Portsmouth Diocese e-News

Thursday 17th May 2018 - Issue 183 (2018/18)


Dear Friends,


A very happy feast of Pentecost to you! I pray you’ll receive many graces and blessings from the Holy Spirit as we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Mary, Peter and the Apostles and the beginning of the Church’s mission ad gentes. If you can, do try to join me for Mass in the Cathedral on Monday for the first ever celebration of the new feast of Mary, Mother of the Church.


Meanwhile God bless you.



This Sunday we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit

Adveniat regnum tuum we pray in the Our Father: ‘Thy Kingdom come.’ This Sunday, we celebrate the feast of Pentecost when we end the Great Novena or Nine Days of Prayer, with Mary, Peter and the Apostles in the Upper Room, for the Coming of the Holy Spirit and the beginning of the Church’s mission ad gentes, to the world. During this Novena, Catholics are invited to join with Anglican and other Christians in the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ initiative. You can find more about this here. Just as in January we have the Week of Prayer for the Unity of Christians, so in this week, we join ecumenically with our brother and sister Christians in the other communities to pray for the mission of the Church and the spread of the Gospel in our land. Please continue during this novena to pray each day the great Prayer to the Holy Spirit for this intention:


Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful,

and enkindle in them the fire of your love.

Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created,

and You shall renew the face of the earth.


Let us pray.

O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit,

did instruct the hearts of the faithful,

grant that by the gifts of the same Spirit,

they may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolations.

Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.



Mass XVII (in dominicis Adventus et Quadragesimae)

Mass XVII, like Mass XVI and Mass XVIII does not have a name: it is simply appointed for use in dominicis Adventus et Quadragesimae, that is ‘On Sundays of Advent and Lent.’  The recording here is not perfect, but it does give you the flavour of it being used in a parish setting. It is set in Mode VI, which has a bitter-sweet feel, both joyful and expectant, asking the Lord for His mercy, but also at the same time sorrowful, aware of our sinfulness and the need for the Lord’s healing. In the Graduale, this Mass setting comes with three different versions of the Kyrie. Version ‘A’ has a name, Kyrie salve (‘Lord, save [us]’); B and C do not. The Kyrie here is Option ‘C’ and is thought to have originated in the fourteenth century. In singing this, it would probably not be that difficult to pick up, but the melody line has a little ‘bump’ in it (e---leison) that might need a bit or practice.


Click on the image to listen to a recording.




"A New Wind": Scott Hahn Reflects on Pentecost Sunday

The giving of the Spirit to the new people of God crowns the mighty acts of the Father in salvation history. The Jewish feast of Pentecost called all devout Jews to Jerusalem to celebrate their birth as God’s chosen people in the covenant Law given to Moses at Sinai. In Sunday’s First Reading, the mysteries prefigured in that feast are fulfilled in the pouring out of the Spirit on Mary and the Apostles. The Spirit seals the new law and new covenant brought by Jesus, written not on stone tablets but on the hearts of believers, as the prophets promised. In the Gospel we see the New Adam become a life-giving Spirit, breathing new life into the Apostles. Like a river of living water, for all ages He will pour out His Spirit on His body, the Church, as we hear in the second reading.


We receive that Spirit in the sacraments, being made a “new creation” in Baptism. Drinking of the one Spirit in the Eucharist, we are the first fruits of a new humanity—fashioned from out of every nation under heaven, with no distinctions of wealth or language or race, a people born of the Spirit.


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 Gift of the Holy Spirit - Pentecost Sunday, Year B: John 15:26-27; 16:12-15


At Pentecost we celebrate the outpouring of God the Holy Spirit into the world.


Who is the Holy Spirit? What is his mission? How is he active in the world and in our lives? To prepare for the great solemnity of Pentecost, we’ll reflect on the Person and role of the Holy Spirit and discover how we can welcome, listen to, and obey him every day.


We’ll reflect on:
Faith:  How does the Holy Spirit lead us into complete truth?

Hope: How does the Holy Spirit strengthen us daily in our Christian life and witness?

Love: How does the Holy Spirit enable us to fulfil the double commandment of love?  


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



New Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church is next Monday

In March this year Pope Francis decreed that the devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, under the title of Mother of the Church, be inserted into the Roman Calendar.  The liturgical celebration, Beata Mariæ Virginis, Ecclesiæ Matris, is to be celebrated annually, as a Memorial. This official celebration underlines a characteristic of the Virgin Mary, who is both mother of Christ and of the Church. From this year, all the dioceses and parishes will celebrate this Feast the Monday following Pentecost. You can read more hereI invite you to join me on Monday 21st May as I celebrate this new Memorial for the first time at the 12.15pm Mass in the Cathedral.


Lord our God, through your power and goodness, the Blessed Virgin, the fairest fruit of your redeeming love, shines forth as the perfect image of the Church, grant to your people on their pilgrim way on earth, that, with eyes fixed on Mary, they may follow closely in the footsteps of her Son, until they come to that fullness of glory which now they contemplate in His Mother, with hearts filled with joy. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.   


Join me at the National Eucharistic Congress on 8th September

This is the last opportunity for you to be able to book to attend the Congress as part of Portsmouth Diocese.  I am inviting all members of our Diocesan Community to join me in Liverpool at the Congress and especially on Saturday 8th September.  A day trip to the Congress has been organised using a number of options including pilgrims own transport, coach, and plane the cost therefore reflects the option chosen (£40-£110). It may be possible for your pilgrimage to be sponsored by your Parish or through the Living Our Faith Fund. 


Join me in Liverpool so that together we can be a public witness that the Church is indeed strong, alive and growing.  Together, share with me and other members of our Diocese in this unique opportunity to worship Christ, crucified and risen and deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.  I hope that we will return from Liverpool renewed and refreshed so that we will all be able to go about the work of bringing people closer to Jesus Christ through His Church, with vigour.


Book a place on this pilgrimage, or find out more by contacting your Parish Priest or my congress rep Fr PJ Smith at congress@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk or by phoning 07780221686.  All bookings must be complete by 29th May 2018. 


Please download a brochure here.



Please pray for our Twin Diocese of Bamenda

Please pray for the socio-political situation in Bamenda. We have been informed that the Headmaster of St Bede’s Secondary School, Fr William, was kidnapped last week, though later freed. This incident has increased fear and uncertainty in the region. May Our Lady be their strength and protection.


You can keep up to date with news on our partnership on the Bamenda-Portsmouth website.




8 hours Adoration to #savethe8th

Friday 25th May 2018 is a monumental day fast approaching. What is happening this day? For several years now, many doctors in Ireland have been sending pregnant women to England for abortions. The High Court has determined that the 8th Amendment in the Irish Constitution is the only legal protection that a baby in the womb has right now. 


What should be cast in stone is now being challenged by the forces for so called "freedom of choice" for the Mother, and the Irish public are now being asked to repeal this protection for the "voiceless" unborn in the womb. Remember that it has been stated that 100,000 lives haven been saved by this Constitutive Act passed on 7th September 1983. Remember in addition, that the safest place in the world should be inside the womb of the mother but this has become nowadays the most dangerous place for survival. Abortion is now the greatest cause of death worldwide with about 50 million lives of our brothers and sisters taken each year.


Why is this referendum so important for us in the UK and in fact globally? Not just because Ireland is geographically so close, or because many of us are from Irish Descent, but the legal and political protection of the unborn by the Eighth Amendment has been identified as a "bastion" and watertight piece of legislation. If this falls then the "domino" or ripple effect could have major consequences in all countries who are pushing for more liberal abortion laws. Even in the UK, we have already seen political appetite for "decriminalisation" of abortion. Where will we end in this cycle, perhaps even infanticide.


What can we do in England to help the Irish in the Referendum on 25th May to keep the Eighth? Simply said, we must storm heaven even at this late stage. What we plan at the last moment is to propose for all willing Parishes in the UK, on the eve of the referendum starting at 10pm on Thursday  24th May - 8 hours Adoration to #savethe8th - ending at Friday 25th May at 6am with the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass and the crowning of a statue of Mary in Her month of May under the title of Our Lady of Knock.


In Irish, the word for unborn "Beo gan Bhreith" directly translates as "Alive but not born yet". Let us spread the word for this 8 Hours to Adore Jesus Christ and bend our knees in humility through the intercession of Our Lady of Knock. We are an Easter people - let us pray with certainty in our hearts that God will grant us grace where good will prevail over evil in this battle to eliminate the slavery of abortion. We are up against the world, but we have Almighty God on our side. All the angels and saints and Our Lady of Knock, please pray for us!



I invite you to celebrate your wedding anniversary with me next month...

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.


O God, Creator of all things, who in the beginning made man and woman that they might form the marriage bond,  bless and strengthen the union of your servants, that they may show forth an ever more perfect image of the union of Christ with his Church.

Through our Lord Jesus your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.  



Join me for our first Diocesan Health & Safety Conference and Mass

Clergy and Parish Safety Representatives are invited to join us for our first Diocesan H&S Conference, Celebratory Mass and Lunch. The morning includes an address from Bishop Philip, speakers from the Catholic Insurance Services Ltd (Who provide our Insurance and risk management services) and from Ellis Whittam on how to handle incidents and emergency events. Our parishes have worked very hard to implement this new health and safety program and to recognise this effort I will celebrate Mass following the morning’s talks. In addition, as a thank you a hot lunch will also be provided prior to closure of the celebration. The event will be held at: St Mary’s Church, 59 Normandy Street, Alton Hampshire, GU34 1DN from 9.45am - 2.30pm - click here for the programme.


Can you please confirm that you and your parish safety representatives and administrators can come and if there are any special dietary requirements (for example, Celiac, Gluten Free)? All replies must be received by Friday 6th July, 2018. Please send your replies to Pauline Clarke: pclarke@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk   



GDPR Phase II -  Spring cleaning data: next steps 

The month of April has been a particularly busy time, not least as the need to raise awareness on the new General Data Protection Regulations coincided with our parish communities preparing for and celebrating the Easter Triduum. In the light of this additional call on your time we are particularly grateful for your response and the large turnout across the diocesan family to various GDPR Awareness Roadshows delivered up to the end of April.


Over 260 individuals attended the training, which based on the feedback was well received and much appreciated. We are particularly grateful for the way in which Mark James delivered the main session and for the active involvement of attendees. The questions and thoughts provided on the day have been very helpful.


In addition, we have now received over 60 completed data audit returns from individual parishes (67%). This key contribution to the diocesan GDPR implementation project has helped us to revise the new Data Management System (DMS), which will be used as the primary compliance tool in future. This system will ensure that the diocese can demonstrate to the Information Commissioners Office, if required, that we are adopting a consistent approach to capturing and managing our data.


Job for May: Please now take the opportunity to ‘spring clean your data’ securely – in the weeks and months ahead keep a constant eye on non-compliant practice and processes, and take the opportunity to make changes.  The Diocese aim to gradually issue best practice guides for all the usual parish activities and you will be notified as these become available.


Other key points:


Data Management System: We are due to test DMS using our five pilot parishes before the general release, which will ideally be by the 25th May 2018. The DMS will come with a user guide.


GDPR Awareness training - we are arranging to upload the roadshow onto the diocesan website in the coming weeks. This is to enable those who were unable to attend the to get up to speed and to also a quick reference point on the subject. We are also exploring the most appropriate mechanism to deliver support and training to our fellow travellers on the Channel Islands.   


Associated GDPR documentation - the following documents, which are key aspects of GDPR, are currently in draft and will be presented to the Diocesan Trustees for approval. Following this we shall announce that they are published on the Diocesan web site:


  • Privacy Notice
  • Consent notice template
  • Subject Access Requests
  • Data Breach protocol
  • Retention schedule (primarily for use at the parish level)
  • Complaints procedure

Questions and answers – we are in the process of producing a response to the questions either raised at the roadshows, or immediately following them


Parish Data – Coordinators - we are starting to collate the list of identified “helpers” and would be grateful if you have not done so already to provide the contact details.



Fly London to San Francisco in 4 minutes!

I was browsing the New Advent blog site the other day - always worth looking at - and saw this speeded up video of a flight from Heathrow to San Francisco on an Airbus 380. I always find flying awesome and ‘ek-static’! It takes me out of myself. What I mean is that it’s an incredible human achievement. Looking down from 35,000 feet onto the world passing by beneath takes me out of myself and makes me thank God for this capability which joins the world so much more closely together.


As we enter summer let’s pray not only for the safety of all travellers but for ourselves too that through all our travels we may appreciate the rich diversity of humanity and God it’s loving Creator. May our travels bring the evangelii gaudium, the ‘joy of the Gospel’, to everyone we meet.


Click on the image to watch the video.



Interfaith Calendar for May


20th-21st May: Shavuot/Feast of Weeks/Pentecost. 

A two-day festival which falls seven weeks after Pesach.  It celebrates the revelation of the Torah to Moses on Mount Sinai, and marks the time when the first harvest was taken to the Temple.  Synagogues are decorated with flowers and dairy foods are traditionally eaten.  For Orthodox Jews work is not permitted throughout the festival.



29th May: Vesakha Puja/Wesak/Buddha Day. 

Theravadin Buddhists celebrate the birth, enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree and final passing away of Guatama Budda.





St John's Seminary Wonersh need your help

St John's Seminary which has been involved in the formation of priests for England and Wales for over 125 years is in need of help to refurbish and redecorate 30 of its bedrooms which have little or no upgrading in over 40 years.


The Seminary operates on a very tight budget and has no available funds to finance this much needed work which will cost about £2000 per room.


If you can help in any way, please send a cheque made payable to St John's Seminary to: Mgr Gerry Ewing (Vice-Rector), St John's Seminary, Wonersh, Guildford, Surrey GU5 0QX.


Please pray for the staff and seminarians at Wonersh and other seminaries where we have men in formation for the Sacred Priesthood and for an increase in vocations for our diocese:


God our Father, You give us the Sacraments as signs and instruments of your love and mercy. Draw from amongst your disciples in the Diocese of Portsmouth men who are willing to generously serve your Church as priests, to minister to your people and to proclaim the Gospel to all. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Lady Immaculate and St Edmund of Abingdon, patrons of our diocese - pray for us

St John Vianney, patron of priests - pray for us



Welcome the Stranger - Participate or just Observe?

Giving money to charity is a worthy and necessary cause and I am sure is something most people reading this would be engaged in. But does it really make you feel as good as if you were fully engaged in the charity which you were assisting? Of course, not all charities offer the chance to be personally involved but here is one where you can.


On the 12th May, a joint conference by CAFOD and Caritas discussed the issues of refugees during which the diocese announced its plans to sponsor and house refugee families. To support this, the diocese will very soon be appointing a part-time manager who will lead the diocese in becoming a major sponsor in the resettlement of refugees under the Home Office’s Community Sponsorship Scheme.


So how do we do this? The invitation is now out there for groups of people within a parish to come together and take full responsibility for housing and adopting a refugee family. This will involve activities such as finding a property, English training, befriending activities, etc. and, although what can seem a daunting task, it is entirely “Mission Possible” as one of our speakers expressed. It has been done already by Caritas in Salford, by other dioceses in the UK and closer to home by the St. John’s Anglican parish in Rowlands Castle. If other parishes can do it, then so can yours, so if you are interested to be not just a donor but a full participant in helping people from one of the most troubled places on earth, then please get in touch with Caritas Director Kevin Gallagher.



St George College Southampton celebrate 60 years...

St George College recently celebrated its 60th Year of opening and a special Mass of thanks for long term former head of the governing body Mr Godfrey Doyle  KSG , who has recently stepped down. 


The Mass was attended by clergy past and present from the school and principal celebrant at the Mass was Fr John O'Shea who was also for many years a governor at the school. 


There were presentations for Godfrey and prayers said in thanks for all those past and present members of the school community over the past 60 years. 




Preparing for Pentecost at St. Mary's Independent School Southampton

"When Pentecost day came round, the apostles had all met in one room, when suddenly they heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven, the noise of which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak foreign languages as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech"


St. Mary's Prep and Pre-Prep received a surprise as the Lector spoke these words at our Pentecost preparation Mass. 'Flames' fluttered down from above and rested on their heads. Each had written upon it a gift or fruit of the Holy Spirit. Pupils below come from many parts of the world and they tried to communicate with those around them, speaking in their native tongues.



Focus on...Liz Slinn

Liz Slinn is an interviewer with the Called and Gifted Team and a member of the Dialogue with Cultural Sectors team.

Liz has been a member of the St Peter and Winchester Martyrs Parish since she became a Catholic in 1986. She was raised in the Anglo-Catholic tradition in a parish in the north of Hampshire and, in 1984, started to ask, “if I am a Catholic why am I not a Roman Catholic? On moving to Winchester in 1985 she took the opportunity to explore that question and is thankful for the people who helped bring her home to Mother Church.


Liz had a long career in NHS Management (that much maligned group of people!) and retired in 2005 after 33 years of service to the staff and patients she worked for in hospitals and in the community. She has taken that hard earned governance experience into being a Trustee for several Church charities, serving for ten years as a Diocesan Trustee, which she loved. Additionally she is a Trustee with the Plater Trust, the Maryvale Institute and is also currently Chair of Trustees at the Acorn Christian Healing Foundation.

Liz is married to Mike, also a member of the Parish and they have an expanding family of grown up children. In the Parish Liz’s ministry is musical, being less anxious about standing up and singing the psalms in front of a few hundred people at St Peter's than she is about playing the piano or organ for the smaller, St Stephen's Church community. Liz’s Diocesan roles are serving on teams that promote dialogue with people outside of the Church, from the curious to the sceptical. 


When not doing all of those activities or with family and friends, Liz is in her final stretch of a Doctorate of Pastoral Theology at the University of Winchester, where her research is in the development of the Christian Healing Ministry. She has relished the study of Christian Theology since retiring thirteen years ago, starting her quest at Heythrop College in 2005.


Being a Called and Gifted interviewer Liz is a firm believer that we should respond to God’s call to put our charisms and also our learnt skills, even if they are not so dazzling (like her piano playing) for the growth of the Kingdom. 



Bishop Philip's Engagements

Thursday 17th May 

Bishop’s Council, Bishop’s House


Friday 18th May 

Sherry Weddell, Parish Renewal Day Conference, Basingstoke


Saturday 19th May 

11am – Confirmation Mass, Solent Pastoral Area, St John's Cathedral


Sunday 20th May 

Meetings with candidates for Diaconate, Bishop’s House


Tuesday 22nd May 

Council of Priests Meeting, Bishop’s House

Vicars General Meeting, Bishop’s House

Meeting with “Focus” Missionaries


Wednesday 23rd May 

Clergy Safeguarding Day, Marwell


Friday 25th May 

Trustee Training Meeting, Bishop’s House


Saturday 26th May 

11am – Confirmation Mass, Bournemouth Pastoral Area, St John's Cathedral



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 13th May


Diocesan Prayer: Diocesan Communications Office 


Monday 14th May

ST MATTHIAS, Apostle, feast

Diocesan Prayer: Diocesan Advisors to TV & Radio


Tuesday 15th May

of the 7th Week of Easter

Diocesan Prayer: Evangelisation Strategy Teams in the Diocese 

Jubilee: Fr Brian Sandeman (ordained 15.5.1993)


Wednesday 16th May

of the 7th Week of Easter

Diocesan Prayer: Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus


Thursday 17th May

of the 7th Week of Easter

or: St Dunstan, Bishop, optional memorial [transferred from 19th May] 

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of Our Lady of Mercy & St Joseph, Lymington (dedicated 18.5.1979)


Friday 18th May

of the 7th Week of Easter

or: St John I, Pope, Martyr, optional memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Community of St John the Evangelist, Lee-on-Solent (dedicated 19.5.1981).


Saturday 19th May


[solemnity in the Cathedral]

Diocesan Prayer: [anniversary of the formation of the Diocese 19.5.1882];

the Dioceses of the Province; Canons of the Cathedral Chapter; Parish of St John’s Cathedral


Sunday 20th May


Paschaltide ends today.

National Prayer Cycle: The Church

Diocesan Prayer: Those being confirmed this year, their sponsors, families and catechists


Monday 21st May - ORDINARY TIME RESUMES (Week 7)

Mary, Mother of the Church, Memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Saviour, Totland Bay (consecrated 20.5.1954)


Tuesday 22nd May

St Rita of Cascia, Religious, optional memorial

or: Feria [7th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Mary, Ryde (consecrated 21.5.1863)


Wednesday 23rd May

Feria [7th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Oratorians in the Diocese

Rt. Rev. Monsignor John Vertue, 1st Bishop of Portsmouth (RIP 1900)


Thursday 24th May

Feria [7th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of Our Lady, Help of Christians, Farnborough


Friday 25th May

St Bede the Venerable, Religious, Doctor of the Church

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes, New Milton (consecrated 25.5.1955) 


Saturday 26th May

St Philip Neri, Priest, Founder, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Joseph, Maidenhead (consecrated 26.5.1914)


Forthcoming Events 

Saturday 19th May

Rejoice in the Spirit 

Immaculate Conception, Southampton

Read more


Saturday 19th May

Alton Day of Renewal 

Alton Convent

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Sunday 20th May

Pentecost Praise

St Patrick's Hayling Island

Read more


Friday 25th May

Peace and Justice in the Holy Land - A Christian Perspective

Sacred Heart, Fareham

Read more


Saturday 26th May

In Praise of Him - an evening of Sacred Music

St John's Cathedral Portsmouth

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Saturday 26th May

Walk for Life in Portsmouth POSTPONED

It is with regret that we have to announce that the sponsored walk due to take place on Saturday 26th May has been indefinitely postponed due to illness in the organiser's family. Rosalie hopes that the event might be able to be rescheduled later in the year.


Saturday 26th May

Healing Prayer Workshop

St Joan of Arc, Farnham

Read more


Tuesday 12th - Friday 15th June

Spiritual Theology Conference

School of the Annunciation

Buckfast Abbey, Devon

Read more


Saturday 16th June

Diocesan Day for Readers

St Bede's Basingstoke

Read more


Saturday 16th June

Divine Mercy for the Family Conference

Church of Our Lady Mother of the Church, Ealing Broadway

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Saturday 30th June

Significant Wedding Anniversaries Mass

St Bede's Basingstoke

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
St John Paul II Walking Pilgrimage to Walsingham

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

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29th-30th September

Southampton Celebrate

St George Catholic College Southampton

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18th—22nd October 2018

Catholic School Leaders’ Pilgrimage to Medjugorje

Read more



Job Opportunities  

Assistant Cook/Cleaner - Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, Fareham

8 hours per week over two days (Wednesday & Thursday). Based in Fareham with duties to include preparing a daily meal, general house cleaning and other domestic duties including ironing.


Applications closing date: Friday 18th May

Interviews to be held: w/c Monday 21st May

Anticipated start date: As soon as possible from May 2018 – details to be agreed with the successful candidate



Headteacher -St. John’s Cathedral Catholic Primary School, Portsmouth

Contract type: Full Time

Salary: £55,600 - £64,417 per annum (L15-L21)
Contract term: Permanent


Start Date: September 2018


The Governors of St. John’s Cathedral Catholic Primary School are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, dedicated and highly motivated Head Teacher to lead this happy and successful school. St. John’s Cathedral Catholic Primary School is a one form entry Catholic primary school serving the parish of St John’s Cathedral in Portsmouth. Our school has been assessed by Ofsted as “Outstanding” and we are determined to maintain that standard and improve upon it. Far from relaxing we see this as a starting point for development of new and innovative strategies that will lead to even higher standards. The school is part of the Diocesan Edith Stein Partnership and the Governors see this as an opportunity for the school to share best practice and work closely with our other local Catholic schools.


For further details visit our Vacancies page here.


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


Vocations to all states of life and ministry in the Church, especially to the Sacred Priesthood, Diaconate and Religious Life.

All our students currently in formation for ordination and those responsible for their formation in the various seminaries in which they are based and for those to be ordained for our diocese this year.

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.


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

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

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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I would like to encourage all readers to send in items for the e-News about events in parishes, pastoral areas and schools about the many sacramental celebrations and general good news about people in the diocese.


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


Bishop of Portsmouth


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