Monthly Archives: February 2012

Womens Day of Prayer – Let Justice Prevail

Let Justice PrevailLet Justice Prevail say christian women of Malaysia

March 2nd is the Womens Day of Prayer and a service will be held at 2:30pm in the West Worthing Baptist Church, South Street, Taring. All are welcome.

On Friday, March 2, the women of Malaysia invited the world to join with them in the World Day of Prayer celebration praying under the theme: Let Justice Prevail. The women of Malaysia name fair and just governance as the basis for peace and harmony in the social order, saying: “In the midst of such diversity, tolerance and harmony, fair and just governance for all is vital. It is our prayer that all races, ethnic groups and religions will work together for religious harmony and a just and integral development for everyone.”
World Day of Prayer, co-ordinated by the Women’s Inter-Church Council, is a worldwide movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together every year on the first Friday of March to observe a common day of prayer.

Further details are on the church notice board.

Join a Lenten Small Group near you…

There will be a number of small group meetings (lasting about 1 ½ hours) each week during lent to discuss and reflect on the gospel readings and on the Mass.

Why not try them out even though you may not manage all the meetings? Parishioners have found them very rewarding, prayerful and friendly.

The guideline booklets called "Communion with Christ" are available free of charge in the church shop. If you would like to run a group you will find that the booklets are very helpful and take you through each step and the holy spirit will do the rest. These are the groups at the moment with the times and dates and contact numbers of the meeting:

  • From Friday 24th February at 8 p.m. meetings just north of central crossing. contact Anne on 01903-231014.
  • From Monday 27th February at 3 p.m. meetings near to Wallace avenue. contact Roz & Michael on 01903-.50716.

If you have any questions, please contact or leave a message for Roz & Michael on 01903- 507167 there will be details of other groups to follow.

Would you like to be our Parish Publicity Officer?

parish publicity officer neededFor Many years Colin White has done a magnificent job of contributing a piece to the A & B News each month. We are most grateful to him for his great support and ask the Lord to Reward him. However, he would now like to hand this task on to someone else. I would grateful if someone would take this on and also perhaps act as publicity officer for the Parish.

Lent 2012 Services

Lent 2012During all Masses throughout Lent:

  • ALLELUIA is not said or sung. Instead a phrase is used at the Gospel Acclamation.
  • BIDDING PRAYERS end with “Hail Holy Queen.”

After Mass on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday there will be a SHORT WAY OF THE CROSS. 

On the 3rd Sunday of Lent there will be a LENTEN ALMS BOX for the Enclosed Orders of the Diocese.

Other Lent events will include:

  • Taize Service on Thursday 8th March at 7.30pm
  • Way of the Cross at Cissbury Ring at 3pm on Sunday 25th March
  • Penance service on Palm Sunday (1st April) at 3pm.

Further details will follow of these and other services during Lent.

‘More Than Gold’ Worthing Mission Launch Weekend Service

The ‘More Than Gold’ Worthing Mission is an evangelistic event being held later this year (June 9th–17th). St Mary of the Angels and our neighbouring Christian churches will be uniting to bring the message of the Gospel to the people of Worthing. There are some events in the coming weeks where people from all the churches will join together to pray and to prepare.

Open Door Prayer Meetings:

  • 10am 21st February, Cornerstone Methodist Church, The Steyne.
  • 8pm 27th February, St Mary of the Angels at the Charismatic Prayer Group
  • 10:30am 28th February, Emmanuel United Reformed Church, St Michael’s Road

Please attend one of these prayer meetings to pray alongside fellow Christians in preparation for the Mission.

‘More Than Gold’ Mission Launch Weekend 3rd-4th March

The Mission launches the first weekend in March with a breakfast on Saturday 3rd March morning at 8:30am for the various group leaders from those Churches involved. If you lead or are involved in a group in our Church and would like to represent St Mary’s at this free breakfast please speak to either Andrew Grott or Stuart Burman.

A joint service for all churches involved will be held on Sunday 4th March at St Matthew’s, Tarring Road at 6:30pm. Please do represent our church in this service.

If you have an idea as to how our Church can reach out to the Worthing community and bring others to experience Jesus (maybe a hobby or interest you have could become a church event!) then please speak to Stuart Burman (01903 236615) or Andrew Grott (01903 536079).

Finally, please be united with these other churches with your prayers for the Mission and for the conversion of neighbours and friends.

“Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation” Mark 16:15

Thank-you for the International Mass

It was great to have so many join in with our International Mass last Sunday and my tremendous thanks to all who organised the event and took part in the Mass and provided such a lovely Shared Lunch. May God Bless you All.

Several people expressed appreciation of the event and ask for something similar in the future. I hope to call a meeting in the near future to establish a SOCIAL COMMITTEE to look at establishing a programme of events through the year. Volunteers Gratefully Received! Participants Even More So!

Lourdes Live

A concert in aid of the A&B Lourdes Pilgrimage Trust. Helping to send sick pilgrims to Lourdes.

An evening of vocal & instrumental music provided by musician of the diocese & the Lourdes Choir. At Worth Abbey on Sunday 25th March 2012 at 7:30 pm.

Guests of Honour: His Eminence Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor & Bishop Kieran Conry.

Tickets are £12 (£6 for the unemployed & students).

Please contact: Parish Lourdes Representative Stephen Isted on 07887 792162

The Real Easter Egg

Why not try a Real Easter Egg this year!

This is the first and only Fairtrade chocolate Easter Egg to explain the Christian understanding of Easter on & inside the box. It also supports charity and development projects. Under the lid, and for the first time ever on an Easter Egg, there is a quote from the bible – the resurrection text from Mark. On the outside of the box there is a colourful visual story board about the Easter story while on the inside is a copy of the Easter story in 8 page booklet form for children & parents to keep.

The Real Easter Egg costs £3.99 and will be available on the Traidcraft stall in the Social Area on March 4th If it proves popular we will stock them next year. To find out more visit www.realeasteregg.co.uk

Altar Servers Needed & Practice Meeting

We have a great team of servers of all ages, at all our Masses, including Weekdays, Except the 10.30am Mass on Sunday where sadly it has become to be seen as the task of children. It would be great to have teams of servers of ALL AGES and both sexes so that other we could have a Thurifer, Cross bearer, MC etc.

Please sign on the list in the Social Area if you would like to learn to serve at any Mass.

PRACTICE FOR ALL SERVERS (including New) 11am Saturday 10 th March.

Join a small Lent group near you!

Lent starts on Wednesday 22nd February and there will be a number of small group meetings (lasting about 1.5 hours) each week during Lent to discuss and reflect on the Gospel readings and on the Mass. Why not try them out even though you may not manage all the meetings? 

In the past people have found them very rewarding, prayerful and friendly. The guideline books "Communion with Christ" are available free of charge in the Church Shop. If you would like to run a small group you will find these books very helpful and will walk you through each step and the Holy Spirit will do the rest!

THESE ARE THE GROUPS AT THE MOMENT WITH THE TIMES AND DATES AND CONTACT NUMBERS OF THE MEETING:

  • FROM FRIDAY 24TH FEBRUARY AT 8 P.M. MEETINGS JUST NORTH OF CENTRAL CROSSING. CONTACT ANNE ON 01903-231014.
  • FROM MONDAY 20TH FEBRUARY AT 3 P.M. MEETINGS NEAR TO WALLACE AVENUE. CONTACT ROZ & MICHAEL ON 01903-.507167.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT OR LEAVE A MESSAGE FOR ROZ & MICHAEL ON 01903- 507167 THERE WILL BE DETAILS OF OTHER GROUPS TO FOLLOW.