Saturday, 3 August 2013

125 Years in Hove - Celebration of Hove Catholics

Celebration cake for 125 Years of Sacred Heart, Hove
Recently Sacred Heart Church in Hove celebrated its 125th birthday with a special Mass, followed by a party. They inform us:
A congregation of 350 attended the Mass of the Feast of the Sacred Heart, including former priests of the parish, invited clergy from the city and distinguished guests, including Councillor Denise Cobb, newly-elected mayor of Brighton and Hove, in one of her first official engagements.

In his homily during the mass, Rt. Rev. Kieran Conry, Bishop of Arundel & Brighton, spoke of the importance of parish life extending into the wider community, supporting and enriching it, illustrated by the Sacred Heart’s participation in the Brighton & Hove Churches Winter Night Shelter project.
Two adult choirs, a children’s choir and a Spanish-language choir joined the church organ in a variety of hymns and praise, including Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus.

Dedicated in 1887, the church is the oldest of the three Catholic churches in Hove. The official 125th anniversary was in October 2012 but it was decided to defer celebrations to the patronal feast of the Sacred Heart in 2013  – which was just as well since a theft of lead from the church roof in November 2012 resulted in water pouring in, thousands of pounds damage and weeks of repair work!

After the mass the congregation and guests gathered in the Parish Rooms to cut the celebration cake and enjoy a huge variety of food and drink provided by the parishioners.

Mayor Cobb spoke of her surprise and delight at the large turnout, evidence of a flourishing church, while Father Kevin Dring, Parish Priest, stressed the enormous generosity, friendship and goodwill of the parishioners.   

A full church for the Mass of Celebration

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations to the parishioners and PP. I have never been in that church, but it looks lovely. God bless.