The Brighton Oratory is an Orthodox Catholic faith community of ordinary people diverse in age, background, experience and talents who are committed to deepening their spirituality in, through and with the love of God expressed in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ modelled on the experience of the Apostles and the Early Church described in Acts 2:42-47. As a community we seek to welcome everyone, especially the poor and disenfranchised, whether in spirit or in love. We are simply a faith community seeking to encourage, support and develop individually and together our spirituality and understanding of the Divine, that we may experience both in this life and the next, the Kingdom of God in us.
To-day is called “Good Shepherd Sunday”. For, in the epistle, St. Peter himself, made by the risen Lord head and chief Pastor of His Church, tells us that Christ is the shepherd of our souls, which were like wandering sheep. They are gathered round Him who came to give His life for them. The gospel relates the touching parable of the good shepherd who defends his sheep against the wolf, and protects them from death (Collect); and foretells that the heathen will come to join the Jews of the Old Law and to form with them one only Church and flock, under one shepherd. These our Lord recognizes as His sheep and like the disciples at Emmaus, whose eyes were opened at the breaking of the bread, at the altar when the priest consecrates the Host which is the memorial of our Lord’s passion, they acknowledge that Christ is “the Good Shepherd who gives His life that He may feed His sheep with His Body and Blood” (St. Gregory). Raising their eyes to Him (Offertory), they pour forth to Him their gratitude for His great mercy (Introit). “It was in those days,” says St. Leo, “that the Holy Ghost was bestowed upon all the apostles by our Lord’s breathing upon them, and that the blessed apostle Peter, raised above the rest, having already received the keys of the kingdom, saw the care of the Lord’s flock committed to his charge” (Second nocturn). This was the first step in the founding of the Church. Let us press round the divine Shepherd of our souls, hidden in the Eucharist and whose visible representative is the Pope, Pastor of the Universal Church.
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK
|30 APR||SUN||0830||Mass: DOMINICA II post Pascha||Pro Populo||Of obligation|
|01 MAY||MON||1000||Mass & Homily: SS Philip & James, Apostles
Octave Day of St George, Patron of England
|John Nathan Turner RIP
Martin Strahan RIP
|Of pious devotion|
|02 MAY||TUES||1000||Mass & Homily: St Athanasius, Bishop & Doctor of the Church||+Athanasius Schneider
Fr John Lloyd-James RIP
|Of pious devotion|
|03 MAY||WED||0830||Mass & Homily: Roodmas||Nik Wooller
Peter Pigott RIP
|Of pious devotion|
|04 MAY||THUR||1000||Mass & Homily: St Monica, Widow||Alan Smith
Monica McLaughlan RIP
|Of pious devotion|
|05 MAY||FRI||0830||Mass & Homily: St Pius V, Pope Confessor||Mary-Beth McCue
Sam Wheeler RIP
|Anniversary of Met Jerome’s consecration|
|06 MAY||SAT||1000||Mass & Homily: St John at the Latin Gate||John Hannington
Edith Houston RIP
|Of pious devotion|
|07 MAY||SUN||0830||Mass: DOMINICA III post Pascha||Pro Populo||Of obligation|
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PHOTO (left) Shirley and friends enjoying the CAMEO lunch (next date, May 25).
ASDA GREEN TOKENS please remember that apostolate “Cherubs Kitchen” has been nominated for the ASDA Hollingbury Green Tokens scheme for April/May/June! Shoppers receive a green token to place in a collection box for a local community/charity project, at the end of the collection period, the project receiving the most green tokens is awarded a donation! If we’re successful in receiving a donation, the money will go towards supporting our apprentices and their statutory training costs not included in their NVQ e.g. Food Safety Certificates, First Aid and Health & Safety training.
FATHER GEORGE von Abel is still 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.
FATHER JEROME‘s fifth anniversary of Episcopal consecration is this Friday, May 5th feast of St Pius V. Please give thanks for his ministry and witness among us and continue to pray for him as he seeks to serve us.
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! These reflections were the basis of our Lent discussions.
CARITAS STUDY GROUP after the recent series this past Lent, the group has decided to continue to meet once a month! The next meeting is likely to be at the beginning of May. Look out for details!
CATHOLIC CULTURE From the very earliest days of Christianity, wearing chapel veils as head coverings when entering a Church to pray and adore God, was a common practice among faithful women. The Chapel veils, or mantillas (which comes from the word manta, meaning cape) are typically circular or triangular shaped pieces of black or white lace that are draped over a woman’s head when attending Mass, or in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Traditionally, the black veils were worn by married or widowed women, while the white veils were worn by young girls, or unmarried women, but there are no hard and fast rules about this.
This act of partially concealing a woman’s physical beauty (especially her lovely hair) is so that the beauty of God may be glorified instead. A veil is both a symbol and a mystical sacrifice that invites the woman wearing it to ascend the ladder of sanctity. It is also a way of emulating the Blessed Virgin Mary, in her humility, purity and submissiveness. Moreover, the mantilla, or chapel veil, signifies the role of women as a life-bearing vessel. The chalice holding the blood of Christ is veiled until the Preparation of the Gifts, and the tabernacle veiled between Masses. Both of these vessels hold the Eucharist – the very life of Christ. In a similar fashion, woman was endowed with the gift of bearing human life.
“Therefore ought the woman to have a power over her head, because of the angels.” (1 Corinthians 11:10) St. Paul reminds us that as Christ did the will, and sought the honour of God the Father, so the Christian should avow his subjection to Christ, doing His will and seeking His glory. We should seek a fitting demeanour in our dress and habit, avoiding everything that may be dishonourable before the Throne of God. By covering her head with a veil (or mantilla) the woman is agreeing to her beautiful and unique feminine status. She is showing respect and reverence for the holy angels too, always invisibly present before the Blessed Sacrament, who will come to her side in love and protection. This veiling of the woman before the Lord Our God, may also be a humble imitation of the angels’ behaviour, who when they sang the praises of God, and adored and glorified his perfections, covered their faces and their feet with their wings. (Isaiah 6:2) We recommend this website particularly for acquiring Mantillas www.diclara.co.uk
SS Philip & James, Apostles The feasts of the apostles celebrated in the course of the year used to be feasts of obligation. That of St. Philip and St. James at this date recalls the translation of their relics at Rome where the church of the Holy Apostles, consecrated on May 1st (the date of St. Philip’s feast), was dedicated to them and received their relics. There is held the Station on all Fridays in Ember Week and on Easter Thursday.
St. Philip, like Peter and Andrew, was of Bethsaida in Galilee. He died at Hierapolis in Phrygia, on the cross, like them. It is he whom Jesus addresses at the multiplication of the loaves and it is through him as intermediary that the Gentiles seek to address the Saviour. To him also we owe what the Master said in His discourse at the Last Supper: “Philip, who seeth Me, seeth My Father” (Gospel). To go to Christ is to go to God, for the works of the Messias have proved His divinity (Ibid.). It is in virtue of His divine nature that He rose again, and the two apostles whose feast coincides with the Easter feasts, by their martyrdom (Introit, Epistle) confirm the truth of which they have been witness.
St. James, called the Minor, was of Cana in Galilee. A cousin of our Lord, he had for brother the Apostle Jude, and was made, by Peter, bishop of Jerusalem. It is of him that St. Paul speaks when he says: “I did not see any apostle except James the brother of the Lord.” Called upon by the High Priest to deny Jesus, he was thrown down from the terrace of the Temple and his head was broken by the blow of a club.
Their names are inscribed in the Canon of the Mass (first list). Following the example of the holy apostles Philip and James (Collect) let us confess by a generous life the divinity of the risen Christ.
St. Athanasius, The Church, still covered with the blood of her martyrs, had, in the fifth century, to sustain the dreadful assaults of heretics. Arius dared to despoil the divine Redeemer of all His glory as Son of God: to make of Him a simple creature only higher in grace than others. God then raised up St. Athanasius, “He fills him with the spirit of wisdom” (Introit), and anoints him as bishop of Alexandria, “with his holy oil” (Offertory), for, as an athlete of Christ, he had to preach the Master’s truth, at the price of innumerable sacrifices (Epistle, Gospel). In 325, Athanasius was the herald of the illustrious assembly of the 318 bishops who condemned Arius at the Council of Nicea, proclaiming that Jesus was the Son consubstantial with the Father. That is why he is often represented with a symbol of the Trinity as an emblem. He died in 373 and was proclaimed Doctor of the Church. Let us, like St. Athanasius, affirm the divinity of Jesus risen again.
ROODMAS (from Old English rood “rod”, “cross” and mas, Mass; similar to the etymology of Christmas), was the celebration of the Feast of the Cross observed on May 3 in some Christian churches and rites, particularly the historical Gallican Rite of the Catholic Church. It commemorates the finding by Saint Helena of the True Cross in Jerusalem in 355. After the victory gained by Constantine by virtue of the Cross which appeared to him in the skies, and whose sign he reproduced in the Labarum, St. Helena, his mother, went to Jerusalem to try to find the true Cross. At the beginning of the second century, Hadrian had covered Calvary and the Holy Sepulchre under a terrace of 300 feet in length, on which had been erected a statue of Jupiter and a temple of Venus. The Empress razed them to the ground, and, in digging up the soil, they discovered the nails (Alleluia) and the glorious trophy to which we owe “life, salvation and resurrection” (Introit). The miraculous cure of a woman authenticated the sacred tree (Collect).
St. Helen divided into three the precious wood which had been “worthy to bear the King of Heaven” (Alleluia), which had merely been figured by the cross on which the brazen serpent was raised. One part was deposited in Rome in the church which on this account was called Holy Cross in Jerusalem the second in Constantinople and the third in Jerusalem. This last relic having been carried off by the Persians and recovered by Heraclius, this emperor solemnly brought it back to Jerusalem on May 3rd, 628. Covered with gold and precious stones, the Emperor suddenly felt himself held back by an invincible power. At this sight, Zacharias, bishop of Jerusalem, told him to imitate the poverty and humility of Jesus bearing His cross. Heraclius thereupon covered his shoulders with a common cloak and without further hindrance went his way. (Breviary September 14.)
St Monica, Widow Born in Tagaste, Africa, St. Monica married a pagan whom she converted by her virtues. Having become a widow, she devoted herself to her son, Augustine, whose mind was corrupted by the errors of Manicheism and his soul by the dissolute manners of Rome. “Night and day she prayed” (Epistle) and “she shed for him more tears than other mothers shed over a coffin.” For above all else she was penetrated by the fear of God (Introit), and she knew that in order to obtain the resurrection of the soul of her son, she had to sacrifice herself (Gospel). She atoned for the sins of Augustine. “Could you, O Lord so writes Augustine himself, “despise the contrite and humble heart of a chaste and mortified widow? Could you reject the tears of one who asked not for money, no for any temporal thing, but only the salvation of her son’s soul?” “God, in His mercy, accepted the tears of charity of blessed Monica” ((Collect) and these two souls now share in the joy (Communion) of Jesus risen again. St. Monica died at Ostia, in 387.
St Pius V Pope from 1566-1572 and one of the foremost leaders of the Catholic Reformation. Born Antonio Ghislieri in Bosco, Italy, to a poor family, he labored as a shepherd until the age of fourteen and then joined the Dominicans, being ordained in 1528. Called Brother Michele, he studied at Bologna and Genoa, and then taught theology and philosophy for sixteen years before holding the posts of master of novices and prior for several Dominican houses. Named inquisitor for Como and Bergamo, he was so capable in the fulfillment of his office that by 1551, and at the urging of the powerful Cardinal Carafa, he was named by Pope Julius III commissary general of the Inquisition. In 1555, Carafa was elected Pope Paul IV and was responsible for Ghislieri’s swift rise as a bishop of Nepi and Sutri in 1556, cardinal in 1557, and grand inquisitor in 1558. While out of favor for a time under Pope Pius IV who disliked his reputation for excessive zeal, Ghislieri was unanimously elected a pope in succession to Pius on January 7, 1566. As pope, Pius saw his main objective as the continuation of the massive program of reform for the Church, in particular the full implementation of the decrees of the Council of Trent. He published the Roman Catechism, the revised Roman Breviary, and the Roman Missal; he also declared Thomas Aquinas a Doctor of the Church, commanded a new edition of the works of Thomas Aquinas, and created a commission to revise the Vulgate. The decrees of Trent were published throughout all Catholic lands, including Europe, Asia, Africa, and the New World, and the pontiff insisted on their strict adherence. In 1571, Pius created the Congregation of the Index to give strength to the Church’s resistance to Protestant and heretical writings, and he used the Inquisition to prevent any Protestant ideas from gaining a foot hold in Italy. In dealing with the threat of the Ottoman Turks who were advancing steadily across the Mediterranean, Pius organized a formidable alliance between Venice and Spain, culminating in the Battle of Lepanto, which was a complete and shattering triumph over the Turks. The day of the victory was declared the Feast Day of Our Lady of Victory in recognition of Our Lady’s intercession in answer to the saying of the Rosary all over Catholic Europe. Pius also spurred the reforms of the Church by example. He insisted upon wearing his coarse Dominican robes, even beneath the magnificent vestments worn by the popes, and was wholeheartedly devoted to the religious life.
St John before the Latin Gate Jesus had promised James and John, sons of Zebedee, that they should drink the chalice of His passion so as to participate in the triumph of His resurrection (Gospel). The Emperor Domitian caused John to be brought to Rome and condemned him to be plunged into a cauldron of boiling oil. But St. John, by a striking miracle, came forth from this torment more healthy and vigorous than before. A sanctuary was built on this spot near the Latin gate and dedicated to the holy apostle. There is held the Station on Passion Saturday.
EVENTS THIS WEEK…
Community Cafe and Charity Shop Please consider supporting this new venture in the Annexe building once generously loaned to us for worship by our friends in the Salvation Army. Open for business 9-4pm Monday to Friday. Why not visit the Cafe for breakfast after daily Mass…?
THREE SCORE DANCE South East Dance is supporting weekly contemporary dance classes for older people (60+) across Brighton & Hove who are interested in having fun and improving their health along the way. It meets on a Monday afternoon, 2 pm to 3.30 pm at Dorset Gardens Methodist Church. Led by Three Score Dance Company’s Rehearsal Director, Jason Keenan Smith, the class will include contemporary dance technique and explore creativity. No prior dance experience is needed. Suitable for: all abilities (aged 60+). Places are strictly limited. For enquiries/bookings please contact Jacqueline Hadlow 01273 696844.
LUNCHTIME RECITALS Every Tuesday Lunchtime at the Chapel Royal, North Street 1.10 to 1.55 All seats £3.00 at the door. Click here to see this season’s Programme
LUNCHTIME RECITALS 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.
SING & SIGN encourages speech and language development in babies through the use of action songs and gestures. They meet at Dorset Gardens Methodist Church on Wednesday mornings. For information about the group please visit their website: www.singandsign.com
B19 : 20 – University of Brighton Fashion Show, Thursday, 4 May, 7.20pm Tickets £8 / £5 students and other concessions. Showcasing the work of 1st and 2nd year fashion students at Brighton University, this fab show is also a fundraiser for their respective graduation shows in the next couple of years. They’re an amazingly competent bunch of young creatives – learning not only how to do and think fashion, but also event organization, fundraising, marketing, and promotion all at the same time. To help the students with planning, you can reserve a ticket in advance on their Eventbrite page. And you can catch a glimpse of the outfits in the making on the group’s Event page on Facebook.
Quiz Night: The Musical East of Brighton Musical Theatre Co.10, 17, 24, 31 May 20:30 £8(£6) [1hr] at The Verdict, Edward Street Every Wednesday night is ‘Quiz Night’ at Brighton Fringe this year! An intimate, original musical portrait of two friends as they try to avoid discussing real life, brought to you by almost legendary East of Brighton musical theatre pairing, Jenny Alborough (director) and Adrian Reilly (composer). Join Simon and Claire down the pub as they attempt this crucial heart-to-heart during an actual pub quiz – put your quiz hats on and you too can play for the pot. No Googling allowed!
Bike for Life – Bicycle Maintenance Course Saturdays, 6 and 27 May, 3 June, 12 noon – 6pm Bruce, Brighton’s star bike man, is back in St Mary’s (Upper Rock Gardens) church hall on Saturday, 6 May to run the first of Bike for Life’s next, three-part bicycle maintenance course. Each session runs for six hours on a Saturday, from 12 noon, and provides intensive, hands-on tuition. With the odd tea break thrown in for good measure. If you can’t make this course, Bruce will be running another three-parter beginning in July, with courses also in September and November 2017. Website
CAMEO LUNCH for senior citizens Thursday 25 May 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 to reserve a place on 07773 991670.
Kemptown Community Market Saturdays, 13 and 27 May, 10.30am – 4pm An exciting and tasty initiative St Mary’s (Upper Rock Gardens) church hall. Local food producers and suppliers offer a fabulous range of breads, raw milk, cheese, pies, charcuterie, gluten-free cakes, chocolate, chutneys, jams and pickles, alongside an eclectic mix of art, jewellery, soaps, cards, and collectables and bric-a-brac from local creatives. Plus there are the lovely folk from the Sussex Beacon who take care of the teas and coffees.
COFFEE MORNING Saturday 27 May at 17 Fernhurst Crescent 10am – 1pm in aid of “Sussex Nightstop” (see above) and “The Martlets” Hospice.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
COFFEE SHOP & CHARITY SHOP in The Annexe, Salvation Army desperately needs reliable volunteers to help serve customers, sort and rotate stock, etc. Phone: 01273 607095
COMMUNITY LUNCH on the Fifth Sunday of the month at Dorset Gardens Methodist Church, a drop-in and hot meal from 2pm-4pm. The meal is aimed at those who are homeless, vulnerably housed or those who feel excluded or on the periphery of society. We currently have an average of about 60 people coming each quarter. As well as providing a good quality hot meal (cooked by a team of volunteer cooks on site) we give people a chance to relax – we provide hot drinks and people have a chance, to chat to read the papers or just to be quiet. We have a great team of volunteers – Some prefer to stay in the kitchen and others help set out the hall, serve our guests and wash up. This is a joint project in partnership with Sleepsafe. To volunteer telephone 01273 503348
Of your charity please pray for the following for whom prayers have been asked…
General intentions: Janie Thomas, Karen Knight, Debbie Gaston, Nik Wooller, Connor Hannington, Remi Hannington, Sarah Daniel, Joshua Solis & Family (bereavement), Colleen Anderson
Thanksgiving: Neveah born 01:03 on 22/02/2017 (parents, Libby & Freedom) John & Jean Marchant (62nd Wedding Anniversary year) Joyce & Jim Babcock (65th Wedding Anniversary year), Fr Jerome (various), Petr Jašek (freed from imprisonment & persecution), Kerry Potter (improving in health), John Andrew Dorsey IV (new born)
Health & well-being: Stefan Bell, Patrick Hannibal, Jessie Wise, Jesse, Margaret, Frazer & Albert McCue, Sarah Hannington, Maureen, Marge, Joy Gale, John Marchant, Ida Liffey Gordon, Father Philip Johnson, Vkiki Kennedy, Rev Hassan Taour and Abdulmonem Abdumawla (unjustly imprisoned), Canon Andrew White
Discernment: Matt Timmis, Darren, Paul Schofield, Lou Regan, Kamal Abdallah, Simon Gangloff, Li
Vocational: Tom Gierke, Jamie Alaniz, Fr George, Fr Emilio, Li, Daniel Selzle
CHANTRY THIS WEEK…
Of your charity please pray for the souls of…
Victims of the London Terrorist attack:
PC Keith Palmer
Peter Pigott d.18.04.17 (63) funeral 28.04.17
Sam Wheeler d.02/02/17 funeral 03/03/2017
Betty Spicer d.13/02/17
Marilyn Belvin Brown d.21/02/17
Stanley Horsey d.27/02/17
Hosea A. Solis d. 18/03/17 aged 10
YEAR’S MIND THIS MONTH
01.05.02 John Nathan TURNER
01.05.08 Martin “Monkey” STRAHAN
01.05.09 John Eifion LLOYD-JAMES (priest)
09.05.86 Alice STANDRING
13.05.09 Joe TANDY
17.05.09 Herby ROGERS
21.05.91 Harold George Stanley CAVE
29.05.09 Patrick NEWLEY
31.05.82 Richard STANDRING