Thank you for your interest in the Roman Catholic parish of

Our Lady of Lourdes Queen of Peace, Rottingdean 

and St. Patrick's, Woodingdean.

Eastfield, Steyning Road, Rottingdean BN2 7GA Tel: 01273 302903

The Parish is part of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton

Diocesan Trust Registered Charity No.252878


Priest: Rev. Mgr. Benny O'Shea 07802 791394        Deacon: Rev. Neil Mercer Tel: 07801 706167

Parish Office Email: [email protected]


Also resident: Canon Oliver Heaney & Canon Daithi Foley


Reopening of Places of Worship for the celebration of Mass is wonderful news. There are strict guidelines to be followed which we, as a Community of Faith in Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Patrick’s, will be adhering to so that those who come to our churches are safe. Please check the newsletter on this website for the weekly masses which are subject to change.

ALL Masses at Our Lady of Lourdes will be Live Streamed so that those who are unable to attend will be able to continue to participate, as parishioners have been since March 23rd when the Lockdown was introduced.

Because of ‘social distancing’ it will not be possible, for now, to accommodate the number of parishioners who usually attended Sunday masses. I am grateful to those who have volunteered to help as Stewards and ask for patience and understanding from those who come to the Church this weekend. It is estimated that if each person coming to Mass is alone the capacity in the church will be 32-34persons. If family groups/people from the same household come this will mean a larger number can be accommodated as these groups can occupy a pew together.

We are in such ‘unknown’ territory in all of this! Hopefully, we can welcome all those who come to Mass –Safely in the Church. It will be of great help if those attending are in the Church at least ten minutes before Mass begins so that the Stewards can indicate where you can sit. 

 God bless, Fr. Benny

We are very grateful to the team of people who have readily volunteered to act as stewards for us. If you would like to volunteer, please either collect a form from the doorstep of Eastfield or click on the following link :- 

Volunteer Form

Please do not come if you are feeling unwell for any reason. 


Please enter via the usual main entrance. 

Important : Please sanitise your hands when you enter the Church. Refrain from touching anything in the porch. 

It is essential to be at the church 15 minutes before mass starts, so that a steward can show you where to sit.

Please enter the church in the normal way and exit through the double doors at the rear of the church.

Those attending Mass/ Services in Churches should limit their interactions with anyone they are not attending church with, i.e. if they are attending corporate worship with one other household, wherever possible they should maintain social distancing with anyone outside of this group.

Face Coverings are now mandatory inside places of worship. 

There will be no missals or hymn books and therefore no congregational singing during mass. There will be no sign of peace.

Kneelers in front of the side altars should not to be used.

Important: At Communion after the response: ‘Lord I am not worthy....’ the priest will hold up the Host to the congregation and say “THE BODY OF CHRIST” to which the people respond “AMEN”. In the same way the people say “AMEN” after he has elevated the Chalice. This enables the people’s Communion to be distributed in silence with no dialogue, as they have already acclaimed the presence of the Lord.

Receiving Communion: Please remain seated until directed by a steward to proceed. Communion can only be taken in the hand with your arms outstretched to the full so that there is the required distance between you and the priest.

There will be collection baskets at the entrance and exit from the church.

Please disperse as quickly as possible after mass.  

Thank you for your co-operation, for your prayers and support through these times.


MASSES at Our Lady of Lourdes Queen of Peace, Rottingdean

live stream on 


Daily readings are available to view on www.universalis.com 

MASS ON THE PHONE -  If you are unable to access Live Streamed Mass you can listen to the celebration each SUNDAY at 12 Noon by 

ringing St. Mary’s Cathedral, Middlesborough on 01642 130120

Upcoming services and intentions ...

The Prayer of St Alphonsus

Communion Spiritual prayer

Bishop Richard Moth

Podcast for 9 August 2020

Dear brothers and sisters,

So many parts of the world are living in the midst of very heavy weather. The Covid-19 pandemic continues, with spikes in infection rates in a number of places, quarantine restrictions be widened – at least temporarily – and local lockdowns in our own country. So many are living with isolation, fear and the strain to mental health that this brings. The recent tragedy in Beirut has brought suffering and deep sorrow to so many. Across the world, areas of famine and poverty rage. Refugees continue to travel across the world and violence and conflict continues. Covid-19 is having a deep impact on those people already living with great suffering. Only in the last week, I have received news from CAFOD of the work they are doing in Zambia, the country of my birth. There is so much that calls for our support, through prayer and practical and financial help.

In the midst of these stormy waters, the Lord is not distant from us. There may be times when we might question whether the Lord has, as it were, fallen asleep in the back of our boat – the important thing here is that He is present, He is with us, He never leaves us. Not only that, He brings calm to our storms. The Gospel today invites us to rely on His presence, to trust in the one who died and rose for us.

We must know, always, that just as he brings calm and renewed confidence to us, He calls us to action. The Apostles went on to spread the Good News and nearly all of them gave their lives for Him.

In today’s first reading, Elijah heard the voice of God, not in the noise and storm, but in the still small voice. We must listen for that voice, for the Lord calls to us. Just as Elijah left the cave, strengthened for the work God had for him, so we must step out into the storm of life, to do the Lord’s work – knowing that He is with us always. Difficulties will come our way, but Christ Himself will lead us where He wishes us to go, transforming our little efforts for His purpose that through us, others may come to know his peace in the midst of trials.

May the Lord bless us in this great work.

With every blessing,

+ Richard

Pope Francis prays for victims of the Lebanon explosion

Pope Francis prayed for victims of the explosion in Beirut on Tuesday. The blast killed dozens of people and caused extensive injury and destruction.

Lebanon is in mourning after a massive explosion ripped through its capital Beirut and surrounding areas on Tuesday evening, killing at least 135 people and injuring many thousands. The country has entered a two week state of emergency with many people missing or feared still trapped under rubble. Speaking during his Weekly Audience the Pope called for prayer and the help of the international community:

“Let us pray for the victims, for their families; and let us pray for Lebanon so that, through the dedication of all its social, political and religious elements, it might face this extremely tragic and painful moment and, with the help of the international community, overcome the grave crisis they are experiencing.”

Cafod Emergency Appeal for Beirut

The explosions in Beirut have left hundreds of families with nothing. You can help them.

Donate now to our Beirut Emergency Appeal

Local organisations and volunteers are already on the frontlines, assisting in hospitals and helping the injured.

But this disaster comes on top of the coronavirus pandemic and an economic crisis.

"This explosion threatens to push many who were already suffering further into poverty and hunger."

Christine Allen, CAFOD Director

What is CAFOD doing?

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the local experts you support have been continuing to provide food, shelter, water, and medical supplies to thousands of refugees in Lebanon and their host communities.

These outreach workers and volunteers are already on the ground in Beirut and can provide practical help in some of the worst-hit areas.

Please donate now to our Beirut Emergency Appeal

With your help, we can reach families affected by the explosion with:

• medical kits

• emergency food

• hygiene packs

• help to find shelter

How can I help?

Any donation you can give will make a difference to people living in Beirut.

Donate now

Please also remember those affected in your prayers.

Pray with us

Face Coverings inside Churches

New measures have been introduced by the government to help keep our church family safe

The British Government has announced that face coverings will be mandatory in places of worship from tomorrow, Saturday 8th August. This measure has been introduced to help keep our church family safe during the Covid-19 pandemic, with all those attending church required to wear a face covering or mask unless they are exempt from doing so.

Public Health officials have been given extra powers to enforce the wearing of face coverings in public spaces though their approach is to educate rather than penalise. It it is for everyone’s good that face coverings are worn though not everyone is able to wear one.

Our welcomers and stewards should never be in a position where they are required to enforce the wearing of face coverings, instead, anyone unable to wear a face covering should be guided to a section of church where it is possible to maintain a distance of two metres from others.

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School


The Diocese of Arundel & Brighton

Parish Offertory Support

There are two ways you can help support your Parish.

Option 1 Standing Order - A big thank you to everyone who has recently asked to sign up, and for those who continue with their standing order.

Please click on this link, complete and post to Parish Office, Eastfield, Steyning Road, Rottingdean BN2 7GA.

Standing Order Mandate Our Lady of Lourdes, Rottingdean

Standing Order Mandate  St Patrick's, Woodingdean

Option 2  JustGiving

Our parishes are heavily reliant on offertory donations. At this challenging time, when we are unable to attend Mass in church, you can continue to support your priest and parish by donating your offertory contribution online.

Charity Registration No: 252878       


Many of us are really missing being at church

Our Diocesan church family includes more than 70 parishes, offering spiritual enrichment and support at every stage of our lives. While many of our priests currently stream Mass online, their parishes are struggling financially. Our churches depend on cash donations for 50% of their income on average, in some cases this reliance can be as high as 90%. At this difficult time, when we are not able to attend Mass in church, you can support your parish by donating your offertory online through this JustGiving Page.

Please follow the guidance below:

1. When making your donation, please leave a message to indicate the name of your church or parish as well as its location. For example: I would like my donation to go to "Our  Lady of Lourdes, Rottingdean" or to "St Patrick's Church, Woodingdean". This will ensure your donation is allocated to the correct parish.

2. Gift Aid helps our parishes to thrive. Please Gift Aid your donation, if you are eligible.

3. You will be asked by JustGiving whether you would like to share your details with the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton. Telling us who you are really helps, as it means we can share details of your donation with your parish.

Your details will be kept private and confidential. We comply with data protection regulation and the fundraising regulator code of practice. We will never sell your data to third parties. We will use your details to administer your gifts, occasionally send you news on the work of the Church, and give you the opportunity to support appeals. You can read our full privacy policy: https://www.dabnet.org/ContentDocuments/842.pdf

Thank you for your generosity of heart.