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
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.
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?
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
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.
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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.
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
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
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
Fairtrade Breakfast The meeting postponed from 2nd February
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.
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!
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February 2009 Parish Diary Dates
Sun 8 St Richard’s College lead our 11am Mass 11:00am St MM
Sun 8 Confirmation Group Meeting 3:00pm Presbytery
Mon 9 CAFOD Planning Meeting 2:00pm Presbytery
Tues 10 Form 7O Liturgy 9:05am St Richard’s College (CS)
Tues 10 Clergy Deanery Meeting at Rye 11:00pm
Wed 11 St Johns Day at the Seminary Wonersh Fr Chris & David away all day
Wed 11 We journey Together - Baptism Prep for children aged 5+ 6:30pm Presbytery
Wed 11 David King away this week Back Tues 24
Tues17 Fr Chris on Deans Visitation 1 :00pm
Wed18 Fr Chris with Bp. Kieran for Deans annual one to one! 1:00pm Pease Pottage
Sat 21 Concert of Polish folk music in aid of FLIP (details following) 7:15pm St MM Church
Mon 23 Headship Short listing 10:00am Presbytery
Mon 23 Fairtrade fortnight begins 23 Feb – 8 March
Tues 24 Coffee & Pancake morning St MM’s hall 10.30am – 12.30pm
Wed 25 Ash Wednesday and start of Lent Schools and Churches
Wed 25 R.C.I.A. Meeting 7:45pm Presbytery
Thurs 26 David King Assessment Meeting 6:30pm Presbytery
Fri 27 ST Richard’s Mass and Fairtrade breakfast 8:00am St Richard’s College
Fri 27 Confirmation Group Weekend to Whitstable 4:30pm Presb (return 3:30pm Sun)
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?
Fri 6 Fairtrade Cotton Farmers from Cameroons Presentation 7:30pm St Richards
Sun 8 Fairtrade Liturgy & Fairtrade Breakfast OLR & OLR Hall after Mass
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.
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.
Fr Chris Spain
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Fr Stan Mycek
David King Mass Diary and Intentions
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
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
Charles Durrant Sun 8th February
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Anita Hooper (The second collection this week is for St MM Church & hall stonework restoration)
email@example.com 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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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)
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!