Friday, 17 October 2008

The Diocese Celebrates St Philip Howard

This Sunday 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time is replaced as we celebrate the Feast of St Philip Howard as a Solemnity in the Diocese. St Philip was of course the Earl of Arundel whose descendants still reside in Arundel Castle, Arundel in West Sussex and whose descendant, Duke Henry was to pay for the building of the Catholic parish church of St Philip Neri. On the founding of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton in 1965 this parish church became the Cathedral which was dedicated to Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Philip Howard. The relics and tomb of the saint are now in the Cathedral and the statue of him and his faithful dog stand over his tomb.
For those who wish to join in the celebrations of this saint there will be festal Mass at 3pm in Arundel Cathedral presided over by Bishop Kieran Conry. We remember that he gave up power, privilege and position in becoming a Catholic and was willing to face death rather than deny his faith. A brand new documentary on his life is available as a DVD from a local production company, Mary's Dowry Productions based in Worthing.

Our minds turn as well this Sunday to the many Christians around the world who do not enjoy a secure life as we do but nevertheless live their faith joyfully in adversity just as St Philip did. This Sunday is World Mission Sunday the theme for which is ‘Help others to see Jesus’. In England and Wales, the collection on World Mission Sunday helps to support 194,855 schools, 5,246 hospitals, 17,530 dispensaries, 577 leprosy centres and 80,560 social and pastoral projects. We would ask you to be generous to our fellow Christians around the world.
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Jesus said: "You will be hated by all men on account of my name; but the man who stands firm to the end will be saved" (Matthew 10:22)

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