Bulletin w/c Sunday 19/02/2017

The Brighton Oratory is a Western Orthodox community made up of ordinary men and women committed to establishing and developing an authentic Orthodox Catholic faith community modelled on the experience of the Apostles and the Early Church described in Acts 2:42-47 in Brighton & Hove.

Sexagesima Sunday, is the name for the second Sunday before Ash Wednesday in the Gregorian Rite liturgical calendar and is the eighth Sunday before Easter. It is also known as “Exsurge” from the beginning of the Introit. The statio was at Saint Paul’s outside the walls of Rome, and hence the oratio calls upon the doctor of the Gentiles. The Epistle is from Paul, 2 Corinthians 11 and 12, describing his suffering and labours for the Church. The Gospel (Luke 8) relates the falling of the seed on good and on bad ground, while the Lessons of the first Nocturn continue the history of man’s iniquity, and speak of Noah and of the Deluge.


19 FEB SUN 0830 SEXAGESIMA Pro Populo Of obligation
20 FEB MON 0900 Feria II Mathew Timmis
Jason Woods RIP
21 FEB TUES 0900 Feria III Karen Knight
Eric Bilton RIP
22 FEB  WED 0830  CHAIR OF St PETER AT ANTIOCH  John X, the Patriarch of Antioch & All the East Of devotion
23 FEB THUR 0900 Vigil of St Matthias Deeptima Massey
Jim Ryland RIP
24 FEB  FRI 0900  St MATTHIAS APOSTLE  Jessie Wise
Andrew Delaney RIP
Of devotion
25 FEB SAT 0900 Of Our Lady Ste Bell
Lucy Cassels RIP
26 FEB SUN  0830  QUINQUAGESIMA  Pro Populo Of obligation


NEW times of daily Masses this week.

BULLETIN please check back on this online version for each day any additions/amendments will be made here. If you have any notices or would like the names of loved ones for prayer included, please email

FATHER GEORGE von Abel is looking to move to Brighton & Hove to begin assisting in our Mission’s ministry. To do this, Father needs a new job and a new home! Please keep your eyes peeled for management or supervisor roles in hotels or restaurants locally. Please forward details of any potentially suitable positions via email here. Remember that our priests are bi-vocational and generally need financially to support themselves.

VACATION please note that Fr Jerome will be away from March 7 to 21 on pilgrimage to Ephesus where St Timothy was bishop, St John and the Blessed Virgin Mary resided and he’ll be revisiting the tomb of the Apostle Philip at Hierapolis. This will affect Masses etc and details will be published as soon as arrangements are confirmed.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Harry who will finally catch up to Tom and turn 18 on Saturday 26th! Harry serves tables for our apostolate “Cherubs” on Sundays.

FR MARK DUNNING of your charity please remember in your prayers Fr Mark as he continues his ministry in Liverpool under new auspices.


LUNCHTIME RECITALS Every Tuesday Lunchtime at the Chapel Royal, North Street 1.10 to 1.55 All seats £3.00 at the door. Tuesday 21 Feb Nick Haughton (organ) Bach Brahms Handel Mendelssohn. Click here to see this season’s Programme

Every Wednesday at St Nicholas’ Church, Dyke Road 12:30pm lasting for half an hour. A minimum donation of £3.00 towards recital expenses is appreciated. The recitals provide a perfect break for you to have your lunch and relax before heading back to work. Please bring your own sandwiches. Tea and Coffee is available for a donation.

CAMEO LUNCH for senior citizens this Thursday 23 Feb at The Mad Hatter Inn, Rock Street (Kemptown) our monthly lunch supporting the work of our apostolate “Cherubs Kitchen“. A very reasonable “prix fixe” set menu of homemade traditional dishes with the opportunity to meet other people of a similar age! Contact Shirley Veater to reserve a place on 07773 991670.

LOCAL HISTORY EVENT East of St Mary’s” Friday, 24 February – 7 for 7.30 pm The Friends of St Mary’s welcome local historian and urban geographer Dr Geoffrey Mead to the church hall for an illustrated talk on the intriguing history of the area to the immediate east of St Mary’s. Despite the slum clearances, bombings, and high-rise rebuilds of the 20th century, this densely populated bit of Brighton still shows traces of the old pattern of ancient field systems. Tickets £12 per head, including fish-and-chip supper. Licensed bar. Email the Friends  for more info and to reserve a place. Please indicate if you would like a vegetarian supper.


TENTMAKING SERIES in preparation for our missionary endeavour later this year, the Provost is publishing a series of articles about mission. Please do read them and continue to pray and think about how we can spread the Good News to our friends and family in Brighton & Hove!

ASH WEDNESDAY Please make a note now of Ash Wednesday, March 1st, Mass will be offered at 0830 and ashing at Churchill Square 2-3pm as is our custom. A great opportunity to explain to people “the reason for the season” and share the Gospel of Redemption. This year and to remind ourselves and others that part of the traditional observance of Lent includes acts of mercy and almsgiving, we will combine our witness with a charity collection for the homeless, specifically for “The Hub” we partner with the Salvation Army. We will position ourselves in the usual place outside the Prince of Wales pub on the western corner of Churchill Square… remember to wrap up warm!

HOLY HOUR on Thursdays in Lent, open to our ecumenical friends in Churches Together, a meditative service from 5-6pm in the Chapel at Brighton Congress Hall. This will be a reflective service by candlelight affording the opportunity to “sit and be still” in the presence of The Lord.

LENT DISCUSSION “Caritas” the ecumenical discussion group will be held from 7.30pm, on Thursdays in Lent beginning on March 2nd in the Chapel. An opportunity once again to meet other Christians and share and discuss thoughts and life stories around the study of Biblical themes concerning discipleship. Please feel free to invite anyone you know may be interested in either or both of these events and don’t forget to put them in your diary! Due to Fr Jerome’s planned absence there will likely be no meetings on Thursdays the 9th and 16th of March.

QUIZ & FISH SUPPER on Saturday March 11 at Brighton Congress Hall hosted by the Salvation Army an opportunity to join other Christians for an informal evening with food and fellowship. Teams of six persons – don’t worry, people will be put together to form a team(/s)! Sausages are available as an alternative to fish! Tickets are £10 including supper. Telephone 01273 607095 to register your team or express interest!


THE HUB HOMELESS DROP-IN We’ve created a welcoming environment for our guests and serve them with dignity and respect and so we are seeking volunteers willing to serve at table and help us create a welcoming café like environment every Wednesday.

We also need help in the kitchen too for, as the suburban proverb says, “many hands make light work” and we’d like to lighten the load of existing volunteers by having enough people to have a roster! That way everyone can enjoy giving of their time and not feel overly burdened or committed! We need volunteers anytime between 0830 and 1400 for all or a couple of hours, we’d be grateful for any time you can give!

If you’d like to join our existing team of faithful volunteers and help us serve the most needy and often deserving of humanity struggling to get by without the security that most of us enjoy with a roof over our heads… please text/phone Fr Jerome on 07423 074517 or just turn up on a Wednesday!

TIME TO TALK BEFRIENDING Volunteering as a befriender provides much needed friendship for older people who might otherwise be alone and feel cut off from society. Befriending is a mutually rewarding experience which is life giving – so if you have a heart for older people, live in Brighton and Hove, Adur or Worthing, and would like to make a difference to help reduce feelings of loneliness among the older population then please don’t hesitate to contact us today! Tel: 01273 737710 or email info@timetotalkbefriending.org.uk


Of your charity please pray for the following for whom prayers have been asked…
Janie, Karen, Debbie, Matt, Stefan, Darren, Libby, Paul, Lou, Patrick, Nik, Jessie, Jesse, Margaret, Connor, Remi, John, Sarah Daniel, Keris, Maureen, Marge, Joy, Simon, Kamal, Frazer, Albert, Sarah, Neveah born 01:03 on 22/02/2017 (and her newbie parents, Libby & Freedom)


Of your charity please pray for the souls of…


Sam d.02/02 funeral 03/03
Betty Spicer d.13/02
Marilyn Belvin Brown d.21/02

03/02 DELANEY Andrew, DUBRUIEL Michael
13/02 GREENE John
20/02 EGAN Lillian, WOODS Jason
21/02 BILTON Eric (deacon)
25/02 CASSELS Lucy

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