From our Parish Priest, Fr John Healy – Covid-19 Virus

Seven days is a long time at the height of a crisis!  On most days during the last week there has been an updated instruction from Bishop Richard, as well as the daily broadcast from the Government.  

In a letter to parish priests, dated 24 March, Bishop Richard wrote:  “Following the Government announcement yesterday, mandating the closure of places of worship, it is with great sadness that I must ask thatall churches, halls and associated facilities be closed until further notice.” 

Sadly the proposals outlined in the Newsletter last weekend for keeping the Church open for personal prayer and visits to the Blessed Sacrament have now to be postponed.  The Government is to review the present very severe restrictions in three weeks time meaning that all Churches will be completely closed throughout Holy Week until Easter Sunday and beyond.

All Lent Services of Penance and Reconciliation have been cancelled and Churches continue to be closed even at times when a priest would usually be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Anyone wishing to make an individual Confession should make an appointment with a priest.  

We are able, of course, to pray to God anywhere and at any time: let us continue with our prayers and our patience as together we face this unprecedented time so that, with God’s help, we will be able to overcome. 

The Chichester Foodbank

Those who rely on the local Foodbank, which includes individuals and families living in Selsey, are probably among those least able to stock up their fridges, freezers, kitchen cupboards and larders for “a rainy day!”  If, after doing your weekly shop, you find you have some items “surplus to requirement” then please remember the Chichester Foodbank basket in the Porch.  The Foodbank traditionally provides lunchpacks during school holidays for children “on free school meals” during term-time: this service is needed more than ever now that the schools are closed for the time-being.  The current list of urgent donations include tinned meat, tinned vegetables (but not sweetcorn or pulses), instant mash / tinned potatoes, sponge puddings, tinned tomatoes, UHT milk, cleaning products, rice pudding/custard, toilet rolls.   

The Diocese’ Fortnightly Newsletter on Facebook

eNews (also known as e-Bulletin) is an excellent informative newsletter produced fortnightly which can be found on Facebook. Search for ‘Diocese of Arundel and Brighton’ page and scroll down to locate it. (The latest issue was published on 28 March 2020).  Well worth a look!

The Passing of Archbishop Emeritus of Southwark, The Most Reverend Peter Smith

It has been sadly announced that Archbishop Peter Smith died just before midnight on Friday, 6th March 2020 following a two week stay in hospital.  He had been recently diagnosed with cancer and was 77.  Archbishop Peter retired from his Southwark Diocese in July 2019He was well known to everyone in the A&B Diocese, when in 2015 he served as Apostolic Administrator.


Installed at St George’s Cathedral as 10th Bishop of Southwark  Thursday, 10th June 2010: resignation from office accepted by Pope Francis 10th June 2019.  Appointed Apostolic Administrator 10 June 2019 following the acceptance of his resignation from Office and the appointment of Archbishop John Wilson as Archbishop Elect of Southwark on 10th June 2019.

Archbishop Peter was born in Battersea on 21st October 1943.He completed his secondary education at Clapham College and gained his degree (LLB) from Exeter University in 1966.  Studied for the priesthood at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, and was ordained Priest on 5th July 1972.  First appointment assistant priest at St Francis, Stockwell (1972 – 1974).
1977 gained Doctorate in Canon Law (JCD) from the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas in Rome and became Professor of Canon Law at St John’s Seminary (1977 – 1984).  Appointed Parish Administrator
St Andrew’s, Thornton Heath, (1984-85) and Rector at St John’s Seminary 1985-95.  

Appointed as Bishop of East Anglia in 1995 and Archbishop of Cardiff in 2001. On 30th April 2010, the Holy Father announced that he would succeed Archbishop Kevin McDonald as the tenth Archbishop of Southwark. After nine years, having reached the age of 75, his resignation from office was accepted by Pope Francis on Monday 10th June 2019; he was appointed Apostolic Administrator for Southwark the same day to oversee the transition period until the installation of his sucessor, Archbishop John Wilson, on the 25th July 2019.  Archbishop Peter was, until May 2019, Vice-President of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. From 1998 to 2019 he was Chairman of the Department of Christian Responsibility and Citizenship of the Bishops’ Conference.His other previous responsibilities have been as Chairman of the Catholic Truth Society (1993 – 2007) and Chairman of the Central Religious Advisory Committee (CRAC) of the BBC and ITC (2001 – 2004). He was appointed Sub-Prelate and Chaplain of the Order of St John of Jerusalem in 2002. He has been awarded Honorary Fellowships at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge (1997), the University of Wales, Lampeter (2004) and Cardiff University (2006).

He will be greatly missed by many.  Please offer your prayers for the repose of his soul, may he rest in peace. Amen.

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…

Hospital Visits – An Occasional Reminder!

Recent data protection laws prevent hospital staff automatically passing on a patient’s religious status to hospital chaplains unless a patient specifically asks that a chaplain be notified. It is always preferable to let the hospital chaplain know before you are admitted or, if you are admitted unexpectedly or in an emergency, to let the chaplain as soon as possible: the ward staff should be able to help.  Your hospital admission notes should record your religious status: if you are not sure it may be important to check.  

The Hospital Chaplaincy is there to bring spiritual comfort and support to patients and, when appropriate, to their family.  For Catholic patients in St. Richard’s Hospital and in St. Wilfrid’s Hospice (now relocated in Bosham), the chaplaincy support is provided from St. Richard’s Parish in Chichester.

A priest from the parish visits the hospital regularly and lay ministers of Holy Communion visit every Wednesday and Sunday with Holy Communion.  Please let St. Richard’s parish know if you or a relative would like your name on the visiting list: ring (01243) 782343 – or let Fr. John know, and he will pass on a message.

Parking in Front of the Church

The single white line painted on the side of the road in front of the Church is for ‘priority parking’ when the Church is in use – for the Selsey Venture Buss at the Sunday morning Mass; for hearses and limousines at funeral; for ambulances or other emergency vehicles when needed.  Please keep this space free for those entitled to use it.  Thank you.

Parish Information Leaflet

This leaflet is a brief summary of our Parish activities with a useful Contacts’ List  should you wish to join in or assist in Parish life.  Please click on the link: Parish Leaflet Final 13.04.18

Can You Help?

Please support our Church.  We need volunteers to help clean the Church at 10.00am on the first Saturday of the month.  All are welcome.

Available for Hire – Church Hall with small Kitchen 

We have a Church Hall that can seat up to 50 people with a small kitchen that has an electric cooker, plus the use of a free car park.

Please use our “Contact Us” page  to request further information or call Sylvia Gill, our Booking Secretary on 01243 605897.