Readers & Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

A happy and thriving parish like ours needs plenty of readers and Eucharistic Ministers to keep the wheels of the Masses well-oiled. If you would like to be considered for one of these ministries, and there’s nothing preventing you, please email Fr Terry (or give him a hand-written note) and we will be in touch. Readers will be asked, as you will understand, to have a dry-run to ensure that they are comfortable with what’s involved. Don’t be shy! Many thanks.

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Parish Choir Practice

On Saturday 2nd February, there will be a choir practice at church starting at 3.00pm. This will be to practice the music for 10th and 24th February. This should take no longer than an hour. If there is a general consensus to start at 2.00 pm, or some other time, please let Al Stepney know.

If it is cold we will practice in the Parish Centre, as its easier to heat.

Music will be notified by 26th January, with YouTube links where possible.

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Readers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

A happy and thriving parish, like ours, needs plenty of readers and Eucharistic Ministers to keep the wheels of the Masses well-oiled. If you would like to be considered for one of these ministries, and there’s nothing preventing you, please email Fr Terry (or give him a hand-written note) and we will be in touch. Readers will be asked, as you will understand, to have a dry-run to ensure that they are comfortable with what’s involved.

Don’t be shy! Many thanks.

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Advent Small Groups

You are very welcome to join one of the following friendly, prayerful groups for Advent. They last about one and a half hours, once a week, and we reflect on the forthcoming Sunday’s Mass Readings. Leaflets will be provided at the meetings. See the following dates and venues:

  • From Monday 19th November; 2.00pm, off Wallace Avenue. Contact Roz & Michael (507167)
  • From Tuesday 20th November; 2.00pm, Marine Parade. Contact Marisa & Mike (539970)
  • From Friday 23rd November; 8.00pm, Westcourt Road. Contact Anne & Norma (231014)

For further information and to show your interest, please ‘phone the relevant ‘phone number, as future dates and details may vary. Come to one or two if you cannot make it every week.

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YMCA Worthing Chaplaincy Team

YMCA Worthing are expanding their chaplaincy team.  Worthing Foyer houses twenty-nine vulnerable young people aged 16-25.   Could you be a volunteer chaplain and add real value to the work they do?  Chaplaincy takes place on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm. We would ask for a commitment of one evening every 2-3 weeks. There is more information at ymcadlg.org  Interested? Contact Lucy McGrath, Lead Chaplain lucy.mcgrath@ymcadlg.org  or 01273 222563.

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Proposal to Decriminalise Abortion

Abortion decriminalisation debate on 23rd October

At present abortion remains a criminal act unless certain conditions are met. Although these conditions have been liberally interpreted they still provide some important protections both for women and for their babies. There is now a campaign to take abortion completely out of criminal law, at least to the point when the baby can survive outside the womb. There will be a Parliamentary debate on this on 23rd October. It is important that our MPs are aware of our concerns and the basis for them as soon as possible.

For further information on the implications and how you can respond see: www.weybridgedeanery.org/giving-witness-priority.html

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First Holy Communion 2019 Enrolment

There will be an information and enrolment evening for parents who, in June 2019, wish their children to receive Holy Communion for the first time.
This meeting is on Monday 24th September, 8.00pm – 9.00pm, in St Mary’s School Hall (entrance through playground in Amelia Road). Children should be 7 years old by 31st January 2019.
We are continuing the new-style diocesan programme, so it is most important that parents attend this meeting. The first session of the programme is on Saturday 29th September, 1.30pm – 3.15pm at St Mary’s School and the Enrolment Mass is at 10.30am on Sunday 30th September.
A copy of your child’s Baptism Certificate will be needed for this Mass, please.
Questions? Please speak to Mary Murphy. It goes without saying that you and your children need to be regularly attending Mass to prepare well to celebrate First Holy Communion (and to continue attending Mass afterwards!).

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Big Need for Parishioners To Volunteer for Church Cleaning

Once again, we continue to be in great need, particularly from younger adults. If you could possibly just give 1 – 2 hours of your time every 4 weeks, you would help keep our church in good shape. Currently we have so few doing so much; many of us well into senior years! Please call Teresa Turner at 01903 211396. We are immensely grateful to the team who so faithfully and so diligently do what they can at the moment – but they do need help!

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Urgent Need for Parishioners to Join Our Cleaning Team

We continue to need younger adults, and particularly people to work with our Thursday and Friday morning team.

If you could possibly just give 1 – 2 hours of your time every 4 weeks, you would help keep our church in good shape. Currently we have so few doing so much; many of us well into senior years! Please call Teresa Turner at 01903 211396.

We are immensely grateful to the team who so faithfully and so diligently do what they can at the moment – but they do need help!

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