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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  – Discussion group – Journeying together

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

Thursday / 10am: parish discussion group Journeying together

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

Friday 8pm Lectio Divina

https://zoom.us/j/92327977736 ID: 923 2797 7736

see below for details of each event

Saturday 11 to 11:45am at St Joseph’s – Confession

 

 

Meeting Opportunities

We run two weekly discussion and community groups online – on Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings. All are welcome. This month both are concentrating on advent and on the diocesan journeying together synodal discussion – see right column.
On Fridays at 8 there is an hour of prayer and reflection on the upcoming Sunday gospel led by monks from Worth Abbey

the Fitzherbert Community Hub Crowdfunder

 is now open for your donations!

We have been raising money for this project over the last 2 years and thanks to significant awards from Trusts & Foundations and generous donations from local individual givers, we are ready to start the build phase of the project! However, we now need your support to help us equip and furnish the Hub, so that we can open our doors in 2022 and welcome everyone to this fabulous space! 

Please have a look at our Crowdfunder and give what you can! This is your chance to make a massive difference to your community and help tackle food poverty and social isolation head on!

We have some incredible Rewards to give away too  – have  a browse of the “Rewards” section on the Crowdfunder page.  And now for the best news of all! Thanks to match funding identified through the Crowdfunder scheme and the generosity of local champions, every £1 that you donate to our Crowdfunder will be DOUBLED!!! How fantastic is this? Don’t forget to Gift Aid your contributions too if you are eligible!

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

https://vimeo.com/548417374

 

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 11am 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.

 

    CONFESSION. Our main session is from 11 to 11:45am on Saturday mornings at St Joseph’s, or by arrangement with a priest.

Journeying together: Communion, Participation and Mission.

DIOCESE SYNODAL CONSULTATION

The Pope has launched a 2 year “synodal” process in advance of a synod in 2023. All Catholics through their parishes and diocese are invited to consider key questions about communion, participation, and mission.

After considering the issues you are invited to respond through parish group opportunities, or individually or on behalf of your family and friends through a form on the diocese website.

The local process has just been launched, running over December and January, with the diocese collating the responses in February.

Our first parish opportunities to learn more and discuss the issues are through on line meetings tomorrow, Thursday at 10am, and next Tuesday at 7:30pm. (Links top left of the page).

More information, including a video introduction by the bishop,  is on the diocese website at https://www.abdiocese.org.uk/synod  and there is an online form for individual responses at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PTZKV3L

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.

Improving Mental Health Support in Brighton

On October 14th nearly 40 members of our Parish attended a live-streamed Assembly event to help improve mental health care support services in Brighton and most especially for the young. Canon Kieron and three other parishioners attended in person. The organisers were delighted with this level of support. Our parishioners joined just under 500 others from the Community Organising Alliance of some 18 Faith, non-faith and educational local groups known as Brighton Citizens UK. The event was hosted by One Church at the Florence road venue. 

During the event our three local MPs, the head of the Council and the Chief Medical Officer for the local NHS Trust presented their vision for Brighton, listened to 5 testimonies from alliance members and agreed to work concretely and co-creatively with the alliance to help improve mental health support in Brighton. Amongst those who gave testimonies were Cyril Dykes from St Josephs and Grainne Byrd (Deputy Head Cardinal Newman).

Follow up meetings are now being scheduled for the head of Council and Chief Medical Officer and alliance representatives to continue the dialogue of how to reduce stigma, improve access to services and reduce social isolation and digital exclusion that have worsened during the pandemic. The event was covered by local radio and by BBC News South East who featured a short piece on Friday 15th Oct.  Please access via : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SQHUZqBQyj0YATWuE-ke-eFJpo4xQ2EB/view?usp=sharing

The Alliance will shortly start a new listening exercise to find out what concerns and unites members now most in this city.

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.