Portsmouth Diocese E-News

Tuesday 23rd May 2017 - Issue 138 (2017/19)
Dear All,

Prayers for the people of Manchester

Although born in Altrincham in Cheshire, I nevertheless think of Manchester as my home city. So I was deeply shocked by the tragedy that unfolded yesterday at the Manchester Arena. I have offered Mass for the repose of the victims, for the recovery of the injured, for all families and friends affected by this atrocity and also for the forgiveness of those who perpetrated it. I know Manchester Victoria station well and the Arena which is built above the tracks. I have written to Bishop John Arnold, the Bishop of Salford, to express the prayers and sympathy of all the clergy and people of the Diocese of Portsmouth (see here).  


                                                                        Let us pray for an end to violence and terrorism caused by extremist fundamentalism.



Easter Reflections 

In the fifth of our series of Easter reflections from Jennifer Geach our focus this week is - "Who do you say I am?"


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Thy Kingdom Come - Preparing for Pentecost

Novena to the Holy Spirit


The Great Feast of Pentecost will soon be upon us, when we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit given to Mary and the Apostles, and so also to the early Church. After Ascension, those first disciples were told by Jesus not to leave Jerusalem but to wait there “for what the Lord had promised” (Acts 1:4). We too, then, are invited to “wait for what the Lord has promised us”, namely the Holy Spirit. Please would you consider offering a Novena to the Holy Spirit from Friday 26th May to Saturday 3rd June for the New Evangelisation in our diocese. There are many you could use. Here's one suggestion.


Thy Kingdom Come


This is a global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray at this
                                                                        time for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. As Catholics, we can support this initiative
                                                                        with our Pentecost Novena, Prayer of the Faithful and an encouragement for us to pray, as we
                                                                        normally do, with the particular intention for our loved ones to come to faith in Jesus Christ.


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Sharing the Joy of the Gospel – Day of Prayer for the New Evangelisation

Saturday 3rd June, 10am-3pm

St. Edward’s Church, 191-193 Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford SO53 2DU.


The diocese will be hosting a day of prayer for the New Evangelisation, beginning with Mass at 10am. Throughout the day, there will be the opportunity to pray before the Blessed Sacrament. There will also be a prayer workshop either side of lunch (please bring your own), centred on the theme of “using the gifts of the Holy Spirit”. You are welcome to come for all or just some of the day. Even if you cannot join us, please take time that day to pray for the New Evangelisation in our diocese – it is essential that all our efforts are founded on a firm bedrock of prayer.




Pray for our students

Please pray for all our young people preparing to sit exams in schools, colleges and universities across the Diocese. As we approach the Feast of Pentecost, ask the Holy Spirit to help them:

Let us pray for our school, college and university students: that the Holy Spirit will guide their minds and quieten their hearts throughout this exam season.


Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.


Students might like to use this prayer themselves:


Come, Holy Spirit, Divine Creator, true source of light and fountain of wisdom! Pour forth your brilliance upon my dense intellect, dissipate the darkness which covers me, that of sin and of ignorance. Grant me a penetrating mind to understand, a retentive memory, method and ease in learning, the lucidity to comprehend, and abundant grace in expressing myself. Guide the beginning of my work, direct its progress, and bring it to successful completion. This I ask through Jesus Christ, true God and true man, living and reigning with You and the Father, forever and ever. Amen.



St Anne's is Outstanding!

St Anne’s in Southampton were delighted to be rated outstanding in all areas by the Diocesan Validation team recently.  It was a pleasure to share with colleagues from other Diocesan secondary schools the life of this vibrant school for a couple of days.  School leaders were delighted that the team recognised that all members of the community feel valued and nurtured, whether student or adult and that each day starts for all in prayer, often following the lectio divinamodel. 


The full report can be read here.


Please continue to pray for the work of this and all our schools!



Annual Report of the Catholic Education Service 2016 

The CES Management Committee is keen that the CES continues to be fully transparent and accountable for its use of the levy to the dioceses that support it.  The Management Committee has therefore asked that the work of the CES is reported on an annual basis so that dioceses can be assured that the funding is being well used in order to fulfil our functions.


The  Annual Report of the Catholic Education Service for 2016 outlines the work that the CES has undertaken during 2016.



General Election - Our Common Future

As Catholics, Pope Francis reminds us that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and calls us to join a new dialogue about the future.


This election must look to the kind of society we wish to create for ourselves and to pass on to our children. It’s also about the world we want to see for our brothers and sisters worldwide, especially those who are poorest and most vulnerable.


                                                                        Further to my recent ten questions, here is a useful briefing from CAFOD and Caritas.



Alpha Leadership Conference

Fr Mark Hogan, Episcopal Vicar for Evangelisation, led a small team from the Diocese to attend this year’s Alpha Leadership Conference, held by Holy Trinity Brompton Church at the Royal Albert Hall at the beginning of May.
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Two hours - £3000

A team of Lyndhurst parishioners have raised over £3000 for charity in just two hours by hosting a Plant and Cake Sale. 


The event was organised by Henry Rosenvinge and a team of volunteers who also support CAFOD.  All proceeds from the day will go to a CAFOD project supported by Our Lady's, Connect2: Ethiopia, which increases the ability of farmers to work the land successfully in the rural Ethiopian community of Sebeya. 


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Jersey celebrates Fatima Centenary

Following Mass in St Thomas in Jersey over 600 parishioners participated in the outdoor procession around the streets of St Helier to honour Our Lady who appeared to the three children in Fatima 100 years ago.


The clergy led the procession together with First Holy Communion children, the Knights of St Columba and Portuguese, Polish and English  parishioners.  A special and memorable evening.




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.  



St John Paul II Walking Pilgrimage to Walsingham

Why not join the Dominican Sisters of St Joseph for a 50 miles walking pilgrimage this summer, from the 3rd to the 6th August. 

The intention of the pilgrimage is the New Evangelisation of England and Wales.


The pilgrimage starts in Bury St Edmunds on the 3rd August in the afternoon, and ends in Walsingham on Sunday 6th.

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Intercessory Prayer Team

Through the Called & Gifted process, a number of people in our Diocese have been able to discern that they have the charism of Intercessory Prayer. Some have expressed the wish to gather together in small groups from time to time, or be connected with each other, and so a Diocesan Intercessory prayer network has been established.


The intercessions could include prayers for our Diocese and all the people in it (from the laity to our Bishop, Priests, Deacons, Seminarians, Religious) as well as all the various needs of the world.


To make an anonymous request click here


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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Summer Accommodation in London

Allen Hall Seminary in Chelsea which provides Formation for the Sacred Priesthood, including for some students from our Diocese, offers comfortable rooms in central London in July and August.  There a beautiful gardens and a chapel.  Rooms from £50 per night (including breakfast). 


For more information Telephone : 020 7349 5600 (option 0), e-mail or visit the Seminary website.




Bishop Barron on Why the Ascension of Jesus Matters





Forthcoming Events   

Thursday 15th June
Life Pregnancy Counselling Recruitment






Saturday 17th June
Discipleship in a changing Church

St Peter's Winchester, 11.00


Friday 24th June
Life Pregnancy Counselling Recruitment






Sunday 25th June

Ordination of Priests

St John's Cathedral Portsmouth, 14.00

Saturday 1st July

Ordination to the Diaconate

St John's Cathedral Portsmouth, 11.00




Sunday 2nd July

St Edmund Campion Pilgrimage Mass

Lyford Grange, near Wantage

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14th-16th July

Neighbour or Stranger:

A Christian Response to Forced Displacement in the World

University of Winchester

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21st-23rd July

National Justice & Peace Conference:

A Sabbath for the Earth and the Poor

the challenge of Pope Francis

The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire

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23rd - 29th July

Don Bosco Summer Camp

St Cassian's Kintbury 

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3rd-6th August

St John Paul II Walking Pilgrimage to Walsingham

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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 25th May 
Bishop’s Council Meeting,
Bishop’s House, Portsmouth

Friday 26th May 
Confirmation Mass, 11.00
Farleigh School, Andover

Various Meetings,
Bishop’s House, Portsmouth

Saturday 27th May
Confirmation Mass, 11.00
St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth


Sunday 28th May

Confirmation Mass, 15.00

St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth


Tuesday 30th May

Council of Priests Meeting, Bishop’s House, Portsmouth

Visit to Seminary, London






Employment opportunities in the Diocese

The following vacancies currently exist in the Diocese: 

Parish Administrator /Secretary 
St Josephs and the Immaculate Conception, Christchurch

Administrative Secretary
English Martyrs, Didcot and St John the Evangelist, Wallingford

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Please pray for...

Please pray for...

The repose of the souls of all who have died recently, especially those killed through acts of warfare, violence and terrorism. 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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