Portsmouth Diocese E-News

Tuesday 19th September 2017 - Issue 152 (2017/33)
Dear all,

Welcome to this E-News update. I'm just back from a visit to the Royal Navy base here in Portsmouth, where with Mgr Andrew McFadden, senior naval chaplain, Commodore Jeremy Rigby gave us a tour of the harbour and the amazing new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth which is still being fitted out.


Meanwhile God bless you this coming week - and our thanks to Deacon Craig Aburn for compiling and editing the articles.


Bishop announces 8-point plan for the diocese

In the Pastoral Letter this weekend (24th September), I will be announcing an eight-point plan for the Diocese, a vision statement of my hopes and aspirations for the next decade. I have been discussing this vision with various groups and diocesan officers over the last year, as well as with the clergy at the Convocation of Clergy during the summer. It is a vision that builds on all that has gone before but which lays out lines and trajectories of development for the future. The immediate task will be for everyone, clergy and laity, and for groups, communities, parishes and schools, ESTs and Framework Teams to receive and reflect upon this vision. Each in their own work and in their own field, will then be invited to develop strategies that seek by God’s grace to implement the vision in their own contexts.


For more on this, see here.



Feast of St Matthew - Thursday 21st September


This Thursday is the Feast of St Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist.


He was born in Capernaum, and was working as a tax-collector when Jesus called him. He wrote his gospel in Hebrew, and is said to have preached in the East. The call of Matthew, which we hear in the Gospel for the Feast, is one of the greatest and most memorable scenes in the New Testament.


At its heart is the mystery of vocation and discipleship. The call of Christ comes to Matthew unexpected and compels him to a decision which will not only change what he does with his life, but who he is as a person. The summons Matthew receives was not something he could have predicted and the outcome of his decision to follow Christ was not something that he would be able to control.


This is all about the mystery and power of vocation. Vocation is not just about getting a job or choosing a career. Instead, it is about God’s will and purpose for our lives.  



St Gabriel the Archangel - pray for us

At the end of this month, the 29th September, the Church celebrates the Feastday of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael and then three days later, the Memorial of our Guardian Angels. Last week, I gave a brief catechesis on angels and on St. Michael in particular. This week I’d like us to think about St. Gabriel, the angel of the Lord sent to Our Lady in the Annunciation.


For more on this, see here.









Novena to Our Lady of Walsingham

Mgr. John Armitage, Rector of our National Marian Shrine in Walsingham has asked me to promote this newly published Novena in Honour of Our Lady of Walsingham.


He writes...

It would be really wonderful if, in this year of the Centenary of the Our Lady of Fatima apparitions, we might begin to build up a movement of prayer for a National Novena in honour of Our Lady of Walsingham - our Patroness and Queen, throughout England Mary's Dowry and Wales in preparation for the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham on September 24th.


The Novena - or nine days of prayer - began on Friday 15th September, the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows and continues up to the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham, the anniversary of my Episcopal Ordination, so please remember me in your prayers as you pray this novena and also the priests of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham who serve parishes within our diocese.


If you missed the beginning of the Novena, why not join in these last few days?


You can download the Novena prayers here.


A Day with Mary

I invite you to join me at the Cathedral on Saturday 23rd September for A Day with Mary. The day begins at 10am with Procession and Crowning of the statue of Our Lady, followed by Mass. Other devotions during the day include Procession of the Blessed Sacrament, Homilies on Our Lady and the Holy Rosary.
You can find full details of the programme here.


Catholic Disability Fellowship Annual Mass

The Catholic Disability Fellowship invite you to their Annual Mass on Saturday 23rd September at Sacred Heart Waterlooville. You can find more details on the poster here.
Please display the poster in your parish to help advertise this event.



Come and celebrate ethnic diversity!

I invite you to come an join me in celebrating the ethnic diversity within our diocese at the Annual International Migrant Mass on Sunday 24th September in the Cathedral. 
Please advertise this event.
You can download a poster here.

40 Days for Life

As many of you will know, 2017 marks 50 years since abortion was made legal in the UK, which has seen the devastating loss of 9.0 million unborn human lives. For 50 years this unjust destruction of human life has been taking place on our doorsteps and is being funded by our taxes. 

In the year 2007, an international organisation called 40 Days for Life was formed to help bring about an end to abortion through the methods of prayer, sacrifice and street witness. Due to their campaigns, it is estimated that in the past 10 years, 13,305 unborn children have been spared from the evil of abortion alongside the closure of many abortion facilities throughout the world. And so this year, a 40 Days for Life campaign will be running in Portsmouth from 27th September until 5th of November – and you are cordially invited to support this battle for life work with your prayers and to get involved.
Read more 


Caritas Celebration

Please come join me on Friday 13th October at the Holy Family Church Millbrook, Southampton to celebrate the work and development of Caritas in the diocese. At the event Caritas will share some of their key projects and hopefully you will be able to give some feedback about where you think Caritas should be heading in the future. A simple lunch will also be provided. A warm welcome to all who are interested in the future role of Caritas and its promotion of Catholic social teaching and social action.




10:30-11:00 Guest arrival


11:00-11:20 Welcome address and welcome prayer - Bishop Philip


11:20-11:40 “The Caritas Family” – Phil McCarthy - CSAN Director


11:40-12:25 Project Presentations

                   1. Insight Project – Sue Cregan/Lucy Sayer

                   2. Stella Maris Project – Roger Stone

                   3. Dragon’s Den Project – Gerry Penfold


12:25-12:45 “Caritas Diocese of Portsmouth – The way forward” -

                     Fr. Mark Hogan/Kevin Gallagher


12:45-12:50 Final prayer – Fr. Mark Hogan


12:50-13:30 Reception


If you wish to attend please sign up here.


For further information please contact Kevin Gallagher.


Remembering Fr Leo Targett on his Centenary

Please continue to pray for the repose of the soul of Fr Leo Targett, R.I.P., who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this coming Saturday. He was a priest of our diocese for 65 years, and died last month on the Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady.
I celebrated his Requiem Mass at Blessed Hugh Faringdon last Monday which was a moving occasion.

You can read more here.


May he rest in peace.



Have you ever considered a vocation as a deacon?

Oscott Seminary have introduced a preparatory year for men discerning a call to the Permanent Diaconate. This Propaedeutic year consists of three sessions (Friday-Saturday) and commences on 10th/11th November. The other dates for this academic year are 26th/27th January and 16/17th March.


Its aim is to help candidates better understand the reality of a vocation to Holy Orders and to discern whether this is what God is calling them to. There will be Parish based pastoral elements, spiritual formation and intellectual input given through teaching, seminars and discussions. 


Wives of prospective candidates will also be supported during these days and are encouraged to attend. Attendance at these days does not commit an individual to beginning the formation program, but is part of the overall selection process.


For further information, please e-mail Fr Peter Hart as soon as possible, or complete the Preliminary enquiry form here. Application deadline is 1st November.


Clergy Appointments

I have recently made the following clergy appointments:
Fr John Chadwick - Assistant Priest at St Joseph's Maidenhead

Fr Chris Rutledge - additionally to be Diocesan Chaplain to the Knights of St Columba


Please pray for them in their new responsibilities and for all priests moving parish around this time.


Formation for Mission

Certificate in Parish Mission and Ministry

This engaging one-year, distance-learning Maryvale Certificate is for anyone involved in parish life: helpers, administrators, parents. It offers a theological foundation to understanding the parish and its mission in the world, and a practical formation for the ministry to families, to the vulnerable sick and elderly, and to the youth. The certificate is made up of 6 modules and will begin on the 28th October. For more information please see the poster here. Financial help is available from the Living our Faith Fund to cover the cost of the certificate. If interested, e-mail Sr Hyacinthe: 


Diocesan Day for Catechists: 14th October 2017, St John's Cathedral, Portsmouth


Calling all catechists to attend this day of celebration, formation and fellowship on the theme of Opening the treasure of Scripture: understanding and using the Bible in catechesis.


You can register here.


Commemorating Blessed Archbishop Romero

The example of Blessed Archbishop Romero inspired this year’s pilgrimage walk from Emsworth to St John’s Cathedral.  


In the small central American country of El Salvador in the late 1970’s Archbishop Oscar Romero stood alongside the oppressed people in their struggles and spoke out against persecution and violence he was Archbishop for only three years when he was martyred but the gospel message he preached on the radio in his sermons continues to inspire people today. 


The pilgrims walked from Emsworth through Havant, Bedhampton and Hilsea into the Cathedral witnessing to the gospel with thrir specially painted Romero Cross, stopping along the way to tell a short story about Romero’s life, a reflection on his words, intercessory prayers to deepen the pilgrims' own faith and highlighting a social action to support work of CAFOD, Caritas and Justice and Peace.


If you were not able to join them for the pilgrimage they invite you to join them at the Cathedral on 18th November.


Havant Organ Project

Are you interested in learning to play the organ or improving your organ skills?


Organist and pianist, Nicholas Gleed, has agreed to teach lessons at St. Joseph’s Church in Havant, which has offered the use of its organ.  Having studied Music with an organ scholarship at Cambridge, Nick headed music departments at King’s Canterbury, Durham School and Bedales before retiring from full-time school teaching last January.


Churches are always in need of organists to play for various services and events.  This is a great opportunity to study a fascinating instrument and its repertoire at all levels with an experienced performer, to have use of the organ at St. Joseph’s and possibly develop a career.


Minimum standard to start learning the organ is Piano Grade 4-5 ABRSM or equivalent in ability.


As both the church and Nick wish to promote local, affordable music study, lessons will be available for half an hour per week (or otherwise by arrangement) and charged at a reduced rate of £30 per hour. There will also be opportunities to perform in front of an audience.


If you are interested, please come to an initial meeting with Nick on Sunday, 1st October.


There will be a presentation at 2pm, followed by the opportunity to talk with Nick about your current abilities, wishes and aspirations.


If you cannot attend on 1st October, please contact the parish office to arrange an informal discussion with Nick. All enquiries to: St. Joseph’s Church, 134 West Street, Havant PO9 1LP. Tel: 02392 484 520 or e-mail.


Do you have some good news to share?

I would like to encourage all readers to send in items for the Enews about events in parishes, pastoral areas and schools about the many sacramental celebrations and general good news about people in the diocese.


I kept hearing much Good News when we were in Lourdes from many people - do share it with us so we can share it with others in the diocese.


Thanks, of course, to all who already contribute articles for the e-News on an occasional or regular basis.


Please e-mail all news items to: executiveassistant@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk 


Bishop Philip's Engagements 

Thursday 21st – Friday 22nd September

Clergy Overnight Gathering, Marwell


Saturday 23rd September

Day with Mary, St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth


Sunday 24th September

International Migrant Mass celebrating Ethnic Diversity in the Diocese,

St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth, 2pm


Monday 25th September

Independent School Gathering, St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth


Tuesday 26th September

Bishops Conference Department Meeting, London


Thursday 28th September 

Bishop’s Council Meeting, Bishop’s House, Portsmouth


Forthcoming events    

Saturday 23rd September

Evensong: National Ecumenical Celebration for the Centenary of Bl. Oscar Romero

3.00pm at Westminster Abbey.

(This event is free entry but requires booked tickets.)

Read more


Saturday 23rd September

40 days for Life: Portsmouth launch event

Discovery Centre, St John's Cathedral Portsmouth

Read more


Sunday 24th September

International Migrant Mass celebrating Ethnic Diversity in the Diocese

St John's Cathedral, 2pm

Read more


Sunday 24th September

Annual walk from Ryde to Quarr Abbey

Read more


27th September - 5th November

40 days for Life

Read more


Saturday 30th September

Solemn High Mass & Procession in honour of Our Lady of Walsingham

St Agatha's, Portsmouth

Read more


30th September - 1st October

Celebrate! Southampton

Read more


Monday 2nd October

Keys to the Kingdom - a retreat for all religious sisters

Divine Mercy Centre, Ramsgate

Read more


12th - 13th October

Fatima 100 years Later: A Marian Call For The Whole Church

Buckfast Abbey

Read more


Friday 13th October

Caritas Celebration Event

Holy Family Millbrook, Southampton

Read more


Saturday 14th October

Diocesan Day for Catechists

St John's Cathedral, Portsmouth

Read more


Wednesday 18th October

Rise theatre company presents Romero: the Heartbeat of El Salvador

St John's Cathedral, Portsmouth

Read more


Saturday 21st October

National Altar Servers' Mass

Westminster Cathedral, 2.30pm.

Read more


Saturday 4th November

Diocesan Day for Children's Liturgy of the Word Catechists

St Bede's Basingstoke

Read more


Saturday 18th November

Fruitful Discipleship in our Diocese


Read more


Sunday 19th November

Kerygma Retreat


Read more


Monday 20th November

Sharing our Faith with others

St Bede's Basingstoke

Read more



Employment opportunities

Parish Administrator and Office Manager 

Immaculate Conception Church, Portswood, Southampton. 

10 hours per week (days and times to be negotiated with the Parish Priest, but ideally to cover Tuesdays and Fridays and one evening per month)

Closing date: Saturday 23rd September (12 noon)


Parish Secretary (Fixed Term – 2 years)
Parish of Our Lady Peace & Bl Dominic Barberi, Earley.
30 hours per week (Days and hours by negotiation)
Closing date:  Monday 2 October (12 Noon)

Interviews will be held w/c Monday 16 October

Lay Chaplain
Oaklands Catholic School and Sixth Form College, Waterlooville
37 Hours per Week Term time only, plus one week

Closing Date: Friday 6 October
Interview Date: Week beginning 9 or 16 October 2017

Read more




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Please pray for...

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


For Vocations to the Priesthood, Diaconate and Religious Life, for all currently discerning their vocation and for those in, or soon to begin formation for ordination to the sacred priesthood and diaconate.

For all the sick clergy and people in our Diocese who are in need of our prayers, among them Bishop Francis Walmsley, formerly Bishop of the Forces.

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 moving to new appointments at this time 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.

For the work of Caritas Diocese of Portsmouth and Caritas Jersey and those with whom they work.


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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