As you will probably have seen in the Press, the intention is for our churches to reopen for collective worship of Holy Mass and Confession from 4/5 July. Indeed St John’s, Horsham, will be resuming celebrations of Holy Mass this weekend, starting at 10am on Saturday, 4th. Please see our FIRST JOINT WEEKLY NEWSLETTER WITH ST JOHN’S HERE:

However, Fr Aaron, as our Parish Priest, is keen to celebrate our first Mass after lock-down. As such, it is now confirmed that this  first Mass will be on 12 JULY (rather than 5th, when he will be celebrating Mass at St John’s). Please note however that this first Mass (on 12 July), will NOT be preceded by Confessions. 

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After a successful re-opening of our Shrine Church for private prayer on the past two Wednesdays, we are pleased to announce that we shall again be opening this coming Wednesday (8th July) FROM 10.30am UNTIL 1pm, but only for PRIVATE PRAYER. We are most grateful to those who have volunteered for stewarding, and are very much hoping that more people will volunteer. Please contact Geoff or Kate for more details.  – THANK YOU.

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Click the link below to see Bishop Richard’s most recent podcast – for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul:

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A number of parishioners have asked if the film ‘Discovering God Within’, produced by Geoff Callister and Kate Goddard, is completed yet. It is indeed finished and available as a download by clicking on the following link:

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On-line Masses – weekly and Sunday – continue to be offered from several churches in our diocese (and beyond), as follows:

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:

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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):

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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:

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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

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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:

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:, or phone Kate or Susan at the Priest’s House on 01403 710273 – thank you.


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