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Sr. Marcelline's Christmas Fare for Madagascar

Knowing our wonderfully generous parish family, We feel sure this will come some way to filling the Financial gap left by not being able to have the usua! Christmas Event to support Sr Marcelline and Sisters work in Madagascar.

Closure of St. John's Seminary, Wonersh

Many of you will have heard that St John's Seminary in Wonersh is to close in its present form. The Seminary has served the Church for 130 years and there is great sadness that formation must now end at the site.
Unfortunately there was no new intake this September. With the seminarian body numbering just 17 the community is small, with the building and staffing costs too high to sustain. Arrangements have been made for the remaining seminarians to join the community at Allen Hall, Chelsea in September 2021.
Archbishop John Wilson and Bishop Richard are committed to providing priestly formation that will serve the people of our Dioceses and parishes into the future. St John's will remain a legal entity so that consideration can be given to the ways in which the tradition of priestly formation established at Wonersh in 1891 will continue.
The Trustees of St John's are extremely grateful to rectors, staff and seminarians, past and present, and to all those who have supported the Seminary over the years. We ask our Diocesan church family to pray for vocations to the priesthood, keeping our seminarians in their thoughts and prayers over the coming months.

Mass during the week.

These are the only times the Churches will be open. Please follow the guidance from the stewards as there are government and diocesan safety measures that we must comply with. Face coverings are now mandatory in all public places and should be worn unless a medical condition prevents this. Should anybody wish to help with this process please contact Fr. Ian, Deacon Colin, Mary in Seaford, or Lyndsey at the Peacehaven office.
I am very conscious that we are only allowed to have about 30 people in the Church for each Mass in Peacehaven and 50 in Seaford. I would encourage people to come to Mass in the weekdays, where possible, for a while as to avoid too many on a Sunday.
Don't all rush back, because the Bishops of England and Wales have said that Sunday Mass is not Compulsory.

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