THE FUTURE: Bishop Richard last week announced that from 10th January 2020, the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation and St. Francis will be joined onto Billingshurst Parish. This will mean adaptations in both churches for the celebration of Mass. Starting on Sunday 10th January, Mass at St Gabriel’s, Billingshurst will be at 9.30am and the Mass at the Shrine in West Grinstead will be at 11am. These times will be evaluated after Easter to see if any modification is needed. The weekday timetable will be Masses at Billingshurst on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 9.30am and on Thursday at 7pm – and Mass at West Grinstead continuing on Wednesdays at 12 noon. We look forward to working with the good people of St Gabriel’s and through the intercession of Our Lady, St Francis and St Gabriel, celebrating together our Catholic faith.


The following are the service times (Mass and Confessions) for the next ten days at West Grinstead (11th to 21st December): 

Sunday 13th December: Holy Mass at 10.30am with Bishop Richard – Third ‘Gaudete’ Sunday of Advent.  Mass intention: A final breakthrough in Brexit negotiations  

Wednesday 16 Dec:  Holy Mass at Noon, preceded by Confessions at 11.30. Mass intention: For Vocations to the Priesthood in our Diocese.
Sunday 20 Dec:  Holy Mass at 10.30: Fourth Sunday of Advent. Mass intention: The future mission of the Shrine at West Grinstead
Monday 21 Dec: 7pm – Advent Confessions. A small number of priests will be present to hear Confessions, ahead of The Nativity of The Lord.
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It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Ann O’Donoghue and of Sharon Chambers. May they rest in peace.
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Deacon Seamus is retiring after fourteen highly successful years of dedicated service at West Grinstead. We give grateful thanks for his long and devoted service to the Lord and to our Mission. There will be an opportunity to thank him properly in the New Year, once restrictions allow.  Deo Gratias!


We are now presenting our normal sale of Christmas card packs in the Church Room. The cards will be sold in a Covid-secure manner


Christmas Masses: We shall celebrate the following Christmas Time Masses at West Grinstead, BUT PLEASE SEE THE NOTE BELOW ON PREBOOKING:

1) First Mass of Christmas (‘Midnight Mass’) on 24th Dec, starting at 9.30pm, preceded by Carols by Candlelight at 9pm.
2) Christmas Day – The Nativity of The Lord – at 10.30am.
3) Sunday 27th at 10.30 – Sunday Mass: The Holy Family.
***PLEASE NOTE HOWEVER THAT, because of Covid restrictions on numbers, IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO PREBOOK YOUR PLACE AT ‘MIDNIGHT MASS’ OR THE 10.30 CHRISTMAS DAY MASS, by signing up on the clip-boards in the Church Room, or phoning the parish office on 01403 710273 – Thank you


At St John’s, Horsham . . .

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

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

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:

St Gabriels Billingshurst – Sunday at 10.30:

Live Mass is also streamed from St Mary of the Angels, Worthing at 10.30am SUNDAY & 10.00am Weekdays (7.30pm Wednesdays). Go to:

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.


Daily Readings – please click on:


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. Patrick Brennan, Sheila Budgen, Callum, John Challis, Maya Connolly, Jim Chambers, Viv Griffiths, 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), Liz Burridge, Nigel Nicoll. 

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To view or download Bishop Richard’s latest Podcast:–
Please see our JOINT WEEKLY NEWSLETTER WITH ST JOHN’S, HERE (which also lists the Sunday Mass readings in advance, on the final page):  

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