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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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Christmas Mass

The Christmas Masses at St Mary of the Angels will be held at the following times:Christmas Mass Services
24th December:

  • First Mass of Christmas (with children’s nativity): 6.00pm
  • Mass of the Night: 9.00pm (preceded with carols from 8.30pm)

25th December:

  • Masses at 8.30am and 10.30am (but NOT at 5.30pm).

There will be a Holy Hour and Confessions in the church on Monday 23rd December between 7-8pm (further details here)

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Preparation for Christmas Eve Mass

All children who would like to participate in this Mass (for example, by reading, saying a prayer, acting the Christmas story), are asked to come to a rehearsal after the 10.30am Mass on Sundays 15th and 22nd December, until 12.15pm.  The Christmas Eve Mass will be held in the Church on Christmas Eve (24th December) starting 6pm. Children taking part will need to be in the church by 5:40pm on Christmas Eve. Thank you.

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Holy Hour and Confessions

Escape the busy-ness of worrying about the turkey and other materialistic concerns and, instead, take time-out with God for our Holy Hour on Monday 23rd December from 7.00pm – 8.00pm in the church. Confessions available too (including a nice visiting priest).

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The Edge Youth Group Cristmas Party

There will be the EDGE YOUTH GROUP CHRISTMAS PARTY on 22nd December between 7.00pm – 9.00pm. This will be held as normal in the Barn, English Martyrs Church, Goring. All Year 7s and upwards are welcome!

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Crib Offering 2019

This Christmas, our Crib Offering will be donated to the Catholic Children’s Society A&B Crisis Fund. This fund provides emergency grants for children and families throughout our Diocese who are facing a crisis in their lives. Every single penny donated to the Crib will be given out via these grants.

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Advent Taize Service

There will be an ADVENT TAIZE SERVICE ‘Watching and waiting’ on Friday 20th December at 7.00pm. Step out of the chaos and take time to reflect and celebrate the nearness of the Lord.

All welcome.

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