Christmas Mass

The Christmas Masses at St Mary of the Angels will be held at the following times:Christmas Mass Services
24th December:

  • First Mass of Christmas (with children’s nativity): 6.00pm
  • Mass of the Night: 9.00pm (preceded with carols from 8.30pm)

25th December:

  • Masses at 8.30am and 10.30am (but NOT at 5.30pm).

There will be a Holy Hour and Confessions in the church on Monday 23rd December between 7-8pm (further details here)

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.

Holy Hour and Confessions

Escape the busy-ness of worrying about the turkey and other materialistic concerns and, instead, take time-out with God for our Holy Hour on Monday 23rd December from 7.00pm – 8.00pm in the church. Confessions available too (including a nice visiting priest).

The Edge Youth Group Cristmas Party

There will be the EDGE YOUTH GROUP CHRISTMAS PARTY on 22nd December between 7.00pm – 9.00pm. This will be held as normal in the Barn, English Martyrs Church, Goring. All Year 7s and upwards are welcome!

Crib Offering 2019

This Christmas, our Crib Offering will be donated to the Catholic Children’s Society A&B Crisis Fund. This fund provides emergency grants for children and families throughout our Diocese who are facing a crisis in their lives. Every single penny donated to the Crib will be given out via these grants.

Advent Taize Service

There will be an ADVENT TAIZE SERVICE ‘Watching and waiting’ on Friday 20th December at 7.00pm. Step out of the chaos and take time to reflect and celebrate the nearness of the Lord.

All welcome.


[‘Gaudete’ means ‘rejoice’. The Third Sunday of Advent is often referred to as Gaudete Sunday because of the opening antiphon of the Mass: Gaudete in Domino semper: Rejoice in the Lord always (Philippians 4:4).] Joy, prayer and gratitude are three attitudes that prepare us to live Christmas in an authentic way. In this last part of Advent, we entrust ourselves to the maternal intercession of the Virgin Mary. She is “the cause of our joy”, not only because she is the Mother of Jesus, but because she continually leads us to Him.

Pope Francis, Third Sunday of Advent, 2017

Reconciliation Services in Advent Through-out the Deanery

There will be the following reconcilitation services during Advent across the Deanery. Please do take advantage of these services and receive this Sacrament.

  • Sunday 15th, St Michael, High Salvington, 3.00pm
  • Monday 16th, St Catherine, Littlehampton, 7.30pm
  • Tuesday 17th, Christ the King, Steyning, 10.30am
  • Wednesday 18th, St Joseph, Rustington, 10.30am
  • Thursday 19th, English Martyrs, Goring, 7.30pm
  • Thursday 19th, St Peter, Shoreham by Sea, 7.30pm
  • Friday 20th, Our Lady Star of the Sea, East Preston, 6.30pm
  • Friday 20th, St Charles, East Worthing, 7.30pm

Men’s Evening of Recollection

There will be a MEN’S EVENING OF RECOLLECTION on Tuesday 10th December starting 6.30pm for 7.00pm. An Advent time of prayer and preparation for the Coming of the Lord.

Starting Again but with Joy

With today’s first Sunday of Advent, a new liturgical year begins. The Church takes up her journey again and invites us to reflect more intensely on the mystery of Christ, a mystery that is always new and that time cannot exhaust. Christ is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. Thanks to him, the history of humanity proceeds as a pilgrimage toward the fulfilment of the Kingdom which he inaugurated with his Incarnation and victory over sin and death.

Pope St John Paul II, First Sunday of Advent, 2001