Coronavirus Alert

Please do NOT come to the Church if you or anyone in your household has any symptoms of Covid-19. Hand sanitiser is provided on entering and leaving the Church.  

From 8th August, FACEMASKS MUST BE WORN in Church during the Mass, in compliance with Government regulations.

All surfaces, chairs and benches will be wiped down after each time the Church is open.  Please RESPECT SOCIAL DISTANCE whilst in Church.

Mass Books cannot be provided.  Holy water stoups and toilets are not currently in use.

FR JOHN HEALY, RIP – 1945 -2020

The Parishioners of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St Wilfrid announce the very sad news of the passing of their dear Parish Priest, Fr John Healy, who died suddenly on 28th June 2020. 

He was well known in the local community and was loved and respected by all.  He will be greatly missed.

Please keep him and his family in your prayers, as well as the Parish community.  Thank you.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let Perpetual Light shine upon him.  May he rest in peace. AMEN

Deacon Jon Harman

Following the death of Fr John,  Deacon Jon Harman is assisting us during this difficult time and we are extremely grateful for his help, guidance and leadership.

Contacting a Priest

Should you need to contact a priest in an emergency, please contact our neighbouring parish, St Richard’s Church in Chichester on 01243 782343.  The Parish Priest, Canon Tom Treherne and his assistant, Fr Sebastian Paul, are kindly assisting us at this time, which we very much appreciate.


Anyone seeking Baptism for their child should telephone the Selsey Presbytery on 01243 602312 and leave a message with contact details.

Welcomers and Cleaners Needed

Welcomers and Cleaners are still required to help us with opening the Church for quiet prayer and during the occasional Mass within the legal criteria.  You must be under the age of 70 and free of underlying health conditions for these roles.  Please contact Cathy Long 07951 601493.

Weekly Offerings

Thank you to all who have continued to contribute over these past months. We expect to run our parish as best we can and rely on your ongoing generosity. There are still bills to be paid, even while the Church is closed, and there is no current income from fundraising events or hall lettings. You might like to consider setting up a Standing Order for this purpose – please contact Nell Collins on 01243 607526 to discuss this. The offertory collection will not be taken during future Masses at present, but you are asked to place your donation in the basket on the table as you leave the Church please.

The Presbytery Porch

The Presbytery Porch remains open for all food donations for the Food Bank and numbered envelopes or donations may be put through the front door letterbox. There will also be copies of the latest newsletter, as they are produced.


Facemasks are not compulsory in Church, but Mary Kennedy is happy to supply washable facemasks if you would like them.  Please call her on 01243 699419 or email

August “Magnificat”

There are copies now available of the August edition of the booklet that contains the texts for daily Mass as well as daily prayers and much more besides: it can also be a valuable companion to a live-streamed Mass. Copies can be found on a shelf just inside the door of the porch to the Presbytery (No 12 Church Road).

Chaplaincy Care in Hospital

If you are admitted into hospital at any time, but especially at the present time, and if you want the ministry of a Catholic priest, you must make sure that the hospital has recorded your religion as “Catholic” and that you would like a visit from a priest. During the current crisis anyone attempting to visit St Richard’s Hospital is governed by the hospital’s safeguarding protocols, including visiting priests. Ministers of Holy Communion from the local parish are not able to take Holy Communion to patients for the time-being.  If you need a priest to administer the appropriate Sacraments, a priest from the parish will make the necessary arrangements with the ward staff who will advise him on what protective clothing he must wear if necessary. You, or a relative or friend acting for you, can ring St Richard’s Presbytery in Chichester (01243) 782343.

The Chichester Foodbank

The pressure increases daily on families who struggle to feed their children when there are no school dinners because schools continue to be shut.  Even when they begin to reopen it will be gradually so that it may be many months before every child ‘on free school dinners’ can be sure of a good, wholesome, meal five days a week.  The Chichester Foodbank is among local charities that are supplying a lunch pack to many families in Selsey in need of extra support with food and other essentials.  There are collecting baskets supplied by The Trussel Trust in various locations around the Town: while St. Wilfrid’s basket is locked in the Church, there is a temporary basket in the Presbytery porch.  All donations will be passed on regularly to the Foodbank for distribution to those family in greatest need. 

The Diocesan Weekly Newsletter on Facebook

eNews (also known as e-Bulletin) is an excellent informative newsletter produced weekly which can be found on Facebook. Search for ‘Diocese of Arundel and Brighton’ page and scroll down to locate it.  Well worth a look!

The Journey to 2030

Please see our new page on this below the News tab.  A new initiative is being introduced on climate change and the environment from the Church.  It is time to change, to be responsible and take care of our planet, if we don’t it will be too late and our world will face devastating consequences… do read on…