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The Sacred Heart Newhaven - Final Closure

The Sacred Heart - Newhaven: Fr Ian has had this notification from the Diocese. - The sale of the property was finalised last month 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. (View "IMPORTANT INFORMATION" below inc. Quote: "Funds from the sale of the property would be apportioned 65% to the parish and 35% to the Diocese in accord with usual practice).
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.

A Message From CAFOD

Thank you for supporting our Climate Crisis Appeal for our recent Family Fast Day. Every donation helps us in our work and is gratefully received.
Please pray for the success of the upcoming UN climate talks in Glasgow, COP26, from 31 October to 12 November. There are prayer cards at the back of church; please do take one and pray that that world leaders will put the needs of marginalised communities around the world, those most affected by climate change, right at the heart of these climate talks. For more information see
May the Holy Spirit inspire all political leaders at COP26 and instill in them the courage and gentleness to implement fairer solutions for the most vulnerable.

Station Masses For those who have Died:

This last year has been a very challenging time for everyone, especially when our thoughts and prayers turn to those we have lost, whether through the time of the pandemic or before. Many of us have found it difficult to get to Church through lockdowns, to sit with the Lord and to share our thoughts or find comfort in His embrace.
The limited numbers permitted at funerals may have meant that we were unable to be with friends and family at that special moment. With these challenges in mind, you are warmly invited to join a Station Masses this November for the intention of those lost.
Join Bishop Richard as he offers Mass for your intentions, for your friends and loved ones. There will be Mass said in each Deanery across the Diocese throughout November 2021.
Here are the details for your Deanery Mass: Wednesday 3rd Nov: Lewes Deanery Station Mass at 6pm, St Wilfrid's parish, Burgess Hill

"Parliament in your Parish" Meeting with Maria Caulfield MP - September 17th 2021 - REPORT

Maria Caulfield MP, returning to the parish for the first time since she was elected, was given a warm welcome by about 20 parishioners and other local Christians.
The purpose of the CAFOD-initiated Parliament in Your Parish meeting was to discuss climate change, poverty and debt relief. It was chaired by Deacon Colin and Kathleen Dawson.
Ms Caulfield expressed her support for the upcoming Cop26 meeting and, specifically, the expansion of Rampion Wind Farm. There was also discussion of the widening Exceat bridge and overseas aid and debt. She will raise parishioners concerns re prepaid gas and electricity meters with relevant ministers. Jenny Finlayson of CAFOD says that this was one of the best attended meetings in the diocese -- 89 meetings have been held nationally and in A&B diocese 15 meetings are being held which is over 50% of MPs in this diocese.
Many thanks to all those who came or would like to have come; and apologies to those who were unable to attend and for the confusion and short-notice change of time, made necessary by Maria Caulfield's schedule. Vicky Cosstick


Sr. Marcelline's Autumn Fayre will be on Saturday November 20th
Donations for the Tombola will be much appreciated. A labelled box will be in the porch for your donations.


My dear friends, as we all are aware from Monday 19th July, the government lifted most of the restrictions that we have had to adhere to in recent months. We have now received a letter from Bishop Richard and the Bishops Conference of England & Wales, to say that we can implement Step 4 Guidance. It is most important that we exercise caution in the implementation of this Step 4 Guidance.
These are the recommendations that we should follow:
We will continue to sanitise hands on entering churches and before liturgies, and sign in.
We have been advised to ensure the continued use of face coverings during the course of celebrations due to the rise and risk of infection at this time, for the protection of others.
Ventilating the buildings well, and also continue to maintain a good standard of cleaning
The good news is we have been able to remove the social distancing tapes and leave it to the discretion of parishioners that we continue to be considerate to others attending Mass.
Singing is back! But we will need to continue wearing our face masks.
There will no longer be a need for a one-way system in the Church.
We can have servers, readers, cantors and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. We will continue to receive Holy Communion under one kind. The Sign of Peace remains suspended, with a gesture without touching.
We can also use our church hall again with conditions of use. Groups will be responsible for cleaning and sanitising after use. Please contact the office for bookings. Seaford 01323 892427 Peacehaven 01273 583046
Last, but not least our very grateful thanks for the stewards and helpers in Seaford and Peacehaven who have kept our Church open. Without their total commitment to our safety we would not have been able to do this.

Every blessing, Deacon Colin


During June, July and August we will be asking you to fill in 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


It is with great joy that we can now restart Exposition and Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament . This will be on Thursday evenings, 6-7pm (Covid19 secure, at Peacehaven church), starting from Thursday 14th October. Everyone welcome, for long or short visits in a peaceful and serene atmosphere.

Bishop Richard's Refugee Crisis Newsletter: The latest copy of the Newsletter is now available and can be found under the Latest Publications section of the diocesan website

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