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BRIGHTON CELEBRATE WEEKEND 2017:

Celebrate is a non-residential weekend for all ages and takes place on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th July at Cardinal Newman School, Hove BN3 6ND.  Our theme is ’Seek First His Kingdom’. (Matthew 6:33)  See poster in the porch and booking forms for further information.  You can also visit www.celebrateconference.org/weekends/brighton where you can also book online

BISHOP RICHARD LAUNCHES FLOOD RELIEF APPEAL FOR PERU:

As a result of severe flooding that hit Peru in March affecting both countryside and cities including areas in our twin Diocese of Chulucanas, where priests from Arundel & Brighton have served over the years, Bishop Richard has launched an appeal for flood relief in the parishes of our Diocese. Bishop Dan in Chulucanas, has made known the plight of many of his people affected by this natural disaster. The homes and livelihoods of many in the Diocese have been hard hit. Bishop Richard Moth has asked parishes in the Diocese to take a special collection which will be held next weekend.  Bishop Richard offers his thanks, in advance, for your response to this need.  He also asked that you remember in prayer Bishop Dan, all the people and priests of his Diocese including Fr Hugh Dutton from our own Diocese serving in Chulucanas. You can donate via a special donation site direct to the Diocese online or give via a second collection held in your parish for which you can use Diocesan second collection gift-aid envelopes.

THE ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO AYLESFORD

will be led by Fr Chris Ingle and will take place on Thursday July 6th leaving St Catherine’s Church, Littlehampton at 8.15am. and St Michael’s Church, High Salvington at 9.00 am.  Tickets are £15.00  Please bring a packed lunch; soup and sandwiches are available at the Priory Cafe, but it might be rather busy on the day. We start with Mass at 12 noon; Confessions will be available during the day. Rosary and Benediction at 4.00 pm.  We leave the Priory at 5pm to arrive home at approximately 7pm.  If you would like to join us at St Michael’s please add your name to the list in the porch or contact Penny Gregory 01903 784304.

THE WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP OF ST. ANDREW’S C. of E. CHURCH, Ferring

has invited the women of English Martyrs to join them for an Ecumenical Service on Wednesday 3rd May at 2.30pm.  We are always greeted warmly at this annual event which will be followed by refreshments in the church Centre.   To assist with numbers for catering, if you are able to attend, please ring Anne on 01903 242624 no later than Sat. 29th April.

ST GEORGE’S NIGHT ‘DO’

will take place on Saturday 22nd April following the 6.00pm Mass and the money raised will go to the Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice.  There will be a ‘Delicious Supper’ and Raffle.   Raffle prizes will be gratefully received. Tickets will be on sale next weekend price £7.50 for adults and £4.00 for children or from Teresa 01903 529260

ENGLISH MARTYRS RC PRIMART SCHOOL’S CONSULTATION ON ADMISSIONS:

The Governors’ statement in response to consultations on their Admission Policy 2018 – 2019 can be found on the school website: englishmartyrs.w-sussex.sch.uk under Admissions

ENGLISH MARTYRS R C PRIMARY SCHOOL

wishes to recruit a practising Catholic to join our Governing Body as a Foundation Governor.  The Governing Body work as a team in co-operation with the Headteacher to ensure legal responsibilities are met and to preserve the catholic character of the school.  We are looking for someone with experience in one of the following areas – Finance, ICT, HR, Education or with links to local businesses.  Lack of experience should not deter you from expressing an interest if you have a genuine desire to serve the school by devoting your time & expertise.  For further information please contact the school on 01903 502868

YOUR VOICE MATTERS – Mega Youth Poll:

In 2018, Pope Francis will invite Bishops and others to Rome to talk about Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment. At this gathering they will discuss how the Catholic Church can accompany young people in their faith and help them to hear God’s call. If you are aged between 13-29 years old, the Catholic Church in England and Wales would like to hear from you, we want to hear what life is like, your thoughts on faith and how you connect with the Catholic Church. To help you tell us we have created a Youth Poll that you can access using this link .  If you’re not in this age group but would like to help, please encourage the young people you know to respond to this poll by giving them the link. For queries about the Youth Poll please email: synod2018@cbcew.org.uk .

WALSINGHAM PILGRIMAGE

The Chichester group of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham is arranging a pilgrimage to Walsingham from Tues 23rd to Thurs 25th May (2 nights stay in Walsingham). They would like members of English Martyrs to join them. Travel is by air-conditioned coach. The coach will pick up near to church in Goring. Application forms, with details and instructions for their return can be found in both porches.

DEANERY ‘REFUGEE DAY’

will take place in The Barn  next Saturday 25th February from 9.00 am – 1.00 pm. We are invited to discuss ‘How can we respond to the current Refugee Crisis?’   Speakers will include Aidan Cantwell – Diocesan Justice and Peace/ Social Action Adviser and Mary-Jane Burkett – Director of ‘Voices in Exile’.  Representatives from Refugees4Worthing will also be present. They will give an update of the local situation for refugees and asylum seekers in our community and look at practical solutions to help build a culture of hospitality and a safe environment for arrivals.  Please see posters in both porches and pick up a flyer.  Please support our Deanery initiative to discover the ways in which we can support the Diocesan action for refugees.

ARUNDEL AND BRIGHTON DIOCESAN PILGIMAGE TO LOURDES

will be taking place from 27th July – 4th  August 2017.   Booking forms can be downloaded from the website www.ablourdes.org or telephone the Pilgrimage Office – 01403 740110.  Pilgrims requiring any level of medical, nursing or carer assistance should contact the Pilgrimage Office direct..  Nurses are also required.

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION AT POOR CLARE’S CONVENT, Crossbush

takes place every Tuesday at 7.15 pm.  All are welcome.  The meeting starts with an introductory talk, continues with silent meditation before a concluding prayer, followed by tea/coffee.  It is part of the World Community for Christian Meditation.  For more details phone Roger: 0781 380 4522 or see www.wccm.org

USED POSTAGE STAMPS FOR THE MISSIONS

As the Christmas Cards start arriving please remember to rescue all those beautiful stamps, leaving about half an inch of envelope around the edges, and put them in the box in the Porch so that they can be used to raise money for the Missions.

MOTHERS PRAYERS

Following Carolyn’s recent talk at all Masses, if you haven’t already registered your interest and would like to be part of a Mothers Prayers group please contact Mary on 07889 065356 for more information on how to become involved. Mothers Prayers is a worldwide initiative where small groups of mothers (2 to 8) meet every week to pray for their children & grandchildren.  Members obey the strict rule of confidentiality.  During the meetings a mother may share her worries without the fear of anything being repeated outside of the meeting. The other mothers support her in her prayer and she will feel supported by thousands of mothers around the world who are also part of Mothers Prayers.  All material is provided. For further information see www.mothersprayers.org

Fr Liam Golden Jubilee

Bishop Richard, Deacon Gary and Fr Liam O’Connor at Fr Liam’s Golden Jubilee