Sexagesima 2019 Bulletin

And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.

Acts 2:42


SUN 24.02 St Matthias/Sexagesima
07:30 Morning Prayers
08:30 Mass & homily
10:00 Breaking fast Roedean
MON 25.02 Feria II of Sexagesima
07:30 Morning Prayers
08:30 Mass & homily
09:30 Breaking fast BCH Cafe
16:30 Sanctuary on Sea AGM BMECP Centre
TUE 26.02 Feria III of Sexagesima
07:30 Morning Prayers
08:30 Mass & homily
10:00 Faith Tour Workshop BCH
17:30 Evening Prayers
WED 27.02 Feria IV of Sexagesima
07:30 Morning Prayers
08:30 Mass & homily
08:30 The Hub drop-in BCH Hall
09:30 Breaking fast The Hub
17:30 Holy Hour & Benediction
18:45 Fish Supper Bardsleys
THU 28.02 Feria V of Sexagesima
07:30 Morning Prayers
08:30 Mass & homily
09:30 Breaking fast BCH Cafe
FRI 01.03 St David of Wales
07:30 Morning Prayers
08:30 Mass & homily
10:00 Breaking fast Rodean Cafe
14:30 Nursing Home Ministry Handcross
SAT 02.03 St Chad of Mercia
07:30 Morning Prayers
08:30 Mass & homily
09:30 Breaking fast Cozy Cafe
SUN 03.03 Quinquagesima
07:30 Morning Prayers
08:30 Mass & homily
10:00 Breaking fast Roedean Cafe


MONDAY this week our reflections at Mass will be focused on the themes of Sexagesima from the readings of Sunday. Today’s homily at Mass will reflect on “the seed is the Word of God” cf Luke 8:11. Today is the Sanctuary on Sea Annual General Meeting takes place from 4.30pm at the BMECP Centre on Fleet Street off New England Road. Life is often desperately hard for asylum seekers and refugees living in exile in the UK. Lots of organisations and individuals in Brighton & Hove are working to support those who come to our city for their safety. The Brighton & Hove City of Sanctuary movement brings them together and provides a simple platform so that others can join in. The theme of this year’s AGM is ‘Young People and Racism in Brighton – Challenges and Responses’. Join to discuss what we can all do to make Brighton & Hove a place of sanctuary for young asylum seekers and refugees.
Please remember to pray for visitors to our city who are looking for a fresh start and a new home in safety…

TUESDAY begins as usual with Mass and the homily will focus on “The seeds on rocky ground” cf Luke 8:12. Fr Jerome today is hosting a training workshop as Chair of the BHFA Combatting Faith Hate Partnership for local panelists from the faith community in preparation for a Faith Tour of local school assemblies. This is in response to the 419% rise in Faith Hate Crime in the city. The hope is that a positive representation of people of different faiths demonstrating mutual respect and toleration may demystify and dispel any misunderstandings young people have about the diversity of faith groups in the city and their relations with each other. The day is being facilitated by trainers from The Faith & Belief Forum, a London based charity experienced in school outreach and interfaith work.
Of your charity please pray for the success of the workshop and the participants and for the impending school assembly tour!

WEDNESDAY this week begins as usual offering ourselves to God in the offering of the Mass reflecting on “The seeds that fell among the thorns” cf Luke 8:14 and then offering ourselves to His service in the service of others…
Hub Drop-in as usual this Wednesday from 0830-1300 volunteers always welcome to serve and greet our homeless guests. Particularly welcome would be those prepared to simply sit and listen to and chat with our guests… Perhaps if you’re free on a Wednesday morning and could spare an hour or so to enjoy free tea/coffee and as much toast as you can eat in the company of those who’d appreciate some company…?
Holy Hour & Benediction will be as usual on Wednesday from 5.30pm. Holy Hour is a time for prayer and personal reflection before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament with music and hymns concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Holy Hour is followed by…
Fish Supper our weekly appointment at Bardsley’s on Baker Street is an opportunity to share Christian fellowship informally and enjoy like-minded discussion and conversation over a delightful supper! Our hosts are always very welcoming and with Lent coming up are happy to grill rather than fry and salads are available as a lighter option if you’d prefer!
Conference there will be no conference this week but see below about Lent Study.
Please hold in your prayers our Hub guests and all those suffering homelessness, particularly the soul of Alfie who died recently…

THURSDAY after Mass during which we will reflect on “the seeds on good soil” cf Luke 8:15, Fr Jerome will travel to London to meet with various individuals desirous to explore their vocations with the Church. Afterwards he will meet with the new bishop of Chicago whom he consecrated last October, Monsignor Nioclas Kelly OSF who is visiting family in the UK on his return to Chicago from a visit to Rome.
Of your charity please remember these meetings in your prayers, for the guidance and enlightenment of the Holy Spirit and true fellowship in charity between Christian persons discerning God’s will…

FRIDAY after Mass we will continue to celebrate with thanksgiving the feast of St David, patron of Wales and break fast at The Roedean Cafe. Later in the afternoon we will visit Handcross for our Nursing Home ministry having been specifically asked for Welsh hymns! If you’d like to come along, please speak to Fr Jerome or Shirley.
Please remember in your prayers those elderly, infirm and alone who rely on the generosity and kindness of visitors, nurses, care-workers and home-carers for their support and comfort…

Other notices

ASH WEDNESDAY is March 6th NEXT WEEK and the Blessing of Ashes & Mass will be offered at 8.30am and again at 5.30pm followed by Fish Supper and then the first of the Lent Study sessions (see below).

CATECHISM CLASSES will begin on the first Saturday of Lent, March 8th immediately following the end of the Mass, approx’ 0930 finishing at 11am. This is the perfect opportunity to invite enquirers to the Faith or come along yourself to revisit the basic tenets of Christianity. “Catechumen” i.e. those enrolling to be received into the Church at Easter will be baptised/Confirmed during the Vigil on Holy Saturday morning.
The weekly discussions will be framed around study of the old Penny Catechism. This excellent pocket catechism provides a wealth of detailed guidance on, and explanation of, the Catholic faith. It explains Faith in God and the Apostle’s Creed, Hope and Christian Prayer, Charity as lived out in the Ten Commandments and other guidance of the Church. Participants will be expected to do some light prep and study in the week as well as attend the Saturday morning sessions.

Cherubs Kitchen an exciting new project is on the horizon for Cherubs in 2019 and a team of core volunteers are needed for a regular commitment from January to April to facilitate a new SWEP (Severe Weather Emergency Protocol) homeless night shelter to prepare and serve food on an ad hoc basis. IF you’re interested, please ring 07423 074517

HOLY WEEK begins on Palm Sunday, April 14 and ALL the liturgies (except Palm Sunday) will begin at the usual time of 8.30am in the Brighton Chapel. The Brighton Oratory is still the ONLY congregation in the South East to offer ALL the sacred rites of Holy Week according to the traditional Tridentine form encapsulating centuries of tradition. Do invite those you know or think would be interested to experience Holy Week as Christians did in the first millenium, through the middle ages right up to only a century ago!

08:00 Blessing of Palms, Procession & Mass
08:30 Low Mass & Passion Reading
08:30 Low Mass & Passion Reading
08:30 Low Mass & Passion Reading
16:30 Tenebrae
08:30 Pontifical Mass of the Lord’s Supper
& Solemn Blessing of Chrism
16:30 Tenebrae
20:00 Watch at the Altar of Repose
08:30 Veneration of the Cross &
Mass of the Presanctified
12:00 Stations of the Cross
16:30 Tenebrae
08:30 Paschal Fire, Praeconium, Vigil, Litany, Baptism &/
Confirmation, Mass & First Vespers of Easter
16:30 Paschal Mattins

LENT STUDY is now finalised. On Wednesday evenings following the Fish Supper at Bardsleys, in the Chapel from 8pm Fr Jerome will be leading a new study series called “Turn to the Lord” explaining through Scripture and Tradition the significance and relevance of ad orientem i.e. “facing east” in worship. The series has been devised in response to a request from the faithful in the Philippines and will take the form of a weekly series of broadcast conferences, video presentations and notes released weekly ahead of each conference. This will be of particular interest to those keen to know the reason for the orientation of our churches liturgically and architecturally.

Rest in peace, Mick, memory eternal

MICK HOWELL or “one arm Mick” as he was affectionately dubbed by The Hub guests on Wednesdays, sadly passed away last December 13. Since the death of Sandra his great friend and co-worker at the drop-in both at BCH and at the Lightway Centre in Whitehawk, Mick was never quite the same and retiring from his voluntary work lost touch with the folk at The Hub and the Salvation Army. A chance meeting by Fr Jerome with Fr David Porter at Fr John Wright’s funeral discovered the sad news of Mick’s passing, his funeral took place in January.
Of your charity, please pray for the repose of Mick’s soul and for the comfort and consolation of Val his daughter and remaining family.

For prayer…

Of your charity, please hold the following in your prayers…

For those in need… Christopher, Lyn B, Simon G, Dagmar B, Karen, Debbie G, Fr Graham F, Fr Stephen D, Heather & Susanna L-D, Finley G, Diane C, Pat, Paul, Bishop Rommel B., Penny E, Colin R, John, Ronald, Fr Gerard H, Lilian & family, Ruth L, David G, David P, Patrick H, Debbie G, Karen K, FR Graham F, S&A, Dave G, Metropolitan Charles of Wisconsin
For those discerning… James, Manuel, Vincent, Darren, Akos, Roger, James, Adrian, Carlos, Yordanis
For those who mourn… Barbara R & family, Brenda W & family, Joseph S, Catherine L & family, Rev George C & family
For the recently departed… Lauretta (21.01.19), Clive Reed (23.01.19), Fr John Wright (24.01.19), Shelley Luben (11.12.18), Mick Howells (13.12.18), Alfie (Hub guest), Jill Lewis, Cynthia Sharpe Conger

Revive & Renew Conferences on Personal Holiness if you missed them or would like to hear them again are presented below via YouTube.


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