Welcome to the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation of West Grinstead

Part of the Catholic Diocese of Arundel & Brighton, the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in West Grinstead is the first Shrine in honour of Our Blessed Lady to be established in England since before the Reformation.

Make a donation, and in doing so, please specify that your donation is for the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Consolation, West Grinstead. Also, JustGiving defaults to a suggested ‘platform fee’ of an extra 15%, but this can be reset to any amount down to zero.     Thank you indeed!:  https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/parishoffertory

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  • Mon 21 September 2020

    MASSES THIS WEEK AT OUR LADY OF CONSOLATION:

    Sunday 20 September at 10.30 – Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Home Mission Day.  Mass Intention: LIOLA LEONE COOPER and family.  2nd COLLECTION: Home Mission Sunday

    Wednesday 23 Sept: at 12 Noon: St Pius of Pietrelcino, ‘Padre Pio’. Mass Intention: The Homeless

    Although congregational singing is not yet permitted,  in recognition of our Marian Shrine, the schola will sing a Marian, recessional chant at the end of each Sunday Mass.

    We would be grateful if someone could regularly water the altar flowers on Wednesdays after Mass. If you are willing to help, please mention it to Kate, Susan or Geoff. Thank you.

     

    Fr Alban is leaving us this September for pastures new – in Selsey. Fr Aaron, together with the parish, would like to thank Fr Alban for his friendship and ministry amongst us these past two years. We shall have an opportunity to thank him when he returns to say Mass at Horsham in October.

    Also, just to say a huge THANK YOU to our parishioners for all the many gifts of  rice &/or pasta you brought for Fr Alban to send on to Nigeria to help hungry Catholics and others, who are being persecuted by Boko Haram. Your gifts almost filled Canon Tim’s taxi! Fr Alban was most impressed and very grateful.

    For the latest COVID guidance, please click on the ‘Download this week’s Newsletter’ link, at the bottom of this page.

     Please see our JOINT WEEKLY NEWSLETTER WITH ST JOHN’S, HERE (which also lists the Sunday Mass readings in advance, on the final page)https://irp-cdn.multiscreensite.com/27a2aa7d/files/uploaded/20sept20_v2_special_newsletter_gz7L88qHQAu7aC2FX2Qu.pdf

    Click the link below to see Bishop Richard’s current podcast – https://vimeo.com/459299228

    On-line Masses – weekly and Sunday – continue to be offered from several churches in our diocese (and beyond). Please click on the link at the bottom of this page – ‘Download this week’s Newsletter’ – for access to those links.

    During lock-down, we would like to say a huge THANK YOU to the many of you who have already donated financially in different ways – directly on-line or via the diocesan ‘JustGiving’ facility.

    Do please continue with your generosity, but now that lock-down is easing, we would urge you to consider setting up a Standing Order as an alternative to our Sunday ‘plate collections’. This is always the most convenient method for planned giving (for all concerned) – already used by so many of us at West Grinstead – and it is vitally important at this time, when the Church’s income has diminished considerably. Regular Standing Orders can be for any amount, no matter how small – just please give what you can afford. This is a golden opportunity to express our sincere thanks for our God-given faith, and for our beautiful, unique Shrine Church and community. Pope Francis said ‘Generosity enlarges the heart’, and we are most grateful indeed for your generosity of heart.

    To set up a Standing Order, please contact Steve Scallan or Geoff Callister via email: geoff.callister@gmail.com, or phone Kate or Susan at the Priest’s House on 01403 710273.

    Alternatively, if you prefer, cheques in lieu of plate collections can be sent to the presbytery: Priest’s House, Park Lane, West Grinstead, Horsham, RH13 8LT. They should be made payable to ‘RCD A&B Our Lady of Consolation’.

    Finally, the JustGiving process is still active: Just click on the  link: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/parishoffertory

    It is a very simple process, but it is important to state the name of our parish – ‘Our Lady of Consolation & St Francis, West Grinstead’ – in the comments field, to ensure donations end up with the parish. Also, JustGiving defaults to a suggested ‘platform fee’ of an extra 15%, but this can be reset to any amount down to zero.

    THANK YOU

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