Happy Feast of St. Mary Magdalen
Talk given by Fr Richard Biggerstaff of the St Barnabas Society 16 April 2016 at a day of recollection at St Mary Magdalen Church, treatment Brighton entitled ‘Did Not Our Hearts Burn Within Us’
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.
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, cost 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, cialis 40mg asylum seekers and the victims of torture has its office in the basement of my house the Presbytery, clinic 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 email@example.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.