Register for the First Holy Communion Programme 2021

Parents of children who wish their child to receive Holy Communion for the first time this year should apply for an enrolment form as soon as possible.

These are available from the sacristy or by e-mail ( or by phoning 07827 774810.

Children should be at least 7 years old in January 2021. Completed enrolment forms must be handed in at the sacristy, returned to Mary Murphy, or scanned and e-mailed to by 28th February 2021 at the latest, please.

The first session of the programme is scheduled for Saturday, 13th March from 1.30 to 2.30 pm in the church (observing Covid-19 regulations).

Invited! Our 5 year Diocesan Mission

This Lent our diocese is launching a 5-year mission named ‘Invited’.

You are invited to take part!

Given the present circumstances, the 2021 part of the Mission will be online. I am very impressed with the material provided and the highly professional way in which the diocese has prepared and launched this material. Every Monday a video clip will be available and then, on Thursday, there is a chance to join Reflection groups to discuss the material.

It’s all self-explanatory, high quality, and can be found here:

Everything is there. If you need help with internet access, please ask a friend or family member to assist you.

To register for the Thursday meetings starting 25th February; fill out the online form here:

Don’t miss out!
Fr Terry

How to Donate to the Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage Appeal

For those who wish to donate on-line to the A&B Lourdes Pilgrimage Appeal Collection, the following information shows how this can be done using the A&B Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage website.

  1. Go to the Arundel & Brighton Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage website using this link: A&B Lourdes Pilgrimage Website or the website address
  2. Click the ‘Donate’ button on the right-hand side of the screen.
  3. Then click the ‘Donate’ button in the middle of the page and follow the instructions.

If you have any questions, please contact the A&B Lourdes Pilgrimage Office, either by email on or call 01403 740110

Lourdes Office
The Catholic Diocese of Arundel & Brighton
01403 740110 | |

Arundel & Brighton Diocesan Trust | Registered Charity No 252878

Gift Sunday

GIFT SUNDAY is being observed here on 20th December. As you know we have, in past years, organised a collection of gifts for sick and underprivileged children and the homeless. Regrettably, due to the ongoing restrictions placed on us all by the Covid-19 pandemic, giving presents is not a practicality. Instead, we are intending to have a special collection during all Sunday Masses for the weeks 6th, 13th and 20th December and to share the proceeds between Chestnut Tree House and Turning Tides, both local charities.

It would be wonderful if the money normally spent on presents was instead put into these collections which would allow the charities to spend according to their needs. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Mary Immaculate

Dear friends, in Mary Immaculate we contemplate the reflection of the Beauty that saves the world: the beauty of God resplendent on the Face of Christ. In Mary this beauty is totally pure, humble, free from all pride and presumption. Thus the Virgin showed herself to St Bernadette, 150 years ago, in Lourdes, and thus she is venerated at numerous shrines.

Pope Benedict XVI 2008

prayer for healing

Prayers for Healing Through Lockdown

O LORD, my God, I cried out to you for help and you healed me Psalm 30,3

St Mary of the Angels has a long history of offering prayers for healing, and we can rejoice that time and again our prayers have been heard and the Lord has healed. However due to the continuing COVID19 restrictions we are no longer able to offer this ministry in person in the church. During the COVID19 lockdown through Spring 2020 prayers for healing were offered during the Way prayer group held over Zoom video conferencing and again (as always) our prayers were heard and the Lord healed. There is now a great need for healing; physical, mental and emotional and for our prayers to be answered and this feels more acute than ever, exacerbated by this second national lockdown.

Stuart Burman is offering 1-2-1 prayer ministry over Zoom video conference through the second lockdown. He has led the Way Prayer group for over 12 years and has deep experience in prayers for healing, both in person and via Zoom/video conference. Prayers will be held on Monday evenings at an agreed time with flexibility to suit you. If you, or someone close to you is in need of healing of any kind (physical, emotional or mental) then please contact Stuart via email ( Full instructions as to how to join the Zoom meeting will be shared with you before the prayer meeting. Remember, the prayers and ministry will be confidential and you do not need to be part of the St Mary of the Angels parish to benefit.

“Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father.  And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14

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Prayer to Saint Michael

The prayer to St Michael is recommended for use at this time

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle;

be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil;

may God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host,

by the power of God, thrust down to hell Satan, and all wicked spirits

who wander through the world for the ruin of souls.  Amen.

Make a Spritual Communion

When participating in Mass online, or at any other appropriate time, do choose to make a good Spiritual Communion:

I wish, my Lord, to receive you, with the purity, humility, and devotion with which your Most Holy Mother received you, and with the spirit and fervour of the saints.  Amen.

Managing Numbers at Christmas Masses 2020

Please note the procedures below for maintaining prudent social-distancing and restricted numbers during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Perhaps they won’t be necessary but, for now, we expect that the following needs to be observed:

  1. Admission to Holy Mass for 24th & 25th December will be by ticket only on a first come, first served basis
  2. Applicants please need to state
    • The Sunday/weekday Mass they normally attend
    • Which Christmas Mass they wish to attend
    • How many will be in their party, especially for families

Successful applicants will be notified of individual ticket number(s) allocated and should approach the sacristan at their usual Mass, with a copy of the e-mail confirmation, so as to be given the relevant number of tickets, which will be valid only for the Mass for which people applied.

To apply for a place (or places) at the Mass of your choice, please send an email to

Help Needed: We will also need a good number of stewards/welcomers at each of the four Christmas Masses (6.00pm, 9.00pm, 8.30am and 10.30am).  Kindly offer to assist if you can!  Please speak to the sacristan at the Mass you usually attend.