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Whats on this Week

For Masses, streaming, and church open times see panel alongside

For events for students and young adults see the page here.

Tuesday / 7:30pm: Study and Discussion on Zoom – The Character of God

Thursday / 10am: Thursday Group

                      8-9pm  Adoration – at St Joseph’s

Saturday / 11am: Confessions St Joseph’s

 

Fitzherbert Community Hub

Many of you will have enjoyed visiting the community cafe run by the Real Junk Food Project at St John the Baptist before lockdown. It was really popular with parishioners and members of the wider local community alike but because of the condition of the parish hall and kitchen we were only able to open one lunchtime a week, despite such high demand. You will also be aware of the Food Hub, coordinated by Brighton Table Tennis Club, that has been operating out of St John the Baptist. Covid-19 has exposed the extent of food poverty in the area that we serve and the food bank is now providing food for 300 people a week and ready cooked meals to 45 refugee/asylum seeker families, some of whom have no recourse to public finance or cooking facilities.

Building on these two initiatives we are now working in partnership with our three co-located grassroots charities, Voices in Exile, Brighton Table Tennis Club and Real Junk Food Project to raise funding to redevelop the parish hall at St John the Baptist, creating a flexible, multi-purpose, socially inclusive Community Hub with a commercial standard teaching kitchen, dining area, food bank, full disability access (including a lift to the upper rooms) and additional meeting spaces. Central to our plans is the provision of a daily “pay as you feel” (customers pay what they feel the food is worth or what they can afford) community café using food otherwise destined for landfill. This is an exciting opportunity for us as a Parish as not only will we have access to a lovely new parish hall and cafe but we will be able to live out our faith through social outreach and community building.

Celia with family

On Sunday 4th October at the Mass held to celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation, where 7 candidates were received into full communion with the Church, Fr Kieron presented Celia Webster with the Pope’s Benemerenti Medal.

This is awarded to the clergy and laity for long and exceptional services to the Catholic Church (more information on the medal is here.)Celia received it for her service as a an RCIA Catechist and also for services to the sick, elderly and disadvantaged families of the Parish over a period spanning 30 years.

For over 30 years Celia has been a devoted RCIA Catechist at St Joseph’s and has been taking Holy Communion to the sick and housebound of the parish, often helping them resolve many of  their daily living problems.  She has also organised many fund raising events to take sick parishioners to Lourdes with the A&B Pilgrimage, was Secretary for the SVP for many years and helped organise taking disadvantaged children in the parish on holiday with the John Bosco Children’s Camp.  Lastly but not least she regularly organised outings for the elderly of the Parish, including an annual trip to the Corpus Christi Procession at the Cathedral.

Masses

On Saturday there is a 6pm Mass at St John the Baptist and on Sundays there will be 11:30am and 5:30pm Masses at St Joseph’s and 9 and 11 at St John the Baptist.  Please be aware that strict safety measures are in place which limit church capacity –  the  Masses may reach capacity early so that we will unfortunately need to send latecomers away. There is more capacity currently at the 9 and 5:30 Masses.

During this week  Masses are as follows:
St Joseph’s 6pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Friday
St John the Baptist 10am Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

 

Weekday Masses, and the 11:30 Sunday Mass are streamed live on youtube. Where there are two Masses on the same day we will indicated in the facebook and home page newsfeed which is being streamed.

Confession is also back – on Saturdays from 11 to 11.45 at St Joseph’s –   St Joseph’s has a new enclosed area in the church which enables us to conduct confessions safely.

 

If you come to Mass we are continuing to take serious safety measures. You will be required to wear a mask, and to sanitise your hands on entry. We will take a list of names in case it is required by the contact tracing service.  Only two people, or one household group can sit on a row, and alternate rows will be empty.

Tuesday evenings

the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished “ Exodus 34 6;7

On Tuesday evening we start our new study and discussion series. For the next few weeks we will follow a bible study based theme of The Character of God.

Join us on Tuesday evenings, starting at 7:30 on October 13th. Each session is complete it itself, you do not need to come every week, and lasts an hour or just over. We meet online on zoom – the link will be here and on the newsfeed an hour before each meeting. Give it a try

The zoom link for this Tuesday at 7:30 is https://zoom.us/j/98866833453

Meeting ID: 988 6683 3453

Our New Resource Page

In particular look out for our resources pages, providing links to good things to watch, listen to, or read. Also the Prayers of the Faithful are now published weekly on the newsletter page. We would encourage all parishioners to
submit potential prayers by email to the office, so that increasingly these do become the prayers of all the faithful.

Our New Resource Page

In particular look out for our resources pages, providing links to good things to watch, listen to, or read. Also the Prayers of the Faithful are now published weekly on the newsletter page. We would encourage all parishioners to
submit potential prayers by email to the office, so that increasingly these do become the prayers of all the faithful.

Great external courses and events

There are great online worship and events coming up. See our section Upcoming Courses and Events at the top of the Resources page.

Support Us

With our churches closed our income has gone down significantly, whereas our costs haven’t changed. There are a number of ways in which you can donate to us.