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This will the last piece by me before we take a break for the summer.
May I wish all the staff, children and young people in our Parish and Deanery schools a very happy a well-
deserved break. I hope the summer holidays will be an opportunity for some rest and relaxation. Prayers go to
those finishing or changing school as they move on to pastures new.
This Saturday I will be attending the Couples for Christ European Conference at the Brighton Centre. I have been
asked to be Main celebrant at the Mass, which is a huge honour, please pray for the success of this event.
I shall be taking a break and some days off here and there over August and I am indebted to the local retired
priests who have step in to supply for me - Especially to Fr Ron Robinson and Canon Eddie Matthews.
Please keep your prayers a young man Paolo Donato whose funeral will take place here at St John’s on Tuesday
1st August at Noon. He was 39, he went to sleep and did not wake up in the morning. Please pray for his partner
Gill and their 16 month- old baby. It is a huge tragedy and I assured her as a parish we will be praying for her
and the family holding them in our prayers. She told me that our prayers would be so kind and very much
We join our prayers too with those going on the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, I am sure they will remember us
all and our intentions in their prayers at the Grotto.
There will be a Mass with Bishop Richard at Arundel Cathedral for Altar Servers on Saturday 9th September,
there will be a coach going from the Parish. Details will be sent by email from Grahame Moonan, our Parish MC.
An initial meeting for those who are interested in assisting me with the Parish Welcome and Hospitality Team will
take place on July 31st 7pm. If those who showed interest cannot make this meeting please tell me, I understand
many may be away, there will be a further meeting in the new term.
Please do not forget that the 15th of August is the Feast of the Assumption of Our Blessed Lady into Heaven and
it is a Holy Day of Obligation – that means all Catholics have an obligation to participate in Holy Mass. There will
be two Masses in the Parish on that day. One in the morning at 10am and one at 7pm.
Finally please note throughout August there will be no exposition of the Blessed Sacrament before Mass during