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.

We wish to thank Fr Aaron most sincerely for his exemplary ministry with us here, at the Shrine. When restrictions allow, we very much hope to celebrate such an uplifting, supporting and spiritually enriching period  for us. Fr Aaron’s last Mass with us will be on Wednesday 6 January at Midday on the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. 



Forthcoming services at Our Lady of Consolation: PLEASE SEE THE NOTE BELOW ON PRE-BOOKING

Wed 23rd Dec – NO Wednesday Midday Mass:                                                                                               (Of necessity, the church is closed for Christmas preparation)

Thurs 24th Dec – ‘Midnight Mass’: 9.30pm preceded by ‘Carols by Candlelight’ at 9pm. Mass Intention: The repose of the souls of the deceased benefactors of the Shrine

***PLEASE NOTE THAT, because of Covid restrictions on numbers, THE NUMBERS NOW BOOKED FOR THE ‘MIDNIGHT MASS’ ARE ALREADY AT MAXIMUM. HOWEVER THERE ARE STILL SEATS AVAILABLE AT THE 10.30 CHRISTMAS DAY MASS: Please sign up on the clip-board in the Church Room, or phone the parish office on 01403 710273 – Thank you

Friday 25th Dec – Nativity of The Lord: 10.30am Mass. 

Sun 27th Dec – 10.30am Mass: ‘The Holy Family’. Mass Intention: The future mission of the Shrine at West Grinstead

Wed 30th Dec – Wednesday Midday Mass preceded by Confessions at 11.30am. Mass Intention: The Homeless 

Fri 1st Jan –  10.00am Mass: ‘Mary Mother of God’ (Sol). Mass Intention: The eradication of Covid 19

Sunday 3 Jan – 10.30am Mass: Second Sunday of Christmas. Mass Intention:  Dolorous Frendo Cumbo R.I.P

Wed 6th Jan – Mass 12 Noon: The Epiphany of the Lord (Sol). Mass Intention: The new, joint Missions at Billingshurst and West Grinstead


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


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, Sharon Bean, Laura Rawlinson (Walshe), Liz Burridge, Nigel Nicoll. 

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To view or download Bishop Richard’s latest Podcast:– 
Please also 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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