News from the Diocese

Dear Parishioner

The current COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it difficulties and losses for people across our diocesan church family. Bishop Richard is offering a live streamed Deanery Mass for those who have died during this difficult year. It will take place at Holy Cross, Heathfield on Friday 20th November at 7pm.

If you wish to provide the names  of those you would like remembered at this Mass, please send them to me by Wednesday so I can forward them to the Dean.

The links to the streaming camera at Holy Cross Priory are as follows:

The information we have is that any of them should work, but if you are struggling, you should try them all. The camera runs 24/7 but the sound only works when the church microphones are switched on.


The bishop will be offering talks at the Cathedral on the Fridays preceding the Sundays of Advent.  These will begin at 7pm.  The dates and themes are as follows and information will be included on the diocesan website.  The first will be livestreamed only, on account of the lockdown, but it will be possible for people to attend the other three and bookings can be made through the Cathedral office.

  • 27th November: Advent – Waiting
  • 4th December: John the Baptist – Witness
  • 11th December: Gaudete – Rejoice
  • 18th December: Mary – Openness