Portsmouth Diocese E-News

Tuesday 11th April 2017 - Issue 133 (2017/14)

Dear All,

This is the last E-News before Easter - and afterwards E-News is having a week’s holiday! So with this edition, I want to wish you and your parish community a wonderful celebration of the ‘Triduum’, the Sacred Three Days of Our Lord’s death and resurrection. The Triduum begins on Thursday evening with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Then there is the Liturgy of the Passion on Good Friday, the Lord’s Descent into Hell on Holy Saturday and on Easter Sunday we celebrate the glory of the Lord’s resurrection. The Triduum is a single celebration, the Liturgy of the Passover, the Passing-over of Jesus from death to life. By His Passing-over, Jesus transforms human life, saving us from sin, suffering and death. He makes that transformation available to us, through His Church, above all in the sacrament of Baptism and in the Mass, where He feeds us with His life-giving Body and Blood.


I wish you, your families and your friends a Happy Easter!


In Corde Iesu.


The Meaning of Easter


Bishop Robert Barron comments on the Meaning of Easter


Chrism Mass

This morning over 100 clergy of the Diocese joined me in the Cathedral for the annual Chrism Mass. I was assisted at the altar by two deacons from the same family - father and son; Deacon Tony D'Mello and his son Ansel, soon to be Fr Ansel -a first!

This is always a wonderful occasion and an important event in the calendar when our priests re-affirm the promises they made at their ordination. I also consecrated the Holy Oils to be used for the celebration of the sacraments during the coming year - the Oil of Catechumens (used at Baptism), the Oil of Chrism (used at Baptism, Confirmation, Ordination and the Consecration of churches, altars and sacred vessels) and the Oil of the Sick.


You can read my homily and see many wonderful photos here.



Restoration of St Thomas More, Hartley Wintney

Ten and a half months after the devastating fire at St Thomas More Church, Hartley Wintney in May 2016, the reinstatement and sanctuary reordering have been completed in readiness for Holy Week. Since the fire Sunday Mass has been celebrated in the local Anglican parish hall for which the Catholic community are eternally grateful.


On Tuesday 20th June I will consecrate the church and new altar. In the meantime the parish are rejoicing that they finally have their church back beautifully restored.


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Visit of Fr James Mallon

I’m pleased to announce that Fr. James Mallon is visiting the Diocese! He will lead a workshop called "Divine Renovation: Bringing your Parish from Maintenance to Mission" at the Beaumont Hotel, Windsor, on 15th June 2017, beginning at 15:00h. The workshop is open to anyone interested and will be particularly suited to teachers, parishioners, catechists, parish ministers, Framework teams and Evangelisation Strategy Teams members. Places are going fast, so book soon to secure your place.


Fr. Mallon is a Canadian parish priest. He is an internationally-known speaker on the work of new evangelisation and parish renewal. His book Divine Renovation: Bringing your Parish from Maintenance to Mission is a best seller, now in its eighth edition in English, its second in French and newly translated into Spanish. Often humorous and colourful, in it Mallon draws on his extensive pastoral experience. In the light of the teaching of Popes St. John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis, he challenges us to rethink parish life in a ‘missionary mode’ and to focus all our energies on forming missionary-disciples.


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Joint Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) for the Isle of Wight? 

The Diocese is currently engaged in a discussion with Bishop Christopher and the Anglican Diocese of Portsmouth about the possibility of Catholic and Church of England (CofE) schools on the Isle of Wight being brought together into one island-wide MAT. We have begun a feasibility study. Education staff from both Dioceses over the next few weeks are looking at the potential benefits and challenges to such a proposal. The idea, if it took form, would also require approval from the Department for Education and the regional schools commissioner.



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The Fatima Centennial Crown (1917-2017)

Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima, Queen of Peace and of the World


The crown of the new millennium is a reinterpretation of the crown that is present every day on the image in the Chapel of the Apparitions at Fatima. Like the original, this work created by Leitao & Irmao was inspired by the appearance and by the message of Our Lady at Fatima in 1917.


Gifts and petitions to Our Lady


At the ceremony in Westminster Cathedral on Saturday 18th February when Cardinal Nichols crowned the WAF National Pilgrim statue, 44 items of gold and silver were freely offered to Our Lady by members of the congregation, which will be transferred to Mr Jorge Leitao’s firm in Portugal. Our Lady also received over 2,500 hand-written petitions which will be placed under her statue in the Capelinha in Fatima.


People are invited to donate unwanted silver and gold items to help defray the cost of the crown. For more information please contact Timothy Tindal-Robertson, National President of WAF England & Wales. 


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New Apostolic Nuncio appointed

An American archbishop who has served as nuncio to Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and the Philippines has been appointed the Holy See’s ambassador to Great Britain.


Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams replaces Archbishop Antonio Mennini, who earlier this year was transferred to the Secretariat of State, the Vatican department responsible for relations with states.


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Palm Sunday in Bournemouth with Libera

Many members of the congregation at Sacred Heart Church joined some 30 boys of the Libera Choir as they sang and processed into the church in Bournemouth this past Palm Sunday. The world-famous choir of young voices is under the direction of Mr. Robert Prizeman. 


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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 6 Palm Sunday - Jesus is crucified, and His body is placed in the tomb. 


As Lent draws to a close, we have much to reflect upon from our Lenten journey. May our prayer this Holy Week be for all who take up the cross as followers of Christ in service of others. For the courage never to be afraid to speak up for justice, and for people who are alone and feel tired and weary from the struggles of life.


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Southampton parishioners make a Big difference with a Big Splash!


Young parishioners from St. Mary Margaret Park Gate have raised over £650 by completing a sponsored dip in the sea, in a bid to help transform communities around the world as part of the aid agency CAFOD’s Lent campaign.


Fired up by the campaign, which focuses on the theme of turning ‘little fish into big fish’, the parish’s Young St. Vincent de Paul (Young SVP) group decided on the idea of running into the cold English Channel to raise money. 


With the sun shining, 10 group members headed to Salterns Road sea front on the 1st April.  The young people ran into the sea cheered on by supporters, where they had to stay for a minimum of three minutes and a maximum of 10.  After the ‘blue little fish’ had dried off, they enjoyed some well-deserved bacon baps and doughnuts, and celebrated the fantastic £661 they had raised.


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St Patrick's Day in Knock

Last month a group of about 50 pilgrims from the south of England journeyed to Knock in County Mayo, Ireland for a week's pilgrimage for St Patrick's Day. Among the pilgrim group were pilgrims from Arundel and Brighton Diocese and Southwark Archdiocese as well as a good number from Portsmouth.


The spiritual needs of the party were provided by two Portsmouth clergy, Fr Stan Gibzinski and Deacon Craig Aburn, including a St Patrick's Day Mass in the Apparition Chapel at Knock Parish Church. 

A good week of fellowship was enjoyed by all and also included trips to Croagh Patrick, Ballintubber Abbey and nearby St Patrick's Well where he baptised many converts and a local Heritage Centre.


There are lots of photos here. 




Life needs your help

By now, many of you may have seen the media frenzy around the fact that Life was awarded £250,000 from the money raised from the Tampon Tax to help fund Life's West London project to help pregnant homeless women. BPAS have already mobilised their supporters to write to their MP, asking them to object to the funds being given to Life. Please take the time to write to your own MP in support of Life's vital services and asking them to write to Minister in support of the grant awarded to them.
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Forthcoming Events  

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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Monday 21st - Friday 25th August

Fanning the Flame - Hampshire Camp

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The Holy Father's Prayer intention for April


That young people may respond generously to their vocations and seriously consider offering themselves to God
in the priesthood or consecrated life.


The Holy Father's Prayer intentions are a personal work of the Holy Father and facilitated by the Jesuits around the world.

The first monthly intention is advertised in advance through the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network and a second "urgent action" is announced by the Holy Father at the First Angelus of each month.



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Bishop Philip's Engagements


Thursday 13th April 

Mass of the Lord’s Supper

St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth, 8pm


Friday 14th April 

Celebration of the Lord’s Passion  

St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth, 3pm


Stations of the Cross

St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth, 7pm


Saturday 15th April 

Easter Vigil Mass

St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth, 8pm


Sunday 16th April 
Easter Sunday Mass
St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth, 12 Noon

No other public engagements this week



Employment opportunities in the Diocese

The following vacancies currently exist in the Diocese: 

Administrative Assistant - The Catholic Academies & Schools Office in Portsmouth Cover (Fixed Term contract - Maternity Cover)  

Called and Gifted Administrator - Home based

Initial 6 months contract


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Please pray for...

Please pray for...

The repose of the souls of all who have died recently. 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.


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, especially Deacon Ansel D'Mello and Deacon Robert Stewart to be ordained to the Sacred Priesthood and James Snyder to be ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacon.

Archbishop Cornelius and the clergy and people of our twin diocese of Bamenda.

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

The next issue of e-News will be in two weeks.


With all good wishes and an assurance of my prayers, 


In Corde Iesu


 Bishop of Portsmouth

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