The Second Vatican Council in Rome in its decree on communications (Inter Mirifica) said that "the Church believes that its task involves employing the means of social communication to announce the good news of salvation.” This blog is part of that process by the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton to communicate that same good news about Jesus Christ.
Monday, 8 August 2011
Parish Day in Hove - The Family Comes Together
Jonathan Rich from St Peter', Hove reports that:
A family needs to get together every once in a while – there are things to discuss, friendships to renew, there are people we haven’t seen in a long time, people we perhaps only see at such events, gatherings which mark important phases in our lives: baptisms, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and funerals. Whatever the reason for coming together, families need to celebrate their unity, the fact that they belong together, care for each other and are stronger as one.
St Peter's Parish relaxing after Mass
So it is with the extended Parish family. For this reason, over ten years ago, St Peter’s Church in Hove launched its first Parish Day. What started as a simple celebration of Mass in the Chapel of Cardinal Newman School has outgrown the building and is now held in a giant marquee in the school grounds, needed both to cope with growing numbers and to accommodate the combined talents of the St Peter’s Choir, Folk Group and Junior Choir, who add so much to the enjoyment of the occasion.
As Parish Priest Fr Jerry O’Brien told this year’s gathering, it’s hard to recognise the accusation that the Church is ailing when you see over 600 people joyously celebrating Mass together.