Good Friday with the “Vicar of Baghdad”

Please make a note in your diaries for 6.30pm on Good Friday at Brighton Congress Hall when our Provost, Metropolitan Jerome OSJV will interview a very special visitor to Brighton, the Reverend Canon Andrew White, formerly Vicar of St George’s Anglican Church in Baghdad, Iraq, since his departure for the sake of security (ordered in November 2014 by…

“Our father” an interview with Fr Jerome OSJV

Local journalist, Russell Higham recently interviewed The Brighton Oratory’s, Father Jerome for Sussex Life Magazine. Focussing on Father’s work with the homeless and particularly “Cherubs Kitchen“, Russell visited “The Hub” homeless drop-in partnered with the Salvation Army at Brighton Congress Hall where Father leads the kitchen team and a faithful band of volunteers host and…

Jan/Feb Service times

Please note the following NEW Mass times during the month of January up to Candlemass 2015; all services at the Chapel in the Inn Monday to Saturday 12-12.15pm Confessions 12.30pm Mass 4.45-5pm Confessions/Counselling 5-6pm Holy Hour 06 Jan, Tuesday: Epiphany 11.00 Blessing of Epiphany Water 12.30 Mass Sunday Masses 04 Jan: 08.30 Mass 11 Jan:…

Q&A: Death for dishonesty?

Q: “Some women who have an illicit affair and become pregnant know that to confess would blow a good marriage apart, break up a family, leaving children motherless. The danger here is the ‘Back street’ abortionist. Desperate situations call for desperate measures!  Human nature being what it is, people WILL fall in love, WILL have sex outside of…

Eat, fast and have eternal life…?

This coming Thursday (Aug 9th) is the ‘Vigil of St Laurence’ and as such is traditionally a “fast day”, as are most vigils (of apostles, solemnities etc). Regrettably fasting has become something of a neglected practice by most Christians and sadly most contemporary Catholics the practice of whose faith is traditionally closely connected with this…

Public Debate ‘Freedom of speech’

Public Debate ‘Freedom of speech, anti-abortion protestors and women: Rights and Limits’ Chaired by David Allen Green and with a panel including Ann Furedi, Chief Executive, bpas (British Pregnancy Advisory Service) and Andrea Minichiello Williams, Chief Executive, Christian Concern the debate will examine the challenges posed by the activities of anti-abortion protestors outside clinics for…

Poem for the Persecuted

Poem for the Persecuted You, who speak your faith into the darkness, whisper your prayer in the silence of the moon, when, in the blackness, you are quite alone, He blesses you. You understand His tomb. Though they throw you in prison for loving, when you pray for the brother who betrays you, yet your…

Carissimi: Journal Entry

As promised during today’s homily, the following are links to information about contemporary Christian martyrs. From her Passio (Passion narrative) of today’s saint, Margaret of Antioch, we read how her Christian nurse maid taught her about the witness of the Christian martyrs. Herself martyred in 175AD one appreciates the histories of the many previous martyrdoms…

Journal: Same gender unions…

So… a contentious issue and one that has, I feel, been considerably mishandled by all parties. Essentially the actual matter of the debate is a redefinition of State unions to include same gender couples. Surely then, the most sensible and logical solution is for the State to adopt a homogeneous term like “Union” or “Partnership”…

The Book of Acts in 3 minutes…

The Book of Acts has figured much in the liturgy these past couple of weeks, featuring as it does the rise and growth of the nascent Early Church from Pentecost. This little cartoon (slightly tongue in cheek) is a fairly accurate if somewhat sparse précis!