Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Fr Martin Breen RIP - Funeral Mass

Fr Martin Breen's funeral took place on Wednesday 25 November at St John the Evangelist in Tadworth, Surrey. The Mass was offered for repose of his soul by Bishop Richard Moth from Arundel & Brighton Diocese who was joined by priests and deacons from the Diocese as well as friends, family and parishioners.

Fr. Martin was born on 7th July 1933 and was educated in the CBS School, Co. Limerick, and the Thames Poly in Woolwich. He joined the De La Salle training college in Manchester and became a Brother, F.S.C. Among his teaching posts was one in Burma which ended at Independence.

Between January and June 1978 he studied for Priesthood at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh before joining the Beda College in Rome, October 1978 – June 1981. On the 14th July 1981 he was ordained a Priest along with Canon Bill Davern by the then Bishop Cormac in the Parish Church of Hospital, Co. Limerick.

Following ordination he was appointed as Assistant Priest to St. Paul’s, Haywards Heath 1981-1984. The Sacred Heart, Caterham 1984-1985 and St. Joachim’s, Hampden Park 1985. His first post as Parish Priest was to St. Charles Borromeo, East Worthing 1985-1991 (on his Feast he died), Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Frimley 1991-2000.

Marking the Millenium he took a sabbatical at Marianella for the Pastoral Ministry Programme. On return he ministered as Parish Priest of St. John the Evangelist, Tadworth from 2002 to his death on 4th November 2015.

The Diocese has lost a faithful, prayerful and gentle Priest – and a gifted golfer.

May he rest in peace.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Diocese Holds Successful Year of Mercy Preparation Day

Jeff Cavins on Year of Mercy
The Diocese of Arundel & Brighton kicked off its preparations for the Year of Mercy with a successful day of reflection led by Jeff Cavins on Saturday, November 14th at St Teresa’s School Effingham.

The day entitled 'Christ Looks at us with Mercy …And Calls Us to Discipleship'reflected on how in this Jubilee Year of Mercy we are called to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and to become his followers and disciples, and come off from the sidelines.

Jeff Cavins who is a former Protestant Pastor before he returned to the Catholic Church is well known for his presentations on the Bible for Catholics, helping them to discover afresh the great story of God's love revealed in the Scriptures. Many parishes in Arundel & Brighton Diocese have taken part in his Quick Journey Through the Bible 8 week course and are now tackling his longer Journey Through the Bible 24 week course.

The topics included in the day of reflection were:

God’s Amazing Plan for you - Jeff demonstrated the awesome power of God by looking at creation first from the macro level and then at the micro level. By observing God’s amazing creation, you will grow in awe and respond in praise. With God’s creation as a backdrop, Jeff introduced the astonishing truth that human beings are his most amazing creation and that to top it off, God wants a relationship with us.

The Call to Discipleship- Building on his first talk, Jeff continued to explain God’s desire to walk with us as he introduced the first-century relationship between a rabbi and his disciple as the metaphor for God’s relationship with us. Jeff described the life of a disciple two thousand years ago and then painted a picture of how that can become a reality for people today. This was a very practical talk about walking with God in a modern world.

Mary, Mercy and Mission - At the centre of Israel’s worship was the Ark of the Covenant, which housed the presence of God. This most precious of temple furnishings played a central role, both as the source of God’s presence but also his mercy. Jeff showed that the Ark, once hidden in a cave in the Old Testament, is discovered in the New Testament in a cave in Bethlehem. Mary, the new Ark of the Covenant, is the person that God used to introduce his mercy to the world.

Disciplines of a Disciple - In this talk, Jeff introduced some practical disciplines in the life of a modern-day disciple. You explained how to talk to Jesus on a daily basis by utilizing the ancient practice of Lectio Divina (divine reading). This practice of talking to God in Scripture and hearing his daily direction will transform your walk with Christ and enable you to meet problems with real direction and comfort. In addition, Jeff will share some of his personal practices that lead to a more fruitful relationship with Jesus.

You can see pictures of the day see the Diocesan Flickr site.

For further details of Jeff Cavins and his materials see http://ascensionpress.com

Friday, 13 November 2015

Bishop Richard Moth urges people to support 'Mental Health Equality’ campaign

Bishop Richard Moth in Arundel Cathedral
The Bishop of Arundel & Brighton and the Bishop with reponsibility for Mental Health, the Right Reverend Richard Moth, commented on the campaign:

"The campaign which is being launched today to treat mental health equally with physical health and ensure that those in need receive proper access to treatment and help is extremely important.

"I’ve become acutely aware just from our work on the Mental Health Project for the Bishops' Conference these past few years how prevalent is the need, and how often that need goes unmet.

"On behalf of our Bishops' Conference in England and Wales, and together with other churches and faith groups, I'm very glad to be supporting this vital cause, and I urge people to join this campaign for more resources for mental health by contacting their member of parliament."

Find out more information on the 'Mental Health Equality' campaign at equality4mentalhealth.uk