RE: APPRECIATION OF DONATION On the 10th of March 2020, St Faustina Community Health Center in Uganda received a donation of £240 (two hundred and forty pounds). This was given by the parishioners of St Mary of the Angels through the Justice and Peace Group. We are very grateful for the donation which will support the center in its work of bringing critical health care to this community. May the good Lord continue to bless you abundantly. Sincerely yours Fr Silvester K Bukenya Center Chaplain.
Church campaigns, needs and good causes
During this challenging time, where we are unable to attend Mass together and rely increasingly on the Spiritual Mass in the online services we offer. We’ve introduced an online doation service to enable you to support this online service and all the other important work our Church community does. The Diocese has launched an online ‘parish offertory support campaign’ so you can make your offertory donation online if you wish.
This online donations service is quick and very simple – however please do remember that this is a Diocesan service and you will need to leave a clear message that your gift is for the parish of St Mary of the Angels otherwise it will not reach this church. For more information on why it is stuctured like this, please read the information further below.
How do I give?
- Click the link to the A&B Diocese JustGiving Donate page (green icon below).
- Important: Towards the end of the donation process you must leave a message to say your donation is for “St Mary of the Angels, Worthing”. Without this message your donation will not be given to this parish.
- Please Gift Aid your donation, if you are eligible as Gift Aid helps our parishes to thrive.
- You will be asked by JustGiving whether you would like to share your details with the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton. Telling us who you are really helps, as it means we can share details of your donation with your parish.
Why is it a Diocesan Account?
Our charity’s structure. As we share the same charity number this means we can only have one JustGiving account across the Diocese. A shared ‘offertory support campaign’ is the simplest way to provide an online service for us all. A single Diocesan account also reduces the parish admin required, making it as easy as possible for parishes.
Thank you for your generosity of heart.
Pope Francis composed a prayer to Our Lady, Health of the Sick, to implore her protection during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.
In their letter of 18th March 2020, the President and the Vice-President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales said “in these emergency circumstances, and for as long as they last, the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed. This is, without doubt, the teaching of the Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2181). This pandemic is the ‘serious reason’ why this obligation does not apply at this time.”
Many of the faithful will be aware of their Easter Duties; that is to receive Holy Communion during the Easter Season and by custom, to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation beforehand. The Code of Canon Law (CIC 920) says each of the faithful is obliged to receive holy communion at least once a year. This precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at another time during the year. The requirement for the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation comes from the need to be in a state of grace to receive Holy Communion (CIC 916).
As it is not possible for the faithful to receive Holy Communion at this time, and into the future, the Bishops of England and Wales have dispensed the Easter Duties for the year 2020.
The Bishops have asked that all should make a Perfect Act of Contrition at this time. Perfect contrition (or a Contrition of Charity) is true and real sorrow for our sins which is created when we realise the immense love of God for each one of us. We express this contrition when we realise how we offend God by our sinful words, deeds and omissions in contrast to the immeasurable love and mercy that he continually shows us.
This requires us to be contrite of heart for what we have done, know and be overwhelmed by the love and mercy of God for his children, and to approach this grace with humility and resolution not to sin again.
An Act of Contrition
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.
The Way Online, Monday’s through COVID19 lockdown, 8pm-9:15pm (GMT)
To access from computer, laptop, mobile device: https://hello.freeconference.com/conf/call/1262952
If you don’t have a mobile device and want to use you land-line phone, dial from the United Kingdom: 0333 113 0100 & enter the Access code: 126 2952
It is with great sadness that the Coronavirus lock down continues and all our Masses are suspended and we are also unable to meet in the normal way to pray every Monday.
Are we going to let this stop us joining together for prayers? No! The truth is that we need prayer now more than at any other time.
But how can we pray together as a group and remain ‘socially distanced’? Technology can help here. Similar to the online Mass streaming services used to allow us to recieve spiritual communion, the prayer group could be held using an online teleconferencing service.
What does this mean? We attend the prayer group from home using our computer, laptop, tablet or an Android/IoS mobile phone to worship and pray together and everyone can contribute led by the Holy Spirit with scripture, prayer intentions, words of knowledge, prophesy, healings etc. We put the sound through our speakers and turn our microphones on to hear and to contribute to the group.
Will it work? Well I don’t know and I know that the technology will likely get in the way and it might not be easy to get working the first few times round. But we must continue to pray as a group in this time desparate need and just let Jesus do the rest. Remember where we are located or our proximity to each other doesn’t mean anything to Jesus. The fact is that we are turning to him in prayer, in faith and in hope anticipating that He will hear us and He will respond as He always does with abundant blessings and grace. We must remember that in times of darkness His glorious light shines even more brightly!
Who can join in? Anyone, where-ever located, is welcome to join and to worship and to praise Jesus, to offer intentions and to let the abundant grace given by the Holy Spirit bless and reward each of us.
What technology do I need? You will need one of the following:
- a Windows or a Mac computer or laptop with speakers and a microphone
- an Android or an IoS mobile phone
- an Android or an IoS tablet
- You can even dial-in with a land-line phone at local call rates using the teleconference access numbers. Remember this will lead to a change similar to a local call charge on your telephone bill.
OK that sounds great, but what do I need to do to be ready? You will need to either:
- For mobile phones/tablets go to your appstore and download the ‘freeconference.com’ app.
- For computers/laptops go to ‘freeconference.com‘ and select your operating system to download the app for your operating system.
- For telephones you can call the teleconference number of prayer group and then the Access Code to enter. See the dial-in number and Access code to the left/above.
- Everyone must click the link to the left/above to download ‘The Way Worship Book’ PDF. All the worship songs and some prayers are in here.
To access the teleconference at 8pm on Monday click the access link https://hello.freeconference.com/conf/call/1262952 and this will direct you to connect to the group from your device.
The Way Worship Book PDF: TheWayWorshipBook
The Parish is celebrating only one Mass each Sunday – at 10.30 am (see this post).
Obviously, any Sunday Masses, other than the 10.30 am Mass, which have been booked already, will not be celebrated. However, a list of all such Masses is being kept and all Masses appearing on that list will be rescheduled, as a matter of priority, on available dates, as soon as matters return to normal. Weekday Masses are not affected as a daily Mass is still celebrated. For the immediate future further Mass bookings are not being accepted. We would ask you, kindly, not to contact the Parish in this respect.
Please note public holy Masses are now suspended until further notice following advice from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales.
DURING THIS PERIOD THERE IS NO OBLIGATION TO ATTEND SUNDAY MASS. However, please take time, on Sundays & Holy Days, to pray the Rosary or the Divine Office and to commend to the Lord the situation in which we all find ourselves.
Private holy Masses, without the presence of a congregation, will be streamed live online at the following times:
- 10:30am Sunday
- 10:00am Weekdays (except Wednesday)
- 7:30pm Wednesdays
- 10:00am Saturday
In the meantime, this church remains open daily between 8.00am and 5.00pm for private prayer before the Tabernacle, Spiritual Communions, the Rosary, and other personal devotions. Please do come and light candles, say your prayers, and pray for the world at this time. Remember, too, to pray for one another, to care for each other and to look after yourself.
CONFESSIONS will be heard each day, except Wednesdays, (only in the Confessional), after the live-streamed Mass.
An announcement from our Priest, Fr Terry Martin on the Coronavirus suspension.
As announced in the post Rededication 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 journey started with Mass on Thursday 20th February with the commencement of our personal dedications to Mary. Many in our Parish have
been following the book ‘33 Days to Morning Glory’ by Fr Michael E Gaitely. This Mass concludes our personal consecration, when together (via the live stream from the church) we will Celebrate Mass and say our Personal Consecration prayer.
“When England goes back to Walsingham, Our Lady will return to England”.
Pope Leo XIII
Given the directive by the Catholic Church of England and Wales (relating to the Coronavirus/COVID19) the service will be streamed over the internet here.
Important: this will be a private Mass in the church and only available online, so please do not turn up in person at the church.
The next MINI WALKING PILGRIMAGE called ‘The God who speaks’ is between 7th to the 10th May: Arundel, Duncton, Chiddingfold, Guildford. Walk over a long weekend. £50. Details and booking forms at www.thepilgrims.org.uk
IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO START YOUR PERSONAL CONSECRATION TO OUR LADY! 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 nation at a time when we increasingly need the prayers of Mary, Our Lady of Walsingham and the Mother of God. If you missed the opening Mass, not to worry, it’s not too late to start your personal dedication to Mary. A number of the excellent 33 Days to Morning Glory books have been left in the entrance porches.
Please take one and join the parish on our journey with Mary leading to the special Mass on 29th March, coinciding with the national re-dedication.
More information can be found here: Re-Dedication of England as the Dowry of Mary 2020