Lay Chaplain’s Catholic Life Blog – Edition 6

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

Welcome to Edition 6 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’: Healing By Miss Arrowsmith

What is Healing? Healing is not only physical, we often only think about the external wounds that we have, but healing can be as much about the emotional and mental wounds that we have too. Healing is reflecting on the daily challenges we face and tough times, so that we can learn and be better for the next challenge we face.

How have you experienced Healing? I often take time in my life to try and heal the mental challenges that we face. Whether this is writing my worries and wounds on a list to take them from my mind or taking time out to realise that another day is another fresh start. My times I’ll walk the dog or on my walk home from school, I will think about how I am feeling and what I can do to heal. Often just the process of thinking through a problem can help me find a solution when I set aside the time to think.

How can we experience Healing in our school? School days can be very busy, we may feel stress, anxiety and worry. Sometimes we even feel as if we have lost the battle which can result in us feeling angry or even say something or act in a way that that we later regret. I think it is important for all of us to take time to step back, reflect and think it through. This means forgiving, starting fresh, working on how to be better next time and asking for help if we need to. Take time, step back, breathe & talk.

Feedback on the Act of Worship this week:

Luke 21:29-33​

Jesus told his disciples a parable: ‘Think of the fig tree and indeed every tree. As soon as you see them bud, you know that summer is now near. So with you when you see these things happening: know that the kingdom of God is near. I tell you solemnly, before this generation has passed away all will have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.’

This week Miss O’Leary and Mr Gee shared this piece of scripture with us and explained the healing of a new start, encouraging us to make the most of the new half term!

Events from around the Diocese:

A reminder – 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 Pope Francis released his response document from the Amazonian Synod that happened last year. Most notably it dismissed the idea of the ordination of married men to the priesthood which had been speculated previously. It also emphasised the importance of climate change and how we should care for our planet.

The Lord, who is the first to care for us, teachers us to care for our brothers and sisters and the environment which He daily gives us. This is the first ecology that we need.