Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Canon Brian O'Sullivan Dies - Funeral Mass in Local Anglican Church

Canon Brian at Lourdes in the Grotto for Mass in 2011
Canon Brian O'Sullivan who died on Friday 21 August. His Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday 8 September at 12 Noon in the local Anglican Parish Church of St Andrew and St Cuthman Church, Vicarage Lane, Steyning BN44 3YL. This is with the kind permission of the Bishop of Chichester and reflects Canon Brian's commitment in his life to Christian Unity.

There will be Vigil Mass for him at 7pm on Monday 7 September at Christ the King, Bramber Road, Steyning BN44 3PB. Please pray for the repose of his soul.

May he rest in peace.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Sad Closure of St Joseph’s Care Home, Brighton

St Joseph's Care Home, Brighton
The Diocese of Arundel & Brighton was sad to hear of the closure of St Joseph’s Care Home, Brighton

The Institute of Our Lady of Mercy released a statement saying:
'It is with regret that the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy confirmed today August 19th that St Joseph’s Care Home, Brighton will be closing this autumn.

Since the initial announcement on July 6th of the proposal to close the Home a full consultation has been undertaken with the staff. At the same time residents and their families have been given support in finding other accommodation.

Sr Colette Cronin, the Institute Leader, said: “During this consultation period we have not received any viable alternative proposals that would enable us to keep the Home open. At this time, our priority is to ensure the well-being and safety of all remaining residents throughout the closure process. We are working to enable closure to take place by the end of October 2015 at the latest.

We will continue to offer our remaining residents and their families support to help find suitable alternative accommodation.

We know that this has been a very difficult period for residents, families and the staff. We would like to express our deep gratitude to our staff for their professionalism and loyalty. They have continued to offer the highest quality of care throughout this time.”

At the moment no decisions have been made about arrangements for the future of the property in the longer term.'

Monday, August 10, 2015

Year of Mercy Hymn by British Composer Paul Inwood

The Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization yesterday published on its ‘Jubilee of Mercy’ website the winning entry in an international competition for a hymn setting for the Holy Year of Mercy. The music has been written by Paul Inwood, an English Catholic liturgical composer well known on both sides of the Atlantic. A substantial number of composers from around the world were invited to submit settings to a committee whose members included Monsignor Massimo Palombella, Director of the Sistine Chapel Choir, which has recorded the new hymn with Vatican Radio.

Links to the score and audio recording are currently only on the Pontifical Council’s Italian website at and there is a YouTube video available at 

The hymn is currently available in Italian, English and French, and the author and composer have donated all rights in it to the Pontifical Council to aid its diffusion around the world. 

Paul Inwood said: “It is a great honour for me that my setting was selected for the Holy Year of Mercy. The text we were given has a Latin antiphon and Italian verses interspersed with refrains in Latin, like a kind of litany. My music is also a mixture, with elements in the style of a TaizĂ© response and a Gelineau tone. The verses work in any language ― I provided French and English translations ― and I deliberately kept the music very simple so that even the smallest parishes can hopefully make use of it. There is also some more elaborate music: a brass prelude and interludes, and a choral coda which is included in the recording.” 

The Holy Year begins with the opening of the Holy Door in St Peter’s Basilica, Rome, on December 8th.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Bishop Richard Joins Hundreds of A&B Pilgrims in Lourdes

A&B Lourdes Helpers with one of the VIPs
Bishop Richard Moth has joined with the hundreds of Arundel & Brighton Lourdes Pilgrims who are in Lourdes for the annual diocesan pilgrimage. He will spend time with the VIPs who are the sick pilgrims, with the Redshirts and all the other helpers and pilgrims of the diocese not only in celebrating Mass together at various places in Lourdes but also in spending time in care of the sick and in prayer at the Grotto asking the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes for the people and diocese of Arundel & Brighton.

Redshirts hold umbrellas over VIPs in the rain

Friday, July 17, 2015

Youth Vigil at Festival 50

Kneeling in adoration of Blessed Sacrament
The first part of Festival 50 to kick off was the Youth Vigil on the Saturday night. About three hundred people were there, many of whom then slept overnight!

Groups of young people and young adults started arriving at the Stadium at about 4.30 on Saturday, greeted by a fantastic welcome team and an array of games, stalls and other activities. (If you’ve never seen a monk having a sword fight with a foam sword, then you’ve probably missed the only chance you’re likely to get!). At seven o'clock the vigil itself kicked off, and the young people present (aged about 14 to 35) were treated to some fantastic talks, some excellent live music from ‘One Hope Project’, and to an incredibly moving hour of adoration, with prayer ministry and the Sacrament of Reconciliation on offer.

After the vigil ended, many of the participants went home to return the next day, while some camped out for the night in the Stadium’s Heineken suite. Not the best night’s sleep to be sure, but a wonderful experience! For those who couldn’t sleep, there was also adoration throughout the night.

There was also a dedicated youth stream on the Sunday morning, again very well attended.

It was really lovely to see so many young people entering in to Festival 50, and it was so amazing to see so many young adults, clergy and others working so hard to make their experience a good one.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

11,000 People Celebrate 50 Golden Years for the Diocese with Festival 50

Sunday 5th July saw 11,000 people from across Surrey and Sussex celebrated the Golden Jubilee of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton at the Amex Stadium in Falmer, near Brighton. This is the largest Catholic event in the United Kingdom since the visit of Pope Benedict XVI.

Bishop Richard said: “This is indeed a grand day for our Diocese as we celebrate 50 years since our foundation in 1965. It is truly wonderful to see so many from right across our Diocese gathered to celebrate our history, the Church that we are today and the future to which we look with hope and trust in the power of the Holy Spirit at work in his people.”

The climax of the day was a Mass of Thanksgiving in the Stadium at 3pm led by Bishop Richard alongside the priests, deacons and people of the Diocese.

Bishop Richard went onto speak in his homily for the need for the people of the Diocese to be formed in faith, be a people of prayer and to go out in mission to the world to share God’s mercy.

He concluded his homily saying: “As we celebrate Jubilee, we look to the future with confidence. The task is indeed great, but it is in our weakness that we find strength. There is no need for fear, therefore, but there is a need for prayer, for formation and a wholehearted response to the call to Mission that is the life of the Church. Let us, then go forward in hope, ever more closely conformed to Christ, who is with us always; yes, to the end of time.”

Read his homily in full (PDF version).

You can see pictures of the day on the Bishops' Conference Flickr site and the Diocesan Flickr site

Friday, July 3, 2015

Bishop Richard Moth sets out from Arundel Cathedral with Walking Pilgrimage to Festival 50

Friday morning 3rd July Bishop Richard celebrated Mass in Arundel Cathedral and blessed those walking in pilgrimage over the South Downs to the Amex Stadium at Falmer, near Brighton for Sunday 5 July. After the Mass and blessing he joined them for part of the first day's walk.

On Saturday he will join the hundreds of volunteers preparing the Stadium to receive thousands of visitors on Sunday. Bishop Richard will then join the Young People of the Diocese for their Night Vigil of Prayer taking one of the middle of the night shifts of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.

Finally, after a few hours of sleep he will meet the people arrriving at the coach park and railway station for the day. At 3pm he will then preside at the Mass of Thanksgiving for the Golden Jubilee of the Diocese.

All are welcome to come along as entry is free.