Portsmouth Diocese e-News

Tuesday 13th March 2018 - Issue 175 (2018/11)


Dear Friends,


We are now well on the way through Lent to Easter and I hope and pray that you have received many graces and blessings from the Lord. We enjoyed Mothering Sunday last weekend and we prayed for all our mothers and grandmothers. Over these next days please pray for all who are being baptised and received into the Church this Easter.


Meanwhile thanks to Deacon Craig for assembling this week’s e-News. If you, your school or your parish have any news to share please send it along to him for inclusion next time.


God bless you all.




Mass IX ('Cum Jubilo') 

This is a definite favourite of mine – Mass IX Cum Iubilo (‘With Joyful Song’) which is appointed for use especially on Solemnities and Feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Gloria is particularly fine as also the other parts of the Mass. The Kyrie, which comes from the 12th century, is solemn and beautiful, full of plaintive longing with a haunting melody. It is in Mode I. In the parish, I taught it to the children in school who quickly picked it up and we sang it in children’s Masses. For a recording of its use in St. Peter’s Rome at a Mass with Pope Benedict, click here. Recordings tend to use the nine-fold Kyrie that was in use for centuries until the reforms of Vatican II. We are now accustomed to the six-fold version of the modern Roman Rite. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal says that each “acclamation is usually pronounced twice, though it is not to be excluded that it be repeated several times, by reason of the character of the various languages, as well as of the artistry of the music or of other circumstances (52).” It would probably be difficult to adapt the Kyrie of Missa Cum Iubilo to a six-fold form, so we would have to use it as it was originally written.


"The Hour Comes": Scott Hahn reflects on 5th Sunday of Lent

The readings for next Sunday are filled with anticipation. The days are coming, Jeremiah prophesies in today’s First Reading. The hour has come, Jesus says in the Gospel. The new covenant that God promised to Jeremiah is made in the “hour” of Jesus—in His Death, Resurrection, and Ascension to the Father’s right hand.

Jesus’ “hour” continues in the Eucharist, where we join our sacrifices to His, giving God our lives in reverence and obedience—confident He will raise us up to bear fruits of holiness. 

Read the complete reflection for this coming Sunday by theologian and best-selling author, Dr Scott Hahn - and sign up to receive the reflections each week by e-mail here.  



What is the Old Testament?

Sometimes one hears people disparaging the time of the Covenant, and making out that it is in Christ first that God’s purposes for humanity were revealed.  But it is clear from Moses’ proclamation of the Law that the Covenant between God and Israel, which has not been abrogated, is a living, vibrant closeness between God and His people. 


You can read Jennifer Geach's full reflection here



Join us for the Wednesday Webinar this Wednesday 7 - 8pm

5th Sunday of Lent, Year B: John 12:20-33

The Hour has Come. “Now the hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.” 


On this fifth Sunday of Lent, we enter into the ‘hour’ of Jesus, the time of fulfilment, sacrifice, and obedience to his Father’s will. Only three times is the Father’s voice heard in the Gospels: at the Baptism of Jesus, at the Transfiguration, and in this Sunday’s Gospel. Here, In John’s last chapter before the Last Supper, Jesus reveals that he is to be glorified. The Father publicly confirms that this is no accident but his loving design, fulfilled in his Son.


In our webinar this Wednesday, we’ll contemplate this mysterious glorification of the Son of Man and of how he opens for us the way into God’s heart. We’ll reflect on:

Faith: What is the meaning of human life?
Hope: What is the purpose of human freedom? 
Love: What is the finality of human love?


Sign up for the webinar here or catch up via the recording if you are unable to join us.



Are you a singer? Why not join the choir for this year's Chrism Mass?

The Chrism Mass is an important event in the life of the diocese, when the priests gather with the bishop to renew their commitment to their ministry and the Holy Oils are blessed, which takes place on Tuesday in Holy Week - 27th March - at St John's Cathedral, Portsmouth.


Singers are now being sought to form the choir. Would you like to be part of the choir this year? If so please contact Sarah Gallop sgallop87@gmail.com to register your interest.


A rehearsal will take place on Saturday 24th March, 2:00pm - 4:30pm at Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, Stubbington, PO14 2PL.







Last chance to book for the National Eucharistic Congress 

Have you booked your place for Adoremus National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress yet?  Adoremus  will take place from 7th – 9th September 2018 in Liverpool with some 10,000 Catholics expected to attend.  

Our Diocese has a limited ticket allocation.  It is essential that you book your tickets NOW by emailing congress@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk or phoning 07780 221686.


The deadline for ticket applications is Wednesday 14th March - that's this Wednesday!  



Placuit Deo’ - a New Document from the CDF

Dated 22nd February 2018, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) – its doctrinal watch-dog – has just issued a new document called Placuit Deo (‘It has pleased God’), from Ephesians 1: 9 “It has pleased God in his goodness and wisdom to reveal Himself and to make known to us the hidden purpose of his will.” In this document, the CDF warns us against two ancient errors that seem to be reviving among Catholics in a modern form. One is “neo-Pelagianism,” named after the fourth-century British monk Pelagius who believed that human beings were good in themselves and could rely on their own intellect and moral strength to reach salvation, taking Jesus as a model. Pope Francis has often spoken of this heresy of proud self-dependence resurrecting itself today, which reduces Jesus to a “good man” we should imitate. The other mistake the CDF warns us against is “Gnosticism,” another type of individualism that originally despised the body and the world, seeing faith as only about spiritual things. Pope Francis has also spoken extensively about this re-emerging error today among Christians who see their religion as “touchy-feely” and about their own happiness, whilst woefully neglecting the care of the poor and the natural world.


Placuit Deo is a short document, just 15 paragraphs, and you can read it for yourself here. The Catholic News Agency has also issued a simple commentary on it. 



Come and discover a great new First Holy Communion course

The Formation for Mission team is offering 2 training days for anyone interested in the new First Holy Communion programme, ‘I want to make my Home in you’ which I commend to you and recently now published by Redemptorist Publications. This programme integrates evangelisation and catechesis through the use of Scripture and beautiful silhouettes. The material for the programme will be available for purchase at both these days.


Come and join us to discover the programme and receive training:


Saturday 17th March, in Holy Family Church, Redbridge Hill, Southampton SO16 4PL, from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm for a morning session.


Saturday 12th May, in St Bede’s Church, Popley Way, Basingstoke, RG24 9DX, from 9.30 am (beginning with Mass) to 3.00 pm.


E-mail Sr Hyacinthe: ffm@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk if you would like to attend either of these days.     



Rosary on the Coast for Faith, Life & Peace in the British Isles

Sunday 29th April 2018 at 3pm


Rosary on the Coast is a day of pilgrimage and prayer for the re-flourishing of our Faith, for the grace to build a culture of Life and for true Peace to reign in the hearts of all peoples and nations.


Mgr. John Armitage, Rector of England's National Shrine to Our Lady in Walsingham is inviting people to participate in Rosary on the Coast. Fr. John has given us all a strong call alongside a beautiful reflection into the gentle spiritual power of the Most Holy Rosary.


Click on the picture to watch the video.





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!


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.



Are you celebrating a significant wedding anniversary in 2018?

Are you celebrating a 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th or any anniversary over 60 years this year?


If so I would like to invite you to join me at a special celebration Mass. This will take place at St Bede’s Church in Basingstoke on Saturday 30th June 2018.


It is a wonderful occasion to celebrate and witness to Marriage. If you would like to come, please visit the anniversaries website for more information and to register.




Have you used the Diocesan Dashboard yet? 

Over the last two years, our diocesan Social Research Unit has been undertaking a special project with a company called Field Dynamics to establish a computerised data-base that collates data and statistics about the Diocese and about each and every parish, pastoral area and deanery. The data-base, called the “Diocesan Dashboard,” will be especially helpful for our diocesan administration and our Catholic Schools and Academies Office, as well as for Framework Teams such as Caritas Diocese of Portsmouth, and for parish, pastoral area and deanery Evangelisation Strategy Teams. It incorporates both internal and external data about the Diocese and indeed, will be an invaluable tool for anyone engaged in pastoral planning at any level. For instance, it could help planners determine where to build a new school or church, or the sorts of ethnic chaplaincy services to be provided or the types of mission and evangelisation strategies appropriate to the given demographics. 

Find out more here.



How Newman inspired the German resistance

Paul Shrimpton, a parishioner from the parish of Holy Rood and Our Lady of the Rosary in Oxford recently had an article published in the Catholic Herald. He wrote the article for the 75th anniversary of the first White Rose trial and execution, and drew mainly from his recently published book Conscience before conformity: Hans and Sophie Scholl and the White Rose resistance in Nazi Germany.(Gracewing, 330 pp, £15.99).


Conscience before Conformity tells the story of German students who dared to speak out against Hitler and the Third Reich, and died for their beliefs. Operating under the name of the White Rose, they printed and distributed leaflets condemning Nazism and urging Germans to offer non-violent resistance to the ‘atheistic war machine’.


You can read the article here.



Southampton pupil shares his experience of Cambodia 

Boniface Dobell, a Year 6 pupil at St Mary's Independent School, Southampton, gave a presentation to the school after his amazing two week trip to Cambodia with his parents as a result of their connection with St Mary's parish in Great Yarmouth. The purpose of the trip was to see the progress being made in various Church projects supported by the Diocese of East Anglia. Projects include health clinics; kindergartens and schools, where as well as being given an education the children receive a hot meal; centres for the disabled where the people are taught skills such as sewing and mobile phone repairing to enable them to earn a living. Boniface's School was very keen to support and the pupils brought in t-shirts, bandages and Match Attax football cards, for Cambodians love football as much as the English!  Boniface struggled with a large suitcase full of the generous donations and these were then shared out amongst the various projects and were much appreciated. Boniface, who wants to be a teacher, was so inspired by all that he saw on the trip, that following university he wants to spend some time volunteering in Xavier school in Svay Sisophon.




Charity fundraising through Lenten lunches in Southampton

In common with many of our parishes throughout the diocese, The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Portswood (Southampton) host Lenten Lunches for charity. Here, there is a chosen recipient for each of the Fridays - though the recent snow meant one postponement. Parishioners and friends were joined by children the nearby St. Mary's Independent Prep Department. (The Seniors will be present at the end of the month). They came with donations from their pocket money, ready to enjoy a choice of six soups, a variety of breads, a good drink and engaging company. One remarked 'I wish this was for EVERY Friday' Somehow, we are sure, their parents would be wanting something more solid. However, it did bring home the stark and sad fact that in many parts of the world this would be the ONE meal of the day-and for most days of the year. Their enthusiasm then became rather muted.



Parish Visitation to Farnborough

Last weekend I visited the splendid parish of Our Lady & St Dominic in Farnborough and its excellent Parish Priest, Fr Tony Sultana. I was very impressed by the number of people at Mass and the wonderful condition of the property. There were many young families at Mass and in my homily (see here) I  thanked everyone for their commitment to keeping the Catholic Faith vibrant in Farnborough. There was also a marvellous group of musicians who led the music at the 10am Mass.I was very impressed with the range and style, including singing the Kyrie from Mass XI ('Orbis Factor') - we have yet to reach that in our run through the Kyriale (see article above)! 


May God bless everyone in Farnborough with faith and joy this Lent.


The photo shows Bishop Philip shepherding one of the sheep belonging to Abbot Cuthbert at Farnborough Abbey.



Fifty Years a Priest

Congratulations to Canon Peter Turbitt who celebrated his Golden Jubilee of Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood last weekend,

He was ordained on 10th March 1968 for Hexham & Newcastle diocese, subsequently moving south where he was incardinated into the Diocese of Portsmouth. He currently serves as Dean of St Edmund Campion Deanery (Old Berkshire), Co-ordinating Pastor of North Downs Pastoral Area and Parish Priest of Wantage, Lambourn & Hungerford and Buckland & Farringdon parishes. He is a member of the Chapter of Canons of St John's Cathedral and a  Judge on the Interdiocesan Tribunal of Second Instance of Southwark



Focus on...Deacon Roger Carr-Jones

Deacon Roger is a well known servant of our Diocese for his current work on data protection. He has been a permanent deacon in our diocese since June 2008 and works alongside the parish clergy at the Sacred Heart Church, Bournemouth. Roger is a husband, father of five, grandfather, worker and fellow traveller in Faith: a mix that helps deepen, inform and refresh his diaconal ministry. Roger is also trained as a Spiritual Director in the Ignatian tradition with its emphasis on “finding God in all things”; a member of our Diaconal Formation team and oversees marriage preparation in Bournemouth. Roger previously worked as an Internal Auditor with English Heritage before joining our Catholic Academies and Schools Office in June 2016. Here Roger has helped our schools to explore new ways of working together, encouraging their development of new partnership models and in finding practical ways to link the everyday life of our schools to Bishop Philip’s future Vision for Catholic Education in the Diocese. Roger, who was educated at St Peter’s Bournemouth was recently appointed as a Foundation Governor. For him this is a very practical example of putting Faith into practice by seeing  Christ at the Heart of Curriculum.


At present Roger is helping parishes to get to grips with embedding GDPR into local processes: this is being done with good grace and a sprinkling of humour. In his spare time Roger loves walking, being out with his dogs, kayaking (in good weather!), wearing red glasses and simply enjoying the company of friends and family.




Diocesan Medal for Bracknell parishioner 

Two weekends ago I was in Bracknell for the Pastoral Visitation of the parish of St Joseph and St Margaret Clitherow. At the end of a packed morning Mass I had the joy of awarding a Diocesan Medal to a very special parishioner, Peter Hancock, who was still a bit jet lagged  - though looking very tanned and healthy -  on his return from a trip to Mexico. Peter has been a loyal servant of Christ and His Church for many years. A former banker and financier, he has been a member of the parish Finance Committee and has helped transform the parish finances. Also, until his retirement recently, Peter has been one of our Diocesan Trustees and an invaluable help and support to me in that role, bringing much perception and wisdom to the scrutiny of our Diocesan finances. So may God bless him and his wife and family! May the Lord one day reward him abundantly for his labours.


Thanks to parishioner Marion McGuire for the photograph.



Bishop Philip's Engagements   

Monday 12th – Tuesday 13th March

Clergy overnight meeting, Marwell


Thursday 15th March
Opening new facility, St Patrick’s School, Farnborough


Friday 16th March
Chapter of Canons Meeting, Bishop’s House, Portsmouth


Saturday 17th March 
Engaged Couples Event, Discovery Centre, Portsmouth


Saturday 17th - Sunday 18th March 

Parish Visitation: Havant


Monday 19th March

Celebration Mass for 150th Anniversary of St Joseph's Primary School

St Joseph's Church, Aldershot


Tuesday 20th March

Seminary visit: St John's Seminary Wonersh, Guildford


Thursday 22nd March

Dragon’s Den Event for Schools, Basingstoke


Friday 23rd March
Meeting with Department Head, Bishop’s House, Portsmouth

Various meetings, Bishop’s House, Portsmouth


Saturday 24th March
Dialogue with Cultural Sectors Team 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.     

Sunday 11th March  


Diocesan Prayer: Union of Catholic Mothers


Monday 12th March

of the 4th Week of Lent

Diocesan Prayer: The “Beginning Experience”


Tuesday 13th March

of the 4th Week of Lent

Diocesan Prayer: The Holy Father (elected 13.3.2013); Cold Ash Centre, Thatcham


Wednesday 14th March

of the 4th Week of Lent

Diocesan Prayer: Community of St Patrick, East Ilsley


Thursday 15th March

of the 4th Week of Lent

Diocesan Prayer: Community of St Patrick, Samarès, Jersey


Friday 16th March

of the 4th Week of Lent

Diocesan Prayer: Community of St Joseph, Gosport


Saturday 17th March

ST PATRICK, Bishop, feast

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Joseph, Bracknell


Sunday 18th March 


Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Joseph, Romsey


Monday 19th March

ST JOSEPH, Solemnity

Diocesan Prayer: The Holy Father (Pontificate inaugurated 19.3.2013);

Parish of Immaculate Conception & St Joseph, Christchurch (dedicated 19.3.1993)


Tuesday 20th March

of the 5th Week of Lent

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Joseph, Basingstoke


Wednesday 21st March

of the 5th Week of Lent

Diocesan Prayer: Benedictines in the Diocese (English Congregation, Solesmes, Subiaco)


Thursday 22nd March

of the 5th Week of Lent

Diocesan Prayer: The “Ascent” movement


Friday 23rd March

of the 5th Week of Lent

[The Memorial of St Turibius of Mogrovejo may be commemorated]

Diocesan Prayer: The work of the John Henry King Fund

Most Rev John Henry King, Archbishop, 4th Bishop of Portsmouth (RIP 1965)


Saturday 24th March

of the 5th Week of Lent

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of Our Lady of the Assumption, Hedge End (dedicated 23.3.1984) 



Forthcoming Events   

Sundays in Lent

The Mystery of the Holy Eucharist

(Series of talks preparing for Adoremus Eucharistic Congress)

Quarr Abbey

Read more


Saturday 24th March

Alton Day of Renewal

Alton Convent

Read more


Monday 26th March

SPUC Campaign Tour 2018: "We care about Women"

St Swithun's Church Hall, Waverley Road, Southsea (2.15pm)

Read more

Monday 9th April

Winchester Catholic History Group

The Chantry Chapels of Winchester Cathedral

St Peter's Winchester

Read more  


Saturday 21st April

Holy Land Pilgrimage information session

Immaculate Conception & St Joseph Church, Christchurch

Read more 


Saturday 21st April (N.B. Change of date)

Alton Day of Renewal

Alton Convent

Read more


5th-7th May

Prayer in the Feminine Voice

St Anne's Brockenhurst 

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 

Catholic Headteacher (St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Ryde, IoW)


Are you a Headteacher looking for a new challenge or a Deputy /Assistant Head ready for your next career step? Then St Mary’s could be the school for you. St Mary’s is a single form entry primary school, within a Federation of Catholic Schools and situated in Ryde on the beautiful Isle of Wight. It is a happy, warm and caring school, which takes children from the age of 3 – 11. 


The Governors of St Mary’s are looking for an inspirational Catholic leader with the vision, and determination to progress the school to be securely good and beyond. For more information visit: https://www.tes.com/jobs/vacancy/headteacher-ryde-isle-of-wight-1042426


Closing date for applications: Monday 26th March 2018.





Please pray for...

The work of the New Evangelisation across the diocese that we may all play our part in bringing people closer to Jesus Christ through His Church.


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.


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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