News and notices
Pope Francis has expressed his concern over the situation in Afghanistan. He has asked everyone to unite in praying to "the God of peace so that the clamour of weapons might cease and solutions can be found at the table of dialogue."
The Pope's plea has been echoed by Bishop Declan Lang, saying that "As Christians, we are called to be people of hope, even when a situation may appear hopeless."
Launching an Afghanistan Crisis Appeal, CAFOD writes “The situation in Afghanistan is highly complex with decades of conflict that have taken a terrible toll on Afghan people, resulting in deaths, injuries and pushing families further into poverty. Drought and coronavirus have added even greater problems for vulnerable families struggling with hunger and healthcare.“
Despite the rapidly changing and uncertain situation, the vital work of CAFOD and its local partners has started to resume in some areas .
Please continue to keep the people of Afghanistan in your thoughts and prayers.
The Season of Creation is the annual Christian celebration of prayer and action for our common home. Together the ecumenical family around the world unites to pray and protect God’s creation. The season starts on 1 September, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and ends on 4 October, the Feast of St Francis of Assisi.
With COP26 (the 26th UN Climate Change Conference) due to take place in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November, this year’s Season of Creation takes on additional importance.
Spreading the Word
Many parishioners know Santos who (with his sister Leona) has been an altar server both at St George’s and at St Theresa’s.
Santos has recently graduated at the University of Portsmouth but will be staying on for a year as a Relay Worker, working alongside the Christian Union. Relay is all about helping people love and serve Jesus. Santos is embarking on an exciting year of mission, training and discipleship.
Santos hopes that you will support him with prayer and, if you can, with contributions to his costs for the year (Relay Workers must raise their own funds). He will be explaining more about the year ahead before he returns to Portsmouth.
Beginning Experience Weekend
For those who find themselves single again following divorce, separation or bereavement:
8 - 10 October, Sion Community, Brentwood, Essex..
Beginning Experience is a weekend programme to help you move from the darkness of your grief into the light of a new beginning. More details at email@example.com .
Within our parishes, no changes are being made at present to the way we were doing things prior to Step 4, as described in the guidance on coming to Mass. This will be reviewed in September.
Need help back into employment?
Southdown has a new NHS funded service to support people in West Sussex, Brighton & Hove back into employment, volunteering or education/training if they have been affected by COVID and have a mental health condition. More details...
Artwork at St George's
If you'd like to know more about the amazing collection of artwork - paintings, wood sculptures and ceramics - that are in the church at St George's, then this book (£15) with its full colour photos may be of interest to you. Speak to Helen at St George's on a Sunday or send an email.
Fr Alistair's Farewell
Many parishioners came to say 'Farewell' to our former priest, Fr Alistair, on Sunday 8 August. The event had been delayed because of Covid restrictions.
Fr Alistair has written expressing his thanks to everybody and there are photos in the slideshow below.
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