Portsmouth Diocese e-News 

Tuesday 12th November 2019 - Issue 251 (2019/41)


Dear Friends,

This coming Sunday, the 33rd of the Year, is the third World Day of the Poor. In his message for it, Pope Francis reminds us that the poor are not statistics to be counted but people to be encountered. We are invited to offer friendship, solidarity and welcome to the poorest of our sisters and brothers, and to recognise Christ in those whom we meet or whose stories we hear. The CAFOD website has many useful prayers and materials we can use: click here. Next Sunday in the Ambrosian and Mozarabic rites of the Church is also the beginning of Great Advent, with its forty day fast in preparation for the Feast of Christmas. The shops here in Britain, filled with Christmas decorations and gifts for sale, certainly remind us of the coming Feast! May they also remind us to prepare ourselves spiritually for the renewal the birth of the Christ-Child can bring. Meanwhile, Happy Feastday on Saturday! And our thanks to everyone for sharing with us the Good News this week and to Deacon Craig for putting the e-News together. May God bless you these next days, helping us all to bring many more people closer to Jesus Christ through His Church. 



Happy Feastday of St. Edmund this Saturday 

St. Edmund of Abingdon (1174-1240), the 13th century Archbishop of Canterbury, is the Secondary Patron of our Diocese. It’s his feastday on Saturday this week. Here is the prayer I wrote for the Rededication of our Diocese to his patronage at the end of the Holy Year in 2016:


O HOLY AND HUMBLE, St. Edmund of Abingdon,

creative and courageous High-Priest of God,

who fought for freedom and who did not fear to speak truth to power,

we re-dedicate our Diocese of Portsmouth to your patronage,

and, inspired by your example, seek your powerful intercession.

You are our Patron, given to us by Jesus our Saviour,

along with Mary Immaculate, the Blessed Mother of God.

We ask your prayers for all the clergy of our Diocese,

that by the power of the Holy Spirit,

they will ever be obedient to the Father's will.

We pray for vocations to every state of life and ministry in the Church,

and above all, for our seminarians and for vocations to the priesthood.

We pray for the religious, for teachers, for parents and for the laity,

for our country, its politicians and policy-makers, and for peace.

We pray to you for our families, for the young of our Diocese,

for our friends, and for all who have asked our prayers.

We pray for those in need, the poor, the sick, the unjustly treated,

for migrant-refugees, the dying and the faithful departed.

O glorious St. Edmund, man full of zeal,

hear us now and take us under your protection.

Keep us true to the practice of our Catholic Faith,

and assist us along life’s journey, so that one day,

when we come before the Lord Jesus, our merciful Judge,

we may be found worthy of a place in the happiness of heaven. Amen.

Mary Immaculate – pray for us. St. Edmund of Abingdon – pray for us



World Day of the Poor next Sunday

The World Day of the Poor is next Sunday. It is an initiative of Pope Francis. Caritas Diocese of Portsmouth encourage you to join them on Sunday afternoon for an opportunity for parishes and groups to gather together and share knowledge and experiences.


‘The hope of the poor shall not perish for ever'. On World Day of the Poor we are called to ensure that we are both hearing and responding to the voice of the poor. Caritas Portsmouth are holding an afternoon in Winchester where parishes and groups can come together to review current projects, share experiences and encourage new ideas on Sunday 17th November. It is recommended that you speak to those involved in groups/projects already established in your parishes, so that you can come prepared with any questions or concerns you might have with starting or maintaining a project. It is also helpful to share experiences which have been fruitful, as this can be really encouraging for any groups who are a little reluctant to start a project! There is an opportunity closer to the end of the afternoon for you to network with others, so please come prepared! It doesn't need to be physical resources, verbal discussions and personal experience are just as valuable. Light refreshments will be provided over the afternoon.

1.00pm - Arrival and refreshments

1.30pm - Opening prayer, welcome and introduction

2.00pm - ‘Vincent’, a play about the work of St Vincent de Paul by ‘Staging Faith’

3.15pm - Break with refreshments

3.45pm - Personal Testimonies and opportunity for networking

5.30pm - Closing prayer


Click on the image for a poster or here for more details and to book. 



Launching the 2020 Lourdes Pilgrimage

Portsmouth Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 15th-19th July 2020 (4nights)


I am inviting you to join me on our Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. I will be leading the Pilgrimage supported by Fr PJ Smith and Youth Pilgrims aged 14-35 from throughout our Diocese. Our pilgrimage will begin on Wednesday 15th July with an early morning flight from Bournemouth Airport direct to Tarbes, with a short transfer to Lourdes enabling us to arrive in time for lunch.  Throughout our pilgrimage you will be ably supported by our young people, who will push wheelchairs, provide steadying arms as needed, lead music at our liturgies, support the delivery of catechesis, and above all extend the hand of friendship and hospitality to each of us.  We will all stay in the Hotel La Solitude where we will be able to enjoy air conditioned rooms at a location that is very close to the Shrine.  Our pilgrimage will end on Sunday 19th July after we have taken part in the International Mass, and enjoyed a final lunch together. Please note the cost of the pilgrimage is £695pp/sharing, and all pilgrims need to be able to stay in a hotel room without support, as no personal care can be offered. 


Not sure? then click on the picture where you will be able to watch a video we made in Lourdes during our pilgrimage in 2019 and see the joy on our pilgrims' faces. Promotional material and booking forms have been sent to all parish offices and can also be downloaded here. Further details can also be obtained from our Diocesan Pilgrimage Co-ordinator, Sue by either calling her on 07780 221686 or emailing her at lourdes@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk  Those who would like to volunteer as a youth pilgrim should also contact Sue for further details, the cost for a Youth pilgrim is £545pp, and rooms will be shared with three others.


Next Sunday's Gospel

Next Sunday is 33rd Sunday of the Year and the Gospel is from Luke 21:5-19. Here we give it in the Anglicised English Standard Version (ESVUK) translation.


"And while some were speaking of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, he said, “As for these things that you see, the days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” And they asked him, “Teacher, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?” And he said, “See that you are not led astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is at hand!’ Do not go after them. And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end will not be at once.” 10 Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. 12 But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name's sake. 13 This will be your opportunity to bear witness. 14 Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer, 15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. 16 You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. 17 You will be hated by all for my name's sake. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 By your endurance you will gain your lives."


Read Scott Hahn's commentary on Sunday's readings here



Join us for the Wednesday Webinar this Wednesday 7 - 8pm

Leaving all things behind - 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Luke 21:5-19

In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus speaks of the destruction of the Temple, of political and social disintegration and of natural disasters of cosmic size. Jesus speaks about a time when entire families will be divided, where betrayal and hate will be rife because of his name. Yet he tells us not to be afraid. When the most seemingly immovable foundations of nature and civilisation, of institutions and family bonds begin to crumble, we are called to place our hope in Jesus Christ, and in Peter, the Rock of his Church. All things can and will be left behind, but our faith, hope and love ensure that we are in communion with the Living One, whose love endures for ever. These are the treasure we must hold on to, no matter what happens around us. In this Wednesday webinar, we’ll reflect on:

Faith: What does the Church teach about the end of time?

Hope: How can we sustain our hope in the face of disasters and loss?

Love: How can we not just survive, but give ourselves in love for God and others? 


You can sign up for the webinar here or catch up via the recording if you are unable to join us.     



Saints of the Diocesan Calendar 

On 14th November throughout Berkshire the Memorial (in Reading, the Feast) of Blessed Hugh Cook Faringdon (Abbot), Blessed John Eynon and Blessed John Rugge (Priests), Martyrs is celebrated. Born Hugh Cook, he adopted the surname Faringdon when he became a Benedictine monk, sometime before 1500. Although Faringdon is the name of a town in Berkshire (now Oxfordshire) to the northwest of Reading, he later adopted the arms of the Cook family of Kent and so presumably had some connection with them. He is believed to have been educated within Reading Abbey, and later served as sub-chamberlain of the community. He was elected (the last) Abbot of Reading Abbey in 1520, and served as a Justice for the Peace and on various governmental commissions in the county of Berkshire between 1526 and 1538. In 1539 he was indicted for high treason, and imprisoned in the Tower of London for two months. He was taken back to the abbey and hung, drawn and quartered in front of the gatehouse on 14 November 1539 along with John Eynon (Oynon), vicar of St Giles’ Reading and the abbot’s chief councillor, and John Rugge (Rugg, Rugke, Rogke) a prebendary of Chichester Cathedral who had retired to the abbey in Reading. All three were beatified by Pope Leo XIII in 1895.


De Profundis

During this month of November, we are encouraged by the Church to pray for the dead, especially for all our own departed loved ones, family, friends and benefactors. One of the prayers customarily said for the faithful departed is the ‘De Profundis,’ that is, Psalm 129 known by the Latin words from its first line De profundis clamavi ad te, Domine ‘Out of the depths, I cry to you, O Lord.’ The Psalm has long been associated with the sick, those in peril and extreme need, or the dead, as the prayer of a soul in Purgatory. In this month let us say this prayer often for our faithful departed that the Lord will bring them to heaven.


Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice! 

Let Your ears be attentive to my voice of my pleading: 


If You, O Lord, should mark our guilt, Lord, who would survive? 

But with You is found forgiveness; for this we revere you.


My soul is waiting for the Lord; I count on His word.

My soul is longing for the Lord, more than watchman for daybreak.

Let the watchman count on daybreak and Israel on the Lord.


Because with the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption

Israel indeed he will redeem from all its iniquity.


Eternal rest, grant unto them O Lord,

and let perpetual light shine upon them.

May they rest in peace. Amen.




In the spirit of November, a month when we pray for the faithful departed, click on the picture for a fine rendition of the Introit followed by the Kyrie from the Requiem Mass. Here it is played on the organ and sung by a young musician. The words of the Introit are from the apochryphal 4 Esdras 2: 34-35: Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis (‘Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them’). To this are added petitions from Psalm 65: Te decet hymnus, Deus, in Sion, et tibi reddetur votum in Ierusalem: exaudi orationem meam, ad te omnis caro veniet (‘To you our praise is due in Sion, O God; to you, we pay our vow in Jerusalem; hear my prayer and let all my flesh come to you’). The opening words Requiem æternam are then repeated. See what you think! The plaintive mood of the chant and its lilting melodies express well the sense of urgency and earnest prayer that those who have lost a loved one can feel. I have asked that the choir sing this Introit at my own Requiem Mass, after the Opening Hymn.



Deacon Martin writes...

Deacon Martin McElroy invites us to reflect on the readings of 33rd Sunday of the Year, and how we should respond to challenges, disasters and fears.


In the last few weeks, I have been listening to the concerns of various people, who are troubled by worries about health, family and issues in the world.  This is a normal part of any deacon’s ministry, but those who are more experienced than me, confirm my impression that our concerns seem to increase as November begins.  Whether it is because November is the month of the Holy Souls, or the time when leaves have fallen from trees, and dark nights close in, some of us feel a sense of the ending of things.  The poet Robert Frost summed it up beautifully when he said “Nothing gold can stay.” The gospel (Lk 21:5-19) of this coming Sunday (33rd in Ordinary Time year C) also speaks of challenges and of endings.  The fine adornments of the Jerusalem Temple, which impress “some” who are accompanying Jesus, are an opportunity for Jesus to warn them that indeed, nothing gold can stay – and therefore the Temple’s magnificence will come to an end, “when not a single stone will be left on another” (Lk 21:6). Jesus goes on further, to predict “wars and revolutions…earthquakes and plagues and famines”, and the persecution of His disciples (Lk 21:9-17). Jesus is making it clear to us that challenging events must happen as part of our lives: what will make the difference is how we face up to them. The gospel illustrates 3 mistakes that we should avoid...


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Jennifer Geach reflects...

To my surprise and delight, I recently heard a sermon on confession.  Surprise, for it is seldom nowadays that our priests teach the practice of the faith in sermons: delight, because what the priest said was practical and orthodox.  What the priest said was so valuable that it drove me to reflect anew on this great sacrament. He reminded us that there is nothing that we can say in confession which the priest has not heard before. For all the apparent glitter and show of sin, which we renounce at our baptism, sin is fundamentally dull: it reduces us to the lowest common denominator, and makes us the same as other poor sinners.  It is in the practice of virtue that we become the unique images of God that we were made to be: for this reason the saints, although they have the same key note, are evidently unique: for the saints, by loving God best, and therefore rejecting sin, become most truly themselves. Confession is of course one of the seven sacraments – the ‘outward signs of inward grace ordained by Jesus Christ’.  It is not in the least the same as secular therapy...


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Year of the Word: Workshops for Readers

To mark the Year of the Word the Diocese of Portsmouth is launching Readers’ training workshops which are available for parishes to book. The training offered consists in two workshops of three hours each, each run on a separate day, for all church readers and aspiring readers. On completion of the two workshops, the participants are awarded a diocesan recognitio. The workshops offer Liturgical and Biblical formation, as well as practical training, to ensure that the Word of God is read with clarity and conviction. The training ends with a time of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.


Workshop 1

1 hour: Introduction to the Liturgy – understanding the Liturgy of the Word

2 hours: Practical aspects of Reading with small group work – proclaiming the Word with clarity and conviction

Workshop 2

80 minutes : Understanding the Bible

50 minutes : Preparing the Sunday Readings with small group work

50 minutes : Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (30 minutes) followed by commissioning, with award of Diocesan Recognitio.


To find out more about the dates and venues and to register, please click here.


For more details, and general enquiries please contact Chris Peacock.



CAFOD World Gifts - the gifts that keep on giving

Jo Lewry, CAFOD Portsmouth Community Partnership Co-ordinator writes...


World Gifts are CAFOD's range of virtual gifts that make a real difference to families living in poverty across the world. You'll receive a beautiful gift card to pass onto your loved one for each gift you buy this Christmas. Buy online at https://worldgifts.cafod.org.uk/ or phone 0808 14 000 14 or order using the catalogue available in your church. 


Here are some of our gifts for this year: -

Water on wheels £60 A bike is a classic Christmas gift. This year, why not provide a water pump mechanic with a much-needed bike to allow him to reach remote water sources? Without maintenance, wells, boreholes and other water sources can stop working meaning entire communities can no longer access clean life-saving water. The faster a mechanic can reach them the more he can maintain.

Starter Sewing kit £21 Perfect for the crafts-lover in your life. A Sewing kit provides a newly trained seamstress with everything they need to start up a business. Buying someone a Sewing kit gift lets them share their love of crafting with someone living in poverty who is being given chance at a living!

Happy Queen Bee £4 This gift provides a happy queen bee for a hive. The queen brings more bees to the hive, and more bees mean more delicious honey to eat and sell!

Fabulous Football £10 In poor urban areas, football can provide a positive alternative to drugs and crime. This gift buys kits, footballs and training and can help to build a sense of community and hope for the future.



Scholarship opportunity for BA in Philosophy 


DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE! A fantastic scholarship opportunity available at Maryvale Institute for anyone wishing to study a BA degree in Philosophy and the Catholic Tradition. 


Maryvale Institute is delighted to announce a scholarship opportunity open to all applying to join the Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy & the Catholic Tradition (BA Phil) programme at Maryvale beginning in January 2020. (Application fee applicable, if successful, to fund balance of future year's funding.) Canon David Evans (Course Director) invites applications, along with a short essay on a relevant topic, to be eligible for consideration. The winning assignments will entitle the applicant to half of their First Year course fees paid by the scholarship. (For one year fees only). Click on the image for some more information. The deadline for scholarship applications is Sunday 15th December, although submissions can be made at any time prior to this date. The degree programme commences with the first residential study weekend on 10th-12th January 2020. To find out more about the BA Phil programme, validated by The Open University, or for more informaion about the Maryvale Institute, please visit the Maryvale website.



What is a Propaedeutic Year? 

Propaedeutic comes from the Greek Propaideúo, meaning “to teach beforehand” - This year we have three Seminarians (Farvin Gonsalves, Jack Ryan & Ryan Hawkes)  who are in the Propaedeutic year, taking place at ‘Mater Sacerdotum’ - Shrewsbury Cathedral, under the guidance of Fr. Edmund Montgomery, Bishop Mark Davies (pictured here with the Seminarians) and Canon Gerard Flynn.  The Propaedeutic stage prepares the candidates for the priesthood for the journey ahead. It gives them time & space to develop a grounded spiritual life and helps them to prepare for the prolonged study that the formation journey demands. The year helps students develop a solid, missionary vision for the priesthood and understanding of the Catholic Church.  The Church sees this a good thing - to have a period of human, Christian, intellectual and spiritual preparation for the candidates before the move to major seminary. Since the promulgation of Pope St John Paul II’s apostolic exhortation Pastores Dabo Vobis in 1992, several countries have developed a Propaedeutic stage as an indispensable phase of formation with its own specific character. It is fitting that the Propaedeutic stage is lived in a community setting distinct from the major seminary and that it should have its own formators to provide a solid human & Christian formation.


“The principal objective [of the year] consists in laying the foundations of the spiritual life and for facilitating a greater self-awareness through personal growth.” (Ratio Fundamentalis, No 58.)



Celebrating Bamenda Sunday in Farnborough

The Parish of Our Lady & St Dominic, Cove, Farnborough celebrated Bamenda Sunday at the 10.00 Mass.  Several parishioners are originally from Bamenda and wear traditional festive clothing and lead the Offertory procession every Bamenda Sunday.  This year we were also joined by the Reading International Choir many of whose members are originally from Cameroon. They sang a full joyful liturgy in African style, with the parish community joining in some of the refrains.  There was an appeal and collection for the Bamenda Fund which raised £775.55 and afterwards Bamenda speciality refreshments were served in the church hall along with the usual tea and coffee. Fr. Tony wore a Chasuble - and Deacon Paul a Dalmatic - presented to the Parish several years ago by our Bamenda Community and which portrays the symbols and colours of Cameroon. Click on the photo for a group photo taken after the Mass.






Waterlooville schoolchildren supporting AoS Stella Maris

Richard Cunningham, Headteacher at St Peter's Catholic Primary School in Waterlooville, reports of a recent visit from AoS Stella Maris Port Chaplain, Fr John Lavers...


Last Friday we were able to hand over the fruits of the school's generosity.  Mr Patrick Binks and Fr John Lavers joined us for an assembly in which we donated our collection for the Apostleship of the Sea.  The assembly had, as you would expect at this time of year, a focus on Remembrance.  Particular attention was drawn to the service of seafaring personnel and members of the merchant marine who kept Britain safe and supplied during the two great global conflicts of the twentieth century, and to the many millions of service personal from 46 countries around the world who joined the UK in fighting tyranny and oppression.  We then noted how still today we rely on the service of the Royal Navy to protect shipping globally, and the work done by seafarers from foreign lands to provide us with food from around the world.  The donations will go to form Christmas care packages for sailors arriving in Portsmouth over the coming months. Great thanks go to the students and their families for their generous donations, and to Mrs Wilson for leading the campaign and coordinating the collections.



Remember, remember the fifth of November

Edmund Matyjaszek, Principal of the Priory School of Our Lady of Walsingham, Isle of Wight  reports on how Guy Fawke's Day last week gave an ideal opportunity for the school to explore Catholicism in England and the Canonisation of John Henry Newman earlier on October.


There was the chance to examine the way in which, after the Reformation, Catholics became associated with a perceived threat to England that the Gunpowder plot of 1605 only gave force to. Reduced to a hunted and persecuted minority, the continued patriotism of English Catholics was noted via the picture that hung in a Spanish seminary that showed Our Lady casting arms of protection over English seminarians, with the inscription “Anglia Dos Maria” – England the Dowry of Mary. This has been a repeated theme at Priory School this year as the church prepares for the rededication of England as Our Lady’s Dowry scheduled for next March at Westminster Cathedral. This is interwoven with the required teaching on Fundamental British Values all schools must promote, as the values “democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.” are of course derived from our Judaeo-Christian heritage. The life and thought of St John Henry Newman showed the various divisions in Christianity in the 19th Century and how, beginning with Catholic Emancipation in 1829, Catholics began to take a greater part in public English life, enhanced of course by Newman’s own reception into the Catholic church in 1845. A highlight of the assembly was the 12 minute video “An Introduction to Newman” that had the compelling testimony of Melissa Villalobos whose miraculous healing was the second miracle required for canonisation, the steps of which were fully explained as they are not necessarily well known to Catholics never mind in general. This clearly enthralled the senior pupils, especially the girls, and made a deep impact. This led on to the institution in 2009 of the Ordinariate which bridges the separation of the Church of England and the Catholic Church in this country.


Priory School is an independent Christian School with both a Catholic and an Anglican chaplain, and is the only secondary school in England named after Our Lady of Walsingham, its patron. It is based in the old “royal” school at Whippingham on the Osborne estate on the Isle of Wight, built by Queen Victoria in 1864.



Farewell Monsignor McFadden

Barry Hudd KSG, Diocesan Communications Officer for the Bishopric of the Forces writes...


Mgr Andrew McFadden has retired from the Royal Navy after 20 years service as a Chaplain. He said “I leave the Navy with a heavy heart but I am looking forward to returning to my diocese and to becoming a parish priest. The wide range of pastoral experience I have gained as a Chaplain will, I trust, enable me to be good pastor for the people of my parish. I am grateful to the clergy and people of the Diocese of Portsmouth for making me feel so welcome”. Mgr Andrew is well known in the diocese and during his postings to the various Naval establishments around Portsmouth he has regularly celebrated and concelebrated Mass in our Cathedral and in the parishes in the Portsmouth area and also supplied to our parishes further afield. Click on his photo for a group photo with the Cathedral clergy from his recent farewell Mass.


He grew up in Gourock-on the Clyde and trained for the priesthood  in Rome at the Pontifical Scots College, graduating from the Gregorian University. He was Ordained in 1989 for the Diocese of Paisley at his family parish church of St Ninian’s in Gourock and now he has returned to his diocese to become Parish Priest of St Fillan’s in Houston. He spent much of his Naval service at sea including submarines.  He has served all around the world, from Kosovo to the Falklands. When he was Chaplain to the Plymouth based helicopter carrier, HMS Ocean, he was involved with the crew in humanitarian work rebuilding a school, church and hospital in Sierra Leone in the wake of the terrible Civil War, as well as being in support of the ship's company, sailors, Royal Marines, Royal Artillery  as well as Fleet Air Arm, over 1000 souls in total, in a lengthy operational period of over 100 days constantly at sea.



Bishop Daniel Mullins R.I.P.

Please pray for Bishop Daniel Mullins (1929-2019), the former Bishop of Menevia, who died earlier this month. He was Bishop of Menevia from 1987 to 2001. Born in County Limerick, he was educated in Mount Mellery, Waterford, and then at St. Mary’s College, Aberystwyth, where he also learnt Welsh, and at University College Cardiff. He was ordained a priest on 12th April 1953 and then in 1970, appointed auxiliary Bishop of Cardiff. Subsequently he was appointed Bishop of Menevia in 1987. He retired in 2001 and went to live in Whitland. He passed to the Lord on All Saints Day, 1st November 2019, aged 90. His funeral is later this week. His body will be received on Thursday 14th November into St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Swansea at 6 pm. His funeral Mass is on Friday 15th in St. Joseph’s Cathedral at 11.30 am, followed by interment in the Cathedral Crypt. May he rest in peace - and rise in the Lord with joy.



Book Recommendation

I’ve just started re-reading this book by the late Friar of the Renewal, Fr. Benedict Groeschel Jesus and Mary: In Praise of Their Glorious Names (Huntington IN, Our Sunday Visitor: 2012). I can recommend it to you for your spiritual reading. Fr. Groeschel (d. 2014) was well-known for his work in spiritual direction, preaching, retreat-giving, writing and charitable work. He was a psychologist, activist and television host, and a founding member of the Friars of the Renewa. He often came over here too to give talks and to support the communities of Friars in Britain. In this short but stirring book, he explores fifty names and titles of Jesus and of Mary, giving with each a Scriptural reflection, a citation from the writings of the Saints, a brief meditation on the title and a prayer. In the Introduction he says: “As you delve ever deeper into the meanings behind the titles of Our Lord and Our Lady, I hope you will deepen your relationship with them and perhaps see their importance in your life in a clearer and more profound way.”



Bishop Philip's Engagements  

Tuesday 12th November
Clergy Day, Chilworth Hotel  
Friday 15th November
Meeting with Chief Operating Officer  
Saturday 16th November
Meeting with FOCUS Missionaries.
Monday 18th November 
Bishop’s Office Meeting, Bishop’s House  
Trustee Preparation Meeting, Bishop’s House  
RED Wednesday Meeting, Bishop’s House  
Tuesday 19th November
Mass for Deceased Clergy, St John’s Cathedral, 12.15pm


Diocesan Prayer Intentions

Each day of the year the liturgical calendar gives us a variety of seasons and celebrations of saints. These are outlined in the Diocesan Ordo along with a daily prayer for a diocesan intention. I would like to encourage you to add these intentions to your daily prayers.             

Sunday 10th November


Remembrance Sunday

National Prayer Cycle: The Dead of the Wars

Diocesan Prayer: Parishes, Communities & Schools in the New Forest Pastoral Area


Monday 11th November

St Martin of Tours, Religious, Bishop, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Society of St Dismas


Tuesday 12th November

St Josaphat, Bishop, Martyr, memorial 

Diocesan Prayer: Ukrainian Chaplaincy in the Diocese


Wednesday 13th November 

Feria [32nd Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of Blessed Hugh Faringdon, Faringdon 


Thursday 14th November

Feria [32nd Week in Ordinary Time]

Reading Parishes: Blessed Hugh Cook Faringdon, Abbot, John Eynon & John Rugge, Priests, Martyrs, feast [Diocesan Supplement] 

Other Berkshire Parishes: as above, memorial 

Diocesan Prayer: Bishop Philip (born 14.11.1955)


Friday 15th November

St Albert the Great, Religious, Bishop, Doctor of the Church, optional memorial

or: Feria [32nd Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Chaplains in Higher Education in the Diocese 


Saturday 16th November

ST EDMUND OF ABINGDON, Bishop, Joint-Principal Patron of the Diocese, solemnity

Diocesan Prayer: God’s blessing on the Diocese;

Parish of St Edmund, Horndean;

Chapel of St Margaret of Scotland, Tichborne


Sunday 17th November


National Prayer Cycle: World Day of the Poor

Diocesan Prayer: Sisters of St Joseph of Annécy (Médaille) in the Diocese


You can find the prayer intentions for each day of November here.


Forthcoming Events            

Sunday 17th November

World Day of the Poor Parish Networking Event

St Peter's Winchester

More information


Wednesday 20th November 

First meeting of new Praise & Worship group

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Stubbington Church Hall, 7.30pm.

All are welcome to come and make this a wonderful evening of modern worship.

More information


Saturday 23rd November 

MFL team Breakthrough workshop

St Phillip Howard, Fareham

More information


Saturday 23rd November 

CAFOD Memorial Mass

St Edmund's Church, The Avenue, Southampton 

More information 


Saturday 23rd November 

Alton Day of Renewal

Alton School

More information  


Monday 2nd December

Winchester Catholic History Society

This is Wren, The Classical, The Baroque & the City of London Churches (Tony Tucker)

The Milner Hall, St Peter Street, Winchester SO23 8BW at 7.30 pm

More information


Friday 6th December

Vocation Seeker Evening

Sacred Heart Church 41-43 Portland Street, Fareham, PO16 0NF

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Saturday 7th December 

First Saturday Devotions

St Mary's Gosport

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Saturday 7th December 

The Marian Group

St Mary's Gosport

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Current Vacancies 

PA to Chief Operating Officer

£25,000 per annum and defined benefits including a contributory pension scheme

Full time - 35 hours per week (Monday to Friday)


Main purpose of role:

• To provide a high quality, comprehensive, personal secretarial and general administrative service to the Chief Operating Officer and general support for two other Directors so that they are best able to carry out their duties.

• To work with key team members to support the work of the Trustees through subcommittees and the main trustees meeting which includes taking minutes and keeping action trackers to ensure work is delivered on time.


Key working relationships:

• Directors and personnel in the Department of Administration and Bishops House.

• Direct reports to Chief Operating Officer.

• Secretary to the trustees.


If you would like a confidential discussion about the role please contact: Heather Hauschild - Chief Operating Officer (hhauschild@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk / Telephone: 023 9282 5430)


Please find more details along with the Job description and Person specification here


Please apply by sending in your CV and a covering letter explaining the reasons for your application and how you meet the person specification. No more than 2 sides of A4 in Arial 11 point.


Applications to recruitment@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk


Closing date for applications: Friday 15th November 2019 at 13:00

Interviews: Wednesday 27th November 2019



Director of Evangelisation and Leadership

Full time 35 hours per week Monday to Friday.

Based at: Pastoral Centre, St. Peter and the Winchester Martyrs, Jewry Street,

Winchester, Hants SO23 8RY.

Salary commensurate with experience and location


We are seeking a Director of Evangelisation and Leadership to hold responsibility for all aspects of our primary tool for evangelisation, Alpha. The successful post holder would also responsible for supporting our hospitality ministry and ensuring that staff and key leaders are growing as leaders.


If you would like a confidential discussion about the role please contact: Father Mark Hogan – Parish Priest: mhogan@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk or 01962852804.


Please find the Job description here and the Person specification here


Please apply by sending in your CV and a covering letter explaining the reasons for your application and how you meet the person specification. No more than 2 sides of A4 in Arial 11 point.


Applications to recruitment@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk


Closing date for applications: Monday 18th November 2019 – 17:00

Interviews: Monday 9th December 2019



Diocesan Schools Vacancies


Please click on the appropriate link below to access further details of the listed vacancy. 


Nursery Teacher required for January 2020 at English Martyrs Catholic Primary School, Reading (Closing Date 18 November)


Teacher required for January 2020 at St Swithun Wells Catholic Primary School, Chandler’s Ford (Closing Date 21 November)


Teaching Assistant required for January 2020 at St Paul’s Catholic Primary School, Reading (Closing Date 6 December)



Please pray for.. 

Click here if you have a prayer intention you would like our Diocesan Intercessory Prayer Team to pray for.


Click here if you have a prayer intention you would like the Sisters at the Adoremus Centre in Alderney (our Powerhosue of Prayer) to pray for.


That all we do in the diocese may bring people closer to Jesus Christ through His Church. 


The evangelisation of our country and its culture.


Vocations to all states of life and ministry in the Church, especially to the Sacred Priesthood, Diaconate and Religious Life. For the recently ordained and for all our students currently in formation for ordination and those responsible for their formation in the various seminaries in which they are based. 


Archbishop Cornelius and the clergy and people of our twin diocese of Bamenda and for an end to the troubles there.


The repose of the souls of all who have died recently; for all those killed through acts of warfare, violence, terrorism and natural disaster. Requiescant in pace.


All affected by sexual, domestic and emotional abuse.


Peace in the world and for those who govern the nations that they may do so wisely and justly.


The work of the New Evangelisation across the diocese that we may all play our part in bringing people closer to Jesus Christ through His Church.


The Unity of all Christians in doctrine, life and worship.

The Canonisation of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, Patron of our Youth.

The work of all Evangelisation Strategy Teams across our Diocese and the Holy Spirit's guidance on the formation of the new Diocesan Pastoral Council.

Those entering the "Called and Gifted" process and for the work of the Called & Gifted Team. That all the faithful of the Diocese that they may share their time and talents for the good of the Church and discern how God is calling them in a particular way to be more intentional disciples.   

The work of our Marriage and Family Life Team.

All the sick clergy and people in our Diocese who are in need of our prayers.

All those suffering in the world through hunger, disease, persecution and natural disaster, for all refugees and victims of modern slavery and human trafficking.

The work of the Apostleship of the Sea, Caritas Diocese of Portsmouth, Caritas Jersey, CAFOD and those with whom they work.



Please share your good news with us

I would like to encourage all readers to send in items for the e-News about events in parishes, pastoral areas and schools about the many sacramental celebrations and general good news about people in the diocese. I often hear much Good News from many people - do share it with us so we can share it with others in the diocese. Thanks, of course, to all who already contribute articles for the e-News on an occasional or regular basis. 


We try to include a broad range of news and reflective articles, but publication of an article does not necessarily reflect the views of the Editor or of the Bishop.


Please e-mail all news items by Friday for consideration for the following week's issue to Deacon Craig Aburn: executiveassistant@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk.


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With all good wishes and an assurance of my prayers,
In Corde Iesu


Bishop of Portsmouth


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