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Parish Proclaimer

Spring 2018 edition

Cathedral Parish of Our Lady & St. Philip Howard Canon Tim Madeley - Dean Rev. Mr. David Clifton - Deacon (Retired) Louise Sharp - Parish Secretary* Cathedral House, Parsons Hill, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9AY Tel: 01903 882 297 Fax: 01903 885 335 Email:

Web: * The Parish Office is open 9am – 1pm, Monday – Friday

Mass Times at Arundel Cathedral Sunday



9.30am Family Mass on the third Sunday of the month; Children’s Liturgy available other Sundays. 11.15am Cathedral Choir. 10am Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Saturday: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass. 11am Benediction.

Mass Times at the Convent of The Poor Clares, Crossbush, near Arundel Saturday Sunday

Monday Friday

5.30pm 6.15pm 4.30pm 5.30pm

Vespers. Vigil Mass (entry at 6pm). Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Vespers and Benediction.

8.30am Mass

Sacrament of Reconciliation Saturday


10.30am otherwise by appointment.

Convent :

Before/after the Saturday 6.15pm Mass.

FRONT COVER North East aspect of Arundel Cathedral, from London Road. Photograph taken by Oliver Hawkins reprinted with his permission.

The Parish Proclaimer is printed by Prontaprint Brighton & Hove - March 2018

WELCOME TO OUR SPRING EDITION Reflection for Easter By Deacon David Clifton The gospels tell us that, after the resurrection, the disciples were very slow to believe that Jesus would rise again from the dead. We all know the story of ‘doubting’ Thomas, but the other disciples doubted too. Mary Magdalene was in tears; the disciples on the way to Emmaus were ‘downcast’. Even Peter and John needed to see the empty tomb for themselves before they were convinced. Jesus reproached the disciples for their incredulity and obstinacy. How was it that after all the time he had spent with them, and the many times he had told them that he must die and then rise again, that they were so slow to understand his rising from the dead? But I think it is reassuring to see how reluctant the disciples were to believe that He had risen from the dead. It shows that they were not gullible. They were not people easily led astray by their enthusiasm - eager to believe implausible stories just to keep alive their dream of a new Messianic age. Though the gospels report that Jesus had predicted his resurrection - and the story was so well known that the authorities posted guards at the tomb in order to prevent any fraud - the disciples were still slow to believe. We can be sure that these resurrection stories are not just the fantasies of

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self-deluding and fanatical followers of Jesus. The fact that they, of all people, had to be convinced of the resurrection, is persuasive evidence of its truth. Though they were finally convinced, they were also left in no doubt that the Messianic age, so long awaited by the people of Israel, was not going to be what they expected either. Jesus was not going to reign over a perfect earthly kingdom where his followers would live in peace and prosperity. He made it plain that though he had conquered death, and lived again more gloriously than before the crucifixion, he was soon to leave them and return to his Father. The task of spreading his kingdom on earth was one that was given to his followers. ‘Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation.’ These were his words to his disciples. In this time and in this place these words are addressed to us. At this time the bishop is considering how the diocese can be organised to take the gospel message out to the wider world when we have fewer priests. This will involve a lot of changes. It will mean a greater role for lay people, who will have to take on responsibility for tasks that have previously been done by clergy. It may also mean putting up with some inconvenience. We have already had one change in this parish - we are down to only one priest. There are certain to be further changes in the future. We need to face this future with patience, generosity and a deepening of our prayer in support of our priests and those lay people who begin to take on a greater involvement in the life of the Church, for without prayer all our labours in the vineyard are in vain. And as we celebrate Christ’s resurrection, and what it means, we must not forget that it is up to us all to open the eyes of others to the wonder of the resurrection by showing, in the way we live our lives, that Christ has indeed risen.


My Favoured Saint By Pat Hay-Will

My favoured saint has to be St. Anthony of Padua, of the Child Jesus. A Franciscan born in Portugal and died in Italy, he was devoted to the poor, fond of children and animals, like St. Francis of Assisi. Over the years he has found so many lost items for me; I began to wonder if he was really hard up at times.The link with the Poor Clares (he died in their convent in Padua) is another connection which reminds me of him. About St. Anthony of Padua (courtesy of Saint Anthony was born Fernando Martins in Lisbon, Portugal. He was born into a wealthy family and by the age of fifteen asked to be sent to the Abbey of Santa Cruz in Coimbra, the then capital of Portugal. During his time in the Abbey, he learned theology and Latin. Following his ordination to the priesthood, he was named guestmaster and was responsible for the Abbey's hospitality. When Franciscan friars settled a small hermitage outside Coimbra dedicated to Saint Anthony of Egypt, Fernando felt a longing to join them. Fernando eventually received permission to leave the Abbey so he could join the new Franciscan Order. When he was admitted, he changed his name to Anthony. 5

Anthony then travelled to Morocco to spread God's truth, but became extremely sick and was returned to Portugal to recover. The return voyage was blown offcourse and the party arrived in Sicily, from which they travelled to Tuscany. Anthony was assigned to the hermitage of San Paolo after local friars considered his health. As he recovered, Anthony spent his time praying and studying. An undetermined amount of time later, Dominican friars came to visit the Franciscans and there was confusion over who would present the homily. The Dominicans were known for their preaching, thus the Franciscans assumed it was they who would provide a homilist, but the Dominicans assumed the Franciscans would provide one. It was then the head of the Franciscan hermitage asked Anthony to speak on whatever the Holy Spirit told him to speak of. Though he tried to object, Anthony delivered an eloquent and moving homily that impressed both groups. Soon, news of his eloquence reached Francis of Assisi, who held a strong distrust of the brotherhood's commitment to a life of poverty. However, in Anthony, he found a friend. In 1224, Francis entrusted his friars' pursuits of studies to Anthony. Anthony had a Book of Psalms that contained notes and comments to help when teaching students and, in a time when a printing press was not yet invented, he greatly valued it. When a novice decided to leave the hermitage, he stole Anthony's valuable book. When Anthony discovered it was missing, he prayed it would be found or returned to him. The thief did return the book and in an extra step returned to the Order as well. The book is said to be preserved in the Franciscan friary in Bologna today. Anthony occasionally taught at the universities of Montpellier and Toulouse in southern France, but he performed best in the role of a preacher. So simple and resounding was his teaching of the Catholic Faith, most unlettered and the innocent could understand his messages. It is for this reason he was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius XII in 1946. Once, when St. Anthony of Padua attempted to preach the true Gospel of the Catholic Church to heretics who would not listen to him, he went out and preached his message to the fish. This was not, as liberals and naturalists have tried to say, for the instruction of the fish, but rather for the glory of God, the delight of the angels, and the easing of his own heart. When critics saw the fish begin to gather, they realised they should also listen to what Anthony had to say. 6

He was only 36 years old when he died in 1231 and was canonized less than one year afterwards by Pope Gregory IX. Upon exhumation some 336 years after his death, his body was found to be corrupted, yet his tongue was totally incorrupt, so perfect were the teachings that had been formed upon it. He is typically depicted with a book and the Infant Child Jesus and is commonly referred to today as the "finder of lost articles." St. Anthony is venerated all over the world as the Patron Saint for lost articles, and is credited with many miracles involving lost people, lost things and even lost spiritual goods. In one of the most famous of these, he was seen one night in a room where he was staying, bathed in light with the Child Jesus (the ultimate source of light, indeed!) in his arms. With typical humility, St. Anthony asked that this vision be kept secret until after his death. His Feast Day is 13 June. Wondrous Saint Anthony, glorious for the fame of your miracles, you had the happiness of receiving in your arms our blessed Lord as a little child. Obtain for me from His mercy this favour that I desire from the bottom of my heart: (mention your request). Since you were so gracious to poor sinners, do not regard the lack of merit on the part of him who calls upon you, but consider the glory of God, which will by exalted once more through you, by the salvation of my soul and the granting of the petition that I now earnestly present to you. As a pledge of my gratitude, I beg you to accept my promise to live henceforth more faithfully according to the teaching of the Gospel and to be devoted to the service of the poor whom you ever loved and still love so much. Bless this my resolution and obtain for me the grace to be faithful to it till death. Amen. Although St. Anthony’s Feast Day is 13 June, his aid can be invoked at any time. Let us try to emulate this devoted servant of God in our love of helping others! There are many prayers to St. Anthony of Padua, patron of the poor and a Doctor of the Church, asking for his aid, particularly in finding lost articles. Many prayers to St. Anthony mention specific favours and requests, including aid for travellers and pregnant women! 7

Parish People - Joanna & Martin Hall By Colin Swanton

I met up with Joanna and Martin, plus their lively black Labrador, Douglas, who are recent newcomers to our parish - or rather second time around newcomers as this is the couple’s reappearance to life in Arundel! Joanna and Martin met in 1977 when Martin was introduced to Joanna by her brother, Mark. At the time Martin was living in Chichester and Joanna in London when Martin went to lunch at Joanna’s family home. Common interests that included cricket and concerts at the castle led them towards their engagement in 1980. They were married in The Sacred Heart Church in Petworth after instruction by Fr. John Gillespie with the marriage performed by Fr. Albert Hadshar. At the time, Joanna was working in London and Martin as an accountant in Chichester. Their first home was in South Ambersham, near Midhurst, close to one of the Cowdray polo grounds. Their two children arrived in the early days of their marriage: Thomas in 1981 and Cathy in 1982. Five years into their marriage, the family moved to Burpham where Pat Hay-Will was a near neighbour. The family then moved to Petworth Parish in 1990 where they remained until 2016. After a nine-month stay in Midhurst (camping out, as Martin referred to it) they moved into Arundel when they bought a house very close to the Cathedral. Martin, a non-Catholic was received into the Church in 1996 following instruction by Canon Francis Collins (“A wonderful priest,” says Martin). Since joining the parishioners of the Cathedral, the couple have taken on a number 8

of duties including becoming Ministers of the Eucharist and are one of the four teams of money counters. Joanna has rejoined the Holy Dusters and Martin is now a reader at Mass. Away from the Cathedral, they have become friends of New Park Cinema and also of Arundel Castle Cricket Club. Martin, whilst living in Petworth, served on the committee of the Petworth Festival of Arts for ten years and they are both now looking forward to the Arundel Festival this summer. Now living near to their three grandchildren aged 7, 5 and 3, all sons of Thomas and his wife, Lucy, and having retired, they can both enjoy being more involved as grandparents, tiring but fun! Joanna enjoys taking their dog, Douglas, onto Climping beach where he loves to swim as, indeed, so does Joanna! The couple’s daughter, Cathy, who lives in London, enjoys wild swimming, which she does all around the world and indeed even in the Arun! Joanna and Martin have obviously settled very happily back into Arundel, and are playing a full part in Cathedral life. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Corpus Christi at Arundel Cathedral A poem by a stall carer It's almost three in the afternoon And still they come, alone or with Families and friends in groups; A yearly event, an Arundel tradition. They come to feast their eyes on floral displays And this year's carpet, lovingly laid by ladies, Who gave of their precious time To shred, pluck and cut Chrysanthemums And foliage for this year's carpet theme They search religious items in the side stalls. The children, with pennies to buy Angels, notepads, mugs, teddy bears;


The adults leafing through books and poetry, Feeling the pens, purses, the worry stones; Blue and white Cathedral shopping bags, Even Christmas cribs on sale in June. They come to take part in the sacrifice Of Christ's Body and Blood; Some filling up the rows of seats An hour or more before Mass begins. In front of the Blessed Sacrament altar A white robed priest and a postulant pray. Soon us stall carers will be shutting up shop, Time to rest weary feet and say a prayer. Like the Poor Clares in their Crossbush convent, Their hand-painted card stall, now closed. Dear God, remove the dryness in my soul Like the many here, trying to connect with You. Let us stop the ceaseless chatter, sit in silence Let us feel, oh let me feel again The bliss of a hymn, the ecstasy of a prayer. Remove my indifference, my lack of trust. Let our minds not wander on worldly worries But on You alone for just one hour of our time. While sacred songs play on the church organ and the congregation receive the precious Body and Blood of Christ.





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About Corpus Christi in 2018 It’s that time of year again, when we celebrate Corpus Christi with our parish community alongside the many visitors who come from across the diocese, as well as the tourists who want to witness this very special occasion. The theme of this year’s Carpet of Flowers’ design is ‘Adoremus Liverpool 2018’ - the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress. ‘Adoremus’ is the Latin for ‘let us adore'. This upcoming Pilgrimage and Congress focuses on some of the most crucial and central doctrines and realities of the Christian religion: that the Lord Jesus took flesh and walked among men, that he instituted the Holy Mass to perpetuate his great Sacrifice through history and that the Holy Mass makes him really and physically present to us in our churches and chapels as the most Blessed Sacrament. More details of ‘Adoremus Liverpool 2018’ will be in the next Proclaimer issue. PLEASE HELP US LEADING UP TO & DURING CORPUS CHRISTI For your information this is the schedule: Sun/Mon/Tue 27-29 May

All day

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Wednesday 30 May

9.00am 9.30am – 8pm

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Thursday 31 May

9.30am – 5.30pm Corpus Christi Carpet of Flowers on view 5.30pm Mass in the Cathedral 6.30pm approx Procession to the Castle and back to the Cathedral

We really need help from you to help us in any way you can: Sun/Mon/Tue, 27-29 May are the 3 days where we need volunteers to come forward and help us with the laying of flower heads and foliage down the central aisle. We will also need people to help with cleaning the Cathedral as well as assisting with 12

the provision of much needed refreshments and food for the workers! Wednesday and Thursday, 30-31 May are the public days and we would appreciate the help of volunteers to act as guides to the many visitors coming along, as well assisting with selling our extended range of gifts from the many stalls around the Cathedral and providing refreshments/drinks in the Cathedral Centre. Please contact Louise Sharp, Parish Secretary, to confirm that you can help us in any way you can: telephone 01903 882297 or email For over 140 years, Arundel Cathedral has celebrated the feast of Corpus Christi with a Festival of Flowers, which includes a magnificent Carpet of Flowers in the central aisle of the Cathedral and a procession of the Blessed Sacrament from the Cathedral to the courtyard of Arundel Castle, where Benediction is given. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Quiet Faith By Alwyn Dow

My daughter Beth and her husband Matt visited me and his family in Chichester recently. Neither have been ‘church goers’ for years so I was rather surprised when she asked me if they could come to Mass. Of course I said yes and, being aware of her continued absence from Church, I asked if she might like a blessing. Beth responded immediately and almost with a tear, “Oh yes please,” she said, as if it was up to me. After Mass we held hands in quiet contemplation as many years of not sharing the Sacrament rolled away. I offer this story to those in similar situations and to prove the point that Faith is stronger than the years and that when HE is quiet HE is still at work. 13

Pop inside our Cathedral Gift Shop By Jenny Bloxham Walk down the left aisle as you enter our beautiful Cathedral and at the corner, turn left to face the Shrine of St. Philip Howard. To the left of the memorial is the entry to a truly amazing treasury of religious and inspirational gifts to suit most occasions together with an extensive range of books for both adults and children including Bibles, Missals and Prayer Books. We stock a number of religious cards for all occasions as well as those much-needed ‘blank’ greeting cards and assorted prayer cards. Our items on sale include: Statues Crucifixes Rosaries Fonts Icons Holy Water Bottles Scapulas Candles A wide variety of gifts for Birth, Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation Souvenir mementoes of the Cathedral. Opening times: Monday to Friday: 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4.30pm. Saturday: 11.15am to 5pm. Sunday after the 9.30am and 11.15am Masses (approximately 10.30am and 12.30pm respectively). We endeavour to make sure that the shop is open at these times however members of our parish community volunteer to staff the shop and on occasion, due to unforeseen circumstances, it may be closed. We apologise in advance if this happens on your visit. People from across the county come to our shop as well as visitors from across the UK and overseas! Visit our Gift Shop, a warm welcome is extended to you all! 14

The latest news of Alexei Hawkey Courteous of Phil Hewitt, Entertainments Editor, Sussex Newspapers

Alexei Hawkey, from Angmering, who is currently in his second year at Performers College in Essex, is looking back on a successful Christmas as a principal dancer and Pirate Cecco in Chesterfield’s pantomime. 19-year-old Alexei, whose previous credits include Buttons and Billy Goose in Littlehampton Musical Comedy Society pantomimes, discovered he was also understudy for Peter Pan and enjoyed the chance to go on as “the boy who never grows up”. The panto at the Pomegranate Theatre featured Sam Attwater from EastEnders and ‘Dancing on Ice’, Kelli Young from Liberty X and Anthony Sahota from ‘Let It Shine’. Alexei is studying professional dance and musical theatre: “It was very exciting performing and getting to work with professional performers and stars. I learnt a lot from them and they gave me tips and advice for college and for when I graduate. The highlight for me was being the understudy for Peter Pan, where I learnt to fly by wires and getting to perform the role in front of an audience. The experience was incredible and the whole production, from rehearsals to the show, taught me so much. My aims for 2018 are to continue with my course. After I have graduated, I’m hoping to work as a performer on a cruise ship and see the world, be in the West End and later on, I want to direct and choreograph.”


Organ Recital 2.30pm on Saturday, 28 April, Arundel Cathedral

John Sharples has been playing the famous William Hill Organ of Arundel Cathedral over the past few years. John plays regularly on Sundays at the 11.15pm Mass. John began organ lessons while a pupil at Hipperholme Grammar School in West Yorkshire. His tutors then were Nicholas Kerrison and Philip Tordoff (Organist of Halifax Parish Church). On leaving school he was Organ Scholar at Chester College (now University), also singing in the choirs of Chester Cathedral. He moved to London in 1984 and began organ studies with Ian Curror at the Royal Hospital Chelsea and in 1989 became an Associate of the Royal College of Organists. In 1995 John achieved Fellowship of London College of Music in Organ Performance. For many years John played the organ for services at Lambeth Palace, the London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury. John is a Fellow of London College of Music, and Associate of the Royal College of Organists, and he holds an honours degree in Music and French. John is also an active member of both East Surrey Organists' Association and Crawley & Horsham District Organists' Association. For his Recital at the Cathedral, John will be playing music from J S Bach, Cesar Franck, Peter Prelleur, Harold Darke, Johannes Brahms and Felix Mendelssohn. Entry to the Organ Recital is free but a collection plate will be available for donations to the work of the Cathedral. 16

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Diocesan Catholic Parish Churches - 4 Church of Our Lady Ransom, Eastbourne By Joan Kennedy, Church Historian & Archivist

Are you visiting Eastbourne and would you like to see not just the usual sights of a seaside town but interesting things that are often missed by the casual visitor? Do you know where you can find a beautiful stained glass window of Charlemagne, the medieval ruler of most of Europe, who was crowned by Pope Leo III on Christmas Day, 800 AD as the first Holy Roman Emperor? This very rare, if not unique window is in England and you can find it in Our Lady of Ransom. Where can you find a memorial window for a Polish prince, and one depicting the builder of a church who is not a canonised saint - again very unusual? These also are in our lovely church along with many other beautiful things. It is easy to find Our Lady of Ransom which is opposite the Town Hall in Grove Road, at the junction of Meads Road and Grange Road, just five minutes’ walk from the railway station up Grove Road. The church is always open during the day and welcomes visitors. Our Lady of Ransom was named after the custom in the 16th century of praying to the Virgin Mary for the freeing of Christian slaves on the ships in the Mediterranean. The church is built in the medieval Gothic style and was opened in 1901, almost one hundred and twenty years ago. After the reformation of the 16th century when the Church of Saint Mary became Anglican - well worth a visit - there was no Catholic Church in the town. Catholics - and there were not many of them - had to go to Brighton or Hastings for Mass. In 1807, Father Charles Patrick King came to Eastbourne from Essex and opened a Mass Centre in Ceylon Place, soon to be replaced by a small church, Stella Maris, in Junction Road. As the congregation grew, a bigger church was needed and land was obtained from the Duke of Devonshire, 18

the major landowner in the town. During the negotiations for the land and the building of the church, a temporary church was in use. Known as the arcade church, it was not very suitable, being so draughty that the candles on the altar burned down four inches during every Mass. However, this building was used as a church for eleven years. Father Charles Stapley was appointed priest in charge, to be replaced in 1894 by Father Paul Lynch. The founder of Our Lady of Ransom. He is depicted in the stained glass window above the confessional and was said to be a good likeness. As the congregation grew the church was extended, lengthening the nave, installing a new bigger sanctuary with a bigger altar, behind which was a carved stone depicting medieval English saints. The sacristy was also extended, giving more space for priests and altar servers to prepare before Mass. This transformation of the church was completed in 1926, the Silver Jubilee of the original foundation. The rebuilding was completed during the next six years, with a new Lady Chapel with its beautiful statue of Our Lady and lovely stained glass windows in 1929, and a new Sacred Heart Chapel, also with stained glass windows, which was blessed and opened in 1932. All of this rebuilding was under the direction of Mgr. Arthur Cocks, the parish priest of the time, except for the Sacred Heart Chapel. The ‘daughter’ churches of Our Lady of Ransom were opened for parishioners living in the eastern and western parts of Eastbourne during these early years, Saint Agnes in 1907 and Saint Gregory’s in 1934. Both are well worth a visit, although the latter church is not open all the time. The Second World War was marked in Eastbourne by heavy bombing and a decrease in the population as many children and adults left for safer areas, resulting in a considerably smaller congregation at Our Lady of Ransom. Wonderfully, the church escaped major damage although bombs fell all around it. Only one of the beautiful stained glass windows in the new Lady Chapel was blown out, marked today by the 19

plain window there. We thank God for the preservation of the church at such times. Many parishioners in the town and in the armed forces were killed or injured during the war and a memorial to them will be placed in the church in the near future. The Golden Jubilee of the church was celebrated in 1951 and, after the Second Vatican Council of 1960-63, a temporary altar was set up in the sanctuary to enable Mass to be celebrated facing the people. This was replaced in 1995 by a permanent altar and the sanctuary was redecorated and a new carpet laid, a stone ambo was installed from which the scriptures were read. The 1990s also saw the stepped entrance to the church replaced by a gentle slope to enable physically handicapped and elderly parishioners to enter the church more easily. Some pews (benches) at the back of the church were removed and the area was enclosed to create a porch or narthex, which made the church warmer. The heating system was also improved. Also during this decade, the baptismal font was moved from the back of the church to the back of the Lady Chapel in order to give it more prominence. Later, the area of the back of the church was converted into a small shop selling devotional objects and cards. Since the 1960s, parishioners had only a small, two storied hall behind the church in which to hold meetings or other social events, and the facilities were poor and Continued on page 22 20

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outdated. In 1998, land which belonged to the diocese next to the tiny car park became accessible and it was decided to build a new modern parish centre and to enlarge the car park. At the same time, a doorway was made in the wall at the back of the Lady Chapel and a corridor constructed linking the new centre with the church and the priests’ house. This was all blessed and opened by Bishop Cormac in 1999. In 2015, one of the confessional boxes in the church was removed and the statue of Saint Peter was transferred from the Lady Chapel. Come and visit our beautiful church and before you leave, sit or kneel to pray for a few minutes, for this is God’s house. The Blessed Sacrament is kept in the tabernacle on the old altar in the sanctuary. Pray for yourself, and for your family and thank God for all those priests and parishioners who, during the past 118 years prayed and worked to build what we have today. Come to Sunday Mass at 10.30 am to hear our excellent organ and join in with the choir. The Parish Priest is Father Raglan Hay-Will. He is assisted by Fr. Gerard Hatton and Deacon Paul Scoley. If you would like to know more about the church, pick up a newsletter in the narthex or call at the parish office in the priests’ house next to the church, further along Grange Road to buy a 90,000 word history of the church for only £3. We hope you enjoy your visit. Our website is +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Comedy with the Clergy WHEN our local doctor began attending church services our parish priest was delighted, and it wasn't long before they were helping each other in their work - the priest referring people to the doctor, and vice versa. One referral from the doctor called at the church office with a note prescribing the priest's last four sermons. The priest was most pleased until he found out that the patient's problem was insomnia. THE deacon of my church was a bit shocked when he heard that I had just made my first parachute jump with a sky-divers club. He scolded me for doing such a ‘crazy thing.’ "But," I said, "I'm so close to heaven up there.""Yes," he replied, "but you're going the wrong way!"


Looking down on Arundel - Part 1 By Mark Phillips, Local Historian Allow me to show you views of Arundel town centre from the top of the Norfolk Hotel, this month I bring you some breath-taking views from the very tip of the spire on Arundel Cathedral... or more correctly, The Cathedral Church of Our Lady and St. Philip Howard.

Arundel Cathedral as seen from the bottom of Parsons Hill.

In 1868 Henry Fitzalan-Howard, 15th Duke of Norfolk commissioned architect Joseph Hansom to design the Catholic Church of St. Philip Neri. It was built (1869– 73) in a French Gothic style and Hansom had intended it to have a grand spire that would have been seen for miles. Only the base for the spire was built when a decision was made not to go ahead with this part of the design. There are many theories as to why but this is most likely due to the soil conditions which would not have been able to support such a structure. The small fleche (spire) that now tops the Cathedral is a most humble alternative to the planned 85 metres high spire. The Church did not become a Cathedral until the foundation of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton in 1965 (becoming the Cathedral of our Lady and St. Philip Neri). When Philip Howard, 1st Earl of Arundel was canonised in 1971, the dedication was changed to Our Lady and St. Philip Howard. In September 2010, I consider myself incredibly lucky to be given access to the roof of the Cathedral, 23

while repair works were being carried out to the flèche. I say incredibly lucky as there must be very few people alive who have had the privilege to view my beautiful home town from this vantage point.

View from the top of the spire looking down onto the Cathedral.

The base for the unfinished spire can be clearly seen as can the red brick Cathedral Centre beyond – formerly the Catholic boys school and believed to have been designed by Joseph Hansom, the building is still referred to its old name of Saint Mary’s Hall by many locals. The red brick building on the right (c1894) was originally built as the castle electricity generating station. Although electricity was installed temporarily at the castle for Duke Henry's honeymoon in 1877, it was not entirely lit this way until 1897. The Collector Earl’s Garden within the Castle grounds can just be seen on the far right. WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES, DUBLIN, IRELAND 21-26 AUGUST 2018 Every three years the Church brings together the largest international gathering of families in the world. Ireland will have the joy of hosting the next World Meeting of the Families, on behalf of Pope Francis. As a nation we will be playing host to thousands of families and pilgrims from all around the globe at one of the largest events of the year. BE A PART! BE THERE! Telephone +353 1 567 6800 or email


Moving clockwise, we find the beautiful Collector Earl’s Garden within the castle grounds.

The garden has matured and undergone several improvements since this photo was taken back in 2010 and is well worth a visit. It is especially outstanding during the Tulip season. St. Nicholas Parish Church on the right was built c.1380 and is said to have been built on the site of an earlier Saxon Minster church of some importance. The current church is unique in that the left-hand section is Protestant while the right-hand section is a Catholic chapel belonging to the Duke of Norfolk and only accessible from the castle grounds. This Fitzalan Chapel contains at least forty burials from Thomas FitzAlan, 12th Earl of Arundel (1381–1415) to the 16th & 17th Dukes Bernard (1908–1975) and Miles (1915-2002) Fitzalan-Howard. The keep of Arundel Castle can be seen with its flag flying in the far upper right of the photo.

EUCHARIST PILGRIMAGE & CONFERENCE ‘ADOREMUS’ LIVERPOOL, 7-9 SEPTEMBER 2018 The bishops of England and Wales will hold a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool this year. Eucharistic Congresses are gatherings of clergy, religious and laity which promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Church. The conference takesplace over the first two days with the pilgrimage happening on the last day. To read more online please visit


Looking East along London Road towards the imposing beauty of Arundel Castle.

We can also see St. Nicholas Parish Church with its bell tower almost obscured by a Redwood tree. The old Priory to the right includes the remains of a college for secular canons (priests who lived a common life) that was founded in 1380. The building now houses St. Wilfrid's Arundel Priory care home as well as the unique Priory Playhouse Theatre, home of the Arundel Players and their highly praised productions. If you have not yet visited Arundel Castle, I can highly recommend it. Construction commenced in c.1067 by Roger de Montgomery, 1st Earl of Arundel. The oldest feature is the motte, an artificial mound, over 100 feet high from the base of the dry moat, followed by the gatehouse in 1070. Badly damaged during the Civil War, the building we see now owes much to Henry, 15th Duke of Norfolk (1847-1917) who carried out a huge restoration project that was completed in 1900. This series will conclude in the summer edition of the Parish Proclaimer. THE EUCHARIST Come and join Bishop Richard in the last session of talks and workshops revolving around the theme of the Eucharist, with particular focus on its relevance to us within our family lives 19 May 2018, 9am - 1pm, Holy Cross Priory, Heathfield Booking essential - please email


A Train Ride From Mary Corbyn’s ‘box of copy’ A while back I read a very interesting book that compared life to a train ride or a series of rides. Life is like a train ride, it read. We get on, we ride, and we get off. We get back on and we ride some more. There are accidents and there are delays. At certain stops there are surprises. Some of these will translate into great moments of joy; some will result in profound sorrow. When we are born and we first board the train, we meet people who we think will be with us for the entire journey. Sadly this is far from true. These people are with us for as long as we absolutely need them. They too have journeys they must complete. We live on memories of their love,


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affection, friendship, guidance and their ever presence. There are others who board the train and who eventually become very important to us. These people are our brothers, sisters, cousins and friends whom we learn to love and cherish. Some people consider their life like a jaunty tour and just go merrily along. Others will encounter many upsets, tears and losses on their journey. Others will linger on to offer a helping hand to anyone in need. Some people on the train will leave an everlasting impression when they get off. Some will get on and get off so quickly they will scarecely leave a sign that they ever travelled along with you or ever crossed your path. That’s OK. Everyone’s journey will be filled with hopes, dreams, challenges, setbacks and goodbyes. Remember that any moment during our journey, one of our travel companions can have a weak moment and be in need of our help. The biggest mystery of our journey is that we don’t know when our last stop will come. Neither do we know when our travel companions may make their last stop, not even those sitting in the seat next to us. Personally I know I’ll be sad to make my final stop. My separation from all the family and friends I met during the train ride will be painful. But then again, I’m certain that one day I’ll get to the main station only to meet up with everyone else. We are all on this train ride together. Above all we should try to make the ride as pleasant and memorable as we can, right up until we each make the final stop and leave the train for the last time. Source unknown, article previously featured in ‘A Green Bough’ magazine. ‘A Green Bough’ is sent free to the sick and housebound or elderly people and their friends. To get a copy or if you want to send in an article, please email the editor at or write to Melinda Heathcote: 16 Orchard Place, Arundel BN18 9BP or email 28

Remembering Bishop Cormac By Canon Michael Weaver

Entrance Procession, Arundel Parish Church (Jan. 1980)

Herewith some memories of Bishop Cormac which readers might be interested in and some may actually recall. As a former Anglican Vicar of Arundel I shared many ecumenical occasions with the Cardinal over a number of years. I sent some of these memories to the A&B News but understandably there was not room for all so I send them for possible inclusion in the Proclaimer. In the Cardinal's final letter to all, he mentioned his appreciation of friendships with Anglicans and other churches, and his committment to the cause of Christian Unity. Back in 1977 I organised a special service in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity which took place in the Anglican Parish Church and the adjacent Fitzalan Chapel. I gained the support and agreeement of Miles, Duke of Norfolk, and Duchess Lavinia together with members of Arundel Churches Liaison Committee which included Canon John Grant (Cathedral) and the Revd. Desmond Bending (Congregational Church). It was a great occasion using the whole building for a united service for the first time in 433 years and bringing together Anglicans, Roman Catholics and Free Church members from the area. In 1980 we celebrated the 600th anniversary of the rebuilding of St. Nicholas Church with the Priory and Fitzalan Chapel. Again in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity we worshipped together with the support of the Norfolk family plus Bishop Cormac and my own Bishop, Eric Kemp of Chichester.


In Arundel Priory Quadrangle for the final part of the liturgy To the left of Bp. Cormac: (Server), Bp. Eric Kemp, Revd. Desmond Bending, Canon Michael Weaver To the right of Bp. Cormac: Canon Bernard Thom, Ginie Dowden, Fr. Gilmour McDermott; (?); Bp. Cormac’s Chaplain, Miles Duke of Norfolk, Lavinia Dowager Duchess of Norfolk...

This time we embraced the Priory and concluded the worship there - see above photo.The preacher on this occasion was the Speaker of the House of Commons, George Thomas, who was a Methodist Lay Preacher. I recall visiting Storrington beforehand to talk through the liturgy with Bishop Cormac who was indeed very encouraged by our ecumenical activity in Arundel. With the ministry of Canon Tony Whale at the Cathedral and that of the Reverend Philip Tout at the Baptist Church we continued sharing many events including joint house groups in Lent, hosting Mayor's Sunday services, District Council Services, County Fire Brigade Carol Services, and Arundel Festival events, etc,etc; often the choirs of St. Nicholas and the Cathedral would combine for weddings and funerals. Bishop Cormac was supportive of all these, and in due course became joint Chairman of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Committee. During my time as Vicar of Arundel (1976-96) we were invited each year as Anglicans to join in the Corpus Christi Procession. A space was saved for us to process with our own banner, and Bishop Cormac with the Cathedral congregation always greeted us. Time and time again we discovered how much we had in common, and how important it was not to dwell on our differences. I moved to be Vicar of Lymington in the New Forest and discoverd that Cormac's 30

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brother was Parish Priest of Brockenhurst close by. It was good to meet Cormac there at a gathering of the local churches where his friendliness and humour were much appreciated. At my last meeting with Bishop Cormac a few months ago at the Convent, he asked me what I thought of the new Pope. I waxed enthusiastically about him, and Cormac replied modestly saying that he thought "we had got it right". He said also that he believed Christian Unity would definitely come and we should patiently continue our prayerful pursuit of it.




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Mission to be Disciples of Christ (Christifideles Laici) By Jo Briscoe

Pope John Paul II Our Bishop Richard, as well as our Priests, have brought us to attention recently by highlighting and explaining the current situation of our church, together with the future prospects within our own Diocese, which will affect us all, as we move into that future with fewer priests. Every single member of our Diocese has a responsibility within this theory. As we know, and as is always the case, God is with us - it is his Will we are following and expanding. We are the people of God - we are needed in equal standing. As Matthew’s Gospel states: “For the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who went out early in the morning to hire labourers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the labourers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.” ‘This situation sets before our eyes the Lord’s vast vineyard and the multitude of persons, both women and men, who are called and sent forth by him to labour in it. The vineyard is the whole world which is to be transformed according to the plan of God in view of the final coming of the Kingdom of God’. Following on with the story - “the owner of the vineyard, after about three hours, went outside again and saw others standing idle in the marketplace. He said to them, “You too go into my vineyard.” These words “You go too” is a concern not only of pastors, clergy, and men and women religious, the call 32

is addressed to everyone: lay people as well are personally called by the Lord from whom they receive a mission on behalf of the Church and the world’. This simile is taken from the Apostolic Exhortation of His Holiness John Paul II - all those years ago, yet it is so very relevant to our situation within our own Diocese currently and in the future! It is quite ironic that the following words were spoken by Pope John Paul II within the topic of the 1987 Synod of Bishops “Christifideles Laici” (The lay members of Christ’s Faithful People): “A new state of affairs today both in the Church and in social, economic, political and cultural life, calls with a particular urgency for the action of the lay faithful. If lack of commitment is always unacceptable, the present time renders it even more so. It is not permissible for anyone to remain idle.” ‘The lay faithful have an essential and irreplaceable role in this announcement and in this testimony: through them the Church of Christ is made present in the various sectors of the world as a sign and source of hope and of love.’ Currently, as our Bishop Richard is pointing out, the Church’s mission is essential in its current and future positions. We all have one dignity flowing from Baptism ‘each member of the lay faithful, together with ordained ministers and men and women religious, shares a responsibility for the Church’s mission. For the lay faithful, this one baptismal dignity takes on a manner of life which sets a person apart, without, however, bringing about a separation from the ministerial priesthood or from men and women religious. The Second Vatican Council has described this manner of life as the “secular character”: “The secular character is properly and particularly that of the lay faithful. They live in the world, that is, in every one of the secular professions and occupations. They live in the ordinary circumstances of family and social life, from which the very fabric of their existence is woven. They are persons who live an ordinary life in the world: they study, they work, they form relationships as friends, professionals, members of society, cultures, etc. However, the Council (Second Vatican) considers their condition not simply an external and environmental framework, but as a reality destined to find in Jesus Christ the fullness of its meaning.’ ‘The “World” thus becomes the place and the means for the lay faithful to fulfil their Christian vocation because the world itself is destined to glorify God the Father in Christ. The Council is able then to indicate the proper and special sense of the divine vocation which is directed to the lay faithful. They are not called to abandon


the position that they have in the world. Baptism does not take them from the world at all, as the Apostle Paul points out: “So, brethren, in whatever state each was called, there let him remain with God.” In our current Mission, we must support and assist our overworked Priests, whose values are indescribable. They can, by universal law, entrust to the lay faithful certain offices and roles that are connected to their pastoral ministry but do not require the character of Orders. The Code of Canon Law states: “When the necessity of the Church warrants it and when ministers are lacking, lay persons, even if they are not lectors or acolytes, can also supply for certain of their offices, namely, to exercise the ministry of the word, to preside over liturgical prayers, to confer Baptism, and to distribute Holy Communion in accord with the prescriptions of the law.” However, the exercise of such tasks does not make the lay faithful pastors; in fact, a person is not a minister simply in performing a task, but through sacramental ordination. Only the sacrament of Orders gives the ordained minister a particular participation in the office of Christ, the Shepherd and Head, and in his Eternal Priesthood. The task exercised in virtue of supply takes its legitimacy formally and immediately from the official deputation given by the pastors, as well as from its concrete exercise under the guidance of ecclesiastical authority. We are all capable of some form of help. As Pope John Paul II clearly states: “Do not be afraid! Open, indeed open wide the doors to Christ! Open to his saving power the confines of states and systems political and economic, as well as the vast fields of culture, civilisation, and development. Do not be afraid! Christ knows ‘what is inside a person.’ Only he knows! Today too often people do not know what they carry inside, in the deepest recesses of their soul, in their heart. Too often people are uncertain about a sense of life on earth. Invaded by doubts they are led into despair. Therefore, with humility and trust, I beg and implore you, allow Christ to speak to the person in you. Only he has the words of life, yes, eternal life.” ‘Opening wide the doors to Christ, accepting him into humanity itself poses absolutely no threat to persons, indeed it is the only road to take to arrive at the total truth and the exalted value of the human individual.’ ‘Therefore, in the life of each member of the lay faithful, there are particularly significant and decisive moments for discerning God’s call and embracing the mission entrusted by him. No one must forget that the Lord, as the master of the labourers in the vineyard, calls at every hour of life so as to make his holy will more Continued on page 36 34

precisely and explicitly known. Therefore, the fundamental and continuous attitude of the disciple should be one of vigilance and a conscious attentiveness to the voice of God. It is not a question of simply knowing what God wants from each of us in the various situations of life. The individual must do what God wants, as we are reminded in the words that Mary, the Mother of Jesus, addressed to the servants at Cana: “Do whatever he tells you”. However, to act in fidelity to God’s will requires a capability for acting and the developing of that capability. We can rest assured that this is possible through the free and responsible collaboration of each of us with the grace of the Lord which is never lacking. St. Leo the Great says: “The one who confers the dignity will give the strength!”. Remember the invitation: “You too go into my vineyard”? This is a call of the Lord which he addresses to everyone, yet in a particular way to the lay faithful, both women and men. With deep emotion and gratitude, we again hear the words of John the Evangelist: “See what the love of the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are” (1 Jn. 3:1). The whole Church ought to feel more strongly the Church’s responsibility to obey the command of Christ, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation” (Mk 16: 15). +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

More Comedy with the Clergy One Sunday morning, as our young assistant priest was preaching, a two-month-old baby started to fret, and her mother wisely decided to take the infant out of the church before whimpers became wails. Their escape to the nearest exit took them past the pulpit. Interrupting his sermon, the assistant looked down at his wife and daughter and said, "Ah, yes, your family are always your severest critics." Two ministers met in the after life. One said, "Isn't heaven wonderful after the parish ministry?" The other said, "This isn't heaven!" 36

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Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 Performed by the Schola Cantorum of The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, the choristers of Arundel Cathedral, Soloists Nicholas Mulroy and Peter Davoren with His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts, directed by Scott Price 7pm, Saturday, 30 June at Arundel Cathedral

On Saturday 30 June at 7pm Arundel Cathedral will resound to the glorious music of Claudio Monteverdi as the Schola Cantorum of The Cardinal Vaughan School in London join forces with the leading period instrument ensemble His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts to perform the composer’s Vespers in Honour of Our Lady of 1610. Alongside the choir and orchestra will be Arundel Cathedral’s own choristers and tenors Nicholas Mulroy and Peter Davoren for what promises to be a wonderful performance of this great masterpiece. The Schola Cantorum are the liturgical choir of The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, Roman Catholic state comprehensive in West London, well known for its academic excellence and strong Catholic ethos. The School is also known for its boys choir, the Schola, which maintains a heavy performance schedule, frequently singing across the county and indeed around the world. The boys have recently been to South Africa and previous trips have taken them all across the USA and Europe. For many years the choir has provided the boys for the chorus at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and also at English National Opera. You may well have already heard the choir without realising it as the boys sing on a number of recent film soundtracks including Paddington, one of the Harry Potter films, Alice Through the Looking Glass and the Oscar-winning score for Life of Pi. 38

Director of the choir, Scott Price, is very excited about the prospect of the visit to Arundel. “The Schola travels quite a lot in the UK. This year we have already sung at York Minster and St. John’s College, Cambridge, but it is especially lovely to be singing in a Catholic Cathedral of course, and to sing this glorious music in such a beautiful setting is especially exciting. “The choir is to perform the work first, with the same forces, in London at the end of April. “We are learning the Vespers now, to perform it in April at St James’s, Spanish Place in Marylebone. Then we will leave it for a bit before revising it for the performance at the end of June.” This will be the second time the choir has worked with His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts, as they gave a concert of Gabrieli with them last March at the Temple Church in London. “We had a wonderful time with the group last year,” says Scott, “they were so easy to work with and hugely supportive of the choir, really working hard to allow us to give of our best.” The tenor soloists, Nicholas Mulroy and Peter Davoren are no strangers to the choir either. “Peter is an old boy of the Vaughan! And Nicholas has done many concerts with us. We are very lucky to work with them both as they are both in great demand by all the leading groups of the day. Nicholas Mulroy sang the Evangalist role in a live televised Prom concert last Summer so he is used to big occasions!” The other

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solo roles though will all be sung by the boys in the choir. “Yes, the other solos are sung by the boys, which is especially lovely in the case of the soprano solos of course, being sung as they would have been in Monteverdi’s day by boy trebles.” And the performance will involve Arundel Cathedral’s choristers as well, who will sing certain movements. “Yes, I was delighted when Elizabeth said that the Cathedral choristers would be able to take part. This music offers such wonderful opportunities for different colours and variety and so to be able to add the glorious sound of the Arundel voices will bring another dimension.” The Schola Cantorum will then return to the Cathedral the following morning, Sunday 1 July, to sing for the High Mass alongside the Cathedral’s own choir. “Yes, we have been very touched at the warm and generous welcome we have received from everybody at the Cathedral and particularly Elizabeth, the Director of Music who has been very kind to us. We are really looking forward to our weekend in Arundel!” Tickets for this concert, priced £10 (concessions £5) will go on sale shortly and will be available online from the Cardinal Vaughan School at +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Wintershall Players The Passion of Jesus - 31 March 12 noon & 2.30pm in Guildford Life of Christ - 19-23 June 10am - 3.30pm in Wintershall, Bramley The Passion premiered in 1993 on the Wintershall Estate in Bramley. just outside Guildford, and since then has become a highly anticipated Easter fixture, both in Surrey as well as in Central London where it is now performed in Trafalgar Square to an audience of more than 20,000 people each Good Friday. The play begins at the junction of Guildford’s High Street and Quarry Street at 12 noon and again at 2.30pm. The free 90-minute performance takes place amongst shoppers in the home town of many of the cast and crew. Guildford High Street is transformed into the stage for one of the greatest stories ever told. The story commemorating the day Jesus is believed to have been arrested, tried and crucified by the Romans, two days before miraculously rising from the dead on 40

Easter Sunday is brought to life by a cast of 60, all in resplendent costumes, along with horses, doves and donkeys. Featuring realistic scenes and a moving crucifixion and resurrection, The Passion of Christ is an unforgettable Easter experience. Just turn up, there is no charge! Director Ashley Henman, and producer Charlotte de Klee, both appeared in the very first Passion production in 1993 as Narrator and Miriam and have been associated with it ever since. The actor and artist James Burke-Dunsmore has performed as Jesus on stage for more than 60 different productions to over quarter of a million people and 2018 marks his 21st year in the role. The rest of the company is made up of volunteer actors and stage crew from in and around London and the South East. The Wintershall Players will also perform the extraordinary Life of Christ at the Wintershall Estate in Surrey from 19-23 June and the now famous Wintershall Nativity from 12-16 December. These two events are ticket entry so please call 01793 418299 for more details or visit


It went with a jingle By Esther Heylen One crisp, cold December morning St. Philip’s Arts Award Art Club held their first Family Art Christmas Workshop. The event was held in the school’s snug and warm community room where three different activities were set up; felting, printing and glass decorations. Everyone had an opportunity to do each craft, twice! They made one item for themselves and one for our Christmas stall held at the school’s annual Bazaar and in the Cathedral. Some of those attending were heard to say: “This is so relaxing.” “What a fun day!” “The children are so proud of what they have created.” “Art helps children learn to think and express ideas.” “What wonderful art!” To create even more work for the stall the Art Club children invited their families into the school to attend two after school Art Club sessions and make ceramic Christmas decorations; angels, chimes and tree ornaments with ceramic artist Dot Lawrie. The money raised will be used to buy the school new computer ware. We actually raised £161!! Primarily the children were able to share their skills, develop confidence, build relationships and have fun. More Family Art Workshops will follow! +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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“What would be it be like to switch careers mid-life and follow your dreams?” This was the question Lucie and Iain Stirling were asking themselves in 2014 when they were respectively working as Head of HR in a bank, and serving as a Traffic Officer on the M25. Arundel had long been a favourite destination for them, and when the opportunity came to purchase Arden Guest House in 2014, they decided it was just the change they were seeking, After several months of bank meetings, catering courses and nervous excitement, they took over as the new owners on 6 March 2015, with Lucie running the business day-to-day whilst Iain continued to patrol the motorways of the South East Being passionate about conserving heritage buildings, and knowing that Arden House is designated as a building of ‘special interest/character’ and a ‘community asset’, they set to renovating the exterior of the building and updating the seven guest bedrooms, as well as establishing a regular and loyal customer-base. During the last three years they have raised Arden House’s TripAdvisor rating, got married at the picturesque Town Hall, and Iain has now swapped life on the M25 for a successful career as a Senior Shooting Instructor at Southdown Gun Club, which keeps him from getting under Lucie’s feet! With Arden House celebrating its 50th Anniversary as a Guest House in 2017, they decided to commission some research into the history of Arden House.* 44

The original part of the property was likely to have been used as a blacksmith’s, and it is interesting to note that this part of the property mirrors Pound Cottage on the opposite side of Queens Lane. David Stedman (1837-1891), blacksmith, built the house (now Arden House) next to his smithy off Queen Street in 1880 and lived there with his family until his death His business was continued under the charge of his son, David (1861-1925), but it was a younger son, George (1862-1904), who moved into the family house. His widow, Mary Ann, and their son, Clement, were still living there in 1911. David Stedman died, aged 54, on 4 April 1891, and was buried in Arundel cemetery. He died just one day too soon to be recorded in the 1891 census, taken on the night of 5 April. The census return of that year records the following as staying at Arden House: Eliza Stedman, 54, head of household, engineer and blacksmith, Mary Ann Stedman, 26, unmarried daughter living on own means Eliza Stedman, 54, head of household, engineer and blacksmith, Mary Ann Stedman, 26, unmarried daughter living on own means

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VISIT THE CATHEDRAL GIFT SHOP A broad range of high quality religious books, gifts and cards for Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, baptisms, weddings, funerals, birthdays, special anniversaries and other occasions. The Gift Shop is situated in the North Transept by the Shrine of St. Philip Howard. Monday - Friday: 10.30am - 12.30pm/1.30 - 4.30pm Saturday: 11.15am - 5pm Sunday: after the 9.30/11.15 am Masses PLEASE NOTE We rely on volunteers to help in the Gift Shop so our opening hours may vary slightly.

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News from St. Philip’s Catholic Primary School By Lucy Horne, Headteacher ‘Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.’ Joel 2 Preparing the way for the Lord. As we find ourselves in the Season of Lent, the children at St. Philip’s Catholic Primary School are given the opportunity to use it as a way of ensuring they are on the right path to God and thinking about the part they play in building God’s Kingdom, here on Earth. During Lent, the children are asked to think about a Lenten Promise they would like to make. This is something that will show that they are acting as Jesus has shown us, being kind, thoughtful, respectful, caring towards others or carrying out a specific ministry. Each family takes home a CAFOD collection box during Lent to fill with loose change from home. During Lent, the children are given the opportunity to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation. All Key Stage 2 children attend the Lent Penitential Service in school and then have the option of speaking to any of the three priests available. For those who have made their First Holy Communion, they will have the sacrament offered and for those who are not yet eligible or are not Catholic, they are still offered time to talk with the priest in confidence. Rosary Club runs throughout Lent. All children from Reception Class to Year 6 are able to attend and pray a decade of the Rosary every lunchtime. This is optional but very popular. As we near Holy Week, each class prepares to re-enact a part of the Holy Week story. This is done through prayer, drama and singing. Reception Class lead the way with Palm Sunday in a joyful celebration. The week culminates with Year 6 leading a very powerful depiction of Jesus’ last hours on Calvary. This re-telling through drama has a great impact on all ages and really helps to capture the feelings and emotions of Jesus and his disciples at the time in Jerusalem. When we return after Easter, the school is filled with flowers and rejoicing. We proudly place a life size cross at the front of the school covered in fresh flowers and bearing witness to all that we are celebrating the Risen Lord and living out our role as Easter people. The children are fortunate to be able to hear the ‘Good News’ through a variety of different methods in school. We are very blessed that our children are offered spiritual nourishment not only from the staff in school but from the surrounding communities too. The impact this has on their life and their development, whether they are Christian believers or not, is evident for all to see.


News from St. Philip Howard Catholic High School From Clare Long, Chaplain The start of the New Year brought a very exciting new arrival to SPH. The team arrived to begin construction on our new Chapel. After a couple of weeks getting the ground works sorted, the build is now well and truly underway, and with a floor and some of the walls in place, it’s hard not to get excited about the idea that we will soon have a bigger, more accessible space dedicated to worship and prayer here at St. Philip Howard. The new year also gives us all a chance for a fresh start. After such a busy Christmas period (filled with reconciliation services, Christmas concerts, the Deanery Advent Service hosted once again at the Cathedral, and ending our term with our Christmas liturgies, which encouraged us to think about how we can share the gifts of love, joy, peace and hope that we receive from Jesus with those around us), it is great to be back into the “normal” swing of things! Perhaps our Sixth Form might not agree, as they came straight from their Christmas break to their mock exams, but these are of course part of the normal course of a year in a High School. This Lent, we are once again thinking about how we prepare ourselves for this important time of prayer and reflection in the Church year. Along with our usual Lenten activities, our Year 8 Classes will be visiting the Cathedral during March to spend a day reflecting on the role of the Saints in the Church, and particularly taking the chance to think about St. Philip Howard as they visit his shrine and think once more about his role as our patron saint and as a role model of the faith to us. In October SPH Sixth Formers made a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Rwanda and Uganda, visiting our partner schools, working with small groups of children and delivering sports kit and supplies that Sixth Formers sourced from donors. An excerpt from Year 12 Student Emma Hattersley’s first-hand account of her experience: “People say that Africa gets under your skin, and before I went I figured this was just a nice sentiment - something to balance out the sadness of poverty maybe, or perhaps something that reflects the feelings of someone who’s lived in any continent for a long period of time. I knew I’d enjoy my short time in Rwanda, but I certainly didn’t expect the country to affect me in the way I’d heard its effects on other people. I’m not particularly sentimental and I’ve travelled a reasonable amount, so thought I’d be immune to the reported emotional draw of the land mass. However, after being back in England for a while, I’ve been coerced into accepting this cliché. It’s official - I miss Africa. My friends and family are probably a bit fed up with my constant references and reflections on my time in Rwanda, but I still want to speak them aloud, because every time I do I realise another thing I learnt there. I’m missing the overwhelming welcoming nature of strangers, the immense respect for the simple things in life and looking out a vehicle window to see something fascinating every single time. 49

Parish Diary MARCH Friday 23rd

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The Stations of the Cross in St. Nicholas’ Church

PALM SUNDAY 6.15pm Mass in the Poor Clares (Sat. 24th) 9.30am Mass in the Cathedral 11.15am Mass (with Blessing of Palms in the Cathedral Centre) 6.00pm Chrism Mass HOLY THURSDAY 8.00pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper in the Cathedral followed by waiting to midnight at the Altar of Repose. 11.50pm Compline GOOD FRIDAY 9.00am Office of Readings and Morning Prayer 10.00am The Stations of the Cross 3.00pm The Passion – Collection for Holy Places HOLY SATURDAY 9.00am Office of Readings and Morning Prayer 8.30pm The Easter Vigil and First Mass of the Resurrection EASTER SUNDAY 9.30am & Masses at the Cathedral 11.15am 2.00pm Baptism 2.30pm Arun District Council Civic Service 10.00am Mass in the Fitzalan Chapel 12 noon Union of Catholic Mothers Annual Mass 7.30pm Arun Choral Society Concert - tickets from or call ACS Box Office 01243 86646 2.30pm St. George’s Day Service with Bishop Richard 50

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Organ Recital – John Sharples (details on p16 in this magazine)

3.00pm Worthing Deanery Confirmations ASCENSION DAY 8.30am Mass at The Poor Clares Convent 10.00am & Masses at the Cathedral 8.00pm 7.30pm Organ Recital – D’Arcy Trinkwon 9.30am First Communion Mass daytime Diocesan Secondary School Pilgrimage at the Cathedral 7.00pm Unity Service at St. Nicholas’ Church 3.00pm Mass for New Catholics 12 noon Mass for Jubilarian Priests of the Diocese CORPUS CHRISTI 9.30am - 8pm Carpet of Flowers on view 9.30am - 5.30pm Carpet of Flowers on view 5.30pm Mass 6.30pm approx Procession to the Castle and back to the Cathedral

JUNE Friday 1st Saturday 2nd Saturday 9th Sunday 10th Friday 15th Sunday 17th Saturday 23rd

7.30pm 12.30pm 5.00pm 9.30am 7.30pm 3.00pm All day

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Organ Recital - D’Arcy Trinkwon Wedding Diocesan Deacons Mass First Communion ‘Going Forth’ Mass Organ Recital - D’Arcy Trinkwon Cathedral Deanery Confirmations ‘A Day with Mary’ - for details visit: Baptism Cardinal Vaughan School Choir Concert Monteverdi Vespers - see p.38 in this magazine. Tickets £10 (concessions half price) at the door; in advance call 020 7605 0046 and at


Congratulations & Commemorations Baptisms 23rd December - Lionel Rowe 14th January - Lucie-Mae Violet Daggers 14th January - Daisy Jane Jenkins 14th January - Jack Francis Jenkins 14th January - Charles George Raven 20th January - Henry John Leeson 27th January - Millie Rose Standing 3rd February - Arthur Hugo Merrick 4th February - Elliott Christopher Wallis Marriages None

Deaths 23rd May 2016 - Robert Arthur Pallant (77 years) ashes buried October 2017 30th October 2017 - Michael Alfred Grant Barrett (75 years) 27th November - Eleanor Anne Godfrey (93 years) 4th December - Patricia Teresa Bannister (81 years) 5th December - Joan Margerite Steward (99 years) 7th December - Freda Mary Thomas (76 years) 3rd February - Rosalie Mary ‘Pene’ Malcomson (93 years) 9th February - Lionel Rowe (90 years) 25th February - Diana Cassini (87 years)


Parish Notice Board WELCOME! If you are a new parishioner, we hope that you will quickly feel at home with us... Please make sure that you have completed one of the special forms kept at the back of the Cathedral (to the left of where the newspapers are displayed) so that you can be registered on our Parish Database.

ALTAR SERVERS NEEDED FOR 9.30/11.15am MASSES Female or male, young or old, all are most welcome to apply as long as you have made your communion or enrolled in the first communion group. We need servers for both Sunday Masses and for other services for the Diocese. Experience is not required as training will be given. If interested please speak to Graham or Ian (Sacristy) or Louise Sharp at the Cathedral Office on 01903 882297 or email


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 NOW YOU’VE READ OUR MAGAZINE HOW ABOUT WRITING FOR US? Our Parish Proclaimer is only as good as what’s put into it from people who like to share their faith, thoughts and experiences. We are grateful to receive anything of interest, no article too big or too small. So whether you want to write about a visit to a place of interest, going to a concert or another event, a reflection on an aspect of faith or anything else you would like to share, please send it to the Editor whose contact details you will find on page 3 in this magazine. Thank you in advance!

WELCOME PEOPLE AS THEY ARRIVE FOR MASS! Can you help one Sunday within 9 weeks to welcome parishioners as they arrive for 9.30am or 11.15am Masses? --------------------If you can please contact: 9.30am Mass Mike Webster - 01798 812764 leonierowan@btinternet,com 11.15am Mass Jennifer Robinson - 01903 713050

Our music group sings once a month at the 9.30am Children’s Mass on Sunday Rehearsals take place in the Cathedral at 7.15pm on Wednesday evening prior to the appointed Sunday. All ages are welcome! Please call 01903 882 968 to find out more.

CHURCH CLEANERS URGENTLY WANTED To join an enthusiastic team of volunteers on Friday mornings or if you prefer another day no problem at all! Please call the Parish Office: 01903 882 297

And finally... Bernardette Soubirous, Humble Saint of Lourdes by Christopher Burn On 11 February in 1858 Bernadette Soubirous, aged 14, saw the first of a series of visions at Lourdes. Bernadette, her sister and a friend were looking for firewood outside the town. She saw a small lady in a cave, dressed in blue and white. She never said she saw the Virgin Mary but constantly referred to ‘Aquero’, the patois word for ‘that’. Bernadette’s visions were soon being witnessed by thousands and the Catholic Church, though at first sceptical, became convinced that something miraculous was happening at Lourdes. As indeed it was. Today five million people each year come to the little town which has more hotels than anywhere in France except Paris. In 1933 Bernadette was declared a saint. Her Feast Day is 16 April. Here are some things she said. They make a kind of poem:

Nothing very much. I don’t think I’ve cured anyone whatsoever, and besides I haven’t done anything for that reason. Oh, no, no. I want to stay poor. I heard a sound like a gust of wind. Then I turned my head towards the meadow. I saw the trees quite still: I went on taking off my stockings. I heard the same sound again. As I raised my head to look at the grotto, I saw a Lady dressed in white, wearing a white dress. I threw some holy water at her. They think I’m a saint . . . when I’m dead, they’ll come and touch holy pictures and rosaries to me, and all the while I’ll be getting broiled on a grill in purgatory. At least promise me you’ll pray a lot for the repose of my soul. Love overcomes, love delights. Today I am grateful for Bernadette whose example of humility, honesty, piety and love has inspired so many people who can see how much can be achieved with just these simple things. Courtesy of 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. The content of the Parish Proclaimer is provided by parishioners and advertisers, published in good faith, without guarantee. The Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Trust is a Registered Charity - Reg. No. 252878 The Editor of the Parish Proclaimer is Alexander R. Clouter, a parishioner who happens to be a writer, proofreader and graphic designer. Email:

A Prayer for the Spring Season

OH, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day; And give us not to think so far away As the uncertain harvest; keep us here All simply in the springing of the year. Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white, Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night; And make us happy in the happy bees, The swarm dilating round the perfect trees. And make us happy in the darting bird That suddenly above the bees is heard, The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill, And off a blossom in mid air stands still. For this is love and nothing else is love, The which it is reserved for God above To sanctify to what far ends He will, But which it only needs that we fulfil By Robert Frost (1874–1963) Photograph courtesy of