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Divorced, Re-married, Separated?

All those in our parish communities who may be divorced, remarried or simply separated, are warmly invited to come together with Bishop Richard at St John the Evangelist Church in Horsham for afternoon tea, conversation and the celebration of Evening Prayer, which will conclude the afternoon.

This event takes place on Sunday 23rd February at 3.00pm. It would be useful to know approximate numbers simply to allow us to cater appropriately. Please send names of those who are coming along to Katherine.bergin@abdiocese.org.uk or call 01293 651152.

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Re-Dedication of England as the Dowry of Mary 2020

England will be re-dedicated as the ‘Dowry of Mary’ on the 29th March this year, with celebrations in every diocese and many parishes across the country. This is an important moment for our country at a time when we increasingly need the prayers of Mary, Our Lady of Walsingham and the Mother of God.

Our parish will be taking a role in this process, starting with Mass on Thursday 20th February at 7.30pm. This is the starting point for our personal dedications to Mary and leads to a special Mass on 29th March to coincide with the national re-dedication. The National Shrine at Walsingham have provided us with 200 copies of the book ‘33 Days to Morning Glory’ by Fr Michael E Gaitely, an excellent daily prayer guide for our journeys to personal consecration to Mary over the 33 days. These free books will be given out at the Mass on the 20th February.

“When England goes back to Walsingham, Our Lady will return to England”.

Pope Leo XIII

For enquires contact Stuart Burman, stuartpburman@gmail.com or 07557 380009.

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Lent Small Prayer Groups

Would you like to join one of the following Small Lent Prayer Groups?

  • From Monday 24th February at 2.00pm: Aglaia Road, Roz & Michael (507167)
  • From Tuesday 25th February at 2.00pm: West Parade, Marisa and Mike (539970)
  • From Friday 28th February at 8.00pm: West Court Road, Norma (231014)

You would be very welcome to join any of these friendly gatherings. They last about 1.5 hours.
Please telephone any of the above numbers for specific details.

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A Day with Mary at Arundel Cathedral

Always a popular and devotional Marian event (including Holy Mass), this will be hosted at Arundel Cathedral on Saturday 15th February. A coach is going from the parish car
park at 9.45am sharp (to return at 4.30pm).

All are welcome. There is no sign-up sheet; please just turn up on the day. Don’t miss out!

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A Plea: Brian Crankshaw’s Funeral Mass

BRIAN CRANKSHAW’S FUNERAL MASS is on Thursday 13th February at 12 noon, here at St Mary of the Angels. Fr Terry believes that one or two of the staff from the Care Home will be there
and also the kind Anglican Chaplain. However, there are no other mourners expected.

A PLEA: Please remember our departed brother Brian and come along to the Funeral Mass if you possible can. The dead need our prayers (and one day it’ll be us hoping that the living will pray for us!). If you are available, and you wish to exercise this particular Spiritual Work of Mercy (of praying for the dead), by coming along and participating in the Mass which will pray for the repose of Brian’s soul, please do!

It’d be great to have a church full …

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Worshipping the True God

Worshipping the Lord means giving him the place that he must have; worshipping the Lord means stating, believing (not only by our words) that he alone truly guides our lives; worshipping the Lord means that we are convinced before him that he is the only God, the God of our lives, the God of our history.

Pope Francis, 2013

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Your Choir Needs You!

For many years St Mary’s has had a tradition of supporting the Mass with music. We are blessed with some very capable musicians who strive to enhance the spiritual environment by singing and leading the congregation in worship. There is a need to ensure this tradition continues. Unfortunately, many choir members are reaching a certain age and the ability to maintain a credible voice is fading.

There would appear to be a few myths about singing in a choir. The most frequent one is the perception that a choir member needs to be able to read music; WRONG! At the level we are in the parish, what’s needed is the ability to sing and maintain the correct pitch, commit to self-improvement, but most of all enjoy the pleasure of being with a group who celebrate what they are achieving.

If you can do that please think about joining the choir. Contact by email, using newsletter@stmaryoftheangels.org.uk

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Retreat Day

The RETREAT DAY is on Tuesday 4th February, 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Explore the meaning of prophecy in the scriptures and the present day with the opportunity for prayerful meditation and creativity at Sussex Heritage Centre, Arundel, BN18 9QY. Bring a packed lunch. Cost £15. For more detail or to book see www.sussexheritage.co.uk or phone Maria on 01903 413606.

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New Year’s Children’s Party

The ANNUAL CHILDREN’S NEW YEAR PARTY takes place on Saturday 18th January, 3.00pm until 5.00pm. All children aged 3 to 11 are invited to our parish party in St Marys School Hall. Food, fun and games for everyone and Fr Chris Benyon, our “Disco King” will be there playing his music. If your children would like to join us, please sign on one of the CHILDRENS PARTY LISTS which may be found at each of the church entrances, or speak to Mary Murphy or Teresa Corkery. Don’t miss out!

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This is my Son, the Beloved

The Feast of the Baptism of Jesus introduces us into the daily regularity of a personal relationship with him. Indeed, by immersion in the waters of the Jordan, Jesus united himself with us. Baptism is, so to speak, the bridge he built between himself and us, the road on which he makes himself accessible to us. It is the divine rainbow over our lives, the promise of God’s great “yes”, the door of hope and, at the same time, the sign that that indicates to us the path to take actively and joyfully in order to encounter him and feel loved by him.

Pope Benedict XVI, 2009

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