Starting on Sunday May 13th, there will be a new youth group open to anybody in Year 7, 8, 9 or the last term of Year 6. It’s being run on behalf of all the Worthing Parishes, with the involvement of the Diocese, and will be held in ‘The Barn’ at English Martyrs Church, Goring. It will run roughly every fortnight, on Sunday evenings, from 7pm to 8.30pm.
For the first few months, the group will follow the popular ‘Youth Alpha’ course. It’s open to anyone in the age range, no matter where (or if) they go to Church.
To find out more, Email Jack.Regan@dabnet.org
Our Parish of St. Mary of the Angels is joining the WDAA as a ‘Group Friend’. Part of joining requires parishioners to attend an Awareness Session provided by lead DAA members. Therefore please note the WDAA is giving us TWO separate sessions (each approx.40 mins.) on Friday May 4th after Mass at 10.35am in the church, and Sunday May 6th after Mass at 11.30am in the church. Kindly note that it is hoped and requested, please, that as many parishioners as possible will attend one of these sessions. Father Terry will remind us all closer to the time of the dates and importance.
Obviously, our membership of WDAA is also part of our drive to become an AMAZING Parish.
For more information about WDAA please look online: www.dementiafriendlyworthing.org
Anna Henderson-Smith is preparing to tackle the 26.2 mile run to raise money for Cancer Research UK and she requests our support. No doubt, we all know someone affected by this illness. Please donate to her web-page to raise as much money as possible for this worthwhile charity. No donation is too small; please give as much as you can. Your help is very much appreciated. Go to:
This year the Fast Day takes place on Friday 23rd February. Fast, if you are able, or give up a meal in solidarity with the poor. The money you save can be donated to CAFOD’s appeal. Gift envelopes will be available at the church today and the collection will be taken up on the following Sunday, the 25th. Help is desperately needed; for example, over 600,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed into Bangladesh from Myanmar to escape persecution and death. They face infectious diseases such as diphtheria and starvation. CAFOD and Caritas Bangladesh are providing as much aid as they can. Your efforts can help them do more.
All donations to CAFOD will be match funded/doubled by the Government up to £5 million from 13th February to 12th May this year. Please give what you can and please fill in the Gift Aid section on the envelope if you are a UK tax payer.
WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Friday 2nd March. The women of Suriname have prepared an excellent service, “All Gods Creation Is Very Good”, for 2018. There are a number of services around town. Details are on the poster on the noticeboard in the church entrance. St Mary of the Angels is represented at the service in Christ Church at 2.30pm. Men and women are very welcome to join in the celebration. We hope to see you there.
POPE REQUESTS DAY OF FASTING AND PRAYER for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in South Sudan and in all the world. The designated date for this is Friday 23rd
February. Please make a personal note and do your best to offer your fasting and prayer, that day, for this most important intention.
In order to try and reduce productions costs and to open a route to more immediate communication, the weekly newsletter will, from 4th March, be additionally available as an email subscription, for those who would like it. In order to receive your copy, which will be in a PDF format (for which a free reader is available), please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the word SUBSCRIBE in the subject line. Thank you.
On 20th December last year, the Government announced a public consultation to formulate new proposals for ‘Relationships Education’ in primary schools, and ‘Sex and Relationships Education’ in secondary schools. The results of the consultation will probably be enshrined in law and will affect our Catholic schools. You have a chance to tell the Department of Education to halt the over-sexualisation of our children. At present, the Government’s proposals include compulsory (i.e., without parental agreement) lessons for children between five and eleven, covering homosexual relationships, same-sex ‘marriage’, and transgenderism.
To make your views known before 12 February, go to: http://www.consult.education.gov.uk/life-skills/pshe-rsecall-for-evidence. Visit Coalition for Marriage website here: https://www.c4m.org.uk/ and see their ‘Guide on Responding’.
we thank you for gathering us together
and for calling us to serve as your disciples.
You have charged us through your Son Jesus
with the great mission of evangelising and of witnessing your love to the world.
Send your Holy Spirit to guide us as we discern your will
for the spiritual renewal of our parish.
Give us strength, courage, and clear vision as we use our gifts to serve you.
We entrust our parish family to the care of St Mary of the Angels, our Mother,
and ask for her intercession as we strive to bear witness to the Gospel
and build an AMAZING parish.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics, and promised to abandon it. Now we need you to tell them not to U-turn on their promise. Please urge them to drop their policy by visiting: catholicnews.org.uk/education-cap