2012 marked the 150th anniversary of the opening of St Mary Magdalen Church to the faithful and the public in Brighton, East Sussex.
Pictured above is the Baptismal Font of the Church, in which have been baptised hundreds of parishioners of the Church in Brighton down the years.
The Church was opened in 1862. The music for the original opening Mass was Haydn’s Nelson Mass, with the choir, soloists and orchestra, including brass and kettle drums. There would have been a glorious sound but little room for the congregation. Fr Oldham built the Church over a long period of time, the Church being built bit by bit. Today, the Church still stands, the Sacrifice of the Mass is still offered daily and there is still a vibrant Catholic community in Brighton which the Church serves.