A special page during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic

This page is to bring you news and information while the churches are closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope to update it at least once a week so please come back to check it often.

Mass Intentions

Although there are no public Masses, Fr Alistair is offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass privately each day, and will offer the Mass for specific intentions. Contact the Parish Office stating the intention. Intentions will be celebrated in order of receipt, as and when there are gaps in the diary. 

 

The intentions for this Sunday - Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord - for Holy Week & The Sacred Paschal Triduum are:

Saturday 4th           Sr Margaret O’Shea (SMG) RIP

Sunday 5th              People of the Parish

Monday 6th            William Barwick RIP & Helen Hooper RIP

Tuesday 7th            Margaret Keogh RIP

Wednesday 8th      In thanksgiving

Thursday 9th          Maundy Thursday

                                 Mass of the Lord's Supper

                                 People of the Parish

Friday 10th             Good Friday

                                 Solemn Liturgy of the Lord's Passion and Death

Saturday 11th        Holy Saturday

                                 Easter Vigil and First Mass of the Resurrection
                                 People of the Parish

Sunday 12th           Easter Sunday

                                 People of the Parish

Prayers which can be used when you cannot attend a Mass in person are here.

 

Bishop Richard has recorded two short podcasts reflecting on the start of Holy Week in these difficult times. Further podcasts will be made available throughout Holy Week.

Additional prayers for use in times of 'flu and illness can be found on the Catholic Bishops' Conference website.

Please pray for the repose of the souls of:

Margaret Keogh RIP, who died on 25th March aged 85 years, well-known to many in the Portslade community (Our Lady Star of the Sea and
St Denis, then latterly at the Mass Centre).

Anthony Poynton RIP of Prince Charles Close, Southwick, whose funeral will take place on Wednesday 15th April at Worthing Crematorium.

May they both rest in peace.  Remember, too, their families, friends and all who mourn their passing.

A prayer for this time of COVID-19

David and his group, who provide the music for our Saturday evening Mass, have recorded a prayer set to music and offer it
as an encouragement to us all in these difficult times.

Self-isolating …

 ... has become a way of life for many of us. Please keep in touch with one another and if you have any concerns about any parishioner let the Parish Office know.  Good communication is vital at a time like this.

Parish Giving

While we can’t have Sunday Masses, there is no offertory collection. That collection is used to meet the running costs of the parish. Although a few parish costs, such as energy bills, will fall, most other costs will continue just as before.

If you haven’t already done so, now would be a very good time to set up a standing order for your offertory giving. It will help the parish enormously now and, when we are able to return to Mass in the church, will save you scrabbling for cash on a Sunday!

You can find out more about ways of giving to your parish on the giving page.

We recognise that some parishioners will be in the same position as the parish – income down yet costs the same. Please consider how much you can realistically afford.

This year, the Diocese will be arranging for the clergy's Easter Offering because of the unusual circumstances.

Local stores which deliver

Brighton & Hove News published a list of stores which are now delivering to homes. These are in the Brighton and Hove area. If you know of a similar list for the Southwick and Portslade area please let the Parish Office know and we will add it to the website. 

Traidcraft

Phil is continuing to supply Traidcraft items and will deliver them to you at home. You can contact Phil on 01273 421990 or 07979 304148 for details of what is available and how to pay.

A&B News

If you wish to read the latest edition of the diocesan newspaper, A&B News, you can find it here. Previous editions, and newspapers from other dioceses, are also available there.