Portsmouth Diocese e-News

Tuesday 24th July 2018 - Issue 191 (2018/26)


Dear Friends,

I have been visiting Fr. Rajesh Abraham and Waterside parish this last weekend, with its two churches St. Bernard’s Holbury and St. Michael’s Hythe. Waterside is on the other side of the estuary by Southampton, adjoining the New Forest. Assisting Fr. Abraham there are two valiant parish deacons, Deacon Steven Bowler and Deacon Ian Tobin. It was a most joyful time and a great opportunity to meet the parishioners.


Meanwhile, let us pray for all our teachers, children and schools who have broken up now for the summer that they may have a good rest, full of refreshment. Finally, thanks to Deacon Craig for his work on this week’s e-News, which I hope you will enjoy.



Holy Father appoints new Bishop of the Forces

We send our warm congratulations to Bishop Paul Mason who  Pope Francis has recently appointed  as eighth Bishop of the Forces, which has been sede vacante - awaiting the appointment of a bishop - for the past three years since Bishop Richard Moth was appointed to Arundel and Brighton Diocese.


The Catholic Bishopric of the Forces differs from any other diocese in that it is not aligned along geographical boundaries but encompasses anywhere in the world that United Kingdom military personnel are serving or deployed.


Chaplains of all three Armed Services serve on operations, where their pastoral care and Sacramental ministry bring hope and consolation in the most challenging of circumstances. A Principal Roman Catholic Chaplain is present in each of the three services.


You can read more here.


Please pray for Bishop Paul and all the clergy of the Bishopric of the Forces and the military personnel they minister to.



New Ecumenical Agreement

Recently, ARCIC III, the third Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, reached a new ecumenical agreement after seven years of work. The ground-breaking document is called Walking Together on the Way: Learning to Be the Church – Local, Regional, Universal and you can read it, and various commentaries on it, here. The agreed statement tackles authority, structure, and decision-making in both the Anglican Communion and the Catholic Church and how the two traditions might learn from each other.


Here in Portsmouth, I am always delighted by the good ecumenical relationships we have. I meet regularly with my Anglican counterpart, Bishop Christopher Foster, either here at Bishop’s House or over at Bishopsgrove in Fareham. We are also members of the Hampshire Church Leaders group, of which I am currently the coordinator. We meet twice a year, and in fact, our next meeting is this week. Please keep this important intention of the unity of all Christians in your prayers, and pray too for our sisters and brothers and their leaders in the other communities.



Thursday is the Feast of Grandparents

This Thursday 26th July is the Feast of Saints Joachim and Anne, the maternal grandparents of Jesus. Unfortunately, we know nothing about them from Scripture and even the names that Tradition has given them come from a legendary source, written more than a century after the Resurrection. Even so, their heroism and holiness can be inferred from the whole family atmosphere around Mary in the Scriptures. Mary is the fulfilment of many generations of prayerful persons. Her strong character in making decisions, her continuous practice of prayer, her devotion to the laws of her faith, her steadiness at moments of crisis, and her devotion to her relatives, all indicate a close-knit, loving family that looked forward to the next generation even while retaining the best of the past. Joachim and Anne thus represent a generation who faithfully performed their duties, practised their faith, and established an atmosphere for the coming of the Messiah. So this Thursday, let us pray for our own grandparents, whether alive or dead. Grandparents have a responsibility to establish the right tone for the next generations. Thursday’s feast also reminds the young that older people’s greater perspective, depth of experience, and appreciation of life’s profound rhythms are all part of a wisdom not to be taken lightly or ignored.


(Adapted from an article by Franciscan Media)



New section on our website dedicated to Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati

We’re developing  a new series of pages on our website under the “Youth” button dedicated to Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, Patron of our Young People. See here. One of the things that is always fascinating about Blessed PGF is his love for the Lord in the Eucharist. This is how I summed it up in the talk I gave at the Celebration Day in London on 4th July: 


"For Pier Giorgio, the Blessed Sacrament was not only a Sacred Object to be venerated and adored, the Body and Blood of the Saviour, but a Sacred Subject to be engaged with, listened to and loved: Jesus Christ. In the Monstrance Pier Giorgio met Jesus Christ in Person. He grasped the essential truth that the Catholic Faith is about relationship, a personal-passionate relationship, true friendship with Jesus Christ, cor ad cor loquitur, heart speaking to Heart. Remarkably, he seems to have grasped this from a very young age, and he developed that friendship with the Lord exponentially. He became ever aware of His presence in his life in a manner that many older Catholics find challenging. This is why when he met Jesus in the Eucharist he was enraptured. That is surely the heart of his spirituality, an intense centre, a joyful relationship with the Person of Jesus Christ in the depths of the Sacred Host. It was a relationship that burst forth into everything he did and which sent him out joyfully to meet the same Lord shining in the poor. Into that self-same relationship with Jesus every single one of us too is invited."   



"Bread Left Over" - Scott Hahn on the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Next Sunday’s liturgy brings together several strands of Old Testament expectation to reveal Jesus as Israel’s promised Messiah and King, the Lord who comes to feed His people. Notice the parallels between today’s Gospel and First Reading. Both Elisha and Jesus face a crowd of hungry people with only a few “barley” loaves. We hear similar words about how impossible it will be to feed the crowd with so little. And in both the miraculous multiplication of bread satisfies the hungry and leaves food left over. The Elisha story looks back to Moses, the prophet who fed God’s people in the wilderness (see Exodus 16). Moses prophesied that God would send a prophet like him. The crowd in today’s Gospel, witnessing His miracle, identifies Jesus as that prophet. The Gospel again shows Jesus to be the Lord, the good shepherd, who makes His people lie down on green grass and spreads a table before them. The miraculous feeding is a sign that God has begun to fulfil His promise, which we sing of in today’s Psalm—to give His people food in due season and satisfy their desire.


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



Thinking about Prayer - a reflection by Jennifer Geach

One of the notable aspects of any saint’s life is the amount of time they devoted to prayer. Even the most active saints, like St Theresa of Avila, or Mother Teresa devoted a significant proportion of their time to formal prayer in community, quite apart from any time that they spent in private devotions. Just as on a purely human level, engaging in any activity makes us more expert at it, so also those who maintain a healthy prayer life are ‘better’ at it. Or to put it a better way: if we spend time with people, we get to know them better: so if we spend time with God, we will know Him better.


Many of us, I fear, are inclined to think of prayer as something we do for God. But we are reminded in several prefaces that this is not so ‘You have no need of our praise, but our desire to thank you is itself your gift’. Since God loves us very much, and desires our good estate, he desires that we should be close to him, that we should prepare ourselves to be with him forever. Our prayer is pleasing to God not because it augments his glory, but because it enables us to draw closer to Him, who is the only source of true joy. For prayer is the breath of our life in God.


Read the full reflection here. 



Light of the World

Here is another song often sung at our Masses with young people:  “Every Secret’ by Kari Jobe - click on the picture to hear a recording. Here are some of the lyrics:


Every secret, every shame Every fear, every pain

Live inside the dark But that's who we are

We are children of the day So wake up sleeper

Lift your head We were meant for more than this

Fight the shadows, conquer death Make the most of time we have left

We are the light of the world, We are the city on the hill
We are the light of the world
We gotta, we gotta We gotta let the light shine

Let the light shine Let the light shine

We are called to spread the news

Tell the world the simple truth
Jesus came to save There's freedom in his name

So let it all breakthrough

We are the light, we are the light We are the light
To let your light shine brighter We are the light, we are the light
We are the light, Jesus We are the light, we are the light

We are the light We will lift you high and
Shine, shine, shine We gotta shine, we gotta shine
Let the light shine Let the light shine.



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

Enough for everyone (John 6:1-15) 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Jesus has fed the people who have come to him with his word, and he now desires to feed them with bread. From the little that the small boy offers, Jesus miraculously gives more than enough to each person.


It‘s on a hillside, on the other side of the Sea of Galilee, that the Gospel hints at the celebration of the Mass. First, the people have come to listen to Jesus. They are thirsty for the Word of God. This is the Liturgy of the Word. Then Jesus is anxious to feed their body also. They are now hungry for physical food. Faced with the great number of people, the apostles feel helpless. Can Jesus feed every single person? 

Through the sign of the multiplication of the loaves, Jesus manifests his power to feed every single person who turns to him, every human heart, made for him. He is the one who continues to feed us with himself in the Liturgy of the Eucharist.


We’ll reflect on:
Faith:  Do we have faith that God does and will provide for us?

Hope: Where is our hope directed to? Is it yearning for earthly food and comfort, or is it ultimately directed at Jesus above everything else?

Love: How are we co-workers with Christ? How are we agents of God’s providence for others?  


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



ADoRE - Alton Day of Renewal

Alton Day of Renewal takes places at Alton School, Anstey Lane, Alton, GU34 2NG every month. This year the focus is on renewal and mission. On 28th July, Canon Jeremy Garratt, previously Rector at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh and former Vicar General of the Diocese will be speaking on ‘Good News and Gospel’ - what Scripture tells us about Mission;  while on 18th August, Father Mark Hogan, Episcopal Vicar for Evangelisation, will be speaking on the importance and meaning of mission with a talk entitled ‘The Church exists to evangelise’.


The day begins with Rosary at 11.00am and continues with Mass at 11.30am which is followed by fifteen minutes of Eucharistic Adoration and reflection. Picnic/shared lunch is at 1.00am and after lunch, praise and worship is at 2.00pm followed by the talk leading to a time for healing prayer for individuals. The Day is finished by 4pm. You are welcome for just part of the Day if you wish. It is free to all although a collection is taken to defray expense. Do come!


Find out more by visiting the ADoRE website.



Here's an interesting Invitation

The New Forest Dominican Sisters invite you to join them on their walking pilgrimage this summer. 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.


If you are interested or wish to join the pilgrimage, please click here to find out more. 




Fiftieth Anniversary

Next week, 31st July, will be the fiftieth anniversary of the Encyclical Letter Humanae Vitae on married love. Click on the photo for some rare footage of Blessed Pope Paul VI speaking in English about this Encyclical. Later this year, on 14th October, during the forthcoming Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment, Pope Francis will declare Paul VI a saint. Paul VI, who was Pope from 1963 to 1978, was born Giovanni Battista Montini and before his election to the papacy was Cardinal Archbishop of Milan. As pope, he presided over the final sessions of the Second Vatican Council and its initial implementation. Besides Humanae Vitae, he is remembered for his other writings such as Populorum Progressio (1967) on social development and the economy, and the important 1975 apostolic exhortation Evangelii Nuntiandi on evangelisation. Speaking in 2013, Pope Francis said his predecessor, Paul VI, had “experienced to the full the church’s travail after the Second Vatican Council: the lights, the hopes, the tensions. He loved the Church and expended himself for her, holding nothing back.” Pope Francis also referred to him as “this great Pope, this courageous Christian, this tireless apostle,” who demonstrated a “humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and his Church.”



Are you going into hospital or know of someone going in?  

Are you going into hospital or know of someone going in?  If so, here are some things to think about on how to prepare spiritually.  Firstly, you will no doubt have time on your hands when you there so go in with your rosary, perhaps a favourite prayer book and anything else you can think of.  It’s a brilliant opportunity to pray and a time to be aware of the presence of God.  I recommend an excellent small prayer book with some reflections, prayers and practical suggestions, produced by CTS called, A Catholic Patient’s Guide to Hospital’. Secondly, as with the NHS in general, a person has to opt in to see a Chaplain.  Make sure you tell the staff when you enter that you are Catholic and would like to see the Chaplain.  The Lord wants to be part of all that we do in life and this includes when we are ill and going into hospital.  You can ask the priest/chaplain to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick especially if you are having surgery.  You can also take the opportunity to make a good confession and you can receive the Lord in Holy Communion.  Ultimately, this can be a time for you to entrust yourself to the Lord’s care.  Asking him to work in and through the medical staff and the Church so that your experience of going into hospital does not have to be frightening but one which is filled with hope and growth in our wonderful Catholic faith.   


Almighty and Everlasting God, the eternal salvation of those who believe in You, hear us on behalf of Your servants who are sick, for whom we humbly beg the help of your mercy, so that, being restored to health, they may render thanks to you in your Church. Through Christ our Lord. Amen


Fr John-Paul Lyttle is Catholic Chaplain to the Royal Berkshire NHS Hospital Trust.



How to be a Good Disciple of Christ

The term “discipleship” has been a buzz word for a while (like 2000 years at least!), but especially in recent years. We might think of Sherry Weddell’s classic “Forming Intentional Disciples” and her more recent book “Fruitful Discipleship.” The word comes literally  from disciplina, a rod or measure, that is, living under a rule or discipline, in this case, under Jesus our Master and His teaching. To be a disciple then is to be like an apprentice, a student, a learner, someone who listens to what s/he is being taught by their Teacher. In this brief video, Fr. Mike Schmitz from Ascension Presents gives four basics for being a disciple of Christ: relationship, showing up, faithfulness and commitments.


Click on the icon to watch the video. 





Nine months in four minutes!

As Catholics, we believe that life begins and must be respected from conception. This fascinating video takes us on a four minute journey through the nine months of conception to birth.
As we pray in the Joyful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary on my Rosary CD - "let us pray for respect for life from conception to natural death. If you missed out on a copy of the CD, you can download the mp3 files to your audio device here.
Click on the image to watch the video.


New book on Fatima

Fr. Serafino Lanzetta, from the Friars in Gosport, has just published the English translation of his new book on Fatima, called Fatima at the Heart of the Church. God’s vision of history and oblative spirituality. It is published by CreateSpace Publishing and is available from Amazon.co.uk, also as a download for Kindle. I’d like on behalf of us all to offer Fr. Serafino our sincerest congratulations, prayers and best wishes. There will be a book launch in St Mary’s Hall, Gosport, on 26th October 2018 at 7 pm. All are welcome.


He writes: “In my view, two are the pillars of the Fatima Message: a great vision of history in the light of God’s Divine Providence and the spirituality – often neglected – of self-giving as an oblation in Christ through Mary for the salvation of mankind. … God is the Lord of history, He guides it. Events unfold with His permission towards a salvific goal and are not immutably pre-determined events, prisoners of anonymous forces of evil. So, if God is the Lord of history, then love and freedom guide us, not fate and destiny. This also means that history is not already written to the detriment of the freedom of God and humanity; it can, instead, change, it can return to the source of truth if the human person changes inside drawing closer to God, if the human person leaves sin behind and converts. Fatima tells us that history can change if we change, if we pray. If we listen to Our Lady and do what She asked, then the course of our history can change, changing our being.”


Paperback: 232 pages

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (13 May 2018)

ISBN-10: 1719243794 / ISBN-13: 978-1719243797



Farewell to FOCUS Mission 

Early on Monday morning, I went over to Fareham to bid farewell to the FOCUS youngsters who had come over to the Diocese for their Summer Mission trip. They were about to leave by coach for Heathrow to catch their flight back to Denver and their homes across the US.  Here is a picture of them. Click on the picture for more about FOCUS (“Fellowship Of Catholic University Students”) – and check out: https://www.focus.org. They had spent nearly three weeks with us and it seems they thoroughly enjoyed the visit. When here, they were staying with parishioners in Fareham, who kindly and generously looked after them.  Part of the visit included our Diocesan Youth Pilgrimage to Lourdes, which was last week. I travelled with them. In Lourdes, the FOCUS members befriended and worked alongside 15 of our own youth from across the Diocese. It was a great trip and I hope we can repeat it next year as the heart of our main Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Once back from Lourdes, the FOCUS team worked in Fareham on street evangelization and mission, leading up to a highly successful Nightfever and outreach on Saturday evening. Sunday was a day off and the FOCUS members went to London for the day, beginning with Mass in Westminster Cathedral. Let us pray that we can repeat this next summer. And in the meantime, please pray for our own four FOCUS missionaries in Southampton.



Celebrating the end of the school year

A joyful outdoor celebration Mass was held at All Hallows Catholic Secondary School in Farnham last Friday to celebrate all that has been achieved in the past year. The Mass was celebrated by Fr Anthony Glaysher, Parish Priest of Aldershot, the parish which was responsible for building the school which opened in 1961 when the late Canon Daniel O'Hanlon was Parish Priest. The Coffee Shop in the Sixth Form Centre "Father Dan's' is named after him. Fr Anthony was assisted by Deacon Craig Aburn and Deacon John Edwards, a deacon of Arundel and Brighton Diocese who is a School Governor and was part of the school's very first intake when it opened. In his homily, Fr Anthony reminded the students that God is with them wherever they go.




Bishop Philip's Engagements        

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


Monday 30th July 

Department Meeting with Head of Administration 


Monday 30th July – Thursday 2nd August 

Faith Summer Conference, Woldingham, Surrey


Friday 3rd August 

Open Flower Festival, Cosham, Portsmouth



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 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


Monday 30th July

St Peter Chrysologus, Bishop, Doctor of the Church, optional memorial

or: Feria [17th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Diocesan Council of Priests


Tuesday 31st July

St Ignatius of Loyola, Founder, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Jesuits in the Diocese


Wednesday 1st August

St Alphonsus Liguori, Founder, Bishop, Doctor of the Church, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Redemptorists in the Diocese


Thursday 2nd August

St Eusebius of Vercelli, Bishop, optional memorial

or: St Peter Julian Eymard, Founder, optional memorial

or: Feria [17th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate in the Diocese

Right Rev John Baptist Cahill, 2nd Bishop of Portsmouth (R.I.P. 1910)


Friday 3rd August

Feria [17th Week in Ordinary Time]

Abingdon/Winchester: St Ethelwold, Bishop, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Retired or Sick Clergy of the Diocese 


Saturday 4th August 

St John Vianney, Priest, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Bishop Philip (ordained priest 4.8.1984) 


Sunday 5th August


Diocesan Prayer: Don Bosco Summer Camp


Forthcoming Events        

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


Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th August

90th Anniversary Flower Festival
St Colman's Cosham

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


Tuesday 4th September (for 5 weeks)

"We are all Witnesses" - Essential Training for Catechists

St Edward the Confessor, Chandler’s Ford

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 



Housekeeper - St Edmund’s, Horndean

A vacancy has arisen for a Part Time Housekeeper to work at the Parish for 4 hours per week (days and hours by negotiation).  The role will be to provide cleaning services for St Edmunds Presbytery and church.  Reporting directly to the Parish Priest. Applicants should be diligent and reliable and able to work unsupervised to deliver a high standard of work.  Rate of pay £8.75 per hour.


Closing date:  Wednesday 15th August 

Interviews will be held on: Wednesday 22nd August 


For informal enquiries please contact the Parish Office on 023 92 593010.



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



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With all good wishes and an assurance of my prayers,
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Bishop of Portsmouth


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