Portsmouth Diocese E-News

Wednesday 3rd May 2017 - Issue 135 (2017/16)

Dear All,

I wish you continuing happiness in this Easter season. During this time, hundreds of young people from across the Diocese will be coming to the Cathedral to receive the life-changing Sacrament of Confirmation. Please pray for them and their families, and also for their clergy, catechists and sponsors. Let us pray that these anointed young Catholics will have a transformative impact as missionary disciples of Christ. Here's a short video-catechesis about the Sacrament of Confirmation.

The Sacrament of Confirmation


This video focuses on Confirmation, explaining the connection to Pentecost, the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit

that deepens and perfects baptismal grace, and the mission that accompanies reception of the Sacrament.


Portsmouth Catholic Diocese in your pocket!


On Easter Sunday the Diocese launched its own App!


The Portsmouth Catholic Diocese App is available on Apple and Android and is free to download for your smartphone or tablet.


Here you can find maps and information for your nearest Church, including Mass times, Eucharistic Adoration and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

You will also find a regularly updated calendar of events and many other features relating to Catholic life.

Read more about it here.



General Election

Britain is preparing for a General Election and as Catholics we have a crucial contribution to make to this democratic process. Here are ten key questions to think about. You could use them to evaluate a manifesto, or you could put them to a prospective parliamentary candidate.


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Meeting with Wanda Gawronska

When I arrived in Rome last Thursday, I stayed at the Venerable English College overnight before heading up on Friday to Palazzola for the Bishops' Conference. It was great to stay in the College and it brought back many memories of my time there as a student for the priesthood 1980-1985. The place is looking splendid although there are not as many seminarians as in my time. There are three students in the College for our Diocese of Portsmouth: Matthew King, Oliver Welsford and Daniel Ferguson. I found them all on good form and after Holy Hour we went out to supper. Please pray for them.


While I was there I also had the joy of meeting once again Wanda Gawronska, the niece of Blessed Pier Giorgio. She came over to the College on her 'motorino' and we spent a wonderful hour and a half reminiscing about our recent trip to Turin and Pollone. We also spoke about Pier Giorgio's possible canonisation. Indeed I've been talking to Cardinal Vincent about this and whether we might petition the Holy Father to canonise Bl Pier Giorgio at the end of next year's Synod on Youth. Please say a prayer for this intention.



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Oratory in Formation

I am delighted to announce that the Oratory in Formation at Sacred Heart, Bournemouth will begin on 31st May 2017.


Please pray for the priests (Fr. Peter Edwards and Fr. Dominic Jacob) and the student brother who will form the initial community.


The new Oratory in Formation at the Church of the Sacred Heart will be situated in the heart of Bournemouth, surrounded by university accommodation, many language school students, diverse ethnic communities, and homelessness, beside  long-standing residents, the hospitality industry, business and commerce.


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Could you help with this year's Pilgrimage to Lourdes?

Could you volunteer as an Adult helper for this year’s Pilgrimage?  Or perhaps you are a qualified Nurse or Doctor and would like to consider joining the Catholic Association Pilgrimage? 


Our Adult Helper application deadline is 1st June.  Please contact Fr John Cooke or Mrs Clare Ryan on 01489 572797 or email  for information on helping, or contact them if you would like more information on joining the Pilgrimage this year, but not in a helper capacity.  


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Easter Reflections 


In the second of our series of reflections from Jennifer Geach on the Sundays of Easter, we focus on the Third Sunday of Easter - Christ is risen!


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Farewell to Fr. Pepe

Fr. Julián Carrón, leader of Communion and Liberation, has asked Fr. José ("Pepe") Clavería to be a member of the governing body of the Sacred Heart school in Milan. The school is the only one belonging officially to the catholic movement Communion and Liberation. It is a kind of flag ship for many others in Italy and all over the world, being the number one ranked school in Milan. Fr. Pepe will take on the prestigious role of Rector. The appointment is effective September 2017.


We offer him our prayers and best wishes in this new appointment. At the same time, full of thanks for all his service in our Diocese these last four years, not least his work as parish priest in Maidenhead and chaplain to Called and Gifted, now leader of the Dialogue and Proclamation sub-department, we are sorry to lose him. Please pray for him and also for St. Edmund Campion parish, as we seek a new pastor.



Called and Gifted update

The Called and Gifted team have identified some specific needs in the work of the diocese and the sorts of charisms and skills required to undertake these.


Please see their latest newsletter here for more information.



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.


The Celebrate Team are hosting a Friends of Celebrate Meeting at St Margaret Mary Church Hall, Middle Road, Park Gate, SO31 7GH on Sunday 14th May.  It will offer people a real Taste of Celebrate and starts at 3pm. Everyone is welcome.  Bring a friend who has never been to Celebrate and wants an idea of what goes on before signing up for the weekend!



Praise and Worship Mass at Park Gate

The parish of St Margaret Mary Park Gate holds a bi-monthly Praise & Worship Mass which has become quite popular – especially within the ‘Celebrate’ community.  


The next Mass will be held on Sunday 14th May at 6.30pm with the Sacrament of Reconciliation available in the Lady Chapel from 5.30pm - 6.30pm, prior to the Mass at St Margaret Mary Church, Middle Road, Park Gate, SO31 7GH.


After the Mass there will be a time of fellowship and shared hospitality in the hall.


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Significant Wedding Anniversaries 2017


Are you celebrating a 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th or Anniversary over 60 years?
If so, I would like to invite you to a Mass of Celebration. This will take place at St Bede’s Church in Basingstoke on Saturday 24th June at 11 am. It is a wonderful occasion to celebrate and witness to Marriage. 
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Justice, Peace and Social Responsibility


The May Bulletin from the  Justice, Peace and Social Responsibility Team is available to read on our website.


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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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Saturday 20th May


Alton Day of Renewal

Alton Convent

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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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Bishop Philip's Engagements


Thursday 27th April – Friday 5th May

Bishops’ Conference Plenary Assembly and Retreat, Rome


Saturday 6th May

Confirmation Mass, St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth;

Dialogue with Sectors Meeting, Bishop’s House, Portsmouth


Sunday 7th May

Confirmation Mass, St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth


Monday 8th May

Various Meetings, Bishop’s House, Portsmouth








Employment opportunities in the Diocese

The following vacancies currently exist in the Diocese: 

Parish Administration Assistant - Parish of St Peter & The Winchester Martyrs 


Lay Chaplain - Oaklands Catholic School and Sixth Form College 

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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 Confirmation and First Holy Communion.


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

With all good wishes and an assurance of my prayers, 


In Corde Iesu


 Bishop of Portsmouth

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