Saturday, 24 July 2010

No More Diocesan Blogs Until August

There will no more diocesan blogs until August as the writer is on retreat at Mount St Bernard's Abbey:

Mind you if there are that many sprouts I may not last the week!

Friday, 23 July 2010

Lourdes Diocesan Pilgrimage Approaches

The annual Arundel & Brighton Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes is to take place next week from 29th July- 6th August. Although this only takes place over one week the effect lasts a lifetime for many and the preparation and support in the Diocese goes on all year round as we see below in this report from Corpus Christi parish in Henfield, West Sussex.

The parish reports that "the weekend of June 12th and 13th was a busy one for the parish of West Grinstead and Henfield as once again the parishioners got together to join in the annual Gardens and Arts festival that takes place annually in Henfield. Corpus Christi Church was beautifully decorated with a stunning display of flowers, the theme for the arrangements was ‘The Mysteries of the Holy Rosary'.

We were blessed with beautiful weather and the money that was raised will be put into our parish Lourdes pilgrimage fund.”

A fuller report will appear in a future edition of A&B News

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

The St Pius Walkers from Guildford Tackle Dorset

Nineteen parishioners from St Pius in Merrow and Burpham near Guildford (see below) attended a weekend ramblers gathering in Shaftesbury, Dorset enjoying the varied walks and sites of interest including the hilltop town itself and the surrounding countryside.

In some places their walks became more reminiscence of an assault course for those with experience in the armed forces or adventure training. Crawling under numerous barred wire fences and climbing over ditches spanned with logs of wood. On top of this the few signposts meant they also had try and work out which way we were heading!

The faithful band of walkers from St. Pius can certainly claim to be fit and healthy and enjoyed the beautiful scenery of the rolling hills, wooded areas, quiet villages with their many stoned clad cottages and pretty gardens together with excellent weather for walking. As they walked they truly appreciated the full glory of God's creation.

A fuller story will appear in a future edition of A&B News

Monday, 19 July 2010

St Peter's School Guildford Celebrates Opening of New Sixth Form Centre

The celebration including Mass for the Feast of Peter and Paul was a truly marvellous and memorable day for St Peter’s in Guildford. The day was led by Bishop Kieran together with members of other schools, parishioners, parents and members of the local community. there Bishop Kieran said it is almost unbelievable that only a year ago we held the Community Mass on the site and now there is a state of the art Sixth Form Building there ready for use!

The Mass was attended by 1500 guests and everyone received prayer cards with a specially written prayer on it to keep. They were delighted to welcome the Mayor of Guildford Councillor Marsha Moseley and her consort Councillor Nigel Manning, and the Mayor of Waverley Councillor Carole Cockburn and her consort Alisdair Cockburn. Other guests included Baroness Sharp of Guildford, the Headteachers of their four feeder schools together with students representing their schools. They were many others there from the Diocese and elsewhere including MCS, the builders and Gerry Lytle, the Architects.

At the end of Mass the whole congregation followed Bishop Kieran down to the Sixth Form Centre. Bishop Kieran proceeded to commission the new Head Students and then formally open the Sixth Form Centre to rapturous applause accompanied by more music from the students.

A fuller story should appear in a future edition of the A&B News

Friday, 16 July 2010

280 Years of Dedicated Service

Recently Five Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Littlehampton celebrated a total of 280 years in service of the Lord. Sisters Attracta, Fabian and Regina celebrated their Diamond Jubilee of Religious Profession. Sisters Clara Eugene and Felicity celebrated their Golden Jubilee. The chapel was full to capacity with family, friends and fellow Sisters gathered together to join the Mass of Thanksgiving.

Bishop Kieran concelebrated Mass with 13 priests. The local Anglican, Fr Roger Caswell was also present. It was a very joyful, memorable and spiritual day for everyone.

Congratulations to the five Jubilarian Sisters and we wish them continued blessings from the Lord in the years ahead.

A fuller report will appear in a future edition of A&B News

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Arundel & Brighton Diocese Attends Vocations Festival For Young Catholics

Invocation 2010 was an inaugural festival for young catholic adults who gathered to deepen their faith and hear God's call. They were offered advice, workshops, and time for prayer by the priests, religious sisters and brothers, nuns and monks who attended the event. Oscott College in Birmingham hosted the event in which over 400 attended. Keynote speakers were Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Fr Christopher Jamison from Worth Abbey near Crawley, Dr Andrew O'Connell, and Sr Gabriel Davison from the Poor Clares near Arundel.

As well as two key speakers from this diocese, a good number of young people attended from this diocese.

Rowena Grunwell, a young Catholic from the diocese said “Invocation was an eye-opening event, not just because I had never seen so many priests and religious but because of the energy and enthusiasm of all the young people there. I went to the festival to ask questions of people who had already chosen to dedicate their lives to God, and I was not disappointed! I found that everyone was eager to share their own experiences and listen to others in a comfortable, safe environment, and it was refreshing to see that a lot of young people today are searching for a greater meaning to life and taking their faith seriously. It was also so much fun that I would gladly go again if given the chance!"
For more information about Invocation 2010 go to or contact Fr Paul Turner,
Diocesan Vocations Director.

A fuller report will appear in a future edition of A&B News

The photo shows members of the A&B Team including laity, priests, religious and seminarians.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

What a Wonderful Weekend!

This weekend saw three important events in the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton. It started on Friday night with the institution of 4 new acolytes, Paul, David, Neil, and Simon, and 3 new readers Joseph, Adrian and Robert by Bishop Kieran. All 7 men are in training for the Permanent Diaconate for the Diocese. We hope that the four acolytes will be ordained as deacons next year.

On Saturday it was the ordination of Peter Andrews to the Priesthood. Peter had been a Permanent Deacon but several years after his wife, Maureen's death he felt the call to Priesthood. He never imagined he would end up being a Priest and it was never his plan or desire when he was ordained a deacon. The Lord had different plans for him, for which the diocese is very grateful.

Finally on Sunday we celebrated the 25th anniversary of Ordination of Mgr Tony Barry, the Episcopal Vicar for Pastoral Affairs and Moderator of Crawley Catholic Parish. It was also his birthday! A wonderful celebration with hundreds of people as well as priests and deacons attending the Mass along with Bishop Kieran and Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor. It was a day of thanksgiving for the promises of priestly ordination lived out.

Many congratulations to one and all!

Al full story of the events will appear in a future issue of A&B News

Friday, 9 July 2010

Wintershall''s Life of Christ to Rival Olympics in 2012

The hottest tickets in 2012 could be not for the Olympics but Wintershall's 'Life of Christ'. This open-air event which has been running over the last week of June for the past 12 years, has kept audiences of up to 2,500 daily, entertained with breathtaking drama as well as its own ‘sports’ of sheep-herding, riders on horse-back, wedding dancing, hill-climbing, fishing, swimming and rowing!

Despite audiences proclaiming this year “the best ever”, the performers and writer and producer Peter Hutley, on whose stunning Estate the spectacle takes place, are taking a break in 2011 to come back refreshed and renewed with new scenes and added action in 2012!

For your chance to be part of the action book your seats NOW for Life of Christ 2012 by contacting the Wintershall Box Office on 01483 892167 or visit the website

For the full story see a future edition of the A&B News

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Diocesan Health & Safety Adviser Wins Award

Nicola Worley, who advises Arundel & Brighton Diocese on health and safety was recently awarded best candidate in the NEBOSH (National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health) National Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety, as part of her further professional development. Nicola received her award at Warwick University from Judith Hackitt CBE, the chairman of the Health & Safety Executive, in recognition of her outstanding performance in coming 1st overall.Nicola as well as advising the Diocese also runs her own health & safety consultancy from Cranleigh

Nicki is seen here with Judith Hackitt on her right, together with David Morris, the Chairman of NEBOSH on the far left of the picture with Theresa Budworth, Chief Executive of NEBOSH on the far right.

Many congratulations to Nicola for this and all her hard work on behalf of the Diocese.

Friday, 2 July 2010

New A&B Parish Celebrates One Year

The newly formed parish of The Nativity of the Lord recently celebrated its first birthday as a parish made up of the old parishes of Merstham, Redhill and Reigate. They had only one Mass that evening, concelebrated by  Fr. Laurence Quin-Morris, Fr. Kevin Dring, and Fr. Charles Howell, assisted by Deacon Tim Murrill, in St. Joseph’s Church, Redhill. The Church was full and  all sang enthusiastically, spurred on by Redhill’s dynamic music group. The choir of St. Joseph’s School, Redhill, participated too.

The highlight of the event was the homily shared between Fr. Charles & Fr. Kevin. Tag preaching rather than tag wrestling, as Fr. Kevin put it. They had agreed between them certain questions but not the replies.

Speaking about the Holy Spirit working in our first year as a parish, Fr. Charles said that the weekly concelebrated Mass, followed by the clergy eating and praying together was very important. Also parishioners when unable to attend their usual Mass, were choosing to travel to the churches within the Parish. There is sense everyone being together as church full of faith, courage, awe and wonder.

Asked about the gift needed for its future, Fr. Kevin answered “Unity which respects diversity but breaks down barriers and differences. It helps us to know we are all brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. The Holy Spirit helps us to dispense with the superficial and brings us together in joy and joyful unity.”

The reception provided a great opportunity for members of the three communities to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Following New Testament precedent there were leftovers for people to take home!

The full story will appear in a future edition of A&B News