Portsmouth Diocese e-News

Wednesday 18th April 2018 - Issue 179 (2018/15)

 

Dear Friends,

 

I released over the weekend a new Pastoral Letter ‘People of Life’. You can read about it - even watch it! - below. I am also releasing with this e-News a statement on current plans among politicians and local government to ban people from praying outside hospitals and clinics where abortions take place. We do need therefore to review our future strategies, although for the reasons stated below I think this ban is utterly unfair and a form of censorship. Meanwhile, have a good week! I am at Hinsley Hall in Leeds at the moment for the Bishops’ Conference. It’s good to meet and get to know the impressive new Bishop of Lancaster, Bishop Paul Swarbrick.

  

P.S: The Portsmouth Walk for Life (26th May) has unfortunately had to be postponed: for more, contact Rosalie Cuthbert

 

 

Be a 'People of Life'! 

Over the weekend, the Third Sunday of Easter, I published a Pastoral Letter to be read in all the churches and chapels of the Diocese. It’s my twentieth since becoming Bishop and is entitled ‘People of Life.’ In it, I return to a theme discussed before, namely anthropology or what it means to be a human being. This is a very controversial theme now in our society given the confusion and conflict over such matters as sexuality, gender reassignment, family life, morality and happiness. In the Letter, which is bound to be controversial for some, I cover the beauty of the being a human person, the sanctity of life and sexuality, the pursuit of an authentic human ecology, the work of peace and justice, and engaging positively with science and contemporary culture. The Letter is accompanied by a free gift from me: a small booklet called Bringing People Closer to Jesus Christ through His Church.

 

You can download the Pastoral Letter here or watch a video presentation by clicking on the photo.

 

  

'No-Prayer Zones' around Abortion Clinics? 

It looks as if local politicians and the government are moving towards banning pro-life groups from praying outside hospitals and clinics where abortions take place. Following on from my Pastoral Letter ‘People of Life’ published over the weekend, I have released the following statement in comment.

 

I am deeply concerned about the imposition of ‘no-prayer zones' around clinics where abortions take place. 

 

In the first place, it is disrespectful to vulnerable women. Abortion is not a morally neutral topic, nor a taboo. It can cause a mother grave psychological damage. So how can those who speak of a woman’s ‘right to choose’ not also acknowledge a woman’s ‘right to change her mind’? Or her right to hear other options to choose from? To remove from the environment of the abortion clinics alternative voices is to limit freedom of choice. Indeed, research shows that many women have been grateful for the last-minute support they have thereby received. 

 

Secondly, in the face of the tragedy of abortion, prayer is crucial. When a human life is ended by abortion, it is natural, as with any serious sin, to feel shame and guilt. This may later lead to repentance, forgiveness and health. But sometimes, people seek to plough on, pretending everything is fine, attempting to justify their actions to themselves and to others. Sooner or later, this leads to serious self-harm, with damaging social consequences too. The only One who can make things right is God. This is why prayer is crucial: for forgiveness, for healing, for reparation, for the dear mothers and fathers involved, for the safety and protection of the unborn child and for the conversion of the medical staff who are complicit.

 

Obviously, anyone can pray anywhere. Indeed, we need to. But the imposition of ‘no-prayer zones’ outside clinics – I mean prayerful vigil, not militant or disruptive action – is unhelpful, unjust and unnecessary. 

 

 

Mass XIII ‘Stelliferi Conditor Orbis’

Here is another setting of the Kyrie that would surely be within the reach of the average parish choir and congregation: Mass XIII, called Stelliferi Conditor Orbis (‘Founder of the Starry World’). This is an 11th century composition and the Kyriale suggests it for use especially on saints days and memorials. It is set Mode I, which always has a solemn character, and gradually opens up, climaxing in the final invocations which are truly plaintive. As we have mentioned before, the Greek word eleison (‘have mercy’) has the same root as the word in Greek for ‘oil.’ Consequently, to pray Kyrie eleison is to beg the Lord to pour out His healing oil and balm on our troubled hearts, soothing and calming them with His mercy. The recording here is unaccompanied and has been adapted for the current liturgy with its two-fold invocations.

 

For another recording with the traditional nine invocations, click here

 

 

 

Next Sunday is Good Shepherd Sunday

Next Sunday, the Fourth of Easter (22nd April), is Good Shepherd Sunday, a day when traditionally we pray for vocations to all states of life and ministry within the Church but especially to the sacred priesthood. Please pray for our seminarians that they will continue to respond to God’s call. Our Diocese currently has 13 students for the priesthood. They are studying in six different seminaries: St. John’s Wonersh, Allen Hall in London, St. Mary’s Oscott, the Venerable English College and the Beda College in Rome and the Royal English College in Valladolid. This year we have no ordinations to the priesthood – a clear reminder to us to fast and pray earnestly for more vocations. The vocations are out there, but do people hear them amidst the noise and blandishments of contemporary culture? Here is a prayer to say to the Blessed Mother:


Hail Mary, full of grace,
when the angel asked you to bear the Son of the Most High,
you responded generously: "Let it be done unto me."
Be with us now as we discern our life's work
and guide us in the way we are called to follow your Son.
Holy Mother of the Good Shepherd,
turn your motherly care to us.
Intercede for us to the Lord of the harvest
that He may send us more labourers for the harvest.
Ask the Lord to bless our Diocese with more vocations
to all states of life and ministry within the Church
but especially to the sacred priesthood.
Thus may the word of your Son be made flesh anew
in the lives of persons anxious to proclaim
the good news of everlasting life. Amen.

 

 

Prayer for the People of Syria and Gaza

Syria has been very much in the news of late, not least for the recent chemical weapons attack and the political storm over the military intervention and air strikes carried out by America, Britain and France. On Easter Sunday, the Holy Father called on us to pray for the peoples of Syria and Gaza and for a resolution of the multi-levelled conflicts involved.

 

Here is a prayer to say:

 

Almighty Father,

we pray for the peoples of the world, caught up in conflict and strife.

We remember with particular love the people of Syria and Gaza.

We pray for those whose love of neighbour

has been destroyed in the bitterness of enmity.

May their fear be submerged in compassion.

May their distrust be diluted by hope,

as a vision of peace and Easter joy illuminates

all darkened minds  and hate-filled hearts.

We ask this in the name of the Risen Christ. Amen.

 

   

"The Shepherd's Voice": Scott Hahn on the Fourth Sunday of Easter

In next Sunday’s Gospel, says that He is the good shepherd the prophets had promised to Israel. He is the shepherd-prince, the new David—who frees people from bondage to sin and gathers them into one flock, the Church, under a new covenant, made in His blood. His flock includes other sheep, He says, far more than the dispersed children of Israel And He gave His Church the mission of shepherding all peoples to the Father.

Through the ministry of the Church, the shepherd still speaks and forgives sins and makes His body and blood present, that all may know Him in the breaking of the bread. It is a mission that will continue until all the world is one flock under the one shepherd.

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.   

 

   

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

The Good Shepherd “I lay down my life for my sheep.”  
4th Sunday of Easter, Year B: John 10:11-18

On this fourth Sunday of Easter, we revisit Jesus’ identity and mission through the image of the Good Shepherd laying down his life for us, his sheep. In this mysterious passage from St John’s Gospel, we discover the unique knowledge that the Shepherd has of his sheep and that the sheep have of the Shepherd: ‘I know my sheep and my own know me.’ This knowledge and love is parallel to the knowledge and love between the Father and the Son, and introduces us into their own relationship of love.

 

We’ll reflect on:
Faith: What does it mean to know our Shepherd?  

Hope: What does it mean to be known by the Good Shepherd?  
Love: How does the Good Shepherd help us model love today?  

  

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


 

Rosary on the Coast - will you be joining in prayer on 29th April?

Don't forget to try and take an active part in this exciting initiative praying for Faith, Life and Peace in the British Isles. There are over 200 locations where you can take part including over 20 venues within our diocese where you can take part, including inland parishes if you are unable to get to the coast.

You can see from the map on the left many of the places where you can join in. There are events in Old Portsmouth, Southsea, Eastney, Hayling Island, Lymington, Fareham, Highcliff, Bournemouth, Southampton, Jersey, Guernsey, Ryde, Gosport, Emsworth, Aldershot, Fleet and Windsor. Click on the map for more details.

 

You can find lots of information on their Facebook page and website where you can also read the Briefing Document for the event.

 

         

Join me for the Diocesan Eucharistic Conference on Saturday 5th May

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 congress@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk by phoning 07780221686 or via Eventbrite here. 


 

Preparing children for First Holy Communion 

In the fourth instalment of 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, Sr Hyacinthe runs a sample session with a group of children actually preparing for the sacrament. This preparation programme integrates evangelisation and catechesis through the use of Scripture and beautiful silhouettes. 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 if you would like to attend either of these training days or would like more information on this exciting new programme.


 

 

Diocesan Day for Readers - 16th June 2018

St Bede’s Catholic Church, Popley Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire. RG24 9DX View map

 

The Day will start with Mass at 9.30 am, and will end at 3.00 pm. It is offered for everyone who is involved in reading at Mass, as an opportunity to meet, share, be formed, and pray together.

 

The day will include:

 

  • Practical formation for reading at Mass, what we need to know and be aware of when          reading in public, during Mass
  • Liturgical formation, to understand the proclamation of the Word of God as a Liturgical        action of the Church
  • Theological formation, to better understand the texts that we are to proclaim 

A buffet Lunch will be provided, thanks to the generous support of the Bible Society. You can register here.

 

Download poster

 

  

New Holy Hour every Thursday in Gosport

The Franciscan community in Gosport has recently launched a weekly international “pro-life Holy Hour” on Thursdays to pray for the ending of abortion. The hour will be live-streamed globally on Radio Immaculata

 

“Our pro-life Holy Hour is an initiative aiming at creating a chain of people around the world to pray together for the sake of human life so that it might be acknowledged by everyone as a mystery, naturally and supernaturally, to be honoured and respected,” said Father Serafino M. Lanzetta Superior of the Marian Franciscans to LifeSiteNews"Life is a mystery, a great mystery. It is the very beginning of everything. This is the reason why we must support it as best we can,” he added.

 

The live Holy Hour will take place every Thursday from 7-8pm. You can listen on Radio Immaculata and also tune in through their app for both Android and Apple devices. 

 

The Franciscan friars say that prayer is needed more urgently than ever to end the estimated 1 million abortions that take place each week globallyThe friars say that abortion has made a mother’s womb become the “most dangerous place.”  The Franciscan friars are asking those who wish to become part of the Holy Hour to invite others to join in. “Let us defeat this diabolical attack with the power of prayer so that our hearts will be one and we will be like the multitude of believers in Acts 4:32 who ‘had but one heart and one soul.’”

 

 

Southampton students gain fascinating insight into careers in healthcare

Fifteen students from St. Mary’s Independent School in Southampton visited a careers fair at  Southampton General Hospital to look at a variety of health care professions. Students were able to see the important work of over a dozen different departments including radiology, genomics, cardiology and optometry. The event provided a fascinating insight and was well received by all students. Several past pupils have gone on to pursue careers in the medical world and often that first step was taken after such an experience as this visit. It also helped them understand just how valuable is our National Health Service and how dedicated are the Staff in our hospitals. 

     

  

       

Hook children enjoy a Lenten craft day 

On Saturday 24th March Sacred Heart Church in Hook held a lovely craft afternoon for the younger members of the parish. The children painted stones for the Altar of Repose, and made glass stained windows to decorate the church.

 

Everyone helped to decorate an Alleluia banner for Easter Sunday, while some also made a timeline of the story from Palm Sunday to Pentecost which will gradually be revealed as the events take place. 

 

They also decorated pots and planted seedlings for the outside Easter garden.

 

     

 

 

 


 

Fareham schoolchildren act out the Passion with great reverence 

During Holy Week, the Key Stage 2 children at St Anthony's Catholic Primary School in Fareham acted out the last few days of Jesus' life before his Crucifixion.

 

The quiet acting took place alongside readings from the Bible and hymns.

 

The children did this with great reverence and the Passion Play was thoroughly enjoyed by all the parents.  

 

   

Focus on...Richard Martin

Richard Martin, a parishioner of the Immaculate Conception & St Joseph Parish in Christchurch, is Director of Lay Formation for the Avon Stour Pastoral Area and a member of the Diocese Called & Gifted Team.

 

Richard is a ‘cradle Catholic’, the fifth of six children, and has been married to his childhood sweetheart Theresa for nearly 37 years. They have 4 children and 5 grandchildren (so far – number 6 on the way…!). Richard has been very involved in Mathematics education in a variety of roles over many years, interspersed with other jobs, including running his own education consultancy and data processing business, organising market research for ICI and he even spent a short time as a painter and decorator.  However, in 2011 three significant things happened which changed Richard’s career path: in reverse order, Theresa and he moved down from Buckinghamshire to the South Coast, Richard completed a Master’s degree in Pastoral Theology and, more significantly, he had a life-changing personal encounter with the risen Jesus during a silent retreat! Since then, Richard has been employed within the Diocese in the area of Lay Formation, firstly with the 6 churches of St Swithun Wells Parish and more recently with those of the Avon Stour Pastoral Area. He has a passion for drawing others towards a personal relationship with Jesus, which drives everything he now does.

 

Through Called & Gifted, Richard discerned a charism of Music and has been actively using that gift within his parish, Pastoral Area and beyond. He has composed a Mass Setting called Mass of Joyful Hope, which has been enthusiastically adopted by the parish and which he hopes to get approved and published this year. Richard has been involved in the Diocese Called & Gifted Team since its beginnings in early 2014 and especially loves leading the teaching days.

 

Richard’s other great love is acting, but sadly he has struggled to find time for this since moving South – maybe this will be the year…?

 

To contact Richard, email rmartin@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk. You can also follow him on Twitter @RichSSW

  

 

Bishop Philip's Engagements      

Monday 16th – Thursday 19th April 

Bishops’ Conference, Spring Plenary Meeting, Leeds

 

Friday 20th April 

Discernment Conference, Douai Abbey

 

Sunday 22nd April 

3pm Confirmation Mass: St Swithun Wells Pastoral Area, St John's Cathedral

 

Monday 23rd – Wednesday 25th April 

Meetings with Seminarians, Valladolid Seminary, Spain

 

Thursday 26th April 

Trustees Meeting, Bishop’s House, Portsmouth

Vicars General Meeting, Bishop’s House, Portsmouth

 

Friday 27th April 

Joint Education of Catholic and Church of England Meeting, Bishop’s House, Portsmouth
Youth 2000 Retreat opening Mass, St Jude’s, Fareham

 

Saturday 28th April 

11am Confirmation Mass, St Mary’s School, Ascot

 

 

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 15th April
THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER
Diocesan Prayer: Parish Finance Committees


Monday 16th April
of the 3rd Week of Easter
Diocesan Prayer: Diocesan Trustees & Finance Council

 

Tuesday 17th April
of the 3rd Week of Easter
Diocesan Prayer: The Neocatechumenate in the Diocese

 

Wednesday 18th April
of the 3rd Week of Easter
Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St. Joseph, Havant (consecrated 18.4.1907)

 

Thursday 19th April
of the 3rd Week of Easter
[Winchester: St Alphege, Bishop, Martyr, memorial - Diocesan supplement]
Diocesan Prayer: Parishes, Communities & Schools in the Havant Pastoral Area

 

Friday 20th April
of the 3rd Week of Easter
Diocesan Prayer: All who go on pilgrimage

 

Saturday 21st April
St Anselm, Religious, Bishop, Doctor of the Church, optional memorial
or: of the 3rd Week of Easter
Diocesan Prayer: Evangelisation of this country

 

Sunday 22nd April
FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
National Prayer Cycle: Vocations to the priesthood, the diaconate and the religious life
Diocesan Prayer: Community of the Good Shepherd, Kennington

 

Monday 23rd April

ST GEORGE, Patron of England, solemnity

Diocesan Prayer: Chapel of St Patrick & St George, Tidworth;

St Michael & St George, Aldershot [Forces Cathedral]

 

Tuesday 24th April

of the 4th Week of Easter

or: St Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Religious, Martyr, optional memorial

or: St Adalbert, Bishop, Martyr, optional memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Diocesan Department for Educational Chaplaincies

 

Wednesday 25th April

ST MARK, Apostle, feast

Diocesan Prayer: Community of St Mark, Dedworth

 

Thursday 26th April

of the 4th Week of Easter

Diocesan Prayer: Parishes, Communities & Schools in the Isle of Wight Wight Pastoral Area

 

Friday 27th April

of the 4th Week of Easter Mass

Diocesan Prayer: Daughters of Wisdom (La Sagesse) in the Diocese

 

Saturday 28th April

of the 4th Week of Easter

or: St Peter Chanel, Religious, Martyr, optional memorial

or: St Louis Grignion de Montfort, Founder, optional memorial

[Romsey: St Louis Grignion de Montfort, Founder]

Diocesan Prayer: Montfort Fathers in the Diocese

 

Sunday 29th April

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Diocesan Prayer: St Joseph’s, Ashurst (dedicated 29.4.1989)



  

Forthcoming Events

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

 

Saturday 21st April

Artists' Retreat

Religious of Immaculate Mary Convent, SW7

Read more 

 

Saturday 28th April 

Liturgy Matters

St John's Cathedral Portsmouth

Read more

 

Sunday 29th April 

Rosary on the Coast

Read more

 

Thursday 3rd May

The Silent Music of Carmel: Course on Carmelite Prayer

Carmelite Priory, Boars Hill, Oxford

Read more

 

Saturday 5th May 

Diocesan Eucharistic Conference

New Theatre Portsmouth

Read more

 

5th-7th May

Prayer in the Feminine Voice

St Anne's Brockenhurst 

Read more

 

Wednesday 9th May

Divine Renovation: where to start

HTB Onslow Square, London SW7

Read more

 

Saturday 12th May

"Lift up your hearts" - A Workshop  Singing the Mass

Holy Family, Redbridge Hill, Southampton

Read more

 

Saturday 12th May

Share the Journey - how to practically help refugees

St Edward the Confessor, Chandlers Ford

Read more

 

Friday 18th - Saturday 19th May

Parish Renewal with Sherry Weddell

Basingstoke Country Hotel

Read more

 

Saturday 26th May

In Praise of Him - an evening of Sacred Music

St John's Cathedral Portsmouth

Read more

 

Tuesday 12th - Friday 15th June

Spiritual Theology Conference

School of the Annunciation

Buckfast Abbey, Devon

Read more

 

Saturday 16th June

Divine Mercy for the Family Conference

Church of Our Lady Mother of the Church, Ealing Broadway

Read more

 

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

 

Monday 30th July - Thursday 2nd August

Spiritual Theology Conference

School of the Annunciation

Buckfast Abbey, Devon

Read more

 

Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th August

Philosophy for Faith:  A four-day introduction to Catholic philosophy 

School of the Annunciation

Buckfast Abbey, Devon

Read more

 

Thursday 9th - Sunday 12th August

Apologetics for the New Evangelisation 

School of the Annunciation

Buckfast Abbey, Devon

Read more

 

29th-30th September

Southampton Celebrate

St George Catholic College Southampton

Read more

 

18th—22nd October 2018

Catholic School Leaders’ Pilgrimage to Medjugorje

Read more

 

 

Job Opportunities 

Deputy Leader, Called and Gifted Team, Diocese of Portsmouth

The Deputy Leader will be responsible for much of the Called and Gifted process in the Diocese. They will work closely with Clare Simpson, the current Team Leader, to learn and take on a significant portion of her current work.  The job’s activities will range from organising the three stage process in parishes through to developing relationships with participants and parish leaders so that the charisms and fruits of the process can be shared and developed in parishes and the Diocese.  The job will involve working flexibly with some Saturdays and evening work around the Diocese. It is essential that the successful candidate is a car owner and driver.  The job is a part time position of 3 days a week, with salary of £15,300 (Please note: this is an initial 6 month contract with a view to extending this period). 

 

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 25th April

Interview date: end of April

Commencement date: as soon as possible after appointment

 


 

Refugee Project Development Manager 

This is an exciting new role, representing the Diocese of Portsmouth and acting to promote, develop and coordinate the Community Sponsorship model of refugee resettlement within the Diocese.

 

The appointed person will work closely with parish and community sponsors to resettle refugee families safely by providing a high quality service of support, information, training, monitoring and liaison with the responsible agencies appointed by the Home Office and Local Authorities.

 

The job is a part time position of 14 hours per week, with salary of £14.31 per hour.

 

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 1st May

Interviews: Friday 11th May

Commencement date: as soon as possible after appointment

 

Further information

 

 

Please pray for...

Peace in the world and for those who govern the nations that they may do so wisely and justly; for the peoples of Syria and Gaza and for a resolution of the multi-levelled conflicts involved. 

 

All who are to be baptised and confirmed this Eastertide.

 

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.

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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