Lay Chaplain’s Catholic Life Blog – Edition 4

Will Cruddace, Lay Chaplain
Will Cruddace
(Lay Chaplain for Burton-on-Trent and Swadlincote)

Welcome to Edition 4 of the Blessed Robert Sutton Catholic Life Blog by Will Cruddace, Lay Chaplain for Burton-on-Trent and Swadlincote.

Firstly, let me introduce myself. I am Will Cruddace, Lay Chaplain for Blessed Robert Sutton, Holy Rosary and St Edward’s Catholic schools. As part of my job role, I also represent the local parish with Fr Neil Peoples.

Reflection on ‘Theme of the Week’: Challenge

This week our theme of the week is ‘Challenge’. The dictionary definition of challenge is “a call to someone to participate in a competitive situation to decide who is superior in terms of ability or strength”. As people, we are confronted with challenges both big and small every single day and some can be much easier to overcome than others.  One of the biggest challenges I think we can have in today’s world is the challenge to be ourselves. We are so often presented by the media with ideas of what the ‘perfect’ way to live our lives is but really the greatest way we can live or lives is by being ourselves – the people God made us to be. It’s one of the simplest yet most complicated challenges we can face but as St. Catherine of Sienna said, “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire”. So this week, perhaps we can challenge ourselves to be true to our hearts and authentic, the people God created us to be and loves us as, and know that we are loved by God.

Feedback on the Act of Worship this week:

John 15:5,14-17

“I am the vine, and you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me.  And you are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because servants do not know what their master is doing. Instead, I call you friends, because I have told you everything I heard from my Father You did not choose me; I chose you and appointed you to go and bear much fruit, the kind of fruit that endures. And so the Father will give you whatever you ask of him in my name. This, then, is what I command you: love one another.

This week, Mr Ince led us in our Act of Worship, focussing on the challenge and wonder of friendship. He explained to us that we are all rooted in our school community through Jesus using the parable of the vine (above) and that we all need to work together as friends to improve our school community. We thought about the aims of our school and how we personally can contribute to achieving them.  All of our ideas will be collected by our Form Tutors and sent to The Chapel where they will become a display.

News from the Chaplaincy Team:

This week some of the Chaplaincy Team contributed to our Acts of Worship by creating a video answering the questions “What makes a good friend?” and “What makes Blessed Robert Sutton a friendly school?”

Events from around the Parish:

A reminder that we are beginning to organise the Confirmation Programme for 2020 in St. Peter and Paul’s Swadlincote and St. Joseph the Worker, Burton parishes. If you would like to be confirmed, please contact myself via school, or Fr Neil via the parishes. You must be secondary school age and have received your First Holy Communion.

Events from around the Diocese:

Relax & Revise: Free Weekend away for Sixth Formers

The Nottingham Diocesan Catholic Youth Service residential retreat centre, The Briars, will be holding an open Sixth Form retreat, to book go to

28th February – 1st March sees our very first open ‘Revise and Relax’ weekend where you can come and stay here FOR FREE and be supplied with awesome food, great company and as much tea as you can drink! You’ll have chance to access workshops on prayer, mindfulness, meditation and relaxation – if you want them – or just be able to spend some time revising away from distractions.’

Thoughts from Pope Francis (Social Media):

This week was Holocaust Memorial day and Pope Francis shared some powerful words with us…

If we lose our memory, we destroy our future. May the anniversary of the Holocaust, the unspeakable cruelty that humanity learned of 75 years ago, serve as a summons to pause, to be still and to remember. We need to do this, lest we become indifferent.