5th April, 2014 – First Mass (Fifth Sunday of Lent)


Times of Mass and Devotions

Sat    5 Apr 5.30pm HA First Mass Charles Griffin (RIP)
Sun   6 Apr 9.15am HF Fifth Sunday of Lent John O’Dwyer (RIP)
  11.00am HA   Special Intentions for the people of the Parish
Mon   7 Apr     NO MASS NO MASS
Tue   8 Apr  10.00am HF Fifth week of Lent Philip Gerrard (RIP) Holy Souls
Wed  9 Apr   9.30am HA Fifth week of Lent Mick Best (Birth Anniversary) RIP
Thur 10 Apr   7.30pm  HF Fifth week of Lent Ita Burton (RIP) Holy Souls
 Fri   11 Apr 12.00pm HA Fifth week of Lent Rosina & James Prendiville (RIP) Holy Souls
Sat  12 Apr  5.30pm HA First Mass Ann Franisack & Donnie Whelan (RIP)
Sun 13 Apr  9.15am HF Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord Special Intentions of the people of the Parish
  11.00am HA   Mass Intention available

Second Collection

The Second Collection at all Masses TODAY is for flowers for the Altar.  If you wish to donate a flower in memory of a loved one, please write their name on the List at the back of the Church today and this List will go on the Altar for Easter Sunday.


6th April 2014 – 5th Sunday of Lent
Theme:  Christ the Resurrection and the Life
Ent:              HA:  907  HF:  9  Abide with me
Offertory:     HA:  629  HF:  272  I am the Bread of Life
Final Hymn: HA:  764  HF:  118 Colours of Day

1st Station:  Kyrie Eleison (3times)
2nd Station: Christe Eleison (3 times)
3rd Station: Kyrie Eleison (3 times)

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:  5th Sunday of Lent: A


Gospel Acclamation: Glory and praise to you, O Christ (3 times)
I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord:
whoever believes in me will never die.

Collections for 30/3/2014

Holy Angels: £212.09 + Standing Orders
Holy Family: £242.00 + Standing Orders


Chrism Mass at Arundel Cathedral:  Will take place on Wednesday, 16th April at 6pm.

Next Sunday is Palm Sunday – Palms will be Blessed at every Mass

FUN DAY:  Holy Angels and Holy Family free Parish Fun Day will take place on Sunday, 6th July, 2014 from 1pm until 5pm.

Adult Confirmation sessions:  Will take place between Easter and Pentecost. On Wednesday’s 7th & 21st May & 4th June starting at 7:30 pm at Holy Angels Ash. All are welcome to come, even just to refresh your faith. More information from Deacon John.


Annual General Meetings for both Parishes:

Holy Angels:11th June at 7.30pm
Holy Family: 12th June at 8pm

Prayer Requests

For the sick:  Deacon David Morgan, Newton Abrew, Paul Gibson’s Mother, Judy.
Please pray for: The repose of the soul of John Flack who sadly passed away recently. John’s Funeral (Requiem Mass) will take place at Holy Angels at 1.30pm on Tuesday, 15th April.

Also David Taraszek who sadly passed away recently.  David’s Funeral (Requiem Mass) will take place at Holy Family Church at 10.30am  on Wednesday, 16th April.

Holy Angels

Prayer Group for Holy Angels and Holy Family Churches takes place once a month on a Tuesday.  The next date is Tuesday, 8th April and 6th MayCoffee at 7.30pm for 7.45pm start. To be held in the Parish Office

Holy Family

Lenten Lunch: Holy Family J&P team will be holding a Lenten lunch on Friday 11th April at 12.30pm. All are most welcome. Please pencil this date in your diaries.

Father David’s Message

We have been asked several times to put the following information in our Newsletter sometime:


The Stone Altar is a symbol of the tomb of Christ and during The Mass the Holy Eucharist is lifted up above the Altar to remind us that in Holy Communion we share in the life of the risen Christ.

Relics of Saints Lucentis and Gratiae who lived in the 2nd Century A.D. were brought from the Catacombs in Rome and sealed in the Altar at Holy Family Church on 30th May 1956 by Archbishop Cyril Cowderory.

Their relics remind us of our Christian heritage and signify a bond between the Church Community at Holy Family and the early church of the 2nd Century.  They also remind us that for people of Faith the family of God includes both those in Heaven and those on Earth.

Hymn Story:  When I survey the Wondrous Cross

Is a very popular Lenten Hymn.  It was written by a Hampshire man, Isaac Watts.   He was a very bright preacher’s son who grew up in England.  At that time, music in the church consisted primarily of crude adaptations of the Psalms – poorly written and poorly sung.  When Watts complained to his father about the music, his father invited him to write something better.  Watts did so, composing his first hymn that very night.  During his lifetime, he wrote hundreds of hymns, many of which are among our favourites yet today – Joy to the World and O God, our help in Ages Past.

One of his finest hymns is “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” written originally as a communion hymn.  It focuses on the Cross of Christ, and calls us to devoted discipleship in response to Christ’s love.  “Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.”


Devotions during Lent:
Wednesdays:  Holy Family:
Stations of the Cross  7pm
Adoration of the Holy Eucharist at 7.30pm
Fridays: Holy Angels:
Stations of the Cross at 11.30am
Lenten Mass: 12 noon
Stations of the Cross at 7.30pm

Confessions for Easter

Holy Family: 7pm on Thursday – 10th April Lenten Mass 7.30pm
Holy Angels: 7.30pm on Friday – 11th April Stations of the Cross followed by Confessions.
Holy Angels: 5pm-5.20pm on 12th April (Sat. evening) and after 5.30pm Mass.

During Lent Holy Angels Church will be open every weekday from 9.30am to 1pm and on Saturdays from 9.30am to 5pm for those who wish to make the Stations of the Cross personally or come in for private prayer during Lent



The Maundy Thursday Mass, Good Friday Passion and Easter Vigil alternates each year between Holy Angels and Holy Family.  For these three very special services neither of the Churches takes precedence and the singers for the Choir, Readers, Ministers of the Eucharist and Candidates for the Mandatum (foot washing ceremony) ideally come equally from both churches.  The principle services for these three days this year will be at Holy Family.

Maundy Thursday – 17th April 2014

Holy Angels: 9.30am –  Morning Prayer & Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
Holy Family: 7.30pm – Mass of the Last Supper

Good Friday – 18th April 2014

Holy Angels: 9.30am – Children’s Good Friday Service
Holy Family: 3pm – Liturgy of the Passion
Holy Angels: 7.30pm – Stations of the Cross

Easter Vigil (Saturday 19th April 2014)

Holy Family:  8pm – Vigil and Mass of Easter
Holy Family: 9.15am – Mass of Easter children’s Mass
Holy Angels: 11am – Sunday Mass of Easter
Holy Angels: 5.30pm – Easter Sunday Evening Mass

Choir Practice for singers from both Churches on Palm Sunday, 13th April at 2.30pm at Holy Family Church for the music for Maundy Thurs. Good Friday & Easter Vigil.

God Bless you all,

Father David