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Whats on this Week

For Masses, streaming, and church open times see panel alongside

For events for students and young adults see the page here.

Monday 4:30pm Rosary Group – contact parish office

Tuesday 7:30pm The Joy of Hope – Catholic Faith Exploration  – see right column

https://zoom.us/j/96161676521  ID: 961 6167 6521

Wednesday 8pm An Evening with Friends

https://zoom.us/j/97896232496  ID: 978 9623 2496

Thursday / 10am: parish discussion group all welcome- see right column

https://zoom.us/j/92452001507 ID: 924 5200 1507

Thursday 8pm  Virtual Deep Waters 

see below for details of each event

 

 

You are all warmly invited to join us for an evening of Adoration, Praise and Reflection.  As we wait for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit as the disciples did at Pentecost we invite you all to come and pray with us for a renewed filling of the Holy Spirit upon ourselves, our Parish, our Church and the world at this time.

 If you would like to come for prayer ministry there will be the opportunity to be prayed with for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit with one of our prayer ministry couples. Everyone is welcome to join us in the church – we look forward to praying with you. Come Holy Spirit!

Opportunities on Wednesdays

  • Wednesdays 8-9pm  “An Evening with Friends” NOW RETURNED TO WEDNESDAYS. With recent restrictions we have lost the opportunity to chat with friends and other parishioners at or after Mass. For the moment we have to do everything online, but we are launching a weekly purely social opportunity to be together as a community and chat. Every Sunday evening there will be an hour on Zoom hosted by David Miller. David will ensure that there is an opportunity to talk to each other, and do some fun things together. Join him at 7:30 on Sundays to take part and find out more. The zoom link for this Sunday is https://zoom.us/j/97896232496  Meeting ID: 978 9623 2496
  • Fridays 8pm to 9pm Our normal Friday series of Lectio Divina is suspended for the next few weeks 

Fitzherbert Community Hub

A new short film has been added to the hub website. View it at

Many of you will have enjoyed visiting the community cafe run by the Real Junk Food Project at St John the Baptist before lockdown. It was really popular with parishioners and members of the wider local community alike but because of the condition of the parish hall and kitchen we were only able to open one lunchtime a week, despite such high demand. You will also be aware of the Food Hub, coordinated by Brighton Table Tennis Club, that has been operating out of St John the Baptist. Covid-19 has exposed the extent of food poverty in the area that we serve and the food bank is now providing food for 300 people a week and ready cooked meals to 45 refugee/asylum seeker families, some of whom have no recourse to public finance or cooking facilities.

Building on these two initiatives we are now working in partnership with our three co-located grassroots charities, Voices in Exile, Brighton Table Tennis Club and Real Junk Food Project to raise funding to redevelop the parish hall at St John the Baptist, creating a flexible, multi-purpose, socially inclusive Community Hub with a commercial standard teaching kitchen, dining area, food bank, full disability access (including a lift to the upper rooms) and additional meeting spaces. Central to our plans is the provision of a daily “pay as you feel” (customers pay what they feel the food is worth or what they can afford) community café using food otherwise destined for landfill. This is an exciting opportunity for us as a Parish as not only will we have access to a lovely new parish hall and cafe but we will be able to live out our faith through social outreach and community building.

Full information is on the hub website at https://fitzherbertcommunityhub.org.uk/

Please have a look at the short films in the following link which considers local need and how this project will help:

https://vimeo.com/485661450/bd2d8972d0

https://vimeo.com/513801042/0954aa37d0

 

Mass times

We have been able to attend Mass again starting on Ash Wednesday.

The regular pattern is now that weekday masses are at 10am at St John the Baptist (except Thursdays) and 6pm at St Joseph’s (except Monday).  For Sundays there is the 6pm Saturday vigil mass and the 11am Mass at St John the Baptist, and 11:30am and 5:30pm masses at St Joseph’s. . The full details are in the newsletter.

The obligation to attend Mass is still suspended. When you come to church please remember that there is still a covid risk, so precautions, including social distancing and not talking socially anyone before, during or after Mass are still very important.

    Citizens UK Listening Campaign on Mental Health Care Provision

    The parish is participating in a local ‘listening campaign’ to find out more about people’s experience of mental health care services in Brighton and Hove. If you have not done so already, and if you have experience of local mental health care provision, please consider filling out a questionnaire.
    Please return completed questionnaires either to the email given on the questionnaire or to the boxes which can be found at the back of church.

    Tuesday evening series

    On the Tuesday evenings in July we are running another course from Cafe – Catholic Faith Exploration. This is the Joy of Hope.
    Have a look at their website, https://faithcafe.org/collections/the-joy-of-hope, and then do join us at 7:30 on Tuesday the 6th. on our usual link https://zoom.us/j/96161676521  or zoom id 96161676521 at 7:30

    Thursday morning series- Heaven

    Our other parish community and discussion group meets on Thursday mornings.

    All are welcome as in the next few weeks we will be looking at heaven – perhaps something we do not have that clear an idea about

    Thursday mornings at 10am click https://zoom.us/j/92452001507

    Meeting ID: 924 5200 1507

     

    YOUR OFFERING

    With restrictions on how many people can attend mass, and on how we give, it has been more difficult to support the costs of running the parish and taking our mission forward. For the moment we are running at some significant loss. There are a number of ways you can give relatively easily, and anyone not signed up to the government gift aid scheme could help us even more by signing the simple form that enables us to get a further pound from the government for every £4 given.

    Our New Resource Page

    In particular look out for our resources pages, providing links to good things to watch, listen to, or read. Also the Prayers of the Faithful are now published weekly on the newsletter page. We would encourage all parishioners to submit potential prayers by email to the office, so that increasingly these do become the prayers of all the faithful.

    Great external courses and events

    There are great online worship and events coming up. See our section Upcoming Courses and Events at the top of the Resources page.

    Remembrance Book

    As we cannot access the remembrance books in the churches this November, we have set up an online remembrance book here. On this page you can view our remembrance book with all the names submitted throughout November.