Portsmouth Diocese E-News

Tuesday 3rd October 2017 - Issue 154 (2017/35)

Dear All,


Our thoughts and prayers these days are much affected by the appalling tragedy in Las Vegas. Let us pray earnestly for all who were injured or killed in the shooting and for their families, and for an end to this needless form of violence.


Meanwhile, we are now in autumn and beginning the month of October, a month customarily dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary. 


The Rosary, with its sequence of prayers and mysteries, is a Christ-centred Gospel prayer, which we say in union with the Blessed Mother. In 2002, St. John Paul II said “The Rosary is a prayer loved by countless saints and encouraged by the Magisterium. Simple yet profound, it still remains at the dawn of this third millennium a prayer of great significance, destined to bring forth a harvest of holiness... With the Rosary, the Christian people sits at the school of Mary and is led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and to experience the depths of His love. Indeed, though the Rosary the faithful receive abundant grace as though from the very hands of the Mother of the Redeemer” (Rosarium Virginis Mariae 1).


Please say the Rosary each day this month, praying for the mission and evangelisation of the Church in this Diocese, remembering too me your Bishop and all our clergy, religious and faithful.


You can download the Rosary here.



Youth 2000 Festival


Here is a look back at the events of this year's Youth 2000 Festival held in Walsingham over the summer.


You can find out more about Youth 2000 and their events here. 



The Holy Guardian Angels

This Monday, 2nd October, we kept the Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels, a feast that has been kept in the universal Church since the sixteenth century. The Liturgy of the day has a splendid Collect, a good prayer to pray regularly:


O God, who in your unfathomable providence

are pleased to send your holy Angels to guard us,

hear our supplication as we cry to you,

that we may always be defended by their protection

and rejoice eternally in their company.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.


Over the last weeks, I’ve been offering a brief catechesis on angels and this week I’d like us to thank God for our Guardian Angels.


For more, see here.



Dr Scott Hahn's Sunday Bible Reflections

I would like to recommend to you this resource from the St Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Each week founder of the centre, the theologian and best-selling author, Dr Scott Hahn, offers a wonderful reflection on the readings for the coming Sunday.


You can read more here


Rosary on the Borders

Poland’s bishops have urged their nation’s Catholics to join a massive Rosary Prayer Crusade along the country’s 2,000-mile border to pray for the salvation of their country. Organizers say they expect up to a million people to participate in the “Rosary on the Borders” event on 7th October, the anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto.


“The powerful prayer of the Rosary can affect the fate of Poland, Europe, and even the whole world,” it reads.


The “Rosary on the Borders” event will also mark the end of the Fatima Centenary, celebrating 100 years since the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, in the spring of 1917.


In union with the Polish Church, the Polish Chaplain of Southampton; Father Zbiegnew Budyn together with Father Des and the Montfort Missionaries based at Saint Joseph’s Centre of Prayer and Outreach invite all those who wish to be part of this incredible witness to faith and supplication, to join them on Saturday 7th October at Saint Joseph’s Centre of Prayer and Missionary Outreach, 8 Lyndhurst Road, Ashurst, Southampton SO40 7DU. The day will begin at 10.30am with Mass followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and then via satellite joining the Catholics of Poland to pray the Crown Rosary at 1.00pm.


Prisoners' Sunday - 8th October

Prisoners’ Sunday is the national day of prayer and action for prisoners and their dependents as marked by the Catholic Church and across the Christian denominations. It is a day to direct our thoughts and prayers to prisoners, their families and children. Prisoners’ Sunday is the time to reflect on how we as individuals, as a Church and as a community are serving those affected by imprisonment.


For more, see 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.

Members of 40 days for Life Portsmouth recently held a vigil outside St Mary's Hospital which was featured in the local news.


Read more 




Free Called and Gifted teaching day

The Called and Gifted team are running a free teaching day for anyone in the diocese on Tuesday 10th October from 9am to 5pm, in Portsmouth. The rest of the process (a private discernment Conversation, and three small group meetings) can take place in your parish or nearby.


Called and Gifted is a process that helps you understand your own calling and identify the specific charisms that the Lord has given you to share with others.  


For more information please e-mail Clare Simpson.


To register please click here



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Diocesan Day for Catechists

Are you a Catechist? If so, have you signed up for the Diocesan Day for Catechists?

On Saturday 14th October the annual Diocesan Day for Catechists takes place in St John's Cathedral Portsmouth from 10am-4pm.  This day is free and open to all and lunch is provided.  If you are interested in growing in your skills to transmit our amazing Catholic faith, please register.


A fantastic new resource for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion is coming out in November from Redemptorist Publications: “I Want to Make My Home in You” – a “Come Follow Me” catechetical resource from the Notre Dame de Vie Institute.  This resource engages children directly in the Sacred Scriptures, the proclamation of Salvation History, and in our Sacred Liturgy and Tradition, particularly the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. This resource will be officially presented at the  Day for Catechists.


You can register for the Catechists' Day here. 



Refugee Roundtable

Are you helping, or would you like to help, refugees arriving in the UK? Please come to our Refugee Roundtable. Find out what is happening locally, make connections, maybe find inspiration and get involved.


Saturday 14th October, 9.30-11am

St. Joseph’s Church Halls, 134 West Street, Havant PO9 1LP.


Free parking available. Enquiries via e-mail to the Parish Office.


Organised by the Diocesan Refugee Response Working Group and St. Joseph’s, Havant.


Fr. James Mallon: Divine Renovation in your Parish

Fr. James Mallon is back in the UK to lead a Conference on Parish Renewal at St Mary's University, Twickenham from 18th- 19th October. The Conference is open to clergy and laity, and I know that some priests from our Diocese are attending and taking selected parishioners with them.


For more details and how to book, see the Divine Renovation website.



Come to the Feast

Over the past two weeks, 150 people have attended a “Taster Session” to get a flavour of what it will be like to be in a house group for Avon Stour Pastoral Area’s forthcoming Come to the Feast initiative. Come to the Feast will run through the five weeks of November and give everyone in the Pastoral Area the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding and richer experience of the Mass, through special input at Sunday masses and a series of house groups spread throughout the area.


You can find more details here or e-mail Richard Martin for for information.




Saturday 18th November - Fruitful Discipleship in our Diocese

A disciple is a person who seeks to follow Jesus and is committed to growing spiritually and actively cooperating with and being used by God for others.  There is much fruit to acknowledge and share in our Diocese, and this will be the first of regular days where we connect and grow in loving and serving others. 


This is day designed for YOU! So calling all members of Framework Teams, Evangelisation Strategy Teams, parish ministers, clergy and laity, anyone concerned for the life of the Church in our Diocese.


I will be hosting the day and giving two talks. There will also be talks by Katherine Coolidge, the global head of Called and Gifted, on how to become a fruit-bearing disciple, and developing a personal relationship with the Lord.


We will have a number of testimonies from parishes and parishioners, and hear from groups and teams in the diocese who are doing wonderful work in carrying out the Church’s mission.


Where and When?

At the Parish Centre, St Peter’s Church, Jewry Street, Winchester, 9.30am – 5pm


It is essential to book a place by emailing Amanda Shorten as there is limited space. 


Please bring a packed lunch.



Pilgrimage to Israel and Jordan 1st -10th June 2018

Celebrating the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus & the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the Holy Land


Our Lady of Lourdes, New Milton in conjunction with St Vitus Cathedral in Rijeka, Croatia, have arranged this 10 day programme led by Fr George Ngwa Parish Priest, Our Lady of Lourdes and Monsignor Matija Maticic, Rector of St Vitus Cathedral. 


The cost of the pilgrimage will be circa £1,750 based on current exchange rates (both countries quote rates in US$).  Included are 4* hotels on a half board basis, flights, relevant entry fees for places of worship, air-conditioned coach throughout the journey and local guides in both countries.  Exit fees for Israel and Jordan are not included.


To book a place, or for further information, please contact Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Office on 01425 614968 or by e-mail or Katherine Dempster on 01425 611643 or by e-mail



Electric Car Charging Points

Are you considering installing a charging point for electric cars at your parish? Charging points have multiple benefits to the parish, community and environment.


Havant Parish have spoken with a provider, who offered a discount for a group purchase at 4 or more sites. If you would like to discuss or arrange a free site survey, please e-mail the Parish Office at St. Joseph’s, Havant.



Who Cares? Hampshire


This summer, many churches across Hampshire, including our Catholic parishes in Basingstoke and Aldershot, took part in an ecumenical initiative called Who Cares? It is a way of showing that not only do we care but also that Jesus cares. The two phases of the initiative are: listening when people are given a card and asked the simple question ‘What hurts the most?’ The church then analyses the responses and responds with compassion, tailoring the normal activities and ministries of the church to meet local people’s needs in an effective and realistic way.


59 churches across Hampshire were involved. They showed their local communities that they care for them by stepping outside of their church buildings, engaging with friends, families and neighbours, and finding out what really hurts the people around them. The churches found that most of the hurts were linked to ‘Negative Emotions’, ‘Relationships’ and ‘Family’. The churches are now using what they have found out to respond to the needs of their local community and bring Jesus’ love and hope to other people.


For more on Who Cares, see here.


The results of this so far have been fascinating. Read the report here.



From Reading to Camino de Santiago

A group of parishioners from Reading and the surrounding area walked the Camino from 13th-20th September 2017.


The pilgrims returned tired, happy and inspired. This is the fourth group to complete the Camino from Reading and was organised by St James' church.



Celebrating the Sacrament of Baptism

The Parish of St Peter and the Winchester Martyrs recently held a Thanksgiving Mass for the Sacrament of Baptism.


A very special and joyful Mass was celebrated on Saturday 23rd September in St Peter’s Church, Winchester, celebrated by Canon Paul Townsend. All families who had children baptised during the last year were invited. After the Mass all were invited to a reception in the Pastoral Centre, where all enjoyed wonderful food and good company.


With thanks to Deacon Gerard Dailly, Ian Waring-Green (organist) and Martin McElroy (cantor). Thanks also to Rosanne Walker for organising this first special event, which will now become an annual feature. 


Legion of Mary Guernsey Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes

A group of 14 Legion members and able and disabled parisioners from the Bailiwick of Guernsey Pastoral Area recently travelled to Lourdes led by Father Paul Dzwig, assistant priest in Guernsey.




Inter-faith calendar



5th-12th October


An eight day harvest festival also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, It com-memorates the 40 years the Jews spent in the wilderness on the way from slavery in Egypt to freedom in the Promised Land. A temporary hut or booth (sukkah) is set up for eating meals, for visits and socializing. The roof is covered with branches and decorated with fruit. Four species of plant are used: lulav (palm branch), etrog (a yellow citrus fruit), hadas (myrtle) and aravah (willow). 

NB The first two days (5th-6th) and the last two days (11th-12th) are full festival days when, for Or-thoron Jews, work is not permitted.


13th October


Rejoicing in the Torah’, marks the completion of the annual cycle of reading from the Torah. As the reading should be continuous, a second scroll is begun again as soon as the final portion of the Torah has been read from the first scroll; so, as the reading from Deuteronomy ends, with the next breath, Genesis begins without a break - the Torah is a circle that never ends. All the Torah scrolls are paraded around the synagogue, with children, and many adults, dancing and singing, giving as many people as possible the honour of carrying a Torah scroll. Most progressive Jews celebrate this one day earlier, combining it with the eighth day of Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret. 



Prayers from the literature of different world religions are published each year in a special leaflet. This custom is supported by many different religious communities. Enquire if anything is happening locally.



In Manus Tuas - a new CD

The Benedictine Nuns of St. Cecilia’s Abbey Ryde IoW have just produced a new CD called In Manus Tuas with a recording of Compline or Night Prayer, the last prayer of the day from the Liturgy of the Hours. This is what the Sisters say: 


"We have made this CD for the many people who have asked us for a recording to help them pray Compline in groups or at home. As the day draws to a close we pray the Office of Compline, which has the quiet, intimate character of bedtime prayer.  We give thanks for the day, confess our need of God’s care and affirm our trust in and reliance upon Him.  According to ancient monastic custom, the great silence begins after Compline and lasts until the following morning.  At the end of Compline we entrust ourselves to the maternal protection of the Mother of God.  The booklet includes a commentary on each track and contains a special meditation on Praying the Psalms of Compline." 


Price £7 each.


For more details and how to obtain a copy, see here.



Portsmouth People

The latest issue of Portsmouth People was published last weekend - don't forget to pick up a copy to read about...
  • Caritas
  • Bamenda
  • Adoremus Centre
  • The Romero Trust
  • Turning the Tables
  • Cathedral Timeline
  • We plant the seeds
  • Cardinal Cormac, R.I.P.
  • Occupation of Jersey
  • Prison Advice and Care Trust
  • ...plus all the regular features


Brother Augustine O’Meara, R.I.P.

Please pray for Brother Augustine O’Meara who died of the De La Salle brothers at Kintbury who died on 19th September 2017 after a brief illness. May he rest in peace. Brother Gus was well known to visitors to St Cassian's retreat centre, Kintbury. He was active in parish work and in the activities of Churches Together, particularly in Hungerford and Kintbury. His funeral took place at Clayton Court, Liss on Thursday 28th September. Brother’s body was then flown to Ireland for Mass and burial in Castletown.


There will be a Memorial Mass at St. Cassian’s Centre, Kintbury on 29th October at 2.00 pm.


Brother Joseph Hendron gave a beautiful tribute to him at the end of the Requiem Mass. You can read it here.





Congratulations to Fr. Michael Fava


We congratulate Fr Michael Fava, who has been honoured by HM The Queen and appointed an Honorary Chaplain to Her Majesty (QHC).


Let us pray for Fr. Michael, and also for his work as Administrator of the Bishopric of the Forces.




Dominican Sisters have a new Novice Sister!

With great joy on the 2nd of September, the Dominican Sisters of St Joseph (Lymington) received their postulant into the Novitiate. Megan received the Holy Habit of St. Dominic and is now known as Sr. Carino.

Please keep both Sr. Carino and our community in your prayers as we give thanks to God for this wonderful blessing! May our heavenly Father continue to bless us and our diocese with vocations!




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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 


If you have a Parish or Diocesan event to advertise, please complete this form.


Bishop Philip's Engagements 



Monday 2nd - Friday 6th October

Clergy Retreat, Douai Abbey


Forthcoming events      

Monday 9th October

Modern Slavery in the Shipping Industry

Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral

Read more


Thursday 12th - Friday 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


Friday 13th October

Annual Rosary Procession in honour of Our Lady

St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Cowes, Isle of Wight

Read more


Saturday 14th October

Diocesan Day for Catechists

St John's Cathedral, Portsmouth

Read more


Saturday 14th October

The ‘Domestic Church’ or How can we live out our faith in our busy and chaotic home lives?

St Peter's Church, Winchester

Read more


Monday 16th October

Anscombe Memorial Lecture

Blackfriars Hall, Oxford

Read more


Monday 16th October

The Moral Case for Overseas Aid from the EU and its effectiveness
Europe House, London SW1

Read more


Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd October

Creative Ministry Retreat

Cold Ash Centre

Read more


Saturday 21st October

National Altar Servers' Mass

Westminster Cathedral, 2.30pm.

Read more


Monday 23rd October

Courage: Speaking the Truth in Love with Father Philip Bochanski

Holy Family Catholic Church, Southampton

Read more


Saturday 4th November

Diocesan Day for Children's Liturgy of the Word Catechists

St Bede's Basingstoke

Read more


Saturday 11th November

Demystifying Natural Family Planning Day

St. Michael and All Angels, Leigh Park

Read more


Saturday 18th November

Fruitful Discipleship in our Diocese


Read more


Saturday 18th November

Rise theatre company presents Romero: the Heartbeat of El Salvador

St John's Cathedral, Portsmouth

Read more


Sunday 19th November

Kerygma Retreat


Read more


Monday 20th November

Sharing our Faith with others

St Bede's Basingstoke

Read more


17th-28th September 2018

Trinity Pilgrimage to

Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania

Read more


Employment opportunities

Parish Administrator
Our Lady Queen of Peace, Bournemouth
12 hours per week initially mornings Tuesday to Friday.

Closing date: 12 noon on Wednesday 11th October 
Interviews: will be held on Wednesday 18th October 

Parish Administrator
St Francis de Sales, Wash Common, Newbury
18 hours per week. Initially Wednesday to Friday, 9am – 3pm.

Closing date for applications: Friday 13th October
Interviews: Wednesday 18th October or by arrangement

Parish Secretary
St Swithun Wells, Estleigh

15 hours per week over three days
(preferably Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 09.30 to 14.30) 

Closing date for applications:  Friday 13th October 12 noon
Interviews: Friday 20th 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 and for all those killed through acts of warfare, violence, terrorism and natural disaster, especially those killed in the recent gun massacre in Las Vegas. 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, who has been discharged from the Royal Berkshire Hospital and is back at Kiln Green. Please keep him very much in your prayers.

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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