Portsmouth Diocese e-News

Wednesday 18th July 2018 - Issue 190 (2018/25)


Dear Friends,

I have just returned from a few days’ break followed by the diocesan Youth Pilgrimage to Lourdes. There were 40 of us on the trip and we flew to Bordeaux before joining a coach to Lourdes. The Pilgrimage was excellent and a great preparation too for our main Diocesan Pilgrimage next summer – see below for more on that. While we were there, of course, France won the World Cup – there was huge jubilation in the bars and cafés! Before I went away, we had the Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati celebration and I hope to give more about the Day next week.  

Meanwhile, God bless you these days ahead – and may He bless all our teachers and schoolchildren as they begin their summer break. 




(With me in the photo is Bl. Pier Giorgio’s niece, Wanda Gawronska)



Youth Pilgrimage to Lourdes 

I’m just back from an exhilarating Youth Pilgrimage to Lourdes organised by Fr. PJ Smith. Well done to him! We had a group of young people from across the diocese (especially from Fareham and Reading) together with nearly 20 FOCUS members from the United States. We did all the usual pilgrimage exercises including Mass at the grotto, the Torchlight Procession, The Blessed Sacrament Procession, the International Mass, going into the Baths, a trip out to Gavarnie etc. The weather was a bit hot and humid while we were there, but we managed to survive. There are some more videos to come, but you can see the initial video diaries from our time on pilgrimage here  – and click on the image for the whole group photo! We are already at an advanced stage in planning the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes for next summer and more details will be available soon. We are aiming to arrange a five or six day trip, the week after the end of school term. The intention is for the Pilgrimage - which will be open to all ages and especially to the sick - to be led by the youth of the Diocese. 


(Click on the image for the whole group photo)



The Eucharist in the Life of Bl. Pier Giorgio

On Wednesday 4th July at St. Patrick’s Soho we had a splendid day of celebration for Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, Patron of our Youth. A great highlight was having with us Pier Giorgio’s niece from Rome, Wanda Gawronska, who shared memories of her uncle, together with Christine Wohar, leader of Frassati USA. During the Day, Bishop John Wilson gave a talk on “The Poor in the Life of Blessed Pier Giorgio” and during Mass, Fr. Alexander Sherbrooke, parish priest of St. Patrick’s, gave the homily on Pier Giorgio’s commitment to social justice and his political activities. I’m going to create a special page on the website onto which we can place the video recordings of the events of the Day. Meanwhile, I spoke about “The Eucharist in the life of Blessed Pier Giorgio” in which I tried to shew how his intense love for Jesus in the Eucharist was complimented by an intense love for Jesus in the poor. As he once said, “Jesus pays me a visit in Communion every morning, and I repay Him, in the miserable way I can, by visiting His poor.” To read my talk click here.


In the picture, Pier Giorgio, leaning on the car, has his motoring cap on!



"One Flock" - Scott Hahn reflects on the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

As the Twelve return from their first missionary journey in Sunday’s Gospel, our readings continue to reflect on the authority and mission of the Church. Jeremiah says in the First Reading that Israel’s leaders, through godlessness and fanciful teachings, had misled and scattered God’s people. He promises God will send a shepherd, a king and son of David, to gather the lost sheep and appoint for them new shepherds. The crowd gathering on the green grass is the start of the remnant that Jeremiah promised would be brought back to the meadow of Israel. The people seem to sense that Jesus is the Lord, the good shepherd, the king they’ve been waiting for. Jesus is moved to pity, seeing them as sheep without a shepherd. This phrase was used by Moses to describe Israel’s need for a shepherd to succeed him. And as Moses appointed Joshua, Jesus appointed the Twelve to continue shepherding His people on earth.


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



Good News - a reflection by Jennifer Geach

I found it troubling in the recent campaign against assisted suicide in Guernsey that I was more eager and urgent in opposition to this horrible proposal than I am in spreading the good news. Moreover, those making these horrid proposals are indefatigable: having failed in Guernsey, they are now fixing their sights on Jersey: for those who want assisted suicide want it very much, and perceive it as being a positive good.  So they are eager to promote it, eager to work hard to establish it as a right.  Their ideas are mistaken, their objectives deplorable: but their energy and enthusiasm are enviable. We can, I feel, learn from their energy and commitment: they have only a human, erroneous and deadly message to offer; we have a divine mandate to proclaim good news, tidings of great joy to all peoples.  We should therefore be willing like them to preach in season and out of season, and proclaim the good news clearly, loudly and confidently.


Read the full reflection here. 



Receive the Power

At the Confirmation Mass in Jersey this summer we sang this well-known favourite 'Receive the Power' written by Guy Sebastian and Gary Pinto, here performed by Guy Sebastian and Paulini. It was the theme song for World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia in 2008.


Every nation, every tribe, come together to worship You.

In Your presence we delight, we will follow to the ends of the earth.


Alleluia! Alleluia! Receive the Power, from the Holy Spirit!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Receive the Power to be a light unto the world!


As Your Spirit calls to rise we will answer and do Your Will.

We'll forever testify of Your mercy and unfailing love.


Lamb of God, we worship You, Holy One, we worship You,

Bread of Life, we worship You, Emmanuel, we worship You.

Lamb of God, we worship You, Holy One, we worship You,

Bread of Life, we worship You, Emmanuel, we will sing forever.


Click here to watch the video. 



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

Priorities (Mark 6:30-34) 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

In this Gospel, Jesus sets out to do one thing and ends up doing another. This should reassure us, knowing that even he did not always carry out the plans he had given himself to do. Nevertheless, although looking after his apostles’ needs for rest and teaching crowds look like two very different, and competing activities, the Gospel shows us that they manifest the same care for others. The activity of Jesus is not directed at himself, but at others. This shows us God’s heart for humanity. Yet it also shows us what it means to be a fully integrated, mature human person: one who is freely able to give oneself to God and to others. One whose own time is at the disposal of God and others, without stress or control, but in trust, under the priority of charity.


We’ll reflect on:

Faith: How can our faith direct the ordering of our life and of our time?

Hope: What sort of success do we hope to achieve with our time? Where are our activities ultimately directed to?  
Love: How available are we to the calls of charity – love for God and neighbour – in our busy schedules?


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



Marian Day of Reflection this Saturday in Shanklin

The Isle of Wight Franciscan Group and St Anthony’s OFS Fraternity, Portsmouth invite you to join them on Saturday 21st July at Sacred Heart Church in Shanklin, Isle of Wight there will be a Marian Day of Recollection with Franciscan themes and examples which will encourage us to consider the importance of Mary’s role in our lives. The day starts at 10:30 and closes at 16:30. All are welcome for the whole day or just to come along for the morning or the afternoon:


10:30 Welcome and Opening Prayers
11:00 Morning Reflection : Saint Francis of Assisi and Mary
12:30 Mass
13:30 Lunch
14:30 Afternoon Reflection : Saint Clare of Assisi and Mary
15:30 Tea
16:00 Closing Prayers and Farewell


The Saints of Assisi, Francis and Clare, both loved Mary with such devotion and affection, in her they saw Our Mother, Our Comforter and Our Queen. ‘… May you too cling to His most sweet mother who gave birth to a Son Whom the heavens could not contain …So you too by following in her footprints especially those of [holy] humility and [holy] poverty can without any doubt always carry Him spiritually …’ Clare of Assisi (in her letter to Agnes of Prague written in 1238).



Dominican Sisters invite you to join them on their walking pilgrimage

The St John Paul II Pilgrimage is a 50 miles walk from Bury St Edmunds to Walsingham which happens every summer. The pilgrimage has been running since 2006. It starts on Thursday afternoon in Bury St Edmunds with an opening Mass. Pilgrims spend the first evening and night in Bury St Edmunds on the floor of the parish hall, and the following nights on the floors of halls and gyms on the way. Sleeping bags and sleeping mats/airbeds are required.

For 3 days, we walk to Walsingham, 20 miles on Friday and Saturday and 10 miles on Sunday. This year's pilgrimage is from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th August.


Click here for more details and to register.



Happy 90th birthday to St Colman's! 

St Colman's Church in Cosham will be 90 years old this August and they want to invite you to their 90th birthday party! To celebrate the anniversary there will be a flower festival held over three days from Friday 3rd (starting at 10 am) to Sunday 5th August. Refreshments will be available, and children will be admitted free.  Car parking at rear of church (PO6 2JJ). E-mail for more information. I will be conducting the Parish Visitation later this month, but returning on the Friday to open the festival. St. Colman’s parish is linked with St. Paul’s in Paulsgrove: they have a great website here: https://www.stcolmanandstpaul.co.uk.


St. Colman, an Irishman, was Bishop of Lindisfarne from 661-664. May he pray for us today and fill us with missionary zeal.





Fanning the Flame

Join the Fanning the Flame Catholic Mission for a week of faith, fun and fellowship in the beautiful New Forest, where we learn about our incredible Catholic faith, come together in friendship and have a lot of (silly) fun!

The 5 days of camping include celebrating Mass and praying together, engaging talks, stream time, workshops (of all sorts) horse riding, football, good showers and great meals, and plenty of time to make friends and ask questions about your faith, discover God's incredible love for you, and then leave renewed by his Holy Spirit to live a life of grace!


The Summer camp is for 10-25 year olds and runs from 20th - 24th August. Bookings close on 12th August, so there's not long left to book your place.


For more information and booking forms visit the Fanning the Flame website or e-mail: ftfcm1995@gmail.com


For a poster see here 



Essential Training for Catechists course comes to Chandlers Ford

The Formation for Mission Team continues to offer five sessions of essential training for everyone involved or interested in Catechesis and faith formation, sacramental preparation of children and adults and Children’s Liturgy of the Word. These 5 sessions will take place during September and October in St Edward the Confessor, Chandler’s Ford 191-193 Winchester Road, Chandler’s Ford, SO53 2DU every Tuesday evening, starting on the 4th September from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm.


We will look at the mission of catechesis, how to proclaim the Good News, the Faith of the Church, the Bible and the practicalities of catechesis. The course is open to everyone, and on completion of the 5 sessions, a diocesan certificate will be awarded. Full details of the course on the poster here.


For more details, email Sr Hyacinthe: ffm@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk



New painting of Our Lady, Untier of Knots 

Harriet Muller writes...


A friend encouraged me to pray the novena to Our Lady Untier of Knots, saying it is a very powerful prayer.  At that point I had not heard of the baroque painting by Johann Georg Melchoir Schmidtner which depicts the Blessed Virgin Mary untying a long ribbon held by angels; her foot on the head of a serpent. The idea being that the ribbon represents our life and the knots in the ribbon depict the problems and struggles we encounter.  Our Lady is helping to resolve these problems as she unravels the ribbon.  I was instantly inspired to paint my version of the Blessed Mary Undoer of Knots (click on the image to see the full painting). I already had in mind a model, a lovely, kind and caring lady called Ellie who used to belong to my parish before relocating with her family up North. I was thrilled when she accepted my request to model and has largely influenced the way it was painted.  For example, originally I had in mind that I would paint her robes a royal blue colour in the tradition of the lapis lazuli used in many Madonna paintings. However, Ellie commented on a photograph I had sent her of the under-painting in which the yellow ocre paint had formed streaks which made it look as if the robe was painted in gold. I then knew I had to use gold leaf for the robe hinting at the "Woman clothed with the sun" from the Book of Revelation. The rose garden in the background is a modern Garden of Eden and in my painting the tail end of the ribbon is depicted as the head of a snake.  As the Virgin Mary unties the knots in our life she will crush the head of the serpent.  When it came to giving Our Lady a crown or halo, I became a bit stuck. So while praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament, the idea of a dew drop veil came to me. Each little drop contains about five or six colours to make it appear life-like. I hope to exhibit the painting at an exhibition with the Catholic Society of Artists this year. 


For more information about the painting, see here


For a video of the evolution of the painting see here



Building a Culture of Life: the Role of the Catholic Chaplain

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience."

- Fr Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


In this quote the French Jesuit philosopher playfully emphasised the importance of a person’s spiritual life. For good healthcare to be holistic (ie to care for the ‘whole), it surely needs to care for the physical, psychological as well as the spiritual well-being of the patient.


As the hospital’s chaplain, my role is to help care for the spiritual needs of those in the hospital. I am a Catholic priest so my role then is to be an alter Christus, to be another Christ, walking the hospital corridors spiritually supporting the patients and even the staff. How do I do this? I pray for all those who work in the hospital and their patients when I offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and pray the Divine Office. When I visit the sick I remind them that they are children of God with an inherent dignity as such, for we believe that life is sacred from conception to natural death. Ultimately I have the privilege of administering the Sacraments of the Church. Through these means then I help to care for the souls of those in the hospital.  

Read more



Love Yourself - Authentically

Here is another one-minute meditation by Chris Stefanick. This one is about the importance of loving oneself along with loving God and loving our neighbour. Chris Stefanick is a consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth, and an internationally acclaimed author and speaker who has devoted his life to inspiring people to live a bold, contagious faith. His videos and radio spots reach over one million people every month. He founded Real Life Catholic, based in Denver, a non-profit association that operates as the headquarters for various initiatives. He is married to Natalie and the father of their six children.


Click on the image to watch the video.




This October’s Synod on Youth

This October in Rome, from 3rd to 28th, the Holy Father is chairing the Fifteenth Synod of Bishops on the topic “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”. Youth here means 16-35 and the purpose of the Synod is to discern the new horizons and directions to which the Holy Spirit is calling the Church in our times. As part of the preparations here in England and Wales, the Bishop’s Conference Department of Evangelisation conducted a survey of 3,500 young Catholics and what they think and wish to say. This has now been sent to the commissariat in Rome, which has received hundreds of similar inputs. These are brought together in the recently published Instrumentum Laboris, the working document that the Synod will begin with. The Instrumentum Laboris has three parts: (1) See (i.e. surveys, experiences, challenges, joys and anxieties of young people today); (2) Judge (interpreting these experiences in the light of the Gospel); and (3) Act (what to do, things that work, sharing possible ways forward, responses to the situation).  After the Synod, the Holy Father will issue a “Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation” with guidelines for application in the everyday pastoral life of the Church.


You can find out more about the Synod here including its Instrumentum Laboris together with various films and reflections.



Complex Catholicism

“Catholic young adults are more devout, but also more stressed, than a decade ago.” Following on from the last item about the Synod in Rome this October on “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment,” CYMFed (the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation of England and Wales) commissioned a study into the lives, concerns, beliefs and faith practices of young Catholics. It is called Complex Catholicism. It argues that Catholic young adults today are more devout, but also more stressed, than a decade ago.You can read it here. Elements of the original 2009 online study have been tracked, updated and revised to provide a realistic and timely snapshot of contemporary young Catholics in 2018, as well as to provide a comparison over time. CYMFed is separate from, but recognised and supported by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. The Bishop responsible for Youth is a member of the CYMFed Board. It seeks to help shape and support Catholic Youth Ministry by:

• giving youth ministry a strong voice in the Church and wider society;

• working on projects, training and events together; and

• developing and strengthening the direction of Catholic youth ministry.


Complex Catholicism makes fascinating reading.



Celebrating over 5000 years of married life!

On 30th June a record number of more than 120 couples, together with their guests, converged on St. Bede’s Church in Basingstoke for the ninth Diocesan Significant Weddings Anniversary Mass.


Members of the KSC provided assistance with parking before the couples were individually welcomed and provided with badges denoting which milestone anniversary they were celebrating and a souvenir Mass booklet. Light refreshments were on offer and gratefully received especially by those who had travelled long distances from all over the Diocese, including the Isle of Wight. Parish Priest Fr. Christopher Rutledge acting as Master of Ceremonies’ welcomed all the participants before Mass began. I celebrated the Mass assisted by Fr. Gerry Onyejuluwa, and  Deacons  James Snyder, Stephen Short and Andrew Carter.  During the Mass I thanked God for those couples in the Diocese who are celebrating their 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th & 60th anniversaries and those celebrating more than 60 years of marriage. The combined total of those celebrating exceeded 5,000 years of marriage! The most popular category this year, numbering 19 couples, was those celebrating over 60 years together, with one couple celebrating a phenomenal 72 years of marriage! To our knowledge this is the longest married couple in the Diocese. In my homily I thanked the couples “for their example, fidelity and service. Like the Priesthood, marriage too is a vocation, a call from God”.


See here for the full story, my homily and some photos. 



Tadley Parishioners "Share the Journey"

A group of parishioners from St Michael's Tadley joined CAFOD's "Share the Journey" on Friday 6th July, walking from Silchester Village Hall to the Roman City of Calleva Attrebatum and around the city walls with pauses for readings including at the north gate to the city and at St Mary the Virgin, Silchester's 12th century parish church.  It was a glorious summer evening, much in contrast to the Palm Sunday traditional procession over the route that has been deep in mud and water in recent years!  After the walk the group enjoyed a well-earned drink and meal at the Calleva Arms in the village.


The walk organised by Anne Reilly, photo by Pete Hughes.




Ecumenical celebration of the re-opening of Reading Abbey Ruins

After major restoration works on the Abbey ruins,  St James church, Reading was the venue for an Ecumenical Service to celebrate the re-opening of Reading Abbey ruins on Sunday 8th July.


The Benedictine monks lived in Reading Abbey from its foundation by Henry I in 1121 until it’s dissolution by Henry VIII in 1538. The last Abbot, Hugh Cook Faringdon, was convicted of high treason and condemned to be hanged, drawn and quartered.


The photo includes the Abbot of Douai, the Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Scott, the Mayor of Reading, Cllr. Debs Edwards, the Bishop of Reading, Andrew Proud and Parish Priest, Canon John O’Shea after the Service in St James church, Reading.


You can read more about Reading Abbey here.



Aldershot pupils visit National Shrine of St Joseph

On Monday 9th July, as part of a year of celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the school, Deacon Craig Aburn, Mrs Biggs, Mrs Kelly and Edmund Adamus from the Diocesan Academies and Schools Office accompanied a minibus-load of pupuils from St Joseph's Primary Academy in Aldershot to nearby Farnborough; not to visit the Airshow, but to visit the National Shrine of St Joseph which for the past few years now has its home at St Michael's Abbey. The Shrine of Saint Joseph at St Michael’s Abbey is cared for by the monks. It receives a steady flow of pilgrims throughout the year. It is possible for individuals to visit to pray at the shrine, and for groups to make pilgrimage there. Crowned by Cardinal Manning with a special permission granted by Bl. Pope Pius IX, the statue has been a focus for more than a century to that great silent saint, who is Patron of the universal Church.

The group were hosted by the Rt. Rev. Dom Cuthbert Brogan, OSB, the Abbot of Farnborough who gave them a talk on the history of the abbey community and its work and life, led prayers at the Shrine and took them on a tour of the crypt where the Imperial family are entombed. There are some more photos here.

To find out more about Farnborough Abbey, visit their website.


Bishop Philip's Engagements       

Tuesday 17th July 

Department Meeting, Bishops’ Conference, London


Thursday 19th July 

Bishop’s Council Meeting, Bishop’s House


Friday 20th July 

Health and Safety Meeting and Mass, St Mary’s Church, Alton


Sunday 22nd July 

Parish Visitation: Waterside Parish


Monday 23rd July 

Department Meeting with Director of Vocations, Bishop’s House

Department Meeting with Episcopal Vicar for Evangelisation, Bishop’s House


Tuesday 24th July 

Church Leaders’ Meeting with lunch, Bishop’s House


Friday 27th July 

Department Meeting with Director of Communications, Bishop’s House

Department Meeting with Head of Administration, Bishop’s House


Saturday 28th - Sunday 29th July 

Parish Visitation: St Colman and St Paul Parish, Cosham



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 July


[Winchester: St Swithun, Bishop, solemnity] 

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Swithun, Yateley (dedicated 15.7.1979) 


Monday 16th July

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, optional memorial

or: Feria [15th Week in Ordinary Time]

Jersey: St Helier, Martyr, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Third Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel


Tuesday 17th July

St Bonaventure, Religious, Bishop, Doctor of the Church, memorial [transferred from Jul 15] Diocesan Prayer: Sisters of St Marie Madeleine Postel in the Diocese C


Wednesday 18th July

Feria [15th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of Corpus Christi, Bournemouth (consecrated 18.7.1974) 


Thursday 19th July

Feria [15th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Catholic Women’s League


Friday 20th July

St Apollinaris, Bishop, Martyr, optional memorial

or: Feria [15th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Welcomers in our churches


Saturday 21st July

St Laurence of Brindisi, Religious, Doctor of the Church, optional memorial

or: Our Lady on Saturday

or: Feria [15th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Benefactors of the Diocese


Sunday 22nd July


Diocesan Prayer: Community of St Edmund, Southampton

(consecrated 22.7.1920, re-dedicated 16.11.1984)


Monday 23rd July

ST BRIDGET OF SWEDEN, Foundress, Patron of Europe, feast

Diocesan Prayer: Diocesan Liturgical Buildings Advisory Committee


Tuesday 24th July

St Sharbel Makhluf, Priest, Religious, optional memorial

or: Feria [16th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St John Vianney, Wantage (consecrated 24.7.1966)


Wednesday 25th July

ST JAMES, Apostle, feast

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St James, Reading


Thursday 26th July

Ss Joachim & Anne, Parents of Our Lady, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Anne, Brockenhurst (consecrated 26.7.1944)


Friday 27th July

Feria [16th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Joseph, Grayshott (consecrated 26.7.1911)


Saturday 28th July

Our Lady on Saturday

or: Feria [16th Week in Ordinary Time]

Guernsey: St Sampson, Bishop, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of Our Lady of the Assumption & St Edward the Confessor, Lyndhurst (consecrated 28.7.1896)


Sunday 29th July


Diocesan Prayer: Community of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, St Sampson, Guernsey


Forthcoming Events       

Saturday 21st July
Celebrating 50 years of serving the local Community in Horndean

St Edmund's, Napier Road, Horndean
Read more
Saturday 21st July
Hail Holy Lady Most Holy Queen - Marian Day Retreat
Sacred Heart Church, Shanklin, Isle of Wight
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


Saturday 11th August

Loving God's Creation - Climate Change - A Christian Response

Holly Barn, Wintershall Estate, Bramley (near Guildford)

Read more


Saturday 25th -Thursday 30th August

Pilgrimage to Knock
including ticket to see Pope Francis

Read more


29th-30th September

Southampton Celebrate

St George Catholic College Southampton

Read more


18th—22nd October

Catholic School Leaders’ Pilgrimage to Medjugorje

Read more


Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th November

Be still and know - Franciscan Retreat

Park Place Pastoral Centre, Wickham

Read more 



Please pray for..

Peace in the world and for those who govern the nations that they may do so wisely and justly; 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.

For all preparing to travel on holiday or pilgrimage that they may return safe and refreshed.


All clergy preparing to move to new assignments in the autumn.


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 may bring people closer to Jesus Christ through His Church. 



Job vacancies


Parish of St Colman with St Paul Cosham


The parish wishes to appoint a Cleaner/Cook to work in the Presbytery in St Colman’s Avenue for 6 hours per week over three days (to be agreed on appointment).


The role will be to prepare a daily meal, general house cleaning and ironing. Applicants should be diligent and reliable.


Closing date: Friday 27th July (12 Noon)

Interviews: Wednesday 1st August 

Start Date: 6th September


For informal enquiries please contact the Parish Office on 02392 376151



Parish Secretary/Administrator

Parish of St Colman with St Paul Cosham


The parish wishes to appoint a Parish Secretary/Administrator to work in the Parish Office for 33 hours per week initially 9am – 4pm Monday to Friday.


The role will be to facilitate the smooth running of the Parish Office and the Parish Halls and to provide secretarial support to Father Innaiah. Applicants should be diligent and reliable and able to work unsupervised to deliver a high standard of administrative and secretarial support.  A working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Publisher and familiarity with reconciling accounts are essential.


Closing date: Friday 27th July (12 Noon)

Interviews: Wednesday 1st August 

Start Date: As soon as possible


For informal enquiries please contact the Parish Office on 02392 376151 


Application forms / job descriptions / Equal Ops Monitoring forms are available on the Vacancies page of the Diocesan website.



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