Portsmouth Diocese e-News

Wednesday 6th June 2018 - Issue 185 (2018/20)


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This Friday is the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

This month of June is dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and this Friday we celebrate the Solemnity at the heart of this month. Do try and get to Mass if you can.


Jesus gave us, through St. Margaret Mary, special promises for those who keep a loving devotion to the attribute of His infinite love for mankind as represented in His Most Sacred Heart. Below are the 12 incredible promises of Jesus to those who have a true devotion to His Sacred Heart:


1. I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life.

2. I will establish peace in their homes.

3. I will comfort them in all their afflictions.

4. I will be their secure refuge during life, and above all, in death.

5. I will bestow abundant blessings upon all their undertakings.

6. Sinners will find in my Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.

7. Lukewarm souls shall become fervent.

8. Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.

9. I will bless every place in which an image of my Heart is exposed and honoured.

10. I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.

11. Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in my Heart.

12. I promise you in the excessive mercy of my Heart that my all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the First Fridays in nine consecutive months the grace of final perseverance; they shall not die in my disgrace, nor without receiving their sacraments. My divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.



Blessed be the Name of the Lord

One of my favourite songs, one we sing a lot at Youth Masses in the Diocese and other events too, is “Blessed be your Name” by the evangelical Christian, Matt Redman. The song was very much a highpoint when we were at the Alpha Leadership Conference at the Albert Hall a few weeks ago – it felt as if the roof was going to cave in! -  and also at our own Eucharistic Congress. Redman has written a number of songs and won numerous awards for the best contemporary English Christian music. I thought it would make an uplifting song to listen to as we approach this week the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Feast is a universal day of prayer for priests, so as you listen to this song, please pray too for our clergy that they may be filled with the love of the Heart of Christ and inspired by the Holy Spirit.


Click on the image to listen to the track.




"The Promised One": Scott Hahn on 10th Sunday of Ordinary Time

In Sunday’s Gospel Jesus has just been healing and casting out demons in Galilee. Along with the crowds, who flock to Him so that He can’t even take a break to eat, come people who do not understand what He is doing. Even His friends think He has lost His mind and needs to be taken away for a while. But the scribes who came down from Jerusalem are not just honestly mistaken; they accuse Him of being possessed by the prince of demons. The reality is just the opposite. Jesus is revealing Himself as the one promised in the First Reading. He is the seed of the woman who has come to crush the head of the demonic serpent. In the parable of the strong man, Jesus reveals that He has come not just to punish the devil but to free those bound by him. As St. Bede explains, “The Lord has also bound the strong man, that is, the devil: which means, He has restrained him from seducing the elect, and entering into his house, the world; He has spoiled his house, and His goods, that is men, because He has snatched them from the snares of the devil, and has united them to His Church.”


Read Scott Hahn's complete reflection for this coming Sunday here.   



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

What about evil? 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Mark 3:20-35


As he reveals God’s truth and love to us, Jesus Christ sheds light in this gospel on the darkness of evil.


The confrontation of light and darkness is one where the unmeasured, ‘mad’ love of God in Jesus faces the kingdom that Satan has built for himself; where the total obedience of Jesus defeats the disobedience of sin. Today, his disciples are called to the same loving obedience in union with him if the kingdom of evil is to be conquered in their lives and in the world.


We’ll reflect on:

Faith: How can we make sense of evil in the light of the Gospel of truth?  

Hope: How can we persevere in trust and love in a fallen world, marked by the destruction of sin?

Love: Why is obedience to God so important, and how can it be lived out?


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



Returning to Ordinary Time - a reflection by Jennifer Geach

It is appropriate that the very end of Easter time should be the celebration of Corpus Christi: as we go back into ‘Ordinary Time’ after the penances of Lent and the glories of Easter, it is right that we should celebrate the enormous gift that Christ gave us to fortify us on our journey.   But now green vestments cloak the priest and the tabernacle, and we have a long stretch of ordinary time, with only the festivals of St Peter & Paul, the Assumption, All Saints and Christ the King between now and Advent, when the whole cycle is renewed.


So this Ordinary time takes up most of the Sundays of the year, and that means that this is the time that we have to “work out our salvation in fear and trembling” as St Paul puts it.  Or as our Lord himself said, “we must work while it is day, for night cometh in which no man can work”.  These stark words are a reminder that we do not have long in which to fit ourselves for Heaven, or rather allow God to work in us so that we may be fit to enjoy his company for ever. Read more.



New Religious Association canonically established in the diocese

I am pleased to announce, in accordance with Canon Law, a new public association of the faithful has been established in the Diocese. It is called the “Family of Mary Immaculate & St. Francis.” Fr. Serafino M Lanzetta has been appointed its moderator and he will be assisted by Fr. Pio Idowu and Fr. George Roth. There are three brothers: Br. Rosario, Br. Philomeno and Br Raphael. The Association will continue to reside and minister within the parish of Gosport.


Click on the image to reveal the whole community. 



Join us on Saturday 16th June for the Diocesan Day for Readers 

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. 


Please register here by Monday 11th June.


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Why not visit Gosport to experience NightFever this month?

The next NightFever event at St Mary’s Gosport will be held on Saturday 16th June starting at 7.30pm following 6pm Mass.


NightFever is a very special evening we are not only able to follow Christ’s call to “Reach out to others,” by inviting passers-by to come and light a candle and to pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament, but we too have the opportunity to spend time with Jesus in a beautiful atmosphere.  


Why not be part of the evening for as little or as long as you wish, all are very welcome. Please do go along, taste and see.


If anyone would like further information, please contact Mike Slater on 02392 554537 or contact the Parish Office 02392 580119 and please keep NightFever in your prayers.  




Significant Wedding Anniversary Mass is just three weeks away...

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 us for a Bereavement Support Workshop on Saturday 7th July

You are warmly invited to a workshop that will look at the process of a parish helping people going through dying and bereavement.   Our main speaker will be Kathryn Turner, head of the Department for Spirituality in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.   There will also be a few speakers from parishes in our diocese.   Please come if you are at all interested in learning more, even if you or your parish aren’t currently doing any work in this area.   It will be held at Milner Hall, next to the Winchester parish centre, between 10am - 12.30pm.  Please book a free place by contacting Philippa Foster, the Leader of the Pastoral Care Services team in the diocese, on pfoster@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

If you cannot come but would be interested in registering your interest in this important pastoral care work, please email Philippa too, who is looking to build connections and community within the diocese. 



Two places available on forthcoming Pilgrimage to Malta

Fr Tom Grufferty is leading a Pilgrimage to Malta in September and because two people have had to withdraw from the Pilgrimage there are two vacant places.


The pilgrimage runs from 1st -9th September inclusive. The cost is £1055 which includes flights, half board, tours and lots more.


Contact Fr. Tom Grufferty as soon as possible if you are interested: tgrufferty@portsmouthdiocese.org. uk 




Calling all Catechists

Our Diocesan Formation for Mission team has been hard at work to prepare for our next Day for Catechists which will take place on Saturday 20th October in St John's Cathedral. The team met on Saturday 26th May for a meeting and lovely meal out and are now very excited about all the good things they are preparing for all diocesan catechists and Children’s Liturgy coordinators on the 20th October (see here). This day will also be a fantastic opportunity to recruit and invite potential catechists to come along, as we will spend some time discovering the mission and charisms of the catechist. If you wish to attend the day, book here.


Also, the team is inviting diocesan catechists to join them on the 20-24th September for the 2nd International Congress on Catechesis, which will take place in Rome (see hereIf you are interested in attending the congress, email Sr Hyacinthe: ffm@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk as soon as possible.




Caritas International launched in Jersey

Caritas International was officially  launched  by Senator Kristina Moore in Jersey on 22nd May.  John Scally, Executive Director of Caritas Jersey and  now  Operations Director of the international Association and Monsignor Nicholas France, President of Caritas Jersey are delighted that more people from the diverse nationalities in Jersey will be further supported by the Catholic Community.   Fr Nicholas gave a blessing on this new association and all its members and gave thanks to God for all the work that had taken place in the past with empowering students with English Language skills  to take forward in the work place and now this development will enable even more people to  be an inclusive part of local life.  After the official launch, children entertained the guests to some traditional dancing. Professor Francis Davis and the Chair of the new Association Graca Ramos then spoke about their hopes for this association in the future as well as the current  projects in which all are involved. 



"A Phoenix Rises" a new book by Avon Stour parishioner

On the new feast of Our  Lady Mother of the Church  21st of May 2018 a book was published by Claire Riche, a parishioner from the Avon Stour Pastoral Area. It is hoped it will restore devotion at a shrine in Cornwall which could be the oldest in England, the Dowry of Mary.


The title of the book  is “A Phoenix Rises: Our Lady of Cornwall Returns.”


It is available in paperback from Amazon and the e-book will be downloadable in due course.




Canonical Erection of the New Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament

During Mass on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, Cardinal Vincent Nicholls, Archbishop of Westminster canonically erected the new Westminster Diocesan Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament at Corpus Christi church in Covent Garden.


The church was the first in the country to be dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament after the Reformation and was built in reparation for all the sins committed against the Blessed Sacrament in the 16th century and since. It was founded by Cardinal Manning and opened by him on the 20th October 1874. Following an extensive restoration project over the past four years, the Cardinal officially re-opened the church as “a sanctuary created specifically for the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament”. (Words of Cardinal Manning, from his homily at the opening of the church).


The church is also the home of the Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament which is a confraternity dedicated to the promotion of devotion to Jesus Christ, truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. Deacon Craig Aburn, who is a member of the Sodality, was privileged to be invited to assist the Cardinal at the Mass and Procession of the Blessed Sacrament  around Covent Garden which followed.


You can view some photos, watch a video and read the Cardinal's Homily.



Fareham Primary School opens Forest and Farm School

St Anthony's Catholic Primary School, based in Fareham, officially opened their Forest and Farm School. St Anthony's is situated on large grounds and have dedicated parts of their grounds to create their Forest and Farm School.


The children gain so much for being outdoors and finding fairy doors, toasting marshmallows and enjoying the woods in Forest School are some of the fun things to do. The Farm School has 2 pygmy goats, chicken, ducks and tortoises. The children adore the animals and learn how to care for them and look after them.


NATs, National Air Traffic Services, helped sponsor the goat's house and duck's house. Jodie McMenamin, Head of Integration Delivery for NATS and school governor at St Anthony's Catholic Primary School, said: “The new farm at St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School is a great way of broadening our children’s education outside of the classroom.  Giving them the responsibility of looking after animals such as ducks, tortoise and goats is a great way for the pupils to learn new skills; you only need to see their faces light up to see how good it is for their wellbeing.”


As part of the launch, they released butterflies and the school fairy came to visit - as well as having ice-lollies, toasting marshmallows and meeting the fairy. 



Music and song hits a high note in Fareham

A new monthly praise and worship group has been launched at the Catholic Church in Fareham and Portchester, with more than 90 people attending the first gathering on May 9.


The establishment of the praise and worship group was one of the first activities of the parish’s recently formed Evangelisation Strategy Team (EST). Parishioners are encouraged to bring their family members and friends to the evenings and, in doing so, open up attendance to the winder community. The meetings include several periods of praise, along with quiet time for personal prayer. Afterwards, there is an opportunity for fellowship while enjoying refreshments.


The praise and worship evenings take some of their inspiration from Fr. James Mallon’s Divine Renovation conference at St. Mary’s University last October, which several members of the parish EST attended. The praise and worship evenings are viewed as a first step towards moving from maintenance to mission.


The next praise and worship evening will be held at the Church of St Philip Howard in Fareham on Wednesday, June 13, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. All are welcome to attend, and there is parking adjacent to the church.


For further information, call the parish office on 01329 318869.



Aldershot headteacher hailed a hero after giving life-saving CPR 

Bill James from St Joseph's Primary School leapt into action after Adela Zastreskova had collapsed in class. The 4-year-old suffered a febrile convulsion and a member of staff ran into the reception area carrying her. Helped by members of staff who had recently attended a first aid course together, Bill realised Adela’s heart had stopped and began to give her chest compressions and rescue breaths for two minutes before she started to breathe for herself. "I started giving Adela CPR, just as I’d been shown at our St John Ambulance training.", the 52-year-old said. "Kelly Ralls, our designated first aid lead, helped me by counting chest compressions, while Mrs Flynn called an ambulance. It was a team effort and surprisingly we all stayed calm. It was more than two minutes before Adela took a breath. As well as being extremely relieved, we were glad that our training had equipped us to deal with this very critical situation. It was a real team effort."


Bill James is now among among those nominated for an Everyday Heroes award launched by St John Ambulance. You can read the full story here.



Welcome to our new Diocesan Payroll Administrator

The Department For Administration is pleased to welcome Alfia Rawlinson who has joined the Team as Payroll Administrator.


Brenda McDade is on Annual Leave for the whole of June and from now on Alfia will be handling all payroll queries and information. Please contact Alfia via payroll@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk or 02392 825430.


On Brenda’s return from annual leave, Brenda will be undertaking other duties within the Department.




Focus on...Anne-Marie Fletcher 

Anne-Marie, a parishioner of Our Lady Immaculate Westbourne, has been recently appointed as Deputy Called & Gifted Leader for the Diocese.


Anne-Marie describes herself as a wife, mother, grandmother and former teacher, who changed career path in 2004 to become a self-employed Nutritionist helping others manage their health through good nutrition and a balanced lifestyle. In May 2011, following a family illness, Anne-Marie experienced the Love of God through Jesus in the Eucharist. This was so profound an encounter that she found herself becoming increasingly more concerned with the spiritual health of those she was meeting and not just their nutritional health. She felt drawn & called to help people discover the God of Love she had experienced but had no idea how to do this! 


An unexpected relocation to the South of England from Sheffield due to Anne-Marie's husband's job, meant that they found themselves living in Bournemouth a few months before the Called & Gifted Programme was launched. Providentially, she was now in a diocese that was investing in the formation and mission of the lay faithful.  Anne-Marie felt encouraged to take time to experiment with several charisms - allowing the Holy Spirit to flow with more freedom in her life in new and unexpected ways. A fruit of this was her husband of 27 years entering into full communion with the Catholic Church and her adult son returning to the sacraments. Anne-Marie is involved in the community of Westbourne through her parish & her work in the health food shop. In her spare time she volunteers as a Called & Gifted Teacher, One to One Facilitator and is part of the growing Diocesan Intercessory Prayer team. She loves time by the sea with family & friends, cycling & going on pilgrimages. When the role of Deputy Leader for Called and Gifted was advertised she made the whole hearted decision to leave her profession in nutrition behind to focus even more fully on the spiritual nourishment of those she is brought into encounter with.



Bishop Philip's Engagements  

Tuesday 5th June 

Retired Priests Meeting and Lunch, Winchester


Wednesday 6th June 

Parkhurst and Albany Prison visitation, Isle of Wight


Thursday 7th – Friday 8th June

Bishop’s Council overnight, Isle of Wight

12:30pm Profession Mass, St Cecilia’s Abbey, Isle of Wight


Saturday 9th June 

11am Confirmation Mass: Havant and Isle of Wight Pastoral Area, St John’s Cathedral


Sunday 10th June 

3pm Confirmation Mass, St John’s Cathedral: Portsmouth Pastoral Area


Tuesday 12th June 

Confirmation in the Extraordinary Form, St William of York, Reading


Thursday 14th June 

Chapter of Canons, Bishop’s House, Portsmouth

12:15pm: Chapter Mass, St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth

7pm: Ordination Mass, Jersey


Friday 15th June 

7pm: Confirmation Mass, Jersey Pastoral Area


Saturday 16th June 

10am: Confirmation Mass, Jersey Pastoral Area



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 3rd June
CORPUS CHRISTI [The Body and Blood of Christ], solemnity [transferred]
Diocesan Prayer: This year’s First Communicants, their families and catechists


Monday 4th June
Feria [9th Week in Ordinary Time]
Diocesan Prayer: Parish of Corpus Christi, Wokingham


Tuesday 5th June
St Boniface, Religious, Bishop & Martyr, memorial
Diocesan Prayer: CFH The Caring Fellowship


Wednesday 6th June
St Norbert, Founder, Bishop, optional memorial
or: Feria [9th Week in Ordinary Time]
Diocesan Prayer: “Faith and Light”
Jubilee: Fr Thomas Foley (ordained 6.6.1948)


Thursday 7th June
Feria [9th Week in Ordinary Time]
Diocesan Prayer: Community of St William of York,Reading; Chapel of St Thomas More, Park Place, Wickham (consecrated 9.6.1970) & work of Park Place Pastoral Centre


Friday 8th June
Diocesan Prayer: Community of Sacred Heart, St Aubin, Jersey
Jubilee: Mgr Provost Nicholas France (ordained 8.6.1968)


Saturday 9th June
The Immaculate Heart of Mary, memorial
Diocesan Prayer: Community of St Colman, Cosham (consecrated 9.6.1953);

Community of St Columba, Bridgemary


Sunday 10th June


Diocesan Prayer: Knights of St Columba;

Community of Corpus Christi, North End (dedicated 10.6.1982)


Monday 11th June

St Barnabas, Apostle, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: St Barnabas Society


Tuesday 12th June

Feria [10th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of Sacred Heart, Hook


Wednesday 13th June

St Anthony of Padua, Religious, Doctor of the Church, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: The poor


Thursday 14th June

Feria [10th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Members of the Fraternity of St. Charles in the Diocese


Friday 15th June

Feria [10th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Community of Sacred Heart, Lambourn (dedicated 15.6.1980),

Parish of St Thomas More, Twyford (dedicated 15.6.1981)


Saturday 16th June

St Richard of Chichester, Bishop, optional memorial

or: Our Lady on Saturday

or: Feria [10th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Lay Parish Pastoral Assistants 


Sunday 17th June


Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Boniface, Shirley, Southampton (consecrated 17.6.1947) 


Forthcoming Events   

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

Read more


Saturday 23rd June


Alton Day of Renewal
Alton Convent

Read more


Sunday 24th June

St Edmund Campion Pilgrimage Mass

Lyford Grange, near Wantage

Read more


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


Friday 20th July
Health & Safety Conference and Mass
St Mary's Alton
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

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  

Housekeeper/Cleaner at St James Reading

12hrs per week (Wed, Thu, Fri 10.30am-2.30pm).

Salary £9.50ph.

Must be able to clean & cook & shop online.

Closing date: 30th June. Interviews w/c 9th July.

Start date: 5th September 2018.


St Swithun Wells Catholic Primary School 
Primary Teacher

Full Time Teacher from September 2018

Main Pay Range


St Swithun Wells Catholic Primary School are looking for a class teacher to join our school who is:

• An enthusiastic and passionate teacher who ensures every child achieves the very best they can

• Committed to making learning exciting, memorable and enjoyable

• Keen to be a part of innovative and dynamic staff team

• Willing to fully embrace all aspects of school life

Closing dates for applications is 12 Noon on Wednesday 20th June.

Catechetical Coordinator for the Department of Evangelisation and Catechesis -
The Catholic Bishop's Conference of England & Wales                                  

3 Year Contract


Location: Based in Victoria, London, SW1 with work potentially countrywide.

Reports to: Department Secretary for Evangelisation and Catechesis.

Purpose: To develop the work of catechesis in England and Wales, and help dioceses form

missionary disciples, inspired by The Joy of the Gospel and the new Directory for Catechesis.


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. 

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. That 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.   

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.


That all we do in the diocese my bring people closer to Jesus Christ through His Church. 



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


Bishop of Portsmouth


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