Monday, 30 June 2014

Diocesan Festival Wonderful Celebration

Bishop Kieran Celebrating Mass 
Making Friends

Having Fun
Here to help
People enjoying indoor picnics
One of the many volunteers

Monday, 23 June 2014

Diocesan Festival 2014 Days Away

Bishop Kieran invites all to the Diocesan Festival this coming Sunday 29 June at St Wilfrids, Crawley. Be there! 

Day starts at 10am and ends with Mass at 3pm. For more information and to book workshops go to 

Friday, 20 June 2014

Papal Nuncio's Visit to Arundel & Brighton Diocese

Archbishop Mennini enjoying his visit to the diocese
Archbishop Antonio Mennini, the Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain recently ended a two day visit to the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton.

During the visit he attended the Good Shepherd service at Worth Abbey where he was presented with a cheque for over £12,000 for Missio from the Catholic Schools of the Diocese.

The Nuncio then spent the afternoon with the clergy of the diocese and seminarians at St John's Seminary, Wonersh ending with a festive Mass of St John and meal in celebration.

The Nuncio stayed with Bishop Kieran Conry overnight before meeting with some of the religious of the diocese in Gossops Green, then moving on to meet diocesan staff in the Christian Education Centre in Crawley and then ending the day at Arundel Cathedral for the Carpet of Flowers and Corpus Christi Festival where he led the Blessed Sacrament procession through the town.

On leaving he thanked Bishop Kieran for a wonderful two days and left impressed by what he had seen and the many people he had met.

Archbishop Mennini at Blessed Sacrament Procession in Arundel
preceded by Flower Girls

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Carpet of Flowers and Corpus Christi at Arundel Cathedral

Carpet of Flowers at Arundel Cathedral 2014
Picture by Francis Fernandes
Today 19 June 2014 the second day of the Carpet of Flowers at Arundel Cathedral Bishop Kieran will be joined by the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Antonio Mennini for a Mass for Corpus Christi at 5.30pm followed by the procession of the Blessed Sacrament from the Cathedral to the Arundel Castle Grounds where he will lead prayers and Benediction.

This is the second day of the visit of the Nuncio to the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton, having spent the first day at Worth Abbey for the Good Shepherd service with the Catholic schools of the diocese and at St John's seminary near Guildford where he met with seminarians training for the priesthood and members of the clergy of the diocese. The day ended with Mass and a festive supper.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Canon Gerry Coates Celebrates Diamond Jubilee

Canon Gerry Coates in the sacristy at Arundel Cathedral after his jubilee Mass. His two close friends, Fr Phil Matthias is on the left and Bishop Howard Tripp is on the right. Fr Matthias who was from the same parish as Canon Gerry and was ordained on the same day also (obviously!) celebrates his Diamond Jubilee this year while Bishop Tripp celebrated his, last year.

Canon Gerry is now retired and living in Bognor Regis. We give thanks for his many years of priestly ministry and wish him many more. Ad Multos Annos!

Monday, 16 June 2014

Right to Life Day of Prayer - St Peter's, Shoreham

Pope Francis kisses young baby in St Peter's Square
On Friday 27th June , the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Parish of Our Lady Queen of Peace, Adur Valley is arranging A Day of Prayer for the Right to Life.

This is to be held at St Peter’s Church,Shoreham-by-sea from 12 Noon until 6.0pm.

The Day of Prayer will include Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in and through her Immaculate Heart to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. And will comprise times of silence plus community prayer.

This is to commemorate the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act leading to the deaths of over 7 million unborn children and to unite ourselves with a day of prayerful reparation before the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome and are invited to just drop in at any time or even to unite themselves in prayer.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Arundel & Brighton Certificate in Catechesis - Programme for 2014

Session 1 - Sat 20 Sept or 11Oct 2014 (TBC)
Speaker - Fr Stephen Ortiger OSB
‘Retreat Day – ‘Called by Jesus Christ to be a Catechist’

Session 2 - Sat 22nd November 2014
Speaker - Fr Kevin O’Donnell
‘Encountering Jesus—Scripture, Church and Sacraments’

Session 3 - Sat 24th January 2015
Speaker - Fr Rob Esdaile
‘Not Less Than Everything - The Catholic Way of Catechesis’

Session 4 - Sat 7th March 2015
Speaker - Fr Jonathan How
‘Celebrating the Christian mystery in Liturgy’

Session 5 - Sat 18th April 2015
Speaker - Sr Anne Dunne
‘Personal spirituality and leading others to prayer’

Session 6 - Sat 6th June 2015
Speaker - David Wills
‘Mission – being and bringing the Good News to others’

Booking is essential – places are limited so please discuss your application with your Parish Priest.

For further information, or to book, please contact David Wills on 01293 651157 or

Friday, 13 June 2014


The seventh Evangelium weekend residential conference on explaining the Catholic Faith in the modern world will be held Friday 1 August (2pm) to Sunday 3 August 2014 (5pm) at the Reading Oratory School. Information and registration can be found on the Evangelium website:

The conference provides opportunities for young Catholics, especially 18 – 35, to learn more about the faith, to pray, and be spiritually refreshed in the beautiful setting of the Oratory School near Reading. Guest speakers for Evangelium 2014 will include:

• Rt. Rev Philip Egan, Bishop of Portsmouth

• Joanna Bogle – Broadcaster and Writer

• Lynette Burrows – Journalist, Social Commentator and Family Rights Activist

• Mary Killeen – Director of Marriage and Family studies at Maryvale Institute

• Fr Marcus Holden – Maryvale Tutor, Custodian of the National Shrine of St Augustine, Ramsgate

• Dr William Newton – International Theology Institute

• Fr Armand de Malleray – Chaplain of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter

• Fr Andrew Pinsent – Theology Faculty of Oxford and former CERN physicist

A new feature of the conference from summer 2014 will be the ability to build a personalised short course of four sessions, with a summaries and references provided for ongoing reading, selected from one of the fourfold areas of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: CREED, SACRAMENTS, MORALS, and PRAYER. Annual conferences that present a variety of talks within these themes will enable regular participants to build up a body of knowledge year by year

Conference posters are available here: Evangelium conference poster 2014. The conference is co-organised by a priest of Arundel and Brighton, Fr Andrew Pinsent.


With generous assistance from the Catholic Truth Society and the Reading Oratory School, the cost of the weekend is only £95, which includes conference materials, accommodation and all meals from dinner on Friday to lunch on Sunday. A reduced price of £65 is also available on request to those in need. To register for the 2014 Evangelium Conference, either:

• fill in and submit the online conference registration form.

or, to print a form to register and pay by post:

• download the conference leaflet and booking form.


• “A great opportunity to pray and meet other committed Catholics; it was very valuable to be made aware of the wider network of Catholics in Britain and beyond.”

• “It was very helpful to me to be able to spend a weekend away concentrating totally on my faith, with periods of adoration and prayer.”

• “All of the talks were very helpful, packed with useful knowledge – a great opportunity for theological and spiritual enrichment in a short period of time.”

• “A combination of excellent talks with many opportunities for prayer and the sacraments – food for the mind, body and soul.”

• “A great opportunity to discuss spiritual issues with educated and like-minded persons … The conference inspired me to evangelise once again. I feel so encouraged to meet such lovely people who have also taught me so much.”

• “I have been inspired and encouraged to express my faith and witness to others … This conference restored and rekindled my desire to be part of the re-evangelisation of England, and the rest of Great Britain and Ireland.”

• “There was a wonderful friendly atmosphere … I appreciated this conference from the bottom of my heart.”

• “The Apologetics Panel was the highlight … tremendous value in terms of hearing how to answer difficult questions and defend the faith.”

The Evangelium Conferences in recent years have also provided an opportunity for interviews for a series of catechetical DVDs published by St Anthony Communications and sold in the UK and the US (by Ignatius Press). The most recent video is, “Prayer: A Surge of the Heart.”

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

What's going on in Syria and what's the Church doing to help? says 'Syria's civil war is still raging. But beyond its borders, many are becoming desensitized to the conflict and its violence.

In some Syrian cities, dozens of people are killed every day. In light of this crisis the Vatican is doubling its efforts to help victims. During a recent meeting in Rome, Catholic organizations, who work out on the ground, discussed new strategies to increase support.

MSGR.MARIO ZENARI - Nuncio in Damascus, Syria
"The biggest challenge is the war itself. When there's shooting and crossfire, humanitarian efforts are limited, because workers have to risk their lives to help out. Sometimes the challenge is a mere lack of good will from different groups.”

Twenty five Catholic charitable organizations are helping refugees in neighboring countries and also Syrians who still live in the country. The help is given to all, regardless of religious beliefs. Even though Christians are a minority, some say their presence eases the tension.

MICHEL CONSTANTIN - Director, Catholic Near East Welfare
"When militants from the opposition wanted to get out of the city of Homs, they asked, what guarantee do we have? You see neither side trusted one another. So a Catholic priest, decided to ride the bus with the militants as their guarantee. It was a way to get the city back in order and back to its people. The old city of Homs is mainly inhabited by Christian families. The role of the Christians in the Middle East has always served as bridges between different people who are in conflict.”

It's estimated that about 2 millions refugees have gone to neighboring countries like Lebanon. Roughly 10,000 people cross the border every day to escape the violence and instability. As the war continues, Church groups are looking at the bigger picture, including the sale of weapons in these conflict ridden areas.

MICHEL ROY - Secretary General , Caritas International
"If we want peace, we can't sell arms at the same time. Often in these type of civil wars within countries, it's the international interests that are vested interest from abroad that entertained the world and civilian population are the victims. There are for nothing in that’s but the only ones to die and suffer.”

The Pope of course has been very vocal about his opposition to the war in Syria and itsrippling effects on the Middle East. He warns about a sense of indifference, where the world can get used to the war...a war that according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has claimed the lives of more than 160,000 people.'

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Congratulations to New Deacon Colin Purchase

Bishop Kieran with new Deacon Colin Purchase, his wife Mary and their young grandson
Many congratulations to Colin Purchase who was ordained a deacon by Bishop Kieran on Thursday 5th June at St Thomas More Catholic Church in Seaford.

He was ordained on a lovely summer's evening in the presence of a large number of parishioners, several former parish priests of Seaford, his current parish priest, Canon Paul Jennings and a number of his fellow deacons.

Wishing him every blessing in his new ministry in the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Our Lady's Choir in Oxford

Choir members with Eric Foster outside Merton College, Oxford
Thirteen members of Our Lady of Lourdes choir from Haslemere spent a wonderful day in Oxford meeting up with their regular organist, Eric Foster, who is the present Junior Organ Scholar at St John’s College.

After 11 am sung Sunday Mass, three cars left Haslemere for Oxford, gathering first in Eric’s rooms before being taken on a tour of the College and seeing all the town’s famous sights. Having studied at Merton many years earlier, one of the group was also able to show off the attractive parts of his old College.

At 6 pm all gathered in St John’s Chapel for Evensong where Eric shared conducting the choir and playing the organ. Here the highlights were the beautiful sung anthem, Harris’s ‘Faire is the Heaven’ and Eric’s final Voluntary, ‘Litanies’ by Alain.

Following sherry with the choir and congregation, everyone adjourned to the magnificent dining hall. A traditional harmonised grace preceded the delicious meal known as a ‘Formal’, and the excellent roast beef and apple pie was much enjoyed.

All agreed it had been a really magical day.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Golden Couple Celebrate at Wadhurst

The Golden Couple and their family
Sacred Heart Parish, Wadhurst were delighted to join with and Tim and Anne O'Rorke in celebrating Mass for their golden wedding on May 23. They were married at Brompton oratory and have spent all their married life in Wadhurst Parish.

Anne has been Catechist, Sacristan and ran the holy shop over many years as well as bringing up their family. She was awarded the Bene merenti for her dedicated work. Tim has been our money man, calmly and competently steering us through decimalisation, gift aid and many other headache inducing situations. Sacred Heart Parish is indebted to them both for their generosity.