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

The Church is now shut in accordance with our Government instructions due to Covid-19.  Fr Benny continues to say masses listed on our newsletter, and our mass intentions being said - all are welcome to join on on the live stream.  If you have concerns, or need help Rottingdean Community has set up a manned helpline and website.



MASSES at Our Lady of Lourdes Queen of Peace, Rottingdean

live stream on 


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

HYMNS for Saturday Vigil 6.30pm & Sunday 10.30am 31 May 2020

ENTRANCE: Spirit of God in the clear running water

OFFERTORY: In bread we bring you Lord our bodies labour

COMMUNION: Spirit of the Living God fall afresh on (ME) (US)

RECESSIONAL: All over the *(WORLD) the Spirit is moving

All over the World as the prophet said it would be

Deep down in my heart there’s a mighty revelation

Of the Glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea


Upcoming services and intentions ...



In response to the call of Pope Francis and our Bishops for -A National Rosary Rally- on Pentecost Sunday, please pray to Our Lady of the Rosary for deliverance from the Covid-19 Pandemic. 

Fr. Benny will lead the Rosary from Our Lady of Lourdes Church at 9.30am on Sunday 31st May.  


National Rosary Rally 9am - 9pm

England, Wales, Scotland : Publicity Notice

Pope Francis is encouraging Catholics to pray the Rosary in their family homes during the month of May, especially when the Pandemic is making us aware of the value of our families and making it possible for us to pray together in lockdown at home. He encourages simple Rosaries and joining online Rosary initiatives to pray to Our Lady for deliverance from Covid-19 and he has composed two prayers for this intention. I invite you to join in an initiative that follows on the Pope’s request, the Pentecost Sunday National Rosary Rally, from 9.00am to 9.00pm across Scotland England and Wales.

 Our Diocese has been asked to pray a Rosary Hour at 9.00am Sun 31 May and I warmly invite you to take part.

Proposed timetable for across the Dioceses

9.00am Arundel & Brighton, Northampton and HM Forces

10.00am Birmingham, Nottingham & Ukranian Eparchy

11.00am Brentwood & Plymouth

12 Noon Cardiff, Portsmouth & Dunkeld

1.00pm Clifton, Salford & St. Andrews & Edinburgh

2.00pm East Anglia, Shrewsbury, Aberdeen

3.00pm Hallam, Southwark, Glasgow

4.00pm Hexham & Newcastle, Wrexham, Ordinariate OLW

5.00pm Lancaster, Westminster, Argyll & the Isles

6.00pm Leeds, Polish Mission & Galloway

7.00pm Liverpool, Middlesbrough & Motherwell

8.00pm Menevia, Paisley & Syro Malabar Eparchy

9.00pm Bishop John Keenan, as the May 2020 Rosary Mission Episcopal lead, will lead a final Rosary at 9pm to which all are invited.

This is to be led in the form of a Rosary relay Rally where the Dioceses designated in their Rosary Hour encourage the peoples across their Diocese to pray the Rosary either, individually, in families, as online prayer groups, parish groups, and where possible led online by their parish priests and Bishop. It does not matter what time during the specified hour that the Rosary is prayed.

Then on the hour the next Dioceses take up the Rosary relay Rally and so on until 9pm.

At 9pm the Rosary Rally will end with a Rosary being led by Bishop John Keenan from St. Mirin’s Cathedral in Paisley.

Come Holy Spirit & Renew the Face of the Earth

Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us

Fr Douglas Perkins

For the next few days, it is still possible to watch the recording of his funeral last week.


Donations in his memory to Dementia Uk can be done online at Christopher Stringer Funeral Directors, Rottingdean


May is the Month of Mary

DEVOTIONS TO MARY in the MONTH OF MAY - During this month of May there is an opportunity to know the powerful presence of Mary in the Mystical Body of Christ which is the Church -especially in the Mass. The end purpose of Holy Mass is to praise and worship God the Father, through the offering of God the Son and through the power of the Holy Spirit. However, MARY has a special place in the Liturgical year. She is the MOTHER of GOD and she is our Mother. The Apostolic Letter of Pope Paul V1 – Marialis Cultus – clearly explains the presence of Mary in the Liturgical calendar – is regarded by many as a ‘Spiritual Masterpiece’ (you can find on the Internet). POPE FRANCIS has encouraged the faithful to pray the Rosary throughout the month of May. In a message on April 25th he said - “contemplating the face of Christ with the heart of Mary our Mother will make us even more united as a spiritual family and will help us overcome this time of trial.” He requests that families and individuals “rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May.” – (See full text of Pope Francis’ below)

Pope Francis has invited people around the world to participate in Laudato Si' week 16th -24th May, and take action to care for our common home. 

Today is the 5th Anniversary of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’. The Pope has urged the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics to take urgent action against the injustice of climate change and the ecological crisis, to protect the poor and future generations.

Visit dabnet.org  website at 2pm this Monday 18th and discover what steps our Diocese are taking to help combat the climate crisis.   

The Prayer of St Alphonsus

Communion Spiritual prayer

Bishop Richard Moth

Podcast for Pentecost 2020

'Eastertide has indeed been different this year. Today’s feast of Pentecost is all about things being different. The Apostles, praying together, locked away in the Upper Room waited. We too, in these days, find ourselves waiting and many of us, like the Apostles, are fearful.

The coming of the Holy Spirit brought a transformation to the Apostles. Their fear was turned to courage, their lack of understanding and wisdom turned to the capacity to preach the resurrection of Christ. So it is with us, for we have received the Holy Spirit and the Spirit guides the Church at every moment.

This Pentecost day, pray for a renewed openness to these promptings of the Spirit. If these recent weeks have awakened a new desire for the priorities of the Gospel in your life, pray that your resolve may remain firm – for new opportunities to do the Lord’s work lie ahead and we must be ready for them.'  


Mass for the Sick and their Families,

NHS Front-Line workers and those working in Social Care

Mass for the Sick and their Families,

NHS Front-Line workers and those working in Social Care

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales recognise that this time of the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting every person in our countries. Those who are sick, and their families, are suffering many hardships of isolation from contact with those they love. Our front-line workers in hospitals and in care homes all over our lands are giving exceptional service to those who are vulnerable at this time.

In order to show a spiritual solidarity with all those who are involved in the ways described above, each week from next Thursday, a Catholic Bishop will celebrate Mass in their Cathedral which will be live-streamed for people to join. This will take place every Thursday at 7.00pm

4th June Bishop John Arnold Salford Cathedral

11th June Bishop Patrick McKinney Nottingham Cathedral

18th June Archbishop Bernard Longley Birmingham Cathedral

25th June Bishop Alan Hopes Norwich Cathedral

2nd July Archbishop John Wilson Southwark Cathedral

9th July Bishop Tom Williams Liverpool Cathedral

By visiting the Cathedral webpage, or the Bishops’ Conference Webpage (cbcew.org.uk) links for the live-streaming of these Masses can be found.

click link to full calendar of masses


Pope Francis on the importance of 'Community - Togetherness'

‘They (early Christians) went as a body to the temple every day but met in their houses for the breaking of bread; they shared their food gladly and generously; they praised God and were looked up to by everyone. Day by day the Lord added to their community those destined to be saved.’ AA 2:46-47

Extract from his Homily (17th April), in which the Holy Father reflected on how the Apostles and disciples were with Jesus, in community, not isolated, and how in this way, the Apostles’ familiarity with the Lord had grown. “We Christians too, in our life’s journey are in this state of walking, of progressing in familiarity with the Lord,” Francis said, noting being Christian requires a daily familiarity with the Lord. The Pope reminded how they ate together, spoke together, and spent quality time together. This familiarity of Christians with the Lord, Francis said, is always of community. “Yes, it’s intimate, it’s personal but it’s in community. A familiarity without community, without Bread, without the Church, without the people, without the Sacraments,” Francis stressed, “is dangerous.”

“It could become — let’s say –agnostic familiarity, a familiarity only for myself, detached from the people of God. The Apostles’ familiarity with the Lord was always that of community, it was always at table, sign of community; it was always with the Sacrament, with the Bread.” Pope

Francis went on to analyze how we are ‘together’ spiritually, but not really together, and that the people connected with their priests and bishops only have Spiritual Communion. “And this,” he underscored, “isn’t the Church: this is the Church of a difficult situation, which the Lord permits, but the ideal of the Church is always with the people and with the Sacraments –


“They knew it was the Lord, they shared everything: the community, the Sacraments, the Lord, peace and celebration.”

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.