Bishop Richard has requested that all parts of the Diocese meet to have a conversation about our mission and our future. He quoted Pope Francis:
"all of us are asked to obey the call to go forth from our own comfort zone in order to reach all the ‘peripheries’ in need of the light of the Gospel" (EG20)
In preparation for this Michael Hornsby-Smith has produced a contribution and kindly allowed it to be published below.
The meetings will be held on
Monday 15th January, 10am at St Pius X Church Hall
Thursday 18th January, 8pm at St Joseph’s Church Hall
Bishop Richard has requested that this year's Crib collection should support a new Crisis Fund. The article below taken from the January 2018 edition of A & B News explains the background. The Crib Offerings will be taken up as a second collection on 30th/31st December, the Feast of the Holy Family.
Around 40 people gathered in the hall on Saturday 11th November for another ‘Refugee Supper’ in support of Bishop Richard’s Diocesan Migrant Fund. The event was co-ordinated by Catherine and Alan Hughes and supported by a team of helpers. Catherine and Alan decided on a Mexican theme for the meal. The guest speaker was Aidan Cantwell, the Diocesan Justice & Peace / Social Action Adviser, and Steve Rowden was Master of Ceremonies.
We say farewell to Canon Colin and Fr. Alan this weekend, thanking them for their devotion to the Guildford Parish and its various communities. Whilst we keep them in our prayers, we might also pray for Bishop Richard as he strives to maintain pastoral leadership for all the Parishes of the Diocese. Looking at the full list of clergy moves taking place just now gives perhaps a small glimpse of the complexities the Bishop must deal with.
Bishop Richard has asked for prayers for Cardinal Cormac. He writes:
Dear Fathers and colleagues,
Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor is seriously ill in hospital and I would ask you to remember him very specially in your prayers.
In a letter sent yesterday to all the Bishops, Cardinal Vincent writes: "these loving prayers are a source of great strength and comfort as he calmly ponders on all that lies ahead, all in God's good time. May the Lord strengthen him in faith and trust and may the prayers of the Church, which he loves so much, comfort and uphold him.”
As we all know, Cardinal Cormac holds this Diocese in great affection and will, I know, value the prayers of us all at this time.
With every blessing,
It was announced recently that Fr. Alan is to move to the Parish of Billingshurst with Pulborough. Here is the timetable for his move, and an invitation to join him as he is inducted into his new ministry by Bishop Richard.
The Fourth Sunday of Easter is also known as Good Shepherd Sunday because in the Gospel Jesus says "I am the gate of the sheepfold". In his Pastoral Letter, Bishop Richard reminded the church communities of their own responsibilities in praying for and seeking vocations. Deacon Michael's message in the newsletter also emphasised this.
Bishop Richard requested that the prayer below be said frequently for the cause of vocations: