Dear brothers and sisters,
As we know all too well, it is over a year now since we began the experience of living with the Covid-19 pandemic. Many families have lost loved ones and every one of us, in different ways, has been marked by the experience through grief, isolation and challenges to mental well-being.  We have worked from home, missed friends and family. We have learnt some new skills, too, and many have experienced a slower pace of life and some of benefits this brings.  
As the family of the Diocese, we have prayed together in new ways and the Lenten Mission, “Invited” has been a very special blessing for us all. Again, I thank all those who have been involved in presenting and delivering “Invited”  - as well as the great number who have taken part.  
We enter a second Holy Week in this time of pandemic – something we had probably not envisaged a year ago. We enter Jerusalem with the Lord Jesus and, in the days ahead, we walk with Him as we mark and celebrate His saving work, brought to us through His suffering, death and resurrection. These are great a wonderful days – and we do well to reflect that if we are truly open to His call to us, the sufferings and struggles that we experience in these present times bring us closer to Him.
In the first reading at Mass, from the Song of Suffering Servant, we hear these words:  “Each morning he wakes me to hear, to listen like a disciple. The Lord has opened my ear.”
The prophet places these words in the mouth of the Suffering Servant – but are they not true for each of us. How wonderful to reflect that each and every day, it is the Lord who wakes us, opens our ears to hear his word and his invitation to be his disciple.
As Holy Week begins, may we be open to the wonder of this call. In this week, it is a call to reflect deeply on the Passion of Christ – heard on Palm Sunday this year in Mark’s account. Reflection and meditation on the Passion, while never easy, enables us to appreciate the depth of God’s love for us. This will lead us to a deepening love for Christ that will enable us to be his disciples in thought and in action.  
+ Richard 
Watch Bishop Richard's Palm Sunday video podcast. If you would like to access this week's readings you can find them here

The celebrations for Holy Week and the Sacred Triduum will be in the presence of the faithful this year. This differs from last year when acts of public worship were suspended because of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

There are a number of services taking place at Arundel Cathedral during Holy Week, you can find them listed here. People are welcome to attend the Cathedral in person though services must be pre-booked. Services taking place on Good Friday are now full, to book your attendance at other services please contact the Cathedral Office who will be happy assist; T: 01903 882297 or
E: Bishop Richard will be at the Cathedral and will celebrate the following:
  • Wednesday 31st March - 6pm Chrism Mass.
  • Holy Thursday 1st April - 8pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper. 
  • Good Friday 2nd April - 3pm Good Friday Liturgy. 
  • Holy Saturday 3rd April - 8.30pm - The Easter Vigil and First Mass of the Resurrection.
  • Easter Sunday Mass - 4th April, 11.15am.
Please note that those unable to attend at the Cathedral in person can watch all services via the Cathedral Livestream here. Covid-19 parish guidance for Holy Week can be found on our website. 
Click here for Bishops' Conference Holy Week 2021 Resources

Season One of our Invited mission has drawn to a close with our last online group meeting taking place last night. It was wonderful to welcome people from across our Diocese (and beyond!) to the five week programme, though it doesn't end there. 

Our Invited Mission will run for five years, offering a range of opportunities for connecting in faith across our community. Our Formation Team will be sending out an Invited booklet next week detailing the many opportunities there are to get involved in the life of our wonderful parishes, with an Invited 'Deep Dive' series of talks already planned for the Autumn. You will be able to keep in touch with our team by email and will find new resources and updates added to the Invited section of our website

We look forward to continuing our journey together, YOU are Invited.
Fr David Jarmy has been ordained to the priesthood

Bishop Richard ordained Fr David Jarmy to the priesthood at the Abbey Church earlier this week. A representative of Worth Abbey said: "Thank you to all who prayed with us at Fr David's ordination on the Feast of St Benedict, 22nd March... Please continue to pray with Fr David, and with us, for the fruitfulness of his priestly ministry."

With thanks to Howard Griggs for the photograph.
Bishop Richard celebrated an open air Mass at St Oscar Romero Catholic School in Worthing this week. The Mass took place on the saint's Feast Day with students enjoying a range of fun activities and sports afterwards.

Colour and Shape provides a weekly liturgy for young children.
Click here for The Kairos Forum's Sunday Gospel symbol sheets

The government's Places of Worship Guidance was updated in January and can be found here. Attending a place of worship is one of the very few legal exemptions that allow larger numbers to gather in the same venue. To keep everyone safe it is crucial that those attending comply with the law and COVID-19 Secure guidance. Bishops' Conference have produced wide ranging guidance designed to help parish priests comply with the government's public health and social distancing requirements. You can access the latest updates on their website.

The Celebrations for Holy Week and the Sacred Triduum will be in the presence of the faithful this year. This differs from the situation faced last year when acts of public worship were suspended because of the
Covid-19 pandemic. Guidance for Holy Week can be found on our website.

Please check your church website or newsletter for details of restrictions in place in your parish. Details of live-streamed Masses can be found on our website.

This is an exciting time for diocesan education. The role that Catholic schools play in their local communities has always been pivotal, but never has this been demonstrated more vividly than in the last twelve months. The Diocesan Education Service (DES) leads and supports diocesan schools on behalf of the Bishop and seeks to work collaboratively and collegiately with school leaders.

The Deputy Director of Education is a key appointment and will work in close collaboration with the Director and fellow DES staff, diocesan committees, Catholic Education Trusts, Local Authorities and other agencies in support of our Catholic identity and mission. If you wish to discover more about this exciting opportunity, would like further information or you wish to have an informal discussion, please email Emma Colvill or
M: 07733 628155, T: 01223 907979.

Closing date: Monday 19th April 2021
Interview dates: Tuesday 27th or Wednesday 28th April 2021
View the Candidate Pack.

Pictorial Record : A year of Covid.
A call to the women of the Diocese to share photos or screenshots showing how Catholic women continued to practice their faith in good works and worship during Covid times, particularly during Lent and Easter. Please email pictures to Sue Petritz.

Climate change: If you missed the webinar with Catholic peer Lord Deben on the subject of "Climate Change: The Gospel Imperative", or if you just want to watch it again, please click here (the introduction starts at 0.50 and the lecture at 2.20). The webinar is very informative and stresses the value of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si  and how it is respected globally.

The NBCW has a new website with links to events and resources, you can access the website here.
Christian Healing Mission – Receive, Reflect and Respond 

The Christian Healing Mission are offering 'Receive, Reflect & Respond' sessions which offer an opportunity to meet with Jesus through Encounter Prayer. There are a few dates through March and April. These ministry times will take place online via ZOOM. John Ryeland will give a short talk on a passage of scripture and then lead the group in an Encounter Prayer Meditation. There will then be an opportunity to meet with 2-3 others in a small group for 10-15 minutes with a facilitator. This will give you a chance to talk about your encounter, ask questions and, if time, receive more prayer. John will then close the session with a final prayer of blessing.
The whole session lasts approximately 40 minutes and you will be sent the zoom link usually the day before the session. 

Book your place here:
Join the monks at Worth Abbey for a virtual retreat over the Easter Triduum. Find out more here.

Wintershall Livestream, 12pm & 3pm, Good Friday, 2nd April.

Wintershall cannot perform live this year but please join us on our Facebook page on Good Friday at 12 noon and 3 pm for a livestream of our 2019 Passion of Jesus performance in London. Supported by the Mayor of London, in 2019 one hundred Wintershall players brought their electric and moving portrayal of the final days of Jesus to this iconic location in the capital and the play was watched live by 20,000 people. Visit Wintershall's website to find out more.

The livestream includes a realistic interpretation of the crucifixion so parental guidance is advised. Wintershall are committed to returning to Trafalgar Square on Good Friday 2022 to perform the Passion of Jesus together with other cities and towns across the UK as part of One Good Friday.

Young Adults' Easter Retreat, April 1st - 4th

Join The Wellspring Community, monks of Worth Abbey, and young people from across the country in this interactive online retreat over the Easter Triduum.  With a mixture of prayer, small groups and talks there is a great opportunity to journey with others deeper into the mystery of Easter, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

We have created the timetable in such a way that you should be able to attend the liturgies in your local church and if this is not possible we will offer guidance in how to create a prayerful liturgy at home. Should one of the sessions clash with your local liturgy you will have access later so you can catch up. Plenty of space will be given to allow for deep reflection and personal journeying with God." You can find out more here.

A free 8-session course starting on ‍Wednesday 7th April at 7pm

Grasp the Big Picture of the Bible from start to finish, the Old and New Testament, once and for all! The course will be delivered by Catholic speaker Mauro Iannicelli through live-streamed talks which will include interaction. To register your free place click here.

Parliament in your Parish
Engaging A&B MPs to plan a better post-COVID world
Thursday 15th April, 7.30pm to 8.30pm

The eyes are on the UK as we host both the G7 and COP26 summits this year. It is as important as ever that we hold our politicians accountable after the pandemic to rebuild  in a way that addresses the world’s most pressing ecological and social issues. Arundel & Brighton’s Journey to 2030 and CAFOD invite you to an evening of online discussion on how we can engage with our MP on these issues, using CAFOD’s Reclaim our Common Home campaign as a means to encourage our MPs to take action through a “Parliament in your Parish”. You will learn about how to engage with the campaign, including how to set up meetings with your MP, as well as have the chance to connect with others in the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton and your own constituency to maximise our message. Please E: with your name, parish and MP constituency to register your place and receive the Zoom link.

Additionally, come along to a CAFOD  training session on 10th April
11.00am -12.30pm and learn step-by-step, how to organise a meeting with your MP, to share your concerns on the #ClimateCrisis and global justice. You can find out more here.
You can find out more about 'the big Church Leaders' breakfast' by visiting the Trussell Trust website. To register for your free place click here.
The Trinity Conference: 28th May, 9am - 3.30pm

This online conference is for anyone involved in the education or catechesis of young people. The day will provide a Catholic Christian theological and pastoral framework for understanding mental health, as well as providing practical tools for those who support young people struggling with mental health.  Speakers include psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors, academics, youth ministers, media professionals, religious, and students themselves. Find out more here.
A new spirituality guide for care homes

We ask a lot from caregivers in care homes - every day they have had to cope with challenges posed by the Covid pandemic which has left them traumatised and bruised by their experience. And we have had to find innovative ways of providing spiritual sustenance for residents during lockdown. This new guide provides ideas for staff, relatives and Faith Communities in providing spiritual sustenance for all in the home. More information can be found here
A message from the Catholic Universe and Catholic Times

At the moment you are unable to collect your paper at Mass, but you can get it delivered direct to your home every week, postage free. Please visit or T: 0161 820 5722 and they will arrange this for you.

The Faith Companion parishioner magazine is online! Digital copies and subscriptions to the magazine are available here. The Faith Companion have now launched Christian Gifts online selling The Faith Companion candle, rosaries, journals, and a skin care range made by Benedictine monks. A free edition is available to 'taste and see' by clicking here.

Please consider supporting our work for the Church. To find out more email the Faith companion here, or T: 01403 754808. 
Are you able to help you parish financially? 

Our diocesan church family includes more than 70 parishes, offering spiritual enrichment and support at every stage of our lives. Our churches depend on cash donations from offertory collections for 50% of their income on average, in some cases this reliance can be as high as 90%. While many of our priests stream Mass online, their parishes are struggling financially. At this difficult time you can - if you are able to - support your parish by donating your offertory online through our website donations page.

We are keen to highlight news from across our parishes. Please email our Communications Officer if you have something you would like featured in this E-Bulletin

Our thanks to Marcin Mazur who works for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales and has taken some of the pictures featured in this publication. Bible extracts © Copyright 1996-2021 Universalis Publishing Ltd
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