23rd April 2023 – 3rd Sunday of Easter – Parish of St Cuthbert Newsletter

Fr Chris writes:

Our readings encourage us to truly walk the path of discipleship. In the first reading, Peter boldly proclaims the Good News. The psalm reminds us that God will guide us along the path of life. The second reading explains that Jesus Christ died so we could have new life. And in the gospel, two disciples encounter the risen Jesus on the road to Emmaus.

I remember, in my early years of priesthood, helping to run a Youth Retreat Weekend entitled “Walk in the footsteps of Christ”. We had five sub-themes:

  • The Road to Emmaus: We can recognise, on our journey, our surprise encounters with Christ. We can recognise the risen Christ in unexpected places and unexpected ways. Sometimes people can really help to bring us closer to Christ’s ways and we are called to recognise them and thank God for them. Who has helped me to recognise the face of Christ?

  • Recognising Jesus in the Breaking of the Bread: In our Gospel, Jesus reveals himself to the disciples in the breaking of the bread. Jesus is truly present in the Eucharistic; we are called to be grateful for our recognition and allow ourselves to be nourished and strengthened by Christ who opens our hearts and minds. Why is the Eucharist important to me and how does it help me to open myself to Christ at Mass?

  • Witnessing and Testimony: With faith and hope in God, we are called to be witnesses to the resurrection of Jesus, and to share by the testimony of how our lives have been changed by faith in Him. How do I share, and show, the good news of Christ with others?

  • Discipleship: Christians are called to recognise Jesus in unexpected ways, to share their testimony of faith, to spread the good news of Jesus, and to study and apply the teachings of scripture in their lives. Being a disciple of Jesus involves a lifelong journey of learning, service, and devotion. How am I called to authentic, continual growth and transformation in the Christian faith?

  • Fellowship: We come together communally to this and every Mass. We are nourished by Christ’s presence in the bread and wine (his Body and Blood). We are not called to follow Jesus alone, but to be part of a community of believers who support and encourage one another in our faith. How do I try and make sure my faith is one of fellowship and love, reaching out to others, even those who may see things differently from me? What personal qualities help me to build community?

Lord Jesus, explain the scriptures to us.

Make our hearts burn within us

as you talk to us.



Tue 25th Apr 7pm at the Jurgens Centre

The Alpha course is open to everyone, regardless of their beliefs. It will be held every week and each session will last no more than 2 hours and will include a delicious meal, friendly people, hymns, and a short video followed by group discussions. The first session will explore the question “Is there more to life than this?”. There is no obligation to attend every session of the course, so just come and check it out. If you would like more information or wish to volunteer and support the team, contact parishofegham.alpha


The Vision Of Saint Francis And Pope Francis

Wed 26th Apr The Franciscan Centre Ladywell are hosting a program led by Br William Short OFM. Join for the day, or for the whole event. They have day places or residential opportunities available. Contact for further information or to book on Tel: 01483 675575 Email: franciscancentre


Sat 29th Apr Please pray for our parishioners preparing for Confirmation at Arundel Cathedral, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. Bishop Richard wants to celebrate the sacrament for all deaneries in the Diocesan Cathedral. Our young people will be confirmed by Bishop Richard.



Wed 3rd May 3.30pm & 5.30pm St Cuthbert’s School will be holding a Coronation Circus. If your pre-schooler has been offered a place at St Cuthbert’s starting in September 2023, which you plan to accept, then you would be very welcome to join us. Tickets £10. Info:



Wed 3rd May 7:30pm to 9pm (and every two weeks thereafter for three sessions) The Sacred Heart Study Group Zoom is hosting a 3-part JustPeople Workshop led by Marie Norbury from PACT (Prison Advice & Care Trust). It will reflect upon Scripture, Church Teaching, and Catholic Social Teaching through the lens of people affected by imprisonment. It will also raise awareness of the amazing work carried out in the prisons by PACT. More info & Zoom link contact Marie on 07581 194907 or email marie.norbury


Wed 3rd to Thu 4th May Cost: £120

This course will teach you how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue. It is MHFA England accredited and you will receive a certificate of attendance. For more info email Lizzie.Wakeling


Sat 13th May 11:15am, The Assumption of Our Lady Church – Note: this is our final Baptism Preparation for parents to attend before autumn, without their child(ren), if possible. Parents are welcome to attend even if your child has yet to be born by the date of the session.



Feel free to join in this year as a part of the 150 years of the church. The Cathedral will be open to view the Carpet Of Flowers on Wednesday 7th June 9.30am – 7.00pm and on Thursday 8th June 9.30am – 5.30pm when the Mass begins. You can join the procession from the Cathedral to Arundel Castle, with Benediction. Ideal for groups of friends, there are some lovely Tea Rooms and Cafes in Arundel and beautiful walks if you want to make a day of it! If you have any questions or would like to help, e-mail arundel or call 01903 882297


Please keep these evenings free to celebrate the church’s presence in Egham Hythe, prior to its closure.

Thur 22nd June The Feast of St John Fisher, Bishop, and St Thomas More, Martyrs. We will have an Evening Mass with celebration. St John Fisher is also known as St John of Rochester.

Fri 14th July We will have Mass with Bishop Richard to give thanks for the faith and life of the Catholic Community in the Egham Hythe area. More information and requests for assistance to follow as we proceed with the necessary actions.


The Diocese Pilgrimage to Lourdes this summer is back to pre-Covid numbers. We need more helpers, nurses and HCAs to apply. Being a helper is an act of service that can make a positive impact on the lives of pilgrims. The diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place 28 July to 3 August for those travelling by air, or 27 July to 4 August for those travelling by coach or Jumbulance. The cost for Helpers and Clinicians is £680 (subsidised) or £850 full price. There are further subsidies which may be available. Apply now and make a difference!

Info: www.abdiocese.org.uk/lourdes/home


Thank you for your generous donations, the Foodbank is continuing to see a high number of residents in our community who are finding it increasingly difficult to manage financially due to the rising costs of living.

Items most needed this week:

Long life Milk – Pasta Sauce – Long Life Juice

Sponge Pudding – Tinned Vegetables

Shaving Foam – Anti-Bacterial Spray

Shampoo – Conditioner.

Please leave your donations in the boxes at the back of our churches.


We pray for our First Holy Communion families as they re-convene for their preparation for this most important sacrament. All families are reminded of the importance of weekly Mass attendance, in the lead up to the big day!


Our Diocese has been promoting the importance of safeguarding within parishes and Fr Chris is keen to ensure that we conform to requirements.

Anyone volunteering with vulnerable people (children, sick etc.) on behalf of the parish needs to have DBS checks and training (simple online modules). Please could those coordinating Sacramental programmes email the parish office with their teams and names of helpers.

~Pat Simpson


For the purpose of Safeguarding and Guild of St. Stephen admission, we kindly request the following information from all Altar Servers:

  • Altar Server’s Name

  • Altar Server’s Date of Birth

  • Commencement of Serving Date

  • Contact Details*

*Note: Altar Servers under 18, please ask your parent / carer to supply their contact details.

Please ensure that this is emailed as soon as possible to parishofegham


Many people no longer carry cash. All repository items, and other purchasable consumables or publications can be paid for on the Dona Machine (or through the QR code on the website and on the newsletter) that includes Votive Candles you may wish to bulk purchase e.g. £2 a month (depending on how often you use them). Just click on “Repository” and follow the link.


Could you help to inspire and empower children and young people in our Catholic schools and churches to bring alive their sense of global justice? Supported by CAFOD with training and resources, you will discuss issues of global justice, add to parish and school life whilst complementing the work of teachers, priests and catechists. Contact the CAFOD A&B office on: 01483 573273 / 07710 094448 or Email: arundelandbrighton


We now have some Reserved Sacrament of the Coeliac Hosts in the tabernacle at the Assumption of Our Lady Church. Any questions please speak to Fr Chris.


Please be aware that messages purporting to be from Fr Chris asking for money or private assistance are to be discarded. He does not email or message individual parishioners for help, he would speak personally! There are a few doing the rounds and all coming from a completely different email address that is not one of his! PLEASE be vigilant.


After the school break, Fr Chris will be taking a short break from the parish – in an emergency you can contact a neighbouring parish (depending on where you live).

Fr Peter Andrews will kindly supply for the Weekend Masses on Saturday evening and Sunday (22nd / 23rd April).

The following Saturday 29th April, Fr Chris will be at both our Deanery Confirmation celebrations at Arundel Cathedral.

Fr Bill Muir from the Josephite Community will kindly supply the evening confessions and 6pm Mass. Note: There will be a visitor in the presbytery for part of the time that Fr Chris is away – PLEASE respect their privacy.


and for all carers of the sick, including their relatives and friends. We pray for those in our parish and beyond who carry their sickness privately; and for those who have asked for our prayers:

Mary Swartfigure, Isolina Wright,

Fr Stephen Hardaker, Ray Davis, Maria Walsh, Bella Pozella, Geoffrey and Josephine Gibson,

Florence Goonetillake, Bernard Horton,

Chris, Louise & Helen Michael, James Clubley,

Whinghnoi Chan, Alan Diver,

Joan Davies, Kevin Livesey,

Prue Jurado and Husband, Heather Price,

Brian Fernandes, John Gordon, Laurie Hatcher


We pray for all who have died recently and for all those who mourn the death of a loved one. We commend to the Lord, all our departed relatives and friends.


Sat 22nd






Reconciliation / Confession



Colin King R.I.P.

Sun 23rd



The Horton & Meade Families



People of the Parish


Mon 24th

No Parish Mass

Tue 25th

No Parish Mass

Wed 26th

No Parish Mass

Thu 27th

No Parish Mass

Fri 28th

No Parish Mass

Sat 29th




Confirmation Day at Arundel Cathedral



Reconciliation / Confession



People of the Parish

Sun 30th



Alice Mabbs R.I.P.



Margaret Coleman R.I.P.


AOL – Assumption of Our Lady

SJR – St John of Rochester


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
10am to 3pm


30th Apr The Education of Future Priests

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23rd April 2023 – 3rd Sunday of Easter – Parish of St Cuthbert Newsletter.pdf


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