Thursday, 17 August 2017

Reuben from Adur Valley Runs for Charity Again

Reuben Selby is one of the long term altar servers at Mass at Christ the King, Steyning in the Parish of Our Lady Queen of Peace, Adur Valley.

Last year he ran the Brighton Marathon for Cancer Research with a finishing time of 3 hours and 22 minutes.

This year he is running the Berlin Marathon to raise funds for MIND a charity that provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Every year one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. Reuben says he wants to play a part in increasing awareness of mental ill health and in reducing the stigma that is so often attached to it.

He is hoping to better his time this year and has been putting in many hours of training to achieve this.

He also wants to increase the amount of donations for his chosen charity and asks that people who wish to kindly donate go to his Just Giving Fund Raising Page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/reuben-selby2

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Happy Feast of the Assumption!

The Assumption of the Virgin by Bartolome Esteban Murillo (Wikiart)
Happy Feast of the Assumption of Mary, the Mother of God into Heaven. She is the patroness of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton.

The Catholic Church teaches as dogma that the Virgin Mary "having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory". This doctrine was dogmatically defined by Pope Pius XII on 1 November 1950, in the apostolic constitution Munificentissimus Deus by exercising papal infallibility.

It is a Holy Day of Obligation in England & Wales.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Jubilarian Priests Celebrate with Bishop Richard Moth at Arundel Cathedral

Bishop Richard with 5 Jubilarians
Fr Stephen Ortiger OSB, Fr Chris Spain, Fr Tony Collins, Fr Kieron Gardiner and Fr Charles Jeffries joined Bishop Richard and other priests at Arundel Cathedral to celebrate their jubilees of ordination from 50 years to 25 years. Ad Multos Annos!

Monday, 7 August 2017

Bishop Richard at Lourdes with A&B Diocese helpers
Pilgrims including Bishop Richard have now returned from the annual Arundel & Brighton Pilgrimage to the Marian Shrine in Lourdes.

You can see all the video podcasts from Bishop Richard in Lourdes on the Diocesan Vimeo site.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Read New Deacon's Own Story on his Recent Ordination

Deacon Tristan Cranfield
I was ordained to the diaconate at Villa Palazzola on 12th July, by the Bishop of Middlesbrough, Terrence Drainey, along with five other men from the Venerable English College. By tradition, the ordinations take place at the College's summer residence, Villa Palazzola, which is located just outside Rome, in a solitary, but picturesque spot on a cliff-top overlooking Lake Albano. The church is small, dedicated to Our Lady of the Snows. The weather was anything but snowy, however, the fierce Roman sunshine making the ordination Mass itself a rather uncomfortably warm affair! Despite the distraction of the heat, it was still a beautiful occasion - more beautiful than I had imagined it would be.

I suppose that, as a seminarian, you are concentrating so much on preparing for future priestly ministry that you can easily overlook the phase that all priests must pass through as a deacon. I say, "pass through", but technically speaking, this is incorrect: in fact, a man ordained as a deacon remains one even if and when he becomes a priest later. In this way, he is conformed to Christ the "Servant" (the literal meaning of the word "deacon") and remains so for his whole life. 

Thankfully, having made a good retreat and having had plenty of time over the last few months to reflect on the particular nature of the diaconate meant that on the day, my brothers and I were able to concentrate well on the meaning of what was going on in the various parts of the Ordination rite: the promises of obedience and celibacy, the prostration and Litany of the Saints, the laying on of hands, the prayer of consecration, and the investiture with stole and dalmatic. As with any liturgy, then, it was all the more meaningful and powerful in opening our eyes to God's presence in the rite, and in the Mass, because we were well prepared to take part in it.

The celebration that followed the Mass was wonderful too: lunch in the garden of the Villa with a few members of family and friends, including several priests of our own diocese. It was a such a joy to celebrate with them, just as it has been to come back to the diocese this summer and begin exercising my ministry here. I'll be spending the following academic year back in Rome for one last time, finishing studies in preparation for final ordination to the priesthood in 2018. Please pray for me, and for my brother seminarians from A&B during this time, and for more vocations to the priesthood.

Photos Canon Tim Madeley

Deacon Tristan with his parents

Deacon Tristan with A&B Seminarian Tom Kent

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The Oldest Flower Arranger in the Diocese?

Bob, oldest flower arranger in the Diocese?
Ninety Years ago a sweet chubby faced boy was baptised down the road from St Paul’s Church at the Priory, Haywards Heath. Why there and not the church? St Paul’s had yet to be consecrated. The parents took some time working out what to name their new born baby, but eventually settled on ‘Robert Clement Tunks’. Despite their best efforts to add a bit of class to the family, for most of his life he has been known simply as ‘Bob’.

He cannot remember when he became the official flower arranger at St Paul’s Church ‘It must have been in the early 1970s and I have never stopped!’ reflected this specialist. Most parishioners do not know St Paul’s Parish without this stalwart. To celebrate Fr Vlad gave him a special blessing, thanking him for his never ending ministry in proclaiming the Glory of God. Parishioner, Ann Herbert, presented him with a special bouquet of flowers. Although at ninety he is still known as a sharp-eyed regional judge with the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS), he was too polite to score this gift!

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

30 years of baking raises over £35,000 for charity

Elizabeth Wallace with some cakes at St Dunstan's, Woking
Woking resident and Arundel & Brighton Diocese parishioner, Elizabeth Wallace, is celebrating over three decades of baking cakes for charity every month, raising an estimated £35,000.

Elizabeth’s baking odyssey began back in 1986. Her mother had died two years previously and the terrible Ethiopian famine of 1984 was still fresh in her mind. One of Elizabeth’s friend’s suggested that she did something to help both her recover from the loss of her mother, and those in need overseas. “I can cook and I like to bake, so that’s how it all began!”

Elizabeth set up a cake stall after mass once a month, at the parish of Our Lady of Christ, Kingfield, Surrey which she and her husband of 45 years, Kevin, were members of. As well as selling cakes contributed by parishioners, they held sponge competitions and Elizabeth stayed motivated by the enthusiasm of other parishioners.

Elizabeth said:

“The Bake Off hadn’t even started then. Mary Berry eat your heart out! One of the reasons I kept going was that it made other people join in, and there have been some amazing examples of generosity. There was one lady who died a couple of years ago who donated £20 every month!”

When they moved to St. Dunstan’s, Woking, Surrey Elizabeth kept on baking; her commitment to standing in solidarity with those in the developing world has never failed.

“You don’t stop,” Elizabeth said. “The world is still in need and we can’t just be reactive to big crises, we have to take the initiative too. And you can’t just walk away, because you feel you’re betraying the people you’re supporting. These aren’t just people on pieces of paper, these are people who you’re praying for.”

After almost thirty years as the organiser of the CAFOD cake stall, Mary handed over the running to two other St Dunstan’s parishioners, Ruth Whiddett and Lin Mason, in 2014. Elizabeth described the choice to stand down as a hard decision to make, but one which felt right. Inspired by her American mother’s recipes, Elizabeth still bakes delights such as cookies every month for the stall, adding to the mounds of freshly baked bread, homegrown fruit and delicious homemade cakes.

“The girls took over and run the stall with their children and it’s going really well. It’s gone from strength to strength and they make wonderful cupcakes! It’s very popular and we regularly run out of what we’re selling!”

Elizabeth has now been baking cakes every month for CAFOD for 31 years. Since its inception in 1986 it has raised an estimated £35,000 – a phenomenal sum.

Elizabeth is modest about the amount that she and the others who helped at the stall have made. “We’re just normal people and that’s our strength,” she said.

The money raised by Elizabeth and all those involved in the stall helps those living in extreme poverty to reach their full potential, regardless of religion or culture, by equipping them with the skills and opportunities to live with dignity, support their families and give something back to their communities.

CAFOD representative in Woking, Martin Brown, said:

“Elizabeth’s dedication to CAFOD is inspirational. Her commitment to helping those in need is remarkable, especially as it so much more than skin deep – she truly cares about the people she is helping as individuals, not just statistics. We are so thankful to her and all those who have been involved in the cake stall over the years, including the new organisers Ruth, Lin and Agata.”

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Arundel Man Ordained a Deacon in Rome on the Road to Priesthood

Deacon Tristan Cranfield (front left) post-diaconal ordination with 5 other men ordained
at the same time by Bishop Terence Drainey
On Wednesday 12 July in the church of Our Lady of the Snows, Villa Palazzola, Rocca di Papa, Rome in Italy Tristan Cranfield from Arundel & Brighton Diocese, and indeed from the Cathedral town of Arundel itself, was ordained by Bishop Terrence Drainey to the diaconate along with four other men from English Diocese and one from Sweden.

Tristan is currently a seminarian at the Venerable English College and studying at one of the Catholic Universities in Rome. Following his ordination as a Deacon he will spend sometime in a parish in the Diocese this summer before returning to Rome for his final year of study and priestly ordination in Arundel Cathedral in 2018.

We wish him well in his diaconate year and every prayer as he proceeds to priesthood and as they say in Rome 'Ad multos annos vivat!'

Monday, 10 July 2017

Paul Bilton Ordained a Deacon for Diocese of Arundel & Brighton


Bishop Richard Moth lays hands on Paul during his ordination to the diaconate
On a warm summer’s evening in St Paul’s Catholic Church, Haywards Heath at 5pm on Sunday 9th July, Rt Rev Richard Moth, Bishop of Arundel & Brighton Diocese ordained Paul Bilton, a parishioner of St Paul’s, to the diaconate.

A full church saw him ordained for service in the church in Haywards Heath and the local area. He was joined not only by his wife, Helen but also his daughter, Maria and two sons, Leo and Isaac, other family, parishioners of St Paul’s as well as many friends from across the Diocese and elsewhere.

Bishop Richard was joined by 18 deacons who welcomed Paul into the Diaconate. These included Deacons Gerard Irwin and Dave Turner who are already Deacons in the parish. They were also ordained on 9th July in 2006 and 2011 respectively, and his parish priest, Fr Martin Jakubas was also ordained priest on 9th July in 1983. There were also 8 other priests present who concelebrated at the Mass.

The idea of becoming a deacon was first planted in Paul’s mind by his then parish priest when he lived in London in the early years of married life. He didn’t actually hear “the call” though until he was recovering from illness in 2008. Having reached a point in life where it started to look possible in practical terms, he approached his current parish priest about this in 2012. After a period of selection and discernment his studies began in earnest in Autumn 2014.

Born in Yorkshire, Paul after leaving school, studied History at Girton College, Cambridge in the mid 1990s. Whilst there he developed a love of studying Scripture particularly when studied in ecumenical groups. It was also at Cambridge that he met Helen, his wife, when they were both trustees of a small children’s charity.

Paul and Helen have been married for 18 years. They moved to Haywards Heath from London when they were expecting their first child and have now lived there for over 15 years.

Paul is a qualified accountant and has worked as a civil servant, finance manager and consultant. He currently works for the National Audit Office but from August he will be starting a new job as Bursar at Worth School.

Paul said “I am very much looking forward to finding out what God has in store for me as I embark on his new adventure in the diaconate, and am very grateful to all those who have supported me to get this far.”

Bishop Richard during his homily at the ordination, reflecting on the Gospel reading for the Mass from St Matthew said to Paul: “Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest.’ Indeed, so many people in the world today are overburdened, and they will look to our new Deacon, Paul to help them with their burdens.”

He went onto say: “Jesus gives us a model of simplicity and humility and Paul, this must be your model, a humble servant of the Lord for others, that they might copy you and become humble servants of the Lord.”

The ordination was followed by a wonderful reception in the local School Hall where Deacon Paul was warmly received by family, friends, clergy and parishioners.

Photo credit ©Focus Photography 2017

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

A&B Deacon, Roger Stone Asks Us to Support Seafarers this Sea Sunday, 9 July

Deacon Roger Stone with Seafarer
As Catholics, we take the sacraments and our local parish for granted. But if you are a Catholic seafarer, then you can go for months without any contact with the life of the Church. This is where Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) comes in.

AoS is unique in being the only Catholic agency serving the maritime industry. This month [July 9] is Sea Sunday, when the Church asks us to pray for seafarers and support the work of AoS, whose chaplains and ship visitors provide practical and pastoral help in ports around the coast of Britain.

The world of the seafarer is a hidden one, and it is one that might appear to have little bearing on our lives. Most of us are far more familiar with airports than ports.

Yet around 90% of the goods imported into the UK arrive by sea. This includes everything from bananas and computers to coffee and cookers.

One of the tasks of Rev Roger Stone, AoS port chaplain to Southampton and a number of ports on the south coast, is to try and meet the spiritual needs of the Catholic seafarers he encounters.

An example of this was when earlier this year the Polish captain of a tanker ship said he was keen to go to Mass and also receive the sacrament of reconciliation.

“Mass was being celebrated in a church five minutes' drive from the terminal, but I drove him into Southampton so he could attend a mass in Polish and celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation in his native tongue,” said Roger.

“He was really relieved to be able to go, On the way back to the ship he commented that we did all this just for one person. It was quite clear to me that the Holy Spirit led me to that ship, to him, and required me to help him to receive just what he needed.”

Roger makes seafarers aware of the Stella Maris application, which they can download onto their mobile phones or other devices. This gives them access to daily readings, reflections and much more throughout their time on board. He also shares the gospel of the day on his Facebook page.

He is impressed by the faith of many of the seafarers he meets. He saw an example of this during Lent this year. “On some car ships I visited, the Indian crews from Kerala and Tamil Nadu refrained from meat and fish for the whole of Lent. They only ate vegetables and rice. This was a real sacrifice for them because their work is physically demanding at the best of times and going without does caused them some difficulty.”

Life at sea is tough. Seafarers work long hours for little pay and see very little of their families back home. In some cases, they can be at sea for weeks or even months.

“Because the seafarers are away from home for so long, and it’s very difficult for them to get off the ships, then I go onto the ships to welcome them and see if we can help them with practical and spiritual support,” Roger said.

On one occasion, he added, a Filipino seafarer came up to him and started crying. “One of the seafarers came up to me and just leaned on to me and cried because he was missing his family so much. And all I can really do is be there for him. Everybody is welcome. Everybody deserves and receives the ministry that I can offer. I’m only sharing God’s love, and that is very powerful.”

www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk

Friday, 23 June 2017

Celebrate Conference Brighton 15-16 July




As the summer approaches, we strongly encourage you to deepen your faith by attending the Brighton Celebrate weekend on the 15th and 16th July at Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School in Hove.

People of all ages and denominations are welcomed but we especially encourage families to attend together. This year we are offering a 50% discount to families new to Celebrate.

To get an idea of what to expect at Brighton Celebrate this year here is a short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79Xh_UiEJVQ

Brighton Celebrate is a non-residential Catholic Conference for people of all ages full of great teaching from ecumenical speakers, workshops, praise and worship. Mass will be celebrated on both days and there will be opportunities for confession and prayer ministry.

Several streams for young people will run throughout the weekend for all age groups including separate streams for children, teenagers and young adults. In the busy and hectic world we live in today we all know how difficult it is to find time for spiritual refreshment. Brighton Celebrate offers a perfect opportunity to come together as a family to deepen our relationship with God and build His church on earth.

For more information and to book your places click here: https://www.celebrateconference.org/brighton/

Friday, 16 June 2017

Fire at St John the Baptist Church, Kemptown, Brighton

Fire Service at St John the Baptist's
On Thursday night, 15 June a fire was set in St John the Baptist's Church in Kemptown, Brighton causing damage to the Sacristy and its roof as well as minor damage to the back of the church along with smoke damage in the church itself . Fortunately no one was hurt and the damage was not too extensive but St John's will be closed this weekend 17/18 June whilst the clean up takes place.

Services will take place this weekend as follows: Saturday Evening Vigil Mass at 6pm in the Parish Hall and Sunday Morning Mass at 11am in the Table Tennis Club next door.

Parishioners thank God no one was hurt and are extremely grateful for the work of the Fire Service in putting the fire out and stopping the fire spreading further. They are also touched by the kindness of the Table Tennis Club who have been willing to allow them access so they are able to celebrate Mass this Sunday.

St John the Baptist is an important church in the history of the Catholic Church in Sussex. It was the first Roman Catholic church built in Brighton after the process of Catholic Emancipation in the early 19th century removed restrictions on Catholic worship. Located on Bristol Road, a main road east of the city centre, it is one of 11 Catholic churches in Brighton and Hove.The Classical-style building, which was funded by Maria Fitzherbert and completed in 1835, It has been listed at Grade II* by English Heritage for its architectural and historical importance.

It was consecrated on 7 July 1835 and opened on 9 July 1835. Many of the 900 Catholic churches opened in England since the 1791 Roman Catholic Relief Act had not been consecrated by that stage, so St John the Baptist's was only the fourth new church to be consecrated in England since the Reformation in the 16th century.

Maria Fitzhebert a twice-widowed Catholic, began a relationship with the Prince Regent (and secretly married him in 1785 in a ceremony which was illegal according to the Act of Settlement 1701 and the Royal Marriages Act 1772). She accompanied the Prince Regent whenever he visited Brighton, and had her own house. Maria Fitzherbert died in 1837 and was buried at the church. A memorial stone and sculpture were placed in the nave.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Deacon Roy Waters Ordained a Priest for Diocese of Arundel & Brighton

Laying on of hands on Roy Waters by Bishop Richard Moth ©A&B Diocese 2017
On a warm summer’s evening in the historic town of Arundel in its Cathedral Deacon Roy Waters was ordained a priest by Bishop Richard Moth for the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton on Friday 26th May 2017.

A full cathedral saw him ordained for service in the church in Surrey and Sussex. He was joined not only by his two sons, their wives and his grandchildren, but also other family, parishioners of Cranleigh and Bramley parish in Surrey as well as many friends from across the Diocese and elsewhere. Bishop Richard was joined by over 50 priests who welcomed Roy into the priesthood. Also present were some 35 deacons many of whom had known him over the years as a fellow member of the Permanent Diaconate and were there to wish him well in his new ministry.

Father Roy, as he can now be called, was born and raised in the Sussex. He spent his early years first in Brighton and then Chichester before returning to Brighton where he was a parishioner at St Nicholas Anglican Church. He actively considered a vocation to the Anglican priesthood as a single, celibate man, but he then met and married the love of his life, Hilary. They had two children Rod and Tim, now grown up and with their own families.

He worked for many years in the Telecommunications industry and was responsible for many projects including installing communications for Air Traffic Control and the Instrument Landing Systems at Gatwick Airport. At the same time, he was active in the local community working with the Samaritans in Brighton and Hove for which he was the Director for several years. Finally, he moved to Gomshall in Surrey with his wife, Hilary where he was Lecturer in Telecommunications and Contracts Manager for BT before a final stint in ‘early retirement’ for Ericsson.

At this point in the early 1990s he finally fulfilled his teenage desire of becoming a Catholic and was received into the Church in the Franciscan Friary at Chilworth in 1994 by Fr John McCaffery O.F.M.. In 1999, he started training for the Permanent Diaconate at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, near Guildford and was ordained a Deacon in June 2002 at Chilworth Friary. In 2011 when the Franciscans left Chilworth he continued his ministry in nearby Cranleigh and Bramley parish which took over care of the parish.

There was an unexpected turn of events when his dear wife, Hilary suddenly died and after which he was asked to consider ordination to the priesthood. Fulfilling another teenage dream, he found himself in January 2016 at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh again, but this time training for the priesthood. He said, “My time at the seminary, even at my age, has been a really worthwhile experience in which time I have learnt much, not least to know that ‘for God all things are possible.”[i]

Fr Roy now begins the next stage of his life as priest in a parish saying Mass, visiting the sick, working with young people, celebrating funerals and baptisms, visiting local schools and much more. Fr Roy said: “To become a priest is an awesome privilege but a role I look forward to living for the rest of my days leaning heavily on the Lord Jesus.”

He continued, “Today was a moment of great joy in the gift of priesthood I have received from the Lord and I looked forward with happiness and excitement to serving the people of Arundel & Brighton Diocese.”

At his ordination in his Homily Bishop Richard reminded Roy, as a person grounded in the love of family and God, to be at the service of the people as a minister of word and sacrament, and said to Roy “Be an effective and joyful priest in service of Christ and his Church!”

The ordination was followed by a wonderful reception in the Arundel Cathedral Hall and where Fr Roy was warmly received by family, friends, clergy and parishioners.

More photos available free to download https://www.flickr.com/photos/arunelandbrigtondiocese/albums

[i] Mt 19:26 (NRSV)

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Update on Peru Floods

People of the Diocese of Chulucanas
Fides News Agency has issued the following information about the floods in Peru which our sister Diocese of Chulucanas was directly affected by and which Arundel & Brighton Diocese at the request of Bishop Richard Moth is supporting through fundraising:

The general toll of the latest floods and landslides in Peru has resulted in 145 deaths, 18 missing, 438 injured, over 235,000 casualties and more than a million people affected. The figures date back to the recent report released by the Center for National Emergency Operations (COEN), which was sent to Fides. The climatic impact has also caused the destruction of more than 25,000 homes, another 23,000 are inaccessible and 260,000 buildings have been damaged. Floods also destroyed 79 schools and 25 health centers, hit the structures of 2,600 schools and 840 health facilities.

Due to natural events, 4,000 kilometers of roads and 420 bridges have been destroyed, although most have been rebuilt or repaired, some 30,000 hectares of crops have been lost. The largest number of casualties were found in the coastal area north of the country, where in the regions of Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad and Áncash 66 deaths, 8 missing, 218 injured, about 200,000 casualties were recorded and nearly 730,000 damaged.

The most affected region is Piura, on the border with Ecuador, where more than 80,000 casualties, 360,000 people affected, 5,700 destroyed homes, and another 5,800 remained inaccessible. Floods have been sparked by the atypical phenomenon of "El Niño costero", which occurs when the water warming off the Peruvian coast generates intense and unusual rainfall in the country's desert, turning into floods and landslides, known in Peru as Quechua huaicos.

In recent weeks the rains have become sporadic and river levels have fallen, now the authorities' concern is to deal with the frosts that will be registered in the Peruvian Andes with low nocturnal temperatures close to -20 degrees Celsius.

You can support the Diocese in its work for the flood victims here. So far with money still to come in over £12,000 has been raised in the Diocese.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Bishop Richard Moth Asks for Prayers for Manchester Arena Victims this weekend

Virgin Mary in Prayer by Albert Durer
Bishop Richard Moth has asked for parishes in the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton to remember in prayer at Masses this weekend the victims and families of the Manchester Arena bombing.

Bishop Richard was shocked and horrified on hearing of the recent bombings in Manchester and joined with the local Bishop, Rt Rev John Arnold and Pope Francis in offering prayers and concern for all those affected. He said: "Please pray for the victims and their families at this time."

Bishop Richard is confident that the people of Manchester for whatever race or faith will stand together in unity in the face of this barbaric attack.

At this time we are also called to remember all victims of violence across the world wherever they occur.

Here is a prayer from Manchester Anglican Diocese:

God of compassion,
you hear the cries of all who are in trouble or distress;
accept our prayers for those whose lives are affected by the bombing in Manchester;

We pray especially for those suddenly facing a future without a child, parent or loved one,
young ones who are in deep distress
those who are injured, traumatized or awaiting news
strengthen them in their hour of need,
grant them perseverance and courage to face the future
and be to them a firm foundation on which to build their lives;
this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.

You can also find suggested prayers and liturgy for a tragedy on the Salford Diocesan website.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Pope Francis prays for Manchester victims

Pope Francis
©Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk
His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the injury and tragic loss of life caused by the barbaric attack in Manchester, and he expresses his heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this senseless act of violence. He commends the generous efforts of the emergency and security personnel, and offers the assurance of his prayers for the injured, and for all who have died. Mindful in a particular way of those children and young people who have lost their lives, and of their grieving families, Pope Francis invokes God’s blessings of peace, healing and strength upon the nation.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State

Read full text here: http://catholicnews.org.uk/pope-manchester-attack-230517

Monday, 15 May 2017

Christians in Africa - Pope's Video for May 2017



Africa is a continent full of life, with a great cultural and religious patrimony. We cannot abandon it. Let us join our voices to the voice of the African peoples.

“When we look at Africa, we see much more than its great natural richness.

We see its joie de vivre, and above all, we see grounds for hope in Africa’s rich intellectual, cultural and religious heritage.

But we cannot fail to see the fratricidal wars decimating peoples and destroying these natural and cultural resources.

Let us join with our brothers and sisters of this great continent, and pray together that Christians in Africa, in imitation of the Merciful Jesus, may give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice, and peace.”

From the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer): www.popesprayer.net

If you would like to see other videos on the pope’s prayer intentions, you will find them at: www.thepopevideo.org

With the collaboration of the Vatican Television Center: (http://www.ctv.va)

Produced by La Machi Communication: http://www.lamachi.com

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Bishop Richard Moth on the Risky Business of the Call to Priesthood - Pastoral Letter

Bishop Richard Moth Ordaining a Priest
In his Pastoral Letter for 4th Sunday of Easter, 7th May to the people of Surrey and Sussex the Bishop of Arundel & Brighton, Rt Rev Richard Moth, speaking of vocation to the priesthood, echoed the words of Pope Francis that being open to the possibility of a priestly vocation involves both good will and a certain risk.

Bishop Richard said, “Good will leads to an openness of mind and heart that enable us to listen to the stirrings of the Holy Spirit.” These stirrings of the Spirit are to be discerned in prayer and through the actions and example of people around us.

The risk says Bishop Richard is that “the decision to reflect further on Priestly Vocation and to offer oneself for Formation and Ordination is a step into life-long commitment and service.”

The whole of the Church in the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton also has a role in promoting vocations, especially through prayer. Bishop Richard to assist in this work of prayer has produced a new Vocations Prayer card which has been sent to all parishes to be given out a Masses on 7th May.

Bishop Richard concludes “To those of you who sense these stirrings of the Holy Spirit, calling you to service of Christ and his Church, I say this: be open to the call, pray, take the risk. Be a part of the Mission of this Diocese as a Priest. You are needed and valued by the whole of our Diocesan Family and can be assured of the prayers and support of all.”

You can read the full letter on the Diocesan website.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Charity Concert - Friar Alessandro, 'Voice from Assisi'

Friar Alessandro
A charity concert on Saturday 6th May at 7.45pm, supported by the RC Archdiocese of Southwark and hosted by St George's Cathedral, featuring the much acclaimed 'Voice from Assisi' Friar Alessandro Brustenghi.

A collection will be taken during this concert, and the proceeds will be shared by: The CAFOD East Africa Crisis Appeal and Caritas Bakihta House supporting women who have escaped human trafficking.

Download poster from the Diocesan website for more information.

Admission: with reserved ticket only available by clicking here.  

You can also see him perform here on YouTube

Thursday, 20 April 2017

In the Footsteps of the Nazarene: Fr. Behnam Benoka



In a return visit to the west, Fr. Benoka has granted us another interview in "In the Footsteps of the Nazarene." Fr. Benoka is an Iraqi priest residing in Kurdistan, where he founded several dispensaries and medical centers for Iraqi refugees who have left their homes because of persecution. 

In this program, he informs us on the current situation of the Christians in Iraqi Kurdistan: their concerns, the current health situation, the miracles that they witness every day thanks to Providence that allows them to continue onwards and on which they "hang." Moreover, Fr. Behnam Benoka takes us deeper into the reality of the conflict that, sooner or later, will leave its mark on Europe. He encourages us to defend the Christian roots of a continent which, little by little, is being Islamized at an accelerated pace.

Follow Him who is the Truth and His witnesses, in "In the footsteps of the Nazarene." See https://www.eukmamie.org/en/ 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Bishop Richard Moth's Homily for Chrism Mass - a Mission of Service

Bishop Richard ordaining a priest
©A& Diocese 2017
Whenever we gather for the Chrism Mass, the Church is truly present: people, deacons, priests, bishop and today’s liturgy presents us with a wonderful moment to reflect on the call that the Lord gives to his Church.

This call is reflected in our Liturgy today most especially through the focus on the great gift of the Sacraments that the Lord has given to us and on the renewal of Priestly Service.

The Church exists to call people together in the love that exists in the Blessed Trinity. We are called to live in relationship with one another and within the never-ending love that we experience in Father, Son and Spirit. The Church has, therefore, a very clear mission. It is the mission of Jesus Himself. It is foreshadowed by the prophet Isaiah and taken up explicitly by Jesus Himself in his words in the Synagogue in Nazareth.

The Particular Church that is our Diocese has the task of bringing the good news to the poor, proclaiming liberty to captives, sight to the blind, freedom for the downtrodden and the bringing about of the Lord’s year of favour. In a society that is so often driven by a secularist agenda, this call from Christ takes on a particular and challenging significance. Indeed, at this present time in the history of this country, when so many are experiencing times of uncertainty, the message of the Gospel – calling people into unity as children of the Father – offers the only real answer. This Mission of the Church – of our Diocese – is as vital as it has ever been.

In the Liturgy of the Church, we express what we believe, what we know to be true. In today’s celebration we bless and consecrate the Oils that will be used in the administration of the Sacraments. These Oils speak to us of our mission:

The Welcome that is offered to the Catechumen, the one preparing for Baptism: This is at the centre of our Mission, for Baptism is the gateway to the Christian Life, that moment of union with the Blessed Trinity in whose love we are called to live.

The comfort and healing that is brought to the sick and the dying in the Sacrament of the Sick: The mission to the weak is at the centre of our Mission, for it is at the centre of Jesus’ ministry too. We recognise the suffering Christ in the one who suffers. Every one of us is called to reach out to the poor and disadvantaged – something of which Pope Francis reminds is very often in his call for the Church to live in simplicity and in openness to the weakest in our world.

The service of the Church: expressed in the Chrism that is consecrated today. This oil, used in the year ahead in Sacrament of Confirmation and in the Ordination of Priests brings is the sign of the outpouring of the Spirit on those whom Christ calls and enables to be committed to the Christian Life and to the leadership through service to the Church. The Church is a Servant Church – and very often in today’s world a Suffering Servant Church. If we lose sight of Service, we lose sight of who we are called to be.

Our Diocesan Family must be a place of Welcome – welcome for our Catholic Community, especially those who, for whatever reason, have become a little detached from the community of faith. We must also be a Serving Church. It is in that Service to which Christ calls us in today’s Gospel that we shall truly become the community of faith we are called to be.

Our priests will soon re-commit themselves to the Service to which they were called at Ordination. We rejoice in their commitment and each of you is called to pray for them and for me too. As they make their renewal of Priestly Promises, I invite everyone in this Cathedral Church and all in the Diocese to pray for our priests and for vocations to the Priesthood.

Let us also reflect on the call to service that is the joy of every one of the baptised. Service to family and loved ones, service to the wider world and most especially the weak, oppressed and those who have lost sight of the God who loves them. In the measure that we do not reach our in welcome, healing and service – in that measure we are less than the Church we are called to be.

Service must be a constant reality for us. As we receive the One who gave all out of love for us, surely our truly valid response must be Service of our brothers and sisters, motivated solely by the love we have first received.

The Oils, this celebration of the Eucharist, the Renewal of Promises that take place this evening: All are calls to Service and Mission. May our Diocese be truly a community of Mission – the Mission in which Christ Himself calls us to share.

+Richard
Bishop of Arundel & Brighton





Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Bishop Richard Moth Launches Flood Relief Appeal for Peru



As a result of severe flooding hit Peru in March affecting both countryside and cities including areas in our twin Diocese of Chulucanas, where priests from Arundel & Brighton have served over the years, Bishop Richard has launched an appeal for flood relief in the parishes of our Diocese.

Bishop Dan in Chulucanas, has made known the plight of many of his people affected by this natural disaster. The homes and livelihoods of many in the Diocese have been hard hit. Bishop Richard Moth has asked parishes in the Diocese to take a special collection.

Bishop Richard offers his thanks, in advance, for your response to this need. He also asked that you remember in prayer Bishop Dan, all the people priests of his Diocese including Fr Hugh Dutton from our own Diocese serving in Chulucanas.

You can donate via a special donation site direct to the Diocese online or give via a second collection held in your parish for which you can use Diocesan second collection gift-aid envelopes.

Picture shows Bishop Dan Turley at the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Arundel & Brighton Diocese in 2015 ©Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk