowledge duly
Manhood taken by the Son

Simply to His grace and wholly
Light and life and strength belong
And I love supremely, solely,
Him the Holy, Him the strong.

The Assumption of Our Blessed Lady

You may have witnessed the beautiful rose coloured moon this last week. In the poetic and symbolic readings of today’s Solemnity we have the use of Scripture to describe Mary in her heavenly life of glory. Holiday makers abroad may discover how this feast is celebrated with with joy and time off. It gives us an opportunity to recognise as the Preface puts it: ”…a sign of sure hope and comfort to your pilgrim people “. Why not pray today the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary?

Mass Schedule

  • Sunday Mass 10am The Assumption of Our Lady – Int. – the people of the parish
  • Wednesday 17th 9.30am Weekday Mass
  • Friday 19th 9.30am Weekday Mass
  • Sunday 21st 10am 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Christine Hyttner RIP

Please pray for the soul of Christine and for her bereaved parents, her husband and three daughters.

Word of Life

Copies of the August edition are available in the church entrance

The Magnificat

My soul glorifies the Lord!
My Spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
He looks on His servant in her lowliness,
Henceforth all ages will call me blessed!

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.”