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
Since we welcomed the news of ‘Re-Opening of Places of Worship’ for the celebration of Mass on July 4th much has happened. From the first tentative steps and following the strict Government guidelines we, as a Community of Faith in Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Patrick’s, have been adhering to the regulations so that those who come to our churches are safe.
ALL Masses at Our Lady of Lourdes continue to be Live Streamed so that those who are unable to attend can still participate, as parishioners have been since March 23rd when the Lockdown was originally introduced.
Because of ‘social distancing’ it will not been possible, for now, to accommodate the number of parishioners who usually attended Sunday masses pre-Covid. However, because of ‘shielding’ etc the numbers attending Mass are not back to former levels and so there has not been a problem accommodating those who come to Mass. 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 to attend the various Masses during this time. At Our Lady of Lourdes Church it is estimated that, if each person coming to Mass is alone, the capacity in the church will be 37-40 persons. If family groups/people ‘bubbles’ from the same household come this will mean a larger number can be accommodated as these groups can occupy a pew together.
At St. Patrick’s in Woodingdean the Good Lord has been very kind to us so far as we have been able to celebrate each Sunday Mass since July 11th out of doors in the Parish Garden. We are hoping for an ‘extended’ summer so we can continue to enjoy the fresh air on the South Downs for a while yet. Julie Williams, our Parish Secretary, has now returned to the Parish Office one day each week. Since returning Julie has been organising a ‘ticketing system’ so that parishioners will be able to BOOK a seat when we have to go indoors at St. Patrick’s for Sunday Mass. This system will also be arranged for Our Lady of Lourdes Church. It will mean that parishioners will not be ‘turned away’ when they come to Sunday Masses.
We are in such ‘unknown’ territory in all of this! Hopefully, we can welcome all those who come to Mass –Safely in our Churches. 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
MORE STEWARDS are needed for Our Lady of Lourdes Church.
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 Church Porch 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
Important : Please sanitise your hands when you enter the Church. Refrain from touching anything in the porch –(unless you are taking away with you - a newsletter.
Please download the Government NHS Track and Trace App and scan yourself in when you enter enter Church - otherwise please check in with the steward to manually record your track and trace details.
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
St Patrick's On-line Booking Sunday 9am Masses
For 9am Mass on Sundays at St Patrick's parishioners need to book a free ticket through Eventbrite to confirm attendance for the limited indoor seating. Please follow the following link...
Please bring a copy of the ticket or have the ticket on your phone to show the steward. Thank you very much.
Weather permitting we will try to continue with masses outside, but decisions made on the day - so due to limited indoor seating booking your ticket through Eventbrite is still required.
Upcoming services and intentions ...
The Prayer of St Alphonsus
Communion Spiritual prayer
Bishop Richard Moth
Podcast for 27 September 2020
26th Sunday of the Year
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
St. Paul begins his Letter to the Philippians, as he does with other letters, with what might be described as a Hymn. This text provides a poetic, concise and very clear reflection on the wonder of all that Christ does for us in the saving work of his birth, death and resurrection. This is a text that is worth much reflection on our part. It is also a text that is easy to memorise and carry in mind and heart.
Jesus’ death on the cross bring forgiveness and new life – the forgiveness and new life that is the subject of both first reading and Gospel this Sunday. It is repentance that brings life and repentance is a vital step on our journey. Indeed, it is a step that we need to take more than once – knowing (as we heard in the Gospel two weeks ago) that God’s power and desire to forgive is without limit.
The experience of forgiveness is bound up with the way of conversion, of growing closer to Christ, of being conformed to Him – for how can we be close to Him if we remain distant through our sins and faults?
The experience of forgiveness is not for ourselves only. One of the reasons why the Sacrament of Reconciliation is so important is that this wonderful gift from the Lord reconciles us with the Church, which is His body.
The experience of forgiveness teaches us how to forgive others, to bear with them in their trials, to work with them in the mission the Lord has given to us – look again at the second Reading today to see the impact of unity with one another as the Body of Christ.
May the Psalm of today’s Mass be our prayer. May we know – truly know – the ways of the Lord, walking in His truth and allowing ourselves to be taught by the One who loves us so much that ‘ he was humbler yet, even to accepting death, death on a Cross.’
With every blessing,
Living Laudato Si’: Your Parish and Your Planet
Zoom Retreat, 16th-19th October 2020
(led from Boarbank Hall, Cumbria)
WHY? Faith is the place to start.
WHAT? Understanding is the place to start.
HOW? Sharing experience is the place to start.
WHEN? Now is the place to start.
WHERE? Your parish is the place to start.
WHO? Are YOU the place to start?
What will happen? A long weekend of talks and discussions on zoom, and practical activities, on living the message of Laudato Si’ in and through your parish.
Who is it for? Any interested parishioner is most welcome to join us. The weekend is aimed especially at people with parish responsibilities or who are part of or want to start a relevant parish group.
Times Sessions will be on Friday night, Saturday morning and night, Sunday afternoon and night and Monday night (leaving people free during the day on Monday).
Trish Sandbach, who worked in Oxfam Education for many years and led to St Benedict’s, Garforth, in the Leeds diocese, to winning a Livesimply award. She is also an assessor for the LiveSimply award www.cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Livesimply-award.
John Paul de Quay, a founder member of the Ecological Conversion Group and Journey to 2030 www.journeyto2030.org.
Sr Margaret Atkins, an Augustinian Canoness at Boarbank Hall in Cumbria, a teacher of philosophy and theology, with a lifelong interest in the natural world, and author of Catholics and Our Common Home: Caring for the Planet in a Time of Crisis (CTS).
A panel discussion for sharing advice on practical projects.
Cost - voluntary donations gratefully accepted, but there will be no fee for the weekend.
To apply, simply email Sr Margaret Atkins on [email protected]
Face Coverings inside Churches
New measures have been introduced by the government to help keep our church family safe
The British Government has announced that face coverings will be mandatory in places of worship from tomorrow, Saturday 8th August. This measure has been introduced to help keep our church family safe during the Covid-19 pandemic, with all those attending church required to wear a face covering or mask unless they are exempt from doing so.
Public Health officials have been given extra powers to enforce the wearing of face coverings in public spaces though their approach is to educate rather than penalise. It it is for everyone’s good that face coverings are worn though not everyone is able to wear one.
Our welcomers and stewards should never be in a position where they are required to enforce the wearing of face coverings, instead, anyone unable to wear a face covering should be guided to a section of church where it is possible to maintain a distance of two metres from others.