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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

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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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Advent Residential Retreat

There will be an ADVENT RESIDENTIAL RETREAT on 6th-8th December, with led exploration of the Advent scriptures and the opportunity for individual spiritual direction at Sussex Heritage Centre, Arundel, BN18 9QY.

Cost £185 full board, single ensuite rooms. Limited places. For more details, or to book, see or ‘phone Maria on 01903 413606.

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Advent Small Groups 2020

You are warmly invited to join one of our groups for the four weeks of Advent at the following venues:

  • Mondays, starting November 25th, 2.00pm, Aglaia Road, ‘phone 507167, Roz & Michael
  • Tuesdays, starting November 26th, 2.00pm, West Parade, ‘phone 539970, Marisa & Mike
  • Fridays, starting November 29th, 8.00pm, Westcourt Road, ‘phone 231014, Norma

Contact any of these phone numbers for more information on these friendly, prayerful and rewarding groups. They last about 1.5 hours. There will be leaflets to guide us. If you would like to have a group yourself, please ‘phone 507167 for more information (or inspiration!).

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Christmas Decorations for the Church

For many many years, Jacqueline Key and her amazing team have decorated the church for Christmas, Easter and other important occasions. They have done so with cheerfulness and generosity. We are most grateful to them. The time has come, however, for change. Can you help?

Would you be willing to use your time and skills to prepare the church two or three times a year for important festivals and observances? If so, please speak to Jacquie ASAP on 01903 243914. Consider what a great contribution you would be making to our worship!

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WORTHING4REFUGESS (Our parish project) Message from the charity: “Thank you for your continuing prayers for the work of Worthing 4 Refugees, who are supporting two Syrian refugee families. As adults in the families return to English classes, we pray for their progress – that it would enable further building of relationships and lead to greater work opportunities. We pray for the children as they settle into new school years. Thinking of recent news from Syria, we pray for all those suffering continued bombing in Idlib, and give thanks for medical staff continuing to give care in very challenging circumstances. We pray also for the churches in Syria, and for those Syrian Christians who have stayed on to serve their neighbours.” As background you might be interested in checking out the website of the charity Open Doors which aims to restore hope and help rebuild lives in Syria.

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Clerk to the local governing body of St Mary’s Catholic Primary

Approximately 3 hours a week during term-time. Salary: WSCC Grade 6 (hourly rate: £10.54 – £11.19). Required as soon as possible, an enthusiastic person to fulfil the role of Clerk to the Local Governing Body. The role involves a high level of confidentiality and flexibility, and covers a range of tasks such as taking detailed minutes and, in time, providing constitutional advice and effective administrative support to the governing body and its committees. There are approximately 24 evening or daytime meetings per year, plus preparation and follow-up. Excellent IT, minute taking, interpersonal and organisational skills are essential. Previous experience is not essential, as training will be provided by the Bosco Education Trust. Visit for an application form and further details. Email applications to or send to school address. Closing date for applications: 9.00am, 11th October 2019. Interviews: 14th October 2019.

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School Governor Vacancies

Our headteacher, Mrs Gemma Irvine writes: At St Mary’s, our aspiration is to be the best school in the country and to provide an education to your children which is second-to-none. Our  pursuit of excellence requires real drive, determination, and commitment from all stakeholders. Governors, in particular, play a crucial role in helping shape and influence the direction the school takes. You may have been a governor in the past or conversely be put off by your lack of experience or perception of how many hours this role might involve. Well – fear not! At St Mary’s (and all other schools in the Bosco Catholic Education Trust) we limit the length of any meeting to 1.5 hours and governors are only expected to attend one meeting each half term. We give you all the support and guidance you need and work well as a team. Being a governor is a really exciting and worthwhile role, giving you the opportunity to invest in your child’s school and influence its future direction. Whilst we’d be interested to hear from anyone prepared to become a governor (as we have a parent governor vacancy), we are particularly looking for anyone who is a practising Catholic (for Foundation Governor roles) and anyone with a background in finance. Do please contact me on or 01903 234115 to make the next step.

Really hope to hear from you soon!

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Internatonal Mass and Shared Lunch

Our parish International Mass, followed by a shared international lunch in Sion Senior School hall, will take place on Sunday 12th May at 10.30am. We invite parishioners to come dressed in their national costume and to bring with them, to the hall, a dish of food to share. People who could kindly help to set up in Sion hall, please contact Mary Murphy or Teresa Corkery. Thank you.

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Worthing Winter Night Shelter

The end has come for the WWNS for this year! We have decided to carry on providing hot food and drink on a Monday for one hour, 6.30pm – 7.30pm, in the Parish Centre. The Night Shelter items need to be sorted and stored until the next Night Shelter; if you could help with sorting clothes and bedding, and dismantling camp beds, why not come along after
Mass on Tuesday 26th March and Tuesday 2nd April?

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