Selsey Catholic Church Merges with Chichester

We welcome Fr Maksym Krat, known to us as “Fr Max”, as Parish Administrator who will oversee the merger of our Parish with St Richard’s of Chichester.

Bishop Richard recently visited the parishes of Selsey, the Witterings, Bosham and Chichester to inform us of his vision for the future of the Church in this part of the Diocese.

No churches will be closed, which is good news to all but some changes will be inevitable.

With the good will of the people, flexibility and prayer, we will emerge as one unified Parish, with four churches and two priests based in Chichester, with a retired priest living in the Presbytery in Selsey, who may choose to help out with Masses.

Please see the Newsletter (13 June 2021) for a more detailed explanation.  We will keep this website updated with any new information.

Please remember to pray for the success of the merger.  Thank you.

Latest Newsletter from the Deanery

Our parish in Selsey belongs to the Cathedral Deanery, lead by our Dean, Fr Peter Newsam, Attached is the latest Newsletter for Easter 2021,  on what is happening in our Deanery.  Please click on the link below.  Thank you.

Deanery Newsletter Eastertide 2021 – colour – clickable links

Supporting our Parish Financially

Thank you for continuing to support our parish.  Your support is very much appreciated, especially so in the absence of our usual fundraising events and lack of income from the letting of the hall.   Please call Nell Collins (01243 607526) if you are considering setting up a Standing Order for your weekly contributions, or if you would like information about the Gift Aid sceme.

The Presbytery Porch Open for Food Bank Donations
The Presbytery Porch remains open for all food donations for the Chichester Food Bank.

In particular we are looking for:  TINNED – baked beans, soup, spaghetti hoops, tomatoes, vegetables and packets of pasta: but ALL DONATIONS will be welcome. Thank you.

Welcomers and Cleaners Needed

Welcomers and Cleaners are still required to help us with opening the Church for quiet prayer 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.

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

Booking for Mass is no longer required.  However, it  is very important as a “track and trace” process  that we should retain contact information should  anyone contract Covid-19.

Please note that Mass books will not be available and toilet facilities are open but restricted at present. The Offertory Collection will not be taken during Mass but you are asked to place your donation in the basket on the table by the side door near the altar, as you leave the Church. Facemasks are compulsory. Hand Sanitiser is provided and you must use it please when you enter and leave the Church.


Following the Government’s instructions,  FACE COVERINGS MUST BE WORN for the duration of the Mass, unless one is unable to do so for health reasons. There will be some disposable masks available should you forget to bring one.

Exiting the Church   

To comply with official guidelines, there is a one-way system for entering and existing the Church.  Please allow time for senior or disabled parishioners to leave without being rushed, but while still maintaining a 2m distance in the Church.  Your patience is appreciated.  

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.