Portsmouth Diocese E-News

Thursday 22nd June 2017 - Issue 142 (2017/23)

Dear all,

I have recently written to Cardinal Nichols (see here) to express our shock, our horror and our sadness at the terrible fire that engulfed Grenfell Tower in West London, and to express through him our deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers for the residents of that tower block who were killed or injured and who have lost their homes in the disaster. On Sunday, the Feast of Corpus Christi, I offered Mass for the repose of the victims, for the recovery of the injured, and for all families and friends affected by the tragedy, praying too for the emergency services in their rescue work and for the comfort of all the bereaved. 


Please continue to remember all those involved in your prayers.


If you wish to contribute practically to the support of those who have lost their homes and possessions, there are Catholic organisations engaged in relief work that you might wish to support. The Archdiocese has set up an Emergency Relief Fund. More details plus the possibility of making a donation on line can be found here


At moments like this, where would we be without our faith and the knowledge that God is a loving God full of mercy and compassion? Let us turn to Him, praying and working for better ways of avoiding these sorts of tragedies in the future and asking for now the energy of His love.




This Friday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a special form of devotion to Jesus. It brings to focus God's love for us all.




Priests, be risk-takers!

Message of Fr. James Mallon to Convocation of Clergy


“What sort of priest or deacon are you? Are you a risk-taker, a care-taker or an undertaker?” This was the question Fr. James Mallon asked our clergy last week at the Convocation of Clergy. The Convocation, which was held at the De Vere Hotel, Windsor from 13th to 15th June, was for all the clergy of the Diocese of Portsmouth in active ministry in parishes, schools and communities. With 120 present, including 15 deacons, it was very close to a 100% turnout. The event lasted only 48 hours, although it was such an intense period of work that it seemed to last much longer. The retired clergy were invited to join us for the final Mass and lunch, and also to the Thursday afternoon workshops. These latter were also open to the laity and anyone interested. It was a full house. The whole Convocation was a remarkable and grace-filled experience, not unlike what Vatican II was, they say, for its participants, an ‘event’ that transcended its actual contents.


Read more



Clergy appointments

I have made some further new clergy appointments in the diocese, which take effect from 8th September 2017. There are a few still to be announced.


I thank these priests for all they have done and for being willing to make these moves.


Please pray that in the new appointments the Lord will bless these pastors and their communities abundantly. 


                                                                        You can read more about all the announced moves here.                                        



Portsmouth Catholic Diocese in your pocket!

Have you downloaded the Diocesan App yet?

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.


Ordinations to the Sacred Priesthood

On Sunday 25th June, I shall ordain two new priests for our diocese. Ansel D'Mello whom I have appointed to be Assistant Priest at the Cathedral and Robert Stewart whom I have appointed to be Assistant Priest in Abingdon. Please pray for these men and thank God for the sacrifices they have made to become His Priests. Pray too, for an increase in Vocations to the the Sacred Priesthood and ask God if he is calling you, or a family member or friend to serve him as a Priest.




Sunday Reflections 

In the latest of our series of reflections from Jennifer Geach, our focus this week is on last Sunday's Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ - Corpus Christi.


Read more



Annual Mass for Schools

Yesterday morning, the Feast day of St Aloysius Gonzaga, I celebrated the Annual Mass for Schools in the Cathedral. It was a joyful celebration and wonderful to see so many young people and staff from our Catholic Schools across the Diocese.

My thanks to Fr PJ Smith, Fr Jamie McGrath and all involved in the planning of the Mass, and to all who attended from far and wide.


You can view some photos from the Mass and read my homily here.



Consecration of St Thomas More, Hartley Wintney

Yesterday evening I visited Hartley Wintney in North East Hampshire Pastoral Area to re-dedicate the church after last year's fire that destroyed its roof and to consecrate the new altar, just two days before its patronal feast day. 
The church now looks more beautiful than ever, thanks to the labours of Fr. Simon and countless members of the parish community. We’re so full of gratitude to the many people who have enabled this work.  
                                                                          Read more


Peter's Pence 

Peter’s Pence - a centuries-old solidarity initiative for the Bishop of Rome - has now arrived on the internet with the aim of promoting the solidarity of the faithful, religious and lay people, in an increasingly shared path.


Knowing about and contributing to the Works by Pope Francis is easier today thanks to the opportunity to donate directly through the Peter's Pence website and to share messages of hope and solidarity through the social networks (Twitter and Instagram), participating in a common path of mercy.


On the site it is also possible to become read in-depth about some of the Works supported by Peter’s Pence.


You can also download Peter's Pence Collection Resources.




New names for Deaneries

I am pleased to announce that, with immediate effect, the deaneries will have the following patronage and names:


Blessed Dominic Barberi Deanery, Central and East Berkshire
(Great Park, Reading and South Berkshire Pastoral Areas)


Blessed John Body Deanery, North Hampshire
(Northeast Hampshire and Northwest Hampshire Pastoral Areas)


Blessed John Henry Newman Deanery, Central Hampshire
(Bordon & Petersfield, Hampshire Downs and Three Rivers Pastoral Areas)


Saint Edmund Campion Deanery, Old Berkshire
(North Downs, Thames Isis and West Berkshire Pastoral Areas)


Saints Helier and Sampson Deanery, the Channel Islands
(Bailiwick of Guernsey and Jersey Pastoral Areas)


Saint John XXIII Deanery, West Solent
(Avon Stour, Bournemouth and New Forest Pastoral Areas)


Saint Wilfrid Deanery, Southeast Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

(Havant, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Solent Pastoral Areas)


Stella Maris Deanery, Southampton
(Southampton Central and West and Southampton East Pastoral Areas)


NightFever at St Mary’s Gosport

The next NightFever evening in Gosport is on Saturday 1st of July starting at 7.30 pm after 6 o'clock Mass.


NightFever is a very special evening where we are not only able to follow Christ’s call to “Reach out to others,” by inviting passers-by to come and light a candle and pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament, but we to have the opportunity to spend time with Jesus in a beautiful atmosphere. 


All are very welcome please do come along, taste and see.


If anyone would like further information or would like to take part in the evening please see here or contact Mike Slater on 02392 554537 or contact the Parish Office 02392 580119.


Please keep NightFever in your prayers. 



Portsmouth People

Look out for the latest issue of Portsmouth People in your parishes shortly.
It is due to hit the pews on 1st July.


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.





Benedict XVI to Pope Francis: Your goodness is my home and the place where I feel safe






Forthcoming Events    

Friday 23rd June
Life Pregnancy Counselling Recruitment

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


Saturday 24th June

‘With A Voice Of Singing’

West Andover

Read more  


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

Read more


Wednesday 12th July

Reboot Live! UK Tour

St Mary's University Twickenham

Read more


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

Read more





Follow us on Social Media

I invite you to keep in touch in between issues of E-News by following my Twitter account.
You can also follow the Diocese on Facebook and Twitter.


Bishop Philip's Engagements  

Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd June 

Bishop’s Council Meeting, Isle of Wight


Saturday 24th June 

Significant Wedding Anniversaries Mass, St Bede’s Church, Basingstoke


Sunday 25th June 

Ordinations to the Sacred Priesthood, St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth


Tuesday 27th June 

Various meetings, Bishop’s House, Portsmouth


Wednesday 28th June 

Clergy Day, Marwell Hotel



Please pray for...

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 on 25th June and James Snyder to be ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacon on 1st July.

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

For all the sick clergy and people in our Diocese who are 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 all clergy preparing to move to new appointments and for their parishes.


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.

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

Do you have an event to advertise or news item to share?

We receive a lot of adverts for events. If you would like to advertise an event, please fill out this form here

Subscribe to Portsmouth Diocese E-news
Keep up to date with what’s happening in the diocese. The diocesan e-news comes out on Tuesday most weeks – latest events, photos, videos.

(Under the terms of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the information provided on this form will be held in confidence and used for the purpose of diocesan communications and no other purpose).