As there is no e-News next week, let me here and now wish you a very Happy Easter, with all the joy and hope that the Lord’s Resurrection brings!
Of course, this week is Holy Week so I do encourage you to attend as much as you can of the Holy Week liturgies, especially the Liturgy of the Passion and Death of the Lord on Good Friday. Meanwhile, God bless you.
Thank you for all your support of the Diocese and the mission of the Church in this place. Thank you to all clergy, people, consecrated and religious for all you do to communicate the joy of the Gospel to the needy, the lost and the poor. Please pray for me too.
We come this week to a classic: Mass XI, called Orbis Factor (‘Maker of the World’). Mass XI is proposed for use on Sundays during the year, but as with all the collections from the Kyriale could conceivably be used on other occasions too, depending on capabilities. This Kyrie is well within the range of the average choir or music group and I was delighted recently on the visit to Our Lady and St. Dominic’s Farnborough that their enterprising and enthusiastic music director had chosen Orbis Factor for use during Lent. With a confident lead from the musicians we all joined in antiphonally. The Kyrie is solemn and rises sonorously to the final Kyrie at the end. However, it looks as if the tradition of this Kyrie has developed over time as the Kyriale gives two versions, A and B, the more ancient and less ornate 10th century version (A) and the more usual and more elaborate one given here (B), dating from the 14th to 16th centuries. Remember that most transmission of music during the Middle Ages, apart from in monastic and cathedral contexts would not have been in written form but by memorisation, and so it’s easy to understand how variations an developments would occur from place to place. Anyway, see what you think!
The tomb was empty. In the early morning darkness of that first Easter, there was only confusion for Mary Magdalene and the other disciples. But as the daylight spread, they saw the dawning of a new creation. At first they didn’t understand the Scripture, today’s Gospel tells us. We don’t know which precise Scripture texts they were supposed to understand. Perhaps it was the sign of Jonah, who rose from the belly of the great fish after three days. Or maybe Hosea’s prophecy of Israel’s restoration from exile. Perhaps it was the psalmist who rejoiced that God had not abandoned him to the nether world. Whichever Scripture it was, as the disciples bent down into the tomb, they saw and they believed. What did they see? Burial shrouds in an empty tomb. The stone removed from the tomb. Seven times in nine verses we hear that word—"tomb.” What did they believe? That God had done what Jesus said He would do—raised Him up on the third day
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Grace and Resurrection Glory
The celebrations of the evening of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday form one Liturgical event: the Easter Triduum. These are the three holy days in which we remember and participate in the Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. This earth-quaking, life-shaking, miracle-making journey that Jesus undertakes will change the world forever. When Jesus died on the cross, he was outstretched, outcast, outlived - but not outdone. Grace and resurrection glory triumph in the end. In our webinar this Wednesday, we’ll discover the meaning of these three days and their relationship to each other.
We’ll reflect on:
Faith: How can the Paschal Mystery deepen our faith?
Hope: How does our Baptism find its source and grace in Jesus’ life, death and resurrection?
Love: How can the Church leads us to a deeper love in our lives?
Yesterday morning over 100 clergy of the Diocese joined me in the Cathedral for the annual Chrism Mass. This is always a wonderful occasion and an important event in the calendar when our priests re-affirm the promises they made at their ordination. I also consecrated the Holy Oils to be used for the celebration of the sacraments during the coming year - the Oil of Catechumens (used at Baptism), the Oil of Chrism (used at Baptism, Confirmation, Ordination and the Consecration of churches, altars and sacred vessels) and the Oil of the Sick.
The Roman Missal says this: "The Chrism Mass, which the Bishop concelebrates with his priests, should, as it were, be a manifestation of the priests’ communion with their Bishop; it is desirable that all priests participate in it."
You can read my homily and see many wonderful photos here.
Last weekend I sent a Pastoral Letter to the clergy and people of Guernsey to appeal to all people of good will on the island to overturn this grim proposal coming before the State legislature, and at the same time to redouble the compassionate care of those who are frail and terminally ill. Let there be no death-clinics in Guernsey.
In it, I say this: "Many a vet will speak of their grief at putting down a beloved family pet – “putting it out of its misery” - yet surely we cannot treat a human being the same way? It would be an intolerable and utterly immoral demand to ask medical staff, doctors and nurses dedicated to preserving life, to extinguish the life of another human person. However carefully crafted the laws might be, assisted suicide would place medics in an impossible dilemma.”
You can read the full text of the letter here.
Out of the 80 million Easter eggs sold in this part of the world every year, The Real Easter Egg is the only one which has an Easter story booklet in the box, is made of Fairtrade chocolate and supports charitable projects.
The Real Easter Egg was launched in 2010. It was a real struggle as all the supermarkets turned it down at first. It was left to churches and church schools to place orders and fund The Meaningful Chocolate Company to begin making The Real Easter Egg. To date, they have sold more than one million eggs with 750,000 of these sent through the post directly to churches and schools.
Not only has there been an increase in Fairtrade chocolate sales, but nearly £250,000 has been donated to charity as a result.
If you're looking to give an Easter Egg with real meaning, I encourage you to buy the Real Easter Egg which is now available from many major supermarkets including Tesco, Morrisons, Waitrose and ASDA.
I was alarmed, although not surprised, to read the results of a recent survey which has been expertly analysed by Dr. Stephen Bullivant of St. Mary’s University Twickenham into the attitudes of the young people of Europe towards Christianity and religion. It notes how the vast, vast majority of youngsters in Europe do not practice a religion. But the most alarming element to me is that huge number of youngsters who do not pray. This is the most urgent task I would say in our families, parishes and schools: to teach our youngsters how to pray and to develop a real friendship with Jesus. For this they need not only the set prayers of the Church, but to learn heartfelt prayer, cor ad cor, who to raise their heart and mind to God, how to speak to Him about all their needs and how to listen to Him. This survey confirms what I have already asked all the schools of our Diocese to do: to introduce a half hour of Eucharistic Adoration for their students. (See item elsewhere in this issue, Ed.) This to me is more crucial than having class Masses etc since before the Lord Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, children can be given the chance to encounter Him and to find in Him the love, hope and strength they need for their happiness.
You can read the article here.
Paul, Apostle of Christ is the story of two men. Luke, as a friend and physician, risks his life when he ventures into the city of Rome to visit Paul, who is held captive in Nero’s darkest, bleakest prison cell. But Nero is determined to rid Rome of Christians, and does not flinch from executing them in the grisliest ways possible. Before Paul’s death sentence can be enacted, Luke resolves to write another book, one that details the beginnings of “The Way” and the birth of what will come to be known as the church.
Bound in chains, Paul’s struggle is internal. He has survived so much—floggings, shipwreck, starvation, stoning, hunger and thirst, cold and exposure—yet as he waits for his appointment with death, he is haunted by the shadows of his past misdeeds. Alone in the dark, he wonders if he has been forgotten . . . and if he has the strength to finish well.
Two men struggle against a determined emperor and the frailties of the human spirit in order to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ and spread their message to the world.
The film is released in the UK this weekend - click on the image to watch a trailer.
The Safety and Welfare of our clergy, parishioners, visitors and contractors is very important and this is an invitation to offer a day's training to those parishioners who have already volunteered or who are willing to volunteer for the role of the "Parish Safety Representative" and would like to receive some training. There may be more than one person (male or female) who is willing to volunteer and this would be encouraged. The cost of the training will be borne by the Diocese. The role of the Parish Safety Representative is not an onerous one and neither is it complicated. The role does not require any specialist knowledge other than common sense and it is not going to put any volunteer in a position where they are held liable or where they can be prosecuted. The role is open to both men and women and does not require any specialist health and safety knowledge, and the role will not be time consuming.
68 volunteers have already completed the training day and the feedback has been excellent and all have found the day to be very enjoyable.
The next training day will be held on Saturday 14th Apeil from 10am-4pm at St Bedes Church, Popley Way, Basingstoke, RG24 9DX. To help with overall administration and catering arrangements could you please notify Pauline Clarke if you have any volunteers who would like to attend: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 29th April 2018 at 3pm
Rosary on the Coast is an initiative of the Lay Faithful across the British Isles inviting the faithful of our nations, with the support of our clergy and Bishops, to a Day of Prayer for Faith, Life and Peace which will surely be pleasing to the Holy Spirit, and to Our Blessed Mother. The Rectors of our two National Marian Shrines (Walsingham & Our Lady of the Taper) in England and Wales have given Rosary on the Coast their full backing and encouragement.
The video with the "Rallying Call to Prayer" is powerful - Listen in!
Please join me on Saturday 5th May at 10.30am when the Diocese will be holding its very own Eucharistic Conference. The day will begin with praise and worship at the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth led by 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 and the Youth 2000 live band. We will then be able to listen to the most amazing inspirational speaker’s 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.
After lunch (please bring a picnic with you) there will be the opportunity to participate in a workshop of your choice and then gather for Adoration and Mass at St John’s Cathedral, which will I will celebrate.
Please do come and join with others from throughout the Diocese for what promises to be the most awesome day. Admission to the Theatre is FREE, but entry is by ticket only, so do be sure to book yours now by emailing email@example.com by phoning 07780221686 or via Eventbrite here.
Click the image to download and display a poster for the event.
Father James Mallon’s best-selling book has stirred up a vision and passion for parish renewal across the globe. But how do you actually make the transformation happen in your parish?
Join Fr James and other parishes on the Divine Renovation journey on Wednesday 9th May for a practical day that will include times of prayer and worship led by Youth 2000.
The day is free of charge, but lunch will not be provided.
Click here to book your place.
We continue our series of short videos showcasing the new First Holy Communion programme, I want to make my Home in you, recently published by Redemptorist Publications which I commend to you for use in our parishes. This programme integrates evangelisation and catechesis through the use of Scripture and beautiful silhouettes. In part two of the video series, you can learn how to make the wooden structure needed to run the course. Click the image on the left to watch the video.
There are two training days for the programme coming up:
Saturday 12th May, 9.30am-3pm at St Bede's Church, Popley Way, Basingstoke, RG24 9DX.
Thursday 24th May, 7.30 pm at Annunciation Parish Hall, 218 Charminster Road, Bournemouth. BH8 9RW.
E-mail Sr Hyacinthe: firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend either of these days.
Join renowned composer and musician Adam Bartlett to rediscover the Church’s rich musical tradition, and learn how it can enhance your parish today…
Adam Bartlett is President and Editor of Illuminare Publications and is Editor of the Lumen Christi Series of chant books in English. He has served as a parish and cathedral music director for over 10 years, and previously served as Assistant Director of the Liturgical Institute, Mundelein, near Chicago, Illinois, and as professor of Liturgical Chant at Mundelein Seminary.
For information or to book your place (£25) contact Holy Family, Southampton. E-mail: email@example.com or telephone: 023 80 778203.
Click here for a poster containing the full programme foe the day.
Responding to Pope Francis's call to promote a "Culture of Encounter" and Caritas Internationalis call to "Share the Journey", CAFOD and Caritas Diocese of Portsmouth are co-sponsoring a conference on refugees on the 12th May in St Edward the Confessor Church in Chandlers Ford.
In line with the Caritas Internationalis mission, the conference will be entitled "Share the Journey". During the conference you will see what we can practically do as a diocese and parish to assist refugees including sponsoring and housing refugee families. Please register at Eventbrite here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, see here.
A wonderful group of 15 catechists recently completed the five session course at Holy Family, Southampton, on the 19th March. We were all able to celebrate by attending the beautiful Mass of St Joseph afterwards. (Click on the image for the full group)
Here are some comments by the catechists who attended:
♦ “Excellent class, well informed, brilliant teaching of the Word, Well centred on the Scriptures and I would recommend this for all.”
♦ “I wish there had been more sessions – just because I have really enjoyed it and look forward to every session so much.”
♦ “It was perfect 😊”
The FFM team will be offering the same course in two venues in May and June:
Friday evenings, from 7.30 to 9.00pm, from 4th May to 1st June, at Sacred Heart Church, 1 Albert Hall, Richmond Hill, Bournemouth, BH1 1BZ - see poster here.
Thursday evenings, from 7.30 to 9.00pm, from 14th June to 12th July, at St Patrick’s Church, Portsmouth Road, Woolston, Southampton, SO19 9BD - see poster here.
To register for either of these courses, email Sr Hyacinthe: email@example.com
Colm Lennon and Jo Overton,Chair and Vice Chair of the Portsmouth Bamenda Committee have recently returned from Bamenda where they were visiting the projects being supported by funds from monies raised on Bamenda Sunday and elsewhere in the Diocese.
The diary of their visit can be seen on the Bamenda and Portsmouth website along with a video of their visit to see the Ambelle Water project.
Read the full story here.
The 2018 Dragons' Den event for schools in the Diocese took place at St Bede's on Thursday 22nd March. Six schools took part, bidding for a share of a £2,500 investment fund. Each school presented a charitable project designed to benefit their local community and give both students and staff a practical way of expressing their faith. Each bid had to show clear links to the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, have clear benefits to those in need, be sustainable and clearly costed.
Four primary schools took part and two secondary schools from as far afield as Bournemouth, Fareham, Andover and Reading. Bishop Challoner school in Basingstoke took part for a record third time and for the first time, children from a reception class (St Walburga's) took part and charmed the panel into supporting their bid!
Read more here.
The Prep pupils of St. Mary's Independent School (Southampton) walked their annual outside Way of the Cross on a beautiful Spring day. Every child carried a small bag into which they put visible 'signs' , collected at each Station, to help them remember the positive lessons of the walk. For example: a leaf to signify the Gethsemane Garden; a sticky plaster to remind them of the scratches Jesus would have suffered when He fell; a drawing of a hand to recall the outstretched helping arms of Simon; a piece of cloth to remember the thoughtfulness of Veronica; a small palm cross for Calvary; and so on. Alongside each symbol suggestions were made how we could all respond positively to these signs in our daily lives. The final symbol was a pumpkin seed to be planted at home. Jesus made it clear that only if a seed died could life blossom. Please God, the children would fully appreciate that this Death was the beginning of Life - THEIR life.
On Monday St Teresa’s Catholic Academy in Wokingham began Holy Week with a Palm Liturgy during which the whole school processed around the local streets waving their palms. When they returned to school the children laid their palms on their very own ‘road to Jerusalem’.
A great crowd who had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the king of Israel!’ (John 12)
All Lent and Advent Liturgies in the school now include a period of Eucharistic Adoration appropriate to the age group and conclude with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
It is a great privilege that the Blessed Sacrament is present at the heart of the school.
Lord Jesus Christ, you gave your Church an admirable sacrament as the abiding memorial of your passion. Teach us so to worship the sacred mystery of your Body and Blood that its redeeming power may sanctify us always. Who live and reign with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Kevin Gallagher is Director of Caritas Portsmouth.
In March 2017 Kevin took up the position as Director of Caritas in the diocese. As Caritas has the role of being the voice of social action in the diocese, Kevin has been travelling around the diocese encouraging parishes to setup social action projects as well as promoting Catholic Social Teaching education. Caritas has both a Twitter and Facebook page where you can find out more.
Kevin, born in Glasgow, has a background in electronic engineering background, but his connection with Portsmouth was when he came South to work for IBM in 1981. However a change of lifestyle in 1990 saw him leave for Taiwan, to volunteer in a Jesuit run residential centre for children with learning disabilities. This ultimately led him, together with two Taiwanese colleagues, to setup a new charity to bring the benefits of assistive technology to the local disabled population. It was here that he met his wife, Amy Chan, a teacher in special education. Living in a non-Christian country with a minority but very vibrant missionary Catholic Church was a great but humbling life experience, especially the opportunity to walk alongside marginalised and vulnerable people. He returned to the UK in 2016 after 26 years in Taiwan and wishing to continue working in the area of social action applied for the post of Director of Caritas Portsmouth.
Together with Amy, he enjoys long distance motorcycling touring, long walks on the South Downs and Dorset coast and maintaining his Chinese language skills. The occasional design of an electronic aid for disabled computer users makes for a busy but interesting life.
Tuesday 27th March
11am: Chrism Mass, St John's Cathedral Portsmouth
Thursday 29th March
8pm: Mass of the Lord’s Last Supper, St John's Cathedral Portsmouth
Friday 30th March
3pm: Good Friday Liturgy, St John's Cathedral Portsmouth
7pm: Stations of the Cross, St John's Cathedral Portsmouth
Saturday 31st March
8pm: Easter Vigil Mass, St John's Cathedral Portsmouth
Sunday 1st April
12 Noon: Easter Sunday Mass, St John's Cathedral Portsmouth
Sunday 25th March
PALM SUNDAY of the Passion of the Lord
Diocesan Prayer: For a deeper love of the Passion of Christ
Monday 26th March
Monday of Holy Week
Diocesan Prayer: All readers
Tuesday 27th March
Tuesday of Holy Week
The Chrism Mass is celebrated at the Cathedral today
Diocesan Prayer: All priests of the Diocese
Wednesday 28th March
Wednesday of Holy Week [Spy Wednesday]
Diocesan Prayer: All deacons of the Diocese
Thursday 29th March
Diocesan Prayer: Extraordinary Ministers of Communion
Friday 30th March
Day of Fasting and Abstinence
Diocesan Prayer: Peace in the Holy Land
Saturday 31st March
Diocesan Prayer: All those who mourn
Sunday 1st April
EASTER SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD
Diocesan Prayer: For an ever deeper confidence in the power of Christ and his Resurrection
Monday 2nd April
MONDAY WITHIN OCTAVE OF EASTER
Diocesan Prayer: The newly baptised
Tuesday 3rd April
TUESDAY WITHIN OCTAVE OF EASTER
Diocesan Prayer: Welcome Centre, Jersey
Wednesday 4th April
WEDNESDAY WITHIN OCTAVE OF EASTER
Diocesan Prayer: The Bishops of Clifton and Northampton, Priests of this Diocese
Thursday 5th April
THURSDAY WITHIN OCTAVE OF EASTER
Diocesan Prayer: Handicapped Children’s Pilgrimage Trust
Rt Revd Anthony Emery, 6th Bishop of Portsmouth (RIP 1988)
Friday 6th April
FRIDAY WITHIN OCTAVE OF EASTER
Diocesan Prayer: “Catholic HR” for managers in Catholic organisations
Saturday 7th April
SATURDAY WITHIN OCTAVE OF EASTER
Diocesan Prayer: De la Salle Brothers in the Diocese
Sundays in Lent
The Mystery of the Holy Eucharist
(Series of talks preparing for Adoremus Eucharistic Congress)
Saturday 24th March
Alton Day of Renewal
Monday 26th March
SPUC Campaign Tour 2018: "We care about Women"St Swithun's Church Hall, Waverley Road, Southsea (2.15pm)
Sunday 8th April
Divine Mercy Devotions
St Peter's Winchester
Monday 9th April
Winchester Catholic History Group
The Chantry Chapels of Winchester Cathedral
St Peter's Winchester
Saturday 21st April
Holy Land Pilgrimage information session
Immaculate Conception & St Joseph Church, Christchurch
Saturday 21st April (N.B. Change of date)
Alton Day of Renewal
Saturday 28th April
St John's Cathedral Portsmouth
Sunday 29th AprilRosary on the Coast
Prayer in the Feminine Voice
St Anne's Brockenhurst
Wednesday 9th May
Divine Renovation: where to start
HTB Onslow Square, London SW7
Saturday 12th May
"Lift up your hearts" - A Workshop Singing the Mass
Holy Family, Redbridge Hill, Southampton
Wednesday 4th July
Feast day of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati
Celebration event at St Patrick's Soho
St George Catholic College Southampton
18th—22nd October 2018
Catholic School Leaders’ Pilgrimage to Medjugorje
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.
A vacancy has arisen for the role of Parish Administrative Secretary and Pastoral Assistant to work in the parish office at Immaculate Conception Church, Portswood, Southampton.
Hours of work – 18-20 per week – (Days and times to be negotiated with the Parish Priest but ideally to cover Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and one evening per month)
Commencement Date: from 1st June 2018
Closing date for applications: Friday 13th April (12 Noon).
Interviews: Saturday 28th April or by arrangement in special circumstances
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.
The work of the Apostleship of the Sea, Caritas Diocese of Portsmouth, Caritas Jersey, CAFOD and those with whom they work.
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