As we enter the third week, I hope you are having a good Lent so far. This week, I will be on pilgrimage to Turin, in order to place our diocesan youth work under the patronage of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati (1901-1925) which I wrote about in last week's e-News and write more in this issue about the pilgrimage. Please keep all those who teach and learn in our Diocesan academies and schools and in our Schools and Academies Department in your prayers this week.
May God bless you.
Today Fr. PJ Smith and I are setting off for Turin to dedicate the young people and the youth work of our Diocese to Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati (d. 1925). Most of today will be spent travelling, and we arrive late tonight in Turin.
Tomorrow morning (Thursday 23rd) we have been given the extraordinary privilege of offering Mass on the altar of Blessed Pier Giorgio in the Cathedral. At the end of the Mass we will say the prayers of dedication and a litany invoking his intercession. Joining us for the Mass will be Wanda Gawronska, the niece of Pier Giorgio, who is travelling up from Rome to be with us. Don Primo Soldi will also be concelebrating. He is the author of a number of religious books including at least two on Blessed Pier Giorgio.
The Diocese will soon "go green" as it becomes the 17th Diocese to take up a 'green' energy contract.
In response to Pope Francis' challenge in Laudato Si', the Diocese is moving to a 100% renewable energy tariff through an alliance between Interdiocesan Fuel Management (IFM), a fuel procurement company set up by a number of Catholic Dioceses, and Churchmarketplace, a collaborative buying group serving the Catholic Church.
Jonathan Doyle, an internationally renowned speaker on Catholic education and expert in personal, moral and spiritual development and committed discipleship, is visiting the Diocese this week delivering Going Deeper: A faith formation seminar for Catholic educators and support staff.
In part one of this video, recorded this week at St Mary’s College, Southampton, Jonathan shares some key ideas about the mission of Catholic education and how Catholic teachers can play a vital role in the lives of young people. Part 2 next week.
St Swithun Wells parish recently held its second Called and Gifted teaching weekend. In addition to the teaching there were various “retreat elements” to help parishioners reflect on their own discipleship and calling. There were demonstrations of different ways of praying, scripture meditations, Adoration and some sharing and encouragement to discern God’s voice in each person’s life.
The Formation for Mission have now had 100 people attending their Webinar so far!
They invite you to join them every Wednesday at 7pm to help them make it 500 by this time next year…
Every Wednesday, log on to their Wednesday Gospel Webinar where you can discover the depths of the Sunday Gospel and find out more about God, about the human person and about the Church.
The photo features Havant Fairtrade Group which includes two parishioners from St Joseph's parish, Maureen Thompson and Jim Graham. They are presenting Havant borough Mayor, Councillor Faith Ponsonby, the renewed Fairtrade Borough Award in front of the whole council, timed to coincide with this years Fairtrade Fortnight. As well as the photo opportunity Maureen was invited to make a deputation to the full council to speak up against exploitation and to promote fairness for many of the worlds poorest farmers and workers and thank councillors for their support.
The annual 40 Hours Exposition at St. Mary's, Ryde will begin at 12 Noon on Friday 31st March and include Masses, Devotions, Confessions, Rosary and Divine Mercy.
You are invited to Southampton Celebrate Weekend which will be taking place on Saturday 30th September & Sunday 1st October at St. George Catholic College, Swathling, Southampton.
A "Faith Filled" weekend with Teaching, Praise & Worship, Seminars, Daily Mass, Adoration, Drama & Mimes and Reconciliation - a real celebration of our faith. Children's streams available with age appropriate teaching.
You don't need to live in Southampton - the event is open to the whole diocese.
Full details and booking form available online or telephone Peter & Lynda on 023 80292058.
Chairman of our Diocesan Christian Unity Committee, Canon David Hopgood, recently met the Director of Carisbrooke Priory on the Isle of Wight.
Formerly St Dominic's Priory and the home of Dominican nuns who belonged to the Order of Preachers, Carisbrooke Priory is now an ecumenical centre for prayer and healing.
Carisbrooke Priory is situated at the centre of the Isle of Wight in an area of outstanding natural beauty, in the foothills of Carisbrooke Castle. It is a house of prayer and Christian healing and extends a welcome to all who seek a time of reflection, prayer and peace.
You can read more on their website.
Fr Colum Kelly, port chaplain with Apostleship of the Sea, presents a series of weekly podcasts during Lent, which carries the theme ‘Our Lenten Voyage’.
Each podcast is built around each Sunday gospel of Lent. It offers a unique perspective of Lent.
Week 3 - The Woman at the Well
God loves us in spite of what might be wrong in our lives. He can’t help it. God values us enough to come looking for us, to welcome us into a share of His love and to take delight in us even if others despise us.
Congratulations to Sheila Hughes who was recently awarded the Papal Award of Pro Ecclesia et Pontiface in recognition of the outstanding service she has given to the Diocese over many years, including thirteen years as a Diocesan Trustee.
I was delighted to present the award to her recently at Bishop's House.
On Saturday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord to Mary by the Archangel Gabriel. This short video features an Antiphon from Second Vespers for the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord being sung against a backdrop of some fine artwork depicting this Feast day.
This Feast takes on an added significance this year, being the day before Mothering Sunday, so please pray this weekend in thanksgiving for Mary's "Yes" to God and also in thanksgiving for your own mothers, living or departed.
Wednesdays throughout Lent
The Journey - Come Back.
Our Lady's Church, Kings Road, Fleet
Saturday 25th March
Alton Day of Renewal
Alton Convent, Anstey Lane, Alton GU34 2NG
Friday 31st March - Sunday 2nd April
Engaged Encounter Weekend
Park Place, Fareham
Saturday 1st April
Inspirational Speaker Chris Lubbe (Nelson Mandela's body guard) will speak on Justice of human life, compassion, caring and forgiveness.
St Colman's Cosham
Friday 7th - Sunday 9th April
"Be still and know that I God" - A Lenten silent weekend Retreat reflecting on the Passion of Jesus.
St Joseph's AshurstRead more
Saturday 6th May
Friday 19th - Sunday 21st May
Marriage Encounter Weekend
Park Place, Fareham
23rd - 29th July
Don Bosco Summer Camp
St Cassian's Kintbury
Friday 18th - Friday 25th August
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Monday 27th March
Visit to House of Lords with
Bishop Christopher Foster (Anglican Bishop of Portsmouth)
Tuesday 28th March
Bishop’s House, Portsmouth
Thursday 30th March
Bishop’s Council Meeting,
Bishop’s House, Portsmouth
Friday 31st March and Saturday 1st April
Douai Abbey, Reading
Property & Resources Manager - Holy Ghost, Basingstoke
Cleaner - Holy Ghost, Basingstoke
Parish Finance Manager (part time) - St Edward's and St Mark's, Windsor
All mothers, living and departed in thanksgiving for all they have done for us.
All preparing for Baptism, Confirmation and Reception into the Church at Easter.
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