Portsmouth Diocese e-News

Tuesday 13th February 2018 - Issue 171 (2018/7)


Dear Friends,


Tomorrow we begin the great Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday. Try to get to Mass if you can, to hear God’s Word, to be renewed by Christ’s Sacrifice and to receive the ashes. By this simple cross on the forehead with the ashes, we are recognising that we are far from perfect, but that God loves and redeems us — not despite our brokenness, but in the midst of it. Meanwhile, there’s lots of food for thought in e-News this week. As we join Jesus in the desert, making our way to Jerusalem these next forty days, let us pray for a truly joyful Lent - a time of renewal.


May God bless and reward you.  




Settings for the Kyrie - Mass V ('Kyrie Magnae Deus Potentiae’) 

We come this week to Mass V from the Kyriale. Mass V Kyrie Magnae Deus Potentiae (‘Lord God of great power’) is another collection of texts for use on feasts. The Kyrie dates, as you can see, from 13th century. It is in ‘Mode VIII’, which to me always seems a joyful mode, with a hint of Easter and the Resurrection. In fact, the Gloria - not linked here but you could Google it – continues too in Mode VIII. Although this recording seems to me to be pitched a bit high, the melody itself is not that difficult to learn and, with a couple of strong voices leading, I could well imagine it being used at Mass in the Diocese. What makes this even simpler is that the first and third series of invocations (the Kyries) are identical and thus could be easily picked up by the congregation.





The Significance of Ash Wednesday

They may just be ashes, but in this short video Fr. Mike Schmitz points out that what they represent goes far beyond mere dust of the earth. With a simple cross on the forehead, we are recognising that we are far from perfect, but that God loves and redeems us—not despite our brokenness, but in the midst of it.


If you want to start off your Lent with a reminder of Ash Wednesday’s deeper meaning, listen to Fr. Mike’s heartfelt words in this video.




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

"The New Creation": Scott Hahn reflects on 1st Sunday of Lent

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.   


Lent bids us to return to the innocence of baptism. As Noah and his family were saved through the waters of the deluge, we were saved through the waters of baptism, Peter reminds us in the Second Reading. 


And God’s covenant with Noah in the First Reading marked the start of a new world. But it also prefigured a new and greater covenant between God and His creation. We see that new covenant and that new creation begin in Sunday's Gospel.


Like Adam, Jesus too is tempted by the devil. But while Adam fell, giving reign to sin and death, Jesus is victorious.

This is the good news, the “gospel of God” that He proclaims. Through His death, resurrection, and enthronement at the right hand of the Father, the world is once again made God’s kingdom.


As we begin this holy season, let us renew our baptismal vows—to repent and believe the gospel.


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



Reflections by Jennifer Geach - The Joyful season of Lent

Lent comes early this year, and so we have hardly drawn breath from the end of Christmas at Candlemas before we find ourselves lurching into Lent.  The word Lend means spring, and properly used the time of Lent, the “joyful season” as it is called in the prefaces of the time, gives us on opportunity to take stock and consider where we are, and where going: it is an annual opportunity to get our bearings. And we do this with the three age old weapons: prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  These tools, and only these tools, will enable us to free ourselves from sin, and bring us closer to the life of God.


You can read the full reflection here.



Lent begins tomorrow! Here are some ideas...

Formation for Mission - Online Lent Study with Diocesan Discussion Forum


St Paul’s Centre for Biblical Theology will release two of their Scripture study programmes free online this Lent. You may be a commuter working long hours, a shift worker, a parent busy with after school clubs or housebound and unable to get to a parish Lent study. Whatever your situation we recommend this opportunity to follow this in your free time. The Bible and the Sacraments  and The Bible and the Virgin Mary will be available from 14th February to those who sign up


Furthermore, we would like to invite you to our pilot discussion forum for our diocese on Facebook on The Bible and the Sacraments course. You can sign up and share what you are finding interesting or challenging. This will be our first attempt at forming an online study forum so we hope it will be a positive experience. Our Facebook page is Diocese of Portsmouth Formation Study. Just go to the page and apply to join this  as it is a closed group.


Virtual Lenten Retreat

If you are looking for a retreat this Lent but can't get away, you could join the online Pray More Lenten Retreat.



Message of the Holy Father Francis for Lent 2018

“Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (Mt 24: 12)


Dear Brothers and Sisters,


Once again, the Pasch of the Lord draws near! In our preparation for Easter, God in His providence offers us each year the season of Lent as a “sacramental sign of our conversion”. Lent summons us, and enables us, to come back to the Lord wholeheartedly and in every aspect of our life.


With this message, I would like again this year to help the entire Church experience this time of grace anew, with joy and in truth. I will take my cue from the words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew: “Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (Mt 24:12).


These words appear in Christ’s preaching about the end of time. They were spoken in Jerusalem, on the Mount of Olives, where the Lord’s passion would begin. In reply to a question of the disciples, Jesus foretells a great tribulation and describes a situation in which the community of believers might well find itself: amid great trials, false prophets would lead people astray and the love that is the core of the Gospel would grow cold in the hearts of many.


You can read the full message here.



Supporting our Sister Diocese in Bamenda

Now that I am back from my visit to Cameroon, I have been re-reading the Declaration by the Bishops of the Bamenda Provincial Episcopal Conference of 4th October last year after the demonstrations and government-imposed curfew. It makes sobering reading. You can read it for yourself here. 


In speaking of the curfew last October, the Bishops note:


1. People have lost loved ones to brutal killings and do not even know where their bodies are at the moment. Every one individual who is killed increases the number of aggrieved persons and families and the resentment and anger that are very difficult to address.

2. It is reported that truckloads of people have been arrested and carried to Yaounde. This is to add to those arrested earlier in the year who the populations have been urging the government to free. This only makes a bad situation worse.

3. Citizens of these two Regions have been branded as terrorists and are being treated as such. It is hard to believe that the hundreds of thousands of children, men and women, who came out to demonstrate peacefully on the 22nd September and on 1st October 2017 are all terrorists.

4. Genocide is effectively under way as every Anglophone who is thought to differ with the government is a target to be eliminated. Those who have raised serious issues for discussion have either been arrested or have had to flee for safety. Breaking into people’s homes, arresting and shooting them is tantamount to genocide. That helicopters were shooting people with live bullets from the air is an act of war, declared against one’s own people.

5. Anglophones living in Francophone Cameroon are now targets. The military have broken into some of their homes, searched and arrested people. The mere fact of being an Anglophone now looks like a crime in itself.

6. The very fact that the government organised a meeting of Senators and MP’s in Yaounde on the same 1st October under the pretext of celebrating National Unity, when its military were intimidating, torturing, arresting and killing people in the North West and South Regions, is a mockery of the Anglophone, and a sign that the Government is insensitive to their lives and welfare.

7. Businesses have been grounded in these Regions. The economy is badly hit by this crisis and things are likely to get worse.

8. The growing lack and loss of faith in the administration, customary and church authority does not help anybody. What can be done? 


While I was with Archbishop Cornelius, Monday was a ‘ghost day’ when in protest all shops and businesses were closed. The situation was calm, yet clearly the Archbishop and the clergy are worried about the situation and keen to find ways of fostering a dialogue between the Anglophones and the government.  This lent, let us offer up some of our prayers and self-denial to the Lord, begging Him to pour out His Holy Spirit to instil peace and to rouse people to find new ways forward.



Veritatis Gaudium

Pope Francis has just published a new Apostolic Constitution on Ecclesiastical Universities and Faculties, called Veritatis Gaudium (‘The Joy of Truth’) with the aim of renewing Catholic higher studies.


The Pope writes of a changing social-cultural context worldwide, with “a wide-ranging ‘anthropological’ and ‘environmental crisis’,” and the need for a more pronounced missionary orientation in Catholic higher education. Ecclesiastical studies not only “offer opportunities and processes for the suitable formation of priests, consecrated men and women, and committed lay people” but constitute “a sort of providential cultural laboratory.” (n.3) Catholic universities therefore should “offer the decisive contribution of leaven, salt and light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the living Tradition of the Church, which is ever open to new situations and ideas.”


Veritatis Gaudium offers four “fundamental criteria” for the renewal and revival of the contribution ecclesiastical studies can make for a missionary Church:


1. The presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
2. Dialogue with believers and non-believers, within a unity of knowledge in the face of pluralism.
3. Inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches.
4. An international network of institutions of Catholic higher education.

You can read the whole document here.



Pray for the new Bishop of Lancaster

Pope Francis has named Canon Paul Swarbrick, a priest of the Diocese of Lancaster as the seventh Bishop in succession to Bishop Michael Campbell OSA, 76, who offered his resignation to the Holy Father on reaching his 75th birthday as canonically required.


You can read the press release from the Diocese of Lancaster here.


Let us pray for Bishop-Elect Swarbrick and also for the retiring Bishop Michael Campbell and for all the priests and people of the Diocese of Lancaster.






NightFever returns to St Mary's Gosport this week

The first NightFever evening of 2018 is on Saturday 17th February starting at 7.30pm (following Mass at 6pm).


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 to pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament, but we too 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 contact Mike Slater on 02392 554537 or contact the Parish Office 02392 580119.


Please keep NightFever in your prayers.  



Preparing for Adoremus Congress on Sundays in Lent at Quarr Abbey

The Community at Quarr Abbey invite you to join them for a series of talks on the Sundays of Lent on the Mystery of the Holy Eucharist from 3.30 to 4.30 pm in the Abbey Church, in preparation for ADOREMUS, the National Eucharistic Congress to be held from 7th-9th September in Liverpool.


Each week there will be a different talk at 3.30pm followed by the Office of None (Afternoon Prayer) at 4.15pm.


Sunday 18th February

What did Jesus do during the Last Supper?

Abbot Xavier Perrin

Sunday 25th February

What do we do at Mass?

Br. Duncan Smith

Sunday 4th March

Communion of Flesh and Spirit:

St Irenaeus on the Eucharist

Dom Gregory Corcoran

Sunday 11th March

Eastern Churches' Understanding of Eucharist

Dom Nicholas Spencer

Sunday 18th March

Real Presence and Adoration

Dom Luke Bell

Sunday 25th March

Mary, Holy Eucharist, and the Church

Dom Brian-Gerard Kelly



The Chinese Chaplaincy invites you to celebrate Chinese New Year

You are invited to a Thanksgiving Mass for the Ethnic Chinese People on Sunday 18th February at 11am at Corpus Christi Church, 21 Gladys Avenue Portsmouth PO2 9AZ.


Mass and Hymns will be in English and Mandarin.


Special Intention for the Church in China. Chinese buffet after the Mass.


Bring your British and Chinese friends


Contact Chinese Chaplaincy, Diocese of Portsmouth

Fr. Claro Conde 07802191502 (In English) or 

Chinese Lay Catechist: Xuemei Xue, 07983 112838 (in Mandarin, Cantonese, Fujianese)




Youth 2000 - Retreat

I am delighted to announce that Youth 2000 will be returning to the Diocese for a weekend retreat from 27 - 29 April at St Jude's School, Fareham. These retreats offer an incredible opportunity for our young people (ages 16 - 35) to encounter with the Lord in both the Eucharist and in Confession, and are led entirely by young people with invaluable support from clergy and religious.


The weekend will include 24 hour Eucharistic Adoration, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, praise and worship, social time, talks from diocesan and national speakers and a smorgasbord of workshops to deepen your knowledge of the Catholic faith.


Places cost £65, although participants are encouraged to contribute according to their means. Put the dates in your diary, and booking will be available on Eventbrite very soon! 


Email youth@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk for more information.



Big Diocesan Day in Preparation for the Eucharistic Congress!

The Educational Chaplaincies team at my request have organised an inspiring day to help develop the mission of our Diocese in prayer, contemplation and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. This will take place on Saturday 5th May at the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth. I invite all adorers from throughout the Diocese together with those who have thought about adoring but have never done so to join me for the day.  I also invite those who would like to know more about the Blessed Sacrament to come too. This will be a day for all to come and Adore!


Amazing inspirational speakers including Fr Stephen Wang, Senior chaplain to London Universities in the Diocese of Westminster and author of many CTS publications, Pippa Baker who has worked in advertising is involved in leadership within the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) and lives in a community house striving to live a life of hospitality and prayer, and FOCUS, The Fellowship of Catholic University Students, a group of people from the states who are passionate about changing the world and helping others to live a life of purpose have been booked.


In addition to our speakers, there will be the opportunity to participate in workshops, adoration and end the day with Mass at St John’s Cathedral.  I think you will agree with me that this sounds like it is going to be an awesome day.


The planning is complete so now it’s your turn.  Please come and join me adore!


Book your ticket now by emailing congress@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk or phoning 07780221686.


Click the image to download and display a poster for the event.



Leadership and Parish Renewal training Day with Sherry Weddell – 

On Friday 18th May there will be a training day on Leadership and Parish Renewal in the diocese with Sherry Weddell. 


All Clergy are invited to attend a morning with Sherry Weddell who will speak about how the parish priest can lead his parish through James Mallon’s transformational changes using Called and Gifted principles and materials. The morning will commence at 9.30 am and end with lunch at 1 pm.  The venue is Basingstoke Country Hotel. 


Then for parish leadership teams, there will be a further session on “Parish transformation” in the afternoon open to both clergy and parish leadership teams/active parishioners.


If you would like further details and/or wish to attend please email Mary-Anne: manormand@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk



Diocesan Youth Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Finishing your exams this summer? Why not travel to Lourdes with Bishop Philip?


I’m really excited that this June we will be welcoming twenty young students together with a group of FOCUS missionaries from the USA, who will engage in a week of missionary work and formation in our diocese, and especially with our young people.


I would like to invite all those who will finish their exams this summer to join me and this group of students and leaders from the USA for a week of prayer, formation and fun on pilgrimage to Lourdes.


Journeying from the diocese, you will learn the story of St Bernadette, how the Virgin Mary appeared to her, and how since then, many hundreds of thousands have knelt at the Grotto in prayer. In addition, you can expect a retreat style experience, with the opportunity for the Sacraments, as well as time to explore the sights around town and relax while making new friends.


The pilgrimage will run from 12th - 16th July and costs £550 (full board) with flights from Southampton.


You can download a flier here or for more information and / or to book a place contact Father PJ or Tom at youth@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk or by telephoning 01329 318869.



Some resources for the Eucharistic Congress

During the 7-9th September, Adoremus, a Eucharistic Congress and pilgrimage will be taking place in Liverpool.  To help each one of us begin our pilgrimage to Adoremus some amazing resources are available from the Bishops' Conference Liturgy Office.  They will help to deepen our understanding of the Eucharist and our relationship with Christ through adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.


Click here to find out more about some of these resources.



Carlo Acutis – Friend in Heaven

What are the Called and Gifted charisms? 

The Called and Gifted process continues to run in various parishes around the diocese, and two parishes have had it for a second time. 


How do each of us (clergy, religious, lay) best help people to encounter Jesus and how do we best love and serve others?  It is through the charisms or gifts that the Holy Spirit gives us not to keep for ourselves but to give away to others. The Called and Gifted process helps parishioners to identify and confirm their charisms. 


Here are some more stories and testimonies to read and watch:


Teaching Charism - enabling others to learn information and skills that help them reach their full spiritual and personal potential. 


Wisdom Charism - insight that comes up with creative solutions to specific problems and enables others to make good decisions. 


Extraordinary Faith Charism - exceptional trust in the love, power, and provision of God and remarkable freedom to act on this trust. 


Annual Renewal of Vows

The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity was founded by St John Eudes in 1641 in France. His work spread to other countries, including England, but the autonomy remained for a few centuries. In the 19th century one of the Our Lady of Charity sisters, Sister Mary Euphrasia in France thought that a generalate would be the better way forward.  She met with

considerable opposition from the hierarchy, but eventually she founded a community in Angers. The house was called Good Shepherd and so the sisters became Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd. Because of the generalate rather than autonomy, it was found that the Order spread more rapidly.


The Our Lady of Charity sisters came to Southampton in 1904. There are two other communities in the Diocese of Portsmouth - Waterlooville (founded in 1885), and Ascot (founded in 1971). Every 8 February the Sisters worldwide renew their Profession Vows on the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary written by St John Eudes. The feast was first celebrated on 8 February 1648 by him. At present, there is a commission working to name St John Eudes as a Doctor of the Church. His life, witness and legacy are relevant to the new evangelisation and the renewal of baptismal life.


(The photograph is of the Southampton Community (Redcote Convent, Bitterne) taken on 8th February this year.)



Madeiran Portuguese Community in Jersey raises over £750 for FHL

The Madeiran Portuguese Community in Jersey, a number of whom have participated in Pilgrimages to the Holy Land and are familiar with the mission and activities of Friends of the Holy Land, through their own cultural activities have made specific donations to the SCHOOL OF JOY which was founded by Randa AbuSada in 1993 in Beit Sahour, the “Town of the Shepherds”, just few miles from the birth place of our Saviour Jesus (Nativity Church - Bethlehem). The school was founded to improve the overall quality of life for students with special needs in the greater Bethlehem area.  This is one of the particular projects supported and funded by FRIENDS OF THE HOLY LAND.


“We generally make a point of bringing groups of Pilgrims to visit the School of Joy as a part of any Pilgrimage Itinerary for it provides an opportunity to witness at first hand the valuable work that is being done and the hope this wonderful School instils”, says Deacon Iain MacFirbhisigh, the Portsmouth Diocesan Representative for Friends of the Holy Land, “This first-hand experience has made a lasting impression on so many and is evidenced by their generous ongoing support. Since its foundation The School has been working on ethical and human rights for these children, so that they can live a better life as human beings. One of their aims is to protect the children from being on the streets. Through education, support and sympathy offered, the child is provided a real hope for a brighter future.”


The St Helier-Funchal Geminacao or ‘Twinning’ Committee held a special Traditional Fado and Dance evening and raised £306 and at Christmas Time the community held their annual Bailinho para a Romagem de Presépio   literally a ‘small dance’ through the Streets to the Nativity Scene at St Thomas’ Church, visiting restaurants en route – and collected a further £450.


Deacon Iain welcomes enquiries from any Pilgrimage Organisers and will happily facilitate visits to the School of Joy and other FHL Projects in the Holy Land.


The picture (click image for full photo) shows Committee Members Mrs Leonarda Faria and Mr Joao Carlos Nunes of the St Helier Funchal - Geminacao supported by Portuguese members of the Guild of St Stephen presenting the cheque to Deacon Iain MacFirbhisigh KHS.



Essential Training for Catechists 

Focus on...CASO

Jade Newman - CASO Administration Officer


Jade is the Administration Officer for the Catholic Academies and Schools Office in Portsmouth. She has worked here for almost three years in this capacity. She supports the CASO team, assists in the Foundation Governor appointment process, organises training and events amongst other administration duties required.


Outside of this role, she enjoys spending time with her family, singing in a local Choir and going to music gigs and reading.


Welcome to the new Executive Assistant to Fr Mark Hogan

Dr Caroline Farey - Executive Assistant to the Episcopal Vicar for Evangelisation (Pastoral Area Evangelisation Strategy Teams)


We are delighted to welcome Dr Caroline Farey to our diocesan team. Caroline has been recently contracted on a part-time basis to support the Evangelisation Strategy teams of the diocese. As Executive Assistant to Fr Mark Hogan, her first role will be to contact and visit the Co-ordinating pastors as well as the teams, offering to help set up Evangelisation teams if these haven’t yet begun, offering support and advice to those that are already in operation and producing materials for formation in evangelisation.


From April, Caroline's office will be based at St Peter’s, Winchester when working in the diocese. She has extensive experience of training parish personnel, priests, parents, catechists at all levels, both in the UK and in the US. She was honoured by Pope Benedict XVI with the ‘Message for Catechists’ in 2012 and has subsequently worked for the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation in Rome.  Many clergy will know her already for her work with us in preparing for the Convocation last June.   


Her role is for advice and encouragement for any team that would like to invite her to join them for a meeting.  Feel free to contact her at cfarey@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk



Bishop Philip's Engagements

Wednesday 14th February

Ash Wednesday Mass, St John’s Cathedral Portsmouth 12.15pm


Thursday 15th February

Various Meetings, Bishop’s House, Portsmouth


Friday 16th February

Various Meetings, Bishop’s House, Portsmouth;

Evening Prayer and blessing of new stained glass windows and organ at

English Martyrs Didcot, 7pm


Saturday 17th February

Rite of Election, St John’s Cathedral 11.00am


Monday 19th February

Various Meetings, Bishop’s House, Portsmouth


Tuesday 20th February

Council of Priests, Bishop’s House, Portsmouth;

Lecture at St Mary’s University Twickenham


Thursday 22nd February

Diocesan Trustees Meeting, Bishop’s House, Portsmouth   



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.   

Tuesday 13th February

Feria [6th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Sisters of Maria Stella Matutina in the Diocese


Wednesday 14th February

BEGINNING OF THE SEASON OF LENT [the Alleluia is entirely omitted in this season]

ASH WEDNESDAY, Day of Fasting & Abstinence

Diocesan Prayer: The grace to keep a good Lent


Thursday 15th February

Thursday after Ash Wednesday Mass

National Prayer Cycle: The people of Europe, especially of Eastern Europe

Diocesan Prayer: Those who do not believe in God


Friday 16th February

Friday after Ash Wednesday Mass

Diocesan Prayer: Servite Secular Institute


Saturday 17th February

Saturday after Ash Wednesday

[The Memorial of The Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order may be commemorated]

Diocesan Prayer: All participating in the Rite of Election of Catechumens and Welcome of Candidates, their sponsors, families, catechists and parish communities


Sunday 18th February


National Prayer Cycle: Candidates for the Sacraments

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of English Martyrs, Didcot (dedicated 18.2.17)


Monday 19th February

Monday of the 1st Week of Lent

Diocesan Prayer: Association of Separated and Divorced Catholics


Tuesday 20th February

Tuesday of the 1st Week of Lent

Diocesan Prayer: Catholic Social Workers’ Guild


Wednesday 21st February

Wednesday of the 1st Week of Lent Mass

[The Memorial of St Peter Damian may be commemorated]

Diocesan Prayer: Catholic Archivists


Thursday 22nd February


Diocesan Prayer: The Holy Father


Friday 23rd February

Friday of the 1st Week of Lent [Lenten Fast Day]

The Memorial of St Polycarp may be commemorated a

National Prayer Cycle: The needy & hungry of the world

Diocesan Prayer: Community of St Bernadette, Les Quennevais, Jersey (dedicated 22.2.1986)


Saturday 24th February

Saturday of the 1st Week of Lent

The Memorial of St Gregory of Narek may be commemorated

Diocesan Prayer: Catholic Girlguiding UK members in the Diocese


Forthcoming Events   

Saturday 17th February


St Mary's Gosport

Read more


Sundays in Lent

The Mystery of the Holy Eucharist

(Series of talks preparing for Adoremus Eucharistic Congress)

Quarr Abbey

Read more


17th-18th February

Jesus and the Kingdom, Weekend Retreat,
Park Place Pastoral Centre

Read more


Monday 19th February (for 5 weeks)

Essential Training for Catechists

Holy Family Millbrook, Southampton

Read more


Friday 23rd February (for 5 weeks)

Essential Training for Catechists

St John Vianney Church Hall, Wantage

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 24th February

Cor et Lumen Christi Community

Prophetic Ministry Workshop

The City of London School for Girls

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

Read more 


Saturday 21st April

Holy Land Pilgrimage information session

Immaculate Conception & St Joseph Church, Christchurch

Read more 


Wednesday 4th July
Feast day of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati
Celebration event at St Patrick's Soho
Read more


29th-30th September

Southampton Celebrate

St George Catholic College Southampton

Read more



Job Opportunities

Assistant Diocesan Property Manager

Full time - 35 hours per week


The Portsmouth Diocesan Trust, a Registered Charity, has an extensive portfolio of property that includes Churches, associated Church buildings, schools, houses, offices, and other property.


The Diocese consists of the counties of Hampshire, part of Dorset and Berkshire, South Oxfordshire, the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands.


The Diocese is seeking to recruit an Assistant Diocesan Property Manager who will report to the Diocesan Property Manager and assist in providing a service including advice on maintenance, new build Church projects, quinquennial report writing, property valuations, rent reviews, lease renewals, acquisitions and disposals, contracts and other general estate management duties.


The role is a challenging opportunity for a motivated individual with considerable experience and a relevant property qualification. It is essential that applicants have business acumen, good organisational and communication skills. Considerable travelling will be involved.


Salary will be negotiable based on qualifications and experience.


Closing date for applications:  Monday 19th February (12 Noon)

Interviews : week commencing Monday 5th March 


For informal enquiries please contact Mark Czoch (Diocesan Property Manager) 02392 825430.

Parish Secretary (Newport, IoW)

St Saviour, Totland Bay & St Thomas of Canterbury, Newport Parish wishes to appoint a Parish Secretary to work in the Parish Office for 20 hours per week (Days and hours by negotiation).


Closing date: Friday 23rd February (12 noon) 

Interviews: week commencing 26th February 


For informal enquiries please contact the Parish Office on 01983 522027



Parish Secretary (St Margaret Mary, Park Gate)

Part time - 16 hours per week (days and hours by negotiation)


The role will be to facilitate the smooth running of the Parish Office and to provide secretarial support to Father Hart and the Parish.


Applicants should be diligent and reliable and able to work unsupervised to deliver a high standard of administrative and secretarial support. A working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Publisher is essential and the ability to compute figures.


Closing date for applications: Tuesday 27th February (12 Noon)

Interviews: week commencing 5th March


Read more 



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. Please pray for the repose of the souls of Canon Terence Healy, priest of our diocese, Fr Frank Thompson MHM, Fr Jimmy McCaffery, a Carmelite brother at Boars Hill, for Fr Edward Rogers SJ of the Corpus Christi Jesuit Community, Boscombe, who died on 30th of December. He was 93. He was ordained in 1958 and worked most of his life, about fifty years or so, in Zimbabwe and had been living in our Diocese for the last six years and for Denis Bennett (Fr Roy Bennett’s brother who died recently) and for all departed clergy and people of the diocese and for all the Faithful Departed. Requiescant in pace.


An ended to Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery through the intercession of St Josephine Bakhita (Feast day 8th February)

Archbishop Cornelius and the clergy and people of our twin diocese of Bamenda, for an end to the troubles 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. 

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.  



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


Bishop of Portsmouth


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