Posts by Fr Neil Chatfield

Homily from Mary Bacon’s Requiem.

The choice of readings and hymnody for Mary’s requiem are her own. One might be asking oneself why these readings, and in particular this gospel? Mary never saw herself as saintly, but neither could one say that Mary’s life had a great deal in common with the thieves on their crosses either side of the […]

Avenge me of mine adversary (Luke 18:1-8)

In the Parable of the Unjust Judge and the Persistent Widow we are given a purely human account of how ‘justice’ works. Men grant ‘rights’ and follow ‘laws’ simply out of convenience, rarely if ever, and seldom for the right reasons, groping towards the natural law. What is justice, anyway? When we confront this knotty, […]

Masses by candlelight.

Tomorrow sees the second of the three Rorate Masses this Advent. Members of our community have attended and contributed to these over the last couple of Advents. Starting at 6:30am at Our Lady of Ransom, they are lit only by candles and are quiet and meditative. Perfect for the reflective nature of Advent.

“It is not good for man to be alone.”

19th Sunday after Trinity (27th in Ordinary Time) Dear friends, These words of God are spoken in the story of our creation, at the beginning of our existence. It reveals a fundamental truth about what it is to be human. We are social creatures and in printed into our DNA is the need to be […]

Pastoral Letter from the Ordinary

Mgr Keith writes on the highlights of 2017/2018, including the Ordinariate Families’ Fund to support clergy families. The Governing Council has mandated a second collection for this next week.

A statement from Fr Neil

With the permission of Mgr Keith, Fr Neil has accepted Bishop Richard’s invitation to become Parish Priest of Christ the King, Langney, in addition to his Ordinariate ministry which will continue at St Agnes and OLR. Please read the full article.