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a community of over 2000
Roman Catholics across the three Churches of St Joseph’s
in Redhill, Holy Family in Reigate and
St Teresa of the
Child Jesus in Merstham.
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19th October 2014
St Philip Howard, Patron of the Diocese
Feast of St Philip Howard
Photo: Thomas Gun
Fr Chris writes.....
Saint Philip Howard is a co-principal patron of our
diocese of Arundel & Brighton. He was victorious in his
witness to the faith, and he must have inspired me
somewhere along the line, as he was my chosen Saint for
my Confirmation, which took place in our Diocesan
Cathedral at Arundel in 1979. When St Philip was finally
martyred he was only thirty-eight (eleven years younger
than me) and it was on this day in1595.
Ronald Knox wrote: “We shall be able to find, in Philip Howard, a model of detachment. He was born to enjoy the ease and plenty of an age in which ease and plenty seemed, as never before, within man’s reach, yet sentenced by his own conscience to live the life of a prisoner, within sight and sound of all the amenities he loved… By refusing to deny his faith, he was not even to be allowed sight of his wife and children… And I think we shall be able to find in Philip Howard a model of self-effacement. Here was a man who might have been a candidate, and indeed was, when he began life, a candidate for some of the highest prizes the world had to offer; and that in an age of unexampled splendour. When he became a Catholic, and as a Catholic had to spend the last ten years of his life in gaol, he put those brilliant hopes behind him…
What a temptation it must have been to return to his old ways of comfort and privilege. Can we not learn to be content with the work, however humble its sphere may be, which God has given us to do; content to be overlooked and passed by, to have our opinion disregarded, to be left out in the cold? The prisoners of Christ, happy, if need be, on a treadmill, because that is how he wants us to serve him?
As we prepare for the 50th anniversary of the diocese, we can do well to look at St Philip who showed such faith, courage and conviction.
On this his feast, please pray for all the parishes, the priests, deacons and religious of our diocese. Please also pray for those parishes without a resident priest at this time through sickness or ill health. Please pray, too, for all those involved in the process of finding a new Bishop to lead and shepherd us in the years ahead.
Today is World Mission Sunday and we are called to consider our mission to love and serve our neighbour in many parts of our world and particularly to support dioceses who need extra care and help. At the heart of our call to be a Christian, is the call to be missionary and outward looking. Today’s second collection is for Missio (previously known as the APF). Thank you for your continued generosity in the red boxes and through this annual second collection. There are some excellent resources on the website www.missio.org.uk
Sunday Mass is celebrated in all three Churches. Together the Parish is committed to celebrating the Catholic faith as part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arundel and Brighton.
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