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The Parish Proclaimer Pentecost 2010

Cathedral Parish of Our Lady & St. Philip Howard, Arundel, West Sussex Published in May 2010

All about the Parish

Rev. Canon Tim Madeley - Dean Rev. Mr. David Clifton - Deacon

Rev. Malcolm King - Priest in Residence Mrs Louise Sharp - Parish Secretary*

Cathedral House, Parson’s Hill, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9AY

Tel: 01903 882 297 Fax: 01903 885 335 Email:


* Louise works for the Parish: 9am – 12 noon, Monday – Friday Cathedral Mass Times


9.30am Family Mass on the third Sunday of the month;





Saturday Sunday Thursday



Children’s Liturgy available other Sundays. Cathedral Choir.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Saturday: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass. Benediction.

Convent of the Poor Clares at Crossbush Mass Times 5.30pm Vespers.

6.15pm Vigil Mass (entry at 6pm). 4pm 5pm

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

Cathedral: Convent :

10.30am otherwise by appointment.

Before/after the Saturday 6.15pm Mass.

Pentecost Reflection


Canon Tim With the conclusion of the great Easter season at Pentecost it is good to reflect what this feast means in the life of the Church. There is no better way than to go to the Church’s own documents to see its teaching: (156) Eastertide concludes with Pentecost Sunday, the fiftieth day, and its commemoration of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the apostles (cf. Acts 2, 1-4), the Church's foundation, and the beginning of its mission to all nations and peoples. The protracted celebration of the Vigil Mass has a particular importance in cathedrals and some parishes, since it reflects the intense persevering prayer of the Christian community in imitation of the Apostles united in prayer with Mother of Jesus. (160). The mystery of Pentecost exhorts us to prayer and commitment to mission and ... arouses faith, hope and charity, in the hearts of the faithful... The same Spirit ennobles the numerous and varied ways of transmitting the Christian message according to the culture and customs of all times and places (161). The faithful are well used to invoking the Holy Spirit especially when initiating new undertakings or works or in times of particular difficulties. Often they use formulas taken from the celebration of Pentecost (Veni Creator Spiritus, Veni Sancte Spiritus) (162) or short prayers of supplication (Emitte Spiritum tuum et creabuntur). The third glorious mystery of the Rosary invites the faithful to meditate on the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. In Confirmation they are conscious of receiving the Spirit of wisdom and counsel to guide and assist them; the Spirit of strength and light to help them make important decisions and to sustain the trials of life. The faithful are also aware that through Baptism their bodies become temples of the Holy Spirit to be respected and honoured, even in death, and they know that the

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body will be raised up on the last day through the power of the Holy Spirit. While the Holy Spirit gives access to communion with God in prayer, he also prompts us towards service of our neighbour by encountering him, by reconciliation, by witness, by a desire for justice and peace, by renewal of outlook, by social progress and missionary commitment (163). In some Christian communities, Pentecost is celebrated as a "day of intercession for the missions" (164). From the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy (2001).

Bede's World, Church Bank, Jarrow, Tyne & Wear NE32 3DY Discover the extraordinary life of the Venerable Bede, creating a rich legacy that is celebrated at Bede’s World, Jarrow, where he lived and worked 1300 years ago. You can read more about Saint Bede on page 14 in this Parish Proclaimer! 4

Lead, kindly Light...

A review of Cardinal Newman’s hymn by Father Malcolm Lead, kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom, lead Thou me on! The night is dark, and I am far from home; lead Thou me on! Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see The distant scene; one step enough for me. I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou shouldst lead me on; I loved to choose and see my path; but now lead Thou me on! I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears, Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years! So long Thy power hath blest me, sure it still will lead me on. O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till the night is gone, And with the morn those angel faces smile, which I Have loved long since, and lost awhile! Meantime, along the narrow rugged path, Thyself hast trod, Lead, Saviour, lead me home in childlike faith, home to my God. To rest forever after earthly strife In the calm light of everlasting life.

Cardinal John Henry Newman who is to be beatified this coming autumn by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI was one time Anglican Vicar of St. Mary the Virgin Church Oxford. During that time he, together with others, published various ‘Tracts’ forming what became known in circles as the “Tractarian Movement” or ‘High Church’ Anglicans. They preached in the University Church causing much consternation within that esteemed body! It was during those years that Newman went on a visit to the Continent. Weak with fever and inwardly at conflict with deep religious questions affecting his future, he wrote in his ‘Apologia’ the lines ‘Lead kindly Light.’ These have found a place in many Christians though Newman himself questioned their suitability for singing. It is a hymn which looks in three different directions – the present, the past, the future – and each strikes a distinctive note: faith, penitence and hope. Newman published his poem in 1834 entitled ‘The Pillar of Cloud’ based on the Israelites’ experience as recorded in the Book Exodus 13, verse 21. This is the imagery that lies behind the first two stanzas or verses. When he wrote it he felt like a man on a journey overtaken by darkness and uncertain of his bearings. Wanting to go in the right direction he looked to God for guidance and prayed “lead thou me on.” In one form or another, the phrase is repeated as a sort of refrain. The prayer continues –“Keep thou my feet I do not ask to see, the distant 5

scene, one step enough for me.” These two lines breathe the spirit of quiet trust. Though Newman does not know the way, this man the guide does. The hand that holds him will not fail. He knows too that it is not the distant scene that matters, only the next step. That is so for each one of us. God guides us a step at a time if we but have faith and trust in him. Seeking the direction sometimes calls us to look down as well as up. The second verse Newman reflects on the past with shame on how stubborn and self-willed he has been. In his writings “Apologia” he makes many references that in his youth he drifted through life with no religious convictions till he was 15 years of age. He was often rude to his parents, arrogant and proud. So now in penitence he confesses, “I loved to choose and see my path but now.” BUT NOW. That indeed was the turning point in Newman’s life when he experienced the transforming Grace of God. His scale of values changed. Well might he pray, “Remember not past years.” This verse is deeply introspective and represent a bit of soul searching. And for us there is a time and place to do likewise in our lives, but not to indulge in it too often or too long, for we must take our eyes off ourselves and them fixed on God. We must forget the past and look to the future. That is what Newman does in the third verse. As he looks ahead his confidence rests on what God has already done for him. “So long thy power hath blest me” he gratefully testifies, and he is certain that the same divine power will continue to lead him on whatever path he must tread. And we do not choose our path in life. We leave that to God if we have faith and trust in Him, for he knows best. All we can ask is that He will go ahead like the Good Shepherd he is to each one of us and lead the way ‘Till night is gone.’ Newman’s final two lines have been answered and questioned as being highly fanciful and 6

unconvincing by some, but it is uncertain what Newman meant. In using this hymn as a prayer for ourselves, a hymn which seeks and calls for guidance in life, each one of us must in the end discover his or her own Angel and thank God for it. With acknowledgement and appreciation to Frank Colquhoun. Editor’s note: The fourth (and final) verse in Lead, kindly Light (p. 5) was written by Edward H. Bickersteth Jnr. He was an Honours graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge. Bickersteth served as Vicar of Christ Church, Hampstead, Dean of Gloucester and Bishop of Exeter (1885-1900). He edited three hymnals and wrote at least 30 hymns of his own.

As mentioned by Father Malcolm, while travelling in Italy as a young priest, John Newman fell ill and stayed at Castle Giovanni for almost three weeks. He was well enough to continue his journey to Palermo:

“Before starting from my inn, I sat down on my bed and

began to sob bitterly. My servant, who had acted as my

nurse, asked what ailed me. I could only answer, ‘I have work to do in England.’ I was aching to get home, yet for want of a vessel I was kept at Palermo for three weeks. I began to

visit the churches, and they calmed my impatience, though I did not attend any services. At last I got off in an orange

boat, bound for Marseilles. We were becalmed for a whole

week in the Straits of Bonifacio, and it was there that I wrote the lines, ‘Lead, kindly Light,’ which have since become so well known.”


Newman on...

Courtesy of Reason and Faith Here, then, are two processes, distinct from each other,—the original process of reasoning, and next, the process of investigating our reasonings. All men reason, for to reason is nothing more than to gain truth from former truth, without the intervention of sense; to which brutes are limited; but all men do not reflect upon their own reasonings, much less reflect truly and accurately, so as to do justice to their own meaning; but only in proportion to their abilities and attainments. In other words, all men have a reason, but not all men can give a reason. We may denote, then, these two exercises of mind as reasoning and arguing, or as conscious and unconscious reasoning, or as Implicit Reason and Explicit Reason. And to the latter belong the words, science, method, development, analysis, criticism, proof, system, principles, rules, laws, and others of a like nature. Conscience and Conversion The Christian’s faith and obedience are not the same religion as that of natural conscience, as being some way beyond it; secondly, [I say] that this way is “not far,” not far in the case of those who try to act up to their conscience; in other words, that obedience to conscience leads to obedience to the Gospel, which, instead of being something different altogether, is but the completion and perfection of that religion which natural conscience teaches … what conscience suggests, Christ has sanctioned and explained; to love God and our neighbour are the great duties of the Gospel as well as of the Law; he who endeavours to fulfil them by the light of nature is in the way towards, is, as our Lord said, “not far from Christ’s kingdom;” for to him that hath more shall be given. The Holy Spirit This is to be justified, to receive the Divine Presence within us, and be made a Temple of the Holy Ghost. God is everywhere as absolutely and entirely as if He were nowhere else; and it seems to be essential to the existence of every creature, rational and irrational, good and evil, in heaven and hell, that in some sense or other He should be present with it and be its life. Thus we are told concerning mankind, that “in Him we live, and move, and have our being.” And He who lives in all creatures on earth in order to their mortal life, lives in Christians in a more divine way in order to their life immortal. Christian Prayer This habit of prayer then, recurrent prayer, morning, noon, and night, is one discriminating point in Scripture Christianity, as arising from the text with which I began, “our conversation 8

is in heaven.” In a word, there was no barrier, no cloud, no earthly object, interposed between the soul of the primitive Christian and its Saviour and Redeemer. Christ was in his heart, and therefore all that came from his heart, his thoughts, words, and actions, savoured of Christ. The Mass and the Sacraments In truth, our Merciful Saviour has done much more for us than reveal the wonderful doctrines of the Gospel; He has enabled us to apply them. … What an inactive useless world this would be, if the sun’s light did not diffuse itself through the air and fall on all objects around us, enabling us to see earth and sky as well as the sun itself! … Such would have been our religious state, had not our Lord applied and diversified and poured to and fro, in heat and light, those heavenly glories which are concentrated in Him. He would shine upon us from above in all His high attributes and offices, as the Prophet, Priest, and King of His elect; but how should we bring home His grace to ourselves? How indeed should we gain, and know we gain, an answer to our prayers—how secure the comfortable assurance that He loves us personally, and will change our hearts, which we feel to be so earthly, and wash away our sins, which we confess to be so manifold, unless He had given us Sacraments—means and pledges of grace—keys which open the treasure-house of mercy. Development and Doctrine We must know concerning God, before we can feel love, fear, hope, or trust towards Him. Devotion must have its objects; those objects, as being supernatural, when not represented to our senses by material symbols, must be set before the mind in propositions. The formula, which embodies a dogma for the theologian, readily suggests an object for the worshipper. The Catholic Church This then is the special glory of the Christian Church, that its members do not depend merely on what is visible, they are not mere stones of a building, piled one on another, and bound together from without, but they are one and all the births and manifestations of one and the same unseen spiritual principle or power, “living stones,” internally connected, as branches from a tree, not as the parts of a heap. They are members of the Body of Christ. That divine and adorable Form, which the Apostles saw and handled, after ascending into heaven became a principle of life, a secret origin of existence to all who believe, through the gracious ministration of the Holy Ghost. This is the fruitful Vine, and the rich Olive tree upon and out of which all Saints, though wild and barren by nature, grow, that they may bring forth fruit unto God.


Pentecostal Wordsearch Courtesy of

Wordsearch copyright of Jane Pinder 2007 Clipart (c) McCrimmons used with permission.

Proverbs from a child’s perspective You can take a horse to water but... how? Don’t bite the hand that... looks dirty. You can’t teach a dog new... maths. Where there’s smoke, there’s... pollution. A penny saved is... not much. Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and... you have to blow your nose. Children should be seen and not... spanked or grounded. A bird in the hand is... going to poo on you.


Cathedral Gift Shop

Our Gift Shop is in urgent need of volunteers for the following times:

Tue/Fri/Sat/Sun afternoons, 1.30 - 4.30pm Thursday mornings, 10.30am - 1.30pm If you can help at any of these times

please call the Parish Office on 01903 882 297

or Linda Monet, Gift Shop Manager, on 01903 788 330.

PAPAL VISIT TO GREAT BRITAIN 16 - 19 SEPTEMBER 2010 Saturday, 18 September in London at 5pm The Pope will give an address and give Benediction. Sunday, 19 September in Coventry at 10am At this Mass, the Pope will beatify Cardinal Newman. Both events are ‘ticket only’ and coaches will need to be booked. Access to both events is by coach only, for security reasons. If you want to come along, please sign the lists at the back of the Church. More information will be in the Weekly Newsletter!


Easter in Malta by Ruth Johnston

I went to stay with dear Maltese friends for Easter. What a wonderful time to be there! It started on Wednesday before Maundy Thursday when, in Kalkara, it is tradition to celebrate ‘Our Lady of Sorrows’ by carrying her statue round the streets after Mass. Maundy Thursday morning, Renald took me around a lot of churches, where everyone was busy building the ‘Altar of Repose’ for the reserved host to rest after the Last Supper Mass. They were magnificent affairs with banks of exotic flowers. On Good Friday morning he took me to see more altars further inland, including Milena and Rabbat. There were crowds of people sitting in front of the altars in quiet contemplation. After Mass on Good Friday afternoon in Cospicua, the doors of the church were closed and we got little Andrea dressed ready to take part in the huge procession. At 5.30pm, with the band playing, Roman soldiers with members of the Sanhedrin marched up to the door and banged it for entry. They went in and very shortly after, the doors opened again for the procession. First a piper and a drummer, followed by the Ark of the Covenant and I think Melchizedek, then gradually all the nine statues interspersed with living re-enactments - Jesus, the disciples, the crowds of people and soldiers. It was a magnificent spectacle and we walked all around Cospicua, which is very hilly. It took until 9.30pm to go round and back to the church. Unfortunately the whole of Malta was plunged into a power cut from 7pm to around 10.15pm, but that stopped nothing as all the streets were lined with votive candles with some of my photos rather dark as a consequence. The Vigil Mass on Saturday was lovely and there were four infant baptisms. Easter Sunday morning at 9.30am and the streets were packed for the procession of the Risen Christ, led by the priests in their berettas and the servers. The statue bearers ran through the streets with the Risen Christ... everyone cheered and clapped, throwing confetti and tick-a-tape as well as releasing balloons. The priests stopped at one of the smaller churches to pray whilst the statue bearers rested outside. When the priests re-emerged, they gave all the young servers Easter eggs and figoli - a local Easter cake made from two layers of sweet pastry with a layer of almond paste through the middle iced and decorated with a small half egg. The crowd was asked to hold up their Easter eggs and figoli, which the priests blessed and then sprinkled with holy water, to much applauding and cheering. I said to one priest how I wished Easter Sunday was so joyous in England. Then the statue bearers ran again followed by the crowds. I was so sad that I had run out of film after Good Friday as this was such a wonderful celebration and the crowds so enormous. Easter is such a moving celebration and a truly wonderful time in Malta. 12

The Roman Soldiers approaching the Church

The statue of Jesus bearing the thorned crown

The procession continues with the priests

The scourging at the pillar

The piper and drummer

The Ark of the Covenant


Jesus emerging with His disciples


Saint Bede The Venerable by Mary Corbyn

Born in 673

Feast Day

Died in 735

27 May

Picture courtesy of Peter Woodward at

Bede wrote of himself: “It has ever been my delight to learn or teach or write.” Others have called him ‘Venerable’ and honoured him as the ‘Light of the Church’ during the years known as the Dark Ages. Born at Wearmouth in Northumberland, he was received into the Monastery of St. Peter at the age of 7, to be educated in the Service of God; this was his vocation which he pursued with utmost diligence and devotion for the rest of his life. The founder of Monkwearmouth Monastery was St. Benedict Biscop who, as Abbot, placed young Bede under the care of Ceolfrith, a monk who, in his turn, became Abbot of the neighbouring Monastery at Jarrow, dedicated to St. Paul and also founded by Benedict Biscop. When Ceolfrith moved there to take up his appointment, the 9-year-old Bede went with him and remained at the Monastery of St. Paul at Jarrow until his death in 735. By any standard, Bede’s scholarship was outstanding both for its scope and for its meticulous 14

attention to the rigour of the written word, noting sources and references throughout. At Jarrow, Bede learnt Latin, Greek and Hebrew, studied the Scriptures and the writings of the Church Fathers, while observing the daily round of monastic life – the prayers and Offices of the Church. He produced studies and directions for the singing of the Gregorian chant, recently established within English monasticism and encouraged by Benedict Biscop following his visits to St. Peter’s in Rome. Bede is best known in the wider world of history and general scholarship for his great work – ‘The Ecclesiastical History of the English People’ – “gathered,”he wrote, “from ancient documents or from the traditions of the elders or from my own knowledge.” But all was subordinate to scripture to which he devoted “all my pains,” producing many translations, commentaries and homilies on the books of the Old and New Testaments. He is known to have compiled a Book of Hymns and a martyrology, as well as summaries of world history, as it was then understood, from the Creation to his own lifetime. From his own account, we learn that in his nineteenth year he was admitted to the Diaconate and in his 30th, to the priesthood. At the conclusion of his great work, ‘The Ecclesiastical History of the English People,’ he wrote: “And I pray Thee, loving Jesus, that as Thou hast graciously given me to drink-in with delight the words of Thy knowledge, so Thou wouldst mercifully grant me to attain one day to Thee, the fountain of all wisdom, and to appear forever before Thy face.” It is clear from contemporary records – mostly those of the monks who acted as his scribes – that he was greatly loved and respected for his gentleness and piety. During his final illness, many of them read to him at his bedside as well as continuing to take dictation, right to the very last sentence. Soon after his death, the title of Venerable came to be associated with him and this was confirmed by decree at the Council of Aachen in 835. Centuries later, in 1849, Cardinal Wiseman and the English bishops referred to this decree when presenting their petition to Rome that Bede be formally declared Doctor of the Church. This was, in fact, established by Pope Leo XIII in 1899 with a Feast in his honour to be kept on 27 May – the day of his death. Bede was buried at Jarrow, but his remains were later removed and placed in the same coffin as those of St. Cuthbert. In 1370 they were again removed and laid to rest in the Galilee Chapel of Durham Cathedral. The inscription on his tomb reads: CHRIST IS THE MORNING STAR WHO WHEN THE NIGHT OF THIS WORLD IS PAST BRINGS TO HIS SAINTS THE PROMISE OF THE LIGHT OF LIFE AND OPENS EVERLASTING DAY. With acknowledgements to an article in Catholic Life of September 2002.


Proclaimer Crossword Puzzle 9 by Chris Dinham

Clues Across

Clues Down

1. Area within London (7) 2. Praise (4) 8. Animal or plant with no pigment (6) 3. Flow with a rushing sound (4) 9. Edible marine bivalves (7) 4. Ring the bell (4) 11. Every forty-eight months (4,4) 5. Sneaks off (5,4) 15. Major prize as a result of professional 6. “Lick image” (anag.) - it suddenly appears before studies (8,5) your eyes! (4,5) 16. Riding skills (13) 7. Famous Paris Church ((5,4) 17. Continued repeated musical phrase (8) 10. Description of they who are at the top (9) 21. Public face veil worn by Muslim 12. Where bread etc is cooked (9) women (7) 13. The worth of property or other goods (9) 22. Pieces of cutlery (6) 14, Logic; hypothesis (9) 23. Palace or official residence reception 18. It’s sworn (4) room (7) 19. Bogus; unreal (4) 20. Docile, or gentle, or friendly (4)


St. Philip Howard Catholic High School News Trips Abroad We were delighted to take twenty-four Year 9 and 10 students to Santander in Spain from the 17-21 March. We flew to Spain and stayed in a hotel in the beautiful medieval village of Santillana del Mar. The students very much enjoyed a range of activities, from visiting the caves El Soplao, with its unique type of stalagmites, to intensive Spanish classes, a town trail of Santander, a visit to the market and walks around El Sardinero and the Magdalena peninsula. They also had the opportunity to sample churros con chocolate; and, before leaving on Sunday, they attended Mass in the Cathedral of Santillana del Mar, and then they enjoyed a meal of tapas in a local restaurant. The students took every opportunity to practise their Spanish, as they bought souvenirs, stamps, cards, drinks and ice creams. They thoroughly enjoyed their trip, and they were very enthusiastic about all the activities in which they participated. Thank you to Mrs Topham and Mr D O’Brien for coming on the trip and for their help during our stay. Also in March 2010, twenty-nine 6th Form students of Ancient History and/or Theatre Studies, led by Mr Alan Collins and Miss Nicole Ansell, went on a fieldtrip to Greece. They flew out to Athens, where they spent a couple of days visiting the main sites such as the Parthenon and the Theatre of Dionysos, where all the great Greek plays were first performed. They then went on a coach tour round Greece, stopping at Delphi, Olympia (where the Olympic Games were first held in 776BC), Mycenae and Epidauros Theatre, where some of the drama students tested out the perfect acoustics by performing a scene from Sophocles’ ‘Antigone. Returning to Athens, they went to the National Archaeological Museum to see some of the amazing things found at the sites they had visited. Despite a “last minute” scare about possible airport strikes, they all returned safely having experienced what many of them described as the “best trip ever.” Wow, we did it again! Once again, the young people of St Philip Howard Catholic High School made a deep impression on the judges of the 2010 Arun Youth Community Awards nominations. In fact you could say that we “WOWED” them this year! On Wednesday 31 March 2010 at the Windmill Theatre in Littlehampton and in front of several local dignitaries and councillors, representatives from the Rotary Club and friends and parents, students from our school were given due recognition for their courage and their voluntary and community work. 17

The awards are divided into two categories: Individual Awards and Group Awards. Tim Magilton and Katie Van Driel received their individual awards. Our small Anti-Knife Crime Campaign Group, War On Weapons, (WOW for short) consisting of Megan Brodie, Naomi Easterbrook, Jasmine Markwick and Jasmine Van Zijl, won the Group Category Section. We cheered on Katie Emms and Harlan Geraets as they collected awards for their hard work with Arun Youth Council. There were also several other SPH students whom we did not nominate, who also received awards for their community work with other local organisations. However, the highlight of the evening came shortly afterwards when the Chairman of Inspire Leisure (who sponsor this event) announced the 2010 overall winner of all of the nominees for this year. He told the audience that the Inspire Leisure Trustees had decided to award the honour to WOW! Jasmine, Naomi and Jasmine proudly accepted their trophy and appeared delighted with their award. They posed for photographs and explained to a curious journalist how and why the group was originally formed and their proposals to take their ideas forward in the future. Golden Jubilee Booklet : “From bricks to gold” Many people have enjoyed reading our Golden Jubilee booklet, “From Bricks to Gold” which charts over 50 years of the school’s life. It includes numerous photographs in both black and white and colour as well as historical text and humorous anecdotes. A few copies remain to purchase from student reception for a mere £5. Once these booklets are sold it will not be re-printed. Details of how to order your copy by post can be obtained from our school’s website: All members of the school community last summer are included in this book.

Comedy with the Clergy


At the beginning of Lent a Catholic man feels called to return to the Church after ten years of being away. Tentatively he ventures into the Confessional box. He finds a comfy armchair pulled up next to a fully equipped bar with Guinness on tap. On the shelf of one wall is a dazzling array of the finest cigars and chocolates; on the other wall a shelf is stacked with computer and car magazines. He hears a priest come in and begins, :Father, forgive me, for it’s been a very long time since I’ve been to Confession. I must admit that the Confessional box is much more inviting than it used to be.” “Get out, you’re on my side,” the priest replies. 18

St. Philip’s Catholic Primary School News

Down Our Way...our Study of Arundel The summer term began outside for Years 3 and 4 who enjoyed their historic tour of Arundel as a stunning start to their new curriculum topic. Warmer than some days in August the children began by looking at their own school, which is a listed building, and moved past St. Mary’s Hall and Mary Gate Inn learning a wealth of information from expert historian Paul Ullson. The Castle and the Cathedral were the main focus, however, they learnt many fascinating facts on the way e.g. the period certain plants came from, window tax and the introduction of letter boxes. Walking by the river helped the pupils to focus on settlements, trade, transport and leisure and finally what used to be the poor houses and old brewery were part of the return journey to school. The crocodile of blue uniforms drew interest and smiles from local people and visitors as the children tried to record the wealth of information on grids attached to their clip boards. Some of the pupils recorded the information that spanned from Roman, Tudor and Victorian to modern times using digital photography to be used back at school during Information Communication Technology lessons. The photo above was taken by Toby Wells. Back at school Canon Tim developed the children’s learning further by taking a lesson about the Cathedral. Excitedly the children made different parts of the impressive building by forming areas of the Cathedral using themselves as the key elements, thereby recreating the Cathedral in the classroom! Using the information the children will be creating a multimedia presentation using video clips and photos that they have taken. If you have any copies of documents or photos that you would like to give the school to help the children with their research on Arundel, please send or give them to the school. N.B. Please send copies only as the school will not be able to return individual items. 19

Keep Taking THE TABLET

The Abuse-Scandal - Picking up the Pieces by Michael Winters

Where are we now... what of the future? Here we are in May 2010, the first cases of abuse were discovered ten or more years ago, and yet some countries even now are reporting for the first time that cases of abuse are being discovered in their area. When will this stop? The first case which I have known about happened in our Diocese of Arundel and Brighton where, after being discovered as an abuser and having been moved to a ‘safe’ appointment, a priest of the Diocese re-offended. This led Bishop (now Cardinal) Cormac to seek independent legal advice as to what action to take so as to avoid future cases of abuse (whether by the clergy or by the laity). The advice of the resulting ‘Nolan Report’ was adopted unilaterally by the Dioceses in England and Wales and I understand subsequently by other Dioceses elsewhere as well. Well done, Cardinal Cormac! More recently, the Bishops of England and Wales under the lead of Archbishop Vincent Nichols have publicly apologised to all the victims in the country on behalf of the Church. Well done again! Similar apologies have been made and have been welcomed in some other countries, but the Church has suffered criticism in those countries where there has been no apology from the Church at a high level, merely financial compensation. It is particularly distressing that in Ireland this criticism had been directed not only at the local church, it had also been aimed at the Vatican and even at Pope Benedict himself. What the Pope actually had done was to call all Irish Bishops to Rome so as to hear first hand what had been happening, and what action had been taken by the Bishops. He subsequently published a strong statement deploring the actions taken by some of those Bishops, which included binding the victims to secrecy by oath so as to protect the standing of the Church. He then instructed the Bishops as to their future actions, but he himself made no apology to the victims. He also instructed the members of the Irish Church, both clerical and lay, as to their future spiritual life. This has been thought to be ill-judged. A letter (from a priest) in The Tablet of 8th May asked the question: “Why are the innocent laity now being asked to make reparation and atonement for crimes that only bishops, priests and religious have committed? What significant reparation and atonement will our religious leaders make for a crisis that has been solely of their making?” 20

Rome’s response to criticism was disappointing. As is well known, the Curia is comprised solely of clergy, and the laity has no place in it, with not even a direct line of communication to it. The result of this is that when the lay press makes some appraisal of the Curia, they are regarded as ‘outsiders’. Rome takes on a ‘Fortress Vatican’ attitude and dismisses any criticism without hesitation or reservation. In the present instance, the media are regarded as “silly geese who hiss and spit” (Tablet 27/3/10 p37). They are accused of waging an “obvious and shameful campaign to damage Pope Benedict XVI at all costs”(Tablet 3/4/10 p37). The Pope himself said that he showed “the courage of not allowing oneself to be intimidated by petty gossip.” I find these comments out of place. For my part, I have been surprised and impressed by the generally careful, moderate and accurate reporting in the several papers I had read over many months now. What of the future? As I have said before, I am doggedly optimistic. In Vatican II, the Holy Spirit inspired the participants to declare that all members of the Church should participate actively and not merely be members of an audience. Whenever I visit a parish where the community is united, with everyone actively involved (which is now the position in most), I come away smiling in joy. As regards the clergy, I am so impressed and grateful for the work and presence of the pastoral clergy of bishops, priests and deacons. However, further up the ladder, I am concerned with the manning and procedures of the Curia. They argue with each other in public, but refuse to learn from the knowledge and experience of the 99% of the membership of the Church who are lay. As Bishop McMahon says (Tablet 24/4/10 p36), the Church needs to be “turned upside down!”

My time with Kenny Everett by Mike Webster

I think anyone who was brought into this world by a midwife with the name of Florence Nightingale Robinson must have been born with an in-built sense of humour. And so it was with Maurice Cole who made his appearance into this world in Seaforth, Liverpool on Christmas Day 1944. His parents named him Maurice but it wasn’t a name he ever felt particularly comfortable with, especially as his father Tom was a tugboat mate on the Mersey. Later he changed his name to Kenny Everett by deed poll. He adopted his stage name from the film-star Edward Everett Horton, a childhood hero and because a friend told him the name suited him. Like most youngsters brought up in the in the late 40s/early 50s he and his sister were kept on a tight rein. He was a quiet, subdued child who didn’t like socialising with local children and 21

he was happiest at home with his parents and sister. The highlight of the week was when the whole family gathered around the wireless listening to tales of Dick Barton Special Agent or his favourite The Goon Show. The Goon’s off-the-wall humour had a major influence on Maurice from his early years and throughout his adulthood. At the Secondary Modern school, as a rather puny schoolboy, he attracted the attention of the school bullies; and he found that his sense of humour and in-jokes were a way of deflecting the attentions of the bullies. As a result his sense of humour developed fast. The Catholic Church played a big part in his life at this time and every Sunday the family went to Mass nearby. Maurice joined a Church Youth Group and was first an altar boy and then a choirboy at the Church. He left the Secondary Modern to continue his education at a junior seminary in Stillington near York. It was run by an Italian Missionary Order, the Verona Fathers. It was here in September 1956 that I first met Maurice Cole. We had both joined the junior seminary at Stillington on the same day. Stillington Hall was an old country house set in several acres of rolling Yorkshire countryside; it was built in 1734 as a replacement for an earlier building. For a young 12 year old boy it was idyllic. Wherever Maurice went in the grounds he always had a camera hung around his neck. Even at the tender age of 11 years he revealed a natural comic sense of humour and was a born entertainer. As he was a quiet, subdued person who didn’t like socialising with local children in Liverpool, the fact that he had a willing, attentive audience gave him the confidence to develop his sense of humour without being ridiculed. Being a sensitive soul, the quiet, country-house atmosphere was a world away from the rough and tough life in inner Liverpool. It was here that he blossomed. He was actively involved, with others, in writing sketches and 22

plays which we performed for the other students. It was a busy, exciting time for us all. When we were involved in “retreats� we would walk round the whole grounds which were an ideal place to spend time of quiet in contemplation, prayer and solitude for up to three days. But Maurice left under a cloud after rumours later in the press (no doubt orchestrated by his press people) had it that he had been caught raiding the Sacristy one night and drank the communion wine. The truth was a little nearer home in that he was homesick. However it was also reported that his parents received a letter informing them that Maurice did not have the necessary sense of vocation and recommended that he returned to the Secondary Modern at the end of the holidays. The four years I spent at the hall and in the village itself were the happiest times of my life and the experience will always have a special place in my heart. I still keep in contact with friends from that time and many of us agree that, but for the vow of celibacy, we would have wished to have become priests but not necessarily missionaries.

Kenny Everett, Comedian, Radio DJ and TV Entertainer 25/12/1944 - 4/4/1995 Photograph courtesy of Capital Radio Archive.

SOLUTION TO CROSSWORD PUZZLE 8 from the Easter Parish Proclaimer

CLUES ACROSS 1.Synopsis 5.Bold 9.Dining car 10.Tip 11.Permission 14.Alight 15.Scheme 17.Capricious 20.Can 21.Overthrow 22.Leer 23.Stays put CLUES DOWN 1.Side 2.None 3.Pantechnicon 4.Income 6.Outsider 7.Depended 8.Cross-country 12.Farcical 13.Dispense 16.Finest 18.Grip 19.Swot 23

Parish People: Peter Honiball by Colin Swanton

Although living in Worthing, Peter and his wife, Anne have been worshipping at the Cathedral since the late 1990s and have become very much involved in Cathedral activities. Peter was born in what was then Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and at the age of three years moved with his parents to Malawi for four years before returning to Rhodesia. During the four years in Malawi, Peter’s mother ran the first class catering for BOAC and East Africa Airlines whilst his father managed a small duty free concession. In 1973 the family moved to South Africa and Peter was sent to be educated at the Christian Brothers’ College in Pretoria, boarding there between the ages of nine and eighteen. University followed but after two years he decided that this was not for him and left to join the Standard Bank in 1984. Eighteen months later Peter was conscripted into military service for two years, doing his basic training in Grahamstown before being transferred to the dog training school in Bourkes Luck in the Eastern Transvaal. At the end of his military stint in 1987, Peter married Anne and returned to the Standard Bank. In 1994, the couple decided to move to the UK – Anne, being British, wanted to return home. They settled first in Brighton and lived there for two years before moving to Worthing in February 1996. Shortly after Easter that year Peter mentioned to Anne that he wanted to become a Catholic and Anne admitted that she, too, was feeling the same desire for herself. Together, they approached Father Enda Naughton (now retired and living in Ireland) at the English Martyrs Church in Goring and, as they had just missed the RCIA programme for that year, he instructed the couple separately. They were received into the Church during the 24

Christmas Midnight Mass. In 1998 Anne and Peter attended Midnight Mass at the Cathedral and loved it so much that they started to attend services there. After a while, Peter started in the ministry of reading, to be followed shortly afterwards by Anne. Since then, Peter and Anne have become one of the team of ‘money counters’ at the Cathedral and are now Ministers of Holy Communion, a ministry that Peter particularly enjoys. A highlight for both of them, after being accepted as a Special Minister, was to be invited by Deacon David and Monica for a Passover Feast that they regularly organise. Peter is also a member of the Parish Core Team. He works for the Catholic charity, Missio, in London as the Office Manager. Missio is the Church’s official support organisation for all overseas missions and is best known for the Red Boxes. One of the things that Peter appreciates most about Missio is that they support every single overseas mission until they are self sufficient; this support lasts for many years. He admires all the volunteers in England and Wales who co-ordinate the Red Boxes in their parishes; especially Betty Barrett and her team in Arundel.

Poetic Licence

by Martin Newell, journalist A parishioner sent in this press cutting although we are none the wiser what newspaper it came from. If you are familiar with the following ‘whimsical verse’ (we’re even unsure if it’s complete, so do let us know) and have an idea where it was published please contact the Editor. A Gallup survey of 16-24 year olds’ knowledge of English history elicited some surprisingly creative answers to The New English History...

It all began at Hastings In nineteen fifty two When William, Duke of Normans, A foreign parvenu, Let loose the sniper’s bullet Which hampered Harold’s view. Around this time in Scotland Will Wallace wiped the floor With Richard Nixon’s army Who having lost the war, Now signed the Magna Carta, An early sort of truce, At 12.15 near Windsor, The castle of King Bruce, King Albert, known as Lionheart

Who’d found it hard to cope At Canterbury Cathedral Sent knights to kill the Pope The Spanish King, being Catholic Dispatched a great Armada But lost it to King Arthur Whose English Fleet was harder The IRA and Guy Fawkes Began now to conspire To blow Big Ben to pieces And may have caused the fire To London’s main cathedral Which had an overhaul King Henry gave this job to The architect, St. Paul


Choral Vespers Arundel Cathedral hosted Choral Vespers with the Royal School of Church Music Millennium Youth Choir, transmitted by BBC Radio 3 on 14 April 2010, Here was the programme: Introit: Alleluia! Rejoice to God our helper (An Easter Sequence) (Leighton) Hymn: Jesus stand among us (Caswell) Responsorial Psalm 141 (David Ogden) Psalm 23 (Leighton) Reading: John 20 vv19-31 Alleluia! On the day of my resurrection (An Easter Sequence) (Leighton) Homily: Canon Tim Madeley Magnificat: Hawes in D An angel of the Lord descended from heaven (An Easter Sequence) (Leighton) Anthem: Let all the world (Leighton) Hymn: At the Lamb's high feast we sing (Salzburg) Organ Voluntary: Gothic Toccata (Graeme Koehne) Director of Music: David Ogden Organist: Daniel Moult.

HOME link Mini Bus Appeal by Rosemary Orpin, Project Fund Raiser

The LCT Homelink Project is working on a large site at Lyminster (near Littlehampton), which is in the process of being developed into a farm and craft centre - there are also greenhouses and cultivated land for growing plants and vegetables. This enterprise will be a centre for people with learning disabilities, mental health service users, the homeless and vulnerably housed, and for the unemployed, where they can learn skills (including catering and cooking) to help them gain qualifications into work. There will also be a play area for children. LCT Homelink is working with Bognor Housing Trust to provide opportunities for their Service users to join us on our Learning Skills Programme at Meadview. This joint scheme will benefit our Service Users. We will need transport to commute our Service Users. To help us we are asking if you would kindly put a notice in your Church, or your magazine/bulletin to ask if one of your parishioners would kindly donate a mini bus to the Homelink and Bognor Housing Trust. Thank you in anticipation for your support. Yours sincerely, Rosemary Orpin The Ark, 1 New Road, Littlehampton, BN17 5AX Tel: 01903 739669 26

Parish Events Diary JUNE Wednesday 2

9.30am – 8pm


Thursday 3

9.30am – 5.30pm



Mass with Bishop Kieran Conry

Approx. 6.30pm

Procession to the Castle

Sunday 6

SOLEMNITY: THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST Mass at 6.15pm at the Convent of the Poor Clares, Saturday 5th Masses at 9.30 & 11.15am in the Cathedral. 5.00pm

Vespers and Installation of new Canons

Wednesday 9

12 noon

Mass for Jubilarian Priests of the Diocese

Saturday 12


Cathedral Choir Young Performers Lunchtime Recital, free entry, retiring collection.


Wedding - Tustin/Alcalde


Diocesan Mass of Thankgiving for new Catholics

All Masses

Collection for the Missionary Endeavour of the Diocese (Gift Aid)


Cathedral Deanery Confirmations

Sunday 20


‘Going Forth’ Mass for First Communion children with breakfast in St. Mary’s Hall

Wednesday 23


Mass with pilgrims from Seaford Parish

Thursday 24


Mass in the Fitzalan Chapel

Sunday 13


Saturday 26


Cathedral Choir Young Performers Lunchtime Recital, free entry, retiring collection.

Tuesday 29

SOLEMNITY OF ST PETER & ST PAUL Collection: Peter’s Pence Masses at 8.30am at the Convent of the Poor Clares Masses 10.00am & 8.00pm in the Cathedral (Bishop Kieran will preside at the 8.30am & 10.00am Masses)

JULY Thursday 1

FEAST: THE DEDICATION OF ARUNDEL CATHEDRAL Masses at 8.30am at the Convent of the Poor Clares 10.00am in the Cathedral

Saturday 3


Angmering Chorale Concert for tickets; visit

Sunday 4

All Masses

Collection: Lourdes Appeal & Barbecue

Friday 9


Sion School Leavers Service

Saturday 10


Cathedral Choir Young Performers Lunchtime Recital, free entry, retiring collection.


Wedding - Staveley/Sheen


Renaissance Choir Concert (for tickets see

Sunday 11

All Masses

Collection: The Apostleship of the Sea

Saturday 17


Wedding - Anderson/Roy

Thursday 22


St. Philip’s School End of Year Mass Organ Recital (see Weekly Newsletter for timing and contact details)

Friday 23


Saturday 24


Cathedral Choir Young Performers Lunchtime Recital, free entry, retiring collection.

Sunday 25

All Masses

Collection: A Day for Life


Sussex Festival Choir Concert for details or tickets see or call Stephen Hope on tel/fax: 01372 741100, email:


Wedding - Santos/Holdaway

Sunday 1


East Sussex Youth Orchestra concert in aid of RNLI. Tickets/further information from Mrs Thelma Manning, Homestall House, Ashurst Wood, West Sussex, RH19 3PG. Tel. 01342 327 587.

Sunday 8

9.30 & 11.15am

Malcolm Sargent Festival Choir

Saturday 21

All day

‘A Day with Mary’ (see Weekly Newsletter)

Saturday 28


Wedding - Manning/Hull

Saturday 31 AUGUST

Useful Web Sites


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 may be registered on our Parish Database.

Congratulations to Fr. Bill Davern (Epsom) and Fr. Tom Treherne (Weybridge) who have been appointed to the Chapter of Canons. Bishop Kieran will install them at Vespers on Sunday, 6 June at 5pm followed by a reception at St. Mary’s Hall. There will be a lot of guests so please put this date in your diary as help will be needed! Thank you in advance!

From the Parish Proclaimer Editor

ARUNDEL CATHEDRAL GIFTSHOP New in stock... a wide range of First Communion gifts! Visit our shop to see what’s available alongside other religious gifts. Find us in the North Transept by The Shrine to St. Philip Howard. 1 Nov - 31 March: Mon - Sat, 10.30am - 12 noon 1 April - 31 Oct: Mon - Sat, 10.30am - 4.30pm All year: Sunday, after Masses If you are celebrating a special Wedding Anniversary and would like to be featured in the Parish Proclaimer, please call Louise at the Parish Office on 01903 882297. She will arrange for Colin Swanton, a regular Proclaimer contributor, to contact you and discuss more about what he can do for you

Celebrate Conference 26-27 June 2010 Cardinal Newman School in Hove Please call 01273 680 654 or visit www.celebrateconference. org/brighton

QUIET PRAYER An opportunity to experience 45 minutes’ quiet prayer with our church communities. Every Monday at 2pm at the Baptist Church. All welcome!

We are really keen to have more features that will be of interest to parishioners. Whether it’s a recent visit to an interesting church (or cathedral) on a trip, your experience at Lourdes or at another religious shrine, or indeed any other interest you’d like to share with the rest of us, please email me! Alex Clouter

CORPUS CHRISTI We still need volunteers to help with Corpus Christi during the week beginning Tuesday 1 June. Please call Louise on 01903 882 297 for details.

Congratulations & Commemorations Baptisms 27 March - Aliena Mirabelle Wigan (in the Castle Chapel) 28 March - Digby Wilfred Heggadon 28 March - Victor Stanislaw David Lawrie 9 May - Alyana Marie Abad

Reception into full Communion and Confirmation 3 April - Graham Smithson

Marriages 14 May - Andreas Wenzel & Emily Jane Pearce

Deaths 4th April - Joyce Gertrude Farrell (aged 77 years)

Views expressed in The Parish Proclaimer are not necessarily the views of The Catholic Church, the Catholic Diocese of Arundel & Brighton, its affiliated companies and charities, employees thereof or persons otherwise associated directly or indirectly. All material is provided by Cathedral Parishioners and published in good faith, without guarantee. The Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Trust is a Registered Charity - No. 252878 The Parish Proclaimer has been compiled by Alexander Clouter, a parishioner who happens to be a writer and designer all wrapped into one! Email:

A Prayer for Pentecost Christ Jesus, before ascending into heaven, You promised to send the Holy Spirit to Your apostles and disciples. Grant that the same Spirit may perfect in our lives the work of Your grace and love. Grant us the Spirit of Fear Of The Lord that we may be filled with a loving reverence toward You. The Spirit of Piety that we may find peace and fulfillment in the service of God while serving others; The Spirit of Fortitude that we may bear our cross with You and, with courage, overcome the obstacles that interfere with our salvation; The Spirit of Knowledge that we may know You and know ourselves and grow in holiness; The Spirit of Understanding to enlighten our minds with the light of Your truth; The Spirit of Counsel that we may choose the surest way of doing Your will, seeking first the Kingdom; Grant us the Spirit of Wisdom that we may aspire to the things that last forever; Teach us to be Your faithful disciples and animate us in every way with Your Spirit. Amen. Courtesy of


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