Newsletter – 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time – 7th February 2021

Newsletter – 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time – 7th February 2021

By In Newsletter Blog On February 5, 2021


5th Sunday of Ordinary Time – 7th February 2021

Year: B(I). Psalm week: 1. Liturgical Colour: Green


Times of Mass and Devotions

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 6 Online* 5pm Vigil Mass for the people
Sun 7 Online* 11am Parish Mass Owen and Annie Doran RIP
Tue 9 Online* 10am Mass Carmel Clarke RIP
Wed 10 Online* 10am Mass – St Scholastica  
Thurs 11 Online* 10am Mass – Our Lady of Lourdes The sick and bereaved
Fri 12 Online* 10am Mass  

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 13 Online* 5pm Vigil Mass Margaret Fontebasso RIP
Sun 14 Online* 11am Parish Mass for the people
* livestreamed – YouTube –

Morning Prayer – 9am.  Evening Prayer – 6pm Daily
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – 5-6pm Wednesday at JCROM

Mass intentions – via the parish website
or call the Presbytery phone 01483 272075
or email Fr David at

Fr David’s Message for the Week

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

A personal note to begin with.  A few of you know the reason why I have been unable to celebrate mass publicly, but not all.  Some wondered whether it was because I was unwell, or because Helen and I had COVID or had been in touch with someone who had.  Well neither or, rather, none of those things.  The unfortunate truth is that Helen has needed an urgent operation to remove a tumour and we had to both shield prior to that so as not to be infectious to hospital staff or cause further difficulties for Helen.  I’m pleased to say that the operation has been a success and Helen is now in the recovery phase post operation.  We still have to shield though to prevent her getting an infection and so I am still celebrating mass from the dining room – which seems, on the face of it, a highly suitable location to offer a house mass from.  I realise that some, or, indeed, many of you will be missing coming to mass and I can only ask you to bear with me for a while longer, please.

Thank you for your kind thoughts and messages. We have received so many cards and flowers and chocolates and other kindnesses for which we are humbly grateful but really all we would like is for you to pray for us, particularly Helen and for her future wellbeing and health.  I know that you will desire to know how she is getting on but do please refrain from always enquiring after her as it is exhausting constantly recounting how things are.  I’m sure you will understand and that there is no discourteousness intended.  I will from time to time keep you updated I’m sure.

Now, to the Gospel.  I don’t know about you, but sometimes as I listen to, or watch the news, it can all seem a bit overwhelming.  There are so many challenges and problems and some of the political and ecological situations seem desperate.  Where to start?  What to do?  What part can I play to bring about change?  What sort of change do I even desire?  The suffering in the world seems to be such a bottomless pit that, at times, achieving something, anything, can seem an impossible task.  Sometimes then, we have to focus.  If I cannot answer all the needs of humanity personally and fix everything what is that I can achieve?  What have I in my power to do?

Well, if you are a doctor, or a nurse, be a good doctor or nurse.  If a teacher, be a good one.  If you have decided to help out at the local food bank do that well and for the love of Jesus whom you see in the faces of those who come and need that bit of help.  If you are a local politician think of the needs of the marginalised and the voiceless not just the eloquent and influential who pound on your door and letterbox daily.  If you are a mum or dad then your family is your focus – revealing the good news by living it in the exhausting but wonderful world of parenting. And so on.

Jesus had to focus too.  He has come to proclaim the good news.  That is His mission and purpose – to announce the reign of God in the face of doubt and opposition. ‘Let us go elsewhere, to the neighbouring country towns, so that I can preach there too, because that is why I came.’  But the needs of the people are many and so he also is drawn into responding to those immediate needs.  But those needs, like the evil forces at work, are Legion and inexhaustible.  What he must do is proclaim – in word and deed the reign of God which he inaugurates in His person and by his preaching and by his miracles.  The miracles are impressive and eye catching.  But it is the announcing of the good news of freedom and love and forgiveness that he is truly about.  We should learn from him.
God bless.
Fr David

Invited. Lent 2021 – The Mission Begins.

God loves you. He has great plans for you. He wants to accompany you through all the highs and lows of your life.

There will soon be an opportunity for you to explore all this and more as we journey together as a Diocese through a season of mission. Visit to find out more.

You, are Invited.

The Diocesan Formation Team is hosting a mission for you this Lent. It will be the first of five seasons of mission, helping you to explore God’s Invitation to live your life with him.

What is a mission? An opportunity for everyone in the parish to sit back and reflect on the content provided. Season one is a series of programmes that help us to understand exactly how much we are loved by God, and features guest speakers such as David Wells, Eleanor Oliver and David Beresford. You will then be able to join a virtual conversation to meet like minded people and discuss what you have learnt.

Visit to find out more.

You, are Invited.

Ladywell Convent are recruiting for Head of Hospitality and Pastoral Care

This is a unique and special opportunity to be directly involved and to interact with sisters in their twilight years offering them the spiritual, emotional and practical support they need. Effective and sensitive listening and communication skills alongside creating right relationships lie at the heart of this role.  It will require a capacity, in partnership with others, to manage, lead and support change both strategically and in a ‘hands-on’ way.

For a full Job Description and Person Specification please contact


A&B Lourdes Pilgrimage Appeal Collection – Donating On-Line Information

For those who wish to donate on-line to the A&B Lourdes Pilgrimage Appeal Collection, the following information shows how this can be done using the A&B Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage website.

  1. Go to the Arundel & Brighton Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage website using this link: A&B Lourdes Pilgrimage Website or the website address
  2. Click on the button on the right-hand side of the screen.
  3. Please then click on the button in the middle of the page and follow the instructions.

If you have any questions, please contact the A&B Lourdes Pilgrimage Office, either by email or call 01403 740110

Faithful Companions of Jesus:

There is now a free digital copy of the May/June 2020 edition of The Faith Companion available to down load directly from our website: 

Vocations Weekend  – Online Event

26th – 28th February

For women exploring the vocation to religious life. There will be times of prayer, reflection, input and discussion as well as a Q&A session with FCJ Sisters (Faithful Companions of Jesus)

More information: or follow us on Facebook

Reading Group – Online Event

Friday 4pm from 15th January

Book: Let us Dream – Pope Francis

Each session stands alone so there is no need to attend every week. Register, read the chapter set and then have a chance to talk with others about it. Everyone welcome!

More information: or follow us on Facebook

Weekday masses

Although both churches will be open for private prayer each day, I will only celebrate mass online – and from home due to our need to self-isolate and shield.   Please allow some flexibility in this as I may need to cancel masses at the last minute.  I will always transfer any intentions so missed to another celebration if possible.


As is now our norm – all services celebrated at JCROM will be livestreamed from our YouTube channel –

Weekend (Saturday and Sunday Masses)

I will celebrate mass at 5pm on Saturday and 11am on Sunday via Live Stream only

Telephone Support

Are you living alone, isolating or shielding? If you would like a parishioner (who has volunteered) to give you a telephone call to support, chat or talk, please contact Jane Harding at the parish office (01483 272075).  Jane will liaise with you and a member of the parish.


If you wish to make your confession, please email Fr David or call to arrange a convenient time.  We can do it while sitting in the garden.  Or sitting – suitably distanced within the church, perhaps.

Divine Office

I will be saying the Divine Office every day.  You can join me spiritually if you like by using Universalis which is available for Mac and PC and for Android or Apple phones.  I will say evening prayer at 6pm and Morning prayer at 9am.

Emergencies If you become ill and would like to see a priest (me!) please don’t hesitate to ask and I will visit observing the precautions required to keep us both safe.  However, if you are COVID +ve, or are exhibiting symptoms, please follow the NHS guidelines, but keep me informed.  Also, if you are a carer or a partner of someone who goes into hospital, or falls gravely ill, please do call me to tell me.  The very least I can do is add you to my daily intercession list.

Sunday 7 February 2021

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Act of Spiritual Communion

If circumstances make the bodily reception of Communion impossible, one may wish to make use of a prayer of Spiritual Communion such as the following:


My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
I love you above all things,
and I desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already there,
and I unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you.

St Alphonsus Liguori




At your feet, O my Jesus,
I prostrate myself and I offer you repentance of my contrite heart,
which is humbled in its nothingness and in your holy presence.
I adore you in the Sacrament of your love, the ineffable Eucharist.
I desire to receive you into the poor dwelling that my heart offers you.
While waiting for the happiness of sacramental communion, I wish to possess you in spirit.
Come to me, O my Jesus, since I, for my part, am coming to you!
May your love embrace my whole being in life and in death.
I believe in you,
I hope in you,
I love you.

Raphael, Cardinal Merry del Val


Readings at Mass

Entrance Antiphon                                                Ps 94: 6-7

O come, let us worship God
and bow low before the God who made us,
for he is the Lord our God.


Keep your family safe, O Lord, with unfailing care,
that, relying solely on the hope of heavenly grace,
they may be defended always by your protection.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.


First reading                                                          Job 7:1-4,6-7

My life is but a breath


Job began to speak:
Is not man’s life on earth nothing more than pressed service,
his time no better than hired drudgery?
Like the slave, sighing for the shade,
or the workman with no thought but his wages,
months of delusion I have assigned to me,
nothing for my own but nights of grief.
Lying in bed I wonder, ‘When will it be day?’
Risen I think, ‘How slowly evening comes!’
Restlessly I fret till twilight falls.
Swifter than a weaver’s shuttle my days have passed,
and vanished, leaving no hope behind.
Remember that my life is but a breath,
and that my eyes will never again see joy.

Responsorial Psalm                                              Psalm 146(147):1-6

R/.        Praise the Lord who heals the broken-hearted.


Praise the Lord for he is good;
sing to our God for he is loving:
to him our praise is due.

The Lord builds up Jerusalem
and brings back Israel’s exiles,
he heals the broken-hearted,
he binds up all their wounds.
He fixes the number of the stars;
he calls each one by its name.
Our Lord is great and almighty;
his wisdom can never be measured.
The Lord raises the lowly;
he humbles the wicked to the dust.

Second reading                                                      1 Corinthians 9:16-19,22-23

I should be punished if I did not preach the Gospel

I do not boast of preaching the gospel, since it is a duty which has been laid on me; I should be punished if I did not preach it! If I had chosen this work myself, I might have been paid for it, but as I have not, it is a responsibility which has been put into my hands. Do you know what my reward is? It is this: in my preaching, to be able to offer the Good News free, and not insist on the rights which the gospel gives me.

So though I am not a slave of any man I have made myself the slave of everyone so as to win as many as I could. I made myself all things to all men in order to save some at any cost; and I still do this, for the sake of the gospel, to have a share in its blessings.

Gospel                                                                   Mark 1:29-39

He cast out devils and cured many who were suffering from disease

On leaving the synagogue, Jesus went with James and John straight to the house of Simon and Andrew. Now Simon’s mother-in-law had gone to bed with fever, and they told him about her straightaway. He went to her, took her by the hand and helped her up. And the fever left her and she began to wait on them.

That evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were sick and those who were possessed by devils. The whole town came crowding round the door, and he cured many who were suffering from diseases of one kind or another; he also cast out many devils, but he would not allow them to speak, because they knew who he was.

In the morning, long before dawn, he got up and left the house, and went off to a lonely place and prayed there. Simon and his companions set out in search of him, and when they found him they said, ‘Everybody is looking for you.’ He answered, ‘Let us go elsewhere, to the neighbouring country towns, so that I can preach there too, because that is why I came.’ And he went all through Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out devils.


Prayer over the Offerings

O Lord, our God,
who once established these created things
to sustain us in our frailty,
grant, we pray,
that they may become for us now
the Sacrament of eternal life.
Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon                                          Cf. Ps 106: 8-9

Let them thank the Lord for his mercy,
his wonders for the children of men,
for he satisfies the thirsty soul,
and the hungry he fills with good things.
Or:                                        Mt 5: 5-6
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be consoled.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall have their fill.

Prayer after Communion

O God, who have willed that we be partakers
in the one Bread and the one Chalice,
grant us, we pray, so to live
that, made one in Christ,
we may joyfully bear fruit
for the salvation of the world.
Through Christ our Lord.

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