The 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

A Day For Life

The annual day raising awareness about the meaning and value of human life from conception to natural death. More details can be found here.To view resources about the issues and help to cope with them. There will be a zoom event soon to equip ourselves for discussions on another attempt to change the law on Assisted Dying more details of this event can be found here.

There is also a special collection – preferably by card – please follow this link.

Refugees Week

Refugee Week comes to a close this Sunday but there are plenty of activities and initiatives taking place after this date. Refugee Tales is an outreach project of Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group inspired by the experiences of men held in immigration detention at Gatwick, and the work of GDWG in 20 years of visiting. Please visit this link for further details.

Scripture from Scratch – An Online Course

The Bible is a great treasure of the Christian world, and source of revelation of God’s word. While we may have our favourite passages, the language and the images behind those words may be foreign to us. And even if we work through the process of trying to understand a biblical book, we may not really believe that it has something to say to us today. This course introduces some key elements to understanding the Bible and explores some of the traditional preconceptions we have about the Bible itself – more details can be found here.

Saints of the Week

St Aloysius Gonzaga – a Jesuit who nursed in the Jesuit Hospital in Rome during a plague of which he would die

St John Fisher & St Thomas More –English Martyrs canonised in 1935. The builder of our Church Fr Fooks was present in Rome for this event.

St Etheldreda (Audrey ) Abbess of Ely. Died of a tumour in the neck because of wearing necklaces in her youth

St Thomas Garnet – Martyr. Educated at Collyers School in Horsham. Because of them being Catholic his parents were put in Horsham jail

St John the Baptist – celebrating the Birth of John. He prepared the way of the Lord

St Cyril of Alexandra –Presided at the Council of Ephesus and condemned the heresy of Nestorius.

Mass Schedule

  • 12th Sunday in OT (20th June) Mass 10am
  • 13th Sunday in OT (27th June) Mass 10am

There are no weekday Masses this week

Sussex Day – 16th June

Advertised as celebrating the heritage and culture of Sussex – what was not mentioned was the Feast day of St Richard of Chichester. See last week’s news.

Patronal Feast of Saint Thomas More

With the extension of restrictions until 19th July maybe we could aim for Sunday 25th July?

How Does The Garden Grow?

You will notice recent rain and sunshine has caused clumps of grass to flourish along our driveway. It would be very helpful if you could come along equipped with a fork to dig them out and take them away. Thank you!

A Prayer of Saint Thomas More

Give me good Lord, a full faith, a firm hope, and a fervent charity, a love to the good lord incomparable above the love to myself : and that I love nothing to thy displeasure, but everything in an order to thee. (written before his execution whilst a prisoner in the Tower of London)

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

After what seems a long time we move on to the Time when we explore the teaching of Jesus mainly through the Gospels Sunday by Sunday .This will include what he did , where he travelled to and what he taught through St Mark’s accounts. The shortest of the Gospel at times it reads like a travelogue.


After the season of Easter and the “ theological Feasts “ the stole and the chasuble of the Celebrant change from white to green . Green is the colour associated with growth , vibrancy and sustainability and of course with all the discussions about care for our common home .We have the teaching of Pope Francis in his Encyclical Letter Laudato Si , available from the CTS Bookshop. During the while I am self isolating I am grateful to Fr Rod Jones OSB for celebrating Sunday Mass for the Parish and will be in action soon.
Fr John

G7 Summit

The Bishops have written to the Prime Minister and the Leaders meeting at the Summit in Cornwall stating that decisions must be “Sustainable and just” Read the letter here.

Worth Abbey

The Community have elected Fr Mark Barrett OSB Abbot for an 8 year term of Office.Keep him and the Monks in your prayers. For more details please click here.

Contactless Giving

Contactless Giving – Parish Zoom
Wednesday 16th June at 7pm-7.45pm

The Diocese is running an online Zoom event with a presentation and Q&A from the contactless giving company Dona. Dona will be providing a demonstration of their contactless product and will give parishes the opportunity to ask questions. Dona are one of two contactless giving providers the Diocese recommends and following the event they will be offering a 25% off promotion until 13th July. This online meeting is a great opportunity to find out more about contactless giving and to see how contactless giving devices work. You can register for the event here.

From The Corpus Christi Pastoral Message of Bishop Richard

“On this Corpus Christi Day, therefore, I offer a deliberate invitation to return to the public celebration of Mass. Come once more to be with your sisters and brothers, gathered around the altar to meet with the Crucified and Risen Lord, truly present in the gift of the Blessed Sacrament. I call on you to extend this invitation to those whom you know who have not yet returned to the Parish Community”

Mass Schedule

  • 13th June 10am 11th Sunday of Ordinary Time (int for the people of the parish)
  • 20th June 10am 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time (int for the people of the parish)

Please note that there are no weekday Masses this week

Saints of The Week

St Romauld – challenged in every aspect of his life he founded the Camaldolese Benedictines who unite monastic and hermit life.

St Richard of Chichester -Patron of Sussex. Born at Droitwich. Graduated in Law at Oxford. He became Chancellor to Archbishop Edmund of Canterbury, and then Bishop Of Chichester. He did much to reform the diocese and organised a Synod. Like A&B he urged parishioners to visit the Cathedral and help maintain it with offerings. The Pope asked him to preach a Crusade and he journeyed along the South Coast to Dover -via Patcham ? In Dover he fell ill and died at the age of 56. His body was brought back to Chichester where it was entombed until the Reformation. To this day at the spot of his shrine he is still honoured and for Parishioners of Chichester there is a Mass in the cathedral on the 16th June.

Saint Richard’s Prayer

Thanks be to thee O Lord Jesus Christ
For all the benefits which thou hast given us
For all the pains and insults which thou hast borne for us.
O most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,
May we know thee more clearly,
Love thee more dearly,,
And follow thee more nearly.
Day by day Amen

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

This Sunday, 6th June, is a moment for us to rejoice in the wonderful gift of the Eucharist. It also marks the anniversary of the first time I received Holy Communion and thus was able to participate fully in the celebration of Mass the heart of our worship and membership of the Church. On Maundy Thursday Evening we gathered to recall the Last Supper as Jesus entered on his journey to the Cross and Resurrection. This Feast is the opportunity for us reflect on the dynamic and richness of the Eucharist. Described as “the source and summit of all Christian life” we find divine life and unity of the people of God both expressed and effected. When at Mass the Eucharistic Prayer is proclaimed we find the unfolding of the central features of our Faith. In places where the Blessed Sacrament is adored and carried in procession our appreciation of this Gift is experienced by reverence in our attentive hearts and externally.

Thanks be to God,

Fr John

Bishop Richard’s Pastoral Letter

The Parish Website

Our thanks to the Webmaster, Ron Gordon, for maintenance on the site. Weekly items can be found under NEWS and items back to March 2020 can be found under ARCHIVED News.

Liturgy

We are now in Ordinary Time Week 11

Feasts and Saints of The Week

  • St Ephrem – Syrian, Deacon ,Poet, composed instructional hymns for Public Worship
  • St Columba (Colmcille)- Born in Donegal , founded monastery in Derry , First Abbot of Iona.
  • The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus- “ from his wounded side flowed blood and water “ image of the selfless love of Jesus
  • The Immaculate Heart of Mary- “Mary treasured all these things and reflection them in her heart”

News

Please note that from 31st May this page will be where you can find the latest news from the parish. Regular readers may wish to bookmark this page for future reference.

Mass Times for Week Commencing Sunday 30 May

  • Trinity Sunday (30 May) 10am
  • The Solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Sunday 6th June) 10am