Portsmouth Diocese e-News

Wednesday 1st August 2018 - Issue 192 (2018/27)


Dear Friends,

As we enter the month of August – high summer! - I wish you all a blessed period ahead, especially remembering the teachers and children of our schools as they enjoy their summer break. e-News too will be on a break these next two weeks as first Deacon Craig and then afterwards, I myself take a few days off. Meanwhile, I’ve just been on pastoral visitation to Cosham parish (see below) and enjoyed meeting lots of the excellent and dedicated parishioners there. Please say a prayer for me this Saturday, 4th August, the 34th anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood, for which I thank God every day. We’ve also some special events here in Portsmouth coming up next week, including a meeting of Prison Chaplains from across the Diocese and beyond. Finally, God bless you all.



Who, me??

Mgr. Jeremy Garratt from Sacred Heart Waterlooville recently wrote this piece for his parish newsletter. I thank him for letting me reproduce it here.


"Young men and boys, have you ever, even in your wildest imaginings, thought about being a priest? A friend who is a vocations director in another diocese once told me that whenever he went into Catholic schools or was in a group of young men at some event, he would always ask the question “Have you ever thought about being a priest?” He claimed that 80% of them had at least considered it. True, most had dismissed the idea in favour of family life and a good income, however, having achieved forty-three years of priestly ministry myself this week, I can honestly say that while I also had ambitions to another vocation and to the joys of family life, I have never been other than happy and fulfilled as a priest. I have discovered that celibacy is but another way of loving people and being loved and fulfils my own need for human intimacy. In wanting, initially, to become a doctor, I had always wanted to help people in need and improve their quality of life. I have found that it is possible to do that in a different kind of way through the priesthood, and it is such a privilege to try to live out Jesus’ love for his people through serving them as a priest.


"A study published in 2007 and carried out over thirty years by the University of Chicago showed that clergy had the highest rate of job satisfaction of all kinds of work and professions. Not only that, but they also scored highest in general overall happiness. Commented Tom Smith, director of the study, “We expected the more prestigious jobs to be the ones that would bring the most satisfaction and happiness but the professions with the highest scores are those that entail care and help for others.” Said Father Mayo, one of the priests who participated in the survey, "My work allows me to help other people and to see them progress both spiritually and personally.


"Young men and boys, if you have ever, even in your wildest imaginings, thought about being a priest, I would be interested to hear from you and would like to invite you to drop me a line (with a parent’s permission if you are under 18) or have a quiet word with me in complete confidence if you prefer. It would be good to have a conversation with you without any pressure to explore what being a priest means. Fr. Jeremy."


So, if you are reading this and thinking "it might be me", your Parish Priest is waiting to hear from you. (Ed.)



This Saturday - St. John Vianney

This coming Saturday, 4th August, is the Memorial of St. John Vianney, often called the “Curé D’Ars.” It is the anniversary of the day 34 years ago in Altrincham that I was ordained to the sacred priesthood, so for me it is always a special day – please say a prayer for me.


St. John Vianney is the patron saint of parish priests and his life is ever an inspiration. He was born in Dardilly, near Lyons, on 8 May 1786, the son of Mathieu Vianney and Marie Béluze, poor peasants with a strong faith. His childhood was marked by the tragic events of the French Revolution. While the Jacobins, supported by the Freemasons, were organizing the hunt for priests and sending them and their faithful to the guillotine, Jean-Marie was studying catechism in secret and fell hopelessly in love with Jesus. The Crucified One must indeed deserve all, the young man thought, if so many thousands of youth and adults, priests and lay people were giving their lives for him, tolerating even the most atrocious torture. It was during a Mass celebrated secretly behind barred doors by an anti-Revolution priest in a home near Écully, close to his native parish, that Jean-Marie received his First Communion, which strengthened him in his inmost desire. "I will be a priest", he affirmed.


To read on, click here.   



"Endurance Test" - Scott Hahn on the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The journey of discipleship is a life-long exodus from the slavery of sin and death to the holiness of truth on Mount Zion, the promised land of eternal life. The road can get rough. And when it does, we can be tempted to complain like the Israelites in next Sunday's First Reading. We have to see these times of hardship as a test of what is in our hearts, a call to trust God more and to purify the motives for our faith. As Paul reminds us in the second reading, we must leave behind our old self-deceptions and desires and live according to the likeness of God in which we are made. Jesus tells the crowd in this week’s Gospel that they are following him for the wrong reasons. They seek him because he filled their bellies. The Israelites, too, were content to follow God so long as there was plenty of food. Food is the most obvious of signs—because it is the most basic of our human needs. We need our daily bread to live. But we cannot live by this bread alone. We need the bread of eternal life that preserves those who believe in Him. 


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



Preparing for the Assumption - a reflection by Jennifer Geach

Our brethren in the Eastern churches have a two week fast before the celebration of the great feast which is coming.  So I am imitating them in beginning reflections on the Assumption early, in order to take in the magnitude of what God has done for our blessed mother, which holds a promise and a hope for us too.


While belief in the Assumption is very old, it was not dogmatically defined until Pope Pius XII affirmed it in the encyclical Munificentissimus Deus, in 1950.  In this encyclical, the roots of this belief both in scripture and tradition are explored: and it is asserted as a dogma of faith that Mary, after completing her earthly life, was taken bodily into heaven.  The question as to whether she died first is left open by the encyclical: the consensus in East and West is that like her son, Mary did undergo death, not as a punishment for sin, from which both of course were entirely free, but in Mary’s case as a way of showing that she shared the common lot of humanity.  For thus her Assumption shows us what our hope is. 


Read the full reflection here. 



Hail Queen of Heaven

Starting this week, I’m going to run through 10 “classic” Catholic hymns, some old favourites! This will be an opportunity to reflect on them and their words, indeed, to use them for our personal prayers, but also to introduce them to younger viewers who may only have come across them occasionally. We begin this week with one of my own personal favourites Hail Queen of Heaven. I chose it for use at my Episcopal Ordination Mass here in the Cathedral on 24th September 2012, the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham. It was written by Fr. John Lingard (1771–1851), a Catholic historian and scholar, born in our Diocese in Winchester and a student of the English College Douai. Hail Queen of Heaven is loosely based on the mediaeval Latin hymn Ave Maris Stella. It is one of the oldest English hymns commonly found in Catholic hymnals. In it, Our Lady is addressed as the “Ocean Star” and “Star of the Sea”. The Church is often referred to as the ‘Barque of Peter,’ a ship at times tossed about on the storms of history. Here the imagery is transferred to you and me in the troubles and challenges we face in life, calling on the Blessed Mother for her prayers and protection. Click here to follow the text and to hear this wonderful song sung by the choir of Saint Charles with scenery from a boat on Lake Como.



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

Working for God (John 6:24-35) 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

In St John’s Gospel, Jesus tells us not to work ‘for food that cannot last’ but to work ‘for food that endures to eternal life.’ In our webinar, we’ll reflect on these mysterious words of Jesus, which bring together faith and the Eucharist. What is the work God asks of us? And what is the work God has done for us? Here is the heart of the mystery of Faith. God has come to us, has fed us with himself in Jesus, and now asks us to respond in faith.

We’ll reflect on:
Faith: How is having faith in Jesus ‘working for God’?    

Hope: What is the finality of our work on this earth? What purpose are we trying to achieve in our daily life?    
Love: Working for God is inseparably working for others. Is this true of our life?    


Click here for Webinar summaries for the whole of August.


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



See you this Friday at St. Colman’s!

I have just finished (nearly) the Pastoral Visitation of the parish of St Colman's Cosham with St. Paul’s Paulsgrove (https://www.stcolmanandstpaul.co.uk). The parish is in the care of two Rolls-Royces, Fr. Joe McNerny the pastor, and Fr. John Humphries, assistant. It was a great visitation. What I didn’t know was the history of the parish.


In 1921 Cosham was still a small village. Among the 24 Catholics living in the area were two ladies, Mrs Collins and Mrs Clark, who were anxious that the Catholics of Cosham should have a church of their own. They called on Bishop Cotter at Bishop’s House, requesting permission to start collecting for a church. Initially, the Bishop said that nothing could be done until they had located at least 25 Catholic families in the district. Undeterred, they studied the street directory to find people with Irish names and went round knocking on doors in search of Catholics. Soon they returned to the Bishop and this time he gave them permission. During the conversation, it came to light that the Bishop and Mrs Collins were natives of County Cork. The Bishop had been ordained in the Cathedral Church and Mrs Collins had been married there. The Cathedral was dedicated to St. Colman, who was also the patron of the diocese.  As the ladies were leaving, the Bishop said “Today is the feast of St. Colman. If ever a church is built in Cosham, we will dedicate it to him.” Fr. Stanford found land for sale along the Havant Road and building of the church began in July 1927. It was completed in time for Bishop Cotter to dedicate it on the feast of Saint Colman, 24th November 1928.


St Colman's therefore is 90 years old this year. To mark the occasion the parish wishes to invite you to a flower festival. It’s on for three days beginning this Friday 3rd August (starting at 10 am) until Sunday. Refreshments will be available. Children admitted free.  Car parking at rear of church (PO6 2JJ).



Last chance to book for faith, fun and fellowship in the New Forest

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



Hold the date - 3rd November - for ‘Science-or-Religion? A Symposium’

Don’t forget our big diocesan Symposium to be held in Winchester this November. The Symposium will take place on Saturday 3rd November 2018, 10 am – 4 pm. It’s called “Science - or - Religion?” This is always a hot topic, and I have invited two key speakers: Professor Brian Cox, professor of physics from the University of Manchester and well-known BBC broadcaster, and Dr. Andrew Pinsent from the Oxford University Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion. We’ve also got a great line-up of other speakers running optional workshops depending on your interests. These include “Christianity and Extra-Terrestrial Life”, “What is Consciousness?” and “The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence.” For the whole programme, click here.


The Symposium is being run by our diocesan ‘Dialogue with Cultural Sectors’ group, which is formed of (Catholic) professionals from various areas of expertise ranging from radio astronomy and psychology to business, medicine and the arts. The aim of the group is to enable Catholic thought to be brought into a ‘critical conversation’ with other areas of knowledge for mutual benefit and human betterment. As regards to science, Catholic thought, guided by the teaching of the First Vatican Council (1870) on faith and reason, seeks to hold science and religion together. Catholics believe that scientific knowledge and theological knowledge are different, overlapping, complimentary and interacting dimensions and disciplines of human knowledge. The Church generally takes the same approach in relation to other disciplines too, where theology supplies the basic “anthropological infrastructure”, that is, a view of the human person, an ethic, the context of human flourishing and a notion of the Divine, in the light of Christ’s death and resurrection. 


Booking details for the Symposium will be available in early September.



Catholic Medical Association Conference

The Catholic Medical Association invites all young (18-35yrs) Catholics in healthcare (doctors, nurses, medical students, nursing students, pharmacists etc.) to the Third Annual CMA Youth Conference on Saturday 29th September 208 at St. Aloysius’s Church, by Euston Station in London. Speakers and a panel will explore the meaning of the culture of life in relation to healthcare and how to live by that culture in our professional and personal lives. There will be a small fayre to showcase the work of lay and religious organisations related to healthcare. Programme:


What is the Culture of Life? Fr Stephen Boyle

An overview of the prophetic teaching of Humanae Vitae. How does the culture of the modern secular world reject the Church and its message of the Good News? How does that culture affect bioethical issues such as abortion, euthansia, the family etc.?


Bringing the Culture of Life to young Catholics in Healthcare - Dr Adrian Treloar

What is it to be a Catholic in healthcare? How do we live out our lives according to this culture of life? What sort of clinical situations might you be faced with which oppose the culture of life?


Work as Prayer – Fr Gerard Mary OFM Conv.

Fr Gerard will talk about the importance of a strong prayer life for young Catholics in healthcare, and then briefly about the role of Walsingham in the re-dedication of England to Mary and the work of the New Evangelisation. 


There will also be a Panel Discussion with Catholic clinicians, nurse and a midwife with a chance to explore some of these clinical scenarios further and how to respond to them in a polite and professional manner.


Register at: buildingacultureoflife.eventbrite.co.uk. 2:00pm start. Tea and coffee will be provided during the break. Entry is by donation. Please be generous in order to enable the continued work of the Catholic Medical Association's New Evangelisation (CMANE). The CMANE supports young Catholics in healthcare. Suggested donation is £5, payable at the door.



How Do I Pray? 12 minutes a day to change your life!

Does the idea of prayer overwhelm you? What is it? How do I do it? In this illuminating talk, Youth Speaker Chris Stefanick clears away the mystique that often surrounds the idea of prayer. Prayer is simply a conversation, Chris explains. Yes, you got it! Prayer is nothing more than a conversation between you and God. This dynamic apostle to the youth proves a great guide to introductory prayer for teens. He gives young people a host of simple reflections on the meaning of prayer. But not stopping there, he also gives great advice on how to pray. Evangelist Chris Stefanick will get your teens excited about making prayer and the Word of God part of their daily lives.


Click on the image to watch the video. 





A new Council of Priests on the Way

I have just begun canvassing nominations for the new Council of Priests that will ‘relaunch’ in October.  The Presbyteral Council or Council of Priests is a group of priests chosen from among those incardinated into the Diocese to assist the Bishop in an advisory capacity in the governance of the Diocese. Canon 495 of the Code of Canon Law lays down that every diocese must have such a Council. The Council addresses matters concerning the pastoral welfare of the People of God in the local church. About half of the members of the council are freely elected by the priests. The others have membership either because of a position they hold or because nominated by the Bishop. It is for the Bishop to decide when to consult the council, to preside over the meeting and to determine the agenda, whether the items for inclusion are his own initiative or are proposed by some member of the Council. During a sede vacante (i.e. after the retirement of the Bishop and before the new Bishop is appointed by the Holy Father) the Council ceases to exist, and its functions are taken over by the College of Consultors.


I have just written to all our clergy requesting nominations of seven priests for the Council, plus a retired priest as well as a Deacon observer. Please pray for all our clergy at this time.



"Come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while"

We recently heard these words of Jesus from St Mark's Gospel (6:31) at Sunday Mass, aptly just as the school holidays and the peak holiday season were beginning. It is, of course, important that if we are able to do so we get away for some rest and relaxation with our families or friends. Indeed, some of us may choose to actually go away to a lonely place all by ourselves! What is important at this time of year, though, is that we recharge not just our physical batteries by resting from our normal daily work and routines, but that we take time to recharge our spiritual batteries too!


Not all of us are fortunate to be able to have the time or opportunity to get away on a spiritual retreat. For those who can't here is an opportunity to take part in a "virtual" retreat during August. The Pray More Healing Retreat is entirely online so the content can be accessed at any time. It begins on Monday 6th August, the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord and can find out more and register here.



Chaplain on the Move

I wasn’t a very popular person when visiting Cosham last weekend – since from 8th September, I am moving Fr. Joe McNerney from the parish to the chaplaincy at Southampton Hospital! Moving is one of the hardest things we do as priests and one of the hardest challenges parishioners face too when their beloved priest moves on to a new challenge. Fr. Joe has been associated with QA Hospital in Portsmouth for over 10 years as its Catholic Chaplain, and over 7 as the parish priest of St. Colman’s Cosham in which the hospital lies. We are all proud of the wonderful work he has done there! From September, Fr. Innaiah Maddineni, currently the parish priest of St. Theresa’s Totton, will be taking up the reins. Meanwhile, Fr. Joe will be taking over from Fr. Michael Cronin, the Catholic Chaplain at Southampton Hospital who recently retired after many years of wonderful service in the hospital, looking after staff and patients. Please pray for Fr. Michael that he will enjoy good health and rest – and for Fr. Joe as he makes the move to his new mission. The hospitals have different characteristics but the ministry of being Christ among the sick is ever the same. May God bless Fr. Joe and may the Blessed Mother pray for him.




Long-serving Jersey Sacristan retires

Monsignor Nicholas France presented an engraved silver salver to Dorothy Rowcliffe on her retirement as sacristan at St Thomas’ Church in Jersey.  Dorothy has been serving as sacristan for many many years and her humble and committed  service has been appreciated by all.  


It was not possible to replace Dorothy by one person so a team of people under the leadership of Francisco Vieira will continue Dorothy’s great work.


Happy retirement, Dorothy - well deserved!




Bishop Philip's Engagements        

Monday 30th July – Thursday 2nd August 

Faith Summer Conference, Woldingham, Surrey


Friday 3rd August 

Open Flower Festival, Cosham, Portsmouth


Monday 6th August 

Meeting with Director of Caritas and Refugee Project Worker


Tuesday 7th August 

Prison Chaplain Conference, Portsmouth

Meeting with Missio


Thursday 9th August

Bishop’s Council, Bishop’s House, 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 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


Monday 6th August 


Diocesan Prayer: Church Fabric Committees


Tuesday 7th August

St Sixtus II, Pope & Companions, Martyrs, optional memorial

or: St Cajetan, Founder, optional memorial

or: Feria [18th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Lay Dominicans and Dominican Secular Institute 


Wednesday 8th August

St Dominic, Founder, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Dominican Sisters [of Malta, of Saint Joseph & of the Presentation] in the Diocese


Thursday 9th August

ST TERESA BENEDICTA OF THE CROSS [Edith Stein], Religious, Martyr, Patron of Europe, feast

Diocesan Prayer: Dialogue with other faiths, and especially the work of the Council of Christians & Jews 


Friday 10th August

ST LAURENCE, Deacon, Martyr, feast

Diocesan Prayer: Parishes, Communities & Schools in the North West Hampshire Pastoral Area


Saturday 11th August

St Clare, Foundress, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Caritas Christi 


Sunday 12th August


Diocesan Prayer: Diocesan Chancellery 


Monday 13th August

St Pontian, Pope, & St Hippolytus, Priest, Martyrs, optional memorial

or: Feria [19th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of Holy Cross, Eastleigh (consecrated 13.8.1902, re-dedicated 27.11.1987) 


Tuesday 14th August

St Maximilian Maria Kolbe, Religious, Priest, Martyr, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Polish Chaplaincies in the Diocese, at Sacred Heart, Reading & Southampton


Wednesday 15th August



Diocesan Prayer: In thanksgiving to Our Lady, Mother of God 


Thursday 16th August

St Stephen, King of Hungary, optional memorial

or: Feria [19th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Our Lady’s Catechists 


Friday 17th August

Feria [19th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Mary, East Hendred (consecrated 17.8.1865); Chapel of Milton Manor House 


Saturday 18th August

Our Lady on Saturday

or: Feria [19th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: St Cassian’s Centre, Kintbury 


Sunday 19th August


Diocesan Prayer: Worldwide Marriage Encounter


Forthcoming Events         

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 18th August

ADoRE - Alton Day of Renewal
Alton School

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


Sunday 9th September 

Annual Walk from Ryde to Quarr Abbey

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Saturday 15th September 

Welcoming our Neighbour in Need

Sacred Heart Waterlooville

Read more  


Saturday 29th September 

Welcoming our Neighbour in Need

St Joseph's Maidenhead

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, among them Fr Peter Hackett from the Jesuit Community at Corpus Christi Boscombe, who died on 23rd July 2018 at the age of 93. Also 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 

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,
In Corde Iesu


Bishop of Portsmouth


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