Saturday, 27 September 2014

Bishop Kieran Resigns

Bishop Kieran Conry has offered his resignation as Bishop of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton. In a statement he said:

Statement by Bishop Kieran Conry
I am sorry to confess that, going back some years, I have been unfaithful to my promises as a Catholic priest. I would like to reassure you that my actions were not illegal and did not involve minors.

As a result, however, I have decided to offer my resignation as bishop with immediate effect and will now take some time to consider my future.

I want to apologise first of all to the individuals hurt by my actions and then to all of those inside and outside the diocese who will be shocked, hurt and saddened to hear this.

I am sorry for the shame that I have brought on the diocese and the Church and I ask for your prayers and forgiveness.

There will be no further comment.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Blogs Away!

There will be no further updates on this Blog until after 16 October. 

In the meantime don't forget Festival 50 on 5th July 2014 at the Amex Stadium, Brighton:

Monday, 22 September 2014

An App to Follow and Learn about the Mass features a new app:
This educational app offers the Mass from a different point of view. It's called "Mass Explained” and it is the perfect way to understand and learn more about the meaning of the actions, words, signs and rites of the Mass.

It explains the Roman Rite, the Mass the majority of Catholics are familiar with. Additionally, it explores each section of the liturgy with prayers and unique gestures.

The app is interactive and includes 3D videos and panoramic photos. It also contains biblical references, quotes from the Fathers of the Church, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and encyclicals.

"Mass Explained” is available in English for the iPad.

Monday, 15 September 2014

St Peter's Wins Cricket Match against St Peter's!

Vatican and Brighton St Peter's Cricket Teams
St. Peter's Vatican lost the T20 game to St. Peter's Brighton

St. Peter's Brighton 168/6 (20 overs)

St. Peter's Vatican 114/9 (20 overs)

The Vatican team said "Congratulations to all our friends in Brighton for having offered us a wonderful day... Many thanks from the bottom of our hearts..."

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Ania’s 102nd Birthday Celebrations at St Joan of Arc Farnham

Ania Botwin with Great-Niece Gosia in St. Joan’s Centre, Farnham
On 6th August, Ania Botwin, a parishioner of St Joan of Arc in Farnham, celebrated her 102nd birthday. Mass on the following Sunday was celebrated for her intentions and Father Niven Richardson gave her a blessing and a special candle.

After Mass, many of the congregation joined her and family members for a drink and cake in St Joan’s Parish Centre. A lovely feature of this celebration was a Bach Gavotte for violin played by Gosia, Ania’s 16 year old great-niece. Gosia is studying violin in Warsaw and is spending two weeks holidaying with Ania and family in Farnham.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Want to find more information on Popes? There's an 'app' for that

Pope Francis is the 266th Pontiff in the history of the Catholic Church. He's obviously very popular, but the lives of other Popes, like Gregory X, aren't as well known.

Now, there's an 'app' for that. It's called Popes Encyclopedia and with one simple click the lives of every single Pope become available.

It allows users to choose information on the Popes by date, name, country or religious order.

Tapping on the cross will open the main menu. There one can find all kinds of information like the age of John XXIII upon his election, or where Pope Callistus III was born.

Users can also search topics ranging from the longest papacy to resignations and even Popes who have been canonized.

A picture of each Pope can be found along with a card that lists key details about their lives. Popes Encyclopedia is available for iPhone and Android smartphones.