Friday, 26 August 2011

New Translation of the Missal - A Poll . . .

I came across this excellent poll on the implementation of the New Translation of the Missal and I hope The American Papist doesn't mind that I've taken his questions (slightly modified) to ask readers here how they feel about the imminent introduction of the New Translation.

Originally, I had hoped to set up the poll directly on our Facebook page but couldn't find an easy way of making it anonymous. I think most people prefer anonymity, and as I really would like people to take part, I decided to post it here first and then copy it to Facebook.

What do you think about the New Translation of the Missal?

I'm eagerly awaiting it's implementation.

I'm cautiously optimistic.

I haven't made up my mind yet. I need to wait and see how I feel after a while.

I have some reservations. I'm happy with the current translation.

I'm strongly against it.

Make you own poll at

See Results

If you're having difficulty registering your vote above, you can go directly to the same poll and vote here.

Friday, 19 August 2011

Some of our choir, enjoying a well-earned break . . .

I recently received this lovely photo of some of our choir members enjoying a meal out in Brighton on their annual outing.

I'm very grateful for all that our choir do throughout the year to enhance our liturgies, not just at Sunday Masses but at funerals, weddings and on other occasions too.

They have a break from their regular duties during August and enjoy a well-earned rest. Even so, they kindly made a 'special appearance' at Mass last week to help us celebrate the Feast of the Assumption in style.

We look forward to welcoming them back in September.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Papal Visit - Young People's Reunion . . .

Our Diocese is arranging a reunion for all of the young people in our diocese who attended one of the Papal Visit events last year, or who took part in World Youth Day this year.

I know some of our young people did go along to the Papal Visit event in London and Birmingham so I hope you might think about going along.

It will be an evening of

'faith, fun, food, friendship and music'

at St Francis Primary School Southgate Drive, Crawley RH10 6RP
(Next door to DABCEC).

Friday 16th September: 5 - 10 pm

If you are interested in attending please contact or

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Today we celebrate the feast day of St Jean Marie Vianney, Patron of Parish Priests.

Act of Love of the Holy



I love you, O my God. My only desire is to love you, until the last breath of my life. I love you, O infinitely loveable God, and I prefer to die loving you, rather than to live for an instant without you.

I love you, O my God, and I desire only to go to heaven, to have the happiness of loving you perfectly. I love you, O my God, and my only fear is to go to hell, because one will never have the sweet solace of loving you there.

O my God, if my tongue cannot say at all times that I love you, at least I want my heart to repeat it to you as many times as I breathe.

Ah! Do me the grace: to suffer while loving you, to love you while suffering, and, that when I die: I not only will love you, but experience it in my heart. I beg you that: the closer I come to my final end, you will increase and perfect my love for you. Amen.

St Jean Marie Vianney, pray for me, and for all parish priests.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

New Vocations blog for Arundel & Brighton . . .

Just a brief line here about an exciting new blog for you all to keep an eye on . . . The Arundel and Brighton Vocations blog, very aptly named, 'I will give you shepherds . . .'

Please join me in praying that more young (and not so young) men hear and respond to God's call.

O God, Father of all Mercies,
Provider of a bountiful Harvest,
Send your Graces
upon those You have called
to gather the fruits of Your labour;
preserve and strengthen them
in their lifelong service to you.

Open the hearts of Your children
that they may discern Your Holy Will;
inspire in them a love and desire
to surrender themselves
to serving others in the name of
Your son, Jesus Christ.

Teach all your faithful to follow
their respective paths in life
guided by Your Divine Word and Truth.
Through the intercession of the
Most Blessed Virgin Mary,
all the Angels, and Saints,
humbly hear our prayers
and grant Your Church's needs,
through Christ, our Lord. Amen.