On the Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord, Fr John writes in our Newsletter: “this weekend is about lighting up the world with the presence and love of God revealed in Jesus, the Light of the World, born in Bethlehem. It was the light of a star that brought the Wise Men to Bethlehem, ending their search for the new-born king. The wise Men has their own start to follow: many people of our time have their own “guiding light” to follow to the truth they are seeking, but many others, sadly, have not “guiding light” and no truth to satisfy their deepest spiritual needs.
If we have looked on the face of God in the Infant Child, and if we have grown in the fight of faith given to us at our Baptism, then we must let a little of the Light of the World shine forth from our own life.
Today’s Feast is a reminder of the important initiative that we have heard about from time to time during the last year. Situated as we are at the south-western tip of the diocese we need to be careful not to miss out on the life of the Church beyond the Chichester by-pass and the A27!”
“The new Pastoral Plan – entitled “The Word Who is Life” – was introduced at the end of last year. And now, after the recent Christmas break, parishes around the diocese will begin to look at the Plan and start talking about how it can be applied to local situations in parishes and deaneries.
Later in the year we are planning to celebrate the Centenary of the foundation of our Parish. In the 7th century, Saint Wilfrid first proclaimed the ‘Word Who is Life’ to the South Saxons: it was from SELSEY that the faith we profess began to spread from here along the coast and then northwards taking in the countryside covered by our diocese and beyond. As a community under the patronage of St Wilfrid we have a special call to take our ‘place in the mission of the Church’ “.
(Please watch this page. In weeks to come there will be further notes, news and information on this page regarding this topic.)
For more information on the new Pastoral Plan please click on to the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton’s website. http://www.dabnet.org