Tuesday, 30 April 2013

A Service of Healing - First Friday Mass

Fr Kieron Gardiner prays for healing with members of the congregation
"When I feel the touch of your hand upon my life". This opening line of one of the hymns sums up the essence of the first Friday Healing Mass at the Sacred Heart Church, Caterham. During the Mass, all those who wish are invited to come up for laying on of hands and anointing with oil, not only as themselves but on behalf of anyone in need of healing.

The almost full church at 10.00 a.m. and the length of the queue down the aisle are evidence of how much this is appreciated, as also is the testimony from parishioners. One, Ruth, said "I feel as if Jesus is putting his hand on me and I experience peace." Another, Lis, said "It is a most beautiful service and I look forward to it each month. In my heart I bring various members of my family with me". For another, the meditative singing of the hymns add a most prayerful atmosphere.

At the end of Mass there is Benediction which includes litany-like prayers thanking God for the gift of the Eucharist, in addition to the traditional hymns and prayers. During Lent, after the gospel, there is a meditation of two or three of the Stations of the Cross. 

Many other churches in the Diocese offer such services of healing every month.

Photo Ann Lardeur

Monday, 29 April 2013

To the Tomb of St Peter! - Vocation Discernment Pilgrimage

Bishop Kieran, Archbishop Vincent and Cardinal Cormac with Pope Francis
Fr Terry Martin, Vocations Director for Arundel & Brighton Diocese offers an invitation to young men and women:
A pilgrimage to Rome - at the invitation of the Holy Father - for all who are on a vocation journey.

Discerning God's call in your life? Trying to work out what the Holy Spirit is saying to you? Want to do it God's way, not your own? This pilgrimage could be for you! It's a wonderful opportunity to meet people from all over the world who are daring to ask the question 'What does God want me to do with my life?'. 

From Weds 03 to Mon 08 July (on a 24 hour coach to and from Rome; this is a pilgrimage after all!). Cost £350. Can you come? Would you like to come? The coach still has some spaces .... We will sort accommodation and food. Why not come along? You know you want to!

For more information contact vocations@dabnet.org  

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Love, Marriage and Fertility Seminar on 30th April

God is Love and He shows us the meaning of love and a vision of marriage. This session is open to anyone – but particularly relevant to engaged couples and those who wish to enrich their marriage. The evening will include a presentation on natural fertility and give positive alternatives to contraception and IVF.

It would be helpful it you could advise if you are able to attend, however prior booking is not essential.

Further details from Fr Graham Ricketts 01273 302903, deans.newsletter@ntlworld.com 

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Haywards Heath Catenians Supports Sightsavers Programme in Zimbabwe

Presentation of cheque to Sightsavers
President Barry Prior of Haywards Heath Catenian Circle  in Arundel & Brighton Diocese presented a cheque for £1,700.95 to Jan Gibb of the charity Sightsavers following the final meeting and dinner of his presidential year. Barry requested that this money raised by his President's charity be used for the benefit of those in Zimbabwe. 

The sum donated will pay for 34 child or 60 adult cataract operations or provide medicine to protect 24,285 people / 5000 families from River Blindness for one year - amazing!

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Surrey Salesian Parish & School Supports Indian Salesian Project

Salesian Six Formers visiting Salesian Ashalayam Project
St Anne's Chertsey reports:
The news focuses on the Don Bosco Ashalayam Project, pioneered by Fr Andrew Ebrahim SDB, the Rector of the Salesian community responsible for the Parish and Head of Year 7 in the Salesian School. Over the past few years the school's link with the Salesian work in Kolkata has grown exponentially. The Sixth Formers' Nominated Charity is the Don Bosco Ashalayam. This is a street children project that has been run by the Salesians in Kolkata for the past 25 years. Fr Ebrahim and a teaching colleague recently visited the project with a group of Sixth Form students who paid for the visit by raising funds and through sponsorship by the School.

Most recently Brendan and Maureen Reynolds, who have given tremendous support to this Parish over the years, organised their 3rd successful fund raising event supporting Ashalayam sponsored by the Beijing Restaurant. Fr Andrew gave a very moving speech about the charity and explained that whatever funds were raised actually resulted in 70 times the value to Ashalayam in Kolkota. Brendan reports that “there was fantastic support from the Parishioners at St Anne’s, Salesian School, local business people making the whole evening truly ‘community’. It was a packed restaurant with over 80 people attending. Total funds raised, including donations, were £5,800 by dinner plate money, heads and tails, a raffle and a fun auction.The raffle and auction items were generously donated by several restaurants in Chertsey, Weybridge and Virginia.”

Such events, together with the support from the staff and students from Salesian School constitute tangible links between home school and parish making this project truly Salesian. Besides major fundraising events, the support from the project throughout the year is constant, with, for example, 19 parishioners sponsoring a child through monthly contributions, enabling the children to take advantage of educational opportunities. They in the future will be able, in St John Bosco’s words, to “earn their bread with honest work.”

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

John Paul II Foundation for Sports Supports Guildford Goldhawks

Fr Vlad of John Paul II Foundation and Alex Sarama
St Peter's School, Guildford reports:
Guildford Goldhawks are the latest club to be awarded Sport England – England Basketball Clubmark. The Clubmark award is aimed at junior clubs and indicates that the club provides a safe and open environment for their young participants and do a good job of developing players, coaches, officials and basketball in general.

Club Director, Alex Sarama, said, “Clubmark is a fantastic addition to what has been a great year for us – we have visited Euroleague Club Asseco Prokom Gdynia in Poland, establishing a link with their junior academy and enjoyed events such as taking part in the Olympic Torch Relay.

We have increased in membership by over 600% since our inauguration last season, growing from 25 to 176 registered members. We are pleased at the opportunities Clubmark presents, and we will be using it to launch many exciting projects over the next few months. We are very grateful to England Basketball for their support, in particular Bev Guymon who has been instrumental throughout the process.”

Guildford Goldhawks will now receive a Clubmark Incentive Scheme grant of £500 and will also be entitled to further Clubmark Incentive Scheme payments in the future. Part of the club's funding also now comes from the John Paul II Foundation for Sport which was set up in 2010 in the wake of Pope Benedict's visit to UK

The club recently saw the launch of Guildford Goldhawks Basketball Club’s ‘Going for Gold’ Scheme in the St Peter’s Sports Hall. To celebrate both the success of being awarded Clubmark and also to help launch the new scheme a number of distinguished guests were invited. Guests included MP for Guildford, Anne Milton, the Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Jennifer Jordan, Mgr. Vladimir Felzmann, CEO of the John Paul II Foundation for Sport, Active Surrey Sports Development Manager, Eli Karlicka-Cook, and Andy Rudman, Executive Committee Member of Sport Guildford.

The Club has a close relationship with St Peter’s, and they were also delighted to welcome Headteacher, Robert Guinea, School Sports Coordinator, Laura Boon, and Marketing Manager, Tania Cantoni, to the event.

Our guests then stayed to watch an exhibition match between our U14 Boys & Girls Teams. Alex is a Year 13 student at St Peter’s School and he said “The Club would like to thank St Peter’s for their continued support of Guildford Goldhawks.”

Through the “Going for Gold” scheme the Club hopes to achieve getting 1000 children aged between 8–16 playing Basketball over the next 12 months. St Peter’s is the main Goldhawks Satellite School and Goldhawks coaches run the school teams, helping contribute to the success of the St Peter’s Basketball Programme. For more information please visit www.guildfordgoldhawks.com

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Bandstand Banter - Global Fairtrade and Local Cooperation

Bishop Kieran, Henry Smith MP and Mayor with supporters
Crawley Parish reports:
"Bishop Kieran Conry, Henry Smith MP, Crawley Mayor Keith Blake and Sally Blake, the Mayor’s wife, together with several councillors and local dignitaries demonstrated their support for Fairtrade recently.

Along with shoppers and passersby, they enjoyed a cup of freshly brewed, fairly traded, tea, coffee or hot chocolate served by members of the Crawley Fairtrade team, Crawley Interfaith Network and crews from assorted groups and communities from in and around Crawley at the Bandstand in Crawley town centre. 

Their assistance was greatly appreciated. The event provided the opportunity for all those interested to contribute ideas and suggestions concerning the prospect of seeking Fairtrade status for Crawley, a standard conferred by the Fairtrade Foundation on those towns, villages and other communities and organisations able to demonstrate their consistent commitment to the Fairtrade ideal.

Their encounter was well met and some very constructive exchanges took place. No doubt we’ll see the fruits of their collaboration in due course - and so hopefully will the World’s Fairtrade producers.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Diocese Looks to Gift Aid Banking on the Internet

The Diocesan Gift Aid team write:
"IF HIS HOLINESS can twitter, the Diocesan Gift Aid team can lead all parish and school Gift Aid organisers into the merits of Internet Banking. This will soon become a reality - enabling the transfer of standing order donation details electronically, from parish or school bank accounts straight into the on-line GiftWise system.

While most readers of this article will lose the plot at this point and find this an excellent moment to get up and make a cup of tea, this initiative will save a group of our Diocesan family considerable time. Gift Aid organisers are being invited to learn more about this ground-breaking initiative at this year’s AGM to be held at St Paul’s Catholic College, Burgess Hill on Saturday 27th April.

The day starts with a GiftWise seminar at noon, at which the Diocesan team will give hands-on demonstrations of how this user-friendly system works. It’s a time to ask those awkward questions organisers are often too embarrassed to ask over the phone or via the internet.

The AGM itself will start at 2.30 pm in the College’s main hall, followed by Mass at 4 pm celebrated by Bishop Kieran with the assistance of Fr Rick from Burgess Hill. The day will conclude with a ‘thank-you’ supper for all the hard working organisers.

Let’s face it – the subject of Gift Aid will never set the world alight, but look a bit closer at the statistics. So far this financial year, Gift Aid has been claimed on over £4.7m of your donations, resulting in £1.2m being reclaimed from the Treasury. Still not impressed?"

Saturday, 20 April 2013

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BIG BONUS: Input the promo code 102150 within the app (click the Lighthouse image in the bottom left corner and go to "Menu" to find where to enter the promo code) and you'll also get True Worship, by Fr. Michael Schmitz. I know folks who love this talk so much that they listen to it over and over and over again.

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Thursday, 18 April 2013

Golden Wedding Anniversary in Horsham

Robin and Margaret Sherfield celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with their family at the Vigil Mass at St John the Evangelist in Horsham earlier this year. Parish priest Fr Richard concelebrated the Mass with Fr Leo Mooney of Southwark Archdiocese. Deacon Tom Murray assisted. Fr Leo married Robin and Margaret 50 years ago. 

Congratulations from Pope Benedict to Robin and Margaret
At the end of the Mass Fr Richard gave Robin and Margaret a wedding anniversary blessing and Fr Leo presented them with a Papal Blessing (pictured) - one of the last from Pope Benedict XVI before his resignation became effective 5 days later. 

Story: David White Picture: Emmanuel Chimezie

Monday, 15 April 2013

A&B Diocesan Media Day - Bishop Kieran to attend

Spaces are still available at the Diocesan Media on Saturday 20 April and Bishop Kieran has confirmed that he will attend the day as we look at improving the format and content of the A&B News.
To book a place click here

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Digital Kickstart Day

Want to get a firm grounding in the principles of new media and gain key knowledge of how to effectively use social media?

Want to get the right website and practical ideas that you can use in your church or other Christian context?

Then this free training day at Suncoast Church, Eastbourne on Saturday 18th May is for you.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Pope Francis: Act Decisively against Sexual Abuse

Vatican News Service reports that:
"The Holy Father received in audience (on 5th April) Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. A communique released by that dicastery reads that, during the course of the audience, various issues pertaining to the Congregation were discussed. 

In particular, the Holy Father recommended that the Congregation, continuing along the lines set by Benedict XVI, act decisively with regard to cases of sexual abuse, first of all by promoting measures for the protection of minors, as well as in offering assistance to those who have suffered abuse, carrying out due proceedings against the guilty, and in the commitment of bishops' conferences to formulate and implement the necessary directives in this area that is so important for the Church's witness and credibility. 

The Holy Father assured that victims of abuse are present in a particular way in his prayers for those who are suffering.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Gloria in Excelsis!

Fr Frank Harrington hands certificate to Gloria
St Dunstan's Parish, Woking.
"Congratulations to longstanding parishioner, Gloria Holmes of St Dunstan's, Woking.

Gloria is seen here receiving the Papal Medal Benemerenti for her outstanding commitment to the pastoral and liturgical life of the parish.

This award acknowledges Gloria's significant contribution to our parish as a Reader,
Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, CWL and SVP member and also her charitable activities in the wider Woking community."

Friday, 5 April 2013

Golden Jubilee in Rotherfield

Fr Matin, Bishop Kieran and Fr Kevin
Earlier this year St Peter's Rotherfield looked back to 1963 in celebrating the Golden Jubilee of the consecration of the church. We were privileged that Bishop Kieran was able to concelebrate Mass with both our former priest Fr.Kevin Gaskin and our present priest Fr.Martin O'Connor and that Yvonne Kennedy whose family were prime movers in getting the church built was present and is still an active member of the parish.

The Mass was beautifully sung in Latin with an especially lovely Ave Verum and afterwards we all gathered at Nick and Daphne Bagshawe's house to celebrate with liquid refreshments.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

There's been a Murder!

The Players at the Farnham Parish Murder Mystery Evening Revealing the Solution.
St. Joan of Arc Parish, Farnham held a Murder Mystery evening on in St. Joan’s Centre. There were over 60 people present, many dressed as Chicago gangsters or their molls, trying to solve the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. A small professional group acted the parts and the audience had to work out who the killer was. The drama was enacted between the courses of an excellent 3-course meal served by parishioners, including three of the Farnham based Holy Spirit Sisters.

Few people managed to solve the very convoluted mystery successfully but all seemed to enjoy it immensely and the evening raised £418 for the Parish Transformation Fund.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Hope from Horror - Story of a Holocaust Survivor

Dorit Oliver Wolff, Holocaust survivor with students of St Paul's
Carolyn Russell, Year 13, St. Paul’s Catholic College, Burgess Hill reports:
"Earlier this year the students and staff at St. Paul’s Catholic College had the honour of welcoming Dorit Oliver Wolff into College to speak to Years 9, 12 and 13 of her personal Holocaust experience.  

She told us of her life from five to nine years old and described the constant dehumanisation of the minority groups in Nazi - occupied Europe. However, despite her sombre topic, Dorit also, humorously, focussed on the positives and on hope, with an extract “My Little Christmas Tree” read from her soon to be published book and she pressed upon us the importance of the similarities between all peoples. Dorit urged the students and staff not to focus on the differences between us, which often lead to trouble, but the similarities that join all people together. She reminded us that, for many, the Holocaust did not end after the liberation of the camps in 1945 as persecution continued into post- war peace, due to the survivors marked differences to other social groups.

Dorit’s visit had a huge impact on Sixth Form, with one Year 12 student commenting: "Learning to respect other people independent of their race or religion is one of the biggest lessons you can learn. Dorit made me realise how lucky I am". We, as a collective, having listened to Dorit, are in a powerful position. We are possibly the last generation to benefit from personal first- hand accounts from survivors, such as Dorit. It is our responsibility to ensure their stories are not lost and are retold to future generations. Only by this can we to try to prevent the persecution and atrocities such as the Holocaust, Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur from reoccurring.

It truly is only by learning from the mistakes of the past that we can make a better tomorrow."