Up to 1939
At the turn of the century, Seaford was a rural part of England and as the church records tell us there were less than six Catholics in Seaford. It must have seemed an answer to their prayers when Bishop Francis Bourne, of the Diocese of Southwark, built a holiday home which he named Annecy after the home of his patron St.Francis de Sales. A Chapel was added shortly afterwards, dedicated to St.Francis. When the Bishop was transferred to Westminster, the Sisters of Providence bought the house and in 1903 established a Convent, and there the seed was sown for future generations of Catholics in Seaford.

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1939 – 1990
During the Second World War Mass attendance rose and fell with the ebb and flow of the war and, during this period, the church and presbytery were damaged, but no lives were lost. In thanksgiving, subscriptions provided the beautiful stained glass window over Our Lady’s altar depicting the five glorious mysteries of the Rosary. The window was blessed on 8th September, 1946.

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1990 – 2004
In 1996 the sanctuary of the church was re-ordered, and the church was finally consecrated by Bishop Cormac Murphy-O’Connor June 22nd 1996.

Seaford was originally part of the large Diocese of Southwark, established in 1850 when the English Catholic Hierarchy was restored by Pope Pius IX. Southwark covered the whole of South London along with the counties of Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
In 1965 Pope Paul VI established a new Diocese of Arundel and Brighton, comprising East and West Sussex and rural Surrey. Bishop Murphy-O’Connor was the third Bishop of Arundel and Brighton. In February 2000 Bishop Cormac was appointed by Pope John Paul II as Archbishop of Westminster in succession to Cardinal Basil Hume, and in May 2001 the Pope appointed Monsignor Kieran Conry as the 4th Bishop of Arundel and Brighton.

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2005
At the end of March, on Easter Thursday, Christopher McOustra led a group of pilgrims to Domremy in France, in honour of St Joan of Arc, where they were given a wonderful welcome. It was, by all accounts, a wonderful spiritual and gastronomic occasion. It was intended to focus on Saint Joan as a “teenage” saint. The group included several young people.

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WORLD YOUTH DAY COLOGNE AUGUST 2005
A presentation given by Geoffrey Hagger and Oliver Purchase at all Masses on October 8th – 9th 2005

Geoffrey – Introduction: We would first like to thank you for your support in our fund raising activities which made it possible for us to go to Cologne, and also to thank you for the support of your prayers. It was a vast event with 164 nations represented. 1.2 million came to Cologne, including 38,000 priests and 800 bishops.

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2006
In January, Bishop Kieran made the first of two visits to us this year and celebrated Mass followed by a party in the hall afterwards. Later in the month, the Bishop visited Peacehaven to celebrate Mass and bless their new hall.

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2007
January: Fr Tony gave a talk in the Parish Hall illustrated with video and slides, about his recent visit to Nigeria.
Fr Murray Watson led “A Day With St Luke”.

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2008
January: There was a Charity Dinner in the Church Hall and Churches Together in Seaford held a week of prayer for Christian Unity 2008. Monthly St Anthony’s Fund lunches commenced.
After a short stay in the parish, Fr. Ian Vane left for the Holy Land to take up a four month course of studies.
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2013
Various Parish events took place during 2013
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2014
Various Parish events took place in 2014
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