theASCENT


theASCENT – Discipleship Process for Young People


This October, theASCENT will be launching at Worth Abbey with the support of the diocese.

It’s a three-year discipleship process involving three weekend residentials a year and weekly online group sessions. It’s open to anyone about to go into year 10, 11, or 12 and it’s designed to take people with a real interest in their faith and to help them to make a deeper commitment and to explore who God created them to be, while making a few friends and hopefully having some fun in the process.


For more details, or to apply, visit theascentuk.co.uk or contact Jack.Regan@dabnet.org

Justice and Peace Update

SAMARA’S AID
Thanks to everyone who contributed so many items; 100 boxes, that will go to refugee camps in Syria and Iraq, were filled! Thank you, also, to the many volunteers who helped with the packing. Just one more request: if you are free for an hour on Friday 25th May at 11.00am and have a car or van, we need to transport the boxes to Park Road, Worthing. If available, please email rod.504t@ntlworld.com

CHRISTIAN AID
There will be a second collection for Christian Aid Week after all Masses today. Envelopes are on the seats; please sign the gift aid section if you are a UK tax payer.

MARRIAGE MATTERS
St Paul saw the Church as being a corporate body: various people, each with unique identities, talents, different skills and abilities, all contributing to bringing the Good News to others. Our differences became evident early in our marriage; these differences can be problematic or add richness to our relationship. The outcome depends on whether our choices are selfish or ‘us’ focused. See twoinoneflesh.org.uk

LIVE SIMPLY Tip of the week
Multi-tasking: Tips for the Office: Doing more than one thing at a time may seem like the best way to get all of your tasks done, but it can hurt your productivity more than it helps. Multi-tasking simply doesn’t work, and when you do, you end up wasting time. I’m sure some of you will disagree!

CHRISTIAN AID CAMPAIGN
Last year we supported Christian Aid by signing letters to our banks about funding fossil fuel firms. Two of the biggest banks in the UK have now taken major steps that will help limit climate change and care for God’s creation. HSBC has ruled out funding of nearly all new coal power projects and Barclays has ruled out funding of new coal projects in rich countries and put restrictions on funding coal projects in poor countries. Thanks to all who sent letters to banks for being a part of this change.

Knights of St Columba Race Night

The next KSC RACE NIGHT  will be on Saturday 19th May,  at Durrington Community Centre: 7.00pm for 7.30pm start.  Raising funds for Pope Francis’s charity Missio and Lourdes Red Shirts.  Tickets are available from Knights in each parish.

Price is £8.50, which includes a Fish and Chip supper.

Please see poster for details.

Youth Alpha: A Youth Group for the Worthing Parishes


Youth AlphaStarting on Sunday May 13th, there will be a new youth group open to anybody in Year 7, 8, 9 or the last term of Year 6. It’s being run on behalf of all the Worthing Parishes, with the involvement of the Diocese, and will be held in ‘The Barn’ at English Martyrs Church, Goring. It will run roughly every fortnight, on Sunday evenings, from 7pm to 8.30pm. The next meeting will be on Sunday June 10.

For the first few months, the group will follow the popular ‘Youth Alpha’ course. It’s open to anyone in the age range, no matter where (or if) they go to Church.

To find out more, Email Jack.Regan@dabnet.org



Charity Curry Evening

CHARITY CURRY EVENING Saturday 12th May, from 7.15pm to 10.00pm at St Michael’s Catholic Parish Hall, 19 Hayling Rise, BN13 3AL.

Proceeds towards Indian charity The Kanji Project (a former Parish Project). Bring your own wine/beer. Entertainment featuring live band Flash Company plus Indian Dancing.

Tickets £15 (children half price) from rod.504t@ntlworld.com or ‘phone 07757 746581.

Marriage Matters

Bishop Jean Laffitte, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family at the Vatican, has recommended to parishes these reflections on the Scripture Readings for each Sunday of this year. They have been published by the British Catholic group ‘Two in One Flesh’ and it is hoped that they will encourage, support, and motivate couples to deepen their relationship with one another and with God.

This comes at a timely moment in the life of the Church when there is fresh attention on the centrality of marriage in her mission. See http://www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk/ under the Marriage Matters tab on the site.

Here is the first one:

Jesus says: Whoever remains in me bears fruit in plenty. Listening to Our Lord is essential for our fruitfulness. This can depend on how well we make the time to listen to each other, to discern together. Often God speaks to us through our spouse; some say “the closer we are to each other, the closer we are to God.

Earth Day

Today we have received an information pack from Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM), catholicclimatemovement.global. They are a global network of 400+ member organisations and a community of thousands of Catholics like you, responding to the Pope’s call to action in the Laudato Si’ encyclical.

The pack includes postcards to be signed and will be sent on to Bishop Richard.

Please visit our stall to sign a card (at the car park entrance to the church) after all Masses. Thank you.

Parish Membership of Worthing Dementia Action

Our Parish of St. Mary of the Angels is joining the WDAA as a ‘Group Friend’. Part of joining requires parishioners to attend an Awareness Session provided by lead DAA members. Therefore please note the WDAA is giving us TWO separate sessions (each approx.40 mins.) on Friday May 4th after Mass at 10.35am in the church, and Sunday May 6th after Mass at 11.30am in the church. Kindly note that it is hoped and requested, please, that as many parishioners as possible will attend one of these sessions. Father Terry will remind us all closer to the time of the dates and importance.

Obviously, our membership of WDAA is also part of our drive to become an AMAZING Parish.

For more information about WDAA please look online: www.dementiafriendlyworthing.org

Brighton Marathon 2018

Anna Henderson-Smith is preparing to tackle the 26.2 mile run to raise money for Cancer Research UK and she requests our support. No doubt, we all know someone affected by this illness. Please donate to her web-page to raise as much money as possible for this worthwhile charity. No donation is too small; please give as much as you can. Your help is very much appreciated. Go to:

fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/annas-giving-page-57

Thank you.