History - St. Thomas More

Up to 1939

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At the turn of the century, Seaford was a rural part of England and as the church records tell us there were less than six Catholics in Seaford. It must have seemed an answer to their prayers when Bishop Francis Bourne, of the Diocese of Southwark, built a holiday home…

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1939 - 1990

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During the Second World War Mass attendance rose and fell with the ebb and flow of the war and, during this period, the church and presbytery were damaged, but no lives were lost. In thanksgiving, subscriptions provided the beautiful stained glass window over Our Lady’s altar depicting the five glorious…

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1990-2004

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In 1996 the sanctuary of the church was re-ordered, and the church was finally consecrated by Bishop Cormac Murphy-O’Connor June 22nd 1996. Seaford was originally part of the large Diocese of Southwark, established in 1850 when the English Catholic Hierarchy was restored by Pope Pius IX. Southwark covered the whole of…

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2005

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At the end of March, on Easter Thursday, Christopher McOustra led a group of pilgrims to Domremy in France, in honour of St Joan of Arc, where they were given a wonderful welcome. It was, by all accounts, a wonderful spiritual and gastronomic occasion. It was intended to focus on…

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History World Youth Day Cologne 2005

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A presentation given by Geoffrey Hagger and Oliver Purchase at all Masses on October 8th - 9th 2005 Geoffrey – Introduction: We would first like to thank you for your support in our fund raising activities which made it possible for us to go to Cologne, and also to thank you…

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2006

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In January, Bishop Kieran made the first of two visits to us this year and celebrated Mass followed by a party in the hall afterwards. Later in the month, the Bishop visited Peacehaven to celebrate Mass and bless their new hall. In March, Father Emanuel Okeiyi from Nigeria joined us for…

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2007

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January: Fr Tony gave a talk in the Parish Hall illustrated with video and slides, about his recent visit to Nigeria. Fr Murray Watson led “A Day With St Luke”. February: The Parish welcomed Father Douglas Perkins who celebrated the Masses while Fr Tony spent a few days in Rome to celebrate…

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2008

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January: There was a Charity Dinner in the Church Hall and Churches Together in Seaford held a week of prayer for Christian Unity 2008. Monthly St Anthony’s Fund lunches commenced. After a short stay in the parish, Fr. Ian Vane left for the Holy Land to take up a four month…

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2011

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Father Niven was replaced as Parish Priest by Father Paul Jennings To Fr Niven from the Governors and Headteacher, Annecy Primary School: "We would like to thank you for all you have done during your time as a member of school family and Governing Body. Your presence at all…

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2012

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April 2012. Christopher McCoustra celebrated the 50th anniversary of his conversion to Catholicism with a special Thanksgiving Mass and a party in the hall afterwards

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2013

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Parish events that took place during the year June 28th - - - - St Thomas More group were confirmed July 28th - - - - Catenian Picnic Aug 4th - - - - - Parish BBQ Sept 7th - - - - - Biryani Lunch Sept 8th - - - - - Altar…

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2014

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Events during 2014 Thursday 5th June - Ordination to the Deaconate of Colin Purchase: Colin’s ordination to the permanent diaconate was a very special occasion for all of us. Our best wishes and prayers go to Colin who we know will bring a prayerful and pastoral approach to his ministry with us…

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