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
You can now donate to the parish through the Diocese Virtual Offertory: justgiving.com/campaign/parishoffertory
Be sure to specify the church and town for your donation, in the ‘message of support’.
Churches Together for Eastbourne are seeking additional neighbourhood befriender volunteers. Please see details here.
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
Laetare Sunday 2020
The page Rededication of Our Lady’s Dowry has been updated with Fr Tristan’s talk on the history and theology of the re-dedication and video recordings of The Mass and The Rededication.
Events on Zoom
During the COVID-19 Lockdown, events are taking place online using the Zoom app and video conferencing, including the Rosary every Friday at 4:00pm.
Note: On Good Friday, the group will be meeting at 11am, rather than the usual time.
For the Rosary Prayer Group on Good Friday, at 11:00 the details are:
To join Zoom meeting:
Meeting ID: 272 980 897
A password required; if you wish to join this group, please contact email@example.com for the password or if you have any questions on accessing Zoom.
We have added a page with Holy Week Resources
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website www.abdiocese.org.uk
Some Churches transmit the Mass by link:
St Mary of the Angels, Worthing - you can access an online Mass responses sheet here.
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.
Palm Sunday Mass at Our Lady Of Ransom can be watched here:
Free Movie for Easter on You Tube about Garabandal, from April 3-12 only: https://www.garabandalthemovie.com/en/
Bishop Richard’s Podcast each Saturday: https://vimeo.com/arundelandbrighton/videos/
The Bishop at Easter
Bishop Richard will celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper in Arundel Cathedral at 8.00pm, and the live stream is here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7I-pXF8v-VZfzO01zrnerQ
The service will continue for adoration before the tabernacle until midnight.
National Watching Maundy Thursday
St. Chad’s Cathedral in Birmingham will be the focus of national coverage of Watching on Holy Thursday.
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.
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!
Parish Prayer – Sundays at 9:00am
To help us be spiritually united as the Church with the Mass, we propose that at 9am on Sunday mornings, every household in our parish performs together the service of prayer entitled: When Mass cannot be celebrated publicly. Reading the Sunday readings is a helpful part of this act of prayer, as is the spiritual communion. At the same time, you will know that we are celebrating Mass for you in Our Lady of Ransom, and you can unite your prayers to Christ present in His Body and Blood. Fr Raglan, Nick and I will recite the same prayers as part of our celebration.
We are with you and long for the day soon when we can all be reunited at the Sacred Banquet.
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 daily.
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
The Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Trust is a Registered Charity No. 252878