Saturday, April 19, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

I Have Given You an Example

Giotto di Bondone (1267-1337), Cappella Scrovegni a Padova, Washing of the Feet
'I have given you an example so that you may copy what I have done to you'

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Diocese of Arundel & Brighton Celebrates Chrism Mass

Today Wednesday 16 April Bishop Kieran will gather with priests, deacons and people to celebrate the Mass of Chrism in Arundel Cathedral. At this Mass, the Bishop will bless the Holy Oils which each parish receives for the rites of anointing.
Saint Ambrose [340-397] began this custom – which we now call the Chrism Mass – in his Cathedral in Milan. Three Holy Oils, which are used to sanctify the Faithful, have been channels of holiness for centuries!

The Oil of Catechumens is used to anoint the chest of infants and hands of adults before their Baptism; the Oil of the Sick is used on the forehead and hands of the infirm in the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick; and Sacred Chrism is used to anoint the head of the newly baptized, the foreheads of confirmandi, the hands of a priest at his ordination, the head of a bishop at his ordination, and the altar and walls of new churches.

At the Mass, all priests make a Renewal of Commitment to Priestly Service, recommitting themselves to their Bishop and to their ministry to God and His People; the Bishop and all priests then ask the deacons and people for a pledge of their prayerful support.

All are welcome to attend tonight at 6pm in Arundel Cathedral

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sistine Chapel Ceiling in Sussex

The Creation of Adam as painted by Deacon Gary Bevans
English Martyrs, Goring-by-sea is now open for viewing our their ever-popular ceiling. This year also marks the 450th anniversary of the completion of the original in the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo.  

GaryBevans, who completed the copy about twenty years ago, has been serving our parish as Deacon for the last four years. Gary was inspired by a visit to Rome and the Sistine Chapel, but unlike Michelangelo Gary completed the ceiling alone and without the assistance of others.

They are open for viewing Tuesdays to Fridays from 10am to 4pm.  Those who have not already visited us have missed a world famous work of art – the only painted copy of Michelangelo’s masterpiece in the world!  

If you would like to bring a group and have an explanatory talk, please ring 01903 506890 (Church Repository) or 01903 14224 (Parish Office) No booking needed for individual.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Congratulations to New Bishop of Brentwood

Fr Alan Williams SM
Brentwood Diocese reports:
Pope Francis has appointed Father Alan Williams SM, currently the Director of the National Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham, as the seventh Bishop of Brentwood.

His episcopal ordination will take place at Brentwood Cathedral on 1st July 2014 at 12 noon.

The bishop-elect was born in Oldham, Lancashire in 1951. He took final vows in the Society of Mary [Marist Fathers] in 1981 and was ordained priest in St Anne’s Whitechapel in 1983.

Father Alan holds degrees in theology, psychology and religious education and has served in a number of pastoral roles. He has worked as a teacher and chaplain in secondary schools. He also served as Catholic Chaplain at Sheffield Hallam University and taught Christian Spirituality at postgraduate level.

He is a former major superior of the Marist Fathers in England and has worked as a parish priest in the Archdiocese of Southwark. At Walsingham he has had overall responsibility for pilgrimage and retreat work.

Father Alan Williams said:
“I am both surprised and humbled to have been appointed by Pope Francis as the new Bishop of Brentwood. There is indeed a God of surprises and in my life as a priest and religious I have learned to trust ever more in the grace of God for whatever task has been assigned to me.

“The Diocese of Brentwood embraces many and diverse communities in city and rural locations. I look forward to getting to know the people and clergy of the Diocese; I am aware that I will have a lot of learning and listening to do.

“Emeritus Pope Benedict encouraged Shrine Directors to have a special regard for those on the margins of the Church, ‘of weak ecclesial affiliation’. Great numbers of those on the margins make their way to England’s National Shrine at Walsingham. I believe that the pilgrim journey is an invitation to everyone; Pope Francis reminds us that those who accept the gospel are set free- ‘With Christ joy is constantly born anew’.

“There are many parishes, educational and other communities in Brentwood Diocese and my previous ministries as parish priest, teacher and school and university chaplain, have made me eager to share Christ’s joy with all whom I meet.

“I would like to pay tribute to my predecessor Bishop Thomas McMahon for his faithful and long service to the Diocese. I have worked in a number of different dioceses in England and I know that I can count on the generous support of the priests and deacons of Brentwood.

“I ask for your continued prayers as I undertake my new ministry. Over the years many pilgrims from Brentwood Diocese have made their way to Walsingham; my own pilgrimage now takes me to Brentwood under the patronage of Mary the mother of Jesus and all the saints of the Diocese.”

Outgoing Bishop Thomas McMahon said:
“I have been hugely privileged to be Bishop of this diocese for 34 years and now it is time to look to the future.

“I very much welcome the appointment of Fr Alan Williams SM as my successor. Those who have met him in his role at Walsingham – including many from our diocese – have always been deeply impressed by the outstanding hospitality, thoughtfulness and care for pilgrims that he has shown there. He now brings these pastoral gifts – so important in today’s Church and especially under the present pontificate – to a new and wider role as our next Bishop.

“Part of his charism is that focus on mission which is particularly to do with the fields of evangelisation and education. His skills are wide-ranging: as a former Major Superior to the Marist Communities in Britain, he has leadership experience; he has the pastoral experience of working in a parish; and his work in education is particularly apt for a diocese with nearly 100 schools.”