St Theresa of Lisieux

Parish of Southwick with Portslade


to the website for St Theresa of Lisieux (the Parish of Southwick with Portslade) and St George (the Parish of Hangleton and West Blatchington), situated in the west of the Roman Catholic Deanery of Brighton & Hove.

The Parish Priest is Fr Alistair Simmons.

Today is


Because of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic, the UK government has closed all places of worship. This means that all public services, including weekday and Sunday Masses, baptisms and marriages are suspended until further notice.


However, we suggest you follow Mass online. There are many churches (not ours, alas) which have the technology to live-stream Mass. The Diocesan website has links for churches in this area. Another useful website, allowing you to select by place or by time, is Church Services TV. For the readings of the day, see Univeralis.

Fr Alistair is offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass privately each day. The Mass Intentions are on the covid-19 page.

Each Thursday at 7pm, the Bishops of England and Wales are offering a Mass for the Sick and their Families, NHS Front-Line workers and those working in Social Care. On 4 June, it will be Bishop John Arnold celebrating the Mass in Salford.

Pope Francis

has two additional events this weekend:

  • On Saturday, he will preside over the Recitation of the Rosary from the Lourdes Grotto at the Vatican Gardens at 4:30 pm.

  • On Sunday, he will give a homily at an online service at 9 a.m. to mark Pentecost and the conclusion of Thy Kingdom Come. The Archbishop of Canterbury will preside at the service.

National Rosary Rally

From 9 am to 9 pm on Pentecost Sunday, the Rosary will be prayed each hour across the country, starting with Bishop Richard at Arundel Cathedral at 9 a.m.

Fr Alistair has written a message for Pentecost which can be found, along with othe articles, on our blog.

Local churches in the area around St George's will all be praying for each other during Pentecost week. More details on the covid-19 page.

St George's
Parish of Hangleton and West Blatchington
See the blog for articles of all sorts
at Pentecost

We stand before you, Holy Spirit,
conscious of our sinfulness,
but aware that we gather in your name.

Come to us, remain with us,
and enlighten our hearts.
Give us light and strength to know your will,
to make it our own,
and to live it in our lives.

Guide us by your wisdom,
support us by your power,
for you are God,
sharing the glory of Father and Son.

You desire justice for all:
enable us to uphold the rights of others;
do not allow us to be misled by ignorance
or corrupted by fear or favour.

Unite us to yourself in the bond of love
and keep us faithful to all that is true.

You live and reign with the Father and the Son,
One God, forever and ever.

This prayer of St Pope John XXIII was written for the start of the Second Vatican Council in 1962.

Elsewhere on this website...

Notices which, in normal times, would be in the newsletter, together with other useful information, are on the covid-19 page.

Articles by Fr Alistair and other contributors are on the blog page. All parishioners are invited to submit material for possible inclusion on the blog. Just send it to the Parish Office.

Part of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton. The Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Trust is a Registered Charity no 252878.