The Dowry of Mary Tour – Arundel and Brighton

During the course of 2018 to 2020 the statue of Our Lady from the Slipper Chapel at the Catholic National Shrine in Walsingham will be taken to each Cathedral in England for a three-day triduum of prayer, as part of the preparation for the re-dedication of England as the Dowry of Mary in 2020.


“When England goes back to Walsingham,
Our Lady will return to England”
Pope Leo XIII

The Walsingham (Pynson) Ballad reflects the tradition that the title ‘Dowry of Mary’ goes back to St Edward the Confessor, in whose reign (1042-1066) the Holy House was built. The Holy House in Walsingham was erected as a replica of Mary’s house in Nazareth, which led to England becoming known as the “Holy Land, Our Lady’s Dowry”, and Walsingham being called the “New Nazareth”. The 2020 rededication as the Dowry of Mary will be the offering of the faith of the people of this country to the Mother of God, to seek Our Lady’s prayers for the loving care and protection of our country.

You can take part in this activity and renew your personal “YES” to the Lord Jesus when the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham comes to Arundel Catherdal from the 28th November to the 30th November 2019. Further details will be provided over the coming weeks.

More information on the Dowry Tour and the rededication of England can be found on the Dowry Tour website (link).

School of Prayer

This is an introduction to Weeks of Guided Prayer which will soon be happening in our deanery. This two-day meeting will provide a wonderful and comprehensive exploration of prayer in many forms.

The dates chosen for our Deanery are 12th and 13th October.

Local venue soon to be confirmed. More help on how to pray …

First Holy Communion 2020 Enrolment

There will be an information and enrolment evening for parents who, in June 2020, wish their children to receive Holy Communion for the first time. The meeting is on Monday 30th September, 8.00 – 9.00pm, in St Mary’s School Hall (entrance through playground in Amelia Road). Children should be 7 years old by 31st January 2020.

The first session of the Programme (for children and parents) is on Saturday 5th October, 1.30 – 3.15pm at St Mary’s School, and the Enrolment Mass is at 10.30am on Sunday 6th October.  A copy of your child’s Baptism Certificate will be needed for this Mass, please. Questions? Please speak to Mary Murphy.

Grandparents’ Diocesan Formation Day

GRANDPARENTS DIOCESAN FORMATION DAY Monday 23rd September at St John the Evangelist, Horsham, RH12 2PJ.

Our guest speaker is Elizabeth O’Shea, a parenting expert, who will help us to explore strategies to help our grandchildren cope with the pressures they live under today ( Mass at 10.00am, and will finish by 4.00pm.

Packed lunch needed. Drinks provided.

Booking essential at

Fatima Day at Our Lady Queen of Peace, Shoreham

Visitation of the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima and the Relics of Saints Jacinta & Francisco to Our Lady Queen of Peace, Shoreham by Sea, BN43 5WG.

The day (21st September) starts at 9.30am with the Enthronement of the Statue, followed by Holy Mass, Rosary and Confession, Veneration of the Relics, Act of Consecration, talk and film on Fatima and the “Little Shepherds”, Adoration, Divine Mercy and ends at 5.00pm with Benediction. Please bring your lunch, drinks provided.

All welcome!

Season of Creation

SEASON OF CREATION is from 1st September to 4th October (

It’s an annual celebration of prayer and action to protect the environment. Pope Francis has established today as World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation, encouraging the Catholic community around the world to pray for our common Home. Next Sunday there will be a display and a sign-up stall for CAFOD’s environmental campaign “Our Common Home”.

Gary Bevans Art Exhibition

Deacon Gary Bevans is hosting an Art Exhibition in the Barn, English Martyrs Church, on Saturday 27th July, 10.00am–4.00pm. Oil paintings, Wildlife, Sussex Scenes, Icons, Sistine ceiling sketches/prints and cards. Many items will be for sale. All welcome.

POPE FRANCIS declares a climate emergency

Pope Francis met with fossil fuel CEOs and their major investors in the Vatican. In very clear terms, he told them, “Faced with a climate emergency, we must take action accordingly.” See Vatican website (link) for details.

Mass Intentions

At St Mary’s, we have many requests for Mass Intentions throughout the year. Please remember the following: i) whether the priest announces the intention or not, it is always his intention to offer the Mass Intention specified in the newsletter. Announcing the Mass as being for a particular intention is entirely unnecessary (though, perhaps, pastorally helpful); ii) a Mass costs nothing! Some people choose to be associated with the offering of a particular Mass by making a monetary sacrifice/gift, but this is not necessary. We do not speak of ‘paying’ for Masses! Mass is an ‘entering into’ the salvation which Christ won for us – and that cost him his life! That, surely, is payment enough. A Mass stipend helps the priest, certainly – but is not necessary.