Thursday, July 31, 2014

Festival 50 @Amex Stadium - Diocesan Golden Jubilee Celebrations

Put the date in your diary - 5th July 2015 from 10am till 4.30pm 

A day to celebrate 50 years of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton and to look forward to the future with Bishop Kieran.

Great speakers, fun happenings, great food and above all Holy Mass celebrated by the whole Diocese.

For more information, updates and to volunteer visit the Festival 50 page on the Diocesan Website.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

13th National Pilgrimage for Catholic Grandparents in Walsingham, 26th July 2014

This year the England and Wales National Pilgrimage, organised by the Catholic Grandparents Association (CGA) will take place on Saturday 26th July, the feast Day of St Anne and St Joachim, at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in Norfolk. This will be the 13th time that grandparents from all over the country gather to honour the patron saints of all grandparents and to recognise their own vocation.

This year, for the first time, the CGA will be staging The Walsingham Story which has been written especially for the pilgrimage and will be performed by local actors and children. The day will begin at 11.00 with a service of reconciliation and conclude at 5.00 pm. Throughout the day there will be a full range of faith and fun activities for all ages. Everybody is welcome.

For more information e-mail the Association or telephone Phil Butcher on 01328 560333

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Words and Action on Assisted Dying Bill

The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth and the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain are amongst the 24 faith leaders who have today voiced their shared concerns about Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying Bill.

In a joint statement to Members of the House of Lords they say:"While we may have come to the position of opposing this bill from different religious perspectives, we are agreed that the Assisted Dying Bill invites the prospect of an erosion of carefully tuned values and practices that are essential for the future development of a society that respects and cares for all."

The leaders and senior representatives are drawn from a broad coalition of Christian churches and denominations, and from the Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain and Zoroastrian faiths.Lord Falconer's Bill will be debated in the House of Lords on 18 July 2014.

For the full statement see the Catholic Bishops' Conference website.

To see what action you can take including contacting a Peer go here.

Arundel & Brighton Diocese Certificate in Catechesis - Coming Soon

Arundel & Brighton Certificate in Catechesis - Coming soon, book now!

Session 1 - Sat 11th Oct 2014 

Speaker - Fr Stephen Ortiger OSB
‘Retreat Day – ‘Called by Jesus Christ to be a Catechist’

Session 2 - Sat 22nd November 2014

Speaker - Fr Kevin O’Donnell
‘Encountering Jesus—Scripture, Church and Sacraments’

Session 3 - Sat 24th January 2015

Speaker - Fr Rob Esdaile
‘Not Less Than Everything - The Catholic Way of Catechesis’

Session 4 - Sat 7th March 2015

Speaker - Fr Jonathan How
‘Celebrating the Christian mystery in Liturgy’

Session 5 - Sat 18th April 2015

Speaker - Sr Anne Dunne 
‘Personal spirituality and leading others to prayer’

Session 6 - Sat 6th June 2015

Speaker - David Wills
‘Mission – being and bringing the Good News to others’

Booking is essential – places are limited so please discuss your application with your Parish Priest.

For further information, or to book, please contact David Wills on 01293 651157 or

Monday, July 14, 2014

St. Bernadette’s Primary School Brighton Celebrates

Bishop Kieran,  Jacqueline Lance (Head Teacher) and Mary Reynolds (Diocesan Director of Schools).
Bishop Kieran Conry celebrated with the community of St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School in Brighton as they marked the 40th Anniversary of their school.

St Bernadette’s opened in 1974 after Lourdes Convent left the site and amalgamated with other local Catholic secondary schools to establish Cardinal Newman Catholic Comprehensive School.
Bishop Kieran was joined by the Rev. Mgr. John Hull, Father Bruno Witchalls, Mrs Mary Reynolds, the Director of Catholic Schools for Arundel and Brighton, as well as former head teachers, deanery head teachers, staff, governors, parents and children.

St Bernadette’s is blessed with beautiful grounds and the Liturgy took place within them. The pupils contributed to the occasion with hymns, a celebration song, liturgical dance and prayers. The psalm was read in English and ten different languages to reflect and celebrate the diversity of the school. Past and present pupils shared what St. Bernadette’s meant to them. A Year 1 pupil revealed that the school felt ‘like home’. In his address, the bishop spoke about the palpable sense of family within Catholic schools and how the people within them cared for and looked out for each other

At the end of the liturgy, Bishop Kieran blessed three commemorative trees, which will be planted in the school’s new Ruby Jubilee Garden and a selection of healing plants, which will be added to the garden of the Sacrament of the Sick.

After the Liturgy the guests were invited to enjoy an Afternoon Tea. 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Congratulations to Deacon Hilary Parsons on 30th Anniversary of Ordination

Deacon Hilary with his Icon presented to him by Bishop Kieran
Congratulations to Deacon Hilary Parsons who has just celebrated 30 years of ordination as a Permanent Deacon. He was one of the first to be ordained in the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton following the setting up of the Diaconate Formation Programme in 1981. The first Permanent Deacon ordained in the Diocese was Eric Kilminster (RIP) who worked in the Gulf States as a Deacon before returning to the Diocese. Deacon Hilary was ordained in St Richard's, Chichester on 29 June 1984 by then Bishop, now Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor. He served for many years in that parish before retiring to the New Forest where he continues to live.

In recognition of his long service to the ordained ministry and the Church, Bishop Kieran presented him with a icon of Christ washing the feet of the disciples.

May he have many more years of joyful ministry. Ad Multos Annos!