Praise the Lord who heals the broken-hearted

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					 The Diocese of A & B is a
  Reg. Charity No. 252878



        John Southern R.I.PJohnx                                                   8th February 2009
                                                                        5th Sunday of the Year B

                                                  The Catholic Parish serving Bexhill-on-Sea, Little Common,
                                                               Sidley St the surrounding areas
                                                St Mary Magdalene’s,and Martha’s, Our Lady of the Rosary
                                                                                                                   ,

                              Praise the Lord who heals the
                                      broken-hearted
                 In the television soap-operas, we often have               Everybody, whether they realise it
    gggggggggggg the character whose thinking space is the                  or not, is in need of such a space –
                 shed at the allotment (often with a few cans               that is, a place of peace, a place
                 of larger tucked away somewhere behind the                 where we can discover the sacred
 Weekday Mass plant pots)!                                                  within ourselves.
 time – Tuesday
      `                    We all need a special place not just to          We need a space to be in touch
  Eileen Ogilvie R.I.P. escape from others, but a place to be at one        with our deepest being. If we do
           0               with our self and with God. It is true we can    not have this, if our space is taken
   Please note that on
    Tuesday 10th our
                           find God and pray to God anywhere – in the       away or violated, if we are under
Parish Mass will be the kitchen, the car, the shed or wherever; but it      too     much        pressure,     or
funeral Mass for Eileen is still a good idea to have a place where we       overwhelmed with things to do,
  Ogilvie and will be at can withdraw from time to time – the sea           then we risk running into
           `
 St Martha’s Church - front, the woods, the hills, or a church. God         confusion.
           coffee
          9:00am.          doesn‟t need the special place, we do!!!
                                                                            Today, we see Jesus rise early and
 There will be no Mass in We need a space that is symbolic of the
           `                                                                 go off to a lonely place to pray.
   St Mary Magdalene’s     peace and love that comes from God - a
    Church on this day.                                                         From where do I draw my
                           place to be calmer, quieter, more relaxed,              Spiritual strength?
 Fr Chris` will offer Mass away from our day to day busy-ness and
 for Amelia Cahill R.I.P. thus more open to God and what God is                   Where is that special place
      at St. Richard’s
           fro             offering to us.                                         where I find time for God?
           to
        on this day.
                                                                                  Am I in need of healing in
                           When I was younger “my space” was the
                           disused coal-bunker in the garden, once                 some way?
   Renee Herring inside I could be still and quiet armed with                     Do I take time to pray for
           R.I.P.          my pad, various pens my statue of Jesus and             my own needs and listen to
   We pray too for the     some thinking space!                                    God speaking in my life?
    Repose of Soul of
                   B
             1.


 Renee, who died last               Education Sunday 2009
weekend and who has          Today is a day of special prayer for
contributed so much to       Students, Teachers, Staff, Governors & all
  the life of our Parish,    who are dedicated to the work of education.
      and her family.        We give special thanks for our Parish
    Our thoughts and         Schools and Nursery and for the very real
prayers are with you at      relationship that we enjoy with them here in
       this sad time.        the Parish. They are responsible for the
                             Church of tomorrow; but also, actively
                             support the Church of today. They focus on
     Father,                 Faith, Hope and Love – based on the
 Watch over your             example and teaching of Christ.
 family & keep us            At this time, we pray especially for the
                                                                             Please give generously to our
                             governors of St Richard’s as they seek to
safe in your care,           appoint a new principal to lead and               retiring collection for the
for all our hope is          shepherd the community.                         Catholic Education Service in
                              We pray, also, for all the schools, special
      in you.                                                                     England and Wales.
                                  schools and colleges of our town.
      PARISH NEWS                                                                                    Page 2 of 4
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Please pray for all those who have recently . died especially Renee Herring, Charlie Banks, Eileen
Ogilvie, Anne Surridge & Joan Kelly. We remember too, all those whose anniversaries occur about now.
We pray for the sick especially Fred Herring, Phil Craig, Fr John Whelton, Sean O’Brien, Margaret
Taylor, Paul Foster, Alvin Luck, Anastazia Zglobis, Bridget Geraghty, Omar Azerkane, Brian Williams,
Margaret MacNamara, Lily Long, Philomena & George Thomas Lowri, Maureen O’Neill, Kajetan
Ignatowska, Anne Marie Rothwell, Richard Peters, Pauline McKinney, Jacques Bruneau, Winifrede
Connellan, Joan Hooker, Patrick Crossinggum and Elfrieda Pilcher

Collections                   Welcome to St Richards                                  Shrove Tuesday
      1st February              Catholic College…                           There will be a coffee and pancake morning
      Collection:        Who are leading our 11am Mass at St                at St Mary Magdalene‟s Hall on Tuesday
                         Mary Magdalene‟s today. We pray that               24th February, 10.30am – 12.30pm.
        £1145.90
                         you will always cherish the great gift of          Entrance to this will be just £2. There will
    + £854.00 Gift Aid
           nd            faith entrusted to you; and share that gift        also be a table sale and raffle with proceeds
       2  collection                                                        towards the cost of church flowers.
         £105.62         to contribute to our broken world of today.
     + £47.00 Gift aid         Thank you for sharing with us!                      Parish Green Leaves
       Thank you!                                                           The Jesuit paleontologist Teilhard de Chardin
                          Churches Together in Bexhill
      Second                                                                began theology 100 years ago this autumn at
                         This week we pray for: St Martha‟s (Fr             Ore Place, Hastings. To commemorate
     Collections         Chris Spain, Fr Stan Mycek, David King)            Teilhard‟s four years here, Hastings Borough
        th
      8 February         Next Week: Living Word Church (Pete Cox)           Council dedicated a plaque at Ore Place. Fr
      The Catholic                                                          Billy Hewitt, of Campion Hall, Oxford,
    Education Service           Notice for our servers                      spoke of Teilhard‟s love of matter and „the
           th
                         Just a reminder that for anyone who serves at      universal Christ‟. Some of the fossils Père
      15 February        any Masses at St Mary Magdalene’s there is
         St MM                                                              Teilhard found here are in Hastings Museum.
                         a short meeting after 11.00am Mass on
      Church & hall
       stonework         Sunday 8th February. Thank you. David.                      St Martha’s News
       restoration
                                  Fairtrade Breakfast                       The meeting postponed from 2nd February
           nd
      22 February        OLR Fairtrade liturgy and breakfast will be        will take place on 2nd March in the hall
    Cabrini Childrens’   held after Mass on March 8th.               More   to discuss planning of forthcoming events
         Society         information      on     events    available   at   and any other issues. All welcome!
                         www.fairtrade.org.uk/events.          Fairtrade      The new list for the St. Martha's readers is
                         fortnight: What special effort can you make           now available at the back of the church.
                         at home, school, at work to achieve fairness &
                         justice for the poorest. Pope Benedict says that           Annual St. Patrick’s
                         elimination of poverty is essential to achieve                Celebration
                         peace – fairtrade is a practical way
                                                                                  Saturday 14th March 2009
                            Recruitment of Foundation                        Dance to the ‘Leprechauns’, thrill to pipe
                                   Governors                                and enjoy a traditional Irish ‘coddle’. The
    Concert of                                                                                venue is
                         The diocese will be presenting an information
                                                                                      St. Richards’s College.
    Polish Folk          Evening at St Richard‟s Catholic College on
                                                                                  The evening starts at 7.30pm.
                         Tues 31 March from 7pm for any Catholic
      Music              Parishioners interested in becoming a School            Tickets are:       Adults - £6.00
                                                                                                   Children - £3.00
     Suitable for all    Foundation Governor.
                                                                                                   Family - £15.00
         ages…           Anyone interested in finding out more, please       and are on sale after Masses, from the
     make it a date!     come along.                                        Parish office or tel: 214903 (Dick), 214605
     Saturday 21st          Union of Catholic Mothers                                  (Jack), 731905 (Peter)
                                                                                   licence bar by 1066 Brewery
       February          All Ex-UCM members are invited to a
                                                                            Donations of raffle prizes very welcome
        St Mary          farewell luncheon on Wed 18 Feb, 1pm @
                                                                              for the 'monstrous raffle’ on this very
      Magdalene’s        Wheatsheaf Restaurant, Little Common.
                                                                                          special evening.
        Church           Please notify if you wish to attend: 732283
                         (Maureen) or 211888 (Amalia) before Mon 16         Tickets available next week- buy early to
           7:15pm        Feb please, for booking reasons.                            avoid disappointment!
       PARISH NEWS                                                                              Page 3 of 4

                      February 2009 Parish Diary Dates
    February 2009
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    Sun 8     St Richard’s College lead our 11am Mass                               11:00am St MM
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    Sun 8     Confirmation Group Meeting                                            3:00pm Presbytery
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    Mon 9     CAFOD Planning Meeting                                                2:00pm Presbytery
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    Tues 10   Form 7O Liturgy                                                       9:05am St Richard’s College (CS)
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    Tues 10   Clergy Deanery Meeting at Rye                                         11:00pm
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    Wed 11    St Johns Day at the Seminary Wonersh                                  Fr Chris & David away all day
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    Wed 11    We journey Together - Baptism Prep for children aged 5+               6:30pm Presbytery
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    Wed 11    David King away this week                                             Back Tues 24
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    Tues17    Fr Chris on Deans Visitation                                          1 :00pm
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    Wed18     Fr Chris with Bp. Kieran for Deans annual one to one!                 1:00pm Pease Pottage
            st
    Sat 21    Concert of Polish folk music in aid of FLIP (details following)       7:15pm St MM Church
              rd
    Mon 23    Headship Short listing                                                10:00am Presbytery
              rd
    Mon 23    Fairtrade fortnight begins                                            23 Feb – 8 March
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    Tues 24   Coffee & Pancake morning St MM’s hall                                 10.30am – 12.30pm
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    Wed 25    Ash Wednesday and start of Lent                                       Schools and Churches
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    Wed 25    R.C.I.A. Meeting                                                      7:45pm Presbytery
                 th
    Thurs 26  David King Assessment Meeting                                         6:30pm Presbytery
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    Fri 27    ST Richard’s Mass and Fairtrade breakfast                             8:00am St Richard’s College
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    Fri 27    Confirmation Group Weekend to Whitstable                              4:30pm Presb (return 3:30pm Sun)
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    Sat 28    Fr Chris away on Deans Visitation                                     Afternoon / Evening (CS)
    March 2009 (More next week)
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    Fri 6     Fairtrade Nat Bananathon noon 6 /noon 7 …world record?
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    Fri 6     Fairtrade Cotton Farmers from Cameroons Presentation                  7:30pm St Richards
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    Sun 8     Fairtrade Liturgy & Fairtrade Breakfast                               OLR & OLR Hall after Mass
           th
    Sat 14    St Patricks Celebration                                               7:30pm St Richard’s College

Consultation re: Proposed School ‘Admission Policies’ for 2010 – 2011: There is a
statutory consultation to 1st March 2009 for the proposed admissions policies for school entry 2010-11. These will be
made available on our Parish School Websites or through the schools directly. Any comments on the proposals should
be sent to the Chair of Governors c/o the respective school by 1st March.
http://www.st-richards.e-sussex.sch.uk/ http://stmarymags.co.uk/
Parish Directory:            We are due to start work on a new Parish Directory. Please write or E Mail us with any
changes to the existing content. We are also interested to hear your ideas about what should be included e.g. details of
groups/organisations/helpful addresses/internet sites etc etc. All ideas to be sent to the Presbytery office by 28th
February. If you know anybody who is interested in placing an advert for their business, please ask them to write or
Email the details to us. Prices for any adverts will be established a.s.a.p.
School Admissions 2009: If you require a form signed by Fr Chris and/or a copy of a Baptism certificate
to support your application to St Mary Magdalene‟s Primary; please telephone the office between 9am - 1pm for an
appointment. Fr Chris has set aside specific dates and times when he can see parents so please have your diary to hand!
The Bexhill foundation of the Union of Catholic Mothers (UCM):                                   Regrets to announce
that after 60 years it will be ceasing its activities. Fr Chris would like to sincerely thank all members for their
collective and individual support of the Parish in so many ways over that time and for their kindness and generosity.
The closing meeting was postponed due to the inclement weather. Details to follow.
Lent Faith Sharing Groups: In this Year of St Paul our Parish groups will be meeting together during
Lent to pray and reflect on the letters of St Paul as we prepare for Easter. The groups will start in the week beginning
Sun. 22 Feb. Look out for next week‟s newsletter with details of venues & times, and how to take part in a group.
Our Lady of Lourdes - Wed 11th Feb:                     This is also “World day of prayer for the sick” and a good
opportunity to pray for all who serve God in their sickness and suffering.
Lourdes Pilgrimage           Arundel & Brighton Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: 23rd – 31st July 2009 – Booking
forms and Medical Forms are available from the Pilgrimage Office. 01903 745180.
Help wanted! Are you able to offer a lift to an elderly couple on Saturdays to attend St Mary Magdalene‟s 6pm
mass? If so please let the office now and we will give you their phone number.

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    Fr Chris Spain
 chris.spain@dabnet.org      PARISH NEWS                                                                   Page 4 of 4
    Fr Stan Mycek
   bexhill@dabnet.org
      David King                       Mass Diary and Intentions
  djkvibe@yahoo.com               th
                             Sat 7 February                     Memorial      Our Lady’s Saturday
     The Presbytery          St Mary Magdalene’s                 9:30am       Confessions/Reconciliation
  St Mary Magdalene’s        St Mary Magdalene’s                10:00am       Chegkong Lim RIP
       Sea Road              St Mary Magdalene’s                 5:00pm       Confessions/Reconciliation
     Bexhill-on-Sea
       TN40 1RH                                              5th Sunday of the Year
 Phone: 01424 210263                       (Job 7:1-4. 6-7, 1 Corinthians 9:16-19. 22-23, Mark 1:29-39)
                             St Mary Magdalene’s              6:00pm Edna Herring RIP
      Finance:
    Charles Durrant          Sun 8th February
stmm.finance@btconnect.com   St Martha’s                          9:00am      Herbert Whitehead RIP
                             Our Lady of the Rosary              10:00am      Norman Grace RIP
   Parish Office             St Mary Magdalene’s                 11:00am      People of the Parish ( St Richard’s led)
                             St Mary Magdalene’s                  6:00pm      Jean Walsh RIP
  Administrators
     Anita Hooper            (The second collection this week is for St MM Church & hall stonework restoration)
 Bonita Osmond-Maher
   bexhill@dabnet.org        Mon 9th February
 Parish Office               St Mary Magdalene’s                 10:00am      Margaret Hanson RIP

Hours This Week              Tues 10th February
 Monday - Friday                       There will be no 10am Mass as this has been replaced by Funeral Mass at St Martha’s.
                                       Fr Chris will however be saying Mass at St Richards for a form group to include Mass
  9:00am – 1:00 pm                                                intention for Amelia Cahill RIP
                             St Martha’s
  Parish Website                                                   9:00am     Funeral Mass for Eileen Ogilvie
  www.stmm.co.uk             Wed 11th January                 Memorial        Our Lady of Lourdes
    Web Manager:                                                              World Day of Prayer for the sick
      Joshua Getty           Our Lady of the Rosary               9:00am      Deceased Shipperlee & O’Malley families
   jwdgetty@msn.com          St Mary Magdalene’s                 10:00am      Deceased Parents & Bro. of Anna Grahame

     Hospitals               Thurs 12th February
Conquest Hastings            St Martha’s                          9:00am      Deceased Members of Fleming Family
 Chaplain: Sr Philomena      St Mary Magdalene’s                 10:00am      Daniel Horler RIP
 Phone: 01424 757088
Bexhill - Irvine Unit        Fri 13th February
                             St Mary Magdalene’s                 10:00am      John Riley RIP
   Contact: Sr Collette
                             St Mary Magdalene’s                 12 Noon      Benediction
  Phone: 01424 214818

Parish Schools               Sat 14th February                      Feast     St Cyril, St Methodius: Patrons of Europe
                             St Mary Magdalene’s                  9:30am      Confessions/Reconciliation
     St Richard’s            St Mary Magdalene’s                 10:00am      Dorothy Edwards RIP
   Catholic College          St Mary Magdalene’s                  5:00pm      Confessions/Reconciliation
     Acting Principal:
    Miss Doreen Cronin                                       6th Sunday of the Year
      Chaplaincy:                           (Leviticus 1 3:1-2. 45-46, 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1, Mark 1:40-45)
     Angela Brennan
  Phone: 01424 731070        St Mary Magdalene’s                  6:00pm      Sr Mary Alacoque Harte RIP
   Fax: 01424 215623
                             Sun 15th February
St Mary Magdalene’s
                             St Martha’s                           9:00am     John Wimsey & Ellen Ripley RIP
   Primary School                                                             & Baptism of Francois Ralph
 Head: Mrs P. Longmire       Our Lady of the Rosary              10:00am      Peter Haragan RIP
  Phone: 01424 735810        St Mary Magdalene’s                 11:00am      Geraldine Fitzpatrick RIP
   Fax: 01424 733664         St Mary Magdalene’s                  6.00pm      Fr Barry Keane RIP
Little Cherubs Nursery                     (The second collection this week is for the Cabrini Children’s Society)
Supervisor: Mrs Kay Darby
  Phone: 01424 224499
                                    Please note the Mass details for Tuesday this week!