News and notices
Welcome, Father Tony
Fr Tony's first weekend at St Theresa's and at St George's will be 24/25 July.
Pauline, Chair of the Pastoral Team, writes:
On behalf of the Parish Team and all parishioners, I’d like to extend a warm South Coast welcome to Fr Tony Milner who arrives this week. We will have an opportunity to meet him in person at the weekend Masses but in the meantime please remember him in your prayers. Imagine moving and getting a new job in the same week! Plus, he has a lot of names and faces to learn!
“Welcome one another, then, as Christ welcomed you, for the glory of God.” Romans 15:7
As far as Covid restrictions being lifted are concerned, we have decided that for this weekend we will continue with the wearing of face coverings, using hand sanitiser and being socially distanced. This will continue for the foreseeable future and at least until Fr Tony has settled in. Any changes to these measures, will of course, be advertised in the normal way.
Fr Tony has written a message introducing himself to us,
his new parishioners.
Farewell, Fr Alistair
Fr Alistair's last weekend with us was 17/18 July. He has written a Farewell Message to Parishioners.
Covid restrictions meant we could not properly celebrate Fr Alistair's time with us on his last weekend. However, he has agreed to return for the afternoon of Sunday 8 August for a parish celebration of his time in our parishes. More details to follow, but please put the date in your diaries.
Step 4 of the Government's Roadmap
The Prime Minister has announced that the lifting of most legal restrictions due to COVID-19 from Monday 19 July, but has also urged us all to remain cautious. The pandemic has not gone away, he reminded us.
The number of cases of Covid-19 has been rising throughout the country, and In this area, case numbers are higher than the average.
Within our parishes, no changes are being made at present; please see the message above from the Chair of the Pastoral Team.
Preparation for the sacraments has, inevitably, been difficult over the past year. However, restrictions are now being eased, and planning is in progress for resumption of the preparation programmes.
Would you like to be involved with these programmes? The main requirement is an enthusiasm for sharing elements of your faith with others. Training and materials are available. It can be a rewarding role in which you learn a lot yourself too!
The First Holy Communion programme is to start in September, using a simpler course than previously. Most of the children will be in Year 3 at school.
There is also a need for people to help with Baptism and with Confirmation preparation.
The parish needs your support for this! To find out more, please speak to one of your Pastoral Team or send a message.
The Pope has been discharged from hospital following his recent surgery and has tweeted: "I thank all those who have been close to me with prayer and affection during my hospital stay. Let us not forget to pray for the sick and for those who assist them."
Abortion proposals fail
An attempt to include two extreme abortion proposals in the UK Government’s Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill has failed.
A large number of MPs in the debate spoke out against these attempts to include abortion amendments in the bill, including speeches from a number of MPs who don’t usually agree with the pro-life position on abortion but were shocked by the proposal to introduce abortion up to birth.
Need help back into employment?
Southdown has a new NHS funded service to support people in West Sussex, Brighton & Hove back into employment, volunteering or education/training if they have been affected by COVID and have a mental health condition. More details...
Artwork at St George's
If you'd like to know more about the amazing collection of artwork - paintings, wood sculptures and ceramics - that are in the church at St George's, then this book (£15) with its full colour photos may be of interest to you. Speak to Helen at St George's on a Sunday or send an email.
Dates for your diary
Sunday 8 August, 2:30 pm
at St Theresa's
Parish Celebration for Fr Alistair
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The usual parish newsletter has been suspended during the pandemic.
Photos from working party at St Theresa's, 19 June
Photos from Cream Tea, 26 June
At St Mary's RC Primary School in Portslade, Grace grew the tallest sunflower plant, over 70cm tall. Well done, Grace!