Rejoice Youth and Teens Gathering

Youth & Teens Gathering Initiated by Jesus Youth UK. Come and join us to experience the love of Jesus through Holy Rosary, uplifting Praise & Worship, Action Songs, Talk, Heart Touching Testimony, Holy Mass & Adoration (led by Fr Terry Martin). 3.00pm to 8.00pm, on Saturday 23rd February. St. Mary of the Angels. Refreshments will be provided for the participants. For further details please contact: Saiju Thomas: 07753 197656.

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Pray With The Heart

Pray with the Heart

Starting Lent 2019
Pray with the Heart

Pray with the Heart is a new course for the Worthing Deanery, designed to help us grow in our relationship with God through the gift of prayer.

Each Monday evening through Lent Pray with the Heart will focus on a different element of prayer, with quality talks from guest speakers.

The course will be held at St Michael’s in High Salvington, Worthing, and guest speakers include Michelle Moran (Sion Community), the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, Geoff and Gina Poulter (Former Directors of the Catholic Bible School), David Matthews, and our very own Bishop Richard Moth, Fr Terry Martin and Dermot Casey.

For further information contact Stuart Burman via email (

Pray with the Heart Course

Course outline

Growing our relationship with God through the gift of prayer. Prayer is an encounter of the heart and each of the seven evening sessions focuses on a different element of prayer with talks from guest speakers.

The course is centered around good teaching on prayer, faith and prayer techniques using scripture and the traditions of the church. Group work and open discussions will help participants more deeply explore their response to the teaching.

Participants will be encouraged to practice prayer and the techniques between sessions. The course culminates with a Mass offered for the intentions of the participants, an opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation and prayer ministry.

Mon 11 Mar 2019

The Kingdom of God is Close at Hand

Prayer is an encounter of the heart and is a response to the love of God poured out for us. An introduction to the ‘who’, ‘why’, ‘what’ and ‘how’ of prayer.

Mon 18 Mar 2019

A Child of God

Understanding the Love of our Father and growing in hope and trust in Him. “For creation awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the children of God” Romans 8,19.

Mon 25 Mar 2019

Fire! There’s a fire!

‘Supercharge’ your prayers through learning to praying with faith. “Think of your own history when you pray, and there you will find much mercy. This will also increase your awareness that the Lord is ever mindful of you; he never forgets you.” Pope Francis, Gaudete Et Exsultate 153

Mon 1 Apr 2019

Listening to God

Listening to God is transformative and our sacred tradition, inspired by the Holy Spirit, has taught us techniques to help us to listen.

Mon 8 Apr 2019

Called to be a Saint

“The saints are distinguished by a spirit of prayer and a need for communion with God. ” Pope Francis, Gaudete Et Exsultate 147

Mon 15 Apr 2019

The Source and Summit

The Eucharist contains and expresses all forms of prayer: it is “the pure offering” of the whole Body of Christ to the glory of God’s name and, according to the traditions of East and West, it is the “sacrifice of praise.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2643)

Mon 29 Apr 2019

Celebratory Mass and Laying on of Hands

Blessed those whose way is blameless, who walk by the law of the Lord. Blessed those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with all their heart. (Psalm 119:1&2)

Typical Session Plan

7:30pm Prayer and worship

7:45pm Teaching

8:25pm Group discussion + tea/coffee and cakes

8:50pm Prayer and blessing

9pm Depart


Course venue: St Michael’s Church, 19 Hayling Rise, Worthing, BN13 3AL

To download the A4 poster click this link.

Download the PDF file .

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Proposal to Decriminalise Abortion

Abortion decriminalisation debate on 23rd October

At present abortion remains a criminal act unless certain conditions are met. Although these conditions have been liberally interpreted they still provide some important protections both for women and for their babies. There is now a campaign to take abortion completely out of criminal law, at least to the point when the baby can survive outside the womb. There will be a Parliamentary debate on this on 23rd October. It is important that our MPs are aware of our concerns and the basis for them as soon as possible.

For further information on the implications and how you can respond see:

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St Mary of the Angels Essential Building Works

You may remember that in June we informed you all that we were making an application for Heritage Lottery Funding, with a view to carrying out major repair work to the church building.

Regrettably, our application was unsuccessful, as it did not provide sufficient “value for money” to “the people and communities” beyond our own community, despite all we do to support so many worthwhile causes here and abroad.

However, even without the Lottery funding, we need to press on with plans to repair the roof structure, windows, walls and rainwater goods, and seek best advice from persons experienced in restoring Grade II Listed churches.  We must bear the cost of fees and building work ourselves, whatever that might amount to – and it will involve very considerable expense.  The best estimate obtained to replace the main roof covering alone is in excess of £122,000.  As we do not have sufficient funds to cover that, we will inevitably have to overdraw our bank account and make a concerted effort to save and raise money, over a period of years, to repay the deficit.  However, we do have almost £19,000 in a reserve fund for emergencies, which we can utilise, and we await repayment of money from our insurers, following the copper roof work and dry rot problem; we are still owed around £10,700 from them.  We are, therefore, in a position financially to at least begin the process of engaging professionals to develop a project of renovation: initially to the external fabric of the church, to keep it wind and watertight, and then, hopefully, to improve the interior.

It is important to me as your Parish Priest that you are kept advised of progress and consulted for your views when appropriate, so it is likely that this topic will be making a regular appearance in our newsletter and on our website for you all.  Even at this early stage I want to record my huge gratitude to Jim McClean, who is constantly working away in the background looking after these not inconsiderable projects.  To him, and to members of the Finance Committee, thank you!

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The Word Who is Life – Towards 2030

Update on the Word Who Is Life – see Word Who Is Life page linking all relevant content.

The meeting, last week, of the diocesan priests with the bishop, was a positive and hopeful occasion.  Changes at diocesan level concerning lay officers and appointments are to take place and a few parishes will move deaneries (creating 12, rather than 13, deaneries; but this doesn’t affect us).  In the next 7 years, as priests retire and die, the sharing-out of priests and parishes will gradually moderate and change, so that by 2030 a new look will be in place.  What this actually means for us, here, Bishop Richard will explain at the meeting on Thursday 8th November, Chatsmore School, at 7.00pm – to which I hope lots of you will come.  If you have questions, do ask – but, at this stage, I may not yet be able to answer them!

See this link for the bishop’s thoughts:

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The Diocesan Vision: Planning for 2030

These meetings are open to all in each Deanery and the plans will be presented by the Bishop, assisted by a team of advisers. The Worthing Deanery meeting will be held at Chatsmore Catholic High School on Thursday 8th November at 7pm.

Please try and come!

ALSO: Bishop Richard will be launching the Diocesan Pastoral Plan on 18th September to clergy and staff, and then deanery by deanery to everyone else. You will be able to view a brief video on the website from 18th September outlining the basic details of the plan. Please note that, to facilitate Fr Terry’s attendance at a meeting for priests on 18th, Mass will be at the earlier time of 8.30am.

Find more information on our Word Who is Life Page:

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