The Parish Proclaimer Lent 2011
Cathedral Parish of Our Lady & St. Philip Howard, Arundel, West Sussex Published March 2011
All about the Parish Rev. Canon Tim Madeley - Dean Rev. Mr. David Clifton - Deacon Rev. Malcolm King - Priest in Residence Louise Sharp - Parish Secretary* Cathedral House, Parsons Hill, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9AY Tel: 01903 882 297 Fax: 01903 885 335 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web: www.arundelcathedral.org * The Parish Office is open 9am – 1pm, Monday – Friday Cathedral Mass Times 9.30am Family Mass on the third Sunday of the month;
Children’s Liturgy available other Sundays. Weekdays
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Saturday: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass.
Convent of the Poor Clares at Crossbush Mass Times 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 Saturday
10.30am otherwise by appointment.
Before/after the Saturday 6.15pm Mass.
by Father Malcolm
It is strange how often each day people resort to the use of a proverb or some other wise saying to back up or substantiate what they are relating to another person. Some proverbs of course are used more frequently than others, but one I hear quite often is â€œActions speak louder than wordsâ€?. Now depending upon the manner in which one is using this phrase or saying, the listener will or will not understand your meaning, but I suppose the next step is to give yourself a practical demonstration. To do this there are all manner of means nowadays to help one, as was illustrated to me recently by a small child. He showed me a small rubber toy which somehow or other could be bent and twisted into all manner of shapes. He then proceeded to assure me that it looked like someone or something he knew and recognised in his life. Our own faces, of course, are like that toy although much softer. They are full of muscles which, like little strings, pull them one way or another according to our own feelings and emotions at the time. You feel sad and the muscles pull your face into lines of sorrow; you are happy then the muscles will pull a smile to make you look kind and pleasant but, when angry, will pull the face to make you lose all beauty. Pride, vanity, discontent and deceit all bring their own expressions and it is when these passions pull, often the face will eventually no longer return to what it was before. The muscles harden and thus they retain the ugly expression, marring the Continued overleaf...
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face forever. By selfishness, wrong thinking and sin, people can ever so often mar their looks permanently; a face that was lovely and a joy to behold when it was that of a child can soon become sullen or dissatisfied if the passion of anger has pulled at it too often. Greed writes its own name within a mean and grasping look and the lines round the eyes of a liar will sooner or later register shiftiness. If we do want pleasant faces for others to look upon donâ€™t let the ugly passions get hold of the strings. Put them into the hands of love, charity, kindness and goodwill and they will be the beautiful faces God created and intended. Faces without a single handsome feature can be lovelier to look at than the most perfect features ever formed. And why? It is the expression. And what makes up the expression? It all depends upon whether the lovely graces get hold to bend and mould the face into something which looks like the face of God and His goodness, or whether the bad passion twists it into the face of one who has turned their back upon God or of another and who has turned towards that other person called â€˜selfâ€™. As we now commence the Holy Season of Lent which ultimately brings us to the sacredness of Holy Week, the invitation is given to us to look again upon the face of God Himself and see what He has done for us. Of one thing we can be most certain: if we take up this invitation we shall find LOVE there in all its strength and purity. Will the same be found as He looks upon the faces we present and invite Him to look upon? God bless each one of you. 4
Parish People: Helena Krawczuk By Colin Swanton
Helena, resident in West Sussex for over sixty years, was born into a Polish family living in the Ukraine some 25 kilometres from the Russian border. At the outbreak of the Second World War, her life was turned upside down and she was sent on an amazing journey. Russia invaded Poland sixteen days after the Germans had arrived in Poland and Helena was one of the 1.7 million Polish people who were deported by the Russians to Eastern Russia, of which only about one third survived. At this time, the Ukrainian people took everything from their Polish neighbours – farm, animals, machinery, household goods – and when this happened to Helena’s family, her father told them they should go to the Catholic Church for sanctuary. Before they could go, Russian soldiers arrived at her home and, putting her father and grandfather up against a wall, pointed a gun at them and told the rest of the family to pack. Helena remembers the panic they were in as they packed, fearing that father and grandfather would be shot. As the family hurried to the church with what possessions they could salvage, she still recalls the shell from a Russian tank that flew past them. From the church, Helena’s family, with others, were taken to the railway station and put onto a train consisting of cattle trucks – some 30 people were packed into each truck. There were no windows or ventilation, and no toilet facilities; nor was there 5
any food or water other than what each family had hastily packed for themselves. Their destination was Siberia, and the journey took three weeks. They arrived on the day of Helena’s sixteenth birthday – 24 March 1940. All the Polish people on board were housed in barracks. In Helena’s barrack there were around 140 people and quite miraculously, this number included thirteen members of her own family. The day they arrived was a Friday, and on the following Monday, at 6am, they were marched about two to three miles to start work. Helena was put with seven men to work in the woods felling trees and branches. She said that she was worried when she realised she would be alone with the men, but the soldiers warned the men that if they harmed her they would never ever see their families again. After a while she asked if she could work with her sister building roads, and the soldiers agreed to this. Siberian weather was very cold in the winter, with a lot of snow. One evening after work, Helena found her feet so swollen and painful she could not remove her boots. Her father had to cut her boots off and they saw, with horror, that her feet and legs, up to her knees, were black. Her father sent for a doctor, who told them that this was frostbite, and warned that if her normal skin colour had not returned by the morning she would have to lose her legs. Helena said that sleep would not come for a long time that night, as she kept looking at her legs to see if they had changed colour. She prayed for this to happen. Eventually, exhaustion overcame her anxieties and she fell asleep. The next morning her legs were a healthy pink, and she offered her heartfelt thanks to God. In July 1941, after Germany had attacked Russia, the Polish people were given an amnesty and were allowed to leave Russia. Helena’s father joined the Polish army and Helena and her family got away from Siberia travelling by Army truck, first to Persia (now Iran) where she lived for 6 months, and, then onto Karachi, in Pakistan. There she was sent to work in the kitchens of the Polish army but due to rat bites on her head it was covered in ‘purple stuff’ (gentian violet) to treat them. Before she was allowed to start work, she was sent to see a doctor. He applied a different kind of ointment and covered her head and hair in a cloth. But after a few days, the cloth began moving and when it was taken off, her hair was infested with fleas. From Pakistan they were moved to Bombay where they were put into a camp for 5000 people, which included about 1000 children who were without their parents. After five years in this camp, Helena and her family arrived in England by ship in continued on page 8 6
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Arundel Cathedral Songs of Praise By Elizabeth Stratford Following discussions between Robert Prizeman, the Musical Advisor for Songs of Praise, and myself as the Cathedral’s Director of Music, Arundel Cathedral was pleased to welcome a team from the BBC Religion department including camera men, producer, advisors, researchers and sound men last year with a view to making two Songs of Praise programmes. On two balmy evenings in July 2010, people came from far and wide to take part in the BBC’s Songs of Praise recording sessions, held in Arundel Cathedral. It was a real delight to welcome pupils from local schools and representatives from parishes throughout the Diocese to help lead the singing and to see the Cathedral full of people who had come to share their voices. Paul Leddington-Wright taught the wide mixture of hymns for both programmes and was animated in both his teaching and direction. Daniel Moult, who produced some sparkling organ accompaniments for the hymns, kept rigid time and had a smile on his face throughout, ably assisted him. After rehearsing, much of the first evening was spent recording the sound for the hymns – verses varied between women’s or men’s voices and some had descants for the high voices to sing. The BBC were delighted to be finished by 9.30pm – it was, apparently, a record to be let out 30 minutes early! On the second evening filming was the focus and any close up shots were handled by moving cameras whilst the long panning shots were done by the ‘jib’, a mounted camera with a vast capacity for height and movement. A few of the choristers were slightly concerned to be confronted by the jib under their noses but thankfully soon adjusted as they got on with singing back to the audio which had been recorded the previous evening. Despite it being hot and sticky everybody was incredibly patient, particularly all the children involved, and once again we were permitted to leave 30 minutes earlier than the published finishing time. Both programmes have now been transmitted and hopefully many of you will have seen the fruits of our work. It was a fantastic experience for all involved and the BBC have indicated they were very pleased with everyone’s efforts. External feedback has also shown people were delighted to hear the beautiful Hill organ we have in all its glory and to learn about Arundel and its heritage. Here’s to the next programme!
Holy Week in The Philippines: The Spirituality of the Via Crucis Rituals By Elizabeth O’Connor This is an abridged extract from a thesis entitled “Body Modification as a means of expressing Christian Spirituality”, written by me in May 2008: The focus of Holy Week for many Christians is the hopefulness brought by the resurrection on Easter Sunday. However in many parts of the world the Via Crucis, The Way of The Cross, focuses attention almost exclusively on the Passion and the death of Christ. In the Philippines, a country well known for its Passion Plays that include physical Via Crucis, throngs of people gather on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday to participate in self flagellation. Contrary to the historical precedent of medieval self flagellation, flagellation in the Philippines is not performed as penance. Indigenous eschatology in pre-Christian Philippine society did not include a vision of hell and fate that was determined by sin, guilt or retribution. As such the culture during its evangelism did not take hold of ideas that stemmed from a notion of sin, repentance or atonement. In the Pampanga Province, where mortifications are popular, the term “Darame” is used to refer to self flagellation and a means to share in the suffering of others and in that of Christ. For the Filipino community, self flagellation is practised as a contractual sacrifice, based on a “Panata” (vow) to God, sworn for a fixed period (usually 5-15 years), during a period of crisis, most commonly illness of close family. Thus the flagellant shares in Christ’s suffering as well as the suffering and pain of the relative whose discomfort he hopes to ease, as he offers himself as a sacrifice. A vow may also be pledged as an act of thanksgiving. Uniquely the vow is unconventional and vow fulfilment is far more important for flagellants than overt ritual efficacy, as Panata acts are an ongoing relationship with the Divine. A vow may often be hereditary, which is seen to help strengthen family ties, particularly in times of crisis. Prior to the Spanish colonisation of the Philippines, no mortification was practised. However it quickly became popular to the degree that, two centuries after it was first introduced, and despite its waning popularity in Europe, the Provincial Council of Manila held in 1771 decreed that public flagellation should be banned. Two years 11
later it was subject to a further ban. Despite this, flagellation survived and was practised, albeit discreetly. The revival of self flagellation into the cultural phenomenon many people have knowledge of today began in the 1950s and gathered momentum during the 1960s. In 1961, the first physical Via Crucis (crucifixion) took place on Good Friday. The man nailed to the cross at the climax of the Sinakulo (Passion Play) was Arsenio A単oza, a faith healer who later died in 1993. He performed the ritual every Good Friday from 1961-1967 when he closed his vow. He made the decision to undergo crucifixion during a Lenten pilgrimage to Mt. Banahaw and it was partly triggered by the revival of self flagellation. Prior to becoming a Kristos (the name given to those who are to be crucified) A単oza was a flagellant. For A単oza, crucifixion, as a crucial means of acquiring Sacred Power and the bedrock of esoteric healing, would bring him closer to Christ due to his proximity to the dying Christ in his vow. Following the close of his vow, other faith healers became Kristos and crucifixion steadily increased in popularity from the later 1970s/1980s onwards. On Good Friday 1997, 14 Kristos were crucified, while hundreds of men participated in the ritual self flagellation. For the Kristos the ritual of crucifixion is the most powerful esoteric experience. The individuals who take part, do so because of the uniquely powerful contact with the Divine that can be experienced. This, they believe, is the closest they can come to Christ and ultimately God as they share in the suffering of the dying Christ: as the floodgates of the consciousness are open the psyche can encounter the numinous, ineffable, unknowable religious.
Photos from the Moriones Via Crucis Festival on the Island of Marinduque, Philippines, March 2010. Courtesy of http://festivalsinthephilippines.com 12
Holocaust Memorial Day By Emilie Bruell and John Dunkley In 2001 the Government invited the people of Britain to observe Holocaust Memorial Day; the date chosen was 27 January, which is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Although many perished at the hands of the Nazis, on Holocaust Memorial Day we remember, in particular, the murder of over 6 million European Jews. It was European Jewry for whom Hitler and the Nazi regime reserved special hatred. We remind ourselves that Jesus and his first followers were Jewish. Through much of our shared history the Churchâ€™s attitude, teaching and practice have been scarred by bitterness and contempt towards Jews. This tradition of anti-Judaism prepared the way for modern anti-Semitism in which many Christians also participated. Such attitudes and actions must be seen as attempts to wipe out the image of God in the dignity of His children. Holocaust Memorial Day asks us to fight strongly against any tendency to deny or demean the humanity of any person. These issues give us who seek the Gospel seriously, particular cause to remember the reality that evil is still powerful in our world. On 27 January 2011, at our Service at the Convent of the Poor Clares, our speaker was a man who, at a very young age, was put, by his parents whom he never saw again, on a train, called the Kindertransport. These trains and boats brought many Jewish children, fleeing the Nazis from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland to England. Children from the Arundel schools have always played a major part in our Act of Remembrance. We all hope that if we teach our children they will never allow prejudice and hatred to drive them, but will learn Godâ€™s mercy, tenderness and love, valuing each and every person. Many people from Europe have answered the call to assist the still thousands of Holocaust survivors, now very elderly, still severely traumatised, living in poverty and suffering the horrific results of unimaginable physical and mental cruelty. The history of the Holocaust can end on a redemptive note if we reach out in time, standing with those who are under existential threat. We cannot change the past but we must remember it and work today to protect the present and the future.
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Keep Taking THE TABLET: The Clergy and Celibacy By Michael Winter One of the subjects quite frequently discussed in The Tablet is whether it is in the best interest of the Church, and for its drive for evangelisation, for the present ‘celibacy’ rule to be continued. In virtually every case, the quoted argument is in favour of allowing priests to be married. For example, in The Tablet of 29/1/2011 it is reported that, because of the drastic shortage of priests, a group of prominent German Catholic politicians have appealed to their bishops to urge the Pope to relax the priestly celibacy rule. They then suggested that if the Church is “hesitant” to address the issue of the shortage of priests, then committed lay Catholics must do so. We know that this rule is a matter of discipline and not of dogma, since it is quietly set aside in the cases of so many married Anglican priests who have ‘come over’. They have been ordained as Roman Catholic priests despite their married state. I wonder how this rule, a rule voluntarily imposed by the Church, came about - what does Scripture have to say on the matter? Two instances come to mind. First, we know that St. Peter was married, and there is nothing (as far as I am aware) to suggest that the other Apostles were all single. Secondly, St. John’s Gospel tells us about Anna, who was present when baby Jesus was presented at the Temple. She was (a) female, (b) widowed (so previously she had been married), and (c) a prophetess. I understand that at that time prophets were highly regarded ministers of the Church, so that in modern terminology Anna might be thought of as having been comparable to a married female priest. It would appear that religious ministers being married was acceptable in Our Lord’s time; how and why did this cease to be acceptable? This seems to have been a gradual process, starting in about the Third Century. Initially it applied particularly to bishops, but then gradually it spread to all ordained ministers. In the last hundred years or so the trend has reversed with a gradually increasing number of exceptions to the rule. Pope Benedict XVI has, however, indicated that a complete removal of the rule in the near future is unlikely. What are the disadvantages of the present situation, and what can we, the laity, do 16
to improve it? The first disadvantage appears to be the continuing fall in the number of active priests (as pointed out by the German politicians). The practice does appear to be emerging generally (and not just in Arundel & Brighton) of clustering parishes not only in order to ‘use’ the priests better, but also to provide a better social life for the clergy. We should welcome and support this practice. An article in The Tablet of 29/1/2011 (page 14) expresses concern that a solo parish priest in a large house may well not have a natural ability to look after himself in a medical context. The suggestion is made that the laity should take the initiative and ‘keep an eye on him’. I pass this suggestion on to the Core Team. The second disadvantage is that the clergy, being 100% male and 100% unmarried, are not the best advisors on the religious aspects of sexual and other more personal matters in the context of marriage. I remember in an earlier Proclaimer referring to a particularly moving article in The Tablet of 26.7.08 titled ‘A Mother’s Story’. The question asked was: ‘How can young mothers in distress reasonably be expected to seek confessional help from elderly celibate males?’ More recently, The Tablet of 5/2/2011 (page 28) tells us that Canadian couples were no doubt surprised to be told by their (unmarried) Bishops, in a joint pastoral letter, that chastity would improve their “sex lives” (their choice of words - not mine). I am afraid that I have no idea how the clergy might be discouraged from giving advice such as this. Further to this article, please note that Anna was a Jewish Prophetess not Christian and as such would have no part to play in the work of the Temple priesthood... Editor ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Calming Quotes Courtesy of ‘A Green Bough’ “Happiness is like a butterfly, which, when pursued is always beyond our grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” Nathaniel Hawthorne “The way to use life is to do nothing through acting. The way to use life is to do everything through being.” Lao Tzo 17
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Bishop Cashman Anniversary By Canon Tim
On 14 March we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the death of our first bishop, Bishop David Cashman. Born in Bristol 27 December 1912, Bishop Cashman was ordained priest on 24 December 1938 for the Diocese of Birmingham. During his early priesthood years he became the private secretary to the Apostolic Delegate to Great Britain (the predecessor to the Nuncio). He was appointed to be Rector of St. Philip Neri, Arundel (as the Cathedral was then known) in 1956. On 25 March 1958 he was appointed as auxiliary Bishop of Westminster with the titular title of the Bishop of Cantano. He was ordained to the episcopate on 27 May 1958 by William, Cardinal Godfrey for whom he had previously worked while the latter was the Apostolic Delegate to this country. As Auxiliary Bishop he was Rector of St. Maryâ€™s, Cadogan Street, Chelsea in London until 1965. On 14 June 1965 Bishop Cashman was then appointed to be the first bishop of the newly formed Diocese of Arundel & Brighton and was enthroned at Arundel on 21 August 1965. 20
As bishop of a newly created Diocese much of his time was spent on setting up the appropriate offices needed for the well running of his see. Starting from scratch was very hard work and it was intermingled with the necessity of being in Rome for the sessions of the Second Vatican Council. Added to this there were difficulties at the Seminary to be overcome and the need to reorganise secondary school education in the Diocese. Education was one of his great loves and one for which he had many skills, having been in charge of the Westminster Diocesan Education Commission whilst an auxiliary bishop. Ill health however dogged him almost from his very start in the Diocese, being diagnosed with angina and heart disease at the end of 1966. Continued failing health necessitated further action. On 27 June 1970 he was the principal co-consecrator of Bishop Michael Bowen who had been appointed coadjutor of the Diocese and succeeded Bishop Cashman immediately upon his death. He died on 14 March 1971 aged 58. He was laid to rest in St. Philip’s Cemetery on 22 March after Requiem Mass in the Cathedral. To sum up his character, the final words need to go to the late Mgr. Jim McConnon who wrote of Bishop Cashman in ‘The A&B Story 1965-1990’: ‘To say that he was a man of simple faith and possessed of a simple spirituality is not to say that his faith and devotion were undeveloped. Rather that he was free of any over-intellectualisation and saw clearly the essentials. Added to this firm foundation of his own interior life was a great gift – he loved people. He was not naive; he knew the human weaknesses and foibles we all possess. But he encountered them in the context of love which enabled him to be amused by the more bizarre and to be understanding of the more serious.’ +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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The Second Day of February By Sister Pat from Poor Clares
The turkey is in the oven, a celebratory dinner is being prepared, but today is not Christmas Day, it is 2nd February, the feast of the Presentation of the Lord. A few weeks ago we were still celebrating Christmas when most people had taken the trees down, left the carols behind (mostly sung or heard during Advent) and were 'back to normal'. Perhaps one gift the Poor Clares can offer the town is a symbolic witness that it is possible to celebrate the seasons as they come, rather than to let materialist society anticipate them (Christmas gifts on sale in November, carols played in big stores before Advent has begun, ....) and then drop them, missing the moment and moving on to anticipate the next 'event' (are Easter eggs on sale yet?!). The only moment, the only time we can live is NOW. Yesterday has of course gone, tomorrow is yet to come. If I want to live, it has to be now, and now, today, we are celebrating 'little Christmas'. Jesus, presented in the Temple, offered to God, and recognised by Simeon and Anna, Jesus who our world needs so much and who has come, if we but open our eyes to see and our hearts to recognise. NB The above picture is the Cross in our chapel. It is a replica of the San Damiano Crucifix that Saint Francis heard speak to him in Assisi in 1206. It was in St. Clareâ€™s Convent all her life-time. She was a friend and contemporary of Saint Francis and with him founded the Poor Clares. When you are on the Internet do visit our website at www.poorclaresarundel.org
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It was in 1964 that I joined the choir, when things were desperate and they allowed the women in! Gerard Johnson was the organist and Phil Taylor the choirmaster. Then in 1965 our Parish Church became a Cathedral and we continued to sing as the Cathedral Choir. I was much inspired by the support of Margaret Clifton and Mary Corbyn. A few years after that, a certain David Clifton joined the choir. Ah well! In 1980 Bishop Cormac appointed Stephen Dean as the Diocesan Director of Music and Cathedral Choirmaster. Those years following the Second Vatican Council were exciting as we were singing music ‘hot’ from the press. After Stephen left, Bernard Hayward held the fort. Bernard is still a stalwart member of the choir and we are very grateful to him for his support. Then Paul Inwood was appointed as the Diocesan Director of Music and Catherine Christmas as Director of Music at the Cathedral. In fact Catherine was the youngest and the first woman Director of Music for the Cathedral. What a joy and privilege it was to welcome her back to conduct our special choir of family and friends on the occasion of our son Bruno’s First Mass in September 2008. During that time (1990-1991) when Paul Dowbekin was organist it was a HIGH. We made recordings of much loved, traditional music and gave concerts, while all the time our attention to the normal Sunday Liturgy was our priority. Pat D’Avray was appointed organist of the Cathedral in 1991 and still holds that position: a more conscientious and loyal person you could ever hope to have in a Cathedral. We truly worked hard to implement the teachings of the Second Vatican Council, which 24
states that: “Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful be led to that full, conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the Liturgy…this full and active participation by all the people is the aim to be considered before all else…” One of the ways in which active participation can be achieved is to encourage the congregation to sing the Mass. To quote the Instruction on Music in the Sacred Liturgy: “One cannot find anything more religious and more joyful in sacred celebrations than a whole congregation expressing its faith and devotion in song. Therefore the active participation of the whole people, which is shown in singing, is to be carefully promoted.” And again: “By way of promoting active participation, the people should be encouraged to take part by means of acclamations, responses, psalmody, antiphons, and songs, as well as by actions, gestures and bodily attitudes.” During his nearly ten years as Director of Music at the Cathedral, Alistair Warwick continued to encourage congregational participation while promoting beautiful choral music. It was Alistair who set up a music group for the 9.30am Mass. At the 9.30am Mass we try to uphold the teachings of the Second Vatican Council and once a month, to the best of my ability, I lead a group of willing, able and lovely people who have the best interests of the Liturgy and the Cathedral Parish at heart. If you have those sentiments, please join us. Age isn’t important although as in all groups, we are particularly anxious to encourage younger people. We practise once a month at the Cathedral and sing at 9.30am on the days when the First Communion children have their Mass and also on special occasions such as Christ the King. Feel free to call me on 01903 882 968.
Comedy with the Clergy A priest and a deacon were relaxing in front of an open fire watching the Royal Variety Show on the television. Just after a slapstick comedy piece on the stage, there was an advert break during which the priest said, “I say, I say, I say...” “Huh?” the deacon replied, a little groggy after a few glasses of whisky up to that point. “Well,” the priest continued, “who was the greatest comedian in the Bible?” “Erm, no idea. Can’t think who!” The priest chortled, “It was Samson, he brought the house down!”
A trip to the Panto By Carla Sherrington Well... what can we say, and I do speak for myself, my daughter and mother here, but what a fantastic adventure! I was a little apprehensive of taking my 4 year old to her first pantomime as I was not entirely convinced it was my ‘thing’ let alone hers. Childhood memories are precious and I didn’t want those that I had of the pantos I had seen tainted by some modern day version. How wrong can one person be? I cannot believe how much we laughed, booed and cheered. The panto was a huge hit, the cast were brilliant and engaged the audience at every opportunity. It is hard to imagine any show appealing to three generations but that is just what Snow White did. My daughter shouted and squealed with delight throughout the show. She was completely enthralled with Muddles and still remembers being in his gang, having to shout as loud as could be. What I personally found delightful was the mixture of ages all sat entranced throughout whereas my mother was thrilled with what she referred to as a ‘proper’ panto, with a few soft ‘double entendres’ but no bad language and heaps of laughs. We were left wishing it wouldn’t end. However, the adventure did not end there, as after the panto we returned to the hall for a supper. This was a lovely end to a fantastic day. The children were entertained with games and fun was had by all. I was amazed by how welcoming and friendly everyone was especially as we were relative strangers yet were greeted as if we were friends. So you will just have to come along to our 2011 Christmas Panto... Editor
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Postcards from the Camino - Part 1 By Ruth Johnston Oporto - Met Joyce and Francis (who had come over from Canada yesterday) at Gatwick. Good, easyJet flight to Oporto. Managed the metro and bus – Portuguese very friendly and helpful. Staying in Youth Hostel on estuary of River Douro – with some fantastic views. In room with four bunks, two sheets and a pillowcase provided. Went to the Cathedral this morning and made our first acquaintance with St. James – a 14th century statue in the Cathedral Museum. Had our credentials stamped at Youth Hostel and Cathedral. This afternoon we visited 2 Port Houses - Vasconcello and Offrey. Very interesting tour and tasting session afterwards. Joyce and Francis were delighted to drink my share! Had good supper at Youth Hostel for €6 before bed – setting out early tomorrow to meet the rest of the group at Lavra beach, just outside the town. Photo is of Francis and I with 14th century statue of St. James in Cathedral. Monday, 13/9/2010 Lavra beach to Villa do Condé - Caught a bus to Lavra beach, after leaving Youth Hostel at 7am to meet the other members of the confraternity walking with us.Did not know any of them except Colin Jones, a Church of England priest, leading the pilgrimage. Had quite a delayed start, as Portuguese television were interviewing and filming us as they’re promoting the Portugese coastal route to Santiago. Had to walk on the beach for a while and then up a steep sandy hill onto board walk, but lovely coastline. We all stayed together today, as the way is not well marked and had a chance to chat and get to know one another. Arrived here at Villa do Condé about 2pm. It is a lovely old Roman town on the River Mau with a nice old church in centre and convent of the Poor Clares and church of St. Francis above town but both look very deserted now. Large Roman viaduct being restored. All went out together for meal but the service was slow and tapas was the only thing served – we all wanted a proper meal! So Joyce, Francis and I left and found a lovely family 28
restaurant and had a good meal for €10. Our hotel very comfortable – in threebedded room. Washed clothes and to bed. Photo is of all of us gathered at Laura Beach. Tuesday, 14/9/2010 Villa do Condé to Esposendé - The group were quite spread out in hotels and were taking a long time to gather this morning, so Ava, Marion, Lawrie, Margaret, Francis and I decided to set off; Ava had the map because there was so little way-marking. The weather was dull and, in places, thick mist coming off the sea. Colin said, as long as the sea is on your left, you are OK. We had to make several detours and we only stopped once at a café for drinks and snacks. Passed through several small villages. Had one heavy, sharp shower but didn’t last long. After that we just kept going at a great pace. We had to keep up or we would have been lost. Eventually we saw our first yellow arrow and then things were easier. We arrived in Esposendé at 3.30pm. I was absolutely ‘done-in’. I thought I would never be able to walk again. My thighs hurt, my calves hurt and my shoulders hurt. Joyce massaged my shoulder and I had a hot bath and applied lots of ‘Deep Heat’. I don’t think Francis and I will walk with Ava, Lawrie and Marion again! I don’t know what they are running on, but I am sure it’s not human power. Eventually the others all arrived about 6pm. Thank goodness, the hotel had a restaurant – I could not have walked another yard, not even for food! Photo is of Margaret and Francis seeing our first yellow arrow! Wednesday, 15/9/2010
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Read more postcards of adventure from Ruth in the next Proclaimer issue... Editor
News from St. Philip Howard Catholic High School Extracts from the school’s latest newsletter Goodwill at Christmas - In December students in Year 8 spread a bit of Christmas goodwill to children in Russia. The year group raised money throughout the year for the charity SOS Children’s Villages and are linked to a village in Puskin in Russia. The charity has villages across the world that offers a home, security and access to education to thousands of orphaned and abandoned children. Each house within the village has space for up to 8 children and they are cared for by an SOS mother. All the students in Year 8 designed their own Christmas card to send to Russia. Inside, students wrote their own personal messages: introducing themselves, explaining their interests and discussing their hopes for the holiday season. So not only were they sending a bit of Christmas happiness, but also giving the children a chance to practise their English.Last year the students raised over £500 for the village in Puskin and I look forward to the inventive ways they’ll find to continue that good work this year. Student Council visit - A big “thank you” to the thirteen PHISH Student Council members who took part so enthusiastically in this year’s School Council Conference. We travelled to County Hall in Horsham, where there was still snow on the ground, to take part in this action packed event run by the West Sussex Youth Cabinet. Our students listened carefully to Peter Griffiths, WSCC Cabinet Member for Education, as he brought them up to date with current policies and explained how many letters he received about travel to schools. Then came our chance to get involved. Students enjoyed making videos about healthy travel choices, they discussed school travel plans and learnt about how to stay safe on our streets. Christian Smith was part of a team who won a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style competition to promote greener modes of transport to teenagers. Another winner was Jasmine Marwick who was thrilled with her prize; a free travel pass. Four of our students were so impressed by the work of the Youth Cabinet that they put themselves forward as candidates to run for election to the UK Youth Parliament. Please watch out for their campaigns over the next few months! Appointment to Governing Body - We are pleased to annouce the appointment of Mr Stephen Oates as a Parent Governor and Father Alexander Lucie-Smith as a Foundation Governor.
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News from St. Philip’s Catholic Primary School By Lucy Horne, Deputy Headteacher Year 6 pupils in St. Philip’s Primary School have been learning about God’s love and care in the imagery of Scripture. Here are two poems written by pupils expressing their understanding of God’s love: God’s love shines like a star, Even though you’re away so far. You protect me from harm, By gathering me in your arms rocking me slowly to keep me calm. You’re careful and kind, You have a loving mind. God’s love God’s love, Comes from above. God’s love comes wrapped up for you and me, Open your heart and you’ll soon see. Keep your name growing strong, Please forgive me for I have done wrong. Our food and water we get from you, You care for us whatever we do. Let your heavens sing, And we’ll promise to do our best in everything. By Amy Engerran The love burns in the holy fire, holding me close in warmth It shimmers in the stars like twinkling eyes, gazing on the world It waves in the breeze, swaying with the chestnut trees God’s love is everywhere. It gallops with the wild horse, me clinging to its back It prowls with the lion, shining in the sun It frolics with the lambs, dancing in the green, green field God’s love is beautiful. It is the lookout, standing in the fort It is the navigator, guiding the ship It is the shepherd, watching over his sheep God’s love is never ending 32
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How much for a Mass? By Mary Corbyn Put like that, the question is rather shocking; the Mass, we know, is a Gift not a commodity to be bought and yet money does change hands, as when I can make a request for Mass to be celebrated for a particular intention. Canon Law explains: “In accordance with the approved custom of the Church, any priest who celebrates or concelebrates a Mass may accept an offering to apply the Mass for a specific intention.” (Can. 945) There is a warning: “Even the semblance of trafficking or trading is to be entirely excluded from Mass offerings.” (Can. 947) As if we would! In the old Penny Catechism, the Six Commandments of the Church included the instruction to contribute to the support of our pastors; the present Catechism of the Catholic Church modifies this to ‘precepts’ and offers the following: “The faithful also have the duty of providing for the material needs of the Church, each according to his ability.” In an Apostolic Letter, Pope Paul VI wrote this: “Mass offerings are gratuitous donations given by the faithful for the Church’s ministry and are not payment for services rendered.” So having got that quite clear, the question remains: ‘How much?’ Canon Law again: “The provincial council or the provincial Bishop’s meeting is to determine by decree, for the whole of the province, what offering is to be made for the celebration and application of Mass. Nonetheless, it is permitted to accept, for the application of a Mass, an offering voluntarily made, which is greater or even less than that which has been determined. Where there is no such decree, the custom existing in the Diocese is to be observed.” (Can. 952) The sum agreed within this Diocese is at present £10. Canon Law makes it clear that no priest is likely to get rich by means of these offerings so made: “A priest who celebrates a number of Masses on the same day may apply each Mass for the intention for which an offering has been made, subject, however, to the rule that, apart from Christmas Day, he may retain for himself the offering for only one Mass... A priest who on the same day concelebrates a second Mass may not under any title accept an offering for that Mass.” (Can.951) What if Mass intentions are insufficient 34
to cover the daily celebrations in a parish? It seems that the usual practice is to include intentions for the Holy Souls – who are, of course, in no position to make offerings on their own behalf. In which case, recourse will be had to the Holy Souls Box (usually on the wall at the back of the church) but even this may represent a shortfall against requirements. Traditionally, the majority of ‘intentions’ are for the departed, following a death or on anniversaries, but it is good to remember that the living are also in need of the benefits to be obtained through the Mass, not only those known to use as family or friends, but the many whose plight reaches us through the daily news. With Lent in mind, here is a way of engaging in the threefold practice of Fasting (foregoing some personal indulgence in order to provide an offering), Almsgiving (supporting our ministers) and Prayer. Think about it. To make it easy, envelopes for this purpose are available at the back of the church. It goes without saying that Mass intentions may be Gift Aided. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Parish Diary MARCH Sunday 13th
1ST SUNDAY OF LENT
1.00pm Mass in the Cathedral commemorating the 40th Anniversary of Bishop David Cashman’s death
CAFOD Lent Fast Day 7.00pm Stations of the Cross at the Cathedral
Sunday 20th Tuesday 22nd Friday 25th
CAFOD FAST DAY COLLECTION 10.00am Mass in the Fitzalan Chapel 7.00pm Stations of the Cross at St. Nicholas’ Church
7.30pm The Angmering Chorale Concert - Tickets from www.theangmeringchorale.org.uk
APRIL Friday 1st
7.00pm Stations of the Cross at the Cathedral
12 noon Union of Catholic Mothers’ Annual Mass
Missionary Appeal at all Masses by the Holy Ghost Fathers
6.15pm Scout rehearsal for St. George’s Day Service
7.00pm Stations of the Cross at St. Nicholas’ Church
7.00pm Arun Choral Society Concert - Tickets from www.arunchoralsociety.co.uk or ACS Box Office 01798 831234
3.00pm St. George’s Day Service (following the 2.30pm Parade)
10.00am Mass in the Fitzalan Chapel
7.00pm Stations of the Cross at the Cathedral
PALM SUNDAY 9.30am Mass in the Cathedral 11.15am Mass beginning at St. Mary’s Hall for the Blessing of 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 - this is followed by waiting until 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 and 11.15am
Arundelâ€™s Community Window How do you get to know what is going on in Arundel? Do you belong to a club or organisation which you wish could be better known or have more members? Martin Steels Optician has made one of their windows available free of charge since 2004. All registered Charities and Community Organisations can book this display area for a fortnight anytime during the year. Priority is given to those in or serving Arundel, but booking is on a first come first served basis! If you have never given it a glance, wander along to 39 Tarrant Street and maybe you will find information on an event you really do not want to miss or an organisation you might just decide to join.If you think your favourite local charity or club deserves the spotlight then pop into see Heather Andrews at Martin Steels Opticians or give her a call on 01903 883 444.
Parish Notice Board Walsingham Pilgrimage
1-3 June 2011 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.
MUCH NEEDED VOLUNTEERS! If you can spare a few hours helping us run the Cathedral Gift Shop please call 01903 882 297 now!
Booking forms are now available for this joint Arundel/Chichester Parish Pilgrimage. The 3-day visit will include Mass, Benediction, a blessing service at the well of the Anglican shrine and a healing service. There will be free time on Thursday afternoon to explore the village or go to the seaside. Cost is £110 per person to stay at the Catholic guesthouse or £140 for the Anglican accommodation. This includes all travel, meals and accommodation, except lunch on 1 June. £55/£70 for children, FOC for under 5s. Please call 01903 882 297 for a form
DIOCESAN LOURDES PILGRIMAGE 28 July - 5 August 2011
A BIG THANK YOU Application forms are now available from the Sacristy or can be downloaded from www.ablourdes.org Pilgrims needing any level of medical, nursing or care assistance should contact 01903 745 180.
to all those who supported the Quiz Night in aid of the A&B Lourdes Pilgrimage. An impressive £867.26 was raised! DIARY DATE... Sunday, 17 July 2011 Parish BBQ in aid of the Lourdes Pilgrimage
Diocesan Youth Service: “Lourdes Redshirts 2011” HOSPITAL PARKING If you are the main visitor (wife, husband, offspring) for someone in hospital for more than 14 days, please enquire at the hospital info desk about a ‘Primary Visitor Permit’ which will ensure free parking for you.
Applications are invited from any young person in school years 10/11 (or age equivalent) who wants to have a place on the 2011 Pilgrimage. Timing: 27 July - 5 August 2011. It’s an experience of Fun, Faith, Friendship and Food; it’s also an opportunity to meet and make new friends of your own age group across the diocese! Interested to find out more? Please email Ray Mooney at the Diocesan Youth Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations & Commemorations Baptisms 2010/11 14 November - Samuel Peter Beresford Constable 14 November - Tobias James Beresford Constable 21 November - Morgan James Marlow Pearson Hill 27 November - Sydney Mae Rimer 27 November - Amelia Nicola Rimer 5 December - Daniel Beau Max Flanagan-Weg 16 January - Miriam Ruth Felix
Deaths 2010/11 4 December - Michael Courage Misick (83 years) 19 December - Sheila Mary Josephine Martin (93 years) 5 January - Mary Winifred Etheridge (85 years) 7 January - Janina Stempien (86 years) 25 January - Peggy Frances Mary Puttock (87 years) 12 February - Peter McMenemy (85 years)
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A Prayer for Lent God, heavenly Father, look upon me and hear my prayer during this holy Season of Lent. By the good works You inspire, help me to discipline my body and to be renewed in spirit. Without You I can do nothing. By Your Spirit help me to know what is right and to be eager in doing Your will. Teach me to find new life through penance. Keep me from sin, and help me live by Your commandment of love. God of love, bring me back to You. Send Your Spirit to make me strong in faith and active in good works. May my acts of penance bring me Your forgiveness, open my heart to Your love, and prepare me for the coming feast of the Resurrection of Jesus. Lord, during this Lenten Season, nourish me with Your Word of life and make me one with You in love and prayer. Fill my heart with Your love and keep me faithful to the Gospel of Christ. Give me the grace to rise above my human weakness. Give me new life by Your Sacraments, especially the Mass. Father, our source of life, I reach out with joy to grasp Your hand; let me walk more readily in Your ways. Guide me in Your gentle mercy, for left to myself I cannot do Your Will. Father of love, source of all blessings, help me to pass from my old life of sin to the new life of grace. Prepare me for the glory of Your Kingdom. I ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen.