Our Lady of Lourdes Queen of Peace, Rottingdean
and St. Patrick's, Woodingdean
Thank you for your interest in the Roman Catholic parish of
Our Lady of Lourdes Queen of Peace, Rottingdean
and St. Patrick's, Woodingdean.
Eastfield, Steyning Road, Rottingdean BN2 7GA Tel: 01273 302903
The Parish is part of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton
Diocesan Trust Registered Charity No.252878
Priest: Rev. Mgr. Benny O'Shea 07802 791394 Deacon: Rev. Neil Mercer Tel: 07801 706167
Parish Office Email: [email protected]
Also resident: Canon Oliver Heaney & Canon Daithi Foley
Reopening of Places of Worship for the celebration of Mass is wonderful news. There are strict guidelines to be followed which we, as a Community of Faith in Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Patrick’s, will be adhering to so that those who come to our churches are safe. Please check the newsletter on this website for the weekly masses which are subject to change.
ALL Masses at Our Lady of Lourdes will be Live Streamed so that those who are unable to attend will be able to continue to participate, as parishioners have been since March 23rd when the Lockdown was introduced.
Because of ‘social distancing’ it will not be possible, for now, to accommodate the number of parishioners who usually attended Sunday masses. I am grateful to those who have volunteered to help as Stewards and ask for patience and understanding from those who come to the Church this weekend. It is estimated that if each person coming to Mass is alone the capacity in the church will be 32-34persons. If family groups/people from the same household come this will mean a larger number can be accommodated as these groups can occupy a pew together.
We are in such ‘unknown’ territory in all of this! Hopefully, we can welcome all those who come to Mass –Safely in the Church. It will be of great help if those attending are in the Church at least ten minutes before Mass begins so that the Stewards can indicate where you can sit.
God bless, Fr. Benny
We are very grateful to the team of people who have readily volunteered to act as stewards for us. If you would like to volunteer, please either collect a form from the doorstep of Eastfield or click on the following link :-
Please do not come if you are feeling unwell for any reason.
GUIDELINES : PLEASE BE AWARE MASKS ARE NOW MANDATORY FOR INDOOR EVENTS
Please enter via the usual main entrance.
Important : Please sanitise your hands when you enter the Church. Refrain from touching anything in the porch.
It is essential to be at the church 15 minutes before mass starts, so that a steward can show you where to sit.
Please enter the church in the normal way and exit through the double doors at the rear of the church.
Those attending Mass/ Services in Churches should limit their interactions with anyone they are not attending church with, i.e. if they are attending corporate worship with one other household, wherever possible they should maintain social distancing with anyone outside of this group.
Face Coverings are now mandatory inside places of worship.
There will be no missals or hymn books and therefore no congregational singing during mass. There will be no sign of peace.
Kneelers in front of the side altars should not to be used.
Important: At Communion after the response: ‘Lord I am not worthy....’ the priest will hold up the Host to the congregation and say “THE BODY OF CHRIST” to which the people respond “AMEN”. In the same way the people say “AMEN” after he has elevated the Chalice. This enables the people’s Communion to be distributed in silence with no dialogue, as they have already acclaimed the presence of the Lord.
Receiving Communion: Please remain seated until directed by a steward to proceed. Communion can only be taken in the hand with your arms outstretched to the full so that there is the required distance between you and the priest.
There will be collection baskets at the entrance and exit from the church.
Please disperse as quickly as possible after mass.
Thank you for your co-operation, for your prayers and support through these times.
MASSES at Our Lady of Lourdes Queen of Peace, Rottingdean
live stream on
Daily readings are available to view on www.universalis.com
MASS ON THE PHONE - If you are unable to access Live Streamed Mass you can listen to the celebration each SUNDAY at 12 Noon by
ringing St. Mary’s Cathedral, Middlesborough on 01642 130120
Upcoming services and intentions ...
The Prayer of St Alphonsus
Communion Spiritual prayer
Bishop Richard Moth
Podcast for 2 August 2020
Dear brothers and sisters,
“How good is the Lord to all, compassionate to all his creatures”. We find these words in the Responsorial Psalm for this Sunday – a day when all of the Scripture readings speak to us of the generosity of God. Isaiah speaks of the place where our thirst is quenched and we are fed – freely – by God Himself. More than that, God promises a new covenant with us – His Son. In the Gospel, His Son, Jesus, feeds the five thousand. He takes what little there is to offer and feeds a multitude. St. Paul, writes those most consoling words to the Romans: absolutely nothing whatever can come between us and the love of God. The generosity – the love – of God is without measure, without limit, so great that it is beyond our comprehension.
We might be tempted to compare our efforts, often – if we are honest – quite limited, with this limitless love of the Father, seen most clearly in His Son who, without any sin or fault whatever, dies for us. We can be tempted to discouragement. Such thoughts can come to the fore even more when times are difficult. What can I do? How can I possibly make a difference? Even, why bother at all? We must turn to today’s Gospel.
All the disciples could come up with was five loaves and two fish. Jesus takes these small things and does something so wonderful that all are fed – well over five thousand, Matthew records. It is the same with us. We may have relatively little to offer, but the Lord can do so much with our small things. We may feel that we are very small and insignificant ourselves. The Lord can do so much more with us. All that we need to do is offer, give.
The disciples gave all that was available – all they had with them. The Lord did not demand this. All he said was “give them something to eat yourselves.” It is the same with us, the Lord does not demand, cajole, force. He simply asks. The more we give, the more the Lord can do. When we respond truly to the Lord, the possibilities are limitless.
With every blessing,