|James McMilan speaking at St Mary Magdalen's|
The church was absolutely packed and the atmosphere joyous and inspiring. The anniversary is seen as a special opportunity for evangelisation and reaching out; parishioners were encouraged to bring friends and it was pleasing to see so many new faces many of whom were not Catholics and some who were atheists or agnostics.
On 9 March James MacMillan, the internationally celebrated Catholic composer who wrote some of the music for the Papal visit came to St Mary Magdalen to give a very challenging talk entitled “The Future of Modernity and the Sacred: A Composer’s Perspective.” This was a great honour for Brighton and the church was full, again with many from outside the parish.
The aim of the celebrations is to reach out to the people of Brighton, to look to the future in the light of the Year of Faith and to think anew about the teachings of the Second Vatican Council.
Future Events: Mgr Andrew Wadsworth 1st May The Future of the Liturgy
Mgr Keith Newton 24th May The Future of Ecumenism
Fr Aidan Nichols OP 7 June The Future of the Church in England
Fr Alexander Sherbrooke 27 June The Future of Evangelisation