7th March, 2015 – Vigil Mass (Third Sunday of Lent)


Times of Mass and Devotions

HA = Holy Angels Church, Ash GU12 6LU   HF = Holy Family Church, Farnham GU9 0LH

Sat    7 Mar 5.00pm
Sacrament of Penance
Vigil Mass  (SS Perpetua and Felicity) 
Sun   8 Mar   9.15am HF First Sunday of Lent Special Intentions of Edward Maheady
  11.00am HA    Special Intentions of the people of the Parishes
Mon   9 Mar     NO MASS  
Tue  10 Mar   9.30am  HF Liturgy of the Word & Holy Communion  
Wed 11 Mar        


 HA Liturgy of the Word & Holy Communion  
Thu  12 Mar   6.15pm  HF Adoration  


   Liturgy of the Word & Holy Communion  
Fri   13 Mar   9.30am  HA Stations of the Cross  
Sat  14 Mar   5.00pm
HA Sacrament of Penance
Vigil Mass
Sun 15 Mar   9.15am HF Second Sunday of Lent Special Intentions of the people of the Parishes
   11.00am HA  


Collections for 1st March, 2015

Holy Angels Offertory:                                      £226.15
Holy Family Offertory:                                      £185.00
CAFOD Lenten Fast Day:                                 £200.00

Easter Flowers: The collection for the Church Easter Flowers will take place on Sunday, 22nd March.



Deacon Robin and Caroline are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their first son, John Henry Joseph who was born yesterday, 5th March at 10.45am. Both Caroline and her son are doing well.


 Deacon Robin’s Ordination – Thursday 19th March at 7pm at St. Joseph’s Church, Guildford.

Please continue to pray for Deacon Robin as he enters these final weeks of preparation, and put the date in your diary.

Following the Ordination:

Father Robin’s First Masses will take place at:

Holy Angels: Friday, 20th March at 7.30pm
Holy Family:   Saturday, 21st March at 12.30pm

The intention would be that after both these masses we have some bring and shared food so we can celebrate this new chapter in our lives together. (Lists are available at the back of both Churches if you would like to provide a dish for sharing) With grateful thanks


Ordination of Deacon Robin

I would have to be the first to admit that whilst I take every effort to get to Mass on Sunday I’m a bit bad when it comes to other occasions.  But this is different, it is the ordination of OUR priest.  It would look bad if he were to look out on a sea of strange faces.  It will be difficult for some struggling home from work and those putting children to bed but we should at least try to get a least one representative from each family there to give our support and encouragement.  So Thursday, 19 March at 7.00 p.m. at St Joseph’s Guildford. See you there!  Chris Mann


Lent Groups:

Holy Family: Thursday evening 26th March after the Liturgy (Deacon John)
Holy Angels: Friday morning 27th March at 10.00am preceded by Stations of the Cross at 9.30am (Deacon Robin)
Holy Family: Anne Martindale is running a group on a Monday evening. (Please contact Ann for more details).


Opportunities for Reconciliation before Easter

24 hrs of Adoration and Reconciliation 13/14 March

In response to the call of the Holy Father, for 24 hour adoration and sacrament of reconciliation on 13/14 March will take place in the Guildford Deanery, split across two locations.
Noon – Midnight 13th March at St. Joan of Arc Farnham, starting with mass at noon.
Midnight to noon Saturday 14th March, finishing with mass at noon, at St Joseph’s Guildford
There will be at least one priest available to offer the sacrament of reconciliation at all times, 2 during “peak” times. There will be times of praise and adoration and other devotions and times of silence.

For those unable to get to this we will offer an hour of Adoration at each Church during which the sacrament of penance will be available.

26th March        7.00pm-8.00pm Holy Angels
27th March        6.15pm-7.15pm Holy Family

After his Ordination to the priesthood Fr.Robin intends to continue the practice of being available to hear confessions before the Saturday Vigil Mass. We used to have the opportunity to have confession heard before the Sunday Mass at Holy Family, and that Fr. Terry has experimented with being available after both Sunday morning masses. Please let Deacon Robin know what you have found or would find helpful.

As Catholics we are especially asked to confess all serious sin at least once a year before Easter, though it is a good spiritual practice to do so more regularly! Pope Francis has commented wryly that as Catholics we sometimes think of the confessional as a torture chamber, while it is in fact ‘an encounter with the Lord’s mercy which spurs us on to do our best.’ The Pope wisely reminds us that this sacrament is not only the ordinary way to set ourselves right with God after sin but an important source of grace to help us grow in holiness and resist temptation. Please avail yourself of this way of encountering the Lord.


A & B Diocesan Gold Jubilee – Sunday 5th July, 2015

A message from Archbishop Peter Smith: Festival 50 on the 5th July this year will be an important event in the history of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton. I hope and pray that many of the people of the Diocese will be inspired to participate in the day, especially those who are sick and infirm. I invite you all to join me at the Festival, in the morning from 10am and for the Jubilee Mass at 3pm.



Prayers for the sick: Deacon David Morgan, Newton Abrew, Connie Tewkesbury, Jane Brown and Sharon (sister of Marian Grannell) Tina Coleman, Carole Appleton and Louise. Thank you.



If you are wanting a child baptised in the next three or four months please obtain a form from the back of the Church and hand it, as soon as possible (even if you cannot complete it all), to either Deacon Robin or Deacon John. You will need to attend an evening’s course (details of which will follow shortly). It is recommended that you obtain and read ‘Your Baby’s Baptism – Catholic’ from Redemptorist Books (Product Code: 1028 ISBN: 9780852314111). There is also ‘Your Godchild: “How to be a Catholic Godparent” (Product Code: 1450 ISBN: 9780852313640), for God-parents. Available from Redemptorist books www.rpbooks.co.uk DABCEC Bookshop Tel: 01293 651165.
email: bookshop@dabnet.org


Holy Angels

Big Church Clean in preparation for Easter: It has been decided to carry out the ‘Big Clean’ on Saturday, 28th March starting at 11am.   We look forward to seeing as many of you that can attend on that day so that we can give the Church an extra deep clean for the start of Easter.


Holy Family

Good Friday Walk of Witness

All Christians are invited to follow the Cross Assemble at the top of The Hart at 11.45am on 3rd April 2015 for a silent procession through the streets of Farnham ending with prayers and a hymn at St Andrew’s Church. Participants are invited to carry a palm or other small cross


Prayer Group: takes place once a month on a Tuesday in the Parish Office at Holy Angels Church at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start.
Next meeting: 10th March, 14th April and 12th May, 20


Lent – Week 3

Jesus points beyond the present moment to the reality of his resurrection.  We are reminded that our calling – our way of becoming who we’re meant to be – is caught up in the joy of life with God for ever.  Our Lenten sacrifices help us to be united to the cross so that, in turn, we are united to Jesus in his resurrection.  In acknowledging the Father’s will may we experience the hope of glory in the here and now (even in times of suffering and grief).