Saturday, 30 June 2012

A&B Priest Meets Pope


Fr Tony Milner meets Pope Benedict XVI
Benedict XVI met with airport chaplains and flight attendants alongside our very own Fr Tony Milner to promote the 'The New Evangelization in the Field of Civil Aviation'.
The audience is also on the youtube Rome Reports channel: http://youtu.be/qKMV9Xw89nY where you can see Fr Tony ensconced on the front row.
Fr Tony who, as well as being a priest of this diocese, is the Academic Tutor at the Venerable English College in Rome and he was there to give some theological input to the group the next day.

Friday, 29 June 2012

Seaford Catholics and the New Evangelisation


Sharing the Good News
Carmel Keller, Parish Pastoral Assistant at St Thomas More RC Church, Seaford reports:
St Thomas More came together with 6 of the churches in Seaford to provide a vibrant and welcome prayer space at the town's Jubilee celebrations. Despite some very blustery weather, the two huge marquees stayed in place and many people came to place prayer requests at the foot of the cross, in boxes and as leaves on the wonderful prayer tree whilst others joined the team for personal prayer.

The Christian community in Seaford showed a united initiative to offer prayers both during the day and on the following Sunday for all those who had asked for them. In addition to church literature and prayer cards being scooped up, we were able to chat with local families and give out 600 free copies of the New Testament to passers by; they were so popular that we could have doubled that figure!

In response to Pentecost and the call for New Evangelisation at the Diocesan Crossing the Threshold meetings, we have developed a Welcome Pack for newcomers and those who tentatively call in after being distanced from the church for a while. The pack presents our Parish Story, offers our Parish Prayer and a beautiful blessing as a book mark and includes a booklet outlining the active prayer and service our parishioners offer as a response to God's love.

The Diocese of East Anglia gave kind permission for us to adapt their 'Coming Home' leaflet which is both in the pack and being delivered to a number of homes across the town. The packs and leaflets have been disappearing as quickly as they are put out! The booklet and prayer cards were also taken home by parishioners at Pentecost both as a source for accessing help and support, and to encourage people that their parish is alive, active and happy to explore further individual commitment to the parish and town community.



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Thursday, 28 June 2012

Pope appoints Bishop of Wrexham



Bishop Elect Mgr Peter Brignall

CCN reports that:
The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Monsignor Peter M. Brignall as Bishop of Wrexham. The Episcopal Ordination of Bishop-elect Monsignor Brignall will take place on Wednesday, September 12th at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Wrexham.

Mgr Brignall (58) was ordained priest for the Diocese of Menevia by Bishop Langton Fox in 1978, and has been Cathedral Dean of St. Mary’s, Wrexham since 1999 and Vicar General of the Diocese since 2003.
He is a Trustee of the Diocese and chairs the Board of Diocesan Trustees. He also chairs the Diocesan Liturgical Commission and is the Bishop’s Advisor on Health Care Chaplaincy.

Mgr Brignall said: “I am delighted for Bishop Edwin that he is now able to take his well deserved retirement and after having overcome the initial astonishment of the Holy Father’s expression of confidence in me, am humbled and honoured to accept this appointment and to be able again to commit my life to the service of the Catholic Church in North Wales, a Church that now 35 years ago I chose and offered to work in and for on leaving London.

“Earlier this year we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Diocese of Wrexham and we are still very young in the 3rd millennium, so any plans I might have for the future are first and foremost to build on the foundations laid by the first two Bishops of Wrexham, Bishop James Hannigan and Bishop Edwin Regan. Just a month after my ordination as bishop the Church begins the ‘Year of Faith’, a year in which Pope Benedict XVI invites Catholics to rediscover the gift of faith and so seek new ways of proclaiming it. I could do no better than taking that as the starting point of my ministry, indeed as the whole purpose of my ministry in Wales for years to come”.

Bishop Regan said that he welcomed the appointment of Bishop-Elect Brignall with great joy: “He has dedicated his life as a priest to the service of the Gospel in Wales. He has been a loyal and wise colleague as Vicar General, with a deep love for the People of the Diocese and his fellow clergy. Through his long experience of pastoral work in Wales, Bishop-elect Brignall understands the importance of the Welsh language and culture in modern Wales. He will continue to lead the Diocese in the spirit of the 2nd Vatican Council, especially with the advent of the Year of Faith.”

 For a full biography go to http://www.catholicnews.org.uk/new-bishop-for-wrexham

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Pope appoints Bishop Arthur Roche to senior role in Rome

Bishop Roche centre between
Bishop Kieran and Archbishop Stack

The Catholic Communications Network reports that:
"The Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI has appointed the Right Reverend Arthur Roche, Bishop of Leeds, as Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, raising him to the dignity of Archbishop at the same time.

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments promotes liturgical pastoral activity, especially regarding the celebration of the Eucharist. It gives support to the diocesan bishops so that the Christian faithful may share more actively in the sacred liturgy; sees to the drawing up and revision of liturgical texts; grants the recognitio to translations of liturgical books and their adaptations that have been lawfully prepared by conferences of bishops. It is one of the nine congregations (department with a jurisdiction) in the Holy See that form the Roman Curia. The Roman Curia, together with the Pope, is the administrative apparatus of the Holy See and the central governing body of the entire Catholic Church. Each Congregation is led by a prefect, who is a Cardinal, the current prefect is Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera. The outgoing Secretary is Joseph Augustine Di Noia, O.P.

Bishop Roche, said:
“I have to confess that I was very surprised and shocked by the news of this appointment. I am sorry to be leaving the Diocese of Leeds with its priests and people whom I have loved very much. I shall miss them enormously.

"I am, however, aware and deeply humbled by the confidence Pope Benedict XVI shows in me in entrusting me with this responsibility. I shall do my best to fulfil the task that lies ahead."

Archbishop Vincent Nichols, president of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, said:
“It is a great honour for England and Wales that one of our Bishops has been given this responsibility in service of the Apostolic See. Bishop Arthur has our full support and prayers as he undertakes this role. We will miss him very much.”

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Knights of St Columba consolidate and now expand in Guildford & Godalming‏



Bass Wheeler and Geoff Balls Newly Invested Knights
The number of Knights of St Columba in Guildford and Godalming is increasing after a difficult period in which the number of Knights in the two adjacent Councils of Guildford and Godalming were in decline. In 2011 these two Councils merged and this re-invigorated Council set about a recruitment drive with the result that they have had two new Knights invested at Aylesford on June 10th 2012 and more ‘apprentices’ (or brothers) are on the way.
Now they are focused on further recruitment, improving communications by way of a new website and a number of charitable, social, action and fund raising activities including stewarding at St Peter's School fayre, graveyard tidying, gardening at a local Life house, supporting the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children's Chain for Life and a family walk with pub lunch. If you would like to find out more about what these Knights are doing then contact Tim Lux on 01483 454 693.

The chief celebrant at the Southern Provinces Pilgrimage and Full Knighthood Ceremony was the Right Reverend John Hine, Bishop of Southwark. The Supreme Knight in Britain, Ron Lynch, performed the investitures of new Knights from all over the south east of England.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Year of Faith Resources for Each Parish in Diocese


Year of Faith Logo
 Parishes across the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton as well as the rest of England and Wales are being sent free resources to support them to participate in a worldwide Catholic celebration of faith.

Pope Benedict XVI will open a ‘Year of Faith’ on 11 October 2012, which will end on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King, on 24 November 2013. The start of the Year coincides with three significant events in the life of the Catholic Church: 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Synod of Bishops in Rome focusing on evangelisation.

The Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis will coordinate resourcing the Year in England and Wales. Bishop Kieran Conry from Arundel & Brighton and Department Chair, said: ‘The Year provides a wonderful opportunity for the Catholic community in England and Wales to be renewed in, to celebrate and share the joy of its faith in Jesus Christ. The Pope writes: “Faith grows when it is lived as an experience of love received and when it is communicated as an experience of grace and joy.” Porta Fidei, 7 May this be our shared experienced as we prepare for the Year and may our combined efforts serve fruitfully the mission of the Church.’

Every parish in England and Wales will receive five booklets, which are aimed at parish priests, catechists and / or parish councils, to support their preparations. The booklets propose a number of key themes and highlight resources and initiatives that will be offered in support of catechesis and evangelisation. Some additional copies are available on request from the Bishops’ Conference, Home Mission Desk.

The resources will begin arriving in parishes the week beginning 18 June. A new web section on the Bishops’ Conference website can be found at http://www.yearoffaith.org.uk/

Home Mission Desk, tel. 020 7 901 4818; email: http://www.blogger.com/clare.ward@cbcew.org.uk
Alternatively CCN, tel. 020 7 630 8220; email: ccn@cbcew.org.uk
The Vatican has also launched a website for the Year of Faith

Friday, 22 June 2012

Diocese Celebrates 525 Years of Priesthood

Jubilarians with Bishop Kieran at Arundel Cathedral 21 June
Front L-R: Mgr Benny O'Shea (40), Fr John Downey MCCCJ (40), Canon Kieron O'Brien (25), Fr John Pearson (25), Fr Kenin Gaskin (50)
Back L-R: Fr Colin Wolczak (25), Fr Michael Perry (50), Canon Oliver Heaney (50), Fr Ian McLean O.Praem (40), Fr John Troy MCCJ (50)
Thursday 21st June saw many priests of the diocese join Bishop Kieran Conry to celebrate the priestly jubilees of 13 priests making a total of 525 years of priestly service. After Mass celebrated in the Cathedral at Arundel the 11 priests who were able to be present were toasted by their brother priests during a festive lunch in the newly refurbished Cathedral Hall.

The two priest who could not attend were Fr John Nuttal celebating 40 years of priesthood and Mgr Bryan Chestle celebrating 50 years.

Many congratulations to all - Ad Multos Annos!

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Notre Dame Students Awarded Catenian Bursaries


Pictured L-R: Sr Patricia Grady ODN (Project Co-Ordinator), Francesca Edwards, Mr Blackmore (President Weybridge Catenians), Katherine Turner and Mrs Bridget Williams (Headmistress)
Notre Dame students have been awarded Catenian bursaries to assist with fund-raising efforts for Albanian experience as they report below:
"Mr Blackmore - President of the Weybridge Circle of the Catenians was delighted to present Year 12 students Sarah Forbes, Francesca Edwards and Katherine Turner with bursaries towards their trip to Albania this July. Unfortunately, Sarah Forbes was unable to be present for the photo due to an A Level examination.

Notre Dame Senior School students have visited the Company of Mary Our Lady Rainbow School in Albania for the last eight years. The project is in accordance with the Mission Statement at Notre Dame School where students are encouraged to “lend a helping hand” and reach out to those in less fortunate circumstances, especially children.

Students are tasked with raising their own funds for flights, accommodation and teaching materials. Having written to the Catenian Association requesting support for this charitable work - three of the group of 14 have been granted a bursary to assist with their trip.

Other fund-raising activities have included baby-sitting, cake sales, face painting and a bric-a-brac stall at the School Summer Fete, as well as our very own Notre Dame nail bar!

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Mass for New Catholics - A Time to Give Thanks


A very happy Tom after the Mass with his Mum, Brenda
and Learning Disabilities Adviser John McManus
Bishop Kieran last Saturday evening in Arundel Cathedral joined with some of the people who had been received into full communion or baptised into the Church at Easter. Every year at the Rite of Election at the beginning of Lent he offers an invitation for all the hundreds preparing for reception or baptism during that season to come back again and celebrate their new life as Catholics with him at the Cathedral after Easter. 
One of the most moving parts of the liturgy was when Tom who was received into the Church at Easter in St Michael's in Worthing and his Mum, Brenda brought up the gifts together with Learning Disablities Adviser John McManus who had prepared him for reception.

This year Bishop Kieran reminded all present that the journey into the Church does not end our journey of fiath, but rather that it is, for all, a lifetime's work.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Jubilee Celebration in Holy Redeemer Parish

Holy Reedmer, Hollington
The parish of Holy Redeemer in Hollington, East Sussex in the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton write about their forthcoming celebrations:
"We have been very busy over the past 3 months preparing for our Parish Golden Jubilee. This event is to be celebrated on the 24 June, with Bishop Kieran Conry presiding at Mass with our parish priest, Father Ian Byrnes, and several previous parish priests and friars. Our various Ministries have been hard at work to ensure that the liturgy, church, choir, and flowers are ready for the day.

The parish hall is being turned into a display area for a kaleidoscope of photographs, not to forget a marvellous finger buffet which will be prepared by our Community Development team and many volunteers.

A special commemoration booklet has also been prepared for printing, which will provide both historical information and memories, and up to date activities in the parish. Many of our long standing parishioners have contributed to this.

An apostolic blessing has been granted to us, and this will be hung in the Church following our celebration Mass.

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Bishop Kieran Address Key Issues of Faith to Diocese

Bishop Kieran this weekend speaks about the forthcoming Golden Diocesan Jubilee in 2015, the 50th Anniversary of Vatican II and the Year of Faith in a Pastoral Letter to the Diocese:
"The recent celebration of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the throne seemed very characteristically British. The weather was what we almost expect for a Bank Holiday; it’s almost as if we want it to be miserable because deep down we feel the Protestants might be right that we shouldn’t be having time off and holidays, so we are being punished for it. But in the end the important thing was that we did something and had a public display of loyalty and affection for the Queen, with all the right elements – a few celebrities singing songs, public processions with all that sense of ritual and ceremony, a religious service and a wave from the balcony. And of course lots of bunting and flags and even a few street parties, and the weather was not going to stop any of this.

It might be just part of our laziness that we now call anything like this a Jubilee, rather than just an anniversary, albeit a big one. The word has an interesting history. The Latin jubilare came to mean rejoice, but the original meaning of the Latin word jubilum was a shout. The famous psalm 99 (or 100) is the Latin Jubilate Deo omnis terra, translated sometimes as “Cry out with joy to the Lord all the earth.” The Hebrew word yobel means ram or, by association, ram’s horn – psalm 98 says, “With trumpets and the sound of the horn acclaim the King, the Lord.”

I have said before that the word Jubilee in religious tradition goes back to the Old Testament, to the Book of Leviticus, where the text talks about a sabbatical year, a seventh year when the land is allowed to rest. Then after seven times seven years, there is a special year, a 5oth year called a Jubilee year. It begins with the sounding of trumpet. This is a year when other types of restoration take place: everyone is to return to his own clan or family, people are allowed to buy back land or slaves that they had sold. In other words, it is a time when change takes place, a time of renewal, a time for what we would now call ‘going back to basics’ as the people re-fashion their relationship with God. And God renews his promise: “For their sake I will remember the Covenant that I made with those first generations when I brought them out of the land of Egypt.. that I would be their God.”

The question was raised in one of the daily papers about the recent Jubilee celebrations, referring to the biblical Jubilee: will this celebration make any difference? Do we now simply move on to the next event, whether it is football, tennis or the Olympic and Paralympic Games and will the street parties be forgotten?

The celebration of our Diocesan Jubilee in 2015 has this very specific purpose in mind, that it will make a difference and will be a moment of renewal and restoration.. That’s why I’m asking you to be as much a part of it as you can. I am asking that you take part in the programmes over the next four years when we look at the four major documents of the Vatican Council, whose 50th anniversary coincides with the Jubilee of the diocese. The first words of the first document, and therefore the first words of the Second Vatican Council, set out its aims:

The Sacred Council has set out to impart an ever-increasing
vigour to the Christian life of the faithful; to adapt more closely
to the needs of our age those institutions which are subject to
change; to foster whatever can promote union among all who
believe in Christ; to strengthen whatever can help to call all
people into the Church’s fold (SC 1).
The four documents we are going to study together look at four vital ingredients of the life of the Church; they are the call to worship, the call to receive and proclaim God’s word, the call to form community and the call to accept the mission to bring Christ to the world.

The process will begin in practice in the Autumn, and I am inviting you to come to a meeting near you to find out what we are planning. The meetings are taking place in July in St Richard’s School in Bexhill, the Towers School in Beeding, near Steyning, St Peter’s School in Merrow and in DABCEC in Crawley. You will have information in your parishes and I look forward to seeing as many of you as can make it at one of the sessions. It will give me an opportunity to tell you more about what we hope to achieve.

By forming groups within your parishes, I hope that first of all there will be an opportunity to meet – this is something that the Queen’s Jubilee helped people to do. But I hope that the meeting will be an opportunity to talk about our faith. Why is it important to form community? Why do we go to Mass? How are we to respond to God’s word in the bible? And what do we mean by a mission to bring Christ to the world – are we honestly hoping to turn everybody into Christians and Catholics? I hope there will be space to speak about what we don’t understand or find it hard to believe, and I hope that this space will be a space where we will respect and trust one another.

This is a particular moment in the life of our diocese, and a moment that I think we must seize and make the most of. I think it will make a difference, in the way that the Renew programme did according to many of those who took part in it in the late 80s. Over 12,000 adults took part in small groups in the first season of the programme. I hope we can do as well.

At the beginning of this process, I stated what I hoped we would achieve in the celebration of the Jubilee of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton. This is what I wrote:

By 2015, we, the people of the diocese, will better understand
who we are and what we are called to do, and that, in turn, we will
bring about real change in the communities in which we live.
With my best wishes and prayers for you all."

Bishop Kieran

Friday, 15 June 2012

Ecumenical Marian Pilgrimage Trust


Members of the EMPT on their visit to the Church of St John the Evangelist in Heron’s Ghyll.
Front row left to right:
Fr. Stephen Hardaker, parish priest of St John’s; Pam Cunningham , parishioner; HE the Most Revd Kallistos, Metropolitan of Diokleia, Chairman of the EMPT; Revd Stanley Evans and the Revd Dr. Peter Marr .
 On 19th May, members of the Ecumenical Marian Pilgrimage Trust made their annual pilgrimage, this time to East Sussex where they visited two historic churches – St John the Evangelist, at Heron’s Ghyll; and St Mary the Virgin Anglican Church at Buxted, known as the ‘Nazareth of Sussex’ because of its association with Walsingham.

Fr. Stephen Hardaker, parish priest, said Mass for the party in St John’s, after which parishioner Mr Esme Howard gave a talk on the history and characteristics of the church and its connections with the Howard family through the vision and generosity of the 15th Duke of Norfolk and his mother Minna, Dowager Duchess.

The parishioners provided lunch in the Church Hall. The party then moved to St Mary the Virgin, Buxted, where Nigel NcNeill gave a talk about this fine expression of 19th-century Anglo-Catholic revivalism, whose history in so many ways runs parallel to that of St. John’s, Heron’s Ghyll. The party prayed vespers together to conclude a memorable day.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Thousand Gather for Crawley Catholic Church 150 Anniversary


A Parish Gathered
Over 1,200 people attended the Mass with Bishop Kieran and the Parish Clergy to celebrate Crawley Catholic Parish's 150th Anniversary last Sunday - rain required bit to move into St Wilfrid's Catholic School.
Many Congratulations

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales Responds to the Equal Civil Marriage Consultation



Archbishop Peter Smith
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has responded to the Government consultation on same-sex marriage.
In his accompanying letter to the Home Secretary, the Vice-President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, Archbishop Peter Smith says:
"In the interest of upholding the uniqueness of marriage as a civil institution for the common good of society, we strongly urge the Government not to proceed with legislative proposals which will 'enable all couples, regardless of their gender to have a civil marriage ceremony'".

For more information and full details go to http://www.catholicnews.org.uk/equal-civil-marriage-response

Monday, 11 June 2012

As International Eucharistic Congress Begins in Dublin

The International Eucharistic Congress begins in Dublin this week and as well as our own Bishop Kieran Conry attending parishes and individuals from Arundel & Brighton Diocese will also be there. Bishop Kieran will himself be presenting a session to young people as part of the programme. In fact if you would like to go it is still not too late to book a place hop on a plane or boat and go there for a day or two! You will find all the details on their website.

Even though most people will not be able to attend as it so closely links to the celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi (The feast of the Holy Body and Blood of Christ) Catholics have had a real chance to focus and reflect on the Eucharist over the last weekend.

Polegate Procession of the Blessed Sacrament
Deacon John Truman from Polegate, for example, writes to say:
"On Sunday 10th June, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, the community at St.George’s, Polegate, celebrated with a procession of the Blessed Sacrament after the 8.45 Mass (see photo) and processed across the front of the Church, through the memorial garden and back into Church for Benediction. The Blessed Sacrament was accompanied by Lilli, who had received her first Holy Communion at the Mass, other children who were present and about 40 parishioners. This was the first time this had happened within living memory (50 years) and would have met with the approval of Pope Benedict XVI who recently praised the “lively tradition” of holding solemn processions with the Blessed Sacrament. We trust that this will be our tradition in future years."

Photograph by Margaret Gearing

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Celebrating the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ


Bishop Kieran at the recent Blessed Sacrament Procession in Arundel
On this weekend when celebrate the great Feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ it is perhaps useful to reflect on Pope Benedict XVI's words about the significance of Chris's Eucharistic presence among us. We are also aware of the International Eucharistic Congress which opens in Dublin this weekend. You can also see the previous blog entry about the Arundel Cathedral Festival of Flowers and Corpus Christi.
"A misunderstanding of the Second Vatican Council has led some Catholics to think that eucharistic adoration and Corpus Christi processions are pietistic practices that pale in importance to the celebration of Mass, Pope Benedict XVI said. "A unilateral interpretation of the Second Vatican Council has penalized this dimension" of Catholic faith, which is to recognize Jesus truly present in the Eucharist and worthy of adoration, the pope said June 7 during a Mass marking the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.

The evening Mass outside Rome's Basilica of St. John Lateran preceded a moment of silent adoration and the pope's traditional Corpus Christi procession with the Eucharist through the streets of Rome. In his homily, the pope told the thousands of people gathered on the basilica lawn that it is important to recognize the centrality of the celebration of Mass, the moment in which the Lord gathers his people, nourishes them and unites them to himself in offering his sacrifice. But if Christ is seen as present in the Eucharist only during Mass, "this imbalance has repercussions on the spiritual life of the faithful," who need to be aware of "the constant presence of Jesus among us and with us," the pope said. "The sacrament of the charity of Christ must permeate all one's daily life," he said.

Celebration and adoration are not in competition, the pope said. "Worshipping the Blessed Sacrament constitutes something like the spiritual environment in which the community can celebrate the Eucharist well and in truth." Pope Benedict said Mass is most meaningful when the faithful recognize that in the Blessed Sacrament, the Lord is present, "awaits us, invites us to his table and then, after the assembly disperses, remains with us with his discrete and silent presence." Spending time in prolonged silence before the Eucharist "is one of the most authentic experiences of our being church," and it finds its complement at Mass when Catholics "celebrate the Eucharist, listening to the word of God, singing, approaching together the table of the bread of life."

Truly entering into communion with someone, he said, is accompanied by "exchanging glances and intense, eloquent silences full of respect and veneration." "If this dimension is missing, even sacramental communion can become a superficial gesture on our part," the pope said.

Pope Benedict said another misunderstanding -- one influenced "by a certain secular mentality" of the 1960s and '70s -- was the idea that the Bible teaches that with the coming of Christ, rituals and sacrifices no longer should have meaning; basically, he said, some people believe "the sacred no longer exists." It is true that Christ inaugurated a new form of worship, one tied less to a place and a ritual and more to his person, but people still need "signs and rites," the pope said. In fact, without its annual Corpus Christi procession, "the spiritual profile of Rome" would change."
By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service ROME (CNS via CNUA)

Friday, 8 June 2012

Festival of Corpus Christi in Arundel

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in Arundel Castle Grounds led by Bishop Kieran
Despite the rainy weather earlier in the day the sun shone and the heavens stayed dry for the Annual Mass and Blessed Sacrament Procession in Arundel. Bishop Kieran presided at the Mass in the Cathedral and in his homily reminded the packed Cathedral congregation the Eucharist was about remembering. A remembering of Christ's act in the Last Supper of the gift of a new covenant which was about the forgiveness of sins. For this we should always approach the Mass with an attitude of thanksgiving and gratitude.

Blessed Sacrament Procession through the town
 After Mass the Bishop then processed the Blessed Sacrament through the town follwed by clergy, knights and dames of various orders as well as a large group of laity before entering into Arundel Castle Grounds where there was Exposition and Benediction. The procession then returned to the Cathedral for a further period of prayer and final Benediction before the beautiful carpet of flowers was walked over as the Bishop left the Cathedral.

Carpet of Flowers celebrating the Queen's Jubilee, the Olympics and the Titanic
This weekend the Church in England and Wales celebrates the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ often known as Corpus Christi.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Surrey and Sussex Teams Retreat for Married Couples

Fr Ian leans on the wheelchair surronded by Married Couples
Gillian Meyer writes to tell us that:
"Fr. Ian Byrnes led a day of retreat at Penhurst Place, East Sussex, for the Bexhill/ Hastings Team, and some from Eastbourne. Fr. Ian reminded us that our vocation as Christians is to continually reflect, rethink, ask questions and respond to situations in which we find ourselves each day, not just on retreat ! We were given plenty on which to reflect during this helpful day and encouraged to proclaim God's love for everybody in the way in which we live our lives as married couples."

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Catenians Support Heart Attack Treatment

West Surrey Catenian President Mike Robins Presenting a £2000 cheque to Dr. Matt Faircloth, Consultant Cardiologist, (right) for a new hospital treatment laboratory at Frimley Park.
(Photo by George Reid)
Tony Tunstall from the Catenians reports:
"At the West Surrey Catenians dinner on the 1st May, President Mike Robins gave a cheque for £2000 to Dr. Matt Faircloth PhD MRCP, a Consultant Cardiologist at the nearby Frimley Park Hospital, to assist in the purchase of equipment for a second Cardiac Catheter Laboratory at the hospital. The cheque was the result of contributions to the President’s Charity during the past year.

Matt Faircloth used a screen presentation to show how angioplasty is used to save lives and alleviate problems in heart attack cases. This proved very interesting and there were many questions at the end – most members left in a reasonable optimistic mood!"

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee


Queen Elizabeth II with Pope Benedict XVI on the occasion of the Papal visit
© Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk

Prayer for the Queen
V. O Lord, save Elizabeth, our Queen.
R. And hear us on the day we call upon you.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come before you.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. and with your spirit.

Almighty God, we pray,
that your servant Elizabeth, our Queen,
who, by your providence has received the governance of this realm,
may continue to grow in every virtue,
that, imbued with your heavenly grace,
she may be preserved from all that is harmful and evil
and, being blessed with your favour
may, with her consort and the royal family,
come at last into your presence,
through Christ who is the way, the truth and the life
and who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen

For more about how the Catholic Church in England and Wales is celebrating the Jubilee visit the Bishops' Conference website