Richard is celebrating a Memorial Mass for HRH Prince Philip,
Duke of Edinburgh RIP at Arundel Cathedral next Friday 7th May
at 7pm. You are very welcome to attend the Mass in person, to
reserve your place please contact
the Cathedral Office;
or T: 01903 882297. If you would like to watch the Mass via
livestream you can do this on our
Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditations are
free email reflections sent every day of the year. Each meditation
features a reflection on a yearly theme, with each week building
on previous topics—though you can join at any time! The
theme this year is A Time of
Unveiling. Despite the uncertainty and disorder, our present
moment is a great opportunity to awaken to deeper transformation,
love, and hope. Sign-up
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There is a weekly Saturday morning Zoom-based
discussion group to explore the meditations.
If you are interested in joining, please
ONLINE RETREATS: The Open Cloister @ Worth Abbey
Online retreats are scheduled starting
on Saturday 24th April and continuing on every Saturday until
those held from
Fri 18th-Sun 20th June.
per bench. Under guidelines please
provide your own mask,
gloves and wipes to sanitise any area you have
touched and sat within the Church.
REMEMBER THE CHURCH IS VERY COLD
DRESS AS FOR OUTSIDE EVENTS Those in the shielding group
should remain at home.
Everyone will be remembered at Mass.
Pentecost Retreat Weekend
an individually guided retreat
21st - 23rd May
This retreat will be held at a beautiful country
house near Arundel and will take place in prayerful silence. There
will be daily meetings with an experienced spiritual director
who will help you to listen to what God is saying to you.
Cost: £225 full board, single ensuite rooms.
26th and 27th May, 10am to 4pm
Spend the day in beautiful surroundings with
prayer resources, art and craft materials, gardens, countryside
and river walks. This retreat offers a much needed opportunity
to recuperate and re-charge after the difficulties and stresses
of the past year. Cost £15. Optional spiritual direction
sessions on Thursday at an additional cost of £20 (Bring
a packed lunch).
- St Joan of Arc Finances -
Thank you very much
Thank you to everyone who has supported
our parish so well during these challenging times. The financial
support you are giving is outstanding and details of our year
end finances follow but firstly I would like to put donating money
within the wider context of Stewardship.
Jesus says in our gospel reading today these
“You did not choose me : no, I chose you...”
If you have ever seen children choosing players
for the two teams for a game of football, you see the disappointment
on the face of those who are chosen last or near the last to join
the respective sides of the two team captains.
With God it is not like this. The Lord Himself
says that He has chosen us. I have been chosen, I am in, I am
important to Him. And the good news is that this is said to everyone,
everyone is chosen and is loved by the Lord, there are mo second
class choices as everyone is equally loved and chosen.
Let us rejoice in this chosenness that we live
in and let it make a real difference to our daily lives that we
are so loved and so chosen by God.
Lord, in choosing me and in choosing everyone
we should be happy and thankful, may it be so that our hearts
are filled with gratitude. Amen.
National Marriage Week
May 10th - May 16th
National Marriage Week takes place next week.
Many of us love being married, but too many of us take our marital
happiness for granted, we move forward as one day seems to blur
into the next and we forget to look at each other and see the
joy we share. National Marriage Week is an opportunity to stop,
take stock and perhaps invest some time in this most wonderful
year, the UK will host the largest gathering of world leaders
ever to take place on British soil: the ‘COP26’ climate
talks in Glasgow in November. As Prime Minister, Boris Johnson
must push world leaders to show the ambition we need to keep temperature
rises below the disastrous 1.5-degree threshold. This means that
all countries must play their part. With the eyes of the world
on the UK, we must urge the Prime Minister to make sure communities
hardest hit by the climate emergency are listened to at COP26.
sign our petition at //cafod.org.uk/reclaim
For those without internet access, petition cards can be ordered
from the CAFOD Shop: 0300 011 5680. Thank you.