Portsmouth Diocese e-News

Tuesday 4th September 2018 - Issue 195 (2018/30)


Dear All,


I met with some students the other day who were excited as they are just about to go to University. Once again, many congratulations to all our young people for their results, and to the teachers who prepared them. Our Catholic schools are a Good News story! I hope and pray many more of our schools this year will send in to e-News news of what they are up to, events and results, so we can all celebrate and thank God for the work they are doing for the Church’s mission. Let’s remember our schools in prayer this week as they return to work. Meanwhile, may God bless you all at this time. We have a lot of intentions to pray for, not least for the renewal and healing of the Church, its clergy and faithful. Please pray for me too.





The other day, sadly, I had to say farewell to Fr. Thom Amungwa, who is now returning to Bamenda to serve in a parish there (which incidentally is under the patronage of our own St. Edmund!). We’re very grateful for all that Fr. Thom has given to us these last few years, notably his recent service as the parish priest of Bordon and Grayshott, and we wish him God’s blessings and our prayers in his new appointment back home. Meanwhile, we welcome this week Fr. Emmanuel Rinda and Fr. Elijah Fru who will be studying and living in St. Joseph’s Basingstoke and St. Edmund’s Southampton respectively. At the same time, Fr. Thom was telling me of the tense situation in Bamenda and Cameroon, which continues to be a major concern. Recently, the bishops of the Bamenda province met and issued a joint message about the crisis. You can read it here. They ask that we all pray for a good solution, especially on Friday, 14th  September 2018, Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, keeping it as a day of prayer and fasting in solidarity with the suffering. They also ask us to remember this intention every Friday, offering up our penances and abstinence.  



Prayer to Our Lady Queen of the Holy Land

I had a visit last week from the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre. Indeed, there is a Mass coming up here at the Cathedral to which you are all invited: it’s on Saturday 29th September at 12.15 pm. It will be a great opportunity for us all to pray for peace with justice in the Holy Land and for the beleaguered Christian community there.


This Saturday (8th September) is Our Lady’s Birthday. Here is a prayer you can say to Her on that day:


Heavenly Mother, Queen of the Holy Land,

we pray together for your powerful intercession.

May grace rain in abundance on all hearts that are hardened

and especially we pray for peace with justice in the Holy Land.

May Jerusalem shine as a beacon of unity among Christians

and to be a place of friendship and understanding

between Jews, Christians and Muslims.

May intolerance and suspicion be dispelled

and may love drive out fear.

May all who do not have faith in the One God

come to the fullness of faith, hope and love.

We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.






Immaculate Mary

We’re currently covering 10 “classic” Catholic hymns, old favourites! This week we have the Lourdes Hymn, which is sung frequently on every pilgrimage to the shrine and in many languages too, Immaculate Mary. Click on the photo of the Torchlight Procession to hear it and to sing along with the words. The earliest version of the hymn had 8 verses  - it was later expanded to 120! - and was written by a French priest, Fr. Jean Gaignet, in 1873 for pilgrims to Lourdes. The tune is that of a traditional Pyrenean melody. I must say that if you’ve ever been to Lourdes, this song will have a special place in your heart. It is always deeply moving to take part in the evening Torchlight Procession with crowds from all over the world. At the chorus line, everyone raises their torches in the air in honour of Mary our Mother and Queen. As you listen to it here, please remember all the sick in your prayers, those in hospital and at home, and all the doctors, nurses and medical staff who care for them, asking Our Lady of Lourdes, Health of the Sick, to pray for them and to protect them.



"All Things Well" - Scott Hahn on the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

The incident in Sunday's Gospel is recorded only by Mark. The key line is what the crowd says at the end: “He has done all things well.” In the Greek, this echoes the creation story, recalling that God saw all the things he had done and declared them good. Mark also deliberately evokes Isaiah’s promise, which we hear in today’s First Reading that God will make the deaf hear and the mute speak. He even uses a Greek word to describe the man’s condition (mogilalon, or “speech impediment”) that’s only found in one other place in the Bible—in the Greek translation of today’s Isaiah passage, where the prophet describes the “dumb” singing. The crowd recognizes that Jesus is doing what the prophet had foretold. But Mark wants us to see something far greater—that, to use the words from today’s First Reading: “Here is your God.” Notice how personal and physical the drama is in the Gospel. Our focus is drawn to a hand, a finger, ears, a tongue, spitting. In Jesus, Mark shows us, God has truly come in the flesh.


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



Jennifer Geach reflects...

“Those who hate me love death”. This reminder from the book of Proverbs, in which God’s wisdom is speaking, should jar us into realising where we are, and where we are heading   This is of course obviously true in the spiritual lives of each one of us: the choices that we make which are anti-God, which refuse to acknowledge his sovereignty and power in our lives, are choices which are destructive of life and happiness in the end, even if this is not immediately apparent. The choices that we make which lead us away from light and truth may ultimately lead to our permanent exile from our homeland  of heaven.   


But this fact, that being anti-God leads to a hatred of life is also something that we see played out in public policies across the Western world.  The wholesale destruction of abortion, whose kill rate is said to be more than 50 million annually across the globe, would not have been possible among peoples who loved God, trusted his providence, and feared to disobey his commandments. 


Read the full reflection here.



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

‘Be opened’ (Mark 7:31-37) 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

This Sunday we hear how Jesus restores in someone the ability to hear and to speak. Is it a restoration or the creation of capacities that were never there? We don’t know, but Jesus tells the man: “Be opened”.


Through this miracle, Jesus shows himself to be God the Creator, but also the ‘Opener’ of ears and mouth, the one who gives this man, and all of us, to hear, understand and speak the Word of God.

Why then does he tell people to say nothing about this, immediately after having given the ability to speak? Perhaps to invite them to ponder in the silence the marvellous works of God. Nevertheless, no one seems to be able to keep silence when the works of God are displayed for everyone to see.


We’ll reflect on:
Faith: Do we hear and understand the Word of God in our life, or do we need Jesus to open our ears, our minds and our hearts?

Hope: Do we make place for the Word of God, or are we so focused on human words that our reality is reduced to them?  

Love: What do we use our own power of hearing and speaking for? 


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



Live transmission of Adoremus 2018 Eucharistic Congress

The Eucharistic Congress Adoremus2018 taking place from Friday 7th - Sunday 9th September will be transmitted LIVE from Liverpool by SHALOM WORLD - a Catholic family-friendly television channel offering a variety of programs for the whole family. Shalom World regularly broadcasts Papal events, movies, concerts, children's programs, talks, documentaries, interviews, and much more. Shalom World is an initiative of Shalom Media, a Catholic global media ministry. Most Reverend Bishop Ralph Heskett of the Diocese of Hallam serves as the Patron of the ministry here in the UK. 

SHALOM WORLD is a FREE channel available on various devices with internet connection. You can download Shalom World FREE app in smartphones, tablets, smart TV or go to http://www.shalomworldtv.org/live to watch it on a computer.


You can also watch it at http://catholicnews.org.uk and http://cbcew.org.uk websites.

LIVE Broadcasts: Friday 7th 
September, 10:00am to 2:00pm, Saturday 8th September 10:00am to 2:00pm and Sunday 9th September, 11:00am to 1:00pm.


You can view the Adoremus 2018 Programme here



Why not try an ALPHA Taster Session?

What is Alpha like, and who is it for? Please come to one of our Taster Sessions and find out – and why not invite a friend, work colleague or family member to come too? After that, you can decide if Alpha is for you or not.

Taster Sessions as follows, each with free buffet meal, Alpha film and course information:


• Thursday 6th September 12.30-2.30pm at Our Lady Queen of Peace, Southbourne BH6 3ER

• Thursday 6th September 7.15-9.15pm at Sacred Heart, Ringwood BH24 1LA 

• Tuesday 11th September 7.15-9.15pm at St Joseph’s, Christchurch BH23 1EH


This time, as well as a ‘big’ course in Christchurch on Tuesday evenings, there will also be a few ‘small’ house-group courses (numbers permitting): on Monday evenings in Burton, Wednesday mornings in Southbourne, Thursday afternoons in Southbourne and Thursday evenings in Ringwood. All courses begin in the week beginning 24th September and end in the week beginning 3rd December, with a shared ‘AwayDay’ on Saturday 3rd November (no sessions during half term week 22-26 Oct). If you’d like to attend one of the Taster Sessions or for more details about the course, please email alphaavonstour@gmail.com



Our God Heals

The next course on “Our God Heals” by Fr Nicholas Broadbridge is taking place over four Saturdays this Autumn, between 10am and 4.30pm.  Each day is self-contained.  The course is being held at Elmore Abbey, Speen, Newbury RG14 1SA, which is 2 minutes off the A34.


Saturday 22nd September              Healing of Memories

Saturday 6th October                       Deliverance

Saturday 20th October                   The Gift  and Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Saturday 3rd November                  Healing of Families


Please bring food for a sharing lunch. 


Fr Nicholas has published a book, on which the course is based, which can be bought from Good News Books or at the course itself. 


Please register in advance by e-mailing Fr Nicholas: nicholas@douaiabbey.org.uk



Alton Day of Renewal

Pope Francis recently wrote about “deep wounds of pain and powerlessness” experienced by individuals, communities and the Church as a whole, in the wake of the abuse scandals. Along with Bishop Philip, we pray for the “healing of the poor victims” as well as healing of the damaged trust and respect for our Church and its priests that we are all experiencing at the moment. 


It is therefore timely that the focus of the September Alton Day of Renewal is on healing. On Saturday 22nd September the theme is “New sight for the blind - Mission and healing.” Our guest speakers are  Pauline Edwards & Fr Laurence Brassill of the Little Way Healing Ministries, who specialize in the healing of memories, which contributes to the healing of the whole person. People are healed so they can testify to the Lord Jesus working in them and thereby draw others to their Lord and Saviour - in this way healing is an instrument in the New Evangelisation for today's world.


The Day begins at 11.00am with Rosary followed by Mass at 11.30am and a time of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and reflection on what we feel the Lord is saying to us. At 1.00pm there is a shared lunch (please bring finger food to share). Then at 2.00pm a time of Praise & Worship leads into the main talk, which is followed by an opportunity for individual healing prayer ministry. The day ends about 4pm. The venue is Alton School, Anstey Lane, Alton GU34 2NG There is no need to register in advance, and no charge (though a collection will be taken to cover costs). For more information and directions, see website, or telephone Alastair Emblem on 01252 714809.



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 6th 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.




Why not spend A Day with Mary at the Cathedral?

A Day with Mary is an open day of prayer held in a Catholic church or shrine. It emphasizes worship of the Blessed Sacrament and devotion to Our Lady. You are welcome to join the event for a little while or for the whole day. It includes the Mass, Scripture, Rosary, Meditations on the Passion, Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction, Processions of the Blessed Sacrament and of Our Lady, Act of Consecration, Theological Instructions, Hymns, a programme on the story of Fatima and periods of rest with refreshments. The Sacrament of Penance is readily available. There is a bookstall and the opportunity to enrol in the Brown Scapular (consecration to Our Lady) and Miraculous Medal if so wished.


A Day with Mary at the Cathedral has become an annual event since 2015 and this year's event is on Saturday 13th October from 9.30am - 5pm.


You can find more information here.



Calling all Catechists

Our Diocesan Formation for Mission team invite all existing and potential catechists across the diocese to join them for this year's Day for Catechists which will take place on Saturday 20th October in St John's Cathedral from 10am to 4pm. The team are very excited about all the good things they are preparing for all diocesan catechists and Children’s Liturgy coordinators on the 20th October (see here). This day will also be a fantastic opportunity to recruit and invite potential catechists to come along, as we will spend some time discovering the mission and charisms of the catechist.


Features of the day include:


• The Mission of the Catechist

• The Charisms of the Catechist

• Award Ceremony

• Thanksgiving Mass for Catechists

• Commissioning of Catechists

• Lunch provided

• Making our catechesis sessions great

• Prayer and fellowship


If you wish to attend the day, book here.



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 



Sponsoring a Refugee family?

Rosie Lennon, the new Project Worker for our Refugee Sponsorship Project, has organized a couple of launch events that she wishes to invite everyone to. These are as follows:

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

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

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


Click on the poster in order to hear Cardinal Vincent give a brief message explaining what this this Refugee Sponsorship Project is all about and how relatively easy it is for us all to lend our help.


Rosie 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. As I mentioned once before, I am really proud to hear that my old parish of Our Lady and St. Christopher’s, Romiley welcomed recently 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.



Praying for the Care of Creation

Pope Francis has established 1st September as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, encouraging the Catholic community around the world to pray for our common home. The fourth annual World Day of Prayer was this past weekend, but we are encouraged to pray for the Care of Creation not just on this day, but throughout "Creation Time" from 1st September until the Feast of St Francis of Assisi on 4th October. The annual Day of Prayer is inspired by the Holy Father's landmark encyclical Laudato Si’, which calls on "every person living on this planet" to care for our shared earth.


Pope Francis calls us all to celebrate this opportune moment to “reaffirm [our] personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation, as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live.”


You can download a prayer here and a liturgy here. There are also some resources on the Our Common Home and Catholic Climate Movement websites.  



Our Lady of Peace and Blessed Dominic Barberi

Last weekend, I made the Pastoral Visitation of Our Lady of Peace and Blessed Dominic Barberi parish in Earley, Reading. The PP is Fr. Stan Gibzinski and I said all the Masses on the usual parish schedule: 09.00 am, 11.00 am and 5.00 pm. We had a time of Adoration for 45 minutes during the afternoon to pray for vocations. I met with the youngsters of the parish for a Q & A session after the late morning Mass, and then for a while joined the packed parish hall for an international lunch. Later in the day, I met with the Finance Committee and some of Fr. Stan’s parish leadership team. They are planning a number of evangelistic activities, including having 24 hour Eucharistic Adoration once a week as part of the regular schedule. It was heartening to see so many young families at Mass, including a new Men’s Group that has begun serving at the evening Mass. The two music groups sang beautifully at the Morning Masses and I spent a lot of time speaking with - and being photographed by! - parishioners after Mass. It is a truly multi-ethnic parish, with Polish, Filippino and Indian communities. There are also ten Neo-Catechumenal Way families in the parish. Fr. Stan is chaplain to Reading University, and although term has not yet begun, some new students were around too, preparing for the start of term.  Please pray for Fr. Stan and this wonderful parish that they may truly be blessed by the Lord and continue to flourish as a truly vibrant Eucharistic community. You can read my homily here: it takes up some of the same themes from last week, including some thoughts on the difficult crisis the Church is currently facing.



Fanning the Flame

A few weeks ago the annual Fanning The Flame Summer Camp came together in the New Forest for a wonderful week of faith, fun and fellowship. With 100 young people and 38 helpers in attendance over the 5 days, 9 dioceses were represented with people coming from far and wide to give a true flavour of the Universal Catholic Church.


The young people had a joyful week, filled with much laughter and fun, and were inspired by fantastic teaching from Sr Hyacinthe O.P, who looked at the different stages of St Paul’s life, and their relevance to our lives as Christians today. The camp also split into dedicated stream times each ay, where age-appropriate teaching was delivered by a gifted team of catechists. There was plenty of opportunity to re-focus their lives on Christ, with daily prayer, adoration and celebration of the sacraments in supportive fellowship. Many of the young people had powerful experiences in confession, followed by a blessed time of healing with the Blessed Sacrament. Our thanks to the 14 priests who gave up their time for the young people!


Read the full story and see some pictures from the camp here.



Best ever GCSE results at St George Catholic College

St George Catholic College is celebrating its best ever GCSE results - with 78% of students achieving the new grades of 4-9 (including English and Maths), and 61% achieving grades 5-9.


In its first year of a mixed cohort, the outstanding results see St George's predicted to be in the top 5% nationally for the progress made by its students. They reflect the college's upward trend of the past five years.


There are many individual successes: one student achieved an extraordinary 10 grade 9s, another attained seven grade 9s and two grade 8s, and there are more with exceptionally high results. The grade 9 was introduced to recognise the very highest performing students nationally.


Head of School James Habberley says, "We are absolutely thrilled with these results, which are testament to the hard work and dedication of our students and staff.  It is particularly pleasing as this is the first year of the reformed GCSEs, and for us with our first year of girls as well as boys going through the college."



New Vocations Promoter

We have a new Vocations Promoter: Fr. John Cooke! I’m very grateful to him for taking on this really important role. It will be his task to organize prayer, Adoration and many other initiatives around the Diocese to pray for vocations, to meet those who are wondering what the Lord might be asking of them and to help men discern whether the Lord is calling them to the sacred priesthood. Fr. John is a man brimming with over 25 years’ experience of the priesthood; he is full of joyful enthusiasm and love for the Lord. Please pray for him in this new role. He will be working closely with Fr. Gerard Flynn, our Vocations Director. Fr. Gerard’s task is to look after potential students in their preparation for the Discernment Panel and the various interviews and assessments, and also to look after students when they are in the seminary, organizing their pastoral placements in the Diocese and lots of other matters that arise during the seminary years. The course of formation is usually six or seven years. We have students at the moment in five seminaries: Allen Hall in London, St. John’s Seminary Wonersh, St. Mary’s College Oscott, the Beda College in Rome and the Venerable English College, Rome. Please pray for our seminarians and please do pray for more vocations to all states of life and ministry in the Diocese but especially to the priesthood.



Bishop Philip's Engagements         

Thursday 6th September

Bishop's Council Meeting, Bishop’s House


Friday 7th - Sunday 9th September 

National Eucharistic Congress, Liverpool


Monday 10th September

Various internal meetings, Bishop’s House


Wednesday 12th September 
Installation of Bishop Paul Mason as 8th Bishop of Forces, Aldershot


Thursday 13th September
Shalom TV meeting, Bishop’s House
Meeting with Head of Department for Finance and Administration, Bishop’s House


Friday 14th September 
Schools and Academies Department Meeting, Bishop’s House

Meeting with Head of Safeguarding, Bishop’s House


Saturday 15th September 
Refugee Launch Event, Sacred Heart, Waterlooville



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 2nd September


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


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


Sunday 9th September


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


Monday 10th September

Feria [23rd Week in Ordinary Time] 

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of Holy Ghost, Basingstoke (consecrated 9.9.1903) 


Tuesday 11th September

Feria [23rd Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Diocesan Department for Academies and Schools 


Wednesday 12th September

The Most Holy Name of Mary, optional memorial

or: Feria [23rd Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Marist Sisters in the Diocese 


Thursday 13th September

St John Chrysostom, Bishop, Doctor of the Church, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Joseph, Newbury (consecrated 13.9.1949) 


Friday 14th September


Diocesan Prayer: Community of Holy Cross, Seaview [currently at St. Peter’s Anglican Church]


Saturday 15th September

Our Lady of Sorrows, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Community of St Patrick, Sandown (consecrated 15.9.1938) 


Sunday 16th September


National Prayer Cycle: Home Missions [Catholic Agency for the Support of Evangelisation] Diocesan Prayer: Parishes, Communities & Schools in the North East Hampshire Pastoral Area


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 6th October

National Mass for Altar Servers

Westminster Cathedral

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.




Please share your good news with us

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I often hear much Good News from many people - do share it with us so we can share it with others in the diocese.


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


Bishop of Portsmouth


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