The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ The Universal King

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the Universal King

Our journey with Jesus through the Gospel of St Mark moves to its end and next Sunday we commence the Season of Advent and the Sunday Gospel Readings from the Gospel of St Luke Year C

Honouring Sunday

The Bishops of England and Wales have addressed us about the importance of Sunday, the Lord’s Day.

During the pandemic, public worship was suspended for a time and there have been restrictions on parish life. As a result, people have been exploring other ways to practice their faith including Spiritual Communion via live streaming.

As people begin returning to more regular patterns of parish life and following the first face to face meeting of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales in Leeds, the bishops have issued the following statement about the importance of honouring Sunday…

Please click here for the full text of the statement.

Youth Sunday 2021

Pope Francis addresses Young People with the theme “ Stand up. I appoint you as witnesses of what you have seen“ Acts 26. 16. Resources can be found on the website of our diocese. Celebrating the role and significance of young people in the life and mission of the Church . In prayer we pray for them their teachers, parents and all who work in youth ministry.

The Sacrament of Confirmation 2022

Year 9 Students are invited to join in preparation for the next stage of their Faith journey by indicating their readiness to take this next step.

The Synod

 Material has become available and can be found on the Arundel and Brighton website. You are invited to a Meeting in the Hall on Wednesday 8th December at 7.30pm for a Session on the First Theme of Participation. See the display in the Entrance.


The November reflection is now available. Please click here.

Mass Schedule

Hail Redeemer King Divine

Priest and Lamb the throne is thine

King, whose reign shall never cease

Prince of everlasting peace

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Remembrance Sunday

COP 26

This has drawn to a close. Now comes the time to put promises into action. It will take further effort to understand the intentions of the nations. Further reading can be found as follows: Schools and colleges – here. We are to be stewards of creation – here. Reducing our carbon footprint – here. Have a look at the small print for the estimated annual carbon consumption.

The Fifth World Day of the Poor

Pope Francis has sent a message to all of us in which he quotes “The poor you will have with you always “ Mark 14:7 and says Jesus not only sides with the poor; he also shares their lot. And refers to Fr Damian of Molokai as an example. It is a summons not to miss the opportunity to do good.” It is important to understand how they feel, what they are experiencing and what their hearts desire.

The Synod Process

We are promised the questions for consultation in about 10 days time.To inform yourselves read the information for the Diocese and the content from the Bishops of England and Wales.

The Second Collection

The Second Collection is the annual one for the Retired Priests of the Diocese who have served in the Parishes of A&B. You may find it easier to make your donation via this method suggested in the ebulletin.

Preparing for the Sacraments

Growing up Catholic Years 3 and 4 to sign up. Forms available on request.

Mass Schedule

  • Sunday Mass 10am For the Dead of the Wars and the people of the Parish
  • Wednesday Mass 10am St Hugh of Lincoln Int Deceased members of Hilda Searle’s family
  • Friday Mass 10am The Dedication of the Basilicas of St Peter and St Paul
  • Sunday Mass 10am Christ the King & National Youth Sunday

National Youth Sunday

This is next Sunday. More information can be found here.

St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School

Open Morning for prospective parents seeking a Catholic Education for their children. Wednesday 17th November 01273 553813

Remembrance Sunday

The nation stops, as it did on Thursday Armistice Day, for a 2 minute Silence to remember those who have died in armed conflicts and in doing so we pledge ourselves to work for peace.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord!
And let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

COP 26

Schools and Colleges

Responsible Stewards of Creation

Pope Francis to COP 26 leaders

Call to maintain Commitment to keep the global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees

Pope Francis Thought for the Day Reflection

Cemetery Sunday

In all the Cemeteries of B & H a Priest will be available to bless Graves from 2.30pm

For the Deceased

Bishop Richard is Celebrating a Mass in each Deanery of the Diocese. Monday 8th November a Mass for those who have died in the Deanery this Year will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Hove at 7pm .All invited

Fighting Modern Slavery

The Newsletter is now online here. Remember this is our self-denial project of 2021.

Videos available

Video recordings of different diocesan meetings are now available to be viewed online by clicking the following links

Finance, Gift Aid, and Health & Safety

Mass Schedule

  • Sunday Mass 10am
  • Monday 7pm Sacred Heart Deanery Station Mass
  • Tuesday 11am St John the Baptist November Mass for Deceased Clergy
  • Wednesday STM Mass 10am National Propers of St Hilda of Whitby ,St Hugh of Lincoln
  • Friday Funeral Mass for Fr Ken McCarthy RIP St John’s Tadworth Surrey 12 Noon
  • Sunday Mass 10am  33rd  Sunday in Ordinary Time

Annual Second Collection for Retired Priests

Pope Francis’s Prayer intention for those who suffer Depression

This can be viewed here.

Growing Up Catholic

Year 5 Look out for Meeting date

Years 4 & 3  sign up forms available

Take my hands
And make them as your own
And use them for your kingdom
Here on earth.

May the souls of the Faithful Departed
Through the mercy of God
Rest in peace


Thursday Mass 11am

Please note that because of illness, Mary Berry’s relatives will be unable to attend this Mass.

Friday Mass – new time!

Please note that because of a nearby firework display Mass will now be at 10am (Not 7:30pm as originally planned)

All Saints’ Day


Between 31st October and the 12th November the United Climate Change Conference will take place in Glasgow . Right on cue torrential flooding has caused damage to roads, railways and bridges en route to Scotland.

There is much to read and digest as the Conference begins.

Even BBC’s Thought for the Day on Radio 4 had Pope Francis presenting. Read the text here.

More details can be found here.

And Cardinal Vincent writes to the Prime Minister on behalf of the Catholic Community

CAFOD has produced a prayer for the conference

All Saints

This Sunday the Holyday of All Saints will be celebrated at our Sunday 10am Mass (Holydays occurring on a Monday or Saturday are transferred in the UK to the nearest Sunday ) we remember the Women and Men who have been loyal and faithful followers of Jesus Christ.

Commemoration of the Faithful Departed

All Souls Day Tuesday 2nd November – an opportunity to remember in Prayer those “we have loved and lost awhile” Masses will be celebrated at 10am and & 7.30pm.

Envelopes for Mass Intentions are in the Entrance

Cemetery Sunday

Next Sunday 7th November Priests from the Deanery will be at the Cemeteries in Brighton and Hove to bless the graves of the Faithful Departed from 2.30pm.

Deanery Station Mass

This Mass will take place with Bishop Richard at the Sacred Heart Norton Road Hove on Monday 8th November at 7pm for the repose of the souls of those who have died in the last year.

Growing Up Catholic

The Preparation for the Sacraments of The Eucharist and Reconciliation will commence. Stage 1 is to complete the Preparation begun with Year 5s, We were up to Session 4 of Reconciliation. Stage 2 will be to meet with Parents of Year 4 and 3 to present the requirements of the Programme.

Having been celebrating a number of Baptisms recently there is a reminder to the parents of the responsibility they take on “In Confirmation they will receive the fullness of God’s Spirit, in Holy Communion they will share in the banquet of Christ’s sacrifice calling God their Father” From the Rite of Baptism “You will be the best of teachers”

Mass Count

DateAdultsChildren 1-16
19th Sep5512
26th Sep6112
3rd Oct367
10th Oct442

 Parish Insurance 2021 – 2022

  £ 2,046.82

Memorial Mass for Mary Berry RIP

Mary was a Parishioner for many years in STM .You will remember her arriving just a little late and taking a seat in the front row. A number of years ago she moved to Dean Wood in Woodingdean. It now appears she died sometime in June. Her niece who lives in France has arranged a Memorial Mass for Thursday 4th November at 11am in our Church .This will be preceded by the Burial of her Ashes with those of her husband John at the Downs. There will be just a few friends from London so it would be a kindness if you could come along for the Mass.

Mass Schedule

  • All Saints Sunday Mass 10am
  • Tuesday All Souls Masses at 10am and 7.30pm
  • Thursday Memorial Mass for Mary Berry RIP 11am
  • Friday St Charles Borromeo Mass 7.30pm
  • Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Mass 10am

“Welcome all ye noble saints of old

     As now before your very eyes unfold

     The wonders all so long ago foretold”

God And Man At Table Are Sat Down

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

World Mission Sunday

Every Catholic Community in every country sends a message of faith, hope and love on World Mission Sunday. We support with our prayers missionaries and hospitals, schools, and vocations in countries where the Church is new, young or poor. MISSIO is the Pope’s charity for world mission and is vital for the growth of the Church. In his Message for this Sunday Pope Francis uses a quote from the Acts of the Apostles “We cannot but speak of what we have heard and seen.” For further information, please click here.

All Saints’ Day

This holyday is transferred from Monday 1st November to next Sunday (31st October)

Readers’ Rota

A new list is on the Noticeboard

Please do not add “The responsorial Psalm . The response is…” Read the Response and lead the congregation with the response between each verse.

British Summer Time

Please note that BST ends at 02:00 next Sunday. The clocks go BACK by one hour.

Primary and Secondary School Admissions

The deadline to apply to start junior and primary school in September 2022 is 15 January 2022. To apply for a place at Cardinal Newman Catholic School, there are two forms you need to complete and they both need to be complete by 31st October 2021

COP 26

Lots of information being published or broadcast in the run up to 31st October


 Five films exploring the themes of the first session of the Diocesan mission are now available to watch here.

Zoom Meetings Next Saturday

Zoom meetings covering gift aid, safeguarding, health and safety, and finance will all be held next Saturday morning.

" He sent me to give the good news to the poor,

Tell blind people that they can see

Go tell everyone the news

That the kingdom of God has come "

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Synodal Journey

Last Sunday Pope Francis inaugurated the SYNOD 2023 and this Sunday Bishop Richard will do the same for all the Parishes and Schools in his Diocese. In time for Advent there will be an opportunity to participate in the process with questions for your views and discussion. You can read more here. In an opening address he focussed on the themes

  • COMMUNION a way of expressing the meaning of the church.
  • MISSION to proclaim the Kingdom of Christ and God
  • PARTICIPATION which means we belong and we listen.

We are promised many different ways to be involved. No one is to be excluded. Fr John

Preparing for the sacraments

There is some catching up to do -Year 5s to complete the Programme – booklet 4 on Reconciliation was the last session. Take the opportunity to revise the booklets on the Eucharist. Year 4 and 3 will need to sign up so that we can have an Enrolment at Sunday Mass

Mission Sunday

This takes place next Sunday with the collection for MISSIO. Envelopes and information available this Sunday.

Contactless Giving

Information about a virtual session will be available for those who can attend on behalf of the Parish.

Deanery Mass for the Dead

This will take place at the Sacred Heart church in Hove on Monday 8th November at 7pm

Cemetery Sunday

Priests and Deacons will be at each of the Cemeteries and Crematoria on Sunday 7th November for the blessings of graves and prayer

The Assisted Dying Bill

This Bill which would enable a terminally ill patient to commit suicide will be discussed this Friday. We are all invited to pray for the intercession of St John Paul II in opposition to this proposed legislation each day – perhaps a decade of the Rosary.

COP 26

COP 26 draws ever closer – the media are full of it – even the Queen is quoted! More can be found here.

Last Sunday’s Mass Attendance

Adults 44 Children 2

Mass Schedule


Memorial Liturgy for Mrs Lance RIP

St Mary’s, Preston Park at 4:30pm on Wednesday 20th October

Other Events

  • Wednesday 20th October Induction of Fr Tony Milner as Parish Priest of St Theresa’s Southwick and St George’s   
  • Friday 22nd October Safeguarding Training for Clergy.

The Five Mysteries (Events) of Light

  • The Baptism of the Lord
  • The Wedding Feast at Cana
  • The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
  • The Transfiguration
  • The Institution of the Eucharist

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prisoners’ Sunday

PACT is the national Catholic prison charity.

It is an opportunity to direct  our thoughts and prayers to those affected by imprisonment and consider how we support them. In our Diocese there are 2 prisons in Lewes and Ford and another 4 in Surrey. Since March 2019 Prisoners have been in their cells 23 hours and subject to strict isolation on different landings. It meant the Mass could not be celebrated and instead in turn priest had to provide Comments on the Sunday Gospel for distribution among the Catholic Prisoners. Thankfully, a fortnight ago, the regime has been slightly relaxed enabling Priests once again to take turns in Celebrating Mass with a still limited number present. The Chaplaincy teams consists of lay volunteers and employed Chaplains. Prison Chaplaincy is one expression of Catholic Social Action. We are invited to donate to a collection to support the work of PACT especially with Families. There are over 78000 Women and Men in prison, some victims of domestic abuse or violence themselves. There are opportunities for volunteering. To find out more have a look at the information leaflet.

October – The Month of The Holy Rosary

A reminder of the sets of Mysteries/ Events in the life of Jesus as we reflect on as we pray with Mary.

  • Sunday – Glorious
  • Monday.-Joyful
  • Tuesday – Sorrowful
  • Wednesday – Glorious
  • Thursday – Mysteries of Light
  • Friday – Sorrowful
  • Saturday -Joyful

In Memory of Mrs Jacqui Lance

On Wednesday 20th October there will be a Community Memorial Liturgy in St Mary’s Catholic Church for present and past pupils and parents at 4.30pm . RSVP essential to or call 01273 553813

Mass Schedule

  • Sunday 10th October Mass 10am
  • Wednesday St Edward the Confessor Mass 10am
  • Friday St Teresa of Avila Mass 7.30pm
  • Sunday 17th October Mass 10am

Deanery Meeting

The first live meeting for a while. Tuesday – The Sacred Heart Room

Pontifical Mass for St Philip Howard at Arundel Cathedral, Sunday 17 October at 3pm

People across our community are invited to Arundel Cathedral for the Pontifical Mass for St Philip Howard, followed by tea in the Cathedral Centre. To register your place please Email:

Contactless Giving

Please read this article from the Diocesan Newsletter.

Praise to the Holiest in the height

and in the depth be praise

In all his words most wonderful

most sure in all his ways

St John Henry Newman

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Season of Creation

This season officially ends on Monday – the Feast Of St Francis of Assisi  – and the subject will be before us in the run-up to COP 26.

In Caring for our Common Home remember the 3 key challenges –

REDUCE – REUSE – RECYCLE (plus Rewild!)

Please visit this link for further details

Clergy Retreat

The Clergy Retreat was led by Sr Mary Atkins and was a prayerful time with sung Office and Mass with plenty of Silence.

Booster Vaccination

I have now had 2 offers -Churchill Square on Wednesday or the Race Course.

Cardinal Newman School – 50th Anniversary

50th Anniversary of the Cardinal Newman Catholic School Friday at 1.30pm – close to the date of the first Feast Day of St John Henry Newman.

CAFOD Fast Day

This Fast Say is for the Climate Crisis Appeal. Please give to help those who are protecting God’s Creation. You may return your envelope next Sunday or make your gift online here.

Mass Schedule

  • Sunday 3rd October – Mass 10am
  • Monday 4th Mass 7.30pm – St Francis of Assisi
  • Wednesday 6th Mass 10am – St Bruno Int Chantelle Witchalls RIP (Mother of Fr Bruno )
  • Friday 8th Mass 7.30pm – St John Henry Newman
  • Sunday 10th October – Mass 10am

Lead Kindly Light

Lead kindly light
Amid the encircling gloom
Lead thou me on:
The night is dark
And I am far from home
Lead thou me on.
Keep thou my feet
I do not ask to see
The distant scene
One step enough for me