Portsmouth Diocese E-News

Wednesday 7th June 2017 - Issue 140 (2017/21)
Dear All, 

It's the General Election tomorrow - let us pray to the Holy Spirit to guide us in our vote. It's been a strange campaign, one during which two brutal terror attacks have occurred. Just as we were processing the Manchester atrocity, another occurred on London Bridge. Let us pray for those who were killed or injured and for the forgiveness of the perpetrators. May the Lord preserve us from violence and evil and forgive us too for our sins.


Meanwhile I wish you all the continuing joys of Pentecost! Please pray for me and all the Clergy in Convocation next week.





This coming Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity -  but what is the Trinity?




Pray for peace!

Pope St John XXIII's Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, who are called the Prince of Peace, who are yourself our peace and reconciliation, who so often said, "Peace to you," grant us peace. Make all men and women witnesses of truth, justice, and brotherly love. Banish from their hearts whatever might endanger peace. Enlighten our rulers that they may guarantee and defend the great gift of peace. May all peoples of the earth becomes as brothers and sisters. May longed-for peace blossom forth and reign always over us all. Amen.


Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael the Archangel, defend us in the day of battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God cast down into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.



General Election advice from the Bishops of England and Wales

The Bishops of England and Wales have issued a letter to Catholics on tomorrow's General Election. You may have already seen the letter which has recently been distributed in parishes.


The letter is an encouragement to all Catholics to play an active part in the election. While voting for any particular political party is a matter of conscience, the bishops encourage people to use their vote at this pivotal time for our nations, as we prepare to leave the European Union. You can read the letter here.


The letter concludes with a prayer:

"Lord grant us wisdom to act always with integrity, seeking the protection and flourishing of all, and building a society based on justice and peace." 




Convocation of Clergy - just one week away!

I want to ask you to pray for a special intention.



Fr. James Mallon, a Canadian parish priest,  and internationally-known speaker on the work of new evangelisation and parish renewal will be here from 13th to 15th June at the Beaumont Hotel Windsor, formerly Beaumont College. He will first address a ‘Convocation of Clergy.’ Then, after the Convocation ends, on Thursday 15th June, he will address a sold out audience of the laity, educators and anyone else who booked to attend. 


Please pray for the success of the ‘Convocation of Clergy’ for our priests and deacons in active ministry.


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Visit to Abu Bakr Mosque, Southampton  

Last Friday I visited the Abu Bakr mosque in Southampton and joined them for Friday prayers. It was remarkable – the place was packed, perhaps 600 worshippers. It is also a week or so into Ramadan.


They invited me to speak – you can read what I said here and there are some photos here.




Easter Reflections 

In the last of our series of Easter reflections from Jennifer Geach, our focus this week is on last Sunday's Solemnity of Pentecost.


Although Easter may be over, we still have two more reflections to look forward to over the next two weeks, for the great Feasts of the Most Holy Trinity and Corpus Christi.


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Called and Gifted

The Called and Gifted website has recently been updated with details of the twenty-four charisms relating to the programme and is being constantly updated with witness testimonies from people across the diocese who have been identified with particular charisms.

This week our focus is on the charism of Intercessory Prayer.


Intercessory Prayer: My prayer for others enables God’s love and deliverance to reach them in specific remarkable ways. 


You can make an anonymous request to our Intercessory Prayer team here



Golden Jubilee of Priesthood

Congratulations to Fr Shaun Budden who celebrated his Golden Jubilee of his Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood on the Feast of St Bede.


Last Saturday, he celebrated the First Mass of Pentecost at St Mary's in Aldershot which was the first parish of which he was Parish Priest. 


You can read more here.





Marian procession in Gosport

Patrick Flynn reports on a recent wonderful open air celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on a beautiful May morning at St Mary's RC School in Gosport which was followed by a Marian procession around the school grounds.


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Lourdes fund raiser at Our Lady Queen of Peace Southbourne

Father Kevin Hoiles writes...


Pasrishioners of Our Lady Queen of Peace were recently entertained by the Fabulous Land Girls who sang songs from the1940's whilst parishioners had a cream tea and joined in with singing.


Funds raised for event where nearly £400.




Refugee tales

A walk in solidarity with Refugees and Detainees in taking place from Runnymede to Westminster between 1st - 5th July.


1st July: Runnymede to Walton on Thames (11 miles)

2nd July: Walton on Thames to Kingston (8 miles)

3rd July: Kingston to Brentford (11 miles)

4th July: Brentford to Hammersmith (6 miles)

5th July: Hammersmith to Westminster (9 miles)


At each stopping point celebrated writers will perform tales written after conversations with refugees and detainees and those who work with them.


See website for further details:  or contact the PCS Team.



Welcome to Worship in Avon Stour

Everyone is invited to Avon Stour Pastoral Area’s next 'Welcome to Worship' event.


Some comments from people who went to the last one they held:

  • The Welcome to Worship evening...was wonderful… truly a renewing spiritual experience not to be missed... I hope             there will be more such evenings.
  • It was excellent…The quiet prayer part was very powerful.
  • It was lovely to have a quiet evening of contemplation. I really enjoyed the music praise and the theme for the                    evening of knocking as a theme for meditation. I think the balance of praise and quiet time was right. I would                    certainly recommend the evenings to anyone.
  • ...such an enjoyable and worthwhile experience... The fact that a large part of the time was spent singing                            uplifting hymns meant that you really couldn’t help but enjoy it. In addition I liked the ‘no pressure’ side to the                    evening, where you could partake in as much or little as you wanted.

Why not join them and give it a try - and why not take along a friend or two, Christian or otherwise?!




New training courses for Catechists

The Formation for Mission Team have a number of new courses starting soon which provide training for Parish Catechists. You can download an information booklet here.


The new course We are all Witnesses - Essential Training for Catechists is now available to book. You can find details here.


You can find out more about the Formation for Mission Team on their website.





Anglo-Slovak schools partnership

A partnership between Blessed Hugh Faringdon school, Reading and St John Bosco High School, Slovakia secures ministerial approval for its ground-breaking work in school improvement


Read more








Justice, Peace and Social Responsibility

The June bulletin from our diocesan Justice, Peace and Social Responsibility Team is now available to read here.

You can also read about this year's National Justice and Peace Network conference here.





Christian Unity 

Eileen Finch, Secretary of the Diocesan Christian Unity Committee writes...


Following on from the Laudato Si' conference in November, it might interest people to know of the organisation Green Christian. They are partners with the Passionist brothers. Of course there are many denominational environmental groups but it is probably time to “read from the same hymn book”. CTBI website has more information.


As you know we are always pleased to hear of Christians working together throughout our diocese. Please contact us with your stories.





Inter-religious calendar: Ramadan

Ramadan has started – the holy month for Muslims that is marked by fasting, alms-giving, increased prayer, and study of the Qur’an. I am sure that your Muslim family or friends would appreciate your good wishes  – wishing them a “Happy Ramadan” is fine – it is a really special months for most Muslims, which involves a lot of socialising, and time spent with family and friends (the “iftar”, fast-breaking, can be a big occasion, and more than usually the sharing of food is encouraged), as well as a “spiritual re-charge” – and “Ramadan Mubarak” or “Ramadan Kareem” are more traditional greetings.




Forthcoming Events   

Thursday 15th June
Life Pregnancy Counselling Recruitment





Thursday 15th June

Extraordinary Form High Mass for Corpus Christi
Holy Family Southampton
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Saturday 17th June
Discipleship in a changing Church

St Peter's Winchester, 11.00


Friday 23rd June
Life Pregnancy Counselling Recruitment

Friday 23rd June – Sunday 9th July
Rejoice! Catholic Festival
Southampton East PA






Saturday 24th June
Alton Day of Renewal











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

Read more


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

Read more


23rd - 29th July

Don Bosco Summer Camp

St Cassian's Kintbury 

Read more


3rd-6th August

St John Paul II Walking Pilgrimage to Walsingham

Read more


Friday 18th - Friday 25th August

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Read more


Monday 21st - Friday 25th August

Fanning the Flame - Hampshire Camp

Read more


30th September - 1st October

Celebrate! Southampton

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Bishop Philip's Engagements  

Thursday 8th June

Chapter of Canons meeting, Bishop’s House, Portsmouth


Friday 9th June 

Presentation ceremony for newly qualified teachers,

St John’s Cathedral Discovery Centre, Portsmouth


Saturday 10th June 

Confirmation Mass, St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth


Monday 12th June

Various meetings, Bishop’s House, Portsmouth







Employment opportunities in the Diocese

The following vacancies currently exist in the Diocese: 

Parish Administrator /Secretary 
St Joseph's and the Immaculate Conception, Christchurch

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

Administrative Assistant - The Catholic Academies & Schools Office in Portsmouth 
(Maternity Cover 9 month Fixed Term contract)

Cleaner to work for the Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes, New Milton 

Site Manager - St Swithun’s Catholic Primary School, Southsea

Parish Secretary - St Saviour, Totland Bay & St Thomas of Canterbury, Newport

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Please pray for...

The repose of the souls of all who have died recently, especially Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, Archbishop Emeritus of Kyiv-Halych who died on 31st May and for all 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.


The guidance of the Holy Spirit on all candidates and the electorate in the General Election.


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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