The Prime Minister has confirmed that England is moving away from ’Plan B’. As yet we have had no guidance as to what this means for Churches. In this parish, within the context of our comparatively large congregations, we have tried to maintain a measured steady approach to changes we have introduced as the pandemic seemed to ease. For some this has been very frustrating, for many of the more vulnerable and anxious this has meant they have felt able to return and participate in the Mass feeling safe. Rather like the emphasis on face coverings at the moment, it is important that we are thinking more about others than ourselves. The Bishops of England and Wales have not restored ‘The Sunday Obligation’ but have issued a rich reflection on ‘The Day or the Lord’ which they urge everyone to reflect on. It is available on our website and the Bishops own website, alongside other resources. They advise that care must be taken to ensure that churches continue to be places where people feel safe to gather to worship. A key element of their guidance involves moving away from centralised detailed regulation to prudent local judgements, adopting a continuing cautious approach to easements. The key watchwords remain: discernment of local prevailing conditions and careful consideration of what mitigations are needed in light of these, with a strong emphasis on common sense risk averse activities to mitigate against the transmission of the virus.
The response our Parish has adopted remains in line with the latest requirements:
Next weekend 2nd Collection: “Crib Collection” – Catholic Children’s Society Crisis fund, donate online: https://www.cathchild.org.uk/crisis-fund/
Wednesday 2nd February is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, 40 days after Christmas Day. At Mass candles are blessed and shared to be taken home as a reminder of our faith in Christ as the light to the World whom we carry with us until we “reach that light which never fails”. It is time, also, to take cribs down, or move them to somewhere else in the home. We will have an evening mass at St Joseph’s at 7pm and everyone is welcome
SYNOD process Update – ten questions have been posed for the Universal Church to answer in groups or individually. Our Diocese has arranged them into three sessions which can be found following this link: https://www.abdiocese.org.uk/synod. It is possible to answer these via the online booklet but we will also be organising a group discussion, please email the parish office is you are interested in joining a group, online or in person. Responses by 4th February
SYNOD Discussion – the PNL Book + Circle are meeting this Wednesday 7.30pm in the meeting room at PNL St Joseph’s to discuss in person the Synod questions and they welcome anyone else who would like to join them. They have prepared a discussion guide sheet which can be obtained from the parish office.
PRAYER FOR A SPIRITUAL COMMUNION Please use this prayer if you are needing to isolate, or are unwell, or unable to come to Mass: My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen. (St Alphonsus Liguori)
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOULS OF:
Anne Moon RIP her funeral will take place on Monday 31st January at 10.30am at St Teresa’s followed at Redstone Cemetery.
Mr Angel Guerra RIP His funeral will take place on Tuesday 1st February at 10.30am at St Joseph’s followed at the Sussex and Surrey Crematorium
Carola Penruddock RIP her funeral will take place on Monday 7th February at 10.30am at St Joseph’s followed at Redstone cemetery
Maura Green RIP her funeral is to be arranged
Nyakallo (Nina) Mphutlane-Taole RIP her funeral is to be arranged
Josephine Seymour RIP her funeral is to be arranged
Marjorie Flanagan RIP her funeral is to be arranged
Please remember them and their families in your prayers.
Are you part of our Invited Mission community? The latest Invited Monthly Reflection is out now, with exciting plans for Season 2: https://www.abdiocese.org.uk/invited
PNL Book + Circle Following Fr Stephen Ortiger’s recommendation in the Invited series, our next book is “Praying the Truth” by William A. Barry S.J. Our next meeting is on Wednesday 26th January at 8pm, venue to be confirmed .
50/50 Club The first draw of 2022 will take place next Sunday 30th January. If you wish to take part please ensure subscriptions have been renewed: £12.00 per number per year. For more information please email: email@example.com
St John’s Horsham Sunday 6th Feb 2.45pm All those in our parish communities who may be divorced, remarried or simply separated, are invited to come together with Bishop Richard for conversation, Evening Prayer and afternoon tea. details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pope Francis has published an open letter to married couples as part of the Amoris Laetitia Family Year, encourages families to turn to Jesus who is always near through the ‘ups and downs’ of daily family life. To find out more visit our diocesan website: https://www.abdiocese.org.uk/formation/family-life
Afghanistan Crisis Appeal CAFOD is combining efforts with the DEC for 8 million people on the brink of famine because of drought, collapsing economy, food shortages, conflict, and COVID – see www.cafod.org,uk for more information and to donate to this emergency fund
The Lourdes Office are very pleased to announce that online applications for the 2022 diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes, 29 July – 4 August, are now open. See the web-site for details https://www.abdiocese.org.uk/lourdes/home
Parish Volunteers Audit we are asked to have a complete list of those who help. If you volunteer in the parish in any capacity please email the parish office so we can get ‘our house in order’.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church How can you deepen your Catholic faith without going on a course or sitting down and reading the whole book from cover to cover? The answer is that each week we are publishing short extract summaries from the Catechism of the Catholic Church which have been thematically arranged in bite-size chunks that take no more than 10 minutes to read. Teach yourself and deepen your faith: click here to take you to our feature page.
TELEPHONE SUPPORT If you would like to have a chat with someone for whatever reason in the parish, or would like to offer a bit of support at this time, please contact the parish office to share your details
Telephone Support of the bereaved, our Bereavement Team are able to offer you the time and space to talk If you have been recently bereaved. If you would like to talk to someone then please contact the Parish office and this can be arranged.
THE ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY (www.svp.org.uk) works locally in parishes through volunteers helping anyone in need. Join them and work with them to help in whatever way you can. During this pandemic many people are suffering terrible hardship. Contact the parish office for more details of how you can help the SVP’s work.
The SVP are still reaching out to those in need (who would normally receive a visit) and have a mobile phone for this purpose, please ring 07918980330 and they will call back.
Visiting Sick and Housebound as our Extraordinary ministers of Communion are recommencing bringing Communion to our parish’s frailer members if you know of anyone who cannot come to Mass please contact the parish office after obtaining their permission.
Thinking about becoming a Catholic? We are running informal ‘Come and see’ sessions on Tuesday evenings – email the parish office for information
DO YOU SHOP ONLINE? AND WISH TO HELP PNL? If you shop online at no cost to you a small donation can be made to the parish for each purchase you make! All you need do is enter your details by going to www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/pnl and clicking ‘Support us for free’. Then, when shopping online, you will be asked if you want to claim a donation for PNL. Click ‘Claim Donation’ and a small percentage of what you spend will be sent to our Parish Development Fund. So, please get clicking. Thank you.
PARISH ONLINE ZOOM GROUP There is a small group of parishioners who meet via Zoom each week on a Sunday evening at 6pm for about 40mins to share the Gospel for that week, prayer requests and a song / hymn. We are keen to welcome anyone and if you are interested, please get in touch via the parish office.
Resources for families and faith a revamped website offers many fun and helpful ways to develop faith – you might like to take a look: www.colourandshapeonline.com
MARRIAGE CARE write to say: Please encourage your parishioners to seek support if they are experiencing relationship distress. Our professional relationship counselling service is provided on a donation-only basis and seeking help at whatever stage can make a real difference. You can find out more and book counselling sessions at www.marriagecare.org.uk
ST JOHN VIANNEY GROUP “I have a vocation from God. If I already know what it is, I pray to be faithful. If I am still searching, I pray to hear God’s voice and to respond generously.” Is God calling you to the priesthood? The St John Vianney Group is a group for men, aged 18-45 who wish to explore whether they have a calling. For further details contact Fr Con Foley via email foleycon@gmail .com or call 01932 842 643.
SAFEGUARDING IN THE PARISH Some roles in the parish require volunteers to have a DBS check which are renewed every 3 years. Katie Jones, our Safeguarding Rep, will be contacting people if a re-check is needed. However if you are in a role in the parish and have not had a recheck or if you have any query on the DBS process please contact Katie on 01737 761017.
BEQUESTS THANK YOU We are very grateful that a number of parishioners from our three churches have assisted our parish by gifting a donation to the parish in their wills. A sheet has been prepared by the diocese outlining the wording that should be used for this. It also includes information on Foundation Masses and bequests to our diocese. If you would like more information please contact the parish office
Christian Unity is not attained so much by agreement about some shared value, but by doing something concrete together for those who bring us closest to the Lord: the poor, for in them Jesus is present (Mt 25:40). Sharing in works of charity helps us make greater progress.