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 https://www.opendoorsuk.org/ which aims to restore hope and help rebuild lives in Syria.

John Henry Newman Film Showing

On Sunday 13th October, Blessed John Henry Newman will be canonised. A NEW film about Newman, England, Our Lady, and the history of the Catholic Church in England, will be shown in the Barn, English Martyrs Church at 3.00pm, the day of his canonisation, Sunday 13th October. Free entry, tea, coffee and cakes. Come along and join this celebration of a new saint for England. Why not agree to car share?

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 stmarysworthing.org.uk for an application form and further details. Email applications to girvine@stmarysworthing.org.uk or send to school address. Closing date for applications: 9.00am, 11th October 2019. Interviews: 14th October 2019.

Grandparents’ Afternoon

We at St Mary’s School would love for our honorary grandparents (each and every member of the parish!) to join us for our Grandparents celebration afternoon on Thursday 10th October! More details are on the invitation which can be found at the entrances to the church.

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 office@stmarysworthing.org.uk or 01903 234115 to make the next step.

Really hope to hear from you soon!

Men’s Evening of Recollection

MEN’S EVENING OF RECOLLECTION Tuesday 8th October from 6.30pm. Refreshments, prayer, Adoration, Benediction, confession, talks. All done by 8.30pm.

Deanery School of Prayer

SCHOOL OF PRAYER This is an introduction to the Weeks of Guided Prayer, which will soon be happening in our deanery. This two-day meeting will provide a wonderful and comprehensive
exploration of prayer in many forms. The dates chosen for our Deanery are 12th and 13th October, 10.00m to 4.00pm at Chatsmore Catholic High School. More help on how to pray. Come both days or just one day.

Mass is available on the Sunday at English Martyrs at 10.30am. Sign-up lists at both doors.

Pilgrimage in Honour of St Philip Howard

The Friends of Arundel Cathedral are leading a walk to pray and reflect on the life and witness of St Philip Howard on 12th October. Walking from Littlehampton to his shrine in Arundel Cathedral and ending with Benediction at 3.00pm and tea and cake.

Any queries to Lindsey Stratford 01903 884567.

KSC Race Night

Race NightKSC RACE NIGHT supporting St Mary’s Catholic school, Inclusion Room and KSC charities.

Licenced bar and raffle. Saturday 12th October at 7.00pm for 7.30pm start at English Martyrs Church, Goring Way, Goring-by-Sea, BN12 4UH. Tickets £8 including fish and chip supper. Please contact David Wynn-Davies on 07790 480356.

First Holy Communion 2020

There will be an information and enrolment evening for parents who, in June 2020, wish their children to receive Holy Communion for the first time. The meeting is on Monday 30th September, 8.00 – 9.00pm, in St Mary’s School Hall (entrance through playground in Amelia Road). Children should be 7 years old by 31st January 2020. The first session of the Programme (for children and parents) is on Saturday 5th October, 1.30 – 3.15pm at St Mary’s School, and the Enrolment Mass is at 10.30am on Sunday 6th October. A copy of your child’s Baptism Certificate will be needed for this Mass, please.

Questions? Please speak to Mary Murphy.