The Parish Proclaimer Easter 2012
Cathedral Parish of Our Lady & St. Philip Howard, Arundel, West Sussex Published in April 2012
All about the Parish Rev. Canon Tim Madeley - Dean Rev. Mr. David Clifton - Deacon Louise Sharp - Parish Secretary* Cathedral House, Parsons Hill, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9AY Tel: 01903 882 297 Fax: 01903 885 335 Email: email@example.com
Web: www.arundelcathedral.org * The Parish Office is open 9am – 1pm, Monday – Friday MASS TIMES AT THE CATHEDRAL Sunday
9.30am Family Mass on the third Sunday of the month; Children’s Liturgy available other Sundays.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Saturday: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass.
MASS TIMES AT THE CONVENT OF THE POOR CLARES, CROSSBUSH Saturday
5.30pm Vespers. 6.15pm Vigil Mass (entry at 6pm).
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
Vespers and Benediction.
8.30am Mass - for Mass times on other weekdays please call
the Convent the night before on 01903 882 536. SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
10.30am otherwise by appointment.
Before/after the Saturday 6.15pm Mass.
A Reflection on Easter By Deacon David
The Return of the A-word During the season of Lent there has been a word missing from our liturgy â€“ the word Alleluia! (It really should always have an exclamation mark.)This is banned from the liturgy for the whole six weeks. The word comes from the Hebrew and means Praise the Lord. It is found in the Book of Tobias, Psalms, and in the New Testament. It is used both in Jewish and Christian liturgy as exclamation of joy, triumph, and thanksgiving, especially during the Easter season. But during Lent we try to focus on our own sinfulness and make some attempt to face up to our failings, so that we can open ourselves to the forgiving and the strengthening grace of God. It is a rather sombre penitential season â€“ not the time for expressions of joy and triumph. It all comes to a climax in Holy Week when, in the Triduum, we celebrate the dramatic story of our salvation through the death and resurrection of Christ. At the Easter Vigil there is an explosion of joy at the triumph of the risen Christ over the powers of darkness. The Alleluia! is solemnly intoned to +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ARTICLES FOR THE PENTECOST ISSUE OF THE PARISH PROCLAIMER: 3 May 2012 Email your written piece and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to Cathedral House, Parsons Hill, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9AY
to a special chant, after which it appears again and again. It is added to every antiphon and psalm. In fact, any and every opportunity is taken to use it, and so it continues for the whole of the Eastertide. This sets the whole tone for this season. It resembles in some way the feelings of the fans of a football club that has just won the cup. We really have something to cheer about. In the great battle between good and evil, our champion has been victorious! Fortunately, so far, Easter has not attracted the kind of vacuous festivity that the world at large has come to associate with Christmas – protracted partying in celebration of nothing more than a vague ‘warm’ feeling, that has little to do with the birth of Christ. So we are free to celebrate the startling fact of the risen Christ, and all the consequences that flow from it for the world, both in this life and in the life to come. Welcome back ‘Alleluia!’ ++++++++++++++++++++
Celebration Mass for 50 years of CAFOD By Stephanie Hawkey I was invited to attend the 50th Anniversary Celebration Mass at Westminster Cathedral on 28 January 2012. Michael and I managed to catch an early enough train as I wasn't quite sure where I was going and how long it would take to get there and hoped we would get a good seat where we could see everything! On arrival, there were people with banners posing for photos, people cheering, people wearing badges from all over the U.K. and some from countries where CAFOD is working. I took some photos outside, then on entering the Cathedral one could sense the anticipated atmosphere, excitement and splendour of the Spiritual event about to happen. I explored the Cathedral and lit candles at the various altars. We found ourselves wandering towards the front and found seats on the two-seater rows right at the front in the second block of seating. I collected various pieces of literature, prayer cards, Mass booklets, enough for Canon Tim to look through and enough CAFOD prayer cards for my First Holy Communion Group. At the beginning of the Mass large pictures were carried down the centre aisle depicting each decade of CAFOD's work, these six in all were placed in front of the altar. The procession to the altar consisted of 16 Bishops (including Bishop Kieran), Priests, Clergy and altar 4
servers, with Archbishop Vincent Nichols presiding. Bishop John Arnold, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster and Chair of CAFOD trustees, explained that Family Fast day was started in 1960 by members of The National Board of Catholic Women, Catholic Women's League, Union of Catholic Mothers, and the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations. It was so successful that the Bishops of England and Wales used this project for the foundation for CAFOD in 1962. Since then CAFOD has grown and the budget for this year is ÂŁ58m. The Bishops and Priests stood at various places around the Cathedral for Holy Communion and guess who stood in front of me? Only Bishop Kieran, the only face I knew amongst the thousands of people attending this special Mass, except Michaelâ€™s of course! Looking at the congregation and knowing that some had come along way to attend this special thanksgiving Mass, it showed their dedication and commitment to CAFOD and I felt humbled that I had been invited to be part of this special Mass. Before the blessing, the St. Ignatius African Choir sang and played a Nigerian Hymn and we were all invited to recommit ourselves by helping to transform God's world by showing how we can care for the Earth and all its people. There were a few speakers acknowledging all the work CAFOD has done and the much appreciation of its success. After the final blessing, it seemed an age before any of the congregation started to 5
move from their seats, even though everyone was invited to go for refreshments in nearby halls and school hall, we all seem to feel a sense of calm and well being and happiness, people were smiling, the nicest way of communicating. Outside within the hustle and bustle of the London streets, people walking past hadn't a clue of what had happened in Westminster Cathedral; we celebrated the work that CAFOD does for the rest of the world, we support them in caring for others; this Lenten Fast Day the Government are matching pound for pound for what is raised to help with one project in particular, to give clean water where it is most urgently needed. I update Arundel Cathedral's notice board with all the news from CAFOD. During Advent we held a 'Kings Festival', organised by Lulu Willis, where my crib was made with all CAFOD flyers/booklets, the crib held the world, and the Three Kings had different CAFOD's special wording around their arms as the gifts. My words were 'God gave us his only Son, what can we give?' ++++++++++++++++++++
Comedy with the Clergy A priest, a monk and an atheist go on a fishing trip together. They are in the boat when the priest says, “Oh no, I left the paddles behind!” He proceeds to get out and walks on the water to the shore to get them. Once he got back on board the monk hits his forehead with his hand and exclaims, “Oh my, I left the bait back on the bench where we were seated!” Like the priest, the monk exits the boat and walks on the water to retrieve the bait. As the monk climbs back in the atheist yells out, “Well if you guys can do it so can I” and proceeds to get out from the other side and falls into the water. At this point the priest says to the monk, “Do you think we should have told him where the rocks are?”
New music for a new translation By Father Bruno Clifton OP As the new Liturgical Year began this Advent, Catholics in the English-speaking world experienced a greater change than usual. The Third Edition of the Roman Missal in English was officially launched and a new translation meant new settings were required to sing the parts of the Mass. This was why I was asked, back in July, to write a new Mass for my home parish, Arundel. The Cathedral town of Arundel is the seat of the Bishop for the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton in the south of England. It was thus that I composed the â€˜Arundel Massâ€™ for both Congregation and Organ with an optional second voice. I think the challenge in writing new music for the liturgy is to provide something at once accessible for participation but also interesting musically, that allows the text to be acclaimed appropriately. A further challenge was how different this project was from the music I generally write for skilled performers. Everyone needed to feel they could join in the singing.
While the changes to the translation were small and many existing settings had been adapted to take account of the differences, the opportunity to create and introduce new music specifically designed for singing the new translation brings an appropriate vitality to our celebration of the liturgy. You can see details of how to obtain copies of the Mass as well as excerpts from some movements from www.arundelcathedral.org As some background for Proclaimer readers, I studied composition at the University of Durham and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where I attended classes with Anthony Gilbert, Adam Gorb and James MacMillan. While I was still a student a movement of my first symphony was played by the BBC Philharmonic in 2000, directed by James MacMillan. My Letters for String Quartet was performed at the Sophie Silver Lining Festival, Banbury. In 2002, I joined the Order of Preachers (Dominican Friars). During my novitiate year, I wrote a Way of the Cross for organ, baritone and assembly. During my theological studies at Oxford my piece In Flanders Fields, a setting for tenor and organ of the famous poem by John McCrae, was first performed at a service in Brussels Cathedral on 11 November 2007. After ordination to the diaconate I was appointed assistant chaplain to Edinburgh University. While in Edinburgh, I wrote several works for the New Edinburgh Orchestra. I was ordained to the priesthood in Edinburgh in 2008, continuing my chaplaincy work for another year. I am now resident in Rome, engaged in studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, and still continue to write orchestral and other works.
Alternative Gardener’s Corner By Ray Weatherley GOD’S THOUGHTS ON LAWNS – A little discussion between God and St. Francis GOD: Frank, you know all about gardens and nature. What’s going on down there? What happened to the dandelions, violets, thistles and stuff I started eons ago? I had a perfect no-maintenance garden plan. Those plants grow in any soil, withstand drought and multiply with abandon. The nectar from long lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honey bees and flocks of songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of colours, but all I see are green rectangles. ST. FRANCIS: It’s the tribes that have settled there, Lord. The Suburbanites. They started calling your flowers “weeds” and go to great lengths to kill them and replace them with grass. GOD: Grass? But it’s so boring. It’s not colourful. It does not attract butterflies, birds and bees. Do these Suburbanites really want grass growing there? ST. FRANCIS: Apparently so Lord. They go to great lengths to grow it and keep it green. They begin each Spring by fertilising grass and poisoning any other plants on the lawn. GOD: The Spring rains and the warm weather probably makes grass grow really fast. That must please the Suburbanites. ST. FRANCIS: Apparently not, Lord. As soon as it grows a little, they cut it, bag it up and pay to throw it away. GOD: Now let me get this straight. They fertilise grass so that it will grow and when it does grow they cut it off and pay to throw it away? Well these Suburbanites must be relieved in the Summer when we cut back on the rain and turn up the heat. That 9
surely slows the growth and saves them a lot of work and money? ST. FRANCIS: Not exactly. When the grass stops growing so fast, they drag out hoses and pay more money to water it so they can continue to cut it and pay to get rid of it. GOD: Enough! I do not want to think about this anymore. St. Catherine, you are in charge of the arts. What programmes have you scheduled for tonight? ST. CATHERINE: “Gardeners World” A programme about…………… GOD: Never mind, I think that I have heard the whole story from St. Francis ++++++++++++++++++++
Extracts from the diary of a Hospitaleria - Part 1 By Ruth Johnston After our wonderful walk from O’Porto to Compostella in 2010, Joyce and I decided to offer to be hospitalerias at the Confraternity Refugio in Miraz on the Camino del Norte – four days walking from Compostela. Miraz has just one bar (not serving food) run by Pilar, a wonderful lady, helped by her daughter. There is no shop and the church in Miraz is dedicated to St. James where there are statues of Santiago Matamoros (St. James the Moor slayer!) and St. Roque Perigrino (showing his wounded leg and faithful dog who brought him bread daily). Like a lot of places, the priest now has a lot of small villages to look after and Mass is said on alternate Sundays and intervening Saturdays at 12.45pm (but this did not always happen - as we found out!). The refugio was the priest’s house, but he now lives in Friol and the Confraternity lease the house from the Bishop of Lugo. In 2010 a large extension was built which was blessed by the Bishop in June 2011 – an occasion Joyce was lucky enough to attend and she came home full of enthusiasm for the new building, making us very excited about our stint as hospitalerias during 14-28 September 2011. Continued on page 13 10
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Our tickets to A Coruna were already booked in April and we had attended a hospitalerias training day in March in Birmingham – the home of our President and Head of Affairs in Miraz, Rev. Colin Jones – spending a delightful weekend with my eldest son, Aaron, as well. Joyce and I spent a lot of time together either in Mortlake, with walks in Richmond Park, where she lived, or walking here in Arundel and chatting together into the small wee hours! I was due to spend the weekend with her, after I returned from Lourdes, making our final plans, so it was a huge shock to receive a ‘phone call in that week to say Joyce had collapsed and died on the very day I was coming back from Lourdes, 4 August. She had always been there for me since Kieran died and had encouraged me to explore new horizons. I knew she would have expected me to carry on and go to Miraz, but I speak no Spanish – how was I going to cope? With help from the Confraternity members, I will tell you how I did it... 13 September 2011 – Heathrow to A Coruna Alan Cutbush had kept in touch with me and had found a man called David to work with me for the fortnight. He had been a hospitalerio in Rabanal a few times and spoke Spanish. Alan gave me minute instructions on how to get from the airport by taxi (20 Euros) and he wrote down the name of the hostel and the street and then gave me foot-by-foot instructions how to get from the hostel to the nearby railway station the next morning, where to get off the train at Parga, which was a request stop, so I might have to ring a bell, although this should not be necessary as the guard would come round and look at the tickets and write in his little book where people were alighting, so it would be no worry!! It all started rather badly, as I got lost on the underground to Heathrow and had to start again!! I had given myself lots of time, knowing that I might panic!! All seemed to be going well, though the family had not let the airline know that Joyce had died, but they were very kind (both our names were on the ticket). However, as we started to approach A Coruna, there were lots of announcements in Spanish, although I could sense that something was going wrong. I was sitting next to a Spanish man, who obviously lived in London, so he could tell me that they were telling us it was too windy to land in A Coruna and they would have to proceed to Santiago. Panic! How am I going to get to A Coruna? I didn’t know, but I was sure there would soon be an announcement. Fortunately there were more English people on the ‘plane and so we all stuck together. After collecting our luggage, we were told that a ‘bus would be coming from A Coruna to take us back there. We sat in a café and had something 13
to eat. Eventually the ‘bus came a few hours later and took us to A Coruna airport, by which time it was 11pm – we should have landed at 8-30pm. I got a taxi and showed the driver the address I had been given. It was just a little door in a shabby side street so, in trepidation, I pushed the door open and climbed the stairs. Thank goodness, at the top was a desk and a rather dishevelled man behind it. I stumbled out what little Spanish I had - “un habitiao, por favor” - and tried to explain that it was for one night and that I would be leaving by 7am the following morning. He charged me 34 Euros and took my passport and kept it... panic, again! He showed me to a clean, decent room and I finally got to bed at half past midnight. 14 September 2011 After a fitful sleep, I got up and showered at 6am and read through my instructions for getting to the station. Packed and went to the desk, where my dishevelled host appeared from his bed and gave me my passport and I made my escape! Alan’s instructions were perfect and I went to the ticket hall and successfully managed to get a single ticket to Parga (6 Euros) and then, making sure of the 8.20am train time as well as the platform number, went to the café and had several croissants and cups of tea. The train was very comfortable and the guard came round and noted in his little book where I was getting off. So far, so good! However, halfway through the journey, we stopped at a station and another train came in the other side and I saw the guard get down from our train and step over to the other one and never came back!! How would the driver know that I wanted to get off at Parga. I hunted round for a bell – one button opened a toilet door, another closed the door between the compartments – I couldn’t see another bell! Panic, again! This was becoming a nightmare. I knew the station before Parga was Guitriz, a compulsory stop, so after that I got up and stood looking around again, then I noticed another man getting up as well, which reassured me. Then a man in a suit, with a notebook, saw me and nodded. I realised that the guards had changed shifts and I was still in the little book. Phew! The train duly stopped at Parga and David Garcia (both he and his wife were the hospitalerias who were finishing today) was on the station to meet me. I had never met him before, but he got the biggest hug and I didn’t really want to let go of him!! He took me shopping for supplies and told me to buy what I thought I would like to eat. This was really an impossible task, as I didn’t know what to expect; I did not know my fellow hospitalerio, or what the facilities were, etc., but I got a few chicken bits plus some onions and tomatoes, whilst David was piling the trolley up with all Continued on page 16 14
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sorts of supplies, but eventually we made our way to Miraz. (He and Kathy had driven to Miraz after visiting relatives in Spain, so they had their car). There I met his wife and my companion for the fortnight, who had arrived on Tuesday, so was already into the swing of things. Pilar was invited to meet us over for a cup of tea – she speaks no English, I speak no Spanish, but fortunately my companions kept things going. My colleague for the fortnight was also called David and he booked in the arriving pilgrims, whilst Cathy instructed me how to fill out all the forms, how to count the money, where to put it until we banked it, how the washing machine worked, where the clothes were kept etc., etc. It was quite impossible to take it in, in my exhausted and nervous state. Cathy asked me if I would bunk in with David, or would I rather be with her in the office, and her husband (David) would go in with David. There were four bunks per hospitaleria – two in the office and two in another small room, where some food was kept to sell to pilgrims. I asked if she would mind if I slept in the office with her and she moved David’s stuff into the other room with David. David cooked a wonderful meal for us whilst 29 pilgrims were also all trying to cook their meals, but eventually we got to bed at 11pm, with the alarms set for 6am. So ended an exhausting day – was I going to cope? Only time would tell! The diary continues in the forthcoming Pentecost edition of The Parish Proclaimer!
Welcome to Miraz
Inside the parish church at Miraz
The back of the refugio
The Pilgrims cooking and chatting
Militant Secularism & Same Sex Unions By Graham Rodmell In early March, Cardinal Keith O’Brien used characteristically colourful language to emphasise the Scottish Catholic Church’s strength of feeling against David Cameron’s decision to press for law reform to extend marriage to same-sex couples. Examples of the Cardinal’s words include “madness”, “attempt to redefine reality”; “a grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right”. The joint letter of Archbishop Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Peter Smith read at all Masses in England and Wales on the third Sunday of Lent struck a more moderate tone but was no less forceful. It points out that the roots of the institution of marriage lie in our nature and emphasises the complementarity of male and female. The letter acknowledges that neither the Church nor the State has the power to change the fundamental understanding of marriage itself. This is to be understood “as a lifelong commitment between a man and a woman, and for the creation and upbringing of children”. It is an “expression of our fundamental humanity”. The Church can and does raise the level of understanding of marriage. The State can and does regulate the law and practice around marriage and its registration. Neither is entitled to attack or change the fundamental concept which is at the root of Article 16 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The fundamental nature of marriage in British and Western history and culture is affirmed by Christianity and many other religious traditions. The Church is encouraging us to add our signatures in support of the Coalition for Marriage petition which was launched by Lord Carey, the former Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury. This can be done either online at www.C4M.org.uk or in writing at the rear of the Cathedral (but not both please). It will be very important to gather the widest support from British Catholics, so as to contribute to a broadly based coalition of Christians, Jews and Muslims. Huge numbers of ordinary married and even unmarried couples would probably feel comfortable signing so as to uphold the institution of marriage. These people are unmoved by religion, but simply follow their own common sense understanding and value marriage as one bedrock of a stable society. As the joint Archbishops’ letter said “Marriage is a crucial witness in our society, contributing to its stability, its capacity for compassion and forgiveness and its future, in a way that no other institution can”. Continued on page 20 17
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Proclaimer Crossword Puzzle 17 By Chris Dinham
CLUES ACROSS 1) Length of mileage (8) 5) Surname of famous motor-racing driver born in 1929 (4) 9) Being; duration; the way we live (9) 10) Word frequently and closely preceded by “neither” (3) 11) Be used to something or it (10) 14) Awning or sunshade (6) 15) Popular fruit and its colour (6) 17) Lasting only for a short time; brief (5-5) 20) A lyric type of poem of variable lengths and rhythms (3) 21) Description of plants, trees or bushes in too much form and/or space (9) 22) Outside location or position (4) 23) “Cats prod” (anag) (8)
CLUES DOWN 1) Profound; low pitched; well underground (4) 2) The outside of most of your body, or possible top of a rice pudding (4) 3) Forethought; expectancy (12) 4) Approve with, or agree (6) 6) Decoration, or maybe the appearances of type of statues, or just garnish (8) 7) Scrapped - or part of title of wheat cereal (8) 8) “We’re with gelt” (anag) (12) 12) Useful domestic cutter needed at home for several reasons (8) 13) Not guilty (8) 16) One of the characters in Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” tragedy (6) 18) Final part of musical or literary works (4) 19) Girl’s name - she can eat upside down (4)
A Number 10 spokesperson recognised that some in the Church would disagree with the Prime Minister, but claimed “it’s important for equality”. On the contrary, the proposal is an assault on the institution of marriage and the family. If adopted it would discriminate against the institution and would diminish the status of all those who have already contracted marriage.This proposed reform is not about protecting the rights of homosexuals, as those were clearly established by earlier legislation. Rights to register civil partnerships have already been secured. At the time of the earlier law change, the civil partnership lobby stressed that this arrangement, which conferred legal rights akin to matrimony, could not be confused with nor construed as an attack on marriage which had always been between one man and one woman. In just a few years, marriage is again under attack. Clearly the Church’s opposition to the government in no way lessens the respect in which the Church holds every person, a creature of God, with his or her unique value. The Church condemns any unjust discrimination on grounds of sexuality. The fact is that neither the historic concept of ‘marriage’ nor the word itself is capable of bearing the extended meaning to embrace same-sex unions. It is not difficult to see this move as directly related to the galloping secularisation against which Pope Benedict XVI warned us during his visit to the UK in September 2010. Baroness Sayeeda Warsi (a Muslim member of the House of Lords) who takes the Conservative Whip and is Minister without Portfolio in the present government, was urged by the Holy Father to continue making her case that faith had been neglected, undermined and attacked by governments in recent years; people needed to feel stronger in their religious identities and more confident in their creeds. The Baroness feels that one of the most worrying aspects of militant secularisation is that it is in its instincts deeply intolerant; at its extremes it requires the complete removal of faith from the public sphere. She reaffirmed these thoughts when she again met the Holy Father in February this year as one of an important ministerial delegation on a reciprocal visit following the Pope’s visit. Dare we hope that Muslim spokespersons, who are not easily identified, might lend their support to opposing David Cameron’s proposals? In the Lent edition of the Proclaimer, it was reported that our own Bishop Kieran Conry (at the Ecumenical Coberg Conference XIV) addressing the theme of ‘The Challenge of Secularism in the New Europe’, concluded with the thought that “the Church will not be heard today if she shouts more loudly, but may be heard if she speaks more quietly”. Not perhaps the style of the Scottish Cardinal, but his language and timely warning also made a major contribution in alerting Christians and others about the plan to hold a public consultation on the subject. This will have been formally announced by the time this Easter edition of the Proclaimer is published. 20
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Parish People - Pat & Graham Smithson By Colin Swanton
Parishioner Pat Smithson is to run in a marathon at Brighton on 15 April on behalf of Alzheimers Research UK – a charity that she and husband, Graham, have supported for some time now. Pat’s mother suffered with Alzheimers before her death a few years ago, and, to raise funds towards the finding of a cure and to raise awareness of the terrible effects of the disease, they offer hand made craft items such as candles, greeting cards, knitwear and novelty items at fundraising fairs organised by themselves. The couple met in 1976 on an overland trek in Greece and Turkey and were married in Westminster Cathedral in 1978. They started married life in Earls Court for two years before moving to Brighton where they lived for some ten years. As Pat said, “We then moved slowly along the coast until we settled at Sompting about three years ago.” Pat was born into a Catholic family and went to St. Vincent’s School in Victoria (London) – the school being where the Cardinal Hume Centre is now. Graham was born in Deal, Kent and baptised into the Church of England. He moved to Brighton in 1959 and later went to Brighton Secondary Technical School before attending the Brighton School of Architecture for three years. He then worked in the British Rail Architecture Department until 1994 when he was offered and accepted redundancy. By coincidence, Deacon David also went to the School of Architecture and worked at British Rail Architecture Department at around the same time as Graham, but they were not aware of each other at the time! After arriving at Sompting and attending Mass at the Cathedral they became friends 22
with Mike and Heather Reeves who helped them settle very quickly into the parish. It was a great sadness for Pat and Graham when Mike and Heather died – one after the other in a relatively short space of time. Graham entered the 2010 RCIA programme at the Cathedral and became a Catholic at Easter that year. Pat and Graham now help with subsequent RCIA programmes and this year are sponsoring a family with three children who are going through the programme. Other ‘duties’ within the life of the Cathedral include helping in the gift shop after the 11.15am Mass on a Sunday, taking the weekly collection at Mass and helping with the Corpus Christi celebrations each year. When any spare time becomes available, Pat and Graham enjoy visiting local folk music clubs in the area, including the Willows Folk Club in Arundel. In the summer they visit folk festivals in their beloved vintage VW Camper van where they really let their hair down! The marathon at Brighton will be Pat’s first and she hopes to raise £1,500. Graham is now threatening to do the run himself next year! If you would like to support Pat in her fund-raising marathon you can do so either by using a form available in the Cathedral Gift Shop or donating at the following web address: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PatSmithsonforrunning. ++++++++++++++++++++
Corpus Christi - 6/7 June 2012 This year’s Carpet of Flowers design will be centred on three distinctive themes linked to the country and to Arundel. These are the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympic Torch (that is journeying through Arundel on Monday, 16 July) and the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic on which one of our parishioners, Bernard Cuthbert Taylor, died. With so much going on that week, we need volunteers to come forward to assist in the preparation (from Sunday 3 June) before the public viewing plus the ‘greet and meet’ for visitors, gift shop assistants and serving refreshments as well as helping with the Mass and Procession. Please call the Parish Office on 01903 882 297 to confirm you will be able to help us in any way you can! 23
Convent of Poor Clares 2012 Programme All year round: TaizĂŠ evening, every last Friday of the month. 7.15 - 8.15pm Every Sunday: Exposition at 4pm followed by Vespers with Benediction at 5pm Every Tuesday: John Main Meditation Group at 7.15pm Easter Triduum services: Maundy Thursday: Good Friday: Holy Saturday: Easter Sunday:
Mass of the Lordâ€™s Supper at 6.30pm Liturgy of The Passion at 3pm Way of the Cross at 5.30pm Easter Vigil at 8.30pm Easter Morning Mass at 8.30am
Franciscan Celebrations: Solemnity of St. Clare - 10 August, 5.30pm: Transitus with first Vespers, followed by supper with the community - 11 August, 8.30am: Mass of St. Clare Solemnity of St. Francis - 3 October, 5.15pm: Transitus with first Vespers - 4 October, 8.30am: Mass of St. Francis Other events: Icon Retreat: 3-7 September - contact Sr. Maria email@example.com Dance Retreat: 26-28 October - contact Sr. Clare firstname.lastname@example.org ++++++++++++++++++++ Correction Notice In the Lent Proclaimer we inadvertently typed the name Malcolm rather than Michael within the title of the Parish People article. Our sincere apologies to the Hawkey family for this error. 24
Maryâ€™s Dowry Productions presents... St. John Fisher This is the first DVD on St. John Fisher, the gentle, devout but immovable Bishop of Rochester who shares a feast day with Saint Thomas More. Loved by thousands today for his priestly example, this documentary will not fail to please those who already admire him, and those who perhaps only know scant details of his life. Presented with a rich and carefully documented corpus of imagery, details and English history, characters such as Lady Margaret Beaufort, Kings Henry VII and Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell and many others make this journey of history, politics and the Catholic Faith in 16th Century England.
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Me, me, me. By Sofia Bridgeman, featured in Triangle, a benefice magazine for three Sussex parishes Me first and last and for good measure me in the middle, is what it’s all about these days; selfish ambition rules the world. And that cannot be right. What has happened to humility? That quality of being courteous, and respectful of others; that quality which enables us to go more than halfway to meet the needs and demands of people around us? Acting with humility does not in any way deny our own self worth. Rather it affirms the inherent worth of all persons. Some would consider humility to be a psychological malady that interferes with ‘success’. However, wealth, power or status gained at the expense of others tends to bring stress and anxiety - never peace and love. So what does it mean to be humble? How do we do humility? Humility means putting God and other persons ahead of our own selfish interests. Humility comes with the knowledge that God’s creation as a whole transcends our own narrow interests. A humble demeanour is not a denial of our worth as individuals. Rather it is the tool that allows us, insofar as possible, to be on good terms, and live in peace and harmony with, all persons. Humility dissipates anger and heals old wounds. Humility helps us to see the dignity and worth in all God’s people. Humility distinguishes the wise leader from the arrogant power-seeker. Humility is a virtue and a major theme of both the Old and New Testaments. Humility goes hand in hand with obedience. Jesus humbled himself, he became obedient; he was in very nature God, but he laid aside his majesty, to become obedient, even to death on a cruel cross. He showed by what he chose to do, that God’s true nature is not characterized by seizing, grasping, attaining, but by sharing, open-handed giving, serving others, pouring oneself out for others to enrich them. Jesus said whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted. By humility we acknowledge that God created us for His purposes and not for our self-glorification. By humility we cool the angry passions of others. By humility we cool the angry passions of others. By humility we can turn enemies into friends. Be blessed.
150th Jubilee of Pauline Jariot’s Death, Founder of the Association for the Propagation of the Faith (APF) By Peter Honiball
2012 celebrates the 150th anniversary of the death of Pauline Marie Jaricot, founder of the Association for the Propagation of the Faith (APF). On 9 January 2012, I was privileged to visit Lyons together with Mgr. Canon James Cronin, the National Director for Missio in England & Wales, to attend the Colloquium celebrating this anniversary. A Colloquium is an academic conference or seminar – yes I had to look it up in the dictionary! The day was hosted by the Oeuvres Pontificales Missionaires, the equivalent of Missio in England & Wales, and their National Director, Father Pierre-Yves Pecqueux. National Directors from all over the world attended, from Australia to Lebanon. We started with a morning seminar on Pauline and proceedings were opened by Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, the Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples who read out a greeting from Pope Benedict XVI. Pauline was born on 22 July, 1799. She was the last of seven children born to Antoine and Jeanne Jaricot in Lyon, who were silk merchants. As a teenager Pauline began to long to help the Missions – China and the United States – a desire nurtured by her brother Phileas, who was preparing for the priesthood and who told Pauline all about the work and witness of missionaries. Pauline saw this as her vocation – to become a missionary of the love of God. She came to believe that “to truly help others is to bring them to God.”
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In 1817 she organized the first collection for the mission in China. In 1819 Pauline gathered workers in her family’s silk factory into “circles of 10.” Everyone in the group pledged to pray daily for the Missions and to offer each week a sou, the equivalent of a penny. Each member of the group then found ten friends to do the same. Even in the face of opposition from parish priests in Lyon, Pauline remained steadfast. Within a year, she had 500 workers enrolled; soon there would be 2,000. In 1822, the Society for the Propagation of the Faith was officially founded. Pauline’s successful efforts drove the formation of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. One hundred years later it became the first of the Pontifical Missions Societies, which is known as Missio in England & Wales. Shortly after the foundation of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, Pauline established the Association of the Living Rosary; again her method was to form “circles” which would reach out to form new groups. The Curé of Ars, her spiritual director for many years, made this public tribute to Pauline: “I know someone who knows how to accept the Cross, and a heavy Cross, and how to bear it with love! It is Mademoiselle Jaricot.” Pauline died on January 9, 1862. On 25 February 1963 Pope John XXIII signed the 28
the decree which proclaimed the virtues of Pauline Jaricot, declaring her “venerable”. At the Colloquium Monsignor Francois Duthel, who is leading the cause for her beatification and canonization, spoke about his commitment to Pauline’s cause. Today in England & Wales the spirit of Pauline’s original idea of “circles of 10” still continue through the Red Boxes and in the parish of Arundel, Betty Barrett and her team collected an amazing sum of £1,428 in 2011. In the afternoon we were taken to Lorette, Pauline Jaricot’s house situated beneath the beautiful Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. The house belongs to the Oeuvres Pontificales Missionaires. Here we were shown the home of Pauline and the bedroom in which she died. During recent renovations a private chapel was discovered and today it is used by the Nuns, who live on site, as their chapel. After viewing the house we climbed the steep stairs that led to the Rosary Walk up to the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière where we celebrated Vespers. Pauline is honoured with a depiction of her in the frieze over the entrance to the Basilica. Afterwards we went to church of St. Nizier, where Pauline is buried, to celebrate a Pontifical Mass in the presence of Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the Archbishop of
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Lyon and the now Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect for the Congregation for Evangelisation. While this was a very moving Mass, I have never been so cold. St. Nizierâ€™s was freezing but it was nothing a good shot of whisky couldnâ€™t fix though! After Mass we visited the tomb of Pauline to pay our respects and say a prayer for this remarkable woman. You too can pray for the beatification of Pauline whose great work continues today. Hasten, Lord, the day when the Church can celebrate the saintliness of your servant Pauline-Marie Jaricot, inspired by you to found the Propagation of the Faith and the Living Rosary, and promote the welfare of the poor. May Christians everywhere strive to follow her selfless example dedicating themselves to spreading the Good News of the Gospel, so that all peoples may come to know the boundless love revealed to the world through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen
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The Patriarchal Basilicas of Rome 3 By Ian Fricker
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Saint Paul’s Outside the Walls is probably the most peaceful of all the major Basilicas. It is of course “fuoro le Mura” but I can’t help thinking it’s Benedictine keepers also have a hand in this! Entering into this church you would almost believe it to be the interior of an Imperial Roman Basilica. At the beginning of the 4th century, at the end of the persecutions, Emperor Constantine ordered the excavation of the cella memoriae, the place where Christians venerated the memory of Saint Paul the Apostle, beheaded under Nero around 65-67 A.D. Above his grave located along the Ostiense Way (about 2 km outside the Aurelian Walls surrounding Rome) Constantine built a Basilica, which was consecrated by Pope Sylvester in 324. From 384-395 the Basilica was restored and enlarged according to an extensive project consisting of five naves opening out into an atrium (quadriportico), or courtyard with four rows of columns. Throughout the centuries the Basilica would not cease to be embellished and enhanced by the Popes. Under Gregory the Great (590–604) the Basilica was extensively modified. The pavement was raised to place the altar directly over Paul's tomb. A confession permitted access to the Apostle's sepulchre. 32
The massive defensive wall was built to protect against invasions at the end of the ninth century, while the bell tower and the magnificent Byzantine door were constructed in the eleventh century. Other important additions include Pietro Cavallini’s mosaics in the façade, the beautiful Vassalletto family’s cloister, Arnolfo di Cambio’s celebrated Gothic baldachino and the Candelabrum for the Paschal candle attributed to Nicola d’Angelo and Pietro Vassalletto of the thirteenth century. This historical period represents the golden age of what had been the biggest Basilica of Rome, until the consecration of the new Basilica of St. Peter in 1626. This sacred place of Christian pilgrimage was well-known for its artistic works. On 15 July 1823 a fire, started through the negligence of a workman who was repairing the lead of the roof, resulted in the almost total destruction of the Basilica which, alone of all the churches of Rome, had preserved its primitive character for 1,435 years. It was re-opened in 1840 (Pope Gregory XVI consecrated the Altar of the Confession and the Transept) and reconsecrated in 1855 in the presence of Pope Pius IX and fifty cardinals. In the fifth century under the Pontificate of Leo the Great, the Basilica became the home of a long series of medallions which would to this day depict all the popes throughout history. This testifies, in an extraordinary way, to “the very great, the very ancient and universally known Church founded and organized at Rome by the two most glorious Apostles, Peter and Paul” (Saint Irenaeus, Adversus Haereses 3, 3,2). The legend goes that when the last medallion is filled with the face of a Pope the world will end! From 1215 until 1964 the Basilica was the seat of the Latin Patriarch of Alexandria. Saint Paul's tomb (below a marble tombstone in the Basilica's crypt) is below the Papal Altar. The tombstone bears the Latin inscription “PAULO APOSTOLO MART” (“to Paul the apostle and martyr”). The inscribed portion of the tombstone has three holes, two square and one circular. The circular hole is connected to the tomb by a pipeline, reflecting the Roman custom of pouring perfumes inside the sarcophagus, or to the practice of providing the bones of the dead with libations. On 6 December 2006, it was announced that Vatican archaeologists had confirmed the presence of a white marble sarcophagus beneath the altar, perhaps containing the remains of the Apostle. The excavations, which lasted from 2002 to 22 September 2006 /9/2006, had been initiated after pilgrims to the Basilica expressed disappointment that the Apostle's tomb could not be visited or touched during the 33
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Jubilee year of 2000. On 29 June 2009 (Solemnity of SS Peter and Paul) Pope Benedict XVI announced that carbon 14 dating of bone fragments in the sarcophagus confirmed a date in the 1st or 2nd century. "This seems to confirm the unanimous and uncontested tradition that they are the mortal remains of the Apostle Paul," Benedict announced at a service in the Basilica to mark the end of the Vatican's Paoline year in honour of the apostle. Saint Paul Outside-the-Walls constitutes an extra-territorial complex (Motu Proprio by Pope Benedict XVI, 30 May 2005), administered by an Archpriest. In addition to the Papal Basilica, the entire complex includes a very ancient Benedictine Abbey, restored by Odon of Cluny in 936. This Abbey remains active even today under the direction of its Abbot who retains his ordinary jurisdiction intra septa monasterii. The Benedictine Monks of the ancient Abbey founded by Pope Gregory II (715-731) attend to the ministry of Reconciliation and the promotion of special ecumenical events. Continued on page 36 34
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It is in this Basilica that every year on the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, 25 January, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity solemnly opens. The Pope has specified two privileged tasks for this Papal Basilica: the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the development and organization of ecumenical initiatives. On June 28, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI visited the Basilica and announced that the following year would be designated the “Pauline Year” to commemorate the bi-millennium of the birth of Saint Paul. Thus, the “Pauline Year” was run from 28 June 2008 to 29 June 2009.
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Proclaimer Crossword Puzzle 16 - Solution By Chris Dinham
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Parish Notice Board WELCOME! If you are a new parishioner, we hope that you will quickly feel at home with us... Please make sure that you have completed one of the special forms kept at the back of the Cathedral (to the left of where the newspapers are displayed) so that you can be registered on our Parish Database.
Arundel & Brighton Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 26 July - 3 August 2012 Application forms are now available from the Cathedral Sacristy or from the Pilgrimage Office. Form is also downloadable at: www.ablourdes.org
Make a bequest to Arundel Cathedral A leaflet is available to all parishioners who would like to include Arundel Cathedral in their will. The leaflet gives some guidance as to how to make a bequest using the right wording if you wish to make... 1. A bequest to the Cathedral Parish 2. A bequest for Masses 3. A bequest for a Foundation Mass Leaflets available at the back of the Cathedral or call 01903 882 927
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Abstaining from meat on Fridays The Bishops wish to remind us that every Friday is set aside as a special day of penitence, as it is the day of the suffering and death of the Lord. They believe it is important that all the faithful again be united in a common, identifiable act of Friday penance because they recognise that the virtue of penitence is best acquired as part of a common resolve and common witness. The law of the Church requires Catholics, on Fridays, to abstain from meat, or some other sort of food, or to observe some other form of penance laid down by the Bishopsâ€™ Conference. The Bishops have decided from Friday, 16 September 2011 to re-establish the practice that this penance should be fulfilled simply by abstaining from meat (or other food/penance) and by uniting this to prayer. See the noticeboard at the back of the Cathedral.
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Parish Diary APRIL Sunday 1st
PALM SUNDAY Masses at 9.30am & 11.15am beginning with the Blessing of the Palms
6.00pm Chrism Mass in the Cathedral with Bishop Kieran Conry
HOLY THURSDAY 8.00pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper in the Cathedral followed by waiting to midnight at the Altar of Repose. 11.50pm Compline
GOOD FRIDAY 9.00am Office of Readings and Morning Prayer 10.00am Stations of the Cross 3.00pm The Passion (Collection for Holy Places)
HOLY SATURDAY 9.00am Office of Readings and Morning Prayer 8.30pm The Easter Vigil and First Mass of the Resurrection
EASTER SUNDAY Masses at 9.30am & 11.15am
10.00am Mass in the Fitzalan Chapel
10.00am Mass in the Fitzalan Chapel
7.30pm Chichester University Choir – Haydn’s Creation Tickets from www.cft.org.uk
Time tbc - St. George’s Day Parade & Service: please refer to weekly newsletter
7.30pm Arun Choral Society Concert; tickets from ACS Box Office 01798 831234 or visit website: www.arunchoral society.co.uk
MAY Friday 11th
3.00pm Worthing Deanery Confirmations
Christian Unity Week
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St. Mary’s Hall Fittings & Furnishing Fund Money so far donated to FFF: £4.177.68 Our target is £10,000 and there is still more fittings and furnishings yet to be funded by parishioners. Please read the long noticeboard on the left side of the Cathedral as you approach the Gift Shop to see the many photos and our items list! 40
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St. Philip’s Catholic Primary School News By Elizabeth Hargreaves, Deputy Headteacher During Lent we prepare in many different ways. Giving up something in order to benefit others or ‘going the extra mile’ is just one way to focus on Lent encouraged from an early age. Students in St. Philip Howard High School from Year 10 have certainly gone the extra mile, with support from the staff by hosting a Paralympics day for Year 6 pupils from the Deanery Primary Schools. St. Richard’s Catholic Primary School in Chichester, St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Bognor, and St. Philip’s Catholic Primary School in Arundel came together to experience sport in a new way. The winning ‘country’ were very proud to collect unique Olympic medals designed and made by St. Philip Howard students, and honoured guests, including Bishop Kieran, Priests and Governors from the schools attended the closing ceremony which concluded with a brilliantly choreographed ‘Olympic’ dance by Year 9 pupils. Many of the sporting activities included the need to listen very carefully: for example a football with bells inside was used for the partially-sighted games, and pupils used blindfolds to restrict their sight. It was great to see past pupils from St. Philip’s ready to help the school council to make power point presentations to show back at school during assembly time. Staff from St Richard’s organised creative sessions for all the pupils to better understand the values of the Olympic Games. On Monday 5th March St Philip’s Primary School dancers attended a Festival of Dance where they performed a contemporary piece called ‘Commotion in the Ocean’ in the Pavilion Theatre, Worthing. The festival gives pupils the opportunity to share their work with primary, middle, secondary and special schools. Over 116 schools take part during the course of the week. Our Infant Dance Club are also preparing for their performance of an Olympic themed dance with 10 other schools in the locality. Over 100 infant children will be performing in The Littlehampton Academy on 15th March. In Lent we are reminded to evaluate our values and priorities, planning our prayer time and listening more carefully to God’s message. We are reminded that sometimes, like the example of our athletic and enthusiastic children, we need to keep trying, to start again and persevere so that with God’s help we can ‘go the extra mile’ on our Lenten journey. The children pray as a community and in their classes daily and during Holy Week every child plays an active part in portraying the events leading up to Good Friday through whole school worship. These Liturgies are powerful and moving reminders of the Easter message of God’s love and forgiveness.
St. Philip Howard Catholic High School News By D J Todd, Headteacher Staff and students at St. Philip Howard Catholic High School are rapidly learning to be newshounds! For the third year running we have participated in BBC Schools Report on March 15th, producing dynamic written articles and radio reports. The lead up to the big day was highly productive as all students in year 8 visited news organisations: some went to the Portsmouth News offices and others to The Guardian in London. Working with experienced journalists the students had a highly charged day; they had to work quickly to produce the front cover of a newspaper. This involved learning layout, gathering the news and developing writing skills. On the day itself from early in the morning all were busy selecting material, conducting interviews and producing articles. The students liaised with students in a school in Cornwall and Morocco using a range of technology, including Skype video calls. The students were able to discuss how to increase understanding of forms of worship in each country. Parish councillors were also interviewed about local issues and how the school can work with the local community, a vital part of our mission as a Catholic school. This was a fantastic learning experience for all involved! See our work at: http://www.st-philiphoward.w-sussex.sch.uk/page/default.asp?pid=164 As you can imagine, Lent is a busy time for a Chaplain. We began our time with a service together on Ash Wednesday, when we reflected on the story of Jesus’ temptation in the desert. Each pupil received a copy of our special Lenten calendar, featuring a different challenge for each day. The challenges are a mixture of fasting from various things (we think Facebook and texting seem to have been the ones that pupils have complained to be the hardest!), prayer and giving, with positive challenges for each Sunday. It’s been great to hear feedback from both staff and pupils who have been trying to put these challenges into practise. During Lent, we have also been celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation with as many students as possible, and it’s been a privilege to see people making their peace with God in preparation for Easter. We’ll be ending our term together with services looking at the journey of Holy Week, and preparations are busily underway for that at the moment. The St. Philip Howard Senior and Intermediate public speaking teams performed recently at the Rotary Club District Final at Imberhorne School in East Grinstead. Both teams had won the previous two rounds, beating teams from schools across East and West Sussex. At the District Final, neither team won outright but Lauren Phillips (Y12) won an award for Best Chairperson and the judges announced that the best Vote of Thanks was delivered by Ray Baquiran (Y9). With a speech entitled ‘Mr Grumpy goes to the Olympics’, written by absent team member Lucy Brookes, the Senior team of Sam Finniear, Lauren Phillips and Ella Fleetwood spoke on the subject of grumpiness being a typically British trait and that our tendency towards pessimism and criticism can actually be a positive thing. The Intermediate team of Olivia Atherton, Ray Baquiran and Catherine Aldridge, meanwhile, explored whether we have become a nation of couch potatoes, willing to observe sport, charity fundraising and politics from the comfort of our own armchair, but not actually participate.
During this season of Easter we pray to the Lord... Easter Week Sunday 8th April EASTER SUNDAY Monday 9th Tuesday 10th Wednesday 11th Thursday 12th Friday 13th Saturday 14th
That we may feel uplifted by the story of your Resurrection In thanksgiving for the joy of new life and the opportunities of new beginnings That we remember and support the new members of our church That we may be a helpful example to those who find it difficult to believe in you For the pupils at our schools who are preparing to take exams which will determine their future For those who give up personal ambitions to care for elderly relatives That we may be generous in sharing our possessions with those in need
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That like the early believers, we, as a parish, may be united heart and soul That we care for our environment and the worldâ€™s resources For those whose marriages have failed and those coping as single parents For those we find it so difficult to forgive For those working in our prison service, that they show respect for those in their care For parents who bear the prolonged torment of children who have gone missing For those preparing to make their First Holy Communion and for their families and teachers guiding them 44
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That we remember your message of forgiveness is for everyone That as a society, we hold to the values which you taught us That we welcome the involvement of young people in our parish, and are open to their ideas That we develop a greater love and understanding of your gospels For those who have been made redundant or, through no fault of their own, are unemployed or unemployable For those contemplating entering the priesthood and for those preparing for ordination That we trust our Good Shepherd to lead us into your heavenly Kingdom
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For vocations to your priesthood; and for all those called to care for others For parishioners who are housebound or in hospital, that they do not feel forgotten For your blessing on all our work and, that whatever we do, we do it with integrity, diligence and pride In thanksgiving for all those who give children a loving home through adoption or fostering For those who have no self-esteem or sense of purpose In praise for the English martyrs and that, despite moments of doubt, we remain steadfast in our faith That our faith in you is not just words or mere talk, but something alive and active
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That as branches of the true vine, we may bear fruit in plenty For those living under a tyrannical regime who have no escape or freedom For Bishop Kieran’s well being and for his leadership of our Diocese That we may be prepared to give of our time and kindness to those who are lonely In thanksgiving for those who work ‘behind the scenes’ and are often undervalued or taken for granted For help in showing humility That through tolerance and respect for those of other faiths, we may serve to defuse distrust and aggression in our world
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For help in understanding that the Holy Spirit has been poured out for all mankind For those trying to combat addiction to drugs or alcohol For organizations working to relieve suffering in our world and that we respond to them with generosity In thanksgiving for all catechists in our parish For those prepared to risk their lives working in the rescue services That we will not be easily led by gossip and maliciousness In celebration of your Ascension into your heavenly Kingdom
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For good communications, understanding and co-operation in our parish and our wider community For those whose physical or emotional state make it impossible for them to communicate to others That, through our example, we encourage our young people to become responsible and caring adults In thanksgiving for special friends who are there for us in good and bad times alike For our troops overseas and their families at home, and that they may soon be reunited For those soon to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and for those who have helped them in their spiritual journey That like St. Philip Neri, our faith may be full of joy and vigour in your service
And finally... Some anecdotes sourced by Anne Brearley-Smith
Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car!
The early bird may get the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese.
Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.
The last thing I want to do is to hurt you. But it's still on my list.
War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.
You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
"Don't tell God how big your problems are, tell your problems how big your God is"
Congratulations & Commemorations
Baptisms 11th February - Alesha Jane Macabentha 26 February - Ryley Anthony Cassini-Bunting 4 March - Louis Alexander Went
Marriages 18 February - Jonathan Keogh and Franรงoise Collanges
Deaths 24 February - Win Cranham (aged 98 years) 10 March - Michael Bull (aged 94 years) 12 March - George Fishpool (aged 83 years)
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A Prayer for Easter It is very meet and right, with all the powers of heart and mind, and with the service of the lips, to praise the invisible God, the Father Almighty, and His only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who paid the debt of Adam for us to the Eternal Father, and effaced the bond of the ancient guilt by the Blood poured forth in loving kindness. For this is the Paschal festival in which you first did bring our fathers, the children of Israel, out of Egypt, and made them to pass over the Red Sea dry-shod. This, then, is the night which cleared away the darkness of sin by a pillar of radiance. This is the night throughout the world which now restores to grace and unites to holiness believers in Christ, separated from worldly vices and from the gloom of sin. This is the night in which Christ broke the bonds of death and ascended from the grave, the Conqueror. For to be born had been no blessing to us, unless we could have been redeemed. Oh, the wondrous condescension of your loving kindness towards us! Oh, the inestimable tenderness of your love! To redeem the servant, you gave up your Son. This holy night, then, puts to flight offences, washes away sins, and restores innocence to the fallen, and joyousness to the sad. Oh, truly blessed night, which spoiled the Egyptians and enriched the Hebrews â€“ the night in which Heaven and earth are reconciled! We pray therefore, Lord, that you would preserve your servants in the peaceful enjoyment of this Easter happiness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, now and forever. Amen. From A Catholic Prayer Book Pope Saint Gregory the Great (Pont. 590-604) Courtesy of www.CatholiCity.com