Monday, 24 December 2018

Christmas Greetings and Blessing from Bishop Richard Moth

Christmas Nativity

Bishop Richard extends his blessing to all peoples of the Diocese for this Christmas Season.

He says : "Every blessing and best wish to all for the great Feast of Christmas ‘Today a Saviour has been born to us, He is Christ the Lord!’"

He hopes it will be both a prayer-filled time and a joyous celebration of the birth of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour.

Saturday, 22 December 2018

Deacon Jack Lusted Ordained a Priest for Diocese of Arundel & Brighton

Bishop Richard exchanges kiss of peace with Fr Jack
In the evening of 19th December 2018 in the historic town of Arundel in its Cathedral, Deacon Jack Lusted was ordained a priest by Bishop Richard Moth for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arundel & Brighton.

Father Jack, as he can now be called, was born in Eastbourne and brought up in Hailsham where he went to school before attending Sussex University. He worked as a Physics teacher and then with British Telecom before entering Anglican ministry. After training in Oxford, he worked in various Anglican parishes across Sussex before he, with his family, made the brave decision to be received into the Catholic Church in 2014.

Following his reception into the Catholic Church he was accepted for training for the Catholic priesthood at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, near Guildford, Surrey. He was ordained a deacon in June 2018 and has been working as a deacon in the parish of St Mary’s, Crowborough until his ordination at Arundel on 19th December. He is currently awaiting an appointment to a parish.

Fr Jack now begins the next stage of his life as a Catholic priest in a parish saying Mass, visiting the sick, working with young people, celebrating funerals and baptisms, visiting local schools and much more.

Fr Jack said: “My ordination is the culmination of a process that has taken four years to complete, from the day when my family and I decided to respond to Our Lord's prayer that all might be one to today. While there have been challenges along the way, never once has that decision been doubted.”

He continued, “It is a great joy and privileged to be ordained a Catholic priest. I look forward with eager anticipation to my work as a priest in Christ's church, and thank everyone for their support and encouragement.”

At his ordination, Bishop Richard spoke of the mystery and wonder of the priesthood. He reminded Fr Jack, as a preacher and teacher for those in his pastoral care, his primary duty was to bring them more deeply into the mystery and wonder of the Word of God. Fr Jack’s priesthood is not his, but a share in Christ’s own priesthood, bringing something of the wonder of Christ ‘who works through you.’

The ordination was followed by a wonderful reception in the Arundel Cathedral Centre where Fr Jack was warmly received by family, friends, clergy and parishioners.

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Bishops' Conference Statement on the Settlement Scheme for EU citizens

The Bishops of England and Wales have issued the followed press statement:

The Catholic Church in England and Wales stands in solidarity with all EU citizens who have made their home here. As the majority are themselves Catholic this is a special pastoral concern for us.

The Church has experienced first-hand the extensive contribution that people from across Europe have made to our society. They are an integral and valued part of our parishes, schools and communities.

We also recognise the evidence that immigration from Europe has not undermined opportunities for UK citizens, but rather brought considerable economic and social benefits.

It is clear that since the 2016 referendum many people living here have faced profound uncertainty and insecurity about their future.

Although the reassurances offered by senior politicians are important, people have been given far too little information or binding commitments about their right to stay.

For some this has been worsened by the appalling rise in hate crime, which has left them feeling unwelcome or even threatened in the country that has become their home.

The Settlement Scheme
The government will soon launch a Settlement Scheme, offering EU citizens living here a legal route to remain. While this is an important step we understand that, especially for people who have contributed to our society over many years, it may feel unjust and divisive that they are now required to apply for permission to stay.

We also expect that some people, particularly those who are already vulnerable, may face difficulties in practically accessing the scheme, leaving their immigration status at risk.

We strongly oppose the decision to charge people for securing the rights they already have. This is not only unprincipled but will also create a barrier for larger families or people facing financial difficulties.

The Bishops’ Conference has made representations on these issues to ministers and through the Home Office working groups set up to discuss the Settlement Scheme. We will continue to do so as it is implemented.

Applying for the scheme
Notwithstanding our concerns about these principles and practicalities, it remains a fact that EU citizens must apply if they are to protect their existing rights and their place in our society.

We therefore ask Catholic parishes, schools and organisations to bring the Settlement Scheme to the attention of all who need to avail of it and to be aware of vulnerable people who may face barriers to applying or not realise that they need to apply.

In particular we encourage you to signpost people towards the official information on the Settlement Scheme:

And to make use of the various information resources available: 

Finally we urge the whole Catholic community to take up Pope Francis’ call to welcome, protect, promote and help to integrate everyone who has made their home here - with particular concern at present for our European brothers and sisters.

Bishop Paul McAleenan
Lead Bishop for Migration and Asylum Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

Monday, 10 December 2018

Beatification of the Martyrs of Algeria - Martyrs for Peace

Martyrs of Tibhirine
Icon written by Fr Dobromir Dimitrov
In a message to the people of Algeria on Saturday, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis urged them to go forward in healing the wounds of the past and nurturing a culture of encounter and coexistence.

The 19 martyrs were killed between 1994 and 1996 during the civil war in Algeria between the government and Islamist groups. All were religious and they all shared a love of Christ and a desire to serve the Muslim people of the nation.

The Pope's message was read after the Beatification Mass presided over in the city of Oran by Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints.

Pope Francis described the celebration as a joyful one for the Church in Algeria and said he joins the community in giving thanks "for these lives given totally for the love of God, the country and all its inhabitants." May this celebration, he said, "help to heal the wounds of the past and to create a new dynamic of encounter and coexistence in the following of our Blessed."

The Pope thanked the political authorities of Algeria for having "made possible the celebration on Algerian soil of the beatification of Bishop Pierre Claverie and of his eighteen martyr companions" and he expressed affection and closeness to the Algerian people "who experienced great suffering during the social crisis of which they were victims in the last years of the last century."

He said that while he celebrates "the fidelity of these martyrs to God's plan for peace" he also prays for the "sons and daughters of Algeria who, like the martyrs, became victims of the same violence for having lived with respect for others and fidelity towards their duties as believers and citizens.

"It is also for them that we raise our prayer and express our grateful homage," he said.

The Catholic Church in Algeria, the Pope continued, considers itself the heir, together with the whole Algerian nation, of the great message of love spread by one of the many spiritual teachers of the land, Saint Augustine of Hippo.

The Algerian Church, he said, "wishes to serve the same message in these times when all peoples are seeking to advance their aspiration to live together in peace."

"By beatifying our nineteen brothers and sisters, Pope Francis said, the Church wishes to bear witness to her desire to continue to work for dialogue, harmony and friendship."

We believe, he concluded, that this unprecedented event in the country "will draw in the Algerian sky a great sign of brotherhood addressed to the whole world."

From Vatican Media Office

See film Of Gods and Men about Cisterian Monastery most of whose members were martyr

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Is Marjorie the Oldest Parishioner in the Diocese?

Marojorie left with Joanna

AT 108 YEARS OF AGE, is Marjorie Kinne the oldest parishioner in the Diocese? 

Marjorie, who is seen here with Joanna Barba from St Paul’s Parish Senior Citizens Club, celebrated this great achievement when she reached this milestone on 1st August.

Regularly seen at Sunday Mass in Haywards Heath, Marjorie is an example to all our parishioners in a determination to keep the Faith.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Bishop Richard Moth welcomes findings of the Health and Social Care Committee

The Health and Social Care Committee recently published the findings of their Inquiry into Prison Healthcare.

The report explores the state of health and care in prisons and identifies violence, self-harm, overcrowding, staff shortages and the increasing availability and use of psychoactive substances in prisons as having a severe negative impact upon the health, mental health, care and safety of prisoners across England and Wales.

Bishop Richard Moth, Catholic Bishop for Prisons and Mental Health, commenting on the report has said:

“I welcome this timely report into the state of health and care in our prisons. I particularly welcome the recognition of the positive contribution chaplains make to the mental health and wellbeing of prisoners.

“While chaplaincy does not provide an alternative to professional mental health services, it does provide support to prisoners facing mental health concerns and can therefore reduce the risk of self-harm and suicide within prison. As such, chaplains often play a significant part in the mental health provision in prison.

“The report also states that there should be ‘sufficient resourcing of community mental health services so that people are not sent to prison because of a lack of appropriate community mental health care’. This aligns with a recommendation in our own recently published report, A Journey of Hope, for the Government to ‘provide sufficient funding for alternatives to custody for those with severe mental health conditions’.

“It is vital that the recommendations of this Inquiry are put into action to ensure that the deprivation of liberty in prisons does not mean the deprivation of the care to which all people are entitled.”

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

A Journey of Hope: A Catholic Approach to Sentencing Reform - Bishop Richard Moth

Bishop Richard Moth, the Lead Bishop for Prisons, has recently commissioned a report – A Journey of Hope - to explore how sentencing policy in England and Wales can be reformed, in order to create a safe, decent, and rehabilitative prison estate. The report, which will be launched on Thursday 18 October, calls for victims to be placed at the heart of criminal justice system, whilst also setting out a case for reducing the prison population.
Across England and Wales, prisons are struggling to cope; high levels of violence, substance misuse and a shortage of officers are creating undignified, un-rehabilitative conditions for prisoners. Overcrowding is also a major concern and is driving the problems currently facing the prison service. Decisive action is needed if this ongoing going crisis is to be resolved.
This new document, which draws on input from a wide range of experts, including senior politicians, legal professionals, charities, Church groups and people with experience of working in prison system, serves both to challenge public attitudes towards prisoners and the use of custody, as well as making a number of clear policy recommendations to the Government.
One charity, that works with ex-offenders, and has been part of the discussion group for the document has said,  “A Journey of Hope: A Catholic Approach to Sentencing Reform” will challenge leaders to establish a criminal justice system that is genuinely rehabilitative, without being a soft approach.”
Bishop Richard Moth, lead Bishop for prisons states that he hopes that this report will “serve to widen and inform the debate around sentencing in this country, and contribute to finding the solutions we desperately need”.
A Journey of Hope: A Catholic Approach to Sentencing Reform will be launched at the Institute of Economic Affairs on Thursday 18 October 2018.

For more information about the event, please contact
To find out more, and to access the document, visit,

Monday, 1 October 2018

Final Ad Limina Statement from Bishops of England and Wales in Rome

Statement from the Bishops of England and Wales,
Saturday 29 September 2018

As we end our visit, 'ad limina Apostolorum', we offer these reflections on our days together in Rome.

On Friday 28 September, we were immensely privileged to share conversation with Pope Francis for over two hours. It was a most remarkable and intimate experience.

We asked the Holy Father for a message which we could bring back to our dioceses, to our priests and people. His message was simple:  we are to live the gift of our faith with joy. Joy was his great emphasis. He explained that this joy is rooted firmly in our relationship with Jesus. It is a joy of knowing that he is with us; of knowing the presence of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives, drawing and guiding us towards the will of God; a joy of knowing our Heavenly Father is waiting for us, longing to hold us in his embrace of loving mercy. This is the joy of the faith by which we are to live. He added that this joy is the source of lasting peace in our hearts and lives, no matter our circumstances.

As we spoke with Pope Francis we realised, more and more, that he simply radiates this joy and peace. He is indeed gifted with a unique grace of the Holy Spirit of God.

Even in this time of turmoil, the Holy Father is so clearly rooted in God and blessed by God. His peace is secure. His life is serene. We know, because he showed us his heart.  It is the heart of a loving father.

In our turn, we affirmed our deep communion with him and promised him our love, support and prayers. We expressed confidently these sentiments on behalf of all the faithful Catholics of England and Wales.

We spoke with the Holy Father about the difficulties of fulfilling our role as bishops.  In turn he reflected on the importance of prayer and preaching in our lives, and of paternal closeness to our priests and people, with care and with firm justice. He spoke of the encouragement he wishes to give to priests today, who. can sometimes feel vulnerable in the face of difficult circumstances, in a critical environment. He spoke, movingly, of the wounds inflicted by abuse and neglect, wounds that wreak such harm in the lives of its victims and in the life of the Church. Wherever they are found, these are wounds in the Body of Christ and are painful to touch. He encouraged us, in our pastoral work, never to neglect even the tiny flames of faith that exist in so many communities and people.

We have been given a warm welcome in our visits to all the departments of the Roman Curia. We were asked to speak freely about our endeavours and problems. In the officials of the Holy See we have found a spirit of true cooperation. Everywhere we have been encouraged and given helpful advice. We have seen clear evidence that the life of the Catholic communities of England and Wales is generally well respected and even admired here in Rome. Our reports of the Eucharistic Congress ‘Adoremus' have been well received, as has the strength of our compassionate outreach to those in need. Indeed, the leaders of our Diocesan charitable works were present in Rome at this same time, at the instigation of the Catholic Social Action Network (CSAN) and we were able to spent time and pray together. In encouraging this work of outreach, Pope Francis urged us always to walk with those engaged in its projects so as to draw them nearer to the Lord who is the source of compassion and mercy. We know so well that it is from our prayer, especially before the Blessed Sacrament, that the mission of each of the baptised truly springs.

In a number of our visits we have been accompanied by two bishops of the Church of England, Bishop Martin Warner and Bishop Christopher Foster. On one occasion we were joined by Sister Frances Orchard CJ of the Conference of Religious in England and Wales. We also visited the Pontifical Commission for Communication, whose Prefect, Dr Paolo Ruffini,  is a layman. These are all 'firsts,' examples of openness and change.

Our 'ad limina’ visit is now completed. We have celebrated Mass together in the four great Roman basilicas, at the tomb of St Peter and the tomb of St Paul. We have been embraced by the Successor of Peter, Pope Francis. Our pilgrimage has been richly blessed and we are glad to share this sense of the deep encouragement and powerful grace we have received.

Pope Francis commended us to our Blessed Lady, Mary our Mother, reflecting beautifully on her role as the 'untier of knots', a deep devotion in his own life. May she always be at our side.

We pray that God bless and strengthen our Holy Father, Pope Francis. May God guide us in all our ways that we may share the joy of our faith and the ways of peace. 

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Fr Chris’ flight of a lifetime

On a bright afternoon in early September Fr Chris Ingle, Parish Priest of St Michael’s, Worthing, took to the skies over historic Biggin Hill Aerodrome in a WWII Spitfire.

Once airborne Fr Chris, a former RAF fast jet pilot, was allowed to take the controls. “It was a moving experience to fly in such a graceful and historic aircraft. Completing a couple of victory rolls was the icing on the cake!”

Built at Castle Bromwich in late 1943, the MK IX machine entered service in September 1944 from an advanced landing ground in Belgium and was converted to a two-seat trainer after the war.

The flight was made possible through the generosity of parishioners who organised a collection to celebrate Fr Chris’s ‘big birthday’ a couple of years ago. The company provided in-cockpit videos of the flight, and one from an observation aircraft hired by friends which flew in formation with the Spitfire allowing them to capture the experience on camera.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Bishop Richard Launches Pastoral Plan for the Diocese - Introductory Video

An Introduction to the Pastoral Plan for Arundel & Brighton Diocese by Bishop Richard Moth (with subtitles) from Diocese Arundel and Brighton on Vimeo.

Bishop Richard Moth Issues New Pastoral Plan for the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton

Bishop Richard Moth, in a meeting with Clergy and Diocesan Staff in the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton outlined the new Diocesan Pastoral Plan at a meeting with them on Tuesday 18th September in the Arundel Cathedral Centre. This will be followed over the coming weeks by presentations to every deanery (local area) of the Diocese in Surrey and Sussex.

Bishop Richard visited every area (deanery) of the Diocese in the autumn of 2017 to offer a vision for the diocese based on Prayer, Formation and Mission. Clergy and people then went away to think about this around a series of questions and then came back and feed their responses back to Bishop Richard during a series of meetings in early spring 2018. In the light of these responses Bishop Richard with assistance from others has prepared a Pastoral Plan which is now able present to the Diocese.

Bishop Richard will be accompanied by Claire Wordsworth who will chair all the meetings and Sarah Kilmartin, the Chief Operating Officer of the Diocese who will outline the financial considerations of the plan.

The Plan itself falls into two parts. The first part, which outlines the way forward for Prayer, Formation and the Mission of Evangelisation, is the key element of the Plan.  

Bishop Richard said: “It is the Mission that must drive everything that we do, and the central offices of the Diocese will, in new ways, support all that we do in the Diocese as we respond to Christ’s call to us.”

The second part of the document will outline, in broad terms at this stage, the future shape of deaneries and parishes. 

He continued: “With a smaller number of priests, it will be absolutely vital for everyone to listen carefully to the call the Lord give to us and respond wholeheartedly. Every one of us has a part to play in the Mission. We must all deepen our understanding of the Gospel, give more time to prayer and be ready to go out to others with the wonder of Christ’s message.” 

Bishop Richard concluded: “This is an exciting time for the Diocese. I will not pretend that there will be no challenges and the changes that will need to be made will not be easy. As the family of the Diocese, we cannot remain static. We must work together as we move into the years that lie ahead, focusing our minds and hearts on the work the Lord has given us to do. Many opportunities will open up before us as we grow deeper in our prayer and in our understanding of the gift of Faith.”

Note: The full plan will be made available on the website in December once Bishop Richard has visited all the deaneries and introduced it to them.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Bishop Richard Skydives for Lourdes Pilgrimage Fund

He Flies through the Air with the Greatest of Ease - Bishop Richard Skydives for Lourdes Pilgrimage Fund

Bishop Richard Moth and Lucy Barnes will both skydive from an aeroplane on this Friday 14th September. They are doing so on behalf of the Lourdes Pilglrimage Fund to send sick and needy pilgrims to Lourdes.

Please give generously in one of the following ways:
• By purple Gift Aid parish envelope, marked ‘+R skydive’
• By Lourdes pilgrimage envelope, available in your parish
• By going to the BT MyDonate website.

All funds go to the A&B Lourdes Pilgrimage.

All cheques made payable to A&B Lourdes Pilgrimage

Thursday, 30 August 2018

The network of charity giving hope and rebuilding lives in Kerala

Dealing with Kerala Floods
As media focus on the Kerala floods gradually fades, a charity in England and Wales is drawing attention to its continued efforts to rescue and restore lives in this latest climate catastrophe.

With 10,000 volunteers in England and Wales and 66,000 volunteers in India the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) is well placed to carry out its extensive aid efforts to help lives damaged by the floods. Together, volunteers in the two countries are busy raising and distributing funds to people affected by the flooding, using donations to purchase materials including food, clothing and livestock to help Indian people rebuild their lives. UK members are fundraising in their local communities, and sending the aid through the SVP’s network to groups on the ground in Kerala, where they can directly reach and help vulnerable people. In this way, lives that have been destroyed by loss of loved ones, homes and livelihoods are gradually being given hope.

Johnson Varghese, National President of the SVP in India said: “The SVP in India has been extremely busy working with local fisherman to help rescue people trapped in flooded homes. SVP volunteers are collecting and coordinating the distribution of aid materials, using resources available from British donations together with their own money to buy vital goods.

"We desperately need donations as the rescue effort goes on. As people move back to their damaged homes, we’ll be using funds to help rebuild their houses, purchase household utensils, school materials such as uniforms, books, and even livestock to replace lost farm animals.”

The floods – the worst in decades – have so far cost 400 lives and destroyed 20,000 homes, with 800,000 people displaced. The full extent of the damage and cost to life will only become clearer once the flooding has receded and people have returned to their homes so that the number missing can be identified.

The SVP, founded in 1833, now has 800,000 volunteers in 153 countries worldwide. .

To donate to the SVP’s Kerala flood appeal, go to or telephone 020 7703 3030. Donations made to the appeal will be passed to the SVP in India without deductions of any kind.

You can also donate to CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) who are working with Caritas India at 

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to the People of God

Pope Francis
Pope Francis has responded to new reports of clerical sexual abuse and the ecclesial cover-up of abuse. In an impassioned letter addressed to the whole People of God, he calls on the Church to be close to victims in solidarity, and to join in acts of prayer and fasting in penance for such "atrocities".

Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to the People of God

"If one member suffers, all suffer together with it" (1 Cor 12:26). These words of Saint Paul forcefully echo in my heart as I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience perpetrated by a significant number of clerics and consecrated persons. Crimes that inflict deep wounds of pain and powerlessness, primarily among the victims, but also in their family members and in the larger community of believers and nonbelievers alike. Looking back to the past, no effort to beg pardon and to seek to repair the harm done will ever be sufficient. Looking ahead to the future, no effort must be spared to create a culture able to prevent such situations from happening, but also to prevent the possibility of their being covered up and perpetuated. The pain of the victims and their families is also our pain, and so it is urgent that we once more reaffirm our commitment to ensure the protection of minors and of vulnerable adults.

1. If one member suffers…

In recent days, a report was made public which detailed the experiences of at least a thousand survivors, victims of sexual abuse, the abuse of power and of conscience at the hands of priests over a period of approximately seventy years. Even though it can be said that most of these cases belong to the past, nonetheless as time goes on we have come to know the pain of many of the victims. We have realized that these wounds never disappear and that they require us forcefully to condemn these atrocities and join forces in uprooting this culture of death; these wounds never go away. The heart-wrenching pain of these victims, which cries out to heaven, was long ignored, kept quiet or silenced. But their outcry was more powerful than all the measures meant to silence it, or sought even to resolve it by decisions that increased its gravity by falling into complicity. The Lord heard that cry and once again showed us on which side he stands. Mary's song is not mistaken and continues quietly to echo throughout history. For the Lord remembers the promise he made to our fathers: "he has scattered the proud in their conceit; he has cast down the mighty from their thrones and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty" (Lk 1:51-53). We feel shame when we realize that our style of life has denied, and continues to deny, the words we recite.

With shame and repentance, we acknowledge as an ecclesial community that we were not where we should have been, that we did not act in a timely manner, realizing the magnitude and the gravity of the damage done to so many lives. We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them. I make my own the words of the then Cardinal Ratzinger when, during the Way of the Cross composed for Good Friday 2005, he identified with the cry of pain of so many victims and exclaimed: "How much filth there is in the Church, and even among those who, in the priesthood, ought to belong entirely to [Christ]! How much pride, how much self-complacency! Christ's betrayal by his disciples, their unworthy reception of his body and blood, is certainly the greatest suffering endured by the Redeemer; it pierces his heart. We can only call to him from the depths of our hearts: Kyrie eleison - Lord, save us! (cf. Mt 8:25)" (Ninth Station).

2. … all suffer together with it

The extent and the gravity of all that has happened requires coming to grips with this reality in a comprehensive and communal way. While it is important and necessary on every journey of conversion to acknowledge the truth of what has happened, in itself this is not enough. Today we are challenged as the People of God to take on the pain of our brothers and sisters wounded in their flesh and in their spirit. If, in the past, the response was one of omission, today we want solidarity, in the deepest and most challenging sense, to become our way of forging present and future history. And this in an environment where conflicts, tensions and above all the victims of every type of abuse can encounter an outstretched hand to protect them and rescue them from their pain (cf. Evangelii Gaudium, 228). Such solidarity demands that we in turn condemn whatever endangers the integrity of any person. A solidarity that summons us to fight all forms of corruption, especially spiritual corruption. The latter is "a comfortable and self-satisfied form of blindness. Everything then appears acceptable: deception, slander, egotism and other subtle forms of self-centeredness, for 'even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light' (2 Cor 11:14)" (Gaudete et Exsultate, 165). Saint Paul's exhortation to suffer with those who suffer is the best antidote against all our attempts to repeat the words of Cain: "Am I my brother's keeper?" (Gen 4:9).

I am conscious of the effort and work being carried out in various parts of the world to come up with the necessary means to ensure the safety and protection of the integrity of children and of vulnerable adults, as well as implementing zero tolerance and ways of making all those who perpetrate or cover up these crimes accountable. We have delayed in applying these actions and sanctions that are so necessary, yet I am confident that they will help to guarantee a greater culture of care in the present and future.

Together with those efforts, every one of the baptized should feel involved in the ecclesial and social change that we so greatly need. This change calls for a personal and communal conversion that makes us see things as the Lord does. For as Saint John Paul II liked to say: "If we have truly started out anew from the contemplation of Christ, we must learn to see him especially in the faces of those with whom he wished to be identified" (Novo Millennio Ineunte, 49). To see things as the Lord does, to be where the Lord wants us to be, to experience a conversion of heart in his presence. To do so, prayer and penance will help. I invite the entire holy faithful People of God to a penitential exercise of prayer and fasting, following the Lord's command.[1] This can awaken our conscience and arouse our solidarity and commitment to a culture of care that says "never again" to every form of abuse.

It is impossible to think of a conversion of our activity as a Church that does not include the active participation of all the members of God's People. Indeed, whenever we have tried to replace, or silence, or ignore, or reduce the People of God to small elites, we end up creating communities, projects, theological approaches, spiritualities and structures without roots, without memory, without faces, without bodies and ultimately, without lives.[2] This is clearly seen in a peculiar way of understanding the Church's authority, one common in many communities where sexual abuse and the abuse of power and conscience have occurred. Such is the case with clericalism, an approach that "not only nullifies the character of Christians, but also tends to diminish and undervalue the baptismal grace that the Holy Spirit has placed in the heart of our people".[3] Clericalism, whether fostered by priests themselves or by lay persons, leads to an excision in the ecclesial body that supports and helps to perpetuate many of the evils that we are condemning today. To say "no" to abuse is to say an emphatic "no" to all forms of clericalism.

It is always helpful to remember that "in salvation history, the Lord saved one people. We are never completely ourselves unless we belong to a people. That is why no one is saved alone, as an isolated individual. Rather, God draws us to himself, taking into account the complex fabric of interpersonal relationships present in the human community. God wanted to enter into the life and history of a people" (Gaudete et Exsultate, 6). Consequently, the only way that we have to respond to this evil that has darkened so many lives is to experience it as a task regarding all of us as the People of God. This awareness of being part of a people and a shared history will enable us to acknowledge our past sins and mistakes with a penitential openness that can allow us to be renewed from within. Without the active participation of all the Church's members, everything being done to uproot the culture of abuse in our communities will not be successful in generating the necessary dynamics for sound and realistic change. The penitential dimension of fasting and prayer will help us as God's People to come before the Lord and our wounded brothers and sisters as sinners imploring forgiveness and the grace of shame and conversion. In this way, we will come up with actions that can generate resources attuned to the Gospel. For "whenever we make the effort to return to the source and to recover the original freshness of the Gospel, new avenues arise, new paths of creativity open up, with different forms of expression, more eloquent signs and words with new meaning for today's world" (Evangelii Gaudium, 11).

It is essential that we, as a Church, be able to acknowledge and condemn, with sorrow and shame, the atrocities perpetrated by consecrated persons, clerics, and all those entrusted with the mission of watching over and caring for those most vulnerable. Let us beg forgiveness for our own sins and the sins of others. An awareness of sin helps us to acknowledge the errors, the crimes and the wounds caused in the past and allows us, in the present, to be more open and committed along a journey of renewed conversion.

Likewise, penance and prayer will help us to open our eyes and our hearts to other people's sufferings and to overcome the thirst for power and possessions that are so often the root of those evils. May fasting and prayer open our ears to the hushed pain felt by children, young people and the disabled. A fasting that can make us hunger and thirst for justice and impel us to walk in the truth, supporting all the judicial measures that may be necessary. A fasting that shakes us up and leads us to be committed in truth and charity with all men and women of good will, and with society in general, to combatting all forms of the abuse of power, sexual abuse and the abuse of conscience.

In this way, we can show clearly our calling to be "a sign and instrument of communion with God and of the unity of the entire human race" (Lumen Gentium, 1).

"If one member suffers, all suffer together with it", said Saint Paul. By an attitude of prayer and penance, we will become attuned as individuals and as a community to this exhortation, so that we may grow in the gift of compassion, in justice, prevention and reparation. Mary chose to stand at the foot of her Son's cross. She did so unhesitatingly, standing firmly by Jesus' side. In this way, she reveals the way she lived her entire life. When we experience the desolation caused by these ecclesial wounds, we will do well, with Mary, "to insist more upon prayer", seeking to grow all the more in love and fidelity to the Church (SAINT IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA, Spiritual Exercises, 319). She, the first of the disciples, teaches all of us as disciples how we are to halt before the sufferings of the innocent, without excuses or cowardice. To look to Mary is to discover the model of a true follower of Christ.

May the Holy Spirit grant us the grace of conversion and the interior anointing needed to express before these crimes of abuse our compunction and our resolve courageously to combat them.


Source: Vatican Media

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Communications & Media Day in Diocese of Arundel & Brighton

Communications & Media Day
There will be a Communications and Media Day on Saturday 6 October from 10am (coffee & registration from 9.30am)-1pm at the Christian Education Centre, 4 Southgate Drive, Crawley RH10 6RP. 

Interested in communicating the gospel and using all the tools of modern media? Want to learn more? Want to get involved in communications in your parish or the diocese?

The focus this year will be on further developing the A&B News to reflect the priorities of the diocese while providing content people value, and on promoting the uptake of A&B News in parishes.

The day will end at 1pm but you are welcome to bring a packed lunch to eat at the end of the conference. Drinks provided

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Friday, 13 July 2018

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Richard Moth for 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2018

Bishop Richard Moth

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Today’s Readings provide us with wonderful insights into the mystery of God’s purpose for us.  I invite you, both today and in the months ahead, to join me in reflecting on the mystery of the Father’s love as we look to the future of our Diocese.

The Second Reading, the ‘hymn of praise’ from the beginning of St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, sums up for us the wonder of our very existence.  We are brought together in Christ, through whom we are forgiven of our sins and in whom we find freedom.  All that we are is for the greater glory of God.  There is a real excitement in St. Paul’s words as he celebrates the fact that we believe and accept the message of Salvation and, in the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, find the freedom that comes from Christ.[1]

This is a joy so deep that it can be difficult to put into words.  As the “message of Christ finds a home in us”[2] we are enabled to find life in its truest sense – a life built on Christ and lived entirely in Him.  This life transforms us, our homes, our parishes and our places of work.   It is “life to the full”[3] – the destiny that Jesus tells us is ours and is the reason for His saving work.

This way of being is so wonderful – how could any of us turn away from it or reject its possibilities?  How could any of us wish not to share that life with others?  All of us must share in this Mission of bringing others to know Christ and the life He gives.

St. Paul’s sense of joy is to be lived out with purpose.  We see this purpose as Jesus sends out the twelve.  They travel light.  There is a real sense of movement in the words of today’s Gospel and we are caught up in the journey. We too, as individuals, as families, as parishes, as Diocese, are sent out by the Lord Himself to do a work so vital for our world that we dare not shrink from it. 

Yet, like Amos in today’s first reading, we may well not feel ready.  God’s choice of Amos was a surprise to him and to the people, for he was not from a family of prophets.  God called him to a new task in new places.  Amos could not refuse and God provides the words that he would say.

So it is with us. The call of Jesus in His Gospel is for every one of us.  His Real Presence in the Eucharist calls us to Him, to receive His Life, to adore Him and to share His life with others.  We “come to share in the divinity of Christ who humbled Himself to share in our humanity.”[4]   The Sacraments and our lives of prayer enable us to become more and more like Him.  The relationship is real.  It is lived.

Just as Jesus spent time with His disciples, teaching them and forming them, so He calls us to be taught and formed by Him.  In this way, we become His people.  Then, with real purpose we become effective witnesses. 

In recent months, in parishes and deaneries, we have been considering the future life of the Diocese and this Mission to which we are called.  In the Autumn, the Pastoral Plan for the Diocese will be presented in each Deanery.  This is an important moment in the life of us all.  Pray for our Diocese, that this work may be truly blessed.

I ask you today to reflect on the Scriptures that we have heard proclaimed for us.  The sense of joy and wonder; the way in which God works in us, despite our frailties; the sense of real purpose in the lives of the disciples. Pray that this message will find a home in each one of us and in the whole family of our Diocese, that we truly be the people the Lord calls us to be: His disciples[5], His friends[6], His witnesses[7].

With every Blessing,

Yours sincerely in Christ,


Bishop of Arundel & Brighton

[1]     cf. Eph. 1:3-14.
[2]     Col. 3:16.
[3]     Jn. 10:10.
[4]     From the Offertory of the Mass, Roman Missal.
[5]     Jn. 8:31.
[6]     Jn. 15:14.
[7]     Acts 1:8.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Catholics ‘among most generous’ with gifts in Wills

New Missio sponsored Parish Hall in use
Catholics are among the most generous legacy donors, according to research, and are nearly three times as likely to have left a gift in their Will compared to the general population. And if they haven’t yet made a Will, Catholics are more than twice as likely to consider leaving a legacy gift.

However, other research shows that this generosity is not necessarily including legacies to Catholic causes. So a new campaign by Your Catholic Legacy is encouraging more Catholics to consider leaving a gift in their Will, to fund vital work by Catholic charities at home and abroad, and to make a real difference in people’s lives.

The campaign features stories of how Catholic charities are helped by legacy gifts, but could do so much more if every Catholic remembers to include their favourite Catholic causes when writing or updating their Will.

The stories demonstrate that people’s faith matters – and show how Catholics can choose to lay a foundation of faith for future generations by leaving a legacy gift.

A parish hall was built in a small, rural village in Myanmar with the help of legacy donations – and it’s a dream come true for the community.

Parish Hall before it was rebuilt by Missio gifr
The large, rectangular brick building, with its open windows, concrete floor and corrugated iron roof, might not appear that special, but it is transforming lives. It’s the only space big enough for large numbers of people to meet indoors, and it hosts meetings, catechism classes, self-help groups, development workshops, health clinics, drama and music sessions, feast day celebrations and vocational training.

Fr Anthony Chantry, National Director at Missio, visited the centre in the village of Mine Lunn and said, “When is a parish hall not a parish hall? When it becomes a sign of hope! Several hundred people crowded into the hall and sat on the ground. ‘Please thank the people in your country who have helped us,’ was the consistent message repeated in word, song and dance.”

He added, “Fundraising in poor communities is a very slow business. Through Missio, you give the extra push to help parish communities realise their dream of a sheltered space they can use to develop the lives of people.”

Your Catholic Legacy represents 27 causes and can help Catholics direct gifts in Wills to the charities they feel most passionate about. Even a modest gift can make a real difference.

Miranda Litchfield, Chairman of Your Catholic Legacy, added, “It’s heartening to see that Catholics are among the most generous donors in society and wonderful that they are generous to so many deserving causes. All we ask is that they also remember all the fine work done by Catholic charities.

“When you leave legacies to Catholic charities it means the things you care for in your life can continue for future generations. You’ll lay a foundation of faith that will touch the lives of many people around the world.”

To find out more call 020 7095 5370, email or visit

Thursday, 5 July 2018

St Joseph’s Specialist School & College and Artist in Residence, Louise Grundy exhibiting art and sculpture at Cranleigh Arts Centre

Sculpture from Louise
Students from St Joseph’s Specialist School & College Cranleigh and their current Artist in Residence: Louise Grundy, will be exhibiting art and sculpture at Cranleigh Arts Centre between 3rd -14th July.

Louise is a local artist who specialises in paper mache and sculptures of heads based on family history. For this exhibition, she has worked alongside of the students who have been influenced by her techniques. The artwork includes ideas and items that the students are passionate about. It is a fascinating exhibition as it reveals the influence between artist to student but also student to artist.

As part of the Artist in Residence role, Louise has made sculptures specifically relating to the school, creating Saint Joseph, Saint George and Saint Patrick which have been installed in the school Chapel.

During Louise’s time at St Joseph’s the students have
made Dragons and other creatures, and in her own work, Louise has made a series of gangster sculptures based on 1920's Australian's arrested in Sydney.

Come and visit our Exhibition at Cranleigh Arts Centre, 3rd– 14th July

Monday, 2 July 2018

Sea Sunday - Ship Visitors' Stories

AOS Ships Visitor sharing Easter Eggs with a Ship's Crew
This month [July 8] the Church celebrates Sea Sunday when we are asked to support Apostleship of the Sea’s work with seafarers. Greg Watts meet two of its ship visitors on the south coast.

“I knew very little about the maritime world and wasn’t aware of the conditions in which seafarers operate. I was also unaware of how many goods imported to the UK come by ship,” says Irene Chapman.

Irene is one of Apostleship of the Sea’s (AoS) volunteer ship visitors, working alongside Rev Roger Stone, a permanent deacon in Arundel and Brighton who is chaplain to the ports on the Sussex and Hampshire coast.

She became a ship visitor eight years ago after hearing a talk in her parish on Sea Sunday about how AoS provides pastoral care and practical help to seafarers.

Having worked in commercial management and higher education, she knew nothing about the maritime world and that so many of the goods we rely on – cars, fridges, computers, fuel – come to Britain by sea.

“One of my first impressions when I began visiting ships was how very hard the crew work and incredibly cheerful they remain,” she recalls.

She was surprised by the size of some of the ships and how dangerous being a seafarer is. Few of us would fancy being on board a ship being tossed about in the middle of the ocean in a ferocious storm hundreds or thousands of miles from land

Irene mostly visits car transporters, general cargo carriers, and gas tankers docked at Fawley.

Seafarers can be at sea for months, Irene has learned, which means they have little contact with their families and miss out on important moments such as births, their children’s first day at school, and Christmas.

“One sentence from a seafarer which has remained with me was, ‘I have no memories.’ He was referring to the fact that he had missed his children’s birth, their growing up, their parties and their graduation ceremony. Because he was working at sea, he could not be there to share any of these.”

Another ship visitor working on the Sussex and Hampshire coast is Mary Thakrar. Much of her time is spent visiting ships in Southampton. Unlike Irene, she already knew a lot about the tough life of seafarers, having once lived on a cargo ship.

When she became a ship visitor, she was struck by how the maritime industry had changed since her time at sea.

“In those days, most of the seafarers I met were English and their pay and conditions were decent. That’s not the case nowadays,” she says.

Many of the seafarers on she meets are from parts of the world such as the Philippines and Goa. The reason they go to sea and undertake one of the most dangerous jobs in the world is to support their families back home.

Because many ships are only in port for a few hours, seafarers have little time to have a change of scenery or buy essential supplies.

This is where AoS often helps, providing mobile phone top-up cards, warm clothing in the winter, arranging transport to local shops and even for a priest to visit a ship to celebrate Mass on board.

“I have met older seafarers who have spent years at sea to give their children better lives by funding higher education for them,” says Mary. “Many also work to fund medical treatment for their family. We often take these for granted, but in many countries you have to pay for them.”

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Death and Funeral of Dom Charles Hallinan OSB

Dom Charles Hallinan OSB
Of your charity please pray for the repose of the soul of  Dom Charles Hallinan, monk and priest of the monastery of Our Lady, Help of Christians at Worth who died on the 25th June 2018 in the ninety-second year of his age, the sixty-ninth of his profession, and the sixty-fourth of his priesthood

The Funeral Mass of Dom Charles Hallinan will take place at Worth Abbey on Tuesday 3rd July, at 2.30pm. Please join us to pray in thanksgiving for the life of our brother, Charles, and that he may enjoy the light of God's eternity.

The Abbot and Community of Worth Abbey thank you and all Fr Charles' many friends for your messages of goodwill and condolence.

Priests are invited to concelebrate.  Please let us know if you intend to do so and please bring your own alb and diocesan white vestment.

May he rest in peace

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Vatican Cricket Team to Tour England

Current Vatican Cricket Team
The Vatican (St Peter’s) Cricket Team has announced the schedule for its 2018 Tour of England - from the 3rd to the 15th of July - , which will be the 4th Light of Faith Tour of England for the Vatican XI. The team last visited the UK on an official tour in 2016.

This high profile and significant tour will commence at Stonyhurst College, with the inaugural cricket match between Stonyhurst and the Vatican XI taking place at the College on Wednesday 4 July 2018 at 1.00pm. During the tour, the Vatican (St Peter’s) Cricket Team will also visit 10 Downing Street.

The Vatican (St Peter’s) Cricket Team will play the following fixtures during their Tour:
- 4 July 2018 Stonyhurst Gentlemen’s XI at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire
- 6 July 2018 The Vatican (St Peter’s) and Archbishop of Canterbury’s Combined XI vs Inter-faith XI at Lord’s (Nursery Ground), London
- 8 July 2018 Her Majesty’s Prison and Young Offenders Institution XI
- 9 July 2018 Commonwealth XI at Indian Gymkhana Ground, Osterley, London
- 10 July 2018 Mount Cricket Club, East London Faith Team, Walthamstow, London
- 12 July 2018 Houses of Parliament XI, Chiswick House, London
- 14 July 2018 Royal Household Cricket Club, Windsor Castle

St. Peter’s Cricket Club was officially founded in 2014 and consists of priests, deacons and seminarians studying and working in Rome and the Vatican. The team is under the official patronage of the Pontifical Council for Culture and members come from across the Commonwealth.

Fr Eamonn O’Higgins LC, Manager of the Saint Peter’s Cricket Team, comments: “We are extremely pleased to be embarking on our 4th Light of Faith Tour of England. We are delighted that the tour will begin with a match against Stonyhurst College, a school which has a long history of combining faith, academics, and sporting excellence. It promises to be an excellent first fixture on an exciting tour.”

The Team’s objectives are to increase the awareness of the importance of religion for society and promote inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue through cricket. Cricket matches thus serve as platforms to bring different communities together and to promote what Pope Francis has called the ‘culture of encounter and dialogue’.

For the fixture against the Vatican XI, Stonyhurst College is forming a Stonyhurst Gentlemen’s XI to represent the College, consisting of current pupils, alumni, staff and friends.