An invitation from the Bishops of England and Wales
This is the bread come down from heaven (John 6:58)
A beautiful hallmark of the Catholic faith is the profound desire to participate in the Holy Mass and share in the Eucharist. We do so with deep gratitude and joy. The Eucharist gives the Church her identity – “The Eucharist makes the Church, and the Church makes the Eucharist.” It enables us to worship Almighty God, to support each other on our journey of faith, and to be a visible sign of faith in the world. This hallmark is supported and strengthened by the precept that our fundamental Christian duty is to worship God by participating in the celebration of Mass. Attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is the greatest of all privileges, sometimes referred to as “the Sunday Obligation.”
Good Shepherd Sunday is set aside each fourth Sunday of Easter to focus on vocations or the call to priesthood or the religious life. Pope Francis in his message encourages members of the church to join the prayer on this day.
We are also invited in the second collection to join in the costs for the training of future priests.
The Diocesan mission continues throughout Eastertide – more information can be found out here.
Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for May
Growing Up Catholic
We welcome nine new children as Communicating members of the Church . The Years 3 & 4 Group continue their preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist. Thank you to the Year 6 Team who provided refreshments for the children after the Mass last Sunday!
Anniversary of Ordination to Priesthood
An email from Fr Garry Jenkins of the Society for African Missions reveals he is celebrating his Golden Jubilee of his Ordination next week. He has served as a Missionary in Liberia for many years. I will be offering a Mass in thanksgiving for him.
The Fourth Sunday of Easter – Mass 10am Tuesday St John of Avila – Mass 9.30am Wednesday Eastertide weekday – Mass 9.30am Friday St Erconwald – Mass 9.30am Saturday Mass – HMP Lewes Fifth Sunday of Easter – Mass 10am
Our Lady – Queen of The May
O Mary we crown thee
With blossoms today
Queen of the angels
And Queen of the May!
This Sunday we welcome nine children with their families as at Mass they receive Holy Communion for the first time. An occasion of taking another step on being a follower of Jesus. These children had commenced their preparation in 2019 before there was an unexpected break. Most are now in Year 5 upwards. The Mass will be an opportunity for us all to remember when we first welcomed Jesus as we participated in mass. A larger group of Year 3 & 4 children continue their preparation with a meeting next Sunday 8th May.
This is usually the feast of St Joseph the Worker. Citizens UK which has a local Group are advocating for the Real Living Wage to be paid to all workers in the care sector – in nursing & care homes and care agencies. A Cardinal Newman Student speaks up in a video below:
The second session is underway – please click here for more information.
The Lourdes Pilgrimage
An appeal for helpers is being made – see here for further details
At The Foot Of The Cross
A monthly initiative from the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales – more details here.
Acts Of The Apostles During Easter
You can follow this daily guide by clicking on this link.
Third Sunday of Easter Mass 10am
Tuesday Mass 10am St Philip & James, Apostles
Wednesday Mass 10am The English Martyrs
Friday Mass 10am Eastertide Weekday
Sunday Mass 10am Fourth Sunday of Easter. Day of prayer for vocations
EASTERTIDE. The season of 50 days continues to Pentecost. There is a devotion called the Via Lucis which helps us reflect on the appearances of the Risen Lord up to the Ascension In the Easter Masses of Easter Monday to Easter Saturday we have had some of those Appearances described by the Evangelists and the purpose is to recall the central event of Faith – the Resurrection of Christ , discipleship and the Sacrament of Baptism , as also the bright radiance of the light of grace .The way of the Cross involved us in the first part of the Paschal Mystery – the Passion -and now the Way of Light helps us on the continuing journey or pilgrimage of life.
The Acts of The Apostles
The Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament tells of the coming together of the first Christians and the formation of the communities. There is a daily reading of the Acts to be listened to here
The Diocesan Mission has commenced its second session and can be followed here
St Bernadette’s has the post Easter tradition of the Dressing of the Cross when the children bring a flower into School and these are attached to the empty Cross and the result reveals the Joy that Jesus has been raised to new life -Alleluia.!
Growing Up Catholic
The Year 5 Group meet this Sunday prior to receiving Holy Communion for the first time .Please keep them and their Parents in your prayers. Years 3 & 4 Group meet next on Sunday 8th May
SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER MASS 10AM INTENTION =FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE PARISH & UKRAINE.
MONDAY 25TH APRIL ST MARK EVANGELIST MASS 10AM INT. FOR NICHOLAS BRACK
TUESDAY 26TH APRIL ST GEORGE, MARTYR – PATRON OF ENGLAND
FRIDAY 29TH APRIL ST CATHERINE OF SIENA, PATRON OF EUROPE
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
The next part of the diocesan mission. Please read here for more details.
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
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
7.30PM THE EASTER VIGIL & THE MASS OF THE RESURRECTION
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
Wednesday Lent weekday Mass 10am
Friday Lent weekday Mass 10am
Palm Sunday of The Passion 10am
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
The second Session of the Diocesan Mission commences after Easter. Please click here for further details
Do you speak Ukrainian?
Please contact Fr John.
Please read more about the pilgrimage to Lourdes here.
Thank you to you for supporting the Parish Finances .Peter Cropp will have envelopes ,Gift Aid forms and Standing Order forms.
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.
O Cross of Christ, immortal tree On which our Saviour died. The world is sheltered by your arms That bore the Crucified.
A new resource produce by The Society of Jesus. You can discover more here
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’sPrestonPark
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
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 CardinalNewmanCatholic School
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.
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?