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Calling all Footballers

The parish needs a team of players, aged 16 – 45, to represent it in a 5-a-side football tournament to raise funds for Caring for the Animals Trust. The event will take place on Saturday, 8th May, from 12 noon – 3.00pm. If you would like to register for the event, please contact via email at josephburman@outlook.com. All welcome!

Registration of Readers and Eucharistic Ministers

If, prior to the lockdown and its accompanying restrictions, you were on the Sunday Rota, please notify the duty sacristan (or equivalent), at the relevant Mass, of your intention to continue with (or retire from) your ministry. The appropriate people to contact are Clare Collington, Jim Corkery and Dennis Key. Please supply an email address, so that the appropriate rota can be
sent to you (or a ‘phone number if you have no email). Many thanks.

How to Request Mass Intentions

Please note that, with immediate effect, Mass Intentions will only be dealt with by email or telephone. When wishing to book Mass Intentions, kindly contact Clare Collington, by email or
telephone, on: clare.collington@hotmail.co.uk or 01903 535737. If on telephoning there is no reply, a simple message can be left with a contact number for a return call.

Having booked the Mass Intention of your choice and wishing, perhaps, to make an offering to the priest, please place the offering in an envelope marked ‘Mass Intention’ and hand to a sacristan (or to the priest). It will no longer be possible to book Mass Intentions in the sacristy. Thanks!

The Resurrection of Jesus was a Concrete Event

Christ’s resurrection is the strength, the secret, of Christianity. It is not a question of mythology or mere symbolism, but of a concrete event. It is confirmed by sure and convincing proofs. The acceptance of this truth, although the fruit of the Holy Spirit’s grace, rests at the same time on a solid historical base. [ … ] Evangelisation can begin only from a renewed experience of this mystery, accepted in faith and witnessed to in life.

Pope St John Paul II, 1996

Holy Week and Easter Liturgies

HOLY WEEK and EASTER LITURGIES We have received the following information from the Bishops’ Conference about what the liturgies of Holy Week will look like this year. The following will be observed:
• HOLY THURSDAY (1st April) Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7.30pm. No foot washing. No Garden of Repose or Watch.
• GOOD FRIDAY (2nd April) Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion at 3.00pm. No individual veneration of the cross. Numbers will need to be limited. Booking a seat is essential.
• HOLY SATURDAY (3rd April) First Mass of Easter at 8.30pm. No gathering outside or lighting of the Easter Fire. No sprinkling of baptismal water. Numbers will need to be limited.
Booking a seat is essential.
• EASTER SUNDAY (4th April) Masses at 8.30am and 10.30am (no 5.30pm). No sprinkling of baptismal water.
• The Chrism Mass will go ahead, with strictly observed social distancing, in the Cathedral, on Wednesday 31st March at 6.00pm. Please apply directly to the Cathedral for a seat if you wish to attend.

BOOKING A SEAT FOR HOLY WEEK/EASTER Sadly, we will have to limit numbers again for a couple of the Holy Week celebrations. If you wish to reserve a place or places for Good Friday
or Holy Saturday, please email jim.corkery@btinternet.com, stating the time of the Sunday Mass which you usually attend, the names of those in your family hoping to attend, and a contact telephone number. Thanks!

Remember, as always, that all liturgies will be broadcast online so please do take advantage of this if you are unable to attend in person or have not booked in advance.

Holy Week Confession

Confessions are available:
Thursday 01 April: 10.30am
Friday 02 April: 10.30am
Saturday 03 April: 10.30am
Or by appointment, call: 01903 200416 & 07545 576627

Faith in the Crucified One of Good Friday

Behold, Jesus Christ crucified, who is the only foundation of our hope; He is our mediator and advocate; the victim and sacrifice for our sins. He is goodness and patience itself; His mercy is moved by the tears of sinners, and he never refuses pardon and grace to those who ask it with a truly contrite and humbled heart.

St Charles Borromeo (1538 – 1584)

The Lent Campaign for 40 Days for Life

THE LENT CAMPAIGN FOR 40 DAYS FOR LIFE has just started and will end on 28th March.

40 Days for Life is a campaign of prayer, fasting and peaceful vigil outside abortion centres. Our local abortion centre is in Brighton, but due to current coronavirus restrictions we are not allowed to gather together outside the centre to pray. Therefore, we are having to come up with more creative ideas during this campaign period. Can you commit to offering 1 hour (either as a one-off or at a regular time each week) to pray at home, on online with a friend, for an end to abortion? If so, please contact the local leader Sheridan Lynch on 07803047402, brighton40daysforlife@btinternet.com, to let him know.