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. 

For this reason, during the coming week, Masses will be celebrated at Our Lady of Lourdes – with a congregation – on Sat 4th July at 6.30pm AND Sun 5th July at 10.30am. There will also be a celebration of Mass on Thursday 9th July at 9.30am.

On other days Mass will be celebrated without the presence of a congregation. ALL Masses 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.

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 


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 ...

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Richard

Sunday 5th July 2020

The Prayer of St Alphonsus

Communion Spiritual prayer

Bishop Richard Moth

Podcast for 5 July 2020

This weekend Bishop Richard reflects on the upcoming ordination to the Priesthood of Deacon Thomas Kent on Saturday 11th July at 3pm in Arundel Cathedral. Bishop Richard ends with the question "Is the Lord calling you to the Priesthood?"

Watch it live-streamed on the Arundel Cathedral YouTube Channel from 3pm

Join Deacon Thomas Kent and the Parish of Guildford for a Vigil of Prayer the Friday evening before his ordination to the Priesthood on the Guildford Parish YouTube Channel.  Veni Creator Spiritus

Bishops Challenge The Evil Of Racism And The Brutal Killing Of George Floyd

The Bishop's of England and Wales have issued a statement in response to the recent killing of George Floyd in the United States.

“We stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the USA as they challenge the evil of racism and the brutal killing of George Floyd. As the US Bishops made clear: “we cannot turn a blind eye to these atrocities and yet still try to profess to respect every human life. We serve a God of love, mercy, and justice.”

“Systemic racism is embedded in our own society. The disproportionate harm suffered by BAME people throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted profound inequalities, marginalisation and injustice here in the UK. The peaceful Black Lives Matter protests taking place in our towns and cities this week reflect the understandable anger that so many people feel about this.

“As Catholics we recognise that racism is an evil which must be opposed; we all have a responsibility for actively promoting racial justice. Whenever we ignore racism or dismiss BAME people’s experience of it, we are complicit in violations of human dignity. We pray for God’s help to overcome racism in all its forms and that we might protect everyone who suffers its consequences. We are all made in God’s image."

Pope Francis spoke at Wednesday's General Audience about the protests following the killing. The Pope said that Catholics cannot claim to defend the sacredness of every human life while turning a blind eye to racism and exclusion. 


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 Thursday at 7.00pm   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.