Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Goodbye but not Farewell


There will be no more blog entries for a while as the current Diocesan Communications Officer is leaving his role and we are awaiting appointment of a new Communications Officer.

Any questions or queries about communications please continue to email communications@abdiocese.org.uk or tel: 01273 506387.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

First Religious Sister appointed as director of the National Office for Vocations

Sr Elaine Penrice - New Director of the National Office of Vocation

Sister Elaine Penrice has been appointed as Director of the National Office of Vocation.
Bishop Terence Drainey, Chair of the Management Board of the National Office for Vocation, said he was delighted to be able to announce the appointment.

“I have worked with Sr Elaine in her role as Religious Life Promoter and as the acting Director of the National Office for Vocations over the last few years and I am sure she will continue her innovative work into the future.”

Sr Elaine was born in Motherwell, Scotland, in 1972 and after completing her studies in Art & Design at the University of Dundee she entered the Daughters of St Paul, an international congregation of consecrated religious founded to evangelise with the modern means of communication. Sr Elaine spent much of her formation years in Rome, and then in St Louis USA, where she completed her theological studies at St Louis University. Sr Elaine currently works as Productions Coordinator at Pauline Books & Media, and also serves on the leadership team of the Daughters of St Paul with responsibility for vocations ministry.
Sr Elaine said: “It is both exciting and challenging to be the first woman to take up the position of Director of the National Office for Vocations and I thank the Bishops’ Conference for their support and confidence in me.

“In the three years since I began working with NOV as the Religious Life Promoter, I have very much enjoyed being able to support both enquirers and vocations directors and I look forward to developing the work of the office to meet the needs of the Church in England & Wales.

“I would also like to thank the Conference of Religious in England & Wales, for their support in these past three years, and I know they will continue to be my close collaborators in my new role.

“To embrace one’s vocation, is the road to profound peace. It colours everything in our life.
Whether we are called to religious life, holy orders, marriage, or single discipleship, the Church needs us all to witness to “the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ” (Col. 1:27).”

Friday, 26 April 2019



Video of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton Lourdes Pilgrimage.

For more on the pilgrimage go to http://www.ablourdes.org/

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Bishop Richard Moth Blesses Beautiful Icons in Worthing Church

Mr Ian Knowles, iconographer and Bishop Richard Moth
next to Icon of Blessed Virgin with the child Jesus

On Friday 12 April Bishop Richard Moth of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton during a Mass in the church of St Michael’s, Hayling Rise, High Salvington, Worthing blessed two beautiful Icons, one of the Virgin Mary with the child Jesus and the other of the Archangel St Michael.

The two icons were commissioned by the parish to celebrate 50 years since the church was built in 1965. One was obviously of St Michael the Archangel, the patron saint of the parish and the other of the Virgin Mary with Jesus as it reflects the important place in the faith of the Church of Jesus and his Mother.

The two icons were commissioned following the visit during a parish pilgrimage in 2015 to the Holy Land to the Bethlehem Icon Centre which is home to an Icon School and its Icon Workshop, and is based in Bethlehem, the city of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is dedicated to the renewal of iconography as a living part of the spiritual landscape of the Holy Land through a commitment to the highest standards of sacred liturgical art.

The Centre by restoring an essential element of their ancient culture seeks to renew the dwindling Christian population of the city and of the region. It is the only project of its kind in the Middle East.

Bishop Richard during the Mass and blessing emphasized that “they are not just beautiful works of art but also works of prayer”. The ancient Christian understanding is that they are not only things of wonder and beauty but are a window into the divine life of God if we pray with them and through them.

Bishop Richard, Father Chris Ingle and the parish congregation were joined by Mr. Ian Knowles who produced the two icons and is director of the Bethlehem Icon Centre. He was in the parish to finish them off by applying a final wax varnish to both Icons to protect them from damage.

The parish deacon, Rev Mark Woods said: “Thanks to the foresight of our parish priest Fr Chris Ingle and many parishioners we now have more amazing art in our church to nourish our souls and prayer life.”

He continued, “It was appropriate that they should be blessed just before Holy Week as they help direct us in prayer to the God who became human like us, suffered and died for us but rose to new life at Easter that we might share in God’s divine life which we glimpse here in these icons.”

Anybody is welcome to visit the Icons when the church is open and to spend some time there in prayer and contemplation.

Monday, 8 April 2019

Day of Prayer for Survivors of Abuse - 12 April 2019

Candle and Bible
The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (PCPM) has highlighted the importance of prayer and suggested to Pope Francis that the worldwide Catholic Church should join together in a day of prayer. The Holy Father has welcomed this initiative.

In the Cycle of Prayer for England and Wales, this day is marked every year on the Friday of the fifth week of Lent.

On Friday 12 April the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales is encouraging the Catholic community to take part in a day of prayer for survivors of sexual abuse.

The Diocese of Arundel & Brighton through it's Safeguarding Office continues to work for a safe environment for children and adults. Please pray for their work as well as survivors of sexual abuse in this diocese.

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Bishops welcome Post-Synodal Exhortation: Christ is Alive

Pope addresses Young People
Pope Francis today released his Post-Synodal Exhortation Christus Vivit (Christ is Alive) to Young People and to the entire People of God, following the Synod of Bishops in October 2018. The theme of the Synod was "Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment".

The Bishops' Conference of England & Wales took three delegates to the Synod of Bishops in October 2018: Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, Bishop Ralph Heskett, Bishop of Hallam and Bishop Mark O'Toole, Bishop of Plymouth.

Welcoming the publication of Christus Vivit, they said:

“What a joy it is to receive this Post-Synodal Exhortation 'Christ is Alive'. Reading it brings back all the best features of the Synod of Bishops we attended last October: the vitality of young people; their love for the Church and for us Bishops; their willingness to face the difficult challenges before us; their capacity for prayer and a living, loving relationship with Jesus. We thank Pope Francis so warmly for this remarkable document which will now be poured over by many young people and brought to bear on their lives.

“The closing words of this Exhortation will be so welcome: 'The Church needs your momentum, your intuitions, your faith. We need them! And when you arrive where we have not yet reached, have the patience to wait for us' (299).

“Here is a great invitation from Pope Francis asking all of us to reflect on so many aspects of our world today, a world in which hunger, homelessness, violence, cruelty and exploitation touch and diminish the lives of so many young people. These and many other challenges face young people in particularly dramatic ways, including the rights and roles of women and our own past in the Church (42); the exploitation of the images of young people (79); the desires, hurts and feelings of young people, including their sexuality (81); the digital world (86); abuse of every kind (95).

“The Pope writes with great vigour of the message of the Living Christ and invites young people to 'make the most of these years of youth' (143), in friendship with Christ (150), in 'strong social friendships' (169) and always as 'courageous missionaries' (175).

“He also spells out the challenges for ministry in the Church and speaks about the task of true discernment.

“In 'Christ is Alive' we have received a great gift. Now we can open the wrapping and delve into the richness of what we have been given!”



Wednesday, 6 March 2019

San Damiano Cross for Haslemere

The artist Antoni Pytel with his Icon

Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Haslemere, has just received a wonderful gift from a master craftsman.  Antoni Pytel, the father of a parishioner, has been working on an iconic San Damiano Cross which was shown to the congregation and used for the first time for an ecumenical Taizé service recently.

A San Damiano cross is a large Romanesque rood cross that St Francis of Assisi was praying before when he received the commission from the Lord to rebuild the Church. The original cross hangs in the Basilica of St Clare in Assisi and Franciscans cherish this cross as the symbol of their mission from God. It is of a type sometimes called an icon because, besides the main figure of Christ, it contains images of other saints and people connected with Christ’s crucifixion. The tradition of such crosses began in the Eastern Church and probably reached Italy via Serbia and Croatia.

Antoni Pytel, whose favourite hobby is painting religious icons, worked on the cross for around two months. When in Britain he always attends Our Lady of Lourdes, and decided to present his masterpiece to the church where his daughter and grandchildren worship.

For the Taizé service, attended by people from many other churches in Haslemere, the cross formed the centre of worship. In flickering candlelight its artistic beauty could be shown off to perfection.


Article by Fay Foster

Friday, 1 March 2019

New Diocesan Director for Missio in Arundel & Brighton - Focus on Mission

Deacon Duncan Brown - Arundel & Brighton Diocese Missio Director
Bishop Richard Moth and Missio’s National Director, Fr. Anthony Chantry are delighted to announce that Missio’s new Diocesan Director for the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton is to be Deacon Duncan Brown.

Missio’s Diocesan Directors are responsible for leading each diocese’s focus on Mission and promoting support for Missio, the Pope’s own Charity for overseas Mission. The work of the organisation involves raising money to support the 1069 Mission Dioceses throughout the developing world which are too young or too poor to support themselves. This takes place through the Red Box Scheme which has existed in the vast majority of Catholic parishes in England and Wales for the past 80 years.

Deacon Duncan will be helping all those in Arundel and Brighton Diocese interested in discerning how they can become more deeply involved in the Church’s mission and in becoming Missionary Disciples.

Duncan Brown was ordained deacon in 2016 and serves in the parish of St Mary Star of the Sea, Hastings. He is married with two teenage children. Having worked with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company for a number of years, he now works in a family firm as a funeral director in St. Leonards on Sea.

Deacon Duncan says ‘ I am excited to be taking up this role in 2019, following Pope Francis’s announcement of the Extraordinary Month of Mission due to take place throughout October. I look forward to working with the team at Missio as well as Missio’s diocesan directors from all over England and Wales. I would like to encourage anyone who is interested in becoming involved with our Mission work in the diocese to contact me.’

If you would like to get in touch with Deacon Duncan with regard to promoting Missio in your parish or would like to become more involved in the promotion of Mission more generally in the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton, kindly contact Duncan at d.brown580@btinternet.com

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Teams of Our Lady logo

A quick internet search states Teams of Our Lady (French: Equipes Notre Dame) is a Roman Catholic lay organisation recognised by the Holy See under the Pontifical Council for the Laity. It is a movement of "Married Spirituality" which brings together Christian couples united by the sacrament of marriage; and who wish, together, to deepen the graces of the Sacrament of Marriage.

The Teams UK Newsletter puts it a little more simply: "Teams is an International Christian Movement for married couples of all ages". Founded in France in 1939 by Father Henry Caffarel and formally established on December 8th, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, the movement is placed under the special patronage of the Blessed Mother. In January 2018 there were Teams in over 92 countries world wide; with a local, regional, national and international structure to ensure consistency of the Movement and its spiritual foundations. The cause for Father Caffarel's beatification is currently ongoing.

The aim for the Teams Movement are essentially quite simple- to help married couples develop a relationship with God both personally and as a couple. In practise this means between 4 and 6 couples and a spiritual counsellor (priest or religious) meeting together every month for a meal and to discuss, pray and share the ups and downs of everyday life.

The structure of a Teams meeting is that the group will gather in each other's homes and start off with sharing the Word of God, and praying together. The specific bible readings are supplied for the Team, and with the spiritual counsellor, this is a time for open shared reflection on scripture followed by prayer. Next comes supper, but the structure of the evening necessitates a "responsible couple" chosen by the group who manage the evening's business/work/sharing along with the host couple.This ensures that certain topics are covered and that the evening follows the Teams format.

This format includes sharing highs and lows as individuals rather than as a couple although these sometimes overlap (this is an opportunity for only one person to speak at a time and concludes with prayer both for the individual and for the couple). The "Endeavours" are also discussed: these are methods or tools for deepening relationship with God and with spouse and include personal prayer, couple prayer, reading the Bible, a study topic (on an agreed faith enhancing subject) and "the sit down" (a helpful structured way of a couple communicating with one another). These "Endeavours" take place between meetings, in ordinary daily life, and gives the couple a template for spiritual growth and sharing faith. Other helpful tools that the Teams organisation promote are an annual Retreat and 'The Rule of Life' (an individual examination of conscience leading to specific resolution(s) to enable change and spiritual growth eg am I resisting God's call to contribute more to my parish community?). The meeting always finishes with the Magnificat in honour of Our Lady and patron.

The spiritual counsellor is a fully fledged member of the Team, is not responsible for the meeting, but is there as friend and as a help-mate as much as any other person in the Team. They, too, share with the group their highs and lows, and progress with the Endeavours.

A newly established Team in the Surrey Sector includes the Abbot of The Benedictine Monastery: St Augustine's Abbey, Chilworth who says of the Movement: " I was approached quite out-of-the blue, and asked to consider being the Spiritual Counsellor to a newly organised Team of Our Lady, which I had never heard of before. I agreed, and I'm so glad I did. This is a precious movement within the Church, and the monthly gatherings are both stimulating and humbling, and a source of grace for all concerned. The definite, but at the same time flexible, structure of the meetings, allows for varying levels of mutual sharing, with an emphasis on the Word of God in Sacred Scripture, prayer of intercession, and an openness to discuss the challenges and rewards of married life, all within the convivial context of a shared meal".

For more information on Teams of Our Lady please go to: www.teamsgb.org.uk

Monday, 18 February 2019

Bishop’s Skydive Success! - A Big Thank You From the Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage

Lucy Barnes and Bishop Richard in skydiving gear
The Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage sends out Heartfelt thanks to Bishop Richard and Lucy Barnes for taking on the challenge of throwing themselves out of a perfectly serviceable aircraft. Our prayers were answered and they returned to earth safely!

Many thanks too for all of those throughout the Diocese who supported them with prayers and donations. The Pilgrimage Office reports that over £10,500 was raised in total, having increased the target three times during the fund raising programme! Not least, we should also thank the intrepid Nancy Sackwood for instigating the original idea.

Rev Deacon Mike Thoms, director of DLP, added his appreciation when he said “I am sure that all of our Assisted Pilgrims and their helpers who benefit from some financial support to make their dream of joining us in Lourdes a reality, join me in sending our heartfelt thanks to Bishop Richard, Lucy and all those who supported them in this endeavour. Without help, many would struggle to fund their trip to Lourdes, and I am certain that they will join me in prayer at the Grotto in July 2019 for all of those who helped make the Skydive such a success.”

Applications are open now, so if you would like to apply to join us in Lourdes, please go to our website (www.ablourdes.org), email us (office@ablourdes.org) or phone (01403 740110) to receive an application form.
The 2018 Clinical Team

Have you thought of joining our medical team in Lourdes? See the contact details above.

Photo: Lacaze Lourdes

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Racial Justice Sunday 17 February

Seamen pictured on board ship
17 February marks Racial Justice Sunday, which focuses on the experiences of ethnic communities in England and Wales.

It is a day on which we all called to earnestly pray for an end to racism and racial inequality in our country. 

The theme this year is Dignity of Work, looking at how all people must not be exploited or face discrimination and hatred in their work. 

For more information and resources go to http://www.catholicnews.org.uk/racial-justice-sunday-2019.

Saturday, 9 February 2019


John and Tina on their wedding day
This Sunday 10 February John and Tina Nichols, from the Catholic Parish of Guildford, will feature in a special edition of the ever-popular BBC Show, Songs of Praise, to celebrate Valentine's Day at 1.15pm. The couple, who have been married for fifty years and have been active in the parish Marriage Preparation programme for thirty years. They are also members of the Diocesan Marriage & Family Life Commission, and are recent recipients of the St. Philip Howard medal for their work as marriage catechists.

Being selected to be part of Songs of Praise was "a surprise and fun to do" Tina recently said. The BBC crew spent a day with the couple in January filming them at home, and then at St Pius church where they were filmed presenting a part of a Marriage Preparation session with three other couples. The programme makers were interested in the couple not just because of their long marriage but also because of their experience of marriage catechesis (a conservative estimate is that they have supported 750 engaged couples over 30 years).

Married in 1968 in the crypt chapel of Liverpool Cathedral, after having met at University, agnostic John "fell in love with Tina and pretty much in love with her family too" very quickly. They moved to Guildford with baby son Michael, and soon after another baby, Anna, was on the way but they tragically lost her in 1970. It was at this point that they particularly experienced "Christian love in action" from the parishioners of St Joseph's church and in such a way as to profoundly deepen Tina's faith. Children Anthony, Tim and Lucy followed in relatively quick succession. Married and family life was busy along with their respective careers in medicine and pharmacy.

Regulars at St Joseph's church, they were invited to a talk run by 'Marriage Encounter' in 1984 and then joined a local group which they are still a part of today. John said it was a means of "making a good marriage better", and that this and the Marriage Preparation courses helped them to make time for conversation, managing conflict, and to continue to understand each other better. They both feel that these marriage programmes have supported them through the ups and downs of family life and a marriage where one partner is not Catholic. It has also given them insight to help engaged couples in similar mixed faith relationships, which is a strength acknowledged by the Marriage and Family Life Commission.

Discussing their life with the Songs of Praise team and reflecting on their experiences the couple expressed their love for each other, their children and their seven grandchildren who keep them busy in retirement. They said that they "never stop learning" about each other and that they still enjoy the Marriage Preparation courses and have so much enthusiasm for it as it is  "such a joyful ministry".

Our congratulations to John and Tina.

If you miss it on Sunday do go to BBC iplayer to catch up.


Thursday, 7 February 2019

Feast of St Josephine Bakhita - Praying for an end to Human Trafficking with Pope Francis


This February The Pope Video above focuses on Human Trafficking and modern slavery.

Thursday 8th February is the Feast Day of St Josephine Bakhita - the patron saint of victims of modern slavery and human trafficking. 

On this day Catholics are encouraged to pray for all those affected by the crimes of modern slavery and human trafficking, and the people that volunteer and work to eradicate this crime. 

This year the particular focus is on those who are caught up in forced labour and labour exploitation both in the UK and beyond. For information and resources go to www.santamartagroup.com/santa-marta

Monday, 4 February 2019

Congratulations to the New Bishop of Hexham & Newcastle Diocese from Diocese of Arundel & Brighton

Bishop Robert Byrne
The Diocese of Arundel & Brighton offers congratulations to Bishop Robert Byrne on his apointment as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle.

The Holy See announced on Monday 4 February that Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Robert Byrne as Bishop of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.

Bishop Byrne succeeds The Right Reverend Séamus Cunningham, who has been Bishop of the Diocese since 2009. Bishop Byrne will be the fourteenth Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle.

Bishop Byrne was born in Manchester on 22 September 1956. He was ordained priest in 1985 and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Birmingham on 13 May, 2014.

Speaking of his appointment, Bishop Byrne said: “I am deeply humbled by the trust Pope Francis has placed in me with this appointment as Bishop of Hexham & Newcastle.

“I would like to thank the people and priests of the Archdiocese of Birmingham where I have served for the past five years and, in particular, Archbishop Bernard for his constant kindness and support.

“I look forward to making my home in the North East, with its rich Christian heritage, and also getting to know and serve the people, deacons, religious and priests of the Diocese. I ask all of you to keep me in your prayers as I pray for you.”

Bishop Cunningham said: “I am delighted to welcome Bishop Byrne as my successor at a time of great challenge and hope in this Diocese. The Lord Jesus is leading us along a road of rich discernment for the future of the Church and its mission. I know that the priests, deacons, religious and people of the Diocese will warmly welcome him and assure him of our prayers. May the Lord bless his ministry among us. We commend him to Mary the Mother of God, St Cuthbert and all the saints of our Diocese.”

The Most Reverend Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham, said: “I am delighted for the Church in Northumbria and Durham and for Bishop Robert that he has been appointed Bishop of Hexham & Newcastle. Bishop Robert has spent his entire priestly ministry in the Archdiocese as an Oratorian in Birmingham and Oxford and we shall miss him very much.

“Bishop Robert will carry his love and knowledge of Blessed John Henry Newman into his new ministry. Bishop Robert renews the bond of affection and faith between our two dioceses which the late Bishop Kevin Dunne had done so much to encourage. May St Chad and St Cuthbert inspire Bishop Robert as he prepares for his new ministry.”

Bishop Robert Byrne’s Episcopal Installation will be celebrated in St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle, on Monday 25 March. Full details will be confirmed closer to the date.

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Bishop Richard Moth Pastoral Letter for 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time 3rd February 2019

Bishop Richard Moth


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

                   During the months before Christmas last year, together with Sarah Kilmartin and Clare Wordsworth, I visited the Deaneries to present the Pastoral Plan.  This was the fruit of a process that had begun over a year before and I wish to thank all those who attended those meetings.  Thanks go, too, to Mgr. Tony Barry and Fr. Peter Newsam, the Episcopal Vicars for Surrey and Sussex who attended the meetings in their respective areas.  By the time the round of meetings was complete, some 3,500 people from across the Diocese had heard the presentations.  This is a wonderful beginning to a new stage in the life of our Diocese. 

                   Today’s Readings present some themes that will bear our reflection as we look to the future and the place that each of us has in the mission the Lord has given to us.

                   We must reflect that, like Jeremiah, we are known by God before ever we came to be.  Like Jeremiah, we have a prophetic role to play.  Both as individuals and as a community of faith, we must live out the message of the Gospel – not simply for our own good, but for the good of the world around us.  Like Jeremiah, we may be fearful, feel that we are incapable of such a responsibility.  However, we can – and must – be confident.  There is no need for fear.  We must not be dismayed.  We must be people of action.  God Himself will give us all the strength that we need, and more.  As the psalmist reminds us: the Lord is our hope, we trust in Him.

                   In today’s Gospel, the Lord is at first welcomed.  However, when the import of His message becomes clear to his hearers, he is rejected.  This may be our experience at times.  There will be many of us who walked the path of misunderstanding and rejection on account of our Faith.   This is difficult and can be a very great cross to bear.  However, we know too that the way of Christ is one of victory, even over death itself.  As St. Paul reminds us in the Letter to the Romans, nothing “can ever come between us and the love of God made visible in Christ Jesus, our Lord.”[1]  The Lord is with us and His love overcomes all things, even death itself. 

In today’s second Reading, St. Paul writing to the Corinthians, speaks of the virtues of Faith, Hope and Love.  All these are gifts.  Faith must be experienced by others in our actions.  If not, as St. James states clearly in his letter, our Faith will be a dead thing.[2]  Our Hope will be evident in our persevering prayer that is born of Faith and leads us to complete Trust.  The Love that is the greatest of these three, is authentic when we open ourselves to the call of Christ and the power of the Spirit.  These three gifts – when we are truly open to them – will enable us to be truly the Lord’s disciples, courageous in witness and with minds and hearts devoted to the Mission He has given to His Church. 

As we look to the future, then, let us be confident.  There will be difficulties along the way for we are called to take up the Cross,[3] but it is the Lord’s work that we are doing and His strength will always be far greater than our fears, worries and concerns. 

Let us, as individuals and as a community of Faith, be people of action.  May we all be open to the changes that will be necessary for the work that lies ahead.  Through a renewed commitment to daily prayer and to an ever deepening understanding of all that the Lord has done for us, may we truly embrace the Mission that the Lord, in his Love, has entrusted to us.

With every Blessing,

Yours sincerely in Christ,

+Richard

Bishop of Arundel & Brighton 


[1] Rm. 8:39.
[2] Jm. 2:17.
[3] Mt. 16:24.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Eastbourne Parishioner Becomes a Consecrated Virgin

Mary Rose prostrate during the Litany of the Saints
At Our Lady of Ransom Eastbourne last autumn at 7.30 pm on the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary, with Bishop Richard Moth presiding Mary Rose Bracuti was consecrated as a 'Bride of Christ '. It is a ceremony that is rarely seen and is one of the most ancient rites of the early Church. The consecration of the whole of life, the Consecration of Virginity to the person of Jesus Christ.

Mary Rose Bracuti listened with the ear of her heart to the Lord's call to fulfil her vocation as a Consecrated Virgin. The life she has been called to, is to live a consecrated life in the world. She lives a consecrated life for the parish community and the world around her. Mary Rose committed her life solely and utterly to the person of Jesus giving her whole being to the love of God, the God who called her to this way of life.

Over two hundred people including family and friends gathered in a wonderful celebration of prayer with Fr Raglan Hay Will and Fr Gerard Hatton who have been supporting her on her journey. The parish took great delight in preparing and being involved in the ceremony ensuring it was a very special occasion for Mary Rose. 

Mary Rose greets Bishop Richard
Mary Rose's discernment began seven years ago during that time she has had formation and guidance. As well as receiving direction she has been living a life of apostolic service and solitary prayer, together with ongoing study of the scriptures. Under the direction and guidance of Bishop Richard Mary Rose has formed  a rule of life and a year ago in the chapel of Our Lady of Ransom took her vows as a novitiate.

One of the marks of Mary Rose's rule of life is simplicity, simplicity of life dedicated to God. A life wholly dedicated to the life of Christ. A life dedicated to the service of her brothers and sisters.

The parish and the Diocese give thanks to God for Mary Rose's self giving to God for her openness to his call that was celebrated. In the promptings of the Holy Spirit, Mary Rose had the strength and courage to answer His call. Mary Rose will continue to teach at St Thomas a Becket Catholic Primary School where she is the RE Subject Leader for KS1 and KS2.

Friday, 11 January 2019

The Pope Video January 2019 on 'Young People and the Example of Mary'


The Pope Video January 2019 on 'Young People and the Example of Mary' from Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network

As Pope Francis prepares to attend the World Youth Day in Panama this month he speaks in the video to Young People about the example of Mary, Mother of God for them.

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

A&B News Volunteer Honoured by Bishop Richard Moth

Bishop Richard Moth hands St Philip Howard Certificate to Tony Northeast
Tony Northeast was honoured with the diocese’s St Philip Howard medal by Bishop Richard at the conclusion of the annual Advent Celebration Mass at the St Philip Howard Centre on 12th December.

After retiring from work on a national newspaper in 2004, Tony joined the A&B News Editorial Team at DABCEC and worked as a volunteer editorial assistant for the next 14 years. He contributed significantly to special issues and supplements, including the diocesan 50th anniversary edition, but will probably be best known for developing the ‘From the Parishes’ section, building and maintaining contacts with many parish correspondents.

Due tribute was paid to Tony’s professionalism, attention to detail, integrity of reporting and high standards by the paper’s current editor, who remarked that Tony was also ‘an oasis of calm’ in the midst of a busy news office.