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Important meeting with Bishop Richard regarding the future of our three Parishes - Sunday May 22nd 6.00pm in St Thomas More CHURCH

Bishop Richard was here on Sunday 22nd May 2022 to talk about the Diocesan Pastoral Plan ('The Word who is Life') and, more particularly, the future pastoral provision for Seaford, Peacehaven and Newhaven.

The members of the parish pastoral council and finance committee were present together with sixty parishioners A summary of the meeting is available on this page together with an update on the proposed changes from Fr. Jonathan - copied from the St Pancras RC Church Lewes Newsletter May 29th 2022 - AND JUNE 26th 2022

CLICK HERE to watch the recording of the meeting in STM Church Hall

Finance Update on the Recent Sale of The Sacred Heart Church, Newhaven and details of a Seaford Legacy

The Sacred Heart - Newhaven: The sale of the property was finalised on 15th September 2021 at a price of £585,000. Above the top end of the valuation received.
The final Sunday Mass was said by Bishop Richard on 21 July 2019 and the closure and sale was discussed over several meeting with the Bishop and parishioners. (Details in "IMPORTANT INFORMATION" below).
There is no special ritual when closing a Church but be assured that the altar stone was carefully removed and is stored safely at Arundel Cathedral. The relics are also preserved are safely held in the Chancery safe.
We hope that all past and present parishioners of Newhaven who have lost their Church be fully welcomed into the Peacehaven and Seaford Parish Communities.
Full details of this - and A LEGACY for SEAFORD are published here

A & B DIOCESE - Parish update on how to help UKRAINE now

The war in Ukraine is in its third week, with more than 3 million people believed to have fled the region as refugees.
Parish Holy Hours and prayers for peace continue, with the Diocese receiving emails and telephone calls from people across our community hoping to provide practical support, and possible housing, to Ukrainian refugees
CLICK HERE for full details including "SEAFORD FOR UKRAINE" (Seaford Churches Together) and useful links

SYNOD FEEDBACK WEBINAR with Bishop Richard - Wednesday March 9th - Report

Our diocesan Synod Response
People and parish groups across our diocesan community contributed to the diocesan phase of the Synod, with an estimated 1,000 people contributing their reflections on the questions posed by Rome. If you were unable to attend Bishop Richard's Feedback Webinar, you can watch it here.

Thank you to more than 60 parishioners who participated in the Synod process in Seaford, and all those who took part in Peacehaven, either through groups, individually or on Zoom.
An informal meeting took place on Wednesday 2nd February in St Thomas More Church Hall, where the STM working group shared the summary of responses with the 30+ Seaford Parishioners attending, This will be submitted to the Diocese On Friday 4th February.
A copy of the "Summary for Submission" document, submitted from St Thomas More, is now available above.
If you have the technology, please print off the form and deliver to any parishioners who aren't able access this very important information - but would just like to know

Although the A & B Diocese deadline for submission of the Synod results in the Parish has now been reached, if anyone would like more details of the Synod 2021-2023 process, a full copy of the A & B Diocesan Guide is available online at https://www.abdiocese.org.uk/synod

PARISH CENSUS

If you haven't done so already, please complete a Parish Census Form This is for everyone
coming to Church, even if you have been in the Parish for a long time. We need to ensure all our records are correct and up to date.
This Census also has some additional information to previous ones. There are forms for Adults and Children . Please take them
home with you, or download and print from the SeaPeace website, and complete and return to us as soon as possible. All data is covered by GDPR

My dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ
As we are coming out of Lockdown, I would be very grateful if you consider reflecting on the gifts of Baptism that we have received, from the Good Lord.
He gave us the gift to worship the Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in human form as Jesus demonstrated to us as He was here on earth 2000 years ago, and within each of us with the help of the Holy Spirit giving glory to the Father in Heaven. He also gave us the gift to teach the Mind and Heart of God in human form. And the third gift of the Shepherding God's people here on Earth.
We can see that there is a lot to do with the help of each other in our Parish Community. This is how we really become the disciples of Christ.
This weekend will help us to do this, with asking you to complete our new Census Form for your Parish.
This will really help me, and our Ministers be more efficient within the Life of the two Parishes.
It will take some time to complete the new list of parishioners, old and new. We need to show our concern for each other.
Should you wish to receive some help, please don't hesitate to ask. We have people who can help you complete the form.
Thank you in anticipation for your support.
Be assured of my prayers. Your brother in Christ, Ian

ADORATION

It is with great joy that we can now restart Exposition and Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament on Monday from 7-8pm and Thursday from 6-7pm (Covid19 secure, at Peacehaven church). Everyone welcome, for long or short visits in a peaceful and serene atmosphere.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION regarding Newhaven and our Parish Family from the meeting at St. Thomas More Church, Seaford 9th September 2020