Portsmouth Diocese e-News

Wednesday 29th August 2018 - Issue 194 (2018/29)

 

Dear All,

 

These are difficult days for the Church at the moment and so I include in this week’s e-News the letter from the Holy Father, and also a suggestion of my own that I have written to him about. Bishop Robert Barron has some penetrating reflections too: click on his picture below. Meanwhile, closer to home, we wish our teachers and our school children every joy and blessing as they prepare to return to school for the new term. Congratulations to all those who passed their exams and our prayers and best wishes for those about to go to University. Please pray too for clergy on the move over the next couple for weeks. As we bid farewell and God’s blessing to Fr. Thom as he returns to Bamenda, we’ll welcome Fr. Elijah and Fr. Fru from Bamenda arriving this weekend.

 

God bless you all.

 

  

 

Letter from Pope Francis

After the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report on clerical abuse, Pope Francis has written to the Church the following letter:

“If one member suffers, all suffer together with it” (1 Corinthians 12,26). These words of Saint Paul forcefully echo in my heart as I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience perpetrated by a significant number of clerics and consecrated persons. Crimes that inflict deep wounds of pain and powerlessness, primarily among the victims, but also in their family members and in the larger community of believers and nonbelievers alike. Looking back to the past, no effort to beg pardon and to seek to repair the harm done will ever be sufficient. Looking ahead to the future, no effort must be spared to create a culture able to prevent such situations from happening, but also to prevent the possibility of their being covered up and perpetuated. The pain of the victims and their families is also our pain, and so it is urgent that we once more reaffirm our commitment to ensure the protection of minors and of vulnerable adults.

 

To continue reading, click here

  

 

An Extraordinary Synod?

After the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report on clerical abuse, and the various other reports of recent months, I wrote a letter to Pope Francis suggesting that the Church holds an Extraordinary Synod on the Life and Ministry of Clergy:

 

Most Holy Father,

I am writing in the light of the terrible scandals of the abuse of minors by clergy revealed by the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report. To these can be added the scandals in Chile, Australia, Ireland and now here in England too, in light of the Independent Investigation into Child Sexual Abuse. Clerical sex abuse seems to be a world-wide phenomenon in the Church. As a Catholic and a Bishop, these revelations fill me with deep sorrow and shame. I pray for the healing of the poor victims. I pray for the forgiveness of the perpetrators. I pray too for myself, and for all our clergy and people, that by our penance we will grow in holiness. I wanted to make a constructive suggestion. Would it be possible to call an Extraordinary Synod on the Life and Ministry of Clergy?

 

To continue reading, click here.

 

   

O Bread of Heaven

This “classic” Catholic hymn – we’re doing the “Top Ten” favourites in Enews at the moment – is a true favourite of mine, O bread of Heaven. The words, written by St. Alphonsus Liguori (in Italian O Pane del Cielo) and translated here by the Redemptorist priest, Fr. Edmund Vaughan (d.1908), are truly superb. They capture for me that two-fold reality of the Blessed Sacrament: that it is not only a Sacred Object, the Body and Blood of our Saviour, but a Sacred Subject, Jesus Himself. You can use the lyrics as a prayer at any time, with or without the music. I especially love the third verse which says “Could I dare live, and not requite / such love then death were meet reward.” When I was ordained a priest on 4th August 1984, I used a variation on those words for my ordination prayer card. I also find the fourth verse very moving:  “for how can he deny me heaven / who here on earth himself hath given?” Click on the picture to hear the Leeds Diocesan choir singing it.

 
O bread of heaven, beneath this veil
thou dost my very God conceal;

my Jesus, dearest treasure, hail;

I love thee and adoring kneel;

each loving soul by thee is fed

with thine own self in form of bread.

 

O food of life, thou who dost give

the pledge of immortality;

I live; no, ‘tis not I that live;

God gives me life, God lives in me:

he feeds my soul, he guides my ways,

and every grief with joy repays.

 

O bond of love, that dost unite

the servant to his living Lord;

could I dare live, and not requite

such love then death were meet reward:

I cannot live unless to prove

some love for such unmeasured love.

 

Belovèd Lord in heaven above,

there, Jesus, thou awaitest me;

to gaze on thee with changeless love,

yes, thus I hope, thus shall it be:

for how can he deny me heaven

who here on earth himself hath given?

 

   

"Pure Religion" - Scott Hahn on the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

This Sunday's Gospel casts Jesus in a prophetic light, as one having authority to interpret God’s law. Jesus’ quotation from Isaiah is ironic. In observing the law, the Pharisees honour God by ensuring that nothing unclean passes their lips. In this, however, they’ve turned the law inside out, making it a matter of simply performing certain external actions. The gift of the law, which we hear God giving to Israel in the first reading, is fulfilled in Jesus’ Gospel, which shows us the law’s true meaning and purpose. The law, fulfilled in the Gospel, is meant to form our hearts, to make us pure, able to live in the Lord’s presence. The law was given that we might live and enter into the inheritance promised to us—the kingdom of God, eternal life. Israel, by its observance of the law, was meant to be an example to surrounding nations. As James tells us in the second reading, the Gospel was given to us that we might have new birth by the Word of truth. By living the Word we’ve received, we’re to be examples of God’s wisdom to those around us, the “first fruits” of a new humanity.

  

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

   

  

Jennifer Geach reflects on Meditation

Many people are drawn into the practice of 'Eastern' meditation, from lack of instruction in how to meditate on the one true God. I was once given a little booklet on Hindu meditation in the street: and one sentence brought home to me the difference between this practice and what a Christian is doing. 'In meditation' the booklet said 'we depend on no-one but ourselves'. But when a Christian meditates, he should be depending, is actually depending, not on himself but on God. Meditation is a way of bringing ourselves into fuller awareness of the mysteries of our holy religion; and through meditation we open ourselves to the love and mercy of the Trinity.

 

Read the full reflection here.

  

 


      

National Eucharistic Pilgrimage – Adoremus!

In just over a week’s time, I’ll be in Liverpool for Adoremus, the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage. There are about 300 of us going from the Diocese of Portsmouth altogether and our thanks to Fr. PJ Smith and his team for his superb organisation of this. Some are flying to Liverpool; others are going on the train; still others are making their own way there. The Pilgrimage lasts three days from Friday to Sunday 7th to 9th September. I’ll be going up on Thursday evening to be in place for the programme on Friday. You can read all about the programme on the Bishops’ Conference website here. Each day has a theme. Friday is the Symposium Day in which there are a series of workshops exploring the place of Eucharistic Adoration in our spiritual life. Saturday is the Congress Day in the Echo Arena on the centrality of the Eucharist. Bishop Robert Barron is the keynote speaker. Sunday is Pilgrimage Day, with Mass in the Metropolitan Cathedral and a Eucharistic Procession. Adoremus concludes on the Sunday afternoon about 3.00 pm. Please pray for the success of these days and for a renewal of our love for Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.

  


 

Apostleship of the Sea invite you to this year's Stella Maris Mass

Apostleship of the Sea invites you to its annual Mass in honour of their patron Our Lady Star of the Sea. Come along and pray for the work of Apostleship of the Sea and for seafarers on Tuesday 18th September 2018 at 12.15pm at St John's Catholic Cathedral, Bishop Crispian Way, Portsmouth, PO1 3HG. I will celebrate Mass, which will be followed by a reception. All invited, please come along.

 

For more information see here and to RSVP contact salvina@apostleshipofthesea.org.uk 

 

Please keep the Apostleship of the Sea and all seafarers in your prayers, through the intercession of Our Lady, Star of the Sea:

 

O Mary, Star of the Sea, light of every ocean, guide seafarers across all dark and stormy seas that they may reach the haven of peace and light prepared in Him who calmed the sea. As we set forth upon the oceans of the world and cross deserts of our time, show us, O Mary, the fruit of your womb, for without your Son we are lost. Pray that we will never fail on life’s journey, that in heart and mind, word and deed, in days of turmoil and in days of calm, we will always look to Christ and say, ‘Who is this that even wind and sea obey him?’ Our Lady of Peace, pray for us! Bright Star of the Sea, guide us! 

 

  

Diocesan Day for Readers - Saturday 6th October

Following the success of our first Diocesan Day for Readers back in June, a further day has been organised at St Patrick’s Church, Manor Road, Hayling Island PO11 0QU from 10am-3pm on Saturday 6 October. The day will again be led by the Dominican Sisters. 

 

This day is for anyone who reads at Mass or for anyone who would like to read at Mass

 

To secure your place please contact Hayling Parish Office on: 023 9246 3854 or email haylingisland@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

 

Please be aware that booking is essential due to health & safety reasons.

 

 

   

CAFOD Portsmouth invite you to their Harvest fast day briefings 

CAFOD Portsmouth invite you to join them for at their forthcoming Harvest Fast Day briefing sessions:

Wednesday 5th September

St Joseph's Church, West Street, Havant PO9 1LP  from  7:15pm to 9pm

Saturday 8th September

St Bede's Church Hall, Popley Way, Basingstoke RG24 9DX from 10:30 am to 1pm

Wednesday 19th September

English Martyrs Church Hall, Reading RG30 2EB  from 7:15pm to 9pm

Saturday 22nd September

Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Douglas Road, Southbourne BH6 3ER from 2:30pm to 4:30pm

 

On the 5th September Nikki Evans, CAFOD’s Programme Officer for Bolivia will be speaking about their work and giving an update on On Hands on Bolivia project launched in 2016 and at the 8th, 19th and 22nd September meetings Weronika Oziranska CAFOD’s Regional Support Officer for Latin America will be speaking about their work in Peru and her recent visit there.  

 

Everyone is welcome so please book your place by e-mailing the CAFOD Portsmouth office or call Jo on 01252 329385.

 

  

New Refugee Project

A couple of weeks ago, I was happy to meet with Rosie Lennon, who is the new Project Worker for our Refugee Sponsorship Project. She will be working with us and Caritas Diocese of Portsmouth over the next months. The Home Office is keen to encourage community groups to support the work of settling refugee families into Britain. They are often from Syria. As Christians, we should be at the forefront of these efforts as outward looking disciples at the service of others. Our parishes are ideal communities to help refugee families and I am proud to hear that my old parish of Our Lady and St. Christopher’s, Romiley has just welcomed its first refugee family, helping them settle in, in whatever way they can. I know that the people of our Diocese of Portsmouth are outstandingly generous and so I wish to appeal to your help and to encourage you to support Rosie in her work. Watch this here

 

Rosie has organized a couple of launch events to which you are invited to learn more:

15th September (1000-1600h) – Sacred Heart Waterlooville

29th September (1000-1600h) – St. Joseph’s Maidenhead

(Sign-up at Eventbrite or email caritas@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk).

 

Click on the picture of Cardinal Nichols in order to hear form him a brief message explaining what this is all about and how relatively easy it is for us all to lend our help.

      
 

  

Bishop Barron speaks candidly about the Abuse Crisis

Bishop Robert Barron, known for his Word on Fire website and as an evangelising bishop, has spoken candidly about the unfolding crisis in the Church: click on the photo for his interview. Just back from the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, in this interview with Brandon Vogt, he speaks about the McCarrick case, the Pennsylvania grand jury report, and the recent letter of Archbishop Viganò. He notes how we are all devastated by the horrific suffering of many victims, and the need to pray for them and for the entire Body of Christ, shaken by these revelations. “I shared some thoughts a couple weeks ago, in an article, but I thought it might be helpful to have a more candid conversation today, building on the [American Bishops’ Conference] statement just released, which I wholly support.” Bishop Barron will be the keynote speaker at the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage Adoremus in Liverpool next month.

 

 

   

 

The Ad Limina

From 23rd to 30th September, I will be in Rome with the other Bishops of England and Wales for the visit Ad Limina Apostolorum (‘To the Thresholds of the Apostles’), that is, the once every five year visit to the Pope. In preparation for this, each Bishop has to prepare an exhaustive report about the status of the Church in his diocese, and in June this summer, I was relieved to have completed the 400-page document describing the various changes and developments that have occurred in our Diocese of Portsmouth since the last Ad Limina in 2009! That was led by Bishop Crispian, and I’m grateful to him for proposing an efficient method etc. The programme for the Ad Limina has not yet been released, but it will include at some point Mass at the tombs of St. Peter and St. Paul. There will be meetings during the week with the head of each Vatican dicastery. There will also be an open conversation between Pope Francis and the Bishops as a group, in question and answer format, with the Pope responding off the cuff. We will also be having a meeting with coffee afterwards, presided over by Pope Francis, with a collective of the heads of the Vatican dicasteries, such as the Secretariat of State, the Congregation for Clergy, the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, and the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. I’m going to find all this fascinating! Please pray it goes well – and for the growth and development of the Church in our Diocese.

 

 

Fancy trying something new this Autumn?

If you get the urge to make a new start on something in September why not consider our lending library of faith formation materials. 

 

There are nearly 50 courses, on DVD and CD, freely available to everyone: small groups, parishes, schools and individuals*. These cover most major areas of Catholic faith formation: the sacraments; bible study; the Mass; prayer; church history; the creed; theology of the body; baptism, confirmation and marriage preparation; and saints/great figures in catholic history. The collection includes a number of courses aimed specifically at children and young adults. (*Individuals can currently borrow CDs but not DVDs.) 

 

Written and presented by established and reputable figures including Bishop Robert Baron, Scott Hahn and Jeff Cavins, these studies have broad appeal. They are already being used across the diocese in parish-wide studies, small home groups, RCIA, children's catechesis and in people's cars and kitchens.

 

A full list of resources can be found here

 

To borrow a course, for more information, or to suggest new material you would like to see added to the library please email parishstudies@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk 

 

 

Y2K - It was great!

I was very happy to spend the Bank Holiday weekend in Walsingham, Norfolk, where every year Youth 2000 (Y2K) run a massive youth festival opposite the National Catholic Shrine of Our Lady. This year, there were upwards of 2000 people attending, many staying on the campsite nearby or coming in from nearby B&Bs. It was all very well organised. The programme is for anyone between the ages of 16 - 35, or families with parents or children in this age-range. It included Mass, workshops, fun games, men’s and women’s sessions, inspiring talks and much more. Robert Toone, one of the founders of Youth 2000, reminded us that this was the 20th year the Festival has been held. I was the chief celebrant of the Mass on Sunday at 11.00; at the end of it, the heavens opened! Many of the young I spoke to have been affected, like us all, by the abuse revelations of late and I tried to address some of these concerns in part of the homily (see here). I’d certainly recommend this festival to you and your family: it’s always the August Bank Holiday weekend. To save you looking up the date, next year it’s 24th to 26th August 2019 – pencil it into the diary now.

 

 

Students celebrate outstanding results in the new GCSE exams

Pupils at Farnborough Hill were elated this morning as they opened their outstanding GCSE results: 61% of grades were 9 - 7, with 82% 9 - 6. An astonishing 68% girls achieved a 9, 8 or 7 in a least half of their subjects.

 

The four top performers received a magnificent tally of ten 9s and one 8 each: Natalie, Beatrice, Jennifer D and Kiran, with Verity not far behind, having earned nine 9s, one 8 and one 7, Katherine nine 9s and one 8, and Sophie G eight 9s, an A* and one 8.

 

The most frequently achieved grade at Farnborough Hill was a 9, at a count of 219 in total – this is despite government warnings that the top grade would be extremely hard to achieve. In all, 43% were grades 9 – 8, the equivalent of the old A*, with 21% of girls gaining at least nine 9 or 8 grades, while 52% achieved at least one 9.

 

Mrs Alexandra Neil, Head, was thrilled, saying: ‘It is never easy being the first cohort to undertake something new; for the girls of Farnborough Hill to not only rise to the challenge of more rigorous GCSE exams, but also earn grades at this outstanding level is exceptional. I am extremely proud of all the girls and our consistently high pass rate, this year’s being 99%. The results are proof that hard work and dedication will pay off. The smiles and warmth here today and the whole-hearted joy amongst pupils and staff as we celebrate these excellent results is wonderful and reinforces the culture of Farnborough Hill as we rejoice in each girl’s personal success.’

 

 

Rosie's outstanding results let her follow her dreams

Farnborough Hill student Rosie has achieved A*AA grades in her A levels, securing a place at one of the most prestigious institutions in the country. Rosie will be completing a foundation year in art at Central St Martin’s, which admits fewer than 7% of applicants – making it more competitive than Oxbridge. She then has a place to read English at the University of Exeter in 2019.

 

Rosie is thrilled at the prospect of what her future might hold, commenting: ‘I am extremely excited for the next chapter. I have the opportunity to study one of my greatest passions, art, at the most prestigious and famous art college in the country, before going on to focus on my other passion of English. How many others have that opportunity?’

 

Mrs Alexandra Neil, Head, is delighted for Rosie: ‘At Farnborough Hill we talk about having passions and developing talents; Rosie is a perfect example of doing this to such a high standard in a variety of skills.’

 

 

Portsmouth parishioners saddling up for local charity

In my early days as Bishop here in Portsmouth, I remembering making an official visit to Rowan’s Hospice in Waterlooville. It has a great name in the City of Portsmouth for care of the sick and terminally ill. It looks after families and carers too, with specialist support wherever it is needed, at the Hospice, at home and in the local community. 

 

Since 2014 Jay Kettle-Williams and his daughter Alex from the Cathedral parish have regularly participated in the saddle-sore sponsored "Rowan's Ride" for the hospice.  This year the ride is on 16th September.  Please consider supporting this worthy cause, by donating here

 

You can find out more about Rowan's Ride here.

 

                

Bishop Philip's Engagements         

Friday 31st August 

 

Meeting Head of Communications, Bishop’s House, Portsmouth

 

Meeting with Knights of Equestrian Order of Holy Sepulchre, Bishop’s House, Portsmouth

 

Saturday 1st - Sunday 2nd September 

 

Dialogue with Sectors Meeting, Bishop’s House, Portsmouth

 

Parish Visitation: Earley, Reading

 

  

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 26th August

TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of Our Lady of Peace & Blessed Dominic Barberi, Earley

 

Monday 27th August 

St Monica, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Community of St Joseph & St Mary, Guernsey (consecrated 27.8.1885) 

 

Tuesday 28th August

St Augustine of Hippo, Bishop, Doctor of the Church, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Catholic Teachers’ Federation

 

Wednesday 29th August

The Passion of St John the Baptist, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Residential Care Homes in the Dioces

 

Thursday 30th August

Ss Margaret Clitherow, Anne Line & Margaret Ward, Martyrs, optional memorial

or: Feria [21st Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Parish Bereavement Support Groups

 

Friday 31st August

St Aidan, Bishop, & All Saints of Lindisfarne, optional memorial

or: Feria [21st Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Diocesan Liturgical Advisors

 

Saturday 1st September

Our Lady on Saturday

or: Feria [21st Week in Ordinary Time]

National Prayer Cycle: Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Diocesan Prayer: Those who clean our churches 

 

Sunday 2nd September

TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Diocesan Prayer: Society of St Gregory

 

Monday 3rd September

ST GREGORY THE GREAT, Pope, Doctor of the Church, feast

Diocesan Prayer: The Apostolic Nuncio to this country 

 

Tuesday 4th September

St Cuthbert, Bishop, optional memorial

or: Feria [22nd Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of Sacred Heart, Fareham (dedicated 4.9.1978) 

 

Wednesday 5th September

Feria [22nd Week in Ordinary Time] 

Diocesan Prayer: Community of St Thomas, St Helier, Jersey (consecrated 5.9.1893) 

 

Thursday 6th September

Feria [22nd Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Les Cotils Retreat & Conference Centre, Guernsey 

 

Friday 7th September

Feria [22nd Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of Our Lady of Sorrows & St Philip Benizi, Fordingbridge 

 

Saturday 8th September

THE NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, feast

Diocesan Prayer: Community of St Mary, Gosport; Community of Our Lady of Peace, Wargrave

 

Sunday 9th September

TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Diocesan Prayer: Staff and pupils, governors, parents & chaplains in our Primary and Secondary Schools



  

Forthcoming Events          

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

Read more

 

Tuesday 11th September 

Alpha Taster Session

St Joseph's Christchurch

Read more 

 

Saturday 15th September 

Welcoming our Neighbour in Need

Sacred Heart Waterlooville

Read more  

 

Tuesday 18th September

Apostleship of the Sea Stella Maris Mass

St John's Cathedral, Portsmouth

Read more

 

Tuesday 25th September - 4th December

Alpha course

St Joseph's Christchurch

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

 

Saturday 6th October

Diocesan Day for Readers

St Patrick's, Hayling Island

Read more

 

Saturday 13th October

A Day with Mary

St John's Cathedral, Portsmouth

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..

All affected by sexual, domestic and emotional abuse.

 

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 travelling on holiday or pilgrimage that they may return safe and refreshed, especially all students and those who work in our diocesan schools. 

 

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, 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 Administrator - Fareham and Portchester

New parish administrator needed to provide a full confidential administrative and secretarial service to the Parish Priest and Parish.

 

32 hours per week or a job share (hours to be negotiated but ideally each weekday).

 

To replace our current parish administrator we need an experienced person with excellent secretarial, interpersonal and workload management skills. Good knowledge of parish and diocesan procedures and organisational structure is desirable and you must be computer literate with high level skills in data management and spreadsheets.

 

Closing date for applications: 1st October 2018 (12 Noon).

 

Interviews will be held early/mid October.

 

Please return completed applications to: Sacred Heart Parish Office, 42 – 43 Portland Street, Fareham, PO16 ONF.

  

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


 

 

    

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Thanks, of course, to all who already contribute articles for the e-News on an occasional or regular basis.

 

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

 

Bishop of Portsmouth

 

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