Thursday, 17 May 2018

Thy Kingdom Come - Guildford Cathedral Beacon

Hundreds of Christians including from Roman Catholic Diocese of Arundel & Brighton are to gather for special Guildford Cathedral Beacon event to celebrate finale of global prayer movement

Guildford Cathedral will host a special Beacon event as part of an international, ecumenical, prayer movement – Thy Kingdom Come – from 16:00 to 20:00 on Sunday 20 May. For more information, or if you wish to book please click on this link - Guildford Thy Kingdom Come

Organised by representatives of local Anglican, Catholic and Methodist churches the event is anticipated to attract hundreds of local people to celebrate the end of Pentecost.

The family-friendly event, suitable for all ages, will include contributions from the Bishops of Guildford and Dorking and Father Nael Rahmoun from the Diocese of Jerusalem.

The event will include a number of prayer stations, Taizé opening worship and contemporary closing worship.

The Revd Sarah Hutton, one of the event organisers, said: “It’s so exciting to have another Thy Kingdom Come beacon event at Guildford Cathedral.

“Last year thousands of Christians from all backgrounds came together with the Archbishop of Canterbury to pray and this year will offer a chance to explore faith and prayer through new and creative prayer stations.

“It’ll be great to join together with local Christians in the newly refurbished and weatherproof cathedral!”

Guildford Cathedral is just one of a handful of Beacon events happening across the UK. It is expected thousands of churches will host Thy Kingdom Come events over the 11 days.

Thy Kingdom Come began as a simple invitation to prayer from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in 2016, but has since blossomed into a global movement bringing together hundreds of thousands of Christians from across the globe to pray for more people to come to know the amazing love of Jesus Christ during the 11-day period from Ascension to Pentecost.

In 2017 more than 85 countries, ranging from Canada to Australia, South Sudan to Japan, took part and it is hoped that this year even greater numbers of individuals, families and churches will be involved.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Rosary on the Coast - Message of Support from Bishop Richard

Bishop Richard Moth has offered his wholehearted support for Rosary on the Coast which is take place this Sunday 29th April at 3pm in some 19 locations across the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton.

Bishop Richard said: "As Bishop of a Diocese with a coastline as part of it I have been very happy to call on clergy and parishes to support this initiative and join our coastal parishes in praying the rosary at 3pm on Sunday 29 April. I will not personally be able to join any of the groups but will join in prayer that day in asking the intercession of our Diocesan Patron, the Virgin Mary Assumed into Heaven, on behalf of the people of the United Kingdom that we may more deeply value the God-given dignity of each person and the essential worth of each human life."

People from all over the Diocese, Catholics and non-Catholics alike, are encouraged to join one of the 19 locations on the coast to participate in this time of prayer for our country.

You can find out more about locations and the time of prayer on the Rosary on the Coast website -

Thursday, 19 April 2018

The Pope writes about holiness in today's world

On Monday April 9th, the Pope Francis issued his apostolic exhortation "Gaudete et Exsultate" in which he emphasizes the ways of living holiness in the ordinary aspects of contemporary life. An apostolic exhortation is a pastoral document through which the Holy Father addresses a Catholic community. In general, it provides indications or guidelines on some specific aspect of the life of the Church.

(Vatican City, April 9th, 2018). Pope Francis has written his third Apostolic Exhortation, this time about the call to holiness. It follows on the Pope’s two previous exhortations: Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) in 2013; and Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) in 2016.

Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad) is distinct in three ways: it is addressed directly to each reader - with the personal word "you" -, it uses ordinary accessible language, and it has a simple and practical structure. The video that accompanies its launch highlights some of the main aspects of the document in very direct, simple words and images.

“My modest goal is to repropose the call to holiness in a practical way for our own time, with all its risks, challenges and opportunities”, Pope Francis declares in the first lines of Gaudete et Exsultate.

The document of five chapters begins with a review and reminder about what the call to holiness means. Holiness is definitely not a path only for religious or consecrated persons, but for all, for each and every one. The Pope touches the hearts of all: of housewives and professionals, and manual workers and students, scientists and peasants, athletes and professors. "We have 'such a huge cloud of witnesses' who encourage us not to stop on the road, but to keep walking towards the goal”, says the Holy Father. “And among them we may find our own mother, a grandmother or other close relatives".

The remaining chapters focus on ways of living holiness, for which Jesus gives the keys through the Beatitudes. In addition, they highlight different human virtues, such as patience, meekness, joy, inner struggle and a sense of humor, which are also signs of holiness.

The text also points to dangers, to “a constant struggle against the devil, the prince of evil”. But the Pope maintains a positive and hopeful attitude: “Along this journey, the cultivation of all that is good, progress in the spiritual life and growth in love are the best counterbalance to evil. The path of holiness is a source of peace and joy, given to us by the Spirit”.

Monday, 9 April 2018

Canon Tony Churchill Appointed to Important Ecumenical Body

Canon Tony Churchill
The Diocese of Arundel & Brighton is pleased to announce the appointment by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales of Canon Tony Churchill as the Catholic Co-Secretary of “English ARC”, the Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission, established by the Church of England House of Bishops and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference as the official body for dialogue between the two Churches.

Canon Tony, who is the Parish Priest of St Michael’s Ashtead and Episcopal Vicar for Ecumenical Affairs in the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton, will be part of a group of eight representatives from each church, co-chaired by the Anglican Bishop of Portsmouth and Bishop Robert Byrne, Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham.

”English ARC” works to develop the relations between the Catholic and Anglican Churches in England and Wales. It is concerned with both theology and pastoral practice. It membership is appointed by the Anglican and Catholic Bishops. The 8 Catholic members are appointed by the Bishops’ Conference while the Anglican members are appointed by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.

As the Catholic Co- Secretary Canon Tony also becomes a member of the Department for Dialogue and Unity of the Bishops’s Conference which is headed by Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham.

Friday, 6 April 2018

Closure of St Cuthman's Retreat Centre

St Cuthman's Retreat Centre
The Retreat Centre recently issued a statement saying:

'We regret to inform you of the difficult decision made by the Trustees of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arundel and Brighton to close St. Cuthman’s at the end of June 2018.

We appreciate this news will come as a shock to many people and we would like to thank you all for your support over the years.

We hope to welcome as many of our supporters as possible for quiet days and stays between now and the end of June, please see available dates below:-

Friday 30th March 2018 to Sunday 8th April 2018
Wednesday 18th to Friday 20th April 2018
Monday 23rd to Friday 27th April 2018
Tuesday 1st to Friday 11th May 2018
Sunday 20th to Thursday 31st May 2018
Tuesday 12th to Friday 15th June 2018
Monday 18th to Thursday 21st June 2018

Please contact us in the usual way, but please bear with us as we are expecting a busy and difficult time over the next couple of weeks.  Rest assured that we will get to your message as soon as we can.

If you have an individual or group booking after June 2018 we will be in touch regarding our plans to cancel these bookings.

Unfortunately, this means we will not be re-building the bridge and we are closing this appeal.  Those of you who have kindly donated to the bridge appeal will be refunded.  We will in touch regarding this shortly.

Thank you again for your support

St. Cuthman's Team'