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.
Masses for Ash Wednesday will be at 10am and 7pm
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.
Candlemas – there will be Sung Mass in the Old Rite at 7.30pm on Tuesday February 2nd. This is always a beautiful Mass, 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
We were visited by the Samoan International Rugby Team this morning. They joined us for our 10:30am Mass and sang a Samoan Hymn at the end of Mass. Samoa play their first game of the Rugby World Cup next Sunday at the AMEX Stadium against the USA.
We will be cheering them on and praying for them at the Rugby World Cup. You can follow their progress on Twitter.
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, asylum seekers and the victims of torture has its office in the basement of my house the Presbytery, 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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
I would like to start something in the Parish for men, 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, 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.
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.