Some other resources for this unusual time
Lent in Isolation offers video clips with the readings of the day and a reflection on them.
Pray as you stay has a series of audio clips offering prayer support .
Almighty and ever-living God, you sent your Son Jesus Christ to calm the stormy waters of our lives and to hush the rampaging winds.
Be close in these troubled times to all those whose lives are disturbed by anxiety, illness or fear, and still the storms that unsettle us; so that united with one another and with you we may persevere in love, faithfulness and kindness and that in all things we may triumph through the power of your love.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen
... to the many parishioners who have donated to the parish via JustGiving or who have set up standing orders in the last few weeks. This is immensely helpful to the parish. Information about ways of giving to your parish, are on the giving page.
... to Alan (St George's) and Frank (St Theresa's) who are keeping the church grounds tidy and the grass cut.
... all of you who are doing things behind the scenes to maintain our community and keep in touch with people.
Keeping in touch
Please continue to let the Parish Office know of any concerns you may have. We know that not everybody has Internet access to view this website; if you know of people who are feeling out of touch please tell us. You could also let them know about this Church of England initiative:
Traidcraft in the parish is continuing during the pandemic. Take a look at the list of goods available or contact Phil on 01273 421990
Brighton & Hove News has published a list of shops, mainly in the Brighton and Hove area, which deliver to homes. Shoreham Port's website has a community support page giving information about various resources, including some local to the Portslade/Southwick area.
Resources on the Internet
Whether you prefer to read, listen or watch, there's a wide choice of resources available. If you have found another resource which you would recommend, please let us know!
Pray as you go offers an audio reflection on one of the day's readings.
Sacred Space offers a series of brief prompts to daily prayer. It also offers a 14-day 'Isolation Retreat' which can be done over two weeks, or you can just dip into the themes that speak to you.
The Shrine at Walsingham has a full programme of prayers and devotions, including Mass at 9:0am and noon.
The Taizé Community live streams sung Evening Prayer at 7:30 pm (UK time) or catch up on their Facebook page.
Fr George Connolly, a priest in Norwich, does a homely, chatty Evening Prayer podcast from the breviary every day at 6pm. He also posts a link to the text of the prayers.
Fr Stephen Wang's Pause for Faith YouTube channel live streams a talk each day or you can watch recordings at a time which suits you. There's a wide variety of subjects.
Join the conversation
We know that, during this period of lockdown, there are lots of conversations going on between parishioners, one-to-one and, courtesy of the Internet, in small groups. However, this website is our main way of communicating with the parish as a whole.
Are we giving you the information you want? that you find interesting? or helpful? Please let us know!
Our blog, with its selection of articles by Fr Alistair and others, allows for you to add your own comment. The first time you will need to register with the site (it asks only for your email address and a password). Then you're ready to join the conversation.
Have something to share with the parish? News, articles, photos, drawings, etc..; you're invited to submit them for possible inclusion on the website. Just send them to the Parish Office.
Sunday Mass is celebrated at the church of St Theresa of Lisieux in Southwick at 9:30 am and at the church of St George in Hove at 11 am for people who have reserved a place in advance.
Request a place at Mass
Numbers at Mass are strictly limited to allow for social distancing.
To request a place, email using this link (rather than the usual Parish Office address) no later than Thursday. Remember to say which of the two Mass places/times you wish to attend.
If you just turn up, stewards will have to turn you away. This isn't how we'd choose to do things but, unfortunately, is necessary at present.
What's different in these COVID times?
We have produced some guidance for you. Please take the time to read it so that you know what to expect.
There is no obligation, at present, to attend Mass. For some people, it would be wiser not to come because of age or health conditions.
CAFOD Coronavirus Emergency Appeal
CAFOD are still appealing for donations to this Emergency Appeal. The effects of coronavirus on developing countries where CAFOD works are likely to be devastating. Families without enough to eat and without access to clean water and healthcare are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus. The poorest and most marginalised communities will be pushed further into poverty.
The easiest way to donate is via the CAFOD website, where there is also more information.
Locally, the Hangleton and West Blatchington Foodbank has continued to operate throughout the pandemic, although not in its usual way. No clients go to the parish hall at St George's, instead having their food parcels delivered to them (social distancing being observed, of course).
APF Red boxes
At this time we still would like to be able to empty the boxes while keeping everyone safe. If you have a red box that you would like emptied, there are two ways this can be done.
If you will be at church, please put the money into an envelope and seal it, put your name and phone number on it and ask the stewards to give it to Ralph at St George’s or Teresa at St Theresa’s.
If you are not able to come to Mass and would still like your box emptied, please ring Ralph on 07766 627743 or Teresa on 07761 453359 and we can arrange something.
Thank you for your support at this time.