The 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St Bernadette’s School

There will be a governors’ meeting on Monday. Some new Governors to be introduced

Thursday Assemblies for the beginning of the new school year , handing on the Mission Statement and a cross for each year.

Mass Count

There will be a Mass count over the next four Sundays.

Next Sunday

Next Sunday will be The Day of Migrants and Refugees

Mass Schedule

  • Wednesday St Matthew Mass 10am Int. The Collins Family
  • Friday Our Lady of Walsingham Mass 7.30pm Int For Ann Carroll (SVP INT)
  • SUNDAY 26TH IN ORDINARY TIME MASS 10AM  INT. For Migrants and Refugees

Flu Injection

Fr John Had his on 18th September 3.30pm

Our Lady of Walsingham, Norfolk

Called England’s Nazareth where since the Middle ages Mary has been venerated at home with the family. You can visit the Shrine on line  There is a statue associated with pilgrimage of Mary seated with Jesus at her side.

“Heavenly Father,

Who from the very birth of the Church in our land

Did make us the dowry of Mary

And loyal subjects of the prince of the Apostles :

Grant us your grace

To continue steadfast in the Catholic faith

Ever devoted to the Virgin Mary as our Mother

And ever faithful

In our allegiance to the See of Peter


Twenty fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Education Sunday

We celebrate the work of Catholic education in order to enable it to continue to flourish with the support of the whole Catholic community. Sacrifices have been made and continue to be made to establish and maintain our catholic schools. You may not realise that the governors and others have to provide 10% towards the continuing development and care of the schools. This is so that young people may receive religious education and Catholic culture at primary and secondary levels.  We thank teachers, support staff,  governors,  diocesan education officers and advisers who have found their vocation in Catholic education. it is necessary to promote our schools by active participation, responding to consultations, letting elected representatives know your views and encouraging young persons to teach in Catholic school

The theme of this sunday is “ form and flourish “ – a reminder to all of us of the importance of education  in the mission of catholics in the mission of the church.

Rather than taking our schools for granted,  it would be lovely if on such a Sunday, the 100 pupils or so,  could be present with their families,  in school uniforms. Then we could have a real insight into what commitment we have. You can find out more about Education Sunday by visiting here.

The Season of Creation

Sustainability is a keyword appearing in the Media, in publications and in the build up to COP26. There is material about being Guardians of Creation here and news from The Environment Group in our Diocese here.

A joint message “FOR THE PROTECTION OF CREATION “ from Pope Francis, the Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew and Justin Welby can be read in full here.

Is there a Parishioner who could advise on the decarbonisation of the church,  the hall, and priest’s house? There is a booklet on the subject prepared for Dioceses.

Have you filled up with E5 yet? Another step forward?O

Opposing the Assisted Dying Bill 2021

This Bill comes to the House of Lords in October,  we are asked to express our opposition to the Bill. To assist in understanding what is being advocated do read the letter of Bishop John Sherrington here.

Pope Francis’ Pastoral Visit

Pope Francis goes to Budapest this Sunday at the conclusion of a Eucharistic Congress – 1000 Children will be receiving Holy Communion at the Mass for the first time. You can watch on the Vatican website.

He then visits Slovakia for a number of days. Again you can follow him.

Mass Schedule

Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

  • Sunday Mass 10 am Int. For the People of the Parish
  • Tuesday. The Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Mass 10am Int Fr Mario Sanderson RIP
  • Wednesday. Our Lady of Sorrows. Mass 10am Int. The Holy Souls
  • (Friday Mass to mark the lifelong involvement of Bernadette Connor in Catholic Education ) Worth Abbey
  • Sunday Mass 10am Int. For the people of the Parish.

Our Lady of Sorrows

The Stabat Mater has been set to music by many Composers and performed by various choirs – “ The sorrowful Mother was standing in tears by the Cross “.

The Exaltation of The Cross

The sign of the Cross is the sign of our Salvation. At the veneration on Good Friday we are reminded what was achieved.

Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim,

Till all the world adore his sacred Name.

Led on their way by this triumphant sign,

The hosts of God in conquering ranks combine

Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Season of Creation

The Season of Creation is a global ecumenical celebration of prayer and action to protect our common home, starting each year on 1 September and finishing on the feast of St Francis, 4 October. Read more here.

Our Schools

Wishing all those involved a happy and healthy new term!

Diocesan INVITE

The reflection for September is now available – please click here.

Mass Schedule

  • Sunday 5th September Mass 10am INT – People of the parish
  • Wednesday 8th September Mass 10am The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary INT Ena Cripps RIP (Foundation Mass)
  • Friday 10th September Weekday Mass 7:30pm INT – Deacon Ivor Pelling RIP (SVP intention)

Education Sunday 2021 – 12th September

This takes place next Sunday the twenty fourth in Ordinary Time – the Mass intention will be for the people of the parish and our schools.

SVP Awareness Month

The St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) is seeking a million gestures of kindness to address the trail of poverty and loneliness left in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more here.

The Birthday of Mary

The one who gives birth in time to Jesus, the Saviour of the World. Anna and Joachim rejoice and so do we!

Radiant Dawn of our salvation

Hope of life for all the world

Now we sing God’s new creation

On this day of such a birth.

Virgin thou art filled with beauty

Spot and stain are not in thee.

God has made thee perfect duly

For thy Son’s divinity.

The 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Season of Creation

This commences on 1st September and runs through until 4th October , the feast of St Francis of Assissi

This Wednesday is to be a day of prayer for the care of creation and a Prayer is included.

Further information is available here.

The major Conference COP26 to be held in Glasgow will provide a lot of soul searching about personal responsibility at a time of Climate Change.

September – Back to Schools!

Parents will be advised about return to School procedures through their usual channels.

Preparing for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion

It is hoped that Parents and candidate children will once again attend our main act of Worship Sunday Mass , remembering when they brought their children for Baptism –“ In Holy Communion they will share the banquet of Christ’s sacrifice ,calling God their Father in the midst of the Church “ -from the Rite of Baptism.

The Word of Life leaflet

The September edition is now available for your prayerful reflection.

Parish Finances

Please consider making your offering by card a link can be found here.Enter Brighton St Thomas More on scroll down.

A basket for cash offerings is positioned on a table within the Church .

100 Plus Draw

This took place last Sunday and the following numbers were drawn-

13 -Liz King, 1 – Janine &Joe Wynne, 15 – Pauline Mason, 33 – Paul Lowery, 29 – FrJohn.

New subscribers welcome.

Mass Intentions

Having a Mass offered for your intentions e.g. anniversaries, health , deceased friends , another’s needs etc. is a kind deed and a good Catholic Practice.

Mass intention Envelopes are in the Entrance.

Mass Schedule

  • Sunday Mass 10am Int. For the People of the Parish
  • Wednesday Mass 10am .Day of Prayer for the care of Creation
  • Friday Mass 7.30 pm -St Gregory the Great
  • Sunday 5th September 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time -Int For the People of the Parish

Saints of the week

  • St Margaret Clitherow – became a Catholic in York , instructed children in the Faith, harboured priests ,martyred by crushing
  • St Margaret Ward –tried at the Old Bailey for rescuing a priest form the Bridewell -hanged at Tyburn
  • St Anne Line – became a priests’ housekeeperThe priest -hunters arrested here as Catholics arrived for Candlemas 1601
  • St Aidan and the Saints of Lindisfarne –a monk from Iona he went in Lent to the Farne Islands founding monasteries in the region.
  • St Gregory the Great – famed for sending missionaries to England
  • St Cuthbert – monk of Lindisfarne. Durham Cathedral built to contain his relics

Prayer for the care of creation

Father, Lord of all creation,
we praise you with all your creatures
and the whole universe that comes forth from the work of Your hands.
We acknowledge the privilege and responsibility
that You give us as stewards of Your creation.
In our ignorance we have done damage to our common home
and our brothers and sisters are suffering.Through faithfully following your Son
guide and direct us to prepare for a better future.
Teach us to contemplate You in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of You.
Give us the grace to recognise, respect and protect all You have created,
using wisely all that you have entrusted to us.Holy Spirit,
who first hovered over the dawn of creation and drew order out of the chaos
help us to build your kingdom of justice, love, peace and beauty where the poor of the earth are crying out.You, who live and reign, world without end, Amen.

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Pope Francis invites us to pray for the people of Afghanistan

Pope Francis prays for dialogue and peace in Afghanistan – read more here.

100 Plus Draw

This Sunday in our hall .Please enter via front Entrance sanitising your hands before you leave the Church

New subscribers are invited to join.

The Synodal Process

A two-year ‘synodal’ process is taking place in the Catholic Church from October 2021 that culminates in the final Synod Gathering of Bishops in Rome in October 2023. The overall theme is “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission” – Find out more here.

On Your Behalf

Our thanks to last Sunday’s Furniture Removers and to Rob and Guilie who spent an afternoon cleaning the Church.

Thank You

Thank you to those who were able to participate in the funeral Masses of Deacon Ivor Pelling and Mrs Jacqueline Lance RIP

Our Oldest Parishioner

Our oldest parishioner, resident in Maycroft Manor for the last six years, Mavis Nairns (104) has gone home to the Lord. May she rest in peace.

Mass Schedule

  • Sunday Mass 10am
  • Wednesday Mass 10am- Blessed Dominic Barberi – The Passionist Priest who received John Henry Newman into the Church
  • Friday Mass 7.30pm St Monica -Mother of Augustine
  • Sunday Mass 10am 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Patcham Duck Fayre – Sunday 29th August

11am – 4:30pm Patcham High School Fields. Lots happening including Fun Dog Show 


Please continue to be circumspect – rates are high in Brighton and Hove currently.


Baptisms resume after a long time when not allowed. Do make contact if you wish to prepare.

Summer Holidays

Do enjoy the final days of the school summer holidays.

The Solemnity of The Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven – 15th August

A Holyday of the Church which this year falls on a Sunday. In many countries the day is observed as a mid- Summer Holiday. The ‘core’ of the Preface to the Eucharistic Prayer gives us a clear description of why we too celebrate –

“The Virgin Mother of God was assumed into heaven as the beginning and image of your Church’s coming to perfection and a sign of sure hope and comfort to your pilgrim people.”

Why not pay a virtual visit to the grotto by clicking here and praying a decade of the Rosary thinking about the Preface?

Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention For August

In his video message for his prayer intention for August, Pope Francis reminds the faithful that “the vocation of the Church is evangelization,” and even more, “the Church’s identity is evangelization.”

In this month, the Holy Father reflects on the situation of the Church, its vocation and its identity, and calls us to renew it “by discerning God’s will in our daily life,” and “embarking on a transformation guided by the Holy Spirit.” Please follow this link to read the full article.

Mass Schedule

  • Sunday August 15th Mass 10am
  • Tuesday August 17th – Funeral Mass of Deacon Ivor Pelling RIP – 11am
  • Friday August 20th – Funeral Mass of Mrs Jacqueline Lance RIP – 2pm
  • Sunday August 22nd – 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time – 10am

Invited – Monthly Reflection for August

Part of our diocesan mission. You can see a sample here

The Art of Dying Well

A Catholic website with useful information about all aspects of accompanying a dying person ,available Sacraments , bereavement ,prayers and other topics – visit here.

Laudato Si

At last the urgency of Care for our Common Home hits the media. Listen to or read the news about temperatures of 40 plus degrees in Europe (see here for example).

100 Plus

Next Sunday there will be a draw after Mass in our hall. Hopefully a replacement water boiler will be in place (£750 plus VAT!) for coffees and teas.

"Mother of God's living word,
Glorifying Christ Your Lord,
Full of joy, God's people sing,
Grateful for your mothering."

Update Monday 9th August

Funeral Arrangements for Deacon Ivor Pelling RIP

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday 17th August at 11am in St Thomas More’s Church.
There is no limit on attendance. Parking will not be easy – either come on the 5b or find space on neighbouring roads.

Funeral Arrangements for Mrs Jacqueline Lance RIP

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday 20th August at 2pm in St Thomas More’s Church

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Holiday Time

We hope the Summer warmth returns so that we can enjoy these August Days. It is a time to catch up with ourselves, our friends and, at the Lord’s command, to take time for reflection.

Deacon Ivor Pelling RIP

Deacon Ivor Pelling ministered in St Joseph’s Parish before retiring with his wife Joan to Patcham Village. He died peacefully on Thursday at the age of 90. May he rest in peace.

Mrs Jacqueline Lance RIP

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday 20th August at 2pm. In that a large congregation is expected, may I recommend coming on the 5b bus to the stop (The Long Man of Wilmington) due to the limited parking in Braybon Avenue.

Mass Schedule

  • Sunday 8th August 10am Int – for the people of the parish and the faithful departed – Deacon Ivor Pelling, Jacqueline Lance, Sheila Benham
  • Wednesday 11th August 10am – St Clare of Assisi
  • Friday 13th August 7:30pm – St Maximillian Kolbe
  • Sunday 15th August 10am The Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary

Synod 2023

It’s an invitation for us, as Catholics, to ‘walk together’ and every member of the Church has the right to speak, and the obligation to allow those charged with the work of discernment the freedom to do so.For the first time, the Synod Office in Rome has produced a comprehensive process which encompasses the stated aim of the Holy Father that the Church in today’s world should have a vision of missionary communion orientated to evangelisation. Please read the rest of this article by clicking here.

The Art of Dying Well

This site based at St Mary’s University Twickenham has much helpful information. There is a Podcast well worth listening that can be found here.

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, may I breathe forth my soul in peace with you!

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mrs Jacqueline Lance RIP

On the morning of Thursday 29th July she was called home to be with God for the Eternal Life. Known to many children and parents she served as Headteacher of St Bernadette’s Catholic School for many years before retiring. Latterly, through ill health she has been supported by family and friends. As we join her mother, Betty, Michael, her son and Josie, her daughter, in commending her into God’s hands, we give thanks for her years of service in Catholic Education and pray that she will rest in peace.

Fighting Modern Slavery

A sample of the latest Newsletter is available on the diocesan website and a sample may be seen on the noticeboard. A recent three part television documentary has also dealt with some of the issues.

Anniversaries Mass

The Diocesan Mass for couples with special Anniversaries is on Saturday 9th October at 11.30am in St Joseph’s Guildford. See here for further details.

The Word of Life Leaflet

The August leaflet will be available in the courtyard after Mass. It provides a verse of Scripture with a commentary for prayerful reflection during the Month. Ideal for travelling, waiting areas, and when not “busy“.

Mass Schedule

  • Sunday 1st August 10am (18th in Ordinary Time) ~ The people of the parish and those who are unwell
  • Monday 2nd August 10am ~Terrence Sweeney RIP (Foundation Mass)
  • Wednesday 4th August 10am (St John Mary Vianney – The Curé d’Ars)
  • Friday 6th August 7:30pm (The Transfiguration of The Lord) ~ Charles Bernard Hull RIP
  • Sunday 8th August 10am ~ (19th in Ordinary Time) ~ The people of the parish

Redundant iPads and Laptops

These are urgently required for the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group. Please contact

Parish Funding

Thank you for your offerings for the support of the Parish. Some are able to do so by Standing Orders, gift aided, others are placing your donations in the basket on the table within the Church. Thank you for your generosity.

John Chapter 6

O bread of heaven, beneath this veil.

Thou dost my very God conceal

My dearest Jesus hail.

Each loving soul by thee is fed

With thine own self in form of bread

St Alphonsus Ligouri (translated by Edmund Vaughan)

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Step 4 Guidance from the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

This is available to read either here or on the Noticeboard in the Entrance. Local Conditions in Brighton and Hove mean that the restrictions continue in force until the present surge disappears. Face coverings and hand sanitising are to be observed. With help on Saturday, Phase 1 of restoring seating arrangements has been carried out and you can choose to select a seat with a kneeler or to take a chair a metre plus apart in the two wings.

One new permission is that congregational singing – through your face covering – can return in a gentle way. Let’s try the greetings and Preface dialogue first.

If you have any questions please do contact Fr John

World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly 2021

Pope Francis has inaugurated this Celebration commencing Sunday July 25th.

Do visit the CBCEW website – click 9

Pope Francis’ Message –“I am with you always “

“I am with you always”

Dear Grandfathers and Grandmothers,

Dear Elderly Friends, “I am with you always” (Mt 28:20): this is the promise the Lord made to his disciples before he ascended into heaven.They are the words that he repeats to you today, dear grandfathers and grandmothers, dear elderly friends. “I am with you always” are also the words that I, as Bishop of Rome and an elderly person like yourselves, would like to address to you on this first World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly. The whole Church is close to you – to us – and cares about you, loves you and does not want to leave you alone!

You can read the rest of this letter by clicking here.

Cardinal Vincent’s Message (British Sign Language Version)

Prayers for Grandparents and the Elderly

Prayers for Grandparents and the Elderly can be found here.

Pastoral Responses

– If still with you make contact. If not pray for them


Mass Schedule

  • Sunday 25th July Mass 10AM – int. for grandparents and the elderly and those suffering with Covid-19 and other conditions
  • Wednesday 28th July int. Olive Rose Hull RIP
  • SUNDAY 1st August 18th Sunday in OrdinaryTime – int. for the people of the parish

Saints of the Week

  • St Joachim & St Anne – Grandparents of Jesus
  • St Martha –with her sister and brother close friends of Jesus
  • St Peter Chrysologus –encouraged continuing learning of the Faith
  • St Ignatius Loyola -founder of the Jesuits. Based his spirituality on the Trinity, Christ and the Eucharist

The Sunday Gospel

For the next five Sundays we leave St Mark’s Gospel and focus on Chapter 6 of St John’s Gospel.

“ I am the bread of life.

You who come to me will never be hungry

You who follow me will never be lonely.

I will raise you up to eternal life “

John 6:35