Friday, 21 April 2017

Charity Concert - Friar Alessandro, 'Voice from Assisi'

Friar Alessandro
A charity concert on Saturday 6th May at 7.45pm, supported by the RC Archdiocese of Southwark and hosted by St George's Cathedral, featuring the much acclaimed 'Voice from Assisi' Friar Alessandro Brustenghi.

A collection will be taken during this concert, and the proceeds will be shared by: The CAFOD East Africa Crisis Appeal and Caritas Bakihta House supporting women who have escaped human trafficking.

Download poster from the Diocesan website for more information.

Admission: with reserved ticket only available by clicking here.  

You can also see him perform here on YouTube

Thursday, 20 April 2017

In the Footsteps of the Nazarene: Fr. Behnam Benoka

In a return visit to the west, Fr. Benoka has granted us another interview in "In the Footsteps of the Nazarene." Fr. Benoka is an Iraqi priest residing in Kurdistan, where he founded several dispensaries and medical centers for Iraqi refugees who have left their homes because of persecution. 

In this program, he informs us on the current situation of the Christians in Iraqi Kurdistan: their concerns, the current health situation, the miracles that they witness every day thanks to Providence that allows them to continue onwards and on which they "hang." Moreover, Fr. Behnam Benoka takes us deeper into the reality of the conflict that, sooner or later, will leave its mark on Europe. He encourages us to defend the Christian roots of a continent which, little by little, is being Islamized at an accelerated pace.

Follow Him who is the Truth and His witnesses, in "In the footsteps of the Nazarene." See 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Bishop Richard Moth's Homily for Chrism Mass - a Mission of Service

Bishop Richard ordaining a priest
©A& Diocese 2017
Whenever we gather for the Chrism Mass, the Church is truly present: people, deacons, priests, bishop and today’s liturgy presents us with a wonderful moment to reflect on the call that the Lord gives to his Church.

This call is reflected in our Liturgy today most especially through the focus on the great gift of the Sacraments that the Lord has given to us and on the renewal of Priestly Service.

The Church exists to call people together in the love that exists in the Blessed Trinity. We are called to live in relationship with one another and within the never-ending love that we experience in Father, Son and Spirit. The Church has, therefore, a very clear mission. It is the mission of Jesus Himself. It is foreshadowed by the prophet Isaiah and taken up explicitly by Jesus Himself in his words in the Synagogue in Nazareth.

The Particular Church that is our Diocese has the task of bringing the good news to the poor, proclaiming liberty to captives, sight to the blind, freedom for the downtrodden and the bringing about of the Lord’s year of favour. In a society that is so often driven by a secularist agenda, this call from Christ takes on a particular and challenging significance. Indeed, at this present time in the history of this country, when so many are experiencing times of uncertainty, the message of the Gospel – calling people into unity as children of the Father – offers the only real answer. This Mission of the Church – of our Diocese – is as vital as it has ever been.

In the Liturgy of the Church, we express what we believe, what we know to be true. In today’s celebration we bless and consecrate the Oils that will be used in the administration of the Sacraments. These Oils speak to us of our mission:

The Welcome that is offered to the Catechumen, the one preparing for Baptism: This is at the centre of our Mission, for Baptism is the gateway to the Christian Life, that moment of union with the Blessed Trinity in whose love we are called to live.

The comfort and healing that is brought to the sick and the dying in the Sacrament of the Sick: The mission to the weak is at the centre of our Mission, for it is at the centre of Jesus’ ministry too. We recognise the suffering Christ in the one who suffers. Every one of us is called to reach out to the poor and disadvantaged – something of which Pope Francis reminds is very often in his call for the Church to live in simplicity and in openness to the weakest in our world.

The service of the Church: expressed in the Chrism that is consecrated today. This oil, used in the year ahead in Sacrament of Confirmation and in the Ordination of Priests brings is the sign of the outpouring of the Spirit on those whom Christ calls and enables to be committed to the Christian Life and to the leadership through service to the Church. The Church is a Servant Church – and very often in today’s world a Suffering Servant Church. If we lose sight of Service, we lose sight of who we are called to be.

Our Diocesan Family must be a place of Welcome – welcome for our Catholic Community, especially those who, for whatever reason, have become a little detached from the community of faith. We must also be a Serving Church. It is in that Service to which Christ calls us in today’s Gospel that we shall truly become the community of faith we are called to be.

Our priests will soon re-commit themselves to the Service to which they were called at Ordination. We rejoice in their commitment and each of you is called to pray for them and for me too. As they make their renewal of Priestly Promises, I invite everyone in this Cathedral Church and all in the Diocese to pray for our priests and for vocations to the Priesthood.

Let us also reflect on the call to service that is the joy of every one of the baptised. Service to family and loved ones, service to the wider world and most especially the weak, oppressed and those who have lost sight of the God who loves them. In the measure that we do not reach our in welcome, healing and service – in that measure we are less than the Church we are called to be.

Service must be a constant reality for us. As we receive the One who gave all out of love for us, surely our truly valid response must be Service of our brothers and sisters, motivated solely by the love we have first received.

The Oils, this celebration of the Eucharist, the Renewal of Promises that take place this evening: All are calls to Service and Mission. May our Diocese be truly a community of Mission – the Mission in which Christ Himself calls us to share.

Bishop of Arundel & Brighton

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Bishop Richard Moth Launches Flood Relief Appeal for Peru

As a result of severe flooding hit Peru in March affecting both countryside and cities including areas in our twin Diocese of Chulucanas, where priests from Arundel & Brighton have served over the years, Bishop Richard has launched an appeal for flood relief in the parishes of our Diocese.

Bishop Dan in Chulucanas, has made known the plight of many of his people affected by this natural disaster. The homes and livelihoods of many in the Diocese have been hard hit. Bishop Richard Moth has asked parishes in the Diocese to take a special collection.

Bishop Richard offers his thanks, in advance, for your response to this need. He also asked that you remember in prayer Bishop Dan, all the people priests of his Diocese including Fr Hugh Dutton from our own Diocese serving in Chulucanas.

You can donate via a special donation site direct to the Diocese online or give via a second collection held in your parish for which you can use Diocesan second collection gift-aid envelopes.

Picture shows Bishop Dan Turley at the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Arundel & Brighton Diocese in 2015 ©Mazur/

Friday, 7 April 2017

Local food celebrity fundraises for East Africa Emergency Appeal

Rosemary Moon in action

Food writer and champion of local food, Rosemary Moon, has held a fundraising cookery demonstration in a bid to help the millions who face starvation in East Africa.

On 23rd March the parish hall of Our Lady of Sorrows, Bognor Regis, was transformed into a kitchen filled with delectable delights. With the assistance of sous chef, assistant priest Fr. David King, Rosemary cooked a variety of dishes including onion and chilli tabbouleh, butternut noodles with salmon and coconut and a citrus winter fruit salad. Taster areas were set around the room where guests could sample the dishes, which were made using Fairtrade ingredients where possible. £150 was raised for CAFOD’s East Africa appeal

Cookery demonstrator and organiser, Rosemary Moon, said:

“I have a skill and if by contributing the cost of the ingredients and using this skill, people come and have a great evening and the net result is hundreds of pounds for charity, then it’s a no brainer – why not?”

“People think, what possibly can my £1 or £5 do in East Africa, but you have to dig in your pocket and know that it for people out there, it will make a difference. As well as giving money, you have to think about what changes you can make at home to stop climate change, which has been a huge factor in causing the famine. By walking more, using Fairtrade products and so on you can be sure as eggs are eggs that it will make a difference. It’s two-fold – you have to look at what changes you can make and give money.”

In East Africa, there are currently over 16 million people in need of urgent food and other life-saving assistance. Despite the challenges, CAFOD makes sure that aid reaches the families who are most in need, through the network of trusted local organisations which CAFOD works with in South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. The money raised by Our Lady of Sorrows will help CAFOD ensure that assistance reaches those who so desperately need it.

CAFOD’s representative for Bognor Regis, Martin Brown, said:

“We would like to say a big thank you to Rosemary for running the demonstration and for Fr. David King and Our Lady of Sorrows for hosting the evening. It was clearly a huge success and the generosity of you all, and those who attended, is greatly appreciated.”

If you would like to try one of Rosemary’s recipes, then why not try the Onion and chilli tabbouleh?

Onion and chilli tabouleh
Serves 6
6 spring onions
1 red and 1 green chilli
1 bunch watercress
1/2 cucumber
175g cracked wheat
1 lemon
extra virgin olive oil

Finely slice the spring onions. Seed the chillies and chop them finely with the watercress (this can be done in a processor). Coarsely grate the cucumber, reserving the liquid.
Wash the cracked wheat in a sieve then turn it into a pan and add 450ml boiling water. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, stir and add the cucumber water, then leave to stand for 10 minutes, covered.
Turn the cracked wheat into a bowl and add the prepared vegetables. Grate the zest from the lemon into the salad, squeeze the juice and add that with some seasoning and leave for a few minutes. Check the moisture and add a little olive oil. Season again and serve.

©Rosemary Moon :

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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Bishop Richard Moth on the Prisons and Courts Bill

Bishop Richard in Feltham Young Offenders Prison
Bishop Richard Moth spoke out last week as the landmark Prisons and Courts Bill continued its passage through Parliament. As the Bishop for prisons, Bishop Moth continues to encourage government to understand prisons as places of reform and growth, and not just of punishment. As the bill progresses, Bishop Moth will continue to engage closely with the legislation.

He says:
“Prisons should never exist purely to punish offenders. It is extremely welcome that the most significant reform of UK prison law for over 50 years is introducing a statutory duty for prisons to provide reform, rehabilitation, and preparation for life outside. We have been engaging closely with this legislation, bringing the Church’s vision and experience to the debate.

In particular we are highlighting the importance of regular contact with families, good access to chaplaincy, and a prevailing standard of decency within prison walls. All of this is essential to rehabilitation and to respecting the dignity of those in prison - a dignity which is never lost despite what crimes may have been committed.

Many MPs have raised these issues in Parliament already and I am especially grateful to those who have highlighted the vital role that prison chaplains play. We will of course continue to engage as the bill proceeds through parliament.”