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 :- 

Volunteer Form

Please do not come if you are feeling unwell for any reason. 


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,

+ Richard

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School


The Diocese of Arundel & Brighton

Parish Offertory Support

There are two ways you can help support your Parish.

Option 1 Standing Order - A big thank you to everyone who has recently asked to sign up, and for those who continue with their standing order.

Please click on this link, complete and post to Parish Office, Eastfield, Steyning Road, Rottingdean BN2 7GA.

Standing Order Mandate Our Lady of Lourdes, Rottingdean

Standing Order Mandate  St Patrick's, Woodingdean

Option 2  JustGiving

Our parishes are heavily reliant on offertory donations. At this challenging time, when we are unable to attend Mass in church, you can continue to support your priest and parish by donating your offertory contribution online.

Charity Registration No: 252878       


Many of us are really missing being at church

Our Diocesan church family includes more than 70 parishes, offering spiritual enrichment and support at every stage of our lives. While many of our priests currently stream Mass online, their parishes are struggling financially. Our churches depend on cash donations for 50% of their income on average, in some cases this reliance can be as high as 90%. At this difficult time, when we are not able to attend Mass in church, you can support your parish by donating your offertory online through this JustGiving Page.

Please follow the guidance below:

1. When making your donation, please leave a message to indicate the name of your church or parish as well as its location. For example: I would like my donation to go to "Our  Lady of Lourdes, Rottingdean" or to "St Patrick's Church, Woodingdean". This will ensure your donation is allocated to the correct parish.

2. Gift Aid helps our parishes to thrive. Please Gift Aid your donation, if you are eligible.

3. You will be asked by JustGiving whether you would like to share your details with the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton. Telling us who you are really helps, as it means we can share details of your donation with your parish.

Your details will be kept private and confidential. We comply with data protection regulation and the fundraising regulator code of practice. We will never sell your data to third parties. We will use your details to administer your gifts, occasionally send you news on the work of the Church, and give you the opportunity to support appeals. You can read our full privacy policy: https://www.dabnet.org/ContentDocuments/842.pdf

Thank you for your generosity of heart.