Saturday, 20 October 2012

Poland in Bognor Regis - A New Catholic Community


Polish Priest with altar servers
Recent years have seen a huge influx of people from Eastern Europe into the Bognor area. Most of these are from Poland but we also have people from Latvia and Lithuania. The majority of them are young people, and many of them are here to work and earn money with the intention of returning home in due course. At the same time we have a growing number who want to settle here and make their home here. Inevitably the great majority of them are Catholics, although many are not practising.

The Polish Mission has appointed a Polish priest to live in this area and to serve the needs of the Polish Community. Father Antoni Prosowicz is a Franciscan, and is responsible for the communities in Bognor Regis, Chichester and Goring. He celebrates two Polish Masses each weekend, one in Rose Green on Saturday evening, and one in Our Lady of Sorrows in Bognor on Sunday afternoon.

He attracts between 200 and 300 each weekend. He is also celebrating Mass in Chichester and Goring.

The congregation, mostly young people and young families have created a music group to enhance the Liturgy. Fr Antoni has a team of reliable altar servers and group of active young lay people to support him in his demanding work.

From Fr Tony Churchill, Parish Priest of Bognor Regis

1 comment:

  1. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CULTURE AND YOUR PRESENCE HERE IN BOGNOR REGIS POLISH MASS IS A TRULY UPLIFTING EXPREIENCE MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS FR ANTONI AND THE POLISH COMMUNITY

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