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

The Church is now shut in accordance with our Government instructions due to Covid-19.  Fr Benny continues to say masses listed on our newsletter, and our mass intentions being said - all are welcome to join on on the live stream.  If you have concerns, or need help Rottingdean Community has set up a manned helpline and website.



MASSES at Our Lady of Lourdes Queen of Peace, Rottingdean

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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


Saturday Vigil 6.30pm & Sunday 10.30am 7 June 2020

Entrance: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God almighty (Reginald Heber)


Offertory: Take our Bread, we ask you ( Joe Wise)

Communion: Lord, you have come to the seashore (Cesareo Gabarain)

Recessional: Firmly I believe and truly (J H Newman)

Upcoming services and intentions ...

The Prayer of St Alphonsus

Communion Spiritual prayer

Bishop Richard Moth

Podcast for Trinity Sunday (Year A)

7th June 2020

The Second Reading for Trinity Sunday, from St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians, ends with the words of a Blessing that we will know well:

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all”

These are simple words and they express for the ever-present love of one God who is three persons. It is often said that it is difficult to understand the Trinity. The difficulty that we have lies in the weakness of human language and thought, to grasp the wonder and mystery of God. Sometimes, perhaps, it is hard for us to realise the utter majesty of God in comparison to our own situation. Accepting this is an important step on our journey of faith. In the final analysis, God is beyond our language and thought – and because this is how God is, we can begin to catch a glimpse of God’s ever-present love. God is not bound by any boundaries that we might with to put upon Him.

God is - there is no time in God. God’s love is expressed in all that He creates and the Word that He speaks, which brings all things into being, becomes flesh in the person of Jesus. “The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us” St. John writes in the Gospel. This is an act of God’s love, as Jesus tells Nicodemus in today’s Gospel – “God loved the world so much that He gave us His only Son.” The love that exists between Father and Son, love so great that the Holy Spirit is person – is also gift to us and for us – we celebrated this last Sunday.

How amazing – and comforting – it is to think that, through baptism, we are called to live every moment in the love that exists in God, the love that is present in these three persons.

The love of God, the grace – love of God poured out for us – of our Lord Jesus Christ, the fellowship – love that is within us, empowering us and prompting us - of the Holy Spirit. All is love.

May we know this love of the Trinity, live our lives in this love, not only for ourselves but that we can bring the experience of this love and life to our brothers and sisters.


Mass for the Sick and their Families,

NHS Front-Line workers and those working in Social Care

Mass for the Sick and their Families,

NHS Front-Line workers and those working in Social Care

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales recognise that this time of the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting every person in our countries. Those who are sick, and their families, are suffering many hardships of isolation from contact with those they love. Our front-line workers in hospitals and in care homes all over our lands are giving exceptional service to those who are vulnerable at this time.

In order to show a spiritual solidarity with all those who are involved in the ways described above, each week from next Thursday, a Catholic Bishop will celebrate Mass in their Cathedral which will be live-streamed for people to join. This will take place every Thursday at 7.00pm

11th June Bishop Patrick McKinney Nottingham Cathedral

18th June Archbishop Bernard Longley Birmingham Cathedral

25th June Bishop Alan Hopes Norwich Cathedral

2nd July Archbishop John Wilson Southwark Cathedral

9th July Bishop Tom Williams Liverpool Cathedral

By visiting the Cathedral webpage, or the Bishops’ Conference Webpage (cbcew.org.uk) links for the live-streaming of these Masses can be found.

click link to full calendar of masses


Pope Francis on the importance of 'Community - Togetherness'

‘They (early Christians) went as a body to the temple every day but met in their houses for the breaking of bread; they shared their food gladly and generously; they praised God and were looked up to by everyone. Day by day the Lord added to their community those destined to be saved.’ AA 2:46-47

Extract from his Homily (17th April), in which the Holy Father reflected on how the Apostles and disciples were with Jesus, in community, not isolated, and how in this way, the Apostles’ familiarity with the Lord had grown. “We Christians too, in our life’s journey are in this state of walking, of progressing in familiarity with the Lord,” Francis said, noting being Christian requires a daily familiarity with the Lord. The Pope reminded how they ate together, spoke together, and spent quality time together. This familiarity of Christians with the Lord, Francis said, is always of community. “Yes, it’s intimate, it’s personal but it’s in community. A familiarity without community, without Bread, without the Church, without the people, without the Sacraments,” Francis stressed, “is dangerous.”

“It could become — let’s say –agnostic familiarity, a familiarity only for myself, detached from the people of God. The Apostles’ familiarity with the Lord was always that of community, it was always at table, sign of community; it was always with the Sacrament, with the Bread.” Pope

Francis went on to analyze how we are ‘together’ spiritually, but not really together, and that the people connected with their priests and bishops only have Spiritual Communion. “And this,” he underscored, “isn’t the Church: this is the Church of a difficult situation, which the Lord permits, but the ideal of the Church is always with the people and with the Sacraments –


“They knew it was the Lord, they shared everything: the community, the Sacraments, the Lord, peace and celebration.”

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.