Church Open for Private Prayer

Throughout Coronavirus ‘Lockdown #2’ the church will remain open for private prayer from Wednesday 11th November, between 11.00am and 12 noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Please feel free to come and pray at those times, in lieu of coming to Mass.

 

 

Lockdown #2

Very regrettably, but following the Government’s latest advice and at the instruction of the Bishops’ Conference, we have decided that the church will, once more, be locked and remain locked until Thursday 3rd December for most forms of public worship. We, as a parish, want to set a good example to those around us by taking very seriously these measures.

Please remember that you can visit the Blessed Sacrament ‘virtually’ or ‘remotely’ online and make your prayers and Spiritual Communions there.

HOLY MASSES (WITHOUT THE PRESENCE OF A CONGREGATION) WILL BE LIVE-STREAMED ON THE WEBSITE AT THE FOLLOWING TIMES:

10.30am SUNDAY
10.00am Monday – Saturday (but at 7.00pm on Wednesday)

Newsletter items from the Justice & Peace Group Week Commencing 8-11-20

Live Simply Tip of the Week The second part of the Laudato Si’ pledge calls us to Live More Simply. In Laudato Si’ Pope Francis invites us to, “return to that simplicity which allows us to stop and appreciate the small things, to be grateful for the opportunities which life affords us, to be spiritually detached from what we possess, and not to succumb to sadness for what we lack.” (222). As a way to live Laudato’ Si, we invite you to look for ways to use less, to share more, and to focus on relationships instead of things. There’s 10 items in this series – one each week
Week 6 Drive Less —Talk to friends about sharing a car or vehicle for grocery trips, to and from Church and other opportunities. Bike, walk, or use public transportation whenever possible.

 

Volunteers Needed! EVENING MEALS FOR THOSE IN NEED starting on 16-11-20 at Saint Clares Day Center,6-8 Marine Place,Worthing BN11 3DN  .Jason Earl form Eats/Cocks Kitchen has offered to cook 50 fresh meals a day along with the Pie n Mash House who are offering their end of day food. This will have to be collected and then distributed. Firstly, to our homeless community from Saint Clares Day Center between 6 and 7pm.This will be a take away service only. What is left will go to our families in need! If you would like to help- please message Worthing Soup Kitchen on FB or call 07984766375.Thank you! Khristina.

 

Send a Christmas message to the brave https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Latest-campaigns/Messages-to-the-brave   Every day, human rights defenders and environmental activists across the world are risking everything to defend our brothers and sisters and protect our common home   Let’s not forget them this Christmas send a card of solidarity to the brave either on-line using the link above or by writing a message on a card & send to CAFOD  CAFOD, Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road,  London, SE1 7JB

CAFOD Faith into Action: Building a better world after the pandemic: Sat 14 Nov, 11am to 4pm Join our campaigners’ conference to discuss the world we want to create – one where we respond to Pope Francis’s call and ensure plans for recovering from the crisis tackle poverty, inequality and the climate emergency. Hear from practical theologian Sam Ewell, climate campaigners and CAFOD’s Head of Advocacy Neil Thorns, with participative sessions and discussion.  Book your place here  and bring others along if you can!

Newsletter items from the Justice & Peace Group Week Commencing  1-11-20

Live Simply Tip of the Week The second part of the Laudato Si’ pledge calls us to Live More Simply. In Laudato Si’ Pope Francis invites us to, “return to that simplicity which allows us to stop and appreciate the small things, to be grateful for the opportunities which life affords us, to be spiritually detached from what we possess, and not to succumb to sadness for what we lack.” (222). As a way to live Laudato’ Si, we invite you to look for ways to use less, to share more, and to focus on relationships instead of things.There’s 10 items in this series – one each week

Week 5 Share more—Look for ways to share with others in your community, such as a yard or house equipment library, or organising toy or clothing swaps with the neighbours. Share your time by finding ways to volunteer or supporting community groups.

I stand with Pope Francis: Please sign the petition in support of Pope Francis’ prayer message.  Unite with Catholics from all continents to ask for a Coronavirus response that embraces sharing, not plundering.  https://standwithpopefrancis.org/

 

Volunteers Needed! EVENING MEALS FOR THOSE IN NEED starting on 16-11-20 at Saint Clares Day Center,6-8 Marine Place,Worthing BN11 3DN  .Jason Earl form Eats/Cocks Kitchen has offered to cook 50 fresh meals a day along with the Pie n Mash House who are offering their end of day food. This will have to be collected and then distributed. Firstly, to our homeless community from Saint Clares Day Center between 6 and 7pm.This will be a take away service only. What is left will go to our families in need! If you would like to help- please message Worthing Soup Kitchen on FB or call 07984766375.Thank you! Khristina.

 

 

 

 

Newsletter items from the Justice & Peace Group Week Commencing  25-10-20

Live Simply Tip of the Week The second part of the Laudato Si’ pledge calls us to Live More Simply. In Laudato Si’ Pope Francis invites us to, “return to that simplicity which allows us to stop and appreciate the small things, to be grateful for the opportunities which life affords us, to be spiritually detached from what we possess, and not to succumb to sadness for what we lack.” (222). As a way to live Laudato’ Si, we invite you to look for ways to use less, to share more, and to focus on relationships instead of things.There’s 10 items in this series – one each week
Week 4. Waste less—Reduce food waste, and avoid throwing away food whenever possible. Always bring your own bags when going grocery shopping.

 

From Worthing For refugees Thank you very much for your continuing prayers for the Syrian refugees who have made their home in this area.
Please pray as often as you are able on the following lines:

  • For the wellbeing and continued growth towards independence of our refugee families.
  • For W4R workers and volunteers as they seek creative ways to support the families during restrictions resulting from the pandemic.
  • For W4R Trustees as they continue to work towards the overall vision of making Worthing a place of welcome, safety, integration and justice for all displaced people.
  • That news of the Language Cafe, aimed at helping refugees and asylum seekers improve their English, may reach new contacts.
  • For those very many refugees who are due to be resettled in the UK but have been placed on hold in refugee camps due to the coronavirus.                                                                                                                                      With renewed thanks for your prayers, and all good wishes.

What Does CAFOD Do?  Some of you may be asking that question We are an international development charity and the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

We reach out to people living in poverty with practical help, whatever their religion or culture. Through our global Church network, one of the largest in the world, we have the potential to reach everyone. And we campaign for global justice, so that every woman, man and child can live a full and dignified life.

What Does CAFOD Do?  Some of you may be asking that question We are an international development charity and the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.  For further infomation https://cafod.org.uk/

 

 

Newsletter items from the Justice & Peace Group Week Commencing 18-10-20

Live Simply Tip of the Week   

The second part of the Laudato Si’ pledge calls us to Live More Simply. In Laudato Si’ Pope Francis invites us to, “return to that simplicity which allows us to stop and appreciate the small things, to be grateful for the opportunities which life affords us, to be spiritually detached from what we possess, and not to succumb to sadness for what we lack.” (222). As a way to live Laudato’ Si, we invite you to look for ways to use less, to share more, and to focus on relationships instead of things. There’s 10 items in this series – one each week
Week 3 Eat more intentionally—Go meat free. See if you can reduce your meat consumption at least one day each week, or reduce consumption of animal products. Buy local and in season fruits and vegetables, or try growing your own.

 

 

Anti Slavery Day 18th October 2020.

Anti Slavery day provides an opportunity to raise awareness of modern slavery. Slavery today includes Human trafficking, Forced labour, Slavery of children, forced early marriage, bonded labour and domestic slavery. Modern slavery is thought to be one of the most lucrative forms of organised crime.

There are thousands of people being held as slaves across the UK. Modern slaves are hard to spot.

There are lots of people and organisations already working to end modern slavery, helping the victims out of danger and helping them rebuild a new life.

We need to encourage the government, local authorities, companies, charities and individuals to do what they can to address the problem. https://www.slavefreealliance.org/home/anti-slavery-day-2020/

Please pray about this and find out what you can do.

Loving Father, Who gathers the outcast, heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds; Bring liberty and freedom to all whose lives are entangled in slavery and trafficking in our world today. Lift up the down trodden and tread wickedness into the dust: We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit in perfect freedom, One God, now and foreverAmen

 

 

CAFOD Campaigners call for an end to debt injustice

Ahead of crucial meetings, campaigners from across the UK were outside the Treasury calling on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to cancel all debt owed by developing countries. https://cafod.org.uk/News/Latest-news

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

Lectio Devina with Bishop Richard Moth

Hosted by the House of Prayer, East Molesey, online via Zoom Saturday 31st October 2020, 11.00am-1.00pm. This day introduces the practice of Lectio Divina – Praying with the Scriptures.

Bishop Richard will speak about the background to this way of prayer that has been a part of the Church’s life since the earliest times and its suitability for our own times.

Suggested donation – £15.00 Contact admin@christian-retreat.org or telephone 0208 941 2313.

The Reality of the Blessed Sacrament

“A cloud of incense was rising on high; the people suddenly all bowed low; what could it mean? The truth flashed on him, fearfully yet sweetly; it was the Blessed Sacrament – it was the Lord Incarnate who was on the altar, who had come to visit and bless his people. It was the Great Presence, which makes a Catholic Church different from every other place in the world; which makes it, as no other place can be – holy.”

St John Henry Newman 1801 – 1890

A description from St John Henry Newman’s novel ‘Loss and gain’ where Newman seems to be describing his own
experience ….

 

Newsletter items from the Justice & Peace Group Week Commencing 11-10-20

CAFOD Family Fast Weekend

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This Harvest, we are launching a series of online events around Family Fast Day from 8-11 October so that we can come together and bring hope and help to those who are most in need.
A Harvest like no other
This is a Harvest like no other as many families face chronic food shortages, malnutrition and poverty as the result of coronavirus.
Join our online events
This Harvest, CAFOD has something for everyone. Join us with your school, parish, friends and family.
THIS SUNDAY FAST DAY ENVELOPES – will be available on the seats at all Masses’ please place them in the basket at the car park end when leaving & please fill in the Gift Aid Section for CAFOD to claim an extra 25% at no expense to you.
Prayer cards are available to download https://cafod.org.uk/content/download/53100/744160/version/2/FFDHarvest2020-%20Prayer_Card.pdf
If you’re not able to be at Mass there’s other ways to give by text (Text CAFOD to 70085 to donate £10) & through the website, for these options & for all you need to know go to https://cafod.org.uk/Fundraise/Family-Fast-Day

 

Live Simply Tip of the Week The second part of the Laudato Si’ pledge calls us to Live More Simply. In Laudato Si’ Pope Francis invites us to, “return to that simplicity which allows us to stop and appreciate the small things, to be grateful for the opportunities which life affords us, to be spiritually detached from what we possess, and not to succumb to sadness for what we lack.” (222). As a way to live Laudato’ Si, we invite you to look for ways to use less, to share more, and to focus on relationships instead of things.There’s 10 items in this series – one each week
Week 1. Buy less stuff—Before purchasing something new, ask yourself, “Do I need this? Does this bring me joy?” Have clothes, shoes, and other items repaired rather than throwing them out.

 

Latest on the Homeless We understand that the winter night shelter run by local churches is not taking place this winter. Other provision is being provide by the Council. The clients are being given accommodation in houses of multiple occupancy. Volunteer may be recruited to check on the clients to make sure they are safe and have provisions.

The Adur & Worthing Citizens Assembly on Climate Change started in September.  Here is the you tube channel for the Climate Assembly to see the opening speakers.