11,000 People Celebrate 50 Golden Years for the Diocese with Festival 50
Sunday 5th July saw 11,000 people from across Surrey and Sussex celebrated the Golden Jubilee of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton at the Amex Stadium in Falmer, near Brighton. This is the largest Catholic event in the United Kingdom since the visit of Pope Benedict XVI.
Bishop Richard said: “This is indeed a grand day for our Diocese as we celebrate 50 years since our foundation in 1965. It is truly wonderful to see so many from right across our Diocese gathered to celebrate our history, the Church that we are today and the future to which we look with hope and trust in the power of the Holy Spirit at work in his people.”
The climax of the day was a Mass of Thanksgiving in the Stadium at 3pm led by Bishop Richard alongside the priests, deacons and people of the Diocese.
Bishop Richard went onto speak in his homily for the need for the people of the Diocese to be formed in faith, be a people of prayer and to go out in mission to the world to share God’s mercy.
He concluded his homily saying: “As we celebrate Jubilee, we look to the future with confidence. The task is indeed great, but it is in our weakness that we find strength. There is no need for fear, therefore, but there is a need for prayer, for formation and a wholehearted response to the call to Mission that is the life of the Church. Let us, then go forward in hope, ever more closely conformed to Christ, who is with us always; yes, to the end of time.”
Read his homily in full (PDF version).
You can see pictures of the day on the Bishops' Conference Flickr site and the Diocesan Flickr site
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