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The Lent Campaign for 40 Days for Life

THE LENT CAMPAIGN FOR 40 DAYS FOR LIFE has just started and will end on 28th March.

40 Days for Life is a campaign of prayer, fasting and peaceful vigil outside abortion centres. Our local abortion centre is in Brighton, but due to current coronavirus restrictions we are not allowed to gather together outside the centre to pray. Therefore, we are having to come up with more creative ideas during this campaign period. Can you commit to offering 1 hour (either as a one-off or at a regular time each week) to pray at home, on online with a friend, for an end to abortion? If so, please contact the local leader Sheridan Lynch on 07803047402, brighton40daysforlife@btinternet.com, to let him know.

Flowers! Flowers! Flowers!

We are incredibly grateful to Angela Picknell who does a fantastic job of organising, arranging, and preparing flowers week after week after week. Ably assisted by her husband Keith, Angela has faithfully beautified our church for every Sunday and special feast throughout the year. Thank you, Angela (and Keith)! However, all good things must come to an end and Angela feels, understandably, that it is time to hang up her apron. Can you help? Would you be willing to learn? All we need is enthusiasm and a desire to serve God in this way … We can help you do the rest. Please speak, in the first instance, to Fr Terry if you can help with this very important part of our parish life. A church building without flowers in unimaginable.

Please offer to help. Thank you

Get Involved: St Vincent De Paul Society

The St Vincent De Paul Society (SVP) offers freindship and practical help to people in need, whoever they are and whatever the need.

A housebound person may simply need someone to chat with or to help with a small task. For someone in a crisis situation, a little help with the cost of something essential could make a big difference. Someone else may need a friend for advice.

If SVP members can’t provide the particular help needed, they may be able to help find it.

For SVP help, or if you are thinking of joining us, please contact:

The SVP gives help and seeks help

The lockdown has not stopped the SVP offering friendly practical help to whoever needs it.

The Covid pandemic has led to increased loneliness, loss of independence and depression among local people. More people are suffering the results of unemployment and poverty. New problems keep coming. We have been helping local people with food shortage, shopping, telephone support, repairs, medical appointments and more.

The SVP at St Mary of the Angels is part of the St Vincent de Paul Society of England and Wales, more commonly known as the SVP.  The SVP offers friendship and practical help to all without regard to faith, ethnicity, status or sexual orientation.

The SVP is rising to the challenge of the pandemic.  Will you help? We ask you to refer people to us, pray for our work and to think about what other help you might give. Could you give a donation, give your time as a temporary volunteer, or even become a visiting SVP member?

To ask for SVP help or to offer it please contact

     Sue:  mobile:  07913 873 115 or email: sueelizabethw@hotmail.com or Patrick:  mobile:  07929 080 025

 

Help Needed: Parish Shop

For over 32 years (!), the amazingly generous Roz & Michael Burholt have run the parish shop. We all agree that they have done an outstanding job and have cheerfully and efficiently provided this service for the parish. We are immensely grateful to them and cannot thank them enough! Thank you, Roz & Michael.

Roz & Michael now feel that the time has come to hand over the shop keys to somebody else. Could that be you? Are you excited by the idea of supporting the parish in this important way? Roz & Michael have kindly offered to provide all training and support necessary. If you can help or are interested in finding out more about this voluntary role, please speak to Fr Terry.

Thank you

Charity Garden Party

cream teaFr Terry is hosting a (socially distanced) Garden Party to raise funds for CARING FOR THE ANIMALS TRUST (CARAT) on Saturday 8th August from 1.00pm at the Presbytery.

Cakes, teas, Pimms, raffle etc. Gifts of cakes (especially vegan ones!) would be very welcome. All are invited! Do come (but kindly let Fr Terry know by email).

Holy Masses

It’s truly great news that are now permitted to open the church again for Sunday and weekday Masses. Remember, if you are shielding, self-isolating or concerned about public places, please do
stay at home and be safe! However, if you intend to come to Mass, please:

  • Follow the guidance of the stewards for one-way entrance/exit through the church
  • Be sure to use the hand sanitiser provided on entering and leaving
  • DO NOT come to Mass if you have flu-like symptoms
  • Please be sure to sit 2 metres apart, except where you are with people from one household
  • Holy Communion will be distributed in one kind only, on the hand. The priest will explain the procedure to you at the appropriate time

The Sunday Obligation remains suspended, so there is no sin in not attending Sunday Mass. Please, therefore, think about spreading out your Mass attendance to allow the largest number of people to be accommodated within the social distancing arrangements.

You are, of course, free to bring these to Mass and use them if you feel it is safer. Each person will be respected for the decisions that they make in this matter. However, it would
not be appropriate to receive Holy Communion while wearing gloves.

When you come to Mass, kindly bring, if you are able, some packets of anti-bacterial wet wipes, to assist with supplies for sanitising the church.

Volunteer Stewards & Cleaners Needed

To facilitate the safe opening of the church building for private prayer and for Masses we need as many volunteers as we can find…. The volunteers need to be those who have no underlying serious health conditions and who are generally fit, and those not living with anyone who is extremely clinically vulnerable.  Could this be you?  Please contact Fr Terry via email, ‘phone or text, in order to offer your services if you are able.

These volunteers will be absolutely necessary to enable us to move forward with the opening of the church.  Many thanks in advance.

Volunteers Needed to Steward and Clean the Church

To facilitate the safe opening of the church building for private prayer we need as many volunteers as we can find …. The volunteers need to be those who have no underlying serious health conditions and who are generally fit, and those not living with anyone who is extremely clinically vulnerable. Could this be you? Please contact Fr Terry via email, ‘phone or text, in order to offer your services if you are able.

These volunteers will be absolutely necessary to enable us to move forward with the opening of the church. Many thanks in advance.