Portsmouth Diocese E-News

Wednesday 22nd March 2017 - Issue 130 (2017/11)

Dear All,

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.


Why does God allow suffering?


Fr Rob Galea on Suffering.

As we continue our journey through Lent, here are some thoughts from Fr Rob Galea on why God allows suffering.


Pilgrimage to Turin


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.


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Diocese goes Green!

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's Catholic Teacher Seminar, Part 1


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.



Called and Gifted teaching weekend 

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.


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Formation for Mission Webinar hits a milestone!

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.


To register for the Webinar, click here or visit the Formation for Mission website for details of all the courses and events offered by the Formation for Mission team.







Justice, Peace and Social Responsibility

The Justice, Peace and Social Responsibility Team have published their March bulletin, which they ask you to please share on parish notice boards and by e-mail to help encourage  a greater concern for justice and stimulate action. If you have your own concerns and actions to share they would be very pleased to receive them via e-mail.   

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.



40 hours for the Lord

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.


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Southampton Celebrate Weekend

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.



Christian Unity 

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.





Lenten Voyage with the Apostleship of the Sea

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.


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March for Life UK 2017

50 years too long - the Abortion Act was passed in 1967.  
8.7 Million lives too many - the number of abortions in the last 50 years in England and Wales.
Life form Conception No Exception - this is the Catholic Doctrine.
Why not join Friars from Gosport at the March for Life in Birmingham on Saturday 20th May to give witness for the "Culture of Life". Contact the Friars in you would like to book a place with them to travel on Friday 19th May or Saturday 20th May. Better still promote the March yourselves in the Parish and arrange your own transport. 
Pope St John Paul II in his World Youth Day homily (15th August 1993) said:  
"Do not be afraid to go out on the streets and into public places like the first apostles, who preached Christ and the good news of salvation in the squares of cities, towns and villages. This is no time to be ashamed of the Gospel (cf.Rom.1:16). It is the time to preach it from the rooftops (cf.Mt.10:27). Do not be afraid to break out of comfortable and routine modes of living in order to take up the challenge of making Christ known in the modern "metropolis." It is you who must "go out into the byroads" (Mt.22:9) and invite everyone you meet to the banquet which God has prepared for his people. The Gospel must not be kept hidden because of fear or indifference. It was never meant to be hidden away in private. It has to be put on a stand so that people may see its light and give praise to our heavenly Father (cf.Mt.5:15-16)." 
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Presentation of Pro Ecclesia et Pontiface

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.





The Annunciation of the Lord


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.


Forthcoming Events 

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

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Friday 31st March - Sunday 2nd April

Engaged Encounter Weekend

Park Place, Fareham

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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

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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 Ashurst 

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Saturday 6th May

'Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible' … in a day!
St Peter’s Parish Centre, Winchester
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Friday 19th - Sunday 21st May

Marriage Encounter Weekend

Park Place, Fareham

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23rd - 29th July

Don Bosco Summer Camp

St Cassian's Kintbury 

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Friday 18th - Friday 25th August

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

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Bishop Philip's Engagements


Monday 27th March 
Visit to House of Lords with

Bishop Christopher Foster (Anglican Bishop of Portsmouth)


Tuesday 28th March 
Various Meetings,

Bishop’s House, Portsmouth


Thursday 30th March 
Bishop’s Council Meeting,

Bishop’s House, Portsmouth


Friday 31st March and Saturday 1st April

Selection Conference,

Douai Abbey, Reading



Employment opportunities in the Diocese

The following vacancies currently exist in the Diocese: 

Property & Resources Manager - Holy Ghost, Basingstoke


Cleaner - Holy Ghost, Basingstoke


Parish Finance Manager (part time) - St Edward's and St Mark's, Windsor


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Please pray for...

Please pray for...

Auxiliary Bishop-Elect Michael Bibi who will be ordained Bishop on Saturday 25th March.

All those who teach and learn in our Diocesan academies and schools and in our Schools and Academies Department.

All mothers, living and departed in thanksgiving for all they have done for us.


The repose of the souls of all who have died recently, especially Archbishop Luigi Barbarito who died on 12th March.  Archbishop Barbarito was the Apostolic Pro-Nuncio, then Nuncio to Great Britain from 1989-1997. Requiescant in pace. 

For all the sick clergy and for all in our Diocese who are sick and in need of our prayers.

All preparing for Baptism, Confirmation and Reception into the Church at Easter.


Archbishop Cornelius and the clergy and people of our twin diocese of Bamenda following recent outbreak of violence and unrest and the City of Bamenda and for all who have been killed or injured.

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

All those suffering in the world through hunger, disease, persecution and natural disaster.

For Vocations to the Priesthood, Diaconate and Religious Life and for all currently discerning their vocation. Also for those preparing for ordination to the priesthood and diaconate this year.

The work of all Evangelisation Strategy Teams across our Diocese and for those entering the "Called and Gifted" process.

The success of the Convocation of Clergy to be held 13th - 15th June.

All the faithful of the Diocese that they may share their time and talents for the the good of the Church and discern how God is calling them in a particular way to be more intentional disciples. 


Bishop Philip Egan

With all good wishes and an assurance of my prayers, 


In Corde Iesu


 Bishop of Portsmouth

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