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Chalice Lunch & Update

Chalice Lunch & Update – after the Blessing of the Oils (Chrism) Service in the Cathedral – 26 March, approx 12:30

Chrism Mass

Blessing of the Oils service at Chichester Cathedral

Our annual gathering for lunch and an update on Chalice news across the diocese after the diocesan Chrism Eucharist is on Tues 26 March, Holy Tuesday.

Many of you wrote to say that you felt the price of the lunch at the Vicars’ Hall was too high – so we have changed the venue to

ST PAULS CHURCH, Churchside, Chichester PO19 6FT

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St. Paul’s is 5-10 minutes  easy walk from the Cathedral, and there is some parking at the church – or, if you use the Theatre public car-park, it’s across the road. The Rector, Simon Holland, has invited us to use the hall and church, which are all part of the same building, and bring our own lunch – or we can order sandwiches for everyone from Waitrose at something like £2-3 a head if I know numbers. There are facilities for making tea and coffee and a pleasant hall and open space behind.  The church asks for a donation for using the building, and we should pay for our drinks. St Paul’s is extremely well-equipped for anyone with disabilities, but ask me if you have particular questions.

This is an extremely generous offer and we are most grateful to Simon for his welcome and his willingness to let his church be used for activities like this, and I hope we can respond in our donations – as you know, Chalice has no funds. This will make it possible to encourage everyone to come on after the Blessing of the Oils for a chance to talk and meet. We shall need people to offer to help with drinks, setting out tables and clearing up, and are sure you will be ready to do that.

We shall gather at St Paul’s as soon as possible after the service (ends 12.30ish), and the hall is booked until 3 o’clock. Full details and directions will follow.

We now have nearly 200 people on the Chalice mailing list and I shall soon be asking for more formal details from everyone so as to keep proper records, beyond the email addresses I already have. I hope to have forms ready for the lunch – no compulsion, but a proper list would help me. This lunch is open to all, so tell others to apply if they would like to come.

To book you a place for lunch I only need to know

  • Your name – lay or clergy?
  • your email address
  • whether you will bring your own lunch or would like to have sandwiches ordered



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Bishop Martin’s office has given us  11th April, 2pm, at The Palace, Chichester for our meeting that had to be postponed. I realise this is during the school holidays. At this stage, would you let me know whether in principle you would like to come on that date, or whether it would be difficult; I’ll collect names formally later. Alastair leaves Henfield at Easter, but will still (just) be with the diocese until the end of that week.

Best wishes to you all, and I look forward to hearing from you soon – meanwhile, a good end to the Christmas season and a fruitful and holy Lent to follow!


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