THE GOOD NEWS IS … the Government announced today (Mon 23 November) that churches can reopen for public worship from 2 Dec: ‘The new rules will come into effect from the beginning of Wednesday 2 December.’ This and the following relevant information comes from the Govt site: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know
The statement continues: ‘communal worship can now resume’ … ‘but you must not socialise with people from outside of your household or support bubble while you are indoors there’ and ‘you must not attend or socialise in groups of more than 6 people while there’.
So, we should now be able to be open for Holy Mass on Wednesday 2 December at Noon as usual. Until then, our church will only be open for private prayer – on this Wednesday (25th) from 11.15am until 12.45pm, with Confessions available from 11.30am.
Then on 6th December we shall offer Holy Mass at 10.30am – on the Second Sunday of Advent.
The other good news is that we hope to be able present our normal sale of Christmas cards in the Church Room from Sunday 6th December (delivery permitting). The cards will be sold in a Covid-secure manner
Christmas Masses: Please note that, Covid/lockdown permitting, we intend to celebrate the following Christmas Time Masses at West Grinstead:
At St John’s, Horsham . . .
Month of the Holy Souls – Fr Aaron will offer a Mass at St John’s for all the Bereaved in our parish on Wednesday 25th November at 7pm.
Parish Foodbank – The St John’s Share Shop – This will remain open each day when the church is open. Please continue to donate food, toiletries and baby goods. There has been a significant take up of this. Please share this initiative with anyone you may know who might need some extra help – Fr Aaron
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
St Gabriels Billingshurst – Sunday at 10.30: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoGj75ew6tu744_6tFK9WNQ
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/
Finally – at Westminster Cathedral – 1030am Sundays: https://rcdow.org.uk/news/live-streams-from-westminster-cathedral/
An Act of Spiritual Communion
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 being already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
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Daily Readings – please click on: https://www.stjohnshorsham.com/team
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Please remember the sick and housebound in your prayers at this time: Sick clergy of the Diocese including Fr Stephen Purnell, Fr. Ray Blake, Fr Peter Andrews, Reverend Canon Colin Wolczak, Sr Zita. Ann O’Donoghue, Patrick Brennan, Sheila Budgen, Callum, John Challis, Maya Connolly, Jim Chambers, Sharon Chambers, Justine, Shane Fahy, Aila Figura, Joshua Hayter, Norbert & Patricia Mallet, George Peach, Paschal Radford, John Burke, Glynis Taylor, Charlotte Walker, Sue Batstone, Sharon Bean, Laura Rawlinson (Walshe), Michela Urbanelli, Liz Burridge, Nigel Nicoll.
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