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.
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.