Arundel Cathedral – New2021-11-28T17:37:10+00:00

Welcome to the new website for Arundel Cathedral – the Cathedral Church for the Catholic Diocese of Arundel and Brighton!

Built astride a hill the Cathedral sits majestically, overlooking the ancient town of Arundel and stands out as an inspiring landmark in West Sussex. Henry, 15th Duke of Norfolk, Earl Marshal, was responsible for the commissioning of the present building in December 1868. The architect was Joseph Hansom, known principally for invention of the Hansom Cab, who had designed a variety of Catholic churches, convents and other buildings.

Construction began in late 1869 in French Gothic style and was opened on 1 July 1873. Originally the church was dedicated to the sixteenth century Italian priest, St. Philip Neri (1515-1595). St. Philip’s was seen to be a parish church for the Catholic community of Arundel and the surrounding villages in the Diocese of Southwark. With Duke Henry’s devotion to St. Philip Neri, an altar was built with stained glass windows above showing scenes from his life as well as a statue.

With the new Diocese of Arundel and Brighton created in 1965 the church became a Cathedral, with the dedication changing to ‘Our Lady and St. Philip Neri.’ Subsequently in 1971, the remains of the martyred 13th Earl of Arundel, St. Philip Howard (1557-1595), were brought from the Fitzalan Chapel in the grounds of Arundel Castle and enshrined in the Cathedral.

The Cathedral’s dedication finally changed in 1973 to ‘Our Lady and St. Philip Howard’. This followed the canonisation of Philip Howard together with 39 English and Welsh martyrs of the Reformation on 25 October 1970.

So if you are in West Sussex, put Arundel Cathedral on your ‘must see’ list!

Once a year there is Corpus Christi – the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ that takes place 60 days after Easter. A world famous Carpet of Flowers is laid for visitors to see for a few days prior to the Mass and a procession of the Blessed Sacrament to Arundel Castle.

The Cathedral also supports the annual Arundel Festival by being a venue for the highly popular Arts Trail around the historic town.

All year round there are concerts and recitals being performed in the Cathedral.

We hope you’ll enjoy browsing through the website. Discover more about the clergy, the parish community, the Cathedral Centre, Gift Shop and all the important times of Masses and Confession alongside our latest weekly newsletter and parish magazine. There are also some inspiring videos taken showing Arundel Cathedral at night time and the beauty of the Cathedral’s interior!


5.00pm Christmas Eve – children are welcome to come dressed as nativity characters

11.30pm (11.00pm Carols & readings) Christmas Eve

9.15am Christmas Day

11.15am Christmas Day

To book please click here

If you have any questions, please contact the Parish Office on arundel@abdiocese.org.uk or 01903 882297

Covid-19 Important Information

The usual precautions at Mass must continue and just to remind you these are face coverings (unless exempt), hand sanitising and social distance – there is enough space in the Cathedral for this to happen. It is recommended by the Government to test yourself for Covid-19 regularly if that is possible. When preparing for and presiding at Mass and also when I distribute Holy Communion I will continue to sanitise my hands, wear a face covering and keep a safe distance (an arm’s length) behind the kneeler.  Thank you for your cooperation and please keep us all in your prayers.

With my best wishes and prayers, Canon David


Cathedral Opening Times

Please continue to book for Sunday Masses (evening vigil is 6pm on Saturday and then Sunday at 9.15am and 11.15am)

Book by e-mailing arundel@abdiocese.org.uk or calling 01903 882297

You are advised to wear a face covering and keep a social distance of 1 metre.

Please santise your hands on entering and leaving the Cathedral.

Visiting hours are: Monday – Saturday 10.30am – 4.00pm

Sunday 12.30pm – 4pm.

Weekday Mass is celebrated at 10am from Tuesday to Saturday (booking is not currently required).

Cathedral Office: Monday – Friday 9am – 3pm (01903) 882297 or  arundel@abdiocese.org.uk .

All Masses are available via the Cathedral live stream on www.arundelcathedral.uk

These Masses are also available via the live stream directly from Church Services TV (https://www.churchservices.tv/arundel)

Please make a note of both of the above 2 links to the live streaming.

All Masses, including Requiem Masses, are being live streamed on Church Services TV. These streams are available on the front page of the Cathedral website as well as from Church Services TV via the link above.


Corpus Christi 2021

Unfortunately, due to our current circumstances, it was not possible to make the necessary arrangements for the Carpet of Flowers to celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi. The Mass, celebrated by Bishop Richard Moth, took place at 5.30pm on Thursday 3rd June.

The Mass was live-streamed on this website via Church Services TV.

The dates for Corpus Christi 2022 are 15th & 16th June.

Monteverdi Vespers2018-11-04T20:31:01+00:00
Friends of Cathedral Music2018-11-04T20:21:03+00:00
Choral Scholarships2018-11-04T20:04:49+00:00

The Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Trust – Registered Charity No. 252878

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