In albis 2019 Bulletin

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

Acts 2:42

Kalendar

DAYDATEOFFICENOTES
SUN28.04DOMINICA IN ALBIS Low Sunday
07:30Morning PrayersChapel
08:30Mass & homilyChapel
10:00Breaking FastRoedean
MON29.04St GEORGE, PATRON OF ENGLANDTransferred
07:30Morning PrayersChapel
08:30Mass & homilyChapel
09:30Breaking FastBCH Cafe
18:00Citizens AssemblyBAHSVIC
TUE23.04St Mark the EvangelistTransferred
07:30Morning PrayersChapel
08:30Mass & homilyChapel
10:00Breaking FastRoedean Cafe
17:30Evening PrayersChapel
WED01.05SS Philip & James, Apostles.
07:30Morning PrayersChapel
08:30Mass & homilyChapel
09:30Breaking Fast Cosy Cafe
17:30Holy Hour & BenedictionChapel
18:45ConferenceChapel
20:00Fish SupperBardsleys
THU02.05St Athanasius, Doctor of the Church.
07:30Morning PrayersChapel
08:30Mass & homilyChapel
09:30Breaking FastBCH Cafe
10:00Faith CouncilBCH Hall
17:00Standing Together InformalSaharah
FRI03.05Invention of the Holy Cross.
07:30Morning PrayersChapel
08:30Mass & homilyChapel
10:00Breaking FastRoedean Cafe
17:30Evening PrayersChapel
SAT04.05St Monica, Widow.
07:30Morning PrayersChapel
08:30Mass & homilyChapel
09:30Breaking FastChapel
10:00CatechismChapel
SUN05.05St Pius V, Dom. II post Pascha
Sunday
07:30Morning PrayersChapel
08:30Mass & homilyChapel
10:00Breaking fastRoedean Cafe

The first Sunday after Easter is known as “Low Sunday”. The origin of the name is uncertain, but it is apparently intended to indicate the contrast between it and the great Easter festival immediately preceding, and also, perhaps, to signify that, being the Octave Day of Easter, it was considered part of that feast, though in a lower degree. Its liturgical name is Dominica in albis depositis, derived from the fact that on it the neophytes, who had been baptized on Easter Eve, then for the first time laid aside their white baptismal robes. St. Augustine mentions this custom in a sermon for the day, and it is also alluded to in the Eastertide Vesper hymn, “Ad regias Agni dapes” (or, in its older form, “Ad cœnam Agni providi”), written by an ancient imitator of St. Ambrose. Low Sunday is also called by some liturgical writers Pascha clausum, signifying the close of the Easter Octave, and “Quasimodo Sunday”, from the Introit at Mass — “Quasi modo geniti infantes, rationabile, sine dolo lac concupiscite”, — which words are used by the Church with special reference to the newly baptized neophytes, as well as in general allusion to man’s renovation through the Resurrection. The latter name is still common in parts of France and Germany.

As in his gospel, so in his epistles, and especially in today’s epistle, St. John proves the divinity of Christ which had been denied by some heretics. He says that Christ had come to purify all men from sin by water and blood, that is, by His blood shed on the cross for our reconciliation, and by the water of baptism to which he has given the power, the divine effect of His blood, and has thus proved Himself the divine Redeemer. This His divine dignity is attested by the Holy Ghost who lived in Christ and worked through Him with His fullness, and when sent by Him after our Lord’s Ascension, produced most wonderful effect in the apostles and the faithful. The Apostle St John here tells us the merit and power of faith: it is, says he, a victory, which conquers the world, both the world outside, and the world within us. It is not difficult to understand why this passage from St John’s Epistles should have been selected for to-day’s Liturgy: it is on account of its being so much in keeping with the Gospel appointed for this Sunday, in which our Lord passes such eulogy upon faith.

Our Lord, who had chosen Thomas as one of the pillars of his Church, has been obliged to treat him with an exceptional familiarity: Thomas avails himself of Jesus’ permission, puts his finger into the sacred wound, and immediately he sees the sinfulness of his past incredulity. He would make atonement, by a solemn act of faith, for the sin he has committed in priding himself on being wise and discreet: he cries out, and with all the fervour of faith: My Lord and my God! Observe, he not only says that Jesus is his Lord, his Master, the same who chose him as one of his disciples: this would not have been faith, for there is no faith where we can see and touch. Had Thomas believed what his brother-Apostles had told him, he would have had faith in the Resurrection; but now he sees, he has experimental knowledge of the great fact; and yet, as our Lord says of him, he has faith. In what? In this, that his Master is God. He sees but the humanity of Jesus, and he at once confesses him to be God. From what is visible, his soul, now generous and repentant, rises to the invisible: `Thou a

Episcopal Anniversary

NEXT Sunday, the second after Easter and the feast of St Pius V, is also the seventh anniversary of the episcopal consecration of Metropolitan Jerome of Selsey.

DIARY THIS WEEK

Citizens Assembly Brighton 29/04

A new community inclusion and involvement project begins on Monday evening with a “Citizens Assembly”. Citizens UK, a registered charity, supports a growing network of broad based Citizens Organisations which include faith, education and voluntary associations and institutions that work together for the common good. The Assembly will take place at BHASVIC Brighton & Hove Sixth Form College from 6pm. All are welcome though should register with EventBrite.

Citizens’ brand of community organising is distinctive because it deliberately sets out to build permanent alliances of citizens to exercise power in society. It sees its role in the UK’s political system as determinant of the distinction between Civil Society from the State and the Market. In a totalitarian Society all three may virtually coincide. In a fully democratic society the three will be distinct. Where the state and the market become predominant, even in a democracy, civil society is reduced on the one hand to voting and volunteering and on the other to consuming. This can undermine democracies because the sense of citizenship and agency becomes weak and ineffective. In other words, Civil Society becomes powerless. Community organising and the role of the professional Community Organiser is working out how to take back power from the State and the Market by holding them accountable. The state and the market cannot operate without moral values and direction. It is not the role of the state or the market to determine those values. In a democratic society there has to be a genuine public discourse concerning justice and the common good.

Faith Council Meeting 02/05

The Faith Council meets Thursday this week to discuss matters of interest to the city’s faith communities and social action projects. This month’s meeting focusing primarily on the Celebrating Faith in Action event planned for June 6th 2019.

This week’s feast… St George

April 23rd is usually St George’s Day in England. This year however, as is usual when the feast falls in Holy Week or the Paschal Octave, it is transferred to the Monday after Low Sunday.

Transferred Feast St Mark

Mark was an Evangelist—one of the four men who wrote the Gospels found in the New Testament. Mark’s Gospel was written first, and it is the shortest description of Jesus’ life, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension. Mark’s writings helped both Matthew and Luke to write their Gospels.

Mark was not one of the original Apostles, and he probably never knew Jesus. Instead, we believe that he was a member of the first Christian community. In his writings, St. Peter refers to Mark as his “son.” Peter may have used this term to show his love for Mark, or he may have used it because he was the one who baptized Mark. It is believed that Peter was the primary source for Mark’s Gospel.

Mark traveled with Sts. Paul and Barnabas to spread the Good News about Jesus. During his imprisonment in Rome, Paul mentions Mark’s concern for him and writes about how helpful Mark is in the ministry of helping others to believe in Jesus (Colossians. 4:10; 2 Timothy 4:11).

Mark founded the Church in Egypt and he became bishop of Alexandria, an important center of trade and power during ancient times. He died there sometime between the years 68-74 AD as a martyr for his belief in Jesus.

The Primus’s Appeal 2019

Our Orthodox Catholic mission in Cuba is currently in desperate need of funds to continue the SCHOOL FOR POOR CHILDREN Santa María de las Vegas Nuevas it provides every Saturday.

In Cuba, approximately 10% of the population lives below the poverty-line. However, even poor Cubans still have access to basic services such as healthcare, education, clean water etc. The lingering economic crisis, emigration, and teachers’ meager salaries though have led to a critical shortage of educators in primary and secondary schools throughout Cuba, with schools severely understaffed. Private remedial instruction is on the rise, as are private schools that teach English and other supplemental skills. Some children, in accordance with family custom, must work. In rural areas, children have to help their families with farm work or housework, so it’s more difficult for rural children to pay as much attention to their studies throughout the day and into the night. This has can have a negative impact, be it physical or psychological, on the lives and mentality of children.

The Santa María de las Vegas Nuevas Saturday School for kids is located in Camino de Vegas Nuevas on the outskirts of Santa Clara. The volunteer staff strive to provide a free supplementary education for children from a variety of impoverished homes both from the shanty town on the city outskirts and the poor from the surrounding countryside. The children are the sons and daughters of cheap prostitutes, peddlers, excavators (those who rummage in the municipal garbage dump to recycle raw materials), smugglers and agricultural workers without farms (poorly paid) who are forced to alternate their jobs with skullduggery and economically criminal activities e.g. the Black Market and worse.

With high priority given in the State schools to literacy and numeracy there is nothing in the limited budget left for extracurricular activities nor arts or creative projects. The Saturday School provides a place where poorer kids can be assisted with their education, have an alternative activity than slave-work and a safe place to play and be creative, free to express themselves, their hopes and their dreams.

The Primus of the Holy Synod, Metropolitan Jerome of Selsey has chosen the Saturday School project for our Communion’s Lent Appeal. The monthly rent of the school building is $40 per month or approximately £30, we’d like to raise a year’s rent this Lent, approximately £360 almost $500 and perhaps a little more to contribute to materials and resources for the activities.

Please prayerfully consider contributing to this worthwhile cause, perhaps donating a month’s rent for the school building? Use the button below and be clear to make the donation for “Saturday School Cuba” when prompted. God bless you.

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CATECHISM CLASSES will continue THIS Saturday, May 4th immediately following the end of the Mass there’ll be a quick break fast and class starts at 10am 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.

Premier Christian Radio

Christianophobia refers to the state of being hateful or spiteful to Christians. A Christianophobe hates or despises Christians and/or what they stand for. The existence of Christianophobia should not be surprising. Jesus Himself predicted the world’s hatred for Christians: “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:18–19). Christians are called not to conform to the world but to be transformed into the image of Christ (Romans 8:29; 12:1–2). The unbelieving world hates what it does not understand and, therefore, will hate those who follow Christ.

Home Office statistics from last year on religious hate crimes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland indicate there were 316 incidents (out of a total of 4213) affecting Christians between March 2015 and March 2016. Organisations like National Churchwatch who describe themselves as a ‘leading organisation for security and advice in the Christian sector’, believe anti-Christian hate crime is significantly under-reported. 

A Stop Christophobia campaign has been launched by Premier Christian Radio. The success of this campaign depends highly on the number of people who support it so please share this link with your contacts on social media and sign it yourself! There is currently a momentum building, but change won’t happen unless people stand up and be counted. Together we can ensure that Christian minorities are protected from discrimination and persecution.https://www.thestopcampaign.org/

Other news…

The MY BRIGHTON & HOVE Photo Project are running Photography Mentoring and Workshops which kicked off on the 2nd of Feb 2019. The group is open to anyone who is homeless or has a history of homelessness. It is an opportunity to work with professional photographers from across the city in a relaxed and supportive environment and a chance to prepare work to be exhibited as part of the Brighton Fringe in May at One Church Brighton. This is a great way to build confidence and self-esteem and brought some great results for those involved in 2018.
Workshops take place fortnightly between 2-4pm on Saturday at the Justlife Studios in the Open Market. A group of professional photographers are volunteering their time to run workshops and support participants, so it’s a fantastic opportunity for some creative advice and direction.

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, +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, +Charles of Wisconsin, +Tissier, Fr Gerrard H, +Guo Xijin, +John P, Karl R-W,
For those discerning… James, Manuel, Vincent, Darren, Akos, Roger, James, Adrian, Carlos, Yordanis, Nicholas
For those who mourn… Barbara R & family, Brenda W & family, Joseph S, Catherine L & family, Rev George C & family, Jean C, Margaret & Bonita C, Debbie M & 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), Daniel Callaghan (13.02.19), Alfie (Hub guest), Jill Lewis (24.02.19), Cynthia Sharpe Conger (28.02.19), Richard (Ricky) Belmonte, Fr Leo Cameron, OSA (29.03.19), Fr John Corbett (30.03.19), Deacon Richard Mulholland (Easter Day)

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