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Visit of Pallottine Provincial

From Sunday afternoon until early Tuesday morning the Pallottine Provincial Father Liam McClarey will be in Hastings as part of his official visitation of the Pallottine Community in England.

He will celebrate a public Mass at 10.00am on Monday December 6th here at St. Mary Star of the Sea. We invite as many parishioners as possible to attend this Mass and offer him a warm Hastings welcome.

Father Liam McClarey SAC
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Honouring Sunday – A Message from Bishops of England and Wales

At this time, we recognise that for some people there may be certain factors which hinder
attendance at Sunday Mass. The pandemic is clearly not over. The risk of infection is still present.

For some, there is legitimate fear in gathering together. As your bishops, werecognise that these prevailing circumstances suggest that not everyone is yet in the position
to fulfil the absolute duty to attend freely Sunday Mass.

Responding to the Gift


We now encourage all Catholics to look again at the patterns which they have formed in recent months with regard to going to Mass on Sundays. This would include consideration
and reflection about what we might do on Sundays, such as sports or shopping, or other leisure and social activities. This review, and the decisions which arise from it, fall to every Catholic and we trust this will be done with honesty, motivated by a real love for the Lord whom we encounter in the Mass.


The Sunday Mass is the very heartbeat of the Church and of our personal life of faith.

Please click on Download above to read the full statement.

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An appeal to our parish to help refugees arriving on Hastings beach.


A small boat carrying 53 refugees arrived on Hastings beach on Thursday lunchtime. A small group of volunteers from Hastings Supports Refugees was there when the boat arrived including Rachael from our parish. They were able to give food and drink and dry clothes to the refugees.


Included in the group were 5 children, including two sisters aged 3 and five. There were also a number of women one who was 6 months pregnant. They came from The Yemen, Iraq, Eritrea, Palstine and many other places. There was even a Ouija who had travelled all the way from China.


The responses from the people of Hastings was tremendous. As well as our small group of volunteers we soon had local people offering food, drink and money. Local businesses brought over trays of chips and tea. It was quite overwhelming.


The refugees were very, very grateful. They were cold, wet, exhausted having spent more than 16 hours in a tiny dinghy. They were also very, very relieved to be safely on dry land. The boats that end up in this area are those that have been blown off course on the way to Dover so people landing along our bit of coast have been at sea for much longer than they had planned. Really, they are lucky to be alive after crossing the busiest shipping channel in the world.
Please can the people in our parish donate toothbrushes, tooth paste and toiletries?


We would like to give each person a little wash kit when they arrive. Also, if anyone has any bags that we can use to make wash kits that would also be really helpful.


These people arrive with literally nothing but the clothes they are standing up in. They aren’t allowed to bring bags as it would add to the weight. Some people arrive without shoes and most arrive in wet clothing. We are always in need of men’s trousers and shoes if you happen to have any. We already have a lot of womens and childrens clothing.
There is a box at the back of the church labelled Hastings Supports Refugees for you to put donations of toothbrushes and any other items.
If you would like to know more, you can follow Hastings Supports Refugees on FaceBook.


Thank you,
Rachael Roser

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Upcoming Masses

DAYTIMEINTENTION
FRI JAN 14TH10.00EDDIE LAMBOURNE R.I.P
SAT JAN 15TH10.00JEAN PETIT R.I.P. (BIRTHDAY REMEMBRANCE)
18.00IMMELDA O’BRIEN PORTWAY R.I.P. (1ST ANNIV)
SUN JAN 16TH10.00
11.30STEPHANIE MORRIS R.I.P. (1ST ANNIV)
TUE JAN 18TH10.00
WED JAN 19TH10.00HOLY SOULS
THU JAN 20TH11.00FUNERAL MASS FOR HAYDEN GUEST R.I.P.
FRI JAN 21ST10.00PRIVATE INTENTION
SAT JAN 22ND10.00JACQUI TAYLOR (RECENTLY DECEASSED)
18.00SPECIAL INTENTION
SUN JAN 23RD10.00
11.30FRANK COLLINSON R.I.P (1ST ANNIV)
TUE JAN 25TH10.00
WED JAN 26TH10.00PAUL MURPHY R.I.P.
THU JAN 27TH10.00
FRI JAN 28TH10.00FUNERAL MASS FOR PETER RETOUT
SAT JAN 29TH10.00
11.00
18.00SILVIA IORIO R.I.P (ANNIV)
SUN JAN 30TH10.00
11.30
TUE FEB 1ST11.00FUNERAL MASS FOR NICK DONNELLY
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Indulgenced Acts for the Faithful Departed

There are many indulgences, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, that can be obtained during the month of November. From the fourth edition of the Enchiridion of Indulgences, 1999:

  1. plenary indulgence, applicable only to the souls in purgatory, is granted to the faithful who,
    • on any and each day in November (2021), devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, if only mentally, for the departed;
    • on All Souls’ Day (or, according to the judgment of the ordinary, on the Sunday preceding or following it, or on the solemnity of All Saints), devoutly visit a church or an oratory and recite an Our Father and the Creed.
  2. partial indulgence, applicable only to the souls in purgatory, is granted to the faithful who,
    • devoutly visit a cemetery and at least mentally pray for the dead;
    • devoutly recite lauds or vespers from the Office of the Dead or the prayer Requiem aeternam (Eternal rest).

Incorporating Indulgences Acts Through November and the Year

A partial indulgence can be obtained by devoutly visiting a cemetery and praying for the departed, even if the prayer is only mental. There are a few cemeteries that have car paths, allowing one to “visit” even if you stay in the car.

The “Eternal Rest” prayer gains a partial indulgence and can be prayed all year. Passing a cemetery and praying the “Eternal Rest” can help out the souls in need.

Requiem aeternam dona ei (eis), Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei (eis).
Requiescat (-ant) in pace Amen.

Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

NOTE: The Vatican’s Apostolic Penitentiary published a decree on Thursday providing for the possibility of obtaining plenary indulgences in favour of the faithful departed throughout the entire month of November.