Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Canon Brian O'Sullivan Dies - Funeral Mass in Local Anglican Church

Canon Brian at Lourdes in the Grotto for Mass in 2011
Canon Brian O'Sullivan who died on Friday 21 August. His Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday 8 September at 12 Noon in the local Anglican Parish Church of St Andrew and St Cuthman Church, Vicarage Lane, Steyning BN44 3YL. This is with the kind permission of the Bishop of Chichester and reflects Canon Brian's commitment in his life to Christian Unity.

There will be Vigil Mass for him at 7pm on Monday 7 September at Christ the King, Bramber Road, Steyning BN44 3PB. Please pray for the repose of his soul.

May he rest in peace.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Sad Closure of St Joseph’s Care Home, Brighton

St Joseph's Care Home, Brighton
The Diocese of Arundel & Brighton was sad to hear of the closure of St Joseph’s Care Home, Brighton

The Institute of Our Lady of Mercy released a statement saying:
'It is with regret that the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy confirmed today August 19th that St Joseph’s Care Home, Brighton will be closing this autumn.

Since the initial announcement on July 6th of the proposal to close the Home a full consultation has been undertaken with the staff. At the same time residents and their families have been given support in finding other accommodation.

Sr Colette Cronin, the Institute Leader, said: “During this consultation period we have not received any viable alternative proposals that would enable us to keep the Home open. At this time, our priority is to ensure the well-being and safety of all remaining residents throughout the closure process. We are working to enable closure to take place by the end of October 2015 at the latest.

We will continue to offer our remaining residents and their families support to help find suitable alternative accommodation.

We know that this has been a very difficult period for residents, families and the staff. We would like to express our deep gratitude to our staff for their professionalism and loyalty. They have continued to offer the highest quality of care throughout this time.”

At the moment no decisions have been made about arrangements for the future of the property in the longer term.'

Monday, 10 August 2015

Year of Mercy Hymn by British Composer Paul Inwood

The Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization yesterday published on its ‘Jubilee of Mercy’ website the winning entry in an international competition for a hymn setting for the Holy Year of Mercy. The music has been written by Paul Inwood, an English Catholic liturgical composer well known on both sides of the Atlantic. A substantial number of composers from around the world were invited to submit settings to a committee whose members included Monsignor Massimo Palombella, Director of the Sistine Chapel Choir, which has recorded the new hymn with Vatican Radio.

Links to the score and audio recording are currently only on the Pontifical Council’s Italian website at and there is a YouTube video available at 

The hymn is currently available in Italian, English and French, and the author and composer have donated all rights in it to the Pontifical Council to aid its diffusion around the world. 

Paul Inwood said: “It is a great honour for me that my setting was selected for the Holy Year of Mercy. The text we were given has a Latin antiphon and Italian verses interspersed with refrains in Latin, like a kind of litany. My music is also a mixture, with elements in the style of a Taizé response and a Gelineau tone. The verses work in any language ― I provided French and English translations ― and I deliberately kept the music very simple so that even the smallest parishes can hopefully make use of it. There is also some more elaborate music: a brass prelude and interludes, and a choral coda which is included in the recording.” 

The Holy Year begins with the opening of the Holy Door in St Peter’s Basilica, Rome, on December 8th.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Bishop Richard Joins Hundreds of A&B Pilgrims in Lourdes

A&B Lourdes Helpers with one of the VIPs
Bishop Richard Moth has joined with the hundreds of Arundel & Brighton Lourdes Pilgrims who are in Lourdes for the annual diocesan pilgrimage. He will spend time with the VIPs who are the sick pilgrims, with the Redshirts and all the other helpers and pilgrims of the diocese not only in celebrating Mass together at various places in Lourdes but also in spending time in care of the sick and in prayer at the Grotto asking the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes for the people and diocese of Arundel & Brighton.

Redshirts hold umbrellas over VIPs in the rain