The Second Vatican Council in Rome in its decree on communications (Inter Mirifica) said that "the Church believes that its task involves employing the means of social communication to announce the good news of salvation.” This blog is part of that process by the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton to communicate that same good news about Jesus Christ.
"We have just celebrated the great feast of Pentecost that should fire us up to be disciples of Christ. It would appear that the Spirit has truly enthused CAFOD supporters in the diocese.
The theme of water underpinning the Thirst for Change Campaign and Government Matching of Lenten donations; have all helped the Holy Spirit move our parishes, schools, volunteers and supporters with inspiring and fruitful results. Our school volunteers have made a record number of visits to schools and Fast Day Talks were given across the diocese reaching over 7000 mass goers. As I write this our Parishes alone have donated £92,000, 35% more than last year and this is not yet the final figure.
Many thanks to all those who took part and contributed to the wonderful total raised this year. In raising this money there has been fun and prayer at events, too numerous to mention. I do, however, wish to mention Fr. Paul Turner of St Richards in Chichester, who completed the London marathon in 3hrs, 47 mins and 19 seconds, beating his previous best by five minutes. His target to raise £2,500 for CAFOD has already been smashed and to date he has raised over £5,500! Well done Fr Paul and all our fundraisers.
We pray for the Holy Spirit to be with us all as we continue to work towards a world free from poverty and injustice."