Saturday, 30 April 2011

Calling All Old Barrow Hillians!

The school has asked us to give a plug to their forthcoming reunion:

"Barrow Hills School in Witley, Godalming, Surrey is soon to celebrate its Diamond Jubilee on Sunday 12th June 2011. The day commences with a celebratory Mass in school chapel at 11am, followed by speeches on the school lawns & lunch.

The Year of 1951
We are keen to trace as many of our old boys & girls as possible especially the boys in this photo. This is the first photograph taken of the school community. If you are in this picture or indeed if you should know one of these boys, then Barrow Hills would be delighted to hear from you. We would also love to hear from any other Old Barrow Hillians. Please do contact us by email obh@barrowhills.org.uk or call us on 01428 682634 as The Headmaster warmly invites you to be part of this very special historic day."

Friday, 29 April 2011

Every Blessing on Today's Newly Weds!



Prayer

Heavenly Father,
we ask your blessing
upon his Royal Highness, Prince William and Catherine
as they pledge their love for each other in marriage.
May your love unite them through their lives.
Grant them the strength to serve you, our country and the Commonwealth
with integrity and faithfulness.
Through Christ our Lord.

Amen

Photo credit:  2000-2011 Freeimages.co.uk
Prayer: © Bishops' Conference of England and Wales 2011


Thursday, 28 April 2011

Depaul UK Canterbury Pilgrimage, Whitsun weekend, 11-13th June 2011


Founded by Cardinal Basil Hume in 1989, Depaul UK is now the largest youth homelessness charity in the country. Our mission is to offer homeless and disadvantaged young people the opportunity to fulfil their potential and move towards an independent and positive future.
The Depaul UK Canterbury Pilgrimage is a fantastic opportunity to support our work whilst undertaking an inspiring personal challenge.

Over three days you will cover 50 miles, following in the path of hundreds of pilgrims before you along the beautiful North Down’s Way, taking in the historical Pilgrim’s Way.

A Priest will join us throughout the journey to offer prayers and guidance and the whole experience will culminate in a private Mass at Canterbury Cathedral.

£150 registration fee includes:
• A welcome pack for participants with training advice, fundraising tips and further information
• A souvenir t-shirt
• Two nights’ accommodation
• All food including snacks and refreshments
• Route maps for each part of the walk
• Luggage transfer (you just carry your day-time essentials)

To download our information pack and sign up for the event go to: www.depauluk.org/pilgrimage

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Vocation to the Priesthood

Fr Paul Turner, Vocations Director sends this report from an A&B seminarian:

"I started “enquiring” into the Priesthood in 2008. I had regular meetings with Fr Paul, our Vocations Director, for almost a year. I met with him on a one-to-one basis as well as attending enquiry retreats with others. During this time I also attended the Compass Course at Worth Abbey, which is designed for young adults interested in discerning their vocations. Fr Paul and I decided that I should make an application for the Selection Conference which took place at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh in early 2009. The selection process was varied, at times challenging but very encouraging. The final stage of my discernment was my personal interview with Bishop Kieran, who asked me to spend a preparatory year in English College at Valladolid in Spain, before going on to the Seminary here in Rome.

Stephen O'Brien
So here I am! I am studying Philosophy, which is the backbone of my academic life, but the life within the College is also vital to the formation: We pray and attend Mass together most days, and our staff are here to help us in all areas of our development, academic as well as pastoral, spiritual and human. We are fortunate to be able to sample the richness of Rome’s spiritual and indeed its cultural life. The life of a seminarian in Rome is definitely a happy one!"

By Stephen O’Brien – First Year Seminarian at Venerable English College, Rome

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age

This year's World Communications Day falls on Sunday 5 June 2011. The theme is Truth, proclamation and authenticity of life in the digital age.


©CCN/Mazur

The Holy Father's World Communications Day message praises social media for contributing to "a new appreciation of communication itself, which is seen first of all as dialogue, exchange, solidarity and the creation of positive relations."

However, he also warns of its limitations: "the one-sidedness of the interaction, the tendency to communicate only some parts of one’s interior world, the risk of constructing a false image of oneself, which can become a form of self-indulgence."Addressing young people, the Holy Father encourages then to "act properly" and to be true to "the authenticity of one’s own being":

"Entering cyberspace can be a sign of an authentic search for personal encounters with others, provided that attention is paid to avoiding dangers such as enclosing oneself in a sort of parallel existence, or excessive exposure to the virtual world. In the search for sharing, for 'friends', there is the challenge to be authentic and faithful, and not give in to the illusion of constructing an artificial public profile for oneself."

For more information, links and parish resources visit the Catholic Communications Website

Monday, 25 April 2011

There’s more to Easter than chocolate eggs and a Bank Holiday

Martin Brown from CAFOD Arundel & Brighton writes:

Mexican Rainforest
photo credit: CAFOD
Easter is a time of celebration as we commemorate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and thank the Lord for our fortitude during Lent. Hopefully our alms-giving during Lent included our donations on Fast Day.

CAFOD is deeply grateful for all contributions during this time of many natural and man-made disasters. An increase in our prayer life was also encouraged as a reflection of Christ’s solitary sojourn in the wilderness. May our prayers continue, not just for the many thousands of people affected by the headline news from Japan and elsewhere, but also for the sometimes forgotten plight of the peoples in places like the Ivory Coast and Liberia. As refugees flee the Ivory Coast to escape the violence there, the humanitarian aid offered by their Liberian neighbours is being stretched to breaking point. We are asked to undertake some form of penance during Lent which can also help us remember the many people in our world who suffer hardships every day.

Easter is also a time of renewal as we enjoy (hopefully!) the arrival of Spring. Let us also hope and pray that by the efforts of CAFOD, its local partners throughout many of the world’s poorest countries and your generous donations that renewal is experienced by more and more of our disadvantaged neighbours. Thank you for your help.

Saturday, 23 April 2011

He is Risen Alleluia!

Alleuia He is Risen

A Poem: Easter Calling (after Jn 20.11-18)

In the garden at the Easter dawn that one word, “Mary!”
When the Gardener reveals himself for who he is – the Christ,
and reveals the Magdalene for who she is –
apostle to the apostles, chosen instrument, beloved.
Amidst the tears the understanding;
He lives and reigns, forgives and sends his Spirit –
That Spirit entrusted to us all:
“Whatever sin you may forgive it is forgiven,
whatever sin you may retain it is retained.”
So Easter Dawn uncovers our vocation –
of witness and of mercy in due measure.
And as for Mary so for all –
the Gardener calling us by name,
wiping away the tears
and sending us on our way
to share the news.
By Fr Rob Esdaile

Holy Saturday


Russian Icon of Christ leading the righteous out of Hades
Holy Saturday (Latin: Sabbatum Sanctum) is the day after Good Friday. It is the day before Easter and the last day of Holy Week, in which Christians prepare for Easter. This day commemorates the day that Jesus Christ's body laid in the tomb.

It is also the day on which the Church believes that Jesus descended into Hell. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: "By the expression 'He descended into Hell', the Apostles' Creed confesses that Jesus did really die and through his death for us conquered death and the devil 'who has the power of death' (Hebrews 2:14). In his human soul united to his divine person, the dead Christ went down to the realm of the dead. He opened Heaven's gates for the just who had gone before him."[8]

Friday, 22 April 2011

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Chrism Mass Celebrated at Arundel Cathedral

Arundel Cathedral
Yesterday was the beautiful celebration of the Mass of Chrism when clergy and people of the Diocese gather around Bishop Kieran to celebrate not only the blessing of the oils for use in parishes throughout the year but also the renewal of priestly commitment.

Over a hundred priests and deacons walked in solemn procession through a packed Arundel Cathedral to begin Mass. At the end of the Mass Bishop Kieran stayed to speak to the many parishioners who had come to the Cathedral from all over Surrey and Sussex to join in this celebration. He then joined many of the clergy and others including clergy wives in a celebration in St Mary's Hall.

Priests processing from the Cathedral at the end of the Chrism Mass
Clergy and people then returned uplifted and renewed in their diocesan identity to begin celebrations on this Thursday evening for the Mass of the Lord's Supper, the first of the three great services that form the Easter Triduum through Good Friday to the Easter Vigil.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Vatican to Host Meeting for Bloggers

Zenit News service reports that:
"The Vatican is hosting a meeting for bloggers, both to better understand what bloggers need, and to present media initiatives under way in the Church.

Supposing that a large group of bloggers will be in Rome for the beatification of Pope John Paul II, the meeting has been scheduled for the following day, May 2.


Fr Frederico Lonbardi SJ
Director of the Vatican Press Office
© CCN/Mazur

The Pontifical Councils for Culture and Social Communications are sponsoring the event. The respective presidents of those two councils will participate, as will the director of the Vatican press office, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi.

A communiqué from the culture council explained that the meeting will include two panels. The first will consist of five bloggers who will present some key issues, then opening the floor to general discussion. The second will include representatives of Church communication, who will talk about initiatives "aimed at ensuring an effective engagement by the Church with bloggers."

The meeting is open to all, but bloggers who wish to attend need to apply by emailing blogmeet@pccs.it  and sending a link to their blog. As space is limited to 150 seats and there is a desire to have a representation of the entire blogosphere, entrance passes and further details will be distributed with a view to the diversity of language and geography, typology of blogs (institutional or private, multivoice or personal), subjects of blogs, and the timeliness of requests."

This blogger understands that at least 500 people have applied for the limited places available. It is obviously a useful and welcome initiative from the Vatican. Unfortunately this blogger will not be able to attend.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Joint Passion Sunday Procession in Horsham

Ecumenical Passion Sunday Procession in Horsham
Horsham Parish reports that:

St John's held a joint Passion/Palm Sunday Procession with the United Reform Church through Horsham on Sunday.

The service begins together in the road between the two churches and the joint congregations process around the Shelley Fountain outside McDonald's singing a Taize Chant and back into their respective churches.

It is a wonderful joint witness of local Christians at the beginning of Holy Week.

Monday, 18 April 2011

St Josephs Specialist School and College at the National Church Schools Awards

St Joseph's collect their award

The inaugural Church School Awards was launched in September 2010. Open to all Church Schools, the Awards are designed to promote the fantastic and vital work done in the areas of community cohesion and global citizenship; the BIG SOCIETY in action! The Awards are an opportunity for everyone involved in Christian education to celebrate the unique and vital work that students, teachers, governors and staff do for their local communities, for our country and throughout the world.

From exchange visits to Malawi, to community outreach programmes with other local schools, from promoting the values of sustainable development through Live Simply, to encouraging good citizenship, The Church School Awards are an opportunity for Christian education to show what underpins all of our Church Schools, in the UK, and worldwide.

The 2010/11 Awards were presented at Westminster Cathedral Hall, on Thursday 24th March 2011 by Minister for Schools, Lord Hill, and Andy Akinwolere, from BBC Blue Peter.

Over 130 schools across the nation entered for the awards which recognised the great work achieved by church schools in local and global community cohesion. The scheme was open to all church schools and most entries were from much larger mainstream primary and secondary schools. Only 15 schools received an award so St Joseph’s can be proud of this achievement. St Josephs Specialist School and college in Cranleigh cater for children aged 5 – 19 with Autism and moderate to severe learning difficulties.

Joshua and Jordan went to the Gala Award Event with John Coleman and Annie Sutton, Deputy Headteacher, to receive the award on behalf of the school. Annie Sutton said, “Bishop Kieran was also at the award ceremony to witness our success. He spoke to Jordan and Joshua and told them how proud he was of St Joseph’s.”

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Notre Dame Runs In As Winners

Notre Dame Prep Sweeps the board at the ERPSSA District Cross Country Championships


The School reports that:
Recently, at Cardinal Newman School Notre Dame Prep competed against ten other schools at the District Cross Country Championships.

Out of nine possible medals the all girls’ school took away seven, which beats their previous best of five.

In years 4, 5 and 6 Notre Dame ran away with the three age group trophies. Incredibly, in the Year 6 event Notre Dame pulled off an extraordinary feat by having runners finish first, second, third and then fourth, fifth, sixth.

Kia Nielsen, in her fifth year as Director of Activity at Notre Dame puts the success down to the girls’ fitness and a marvellous team spirit.

Notre Dame Prep is looking forward to defending its crown as National Catholic Athletics Champions for the third year running in Sheffield later in the year.

Friday, 15 April 2011

HGUH Catholic Road Show Coming to Brighton

Inspired by the Papal Visit the HGUH Catholic Road Show is coming to Brighton on Thursday 26th May at the Meeting House, Sussex University, Station Approach, Falmer BN1 9RH.

The Programme runs as follows -
1.30 - 9.00 pm Free Catholic Art / Photo / Icon Exhibition - all day
Free Vatican Stamp Exhibition - all day

1.30 - 5.00 pm Catholic Charities will be have stalls in the Main Hall
* Catholic Books, CDs and other Religious items will be on-sale
* Refreshments available throughout the day in the Main Hall
* A FREE souvenir newspaper will be available

1.30 – 3.30 pm Free Workshops “Helping Your Priest and Parishioners”
* Debt Counselling
* How To Run A Soup Kitchen
* How to make the most of your Repository & Parish Events

5.00 pm Mass

6.00 - 7.00 pm Pre-concert Reception

7.15 - 9.45 pm Gala Concert - Artists include: Fr Stan Fortuna / Edwin Fawcett / Jo Walkden / Charley Pinfold (Rise Theatre) / Gerry Coates / Bobby Jo (Mime & Dance) / Martin Brown / Paul Dempsey /
Teresa Brown (Violin)

Tickets on sale Friday April 8th - Concert only - £8; Concessions - £5; Concert + Pre Concert Reception (inc Wine & Cheese) £12
Postal tickets: Send cheques/postal order (made payable to “Heart Gives Unto Heart Radio”) to Southwark Catholic Youth Services, St Vincent Centre, Castle Road, Whitstable, Kent CT5 2ED
In Person: Tickets on sale after weekend Masses from selected parishes
Online tickets: see websites from Friday April 8th – Booking Fee – Credit Cards accepted

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Getting to Grips with the New Translation of the Roman Missal

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week a small group of people gathered to prepare film material to help with the introduction of the new translation of the Roman Missal which is to start this September. The host parish was St Gabriel's in Billingshurst, West Sussex under their parish priest, Fr Carl Davies.

Martin Faster in organising mode
The day was led and organised by Martin Foster from the Liturgy Office of the Bishops' Conference. Fr John O'Toole, the Head of Southwark Christian Education Centre was the 'Presiding Priest' assisted by Deacons Gerard Irwin and Mark Woods from Arundel and Brighton Diocese and a congregation made up of people from the Diocesse of Arundel & Brighton Christian Education Centre, the local parish, other nearby parishes and elsewhere.

The purpose of the two days was to run through the whole Mass using the new translation to provide an audio/visual resource to use in parishes and elswhere. Look out for it in a few weeks on the special website for the new translation http://www.missal.org.uk/

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

25th Anniversary Of A Day of Prayer for Peace In Assisi

Here is a statement released Saturday by the Vatican press office, regarding Benedict XVI's pilgrimage to Assisi this coming October.

The Pope will travel to Assisi to commemorate the of the historic meeting there in 1986, called by Pope John Paul II, which gathered representatives of Christian communities and world religions for "Pilgrims of truth, pilgrims of peace" - Day of reflection, dialogue and prayer for peace and justice in the world at
Assisi, 27 October 2011

On 1 January 2011, after the Angelus, Pope Benedict XVI announced that he wished to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the historic meeting that took place in Assisi on 27 October 1986, at the wish of the Venerable Servant of God John Paul II. On the day of the anniversary, 27 October this year, the Holy Father intends to hold a Day of reflection, dialogue and prayer for peace and justice in the world, making a pilgrimage to the home of Saint Francis and inviting fellow Christians from different denominations, representatives of the world’s religious traditions and, in some sense, all men and women of good will, to join him once again on this journey.

The Day will take as its theme: Pilgrims of truth, pilgrims of peace. Every human being is ultimately a pilgrim in search of truth and goodness. Believers too are constantly journeying towards God: hence the possibility, indeed the necessity, of speaking and entering into dialogue with everyone, believers and unbelievers alike, without sacrificing one’s own identity or indulging in forms of syncretism. To the extent that the pilgrimage of truth is authentically lived, it opens the path to dialogue with the other, it excludes no one and it commits everyone to be a builder of fraternity and peace. These are the elements that the Holy Father wishes to place at the centre of reflection.

For this reason, as well as representatives of Christian communities and of the principal religious traditions, some figures from the world of culture and science will be invited to share the journey – people who, while not professing to be religious, regard themselves as seekers of the truth and are conscious of a shared responsibility for the cause of justice and peace in this world of ours.

The image of pilgrimage therefore sums up the meaning of the event. There will be an opportunity to look back over the path already travelled from that first meeting in Assisi to the following one in January 2002, and also to look ahead to the future, with a view to continuing, in company with all men and women of good will, to walk along the path of dialogue and fraternity, in the context of a world in rapid transformation. Saint Francis, poor and humble, will once more welcome everyone to his home town, which has become a symbol of brotherhood and peace.

The delegations will set off from Rome by train on the morning of 27 October, together with the Holy Father. Upon arrival in Assisi, they will make their way to the Basilica of S. Maria degli Angeli, where the previous meetings will be recalled and the theme of the Day will be explored in greater depth. Leaders of some of the delegations present will make speeches and the Holy Father will likewise deliver an address.

There will follow a simple lunch, shared by the delegates: a meal under the banner of sobriety, intended to express fraternal conviviality, and at the same time solidarity in the suffering of so many men and women who do not know peace. There will follow a period of silence for individual reflection and prayer. In the afternoon, all who are present in Assisi will make their way towards the Basilica of Saint Francis. It will be a pilgrimage in which, for the final stretch, the members of the delegations will also take part; it is intended to symbolize the journey of every human being who assiduously seeks the truth and actively builds justice and peace. It will take place in silence, leaving room for personal meditation and prayer. In the shadow of Saint Francis’ Basilica, where the previous meetings were also concluded, the final stage of the Day will include a solemn renewal of the joint commitment to peace.

In preparation for this Day, Pope Benedict XVI will preside over a Prayer Vigil at Saint Peter’s the previous evening, together with the faithful of the Diocese of Rome. Particular Churches and communities throughout the world are invited to organize similar times of prayer.

In the coming weeks the Cardinal Presidents of the Pontifical Councils for the Promotion of Christian Unity and of Interreligious Dialogue and the Pontifical Council for Culture will write in the Holy Father’s name to all those invited. The Pope asks the Catholic faithful to join him in praying for the celebration of this important event and he is grateful to all those who will be able to be present in Saint Francis’ home town to share this spiritual pilgrimage.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Have You Seen This Young Man?

Missing
Mr and Mrs Hopson write:

Our son, Piers Hopson, is missing. He was last seen in Hastings Old Town on Monday 25th January, 2010.

Piers is 36 years old. He has a form of autism called Asperger Syndrome, which means that he finds it difficult to interact with people. He would not ask for help, but expect someone to ask him if he needs help. He is gentle and poses no threat.

Piers is of medium height and build, with dark brown hair. He wears glasses. He may be being sheltered by someone.

There is more information at www.facebook.com/FindPiers

If you see him, or know where he is, please phone us on 07552 690607 or Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999. We love him and miss him, and are desperately concerned for his safety.

We are offering a reward of £10,000 for information leading to his safe recovery.

Roger and Dawn Hopson

Monday, 11 April 2011

The Vocation of Women - A Diocesan Initiative

The Diocesan Vocations Director has passed on the following report:
The Womens’ Vocation Discernment Group is a new initiative in the diocese where a small group of women meet informally to share their vocation journeys. Some of who are discerning a vocation to the religious life

We begin with prayer and scripture reading, share food and discuss our faith. Although not all of us knew each other to begin with it immediately felt comfortable and easy to make new friends with such a diverse range of people there. Everyone has the opportunity to speak and it is fascinating to discover how others seek the Lord in their lives, so that the journey remains a personal one but there is also the joy of companionship.

Formation and prayer are important, so we always begin with a prayer and scripture reading; we also have guest speakers to talk about different topics related to vocation discernment.. We have also been privileged to have guest speakers from the Dominican Sisters of St Joseph who were able to talk about the three Evangelical Counsels - that is, the vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience - in an in-depth way so that we may further understand the nature and practicality of religious life.

We are led by Fr Paul Turner, the diocesan Vocation Director, who also provides individual spiritual direction to some of the group members. The group is always seeking new members and we are available as a Facebook group, so if you think you may be interested to join then please do not hesitate to contact us: vocations@dabnet.org or 01293 603 773

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Diocese Gets GiftWise

The Diocesan Gift Aid Team report:
St Paul’s College, Burgess Hill played host on 2nd April to the 45th Gift Aid AGM and a seminar held on the groundbreaking GiftWise system, especially developed for A&B Diocese.

ON LINE DEMONSTRATIONS were given to 45 Organisers on the way in which the GiftWise scheme should set-up and operated by parishes and schools.

“Most organiser’s first reaction when thinking about signing up to GiftWise is one of trepidation, but we have already gone through the pain barrier in developing the system over the past 18 months. The support from Bishop’s House has proved to be just the right thing to get even the most fearful up and running” said Ian Dallas, one of the key members of the development team.

Some of the important reasons for getting parishes and schools on-line were listed as being a secure system, able to considerably reduce paperwork and, in these days of recession, being able to make tax claims on a monthly basis.

The proof in the Gift Aid pudding has been that 50 Organisers out of 150 have signed up, already claiming £320,000 in tax rebates from the Revenue.

FOLLOWING ON FROM the seminar Fergus Brotherton, Diocesan Financial Secretary, opened the 45th Gift Aid AGM.

While the Diocese has performed well over the past year, with claims from the Revenue totalling £1.444m, delegates were reminded that average weekly donations still sat at the price of a McDonalds burger - £2.60 per person. The drop in tax rebate from 28p to 25p in the £1, which starts on 6th April, will reduce income by 11%, or £150,000 in hard cash in every year.

However, it is not all doom and gloom. Examples were given of using Planned Giving – Weybridge Parish increased its income by 20% with the second time of introducing this scheme. Also, delegates were encouraged to promote legacies and to keep up the message of attracting tax payers to join Gift Aid.

Moira Bennett and David Goodge - see below
Star of the afternoon was eighty-something Moira Bennett, who proclaimed to the audience the virtues of GiftWise “If a person of my age - and someone most definitely unused to computers - can be standing here today as one of its greatest supporters, then anyone can master the scheme. However, I did have my personal trainer, David Goodge from Bishop’s House, patiently sat at my side throughout the process (pictured)”.

After concelebrating Mass with Fr Rick McGrath, Bishop Kieran thanked the Organisers for their efforts in promoting the work of the Diocese and in spreading the Faith.

Friday, 8 April 2011

Pre-Prep Easter Service

Barrow Hill school reports:
Pre-Prep children at Barrow Hills School in Witley celebrated Easter in their own special way on Tuesday afternoon with the Pre-Prep Easter Service.

The parents were wowed by some fantastic singing and speaking. Kindy started the service off and sang a dinosaur song, wearing their specially-made dinosaur hats. Year 2 led the service, and talked about spring customs including Lent, Mothering Sunday, and Easter. They wore their decorated egg hats.

Reception sang a song, wearing their spring-flower covered hats. The song was called ‘My Mum’s One in a Million’ - and there was not a dry eye in the house! Year 1 recited a spring poem – again with their own decorated hats. The children spoke and sang with all their hearts—it really was a wonderful afternoon.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

On the Way to Madrid - Ray in Boots!

A thousand miles begins with one step. I am sure you will be delighted to know that over 200 young people from across the diocese are going on Pilgrimage this year as members of the diocesan youth service. Currently 69 and 127 pilgrims respectively are going to Lourdes and to World Youth Day in Salamanca/Madrid. Some of young people are going on both Pilgrimages.

Preparations for both experiences are well under way, including a variety of gatherings of pilgrims to build the team dynamic, to come together to pray and to learn about the culture and purpose of each pilgrimage. In addition events at local parish and school level are happening to raise much needed funds, both for the young people themselves and the ongoing costs incurred in the administration and resourcing of these very worthwhile, life changing events.

Ray Mooney in preparation for his walk
As a direct response from the diocesan youth office your Adviser for Youth Ministry, Ray Mooney, has decided to embark on a 3 day, 50 mile walk across the diocese. Yes I know, a bit short of a thousand miles, but a good start all the same!

Basically ray will set out on the Wednesday morning and hopes to complete the task by the Friday evening. He invites anyone to consider being sponsored by joining him en route for as short or long a distance as you see fit. The target to be raised is £3,000.

Monies raised by each walker will go towards this target and, if exceeded, the surplus will be given to each accompanying walker proportionate to individual amounts raised.

The final route is being planned; it is intended to pass through the Diocese along the North Downs Way from just west of Farnham to Westerham in Kent. Any overnight stops along the route may be a mix of camping and church halls.

We anticipate setting up a justgiving site which will make it very easy for you to donate... watch this space...!

I know finances for many are tight, so if you are unable to give to the funding please pray for the success of both pilgrimages and this fundraising event. I would also welcome your company along the Way!

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

More New Catholics from the Rite of Election


L to R: Jon Elsby, Joan Grace, William Kent (candidate), Thomas Kent (candidate), Clare Kent (candidate), Noel Kent, Colleen O'Farrell with Bishop Kieran in the foreground
 Sacred Heart, Wadhurst reports:

"On March 12th our three candidates and their sponsors were privileged to attend the Rite of Election Service at Arundel Cathedral supported by our dedicated priest, Fr Kevin Gaskin who miraculously got there and back between First Confessions and evening Mass. The three candidates Clare, Thomas and Noel Kent were interviewed by BBC Radio Sussex and described very effectively their faith journey."

Like hundreds of others in the diocese they await baptism or reception at the Easter Vigil. Their great day gets closer.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Something a Little Different from St Cuthman's

St Cuthman's Retreat Centre says; "Come and learn how to use coppiced English willow to make your sweet pea/bean tepees, plant supports, birdfeeders and other items for your home and gardens.

This will take place on Wednesday 18th May 2011 10 am to 4pm. Expert Tuition by Mike Groom and John Moore.
Cost only £55 - includes tuition, use of tools, materials (take your creations with you), refreshments and a light lunch.

Only 10 places available - to book a place please Telephone: 01403 741220 or email: stcuthmans@dabnet.org or write to St Cuthman’s. Cowfold Rd, Coolham, Horsham RH13 8QL

Website: http://www.stcuthmans.com/

The Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Trust is a Registered Charity No 252878

St Cuthman’s Retreat Centre

Coolham

Creative

Willow Craft

Monday, 4 April 2011

Merstham Transfigured


Fr Charles with children and banner
Photo Janet Franklin

Ann Lardeur from St Teresa's, Merstham in the Nativity of the Lord parish reports: "The young children at St. Teresa's prepared this beautiful banner to illustrate the account of the Transfiguration, the reading for the second Sunday in Lent. Their individual coloured drawings conveyed the message 'Help, Follow, Listen and Pray' Together these simply encapsulated the whole meaning of the Gospel.

In his homily Fr. Charles explained the uplifting intention of the Church by always having the Transfiguration Gospel on the second Sunday of Lent each year. Speaking in the light of the experience, he and many others, had had the previous evening seeing the brilliant full moon, a "super moon" since it was at the closest to the earth for the last 20 years, he stressed the importance of such moments. He hoped all would find " whatever presses your buttons, opens up the sense of the world beyond, the pearl of great price."

He then went on to explain how our great liturgical feasts, from Easter through to Corpus Christi, are written in the night sky. Easter, being set by the first full moon after the Spring Equinox, is almost the latest it can be this year, and in the coming weeks we can watch the phases of the moon leading us there. The other Feasts follow in sequence from the date of Easter."

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Churches Together Lent Talks in Warlingham

St. Ambrose, Warlingham reports that it has once again hosted Lent Talks for Churches Together in Warlingham this Lent. Bishop Christopher Chessun, the newly apponted Anglican Bishop of Southwark, was welcomed to St. Ambrose on 23rd March to speak on 'The Bishop and the Bible'. This was one of Bishop Christopher's very early engagements - he had only been Anglican Bishop of Southwark for 17 days!


Picture: Bishop Christopher Chessun, Anglican Bishop of Southwark(back centre); with Father John Olliver (back centre), Parish Priest St Ambrose (left) and Revd Alan Middleton, Anglican Rector of Warlingham (right).

Foreground: Revd Michelle Edmonds, Chair Churches Together in Warlingham with Isabelle Wragg of St Ambrose, Secretary of Churches Together in Warlingham, on right.

Friday, 1 April 2011

Catenians Support Lourdes Pilgrimage

Fr Ian accepting the cheque from Bernard Sanderson, President of Eastbourne Catenian Circle
At the annual Eastbourne Catenian Circle Clergy Night last February, there was an extra guest in attendance for a very special reason! Apart from many of the local clergy who were welcomed to the gathering there was also Fr Ian Byrnes, Pilgrimage Spiritual Director of the Arundel & Brighton Diocesan Pilgrimage. Fr Ian was there on behalf of the Pilgrimage Trust to receive a cheque for £1206 to give financial assistance to Eastbourne Young Helpers who support the sick on pilgrimage - particularly when families cannot afford the travel expenses for these young people who so selflessly give their time & effort, and without whom the pilgrimage could not be so successful.

The money was raised over Christmas from donations to the 2010 Catenian Circle 186 Christmas Card appeal - a clever mechanism that enables all brothers (and wives) to convey their Christmas fraternal greetings to one another and yet at the same time channel the saved cash to a nominated charity! All brothers had agreed that supporting our Catholic youth in this way was an excellent use of the money to the benefit of many pilgrims.