Portsmouth Diocese e-News

Wednesday 24th January 2018 - Issue 168 (2018/4)


Dear friends,


As we continue the week of prayer for Christian Unity, let’s offer a Hail Mary each day for this important intention. Let's remember especially Bishop Chris and our brothers and sisters in the Anglican Diocese of Portsmouth and also all the members of the other Anglican Dioceses across our area.


Meanwhile, thanks to Deacon Craig for assembling below all the news for this week.


I thank God for all the graces and blessings He gives us in our Diocese. Please pray for me as I head off to a short conference of bishops on theology and economics, before going on to Cameroon to visit Archbishop Cornelius in Bamenda. I will be taking him your prayers and greetings.


Have a good week!



Mass Settings - Mass II: Kyrie fons bonitatis

Last week, we began a mini-series in e-News looking at the collection of eighteen Mass settings found in the Kyriale for use in the Roman Rite, with a particular focus on the chants offered for the Kyrie eleison. Last week, we heard the Kyrie from Mass I Lux et Origo, which originated in the tenth century. This week, we have Mass II Kyrie fons bonitatis (‘The Lord the fount of goodness’), which like Mass I and Mass III (next week) is another setting proposed for use in Eastertide. I have only heard Mass II sung once; it was when I was on retreat in a monastery, but it is not too difficult to learn. Like Lux et origo its Kyrie and its Agnus Dei originate from the tenth century. Plainchant does not use modern keys and key signatures but uses seven different ‘modes,’ each of which has its own character and flavour. The Kyrie of this Mass is set in Mode III (the ‘Phrygian Mode’), the same mode as the usual version of the Tantum ergo we sing at Benediction. I like Mode III because it seems to combine joy with solemnity and at the same time a sense of human longing. See what you think by clicking on the picture! 


"The King's authority": reflections on the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Each week founder of the St Paul Center for Biblical Theology, the theologian and best-selling author, Dr Scott Hahn, offers a wonderful reflection on the readings for the coming Sunday.  

Last week, Jesus announced the kingdom of God is at hand. This week, in mighty words and deeds, He exercises His dominion—asserting royal authority over the ruler of this world, Satan.


The sabbath was to be an everlasting sign—both of God’s covenant love for His creation and His deliverance of his covenant people, Israel, from slavery. On this sabbath, Jesus signals a new creation—that the Holy One has come to purify His people and deliver the world from evil.


Read his complete reflection for this coming Sunday - and sign up to receive the reflections each week by e-mail here. 


Silence in church

Last November, in his address at the weekly General Audience, the Holy Father stated that Catholics should spend their time in silence before Mass, preparing to “meet Jesus” instead of engaging in “chitchat”.


In her weekly reflection this week, Jennifer Geach reflects on how silence in church fosters the fruits of the Holy Spirit while unnecessary talking shows disrespect for God and our neighbour.


Be still for the presence of the Lord, the Holy One is here.


You can read the full reflection here.





Carlo Acutis – Friend in Heaven

“To be always close to Jesus, that is my plan.”


At the age of 7 Carlo Acutis decided to go to Mass and pray the Rosary every day. At 11, he became a catechist in his parish. He loved computers and later decided to undertake a project to collate and put online all Eucharistic Miracles that the Church has authenticated.


You can see his work here.


Shortly after completing this project, he became ill with what seemed to be a virus, but which in fact was a virulent form of leukaemia. He died just one week later in 2006, at the age of 15. Moves are currently afoot to have Carlo Acutis recognised as a saint, and as a Patron Saint of the Internet. Carlo is a great friend in heaven for all, and especially for the young. May this Servant of God pray for us.


There is a website dedicated to him (select English).


For more on Carlo, see here.



Social Justice Assembly for Lent 2018 

Christian Choices in our Common Home

Everyday responses to the cry of the poor and the earth, highlighting Fairtrade


During lent this year the Justice Peace and Social Responsibility team and Caritas invite people to gather for a Social Justice Assembly – we have two interesting speakers from the Columban Missionaries and the Fairtrade Foundation who will highlight practical action we can chose as Christians to care for all God’s Creation.  Plus, there will be opportunities to network and share updates on JPSR from around the diocese.


Saturday 3rd. March, 10am to 3pm

St Bede’s Church Basingstoke RG24 9DX

Please come, book via Eventbrite or contact Maureen jpsr@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk


If you are a Catholic charity or organisation and you would like to have a table to share information about your work for social justice, please contact us. 


Keep this date free – 4th July 2018!

Please keep this date free in your diary: 4th July 2018! Yes, it’s Independence Day -  but that’s in the US. This 4th July is the day with Bishop John Wilson, auxiliary in Westminster, Fr. PJ Smith and Brother Joseph Bailham, a Dominican from Oxford, I am organising a special celebration for the feast day of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. It will take place at St. Patrick’s Soho and run from early afternoon to early evening, with prayer, Eucharistic Adoration, the Rosary and various inputs. The programme will be especially designed for young adults, but will be open to anyone ‘young of heart’ who wishes to come along. I’ve written to Pier Giorgio’s niece, Wanda Gawronska to invite her to join us for the occasion, and, her health permitting, she has kindly agreed. She has even spoken about bringing over some relics, including the mountain axe pictured here! This day will also give us a great opportunity to pray for Pier Giorgio’s canonisation as well as to prepare for the National Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool in September.


So hurry on 4th July!


Adoremus - let us adore Our Lord in Eucharistic Adoration

Adoremus ("let us adore")  is the title being given to an initiative of all the bishops of England and Wales to create a special opportunity for us to reflect on the centrality of the Eucharist in our lives.
From 7th to 9th September 2018 there be will a National Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool called Adoremus. Through this event, and all the preparation taking place before it, we seek to rejuvenate Eucharistic adoration in our parishes as the source of strength for our lives and for our mission, that of making present the love and compassion of Jesus in our society.

You can read more about the Eucharistic Congress here.


Bishop Robert Barron comments on the importance of Eucharistic Adoration here.





Jersey parishioners support Apostleship of the Sea 

Over the Christmas period 2017 volunteer ship visitors of the Apostleship of the Sea, Jersey, together with our friends from Mission to Seafarers, Jersey, visited the crews of 12 ships distributing gifts to 220 seafarers on those vessels.


Island Catholic Parishioners collected four bags full of gifts which were given to the crews who each receive a woolly containing toiletries (soap, tooth brush and tooth paste and most importantly a Christmas card). Further bags in the photo are gifts from Mission to Seafarers. On each ship we have visited, the crews have each received those gifts from our Island Catholic parishioners for which we thank them for their generosity. 


In the photograph, taken on board the Commodore Clipper, from left to right are John Myat, Carol Martin and Bob De La Haye of Mission to Seafarers, Peter Farrell and Terry Brown of Apostleship of the Sea, Cabin Manager Alan Culling, Ron Perchard of Mission to Seafarers, Assistant Cabin Manager and Peter Bewers of Apostleship of the Sea, plus two crew members who are kneeling. 


St George College students bring Christmas to seafarers

Students at St George Catholic College in Southampton spent their Advent collecting gifts and making up Christmas parcels as part of the Apostleship of the Sea’s Gifts for seafarers initiative.

Over 50 Christmas boxes were donated by students and staff and given to Deacon Roger Stone, the AoS Port Chaplain who took them on to container ships that docked in Southampton over Christmas and New Year. They were all much appreciated by the seafarers!








Students participate in the Blessing of an expectant mother 

During this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18th-25th January) Fr Michael Peters, celebrated  a Mass for Christian Unity for students at St.Mary’s College Southampton.


Following on from this week of prayer is the Feast of the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple (2nd February) and this gave the Senior students at St.Mary’s College the unique opportunity of participating in the Blessing of an expectant mother. The Head of Languages, Mrs. Lorna Ball, was flanked by two of her Tutor group who stood in for her husband Liam and her family and - with the whole school united in prayer - received this Blessing. Like Mary, she brought her first child (albeit unborn) ‘into the Temple’. The candle - the Light of Christ - will shine in their home ready for the special day in late March.



Essential Training for Catechists - two new opportunities during Lent

The Formation for Mission Team is offering 5 sessions of essential training for everyone involved or interested in Catechesis and faith formation, sacramental preparation of children and adults, and Children’s Liturgy of the Word. These 5 sessions will take place during Lent.


In Southampton, Holy Family Church (SO16 4PL), every Monday from 6.00 to 7.30 pm, starting on Monday 19th February and finishing on Monday 19th March. Poster here.


In Wantage, St John Vianney Church hall (OX12 8ER), every Friday from 7.30 to 9.00 pm, starting on Friday 23rd February and finishing on Friday 23rd March. Poster here.


For more details, e-mail Sr Hyacinthe.


New online courses on Science and Faith in dialogue

Science and Faith are no longer enemies, but collaborators!


There is an opportunity for you to study the first 100% online course of the Catholic Church on the dialogue between Science and Faith, provided by specialists it is easy to follow and uses the latest e-learning methodology.


This course is directed at individuals seeking the truth like you, who wish to justify faith in our culture, a culture so influenced by science. If you carry out a formative role within the Catholic Church (teacher, catechist, priest, deacon, religious…etc.), then this course is for you. SAF will give you the vocabulary and knowledge necessary in order for you to be able to answer the frequent questions we are asked by adults, the youth, and children, relating to the relationship between Science and Faith.


The course is under the Patronage of the Pontifical Council for Culture at the Vatican.


You can find out more about the course here.




Cookham parishioner recognised for 50 years of service to the Catenians

Paul Carroll, a member of Maidenhead Circle of the Catenian Association, was presented with a scroll in recognition of his fifty years in the Association. The presentation was made by the GB National President, Peter Rogers, during a special dinner on January 17 at St. Joseph’s Church in Maidenhead. The event was also attended by representatives of Brighton Regency Circle where Paul is a joint member. Paul is a parishioner at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Cookham, Berkshire.

Focus on...CASO

Edmund Adamus - Professional Adviser to the Episcopal Vicar for Education and Diocesan Schools Commissioner 


Edmund Adamus has been with the team of the Catholic Academies & Schools Office (CASO) since November 2016. As the Professional Adviser to the Episcopal Vicar for Education and Diocesan Schools Commissioner, he advises schools on their relationship with the Bishop and diocesan trustees. Along with colleagues he provides support with recruitment and appointment of senior leaders, facilitates recruitment and appointment of Foundation Governors, develops policy and is assisting the newly established Education Steering Group and Education Stewardship Group to apply the vision for Catholic education presented by Bishop Philip over recent years. He represents the diocese in various ways at the Catholic Education Service and has also been advising the Vatican department for Laity, Family and Life on the development of resources for human sexuality formation for adolescents.


Edmund lives in Redhill, Surrey with his wife Catherine and their two children, Paul [8] and Beatrice [4]. He writes a blog on pastoral theology concerning marriage and family matters having previously been Director for Marriage & Family Life in the Archdiocese of Westminster for 13 years.             



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Diocesan Prayer Intentions

Each day of the year the liturgical calendar gives us a variety of seasons and celebrations of saints. These are outlined in the Diocesan Ordo along with a daily prayer for a diocesan intention. I would like to encourage you to add these intentions to your daily prayers. 

Wednesday 24th January

St Francis de Sales, Bishop, Doctor of the Church

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Francis de Sales, Wash Common


Thursday 25th  January


The Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity ends today

Diocesan Prayer: Local Covenants of Churches 


Friday 26th January

St Timothy, Bishop, Martyr & St Titus, Bishop

Diocesan Prayer: Students for the Priesthood or Permanent Diaconate


Saturday 27th January

St Angela Merici, Foundress, optional memorial

or: Our Lady on Saturday

or: Feria [3rd Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Diocesan Department for the New Evangelisation


Sunday 28th January


National Prayer Cycle: Racial Justice

Diocesan Prayer: Staff and students in higher education


Monday 29th January

Feria [4th Week in Ordinary Time] 

Diocesan Prayer: Salesian Cooperators of Don Bosco


Tuesday 30th January

Feria [4th Week in Ordinary Time] 

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St John Bosco, Woodley


Wednesday 31st January

St John Bosco, Founder, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Salesians in the Diocese


Thursday 1st February

Feria [4th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Community of St Brigid, West End


Friday 2nd February


Diocesan Prayer: Community of Our Lady Queen of Apostles, Bishop’s Waltham (originally dedicated 2.2.1982)


Saturday 3rd February

St Blaise, Bishop & Martyr, optional memorial

or: St Ansgar, Bishop, optional memorial

or: Our Lady on Saturday

or: Feria [4th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Brigidine Sisters in the Diocese 



Bishop Philip's Engagements     

Tuesday 23rd – Friday 26th January 
Acton Institute Conference, Portugal


Saturday 27th - Wednesday 31st January
Visit to Archdiocese of Bamenda


Forthcoming Events 

Saturday 27th January

Alton Day of Renewal
Alton Convent

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Saturday 27th January

CAFOD Lent Fast Day briefing

Read more


Tuesday 30th January

CAFOD Lent Fast Day briefing

Read more






Saturday 3rd February

CAFOD Lent Fast Day briefing

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Monday 5th February

Winchester Catholic History Society meeting

Leonor of Navarre- Killer Queen?

Read more


Wednesday 7th February

Life in the Spirit Seminar

Corpus Christi Wokingham

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Thursday 8th February

CAFOD Lent Fast Day briefing

Read more


Sunday 11th February

Bosco Experience


Read more


17th-18th February

Jesus and the Kingdom

Weekend Retreat

Park Place Pastoral Centre

Read more


23rd - 25th February

Teresa of Jesus

Weekend Preached Retreat

Carmelite Priory, Boars Hill, Oxford

Read more


Saturday 24th February

Alton Day of Renewal
Alton Convent

Read more


Saturday 3rd March 

Christian Choices in our Common Home

Social Justice Assembly for Lent 2018

St Bede's Basingstoke

Read more 


10th - 11th March 

Lenten Lamentations

Polish Lenten Devotions

Polish Catholic Church, Reading

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1st-10th June
Pilgrimage to Israel and Jordan: Celebrating the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus & the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the Holy Land
Read more

Wednesday 4th July
Feast day of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

Celebration event at St Patrick's Soho
Read more

17th-28th September
Trinity Pilgrimage to

Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania
Read more


Job Opportunities 

Office Business Manager (English Martyrs, Reading)

Full time - 35 hours per week.


English Martyrs, Reading Parish wishes to appoint an Office Business Manager to work in the Parish Office who will be the leading support staff professional assisting the Parish Priest in his duty to ensure that the Parish is fulfilling its mission of Evangelisation. The successful applicant will be responsible for managing the day-to-day function of the church site, Office, Finances and support functions of the Parish.


Closing date for applications: Friday 9th February 2018 (12 Noon)

Interviews: w/c Monday 19th February 2018

For informal enquiries please contact the Parish Office on 0118 957 2149.



Parish Secretary (Our Lady of Lourdes, New Milton)

Part time - 8 hours per week, Wednesday and Friday


Our Lady of Lourdes parish in New Milton is seeking an experienced Administrator with excellent interpersonal skills and time management and the ability to prioritise tasks.   S/he will be computer literate, skilled in word processing, spreadsheets and data management as well as use of the internet and good all-round office skills able to publish Parish Newsletters and update Parish website.


Closing date for applications: Friday 9th February 2018 



Cantor/Animator - St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth

St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth, is looking for a Cantor/Animator to join its music department.


The Cantor/Animator leads the singing in the Cathedral at the evening Masses each weekend (Saturday and/or Sunday at 18.00), as well as other liturgies, for example Holy days of Obligation, Sunday 10.00 Mass (should the Cathedral Choir be absent), quarterly Chapter Masses (usually weekdays at 12.15), and Vespers (currently sung on each Friday during Lent and Advent, and on other Holy Days of Obligation). Duties are shared with the existing Cantors/Animators. Remuneration available.



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Please pray for...

Archbishop Cornelius and the clergy and people of our twin diocese of Bamenda, for an end to the troubles there and blessings on Bishop Philip's visit there.

The Unity of all Christians in doctrine, life and worship.

The Canonisation of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, Patron of our Youth.

Vocations to all states of life and ministry in the Church, especially to the Sacred Priesthood, Diaconate and Religious Life, for all our students currently in formation for ordination.

The work of all Evangelisation Strategy Teams across our Diocese and the Holy Spirit's guidance on the formation of the new Diocesan Pastoral Council.

Those entering the "Called and Gifted" process and for the work of the Called & Gifted Team.

The work of our Marriage and Family Life Team.

All the sick clergy and people in our Diocese who are in need of our prayers.

Peace in the world and for those who govern the nations that they may do so wisely and justly and for an equitable share of the world's resources.

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. For all departed clergy and people of the diocese and for all the Faithful Departed. Requiescant in pace.


All those suffering in the world through hunger, disease, persecution and natural disaster, for all refugees and victims of modern slavery and human trafficking.

The work of the Apostleship of the Sea, Caritas Diocese of Portsmouth, Caritas Jersey, CAFOD and those with whom they work.


All the faithful of the Diocese that they may share their time and talents for the good of the Church and discern how God is calling them in a particular way to be more intentional disciples.  


With all good wishes and an assurance of my prayers,
In Corde Iesu


Bishop of Portsmouth


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