The Parish Proclaimer Pentecost 2013
Cathedral Parish of Our Lady & St. Philip Howard, Arundel, West Sussex Published in May 2013
All about the Parish Rev. Canon Tim Madeley - Dean Rev. Mr. David Clifton - Deacon Louise Sharp - Parish Secretary* Cathedral House, Parsons Hill, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9AY Tel: 01903 882 297 Fax: 01903 885 335 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web: www.arundelcathedral.org * The Parish Office is open 9am – 1pm, Monday – Friday
MASS TIMES AT THE CATHEDRAL Sunday
9.30am Family Mass on the third Sunday of the month; Children’s Liturgy available other Sundays.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Saturday: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass.
MASS TIMES AT THE CONVENT OF THE POOR CLARES, CROSSBUSH Saturday
5.30pm Vespers. 6.15pm Vigil Mass (entry at 6pm).
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
Vespers and Benediction.
8.30am Mass - for Mass times on other weekdays please call
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SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION Saturday
10.30am otherwise by appointment.
Before/after the Saturday 6.15pm Mass.
A Reflection on Pentecost By Deacon David
The Holy Spirit in our Midst The Feast of Pentecost commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. Jesus had spoken of the Advocate (defender) or Paraclete (Comforter) who would come. But this could only happen after Jesus had gone back to the Father. This Advocate would bear witness to Jesus, by providing encouragement and support to the members of the infant Church. In the Acts of the Apostles the story is told of the witness of the Spirit. It is seen in the eloquence and courage of the Apostles and other disciples, as they speak to the people and defy the religious authorities. We see it in the miracles worked by the disciples of Jesus, through the invocation of his name. We see it in the power of prophecy, and in the speaking in tongues. We see the witness of the disciples in their devotion to the ‘Way’, as this new movement was called, in the action of their lives, lived in love for one another. We too can give witness to the ‘Way’ of Jesus by our lives of loving service to one another, and to those outside the Church, especially those whom society neglects, and those who suffer from want of the most basic human rights – lack of food, of water, of shelter, of freedom…. Continued overleaf ++++++++++++++++++++++++ ARTICLES FOR THE HARVEST ISSUE OF THE PARISH PROCLAIMER: Deadline for receipt - Tuesday, 20 August 2013 Please email your written piece and photos to email@example.com or post to Cathedral House, Parsons Hill, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9AY including your name/address to enable us to return the photos.
But some may ask, ‘where is the witness of the Holy Spirit in these times?’ He does not seem to be as evident as he was in the early years of the infant Church. We see no miracles worked, as are related in the Acts of the Apostles. Well he is here, though perhaps more quietly. He is here, of course, in the Sacraments, and in the Word of God, and in the gathering of his Church. But he is also present in other ways. He is in the many who each year seek to become members of the Church. He is in the many who return to the practice of the faith. He is in us as we lead our somewhat humdrum lives, keeping faithful to God’s word. He is certainly in the many Christians who are suffering from persecution in many parts of the world – he is in their courage and their strength. And there are still miracles, though we should not rely on them to support our faith. They are, rather, the product of our faith. The Holy Spirit works in and through the members of the Church, and there is no doubt that we can impede the work of the Spirit by our failure to respond to his prompting. If we have the courage to trust the Holy Spirit and follow where he leads, there is no limit to what he might achieve through us.
Deacon David Clifton ++++++++++++++++++++++++
The Design of the 2013 Carpet of Flowers By Oliver Hawkins With Easter, and therefore Corpus Christi, being early this year, it felt like mid-winter when we first started planning this year’s carpet of flowers. Mary Bagg has to order the flowers well in advance, to make sure the right quantities of each colour are available, so with Mary Harding plus Jim and Margaret Myerscough, the core team for Corpus Christi, we have to think of suitable themes. Sometimes the theme is for a particular year: anniversaries of the diocese (25th in 1990, 40th in 2005); the succession of Edward, 18th Duke, in 2003; the Year for Priests, 2010. More often the theme is a general one: the Eucharist; the Gospels; World Peace. To what extent the visiting public recognise the theme is hard to say, 4
but the Arundel parishioners have views. Last year, when we included three topical themes (Diamond Jubilee, London Olympics, and Titanic) there was criticism that the themes were too secular, and Canon Tim took the trouble to mount a display explaining the ecclesial relevance of each. This year our main theme will be â€˜The Year of Faithâ€™, with the appropriate symbol at each end of the aisle. It will be interesting to see how well a highly stylised graphic design translates into flowers. We will also be acknowledging the 900th anniversary of the Order of the Knights of Malta, with a large Maltese Cross at the centre of the aisle. The Knights have become a regular feature at the Corpus Christi procession, and we are happy to have the opportunity to salute them. I took over the drawing-up role from the late Jim Kenny, in 1990. My job starts once the theme or themes have been agreed with Canon Tim. I get sketches from Mary, and work out how to fit them into the available space, six feet wide and eightyseven feet long, extending just beyond each end of the central aisle. I then provide the team with drawn-up designs, with the total areas for each colour calculated. After that I start concentrating on cutting out large stencils (see photo) to use to
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transfer the designs on to the thick paper we cover the aisle with. Diana, my wife, has an eight-foot by four-foot pattern-cutting table, which helps, but quite a lot has to be done on the floor, and the same certainly applies when we come to draw up the pattern in the Cathedral. As Diana and I mark up each area in chalk we pray that the sections will join up seamlessly. We have to remind ourselves that the small inaccuracies that worry us will disappear altogether once the flowers and foliage are in place. The celebration of Corpus Christi with a Carpet of Flowers has become an integral part of the Cathedral year. It was just a few years after the building of the church by its founder, Henry 15th Duke of Norfolk still only in his twenties, when the tradition was instituted. I hope he approves of our efforts. ++++++++++++++++++++++++
Calling for your help at this yearâ€™s Corpus Christi Calling on all volunteers to help with the laying of flower-heads and foliage during 27/28 May as well as act as guides or other support during the public days of 29/30 May. See page 27 for other help needed. Please call the Parish Office on 01903 882 297 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 6
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Parish People - Maria Whitehouse By Colin Swanton
After living in Chichester for some 12 years as parishioners of St. Richard’s, Maria and her husband, Dominic, started a new phase of their lives when they moved to Arundel in January this year - the first step towards their plan of offering holidays in the form of pilgrimages in Sussex. The idea came out of pilgrimages they organised for St. Richard’s Parish and for their extended family to many places including Walsingham, Avila in Spain and Northumberland. In February 2012, they saw the ‘right’ property for their plan advertised in the paper – Sefton Place in Warningcamp, Arundel, which was the old Youth Hostel. And so the Sussex Heritage Centre was born. A considerable amount of planning had to take place before they finally purchased Sefton Place and once surveys, architects and planning had been dealt with they and their builders moved in and started to convert the old Youth Hostel in earnest. When I visited Maria just after Easter work was in full swing – and it had to be to meet their projected opening date of 17 June when Bishop Kieran has agreed to perform the opening ceremony and bless their venture. When finished, Sefton Place will have 11 en-suite bedrooms including 2 ground floor rooms suitable for people with limited mobility and 3 family rooms. Also there will be a large entrance hall, comfortable drawing room with a bar and French 8
windows opening onto the veranda and gardens, a quiet room and a bright and airy dining room which can seat up to 60 people. Apart from the Pilgrimages planned, Sefton Place will also be open for small groups. They will welcome all groups, whether families or friends celebrating a special event, church and choir groups (Saint Peter’s Choir from the Witterings are one of the first to come for a quiet weekend), School groups (Maria said that Bishop Kieran commented that this will be a wonderful resource for Catholic schools and youth groups in the diocese), businesses, charities, local authorities - all could find a use for Sefton Place – the list is endless. Maria particularly looks forward to Sefton Place being an encouragement to promote evangelisation, not only in the local area but also further afield. She says, “We hope that the Sussex Heritage Centre will contribute to evangelisation in this area by making knowledge of the lives of the local saints and our Christian Heritage in general more accessible, and by encouraging prayer and visits to holy places. The Year of Faith seemed a good time to start such a venture, offering religious pilgrimages alongside other types of what can be described as ‘lay pilgrimages’. Also arising from our experience of going on pilgrimage with sick and disabled people, we wanted to provide good quality accommodation suitable for people with disabilities.” Among the pilgrimages that Maria and Dominic are planning include Christian Heritage around the Sussex Saints including St. Wilfred, St. Philip Howard, and St. Richard of Chichester. Places visited will include the Manhood peninsular (St. Wilfrid), Arundel and Chichester cathedrals. Literary Heritage will visit homes and places, which inspired authors and poets such as Jane Austen, H.G.Wells, Hilaire Belloc, Charles Dickens and William Blake. Natural Heritage will discover how man and nature have interacted over the centuries, exploring the natural sights of Sussex including Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve, the Trundle Iron Age hill fortifications, the stranded beach at Slindon and the ancient yew forest at Kingley Vale. “Other possibilities will follow,” said Maria and she thought that Military Heritage might be a possibility with Tangmere and Portsmouth being fairly close to them. Travel will be provided to all sites including day tours. For more information about this project please visit www.sussexheritage.co.uk 9
Old Pope, new Pope: the Church is in God’s hands By Father Bruno Clifton OP
Easter in Rome this year would have seemed like an anti-climax, following the almost unique events of the preceding months, if it were not for the expectation built by the new Pope’s style. Less than two weeks after his election, he would begin the ‘Holiest week in the Christian calendar’ as the media reported. What would he say? What would he do? And yet, we were getting used to seismic events in the Eternal City. When the news of Pope Emeritus Benedict’s renunciation of the Episcopacy of Rome trickled through (I was told by a brother in the cloister on the way to Midday Prayer) there were, understandably, questions. I must admit, however, my first thought was, ‘I wish more of them would resign’! I realised that this action had never seemed to me something the Pope couldn’t do. And, having met Benedict XVI and seen him face to face I understood why he felt that the burden of years and the burden of being the Vicar of Christ were now incompatible in him. At the Ash Wednesday Mass – moved to St. Peter’s from our Basilica of Santa Sabina in the light of his announcement – Benedict XVI seemed unburdened, but very tired. But what else became clear was the affection in which he was held. Applause and cries of ‘Viva il Papa!’ accompanied him back down the aisle during the recessional hymn. Continued on page 12 10
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Not everyone expressed this sentiment so comfortably. I met a number of elderly people who were angry at his resignation. They were old and they carried on – so should he! After all, he had the towering example of Bl. John Paul II. Maybe this was part of the burden. And yet, how quickly the faithful move on. At the election of Francis, Rome became almost hysterical. I shouldn’t say Rome actually. Another part of the experience of living here is understanding that the people of Rome themselves are not really interested in what goes on at the Vatican. At least, not interested as long as it is there, carrying on. So, even some of the “indifferents” were concerned about the developments across the city. Still, the immediate reaction to the election of Francis was a reaction to him, based upon his evidently different style and warmth. And this was seen not to be a whim. I am sure reports of his comments, minor decisions and actions towards people are familiar to you. And I believe that this has created a different atmosphere spreading out to the wider church. What an experience of the intimacy of Christ’s Body! I can tell you one experience of this intimacy, this power, from here in Rome – among the indifferent, those people who have seen it all before... I heard there was a priest travelling on a bus when a woman got on without a ticket and the on-board vending machine was (typically) broken. Knowing the heavy fine she risked she went up and down the bus with her money, asking if someone had a ticket to sell. This priest had a ticket and offered it. She went to give him the money, but he refused it. “Not a problem,” he said, “don’t worry about it”. A man sitting next to the priest had seen this exchange and simply said to him, “You are like Pope Francis”. Have a blessed Pentecost.
Another Gem within the Parish Boundaries By Peter Cullinane
St. Botolph’s Church
Bishop of Horsham dedicating the tapsel gate
In my article in the last Proclaimer issue, I described two medieval churches within the parish boundaries which are happily now in the care and ownership of the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT). Since then I have visited the most recent addition to the CCT’s list - St. Botolph’s in the hamlet of Annington, southeast of Steyning. A little difficult to find, the best approach is by taking the road from Steyning High Street towards Bramber, turning at Maudlin Lane on the right, almost a mile from the starting point. A further two miles down lies the church, close to the South Downs Way. At the time the church was built, there was a small port on the Adur nearby, long since silted up. The dedication to St. Botolph seems to have been made much later - he was the abbot of a Benedictine monastery in Boston, Lincolnshire (Botolph’s Town) who died in 655 and became the Patron Saint of travellers – his feastday is 17 June. As can be seen from the photographs, the church is a typical late Saxon/early Norman church, built mainly of flints which would have been collected from the fields or a neighbouring quarry, supplemented by remnants of earlier bricks and tiles. Local sand or ironstone blocks were used for the quoins (load-bearing corner stones). Some, of course, could have been Roman in origin as the medievals did not hesitate to recycle any prime building materials available locally. 13
The Jacobean Pulpit
I always first view a new church from the exterior and I was intrigued by a feature on the north side- three enormous limestone arches forming part of the wall, yet looking as if they more properly belonged to the interior, and infilled with the same flints. As with many medieval churches, some stylistic and even necessary additions have been incorporated - the heavy Horsham stone roof tiles are obviously a much later addition, replacing maybe a timber roof, and a porch was added in the early 19th century. The entrance door behind the porch has the very clear date of 1630 inscribed and evidence of medieval wall paintings can be found on the chancel arch walls. The chancel arch itself is believed to be a rare example of late Saxon construction and small early Saxon windows can be seen in the southern wall. The answer to my initial query about the arches came when I read the brief history inside: an additional aisle had been added in about 1250 and demolished some two hundred years later probably because of a decline in the population - possibly the Black Death? I hope that some people will be inspired to visit this remarkable church lying among fields but if you are, be sure to go before the autumn as the church will undergo an expensive six-month restoration project from that time. As is usual with CCT churches, a Friendsâ€™ Group is being set up and it welcomes members. The CCT is hoping to prepare a guidebook to the church to supplement the very brief description available inside and I suspect that there is a mine of information waiting to be collected about its long history. Photos courtesy of the CCT and Wikipedia.
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Post-Reformation Catholicism in Chichester Deanery... Keeping the Faith By Hilary Caws While we all acknowledge with gratitude the part played by our local recusant families in keeping the faith alive during the turbulent years of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, few of us are actually aware of the details. In order to address this problem a series of lectures based on recent research, as well as a variety of exhibits devoted to the survival of Catholicism in our area, was the focus of a recent conference in Slindon. During the years of persecution the Catholic communities in both Slindon and Arundel were served by priests given safe haven by the Kempe family in Slindon Hall. It was therefore integral to our absorption of the story, that the event was located in situ, in the remains of that same ‘safe house’ now Slindon College. Historically our parishes have been entwined as Arundel was in fact served from Slindon in the years from 1558-1748, while the reverse was true at times after 1793. A leading Catholic historian, Prof. Michael Questier from Queen Mary, University of London, started the day with a lively insight into how Catholics of the time were portrayed, with a particular focus on martyrdom. In order to separate fact from popular myth he bewailed the paucity of archive material as well as personal papers. This may be through accident or neglect as at Cowdray Park, deliberate destruction, or a general dissemination of material as in Jesuit records. Few records remain of so-called ‘safe’ houses for missionary priests. As gentry the Kempe family probably lived quietly and comfortably, generating little attention and were thus able to maintain a domestic chapel as well as hiding places, providing safety for priests not far from the coast. Dr. Caroline Bowden, also from Queen Mary, University of London, is currently engaged on a project entitled ‘Who were the Nuns?’. Garnering previously unknown material relating to the women who left England in order to enter convents on the Continent, her team are in the process of compiling a variety of databases cataloguing their details. As several leading local families contributed to the foundation and maintenance of these convents, both financially and as religious, they may provide a greater understanding of keeping the faith in a hostile 16
environment. A veritable feast of our local history was on display in St. Richardâ€™s Church. Although chronologically outside our timeframe the glory of the exhibition was undoubtedly the fifteenth century cope worn by Cardinal John Morton when staying at Slindon Hall. Before the Kempe family arrived the house was one of several official palaces. These were located in parishes over which Morton had direct jurisdiction in his role as Archbishop of Canterbury between 1486 - 1500. The cope is of national importance and was last exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Musuem back in the winter of 2003/4 and was again on loan, albeit just for the day, from Arundel Castle Archives, looked after by Sara Rodger. Visitors were delighted and enthralled to view the stunning workmanship at close range. The deep red, silk velvet cloth was probably made in Italy but it is most likely that English hands applied the embroidery and motifs using metal thread, spangles and silk. Other items rarely seen included a crucifix, a chalice and a Missal of 1673. Another Missal printed in Paris in 1634 was marked with the signature of Bishop William
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Poynter, who as Vicar Apostolic of the London District (1812-1827), presided over Confirmations in the parish in 1823. Another exciting exhibit which generated much conversation was the Slindon parish register dating from 1697. This register has the distinction of being the joint third, oldest surviving Catholic parish register in the country. It is a composite register, i.e. baptisms, marriages and deaths/burials were recorded in sequence. Animated chatter agreed that many family names recorded in the register continue in the village to this day. In terms of continuity as well as visible evidence Hazel State, our diocesan archivist, declared Slindon can therefore be seen as the mother church of our diocese, a role which of course Arundel now fulfils!! Our shared history continues! A. Foster: Aspects of the Religious History of Slindon since the Reformation is a pamphlet which accompanied the day’s conference. This can be purchased either at St. Richard’s Church, Slindon or St. Olave’s Christian Bookshop, North Street, Chichester at £5, with the money to be shared between St. Richard’s and St. Mary’s, Slindon
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Pope Francis Teaches Courtesy of the Bognor Regis Catholic Parish Newsletter (5 Ma This is an extract from the homily preached by Pope Francis last Sunday (28 April) when he confirmed 40 young people from many different countries: Here is an invitation which I make to you, young people about to be confirmed and to all present. Remain steadfast in the journey of faith, with firm hope in the Lord. This is the secret of our journey! He gives us the courage to swim against the tide. Pay attention, my young friends: to go against the current, this is good for the heart, but we need courage to swim against the tide. Jesus gives us this courage! There are no difficulties, trials or misunderstandings to fear, provided we remain united to God as branches to the vine, provided we do not lose our friendship with him, provided we make ever more room for him in our lives. This is especially so whenever we feel poor, weak and sinful, because God grants strength to our weakness, riches to our poverty, conversion and forgiveness to our sinfulness.The Lord is so rich in mercy: every time, if we go to him, he forgives us. Let us trust in Godâ€™s work! With him we can do great things; he will give us the joy of being his disciples, his witnesses. Commit yourselves to great ideals, to the most important things. We Christians were not chosen by the Lord for little things; push onwards toward the highest principles. Stake your lives on noble ideals, my dear young people...
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Diocesan Festival - Sunday, 23 June 2013 Please join Bishop Kieran on 23 June for a day to celebrate and rejoice in the life of the diocese, as well as learn and experience different forms of prayer and devotion. Timing: 10am - 4pm Location: St. Wilfridâ€™s School, Old Horsham Road, Crawley West Sussex RH11 8PG There will be speakers, activities for all ages, devotions including Adoration of the Blesses Sacrament and Mass at 2.30pm. The fun activities for young children will start from 11.30am with all other activities/workshops beginning at 10am Please bring a packed lunch though there will be food stalls although there will be foodstalls in the grounds. Visit www.dabnet.org/ab2015 for more details.
Memorable Overseas Masses - 2 By Graham Rodmell
To be honest, it is often the case that it is some diversion from the Mass that is a lot more memorable than the Mass itself. For example, I recall a Sunday Mass that my wife and I and two daughters attended at the Church of St. Trophime in the main square of Arles in Provence in the south of France during a wonderful farmhouse holiday we enjoyed just outside the City. The church is an outstanding example of Romanesque architecture and enjoys World Heritage status. Soon after Mass commenced, a woman of about 50 years of age entered the Church and formed a solemn one person procession holding on high for all to behold a large and colourful motor cycle crash helmet. She mounted the sanctuary steps and with great reverence placed the crash helmet in the centre of the altar and genuflected. The clergy and servers pretended not to notice. Two gentle ‘heavies’ moved purposefully from the sides to the altar and escorted the woman from the church whilst another helper followed with the helmet! Everyone involved behaved as if they had seen this performance before. It put me in mind of another incident that involved me personally when I was visiting my company’s regional office in San José de Costa Rica. Costa Rica is unusual by the standards of Central American republics. It has no army and yet conveys a greater sense of security than any of the other republics. Historically, Amerindians did not inhabit Costa Rica, so that it was descendants of the Spanish colonialists that predominated, followed by large numbers of elderly US citizens attracted there by a favourable tax regime for US pensioners. The Spanish speaking population are known as ‘Ticos’, whilst the US and other English speakers are called ‘Gringos’ (a term that can carry a pejorative meaning – perhaps from the slogan ‘Green Go Home’, green being the colour of the military uniform of the US?) 22
At that time, it was notoriously difficult outside of downtown San José to find properties by their addresses, as streets rarely had names and house numbering had not developed. Other devices had to be used. I always found it amusing that the address of our office on its notepaper was ‘Helados Pops’ (Pops Ice Creams), as the next door property was an ice cream parlour of that name. Unusually for a business trip, I was there over a weekend and wanted to attend Mass. My employers tolerated this practice, but I decided that a Saturday Vigil Mass would be less disruptive of our programme than a Sunday Mass. I made enquiries and found that there was a Vigil Mass at La Catedral Metropolitana de San José located in la Calle Central (the main drag). San José is a European style of city and a lively business centre, but not especially attractive visually. The Cathedral was of 19th century design, the interior of which featured numerous fluted columns with relatively short roof spans, possibly a response to the record of earthquake damage over its history. The Mass was well attended, mainly by Ticos. The row in which I was seated ended next to one of the many columns. I only noticed the man sitting next to the column (a sixty or so year old Tico whom we shall call Eduardo) when without warning he collapsed to the floor remaining slightly propped up against the column. I was naturally alarmed, but was puzzled that no one else seemed even to have noticed. The liturgy continued unabated with no clergy or servers showing any concern. All my neighbours instantly increased their ‘blinkered’ concentration and devotion, declining even so much as to glance in the direction of poor Eduardo. I could only tolerate this situation for 15/20 seconds, before I felt compelled to go to his aid, although mentally I was spending these seconds hoping that others would react to make my own involvement unnecessary. However, I then moved swiftly towards Eduardo, interrupting the devotions of those between me and the column, to see if I could help. Obviously I suspected that he had been drinking, but I did not believe this should be assumed, as there could have been other serious causes, such as a stroke or an epileptic fit. As I moved to find Eduardo’s pulse, a strong smell of liquor met my nostrils and I then understood that other regular worshippers and the clergy had probably seen his performance before. However, my action galvanised an immediate response from five or six nearby Ticos who mercifully felt compelled to look after their fellow-Tico. This was just as well, because my knowledge of first aid had not been updated beyond a course in the Boy Scouts when I was all of 11 years old, a course that did not focus on sudden collapse of drunkards and advocated all sorts of procedures, which I 23
understand are now regarded as potentially lethal! Moreover, my command of Spanish, whilst sufficient for the negotiation of loan and shareholder agreements, always proved inadequate for relaxed and jocular conversation over lunch and would certainly have been unequal to the blurred language of a borracho perdido (blind drunk). Given the intervention of others, I was back in my place in time for the consecration, towards which the Mass was progressing inexorably. There was still no clerical recognition of Eduardo’s situation or even the major disruption I had caused by spurring on his spontaneous supporters’ group, who were busy making him comfortable and were content now to be seen as caring. Imagine my surprise when at the kiss of peace, a much larger group of people than would be normal, even among Ticos who behave quite demonstrably around this ritual, approached to give me the customary Central American embrace. The situation became even more marked at the conclusion of Mass, when for a moment I felt in danger of being hailed as a candidate for premature beatification without awaiting the formality of death – Blessed Graham the Gringo! About 30 people wanted to engage with me, even though my action had only been a brief catalyst to trigger the real kindness that had been shown by Eduardo’s supporters, two of whom were even now still attending him and probably wondering how on earth they were going to get him out of the Cathedral so that they could resume their normal uninvolved lives. My problem was simply how to disengage from so many friendly people and get back to my hotel without granting an interview to a reporter from the Catholic press! My solution was to pretend to an exaggerated lack of understanding of Spanish, to smile amiably and make for the exit! ++++++++++++++++++++++++
Comedy with the Clergy Notice Board Bloopers courtesy of Michael Cranfield “This afternoon there will be a meeting in the south and north ends of the church. Children will be baptised at both ends.” “Tuesday at 4pm: ice cream social - all ladies giving milk, please come early.” 24
“Wednesday at 2.30pm: the Ladies’ Literary Society will meet. Mrs Johnsonn will sing ‘Put me in my little bed’ accompanied by the Pastor.” “Thursday at 5pm: a meeting of the Little Mothers’ Club - all wishing to become little mothers please meet the Minister in his study.” “This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs Johnson to come forward and lay an egg on the altar. The service will close with ‘Little Drops of Water’: one of the ladies will start quietly and the rest of the congregation will join.” “On Sunday, a special collection will be taken to defray the expenses of the new carpet, Please come forward and get a piece of paper.” “The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind and they may be seen in the church basements on Friday afternoons.” This Friday at 2pm there will be hymn-singing in the park across from the church. Bring a blanket and be prepared to sin.”
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The Jesuits’ Graves at Duncton By Ian Caws The 23 Jesuits buried at Duncton would have been resident at nearby Petworth, where a large house at Burton Park had been left to them in the will of a Mr Dawes, who died on 28 December 1899. It was used as a rest home for the Society of Jesus until they left in the late 1970s. Most of the graves at Duncton contain two bodies and are marked by large stone crosses. Photo: planting snowdrop bulbs at the Jesuits’ Graves in late 2006.
It is one thing that will not reach them, the heat of a summer’s day in Sussex, a stillness in the grass. Safe in history, it is here they come, explaining nothing to me while the licks of sun touch them and pass. Listen. Where they are, nothing is moving, where they lived is sealed in books and papers and they themselves are still. Here, history is not misbehaving and here, only the forgotten sleepers won’t feel the day grow chill. A Victorian air was not easy for them to breathe; their metal crosses rust in secluded downland. Nobody comes and anonymity is near. It will never disturb their rest, being given not loaned. And what I am left with is always place, always changing but always what remains. They will be here, silent in all weathers, when their names have come loose from who they were and when a night wind moans where their crosses once leant.
And they seem separated from themselves, free and indestructible in stillness, waiting for me to go while all around, on the skyline like wolves, life’s variables keep us from staleness and waiting for the new. And leading me to the Jesuit graves, where I have come on a hot summer’s day, to where all things must meet, old hates and then some even older loves, to where all things live and in living, die to God’s one, changeless state. Rustington, 20 June 2011 ++++++++++++++++++++++++
Calling for your help at this year’s Corpus Christi APPEAL FOR CAKES Cake makers: your parish needs you! If you enjoy baking cakes and would like to donate a large cutting cake or two - or even a variety of cup cakes or fairy cakes - for Corpus Christ, your generous contribution will be gratefully received. Cakes need to be delivered to the Cathedral Centre from 8.30am on Wednesday, 29 May. WILLING HANDS Much help is needed in the Cathedral Centre and the Gift Shop over the Corpus Christi period (27 - 31 May). As few or as many hours as you can spare would be really appreciated. Please call the Parish Office on 01903 882 297 or email email@example.com
Saints of the Roman Canon (Part 2) By Canon Tim Madeley In the reflection in the Easter edition of The Proclaimer, I mentioned the first few saints listed in the Roman Canon (Eucharistic Prayer 1). These were Joseph, the husband of Mary, mother of Jesus and the Apostles. A number of people have asked who are the others that are listed. Before the consecration these are: Linus, Cletus, Clement, Sixtus, Cornelius, Cyprian, Lawrence, Chrysogonus, John and Paul, Cosmas and Damian. The first three which I will deal with here followed in the footsteps of St. Peter. St. Linus was the first successor of St. Peter (67-76AD) as Bishop of Rome. He is believed to have come from Tuscany and although he is listed as a martyr, no known persecution of Christians took place during his time. His feast day is 23 September. St. Cletus (or Anacletus) was the successor to Linus as Bishop of Rome (circa 7688AD). His name means ‘blameless’ or ‘unimpeachable’. Tradition has it that this Pope divided Rome into twenty-five parishes. One of the few surviving records concerning his papacy mentions him as having ordained an uncertain number of priests. He was buried next to his predecessor, Saint Linus, in St. Peter's Basilica, in what is now Vatican City. His feast day is 26 April. St. Clement succeeded Cletus as Bishop of Rome (88-97AD). His was Roman born and was the first of the early church theologians known as the Apostolic Fathers. In a mosaic in the Basilica of St. Clement he is portrayed with St. Peter and with an anchor. The latter because tradition has it that he was thrown into the sea where his fellow Christians couldn’t retrieve his body. A number of St. Clement’s theological works survive much of which is applicable to this very day: ‘The smallest parts of our body are necessary and valuable to the whole. All work together and are mutually subject for the preservation of the whole body. Our entire body, then, will be preserved in Christ Jesus, and each of us should be subject to his neighbour in accordance with the grace given to each.’ (Letter of Clement to the Corinthians) St. Irenaeus called him an ‘apostolic man’ as he had heard to preaching of the apostles. His gift to the church was the greatest compilations of liturgical and canonical works from its earliest days and his assertion (again from his letter to the Corinthians) that the function and power of the priest comes from the apostles and not from the community (ie. Apostolic Succession). His feast day is 23 November.
Dei Verbum The Story of Dei Verbum - Vatican II and the Bible On 15 June Fr. Adrian Graffy will be leading a study day on the Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum). This will take place at the Catholic Bible School, Farm Lane, Nutbourne, Chichester PO18 8SD. The timing: 10am - 3pm. Dei Verbum will be the basis of our Jubilee study sessions in the autumn. For more information please visit www.catholic-bible-school.org Dei Verbum Retreat Fr. Adrian will also be holding a weekend on 12 - 14 July for those wishing to explore the document of Vatican II on the Word of God at Ladywell Convent, Godalming GU7 1ST. For more information please visit www.ladywellretreat.org.uk/programme
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Cancer United... united by one life-changing experience By Jan Sheward
Cancer United’ and ‘Cancer United Shop is the brainchild of Jan Sheward who is herself a cancer survivor. Jan says: “Discovering you have cancer is not only a major change to your way of life - it's a hell of a challenge. It's an experience you do not expect and can be undeniably traumatising. What I discovered however, was that the challenge of such a massive life change need not necessarily be frightening or insurmountable. In fact it can just be the catalyst needed to improve your life by making the changes you have desired for so long.” Jan decided to set up a support group funded by a charity shop which opened in Wick Littlehampton on 1st March 2013, ‘Cancer United’ self-help group welcomes people from the local community from diagnosis onwards. It also welcomes family, friends and carers. Whilst there are 'Charity Shops' supporting a plethora of many wonderful and different charity aims and objectives, there is no chain of charity 'style' shops whose primary purpose is for each one to fund its own support group which operates within the community and close proximity of its retail partner. One in three people in this country are now diagnosed every year with one of the 200 types of cancers and research shows that with good coaching support, encouragement and the opportunity to access all sorts of therapies, interact with their peers or take part in a variety of fun activities, the chances of survival or certainly surviving longer are increased. Jan is also a Campaigns Ambassador for Cancer Research UK For further information contact Jan via the website www.cancerunited.org.uk or mobile 07957 829505 30
Proclaimer Crossword Puzzle 23 By Chris Dinham
CLUES ACROSS 1) The sportsman who defeats his opponent (8) 5) What no Russian emperor could not become after the year 1917 (4) 9) Mark, or stress below on the paper (9) 11) One who doesn’t eat much meat, if any (10) 14) The lover of books, perhaps (6) 15) Very popular tasty dairy product (6) 17) ‘Second, Marm?’ (anag.) - some officers (10) 20) Anger (3) 21) Bird of buff, speckled plumage and reddish wings ((9) 22) Descriptive of eavesdropper or snooper (4) 23) On one’s own, like Robinson Crusoe (8)
CLUES DOWN 1) This is one! (4) 2) Helps (4) 3) Determination; stamina; keep at it! (12) 4) Boy’s name - he’s a bit of a Twist! (6) 6) Overhauls; ceremonies; helps (8) 7) Showed sorrow (85 8) Implore a ‘chat’ (anag.) in the way of a figure of speech (12) 12) A part of something - it could be in Maths (8) 13) No problem; inoffensive; safe (8) 16) Cherishes; worships (6) 18) Pause, or hold back (4) 19) Plant, or water plant (4)
Wish and pray these few lines of mine will find you in the pink of your health. Let me take this opportunity to thank you very sincerely for your generous gesture by conduction quiz and collecting the sum of ÂŁ1500. It gives me great pleasure to thank God and thank the Parish of Arundel for generously supporting the Parish at Sardhana. The amount reached in our account on 07.03.2013. In fact the amount was pending in the Bank account because the Account Holder i.e. The Catholic Diocese of Meerut was not mentioned. From your Bank transfer slip the Forex manager of Allahabad Bank came to conclusion that the amount belong to the Catholic Diocese of Meerut. Once I showed the remitting slip then he creditered to our account. We the Meerut diocese and especially the Sardhana Parish is always grearful to you all. The main beneficiaries are the Parish, Seminarians, boarding girls and boarding boys. Around 200 people benefit from your generosity. The Parish of Arundel is always remembered at Sardhana Basilica by these children who always prays for you. May our Blessed Mother shower upon her choicest blessings on each and every one of you and May the Risen Christ guide and protect you. Greetings and warmth of love from Fr. Jesu Amirtham.
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Anne, Duchess of Norfolk RIP By Canon Tim Madeley
On Friday 19 April we celebrated the funeral rites of Anne, Duchess of Norfolk, Duke Edward’s mother and the wife of the late Duke, Miles 17th Duke of Norfolk. She died on Monday 8 April at her beloved home, ‘Bacres’ in the Hambleden Valley where she had lived for 57 years. Born Anne Mary Teresa Constable-Maxwell on 30 August 1927 in London, through her father, Wing-Commander Gerald Constable-Maxwell she was descended from the Barons Herries and was therefore a distant cousin of Bernard, 16th Duke of Norfolk whom her husband later succeeded to the Dukedom. She married Miles Fitzalan-Howard, a career army officer at the Brompton Oratory in 1949 and although buying Bacres as a permanent home, the two of them endured a typical peripatetic army life moving from place to place. That wasn’t all that kept changing: in 1971 Miles succeeded his mother as the 12th Baron Beaumont, then his father as the 4th Earl of Glossop in 1972 and then his cousin as 17th Duke of Norfolk in 1975, thus Anne had to change her name three times in around five years. Her great love and work for the hospice movement started through a mis-delivered letter (intended for Duchess Lavinia) asking for help from the nuns who ran the Hackney Hospice of St Joseph in London. From this small start she began the Help the Hospices Charity. To this end, she also used her talents as an artist selling paintings and Christmas cards to raise funds. 34
Her Requiem Mass at Arundel Castle was celebrated by Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor, assisted by Bishop Kieran, the Dean, Canon Tim and the Provost, Tony Whale together with her children (Tessa, Marcia, Carina, Edward and Gerald) and over 600 family, friends, colleagues and parishioners. She was laid to rest next to Miles in the vaults of the Fitzalan Chapel directly after the Requiem. Cardinal Cormac summed up Duchess Anne’s faith in his homily when he said ‘The greatest act of faith we make is when we come to die, when without knowing exactly what happens, we put an act of faith in God who in Christ has opened up for us the heavenly gates.’ May she rest in peace.
News from St. Philip’s Catholic Primary School A week at St. Philip’s Primary School by Lucy Horne Deputy Headteacher The week before Holy Week, at St.Philip’s, was Geography Week. Each class chose a country to research and learn about. The countries ranged from as far away as Australia to the nearer, European countries of Italy and Spain. At the beginning of the week, we invited local musician Jim Bernardin, to kick start us off with an assembly based on ‘Around the World Music’. The children were enraptured by the different types of drums, steel pans and other instruments used. There was a wonderful ‘Carnival’ feeling which linked with Year 3’s chosen country Brazil and children couldn’t help but clap and dance to the amazing sounds created. The following day, Jim came into school and worked with each class looking at making music with instruments linked to their country. Each workshop session allowed the children time to make music using the instruments and follow a beat and rhythm. The week continued with children using the internet, the library and artefacts from their chosen country to find out about location, weather, culture, people and traditions. Different foods were tasted ranging from Spanish Tapas, Italian Pizza making and Japanese delicacies. The week lent itself to a host of opportunities for learning, including debates on the morality of Bullfighting through to deadly and dangerous types of animals in Australia. During the week, we had a visit from Zoolab. They brought into school, animals, insects and reptiles from other countries such as a hot weather tarantula and a, far more friendly, tortoise. Children had a real ‘hands on’ experience and gained invaluable and insightful knowledge from the experienced ranger. A sharing assembly at the end of the week meant that all classes could hear about the wealth of learning happening throughout the school. Children presented their learning through, power points, songs, poems and reports. A fantastic week where children were able to see what it would be like to live as a child in another country and to learn about places that they are sure to visit during their lifetime. Please visit http:learning.st-philips.w-sussex.sch.uk to read more about our school. 36
News from St. Philip Howard Catholic High School From Clare Long, Chaplain After a busy Lent - which included a very well attended Reconciliation Day and thoughtful and reflective services led by Mr Carter - our celebration of Easter is well underway here at SPH. We have been focusing on both celebrating the resurrection and preparing ourselves for the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Alongside the final push with the exam classes, the whole school has been busy with all sorts of extra activities. We joined with the whole Church in celebrating the election of our new Pope, Francis. His election was chosen to be featured by pupils who were in charge of creating our BBC Schools Report, along with many other important national, international and local issues. The video report can be seen on our website (found under the Pupils tab - click on the 2013 BBC News Schools Report link on the left) and is well worth checking out for the opportunity to see some of our fantastic pupils in action. Youâ€™ll also find various written reports, so do stop by to see what they were up to. We have also been celebrating the recent successes of our Public Speakers, our Young Enterprise teams and our Swing Band, all of whom have been involved in various competitions and excelled in everything they have done. We certainly have a talented bunch here, and itâ€™s always great to see their achievements recognised in the wider world. Please keep in your prayers all the pupils taking exams this summer, that they would be able to use their God-given talents to the best of their abilities at this time, and be rewarded for their hard work. God bless,
You can read our most current newsletter from the home page of our website: www.st-philiphoward.w-sussex.sch.uk 37
Parish Diary May Wednesday 29th Thursday 30th
9.30am - 8pm Corpus Christi Carpet of Flowers on view 9.30am - 5.30pm Corpus Christi Carpet of Flowers on view 5.30pm Mass with Bishop Kieran c. 6.30pm Procession to the Castle and back to the Cathedral
June Friday 7th
9.30am First Communion Going Forth Mass
11.00am St. Philip Howard Primary School, Hatfield â€“ visit and Mass
4.00pm St. Cecilia Chorus Concert - tickets are available one month before each concert from the Secretary Tel: 020 8669 3472 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
3.00pm Cathedral Deanery Confirmations
10.00am Mass in the Fitzalan Chapel
12 noon Mass for Jubilarian Priests of the Diocese
Friends of Arundel Cathedral event (more details to come, please read the latest weekly newsletter)
July Friday 5th
11.30am Sion School Leaversâ€™ Service 3.00pm Baptism
12 noon Visit of Bournemouth Pastoral Area parishes & Mass
7.30pm Organ recital (read latest newsletter for details)
10.00am St. Philipâ€™s School Leaversâ€™ Mass
pm East Sussex Youth Orchestra Concert with RNLI (read latest newsletter for start time and other details)
7.15pm Sussex Festival Choir Concert - visit the website www.sussexfestivalchoir.co.uk or contact Stephen Hope on tel/fax: 01372 741100 or email email@example.com
August Saturday 3rd
9.30 & 11.15am Malcolm Sargent Festival Choir sings at Masses
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SOLEMNITY: THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY Masses at 8.30am at the Convent of the Poor Clares 10.00am & 8.00pm in the Cathedral
All day A Day with Mary - visit www.adaywithmary.org for more details
12 noon Festival Organ Recital - Geoffrey Morgan - for tickets see www.arundelfestival.co.uk
September Saturday 7th
12 noon Diocesan Altar Serversâ€™ Mass with Bishop Kieran
New seminarians for the Diocese Father Terry Martin, Diocesan Vocation Director, recently announced the details of three new seminarians for the Diocese after both Sunday Masses at the Cathedral. The following people have recently been accepted to begin priestly formation by Bishop Kieran: Joe Cook, who will be attending St. Johnâ€™s Seminary, Wonersh. Tom Kent and Alex Smith, who will be attending the Royal English College in Valladolid, Spain. This is great news and a reminder for us all to pray often for vocations to the priesthood. Please remember Joe, Tom and Alex in your prayers. As Bishop Kieran has recently said, these are encouraging times to be a Catholic!
During Pentecost we pray to the Lord...
Pentecost and the 7th week of the year Sunday 19th May PENTECOST Monday 20th Tuesday 21st Wednesday 22nd Thursday 23rd Friday 24th Saturday 25th
For the children of our parish who are celebrating their First Holy Communion today For better understanding of the Gospel message For good counsel, that we are helped to know what to do in difficult situations For fortitude, in carrying out what we know to be right For piety, in responding to you as a child does to a loving parent That our only fear is being separated from you For our deeper knowledge of you, as Father, Son and Holy Spirit
8th Week of the year Sunday 26th TRINITY Monday 27th Tuesday 28th Wednesday 29th Thursday 30th Friday 31st Saturday 1st June
For wisdom in the judgments we make and the decisions we take For a deeper understanding between Christians and those of other faiths That we learn to accept and to grant forgiveness, and that we do not judge others For children with special needs and those who care for them That our politicians show integrity, honesty and conscientiousness in their responsibilities For doctors, nurses and others caring for those who are sick in our local hospitals and hospices For acceptance and understanding that God loves ALL men
9th Week of the year Sunday 2nd CORPUS CHRISTI Monday 3rd Tuesday 4th Wednesday 5th Thursday 6th Friday 7th Saturday 8th
That we always feel able to come to your table to be strengthened by the gift of your Body and Blood For the Corpus Christi team and helpers, that their work inspires all who visit the Cathedral this week For those who suffer oppression and exploitation in their countries, workplace or home On the feast of St. Boniface, for all missionaries That we are ready to offer a helping hand to those around us who are frail or lonely In celebration of Christ the Good Shepherd, who gave his life for his sheep That our faith restores us and makes us â€˜wholeâ€™
10th Week of the year Sunday 9th Monday 10th Tuesday 11th Wednesday 12th Thursday 13th Friday 14th Saturday 15th
For Bishop Kieran, that he will feel your presence in his life as he carries out his responsibilities For those who counsel others professionally For all those in our parish who are sitting GCSEs, AS and A level exams about this time For those negotiating to create a better, more peaceful and fairer world For the victims of natural disasters, terrorism and brutality For those struggling to be free from alcohol and drug addiction, and for those trying to help them That we may have the humility to say sorry when we are at fault or have hurt others
11th Week of the year Sunday 16th Monday 17th
Tuesday 18th Wednesday 19th Thursday 20th Friday 21st Saturday 22nd
In thanksgiving that we can be forgiven That you will bring comfort to those who are anxious about the health of a loved one, or who are grieving their loss For the gift of listening For courage and endurance when we feel overburdened For inner healing when we feel angry and hurt by the people we love For all those who will be married in our Cathedral this summer For those who have given their lives for the benefit of others
12th Week of the year Sunday 23rd Monday 24th Tuesday 25th Wednesday 26th Thursday 27th Friday 28th Saturday 29th
In sorrow, for those who bear scars, or have turned away from you, because of us That like John the Baptist, we proclaim the Light of the World For those living in countries torn apart by war and turmoil That we may put out trust in you even when we experience fear and bewilderment For the unsung heroes who give of their time and talents to serve our parish and community For those who are frightened of the future That we can distinguish between liberty and self-indulgence
13th Week of the year Sunday 30th Monday 1st July Tuesday 2nd Wednesday 3rd Thursday 4th Friday 5th Saturday 6th
That like St. Peter and St. Paul, we may inspire others to follow a life based on your values On the anniversary of the dedication of our Cathedral, for our parish, that we give true witness to your love For those who find it difficult to relinquish power That Europe will be a force for good in the world For those who are weighed down by anxiety, guilt or restlessness For those who are too afraid to reach out to you For those who have to flee from their homes for whatever reason, and have to live in exile or as refugees
14th Week of the year Sunday 7th Monday 8th Tuesday 9th Wednesday 10th Thursday 11th Friday 12th
That we might be messengers of peace to all around us For those who lack self-esteem For help when we find it difficult to pray That in our eagerness to enjoy our summer, we do not for get those who are housebound On the feast of St. Benedict, for monastics, and for our Meditation group at Crossbush For our students who are leaving school, that they may look forward to their further studies or employment with confidence and excitement In thanksgiving for our friends, and that we may give generously of our company and hospitality, at home and in our parish
Parish Notice Board THANK YOU...
WELCOME! If you are a new parishioner, we hope that you will quickly feel at home with us...
.. to all who supported the Race Night in aid of “Let the Children Live!’ recently. A profit of £1050 was made and has been sent to the charity.
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.
HOUSEBOUND? If you or a family member is unable to come to Mass due to illness or infirmity please call us on 01903 882 297 ALIVE IN CHRIST!
SARDHANA We are pleased to confirm that a profit of £1,038.69 was raised at the Quiz Night. Many thanks to all those who supported us. We have now sent some more money in time for Easter.
St. John Vianney Group This group meets monthly and is for all men aged 18 - 35 who are brave enough to consider a specific vocation from the Lord. It is particularly (though not exclusively)suitable for those daring to consider a vocation to the priesthood. Meetings are the first Sunday of each month in Crawley at 5pm for Mass followed by pizza, talk, discussion and Adoration, finishing with Benediction at 8.30pm.Venue: Vocations House, Stagelands, Crawley, W. Sussex RH11 7QD
CATHEDRAL GIFT SHOP To prepare for our Diocese Jubilee you can now purchase a Jubilee Prayer Book for £2.75. An extensive range of religious gifts and cards. From 1/4/12 - 31/10/12 Mon-Sat 10.30 - 16.30 From 1/11/12 - 31/3/13 Mon-Sat 10.30 - 12noon plus Mon/Wed/Thu 13.30 - 16.00
This is a group for women aged 18 - 35 to discover and respond to the call of Christ. The group offers a space to journey with others seeking to tune-in more deeply to the call of Christ in your life, to discern His will for you, discover deeper meaning and direction, and to grow in the trust and freedom to respond generously to the Gospel. Meetings are the last Tuesday of each month at Vocations House, Stagelands in Crawley. Starts from 6.15 for Mass with discussions and Adoration, finishing with Benediction at 9pm.
DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES Application forms are now available from the Sacristy for this year’s event running from 25 July - 2 August 2013
Make a bequest to Arundel Cathedral A leaflet is available to all parishioners who would like to include Arundel Cathedral in their will. The leaflet gives some guidance as to how to make a bequest using the right wording if you wish to make... 1. A bequest to the Cathedral Parish 2. A bequest for Masses 3. A bequest for a Foundation Mass Leaflets available at the back of the Cathedral or call 01903 882 927
And finally... Courtesy of Michael Cranfield: “Here is the poem ‘No Farther’, an example of Anglican humour from my cousin in Essex!” ALIQUIS I cannot call you ‘Father,’ Because I’m C. of E. With such un-English customs I strongly disagree. I can’t forget a precept That I was taught from birth: “Call nobody your father,” The Bible says, “on earth.”
PRESBYTER But still you call me ‘Father, Which ‘Padre’ signifies; Your quaint circumlocution Deserves a special prize. For ‘Padre’ is Italian, And papal, through and through; So, why use foreign language When English words will do?
PRESBYTER “And be ye not called masters” The Text announces too; So, do not call me ‘Mister.’ Which also is taboo. Such narrow exegesis Will, one day, drive you mad; If ‘Father’ is forbidden, What do you call your Dad?
ALIQUIS I cannot call you ‘Father’ In spite of what you say; No argument will move me Although you talk all day. Yet I have found a label With which I can concur, And, with your kind permission, I’m going to call you’Sir.’
ALIQUIS I cannot call you ‘Father’ It strongly smacks of Rome; But I have found a title Which brings us nearer home. I think I’ll call you ‘Padre’ As normally is done Throughout our British Forces. Approved by everyone.
PRESBYTER Of course, you’re only leaping From frying-pan to fire, Your ‘Sir is also ‘Father’ For ‘Sir’ is really ‘Sire’; So. how you will address me, I’m sure I do not know; But as my name is Joseph You’d better call me Joe
And for something that has foxed most of you since the Easter issue: the answer to the numbers puzzle on page 42 of the previous Parish Proclaimer....
2 Congraulations to Michael Nott of Littlehampton who will be receiving a surprise prize!! 46
Congratulations & Commemorations Baptisms 23 March - Caius Wigan 7 April - Jayden Jayarathne
Marriages 6 April - Christopher Misselbrook & Rebecca Ellicott 20 April - Christopher Hall & Joanne Bennett 11 May - Will Hinds & Camilla Morgan
Deaths 3 June 2012 - Moya Gilbert (84 years) 25 September 2012 - Eithne Clarke (Details tba) 8 April 2013 - Anne, Duchess of Norfolk (85 years) 18 April 2013 - Nicole Robertson (19 years)
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A Prayer For Pentecost Holy Spirit, Lord of Light, from the clear celestial height, thy pure beaming radiance give; come, thou Father of the poor, come with treasures which endure; come, thou Light of all that live! Thou, of all consolers best, thou, the soulâ€™s delightsome guest, dost refreshing peace bestow; thou in toil art comfort sweet, pleasant coolness in the heat, solace in the midst of woe. Light immortal, light divine, visit thou these hearts of thine, and our inmost being fill: if thou take thy grace away, nothing pure in us will stay; all his good is turned to ill. Heal our wounds, our strength renew; on our dryness pour thy dew; wash the stains of guilt away: Bend the stubborn heart and will; melt the frozen, warm the chill; guide the steps that go astray. Thou, on those who evermore thee confess and thee adore, in thy sevenfold gifts descend: Give them comfort when they die; give them life with thee on high; give them joys that never end.
Ascribed to Stephen Langton (d. 1228) tr. Edward Caswall (1814-78)