Friday, 17 July 2015

Youth Vigil at Festival 50

Kneeling in adoration of Blessed Sacrament
The first part of Festival 50 to kick off was the Youth Vigil on the Saturday night. About three hundred people were there, many of whom then slept overnight!

Groups of young people and young adults started arriving at the Stadium at about 4.30 on Saturday, greeted by a fantastic welcome team and an array of games, stalls and other activities. (If you’ve never seen a monk having a sword fight with a foam sword, then you’ve probably missed the only chance you’re likely to get!). At seven o'clock the vigil itself kicked off, and the young people present (aged about 14 to 35) were treated to some fantastic talks, some excellent live music from ‘One Hope Project’, and to an incredibly moving hour of adoration, with prayer ministry and the Sacrament of Reconciliation on offer.

After the vigil ended, many of the participants went home to return the next day, while some camped out for the night in the Stadium’s Heineken suite. Not the best night’s sleep to be sure, but a wonderful experience! For those who couldn’t sleep, there was also adoration throughout the night.

There was also a dedicated youth stream on the Sunday morning, again very well attended.

It was really lovely to see so many young people entering in to Festival 50, and it was so amazing to see so many young adults, clergy and others working so hard to make their experience a good one.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

11,000 People Celebrate 50 Golden Years for the Diocese with Festival 50

Sunday 5th July saw 11,000 people from across Surrey and Sussex celebrated the Golden Jubilee of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton at the Amex Stadium in Falmer, near Brighton. This is the largest Catholic event in the United Kingdom since the visit of Pope Benedict XVI.

Bishop Richard said: “This is indeed a grand day for our Diocese as we celebrate 50 years since our foundation in 1965. It is truly wonderful to see so many from right across our Diocese gathered to celebrate our history, the Church that we are today and the future to which we look with hope and trust in the power of the Holy Spirit at work in his people.”

The climax of the day was a Mass of Thanksgiving in the Stadium at 3pm led by Bishop Richard alongside the priests, deacons and people of the Diocese.

Bishop Richard went onto speak in his homily for the need for the people of the Diocese to be formed in faith, be a people of prayer and to go out in mission to the world to share God’s mercy.

He concluded his homily saying: “As we celebrate Jubilee, we look to the future with confidence. The task is indeed great, but it is in our weakness that we find strength. There is no need for fear, therefore, but there is a need for prayer, for formation and a wholehearted response to the call to Mission that is the life of the Church. Let us, then go forward in hope, ever more closely conformed to Christ, who is with us always; yes, to the end of time.”

Read his homily in full (PDF version).

You can see pictures of the day on the Bishops' Conference Flickr site and the Diocesan Flickr site

Friday, 3 July 2015

Bishop Richard Moth sets out from Arundel Cathedral with Walking Pilgrimage to Festival 50

Friday morning 3rd July Bishop Richard celebrated Mass in Arundel Cathedral and blessed those walking in pilgrimage over the South Downs to the Amex Stadium at Falmer, near Brighton for Sunday 5 July. After the Mass and blessing he joined them for part of the first day's walk.

On Saturday he will join the hundreds of volunteers preparing the Stadium to receive thousands of visitors on Sunday. Bishop Richard will then join the Young People of the Diocese for their Night Vigil of Prayer taking one of the middle of the night shifts of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.

Finally, after a few hours of sleep he will meet the people arrriving at the coach park and railway station for the day. At 3pm he will then preside at the Mass of Thanksgiving for the Golden Jubilee of the Diocese.

All are welcome to come along as entry is free.