Welcome

***Attendance at Mass is 1st come, 1st served***

***Public Worship permitted, but with limitations***

The Parish of Our Lady of the Rosary, Bexhill on Sea:

the communities of St Mary Magdalene, Town Centre & St Martha’s, Little Common

An Update: Government Roadmap 3

17th May 2021 (extended until19th July 2021)

*** please also see the newsletter section of this website for weekly updates as a newsletter will be uploaded as normal ***

*** other important announcements are also listed in the newsletter section of this website ***

*** if you are able, please continue to support your parish through the diocese’s online offertory scheme via: ChurchSuite Donate 

 remembering to select the BEXHILL PARISH 

Dear Parishioners and visitors,

Welcome to our website. Communal Worship is permitted as part of the Government Roadmap for unlocking but there remain limitations on what we are able to offer. From 17th May, there have been some small changes to the COVID secure guidance for collective worship. The full guidance can be found at the Bishops Conference’s website:

Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales (cbcew.org.uk)

Following our own local risk assessment, we have been able to make some small adjustments to the way we offer communal worship in the parish whilst continuing to be COVID-secure. As we are near capacity at our weekend Masses, we continue to have stewards on duty so that all the routines of social distancing, supervision and cleaning are met. On weekdays, it remains advisable for us to keep the stewards as they also have the task of cleaning the Church, which needs to take place at least once a day.

There are six regular public Masses being celebrated in the Parish of Bexhill but with limitations. Any additional Public Masses and services are announced in the newsletter, uploaded weekly to the Newsletter Section of this Parish Website. Locally, our latest risk assessment, tells us that we continue to need stewards in order to open for communal worship. These stewards (who clean afterwards) should be an existing parishioner, be under 70, and be free from underlying health conditions.

Please let the parish office know if you can help: bexhill@abdiocese.org.uk 

Public Masses in the Church of St Mary Magdalene

  • 11am & 6pm on Sundays,
  • 10am on Fridays and Saturdays,
  • 6.30pm on Thursdays.

From 17th May 2021, the Church capacity for Mass rises to 60 units of people (meaning that couples and families, who can sit together, may increase capacity up to a strict maximum of 80 persons). It is first come first served. The Stewards will regulate entry and will not permit the capacity to be breached. Remember the obligation to hear Mass on Sundays is suspended. If you are coming to Mass choose one Mass each week to allow more space for others.

The Mass Centre of St Martha’s in Little Common currently has a Sunday Mass:

  • 9am Mass of the Sunday

From 17th May 2021, this Church’s capacity rise to 50 units of people (meaning that couples and families, who can sit together, may increase capacity up to a strict maximum of 66 persons). Once this capacity is reached the stewards will no be able to admit you.

All Catholics in England & Wales are hereby dispensed from the obligation to assist / participate in the Sunday Masses and Holy Days of Obligation, until further notices.

The presbytery & parish office remain closed to casual callers (appointments only).

The parish administrators have returned to the office and will assist you if you email bexhill@abdiocese.org.uk

Due to office restructuring to make it COVID-secure, you may need to leave an answerphone message: 01424 210 263 opt 4.

Strict Emergencies (i.e. sick calls / last rites): simon.dray@abdiocese.org.uk

Otherwise the following voicemails for important pastoral matters:

Fr Simon Dray: 01424 210 263 opt 3;

Fr Rajesh Minz: 01424 210 263 opt 2

These voicemails are checked during office hours only.

We also have a parish Facebook Page: Parish of Our Lady of the Rosary, Bexhill: St Mary Magdalene & St Martha’s

https://www.facebook.com/stmmbexhill

New parishioners are welcome to complete the form and we will deal with these once things have returned to normal: click here

With my prayers and best wishes,

Fr Simon Dray, Parish Priest.