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Church of the Holy Family


Church of the Holy Family
Hollingdean Street
Brighton
BN1 7GQ

For more information please contact St George's House on 020 8946 7916.

Mass Times
Sunday Masses are celebrated on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 12:30 hrs.

Directions and Maps
The chapel is located in Hollingdean Street, off Roedale Road, in a central residential area of Brighton with good parking facilities in the immediate area and a bus stop nearby with frequent services (Number 50a) to the main railway station and town centre. London Road Station is approximately 10 minutes walk away.

Traffic congestion on the A23 approaching Brighton is sometimes severe, particularly in summer. 

Useful Information
The chapel has been constructed to the highest standards to comply with present day building regulations with good access and facilities for disabled people.

The external design is Georgian with Corinthian columns and Pediment. Internally it recreates the atmosphere of a Catholic chapel before the disastrous reordering following the Second Vatican Council which affected so many churches and chapels in England.

The chapel itself can accommodate approximately 70 people in comfortable church pews and there is an antechapel adjacent to it with all necessary facilities.

The altar has above it a fine reredos, originally from a convent in Belgium, depicting the Virgin and Child surrounded by angels. The altar is from a now closed convent in London and is in keeping with the traditional style. Above the tabernacle the crucifix of ivory and ormolu is of great historical interest as it was originally the property of Pope Pius VII and was placed on the altar of his private chapel in the Vatican. Pope Pius was praying before this crucifix on the 9th June 1809 when Napoleon's officers broke in and arrested him and took him under guard into captivity where he remained for seven years.

On either side of the sanctuary are two fine statues of the Sacred Heart and the Virgin and Child. Wrought iron gates made by a local craftsman flanked by communion rails supported by decorated cast iron pedestals mark the division between the sanctuary and the main chapel.

The chapel thus affords a beautiful and tranquil atmosphere for the Traditional Mass and the worship of Almighty God.

The chapel was dedicated during High Mass celebrated by Father Franz Schmidberger on Saturday 5th October 2002.