Thursday, April 9, 2015

From Fiesta to Festival - From Peru to Brighton

Fr Kevin Dring enjoying a Peruvian Fiesta
One of the features of Festival 50 on 5th July at the Amex Stadium in Falmer, near Brighton will be the presence of Bishop Dan Turley from our sister Diocese of Chulucanas in Peru. Below Fr Kevin Dring reflects on his own personal experiences of Chulucanas and what effect it had on his early life – including the fiestas!

"I picked up the “Peru bug” back in 1982 when I went for part of a gap year, as a nearly-18-year-old, and spent some months in Chulucanas with Ian Byrnes, Jeremy Lear and Hugh Dutton. I just fell in love with the people, their simple but lively faith, their warmth and openness ... and their almost insatiable desire to celebrate! My vocational seed was definitely sown in those months and like a homing pigeon I was destined to return all of 23 years later as a priest. Once I arrived it felt like only a few years had passed, everything was instantly so familiar. I share a remembrance of one of so many fiestas, which I celebrated in my three years in the Andes.

They love a good fiesta. I thought the Spanish had the prize for wholehearted ‘Fiesta-ing’ but the Peruvians go a step or two further. In November 2005 we went for 2 days to help with and join the Fiesta of the Patrona of Sapillica, La Virgen Pura y Limpia. The fireworks, the processions, bands, music and dancing all day and into the early hours, 100's of baptisms, football competitions (first prize being a huge bull for the lucky winners ... not the easiest prize to share among a team!), singing competitions ... and all going on without interruption for 5 days. Yes – 5 DAYS!! I asked a priest from another parish what his fiesta was like. Having described it to me I said "you must feel tired at the end..." "ILL" he said "I'm always ILL afterwards!" He said it with a smile - confident of recovery in time for the next Fiesta no doubt! I grew to experience the ‘ill’ – recovery cycle many times over those the ensuing years!"

We are certain that Festival 50 will make no one ill and it will be a great day of Fiesta and Jubilee with our new Bishop, Richard Moth.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Pope Francis Appoints Richard Moth as Bishop of Arundel & Brighton

Bishop Richard Moth
The Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Richard Moth, currently the Bishop of the Forces, as Bishop of Arundel & Brighton.

He will be the 5th Bishop of Arundel & Brighton. Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark has been the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese following the resignation of Bishop Kieran Conry in September 2014.

Bishop Moth was ordained a priest in 1982 and served as a priest in parishes in the Archdiocese of Southwark including acting as Vicar General and Chancellor of the Archdiocese before being ordained Bishop of the Forces in September 2009. In addition to his role as Bishop of the Forces, he is Chair of Governors at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, Liaison Bishop for Prisons, Episcopal Advisor to the National Catholic Scout Fellowship and holds a brief on Mental Health on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

Bishop Richard will be installed at Arundel Cathedral as the new Bishop of Arundel & Brighton on Thursday 28th May on the 50th Anniversary of the foundation of the Diocese on 28th May 1965. He will then preside at the Jubilee Mass of Thanksgiving for the Diocese at the Amex Stadium in Brighton on Sunday 5th July.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Jubilee of Mercy Announcement from Pope Francis


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I have often thought about how the Church can do more to make clear its mission of being a witness of mercy. It is a path that begins with a spiritual conversion. Therefore, I have decided to convene a special jubilee focused on God's mercy. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live in the light of the word of God: "Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful" (Luke 6:36).

This holy year shall begin at the forthcoming Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and will end on November 20, 2016, Sunday of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the universe and living face of the Father's mercy.

I am convinced that the whole Church will find in this jubilee joy to rediscover and make fruitful the mercy of God, with which we are all called to comfort every man and woman of our time. We now entrust Mother of Mercy to watch over us and ensure our way.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Templeton Prize awarded to advocate for the intellectually disabled


The 2015 Templeton Prize has been awarded to Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche. His organization was founded 50 years ago and provides homes and support programs for people with intellectual disabilities.

The $1.5 million award is given to someone who has produced "exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension.” Previous recipients of the award include the Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa.

Vanier's organization encourages intellectually disabled people to live and work alongside those without disabilities. It is meant to promote friendship and show the value of society's most vulnerable people.

The 86-year-old Canadian founded the organization in 1964, when he invited two intellectually disabled men to live with him as friends. There are now 147 L’Arche residential communities operating in 35 countries. There is a L'Arche community in this Diocese in Bognor Regis.

He has also worked to promote interreligious dialogue. Vanier has written more than 30 books, which have been translated into 29 languages.

The prize will officially be awarded May 18 in London.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Date for Oscar Romero's beatification set for May 23


RomeReports.com says: Former San Salvador Archbishop Oscar Romero will be beatified on May 23 in his home country of El Salvador. Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia is the postulator for Romero, and he announced the date during a recent visit to the country.

Pope Francis declared that Romero was a martyr in February, paving the way for his official beatification.

Born in 1917, Romero became a priest in 1942. He was appointed archbishop in 1977. El Salvador was being torn apart by civil war at the time.

MSGR. JESÚS DELGADO ACEVEDO, Former Secretary to Msgr. Romero
"He just was an ordinary bishop of a diocese for three years, but given the violence in the country, few wanted to take the [job].”

Indeed, it was a dangerous time to be a leader in the Church. The 62-year-old was murdered on March 24, 1980 after he completed a homily in San Salvador.

MSGR. JESÚS DELGADO ACEVEDO, Former Secretary to Msgr. Romero
"With his Sunday homilies, he discussed the reality of what was happening in the nation that week and shared the light of the Gospel. His homilies sometimes lasted up to two hours. And people listened gladly.”

He is celebrated widely throughout Latin America, especially in El Salvador.

Beatification is the final step before sainthood. After May 23, the postulator must prove a miracle occurred through Romero's intercession in order for him to be declared a saint.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Friday, March 6, 2015

All Things Electric - Giving up Petrol for Lent



Father David cuts out petrol this Lent in electric car challenge.
Fr David Osborne, Parish priest of Cranleigh and Bramley ‘jump started’ at the opportunity to swap his petrol guzzler for an electric car as part of our cut it out Lent appeal.

Donate to CAFOD’s Lent appeal and UK Government will match whatever you give £1 for £1.

What are you cutting out for Lent?

Fr David cut out petrol and plugged in the Nissan’s LEAF Acenta 6kw electric car this month, to test whether he and the Surrey roads are ready for the more eco-friendly way of serving his parish.

Parishioners are used to CAFOD Family Fast Day cutting out a meal for Lent in solidarity with the poorest communities. Cutting out fuel is not so normal but can have a global impact.

Donate to our Lent Appeal today and double your impact: http://www.cafod.org.uk/give/lent
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