Portsmouth Diocese E-News

Wednesday 11th October 2017 - Issue 155 (2017/36)


Dear All,

On Monday this week, 9th October, we commemorated Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890), the great Englishman, poet, historian, theologian and priest. Let’s ask his prayers for us all in the Diocese over the next week, and especially for God’s blessing on our new Oratory in Formation at Sacred Heart Bournemouth.


Meanwhile, may God bless you all this week! Thank you for subscribing.


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Dressing for the Feast: 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 Dr Hahn's reflection for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time and sign up to receive them by e-mail here

Please pray for Bamenda

The socio-political climate in Cameroon remains tense. Most schools in the English speaking part of Cameroon remain shut. Peaceful demonstrations have led to arrests, torture, and killing of some citizens by the military. The Bishops decided to speak out on the situation.


You can read the declaration from the bishops here.


Please pray this prayer for them and for their people:


That peoples in need may find help and that peace and security may be firmly established everywhere, especially in our twin diocese of Bamenda, and throughout the Anglophone area of Cameroon.



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 which is due to be published next month 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.



Creative Ministry Retreat

20th - 22nd October, Cold Ash Centre, £100


Led by John Withers, Emily Milne, Sarah Keogh and Tom Sellars, and supported by the Franciscan Sisters.


We're four 20-somethings who are passionate about Jesus, and using our creative skills to glorify God and spread the Gospel. The weekend will be an exploration of worship, liturgy and active creativity in Parish life. We will look at everything from both individual and communal perspectives, particularly through the media of visual art and musicianship. There will be plenty of social time, (weather permitting!) a bonfire and an open mic, as well as praise and worship and Eucharistic Adoration. The weekend is primarily for 13-18 year olds, and costs £100 to attend. It's ideally suited to teenagers who are learning an instrument, love singing, and bury themselves in artwork.


Book by emailing youth@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk or call 01329 318869 (ext 222)


Pastoral responses to same-sex attraction

Father Philip Bochanski is the Executive Director of Courage International, an apostolate of the Catholic Church that ministers to persons with same-sex attractions. He will speak about “Welcoming our Brothers and Sisters Experiencing Same-Sex Attractions.” 


Where? Holy Family Catholic Church, Redbridge Hill, Southampton SO16 4PL

When? Monday 23rd October at 8pm


It is a very rare privilege for the diocese to be hosting such an internationally renowned expert and speaker on such urgent and sensitive topics - he is well worth making the effort to come and hear.


You can download a poster for the event here.




50th Anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act


Don't let 50 Years and 8 Million Abortions pass without marking this tragic anniversary in some way. 


Please Consider Joining LIFE's one minute's silence at 1.00pm and the Mass and Prayer Vigil at 5.30pm at Westminster Cathedral on Friday 27th October and the CARE Rally at the Emmanuel Centre in Marsham Street, Westminster,  on Saturday 28th October at 2.00pm.



Memorial service for Brother Augustine O’Meara, R.I.P.

There will be an opportunity for anyone to come along to the memorial service for Bro. Gus, late of the De La Salle Brothers at Kintbury, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church Hungerford, on Sunday 5th November at 4pm.


Many non Catholics knew Bro. Gus and worked with him, so this is an occasion when we pray for him (prayers, hymns etc.) but also listen to tributes to him from his many friends.


All welcome. Refreshments to follow.



Come and celebrate Youth Sunday with Bishop Philip at the Cathedral

I would like to invite young adults from around Portsmouth Diocese to join me at St John's Cathedral on Sunday 26th November: the Feast of Christ the King and National Youth Sunday. I will be celebrating the 6pm Mass, after which there will be a social with food, and talks from inspiring guest speakers in the Cathedral Discovery Centre. 


Isaac Withers from the Bishop's Conference of England and Wales; Former President of Birmingham University Cathsoc will speak on "Being a Catholic Student"


The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) will speak on "Discipleship on Campus"


This is a fantastic opportunity for young adults to network, connect to events locally and further afield, and communicate the things that they want to see happening in the Diocese. 


Register by contacting your University Catholic Chaplaincy, or emailing youth@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk


The event costs £7 to attend and is open to ages 16+.


Trinity Pilgrimage to Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania

17th September - 28th September 2018


Fr Marcin Drabik invites you to join Our Lady and St Swithun's Parish Pilgrimage during the 100th Anniversary of the Independence of Poland. This  may be your last chance to see these places in such a way before Brexit kicks in.

Come and find about about the culture, heritage, history and devotions of these three countries.


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New book by Portsmouth Priest - Daily, Daily Sing to Mary

Fr Paul Haffner, a priest of our diocese has published this new book.


"Every day of the year is a day for the Lord, but also for His Blessed Mother, Mary. Daily, Daily Sing to Mary lies in the tradition of the Marian Calendar, a collection of feasts honouring the Blessed Virgin Mary. Each day brings to mind the actions the Mother of God has undertaken on behalf of Christians of all nations and kingdoms throughout the ages. The story for each day of the year also brings a lesson for us."


Read more about it here.



DEC needs your help

You may have seen that a DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee) appeal has been launched in response to the Rohingya refugee crisis. CAFOD is a member of the DEC, so a proportion of the money donated to the appeal will help fund the DEC response in partnership with Caritas Bangladesh.


CAFOD has been supporting Caritas Bangladesh for many years. The work of Caritas is well respected in Bangladesh and they are responding to the refugee crisis by providing emergency aid to those in need, in the Cox¹s Bazar district, on the border of Myanmar. In coordination with the Bangladeshi Government and other Caritas agencies, Caritas Bangladesh plans to reach more than 14,000 families with food, clean water, shelter and medical care.


DEC appreciates that there are a number of important weekend collections taking place during October and November in our Catholic parishes and schools, but ask you to support their work financially if you are able


Please hold those forced to flee from their homes in your thoughts and prayers.



Justice, Peace and Social Responsibility


You can read the October bulletin from the Justice Peace and Social Responsibility group here.


The ministry of the Blessed Archbishop Romero is an inspiration of how to live out the Gospel in very challenging times. We invite people to come and share his story in this very moving play Romero: Heartbeat of El Salvador at St John's Cathedral on Saturday 18th November produced by Rise theatre company in association with Romero Trust - you can book tickets here or from the Cathedral Discovery Centre. 






Walking in Rome and Assisi

Fr. Tom Grufferty recently led a walking pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi including a visit to the Venerable English College in Rome, where they met up with Fr James McAuley, and arriving in Assisi in time for the celebration of St Francis of Assisi.


You can read more about their trip and see some photos here











A summer parish placement with a difference

Matthew King, one of our Seminarians currently in Formation for the Sacred Priesthood at the Venerable English College in Rome, writes of his experience of spending his summer placement across two parishes...


You can read more here.




Supreme Knight makes official visitation to Jersey

Jersey welcomed the Supreme Knight of the Order of the Knights of St Columba, Brother Charlie McCluskey and his wife Mrs Sandra McCluskey for an official visitation to the local Council 216 this past weekend. 


The photograph shows the Knights with the Provincial Chaplain, Monsignor Nicholas France, the Council Chaplain, Deacon Iain MacFirbhisigh and the Grand Knight, Brother Daineal OhEarchai.   All attended the Mass in St Thomas' Church celebrated by Monsignor Nicholas.   


Brother Charlie McCluskey spoke at the end of the Mass thanking all for their generous hospitality  and the very active ministry of all the Knights of St Columba  in the local Council.



The Lymington Journal


Back in August (issue 147) we featured an episode of Shalom TV's series The Journal about Quarr Abbey on the Isle of Wight.

The series has also featured the Dominican Sisters of St Joseph in this episode, The Lymington Journal.

Please pray for the Sisters and all the work they do in the diocese through the Formation for Mission Team.   



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Bishop Philip's Engagements 


Thursday 12th October 

Jubilarians' Mass for Priests, followed by lunch

St John’s Cathedral and Bishop’s House, Portsmouth


Friday 13th October 

Caritas Celebration Event, Holy Family Church,

Southampton University Chaplaincy meeting and lunch, Southampton


Saturday 14th October 

Catechists’ Formation Day to include Mass at 12:15

St John’s Cathedral and Discovery Centre, Portsmouth


Forthcoming events        

Thursday 12th - Friday 13th October

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

Buckfast Abbey

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Friday 13th October

Caritas Celebration Event

Holy Family Millbrook, Southampton

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Friday 13th October

Annual Rosary Procession in honour of Our Lady

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

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Saturday 14th October

Diocesan Day for Catechists

St John's Cathedral, Portsmouth

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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

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Monday 16th October

Anscombe Memorial Lecture

Blackfriars Hall, Oxford

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Monday 16th October

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

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Tuesday 17th October

Day of Recollection: Our Lady, Fatima and the Rosary

St Mary's Ryde

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Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd October

Creative Ministry Retreat

Cold Ash Centre

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Saturday 21st October

National Altar Servers' Mass

Westminster Cathedral, 2.30pm.

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Monday 23rd October

Courage: Speaking the Truth in Love with Father Philip Bochanski

Holy Family Catholic Church, Southampton

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Saturday 28th October

Alton Day of Renewal

Alton Convent

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Saturday 4th November

Diocesan Day for Children's Liturgy of the Word Catechists

St Bede's Basingstoke

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Saturday 11th November

Demystifying Natural Family Planning Day

St. Michael and All Angels, Leigh Park

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Saturday 18th November

Fruitful Discipleship in our Diocese


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Saturday 18th November

Rise theatre company presents Romero: the Heartbeat of El Salvador

St John's Cathedral, Portsmouth

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Sunday 19th November

Kerygma Retreat


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Monday 20th November

Sharing our Faith with others

St Bede's Basingstoke

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17th-28th September 2018

Trinity Pilgrimage to

Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania

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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, Eastleigh

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. 

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:  Friday 20th October (12 Noon)

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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. Requiescant in pace.


For Vocations to the Priesthood, Diaconate and Religious Life, for all currently discerning their vocation and for those in 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 and an end to the troubles there.

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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