THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER – 10th May
This Sunday’s Gospel takes us back to the Last Supper. Jesus has washed the feet of his disciples and speaks to them of his passing and the eternal life he wins for us all through His death and resurrection.
Jesus’ words ‘do not let your hearts be troubled’ bring comfort. We may be troubled for all sorts of reasons presently, but the Lord’s constant presence amongst us brings peace to our troubled hearts.
Click the video link below to watch Bishop Richard’s latest podcast in full:
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VE Day – 75th Anniversary
The May Bank Holiday weekend was supposed to mark three days of commemorative events and celebrations for the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Necessary restrictions to contain COVID-19 have, rightly, changed the shape of how we celebrate the contribution of those who fought with such courage for our freedom.
Victory in Europe Day marks the day, towards the end of World War Two, when fighting against Nazi Germany came to an end on the continent. Bishop Paul Mason, the Catholic Bishop of the Forces said:
‘Although we are not able to mark the 75th anniversary as planned, I am sure it will not stop us from remembering them, thanking them and celebrating the courage of all those who bought our freedom at such cost. We pray for them and ask God to inspire us with that same sense of sacrifice in our own lives. May they all rest in peace.’ © cbcew.co.uk
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You will find a link to a Spiritual Communion at the bottom of this page, along with other valuable information, including some Fantastic News from our diocesan Schools
St John the Evangelist,Horsham offers live streaming on its website, and via Facebook. Just click on this website link and scroll down to the live link: https://www.stjohnshorsham.com
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There is live streaming throughout the day, and especially at 12 Noon each day from the National Catholic Shrine at Walsingham (our ‘big sister’ Marian Shrine): http://www.walsingham.org.uk/live-stream
Holy Mass is also streamed from the Secret Heart of Jesus, Caterham at 9.00am and 6pm Sundays, and 10am weekdays:
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Live Mass is also streamed from St Mary of the Angels, Worthing at 10.30am SUNDAY & 10.00am Weekdays (7.30pm Wednesdays). Go to: https://www.stmaryoftheangels.org.uk/catholic-mass-online/
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Finally, live Mass is streamed at the following times from Sacred Heart Church, Hove: Monday: 10:00am; Tuesday: 10:00am; Wednesday: 8:00am; Thursday: Noon; Friday: 8:00am; First Saturday of the Month: Noon; Saturday: 6:00pm; Sunday: 9:30am and 11:30am. Please visit http://www.sacredhearthove.org.uk/videos.html
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During the current ‘lock-down’ situation, we would like to say a huge THANK YOU to the many of you who have already donated on-line, via the diocesan ‘JustGiving’ link: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/parishoffertory
Do please continue with your generosity.
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 indeed!
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’.
MANY THANKS ALSO to those of you who have so kindly offered to set up Standing Orders in lieu of 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. 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 Geoff Callister via email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone Kate or Susan at the Priest’s House on 01403 710273 – thank you.
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