Saturday, 10 November 2018

Is Marjorie the Oldest Parishioner in the Diocese?

Marojorie left with Joanna

AT 108 YEARS OF AGE, is Marjorie Kinne the oldest parishioner in the Diocese? 

Marjorie, who is seen here with Joanna Barba from St Paul’s Parish Senior Citizens Club, celebrated this great achievement when she reached this milestone on 1st August.

Regularly seen at Sunday Mass in Haywards Heath, Marjorie is an example to all our parishioners in a determination to keep the Faith.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Bishop Richard Moth welcomes findings of the Health and Social Care Committee

The Health and Social Care Committee recently published the findings of their Inquiry into Prison Healthcare.

The report explores the state of health and care in prisons and identifies violence, self-harm, overcrowding, staff shortages and the increasing availability and use of psychoactive substances in prisons as having a severe negative impact upon the health, mental health, care and safety of prisoners across England and Wales.

Bishop Richard Moth, Catholic Bishop for Prisons and Mental Health, commenting on the report has said:

“I welcome this timely report into the state of health and care in our prisons. I particularly welcome the recognition of the positive contribution chaplains make to the mental health and wellbeing of prisoners.

“While chaplaincy does not provide an alternative to professional mental health services, it does provide support to prisoners facing mental health concerns and can therefore reduce the risk of self-harm and suicide within prison. As such, chaplains often play a significant part in the mental health provision in prison.

“The report also states that there should be ‘sufficient resourcing of community mental health services so that people are not sent to prison because of a lack of appropriate community mental health care’. This aligns with a recommendation in our own recently published report, A Journey of Hope, for the Government to ‘provide sufficient funding for alternatives to custody for those with severe mental health conditions’.

“It is vital that the recommendations of this Inquiry are put into action to ensure that the deprivation of liberty in prisons does not mean the deprivation of the care to which all people are entitled.”

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

A Journey of Hope: A Catholic Approach to Sentencing Reform - Bishop Richard Moth

Bishop Richard Moth, the Lead Bishop for Prisons, has recently commissioned a report – A Journey of Hope - to explore how sentencing policy in England and Wales can be reformed, in order to create a safe, decent, and rehabilitative prison estate. The report, which will be launched on Thursday 18 October, calls for victims to be placed at the heart of criminal justice system, whilst also setting out a case for reducing the prison population.
Across England and Wales, prisons are struggling to cope; high levels of violence, substance misuse and a shortage of officers are creating undignified, un-rehabilitative conditions for prisoners. Overcrowding is also a major concern and is driving the problems currently facing the prison service. Decisive action is needed if this ongoing going crisis is to be resolved.
This new document, which draws on input from a wide range of experts, including senior politicians, legal professionals, charities, Church groups and people with experience of working in prison system, serves both to challenge public attitudes towards prisoners and the use of custody, as well as making a number of clear policy recommendations to the Government.
One charity, that works with ex-offenders, and has been part of the discussion group for the document has said,  “A Journey of Hope: A Catholic Approach to Sentencing Reform” will challenge leaders to establish a criminal justice system that is genuinely rehabilitative, without being a soft approach.”
Bishop Richard Moth, lead Bishop for prisons states that he hopes that this report will “serve to widen and inform the debate around sentencing in this country, and contribute to finding the solutions we desperately need”.
A Journey of Hope: A Catholic Approach to Sentencing Reform will be launched at the Institute of Economic Affairs on Thursday 18 October 2018.

For more information about the event, please contact
To find out more, and to access the document, visit,

Monday, 1 October 2018

Final Ad Limina Statement from Bishops of England and Wales in Rome

Statement from the Bishops of England and Wales,
Saturday 29 September 2018

As we end our visit, 'ad limina Apostolorum', we offer these reflections on our days together in Rome.

On Friday 28 September, we were immensely privileged to share conversation with Pope Francis for over two hours. It was a most remarkable and intimate experience.

We asked the Holy Father for a message which we could bring back to our dioceses, to our priests and people. His message was simple:  we are to live the gift of our faith with joy. Joy was his great emphasis. He explained that this joy is rooted firmly in our relationship with Jesus. It is a joy of knowing that he is with us; of knowing the presence of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives, drawing and guiding us towards the will of God; a joy of knowing our Heavenly Father is waiting for us, longing to hold us in his embrace of loving mercy. This is the joy of the faith by which we are to live. He added that this joy is the source of lasting peace in our hearts and lives, no matter our circumstances.

As we spoke with Pope Francis we realised, more and more, that he simply radiates this joy and peace. He is indeed gifted with a unique grace of the Holy Spirit of God.

Even in this time of turmoil, the Holy Father is so clearly rooted in God and blessed by God. His peace is secure. His life is serene. We know, because he showed us his heart.  It is the heart of a loving father.

In our turn, we affirmed our deep communion with him and promised him our love, support and prayers. We expressed confidently these sentiments on behalf of all the faithful Catholics of England and Wales.

We spoke with the Holy Father about the difficulties of fulfilling our role as bishops.  In turn he reflected on the importance of prayer and preaching in our lives, and of paternal closeness to our priests and people, with care and with firm justice. He spoke of the encouragement he wishes to give to priests today, who. can sometimes feel vulnerable in the face of difficult circumstances, in a critical environment. He spoke, movingly, of the wounds inflicted by abuse and neglect, wounds that wreak such harm in the lives of its victims and in the life of the Church. Wherever they are found, these are wounds in the Body of Christ and are painful to touch. He encouraged us, in our pastoral work, never to neglect even the tiny flames of faith that exist in so many communities and people.

We have been given a warm welcome in our visits to all the departments of the Roman Curia. We were asked to speak freely about our endeavours and problems. In the officials of the Holy See we have found a spirit of true cooperation. Everywhere we have been encouraged and given helpful advice. We have seen clear evidence that the life of the Catholic communities of England and Wales is generally well respected and even admired here in Rome. Our reports of the Eucharistic Congress ‘Adoremus' have been well received, as has the strength of our compassionate outreach to those in need. Indeed, the leaders of our Diocesan charitable works were present in Rome at this same time, at the instigation of the Catholic Social Action Network (CSAN) and we were able to spent time and pray together. In encouraging this work of outreach, Pope Francis urged us always to walk with those engaged in its projects so as to draw them nearer to the Lord who is the source of compassion and mercy. We know so well that it is from our prayer, especially before the Blessed Sacrament, that the mission of each of the baptised truly springs.

In a number of our visits we have been accompanied by two bishops of the Church of England, Bishop Martin Warner and Bishop Christopher Foster. On one occasion we were joined by Sister Frances Orchard CJ of the Conference of Religious in England and Wales. We also visited the Pontifical Commission for Communication, whose Prefect, Dr Paolo Ruffini,  is a layman. These are all 'firsts,' examples of openness and change.

Our 'ad limina’ visit is now completed. We have celebrated Mass together in the four great Roman basilicas, at the tomb of St Peter and the tomb of St Paul. We have been embraced by the Successor of Peter, Pope Francis. Our pilgrimage has been richly blessed and we are glad to share this sense of the deep encouragement and powerful grace we have received.

Pope Francis commended us to our Blessed Lady, Mary our Mother, reflecting beautifully on her role as the 'untier of knots', a deep devotion in his own life. May she always be at our side.

We pray that God bless and strengthen our Holy Father, Pope Francis. May God guide us in all our ways that we may share the joy of our faith and the ways of peace. 

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Fr Chris’ flight of a lifetime

On a bright afternoon in early September Fr Chris Ingle, Parish Priest of St Michael’s, Worthing, took to the skies over historic Biggin Hill Aerodrome in a WWII Spitfire.

Once airborne Fr Chris, a former RAF fast jet pilot, was allowed to take the controls. “It was a moving experience to fly in such a graceful and historic aircraft. Completing a couple of victory rolls was the icing on the cake!”

Built at Castle Bromwich in late 1943, the MK IX machine entered service in September 1944 from an advanced landing ground in Belgium and was converted to a two-seat trainer after the war.

The flight was made possible through the generosity of parishioners who organised a collection to celebrate Fr Chris’s ‘big birthday’ a couple of years ago. The company provided in-cockpit videos of the flight, and one from an observation aircraft hired by friends which flew in formation with the Spitfire allowing them to capture the experience on camera.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Bishop Richard Launches Pastoral Plan for the Diocese - Introductory Video

An Introduction to the Pastoral Plan for Arundel & Brighton Diocese by Bishop Richard Moth (with subtitles) from Diocese Arundel and Brighton on Vimeo.

Bishop Richard Moth Issues New Pastoral Plan for the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton

Bishop Richard Moth, in a meeting with Clergy and Diocesan Staff in the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton outlined the new Diocesan Pastoral Plan at a meeting with them on Tuesday 18th September in the Arundel Cathedral Centre. This will be followed over the coming weeks by presentations to every deanery (local area) of the Diocese in Surrey and Sussex.

Bishop Richard visited every area (deanery) of the Diocese in the autumn of 2017 to offer a vision for the diocese based on Prayer, Formation and Mission. Clergy and people then went away to think about this around a series of questions and then came back and feed their responses back to Bishop Richard during a series of meetings in early spring 2018. In the light of these responses Bishop Richard with assistance from others has prepared a Pastoral Plan which is now able present to the Diocese.

Bishop Richard will be accompanied by Claire Wordsworth who will chair all the meetings and Sarah Kilmartin, the Chief Operating Officer of the Diocese who will outline the financial considerations of the plan.

The Plan itself falls into two parts. The first part, which outlines the way forward for Prayer, Formation and the Mission of Evangelisation, is the key element of the Plan.  

Bishop Richard said: “It is the Mission that must drive everything that we do, and the central offices of the Diocese will, in new ways, support all that we do in the Diocese as we respond to Christ’s call to us.”

The second part of the document will outline, in broad terms at this stage, the future shape of deaneries and parishes. 

He continued: “With a smaller number of priests, it will be absolutely vital for everyone to listen carefully to the call the Lord give to us and respond wholeheartedly. Every one of us has a part to play in the Mission. We must all deepen our understanding of the Gospel, give more time to prayer and be ready to go out to others with the wonder of Christ’s message.” 

Bishop Richard concluded: “This is an exciting time for the Diocese. I will not pretend that there will be no challenges and the changes that will need to be made will not be easy. As the family of the Diocese, we cannot remain static. We must work together as we move into the years that lie ahead, focusing our minds and hearts on the work the Lord has given us to do. Many opportunities will open up before us as we grow deeper in our prayer and in our understanding of the gift of Faith.”

Note: The full plan will be made available on the website in December once Bishop Richard has visited all the deaneries and introduced it to them.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Bishop Richard Skydives for Lourdes Pilgrimage Fund

He Flies through the Air with the Greatest of Ease - Bishop Richard Skydives for Lourdes Pilgrimage Fund

Bishop Richard Moth and Lucy Barnes will both skydive from an aeroplane on this Friday 14th September. They are doing so on behalf of the Lourdes Pilglrimage Fund to send sick and needy pilgrims to Lourdes.

Please give generously in one of the following ways:
• By purple Gift Aid parish envelope, marked ‘+R skydive’
• By Lourdes pilgrimage envelope, available in your parish
• By going to the BT MyDonate website.

All funds go to the A&B Lourdes Pilgrimage.

All cheques made payable to A&B Lourdes Pilgrimage