History of our Church
Pope St. Victor I
St. Catherine of Siena
Below you can download and read (click on the title to open) press publications from the past:
SACRED HEART'S PAST:
An email was received from CAROLYN WOODRUP (Nee Mahon) during June 2015, which may interest some readers of this website:-
" My family lived in Third Avenue, Newhaven in the early 1960s and I was baptised at Sacred Heart Church, Newhaven in August 1962, aged 3 weeks. My brother Seamus is now Deacon Seamus Mahon at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Henfield and my mother was on the cleaning team at Sacred Heart Church."
I found this photograph of myself with Grace Fields and Fr. Ambrose Moss taken, I believe, at the Sacred Heart Christmas Fair in December 1963
POLISH MASS 2012 (ended in autumn 2014)
Organised in our church for the first time in September 2012. This mass was said by father Tadusz Bialas. It was a regular event on every second Saturday of the month at 6 pm but due to low attendance it was cancelled in autumn 2014.
CHANGES TO OUR PARISH 2012:
Merger with Peacehaven, one priest for two parishes; the priest is now resident in Newhaven.
Fr. Kevin O’Donnell joined our Parish after Father Richard Brennan retired in Ireland.
POPE IS RETIRING:
Pope Benedict XVI announced on Monday 11th February he is to resign in the evening of 28th February 2013. The Pope said "After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. We wish him all the best in his retirement and want to say Thank You for all he has done.
NEW POPE HAS BEEN ELECTED:
Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio who will be the first to be known as Pope Francis.
ŚWIĘCONKA - POLISH FOOD BLESSING:
Organized for the first time in our church on 30th March 2013. The short service was well attended and we hope to continue to organize this service every year from now on.
Our young people who were confirmed by Bishop Kieran on the weekend (18-19th May 2013) at Worth Abbey. They are Maria from Newhaven, Stelize, Jenie, Kim, Jack, Vince and Aaron. We pray the Holy Spirit will strengthen them on the journey of faith.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2013.
To Margaret Slattery in recognition of long and devoted service to the cause of the Mission of the Church throughout the world.
Father Kevin O'Donnell's publication of a simple version of the Catechism.
POLISH MASS (ended in autumn 2014)
Organised in our church for the first time in September 2012. This mass is said by father Tadusz Bialas. It was a regular event on every second Saturday of the month at 6 pm but due to low attendance it was cancelled in autumn 2014.
Father Kevin left our Parish and his last Mass was on Sunday 28th August 2014. He has now become the parish Priest at Rottingdean
Fr Ian Byrnes, our new parish priest became the parish on Saturday 25th October 2014
First Message from Fr Ian:
My Dear Parishioners to be,
the first of many communications to you.
say that I am very pleased that Bishop Kieran has appointed me to join you on
pilgrim journey in the two parishes. To avoid any confusion, I would like to
express my thoughts as to where I wish to live.
chosen to live in Newhaven so as to make use of the house in Peacehaven by
renting it as to obtain a regular income for the parish. I would feel more ‘at
home’ in the older house.Fr David Russell, who will be on the Clergy Diocesan
Retreat from 29 September until 3 October, will be supply priest from 4 to 24
I must say that during the time of my growing knowledge of the two parishes I have found Fr Kevin and his wife, Gill, most helpful and sensitive, of which I am grateful. We are all in a growing pattern of Love. In the meantime, please pray for me as I want you to be assured of my prayers for you and your families and friends.
Take care in the Lord,
Your Pastor to be.
25th October 2014
welcome Fr Ian Byrnes our new Parish Priest and look forward to a long
On the 16th November 2015, Sacred Heart Church had a different organ installed. Originally the property of PHILIP STEPHENS (aka "Tish") of Bristol Garden, Brighton, a solicitor and accomplished church organist, who often attended the Saturday evening mass at Newhaven. Following his death on the 5th November 2015, aged 88, we learned that his organ was to be donated to our church. It is a "Salisbury" organ b y Wyvern organ builders and has 10 Pedal, 12 Great and 16 Swell voices with 4 presets for each manual .