Prayer Requests

Of your charity pray for Neville Hinton who has broken his hip and for Czeslaw Teul (Anne Eves’s brother) who is dying.

Pray too for the intentions on the prayer scroll at the Mercy Shrine.


Day of Recollection with Fr Serafino Lanzetta FFI

Fr Serafino Lanzetta FFI

Men’s Group are organising a Day of Prayer on Saturday 27th March with Fr Serafino Lanzetta FFI who is now Assistant Priest in Gosport.

Previously he taught theology in Rome and had been described as one of the most brilliant Franciscan theologians of our generation.

I hope that during the Year of Mercy we will have regular Days of Recollection.

Fr. Ray


Mass for Candlemas at 7:30pm on Tuesday

Candlemas – there will be Sung Mass in the Old Rite at 7.30pm on Tuesday February 2nd. This is always a beautiful Mass, viagra 100mg the music is splendid (and you get a blessed candle).

The Rite consists of the blessing of the Church’s candles for the year and a procession in the Church to mark the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple.

Our Choir have a lovely piece on their blog about the history of Candlemas in our Parish. You can read it HERE


Refugees

One or two people have asked what we can do about the current refugee crisis. As you may know Brighton
Voices in Exile which works for refugees, viagra buy asylum seekers and the victims of torture has its office in the basement of my house the Presbytery, more about and uses the Parish Centre every Tuesday as a meeting place and clinic. It also feeds anyone who turns up.

We already do a great deal as a parish, side effects and have been doing so for many years. Yet we need to do more!

If you want to donate money make a cheque out to ‘Brighton Voices in Exile’. If you are an Arabic speaker or can offer other help, contact them on bvie@hotmail.com. I notice their website has been hacked, maybe someone in
the parish could offer to help them out. Unfortunately the funding they used to receive from the government has
been pared back to nothing and they are working on an entirely voluntary basis, without our support they would
not exist. One of the most useful things you could do is to write to your MP to plead for funding for them.

If you do ‘Facebook’, why not befriend them there.

Fr. Ray


Men

I would like to start something in the Parish for men, malady I am not entirely sure what it should be but men in Brighton so often live isolated lives and work crazy hours. Often they live lives that are highly stressed, in Brighton they are likely to suffer from stress and addictions and become the victims of homelessness and suicide.

In our parish we have lots very impressive men, remedy often they have had profound life experiences, that have given them deep wisdom and experience. The Church, families, the world, needs strong men, the Gospels are almost a manual for manliness, for being truly human, for brotherly love because Jesus Christ the God-man is our model in the service of God and the world.

If you think this is an idea which has possibilities, join me this Wednesday evening, after Benediction to put some flesh on my ideas and to share your own.

Why not come to Exposition and Benediction 6.30 –7.30pm, the meeting will end by 8.30pm.

Father Ray


GAUDIUM: The joy of the Gospel. The joy of the Priesthood.

A video celebrating 50 years of priesthood in A&B. The grand launch took place at our Golden Jubilee celebrations on Sunday and the DVD was well received.

Please pray and pray and pray for many vocations to the priesthood for our lovely diocese.


40 Hours – Thank You

Many thanks for all that prayer during ‘Forty Hours’, there was a beautiful sense in the Church throughout those two days. Bishop Richard wanted to come and wasn’t able to but kept us in his prayers. It was good to see other priests visiting to pray with us, I was pleased to see Mgr Tony Barry and Fr Gerard Hatton from Crawley, a few of our local clergy, Fr Tadeusz and the Polish community were much in evidence, as well as people from over the deanery – pass on my thanks and appreciation.

I was very grateful to the school for bringing over the children but most of all I am very grateful to you, and most especially to those ‘watchers of the night’ who were in the small hours whilst the world slept. I am grateful too to the servers who changed candle after candle.

I don’t know how but I know God will reward our parish and the individuals who took part. If you want to take home the candles you sponsored which burnt before the Blessed Sacrament please do so.

– Fr. Ray