Friday, 23 June 2017

Celebrate Conference Brighton 15-16 July




As the summer approaches, we strongly encourage you to deepen your faith by attending the Brighton Celebrate weekend on the 15th and 16th July at Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School in Hove.

People of all ages and denominations are welcomed but we especially encourage families to attend together. This year we are offering a 50% discount to families new to Celebrate.

To get an idea of what to expect at Brighton Celebrate this year here is a short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79Xh_UiEJVQ

Brighton Celebrate is a non-residential Catholic Conference for people of all ages full of great teaching from ecumenical speakers, workshops, praise and worship. Mass will be celebrated on both days and there will be opportunities for confession and prayer ministry.

Several streams for young people will run throughout the weekend for all age groups including separate streams for children, teenagers and young adults. In the busy and hectic world we live in today we all know how difficult it is to find time for spiritual refreshment. Brighton Celebrate offers a perfect opportunity to come together as a family to deepen our relationship with God and build His church on earth.

For more information and to book your places click here: https://www.celebrateconference.org/brighton/

Friday, 16 June 2017

Fire at St John the Baptist Church, Kemptown, Brighton

Fire Service at St John the Baptist's
On Thursday night, 15 June a fire was set in St John the Baptist's Church in Kemptown, Brighton causing damage to the Sacristy and its roof as well as minor damage to the back of the church along with smoke damage in the church itself . Fortunately no one was hurt and the damage was not too extensive but St John's will be closed this weekend 17/18 June whilst the clean up takes place.

Services will take place this weekend as follows: Saturday Evening Vigil Mass at 6pm in the Parish Hall and Sunday Morning Mass at 11am in the Table Tennis Club next door.

Parishioners thank God no one was hurt and are extremely grateful for the work of the Fire Service in putting the fire out and stopping the fire spreading further. They are also touched by the kindness of the Table Tennis Club who have been willing to allow them access so they are able to celebrate Mass this Sunday.

St John the Baptist is an important church in the history of the Catholic Church in Sussex. It was the first Roman Catholic church built in Brighton after the process of Catholic Emancipation in the early 19th century removed restrictions on Catholic worship. Located on Bristol Road, a main road east of the city centre, it is one of 11 Catholic churches in Brighton and Hove.The Classical-style building, which was funded by Maria Fitzherbert and completed in 1835, It has been listed at Grade II* by English Heritage for its architectural and historical importance.

It was consecrated on 7 July 1835 and opened on 9 July 1835. Many of the 900 Catholic churches opened in England since the 1791 Roman Catholic Relief Act had not been consecrated by that stage, so St John the Baptist's was only the fourth new church to be consecrated in England since the Reformation in the 16th century.

Maria Fitzhebert a twice-widowed Catholic, began a relationship with the Prince Regent (and secretly married him in 1785 in a ceremony which was illegal according to the Act of Settlement 1701 and the Royal Marriages Act 1772). She accompanied the Prince Regent whenever he visited Brighton, and had her own house. Maria Fitzherbert died in 1837 and was buried at the church. A memorial stone and sculpture were placed in the nave.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Deacon Roy Waters Ordained a Priest for Diocese of Arundel & Brighton

Laying on of hands on Roy Waters by Bishop Richard Moth ©A&B Diocese 2017
On a warm summer’s evening in the historic town of Arundel in its Cathedral Deacon Roy Waters was ordained a priest by Bishop Richard Moth for the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton on Friday 26th May 2017.

A full cathedral saw him ordained for service in the church in Surrey and Sussex. He was joined not only by his two sons, their wives and his grandchildren, but also other family, parishioners of Cranleigh and Bramley parish in Surrey as well as many friends from across the Diocese and elsewhere. Bishop Richard was joined by over 50 priests who welcomed Roy into the priesthood. Also present were some 35 deacons many of whom had known him over the years as a fellow member of the Permanent Diaconate and were there to wish him well in his new ministry.

Father Roy, as he can now be called, was born and raised in the Sussex. He spent his early years first in Brighton and then Chichester before returning to Brighton where he was a parishioner at St Nicholas Anglican Church. He actively considered a vocation to the Anglican priesthood as a single, celibate man, but he then met and married the love of his life, Hilary. They had two children Rod and Tim, now grown up and with their own families.

He worked for many years in the Telecommunications industry and was responsible for many projects including installing communications for Air Traffic Control and the Instrument Landing Systems at Gatwick Airport. At the same time, he was active in the local community working with the Samaritans in Brighton and Hove for which he was the Director for several years. Finally, he moved to Gomshall in Surrey with his wife, Hilary where he was Lecturer in Telecommunications and Contracts Manager for BT before a final stint in ‘early retirement’ for Ericsson.

At this point in the early 1990s he finally fulfilled his teenage desire of becoming a Catholic and was received into the Church in the Franciscan Friary at Chilworth in 1994 by Fr John McCaffery O.F.M.. In 1999, he started training for the Permanent Diaconate at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, near Guildford and was ordained a Deacon in June 2002 at Chilworth Friary. In 2011 when the Franciscans left Chilworth he continued his ministry in nearby Cranleigh and Bramley parish which took over care of the parish.

There was an unexpected turn of events when his dear wife, Hilary suddenly died and after which he was asked to consider ordination to the priesthood. Fulfilling another teenage dream, he found himself in January 2016 at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh again, but this time training for the priesthood. He said, “My time at the seminary, even at my age, has been a really worthwhile experience in which time I have learnt much, not least to know that ‘for God all things are possible.”[i]

Fr Roy now begins the next stage of his life as priest in a parish saying Mass, visiting the sick, working with young people, celebrating funerals and baptisms, visiting local schools and much more. Fr Roy said: “To become a priest is an awesome privilege but a role I look forward to living for the rest of my days leaning heavily on the Lord Jesus.”

He continued, “Today was a moment of great joy in the gift of priesthood I have received from the Lord and I looked forward with happiness and excitement to serving the people of Arundel & Brighton Diocese.”

At his ordination in his Homily Bishop Richard reminded Roy, as a person grounded in the love of family and God, to be at the service of the people as a minister of word and sacrament, and said to Roy “Be an effective and joyful priest in service of Christ and his Church!”

The ordination was followed by a wonderful reception in the Arundel Cathedral Hall and where Fr Roy was warmly received by family, friends, clergy and parishioners.

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[i] Mt 19:26 (NRSV)