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Easter Sunday 2022

The Easter Proclamation spreads around the world – Christ is risen! A time of joy for believers and new hope. We have experienced the season of Lent of reflecting & examining that we be prepared for the momentous events as Jesus fulfils His destiny. As the concluding moments of his ministry have been relived in Holy Week, the significance of his sacrifice and gifts for us has been revealed . With the joy of Easter with us, now is the time to realise how we are called to live out our being baptised.
May the Risen Lord fill you with joy and hope. Alleluia!

The Mass Schedule

  • Easter Sunday Mass 10am int. For the people of the parish
  • Easter Monday Mass 10am int. For Fr Anthony Hale CP & Fr Jude McHugo CJ RIP
  • Easter Tuesday Mass 10am
  • Easter Wednesday Mass 10am
  • Easter Thursday requiem Mass for Nazareno Amicucci RIP 12.30pm
  • Easter Friday Memorial Mass for Mary Berry RIP 11.30am
  • Second Sunday of Easter Mass 10am int. For the people of the parish

Invited

The next part of the diocesan mission. Please read here for more details.

Bishop Richard’s Triduum Podcasts

The podcasts can all be found below

Growing Up Catholic

The Year 5 group meet next Sunday (24th April)

Holy Week

DURING HOLY WEEK WE FOLLOW CHRIST FROM HIS TRIUMPHANT ENTRANCE INTO JERSUSALEM TO THE FOOT OF THE CROSS AS SORROWFUL BYSTANDERS TO THE PASSION ,BEFORE ROLLING BACK THE STONE OF THE EMPTY TOMB AND THE JOY OF THE RESURRECTION

 

THIS IS OUR SPECIAL WEEK WHEN WE REFLECT ON THE MEANING OF THE EVENTS OF OUR SALVATION AND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE CROSS WE SEE OR WEAR .

1 PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION 10AM. We gather in the Hall for the blessing and distribution of Palms and the Procession reminding us of the entrance of Jesus into the City of Jerusalem. As Mass commences the focus moves to the Passion of St Luke

2 MASSES OF HOLY WEEK. MONDAY & TUESDAY 10AM AND ON WEDNESDAY – KNOWN AS SPY ( BETRAYAL ) WEDNESDAY – MASS AT 10AM

3 THE CHRISM MASS . In Arundel Cathedral at 6pm on Wednesday, the Bishop with the Priests of the Diocese , assemble for the Blessing of the Holy Oils to be used in the administration of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Order of Priesthood and the Anointing of the Sick.

You will be able to watch the Celebration on the Arundel Cathedral Website /

THE TRIDUUM OR THREE DAYS.

HOLY (MAUNDY) THURSDAY.

7.30PM MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER WITH THE WASHING OF FEET WITH WATCHING AT THE ALTAR OF REPOSE ( RECALLING JESUS WITH THE APOSTLES IN THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE ) CLOSING 10PM

Good Friday

10AM WAY OF THE CROSS With Meditations by St John Henry Newman

3PM THE LITURGY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD

This is a Day of Fasting &Abstinence . There is a Retiring Collection at both Liturgies for the Holy Places

HOLY SATURDAY

7.30PM THE EASTER VIGIL & THE MASS OF THE RESURRECTION

EASTER SUNDAY

EASTER SUNDAY MASS 10AM

5th Sunday of Lent

The season of Lent is now well advanced and we are heading towards its culmination in Holy week. This Sunday at 3pm in St Mary’s church we will be celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation with the opportunity for an Individual Confession. There will be three priests available “hearing confessions” Lent is one of the two seasons when it is recommended for this Celebration. The Scripture of the last three Sundays has been a guide with the call to repentance, the Parable of the Prodigal Son and the example of the Gospel of this Sunday.

The Mass Schedule

  • Sunday 10am
  • Wednesday Lent weekday Mass 10am
  • Friday Lent weekday Mass 10am
  • Palm Sunday of The Passion 10am

Holy Week

  • PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION Gather in the Hall for the Blessing of the Palms ,the Procession and mass 10am
  • THE CHRISM MASS WITH BLESSING OF THE HOLY OILS 6PM ARUNDEL CATHEDRAL
  • HOLY THURSDAY /MAUNDY THIRSDAY THE MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER .THE WASHING OF FEET (The Mandatum ) Watching at the Altar of Repose until 10am
  • GOOD FRIDAY 10AM THE WAY OF THE CROSS . 3PM LITURGY OF THE LORD’S PASSION
  • HOLY SATURDAY 7.30PM THE EASTER VIGIL AND MASS OF THE RESURRECTION
  • EASTER DAY MASS AT 10AM

Invited

The second Session of the Diocesan Mission commences after Easter. Please click here for further details

Do you speak Ukrainian?

Please contact Fr John.

Diocesan Pilgrimage

Please read more about the pilgrimage to Lourdes here.

Parish finances

Thank you to you for supporting the Parish Finances .Peter Cropp will have envelopes ,Gift Aid forms and Standing Order forms.

Contactless giving

It will soon be easy to make your Offering with your Cards as we are used to doing on the buses and shopping.

Ecumenical Walking Pilgrimage

This will be taking place over the May Bank Holiday Weekend -Arundel to Guildford. More details here.

Passiontide

O Cross of Christ, immortal tree
On which our Saviour died.
The world is sheltered by your arms
That bore the Crucified.

4th Sunday of Lent

Praying for peace in Ukraine

At the foot of the cross – a new podcast

Please follow this link

Finding God in everyday life

A new resource produce by The Society of Jesus. You can discover more here

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Growing Up Catholic

Sunday 3rd April – Year 5 group

The Bartimaeus Project

The videos of the four sessions are now available on the website.

Fundraising for Ukraine and Refugees

Thank you for your donations via CAFOD or DEC. The children of St Bernadette’s school are being sponsored for their walk for Ukraine – 1454 miles to Kiev. Well done to all involved!

Lenten Devotions – this Sunday (27th March) at 4pm.

The Act of Consecration Prayer, Reflections on the 7 Sorrows of Mary – the “Via Matris”, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction

Lenten Service of Reconciliation next Sunday 3rd April at 3pm at St Mary’s Preston Park

We gather to prepare and then celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation. Remember how: we make the sign of the cross, bless me, Father, having examined our consciences we then confess our difficulties in following the Christian life (our sins) then we receive a penance signifying our intention to lead a new way. We express our sorrow in an act of contrition and then receive the absolution. There will be three priests available Fr Rafal, Fr Carl Davies and Fr John

Mass Schedule

4TH SUNDAY IN LENT SUNDAY MASS 10AM INTENTION – FOR OUR MOTHERS

WEDNESDAY. LENT WEEKDAY MASS 10AM . Mass Intention -For Gordon Parsons RIP (Frances)

FRIDAY. LENT MASS 7,30PM

Saturday. Mass at HMP Lewes

5th Sunday in Lent Sunday Mass 10amService of Reconciliation 3pm in St Mary’s

Friday 1st April – Sacrament of Reconciliation at Cardinal Newman Catholic School

From 8:40am onwards

A wake up call

God calling yet; shall I not hear?

Earth’s pleasures shall I not hold dear?

Shall life’s swift passing years all fly

And still my soul in slumber lie?



God calling yet; I cannot stay,

My heart I yield without delay,

Vain world, farewell !from you I part,

The voice of God has reached my heart.

3rd Sunday of Lent

Information about offering a home for Ukrainians

Please follow this link

Fluent Speakers of Ukrainian

Fluent speakers are asked to follow this link also.

Pope Francis to consecrate Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

On Friday 25 March, the Feast of the Annunciation, Pope Francis will consecrate Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, calling on the intercession of Our Blessed Mother for peace. This will be an important day for us all, Bishop Richard will celebrate a Holy Hour for Peace at Arundel Cathedral at 6pm, with parishes across our Diocese invited to join the Holy Father though prayers for peace and Holy Hours within their own respective churches. There will be a specific prayer for peace in Ukraine during the Solemn Intercessions at the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord on Good Friday and parishes are encouraged to facilitate times for prayer on Good Friday evening.

Churches in England call for an end to war in Ukraine

Presidents of Churches Together in England (CTE) have appealed for ‘the immediate cessation of hostilities, the withdrawal of invading forces and the observance of the Geneva Conventions.

Please read more here.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

For more information please follow this link.

The Bartimaeus Project

The videos for these sessions are now available (please click here)

Mass Schedule

  • The Third Sunday of Lent    Sunday Mass 10am
  • Wednesday Lent weekday Mass 10am
  • Friday The Annunciation of the Lord Mass 10am
  • The Fourth Sunday of Lent Sunday Mass 10am

Lent Devotions This Sunday

These devotions will take place this Sunday (20th March) at 4pm. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will take place afterwards.

A timely reminder

Please note that the clocks go forward one hour next Sunday (27th March) – don’t be late!

2nd Sunday of Lent

Prayer for Ukraine

Holy hour for Ukraine Sunday 4pm – 5pm

Fundraising for Ukraine

Thank you for your generous response to the CAFOD/DEC appeal.

Please read the following from the diocese.

Synod Webinar Feedback

If you were not able to watch this on Wednesday night please find this copy. We will try to have an evening in the hall to watch this and continue the process.

The Rite of Election in Arundel Cathedral

Last Saturday those Adults who are preparing for the Sacrament of Baptism and Reception into full communion with the Church were welcomed by the Bishop as they complete their journey in preparation for the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday.

Growing Up Catholic

The Year 5 Group celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturday. We are all reminded that Lent is a time for ourselves to celebrate this Sacrament. Reminder of steps-
Examination of Conscience.
The Sign of the Cross
Confession
The giving of a Penance
An act of Sorrow/Contrition
The Absolution

The Group meets again next Sunday 20th March

The Years 3 & 4 meet this Sunday 13th March and then on the 27th March

The Bartimaeus Project

Session 3 The Word of God -What is the Bible and how did we get it?

Please visit the following link.

Tuesday 7.30pm. Adult Formation in practiceThe videos will be available shortly.

Mass Schedule

  • SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT -SUNDAY MASS 10AM
  • HOLY HOUR 4 -5 PM
  • WEDNESDAY LENT MASS 10AM INT EDWARD GABAY RIP
  • THURSDAY ST PATRICK MASS 10AM
  • FRIDAY ST JOSEPH MASS 10AM
  • (Saturday HMP Lewes Mass 8.30am )
  • THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT – SUNDAY MASS 10AM

The Word of Life

March leaflet available

Take Your Family To Church This Lent

We behold the splendour of God
Shining on the face of Jesus
We behold the splendour of God
shining on the face of the Son

Hymn 711

1st Sunday of Lent

Bishop Richard’s Pastoral Letter

This can also be read here.

Holy Hour of Prayer

Bishop Richard has asked all Parishes to hold an Holy Hour on Sunday. Do make the Lenten effort to come along on Sunday 4 – 5 pm.

Appeal For Relief In Ukraine

The most effective way is by card – please click here.

The Bishop’s Synod Webinar

This takes place at 7:30pm on Wednesday. For those who might otherwise find it difficult to join a room at Newman College has been set aside to broadcast this event. If you would like to attend please see Fr John. If you would like to join from the comfort of your own home – please click here.

Growing Up Catholic

Year 5 group – Saturday 12th – at 11am the sacrament of reconciliation will be celebrated. Please pray for the children and their parents that this sacrament may always be a time to experience God’s love and forgiveness.

Mass Schedule

  • First Sunday of Lent – Mass 10am
  • Wednesday Lenten Mass – 10am
  • Friday Lenten Mass – 10am
  • Second Sunday of lent Mass – 10am

Diocesan Job Opportunity

Please find below the revised link for the post of Primary Adviser for Religious Education & Catholic Ethos to join the Diocesan Education Service. Please click here.

"Forty days and Forty nights

Thou was fasting in the wild

Forty days and forty nights

Tempted still, yet unbeguiled"

Message from Pope Francis

My heart aches greatly at the worsening situation in Ukraine. Despite the diplomatic efforts of the last few weeks, increasingly alarming scenarios are opening up. Like me, many people all over the world are feeling anguish and concern. Once again the peace of all is threatened by partisan interests. I would like to appeal to those with political responsibility to examine their consciences seriously before God, who is the God of peace and not of war; who is the Father of all, not just of some, who wants us to be brothers and not enemies. I pray that all the parties involved refrain from any action that would cause even more suffering to the people, destabilising coexistence between nations and bringing international law into disrepute.

And now I would like to appeal to everyone, believers and non-believers alike. Jesus taught us that the diabolical senselessness of violence is answered with God’s weapons, with prayer and fasting. I invite everyone to make next 2 March, Ash Wednesday, a Day of Fasting for Peace. I encourage believers in a special way to dedicate themselves intensely to prayer and fasting on that day. May the Queen of Peace preserve the world from the madness of war.

Eighth Sunday In Ordinary Time

 The invasion of the Ukraine has been to the forefront of minds this week. This has been reflected in our Masses in time of war and conflict and the media reporting the events. There have been the calls for prayer from the Pope , the Cardinal, the Bishop and too the Eastern Rite Ukrainian Eparch. Please click here for further details. We  hold in our prayers our Brothers and Sisters in that troubled region.

The Season of Lent

This season which prepares us for the Passion ,Death and Resurrection of Our Lord over 6 weeks .These days are called from history as the Forty Days. They give us the opportunity to arm ourselves with spiritual “ weapons “ – self control , self denial , good consciences and a lively faith.

They begin on Wednesday -Ash Wednesday -when as a sign of beginning to follow Jesus closely and to seek forgiveness of our sinfulness and lack of honesty we have the Ashes marked on our forehead. This is done at the Masses – 10am and 7:30pm

It is also one of the 2 Days of Fasting in the year, Pope Francis has invited us to observe our Fasting for Peace – more information here and here.

In St Bernadette’s there will be a Liturgy with the Ashes at 2pm

Growing Up Catholic

This Sunday Year 5 on the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Next Sunday 6th March Years 3 & 4 Reviewing Session 2 and commencing Session 3. We offer ourselves and all that we have.

For Information

Synod Webinar with Bishop Richard as he reflects on the consultations from around the Diocese – next Wednesday Evening. If you might have difficulty accessing this webinar please let Father John know.

The Bartimaeus Project Tuesday 1st March “speak Lord your servant is listening “ -God’s Revelation join via zoom. For details see website  www.bartimaeus-project.org. Look at the Poster in the Entrance.

Mass Schedule

  • 8TH Sunday in Ordinary Time
  • Sunday Mass 10am Int. for the people of the Parish and Peace
  • Tuesday 1st March St David , Patron of Wales
  • Mass 10am Shrove Tuesday
  • ASH WEDNESDAY
  • MASS WITH IMPOSITION OF ASHES
  • 10AM AND 7.30PM
  • DAY OF FASTING AND ABSTINENCE
  • Friday after Ash Wednesday
  • Mass 10am
  • THE FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT.
  • SUNDAY MASS 10AM

The Ministry of Reader

The Rota is now on the Noticeboard. Thank you to those undertaking this Ministry.

If you are willing to undertake this Ministry and would like an audition please speak to Fr John.

Oh the word of my Lord

Deep within my being!

Oh the word of my Lord

You have filled my mind!

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

After the storm…

After the storm comes the calm. I hope all is well with no damage to your homes and you have been able to have a relaxing half term. Before long the Season of Lent will commence and an opportunity to emerge from any “spiritual hibernation“ as we journey to Easter. A reminder about last year’s Palms. Do bring them along next Sunday so that they can be burned to provide for Ash Wednesday March 2nd.

For a Synodal Church -Communion , Participation and Mission.

 There will be an Evening Webinar with Bishop Richard on Wednesday 9th March See details please click here. We are currently exploring ways in which more people can join this webinar. Further details to follow.

Mass Schedule

  • Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
  • Sunday Mass 10am Int. For the People of the Parish
  • Wednesday Mass 10am St Polycarp. Int. Michael Curley RIP
  • Friday Weekday Mass 10am Int.The Holy Souls (Wall box )
  • Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Sunday Mass 10am

Growing Up Catholic

Year 5 Group Next Sunday following Mass

Years 3 & 4 Group -6th March 

The Bartimaeus Project

A new project encouraging Catholic faith!

See the poster in the hall or visit WWW.BARTIMAEUS-PROJECT.ORG

The Adult Formation which came up in our Synod Discussions – just what is wanted!

Maintenance Issues

We have lost 2 Fence Panels – one in the Driveway ,the other in the Presbytery garden.

Repair work has been arranged for the flat Roof leaks. – by Our Lady’s Statue and in the Hall.

Hall Chairs. The number of these is decreasing due either to adults seating on stacked chairs or even standing on them.

Holy Communion

Holy Communion for those who are unwell or incapacitated at home during this week. Please notify Fr John if you know of anyone wishing to Receive Sacramental Holy Communion. It is now easier to visit Care Homes etc. after LFTs.

Last Year’s Self denial Project 2020

The sum of £40.20 was given in the wall box for the Migrant Fund. Thank you.    

Let there be loved shared among us

Let there be love shared among us,

Let there be love in our eyes,

May now your love sweep this nation;

Cause us O Lord to arise.

Give us a fresh understanding,

Brotherly love that is real,

Let there be love shared among us,

Let there be love