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Welcome to the website of Eastbourne Catholic Churches.
Here you can find information about the following churches in Eastbourne

  • Our Lady of Ransom
  • St Agnes
  • St Gregory

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Ann Smiley RIP
After a very brief spell in hospital, Ann died quietly at home. She had continued to produce the newsletter (as well as several other roles in the parish) every week including last weekend – but for obvious reasons there is no newsletter this Sunday, 24th May.

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Sunday Mass Live Streaming

Mass will be streamed live every Sunday at 9:15am.
Click the YouTube button below to watch live at mass time,
or at any time to watch previous masses, including the Easter Triduum, and the evening mass for the Ascension of the Lord:

Click the button below to watch the latest Sunday Mass recording:
Watch the latest Mass online

You can view the readings for the masses at https://universalis.com/mass.htm

If you are unable to watch at mass time you are encouraged to pray using this sheet: When Mass cannot be celebrated publicly

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Bishop Richard’s Pastoral Letter for Good Shepherd Sunday is available to read here.

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Newsletter
Click Here for the Latest Parish Newsletter
We have been sending out the Weekly Newsletter to Sick/Housebound/elderly or anyone without accessible internet connection. If you know of anyone who may not be on our list and would like to be, please let Mary from the parish Office know by email: info@ransomagnes.org. She will check if they are already on the list and if not, they will be added.
Please note there is no newsletter for the 7th Sunday in Easter, the Mass Schedule is available on the link below:.
Mass Schedule for week of 7th Sunday of Easter

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Daily Meditations on the Psalms
Fr Tristan is running a daily series of reflections during the coronavirus lockdown.
You can view these here.

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Virtual Offertory
You can donate to the parish through the Diocese Virtual Offertory: justgiving.com/campaign/parishoffertory
Click on the button below. Be sure to specify the church and town for your donation, in the ‘message of support’.

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Churches sing ‘The Blessing’ over the UK
In the Book of Numbers (6:24-27) Moses is told how his brother Aaron is to pray for God’s blessing upon people:
“This is how you must bless the Israelites. You will say:
The LORD bless you and keep you;
The LORD make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.”

A number of different churches combined on the ‘Net to sing this blessing over the UK. It was featured on ITV’s Good Morning Britain and BBC News, and it has now been viewed 2.3 million times; but in case you haven’t seen it this is the link:

As we come up to Pentecost, Churches Together for Eastbourne are planning to produce our own version of this Blessing, so watch this space

The Sisters at the House of Prayer are offering an online retreat
For more information contact, Sr Anne on admin@christian-retreat.org

The Academy of the Annunciation in Bournemouth is running lots of study evenings.
Check out their site for more details: https://www.aoa-edu.com/ and watch their video advertising the next event:

GDPR
The latest version of the GDPR form is available to download now – please click on the link below:
Download the GDPR form here
If you have already completed a GDPR form and any of your details have changed, we would be grateful if you would kindly complete another form. If you know of any parishioner who is not internet connected please let Mary at the Parish Office know – email ransomagnes@sky.com – and she will send them a form. If any member of your family is in the same position, again, please download a form for them.

Lewes Prison
Mass cannot be said at Lewes prison in these times, so a message is sent each week to the chaplaincy community there. You can read Fr Raglan’s messages below:
10th May 2020 – 5th Sunday of Easter
25th April 2020 – 3rd Sunday of Easter.

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Masses for the Sick and their Families, NHS Front-Line workers and those working in Social Care
The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales recognise that this time of the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting every person in our countries. Those who are sick, and their families, are suffering many hardships of isolation from contact with those they love.
Our front-line workers in hospitals and in care homes all over our lands are giving exceptional service to those who are vulnerable at this time.
In order to show a spiritual solidarity with all those who are involved in the ways described above, each Thursday, a Catholic Bishop will celebrate Mass in their Cathedral which will be live-streamed for people to join.

This document gives details and links to the live streamings or you can also visit this page for further links.

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Events on Zoom
During the COVID-19 Lockdown, events are taking place online using the Zoom app and video conferencing.

If you do not have the Zoom app you can download it below:
Click to Download Zoom App

For the Rosary Prayer Group every Friday at 4:00pm, the details are:-
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81272231859?pwd=VFVOZDQ2dElON3NocCtzT0lsRjF2UT09
Meeting ID: 812 7223 1859
A password is required; please email mary@joyofmusic.org.uk for the password, for further details, or if you have any questions on accessing Zoom.

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RESURREXIT! An Online Webinar on the Risen Christ for Eastertide,
leading up to the Feast of the Holy Trinity
Monday nights: 6pm-7pm
For 6 weeks, starting 27th April 2020!
On Zoom

Each of these sessions is designed to help us learn more the mystery of the Resurrection – what does the Bible say about it, and what are its implications for us? Each week, Fr Tristan will speak about the subject, and lead a discussion and Q&A. You are free to tune in and watch each week without contributing, should you prefer, or come with your questions. A fun way to deepen, together, our understanding of this beautiful season!
All welcome, whether from Eastbourne parishes or from elsewhere.
To participate, please register by clicking https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAoc–hqD0oHdAT5IhlaTeSFPy05mQ41DHw and the link and password will be sent to you. You must register to be able to take part.
Any questions, please e-mail info@ransomagnes.org
Each week before the session, each participant will be able receive some texts to read in preparation (if he or she has time). For week one, it is enough to have your Bible with you, and have a look beforehand at the following passages:
Matthew 28
Mark 16
Luke 24
John 20-21
Acts 3:11-16
1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Each session will focus on the following:
Session 1: 3rd Week of Easter
Monday 27th April, 6pm – The Resurrection in the Scriptures.
No-one saw Jesus rise from the dead and our faith relies on Biblical testimony – how can we trust what we read is true? We will look at the accounts of Jesus’s appearances in the Gospel and understand more about how reliable these testimonies really are.

Session 2: 4th Week of Easter
Monday 4th May, 6pm – Resurrection and Redemption.
How do Jesus’ Passion and death redeem us from sin? And after the Last Supper and Passion, was the Resurrection even necessary?

Session 3: 5th Week of Easter
Monday 11th May, 6pm – Holy Saturday
What does it mean to say that Jesus ‘descended into the dead’? Why did He not rise straightaway on Good Friday?

Session 4: 6th Week of Easter
Monday 18th May, 6pm – The Risen Body.
How does Jesus’s Body rise again? What is His body like after rising, and what implications does this have for us?

Session 5: 7th Week of Easter
Monday 25th May, 6pm – Resurrection, Ascension & Pentecost.
Why did Jesus need to “ascend”? And what does it mean to say that the Holy Spirit came after Pentecost? What are the gifts of the Spirit, and how do they work?

Session 6: Monday after Pentecost: Feast of Mary, Mother of the Church
Monday 1st June, 6pm – The Church, Our Lady, and the Indwelling of the Holy Trinity.
The mystery of the Trinity, grace and the presence of the Risen Christ among us in the Church.

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Parishioners’ Reflections
Please send in prayers for your loved ones, messages to share with others, thoughts and hopes, and requests for help. They will appear on this page which will be updated regularly.

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The Metropolitan Archbishops have issued a message addressing the current crisis. You can read it here.

Pope Francis’ Message for May the month of Our Lady is available here.

Over the Rainbow
Sr Mary-Rose is blogging with regular art and craft activities and reflections for children to enjoy and to help them better appreciate the Sunday Gospels.
See: https://maryrosebracuti.wixsite.com/overtherainbow

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Churches Together for Eastbourne are seeking additional neighbourhood befriender volunteers. Please see details here.

Food bank
The food bank in Grove Road is appealing at this time for those in great need at home. eastbourne.foodbank.org.uk

Dramatic Increase in Requests for Befriending Help
Linking Lives charity in Eastbourne have appealed for even more volunteers as there has been a dramatic increase in requests. See https://linkingliveseastbourne.com/ and the online application form
https://linkingliveseastbourne.com/crisis-befriending-application-form/

Shopping Help
If you need any help with shopping, or if you can help someone with shopping, please call Mary (Parish Office) 07510-926806 between 10.00am-3.00pm

2020 Lourdes Pilgrimage
After consultation with Bishop Richard and the Core Team of our Pilgrimage, it is with heartfelt regret and great sadness that the decision has been made to cancel the Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage for 2020. Further details here.

The Alpha Course has been postponed.

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Measures Being Taken to Contain the COVID 19 Virus Outbreak
In a statement on Wednesday 18th March the Bishops declared that in response to Coronavirus, our lives must change.
On official advice, to save lives and to support the NHS, we must not gather for public acts of worship in our churches. Mass will take place but without a congregation.
In these emergency circumstances the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed.
(Catechism of the Catholic Church 2181).
You can watch Cardinal Vincent Nicholls’ statement here

Churches Have To Remain Closed
We regret to announce that all our churches are to remain closed until further notice, following the government’s instruction to prevent transmission of Covid-19. Please see the message from Bishop Richard below.
Bishop Richard’s Pastoral Message 24.3.20

Please keep an eye on this website, and share information from the newsletter with our parishioners who are without access to the Internet. Masses continue to be offered. Keep indoors, keep safe…and stay united in prayer.

Precautions We All Need to Observe
Practices of hygiene and social distancing are critical:
- frequent hand washing with soap and water (20 seconds), or failing that with sanitiser
- try to avoid touching your face, unless you have just washed your hands
- only make trips that are essential, rather than social visits
- if providing necessities or care for others, leave objects on the doorstep for them to pick up
- try to maintain a 2-metre distance from others

Care for Others Especially the Vulnerable
There will be people who are anxious or alone and would welcome a friendly phone call or contact by social media. Some might need practical help like a home cooked meal, delivered at a safe distance, to their door. The Diocese has created a form offering both these things which can be posted through neighbour’s letter boxes. If you would like this form emailed to you please email communications@abdiocese.org.uk or visit the website www.abdiocese.org.uk

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Live Streamed Masses
Some Churches transmit Mass live online:
St Mary of the Angels, Worthing - you can access an online Mass responses sheet here.
Sacred Heart, Caterham - Mass (live and recorded), Adoration and the Rosary.
St Paul’s, Haywards Heath will be streaming via Facebook, their page can be accessed here
The Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham offers a 12 noon online Pilgrim Mass each day, a selection of previously recorded services and a prayer request facility.
Church Service TV provides live streaming and recordings from churches around the country.

Word on Fire will be offering daily Mass online for the foreseeable future. You can join the mass here: https://www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass.

You can tour the Vatican Museums from your armchair by visiting: http://m.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani-mobile/en/collezioni/musei/tour-virtuali-elenco.html

Bishop Richard’s Podcast each Saturday: https://vimeo.com/arundelandbrighton/videos/

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Newspapers
Many UK Catholic Diocesan newspapers on one website – www.ChurchPaper.co.uk – so parishioners can stay in contact with their Church and their community. This includes the A&B News.

Mass Intentions
Already requested Mass Intentions will be said by the priests in accordance with the list in the weekly newsletter. Mass intentions can still be requested for the future. Requests can be posted through the parish office door with your donation.

Gift Aid / Donations
The Gift Aid envelopes for the new financial year are locked in church for the time being. If you wish to make a Gift Aided donation while there are no services please post your envelope through the parish office door clearly writing your name and Gift Aid number on the envelope. This also applies to Easter gifts to the priests. If your donation is for the priests please also mark your envelope ‘Easter gift’ and with your Gift aid number.
Non Gift aided donations to the offertory and the priests can be made in the same way.
If you want to continue donating to the Parish, whether Gift aided or not, please consider setting up a bank standing order. Forms are available here. Please post your completed form through the parish office door.
You can also use the Virtual Offertory button above for the weekly offertory donations.

Coronavirus Lockdown – Spiritual Resources
Each day Fr Tristan will be posting a spiritual reflection on the psalms.
Do check back!

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Useful Links
Mary – Parish Office 10.00am-3.00pm 07510-926806
Presbytery at Our Lady of Ransom (inc. Sick Calls) 01323-723222
Christ the King Parish 01323-760048
Diocese of Arundel and Brighton Website dabnet.org
National Conference of Bishops Website www.cbcew.org.uk
National Health Service www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19
Government Advice  gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
Parish Facebook page:

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